November 10th, 2008
08:05 PM ET
5 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. M Smith

    hangon, she was running on the Maverick ticket..what's changed?

    November 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. KCBob

    This woman is so divisive threads about her have people at each others throats. Thats enough to convince me that she needs to stay in Alaska.

    She did'nt have the intellectual curiosity to educate herself on any of the policy issues of the last ten years (according to her coaches). She knows Alaska and needs to just stay there and shut up.

    November 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Richard A. Spomer

    Sarah Palin is right, but it was also her part of the tutorial services helping be come fully prepared for debates, and when it came too some of the questions put forward to Sarah from reporters.

    November 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Kirk

    Bush's record reflected republicans...period. The only reason McCain had support from the republican side was because he was their only hope to trick the American people into thinking republicans were something different than they actually are.

    It's nice to see that Palin is able to realize the connection between discontent among American's and Bush. Maybe one day she'll make the extra connection in her mind that links Bush to the rest of the republicans, including McCain, that were more than happy to go along for the ride over the last 8 years.

    November 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    red...Yeah, don't count it.
    Obama has done more in 6 days than Bush has done in 6 months, He has ideas and plans...shocking, isn't it?

    Palin is talking this talk because she wants to be in the mix in 2012. If she is the best the Republicans have, I think we can call the election today.

    November 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. BKrause

    Now ain't that just amazing? Here's a gal who's running for the 2nd highest office in the land who's culturally and historically illiterate, who doesn't know that Africa isn't a country, who doesn't know what written media she reads, who thinks she's singlehandedly held off Russia and Canada from invading (Alaska), who doesn't know the VP's relationship to the Senate, who promotes the aerial hunting of wolves, and who blames her failures on Bush. Yikes! Just how low (after Bush) does America have to stoop before we realize that this kind of illiteracy no longer flies?

    November 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Greed is not good

    She's not one to talk. Palin is in no position to blame anyone for her own loss. Time to look at herself in the mirror and quit blaming Bush.

    Her negative and offensive remarks on the trail have more to do with the loss than anything. Palin is a lightning rod of polarization and divisive politics.

    November 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Charlie

    When I first heard of the announcement of Sarah Palin as the candidate, I said to anyone who would listen: This election is over! Having recently watched "W", I feel the saim empathy and pain for Governor Pakin as I do for our current President. I am still amazed that so many people still chose to cast their votes for McCain. Actually, I think he could have won had he chosen Romney or Huckaby and presented the same demeanor he exhibited during his concession speech instead of that angry, cheerleader tyrant tht emerged in the last weeks of the campaign. Let the healing begin .

    November 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Rick

    Actually Palin is right. It was not her fault. It was McCain's fault for choosing her. If he had picked either Romney or Ridge, it would have been a lot closer and maybe even a win.

    November 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Susan in NC

    Sarah Palin SHOULD be saying she blames Palin and McCain for their loss, not Bush! Perhaps, too, she might give a bit of credit to President Elect Obama and Vice President Elect Biden for running an "above board", positive campaign that actually included a plan for this great country, not just a bunch of smears thrown at their opponents and their party. Any fault for failure belongs clearly on the shoulders of Sen. McCan and Gov. Palin.

    November 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. TINA

    What Sarah Palin fails to realize is that Bush policy is also McCain Policy as he voted for Bush Policies 90%of the time by his own admission, we were sick and tired of all of them and the country spoke resoundingly. Now Sarah Palin needs to go off into yonder night never to return but she already showed her cards she wants to be president in 8 years the sad thing is that she told a comedian not the president of France as she thought!!!!!! How incompetent and naiive

    November 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Robert

    " how did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration?” Really? Does she know that 70% of the national debt was accrued under three presidents? Yeah, Reagan, Bush, and Bush Jr. Oh, look, they're all Republicans too!

    Also:
    "It's amazing that we did as well as we did". Yes, it is quite astonishing that you freaks didn't lose more states for the GOP...

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

    Please make her go away!!!

    November 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse NY

    OK, as a loyal McCain supporter I have to admit it; this woman is dumber than a box of rocks.

    November 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Carl Rice

    Hey Red...stop crying please.

    November 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. bob in LA

    Who cares what this uneducated woman thinks?
    Stick to your hockey Sarah. It's probably something you understand that better than the rest of us .

    November 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Beverly

    Sarah, Sarah honey you had two things against you one you didn't know that Africa was a Continent, and two that you could see Russia from your back door.so stop the blame game and fess up you was not ready and will not be ready in 2012 to run the county nor be vice president.first and formost you need to teach your childrens morals,being pregant oput of wedlock says enough about your teaching. this let's me know that you are noway ready to lead the country. sorry hon. hang it up up up

    November 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Makkabee

    Don't you love how Republicans try to blame congress for the current crises when George Bush vetoed important Democratic initiative? Democratic policies can't be to blame for the mess we're in for the simple reason that none of them were enacted. Starting in January we'll see those initiatives becoming laws and then we'll have a chance to fairly judge the congress and the president.

    November 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Malik

    The Republican Party lost the race,which includes BUSH,McCLAIN and PALIN.Palin could have stayed at home if only she was honest with the party by saying I'm not Qualified to be Vise President.She knew that she was out of her league,just looking into her record as Governor anyone could have seen that.She failed to see or didn't want to see that the only reason McClain picked her is because he had this great idea that having a female on his ticket would apppeal to the female voters and he could win the election,BOY WAS HE SOO WRONG.Only voter she appeal to was a few male voter who wasn't voting for her because of her brains or lack of,I think they voted for her cause they thought she looked good in those 150,000 cloths,which I heard that the RNC is going after her to get their money back.Wow she can't win for losing.That election cost her big bucks and she didn't even win.Oh well,hopefully she learned A GREAT LESSION,"Its always better to be yourself,cause its so hard trying to be someone your not".

    November 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Howie

    Obama a socialist? America has been practicing socialism for quite some time. It has been disguised as welfare payments, subsidised housing, food stamp programmes and state sponsored education. I can understand wanting to distance your campaign from Bush and his policies, but I think the real reason The McCain ticket lost was the electorate realized that they were one stroke, heart attack, or anything else away from having Sarah as their president. Scary.

    November 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    Druid Hippies....Palin said all along?
    Or did she join the party when she saw what the popular opinion was?

    Lib-tards....right...I wasn't dumb enough to vote for Bush or Palin, what about you?

    November 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. jerry

    Palin sounds just like other politicians pointing the finger at someone else for their problem. The problems in this country are not entirely the fault of W but the idiots in Congress. Doesnt anyone understand the President cannot do anything that Congress doesnt allow him to do. The Republicans stood by for over six years and watched him recommend the country to the deficit and financial problems and war we are facing now and for the last two years with dumb and dumber leading the Democrats voted to allow Bush to increase the deficit and continue a war. If anyone failed the most it is the Democrats because they had the opportunity to make a big difference and failed miserably.

    November 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. California Gold

    It is wonderful she is seeking and getting more air time. A politician who wants a future in politics knows you never air your gripes ad nauseum to the media. Tell your therapist. Tell your witch casting out with prayer minister. Tell yourself. But you never, ever go public and seek air time with your beefs. Maybe that works to her advantage in small town back woods towns like Wasilla, but in national politics it's the kiss of death. She keeps portraying herself as stupid.

    November 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    No Red we had that twice by two different Bush's!

    November 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Once you vote Black

    Why does she talk like that. And they say we have bad English. She is a poor example for her kids talking like that. How do her children understand her. Poor Tood. You cannot tell if she is agreeing with you or not the way she talks.

    November 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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