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)

    Sarah, the majority of American share a common worst nightmare: You entrusted with America's nuclear weapons codes.

    October 23, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. tony leyton

    Any third grader knows that majorities don't lose elections. So losers absolutely do not speak for the majority of Americans of anyone else. Another fine example of conservative mathematical and thus fiscal incompetence.

    October 23, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Casan

    Since she can't articulate any clear alternative policy, then attack politics seems to be a perfect fit for her. It is just mind boggling that there are people in America where this woman can draw a vote.

    October 23, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Steve

    They are only afraid because the GOP continues to scream "fear him, be scared of all he does." We would have more progress if the GOP would just sit down and help out a little.

    October 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. charles bowen

    With all due respect to ms. palin , it is people like her that make American Politics the sewer that it has become. This woman would'nt recognize the truth if it bit her in the butt. However i must give her credit for being a staunch supporter of the republican agenda of lies. You remember the Republicans,These are the people who brought us the weapons of mass distraction and sold our country down the river into a never ending war, Proving once again that if you want a failed state elect a republican. Thank You Sarah For Destroying the Republican Party and keep up the good work. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    October 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. yellow22

    WHY! do we write what she says or even care what she says...she doesn't have any experience in what she's talking about...she walked out on her job and is taking people on a scam...she has no more importance than anyone else. give us peace and shout her down...why are we giving so much time to people who have cornered the market on stupity

    October 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |

    Palin is completely out of sinc with reality. She will say anything in order to promote herself toward running for President in 2012. She's been running since 2008. She would be a total disaster if she were ever elected. Fortunately, most Americans see through her transparency and see the nothingness of her. She is all fluff and no stuff!

    October 23, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Jon

    Palin urged her obedient audience to exhaust themselves in support of the Republican cause. Her audience can't wait to return to the GOP policies and practices that racked up $13 trillion (and counting) in national debt and ushered in an economic collapse that cost $17.5 trillion in lost household wealth. That's a burden of $100,000 for every man, woman, and child in America. Who knew masochism would become so popular?

    October 23, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Rebecca

    I want to say this, were the republicans saying these very things when Bush was in office? The economy was bad, a war we didn't was started due on assumptions, healthcare was and is expensive. Now that there is someone President Barak Obama is in the White House doing something about it, you're against it. It is shocking that it cost $200 to pull a tooth and $400 for a wisdom tooth let alone affording health insurance. The people gave Bush a second chance.

    October 23, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. guy

    Wow, She really hates Obama. Maybe its because he's royally beat her and mccain in 08, who knows.

    Like all her speeches, all talk – no substance. She'll say whatever gets a cheer from the crowd, which is always her base. Distance moderates and independants? You betcha!

    October 23, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. NoOne

    "When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” – Sinclair Lewis 1935

    October 23, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. shelou

    Is Sarah bragging about the effectiveness of the Republican's fear mongering strategy to convince Americans that the egregious exploitation of them was really done since Obama has been in office? Now Sarah suggests we should put our trust in Christine O'donnel to create millions of sustainable LOCAL jobs in 18 months before the 2012 elections? It’s clear to thousands of Americans who they should fear; she’s resourceful for sure – because there’s a shortage of meat in Alaskan supermarkets, she shoots caribou to support her “culture of life” agenda.

    October 23, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Louisiana Man

    The biggest fear is that the 'quitta from Wasilla'-who betrayed her constituents from Alaska-for the sake of fame and fortune-
    has a following of weak,cerebral void minions who honestly believe she has potential for leadership.

    But her slip to beginning to show-all frauds are eventually exposed.

    October 23, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. chedar

    Get real Sarah. You, Michelle Backman, Sharon Angl;e and Christine O;dobell are of the same feather. Sort of loonies. By the way take Rand Paul along with you to the lulu land as well

    October 23, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. BOBBB

    Frankly, I am afraid that President Obama doesn't have an economic policy. They are just playing trial and error. It doesn't have to be that way. There are sound, tested economic methods that can be implemented to turn this economy around. The stimulus plan was a good idea, but you have to get the money where it will do some good. Consumers drive 80% of the industry in this country.

    October 23, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. midwestmatt

    No, Mrs. Quitter, we fear a return to the incredible failure that was Bush/Cheney and a Republican controlled Congress.

    You and your ilk have managed to do NOTHING but steal the spotlight and strike fear into the hearts of Americans who are so gun shy about everything that you are now able to command your coverage and dictate the message.

    Where are your REAL ideas? Where are the DETAILS of your policies and plans??

    What? You don't have any? Go figure.

    President Palin, 2012-2014 and a half.

    October 23, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. beevee

    May be this stupid woman thinks so. If americans wiht cool heads and not brainwahsed by the politicians like Palin then they will realize the current administration's econmic polcies are much better than the ones under the previous administaration. In the long run they will benefit all americans not just a few. Some one should say to Ms. palin 'shut up lady don't use your scare tactics".

    October 23, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. laughwell

    Anyone with common sense would tell this shrill headace voice blackboard dimwit its not Obama to fear but stiupid people like you Sarah you scare the beeeeeeeeeejesus out of me. Go away please!!!!!!!! This country is becoming dumb down with the fearmongering rethotic. Do you understand yet Sarah the 1st adme??????

    October 23, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Chipster

    This election should not even be close! Republicans made such a mess of the economy, engaged in a costly and unnecessary war, and lied constantly about health care (death panels, illegals, abortion) and still support insurance company abuse and denial of care! What does the GOP have to offer? More tax cuts for the wealthy that never "trickle down?" More attempts to control personal decisions? More corporate welfare? Who falls for this nonsense? Palin is cute, empty-headed, and spouts clever cliches. There's no "there" there.

    October 23, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. GL

    She is look upon as one of the biggest clowns in history. She have been attacking President Obama for over two years and it still have not work. Sara Palin find someone to attack becasue we are all sick of your sour grapes over your lose in 2008 and if you run in 2012, which I know you are you are going to lost big time. Your mouth is too big and you don't have any thing up in your brain.

    October 23, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Mathew

    I may not agree with all of President Obama's policies but I'm more afraid that someone as incompetent as Sarah Palin could actually gain some degree of influence in national affairs.

    October 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Daniel

    Screechy clown woman. Boy is she annoying. I'll have to mute the TV for the whole year or 2012, but I hope she is the Republican nominee and Haley Barbour is her running mate.

    October 23, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. Just A thought

    Again another rally by the G O P in which lots of words are spoken, fun is made of the President and liberals in general. They complain about big government,spending, and taxes. What I did not hear was how The Party of No contributed to this mess. It's like all this took place after the Democrats won the Presidential Elections. . What i did not hear was their solutions to the problems facing the Nation,or what type of jobs they will create. As republicans are fond of saying government cannot create jobs, but can foster the environment for the private sector to create jobs. So the policies of spend but don't pay for, deregulation,cut education and social programs, tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas,continue the Bush tax cut for the top 2% , this is what they stand for . Palin now speaks for the little people and considers her self one. Wow the rabbit hole is getting bigger all the time

    October 23, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |

    So I guess that makes Palin the Half-Term Wonder...

    October 23, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. Daniel

    Please indulge me for one more comment. At least Alan Grayson served a FULL term and he hasn't lost yet!

    October 23, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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