November 1st, 2008
06:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin makes pitch to seniors in central Florida

Gov. Palin campaigned in Florida Saturday as the state's governor, Charlie Crist, looked on.
Gov. Palin campaigned in Florida Saturday as the state's governor, Charlie Crist, looked on.

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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Florida • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • Taxes
soundoff (397 Responses)
  1. Go home

    Can we just send her back to Uncle Ted? Let them secede. We'll be better off.

    November 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. mitch

    great. now shes down there lying to old people.

    November 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Bulldog

    Palin is a fraud – plain and simple.

    November 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    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.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. blaising

    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...

    November 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Vote Early

    --palin= liar

    --palin=divider

    --palin=power abuser

    --palin=anti women

    --palin=power hungery

    and the list goes on and on...

    November 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Obama/Biden 08!

    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!!

    November 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. theogracias

    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.

    November 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Joe the Plumber

    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.

    November 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. VETS4Obama

    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!

    November 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. McSameMcCain on myspace

    "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

    November 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Thomas

    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.

    November 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Lisa in Orlando

    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.
    Head.
    Explodes.

    November 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. ken

    Palin can not tell people what she intends to do without talking about Obama. What a looser!

    November 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Arod

    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!

    November 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. My Friends, let me tell you,

    only Richard Nixon told more lies than my gal, Sarah.

    November 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Dawn

    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

    November 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. indyred

    Does this woman even know what the word "phony" means? In the dictionary you would find a synonym for phony is palin.

    November 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Voted Early

    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

    November 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Boricua4Obama

    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.

    November 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Franky

    "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...

    November 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Ryan

    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.

    November 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Paul

    Good to see the GOP sticking to their campaign of lies and race-baiting all the way to the bitter end.

    November 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Sure we'll keep our promises - our promises to privatize Social Security and cut back Medicare coverage.

    Yew betcha.

    November 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. turn florida blue in 2008

    Go away, Palin! We don't want you here!

    November 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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