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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  1. ASTROTURF THIS

    Ahhh...CNN.....can't take the heat when all the blogs are against your beloved messiah so what do you do? You pull out the old "Sarah Palin" trick. Everybody hates her, right? Hey! If you demonize the protestors like you did Sarah Palin...!!! Just think!!! You might be able to deceive the public all over again!!

    Unfortunately for you...the majority of Americans don't want the government running healthcare. Too bad.

    August 10, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Republicans Suck

    Why listen to a quitter?

    August 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. minnie

    idiot – Pelosi

    Hey you are a smart cookie.

    August 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Amy Kathleen

    Sarah Palin urging people to stick to the issues and not shout angry rhetoric is like Bobby Brown telling kids to Just Say No to Drugs.

    August 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good God Almighty have you no shame woman?! You yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater, and then ask people NOT to stampede to the door.

    Her resigning her governorship left her completely unrestrained, and unchecked. We are now at the mercy of the media that continues to propagate any lame-brained thought that crosses her mind, and the puppeteers at the GOP that will continue to hide behind her as they fan the flames of ignorance and hate.

    God help America.

    August 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Vets4Obama

    Yea, let's calm it down and discuss it rationally.

    Hopefully we don't get any morons 'makin stuff up'....like some retard trying to lie and say that Obama wants to kill her parents and child. Now that would be pathetic if someone was that retarded.

    Oh, and thank goodness Sarah isn't a hypocrit.

    August 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Robert

    ""Let's not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us."

    LOL... A bit late for that...

    August 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Another "NO" Person

    Another "NO" Republican! How about telling us what we should do about Health Care Palin?

    August 10, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. MJ

    But no problem with the angry mobs at your campaign rallies, huh Sarah?

    August 10, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Bev - NYC

    "There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress" And as soon as Rush says it I'll bring em to ya!!! Out of office two weeks and still not a big reader huh Governor Quitter. How about , I'm sorry America for once again using my kid as a prop. Too late to walk away from your stupid tweet , twit!

    August 10, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Josh

    There is no way that statement was written by Sarah Palin; the grammar, punctuation, spelling, and tone/style are simply not hers. Props to her though for making a sane point through a channel that the astroturfers may actually heed.

    August 10, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. LIinPA

    You know she's not that big of a fool. She actually has some people that respect her and may back off. That would be a good thing, dopes.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Amy Kathleen

    Sarah Palin's comments have about as much authenticity as Bobby Brown telling kids to Just Say No to Drugs.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Palin urging restrain seems much like a drug dealer urging his customers to use less of his product. To me this is very unlikely given her very negative comments that aren't based in fact; she doesn't seem to know what being civil is given that she has lashed out at so many.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Palin, has been inciting mob violence ever since she was nominated for the Vice Presidency. Now whe wants them to slow down. Her rheotoric so far has shown that she is a rabble rouser of the worst sort. Her calls now for a calm approach are disingenuous at best. Maybe she sees how her previous tactics have put her at odds with the majority of Americans.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. kevin

    Insurance Comapnies are the death agents.

    They are the ones denying care to the sick.
    Dropping poeple that get too sick or preconditions.
    They are the ones that decide if I could get care and thus when I die.

    I much rather have my health in hands of Govt then in Corporations.
    At least I can vote for diffenent poeple to run the Govt... nobody can change a corporation.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. R Cross

    "Paling around with terrorists"? "Real americans?" Now? "Government sponsored death panels?" This woman really has no shame. Work people up with absurd retoric and then try and sound sane? Why stop now?

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. no to obama

    Obama is nothing but a liar and thug from Chicago and its okay for the left and liberals to lie and spread hate but they get all upset when the right fires back

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. GP

    By my last count there are five health care reform bills in congress. Two in the senate, three in the house. None have been reconciled or even voted on.

    So which bill in particular contains 'disturbing details'? Which bill is 'outrageous'?

    I appreciate her throttling back on the inflammatory rhetoric, but it is too little, too late. The horses are out of the barn and there is no getting them back in.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Paula - Ill

    I can't agree with you on this one, Ms Palin. We need to INSIST that the congress not enact this horrible fiasco on the now-free citizens of the US. Just speaking sweetly won't cut it with those awful people in the white house and the congress.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Doug Roberts

    Why would any self-respecting news agency waste our time by reporting on this insignificant little turd?

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. hollwood ricky pt 2

    now this is truly annie get your gun ,good ol gal, and the one and only female "REBEL" ROUSER for the good ol boy red states. she wouldn't even meet w/ the black constituents of her state alaska when she was pretending to be GOV. she is nothing more than a red neck fraud. and a trouble maker going around the country talking out both sides of her mouth. when she should be at home raising her child. now the america she knows and loves i do not want to be a part of. sheets and hoods the invisiable empire.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. nate

    I hope who ever writes her speeches gets sick.

    August 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. S M R

    Don't you think it's a little late my dear? These hillbilly clowns have already been exposed for what they are, Paid racist!!!

    August 10, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Regressive Party Refugee (former republican)

    Better late than never. How long before you think one of those right wing militia nut-jobs whips out an assault rifle at one of these town halls? Remember the cries of "Kill him!" at the Palin rallies? The threats of armed insurrection at the tea parties? The Homeland Security assessment that the radical right wing groups are a terrorist threat? The right wing head case that shot the abortion doctor? Same party, same folks.

    August 10, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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