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.
lies and hate: the republican party.
I am truly ashamed at this country sometimes. We are supposed to represent the "Melting Pot" and it makes me want to throw up when I hear about stories like this.
It wouldn't surprise me if Palin was a closet racist; she doesn't seem to do anything about comments like that.
The article states that Palin was speaking to Seniors and "Palin added that Obama favors a government takeover of health care, an accusation that drew boos from the audience."
Isn't medicare a government run health care? Would this be a change for Seniors?
She never "appears" to hear the chants. What away to continue to separate the country.
Of course she didn't notice the chants, her tunnel vision doesn't see obvious hatred and racism...
This woman is so divisive. The type of anger and hate she stirs up is frightening. God forbid something should happen to Senator Obama, but if it did, Sarah Palin should be tried as a conspirator.
There's nothing left to comment about on this lady....
How come this is the first time Palin or McCain have made a promise specifically to seniors? Pandering at its finest.
I am an engineer who has been involved in alternative energy technologies for over twenty years. Since when does being the Governor of an oil-producing state make them an expert on energy?
Please do not think for a second that drilling for oil somehow gives someone knowledge on energy technology expertise, especially alternative energy.
It is an insult, I repeat, an insult to remotely suggest that Palin is an expert on energy.
She really hears only what she wants to hear!
Palin is dumb as dirt and expects that us seniors will be also. We ALL know that John McCain wants to cuts medicare (he says the fraud part) but we really know he wants to cut some benefits. He also has said in the past that he wants to cut some benefits of social security – he wants to lower our payouts. We can barely make it on what we get as it is!
Obama is the only one who is looking out for OUR interests.
Palin chose not to hear the Hussein chants because she has been encouraging bigotry all along and apparently feels that the smear strategy is the only one that really will get her elected.
My goodness! What a clever insight! And, from one of the great minds of our time! I shall have to write this down so I do not forget it. Will our Sarah be remembered for how smart he is or how honest she is? I just hope everyone, like me, is voting for Mr. Obama so Ms. Palin can take her smart and honest self back to the far north...
Typical...accuse opponent (Obama) of false claims and in the same breath make false claims of your own.
Contrary to Palins beief...the job of the vice president is to be ready to be president. She's definately not ready...
Voting for McCain would be a dangerous thing.
"she wasted little time on the Republican agenda"
Palin doesn't believe in the Republican agenda, so why should voters?
Is this what American leadership should look like? Remember, people, politicians govern the same way they campaign, and McCain campaigns exactly the same way Bush did.
There, there you go Palin, attack, attack, attack, lies, lies lies. What about you, how come you don't want to release your medical records, election day is Monday. How about your husband's relationship with AIP?
Scary Palin is still talking....no one is listening to her.
Go home to Alaska, and please do not come back!
Scary Palin will go down in history as the biggest moron next to Bush!
She has no credibility. I don't believe anything she says.
So Palin proudly gives "facts" that have been proved by several sources to be false then her devoted floowers start to chant inflamatory remarks that insinuate ties to terrorists, also basless.
It says alot when a candadate and their followers are so proud to be ignorant.
...but Palin did not appear to hear or acknowledge them
Hmmmm... I believe that she heard it and that operatives inside the McCain camp are intentionally encouraging this type of behavior. Now who is trying to "scare seniors?"
I still don't hear anything from the McShame campaign except for bad-mouthing of Obama. I hear no solutions for the economy. Just mudslinging. It is sickening.
Okay she still telling fibs about job cuts! Then her crowd goea and says that and she doesnt even say a word. She is a pethetic human and I cant wait till she is back on her broom headed back to Alaska. Maybe she can take Sen. Dole with her. The problem her is she needs to stop racist comments at here rallies. Apparnetly everyone and she says nothing as usuall. Simply deplorable of this so called woman!
Oh she heard them – loud and clear, and probably had them planted there. I voted today – stood in a very long line to do so. NC is energized for Obama!!! I will really be suprised if NC does not take OBAMA to the top. All down 95 from northern NC to SC were Obama signs in yards. GO OBAMA!!!
FL, don't let the Rebuplicans still your voice!!! VOTE!
When it comes to tax policies of Sen. Obama, who knows what tax mine field one's going to step on. After all money has to be generated for all the free stuff he promised during the campaign; where does the money come from?
Other issue is the so-called windfall taxes on oil companies. It's absurd to be saying successful enterprises doing normal business would be punished for being successful.
After all, many people have stocks of successful companies, so what it translate to is, if your stock has good value, Sen. Obama vows to bring them down. And then you also pay capital gain tax, and on and on. The bottom line is, should Sen. Obama become the President, the personal economics paradigm changes; “Fair is foul and foul is fair in terms of your good earnings and bad earnings”
What if Exxon-Mobil announced a $10 Billion loss this quarter, and planned to cut thousands of jobs. Obama has plans to give them back something?
this moron palin is a terrorist
If Palin were truly a good person or a Christian, as she claims, she would quickly ask her audience to stop hate-mongering, ethno-centric chants. Any rational person, with reasonable intelligence, would probably agree that using Senator Obama's middle name disparagingly (which is obviously the case here) is an explicit sign of ethnocentrism and implicit of racism. Neither of these should be welcome in America. These evils must one day be abolished, or the American vision of our forefathers will be gone. Shame, shame on Sarah Palin! Obama/Biden 08!!
I find it to be appalling the kind of hate that is expressed at all of Sarah Palin's rallies. She claims to be a Christian, yet seems to encourage this "lynch mob" mentality.
The McCain Palin ticket is really frightening.....