October 20th, 2008
08:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin says voters 'irritated' by robocalls

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. Clare from Orlando

    Reading all these comments have truly made me proud to be an American. When Obama becomes the President, we will truly become One Nation, Under GOD! I love you, Rainbow Nation.

    October 20, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. That one is Karl Marxs friend too

    It is really funny how over the years the leftist and democratic community smeared Powell over his Iraq decisions and policy. Now when it is to their benefit call the man a hero. Would Powell have endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency?? I think not. Even as late as 2006 many were smearing Powell for not resigning sooner. It's funny how you all now think he's a great american for endorsing someone you like.

    Get used to Palin. Presidency or not she will not go away very soon.

    October 20, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Jennifer

    First of all, Palin is wrong about Obama's policies being socialist. It is merely a progressive tax system – something we already have but whose effectivness has been blunted by the Bush tax cuts – something John McCain now supports.

    Secondly, does it seem to anyone else that Palin seems to have given up on this race and is setting the stage for 2012 or 2016? What with the Michigan comments and now the robocalls (which are annoying), she seems less concerned about helping John McCain than with helping her chances in 4 or 8 years.

    October 20, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Mark

    "Its unfair to take money from a hard working person and give to drug using/beer drinking/couch potatoes"

    I really feel bad for people this stupid- NOT that they are stupid, just that they were born rich or somehow fell backwards into money. Also, if you want to say "it is", you use a contraction, "it's." Some of us need our education to succeed.....

    October 20, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. Outsider

    As a Canadian I am constantly astounded by the vitirol in the personal commentary (and in the media). The Republican ticket is certainly unpolished and in many ways questionable. As for smarts which VP candidate said Roosevelt often spoke to the nation, during the depression, on television? If Palin had said that what would be the reaction? Media free ride – looking from the outside there is no doubt. Your choice seems to be between a smooth, polished (and slick) politician who says his policies are now different from his entire voting record and on the other side a couple of redneck hicks who can't impress anyone.
    Man, I thought our choices in the recent Canadian federal election were pretty weak – I don't envy anyone voting in the US Presidential election

    October 20, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. not fooled

    Hey "stew"

    First of all its "endorsement". Secondly, you suggesting Gen. Powel's vote of confidence was "racism" in fact, makes you sound racist, as if you believe the only reason a man would ever stump for a candidate he likes better is because they are the same color.

    Get over it, man. Race doesnt matter in this election. Or at least it shouldnt matter to most Americans. Vote on the PEOPLE and their POLICIES AND CONDUCT. Not on the color of their skin

    October 20, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Mao Li Jiang

    Mc Cain for sure put his country first by serving and risking his life for the country. And We all really do appreciate and are forever grateful. Question does market still put country first? I don't think so. If Mc Cain Put Country First, He definitely would not have chosen Sarah Palin as a running mate. Unless he wanted to win first before considering the country...

    October 20, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Earl

    This is laughable. The words came out of her mouth, and the entire strategy backfired. They are back pedaling the situation and it is much too late to lie and back out of it.

    The Republican Party is nothing but a bunch of Crooks just like Nixon, he just got caught. I was a republican/independent up to this point in politics; I am now a independent/democrat thanks to:

    -Bush / Cheney and their lies (they called it bad intelligence) to get us into Iraq. Afghanistan is justifiable for the terrorist camps they had there. The reason we have not found Bin-Laden…Republicans could not justify being in Iraq. Once he is found the American public would have closure on a tragedy that affected us all- 9/11. And lets start not having any politicians except the President of the Untied States speak during the remembrance of this event. And lets start use it to remember our dead, not to use it as a scare tactic for political reasons as the Republicans have been doing since that day.

    -Thanks to the H1B visa, this allows foreign visa workers without a green card to work our American jobs (engineering and IT in general). I am now a unemployed IT worker and getting ready to los my house.
    These companies used contract job shops to supply the H-1B replacements. The companies could claim they did not apply for H-1B visas and the job shops could claim they had not fired any U.S. workers. Thus, the employer could openly and legally replace their U.S. workforce with H-1B workers. TRW is a fine example of this using a company called Satyam (the Indian Parent). The pay check came from NJ but the HR was in Indian.

