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. Anonymous

    Palin will do fine after she gets the same coaching from Anthony Robins, Fauxbama did.
    Just because they can, CNN, anchormen, reporters, sitcom clowns, show “Hosts” and actors got their free air time for months to tout their biased, hypnotic rant for Fauxbama and to diss Palin again and again. They mocked our freedom of choice just because they can. Television is one of our publics main source of information and this is an egregious and blatant abuse of the unbiased information many hard working people count on, need and hope for. If entertainers want to fanfare their politician, then let them pay for airtime, otherwise keep their political opinions private and to themselves. What a pay back for all that defamation of Palin just to amuse and recruit Democrats, who obviously need show people to tell them how to vote, and in the end.... Palin Wins!

    September 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Jon in Seattle

    I'm sorry but in 2000 we elected a guy that we said we'd like to have a beer with, and look what that has got us.

    September 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Obama 08

    She's so hopeless. and she has no clue what the average american is going through nor can she really relate. she's just making things up as she goes to try to seem like she cares.

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Griff

    I'm am am also a "Joe Six Pack"... So what ? it proves she is no alcoholic! But to Lou Dobbs, Your E Mail address is lousy..It may as well be KGB... My message to CNN, is if so many people are storeing their savings under the Pillow! Be prpaired for the message, from the "Tooth Fairy".. Thanks for you hard earned savings. I leave you a few million Infant-teath with Thanks...

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Willcnnapprovethis?

    Palin is no "six-pack American"

    The average American doesn't have a tanning bed in their house!

    If she means she's as bright as the average American, She's wrong there too.

    The thought of Palin in the Whitehouse scares me.

    Governor Palin You're No Hillary Clinton!

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Windy1

    Unbelieveable! Palin is so unqualified it is ridiculous. The media cannot make this stuff up. McCain is hurting himself any time he tries defends qualifications or bolsters her credentials. They both now not only look stupid, but they are liars and they think the American public is stupid. By picking and supporting Palin, McCain puts his own political ambitions above the interests of the country. George Will is correct in that McCain's behavior over the last week has been immature and less presidential the Sen. Obama. This behavior is a clear warning to the American public that the McCain/Palin administration would sink this country further into economic, financial, political and international peril. They would make Bush/Cheney look like competent, philosopher-intellectuals

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. linda

    Palin will do fine after she gets the same coaching from Anthony Robins, Fauxbama does.
    Just because they can, CNN, anchormen, reporters, sitcom clowns, show “Hosts” and actors got their free air time for months to tout their biased, hypnotic rant for Fauxbama and to diss Palin again and again. They mocked our freedom of choice just because they can. Television is one of our publics main source of information and this is an egregious and blatant abuse of the unbiased information many hard working people count on, need and hope for. If entertainers want to fanfare their politician, then let them pay for airtime, otherwise keep their political opinions private and to themselves. What a pay back for all that defamation of Palin just to amuse and recruit Democrats, who obviously need show people to tell them how to vote, and in the end.... Palin Wins!

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Mary

    Joe six-pack? She's a dimwit! My extended family and I are more aware of what's going on in America and the world than she is! And her children will be just as dim-witted because they're never in school. Where did she come up with Joe six-pack? What a derogatory term to describe everyday people in America!

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Mary

    Funny conservatives have been attacking her also.

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Brock Landers

    its not that we are hostile, its just that we dont buy her qualifications, no matter how hard the sell. she's proven all by herself over the course of 3 high profile interviews that she does not have the chops to perform at the national level of politics.

    of course she didnt help herself by coming out so aggressively against democrats in her debut speech at the Republican national convention. seems now in retrospect that she is regretting her strategy.

    that's not our fault, but it proves the point that we dont trust her judgement, and the republicans just have to admit their fault in running a bad campaign.

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Daniel in VA

    this sounds like a real sarah

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Molly

    Good for YOU GOV Palin. The comments from the Obama gang are really a DISGRACE!!!! WHY do you care so much – thought your guy is the winner – maybe NOT!!!
    The clear choice is McCain – he is Qualified to lead our country – and we can TRUST him. OBama is far too radical to ever be elected.

    McCain/Palin – a Team we can TRUST

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Adam in atlatna

    LOL!! That is so freakin funny! Sorry but I cant picture Palin with a six pack trying to be an average Joe! All I can see is lipstick!!!

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. DEX

    I really don't mean to be mean, but this country deserves much more than a JOE-SIX Pack to help lead this nation. The position she's applying for is not for some average or arguably below average Joe. American need to wake up McCain has proved by selecting her that Country does not come first to him, it all a gimmick to him. He should know better, this lady has no understanding of the core issues, how irresponsible that pick was.

    September 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. James

    No more Joe-six-pack presidents please! NO NO NO! Actually I think you insult all the Joe-six-packs by claiming to be one.

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Trish

    No... she's wrong. Seriously, the position of President and Vice President is not for the 'common man'... unless that 'common man' (or woman) is brighter than the average bear and understands our place in the world and how best to ensure we continue to stay there and how to prepare our children to live there. She's a nice enough person, but a leader for our nation... no. If any 'average joe six-pack American' could do the job we wouldn't have such a process of trying to find the right person for it! Our leader should represent our best, not our average.

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. As the 'Paign Turns

    OMG – so nice you have a 401K that can lose $20K... A good part of America doesn't. When are you releasing your financials?

    You don't get it. And you're not a "Joe six-pack" – you're a "pitbull with lipstick hockey mom".

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. michael

    Because we've all talked politics with a "Joe six pack American" at least once in our lives and the knowledge base backing their opinions is almost consistently lacking. Most of its just the reptition of the themes in your commercials, almost verbatim, with no thought or reasoning to back it. We all recognize we need more of a VP than that. They are dangerously undereducated for an office with those responsibilities and susceptable to manipulation because of that. Thats why the media is so critical, to see if you have any reasoning to back up the rhetoric you're having your head filled with Mrs. Palin.
    McCain/Titanic 08

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. In Disbelief

    Some of us don't have $20,000 in the stock market to lose, Sarah. And we don't think you're one of us.

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Susan

    "W" was a "Joe six pack" kind of guy, and do you see what happened?

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. ryan

    I dont want an average american running the country...think about what the average american is...pretty stupid

    even GW Bush, who went to Yale amongst other things, is just a little above average... see where we are as a result

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Jack

    McCain- a LEADER we can Trust

    Obama – a FRAUD

    VOTE for the RIGHT one!

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Louis

    Oh my God–is this lady for real? Joe-six pack a heartbeat away from leader of the free world? Please tell me I'm dreaming and will wake from this nightmare.

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. JayInNewHampshire

    You've got to be kidding me! Release your tax records and let us decide whether you know what we are going through. Otherwise drop out.

    September 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Never obama

    Sarah, you are so right.

    America Respects John McCain.
    America LOVES Sarah Palin.

    Sarah Palin doesn't have to know everything. NO ONE in Washington owns Sarah Palin.

    Every low life in Congress owns Obama, who by the way has had 18 months of advisors giving him answers and telling the fool what to say.And he stole Hillary's platform. he's a disgrace and his supporters are stupid.

    September 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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