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. ramesh gulatee

    sarah palin and her ilk is irrelevant in USA! !!

    October 23, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Ann

    No. Everyone knows that Sarah Palin represents the fringe extremist right wing conservatives of this country. And when she says that "Americans are afraid of Obama's economic policies," she is generalizing her right wing fringe group of Americans that follow her and the expelled Republicans onto ALL AMERICANS! This practice is worse than racism, where people generalize stereotypes of the behaviors of single people onto a whole race of people that look like them.

    I am tired of this type of rhetoric. Democrats are in power, and they will stay in power, despite the fact that Sarah Palin and her followers continue to convince themselves otherwise. Dems for 26 more years (at least!).

    October 23, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. We are Fired UP and READY TO GO

    It's funny that CNN and the other news media puts up Article about this dimwit crowd size but doesn't mention the President's crowd sides in the thousands.... like today – well over this nut job.. People are sick of Palin including the teabaggers... She's toast after November.... Her 15 minutes expired long ago...!

    October 23, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. R. Sparks

    What does Sarah want to do? Re-escalate 2 wars that should never have been started? Keep health care for only her rich buddies?

    October 23, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. needNewGov

    Perhaps our huddled masses wouldn't be so fearful if Sarah, the GOP hate mongers and a few of the teabag candidates would stop the constant doom and gloom rhetoric. Stop the hate and fear and our corporations might just spend some of their huge profits on hiring and the populace might start spending again.

    October 23, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. David

    Sarah Palin's popularity is the result of 40 years of the abysmal American public school system and the dumbing down of America. That she gets so much attention and has so many millions adoring her is scary, real, real scary.

    October 23, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Jack

    Sorry to disappoint you, This independent conservative fears your policies and Rush Limbaugh far more than Obama

    October 23, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Indy

    "There are no second chances in Elections" said Palin who does not even think about what she spews. Why is OK for her to think she has a second chance to fool the country about her fraudulent resume. She was told two years ago to go home and stay home "there are no second chances" but there she is on her neverending tour of hate and fear to all her Palindrones, sucking every penny out of the uneducated fools that listen to her lies.
    " May the one term wonder be retired" Palin says. Does she not remember that Alaskans asked her to leave her half term as Governor and retire because she submitted fraudulent expense claims which could land her in jail if she didn't retire.If anyone understood or wanted to listen to the truth they would know Palin was a theif in Alaska and she was forced to retire or be criminally charged.

    October 23, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. muffet

    Palin spew lies and more lies. had enough when bush/cheney was in office. hope this nation never, never, EVER see the likes of political idiots in office EVER again. i like intelligent people who can clearly see the forest without the ignorance and stupidity of letting the tree block reality. trickle down crumbs to the middle and poor class just don't get it. the main nutts marching behind palin and the teaparty will be the first to get burned by their twisted uneducated legislative views.

    October 23, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. Venkat

    Even if Obama is one term he will be better than Ms. Palin who did not even complete her one term as a governor

    October 23, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. welches, oregon

    America says – "we're afraid of Sarah Palin."

    October 23, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Big Game James

    She has lots of one-liners. But one-liners won't get me a job. What is her plan? What economic strategy does she have? Haven't heard yet!!

    October 23, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Scott

    I think the U.S. is more afraid of Palin vs. anything Obama can dish out.

    October 23, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Jon

    Fundamental transformation of America? Please. She and the GOP are just opposed to federal regulations in any form. The private sector has done much more to hurt itself than Obama ever could – or would.

    October 23, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Ted T.

    I hope Palin gets the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. This women is a total idiot whose done more harm to our country with her toxic attacks, negative narratives and lies. After quiting her governorship, she has the gaul to stand in front of crowds denouncing our President and his efforts to improve our lives. Has she no shame.

    October 23, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. Clwyd

    We are not afraid of the Obama agenda, but we are of the nut and her little shells that she supports who are out and out crazies!

    October 23, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Von Bismark-Vienna

    Republicans are scared! They thought Dems will just admit defeat and sit back wthout a fight. Sorry, the narrative has changed. No RTP majority. Not now not ever!

    October 23, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. American

    Palin does not speak for Americans. I'll tell you that many, many Americans are afraid of more insane republican decisions and policy making, yikes!

    October 23, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. annette rodriguez

    I can't stand this lady. She claims she cares so much about America. She could not even complete her term as Governor. She is stirring up the pot just to make money. I'm sick of her one liners and hope Americans can see through them. The current President inherited this mess, multiple messes to be exact. These things can not be changed overnight, especially when you have others working against you all the time. Tea Party , you can't have it both was. Less government but than you cry the government is ignore everyday America issues. Grow up and be realistic, don't be haters. Our countries problems are not simple but are very complex. Less government oversight can only lead us deeper down this slipper slope. We tried less government, it was call deregulation. Isn't take what cause this mess, oh and an unnecessary war too.

    October 23, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Ken in NC

    Congressman Grayson is referred to as a "One Term Wonder" by an IDIOT ex-Gov. that didn't complete "One Term". Now that the "Pot Calling The Kettle Black". She is right in one respect and that is that people are scared that if Republicans regain control, they will complete the sale of the country to China and turn our economy back around again and drive it right off the cliff like they tried to do in the last 8 years.

    October 23, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. bcnu_too

    And who appointed Sarah Palin as the spokesperson for the American people? She is a moron who runs her mouth constantly. Most politicians when they lose after a major election return to their pre-campaign lives but she has to keep her name out there, resigns her job as governor, drags her family out for publicity, and makes obscene amounts of money – all for the betterment of herself.

    October 23, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. bob

    Palin is a fear monger and a lousy one at that. To be an effective fear monger, you never say "fear" or "afraid" directly... that's the way that a child might conduct fear mongering.

    October 23, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. n stone

    Not as much as we fear a return to any public office by the Queen.

    October 23, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. LMC

    I still fail to understand why anyone listens to the half-a-term wonder!

    October 23, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    She is a great cheerleader, but it all stops right there.

    October 23, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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