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. Jose Martinez

    Here is an other attempt of 'John Mc'clown and Sarah failing' into scaring the american people with there propaganda campain. Sad part about it is there are many disillusioned americans who believe in and stand by these false'hoods.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. timz

    Warning signs that you might be living in a nanny state:

    If someone else is buying $150,000 worth of clothes for you, you might be living in a nanny state.

    If someone else is paying makeup artist $10,000 a week to do your makeup, you might be living in a nanny state.

    If someone else is paying a hairstylist $5,000 a week to style your hair, you might be living in a nanny state.

    If Alaska is paying you extra every day you live in your own home, you might be living in a nanny state.

    If Alaska is paying for your family's airline tickets and hotel rooms when *you* go on a "business" trip, you might be living in a nanny state.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Old white lady for Obama

    This is rich, coming from the so-called "hockey mom", who is currently enjoying a $150,000 handout to buy clothes, fix her hair and makeup, while families all over the country are losing homes and struggling to make ends meet. She and old man McCain are so out of touch.
    My vote has been cast, and not for this incompetent and dysfunctional duo.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    VP of the people, right, with a $150 wardrobe?!?!

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. exrepubmom

    Is anyone STILL taking this woman seriously? Except for the loyal "People" readers and "View" watchers.

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    VP of the people, right, with a $150,000 wardrobe?!?!

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. republicans hate america

    in other words we palin wants a government that doesnt give a crap about you unless your wall street then you can be reckless and we will bail you out.

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Sherry for Obama

    Lets see....Clinton in the white house for 8 years and Americans had jobs and the economy was good.

    Bush in the white house for 8 years and the economy is in a recession, people have lost their jobs, people are losing their homes their 401k's are dwindling ...the world has lost respect for us........And Palins saying that we cant put a democrat in the white house because it would be bad for the country.

    How in the heck does she figure that....Its the republicans that have brought our great nation down.....NO MORE ,NO MCCAIN NO PALIN

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Corwin7

    Yeah that's gonna happen...NOT!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    It's not time to experiment with a ditz like you sara, abusing your power and having your strong-arm husband behind the scenes.

    Obama/Biden – the Constitutional Guys for USA

    October 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Joe in MN

    A democracy empowers the people. If Obama wins, and Democrats win more seats, its because we as a country wanted them to lead us.

    Palin the Rouge is not a leader.

    October 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. ideas

    She has no intelligence and the thought process of a child. Palin's lack of depth is hard to believe. Why would McCain want this uneducated liar as a running mate? Because she looks good? Because she's a woman? If she had a brain in her head, she'd realize that the Republican's wanted her because of her anatomy, not her credentials.

    October 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. jefferson values

    palin would make a truly effective leader
    i would not blink to stand behind this brave and couragous women

    i hope she is in our future

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Jeff, North Dakota

    Why is this woman so full of lies and hatred?

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Peter

    I don't understand why no one is pressing her to explain away her tax hike that she levied against "big oil" in Alaska, then turned around & used that revenue to give a "rebate" to Alaskans. If that isn't "redistribution of wealth" (or- gasp- socialism) I don't know what is. The McCain-Palin campaign is very, VERY proud of this achievement, yet is blind to the hypocritical double-speak in their current misleading rhetoric.

    Orwell 2008!

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. i hate republicans

    Booooo palin!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. ohio

    Palin i am not ready to support your five kids.... my tax dollars should go to schools, fixing roads not paying 150k for clothing..... Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Jim

    Yes, we can see all of Europe and Canada and a whole lot of other states that tax more are nanny states. Its just America that's not.

    Its disturbing how bland and stupid these comments are. Are we that stupid ?! Can we not handle any level of sophistication?

    October 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Betty the maid

    Oh Yeah? and I predict John McCain will lose his azz come election night and Sarah the bimbo will be headed back to alaska shortly there after....you betcha!!!

    Seriously, when John McBush chose Sarah Palin he basically gave the presidency to Obama

    If he had chosen a proper and respectable running mate instead of an azz clown he would have had a chance

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. sarAh PALLING

    Oh no, you don't want the "government moving into the role of taking care of you." God forbid the government tries to take better care (or even just care) of us. I want to vote for McPain because there just hasn't been enough governmental neglect!

    Would someone please inform Palin that a tax credit (the government doesn't take your money) is different from a tax (the government does take your money)?

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. maryland

    Sarah Palin never finishes a sentence. I have a hard time understand her. I can not wait for Nov 4, so that I don't have to hear her any more.

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. G. Charleston from MI

    The same nanny that ill have to take care of her daughters baby that she was forced to keep.

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Joseph Adewole

    'Misuse of power' from Palin's mouth? Wao America need to lock this woman up for 'misuse of power'...............Is she campaigning for McCain, Republicans or herself?

    October 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Joshua College Station Texas

    Alaska has the most lucrative social program in the country–they take taxes from the oil companies and redistribute it to the citizens in the form of rebate checks for thousands of dollars. That policy is one of the key reasons Palin has been so popular there.

    Palin is such a hypocrite. She is like Bush–she doesn't see her own inconsistency.

    October 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Rich S

    Why are all of Sarah Palin's live stump speeches broadcast in full and little of Joe Biden on the trail?

    October 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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