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.
Just sad once again. But that is ok. keep spreading the fear and hate because it just makes me get on my computer and give Obama MORE MONEY!
It continues to amaze me how hypocritical the McCain/Palin ticket is. While both sides are guilty of misrepresentation, it would seem that to accuse Obama of doing what she herself was in the middle of doing is beyond the pale.
I've no doubt that should the GOP win the presidential election, they will again claim they have a mandate from the people even though they have waged a completely divisive campaign and have worked to tear apart the US as no other campaign has done.
I truly fear for the US under another 4 years of GOP leadership and sincerely hope that even if Obama doesn't win, the Dems will have the 60 seats they need in the Senate so that McCain/Palin will be unable to completely destroy this country.
I think it's more McCain and Palin that are unravelling.
This woman has alot of nerve accusing the Obama campaign of using cheap politics.That is all the GOP has had to offer since this shrew was added to the ticket.Fear,fear and division with no substantive policy to state how they are going to right a badly listing
ship.The job of the next President is goung to a long and arduous one
and is going to need co-operation from every citizen who resides in the country.And quite frankly,after eight years of the most ruinous
administration in the countries history,the GOP is not in any position to
clean up after itself.No matter who is on the ticket.
I have no respect for Palin at all. Her innuendo, distortions and lies (all while claiming to be a christian) are simply disgusting.
She and McCain and their vile nasty campaign has proven them unfit to lead our country and the world.
They should hang their heads in shame.
Go, baby, go!! Home that is! She can't even be honest in her dealings with the state she is governing. What makes you think she will be any different over 50? No thank you!
Sorry, Sarah, I don't believe you have the brains to help me as a senior.
Palin makes me ashamed to admit I'm of the same gender as hers. Her smear tactics and racial innuendo are appalling. Now she's pretending that Republicans will protect those over 65. Well, I'm not quite there, but I feel strongly that social security entitlements need to be modified. People are healthier for longer today, and there's no need to enable people to retire at 62 who are capable of working. We can't simply fund for a world which is no longer real. I intend to keep working till I'm 70, and see no reason to have our politicians pretend that modifying social security a bit further, as has already been done earlier, would endanger me or my future, or my friends' futures. Isn't Palin ashamed to lie so regularly???
I want to go on record to letting you know that my son is in the air force and he is due to go to Afganistan in Feb 2009. It makes me very proud when I hear him say he does not want John McCain or Sara Palin as his boss when he leaves. He believes that McCain is way too angry to be in charge and Palin has no experience. If my mind was not made up before then is sure is no. May God Bless Barack Hussein Obama and Joseph Biden when they take the oath of office to fill their terms in safety and good health.
So Barack presumably "exploiting the fears of seniors...is the cheapest kind of politics there is" but spouting a proven lie from the podium is ok??
go home please you are very unplesent person
Well, there are so many things we can't say about Obama. His middel name for one thing, anything about Michelle or his connections to Kenya and cousin and good friend Odinga. Obama has had a judge seal his birth certificate, never heard of that before. No medical records were released. People want higher taxes I guess and are not taking to Palin because she is a woman who can do it all and have five kids and a happy husband. With Obama's camp the tax cutoff goes up and down mainly down, probably will reach 42K soon. Obama will take this country to a place we will never get out of: socialism. With all his risky friends, after reading his books..I don't know how anyone could vote for this very strange man.
Why so much coverage of Palin? She's a VP CANDIDATE. Geez. Everytime I go to CNN I see 10 Palin stories. She's given you guys 1 shady interview and no press conferences and CNN contiunes to cover her like she's running for president.
This woman is absolutely ridiculous, will she not resort to just about anything. I certainly don't buy the fact that she did not hear the cheers in the crowd, the people of america is not as stupid as she thinks. This is clearly grasping at straws and evidence of a campaign that will lie about anything because they didn't do such a good job. She is helping to divide this country, instill fear when there should be none, attack someone who obviously is more of a quality person than she is. She should clean up around her own backyard before she goes out to bad mouth Senator Obama. I am so fed up with this nonsense, I can't wait until this is over, so this unqualified, scandal prone woman does not take up anymore of the airwaves.
Same old tired GOP– When you don't have any new plans and can only run on the failed, phony policies of the last eight years, attack your opponent's character.
Of course, asking Cariboo Barbie to discuss policy is like asking a pig to make you a ham sandwich. While it might be entertaining to watch, the results are likely to prove less than appetizing.
Oh the Ice Princess didn't hear them shout this racist chant..yea right! Republicans are the biggest group of biggots!!!!
Sara Palin and family are planning to take up residence in the WhiteHouse! (It ain't gonna happen!)
I love Republicans that pose as Democrats on boards like these. It is turley like the wolf cloaked in Sheeps Skin.
Scarey Palin is just ONE BIG MOUTH.
I still haven't heard anything accurate or of substance from the GOP VP.
How the heck did she get onto the national stage?
That is the real question.
I can't wait until Tuesday and she will be off the stage forever. I continue to marvel at what we learned about John McCain's lack of judgement demonstrated by the Palin choice.
Joe the plumber...Sarah the dummer...
Please keep doing that, you bigots!
Every time an extremist radical chants a racist or hateful comment like "kill him" or "off with his head" or "no hussein" at a Palin rally, 1000 sane voters who used to support McCain realize they want to be no part of that, and start considering Obama.
Keep it up!
The Economist, The Financial Times and Ben Bernenke all Endorse Obama.
So how could Obama be a socialist and also, why is it that the MSM hasn't reported on this?
The Queen of Hate riles up her troops yet again. Can't wait to never see her again, go ahead and secede from the US sarah, good riddance.
President Bush actively promoted the privatization of Social Security and John McCain actively supported investing SS funds in the stock market. Of course since Sarah Palin doesn't read newspapers or magazines, she didn't know. Now McCain has promised to do the same things Obama promises, but he plans to accomplish this by doing it the same way Bush did. Boooooooo.
Palin supporters = Racist, hateful, mean spirited bigots. Definitely not representative of the America that I fought for in Iraq.
In 3 days we can move past the politics of hate and take America in a new direction.