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. Bama4Obama

    Blah, blah, blah.

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

    Just curious,... if she is so against "wealth distribution", what is she doing to move Alaska out the number 1 ranking for Federal aid?

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

    Palin, Do you remember the good life we had when President Bill Clinton was in office? Those were properous times for everyone.

    Now we have prosperity for only the rich. Trickle down does not work. You do not scare me, I remember the Good Times.

    I can not wait to send you back to Alaska to tourment them with your wisdom. McCain, I am done with you also. Time to retire.

    October 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. White Christian Mother for Obama

    go home Palin!! your still clueless and you couldnt fix the economy if you tried!! Clothing your whole family for this election for $150000 hair and makeup $40000... that is too much money... are your clothes not enough?? Spent more as Mayor and Gov than the previous ones in office, spending to fly your kids to where you want to go on taxpayers money.

    YOu know nothing of economy or Foreign affairs! Your going Rouge and you blame McCain advisors.. I dont think they sat there next to Katie Couric and held your hand and told you want the answers were. Wake up and take the blame ... Its Obvious your an abuser of power!

    October 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. No Country For Old Men

    Obama is not a socialist.

    Palin is a Buyalist, of $150.000.00 of expensive clothing!

    Obama & Biden ‘08

    October 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. bethi in alaska

    Nothing but a LIAR and a namecaller.She is horribly misinformed and is DESPERATE TO WIN FOR HERSELF!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Frank G

    She'll be great as a lead in to Mike Huckabee on the FoxNewsChannel
    where all the bitter/faded Republicans go.
    Nice audition, great wardrobe.

    October 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Phil the Engineer (a new demographic)

    Rather have a nanny than the current abusive parent.

    October 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. 10th grade school teacher for obama

    Fear Fear Fear! That's all the republicans have...oh an divisiveness.

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

    Better a Nanny than a Nitwit. Palin, I can see the end of your political career from my back yard!

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

    ok, but she and the republican party can make the call on abortion for millions of women??? these people truly are touched…in the head.

    October 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. M.Harvie

    "Socialism" may be a four letter word to Americans, but, they need to get used to it. The bailout package, McCain's proposal regarding mortgage buybacks, Palin's distribution of oil revenues to Alaskans, are examples of socialist influenced government and political actions. The free market system is an efficient user of resources, but, it is not an efficient ward of a nation's poor, handicapped and disadvantaged. Farm subsidies, housing grants, transportation subsidies, are further examples of socialist oriented programmes. There are many more ingrained examples of socialist tendencies in American society than people are willing to admit.

    October 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Obama Supporter

    Nice to see she is proud of wearing her own jacket 'for once'.

    I wish she would stop spouting nonsense and go back to Alaska.

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

    Sarah the Ridiculous! How does she come up with these things?

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

    It's amazing that in this day and age, after history has shown us the destructive results of fear mongering and hate mongering, that a top level candidate of ANY party would stoop to the kind of empty, scare tactic slander that has come out of the McCain/Palin camp of late. But what's even more disappointing is that there are people, and a good number of them, that are willing to listen and respond to this sort of nonsense. In a time when this country, and indeed the entire world, needs REAL leadership, instead we have the kind of self serving, petty, destructive behavior that Sarah Palin seems to enjoy engaging in. The road to the future is long and winding. God help us if this is the best we have to lead us down that road.

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Monique, Honolulu

    How can this woman keep spewing the same B.S.? The MAJORITY of Americans are not going to see a tax increase with Obama!

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Jose, San Diego

    Nanny state? This from the coddled prima donna cipher in a campaign that spends more on her makeup and clothing than for political advisors? A very bad Hollywood movie come to life (Princess Caribou Diairies?), this woman runs the ultimate welfare state: awash in oil money (pocketed by the corporations bleeding the place dry), Alaska sucks out of the federal treasury more than it puts in. This is what the end-time folks call "fleecing the beast"; BTW Princess, it isn't socialist to give from your excess to those without. It used to be called Christian. And what the state does with genuine "entitlements" (you pay for Social Security and other benefits in advance) is so meager that it hardly makes a dent in the behemoth military budget (where more than half of our tax dollars currently go).

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Look who is taking the government handouts; hotels for family, free family vacation: tax dollars for clothes
    Hope she runs in 2012, easy reelection

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    Why isn't the media digging into her affiliation with AIP. Between that, her religion (?), and now her rogue behavior, what is she up to. Does she believe AK is going to be the last refuge? This woman is scary. I'm a Christian, and her affiliations are more in line with terrorism than any religion I've come across. We hear the superficial things, but nothing else. What do we really know about her other than she's hateful and well dressed? Come on media, she could be our next VP and we know nothing about her at all.

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


    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    It is PALIN that is dangerous!

    Vote for Obama and send Palin back to Alaska!

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Donna in Atl.

    Hmm... misuse of power... Wasn't that what Palin was found guilty of in troopergate??

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

    If I remember correctly, after 8 years of a Democratic administration, things looked pretty good: budget surplus, healthy economy, low unemployment, and peacetime military. After 8 years of the Republicans, let's just say things are not looking so good. Yet, Palin and the Republican machine continue to try to frighten us into giving them 4 more years. Please give us answers, solutions, ideas, not more accusations dire predictions and threats

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. GO back To Where u came from

    ;;;;;;; i can see Russia from here.

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


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