September 19th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama-Biden surrogate mocks Palin

A supporter of Obama-Biden got tough on Palin Thursday.

A supporter of Obama-Biden got tough on Palin Thursday.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (CNN) – An Ohio mayor who introduced Joe Biden at a rally Thursday night said Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, Alaska was “not the real world.”

“One of the things that bothers me is the fact that Governor Palin talks about she's ready to be the Vice President because she's been a mayor.” said Jay Williams, the Democratic-turned-independent mayor of Youngstown. “I’ve never been to Wasilla, but I’m sure it’s a nice little town, In fact it’s so little we could invite them all to sit down in [Youngstown’s] Chevrolet Centre and probably still have room left over.”

“I would love to be the mayor of Wasilla,” he continued. “I could probably do it from my home and not show up to work too often because in Wasilla, they don’t have a crime problem. There were two homicides in Wasilla in the last 13 years.”

Williams added that the average Wasilla income and price for a home are above the national average.

“The education, they have small student/teacher ratios,” said Williams. “That’s not the world that we live in ladies and gentlemen, you all know that here in the real world, we have to deal with issues of crime, and poverty, and education. That’s what happens.”

Before Williams moved on to why he is a fan of Biden’s, he took one last swipe at the notion that Palin claims foreign policy experience because Alaska’s proximity to Russia, an argument offered up by McCain.

“That would be the equivalent of me wanting to do your heart surgery because I live next door to a doctor,” said Williams. “It just doesn't add up. Being mayor is a very good preparation for a lot of things, even potentially being vice president. But only if you're the mayor and have to deal with real world issues.”

Barack Obama and Joe Biden have both refrained from saying much, if anything, about Sarah Palin on the stump - their go-to line is they don’t know enough about her to differentiate her from John McCain.

But some of the surrogates introducing them at rallies have been less restrained; earlier this week, a Michigan supporter introducing Biden at an event called Palin a “bucket of fluff.”

soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Women for Obama/Biden

    All you 20% liars get facts. Alaska oil is 3% national output. Stop lying the truths are out there. All i care about is...NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW. What a great legacy they are leaving for the young Alaskans. You are above the law if you can joing the GOP...Shame on all of you. Bush was above the law Ms Alaska is above the law not to mention Mr Alaska and the restof the staff. Narrow minded empty headed idiots and no vision fools

    September 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. mayah

    America is awake, NO WAY NO HOW NOMCCAIN NO PALIN.

    September 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. linda from South Dakota

    welll, i see many opinions here, but i truely think palin is not a good person to have as a VP,, shes has too many bad issues at home,, she walks in a appointed VP and blabs her opinions which are just words,, mccain stands there and smiles like wow, shes something , but in the real world she has no solutions at all,,,, sure she makes people laugh but slams,, but this isnt what a campiagn is about,,, like i said she has her issues to take care of and by the way shes refueds to testify in her own chit,, so why would anyone here who doesnt know that much about her want to vote for her,, mccain is more of the same its obvious sicne hes voted with buxh 90% of the time,, then tries to justify it all,,,, if you want more of the same and worse,, vote for mcpalin,, if you truely want good change and are willin to help,, then obama/biden are you choice,,,, if you are prediduce,, then stay home and keep your opinions to yourself,, in this time and age,, its time to look at what works not what they look like,, in all fairness obama has way more epeirence than palin,,,, they try to sway your thoughts but if you really listen and watch what goies on either here or on tv,, you can weigh the words they mutter and you will find out that mccain truely is a republican and works and worked with bush,, thats why this country is in the mess we are,, obama/biden 08 and beyond

    September 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Uncle Sam

    When all is said and done, the choice comes down to two men who would be president. One candidate talks change, while the other has actually accomplished it.

    It doesn't get any clearer than that.

