November 13th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin criticizes bailout at GOP governors conference

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is in Florida Thursday for annual conference of the Republican Governors Association.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is in Florida Thursday for annual conference of the Republican Governors Association.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin sharply questioned the changing federal economic bailout plan Thursday during her first extended remarks since the end of the presidential campaign.

Addressing fellow GOP governors and party leaders at the annual Republican Governors Association convention in Miami, Palin criticized the growing list of industries and other entities seeking federal assistance.

"We're hearing now more talk of additional taxpayer bailouts ... for companies, for corporations, perhaps even states now who may be standing in line with their hands out despite, perhaps, some poor management decisions on their part that helped tank our economy," she said.

"Republicans can help shore (these sectors of the economy) up without getting any more addicted to opium, other people's money," she argued. "We need to have a rational discussion. What and when is enough enough?"

Palin stressed the need for greater economic "accountability and personal responsibility" while urging "conservative solutions to these economic challenges."

The Alaska governor also urged her own party to take the lead on the issue of ethics, arguing that the GOP "had better lead with ethics reform and (help bring) an end to the self-dealing and corrupt special interests on Wall Street and in Washington that contributed to the housing crisis and elements of the economic collapse."

Striking a defiant conservative tone in the wake of last week's Democratic victory, Palin stated that "bigger federal government and more unfunded mandates hurt the economy and our states."

She urged her fellow Republican governors to "embrace the federalist principle that lets local government, government closest to the people, have more say."

Reflecting on the recent campaign, the former vice-presidential nominee admitted that "for us, it was not our time. It was not our moment."

She complimented President-elect Obama, saying she wishes "Barack Obama well as the 44th president of the United States. If he governs with the skill, and the grace, and the greatness of which he is capable, we're going to be just fine."

Palin noted the historical magnitude of Obama's victory, saying that "as he prepares to fill the office of Washington and Lincoln ... this is a shining moment in American history. Sen. Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for our country."

In a news conference held earlier in the day, Palin criticized the national media for wanting to "dissect the past" and "playing the pundit's role" for the 2012 presidential campaign.

"As far as we're concerned, the past is the past," she said. "We're focused on the future. (The future) is next year, and our next budgets, and the next reforms in our states."

Asked why she chose to hold her first formal news conference now, she simply replied, "The campaign is over."

–CNN Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Snake eyes

    half of what she says makes sense, but she needs to find a way to build up credibility. keynote speaking positions so soon after her dismal performance isnt it. no one believes her 'come together' speeches so soon after she actively divided everyone. why would anyone believe anything else she says at this point??

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Huntsville, AL


    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Horace

    Please , Please Palin go away, come back another dayyyyyyyyyyyyy , instead don`t ever come back!!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Dana, KY

    I think the reporters should demand that she talk in sentences. The American people are sick of the charade. If she wants to talk like a four year old, take her to the nursery. She's an insult to educated American woman. That stupid talk may work for her husband and Alaskans, but Americans in the "lower 48" are fed up with this uneducated bimbo.

    John McCain forgot to take out the trash when he left the election. We're still subject to Sarah's stupid-speak.

    Go home Sarah, we hate your guts.

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    What a hypocrit. I didn't see anyone criticizing Palin for having her hand out for those per diems, flying her kids across the country and getting her house built for free. she is sick and I'm tired of hearing about her.

    November 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. The Blessed One

    Palin the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

    November 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Ken

    People like Anne need to go see a therapist, and try to struggle back to reality. How can people on the right be so abjectly delusional? It is sad to think that these people are allowed to vote.....but vote they do....and the result is the last 8 years along with a [R] party that no longer has any meaning excuse for existence.

    November 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. KellyVT

    CNN, would you PLEASE stop giving this grammatically challenged woman so much free publicity: two Tickers today and four yesterday!
    Surely, there are people in the country and in the world doing good that you can report on during these slow news days!

    She is on a publicity campaign and you are falling for it.
    She is NOT 'a cultural icon'!!!

    Her lifestyle, her family dynamics, her anti-intellectualism, her very loose professional ethics – even her inability to put together a complete sentence – are not to be emulated; and not to be constantly shoved in our faces as 'news'.
    The majority of Americans want her to, simply, GO AWAY!

