October 23rd, 2010
06:26 PM ET
8 years ago

Sarah Palin says Americans are afraid of Obama's economic policies

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - As Sarah Palin urged about 2,000 Republican activists Saturday to keep working until the last minute to help guarantee GOP successes, she went after some recent comments by President Obama in which he said Americans are scared and frustrated and may not be thinking straight about the midterm elections. He has suggested Republicans were playing on that fear.

"Well, ya know Mr. President, you got it right on one point there, we are afraid - knowing that your economic policies are driving us off a cliff and your fundamental transformation of America is a nightmare. This is not the America that the rest of the people want, this is not the America that patriots fought and died for and still dying for today," she told the crowd.

She urged those in the audience to "exhaust ourselves" in the last 10 days leading up to the midterm elections to help get the vote out and to make sure no one is complacent.

"We can't think it is in the bag," she said. "We have to leave the dancing to the stars," a light-hearted reference to her daughter's participation in the ABC reality show.

"There are no second chances in elections" she warned the audience. "Ten days from now if we make this the biggest effort... the biggest Republican victory... we are going to take it back for we the people."

"Victory in 2010 is just the beginning," she said. She added Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele and his team would lead Republicans to "victory in 2012" but did not give any hints about whether she would be one of those running for the party's presidential nomination.

Marco Rubio, the Republican Senate nominee, appeared at the event Saturday, speaking near the beginning of the rally. He left the stage before Palin came on to speak. In her remarks she complimented him and other candidates, including Rick Scott, who is running for governor. Scott was not at the event.

Last week when Palin spoke at an RNC rally in California, neither Senate nominee Carly Fiorina nor gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman attended that event, citing other commitments.

During Saturday's speech the crowd roared with applause when Palin went after the Obama administration's stimulus program, which she said included money aimed at studying whether alcohol impacted a mouse's motor skills.

"I didn't know Mickey had a drinking problem," she said to much laughter.

Both Palin and RNC Chairman Steele mentioned Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, whose district includes the area where the event was held. Some Republicans and Tea Party activists believe Grayson conspired to build support for Tea Party activist Peg Dunmire on the ballot to draw votes from Republican candidate Daniel Webster.

"I hear there is some stuff going on down here" regarding Grayson, Steele said. "I am here to make it very clear... stop your perpetrating."

"Mr. Grayson you are no friend of the Tea Party," he added. "We are not playing that game. We are not fools."

"May that one-term wonder be retired," Palin said.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • issues • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Concerned Voter

    They're so afraid they elected Obama in a LANDSLIDE victory over your failed Bush style economic policies, right? This woman knows nothing and is full of bold faced lies.

    October 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Robert Butler

    The GOP would be better off without Palin. That woman gives the creeps, along with the party of no.

    October 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Why are we forced to endure her endless sarcasm, her lack of knowledge of facts and that ever present smirks?
    2,000 people showed up to hear her? I realize she is in Florida- lots of old poeple whose memories aren't what they should be and specifially in Orlando- home to Dumbo and Mickey Mouse, but just how many dwarfs are there named Dopey?

    October 23, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Zeus

    Rubio's action sums it up quite well ... "He left the stage before Palin came on to speak."
    I'd have done the same.

    October 23, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. christopher

    sarah is right!!! my stocks get a boost when they move their jobs to where labor is cheap. we need more of that to help the american corporations that i invest in...

    October 23, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Just stop it

    Hey Palin, it's not Obama we're afraid of. It's your shrill, ignorant, fear-mongering, propagandist, anti-American, treasonous rantings.

    October 23, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Please Vote Republican So More People From China, India and the Phillipines Can Take Our Jobs

    Thank you Sarah Palin for helping to end the minimum wage by helping American companies ship jobs overseas

    "Kevin" Bangladore, India

    October 23, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. CMG

    Palin and Steele......What a joke.....She quit her job, and he has performed lousy at his. Of course, they know how it feels to be middle-class America. Give me a break....One of the biggest fears in this country today are people like these two.

    October 23, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. pkfops

    "Mr. Grayson you are no friend of the Tea Party,"

    Like he or anybody else cares

    October 23, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. jeannettelj

    No, actually what we fear is you getting elected to anything.

