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. D.L.

    "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."

    By that logic ALL taxes are socialist. Yet, McCain/Palin doesn't propose to eliminate taxes altogether.

    If they really hate Socialism that much they should campaign to kill SOCIAL SECURITY or MEDICARE. Put up or shut up.

    October 20, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. Former Republican

    I know so many former GOP supporters (like myself) that will be voting for Obama. I like to think that country is more important than politics. And if you think palin is ready to be president, you need a labotomy.

    October 20, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  3. Rose

    I guess McCain-Palin figure that if they call the Obama-Biden platform "socialism" no one will notice or mind their experiment with Fascism.

    October 20, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  4. Arnold

    Even Palin sees that this strategy isn't going to work.

    October 20, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. Understood

    Let me see if I understand... helping Americans pay for health insurance so that they can then use the left over money to make mortgage payments, fill up their gas tanks, buy a car, etc... is socialism, but given taxpayer money to banks and failed companies is not? Hmm... OKAY!!!

    October 20, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  6. Jim in San Jose

    Glad to see that she's been let out. She's a loose cannon and her first target will be John McCain's foot. Bring on the mecurichrome.

    October 20, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  7. Mike in Baltimore

    Anyone heard of the Obama campaign doing robo calls?

    Crickets

    Crickets

    Crickets

    Crickets

    Crickets

    And even if the Obama campaign were doing robo calls, the calls would not be spreading lies and smears like the McCain/Palin campaign is doing.

    October 20, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  8. Polly

    people are probably only irritated with CNNs robo reporting. trying to control the election with their polls and biased

    October 20, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. Gnomepark

    I wonder if they went through the "No Call List"?

    Pretty pathetic that a candidate for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, would stoop to phone spam and shotgun marketing to promote "his cause".

    Obama/Biden 08
    Dick Lugar (R) for Secretary of State

    October 20, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. Patrick Thomas

    Its very hard not to connect Senator McCain to President Bush. When
    Senator McCain is running the identical same sneezy low life attack
    compaign that President Bush used against Senator John Kerry. How
    in the world can his compaign help but be like his twin brother President George W. Bush. If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck then its a duck.

    October 20, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. breh

    Joe ain't no plumber and Plain ain't no VP. The GOP should get real...this race is about ISSUES. The people are hurting and all they can do is create fictional charecters to try and distract us. How sad.

    October 20, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. Artola

    Somebody better hank her chain. Sounds like she's about to give Tina Fey material for another SNL skit!!! Thanks to Palin Obama supporters are motivated over and over again to donate to the Obama campaign. She rallies both parties!

    October 20, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. Hopeful

    Chart your course back to Alaska...
    Believe me, McCain wishes he had the campaign funds Obama has behind him. Except Cindy McPrenuptial isn't backing he man with her money...

    October 20, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  14. Linda32

    There is something not right in this campaign. Smells/sounds fishy.

    October 20, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  15. Crazy Cat Lady

    Palin doesn't have a clue what socialism actually is; to her it's just another club to beat Obama with.

    October 20, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  16. Nick - Arlington, VA

    O my god....I fear for this country if this mental midget winds up anywhere near Washington.

    October 20, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  17. No time for foolish games!

    Can some one please teach her how to speak proper english? I mean, is she serious? Why do most of her sentences equate to a pile of run-on incomplete thoughts that end in the word also? What standard is she being held to? Is Gov. Palin smarter than a 5th grader? Let me get back to ya' on that one!

    October 20, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  18. DenverGirl

    omg! Why does she even talk? I cant wait till she goes back to Alaska!

    October 20, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  19. Aaron

    Ok, Palin started saying one of the more honorable things things says said during the whole campaign by saying in effect that she doesn't like the tactic of using the robocalls.

    The she starts to suck things up.
    socialism is only socialism if it takes money from everyone and splits amongst people who dont have much.

    It's not socialism if it takes money from everyone and gives it to people have vast fortunes.

    OK
    Got it.

    October 20, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  20. Bitter Allen Hussein, Visalia CA

    I am tired of getting lectured on patriotism and what are the "real pro-America" parts of the country from a secessionist.

    October 20, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  21. Shannon,Dallas,Texas

    She's not ready to be President. We can hope, however, that she's learned from Troopergate, that she comes to understand how great America can be as a unified and diverse nation, and that she must always put principal before politics.

    P.S. John McCain is just old.

    October 20, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  22. mac

    well i guess you both don't know who is the driver in your bus.when the vice presidential candidare talks of "having her way"then i doubt what kind of role she has in teh campaign which she is suppose to be the number two in command.well if John gives up in his term i doubt if this woamn can actually lead.it is evident, the times are hard the the stakes are to high, i count the mccain/palin team out of the game.

    October 20, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  23. NO-BAMA

    Kick butt Sarah !!!

    We got your back.

    We are fighting for you & John.

    Mickey mouse obama will LOSE this election.

    MCPALIN 2008 !!!

    October 20, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  24. bridgette

    That is probably the smartest thing I have heard her say since she stepped into public view.

    October 20, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  25. Andrew

    I don't have any comment because she doesn't stand for anything. I don't even know her guiding principles as a leader. She doesn't know the basic tenet of governance at the federal level. I guess we could comment on more serious stuffs and pay more attention to decent and admirable personalities than Sara Palin.

    October 20, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
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