October 19th, 2008
11:26 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin says voters 'irritated' by robocalls

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Palin discussed GOP robocalls and socialism on Sunday.
Palin discussed GOP robocalls and socialism on Sunday.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) – All of a sudden, Sarah Palin is eager to meet the press.

John McCain’s running mate took questions from her press corps for the second time in three days late Sunday after flying into Colorado Springs. But Palin was not completely on message.

Wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and standing on a breezy tarmac, Palin said that if she had her way, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee would not be flooding battleground states with automated phone calls tying Barack Obama to former radical William Ayers, as they have done over the last week.

Several top Republicans, including Senators Susan Collins and Norm Coleman, have condemned the tactic. Asked about those criticisms, Palin at first dismissed the matter as "inside baseball stuff" and said it's "some of the campaign top brass’s call on that."

But when asked if she would approve the use of robocalls if she were running the campaign, Palin said she’d probably chart a different course.

"If I called all the shots, and if I could wave a magic wand," Palin said, "I would be sitting at a kitchen table with more and more Americans, talking to them about our plan to get the economy back on track and winning the war, and not having to rely on the old conventional ways of campaigning that includes those robocalls, and includes spending so much money on the television ads that, I think, is kind of draining out there in terms of Americans' attention span.

"They get a bit irritated with just being inundated," she continued, "and you're seeing a lot of that of course with the huge amounts of money that Barack Obama is able to spend on his ads and his robocalls also."

Ultimately, the Alaska governor said she was not calling for an end to the automated calls, and she did not say if she had spoken to campaign officials at any point about the calls.

Palin was also asked if she and McCain believe that Barack Obama’s tax plan, which would raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 and provide tax credits to middle and lower-income workers, is socialist. At a campaign rally in New Mexico earlier Sunday, Palin said Obama wants to "experiment with socialism."

"There are socialist principles to that, yes," Palin said of Obama's plan. "Taking more from a small business or small business owners or from a hard working family and then redistributing that money according to a politician’s priorities. There are hints of socialism in there."

Asked if she thinks the government’s plan to inject billions of taxpayer dollars directly into troubled banks amounts to socialism - a belief held by many conservative legislators, talk radio hosts and bloggers - Palin said, "No, I do not."

"I believe that there are those measures that had to be taken by congress to shore up not only the housing market but the credit markets also, to make sure that that’s not frozen, so that our small businesses have opportunities to borrow, and that was the purpose, of course, and that part of the bailout and the shoring of the banks," she said.


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soundoff (457 Responses)
  1. Selwin

    And what exactly would that plan be Ms. Palin? I hear your critique for the Obama tax cut plan but, yet I hear nothing different from the McCain campaign that would be different from the last 8 years. NO more trickle down. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 19, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. ....

    shes seeing the light?

    October 19, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. 2008 MINUTE MAN

    THIS WOMAN IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!
    HELPING THE STUGGLING AND THE "EVERYMAN" IS DEEMED AS SOCIALIST, BUT HELPING THE BANKS AND THE FINANCIAL MARKETS IS NOT. WOW
    GOP 101
    THE OBAMA BOMBER
    AND STRIDING BIDEN 08

    October 19, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Danielle

    I see that Sarah is disagreeing with her running mate on this. I thought they consulted each other. Goes to show Sarah and John don't agree on much and if she's in the white house and something happens to McCain she'll turn everything around for the worse. Thats why we need to vote for Obama/Biden08'

    October 19, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. Sam

    Sure, neither Palin nor McCain are behind the robo-calls. Just some low level staffer who is outside their control. Right . . . uh huh . . .

    October 19, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. Rhonda, KY

    This woman just cannot speak in complete, coherent sentences at all. It is so clear she is just the secretary and has no real involvement in the direction of this campaign. I'm so glad President Obama will be elected in a few days.

    October 19, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. RL

    You are out of your league and don't have any inkling what you have been talking about!

    October 19, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. JWR

    OK, take the wand, put it over your head, slowly rotate the wand over your head, close your eyes and keep repeating there is no place like home.

    October 19, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. Ask Sarah to define "Socialism"

    This is the ignorance and casual missinformation that Colin Powell was talking about that causes labeling and fearmongering, but no solutions.

    Please please please... someone... anyone... Joe the Plummer, a soccer mom or dad, even a pig with lipstick... Ask Sarah if she even knows what "socialism" is and how it applies to Obama!!!

    All she's doing is stirring the hate/fear base of "real" America who might be convinced by such shameful, wrong rhetoric. McCain, himself, should know better and put a stop to it... because it harms ALL of America... it insults our intelligence and our better nature... who is going to set her straight that her symantics are all wrong and she's red-baiting...

    October 19, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  10. diakenpoy

    I cannot condone anybody to take hard earned money to someone (whatever the excuse is) and give it to me disguised as tax cut. That's unfair and plain not right. Obama's plan for spreading wealth is to take from the rich and give to the poor. That's not right and ya'll are condoning stealing from somebody (for whatever excuse, stealing is not right)!

    October 19, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. VSFlorida

    Looks like someone is already staging a 2012 Campagin and have herself distance from a negative propaganda SHE started.

    October 19, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. Tom, KS

    These people are crazy. Make up your mind already. Either you are for sleaze and slime or you are against it. You can't have it both ways.

    October 19, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. JM

    No student of histoiry, Palin is robo-reciting lines fed her by the more rabid right-wing flacks that have hijacked the failing, lurching, sputtering McCain campaign. Then again, Alaskans know a thing or two about socialism, drawing out of the federal coffers far more than they put in.

    October 19, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. Craig from Washington

    "Palin said that if she had her way, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee would not be flooding battleground states with automated phone calls tying Barack Obama to former radical William Ayers...."

    Sarah, don't you think it's a little late to develop scruples?

    October 19, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Richie

    Is she incapable of forming even one coherent sentence?

    October 19, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  16. bill the hack

    She is a hypocrite and an idiot.

    October 19, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. Anon

    Hypocritical idiot. If Obama's plan is considered "socialist" then the bailout is definitely "socialist." Why should the government be discouraged from using public funds on public projects, but encouraged to use public funds to support selected private projects. That's just stupid.

    October 19, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  18. Gail in SC

    Get a clue! Natinalizing the banks is considered socialism.

    October 19, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. Angela

    Bit of a double standard, I'd say

    October 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. Say What

    Say What? Isn't this the same lady who says Obama like to Pal Around with Terrorist(s)...huh?

    October 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. Bet

    They may be measures that were necessary but they certainly are Socialist.

    I wish Palin would just pack up and head back to Alaska...and stay there. ..forget about the lower 48....tend to her own problems. From what I've been reading she has quite a few as a result of her VP bid....

    October 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  22. Voted Already

    Sounds like she is trying to seperate herself from John McCain. So that if she runs in 2012 she can say to the base. Hey all the things you wanted me to do and didn't want me to do. I had no say in the matter. Because John McCain tied my hands. In other words it's his fault not mine.

    October 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  23. Jimmy

    I wish her actions match her talk....

    She should also define what Socialism means...

    October 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  24. Zia

    What shame for McCain – she drown him

    October 19, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  25. Syed Shamsuddoha

    What an uneducated goof Sarah Palin is. Did she graduate from the university after all? I know she changed her university couple of times. I am pretty sure that she does not understand the definition of "socialism". Shame on her.

    Cheers.

    S

    October 19, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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