November 1st, 2008
06:03 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (397 Responses)
  1. Proud NC Swing Voter

    So, in a nutshell, Sarah Palin is bound and determined to finish her hate campaign as vile, dishonest, disreputable, un-American and divisive as she began the campaign. Good luck with your future, Sarah. The American people saw through it. Are we tickled red, white and blue never ever to have to see your pageant tactics and $150,000 wardrobe again? YOU BETCHA!

    November 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. wakeupamerica

    Go away already! You and McGimmick never talk about the Republican agenda, only about Obama, while instilling hate, fear and division of our country. Besides, no one believes you would ever keep a promise. Abuse of power, ties to AIP, forging expense reports for your kids, extreme wardrobe makeover. And, what about release of those medical records you promised Brian Williams???

    Seniors and all minority groups will be worse off under McCain/Palin than they were under Bush.

    Vote. Vote early if you can. Whatever you do vote. Yes we can. Yes we will.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Brenda C

    Isn't that his name?

    November 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Donna

    Yesterday, Palin stated that criticism of her by the media for her statements about Obama chilled her First Amendment rights. Now, this means she knows nothing abouat the First Amendment which protects freedom of the press. But it also shows her complete hypocricy–she can criticize Obama but nobody can criticize her?

    Palin is a dreadful combination of ignorance, stupidity, and arrogance. Thank God she will not be in a position of national influence and I hope that she will soon lose her position in Alaska. Let her be the female equivalent of Limbaugh or Hannity–pandering to the lowest elements of society.

    November 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. votenow

    My question which I hope somebody can answer is: how will the exit polling be affected by the fact that just in the state of florida, there has been overwhelming early votes for the democratic party candidate, will CNN take that inot account during the regular exit polling on November 4th, or will it make it look like the repubs are wining?

    November 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Anne

    Shane you are toally pig ignorant thinking that McCain is great and illiterate to boot. A small spelling lesson for you, It is cast not casted. The only people McCain and his blow up doll can get is ignorant bigoted idiots with brains the size of peanuts.

    November 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. CNN = neo-con

    it has always been that way.

    that's why few except zionists care what CNN has to spin about, LOL.

    google democracy now, and get real info and perspective!

    November 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. JoggerJim

    The Republican campaign has been nothing short of disgraceful. Never before have I seen and heard so many misrepresentations of the truth, even after the misrepresentations have been identified to the Republicans as such.

    Sarah Palin has been especially guilty of this dishonesty, which is usually intended to play to people's fears and prejudices. How do you spell D-E-M-A-G-O-G-U-E?

    For a woman who professes to be religious, she is a disgrace. Then again, so is Senator Dole.

    November 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. J.L.

    McCain/Palin could regain some respect back from this independant voter if they nationally renounced these outburst from fringe goups at their rallies. Instead, they pretend they don't hear or know about them, even though it is widely reported. I don't remember white men with the name Timothy being slandered after the Oklahoma City bombing. This type of behavior needs to be addressed by the GOP.

    November 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. LINDA

    SEND THIS woman back to Alaska. She is a RACIST PIG.

    November 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. barbara

    All McCain and Palin can do is lie about Senator Obama. This is part of the neocons' goal to distract from their abyssmal record. McCain, with 26 years in Washington, can hardly call himself an agent of change.

    McCain is part of the problem.

    Palin is hateful and divisive.

    Their supporters aren't thinking for themselves.

    November 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. R u serious?

    If McCain wins, I'm moving to Mexico

    November 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. smiths

    This woman does not know when to stop the lies. The truth would never leave this woman mouth. Cheney just endorse Mc Cain today which is no shocker. Cheney is just looking after the investement with the war. As long as there is a way that man is making money off of all the soilders being killed over in Iraq. My nephew died just 2 weeks after his ninetheen birthday in Iraq and so are many other Americans. The man has no soul.

    So, if you value your sons, daughters, husband, wife life; and you want to vote for the canditate that wants to keep the war going because it is making money for his buddies, then vote for Mc Cain, Bush and Cheney.

