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. fmjk

    She ran her campaign on the administration's record and now she disses it? This woman believes in nothing and no one but herself.

    November 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. mike

    Would someone please get it right.
    Barak Obama WON this election because of his hopeful message. People believe in him as a leader...it has been a long time coming.
    Sarah Palin needs to see it for what it is.
    Maybe she should blame herself and John McCain, they ran a horrible campaign and Obama ran a brilliant Campaign....I am extremely excited about the future.

    November 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. deb

    I said it once before and I'll say it again. Sarah Palin is a narcissist, plain and simple. She will never take responsibility for any of it! She's so pathetic.

    November 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Toldo

    The elections results were so predictable, the people were not happy with what the republicans have been doing for the past 8 years; ofcourse people wanted "change" which the Democrats rode that wave of oppurtiny. This election was so easy to win for the Democrats that even a cave man could have won it; i don't know what is all the praise about Obama winning,( other than being the 1st Africa-American to become president) which is ok, but he was not MLK.
    In conclusion, yes change might be coming, but it will not be what everone expects, Obama is no magician to make the troubles dissapear.

    November 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Enjoying life to the fullest! :)

    Her opening her mouth is what really lead to the demise of McCain losing.
    Bush = 40%
    McCain =10%
    Palin = 50%
    Total loss = 100%

    November 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Jim, VA

    Gov't agent said she was spread "hate".

    November 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. mark in az

    Well DUHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Fix the Broken

    Negative campaigning - period!!

    Memo to Republicans, if you want to get people like me to consider voting for your party again, please stay away from the social issues and get back to talking only about fiscal responsibility.

    In other words, disavow yourself from the evangelical right.

    November 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. John

    Oh, yes, take the blame away from yourself. How modest of you, governor!

    November 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Sandy

    Are you kidding? She was so sure they would win, and now she says it's a miracle they did as well as they did? Come on. Give it a rest.

    November 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Dexter in Houston TX

    Sarah, I need for you to sit in a small room and review every negative comment made by you, all of the hate you spewed and all of the hate you condoned from your supporters. You lost the election because you are so out of touch with the American people plain and simple

    Geez lady, get a clue!!!

    November 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Mike, Albany

    The GOP is truly a comedy of incompetent errors. I wonder if Bush still thinks he was the best man for the job in 2000 when he stole the election. The lion's share of the blame does go to the Bush administration, but there's plenty of blame to go around, from Clinton to Palin to McCain. Palin was just the icing on a seriously rancid cake, and she did a great job of putting that last nail into the GOP coffin. RIP.

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. funoosh

    what a game! Play it and not be gracious in defeat.

    Mrs Plain – I was deeply numbbed by the gracious acceptance of defeat by Mr Mccain- probably the most gracious acknowledgement of defeat that I have heard- and that makes Mcaain a gentleman!

    There is some learning in store ! Its never too late ! And most Americans are well read ......

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. ks

    To Meka,
    Typical democrat ....vile!

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. John

    Some things are knowable. For example, geography: Sarah Palin should go on 'Jeopardy' or some such game show, and WE get to pick the categories. We would then see from her own mouth what she knows and does not know. I have to see that for myself, because in spite of her incoherent babbling that I DID see, I cannot imagine a major political party selecting a candidate as ignorant of just about everything as she is now being reported to be. In fairness, let's give her a college freshman level test and see.

    While we are at it, John McCain should be tested to. I really want to see him point out the Iraq-Pakistan border he referred to on a map.

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Mike Philly

    hahahahaha. I doubt McCain could have won even if he'd picked a qualified running mate. (Look at the electoral vote count, folks.) But for her to act like he wouldn't have gotten more votes without her is just insane. Just goes to show ya she's not smart enough. She isn't even intelligent enough to deal with Katie Couric (or tell Charlie Gibson what the Bush Doctrine is–yikes!), how anyone including her thinks she could be VP or the US of A is beyond me. She needs to shut up and go back to Alaska now. Like seriously. NOW.

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. dejah

    Sarah Palin, proving once again that denial is not just a river in Egypt.

    (Like she'd know where Egypt was... )

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Hoopechu

    I once had a coach that told our team, "If you lose big, its because you suck." I now give these words to Sarah Palin

    November 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Angie

    Why oh why do they keep letting this woman talk? She talks like a child. dumb as a stump. just let her go back to alaska and jack them up. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    November 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. A Canuck

    Pleeeeeeese!!! I don't care what she thinks... what she does ....where she goes ....just keep her in Alaska and out of the news. !!!!

    November 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Independent in Iowa

    Wow. Big Ego – just can't stop campaigning...

    Sarah, first you need to learn the policies, geography, and the constitution, and then I might listen and care about what you have to say. You provide much comedic fodder, so unlike everyone else, I am not anxious for you to go away, so please......keep talking......

    November 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. jane

    yet another typical Republican shifting blame and focus off herself. palin may not have been entirely to blame for McCain's loss obviously but she certainly had a lot to do with it.

    November 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Joy, California

    Just wondering who she blames for her inability to form a coherent sentence, which is a perfect reflection of her inability to have a coherent thought. Does she truly not understand that SHE is a large reason that her party lost the election?

    November 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. k

    Now Governor Palin can focus on something that is apparently very important to her: an independent nation of Alaska. Her support of the Alaskan Independence Party can be translated into her very own empire!
    We'll give you a few of the islands that you've seen Russia from.

    November 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Is she EVER going to SHUT UP? Somebody please expain to her that it's OVER. They were both terrible candidates. They ran a terrible campaign. Period! I don't think 4 years are going to help her any. After seeing a statesman like Obama for four years, I don't think the country will want to return to Wasilla Hillbillies.

    November 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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