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. Simmy

    This lady spouts the personality of someone who wants to start an uprising! If she had been brought up in the age of the Viet Nam War/protests, free love, etc., she'd be in jail now for bombings and worst. She's dangerous! I would say send her back to Alaska, but I don't think those people want her back! She's KKK in drag-no joke!

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Michelle

    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.
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    The wardrobe that receipts prove were purchased for her and her family and the campaign says will be donated after the election? If all the clothes they bought her are donated to charity after the campaign (because homeless people need to wear Prada, you know), what would she wear in the White House? Are they not planning to win? The McCain-Palin ticket has changed their story and are now saying that the wardrobe wasn't purchased, that it is being loaned to them, so how are they donating loaned clothes to charity?

    As with everything else, their story adapts to best convince their supporters to drink their prune juice, I mean, kool-aid.

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. rmf

    What a lying hypocrite! Christ was a socialist and communist by virtue of his example and his teachings, such as "Whatsoever ye do to the least of these, ye do also unto me," then going on to ask if his audience would allow him to go thirsty if he were without drink, to go hungry if he were without food, etc. He also never charged for any of his medical treatments (his healings), an example of socialistic practice, nor for the food he had distributed among the throng at the Sermon on the Mount, an example of communism, of sharing his material goods. Also, he said that it is harder for a rich man to go to heaven than for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle. So are Republicans actually anti-Christians who espouse free-market capitalism and decrying the socialism and communism of the sort that Christ himself practiced?

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. d

    What do she know. What's the job of the VP?

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Ork

    Man, when will this woman stop this.. just yesterday or day before she was she doesn't like labelling herself (ie. a feminist) but she sure does know how to label Obama and his plans.. what a croc!

    McCain = Pailn = FAIL

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. JPMorganV

    Go Sarah!

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Elisabeth

    Taxes do not = socialism. Socialism means a country does not have private enterprise. Socialism does not mean a country has a progressive tax system.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. fred fep

    What, is this the 1950s. I hope they lose very bad so this type of campaigning can be buried for another 50 years or more.

    Truman would wretch to be compared in any way to these two Republican ciphers

    Palin has some gobbledygook blabbering on platform planks on Youtube, wht a scholar she is! Too bas she isn't a doctor. We have far too many intellectuals talking our money in that field too!

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    Yes, and the ELEPHANTS believe in CREATING a SHARED national debt to all future generations. How about that? One believes in spreading the WEALTH.

    The other believes in spreading the NATIONAL DEBT. Do you want more wealth or more debt?

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Eleanor

    is there no end to the insanity of Palin!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Paul Gordon

    And its a good little jacket...cut with fine rebublican cloth. I am calling the jacket Checkers and I am not giving it back.

    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Kate Fergus

    Wow, Sarah. I hope the Obama government thinks more about the people than the Republicans have during the last 8 years. It is about time that government works for the people.

    You are flogging a dead horse Sarah. If the country doesn't elect Barak Obama, then the election is fixed. There can't be so many stupid, ignorant people in this country. I pray the people are smarter than to elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. R Sampson

    thats the pot calling the kettle black! talk about a wacked out, over controlling bimbo!

    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Tom in TN

    Keep trying to divide our country, Palin. You're only solidifying the case against you and another 4 years of McBush.

    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Lucy

    Okay, first the Repubicans call Obama a "socialist" then they call him a "nanny". Hey, is this that "code" they keep talking about for racism? Hey, are you talking "smack" about Obama's manhood? Or is the McCain and Palin campaign so out of touch with American that they are making up their own language or "code" to see if anything will stick?.

    October 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Diane

    I will vote for the person I believe will do the best job; and not because of race, age or gender. The fear that the Republicans are trying to spread is appalling.

    I worked for a national title company that opened offices in three countries so that the title work could be performed by folks in other countries via computers. I personally sent work to the office in India for typing or generating title commitments. And there are counties in this country that have all recorded documents on line, thus everything is available on computer. So with training, a title search can be performed offshore. That affects anyone when obtaining a home mortgage, as a mortgage company or bank almost always requires a title search. The jobs that are being shipped overseas has hurt this nation. No jobs, no taxes.

    I heard Palin currently has 4 nannies.

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. kafumu

    obama is not ready 2 lead. one thing that has propelled him to the top is his race. americans want 2 feal better about ourselves by voting for him, we are trying to show the world we are not racial, when indeed we are. another thing is the media are very carefull when scrutinizing him in an attempt not to be painted racist. i mean look at how obama painted bill clinton racist

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. rmf

    [Contains correction of grammar in last sentence] What a lying hypocrite! Christ was a socialist and communist by virtue of his example and his teachings, such as "Whatsoever ye do to the least of these, ye do also unto me," then going on to ask if his audience would allow him to go thirsty if he were without drink, to go hungry if he were without food, etc. He also never charged for any of his medical treatments (his healings), an example of socialistic practice, nor for the food he had distributed among the throng at the Sermon on the Mount, an example of communism, of sharing his material goods. Also, he said that it is harder for a rich man to go to heaven than for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle. So are Republicans actually anti-Christians who espouse free-market capitalism while decrying the socialism and communism of the sort that Christ himself practiced?

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. LEST

    Palin should do herself a favor by putting her country first and vote for Change (OBAMA/ BIDEN 08). Stop the divisiveness.

    God bless America

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Fred in Canada

    Al-Qaeda is watching the U.S. stock market's downward slide with something akin to jubilation, with its leaders hailing the financial crisis as a vindication of its strategy of crippling America's economy through endless, costly foreign wars against Islamist insurgents.

    And at least some of its supporters think Sen. John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to continue that trend.

    "Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said the Arizona Republican would continue the "failing march of his predecessor," President Bush.

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Enufz'Enuf

    The Palin McSame team has adopted the 'Just say anything' approach to their floundering campaign. More of the same.

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Debbie

    Big Government Agenda?
    You are the party of Big Government Agenda!

    'Nanny state'? Like the one on the Government's dime looking after your kids? Only you can afford to pay for one yourself?! How is that not milking the system!?

    Take a few years off, go READ and get educated, and then come back to me when you make decisions based on actual American ideas, and not what you think people want to hear.

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Obama/Biden 08!

    Palin's going to create a "NANNY ROOM" at the VP's house in D.C. if she gets elected guess she forgot about that uh??? If she keeps hopping on this it will backfire like everything else they've tried to throw!!

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Oh brother........ a "nanny state"??????????? Palin continues to lie and incite fear!

    Can't wait until she flies back to Alaska.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. az voter

    It seems to me that the last eight years have been like leaving the kids at home alone to fend for them selves while mom and dad go bar hopping.

    The Dems and Obama are caring thoughtful Americans who draw direction and strength from men like Franklin D. Roosevelt who was elected President in 1932. When he took office there were 13,000,000 unemployed, and almost every bank was closed. He and America's Democratic Congress enacted sweeping programs to bring recovery to business and agriculture, relief to the unemployed and to those in danger of losing their farms and homes.

    Eight more years of bar hopping isn't what our nation needs. Nor do we need Sarah Palin to be our Mommy.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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