August 10th, 2009
07:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin urges restraint at town hall meetings

 Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.
Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.

(CNN) - Despite Sarah Palin's suggestion that President Obama's health care plan will institute "death panels" to evaluate elderly and disabled citizens - a claim that was quickly debunked - her latest message to the public is a bit more conciliatory.

Posting once again on her Facebook page - the former Alaska governor's recent soapbox of choice - Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.

"There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment," Palin wrote.

Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, was presumably referring to reform critics who have shouted down members of Congress at several town halls around the country over the last week.

House Minority Leader John Boehner and a handful of other GOP leaders have defended the angry reaction at some of the forums.

"Such tactics diminish our nation's civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters' passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying," Palin wrote. "Let's not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us."


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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Kristina, Seattle

    "...sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment"

    What – you mean like YOURS, Sarah? Too little too late. What a fool.

    August 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Bit

    Oh, Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's the one who begin all this madness when she was elected as McCain's VEEP. Not to mention her comments last week about the DEATH PANEL. Now she wants someone to listen to her? The concrete has alread set, Sarah!

    August 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Marc

    Sarah Palin should shut her face.....she's a loser....just like all other Republicans.

    August 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Ace

    If Ms Palin doesn't like the current healthcare proposals, what will she offer instead? Continuously saying "no" gets us nowhere.

    August 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Len in Washington

    "Such tactics diminish our nation's civil discourse..."

    OK then, Sarah, stop your LYING!

    And while I'm at it....stop throwing your son into these issues everytime you need a "Popularity" fix. He deserves better.

    August 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. We Have "Death Panels". They're Called Insurance Company Bureaucrats

    How about some restraint about making up bald faced lies, governor?

    August 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Jefe

    This is the first thoughtful statement I've ever heard/read from Palin. While supporting her side, she actually makes an intelligent, well-intentioned statement.

    As far as the lies she has spread regarding "death panels", etc., she knows full well that once a fear-inducing lie is told to fascists, regardless of any debunking, they will continue to believe. We need to keep in mind that while they may have good intentions on some issues (whether one agrees with their opinion or not), the ultimate goal of Neoconservatives is nothing short of the complete and total destruction of the United States and the Constitution therof.

    August 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Strange comment coming from her considering what she let happen over and over again at her campaign stops last year.

    August 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Lib4life

    WOW!!! I'm very impressed by her comments.

    August 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Idiot_Pelosi

    Sarah,
    Don't be so nice.

    Pelosi, Waxman, Reid, Frank and Obama are some of the biggest idiots I've ever seen. Who cares if OLD WIND BAG Nancy (Plastic Surgery) Pelosi doesn't like the critics.

    August 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Shelly

    Please stop covering this woman. She is useless.

    August 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Two words for you, bi and polar.

    August 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. mike,Texas

    I know there are disturbing things in the bill like people without healthcare will have it,now to a republican thats distubing.

    August 10, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Angry American

    I like and agree with your prior comment Palin.

    August 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Ralph

    With all due respect (which is very little), save it Sarah. To make such outrageous claims with the only possible goal being to rile up the masses (a strategy attempted during the campaign as well), and then to advise "restraint" is beyond hypocritical. If you really want to help, then just shut the hell up.

    August 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    This woman who was almost a 72 year old heart beat from the WH is speaking from both sides of the mouth.
    Pathetic!

    August 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Doug, New Jersey

    Just as they did at that Palin rally where a Democrat operative decked out in a McCain T-shirt was screaming kill em and other stuff, Obama's ACORN-DNC will infultrate these townhall meetings with thier operatives disguised as conservatives with a lapdog media camera right by them. Don't buy the lies, this is typical chicago thug liberalism. Truth is that when it comes to violence, its coming from the ACORN THUG camp, and those who are compiling lists of concerned law abiding tax paying Americans. Ask yourself this, just what type of person are you if you are supporting this?

    August 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Expat American

    Too Late.

    So this is what Palin is reduced to when she no longer has GOP-paid handlers to run damage control for her intellectual leprosy? Facebook?

    The global news already displayed her legions of white trash bigots last November and her asinine 'death panel' rhetoric over the weekend.

    Where does Palin find the nerve to use her family as ammunition when she made her ridiculous 'death panel' statements? – she who walks around in $150,000.00 worth of Victoria's Secret underthings and who will cash in for even more millions for her grandchild's photos?

    The woman is a joke.

    August 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Sharon

    Sarah Palin already gave her statement last Fricday. Statements were not true/lies and statements fact checked as untrue. I am tired of hearing Sarah Palin's opinion. This lady has been found to make so many statments that are/were lies/not true. Those I am referring to have been fact checked and declared not true.

    August 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Independent

    Wow, Calm down the white right wing mob iis an understatement. Palin knows that these igonarant people will eventually kill somebody

    August 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Tony in Maine

    Sarah Palin is pure evil.

    I used to think she was stupid, but I'm now convinced she is playing to the peanut gallery and giving new meaning to demagoguery.

    It is my sincere hope that she reaps what she is sowing – hatred, fear and violence.

    August 10, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. dominican mama 4 Obama

    You have got to be kidding me???
    Palin as the voice of reason AFTER she gets everyone up in a lather by stating that the President will be euthanizing our seniors and those with disabilities! How many sides does this woman have to her mouth? Meanwhile, the real "leaders" of the Party are sitting back and either watching the spectacle, or remaining complicitly silent on putting the brakes on their self-created mob.

    This is beyond galling!

    August 10, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. tom

    Sounds to me like Palin got a call from the Secret Service and was asked to tone down her rhetoric.

    August 10, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. xavier

    She was for it, before she was against it.

    August 10, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Jack in Florida

    She should have made this entry first before she enflamed the group with her asinine statements regarding euthanasia......she is a moron.......why do you continue to cover her.........

    August 10, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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