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. Samual

    $arah Palin may be an idiot, but I think what is more troubling is the fact we have so many people blindly willing to follow someone so completely void of intellect. I wonder do these same people go to their mechanics for surgery? No, they instead rely on people who have been educated to learn medicine. So why then do these derps so fear having politicians who have taken the time to educate themselves on law, history, politics, etc.? $arah may be an idiot, but I think the real fools of our society are those who are so bloody insecure with their own selves that they only wish to elect equally dim people. How can a society be this dumb as to think people like Palin, O'Donnel, Brewer, Angle, and company have any qualifications beyond picking up my garbage or taking my order at McDonalds.

    October 23, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. cerr

    What remedies has Palin offered? Hate is all she knows and spews. Now she is traveling with Bristol's son as a prop. Is that
    the best the TEA PARTY has to offer? When will we hear solutions to the problems facing our great nation? Does the TEA PARTY have a platform other than hate Obama?

    October 23, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Marcus

    Let's see, mocking and smears and lies and easy to debunk 'facts'...
    Yep, it's she.
    And those whom she supports don't want to be seen next to her...
    I wonder why...

    October 23, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. ch

    Palin says Americans are afraid of Obama's exonomic policies. I don't know about that being anywhere close to facts. I can personally tell you that my salary was frozen for two years back under Reagan. That made me afraid - and behind economically. I also lost my job as corporate manager under Bush's term. That scared the bejebbers out of me and still does because I cannot find another decent job - a 50-something white male with nearly 30 years of experience in the same field. Palin has it wrong. I am not afraid of anybody so much as I am a wild-eyed Republican on the loose again to act like Reagan and Bush and Cheney. Be it known that I did not vote for Obama so you cannot accuse me of voting for him. I am just tired of Palin's wink and diatribe that always seems to tell only half truths or less.

    October 23, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. jaws

    Our fellow americans are so innocent that they dont understand politicians especially like Palin are here to make money ( And she has made alot of money after coming to lime light through induction by Maccain) they are not sincere to anyone. i request everyone to wake up. She knows she is attractive, catchy and people admire her blindly and she is cashing that out.

    October 23, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. tom

    Obama is trying to drum up support with the naive people who elected him. You would have to be really stupid to fall for that again. He going to colleges for votes, but if your graduating $35k in debt, can't find a job, how are you so stupid to graduate in the first place?

    October 23, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. George of the jungle

    If people vote for this loud mouth inarticulate semi educated lying out to make a buck broad they get what they deserve. Amazing that anyone could even think of this woman running for any office let alone the presidency. If we dont vote democratic in November we will be opening the flood gates for these unpatriotic loonies to run for office. They will sack our constitution and replace it with the republican wing nut manifesto. THe world is laughing at us now. Vote democratic in NOvember

    October 23, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Mike McGuire

    2010 is just the beginning as SP would say. She is right. It is the beginning of the end as far as the US being the economic leader of the global economy. THe Obama adminstration has tried to address Americas major weaknesses; financial regulation that was so weak that it gave bankers the tools to rob America blind, the least cost effective and competent health care system in the industrialized world and an economy on the verge of collapse. There is no credible argument to oppose these realities. The fact that Americans cannot see past the next set of primaries and congress cannot overcome its systemic incompetence and corruption that the Obama Adminstration and America are heading for an accelerating and inevitable decline. The Republicans will accelerate this decline. Americans refuse to face the facts that they need to pay more and get less, because they have paid too little and received too much for too long. it's time to grow up. In Canada, we took some sour medicine in the 1990's and enjoyed budget surpluses, until the Conservatives were voted in to power. We are in deficit now, but are in WAY better shape than our neighbors to the south. The American economy needs a transformation, not a band aid. The GOP aren't up to it. The Dems may be up to it. Obama is up to it, but can't and doen't want to do it by himself.

    October 23, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. RobRoy

    What we are affraid of is some people in America are dumb enough to listen to the idiotic statements coming out of palin's mouth and are dumb enough to vote for this air head who thinks God is responsible for Iraq not bushie She should pay more attention to raising a family with morals and scruples. If her home life is a reflection of her morals and personal character there are a problem for anyone who votes for this low life.

    October 23, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. barry

    Wow Sarah got something right. I don't like Sarah especially that voice but she's right on this one. Obama's policies have destroyed our economy for the last 2 years. Many families are struggling and they're losing their houses, their kid's college education, as well as many other struggles. Obama get's his report card here in a few days and it will have a great big "F" on it which stands for the failure he is. Even Jimmy Carter was better than this clown. He get's his in 2012.