    November 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Stu-Florida

    i'm tired... so tired of this parrot mouth. Now she has useless Crist hanging in view like he did everytime McCain was atn the podium with his stupid little smirk.
    I, unfortunately, voted for him for his stand on the insurance industry.
    Do you know why residents are leaving in droves? Our state legislature has done nothing about our insurances OR the taxes despite his inflated claims he has done so. No one can afford to live here anymore and other states are offering much better incentives for retirees!
    I can't wait to hear what he'll be spouting when he comes up for re-election. He'll probably tap Palin for his spokesperson... kind of like JTP for Mccain. I really can't believe he said JTP was his role model!
    I can't believe he's still mentioned.I really can't believe that many ignorant people are concentrated into one area...

    Well the HOPE for CHANGE will soon be over... The CHANGE will be here in THREE more days!!
    We need OBOMA to make this country UNITED, AGAIN!!

    November 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Have we gone soft in the head. We just had eight years of the guy we most wanted to share a beer with. Now we're dealing with Joe Sixpack and Joe the Plumber, anti America and pro America, a couple of mavericks and a cast of shady characters, all in 1 hate rally after another. This is a circus, and people are actually buying into it.

    McCain and Palin have made a mockery of our election process and have run the ugliest campaign I've ever seen. Their only plan seems to be attack Obama from every angle possible every single day.

    Wake up America. The GOP has dummied down our education system to the point where our kids aren't learning how to learn, and now they're dummying down our political process to the point where the least intellectually curious people running have a chance to win the most powerful positions in the world.

    Isn't anyone else out there the least bit disturbed by this process? They're herding us, and we're letting them.

    November 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    November 1st, 2008 12:48 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Steve

    If you want to see the face of hate, the voice of division, the language of smear, the idolatry of intolerance, and the inflaming of fear, just listen to Palin. This is what it looks like, this is what it sounds like. In the political sphere, it doesn't come as a ranting skinhead, it comes like this. There is nothing positive that she is appealing to; merely the fear of the unknown, the fear of the alien, the fear of the unpatriotic – but really the Republican fear of losing their hold on power for power's sake. They have done nothing constructive in their 8 years but destroy the fabric of our government under the guise of the same kind of rhetoric we hear spewing from Palin. Enough is enough. Isn't it time to put this toxic stew aside and come together again as a country with common purpose? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We are better than this. Palin and her minions have shamed America and it needs to be taken back.

    November 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Dave

    Pander you little puppet, PANDER!

    November 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Did you notice that McCain team has hidden the daughter?

    Think she's too dark for the racist folks in their rallies?

    November 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. mary,florida

    Obama is going to spread the wealth.As I recall the story,the people loved Robinhood. Now its Obamahood.

    November 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Linda from Florida

    I've got news for Sarah Palin– I live in Florida– in a 55+ retirement community, and I voted early for Obama, and so did my sister, and so did my mother, and so are everyone else I know in this community. Go blue Florida!

    November 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Kim

    Three more days, and Sarah can take her lies, deceits, hate speech and fear-mongering butt back to Alaska.

    Obama '08

    November 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. In Good Company

    What we're seeing here is the result of all the commentary in the news lately about how the media has been in the tank for Obama and shielding him from scrutiny. It isn't their fault that UNBIASED reporting favors the better candidate! But in order to shield themselves from the perception that they're biased, the media's suddenly giving more focus to McCain and Palin as well as pushing the non-story about Obama's aunt.

    Sad.

    November 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Marc A, Richmond VA

    "John McCain not Huessein!!!" You have to give these right wing conservatives credit they do have the most divisive rallying cries. Look at the democrats chant of "Yes WE can". I think that's the fundamental difference between the McCain campaign and Senator Obama's. While Obama and the Democrats cleary want to bring all types of people from diverse backrounds and cultures into the political process the right wing conservatives,lobbyist and special intrest groups like things just the way they are. It's like the other mantra from the GOP "drill baby drill" in other words the McCain/Palin ticket is (Bush) politics as usual.

    November 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Robert

    Sarah – time for you, John and the rest of the GOP to pack your bags for 8 or more years.

    The GOP should stand for Get Out Palin.

    Give it up – you lost.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012

    November 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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