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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  1. DannyCali

    It doesn't work.........Sarah and McCain.......! Look Hillary already attack
    about that and doesn't work. So, if your Republican want to win the White House your guy should stop and try some things new and pick some body have more experience to be VP or some body younger to run for President because McCain a little too old and Sarah can't incharge incase something wrong with McCain that's why people don't want to vote for McCain. Wrong VP pick is the big problem now.

    October 20, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  2. Dave

    Sarah Palin is not welcomed in Colorado. Her rhetoric is divisive and incites hate and anger. John McCain and Sarah Palin are responsible for dividing our country at a time we need to come together.

    I can appreciate the fact that their campaign has fallen apart and that they are motivated to do whatever they can to win, but winning in that manner would not be a win for America. Leaders need to lead through example, and they have set a horrible example of how they lead.

    This is the most disastrous campaign I have ever witnessed and it is a sad day for America that these people have a national forum in which to spread their message of hate and lies.

    Go home Sarah. It's over.

    October 20, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  3. labman57

    She didn't seem to have any problem rehashing the Ayers attacks in her speeches during the past few weeks. And wasn't she the one pressing McCain to delve even deeper into the gutter by resurrecting the Rev. Wright issue?

    Why do I get the feeling that Palin is one of those types that will cut you loose like unwanted ballast if it suits her needs?

    October 20, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  4. Arkansas

    I'm so sick of Paline, she needs to either go back to Alaska or get a job on SNL.....she is not the brightest star in the sky. McCain made a bad decission when he made her his VP, that was his biggest mistake.....Colon Powell said it all today, Obama gets my vote.

    October 20, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  5. Bruce Winegar

    Sarah Palin seems to think that a progressive tax policy is socialism while government ownership of investment banks is not. Does this mean that McCain/Palin advocate a flat tax? Given the continuing erratic nature of McCain's campaign, this just might be his October surprise.

    October 20, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Those last 4 paragraphs read like another Katie Couric interview...idiot – capitalistic and socialistic principles are blended in all modern democracies. It's just a matter of degree...

    October 20, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  7. DR

    Why she didn't comment on what Collin Powell stated about her today?

    October 20, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  8. PLEASE CONTACT THE FEDERAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION ON VOTER/ ELECTION FRAUD AT INFO@FEC.GOV

    My first purchase on November 5th: a giant thank you card and postage to Alaska.

    Thanks Sarah!

    Go Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 20, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  9. joe the leaf blower

    ..and she dares to ask "who is barack obama?" the only thing less certain than palin's views is maccain's health.

    October 20, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. Old White Guy

    Sarah – we're irritated with you! Go home young lady and stick to small town corrupt politics.

    October 20, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  11. Mary

    The Obama campaign does NOT make robocalls. Every one of the calls from his campaign is from a real person, one of the many thousands of volunteers in his campaign. Yesterday I made more than 100 of them.

    October 20, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. veteran for obama

    it sounds like she is saying she'd rather sit in my kitchen and tell me about ACORN, ayers, and spread her hate on a one on one basis, but unfortunately due to time and money, robocalls is the only choice...

    is she ever going to meet with REAL press? or release her medical records? surely they have 'doctored' them by now!

    October 20, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  13. M.B.

    I wonder how much Joe the plumber got from the McCain's campaign to ask "that" question. Is he able to buy to shop of his dreams, and finally get licensed?

    October 20, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  14. Jonathan F.

    her lack of common sense is more and more evident each time she opens her mouth. Because Barack does it, it hints at socialism, but when the federal government does something very similar, its not. If i'm not mistaken are we not to be our brother's keeper? We donate to those who are less fortunate that others, are we being socialist? Jeez this train wreck is almost over.

    October 20, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  15. Joe

    If that's true, then all taxes are "Socialism." If you're so against Socialism, why didn't you stop this bailout? They're _nationalizing our banks_ right now. In case you don't know what the word Socialism actually means, nationalized banks are an essential part of it. And Bush is just following the economic footsteps on another Republican, Richard Nixon, who instituted wage & price controls back in the 1970s. Republicans, for all their talk to the contrary, have a history of enacting Socialist policies whenever they get into an economic bind. And we're in a huge bind right now, so you can trust the Republicans to cave in to Socialism during hard times, like they just did. Just like they always have.

    October 20, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  16. Trasa, Texas

    Please Sarah, save it! It's socialism alright as you keep saying, the reason why you say it's okay for government to have a stake in the banks because it's helping those on top and not on bottom. I guess you and McSellOut forgot that us "regular folks" help build this country up as well. Forget about the fact that small and big businesses need us little folks to run their company. I'm not saying milk them for what it's worth, but this trickle down economics only works if those on top actually trickle it down instead of walking away with big bonuses and other goodies like they did all the work themselves.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 20, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  17. CTSadler

    Wow... Even Palin's trying to distance herself from the McCain campaign. John McCain needs to heed the advice offered to Mondale when his landslide loss was imminent: run the campaign you want to be remembered for. He has two weeks left to salvage his legacy.

    October 20, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  18. ethel08

    OK, I see. Giving my hard working family a tax break is socialist. But giving my family no tax break at all while giving the wealthiest Americans even more is just the sacrifice I am supposed to make. That kind of wealth redistribution is good. The other kind–where I get the tax break–is un-American.

    And of course buying up mortgages and nationalizing the banks isn't socialist one bit.

    That makes sense, Ms. Palin.

    Can someone please give these people the real definition of "socialism"? Because they don't seem to know it.

    October 20, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  19. mike

    as a obama supporter i have heard all the terrible things the mccain campaign and palin have said. i think this is the first good thing Palin has said. For once the Mccain campaign realizes how nieve they are to run those campaigns. Obama could run so many negative ads about Liddy, more things about mccain and Keating, her and her husbands ties to terroist. But he has taken the high road. Im proud of the Obama campaign. But in the back of my head i feel that Mccain realizes that these robocalls and negative attacks are making him lose points and try to put Palin out to try and fix these negative ads. Just last week she started all this crap about Obama palling around with terroist. So who can know if this is another campaign led tatic

    October 20, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. Camofrog

    "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.

    Spoken like a true team-of-mavericks non-socialist expert, doggone it.

    October 20, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  21. Jim

    Who is this woman? And when does she go back to Alaska?

    October 20, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  22. HoldenLitgo

    Robo-Rabid Republican condemning Robocalls... That's rich.

    October 20, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  23. smarty

    Palin is right, Obama will lead this nation to socialism and thus his election to the highest office will mark the beginning of the death of democracy. Socialism is a very ideal concept but sharing the wealth encourages receiving with less or no work at all hence putting an end to what John F Kennedy had said "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". With Obama's administration it will make the one pursuing the American dream through hardwork to share the wealth to those who do not. Emancipation has gone a long way but it should not lead to stagnancy and seem entitlement to get more than what you work for or to get something from nothing. Obama's tax plan is a bait for votes but thinking americans should look at the future and their deep american values and the pursuance of the American Dream. That is why we should vote for the American Hero.

    October 20, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  24. Dennis

    "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."

    Maybe asking her to define "socialism" would have been a better place to start? Not to mention a whole lot funnier. Gov. Clueless strikes again.

    October 20, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  25. Thomas

    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.

    Walk your talk !
    Please dont call me with a recorded Tucker Bounds robocall.
    It scares my child !

    October 20, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
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