October 20th, 2008
01:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin keeps the focus on Obama in Colorado

Palin pressed the McCain campaign’s strategy of portraying Barack Obama’s tax plan as a socialist.
Palin pressed the McCain campaign’s strategy of portraying Barack Obama’s tax plan as a socialist.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) – On Monday, the first day of early voting in Colorado, Sarah Palin urged supporters to get out to the polls, where voters will also face a choice in a tightly-contested Senate race and sort through a variety of ballot initiatives.

“So Colorado, understand that early voting begins today in this great state,” she told an audience at a minor league ballpark. “ If you believe what we believe in and if you’re ready to shake up Washington and clean up Wall Street, if you’re ready to get this economy back on track and win these wars, John McCain and I are asking for your vote.”

As she did over the weekend, Palin pressed on with the McCain campaign’s strategy of portraying Barack Obama’s tax plan as a socialist handout to Americans who don’t pay taxes.

Watch: Palin says Obama and Biden sound like socialists

“Barack Obama claims that he will cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans,” she said. “But the problem is, the problem with that claim is that 40 percent pay no income tax at all, so, so how can you cut income taxes for folks who don’t pay them? His plan is to cut them a check and call that a tax credit. Where is he going get all the money for those checks that he’ll cut? It’s by raising taxes on America’s families and on our small businesses, on a lot of folks just like you and like Joe the Plumber.”

Obama’s campaign says their plan calls for tax relief for 95 percent of workers and their families. Non-partisan tax policy organizations agree that 40 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax, but many of those are lower-income earners who have payroll taxes deducted from their paychecks.

Palin said Obama’s tax plan “will stifle the entrepreneurial spirit that has made this country unique and has made it the greatest country on earth.”


While in Colorado Springs, the Alaska governor sat down for an interview with influential “Focus on the Family” founder James Dobson, who has long been critical of McCain but said in August that the selection of Palin as the Arizona senator’s running mate makes him more likely to vote for the GOP ticket.

Palin has three stops across the state on Monday.


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soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. True Mavericks are Independent!

    According to Palin who among you are in Pro America and not so Pro America? Who among you are real Americans and not so real Americans?

    This Pit bull does not care for any of you if she try's to get you to hate each other!

    October 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. MikeH

    When you look into Sarah Palin's eyes, you can see the back of her skull.

    October 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Sara Mae

    Why Palin/McCain don't talk about their views and what they will do for this country but more of what Obama will do. If you weren't an idiot you would tend to believe that McCain/Palin don't have a plan but when George Bush leave everything is set up so why should they have a plan when it is already there. FOUR MORE YEARS of GEORGE BUShhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    October 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. oldcavpilot

    'Joe the Plumber' isn't a plumber.

    October 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. AB in MN

    When is Palin going to focus on what they can do for us? The most dream of Obama every night. Seriously republicans, when are they gonig to talk about what McCain and Palin can do? When is McCain going to tell us what he would do differently then Bush? Anytime between now and the 4th would be great.

    October 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. wcf

    But what are YOU going to do for our country Ms. Palin? I have yet to hear one good plan come out of your pit bull mouth. You can chew up another candidate and spit them out, but what useful purpose do YOU serve? If you are going to be so high and mighty with your rhetoric, please give us a clue of what YOU will do! Stop creating discourse in our country! Stop promoting anger and start promoting your party and what YOU will do for us! Until then, Obama gets my vote! Did I mention that I have always voted Republican...until now?

    October 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Que Quedas

    Greed and ignorance is whats wrong with america........i

    October 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. genek1953

    In any campaign, for any office, the candidates who spend the most time talking about their opponents are the ones who have the least persuasive things to say about themselves.

    October 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Ron

    Well you cannot call the Republicans Socialist. Bush has all but Nationalized the Banks. McBush wants to control our Homes by Government control of our Mortgages. Nope these are not Socialists. These are outright Marxist Communists !!

    October 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. RealityKing

    600 billion dollars and counting... Where is all this money coming from!!??

