NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida (CNN) - With a smiling Gov. Charlie Crist at her side, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin kicked off a three-city bus tour of central Florida on Saturday by focusing on the financial concerns of the nearly three million Floridians over the age of 65.
Palin promised that she and John McCain will “keep our defining commitments to our senior citizens.” But she wasted little time on the Republican agenda and turned her sights, as usual, on Barack Obama, who has accused McCain of wanting to cut Medicare funding and place Social Security benefits in the stock market.
“Barack Obama goes around promising a new kind of politics,” she said, “but then he comes here to Florida and he tries to exploit the fears and the worries about Social Security and Medicare to our retirees and that is the oldest and cheapest kind of politics there is. And enough is enough of that.”
Palin added that Obama favors a government takeover of health care, an accusation that drew boos from the audience.
Referencing New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who said this week that Obama’s tax cuts would only go to those making under $120,000, Palin called the Democratic tax plan “so phony” and said she was thankful that “it’s starting to unravel” and that “the light is being shown on his tax plan.”
According to the Obama campaign, Richardson meant to say that people making under $250,000 won’t see their taxes increase.
Palin also repeated a debunked claim that “according to an independent analysis, our opponent’s new policies will destroy nearly six million jobs over the next decade.”
That analysis was actually conducted by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, which concluded in a recent report that “total employment” would fall an average of 589,000 a year under Obama's tax plan.
According to Heritage, that number represents the number of jobs that would exist over a ten year period, compared to the potential number of jobs that would exist under current tax law. The study itself says that while McCain’s plan would create more jobs, the number of jobs in the country would grow under either candidate.
As Palin wound down her remarks, a group in the rear of the audience began a noisy chant of "John McCain! Not Hussein!" - but the governor did not appear to hear or acknowledge them.
Palin will be revealed as McCain's worst political move of his career. A regret that will be irreparable on November 5, 2008. It would have been an entirely different race with Obama had McCain's most important first political decision been a qualified republican VP candidate. He trumps Obama in terms of sheer years, but has failed on the campaign trail to show his ability to lead by poor choices in actions of character. And Palin followed suit.
She would have worked fine in the old world of politics but baby, we've come a long way and you aren't it.
Apparently the slogan 'Country First' has been replaced with 'Palin First." Out of her league.
This is absolutely disgusting. Shame on Palin and Mcsame for standing by as silent witnesses to the hate their campaigns insight.
I find it really amusing when these racist come out making inappropriate comments like this, it fuels the democrats to go out and vote!!! keep it up racist republicans, your giving the democrats the boost that will take us all the way to the white house!!!
CNN – WHERE IS SARA PALIN MEDICAL RECORDERS SHE WAS SUPPORT TO HAVE LAST WEEK. I just watched on Fox an interview with Sara and her family and not onces did Sara hold her new sick baby. This baby is not Sara and she knows that her medicals recorders will show this.
she always deaf to the voices of hatred!!
she is a vile human being.
I can't stand that women!
Sure–first thing they will do is turn social security over to Wall Street–that's been the republican plan for 20 years–Palin just defines "protect" differently
Apparently the slogan 'Country First' has been replaced with 'Palin First."
“so phony” ………………….This woman is a JOKE. THANKS MCDONALD’S….ops……….McCain……….No Palin what is Phony is you trying to run for VP, and more phony is your LIES about loving our County when you and your first dude worked hard to get Alaska DIVDED from the USA. The worst phony about you is LIES about you didn't know how MUCH your cloths cost, when half those mothers in your crowd can't afford to feed their families and have no job. YOUR thousand of dollar for hair do's...ops....that right you didn't know what the cost was. And your LIE about McCain will get rid of the THE Repubs TRILLION dollar debt in HIS first TERM, Maybe for ONCE you need to speak with HIS top financial ADVISOR before you speak again, NO truth to that either. What something to talk about..............how many grandkids DO you have???????????
LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope our seniors who have lost so much already don't fall for this crap. She and her fellow Republicans are the reasons our country has hit an all-time low. Her priorities will not be with the Senior crowd....
Even if she had heard the chants, she wouldn't have asked them to stop.
She relishes the division she's created.
Seniors becareful .....Palin will say anthingt o attract a vote.
Does Obama not realize that raising the taxes on the wealthy will cause jobs to be lost? It is the wealthy who invest and create jobs.
REPORT REAL NEWS CNN.
Who do Republicans think the best President of the United States was? Did they also know that FORMER REAGAN ADVISOR ENDORSES OBAMA?
Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria this week he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Duberstein said he was influenced by another prominent Reagan official – Colin Powell – in his decision.
“Well let’s put it this way – I think Colin Powell’s decision is in fact the good housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama.”
Powell served as national security advisor to Reagan during Duberstein’s tenure as chief of staff.
Duberstein spoke with Zakaria about his final days in the Reagan White House. The Reagan official, along with Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Carter National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, also discussed the transition process to a new administration.
What does Joe the Plumber have to say about that? Are you calling Reagan's advisor a socialist?
Amazing. All things Plain said and CNN choses to make some hecklers in the back row the headline of this story.
It seems that nowadays republican brand consists of 1/3 of lies, 1/3 of fear mongering and 1/3 of name calling all delivered at maximum pitch.
Sad; it used to be party of financial conservatives now it a party of hysteria; reminds me of Hitler in 1933
Barack Hussein Obama
Isn't that his name?
Get over it.
Those of us who follow the campaign closely have been aware for quite some time that Obama has been misleading and scaring older folks and retirees, saying the McCain plan will negatively affect their social security and medicare service.
Untrue.........and a cheap trick.
Just as untrue and cheap are the spanish language ads the Obama people are putting out misleading latinos that McCain doesn't support them. It is Obama who I believe voted down a work bill.
CNN BLOGS STINK. THEY FILTER OUT MY COMMENTS! GO TO BARACKFORUS.COM FOR MY POSTS SINCE CNN DOESN'T POST MINE!
A campaign indicates how people will govern. Obama talks of bringing people together, hope, and what he proposes to do. Palin and McCain have never told us what what they propose to do (beyond continue Bush's failed economic policies and fight war without end) but preach divisiveness and hate. One cannot govern by attacking everyone. It's time to end this by giving a decisive victory to the forces of hope and optimism.
Go to a McCain rally, but please don't take your kids. Just heard from friends who did and were sorry they did, because of the vulgarity, shouting Hussein, and worse. I was one of the undecided but my husband and I are voting for Obama.