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. AA

    people are delusional. they are reliving their camelot years.
    i think they need some medication. its like a psychiatric disorder.
    Obama is not Kennedy. Kennedy was a war hero who served his country.

    November 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. California Gold

    Sarah, stop pointing fingers of blame. That may work with Alaskan voters, but obviously didn't with the rest of "real" Americans. Why don't you get a talk show. You can be the female version of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly. Go up in that airspace where Putin hovers. Have a radical religious right talk show. But please get the idea out of your little head that you are capable of governing. I wouldn't let you lead a group of girl scouts in the pledge of allegiance.

    November 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Sarah, shut-up! Didn't you do enough damage during the campaign?!

    If this woman wishes to have any future someone needs to muzzle her until she can articulate an idea to her benefit.

    November 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Lisa P

    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.

    In other words the people saw through all the McCain-Palin maverick hooey. Why won't Palin just admit that the people wouldn't buy what she was selling? She's as phony as a $3 bill... but then I guess reality-based politicians don't get far in the Republican party these days.

    November 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Phil-Little Rock

    No lady.....your stupidity (not knowing Africa is a continent), ignorance (Obama is a 'socialist'), and hypocritical attitude ($150K on clothes, plus $40K on luxury items for your husband including silk boxer shorts - all while saying you're for Joe Six Pack) cost you the election.

    Not to mention that you're just dumber than an a mud fence. But not just ANY mud fence, an ALASKAN mud fence.

    GO OBAMA!!

    GO (AWAY), PALIN!!

    Print THIS, MODERATOR!!

    November 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Florida Joe

    Sarah
    Perhaps the majority of voters rejecting your message of hate had something to do with it.......

    November 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Turnabout is fair play

    Rick November 10th, 2008 6:06 pm ET

    Palin was right on the money as usual. Bush governed like a liberal instead of like the conservative he claimed to be and that is always a recipe for failure.
    -------------------------------–

    OOOH, that's rich!!! Typical Republican maggot trying to turn the blame back on anyone but the one who deserves it!! Nice try moron but Bush governed just like a typical REPUBLICAN, taxpayer money flowing like wine and big business getting whatever they wanted during the ole rubberstamp years, we ended that crap in 2006, fool. Don't EVEN try to throw labels when Mr. "Fiscal Conservative" ran down a surplus created by a "Liberal" President Clinton and ran up a DEFICIT just like a typical Republican. You right wing idiots are a hoot!

    November 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. steve

    Sarah Palin,
    You need to get online and get some schooling on the use of the English Language before you make another appearance on the national stage.
    Please, do us a favor and stop talking because your English is very poor.
    Do the Gop celebrate ignorance or what?

    November 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. A Woman In California For Obama

    YOU (Palin) lost by YOURSELF! YOU lost to the very people you hate twice. First 25 years ago to a beautiful qualified black woman and last Tuesday to a beautiful qualified black man. That's what you get with your nasty racist attitude. America showed you the door twice and they showed YOU they don't hate the way YOU do. Your future is over and you will NEVER be anything but a runner-up.

    November 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Joe in Austin

    Oh Sarah just blame GOD! If He had wanted you to win, you would have.

    November 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. JasonHodge

    Allow Illegals to invade across our borders....trade policies sending factories to China...no control on spending....if I had my way they would all be tried for treason (democrats and republicans) and hanged from the nearest tree!!!

    November 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. Shakur

    No sure re' Bob, or should I say no sir re Joe? You bectha! (wink)

    November 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    hahaha...so Gov. Palin says Pres. Bush's record led to GOP loss, huh!!!..i won't say i disagree with her on that...but why didn't she say so during the campaign?...hahaha...

    Kina.

    November 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Once you vote Black

    Its funny how she keeps talking. The Hillbilly Driller from Wasilla is married to a separatist gorilla. She has become a victim of the same tactics she was trying to employ.

    November 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. deb in Colo

    I think she can take her share of the blame too. I'm sure there's more than enough to go around.

    November 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Charles Atlanta

    Seems like she starts to say something make sense. I think she is smart but just need to spend time learning and enhancing her knowledge.

    November 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Brian

    Was it really the Bush administration that lost the election for the republicans? Or could it have been the vice president nominee's IQ of around 60?

    November 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Proud to be American

    Sarah you are so right ..... it was Bush you with your intelligence had not a thing to do with it.... and McCain is not a grumpy crazy acting old man he was a cool cucumber and you know what Palin.... You should run for President in 2012 girlfriend...... I won't vote for you but I am sure with you on the other side it will be a sincere landslide for Obama and Biden hehehehehehhehe you betcha!

    November 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. deb in Colo

    Interesting how she's STILL getting air time!

    McCain had the good sense to disappear awhile and let Obama & Biden enjoy their victory.

    Caribou Barbie not so much....

    November 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Amber

    You know, I really, really feel bad for her. As an Obama supporter, honest.

    She was thrown into the deep end of the pool and had NO IDEA what she was doing. I frankly liked her in Alaska politics (yes, Sarah, we had heard about you down here in CA) when she was building a centrist coalition government with the Democrats in the legislature, despite her personal beliefs. She made Alaska run great as a populist leader.

    The Sarah Palin I was disgusted with was the one brought to us by the Republican trademark who dangerously divided the country and ran up a 150K Neiman Marcus tab. It was all stagecraft, and frankly I'm happy to see her home in Alaska with the Alaska politics she knows so well.

    ...Bet you didn't see this cordial a review coming from an Obama supporter. You betcha. Now lets get to work on the philosophy of diplomatic relationship building government that was outlined in Audacity of Hope.

    November 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Rachel

    Bush didn't invite her that I know of. You just need to take a course or two in how to act like a lady instead of some rootin tootin tomboy. Just do your stuff in Alaska. We will all be better for it! Why doesn't she and everyone else forget it!

    November 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Hayley

    Maybe it's time for the McCain camp to stop playing the blame game already. You lost. Let's make that old news and start focusing on the future.

    November 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Cristine C.

    Sarah, you obviously are not ever going to understand. YOU and John McCain are the ones that lost it for the GOP because your policies were more of the same! Mavericks – puh-lease!! Why is this such a tough concept for you? And don't kid yourself sweetie, you were a TOXIC element to the ticket.

    November 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. JC

    enough!

    November 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. mark

    Sarah is much too modest on this subject. After all, the late polls showed she was a bigger negative to the ticket than bush.

    November 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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