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. Deb

    Facism will come to America and she will be draped in the flag and carrying a cross

    November 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. cheryl

    I'll be so glad when Shrill-zilla goes back tpo Ak!

    November 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. David Newport, OR

    Her supporters chant "John McCain! Not HHussein!". No divisiveness there.Send this woman back to Alaska so she can pay her back taxes. We need to look toward the future of working together. People like Palin do not, and will never have the same morals as I. Vote for your children's future

    November 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. yellowbmblbee

    just shows again the ignorance of the hate-filled fear mongering 'disciples' of the McCain campaign...

    This ticket has driven racism 20 years back....

    Praying the final outcome will send it 20 years ahead...

    Obama/Biden

    November 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. ray

    this woman is aliar

    November 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. for obama nj-dp

    SAME SPIRITS DRAW ONE ANOTHER, SO BIAS PEOPLE DRAW NEAR HER, SHE NEEDS TO TAKE THAT BACK TO ALASKA, THESE TYPES OF THINGS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE SHE GOT HERE

    November 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Joe

    Michelle Obama's wardrobe since June has been paid by the Obama campaign.

    November 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Randy

    Didnt they just make a movie about W? Maybe nobody went to see it.

    November 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Sarah- ARIZONA

    of course she didnt appear to hear or acknowledge them... its all an act. she acts dumb on purpose when it comes to smearing...trying to act all innocent.

    mcain/palin = dishonerable, disrespectful, desperate and pathetic

    November 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Fitzpatrick

    Palin and joe the plumber 2012.

    Let's NOT vote for Mccain to make this happen

    November 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Richard

    Palin is mindlessly encouraging dangerous hatred from the more minimally intelligent members of her audience.

    Obama has INTEGRITY. He immediately shuts down hatred from his audiences.

    November 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Kim in AZ

    Why aren't we still talking about Troopergate? This woman has no ethics. None. Zero. Nada. Zip. Now we're talking about Obama's half-aunt who he last saw 2 years ago. If we're going to get into families (distant relations in fact), let's go back to Bristol – my mama is for abstinence only education – unwed, teenage mother to be. I find it absolutely mind-boggling that no one cares that Palin believes the best course of action for these two is to drop out of high school and get married! This woman is white-trash personified!

    November 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. JL

    Gov. Palin-nothing is unraveling about Obama's plan. I look forward to Tuesday. We can get this behind us and move on as a nation.

    Vote for Change! Obama-Biden!

    November 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Jerry C

    Glad to see that Obama can count on CNN to explain away anything Palin says that might show Obama in a bad light. I can't remember seeing them debunk anything about Obama. I guess CNN thinks he's just perfect, so therefore he couldn't say anything that was true.

    As this is gong to be "reviewed" by CNN before posting, I also guess it will never see the light of day. After all, we know what "Deemed Appropriate" means to CNN (GO OBAMA!).

    November 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Amber

    This woman continues to repeat the same tired lies hoping that people will believe her.

    The sad part is some fools still do.

    She incites violence and hatred, encouraging people that they are "more American" (indicating that those who don't support her are somehow not American enough), and not directly and strongly speaking out against those who call Obama "terrorist" and racial slurs and to "kill him".

    The woman is a nightmare... god save us from her followers.

    November 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Independent for Obama

    yes, i'm pretty sure Palin heard the "Hussein"
    chants and did or said nothing about them. I'm just so sick of this her "playing deaf" to issues said in her campaigns. By the way, Palin promised to release her medical records. Why has she not done so till today? She's sleak, a pure liar and a smear. Gimme a break!
    By the way, i'm actually preparing to go cast my early vote and i will be voting for Obama/Biden.

    November 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Kelly

    A hundred and twenty, two hundred and fifty... yeah I can see how Richardson could have messed that up. But hey, Obama said it was a mistake, let's just take his word for it and move on without any further probing.

    November 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Klaus

    So? Why are you trying to make this an issue, CNN? After pushing the Ashley Todd hoax and publishing the nonstory about Obama's aunt, don't you think your McCain bias is becoming a little too obvious?

    Your job is to inform the electorate, not INFLUENCE it to avoid corporate tax hikes.

    You all are corrupt. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    November 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Tell the TRUTH just once McWar /Phailling

    Palin hears it , incourages it / shelives and breaths lies ,negative ,hate, ,warmongering .all low road .

    On a closed site on here you call this news ? Since when would anyone be responsible for what others do yet you single out Obama as being responsible for some off connected relative of his biological Father and he saw this biological Father for (1) ONE MONTH in his life.
    But you never print Cindy McCain that grew up knowing 2 half sisters and Cindy taking whole hog the millions left by their parents .

    November 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Ted van Tol

    What a terrible sound and accent she has.
    And what if she becomes President of the USA.?
    The world would think she is a joke like the
    drunk Jeltsin was.

    November 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Jerry C

    Glad to see that Obama can count on CNN to explain away anything Palin says that might show Obama in a bad light. I can't remember seeing them debunk anything about Obama. I guess CNN thinks he's just perfect, so therefore he couldn't say anything that wasn't true.

    As this is gong to be "reviewed" by CNN before posting, I also guess it will never see the light of day. After all, we know what "Deemed Appropriate" means to CNN (GO OBAMA!).

    November 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. ONLY 3 MORE DAYS IN WHICH WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO MOOSE FLATULENCE FROM THE NEWLY CROWNED 2008 MISS MOOSE ANAL SPHINCTER!

    All the Grand Wizard, David Duke in drag knows is how to lie and since she cannot read, she does not seem compelled to read the FACTS. Someone just pulls her string and out come incoherent phrases to fire up the Klan rally.

    Yo’ moose(my heartfelt apologies to all mooses or meese, whichever) mom, with you being found guilty of abuse of power for trooper gate, and your mentor Stevens from whom you obviously learned your ethics in government dealings, now has 7 felony convictions under his belt, it is revealed today, that there has been another ethics violation charge filed against you. Seems the Alaskan taxpayers are a bit peeved that you spent 21K of their tax dollars flying the kiddo’s around the country on their dime, especially, now that it has been revealed the kiddos were not invited and in one case, not wanted at the event. Seems that most popular governor title is also in jeopardy, latest poll shows you down to 60% from 80%, but of course, no one can take that Miss Wasilla title away from you.

    So, was this whole VP gimmick worth it to you and your family?

    Remember, if you lose the day job, your back to being the average Alaskan fishwife, albeit, a very well dressed one.

    Which brings me to my question, just what Valentino frock does one wear to gut fish?

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. soundbyte

    Obama does not favors a government takeover of health care. People that like their current insurance can keep theirs as is. Government will try to negotiate a lower cost insurance, which will cover pre-existing condition for people can't afford insurance now. Obama has stated this numerous times and it is also clearly stated on his web site. Palin really has comprehension problem.

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Let It Go!

    Sarah Palin is just a big idoit, beause when McCain loses she will be thrown right under the bus ,where his camping been for the last 2 months.

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. ilikeytodraw

    all mccain and palin do is spread fear and hate

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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