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. Corey

    Isn't Palin's 15 minutes up yet?

    She can go back to being an unknown real soon.

    Lipstick on a dipstick is still a Palin.

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

    You're right, Gov. Palin! Obama does have a big government agenda. Namely, to undo the disastrous policies of the Bush administration. I hope that you'll be packing your bags on Nov. 5 and heading back to Alaska to face the music on Troopergate. Oh, and don't forget to donate the $150,000 of clothes McCain's bunch bought for you to charity.

    Chris from NC

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

    Palin is a complete joke. The time is up on her 15 minutes of fame.

    October 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Phillip Bunn

    That sounds racial to me.

    October 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. SD

    She needs to get a nanny for all them children she got, and a psyc. eval for her daughter who is engaged to a highschool drop out. I saw an interveiw she did with her husband there holding the baby and feeding it. What's that about? If that was his job, why didn't he just stay in the hotel? What professional woman takes her baby and husband to a meeting. It's a 50 year back step for women. Possibly she was using it as a campaign slogan. Even worst, professionals know to keep their family life seperate from their professional life. I always took the attitude (I'm a manager, but my children are grown now) I work because I have children, I don't to have children. Take a good look at this woman, she is ignorant, and she is no lady. I feel sorry for her children and family. The mixed messages she sends are a death sentence. No wonder her daughter was confused about her sexuality and how to handle herself. Her mothers values are so screwed up. America don't let this woman bring her screwed up message to the White House. Send her packing and packing quick. OBAMA 2008!!

    October 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. MIKE J.

    According to their logic regarding executive experience, Palin has more experience to be President than McCain, Obama, Biden, LIEberman, Clinton, Hagel, and Dodd combined!!

    How dumb is that to say???

    October 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    Still waiting for Governor Palin to be acquitted as a govenor for abusing her power... What a lovely October Surprise that would be!

    October 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. truthsayer

    Why the many post and videos of Palin on CNN. Yawn

    October 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Republican Woman For Obama, FL

    oh please with the lies already! you need to get a nanny for your kids!

    October 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. bridgette

    What is she talking about. What does that even mean. I think that all of her AIP education is seeping out now. We are seeing her real intentions now.

    October 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Gerry in Va. for Obama.


    October 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    Giving tax credits to the rich lead to companies laying off thousands of workers and sending jobs oversea. I thought the tax credit was to encourage more hiring and create new jobs. Now companies are going bankrupt.

    How is John McCain tax policy different from George Bush?

    If you make a million dollars. a 10 percent tax wouldn't hurt you.
    If you make $50,000, a 10 percent tax would hurt you.

    October 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. tom

    Watching Sarah Palin is like watching a cross of sitcom and soap opera!
    The blessed hockey mom gets booed in Philly dropping the puck, then goes to St. Louis for the same , stupid stunt and 'cripples' the Blues goalie.
    Now she says, Obama's tax plan is misuse of power...Wait those are the charges SHE was found guilty of.

    October 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Jon

    Yeah, and if Palin had her way, once she and Todd get in office they're going to push for Alaskan independence so the new nation of Alaska can export oil to the US... The only thing she's good for is stirring hatred and undermining national unity. I won't be surprised if the press uncovers that she attended Klan rallies in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania as part of a new "Shock the Vote" effort. It's really a shame that we have public officials like Palin who subordinate the public welfare for their own selfish agendas and political aspirations.

    October 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Dennis in Chicagoland

    "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."

    I'm ready for a new danger...the last eight dangerous years have given me gray hair and my 401k is now a 201k.

    October 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. James From Chicago

    Palin would be better off keeping her mouth shut, she has no clue of what she is talking about, and has already caused enough damage.

    October 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Norris Hall

    While Fashion Diva Sarah Palin would like American hockey moms all over the country to know she's "just like them" and that she "understands that times are tough", NRC disclosure records show that after siphoning off an eyepopping $150,000 of desperately needed campaign contributions for designer clothing, hairstylists and makeup for herself and her kids in the month of September, she is on her way to breaking all spending records for October .

    Records just being released for October show that she has blown a whopping $30,000 dollars her hair and makeup alone !!!

    It's no wonder Sarah the Fashion Diva is worried about Obama's economic policies.

    Obama would make all politicians pay for their own clothes, hair and makeup...just like he does for himself, his wife and the Bidens.

    October 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Amy

    What does this woman really knows? NOTHING! This a woman who claims to be a hockey man, a joe 6 pack & her clothing cost more than I can imagine $150.00.00. She doesn't even know what her job entails! This woman is a joke!

    October 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. I can see Alaska

    This woman has no right and no brains to attack anyone.
    Seven VP'd have had to become Presidents. Thats a one in seven chance. ARE YOU WILLING TO HAVE HER AS LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD????

    October 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Susan in TX

    I am so excited to have cast my vote today for Barack Obama. It doesn't matter to me what Palin says.

    October 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Joyce in Florida

    With due respect Col. Day, I don't think so. This contest is over for McCain for some time now. And Palin needs to just shut up. We are sick of hearing her voice. It is like nails on a chalkboard. Palin, you have your own problems back in Alaska to deal with and I can't wait to not have to hear you and McCain anymore. Obama/Biden will win Florida and the presidential election. So both of you just go home!!!!!!!!! Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Jojo Jones

    Palin Going Rouge article is nothing more than unsubstantiated innuendo and would be thrown out in any courtroom in America, but CNN brings us more misquoted smear so they can sway this election. Sorry, the American people are SMART and will reject you in the voting booth!

    October 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    First, Republican Bush grew the government by an untold amount after promising less government.

    Second, I would rather have government "taking care of me" than government spying on me.

    Third, as for telling us what we can and cannot not do.... is not Palin doing just that on women's issues?!? How about religious issues? Isn't she the one who has decided how to tell who is a "real american" and who is "anti-american?"

    Her kind of government I can live without.

    October 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Grace Needed

    "time is running out for Americans to realize the danger of a having a Democrat in the White House" We think time is running out to realize the danger of someone in the Alaskan Governor's Office who doesn't follow our Constitution and the laws of our land she took an oath to uphold. How dare you suggest anyone else is a danger? Gov. Palin doesn't even have enough trust in our governing system and laws to have faith in them for solving a personal family dispute let alone the wars and current economic crisis we are in. Instead of working to 'reform the law' in a 'transparent' fashion as she promised, she encouraged her husband to go on a personal vendetta, which is no one time thing since he is in the office more than 50% of the time. Plus, she has lied repeatedly, name-called and distorted facts proven otherwise time and again and ran the most vile, hateful, nasty campaign on record. PLEASE Americans, expect more from our leaders.

    October 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Ron L

    I don't understand why ANYBODY really cares what this womon says. She has shown to be very limited in her knowledge of what is really going on in America and the rest of the world. If she becomes an important figure in the Republican party, it shows a sign of desperation. There has to be more knowledgable, and closer to the center politcally, women in the Republican Party. If not they are in DEEP trouble, until they find a few that are.

    October 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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