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. Paul C.

    She has herself to blame period. She's someone who acts like a little child that get's her hand caught in the cookie jar but blames it on her sister who was upstairs when she was caught! God Lady, do you really think we're that dumb? You insulted the intelligence of the american voter with your daily rants. And you did nothing to sate the downright virile behavior towards President Obama at those cesspool rallies of yours. So please, stay in Alaska and return to the mediocre world from which you came. This nation soundly rejected you so put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Leapfrog

    Duh! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out, although a fair number of my Republican friends said the reason they were either voting for Obama or not voting at all was because of you, the Alaskan queen of trailer trash.

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Emily

    This is a very dangerous woman. Most Republicans I know that didn't vote for McCain say it was his choice of this brainless, self-serving
    bimbo that steered them away from him. Why doesn't she shut
    her big mouth and stay home where she belongs. The American
    people have spoken and she was a major part of the reason. Respect their wishes and go away!

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Maverick

    Mavericks never walk away–she'll be the weight around the GOP's neck forever.

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. fletc3her

    Sarah Palin speaks with such a lack of clarity that I can hardly overestimate how glad I am that she is now going to be Vice President of this country.

    Of course we ran up a huge debt under a Republican administration. That is what they do! They borrow vast sums of money which they dole out to their political supporters in exchange for campaign contributions and promises of future employment.

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Charles

    Sarah, is the US a continent or a country?

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey: GOOD BYE!

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. Perusing-through

    OH PLEASE LET PALIN RUN AGAIN IN 2012.

    This will insure another Obama-Biden win!!

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Marc from Oregon

    Palin can also blame herself for the loss because she is too stupid to EVER to qualified for such an office!

    November 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Fla. Voter

    Palin embraced the Bush/Rove tactics of division and negativity, which has become too predominant in Republican politics these days. Our country voted for a new direction this time in hopes for a positive change.

    November 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Sara

    No one cares about you anymore, Sarah! Get back to Alaska and shut up! You lost!

    November 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Nannie Bouroughs

    Sarah is absolutely RIGHT!

    Keeping all stupid religions out of the issue, Sarah is what John McCain used to be: A REAL CREDIBLE MAVERICK!

    November 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Trudie, ME

    We're moving on Sarah, why can't you?

    Obama Supporter

    November 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. jm from sc

    I wonder if Sarah really took the time and looked at her performance in the interview with Katie Couric? I think they would have lost in any case, but many republicans turned against her when they realized how much she did not know.

    November 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Amy

    Can't she take any responsibility for the loss?

    November 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. ATL

    Ohhh!!! Shut up. Your "I can see Russia from my house" ruined the republican ticket. When you see Iran from your house, you let us knw.

    November 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. I HELPED TURN INDIANA BLUE from Chicago

    I hate how she says how could those things happen in a Republican Administration... as if they aren't subjected to blunders and mistakes and the Democrats are. I really hope they run her 2012 so Obama can destroy her.

    YES WE DID

    November 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. LH

    I'm no Palin fan but don't blame her. They picked her!

    November 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Zenichi-maro

    Uh, Sarah? Reality called. It wants you to visit.

    November 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Jaun

    Why don't Sarah the failure Palin don't just go away...shut up and fade away.

    November 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Sporky in L.A.

    I agree with her, but she was the cherry on top of a failure sundae.

    November 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Independent_me

    No, Sarah –
    It was because you reminded us so much of Bush.. You know, you share the same folksiness, the same lack of intelligence? You scared the heck out of the nation! You are just a female Bush clone, that's all!

    My suggestion – you go back to school, dearie. Major in Political Science and History or something like that. Then maybe you might be worthy of being seriously considered for a White house run... and read more books and relevant magazines that represent a broader view of the world instead of Charisma.

    That might do it – you betcha!

    November 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Andy

    The smartest thing she's ever said.

    November 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Tim

    Wow.

    The "abuse of power" governor – who is railing against the leaks from the McCain camp – wants to throw the sitting president (from her party) under the bus.

    Oh the irony!

    November 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Michael

    This is funny. She did not campaign for the Republican ticket or denounce Bush policies but to smear President elect Barak Obama. It turns out that her tenure for the Republican ticket was short. It would be in her best interest not to run in 2012. Not knowing that Africa is a Continent is like saying there is no oil in Alaska.

    Please.

    November 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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