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. johnrj08

    Now she can add hypocrite to her resume.

    October 19, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. Mikey

    Does she not understand that 98% of small business owners would not see a tax increase and that most would actually see a reduction under the Obama tax plan? or does she just not care if she is telling the truth or not?

    I have to ask if allowing the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% of Americans is a "redistribution" of income, then wasn't the original tax cut a redistribution, just in the other direction? Actually worse yet, since we just ran up the deficit more as a result of giving tax breaks to the rich, we took money away from our children and grandchildren to make a small portion of our population richer.

    If you believe in trickle down economics, just look at the result. We ended up with less jobs, stagnant earnings for most Americans, runaway deficits, and in the end, a wrecked economy.

    Final point, under the Obama plan, the tax bracket over $195,000 is increased by 3%. Therefore, if you make $300,000 and have taxable income after deductions and exemptions of $250,000, your taxes would go up by about $1,650, or just over 1/2% of your gross income. Most people in that income bracket would see their effective tax rate go from about 20% to about 20.5%.

    October 19, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. John in VA

    I applaud you for standing up to McShame, Sarah. Now, how would you suggest going ahead?

    "That One" 08

    October 19, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  4. Jim, IN

    I guess whats funny about the McCain camp lately is, everyone says something different. I thought message control was supposed to be something important. Its almost like theres what McCain wants, what Palin wants, and what Steve Schmidt wants...and they're all different.

    October 19, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  5. MRubin

    To the thinking of most of the right-wing dominated G.O.P. politicians, anyone who disagrees with their sick outlook is either un-American, or a terrorist. One whacko Republican congresswoman just called for an investigation to determine which members of Congress are anti-American, while Palin announced that certain parts of the U.S. are anti-American.
    John McClain just corrected one of his looney supporters at a rally who feared Obama, claiming him to be an Arab, as if that's a crime. McCain didn't condemn her outright overt racism, but instead, informed her that Obama is not an Arab. It appears that almost the entire G.O.P. has gone mad!!

    October 19, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. kev

    Gov. Palin keeps talking about Sen. Obama needs to answer questions yet she keeps ducking questions from the mainstream media and hiding behind her microphone while throwing out accusations. Gov. how about you stop hiding and answer a few questions yourself?

    October 19, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. Henry Haider

    Ms. Palin, It could you a while to realize what American wants and not what you wish to give. Unfortunately it's a bit too late.

    October 19, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. James

    She's a liar. She's only saying this to attempt to paint herself in a positive light. This woman IS worse than GW. I simply never thought it possible.

    October 19, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  9. Dee Jay in miami

    This just goes to show how the McCain does not have control of his campaign

    October 19, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. Missouri Mom

    Lol now Sarah Palin is jumping ship? No one wants to be affiliated with the republican brand except John McShame now! That's just beautiful.

    October 20, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  11. josh

    i respect the press, how do they sift a message, out of this gibberish. does palin understand english, or she just cant control her train of thought.

    October 20, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. CitizenS

    Once again, she shows her lack of principles as well as knowledge of how any government in any country should work. As for the kitchen table, that is how she and Todd deleted important and needed budget items from the Alaska budget then had to put the same items back in the budget when it was explained to her that these items were necessary to help the people of Alaska. Yet, she gave no governance when initially requested by the legislature Before the budget was initiated. THIS type of person is who you will vote for?? Republicans better put their thinking caps on quick!

    October 20, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. Matt Black - St. Louis, MO

    It seems to me, they should really just start doing damage control at this point. The election is all but over and if they keep this up, they are going to end up alienating many republicans and even more democrats, to where they both might be out of job should they lose this election. Being a democrat that would be fine by me, I'm just sayin.

    October 20, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. Lissa

    There isn't one clear answer in anything she said. She's slippery and dodges the core of every issue she's asked to comment on – that's not VP material. That's a misplaced PTA president.

    October 20, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  15. Lost in Texas

    I don't know why but for some reason I doubt if Sarah Palin even knows what socialism is! I would bet somebody from the McCain campaign just told her to go out and say Obama is a socialist and it's bad. She just doesn't impress me as one who would really know such things unless she were told.

    October 20, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. Republican for Obama

    Well I guess its time to save face seeing their campaign in coming to and end!!

    October 20, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. sacto joe

    This "socialism" label is crud, of course, as is the "anti-American" label. It's all about manipulating the public, making them fearful.

    The only thing you have to fear, America, are the fear-mongers themselves.

    October 20, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. will

    Palin sound like she have no say in the Campaign

    October 20, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  19. Skeeve

    Yet again Palin doesn't know the meaning of the word "socialism" I think I should donate her $5 to buy a dictionary... Redistribution of wealth has little to do with socialism..... state owned banks, or partially owned banks this is another matter entirely. This is not just a hint of socialism... While we are all promised that the state shares will be sold as soon as economy gets better and banks will again become private that we have to wail ans see.

    October 20, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  20. MikeH

    John McCain says he loves being the underdog.

    Is it because he can then justify spreading hate and lies and devide the country?

    There is no forgiveness for what the Republican party is doing in this campaign.

    Love being the underdog, John? Let's see how you enjoy being vilified for your campaign's messages of racist hate.

    October 20, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  21. Are you kidding me?

    Open mouth,
    Insert Foot!

    October 20, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  22. MWA

    Palin knows a lot about socialism because she can see Russia out her window.

    October 20, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. e

    Sara Palin is constantly saying how she would do things differently....

    just goes to prove she is only a political ploy being used by the McCain campaign.

    October 20, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  24. JustAskin'

    Let me get this straight: Taking taxpayer money to help the bankers and businesses ISN'T SOCIALISM, but shifting some of the tax burden back onto CEOs and business IS Socialism. Wow. I must that day in PolySci and Economics. Thank God we have Six-Pack Sarah on this!

    October 20, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  25. mariya

    Sarah Palin is the best what many people found interested in politics.She is fresh air not just for Washincton but for Obama too.Without her his speech was boring +++,but now there are some refreshing in his speeches.However,I think he is not only talking as robot he is thinking as robot too.

    October 20, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
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