October 25th, 2008
02:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin warns Obama would create nanny state if elected

Gov. Palin said Saturday that Sen. Obama has a big government agenda.

Gov. Palin said Saturday that Sen. Obama has a big government agenda.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNN) - Campaigning Saturday in Iowa, a state where polls show Barack Obama enjoying a healthy lead just 10 days before the election, Sarah Palin warned that putting Obama in the White House along with Democrats running both chambers of Congress will turn the country into a nanny state.

Palin cautioned Iowans that under Obama’s “big government agenda,” their income, property and investments would be “shared with everybody else.” She labeled Obama’s plan to provide tax credits to lower and middle-income wage-earners “the philosophy of government taking more, which is a misuse of the power to tax.”

“It leads to government moving into the role of taking care of you, and government and politicians and, kind of moving in as the other half of your family to make decisions for you,” she said. “Now they do this in other countries where the people are not free. Government as part of the family, taking care of us, making decisions for us. I don’t know what to think of having in my family Uncle Barney Frank or others to make decisions for me.”

With audience members shouting “socialist!” throughout her speech, the Alaska governor said that time is running out for Americans to realize the danger of a having a Democrat in the White House.

“Are we hearing what he is saying with 10 days to go?,” she asked plaintively. “Are voters hearing what he is saying about his plans for bigger government?”

At the beginning of her remarks, Palin appeared to ad-lib a riff about her much-discussed wardrobe, which has the been the subject of scrutiny since Politico reported last week that the RNC spent $150,000 on clothes for Palin and her family before the Republican National Convention in September.

“Your state is filled with good, hard-working people all loving the outdoors,” she said, “and it was nice and crisp getting off the airplane and coming into the - it reminded me a lot of Alaska, so I put my warm jacket on, and it is my own jacket. It doesn't belong to anybody else."

Palin was introduced by Col. Bud Day, who shared a cell with John McCain in Vietnam and is one of the Arizona senator’s most loyal campaign allies. Day reached back 60 years to invoke the 1948 presidential election, and said that if Harry Truman was able to come back to defeat Thomas Dewey, McCain will be able to do the same against Obama.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Mobius

    Of course. Why do you think all the O folks have their hands out yelling "Change"?

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Bonnie

    I love Republicans who call Dems proponents of a nanny state when they're eager to shrink government until it's just small enough to fit inside our bedrooms.

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Momma for Obama

    She's such a hypocrite. Doesn't she know that's what the Resnublicans want to do by trying to force a women on how to choose?

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    After the statement above saying "their income, property and investments would be shared with everybody else" under an Obama administration and the whole "socialist" rhetoric, does anybody else out there but me think this reeks of McCarthy-ism?

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Observer

    Gee, Mrs. Palin, I see it the other way around–you want to impose your personal beliefs and place restrictions on any number of issues Americans face (abortion, gay rights, stem cell research, etc.). That would make you the nanny, wouldn't it?

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. AdamW

    These people have no idea what a real socialist is. They are a bunch of hate mongers so eager to latch on to any catch phrase or negative words that they erupt into a fiery chant at the drop of a dime. They love their soundbytes and deragatory comments and eat up her speeches of hatred.

    This woman would do well in a real socialist, communist or tyranical government where one can spew inflamatory rage all they want.

    Time for change!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Sam

    Go back to Alaska, idiot.

    October 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Moodi Hill

    Sarah Palin 2012?

    Hahaha... G.W.B can beat her in a speech contest. Enough said!

    October 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    She needs to be careful when talking about a nanny state. She's the one who would need both a political nanny to watch over her and a nanny to take care of all her kids that would be running around the vice presidents home.

    October 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. dharmas

    if the tax payers pay for Palin's children's travels and entertainment , who cares what she says

    at least we will have jobs

    October 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Iona

    Didn't just make her first and so far only policy-related speech yesterday about spending $45 billion on education special needs children?

    I, and guessing I'm not alone here, will quite happy when Sarah Palin disappears on the national scene after the 4th of November.

    If she manages to avoid any more scandals in Alaska, betting she'll put her name around during the 2012 Republican primaries but there is no way she'll win the first couple states like New Hampshire or South Carolina or Michigan and besides you has no appeal to urban and well-educated Republicans and while she could run without their support, she can't run without the donations.

    Then finally be good ridden of her and this "Vote for the candidate you'd want to have a beer with" mentality.

    October 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Chris

    The government has not been as big as it is right now before, so how is Obama gonna increase the size of it? This lady talks from her rear end. McCain is 72 and would make the oldest president ever, so when he dies we will get this thing.....ugh, please vote Obama.