    Americans for McCain '08

    September 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. MK, Apex NC

    Palin's Governor of Alaska and not Mayor of Wasila. No doubt I find her lacking in knowledge and experience of real world but let's not challenge her resume at every step of the contest.

    September 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. McWhine

    To "Matt in Pittsburgh":

    If you occasionally search, you wouldn't be so dumb. AK only supplies 3.5% of US energy. A little bit of fact and less Repug talking point won't kill you.

    By the way, do check if McWhine wear his flag pin in his acceptance speech. According to Repug's standard, he must hate America.

    September 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Let's Unite

    People need to understand the difference between experience and knowledge. Obama has the knowledge and intelligence on the issues to make decisions right the first time; it takes no experience to do that. I could care less if Palin was governor of Alaska for 40 years, she still lacks the knowledge on the issues that are vital to be a leader of this country. This includes a doctrine which has guided our foreign policy for the past eight years.

    Experience is irrelevant, Obama will get it right the first time. Knowledge is what matters.

    September 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Tom

    Um, what was your name again? Oh yeah, Sarah. Listen babe, last night was fabulous, but I gotta get up and go to work now. I'll call ya soon, OK?


    September 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. wellington


    September 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. carlo

    Sarah Palin is as dumb as a box of rocks, and I have three degrees, so I guess I am more qualified to be V.P., as I am sure many of the posters are. However, if she refuses to be properly vetted like every other candidate and do interviews and meet with the press, I say don't give her the time of day. I don't think we have to convince people with an I.Q. above low moron level that Palin is an idiot.

    September 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Howard

    Sarah Palin needs to use caution when she uses "Just Plain Dumb" in another one of her so called speeches. lol lol lol

    September 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Alice Brinkley

    Obama's army refers to Palin as a mayor; they think you are too stupid to realize she was elected as a Governor of a US state which is involved in international oil production and other features. Are you Obama supporters blind or just stupid?

    September 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. FB

    Okay, so Palin was the mayor of a small town. She's also the governor of Alaska, if I remember correctly.

    But by all means, don't let the facts get in the way of your smears.

    September 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Barney

    OK CNN – just why do you keep censoring my posts?

    September 19th, 2008 10:19 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I don't know about everyone else, but I'm sick of hearing her and McCain DELIBERATELY repeat lies over and over after they have been proven to be liars.

    We need transparency – not suboena-dodgers – not more of the Cheney/Rove type.

    I'm disappointed that the possibility for our first female in a high position has only given us more of the lies and deceit that we've had in politics for generations. Aren't christian women supposed to be above that kind of stuff? shame shame shame

    September 19, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. natalie

    why bother with this woman? when repubs leave comments about how great she is just remember mccain is 72 years old and we could potentially be stuck with someone that tells the library what books to stock and my daughters whether or not to use birth control – someone stop the madness!!!

    east lansing

    September 19, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Dane

    I'm seeing everyone says she has more experience than Obama but no one can cite that experience.

    She has been lying this whole time while on the other hand the Republicans who Obama actually worked with (Lugar and Hagel) are now stepping up for the him. He has worked on bi-partisan efforts and has even worked on immigration with McCain. The same McCain bill that he all of a sudden wouldn't vote for himself just because he is running for president.

    Someone please cite this great experience she has. Please do not include her lies on earmarks, bridge to nowhere, plane on ebay, etc. Wasilla was also left with a 20 million dollar deficit. She cut taxes in Wasilla and raised the budget???? Made a sales tax increase (increase conservatives) to fund a sports complex. Thats just some of the ammo I have.

    I guess all you people have is seeing Russia from Alaska, having authority to send the National Guard to a wildfire, and controlling 20 percent America's energy in her dreams.

    September 19, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Jan

    another smear article posted by CNN? Democrats still running scared? these paid bloggers obviously do not care about the economy–they just want their handouts. They have dug deeper into Sarah Palin's life than any other candidate and have found nothing but crumbs!! McCain/Palin 2008

    September 19, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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