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. Stephen

    Sarah Palin is a prime example of what is still wrong with America. Even though Obama was elected President of this country, she and others are still pushing diversive politics and race baiting. Hopefully people will continue to not drink the koolaid they are peddling. I certainly hope so!!!!! There is way too much to lose if Palin is allowed to sway the discussion off track by lies and misinformation.

    August 10, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Dan

    Wow! Something intelligent coming out of Ms. Palin's mouth. Who would have thought it possible??

    August 10, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. David

    She's the new Anita, will this country ever grow up?

    August 10, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Jake

    there is a place in hell waiting for this self-serving, destructive voice. Palin is dangerous.

    August 10, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Bob in Pa

    Thats code speak for meaning the political reform camps are nearing completion.

    August 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. AKoslik

    This woman is crazy – she whips her base into a frenzy with dangerous commentary and then asks them to chill out?

    I don't understand what her beef with health care/insurance reform is anyway – she certainly enjoyed govt. run health care while she was governor of Alaska.

    August 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Joe

    I think Palin just grew her first couple of brain cells. Good for her!

    August 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. B Rutschke

    Sarah Palin - the voice of reason and calm exchange of ideas? And this, after the hyperbole of her "death panels" claim no more than days previous.

    Exactly how is she able to speak about refraining from tactics that lead to intimidtation and harassment? Kindly youtube any of the videos of her stump speeches from the '08 election campaign, and we'll find extraordinary examples of those very things, presented with a zest that only the narcissistic hypocrite can muster.

    August 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Merry Marta

    Yeah right!! What happened after her own outrageous remarks? What is "evil" are the millions of poor people who cannot access health care because they do not have insurance. What is "evil" is the cost of health care in this country. Palin's family will not "want for anything," will they, including health care? She is earning enough money spewing her hate and inciting the types of people that are now so violently taking over the health care debate. Well...if she is so concerned about our future, she should be quiet. She has and will never add anything positive to any debate. Our country is too civilized not to provide health for all its citizens.

    August 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. caribou

    Oh gosh here she is again. who is she to tell people what they should do? she doesn't even know what she should do with herself she thinks she can advise us ha what a joke. looks like she is dreaming of 2012. Omg save us.

    August 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Mary

    Oh God, will someone PLEASE make this woman GO AWAY!!!

    August 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Deep Throat

    I'm more worried about the tactics the majority in congress is using,
    such as telling the minority they must vote on this issue right away,
    even if they haven't had time enough to read the bill's contents, than
    I am about tactics used at town hall meetings. Stampeding the
    opposition on this bill or any other important piece of legislation,
    like cap and trade, is unfair and un-American.

    August 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Ken in Mt

    What a Phoney!!! After her observations about Obama's life or death board she is now trying to pour cold water on the issue that her brain dead comments helped inflame. She seems to have no concept of cause and effect or her place in these things. The best thing that she could do is drink the Republican cool-aid.

    August 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Eric Washington

    This is the first time I've heard her say something smart.

    August 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. kevin

    yes i agree with Sarah. she is such a bright woman. How's eunice doing ?

    August 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Merry Marta

    Yeah right!! What happened after her own outrageous remarks? What is "evil" are the millions of poor people who cannot access health care because they do not have insurance. What is "evil" is the cost of health care in this country. Palin's family will not "want for anything," will they, including health care? She is earning enough money spewing her hate and inciting the types of people that are now so violently taking over the health care debate. Well...if she is so concerned about our future, she should be quiet. She has and will never add anything positive to any debate. Our country is too civilized not to provide health care for all its citizens.

    August 10, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Alan Smith

    What does she expect? Her rabid followers to act civilly after she compares healthcare reform to Nazism? Gimme a break.

    August 10, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Wanderer

    Violence or inciting violence is an expression of a feeling of defeated when all ideas have run out. Those who are violent not only uncivilized but also showing they are no longer able to comprehend the issue. They are also weak because of lacking self-control. We are scared of Palin because her words are not parallel with her face. I think only Palin worshipers are not scared of her. Is a rattle snake scared of other rattle snake?

    August 10, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Skee

    This woman flip flops like a fish out of water...

    She just proves that she is an opportunist, I would pay money to support her to drop off the face of the Earth....

    August 10, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Rick Maryville TN

    What a hypocrite..........

    August 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Marisue Alsobrook

    Sarah, do you even hear your own remarks half the time? Which person is talking, now? You, or your evil twin? You continue to shock America with your "oops" and bloopers. Who are you to criticize the health reform? Can you even spell it?

    I have no respect for your opinion nor your ridiculous comments you make one day and deny or speak the opposite, the next.

    Please step out of the sun, and raise your children. They obviously need a mother, don't you feel obligated to care for them? Leave the rest of America who can read, comprehend, and speak kindly and sensibly to find solutions. You're in way over your head, again.

    Marisue, an average American on the ground who supports health care reform, insurance for all, and who is not afraid except of easily persuaded followers of Palin, Rush, and Newt.

    August 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    The media needs to stop giving this woman a "soapbox" to spew her nonsense.
    And it looks to me like Palin and her sqealing have made a volatile situation that much worse.
    WTG Palin.
    NOT!!!!

    August 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Barbie "Flip Flop"

    Just great! Stir them up by screaming "euthanasia" then tell them to shut up. Which is it Sarah? Here we go again.

    August 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Nicole

    When are we going to let media attention around this woman go. She is no longer Governor of Alaska and has no reason to be in the political spotlight. Her 15 minutes of fame are over, let her blend into the background where she belogns.

    August 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Ellen

    Ms. Palin is quite confusing. First, she conflates health care reform with bringing the elderly and her son "before a death panel,'" then she makes a 360degree turn to calm the mob she so thoroughly incited.
    This is the reason she is ill-suited for national politcal office. She lacks focus and singularity of purpose. This does not shine a good light on women who would in the future like to become involved in politics.

    August 10, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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