November 10th, 2008
08:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin says Bush record led to GOP loss

Palin told Alaska reporters the Republican ticket could not overcome the headwinds.
Palin told Alaska reporters the Republican ticket could not overcome the headwinds.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin told local reporters in Alaska that unhappiness with the Bush administration’s Iraq war policy and spending record were responsible for the GOP ticket’s defeat this year.

“I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years, that Americans were kind of shaking their heads like going, wait a minute, how did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration?” Palin told the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska’s KTUU Channel 2.

“How have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration? If we're talking change, we want to get far away from what it was that the present administration represented and that is to a great degree what the Republican Party at the time had been representing. So people desiring change I think went as far from the administration that is presently seated as they could. It's amazing that we did as well as we did.”

Watch: Actions Obama may take to reverse key Bush policies

Palin returned to Alaska last week amid growing speculation about her political future. The Alaska governor is slated to attend the Republican Governors Association’s meeting in Miami this week.


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soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. J Cash from NY, NY

    For real?????

    November 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Esther

    She makes a valid point but I wish she would have admitted that she was the ultimate drag on the ticket

    November 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Meka

    Typical Republican. . .Never Accepts Responsibility!

    November 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. voter

    I believe it was her dumbness that led to the lost. Over 60% of the people believed she was unqualified.

    November 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Barbara in NC

    Who cares what the ditz thinks (to use the word thinks loosely).

    Hope she never comes back to the lower 48 – EVER

    November 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. R

    oh reaaaaaaaaaally

    November 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Julie

    She maybe right that Bush was part of the reason, but I am thinking she played a big part of the defeat also.

    November 10, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Tiff of lithia springs

    Why is this women still in the news?

    November 10, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Buckeye

    She's right. That's why McCain-Palin should have run as Independents.

    November 10, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Isidoro from Germany

    too late!

    November 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. California Gold

    Sarah honey, no one wanted you anywhere near an office with power in Washington DC. That's why you aren't in office deary. Blame the liberal media. Blame the entire Republican party. Fact is you were a huge drag on the ticket and cost Senator McCain millions of votes. You becha!

    How's that forensic accounting of your shopping sprees coming?

    November 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Tim

    McCain's failure to even mention the reverend Wright issue, let alone push it, led to the failure of his campaign. Plus his goofy "I'm suspending my campaign" stunt.

    I still voted for him, but I think the republican's had no clue what they were doing. It's kind of scary, given they won against overwhelming odds in 2004.

    November 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. pete

    ms palin should not give all the credit to bush, she had a huge factor in bringing down the republicans.

    November 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. boered1

    No Gov. palin it was the extremism of the radical religious right that has overtaken the republican party. America has (hopefully) grown beyond the extremism you and Bush represent we are starting to learn that Dobson and your ilk do not have the best of America at heart but only a limited agenda to increase your personal power. Blame bush if you like, blame the McCain campaign if you like, heck (wink wink) yoiu might want to even admit you are partly at fault but the real truth of the matter is simply this the radical religious right was given its chance and failed miserably, when you step out to represent that same group you will also fail. McCain failed because he stepped away form the man he was in 2000 and embraced the radical religious right, not because of bush, if McCain had stayed true to himself, picked a VP that represented his views (even Joe Lieberman) he would have won.

    November 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    “I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years, that Americans were kind of shaking their heads like going, wait a minute, how did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration?” Palin told the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska’s KTUU Channel 2.

    Pailn your once you get some more education you will fit just right as an INDEPENDENT party, we democrats still don't want you. When you debated Joe Biden you defended Bush, now because you want to run in 2012 your trying to move away from Bush, but your just like BUSH, your a lier, your ignorant, and you spend moeny on useless things and now your changing your mind? Get lost your a dangerous person you are to ambitious looking out for those five children. Just stay in Alaska.

    November 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. chelle

    That was certainly part of it but she is missing the part that was people from the centre and left of centre being scared of her. I hope the next time she has monumental decision to make – she does hesitate, she does look at the facts and figures out if the facts are there. Obviously this time she and John McCain were wrong – she was NOT READY! Maybe someday she will be – especially now that she knows how many holes there are in her education – and I don't just mean her formal education – her world view, her understanding of the governing of the US, the economy, social issues in the lower 48 and Hawaii, and on and on.

    November 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Erik in Real PA

    The woman is a loon. Anybody who still supports her for a national role has no understanding of the demands placed on our national leaders.

    November 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. boered1

    Sarah Palin told local reporters in Alaska that unhappiness with the Bush administration’s Iraq war policy and spending record were responsible for the GOP ticket’s defeat this year

    No dear it was the embracing of the radical religious right that cost him this election. people like you scare the "real" America. If McCain had stayed true to himself and picked someone who was true to his beliefs he would ahve won dispite bush he did not and that caused the failure. Or more specifially YOu caused the failure you and your ilk.

    November 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Patriotic American

    Why is she speaking about "the Republican ticket" in the third person??? She was half of it!

    Why do I always have the sense that she is merely reciting talking points without completely understanding or processing what she's saying??

    November 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. jason

    There is one thing I will agree with her on... It is amazing they did as well as they did! The deck was stacked against them.

    But now that it is over... I am just really angry that McCain tried to force this woman on us.

    SHE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW AFRICA WAS A CONTINENT!!!

    Shame on you John McCain! You tried your hardest but failed in sinking our ship completely. Your aspirations for the Presidency majorly got in the way of what was best for this country.

    November 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Liz, St. Louis, Mo

    Partly true. That is one of the factors in a long list of many others such as the economy, American people tired of status quo which precipitated need for change not to metion that Palin herself was also a signficant factor that contributed to the loss.

    November 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. mitch

    that ,and yours and john mccains inability to differentiate yourselves from the same policies. sorry,charlie, but, it is policies, not personal.

    November 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Dave

    Sarah Sarah stop throwing stones. If president Bush had much hire approval ratings, you probably would not be selected as a VP pick.
    And I thing you should be humble enough to realize your lack of intellectual understanding of national and international issues was the real reason. If you were more humble people would not want to tear you down all the time.

    Please just move on and let the smart people do the thinking.

    Obama/09-12

    November 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Joe

    The Republican Circular Firing Squad in action

    November 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. Makes Me Want To Holler

    Is she not part of the Republican ticket?

    November 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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