    America has suddenly found itself in dire need of unbiased investigative reporting.

    October 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Lu from Houston, TX

    "how are you going to give people with no income a tax cut?"

    - How are you and McCain going to give people with no income a tax cut?
    - How are you and McCain going to give poor people a tax credit for health insurance if they don't have an income? Tell them to die?

    October 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. deb in Colo

    Right, Sarah – I want to keep rewarding the CEO's that just got a $700B bailout from people like ME, with a tax break. NOT!

    October 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Kelvin

    To all of you Republican supporters who defend McCain Palin, including Rush Limbaugh, I bet most of you voted for Bush when he ran for President. That means you are responsible for the mess his administration has created over the past 8 years because you helped put him into the office. Now do you have anything to say about that?

    October 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Wayne in CA

    only two more weeks...and all we will have to hear is the whine of the jet taking Palin back to Alaska to face her ethics hearing...

    October 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. JD

    Meanwhile, in polls out today, Obama holds a 10 point lead in Virginia and, incredibly, a 7 point lead in North Carolina per PPP.

    October 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Darrel from Denver

    More BS from the dimwit VP candidate.

    I live in Colorado and have voted Republican since 1972. That ends this year for clearly obvious reasons, many of them portrayed whenever this clown speaks.

    October 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Carlos

    Um....Joe the Plumber doesn't pay taxes either.

    October 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Molly KC

    I was at the Obama rally in KC over the weekend and thought it was fitting that the Palin-McCain protestors were next to the crazy Fred Phelps protestors. I'm sure they're all voting for the same person!

    October 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. BJD

    It's too bad Palin is totally incapable of formulating her own ideas. All she can do is parrot empty attacks. Sad.

    October 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Sarah Palin is not qualified to lead. Final answer!

    October 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. vw

    Sarah,

    You are right.

    We should encourage people to work hard for the high-pay other than stay at home for the money.

    We should protect the prople who share this American-dream.

    Collin Powell said you are not legible for vice-predsidency, How can we say EVEN OB is qualified for Presidency? A huge liar for some unknown reason...

    October 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Franky

    I gotta say, this is the woman that was raising the roof, huh? Maybe she shouldv'e worried about raising her duaghter instead of raising the roof. And I'm sure she thinks she's "cool."

    No offense to her but she's doing what many men like...just sit there and listen do what we say! LOL!!! Ohhh yeah, I forgot, she represents values and substance, she's more special that Cinderella...

    You know, is pretty funny when you guys(CNN) announced more than a couple of months about Palin that she can potentially be on the V.P short list. As a matter of fact, I praised that ticker!! I liked how the direction couldv'e gone but do you know what's the difference? I never knew that she had more foreign policy than the U.N(United Nations). In that case, my boy has more foreign policy than a pilot heading in and out a country...

    And one last thing, I never knew she had more executive experience than all of Wall St. In that case, my boy is getting his executive skills. How?? After all that money he's raised, that's all he needs...my boy has raised more money than what Gov Palins town is worth...and she still needed extra cash(earmarks)!

    This woman is more funny than President Bush...literally! LOL!!!

    October 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Nick

    Does Sarah Palin know what a socialist is?

    October 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. dizizi31

    And this is news how CNN? Why not post the Rolling Stone article on Republican Voter Registration Tactics? or the West Virginia Voting levers changing the vote from Dem to Rep. Has CNN already been a victim of the "Bradley Effect" playing along to support Obama but really McCain. Won't we all be glad when this is over!!

    October 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Democrat in VA

    Listen Sarah, I know you didn't do very good in Economics, so I'll try to explain this to you in small words ... EVERYONE who works and makes more than $600 per year, pays taxes - Social Security Taxes. The government then takes these taxes and uses it to pay out to Social Security receipients, the amount that is left over goes, NOT INTO A TRUST FUND FOR FUTURE RECEIPIENTS, BUT TO THE GENERAL FUND.

    So Ms. Palin, Everyone pays taxes.

    October 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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