    Palen IS the worst choice the Republican Party could have convinced John McCain to put in place. They wanted to be historic, while putting the country in the rearview mirror.

    We as a public have a responsibility. Hold our Politicians’ to their words.

    October 20, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. James Bailey

    "old conventional ways of campaigning" don't include robo calls. This is a relatively new and very annoying tactic that ought to be outlawed. Kind of like Sarah Palin.

    October 20, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Paddio

    Aneel:

    You would be one who would benefit from Obama's plan. I am confident you are not making 250K a year.

    October 20, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Scott, West Chester, OH

    Sarah understands people and she's honest. I think she'll be a great VP.

    October 20, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Concerned Citizen

    Palin's trying to save what remains of her political career, and keep up her aspirations of a future presidential race.

    America is too smart to tolerate her any more. Goodbye, Palin. You won't be missed on the national scene.

    October 20, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. Women for Obama/Biden

    The press says she has difficulty staying on the message...since she is not within the "pro Americans"

    Silly as it sound though...Sen Obama said this will be the tactics that they will use against in in his campaign in April....the Robo calls and the Socialist tag...someone pls ask the lying fools what is President Bush doing in office right now...? If that is not socialism then what is it?

    October 20, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. PLJones

    Go ahead Sarah throw Mccain and the Repub. Strategist under the bus Now, but Remember it was YOU who started this mess....

    October 20, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Repub for Obama

    Sounds like she is trying to distance herself from McCain. Probably a good idea since she wants to still have a career in 16 days...

    October 20, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. paulie_nj

    Colin Powell endoreses Obama because of quoute "his ability to inspire Americans", that makes alot of sense. Guess he couldn't come up with anything more credible. Another obvious example of people of color sticking together.

    October 20, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Moving to Europe if McCain/Palin wins

    Palin said "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,"

    HUH?!?!? This is not even a cohesive sentence. We've had one retard in the White House, please don't make us have to endure another one.

    Palin is an english teachers nightmare. This is a runon and a fragment all in one. If this is the best and the brightest America has to offer, God help our school systems.

    October 20, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Adam in VA

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. Does she understand marketing campaigns at all?? You do robocalls and TV adds because it reaches a large number of people in a short amount of time, and while not everyone pays attention, there are the undecided voters who will listen to an add or a phone call that might sway their vote.

    On that note: STOP LOOSELY TYING OBAMA TO AYERS and other crap like that. It comes off as petty.

    And way to openly disagree with your running-mate's campaign, that shows some real unity there.

    Go home

    October 20, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Phil

    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."
    -–
    So Socialism is when to take from business to give to the people. When you take from the people to give to business it is..... Well what is it sarah?

    October 20, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. Darryl Miller

    I can only speak with referencing from my years of military service. Palin need to read the writing on the wall.. This robocalling is hurting all american. It onl builds hate. If one of her supporters actually do harm to Senator Obama after hearing on of there robocalls do she know that Gov. Palin along with Senator McCain will be guilty of this crime as well.. Along with the RNC that agreed with the type of media hype.

    Save your self and get away from the mad – man...

    Obama Binden 08 12

    October 20, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. Bea

    I guess the house is falling apart......

    October 20, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Caribou Barbie! Heading with Maverick to the Last Roundup...

    October 20, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. Joe

    First smart thing Palin said since she has been on the campaign.

    October 20, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Sara is one hateful lady. The sad part is, she is merely a parrot...that mimics what she is told. In the event that something happened to McCain (if by a long shot he wins the election) is that if something happened to him. She'd be the President and her husband the shadow president...now that is scarey.

    October 20, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. shay

    I am against these robo calls that McCain is doing. . They did not think about an innocent child who is home alone after school. The child answer the call and hear this mess. It will cause the child to be scared.

    The parent do everything they can teach a child when they are home alone after school not to answer the door because the parent have a key. The phone is a child lifeline left home along to the parent. The innocent child is waiting patiently for the parent to make it home safely. Now the robocall is out and the child could possibly answer the phone and hear this terroist mess.

    What were the McCain caimpaign thinking? The McCain camp seized to amaze me on their judgement.

    The world is dangerous enough and could possibly have an innocent child crying home alone.

    They need to stop it immediately and think about who will answer that call.

    October 20, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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