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. H Grant

    Sarah Palin says "We are not fools." Really?

    October 23, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Death Panel Sarah

    What do they say about the insane?...They copy any stand and use it as their own.....driving off a cliff, indeed!!!

    Just who does she think WAS driving in 2008???

    October 23, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. NoBodyImportant

    If Americans for her mean the wealthiest 1%, then they should be afraid.

    October 23, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. lstro

    In listening to Shara Palin I have come to the conclusion that she is more like a hired comedian rather than someone who should be taken seriously. Think about it, how is it possible for anyone to get away with always complaining about everything and never, offering any real solutions. She doesn't even do a good job explaining exactly what it is she's complaining about. I believe she's more interested in making her audience laugh and have a good time rather than, responding to serious issues.

    October 23, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 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 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Cathy

    Why, why, WHY is anyone giving this stupid woman attention??? Don't respond to her; don't comment! Yes, I know that I'm commenting, but she's such an idiot!!!

    October 23, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. Tam

    She doesn't understand Economics 101. Only what gets deposited in her account - that's the only thing that counts. And she'd lugging her poor son around like a prop.

    October 23, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Moosehead

    What Americans should be afraid of,.. is if people like Angle, O'Donnell, Rubio, Fiorina, Whitman and Miller end up in Washington.

    October 23, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. Tom

    My fear is that Palin has no plan and no plan is not good for America.

    October 23, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    This woman is a pox on our society. She has NO ideas. She has no answers. But yet she feels the need to tell the world that our President is not doing his job. He has started health care reform.........something NO president has done. He brought this country from the edge of disaster caused by the republican party and GWB. He bought the auto industry time to make changes that allowed them to begin to be solvent again. If it were up to Sarah Palin and her ilk, we would not have insurance for our children between 22 and 26, we would not have insurance for our sick children who the insurance companies would rather have dead than to cover, we would not have an auto industry and would be buying more cars from the Chinese. Seriously folks stop following your pied piper and think..........who brought us to where we are today.......the Republicans, if you can't figure that out you are not smart enough to vote.

    October 23, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Paul 1st

    The is fear in America and it is being exploited by the likes of Palin, the Tea Party and Republicans. Unfortunately, they do this in the interests of gaining power to benefit themselves and not those whose fears they exploit. In the vernacula, they are playing politics.

    October 23, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Larry

    Better a one-term wonder than a half-term wonder!

    October 23, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Peter Zheutlin

    Wow. It was Obama that kept us from driving off the cliff! Don't people remember the severity of the crisis we were in 2 years ago? We were losing 800,000 jobs a month. The stock market had dropped 50%. Now, though unemployment remains high, the economy is creating jobs (albeit slowly) and the market, since Obama took office has gone from under 7,000 to over 11,000. It was Bush who drove us off the cliff and we'd have hit the bottom if Obama and his team hadn't pulled us out of the nosedive. Palin's memory is VERY selective.

    October 23, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. ken

    im sick of politicians saying what im sick of and scared of.

    correction sarah palin im scared of what would have happened if you became vice president.

    October 23, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. Ryan

    Why in the world does anyone care what a former mayor of a town of 10,000, half-term governor of a state with less than 750,000, and horribly failed vice presidential candidate have to say about anything? Oh, right. She can see Russia from her house. I can see planes fly over my house, so I guess that makes me an aviation expert.

    October 23, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. duke

    No we are afraid of you and your ilk sarah,
    We don't want war,
    We don't want corporations running this country,
    We are afraid of you and your candidates,all of which can't wait to outsource what's left of this country,and please sarah stop trying to speak for the majority of americans,because we don't like you!
    Who do you know that has questioned the majority of this country??

    October 23, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. Dave

    The only reason this failure of a woman is still in the news is because CNN just won't let it die. Stop pretending this woman is relevant CNN. This woman has zero influence on people other than hillbillies. This is why the rest of the world is laughing at us, because these dumb organizations like CNN insist on putting these folks who know nothing about social studies, geography, U.S. history or the constitution are put on the front page day after day. Shame on you CNN.

    October 23, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. deli

    To u all losers. dont predict the future, because only GOD above all things is the only one to put the crown to those who good and say good things to the poor and needy family on this great nation.

    October 23, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. Hannah

    Not as much as they fear Sara Palin and her ilk. The health care bill has been needed for years now. it is just getting going and I think people will be happy with once they have it. I just received my packet for my Medicare Advantage program and all of the costs and co pays have gone down. Colonoscopys are fully covered, as are wellness check-ups. I have been diagnosed with cancer recently and if I didn't have this i would die. Does Palin want people to die? I think she does not care about you and me. i think it is all about her and how much money she makes.

    October 23, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. La Piovra

    Well, our economics are scared of Sarah Palin, and Alan Grayson is no friend of the Tea Party because he's intelligent.

    October 23, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  21. Leroy

    $ara Palin reminds me of a shrieking ex-wife who never has a useful thought!

    October 23, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  22. tmac

    Man, I am glad she is a Christian and lives by Christian principles...bear false witness against thy neighbor!

    October 23, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Stop the Insanity with Palin... (Steve)

    It is time that the media give this bimbo the the "Drop Kick" she has no solutions, nothing but divisive one-liners.... She has made her millions off the lame stream media that she hates.....! She's a goner before mid 2011.. It is no way in H$ll will the GOP allow her to run for president or any other seat.. She has made a fool out of you guys and it's time to let her go...

    Please read the rolling stone article about the President...This is what I call a real Thinker...We need smart people to run for the highest office and Palin with her one-liner zingers is not the answer...

    October 23, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. moderate voter

    We do fear. We fear a return to a broken system that slowly makes us poorer, dinner and too sick to fight. Keep in mind during WW2 we made use of a system of rationing which is socialist in nature. Stalin at the same time use a part of the capitalist system to fix Russia's economy. To rely completely on one system will always end badly. A completely free market only helps those who have the means while leaving the rest to suffer. We do not need a survival of the richest. That is my two cent in this.

    October 23, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  25. ronvlaz

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL US CITIZENS BE FOOLED ONCE AGAIN BY OBAMA??????? In 2011 the federal deficit will be $13.3 trillion dollars and the federal budget will be $1 trillion dollars. Obama knows the sad shape of the economy. His marxist values and small business policies work against each other, Small businesses are sitting on the side lines and will not hire. The hiring being done now is by the retail sector for part time sales associates gearing up for the upcoming holiday season while at the same time government is hiring. With all the campaign rhetoric being done by OBAMA this in itself is a clear indication the economy is on a very slow path to recovery. With no defense for explaining the sad shape of the economy is in, his only alternative is a strong offense and once again promise and say anything and offer little substance just like his presidential campaign but only this time for the midterm elections. "There's a sucker born every minute" P T Barnum

    October 23, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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