    October 23, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Brad

    No one afraid of anything Palin. You are an idiot. The only thing we might be remotely afraid of is you running for Prez.

    October 23, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Carol

    She can make all the snarky remarks she wants, but she has no solutions nor the brains to come up with any.

    October 23, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. usualone

    Palin sounds like a sick/slick cheerleader. Rah, rah, and all that stuff, but there is no substance there. She's cashing in on those who adore here.

    October 23, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. G

    Well, why doesn't she step up and show everyone how it's done? Anyone? Anyone? Didn't think so. If Sarah Palin doesn't have any real answers or ideas, it's time for her to shut up.

    October 23, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. bravado in boston

    Poeople, including the tea baggers and GOP forget that in the stimulus package was a quietly enacted tax DECREASE for the American PATRIOTS. Yes, a tax decrease. You don't hear them mentioning THAT little ditty, now do you?

    We should let them back in! We sould let the GOP have total control, inclduing a veto-proof margin, so they can prove themselves. Stock up on your canned goods and sterno, the UBER-GREAT Depression is right around teh corner....


    October 23, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. CaliforniaBC

    Yeah that's funny Sarah...HOW exactly has Obama's economic policies driven us off a cliff when, regardless what voters "believe", economists stated the recession ended last year and the CBO director during congressional testimony stated the actions by the Democrats, including the Stimulus Bill, reduced the severity and duration of the recession. If Miss Palin we were driven off this imaginary cliff your mind has conjured up, then that would imply we are worse off but guess what sweety....if we were worse off we would be in a DEPRESSION.

    The Republicans, the Tea Party and least of Palin have shown the voters of this country ABSOLUTELY nothing of substance that would perform better. The American people need to ask themselves one question, "When the country was in need of action was it the Republicans who stepped forward to help with the solutions or did they play political theater with our economic future?"

    October 23, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Sheila Drake

    They don't call Sarah brain dead for nothing. The root of all problems is the Republican Party. They ruined a surplus in our national treasury once George W. Bush became in control. George put us in the hole by 9 trillion dollars. Do the math and is point to the R that is Republican Party. We don't need the stinking thinking of the GOP or Sarah Palin or the Tea Party white supremacists.

    October 23, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. SusieTX

    I voted today to try to get some of that nasty ugly red out of our govt. Obama's politics do not scare me one bit.

    October 23, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Gopherit

    There is no one better whose hypocritical vocal blathering will put off all voters apart from myopic hard core right wingers than Sarah Palin. The more she talks, the more that thinking voters are likely to vote for opposition candidates.

    October 23, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. john

    The only fear I have is that Palin gets to Washington. And I bet that all rational Americans have nightmares about it

    October 23, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Mary

    Why on earth is the news media on a 24/7 Sarah Palin coverage binge? She's not running for office. She walked away from the office she held. She likens herself to a "mama grizzley," an animal famous for attacking first and thinking later, if at all. And she takes perverse pride in her ability to mangle the English language. Can we PLEASE have a moratorium on every word that comes out of her mouth?

    October 23, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Phil T. Listener

    "May that one-term wonder be retired", says the half-term blunder.

    October 23, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Hot Dog

    Sarah Palin is the pits. She can never speak with intricate details concerning an issue. Her theme is divisiness. Where were all these Tea Baggers during the Bush admninistration. We all know how his economic polices nearly bankrupt this country.

    October 23, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Richard R.

    Ms. Palin does not speak for ALL Americans, certainly not for me. I'm really sick of all politicians making statements like this that intimate that all of any group agrees with them on an issue. It will never be that way!!!!!! She speaks for more of a minority of Americans. And she knows it. I will be happy to see her become a vague part of history.

    October 23, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. GLO

    I guess that's because Palin and the other smirkiing twits at FOX have been feeding them misinformation and making them fearful. This has been a strange year in politics – with the party of NO Ideas blanketing the internet with ridiculous right wing propaganda, which seemed laughable and pathetic until it gave rise to a whole movement of imbeciles electing some of the most clueless candidates in history. Don't any of these teabaggers read or ever come in contact with intelligent people?

    October 23, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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