October 23rd, 2010
06:26 PM ET
4 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. Susan

    No, you've got that wrong Ms. Palin, Americans are afraid of YOU! You, others like you and your unAmerican polictics of hate and lies dressed up as folksy common sense scares me more than any terroist threat. You are the threat from within. A respected president from our past (well respected by most but I'm guessing not you for starting up that unAmerican program called Social Security) said "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." YOU are that fear Ms. Palin. YOU. !

    October 24, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  2. Ronnie

    We are more afraid of morons like Palin!

    October 24, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  3. Truth

    I just hate this woman so much. What a waste of skin.

    October 24, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  4. Elena

    I think it doesnt matter how this election turns out to be, and it is only midterm elections, but the next one in 2012 would be more interesting to watch. The ecomony direction is a major factor in deciding on how hot 2012 elections will be

    October 24, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  5. Martin

    Once again, the GOP keep attacking the dems for their ideas, but are offerring absolutely ZERO solutions of their own to counter what the dems are doing.

    The sad part is that many voters are buying into the fear that the GOP is installing in them, while not realizing that the GOP haven't suggested any alternative.

    October 24, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  6. PoliticsDude

    No. What we fear is YOUR (Palin's) economic policies.

    The thought actually makes me shudder and contemplate a nice multi-year vacation to a different country.

    October 24, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  7. LAP

    I think people are even more afraid about you Sarah, because the level of ignorance can grow so much in this country that you may one day become (gulp) President...

    October 24, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  8. LouieD

    Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving to Democrats. *wink wink wink wink*

    October 24, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  9. Martin

    I have been an American longer than Sarah Palin and I can tell you without any doubt that I am NOT afraid of Obama's economic policies. I am not AFRAID of anything because I am an American. This is the land of the brave, not the hovel of the coward. Anyone who claims fear over something like an economic policy is a coward and therefore not worthy of being an American.

    October 24, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  10. Carlton

    Low education level and quit the job before finishing it but always has so much to say, why? And the amazing thing is so many people listen and follow this B.S.!!! I'm an American and I'm not scared of Obama, you, or anyone else!!! I trust in the Lord!!! All you are doing is using fear against Obama and for your own political gain. As usual another corrupt and hypocritical politician playing childish political games. Nothing new!!!

    Real American!!!

    October 24, 2010 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  11. Canonscottage

    It may be that a lot of people are scared of Obama's policies, but that doesn't mean they are bad or wrong. When people are afraid they tend to make poor decisions. The Germans elected Hitler when they were afraid and he promised to take care of them.

    October 24, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  12. borisjimbo

    Speak for yourself, Sarah Barraquitter.

    October 24, 2010 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  13. doight

    Can we see what courses Palin took in the five Colleges she attended and what her marks were?

    October 24, 2010 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  14. noah

    So democrats are not aloud to befriend republicans, Steel? And you want to be a leader of this nation? Your divisiveness sends the wrong message....

    October 24, 2010 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  15. CyndyP

    "We are not fools" – Well, more like Stupid Fools!

    October 24, 2010 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  16. Jr

    Americans who work hard and strive to make themselves better should be afraid of Obamanomics. Those on the government dole already will find his policies refreshinginly rewarding.

    October 24, 2010 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  17. Terry P

    I'm not a supporter of Mama Grizzly – but she does have a valid point here!

    October 24, 2010 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  18. Anon American

    Of course they are "afraid", anything that's complicated and involving higher levels of thinking and logic tends to scare most Americans away.

    October 24, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  19. texasgreenacres

    don't be fooled by this idiot if we has kept going the way it was when obama took office we would be on ration stamps by now and the job market would be non existant.and crime levels far greator than we can imagine. people are animals to, if they can't work and get what they need they will take it any way they can. even if ti means killing another person.if you listen to this wacko we're headed straight back to where we was before obama.and what your going to get is pain and agony to the greatest extent or degree

    October 24, 2010 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  20. MCT22

    This is honestly playing out like a bad movie. She's a caricature, a meritless pretty face - and that mickey mouse joke? Is America on Candid Camera? This is surreal... Ashton Kutcher better as hell pop out at the end of this one. What a trip.

    October 24, 2010 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  21. Marfo

    This woman is a lying, vicious twit. Sarah, you don't speak for We the People. The People spoke loud & clear rejecting your ticket in 2008.

    October 24, 2010 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  22. Gerardo Bustamante

    I can not believe that this woman is allowed to comment on politics.

    October 24, 2010 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  23. paul

    More of the same – Republicans telling "us" what "America" thinks. Palin – get this straight, you don't have a damn clue and we as Ameicans are damn tired of you.

    October 24, 2010 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  24. bigfoot north carolina

    Sarah Palin and the rest of the bimbo-right is who we SHOULD fear.

    October 24, 2010 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  25. freda

    Normally I do not listen to anything the ex-Governor Sarah Palin has to say but I did briefly today. She's so full of nothing. I cannot understand her following. I almost feel sorry for them because she's pimping off the ones who probably had to borrow money to pay her. But I have come to the conclusion if they want to give her their money, it's on them. Sarah Palin is a disgusting lady and so full of herself it's laughable. She missed her calling because what I get from her is that she's a comedian. She's not a good example for a non-Christian who is seeking to find the Lord's goodness. If a non-Christian listened to her they would certainly be confused since she claims to be one. I just have one question – how does this evil mean-spirited want to be President (wishful thinking) sleep at night? She's a nightmare.

    October 24, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
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