October 25th, 2008
02:11 PM ET
6 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. reality

    oh please !.. spare us your "superior" analytical skill Gov. Palin. Prove to us you're a capable of understanding complex issues like the tax policies and economic policies, and then we will listen to your take on Obama's tax policies.

    You have shown us over and over again, that you're not the smart, deep thinking, leader americans need, and that's notwithstanding your poor English skills (like Bush). I have poor English but even I cringe when I hear you speak.

    You're just making yourself look like an idiot by making predictions that require skills far beyond what you have shown us you have.

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Bill, N.M.

    CHANTING SOCIALIST? WOW! We have a lot of dumb americans out there. Palin is a danger to the future of the USA

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Deb (New York)

    and the alternative...would that be to elect a president and vice president that do not even like each other??? If McCain can not run his campaign why are we to believe he can run this great nation of ours?

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Christiane, Germany

    Oh, they want scare you. They tell you about Danger to have a Democrat in the White House. Is this all what they have? They should talk about Economy and Jobs, this Things the People worry about.
    But People , dont get scared , you will make the right Decission.
    And People from 70 Countrys in the World would vote for Obama, including Germany.

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Mook from Canada

    Is she for real? Hasn't she read the actuall tax plan? These repubs say a one-liner lie, then next thing you know, the are expanding,embellishing,andhypothetically extropolating that same little lie!!! un-Believable!!! lol !! send in the plumber! lol....roflmao

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Brian Rich

    Wow, another lame Rush Limbaugh talking point from Palin. Does she have thoughts or just slogans running through her head like a malfunctioning electronic marquee?

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Talk about making decisions for you. She just wants to tell me what I can do with my own body and who I can marry.

    And "the danger of having a Democrat in the White House"? Yea, right. Like things were really bad when Bill Clinton was in the White House. All that peace and prosperity was a little hard to handle.

    So lets put a Republican in again who has no real ideas and lacks the temperament to put this country back on track.

    Obama has a plan. It's not going to be easy because of the huge hole that Bush left us in but he's going to make sure that everyone, not just the rich and powerful, are taken care of. Sounds good to me.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Steve of Florida

    Someone should rein her in...she is out of control. Could this person be a heartbeat away from the presidency? What was John McCain thinking when he "selected" her?

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Walt

    I feel sorry for all the people in Alaska. After this is all over they get her back!!

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

    Frankly, this woman is beginning to scare me.

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

    BARBIE IS ON THE LOOSE!

    NOT ONLY WILL SHE DESTROY AND SLIM CHANCE THAT MCCAIN HAD, SHE WILL DESTROY HER CHANCES OF BEING RE-ELECTED IN ALASKA AND THE GOP WILL NEVER LET HER CLIMB IN TEH RANKS.

    TIME TO SEND THIS MANIAC BACK HOME AND KEEP HER ON A SHORT LEASH!

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Boricua4Obama

    It would be nice of government to actually take care of its people, as opposed to themselves like they have for the past 8 years.

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Shy

    Palin you are not qualified and tell more lies than John McCain.

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Dawn

    Please shut this woman up, Hey Palin, for 6 years both Congress and Senate was runned by the Republicans and look where that got us, high gas prices, lost jobs, closing busnesses, faulty goods from China, unsafe trucks coming up from Mexico.

    To Gov. Sarah Palin; please read more the the headlines, you just might learn something.

    Go Obama/Biden08/12

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

    Scare tactics, that's all it is. I would rather see Obama in the White House, knowing that the mix of Congress can be changed, if they get out of hand, then see McCain, who has no leadership direction other than the same failed policies of his Republican predecessors. McCain has no vision for the future. Obama does and it's one America can live with. If you truly want clean alternative energy to become a reality then vote for Obama. McCain has voted against every alternative energy bill that's been introduced in the Senate. Income tax is a socialist system so no matter who get's elected, the "wealth" will be spread around. With Obama it will benefit the workers of America, with McCain it will benefit the wealthy. Don't be fooled. Vote for Obama.

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. The Lady

    "Trooper Gate", you need to go home. You are just the RNC lapdog, you never talk about the issues all you do is bash Obama. You can not talk about the issues because you do not know anything about them and it has become very obvious.

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

    "....time is running out for America to realize the danger of having a Democrat in the White House." Oh, Silly Sarah, give me a break please - No Way, No How, No McCain, and most certainly No Palin!

    Obama/Biden for America!

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

    Palin is idiot she needs to go back to Alaska stay in the kitchen.

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

    Her comments are so extreme that no one could ever take them seriously. A nanny state? Oh right, that is exactly what Democrats want! It is so ignorant it is unreal.

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Victor of MI

    Kiss your political career goodbye caribou barbie!

    October 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Michael in San Diego

    The only "nanny state" I'm aware of is Alaska where Gov. Palin presided over the taxation of the oil companies to redistribute wealth to its lucky citizens.

    October 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Dan

    PALIN PALIN PLAIN!!!
    My biggest problem with McCain is PALIN! I am sick sick sick of hearing that she is strong on ENERGY. Why? Because Alaska produces 3% of USA oil and there is a big pipeline project ongoing. What a daft inference to make. Do these people realise that ENERGY does not end with "crude oil"? What does she know about wind,solar,clean coal,nuclear etc! Is Alaska an expert on these too?

    ENERGY EXPERT = No
    LIE EXPERT = Yes
    ATTACK EXPERT = Yes
    HOOD WINKER = Yes

    Please be wary of how the try to get away with fake qualifications.
    Supposed champion for autistic and down syndrome children? She came on TV 2 days ago to attack eamarks for research to find cure for autism. She did not even realise what she was attacking.

    Is that who we want a heartbeat away from Presidency. God forbid if 72yr old McCain does not make it through the firsr term.

    A VOTE FOR McCAIN IS A SURE VOTE FOR PRESIDENT PALIN
    AND THAT IS A DISASTER! I SAY DISASTER!

    BE WISE…………………..VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN 08′

    October 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Lisa Brennan

    Okay, first of all...where to start....Roe vs Wade...okay let's keep government out of that for sure. But we see what privatization has done to our country ,so a nice mixture of it as well as government should be in place for such matters as health care, education, regulaton in such areas where greed and corruption can creep in, etc. Like they do in Denmark or Norway or France....check out their health care etc over there. We could use some of this nanny stuff. OH! the new outfits.....that is a nanny-type fling. OH! and paying for war.....big nanny. Food stamps....another nanny! Bailout~ NANNY! And so glad Palin let us know she was wearing her own coat. At least I think that is what her words meant...cannot be sure with that syntax of her's.

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. More Scare Tatics

    Come on Sarah Palin give it a rest. They said the same thing about Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini.

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. YOU CAN'T TAKE THE TRUTH

    ITS THE BUSH TAX CUTS AND THE MISPLACED WAR THAT BUSTED THE BUDGET RESULTING IN THE NEED TO BALANCE THE BUDGET AND INCREASE TAX

    IF YOU DON'T WANT A TAX INCREASE VOTE OBAMA

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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