    October 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    This from the Governor of a state that gets back $1.80 for every dollar sent to Washington?

    This from the Bridge to Nowhere gal and the one who hired a lobbyist to get earmarks for her small town ... about $4,000 for every man, woman and child?

    This from the governor of a state that gives citizens a check every year – and has no taxes?

    October 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Palin sucks as a mother

    Pleae put your daughters on diets and tell them to keep their mouths shut, or they may say to much... and I am sure that would not be good for you.
    Bristol, what happen to obeying God and not to have sex before marriage??? I guess that is okay? just do not abort { confuse about you so called Christians.}

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Ben

    I'm still having trouble seeing why we should fear Democrats when 8 years under Bill Clinton's leadership led to peace, prosperity, and a budget surplus. Meanwhile, 8 years under Republican George W. Bush's leadership has led to endless prospects of war, rampant inflation, and national debt that is out of control. But we're supposed to fear Republicans instead of Democrats? Only a monster of a Straw Man Argument could convince Americans that almost unanimously believe that our country is headed in the wrong direction that the party that has opposed this wrong direction is the one to fear. I wish more Americans could see through Palin's ridiculous logical fallacy concerning the whole "Socialist" argument.

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Coherent1

    When behind in the game, simply lie!

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. james

    Barney frank the boy chaser and had taxpayers to flip the bill......he got caught...........does that anything about democrats? Yep they acan use the word abortion to soothe your mind about the slaughter of the UNBORN and make you men with men or women with women is as natuaral as apple pie and talk about the poor why they cultivate a society of perversion and taxation for distribution of YOUR MONEY.......and pretend that BUSH is responsible for terrorism.......Look at history BEFORE BUSH.......of Islamic radicals............yep...........go ahead and vote for Obama who sat in a church 20 years and didbn't here the hatred spewed from Wright and believe he's you savior! Yeah.ignore the slaughter of the unborn and the theft by democart leftist using the government as the monster.Don't believe......as Russians,Chinamen.or EUROPEANS! They are so socialize or worse.....Welcome to the END!@ You vote Obama and other leftist.you deserve exactly the same as a communist peasant!

    October 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Liberal

    Just like a Republican to deride a state who takes care of the people who most need help a "nanny state". Thank God the era of the selfish, cynical, me first Republican Party is almost over.

    10 Days!

    October 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. douglasdao

    Wow, Palin really truly has no clue. She really does just make up nonsense as she goes along. How could anyone even contemplate supporting someone with such a blatant disregard for the truth?

    October 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Marie in California

    Obama would give us "womb to tomb" care.....a giant government sponsored welfare state. But then, who would be left to pay for it?

    Obama says....."spread the wealth around," which means.....

    income redistritution, which means....

    a Robin Hood government, which means.....

    take from the rich and give to the poor, which means.....


    McCain-Pain – 2008

    October 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Ron from Baltimore

    Well, she's really gone off the deep end now. And apparently she still hasn't a clue, nor any of the discipline, as to what it takes to operate at this level. She's not able to give everyone in country an "oil wealth" check every year; even that was going to grow old in time. Her ideas are unmolded, uninformed, a reflection of the sounds bouncing around inside that expensively coiffed head.

    Enough, Sarah; _we_ get it. Get lost.

    October 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Nathan

    Let me get this straight. Giving a tax credit to low and middle income voters is "government taking your money". Its getting to the point that in order to understand Palin you have to have an IQ of less than 50. What about all these morons in the crowd who I'm sure are the $250,000 abd ubder crowd chanting socialist because he wants the rich to take on more of the burden to help relieve them. The best thing to come out of this election for Democrats other than Obama winning is Palin becoming the face of the Republican party.

    October 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Bob (Illinois)

    I just read more of her comments on the opening page of CNN and I must say that this woman is a nut case! Sorry, but that's how she sounds.

    October 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. kim

    I hope and pray Obama wins – It is torture to listen to even one word this person says. She is just ridiculous and a terrible role model for women. I am sick of the lies and innuendos that appeal to apparantly under educated people.

    October 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Miley

    Okay, if Sarah Palin is a governor, and she believes less government is better, than why doesn't she do herself a favor and disappear?

    And of course, it remains an utter mystery to liberals such as me as to how one can rectify an insistence on eradicating Roe v. Wade with worries about government "kind of moving in as the other half of your family to make decisions for you."

    Please. Just go away.

    October 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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