October 23rd, 2010
06:26 PM ET
7 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. runner305

    The real nightmare is HER and the others like O'Connell (Palin Lite), Paladino, Rich Iott, Sharron Angle, and the rest of the Conservative Crazies

    October 24, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  2. fred

    I was more worried when we had the Bush's running things (into the ground)

    October 24, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  3. BradKT

    Sarah Palin needs to apologize for saying silly things like this and CNN needs to apologize for reporting this arrogant nonsense. It was the GOP and its law of the jungle, anti-government regulation economic philosophy that saw big business as its "customers" that ran this country into the ground...not the Democrats. They let Wall Street run wild...and the bandits on Wall Street did exactly that. No economic expert has ever said that the mess that the Bush Administration left this country in could be fixed in two years. In the last two years, the GOP was done nothing except try to obstruct everything that that the Democrats have proposed doing. They have offered no ideas, no alternatives, no solutions and no details as to how they would proceed. All they have done is to criticize, lie, distort, nitpick and obstruct...and Sarah Palin was at the head of the pack. They have only offered mindless slogans with no details and boogeymen to scare people.

    October 24, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. Tim Keller

    For someone like Sarah Palin, who pulled down the republican party by running for vice president with not an ounce of experience to be 2nd in command, and then "QUIT" being the Governor of Alaska after losing, shes got some pair of balls staying in the spotlight. She doesn't have a prayer in any future elections, and if I were running for public office, she would be the LAST person that I would want campaigning for me. She is an embarrassment to her party. The really sad part is that her party allows her to still make stupid comments day after day. Will she make another stupid comment in the future? "YOU BETCHA"!!

    October 24, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  5. not half so afraid as I am of her LACK of ideas and policy

    what does Ol Sara have up the sleeve to fix the economy that Bush left in the toilet? Has she offered something , anything, in between speaking engagements and plastic surgeries that I missed? No, it's just SOS. More tax cuts for the rich so they can buy more yachts or create factories in China and ship the last of our jobs to India. Thirty years and three failed times later can we stop pretending that does anything for the rest of us already. You'd think someone in the tea party with it's collective iq of 500 would figure this out and tell this woman to go back to Alaska and raft or whatever she says she'd rather be doing.. or maybe just maybe spend some time with that poor child she lugs around and displays like a political prop.

    No thanks – far from perfect, but thsi independent at least sticks Democrats who at least TRy to do something (gee amazing it's not back to the 50's economy in 2 years that Bush mucked up for 10) besides pretend the same old failed rightwing policies of pretending our poor are too rich and the rich too poor and if we don't tax nurses and secretaries at triple the rates of billionaires we're somehow "Socialists".

    Put a lid on it.

    October 24, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. vwrtb_30

    Nothing like fear to help repugs win elections...

    October 24, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. nuser

    Oh! God , what a screech. How can any of you listen to that . What does she say about the average American?You
    have been had guys.

    October 24, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. Debbie Clute

    What a complete lunatic, Even her fellow republicans are disreguarding her comments any more. All she can do is rag on President O'bama, nothing to offer the country but her fanatical opinions. What a nut job & a quitter. Couldn't even finish her governor's term.

    October 24, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. CuadRose

    This woman's entire platform is 'fear this,' fear that.' She has no substance. She is good at taking people's money and they are great at begging her to take it. What a shame. This is what our country has come too. That voice of hers is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Go away! I guess the Republicans will ride anyone's coattails they are so desperate.

    October 24, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. Inutah

    Sarah Palin does not speak for me and I have been a hard-working, patriotic American longer than she has.

    October 24, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. DanteX

    All of this coming from a person who was too pathetic to finish-out the term of Governor to which she was elected to by the great people of the Great State of Alaska. What a LOSER.

    October 24, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. Gordon

    Americans are afraid of Sarah Palin!

    October 24, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  13. mswoman

    I am afraid of Sarah Palin and those who cheer her on as if she has some intelligence. She is not an elected official, therefore she has no voice. Please go home lady. Obama had 37,000 people come to rally with him in Los Angeles, Sarah can only get 2000 at the most. Todd get your wife!

    October 24, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  14. Lenny Pincus

    So Sarah and her teabaggers are afraid of Obama. And a whole lot of Republican candidates are afraid to be seen with Sarah. And the teabaggers say Libruls are afraid of Sarah. And Sarah is afraid to be asked substantive questions by normal people. Seems like the far right aint happy unless everyone is afraid.

    October 24, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. mercfan

    The far right calls Obama's economy policies – socialist. OK, so lets back up 2 years – Congress decides to do nothing about the failing banks. Russian and Chinese banks swoop in and buy them up so now US businesses are under the thumb of REAL Socialists. What do you think would have happened? US companies are already sending all of our jobs overseas, what do you think the Russian and Chinese are going do? The US falls into a Depression the likes of the 1930's – yeah that would be so much better than bailing out the banks. Oh and keep in mind the Reagan administration got Congress the bail out the S&Ls (50% of which failed after they deregulated the S&Ls) in the 1980s without any complaints from the far right. They should change the GOP to NBH – Nothing But hypocrites

    October 24, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  16. Troy Bowman

    Ms Palin,
    Don't Speak For Me. I Don't Speak For You and Never Would.
    Don't Put Words In Everyones Mouth You Can't Speak on the behalf of All Americans.
    Go Back to Ice Cave you came From...

    October 24, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  17. quinn

    Sarah Palin has no idea what President Obama's economic policies are in the first place. As a result, she can't comment on how we feel about them.

    October 24, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. thetruthp

    Sarah, can you please take your high IQ with you back to Alaska immediately.

    October 24, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  19. Joe

    Of course they are scared. The GOP and their secret donors have spent millions of dollars lying to them about what is happening; and, let's face it, American voters aren't that smart. They forget the fact that the economy is in the tank because personal wealth was significantly reduced due to a 50% loss of value in the stock market (which occurred during the Bush Administration and, as some experts are now showing, due to lax regulation). They also discount the fact that the mortgage crisis was also fueled by a lack of regulation. So, here comes the GOP trying to scare the bejesus out of everybody when it is the exact policies that they are promoting that caused this disaster. If American voters are dumb enough to fall for it (and polling shows that at least up until now, they are), then they will get the government they deserve.

    October 24, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. PHinMiami

    I am America, I trust Obama. After 8 years of the GOP regime raping the country, we are becoming healthy again. I fear people like Palin.

    October 24, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  21. Santiago

    I'd rather commune with a post or a rock in Ol' Montana out by Wilsall then be subjected to this MORON from Alaska that assures us that 1 + 1 = 4 &1/2. I hope that the Republicans/Tea Party Wackos win the show on Nov. 2 so that we can be presented once again with positive proof of stupidity in high places, but it, really, is a commentary on the ignorance of the voting populace. Go Sarah! Display your mindless pontificating and stupidity and bring all the idiots along to help us arrive at a nation dumber then ever.
    Pura La Mula

    October 24, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  22. not

    americans fear palin thinks she has a brain much more than anythign else in the world.

    October 24, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  23. anthony


    1.America afraid of people who believe and vote for people like Palin.

    2.America afraid of Obama actually fixing Bush's failed policies in the event that theyd have to admit they doubted he could do it...

    October 24, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  24. JG Courtney

    Thank you for telling us what we Americans are afraid of. And what kind of candy bar should Americans now be eating?
    Is there no bottom to this inanity?

    October 24, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  25. Jeff - CO

    No, people are afraid of Palin getting into a position to where she actually gets to make decisions.

    October 24, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
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