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. Eric

    DID JOHN APPROVE THIS MESSAGE? WE KNOW YOU ARE TRYING TO RUN YOUR OWN AGENDA

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

    Are you kidding me? This lady has people openly calling Senator Obama a socialist and what does she say nothing. My question to Senator McCain what have you created? This lady is not only unprepared to be president, she is unprepared to be vice-president. I pray that the country elects Senator Barack Obama and Joe Biden as the next leaders of our great democracy.

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Bob (Illinois)

    I will be SO happy when this woman goes back to Alaska.

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. MARY,FLORIDA

    once again Sara,s 15 minute are the longest 15 minutes in 15 minute history.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Jeremy

    I hate to burst your bubble Sarah, but I live in Sioux City and you are a complete joke. You're an insult to all of us proud hard working Americans. By the way, we're real Americans too...not sure about you though. Why don't you go back to Alaska already. We're sick of seeing and hearing you, and the thought of you as President sends a chill down my spine. Guess I better grab me my own jacket too you loser.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Texan Dad

    Oh please. It's the Bush administration that's been responsible for the most radical expansion of government power over American citizens since World War Two, through spying, through restricting our ability to seek redress of grievances and through the imperialization of the Presidency. What Palin and McCain have taken to calling the "Nanny State" is a bogeyman. The Democrats' idea is to have government *help* people, not control them. If you think that the government has done right by you over the last 8 years, then stick with the Republicans. If you want a government that can make a positive difference in your life, then go Democratic. Don't buy into the "Nanny State" rhetoric....

    A Proud Father in Texas

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. verbzz

    well we are being nannied right now and it's kida been neccessary... if we'ld be nannied could we at least have a qualified (smart) nanny that understands what's going on in the rest ofthe world in 2008??? bush and the republicans suck as nannies.. i say hire obama he's the nanny that these kids need right now... and if palin thinks she wants to dump us at the same playcenter georgebush has left us for years then she got somtn else coming to her cause i'm going to be a really naughty kid, well we all are!!!

    maybe she needs to do some nannying in McCains campaign cause i hear she's becoming a pain the neck!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Tim in Syracuse

    What is this woman talking about?!?

    I'll bloody well move to Cuba if she gets in as VP / Soon to be Pres when Johnny Boy keels over.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. katiec

    Am so sick of this bubblehead being constantly headlined,
    quoted and praised by the media.
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. HAWK, TEXAS

    How can this nut keep lying when she has been proven wrong time and time again, now she has gone rouge to mc cains own people. this woman is very dangerous to america and the american way. she warns against having democrats controll both houses and the presidency. what the heck doen't she realize that is what the republicans had for six years and look what they did. we need democrats in total controll so we can fix the mess her party made of things, palin go away. far away.

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. sandee in Portland

    This is funny. She's actually talking about misuse of power. LOL, she's one of the biggest as far as misusing power. After being elected May of Wasilla, she fired those people in power and put her high school friends in those positions. Then, because she's such a great hockey mom, had a hockey arena built on land that didn't even belong to Wasilla. She became Mayor of a city with no debt, then left that city with over $20 million debit all for a hockey rink and a lawsuit.

    She continued in that vein when she became Governor doing the same thing....putting her high school friends in positions of power within the State government and abused her political power by trying to get the head of the state troopers to fire her sister's ex-husband. The Queen of the earmarks, she is unethical and has a typical small town attitude and mind.

    I am ashamed that my republican party put this woman on the ticket when there were so many other women who were better qualified. She may be looking ahead to 2012, but as a woman, I would never vote for her or her kind of extreme right wing evangelical, small minded politics.

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

    Nanny state always is better than Police state...

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    " the Alaska governor said that time is running out for Americans to realize the danger of a having a Democrat in the White House."

    As if we have been any safer with a Republican in the White House for the last eight years!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Yep, she's desperate, cribbing from the Losertarians to try and scare people "Be afraid, government might actually be able to do aomething rather than being an arm of big corporations! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"

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

    Why don't u start talking about the things that YOUR campaign is going to do to fix the problems instead of coming up with lame excuses for your opponent who is much more qualified than your big mac combo! Biggots!

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

    YES....YOUR WEARING YOUR OWN JACKET AFTER YOU GOT CAUHT W/YOUR HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

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

    Palin is the only candidate in this race making ANY SENSE!!!!!!!

    She is crystal clear with NO BAGGAGE!!!!!!!

    Exactly what this government needs.... Washington is corrupt and Obama nuts want change but he can't make up his mind on anything and is beholden to extremists!!

    I can't believe this race is even close.

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

    But wouldn't a nanny state take care of her pregnant teenage daughter's kid so she could attend college?

    October 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. g canada

    I THINK THE TAX PAYERS ARE PRETTY WELL PAYING HER BILLS FOR HER SEND HER BACK TO ALASKA

    October 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Heather Patrick

    10 more days.... only 10 more days we have to listen this woman.

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

    Today Gallup Daily Tracking Poll:

    Obama 51%, McCain 42%

    McCain/Palin keep bashing Obama because they have nothing to say of their own.

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

    And your policy's Ms Diva would do what?? Hasn't having a Republican congress and Republican president ruined this country. Get over yourself. This country is desperately ready for change, and your lies will mean nothing.

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

    I warn America of possibly of Sarah Palin to be President of the United States. From one moron to another as president I think not!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!

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

    Do I hear the sound of DESPERATION?!?

    Obama/Biden '08

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

    The death rattle of a mortally wounded , raging moose.

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