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.
Can we just send her back to Uncle Ted? Let them secede. We'll be better off.
great. now shes down there lying to old people.
Palin is a fraud – plain and simple.
Of course she didn't acknowledge the bigots in the back – they were planted by the RNC to incite hate, fear, racism, and division. Everything the McCain camp intends.
I voted early for the guys that will protect my constitutional rights to own guns and read my bible.
Thanks but no thanks, you power-abusing, unethical ditz.
Don't fergit to tell 'em this, Mrs. Clampett...er...Palin:
The report states: "I find that Governor Sarah Palin Abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.”
Seniors don't like cheaters...
and the list goes on and on...
I hope she spoke loud enough because some seniors have hearing problems and it would be a crying shame if every word she said fell on deaf ears!!
How could you live that long and not see right through that fraud? I can't imagine any senior citizen being drawn to that hatemonger.
I think America needs to do away with social security and let people invest their own money in the stock market just like George Bush suggested years ago. Its just one more socialist program that needs to be cut. Actualy we need to do away with government all togather and let the markets decide what best fits the needs of Americans.
Only 3 more days and we can send this smart mouthed, dim witted, power abusing, ignorant, arrogant clown back to her igloo!! What a complete and total joke! I am not sure what is worse? Her or the 35% of the people who think she is a good pick?? GREAT choice McBush!
"But she wasted little time on the Republican agenda and turned her sights, as usual, on Barack Obama"
This is what is wrong with the Palin/McCain ticket. They have nothing to offer other than a warmed over Bush plan so they always spend most of their time talking about Barack.
Palin/McCain – The choice of the timid and scared
She said she would release her medical records last week, when is the media going to do their job and get them? She is hiding her mental illness as well as not being Trig's real mom. I should know I work at Mat-Su Hospital.
She was addressing seniors.
Her comment that Obama favors government takeover of healthcare was greeted with boos.
These are seniors.
Who get their healthcare from the government in the form of medicare.
Palin can not tell people what she intends to do without talking about Obama. What a looser!
With 3 days left until election, why hasn't Sarah released her medical records? During her last interview on the 23rd, she said she'd make them public. 9 days later, still no records?? What is she hiding?? More lies!
only Richard Nixon told more lies than my gal, Sarah.
Gov. Palin you need to come clean, remember one thing you point your finger at someone and three fingers pointing at you. You used Alaskan taxpayers money for your personal uses. You had your own workers to commit criminal acts in the Troopergate.
Obama has never went after you nor has Biden that was mean spirit. You said he pals around with domestic terrorist, what about AIP?
You scare me alot and if you are VP, you are a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
Plaease vote for Obama/Biden08/12
Does this woman even know what the word "phony" means? In the dictionary you would find a synonym for phony is palin.
Hey Maverick ..... WHERE are your medical records ?
WHY are Palin's medical records not made public?
She has less then a week ....................... and still no record hhmmm
I am so sick of her. Her only talent is memorizing lines and then spewing them out in her condescending, shrill, annoying tone.
Go away already. People with more than 2 working brain cells don't want you.
"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."
I gotta say, that's an improvement!! Considering were on pace losing a million jobs this year...that's a major improvement. In this pace, we're on pace on losing over 5 million jobs over the next five years!!! Now people should be afraid of that but let's not get ahead of ourselves...
anyone hoping to retire anytime soon would be stupid to vote for B.O. If you have enough money to retire, he'll take it and give it away. We do not need Robin Hood as a president.
Good to see the GOP sticking to their campaign of lies and race-baiting all the way to the bitter end.
Sure we'll keep our promises - our promises to privatize Social Security and cut back Medicare coverage.
Go away, Palin! We don't want you here!