    November 13, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Gwen, NY

    I believe many have underestimated Sarah Paline. For one thing, she is working hard with the state of Alaska to develop and provide energy for the lower 48 states. She has been a wonderful govenor and I believe she will have a large role in America's future.
    There is nothing this woman can do to make me want to hear her stupid undeducated garbage. I will go dig for coal myself, anything that will keep this woman in Alaska and SILENT. Alaskans must not have high standards, like speaking in complete sentences. She's a moron, take her back and keep her in an igloo or something.

    November 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Gayle

    Enough already of this woman. Go home PLEASE

    November 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Debbie

    She is a "wonderful governer?" She was governer for 18 months before going out on the campaign trail with her husband and children. Her daughter should have been in school but, as Sarah stated herself that they got a better education being on the campaign trail than they did sitting behind a desk at school.

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    If any one you have ever read the the anchorage daily news you will see what alaska thinks of Sarah. I dont see how she ever got to be govener up there. And i doubt they will vote her in for another term. The trouble with Sarah she has never growed up, if things dont go her way she will pout. I was so glad when god let it be a task of his not to let them two win the election. Now america can go to sleep not having to worry that she could of led our country.

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Georgia Gal

    Hey CNN, do you think you can quit your love affair with Sarah Palin?? We don't want to hear about her anymore.

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. SAM

    CNN used to be my favorite channel for news, however, i am sickened by all of the hoopla about Palin. She is an absolute bird brain. I think I speak for many who are tired of seeing and hearing about her. PLESE move on. Enough is Enough!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. David Newport, OR

    Yawn....I want one media person...just come forward and state that this is news. Come on, stop hiding behind the CNN label.

    November 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Griff

    Away to Go, Sarah..... Give them what have a right to do!.. You are just another individual, and you have a right to your say.. Whatever.. Do some Homework.. The dive in again... &You have hjust as much right as Hillary Clinton.. Even if your don't have an Ex President, who had to resign...........

    November 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. mitch

    she's the new leader of the GOP. they must be proud..............?

    November 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. mary

    Who is going to trust Sarah Palin??? When she and her husband formed a radical group called the Alaskan Independent Party who wanted to remove the state of Alaska from the United States of America. They hated the United States of America. We all know that that by removing the state of Alaska, that Sarah Palin and her husband would gain by it and would gain control of all the oil wells and sell it back to us. By, John McCain selecting Sarah Palin as his VP it has given Sarah Palin the power of voice. Before, anyone gives Sarah Palin the time and the energy, better listen and read between the lines. We may be preparing for the future anti-christ. Anyone who believes and practices in witchcraft cannot be christian.

    November 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. JR in PA

    This woman is irrelevant. Shame on CNN and other media outlets for drawing out her 15 minutes of fame.

    November 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. republican voting for obama

    can you just fall off the face of the earth.

    you are total nonsense.

    go away.

    cnn, stop covering her. she is a nobody.

    November 13, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. dan

    i was so sick in the campaign trail and here again.. is there no one to guide her where her house is ? PLEASE LET HER GO HOME QUICKLY !

    November 13, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. colleen from canada

    we should all turn off any channels that report on palin...enough is enough..i for one will not turn on cnn as soon as i see her name in the ticker...if we all do that, cnn ratings will go down, they are smart enough to figure it out if we all keep the comments coming, then they will stop the cnn does not take this out of moderation

    November 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Charm

    So lastweek Obama was a socialist who was palling with terrorists and leading our country into ruin, and this week he's acheived a great thing for himself and our country??? Palin has no integrity and obviously speaks out of both sides of her mouth. It's scary that Palin supporters can't see past her self-interest B.S. and continue to support her.

    November 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. enough

    She supported the bailout the first time. whatever. why is she still in the news?

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    Sarah talking about the economy is funny. Alaska get more federal hand out than any other states or territory so maybe she is the reason or part of it why we are hurting. Palin is ambitious and is an empty vessel. She makes too much noise and knows nothing!

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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