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. david

    Palin says she is against the government making decisions for families, yet she would take away a woman's right to choose and have the government make that decision.

    She also says she is against government taking care of people, but she has the government take care of her family, at taxpayer expense, by having the government pay for her family to accompanying her for personal reasons.

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Matt in North Carolina

    Republican tax policy has effectively shifted wealth from the bottom 80 percent of the population to the top one percent and racked up enormous national debt in the process.
    We need to ask whether this redistribution of wealth upward that accelerated over the past eight years has really served the best interest of this country.
    It’s pretty sad to see how easy it is to make regular people feel threatened enough to vote against their own economic interests. The McCain/Palin campaign is embarrasingly unethical and dishonest.

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Ohioans for Obama

    I thought Palin was against government waste. Isn't $150K for clothing in 2 months a tad excessive?

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Stu-Florida

    We all are painfully aware of what her agenda is... her mirror.
    More repetitive false claims. She really is a parrot.
    Wanna cracker?? No I mean I want to crack her.

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Johanna

    USA would be very far away from those real wellfare countries like Scandinavian ones (Sweden, Denmark) so there is no need to be worried to get even close a "nanny state". Palin's lack of experience and knowledge of foreing countries shows very painfully.

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. JBR

    We all know what happened to this country when we handed it over to Joe six pack and the religious right for the last 8 years.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    Obama '08

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Mook from Canada

    Apparently she doesn't want the election and party advisors telling her what to do either! (can't say I blame her about her party's advisors though....)

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Ghost

    Here we go again. Fear and smear it's all they have to run on.

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Ann - Maryland

    This woman is really getting on my last nerve. November 4th can't come soon enough...

    Obama/Biden '08
    Get out and vote!

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. bk

    Yes Obama, Pelosi, and Reid running this country is enough to scare you. Barney Franks and Chris Dodd should be removed from the White House Now! The two crooks. The American people wanted a vote on off shore drilling and Pelosi decided she didn't care what the people wanted she would not bring it to a vote. They went on vacation. If anyone thinks they are going to get energy independent with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid in there I have some swamp land to sell you.

    October 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Steve , Ca

    It just goes to show that the Republicians
    are so far out of touch with
    American Voters .. What a bounce of Disquisting and Sleazy comments.. It just goes to show they will say anything to get elected

    October 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Garak

    Frankly, I think that America NEEDS a nanny. With the economy all but soiling itself and the American property market sporting not so much a skinned knee as a skinned scalp, doesn't *someone* need to take more responsibility in government? Since McCain would rather deregulate and conveniently drop the hot potato that this crisis has become, I'd feel happier having a nanny tend to it and make it all better. Or try to, anyway.

    Palin may cry "Socialist!" for all she's worth, but the truth is, people *want* a regulatory system. Regulations are the bars on the cot that will keep the big, fat babies on Wall Street from breaking out and wrecking the whole house. And yes, that *is* your house we're talking about, Joe the Plumber. Sheesh.

    Greenspan's confession the other day was as disturbing as it was hilarious. Didn't see it coming, indeed. What else do you expect when you deregulate like nobody's business? That isn't capitalism, buddy – that's crack. Credit-flavored crack. And you hooked the American economy on it for far too long. We're experiencing the agony of withdrawal now, and only a "nanny" can be trusted to get us through it in one piece.

    I'd vote for a nanny, any day.

    October 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. voter

    Is Palin still talking? Palin is advocating for continuing with the same failed polices of deregulation and tax cut for the rich which led to this economic problem to begin with.

    October 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Michael watching from Canada

    Fact: Any form of taxation spreads wealth.

    So McCain's tax policies will also spread the wealth…….

    the only difference between McCain and Obama is that…..

    McCain wants to spread the wealth primarily to the wealthy.

    October 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Tony



    October 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Mike

    The government as being the other half of your family? Incredible stretch. Watching McCain this morning makes me shudder. Can he speak any faster piling more crap on the heap? He will not LOSE in Iraq.
    He can't WIN either. The USA was never in the war in Iraq to WIN it. You simply can't. This delusional senior is plain scary. He says he will keep America in Iraq until they WIN. Sounds like the war in Iraq will never be over. Keep throwing good money after bad and you will keep running up the trillions of dollars of debt you claim the Democrats will. What a buffoon.
    Drill Baby Drill, well apparently not off the coast of California, based on Arnie's statement.
    The market turmoil has stalled and made the big oil companies in Canada pull back on their plans for the oilsands. Sounds like a limited resource will continue to be limited. Can only get more oil out of Alberta if the price per gallon remains over $90 a barrel.

    The more I listen to McCain/Palin, the less sense they make.
    Truly time for a change.

    October 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Katie

    Well if we have to choose between facism vs socialism I would choose socialism any day.


    October 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Tyrone Brown

    Sarah Palin is like a bad home loan...and we are not buying it.


    October 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Too good

    One word: MUZZLE

    October 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. JB

    Thanks so much for your insightful comments, Ms. Palin.

    We have have some nice parting gifts for you as you leave.

    October 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Ex-Republican For Obama

    Go home you primadonna neocon, secessionist! Take your taxpayers paid outfit, your family that needs you and your special needs child that you are neglecting...and GO HOME!! We do NOT WANT YOU...you suck in more ways then is humanly possible. You are WHITE TRASH!

    A white person!

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. SoCal

    1) what does she smoke?
    2) where can I get some?

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Donna

    This is an utter lie. There is no indication of any sort that an Obama presidency would take people's investments or property. Fortunately, it isn't working–the polls show that the majority of Americans have zero use for Palin. She'll become the female equivalent of Limbaugh or Hannity, make a lot of money, and pander to the worst elements of society.

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Scott Tucson

    Nanny Goverment + Socialism = Communism.

    By the way, if Obama's white grandmother was so critically ill, why did it take him 3-4 days to fly out to visit her and without Michelle and the kids? .

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. katiec

    Why would anyone listen to anything this hocky mom says?
    She has been found guilty of abuse of power lack of ethics.
    She now talks about what she will do for special needs
    children when she cut the funding for them in Alaska.
    The woman is totally incapable, inadequate to be a vp
    of our country, and heaven forbid, president.
    She has incited hate, fear and anger with her rallies,
    making unfounded accusations about honorable,
    respectable people, who, she is in no way comparable
    I would think decent republicans would be so upset, sad
    and disgusted with the levels their party has stooped to.

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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