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.


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soundoff (397 Responses)
  1. dave

    Desperation and blatant racism are hallmarks of a Palin rally, and this is one reason why she is dragging the ticket down.

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. A NATION OF WINERS

    SKANK 1111

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Pete

    She heard the chants alright; Its all over in a few days, this wont be close. Palin have fun back in Alaska and forget 2012 you wont stand a chance. McCain you lost all kinds of respect for the campaign you ran. IF you have any doubts on how people feel about you and the campaign.. Look at Arizona.

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Ultimate Heretic

    McCain/Pailin: Keep feeding the beast. When you don't deliver, your rabid supporters will be the first to turn on you. Nothing is as easily enraged as those gullible cultists whose leaders fail them. Enjoy your reward!

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Baby love

    Unless they stole the election from obama ,there is no way macain and that his lipstick on a pig can win this election .

    November 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Chris F.

    Sarah like to rally hate and she just ignore it purposely. She is part of the lunatic fringe of the Republican party. Hopefully on November 4th, Mrs Palin(Bush&Cheney all in one) goes back to Alaska and continues to abuse power, spread wealth and over charge Alaska taxpayers for unauthorized trips. She needs to be impeached by the Alaska Legilature but becuase the REpugs control the state it will just be covered up..

    November 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Tarrie

    Palin continues to allow her supporters to make outlandish and sometimes racist comments and she refuses to acknowledge the nastiness. Palin is a disgrace.

    November 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Tony_N_ATL

    This chick does not know her butt from your nose!!!!!!!!!! Why would i listen to her...GO LEARN THE 1ST AMENDMENT THEN COME AND LECTURE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Monica

    What a bunch of scumbag haters.

    Obama '08

    November 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Jody Monroe

    Ms. Palin, if you do not make an effort to STOP the hatred, you are just as responsible. I hope for your sake that after the election, this does not disrupt into hateful race riots due to your inability to show respect for your component.

    November 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Brenda C

    Well sarah had no knowledge of these people in the back yelling. Sound familiar?

    I hope her pantyhose match her dress or CNN will put it on headline news and run it longer than Obama's auntie story.

    November 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Hal, Redondo Beach, CA

    The Republicans reveal their lack of education both academic and religious everyday.

    Lying, promoting greed, ignoring the needy. Palin even came out and said she thought it was a waste of taxpayer money to invest into genetic research. The same research that led to our understanding of Downs Syndrome.

    Only a Republican would be uneducated enough to stab their own children in the back for political gain.

    November 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Ohio Voting 4 Obama

    This dishonest woman is insufferable. I will be so happy when she is out of the daily news cycle. She'll have time to take a course in civics and perhaps read the Constitution.

    November 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. chelle in Fla

    Haters! Obama All Day Baby!

    November 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Country first

    Hussein is just a name is that suppose to scare people? when you are a baby you do not choose how you want to name yourself this is just good sense. In America you will find different name from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Peter, George Bush, Sammuel Alito and etc. This is a multy culture country and people from different part of the are leaving here and they name their kids accordingly. That do not make the kids bad or a terrorist; in fact they are American like all of us. We have people from Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Lybia, Venezuela leaving in the USA and the fact that they have roots from these country do not make them bad people.

    November 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. uh....sarah?

    "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" (my emphasis)

    does she think no one has been watching the rest of the campaign to this point? I'd say she and McCain (oh yeah, and their fountain of political knowledge, Joe the Plumber) have been using this scare tactic to the point where everyone who can think clearly is completely disgusted. There is a huge difference between raising relevant concerns about the future of social security that many people have been worried about for years, and telling people that Obama's "socialist" tax plan is essentially going to destroy the fabric of our capitalist economy. (Never mind the fact that we have been paying taxes for over 200 years, and the way in which taxes are paid has obviously been tweaked multiple times. The sky has not fallen yet, and I'm pretty sure we're still a capitalist country) Oh yeah, and the fact that he wants to explore all diplomatic options, even with foreign leaders who don't like us very much, prior to bombing the crap out of someone somehow suggests that the world's leaders and terrorist groups are going to be more likely to attack us? Some extremists are going to hate us no matter what, just because of what we stand for. But it seems to me that most people might actually like us better if we talk to them, hear what they have to say, rather than immediately trying to kill them. We might actually learn something from the discussion, and if worst comes to worst, we can always bomb the crap out of them later.

    But now Sarah is going to complain that I'm violating her first amendment rights, since she thinks that amendment allows her to say completely stupid, nasty, or false things without anyone calling her out on it.

    November 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Sharon - NC

    It's amazing that she hears those that chant 'drill baby drill' or something complimenting her on her looks, but she becomes deaf when they chant something vile . . . and since neither she nor McCain do anything to try to stop it, they are encouraging it.

    November 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. John Elton

    Obama is 10 up in both the likely and traditional gallup tracking. He is 11 points up in the registered voters poll. Is that a sign of a narrowing race? Or should we take a look at the electoral map?

    November 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. T

    Who can believe Palin.........when she abuse her power she can talk the talk but can't walk the walk........now 3 days left and she is making vews where was her vews 5 week ago.........she a liar and she needs to go back to AK, where her husband was a member of a group that believe that the AK was not apart of US, She heard them that was she did not ackowledge them she want to keep the ball going..........

    November 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. JAMES N. HALULA

    THIS IS 11/01/08 1:OO P.M. AND I WAS WATCHING CNN ON MY TV.
    YOUR TV SYSTEM WAS SHOWING A McCAIN SPEECH THAT YOUR SYSTEM SHOWED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES THEN THEY SAID "OUR TIME IS LIMITED BUT NOW WE HEAR A FEW WORDS FROM SEN.OBAMA. THESE "FEW WORDS" LASTED FOR 13 1/2 MINUTES. I DON'T THINK THAT 2 1/2 MINUTES VS 13 1/2 MINUTES IS FAIR AND SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT EQUALITY....YOUR CHANNEL IS VERY MUCH BIASIS TOWARD OBAMA CHANNEL BUT AS A PUBLIC SERVICE BUSINESS YOU SHOULD GIVE EQUAL TIME TO BOTH SIDES OF THE ELECTION. I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR REPLY TO THIS LETTER.
    JAMES N. HALULA
    850 EAST FORK ROAD
    MARSHALL, N.C. 28753
    CC: FILE

    November 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Rebublican for Intelligence: OBAMA

    I agree, she is a "wackjob."

    November 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. RedsKid2

    Sarah Palin is digging her own political grave allowing her audiences to get away with that behavior unchecked. Just last night, my most conservative friend, a Catholic, prolife voter, told me that this was the hardest election decision she's ever had to make...she just can't tolerate the the thought of putting a woman who inspires so much hatefulness so close to the presidency.

    November 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Thebe

    So is the "federal law enforcement" that outed Obama's aunt the same person who outed Valerie Plame?

    No matter. Since smarter people are more likely to vote, that means the ignorant ones that flock to Palin won't have the wherewithall to stand in line and vote.

    November 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Wally©

    She may pitch all she wants...The recent gallup poll (11-1) has Obama up with an average 10 point lead among all voters...

    The McCain/Palin ticket is in dire...very dire straits !!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. CMG

    Go home, Sarah......You give a whole new meaning to the word "disgusting."

    November 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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