    October 23, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Name

    "we are not fools," says RNC chair Steele. I agree. The fools are the 2000 people who went to see you and the Bore of Babble-On speak. "I'm not black, Hispanic or poor. I'm you."

    October 23, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Lynn

    She's afraid, what about how we feel regarding the stupid people who pay to hear her and just might convince her to run for the Presidency.

    October 23, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Robin Bray

    Yeah, she's a real expert on the economy. She has already fooled herself into thinking she speaks for other Americans.

    October 23, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Palin is Clueless !

    Who cares what the shrilla from wasilla think's about anything ! She quit the only job that she was responsible for setting economic policies for , so she has no credibility at all ! Could you imagine this big mouthed know nothing trying to figure out the financial crisis ? First she would take one look at the book's , come back the next day and announce that she is quitting, citing that job was too hard and didn't pay enough !

    October 23, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. db

    Hopefully the november elections will bring back balance in Congress and keep them all honest, well as honest as a politition can be that is.

    October 23, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. DrewL

    Funny, but Wall Street doesn't seem to fear President Obama's economic policy. The DJIA is up 38% since Obama took office in January 2009. That's a nice return over 21 months. Clearly, Sarah Palin is out of touch with the markets. Or perhaps she's just plain out of touch, period.

    October 23, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. xander

    listening to sarah palin's speech today on the radio really offended me as an American. she says something in the context but not in the exact words "We, as Americans, should take back the power in our hands." let me get this straight, is she saying that President Barrack Obama is not a true American or that every body who voted for Obama is not an American patriot.

    Do not let this re-incarnated Judas, divide the Americans. Democrat, Republican, Asian, White, or Black, we are all Americans. We are not just in a state. We are in the United States of America.

    October 23, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. Newsflash! Bristol To Do Interpretive Dance Of Mother's Lack Of Substance And Intelligence

    Mama Grizzlies have zero credibilty when an empty-headed, ditzy, half-term governor leads the pack. Which leads me to ask, CNN: When will O'Donnell replace Palin as your favorite covergirl (Or witch as it were)?

    October 23, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. John

    All this idiot knows is fear, hate and division. This woman is the figurehead of a scary movement in this country that values ignorance and blind vitriol over substance and common sense solutions.

    No one ever seems to comment on how Palin never offers a solution and just spouts garbage. This woman cashes in, takes her uneducated and ignorant fanbase by the pocketbooks and then leaves to do the same thing to another pocket of idiocy somewhere else.

    Just......go away.

    October 23, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. amarjit

    Palin is impressed & asserting to adhere to Regin economic policies on Obama while she & other failed to persuda Mr.Bush & republican for sixteen years. There is any grain of responsible expression rather Palin is only distraction the people opinion & destroying the political values of GOP itself. Obama's concept & policy had been & are good for future of USA which will also recover the economy of America as well job creation. GOP & Palin know that jobs in USA can be created only by industry & business which are in the hands of capitalists whom only she represent. All industrialists & other who got bail out funds are holding on & delaying hiring & production. People of America if interested in jobs, future, education,housing & other industries must vole for democrats who have specific program & solutions whilr GOP & Palin Tea Party tryng to lead Masses to age of darkness.

    October 23, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. john

    Palin's lecture is political garbage from an ignoramas. Americans 'fear" the false interpretation of his policies, since they have not read them. Nor has she, nor is she able to.

    Obama is a breath of fresh air. He is working hard for America and we should give hin our support.

    October 23, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. jhpg

    I'm American. I am NOT afraid of Obama and his policies. I AM afraid of you! Stop speaking for "America". You're not smart enough to do such things!

    October 23, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Kenneth Close

    Show me a policy: Congress pass an Omnibus Bill which means the rules are written as we go>

    October 23, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Randy

    We are afraid of Palin and the remote possibility that this puppet of Rupert Murdoch would be even considered as President. She's dumber than Geo. W. Bush and we've seen first hand how badly that worked out.

    October 23, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Vet

    I am still waiting on her economic policy, my bad, you don't have to give and or have solutions when you just give the same can speech that appeals only to the kool aid drinker who follower her and pay to hear the same rambling speech. Just keep tweeting
    Palin, the less you give interviews the less there will be any doubt of her lack of intelect.

    October 23, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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