October 1st, 2008
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin: I'm a 'Joe-six pack American'

Gov. Palin met with fellow mothers of U.S. soldiers while campaigning in Philadelphia Sunday.

Gov. Palin met with fellow mothers of U.S. soldiers while campaigning in Philadelphia Sunday.

SEDONA, Arizona (CNN) - Sarah Palin on Tuesday called herself a “Joe-six pack American” and said that her family has lost $20,000 in the stock market because of the financial meltdown on Wall Street.

Palin made the comments in a radio interview with conservative talker Hugh Hewitt while taking a break from debate prep at John McCain’s ranch in Sedona.

“I know what Americans are going through there,” Palin said on the radio show. “And you know, even today, Todd and I are looking at what’s going on in the stock market, the relatively low number of investments that we have, looking at the hit that we’re taking, probably $20,000 dollars last week in his 401K plan that was hit.

“I’m thinking, ‘Geez, the rest of America, they’re facing the exact same thing that we are. We understand what the problems are.’”

Earlier: Palin takes a dig at Biden's age?

Hewitt asked Palin her reaction to the “extreme hostility” that she has faced from liberals.

“Oh, I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying you know what? It’s time that a normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency, and I think that that’s kind of taken some people off guard, and they’re out of sorts, and they’re ticked off about it,” she said.


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  1. Ken

    Are Americans foolish enough to again elect someone who doesn't have command of the English language; who shows her ignorance of issues by spouting soundbites that don't make any sense. Bush was a six-pack American, Palin said she is also, and I guess I am since I love a few beers. But none of us are qualified to be President. Intelligence does not make one an elitist. But intelligence IS necessary in a President!

    September 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Edward Parisen

    Great, just what America needs for VP, a "Joe six-pack American." Like we already haven't had enough of this kind of thinking for the last 8 years. I don't want beer-swilling VP, just someone who knows how to string 2 sentences together without sounding like an idiot.

    September 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Jen

    Hmmm...... everyone at my job checked their 401's today and they were exactly the same... I guess the IRS does some retirement plans different than others..... I always thought 401k was just 401k.

    September 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Adam Selzer

    Maybe I'm just an elitist, but I have difficulty believing that "normal Joe Six Pack Americans" all have $20,000 in stocks to lose to begin with.

    September 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Steven

    What a total airhead. This is not even funny anymore. It's sick.

    Thanks, but no thanks McCain. No way, no how.

    September 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Lone McCain Blogger

    Anyone notice how mccain and palin give themselves nicknames and complement themselves? Like geo costanza trying to get himself called t-bone ... ended up being called coco the chimp ... i think its fitting.

    btw, joe six pack don't have no 20K in the stock market, how out of touch are they? joe six pack is concerned about his 2K in the bank .... someone give her a clue than in the continental us we don't get free money from oil companies

    September 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Bill Duprey

    My outrage over Palin's complete incompetence pales at my shock beyond measure that McCain could have judged such a person as qualified to be America's Vice President.

    Undecided is no longer my status!

    September 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Mary

    Hewitt asked Palin her reaction to the “extreme hostility” that she has faced from liberals.

    “Oh, I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying you know what? It’s time that a normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency, and I think that that’s kind of taken some people off guard, and they’re out of sorts, and they’re ticked off about it,” she said.

    WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT? No matter what subject she is speaking on, I honestly have a hard time following her.

    September 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Gretchen

    We've had a Joe Six Pack in the White House for the last eight years and look where that has gotten us.

    September 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Does she think this is going to get her elected
    Kind of silly i think.
    “Joe-six pack American”
    Pit Bull with lip stick

    September 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. ET

    "Sarah Palin on Tuesday called herself a “Joe-six pack American” – Just exactly where did she say that? Not that it would be a negative thing to say or be, but it seems a perfect example of the media trying to spin something to fit their own liberal agenda.

    September 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Matt

    I just read that, according to the actuarial tables the insurance industry uses to determine the average lifespan of people within their particular age group, Palin has a one in four chance of becoming the President of the United States, should John McCain win and become incapacitated or die in office. And then we'll see what a "Joe Six Pack" presidency means, but to me it's looking more like the Jerry Springer Show.

    September 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. jiminy cricket

    Ticked off isn't the word. Shocked that we seem to be willing to forsake choosing leaders that have even a modicum of a sense of history. Being "normal" isn't leadership. I dont need a leader to repeat ad nauseum that they can relate to me. FDR (can I mention his name without a conservative somewhere knee-jerking and gagging?) was of old money, but was able to relate and lead.

    September 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. rhie

    here's the problem with the American people: they are going to buy this load of dung lock stock and barrel. It;s terrifying to think that McCain/Palin even stand a chance in this election. These candidates are selling themselves, not their policies. The fact is, as an American citezen, i could care less that Sarah palin is "Joe six-pack American" i don't care how many children she has or how often she likes to go hunting. I want to know her plans for my country. We are facing the worst economic melt down in history and this woman is babbling on about incoherent nothingness. I am disgusted with the people in this country. it doesn't matter that Obama is a man for the people or that McCain is a war "hero" this is all superficial and not the point. God help us in the coming years, because if there is a God, we will need his aid.

    September 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. JC

    I am not "ticked off" I just think you are unqualified to be VP.

    September 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. Concerned Canuck

    PATHETIC!!

    Everything that comes out of her mouth is so contrived it doesn't come across as even close to sincere, I wonder who wrote up the script for this outing?

    Anyway, the Palin Circus is coming to primetime Thursday night, I hope for her sake they don't stray off her script too far or we could be in for one the greatest (or worst, depending on where you sit) moments in television.

    Please, please, please America... do the right thing.

    September 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. Carla

    I don't want someone just like me in one of the highest positions in our government. I want someone smarter and more informed. Sarah Palin is definately not smarter and not informed. If John McCain gets elected with her as the VP our country is in even more trouble. Americans better wake up and smell the coffee. I too cringe everytime she speaks.

    September 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. D. A. Jennings

    Gov. Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air. I just hope that she doesn't change. I think that Senator McCain couldn't have made a better choice. I feel that she is very capable to do the job. I jut hope that when she takes office that she will put the Speaker of the House in the time out chair.

    September 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Mark Wagner

    I"m speechless...

    September 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Walt

    We just spent the last eight years with a Joe Six Pack in the white house. We don't need another one in drag!!!!

    September 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Sarah So NJ

    Geez! In this big mess!

    I want a normal Joe Six Pack and Joe Camel to run this country!

    I am out of sorts and ticked off

    looking forward to legislation for building a bridge to Russia and then to Europe so we don't have to fly there to get foreign policy experience.

    Let's talk street talk in DC!

    September 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Dana Harris

    SHE IS AN IDIOT, CAN NOBODY ELSE SEE THIS

    September 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Jr

    CNN POST THIS

    McCain is abuse to Palin, she is not qualified! i FEELL sorry about her ..really sad

    September 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. Joe's Neighbor

    You know I love my neighbor named Joe and you're right he does drink a six pack a night, but God forbid if he became Vice President and even had a remote chance of becoming President!

    Sarah, you are about as qualified as my neighbor down the street, Joe "Six Pack", only I trust him more and still wouldn't vote for him.

    Do us all a favor and take your "Common American" rhetoric and go back to Alaska!

    September 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Helen,Ft Lauderdale

    What's there to comment on? We can call Bush "Dumb" and Palin "Dumber"

    September 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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