October 25th, 2008
02:11 PM ET
5 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. Vic

    The Republican argument is flat. Go early voters!

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. John

    This lady is an outstanding "airhead"`. I can understand why they had to pay over $20000 to improve her appearances since working on her hair might collapse her empty head.

    October 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. carepi,nj

    God bless her heart.
    She is just looking forward to 2012, she knows they're done, perhaps McSame picked her knowing that he will lose, that way she will energize the party and get things moving for 2012. Or she is just a sneaky person who is taking advantage of McSame's.

    Well let her own party decide, this may be the beggining of the end for her.

    Great pick McSame.

    October 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    McCain/Palin Rallies:

    All low-information voters invited.

    October 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. anne

    I guess that's a fitting thing to come out of the mouth of a lady who holds up her poor baby every single time she is trying to to get out of a lie. She is really the most horrible liar I have ever seen in all my years.

    October 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. David Smith

    I respect her honesty which is more then I can say for McCain! John has been a very decent and honorable man but this hate message is unacceptable. Just tell us what you'll do John and whatever happens maintain that proud McCain respectability! Stay out of the gutter!!!!

    October 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. sandee in Portland

    CNN, I'm the only comment here. Why do I continually get awaiting moderation?

    October 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Travis

    This senerio was going to happen sooner or later....McPalin is trying

    to use McSame now as her springboard to the presidency...She forgot

    one thing.......WE REMEMBER THE DUNCE THAT SHE IS.....

    Her political career is over.....she had better enjoy Alaska because

    that's are far as she's going...in the lower 48 we call.....SCREWED

    October 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. concerned

    How can we trust anything this woman says? No experience, diva mentality, ethics probes, a complete lack of understanding of the job of VP, a radical right-wing agenda...the devil really does wear Prada.

    She fires off these fear-mongering rhetorical charges, but it's all BS. Obama doesn't want 'bigger government'. He's not a socialist. He's not a muslim. He's not going to raise taxes on small businesses. He was born in the US. All these lies are repeatedly disproven, yet this twit keeps chriping the same old tune. Way to toe the party line people!

    October 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Dee

    Hey Sarah, I see you have your Alaska Independence Party pin on today. What happened to the super-size flag pin? Ten more days of this vile, amoral woman. Please, take your $150,000 wardrobe (I see some RNC wealth was redistributed to you) and go away.

    October 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. vinceCA

    Can John McCain please admit he made a mistake and choose another VP... Maybe he would then have a chance.

    Palin is out of control. She does not care about or country only about herself and her own interest.

    GO BACK TO ALASKA... we don't want you here

    October 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. linda

    Where does Ms. Diva get her convoluted ideas? Anybody whom actually believes the lies she spews should not be allowed to vote. This woman raises my blood pressure everyday. Palin, go back to Alaska, for the good of the country.

    October 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. facts are facts

    What an idiot. She doesn't know what day it is let alone what a socialist is or for that matter what the truth is since all she can do is read off a prepared speech Karl Rove's henchmen have prepared for her in advance.

    She is the laughing stock of the world make no mistake about it I betcha.

    October 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. bob

    Palin is speaking for Palin.....

    October 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. AK

    This woman is absurd.

    October 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. NJ

    They are in the WRONG state again.

    October 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    Why is it when Gov. Palin raised taxes (windfall profits tax) in Alaska and gives some of it back to the citizens of the state its "GOOD GOVERNANCE", but when Sen. Obama calls for raising taxes on the wealthy its called "SOCIALISM"?

    A voter supporting McCain / Palin would be like be like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders.

    October 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. hurriCAIN PALIN

    "Time is running out for Americans to realize the danger of a having a Democrat in the White House."

    true that, NOBAMA

    October 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. al

    ain't happenin'

    October 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. RT

    "They lie, and lie, and lie and lie and lie, the McCain and Palin show!"
    Sang to the theme of Itchy and Scratchy.

    So Sarah Palin just has no problem blatantly lying to her supporters over and over and over again. Does she really think the rest of us aren't calling her out on all these bold-face lies?

    Your income, property and investments are going to be shared with everyone else? Please! I also love, "Now they do this in other countries where the people are not free." So basically if we elect Obama we are going to lose our freedom. Riiiiiiiiight Sarah. Just keep trying. I hope this woman has a backup plan for her career because her political career is over after Nov 4th.

    October 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Listen Up...

    I've been clicking my heels like mad to get Nov 4th here faster, but so far it hasn't worked. Maybe she out to try it instead so that she can be shipped back to Atlanta with her brood.

    October 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Shelli

    This woman is a trainwreck..even McCain's aides are sick of her.. I'm still not understanding why her WHOLE family got $150,000 worth of clothes...that's more money than I'll make in 5 years so she can stay "pretty" for everyone..give me a break..Nov 4th can't come and go soon enough...I've already voted for Obama..hopefully everyone else is smart enough to!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    October 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Enough of the Insanity

    I wonder if Sarah Palin discusses with her supporters how she is about as guilty of socialism as any Dem she labels a socialist? She brags about turning down the bridge to no where because Alaska doesn't need big nasty gubmint to help them build a bridge..I don't see where she returned that money. Where did it go? She also brags about taking on big oil in Alaska by taxing their profits and giving it to the people with a 2000 dollar a year check.. Smacks of socialism to me. It's one thing to disagree with an opponents ideas of where this country should go, but this woman is the pot calling the kettle black. Even McCain's senior aides are saying she is a rogue and ruining his chances and is only looking out for her future career in politics. Gov Palin needs to go back to Alaska and straighten out her problems she has back there.

    October 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. indy chris

    Nanny State....interesting in that "nanny" is one of the few jobs this chick is suited for. If, that is, you want your children indoctrinated into religeo-fascist intolerance, anit-intellectualism and general redneckery.

    October 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Meka

    Well guess what Palin, America has experienced the results of Republicans being in the White House...and it hasn't been comfortable.

    **JOBS HAVE BEEN ON THE MOVE FOR HOW LONG?
    **I SPENDS MORE MONEY ON CHINA, AND MEXICO PRODUCTS...THAN AMERICAN!

    Obama/Biden '08-'12

    October 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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