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. Marla Dean

    No, Sarah, it's your economic non-policy and that of the Republicans that scare me silly. I don't want to go back to the same mistakes that got us into this mess. Give our President and his administration a chance to fix things!
    Once again, she's showing her ignorance with the comments about the mouse. Anyone with any knowledge about how science works knows that animal models are used in experiments before testing can be applied to humans. But of course, Sarah and her backers don't want to invest in science. It just might prove some of her crack-pot beliefs to be wrong!

    October 23, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. todd

    you just wait until the obama tax increase hit then followed by the obama health care taxes,,,, America we are DOOMED TO HELL!!!

    October 23, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that it is Palin's policies that are questions. We need to understand that laisez faire is a problem when people aren't considerate and only out to make a buck. It troubles me that these people don't understand that money is given out by divisions, departments and angencies and not directly Congress. If that was the case, then they would be pounding the doors of those places and not Congress. Having a GOP purity test isn't going to help the country or the GOP.

    October 23, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. jackkkk

    palin, we're scared of you!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |

    Half Gov. Palin, first stop talking for Americans, what we real Americans are afraid of is YOU!

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    October 23, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. Sharon

    Why does CNN keep reporting about Sarah Palin? She speaks at small, nay, miniscule events while the President speaks to group of over 35,000 people and yet nothing from CNN.

    Ms. Palin does not have a job, or an elected position. Why the focus on her?

    October 23, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  7. Whatever

    Can someone tell this woman that she and the old one lost. Why can't she just go the heck away.

    October 23, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. Aaron

    Obama's economic policies have not been too great, but they're not as scary as 8 years of Repub policies, and nowhere near as scary as anything the Palin loon could come up with...not that she's intellligent enough to actually present any alternatives to Obama's policies....just criticizes his.

    October 23, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Heidi Hammon

    Since when does America listen to Sarah Palin. She was a joke in the presidential campaign and she is joke now. I am just amazed the GOP is supporting her or for that matter even listening to her. She is supporting O'Donnell who doesn't even know the Constituion and our Bill of Rights. When will America wake up and realize that the Tea Party and GOP are bringing down America and are trying to tell you that its the Democrats and Obama that is the problem. It was the GOP that started this problem and Obama is simply trying to clean it up. Enough is enough. If the GOP wins the house, they will simply block everything good that Obama has been pushing in his adminstration for the people. Fight the GOP and the Tea Party.

    October 23, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. Lando

    It is obvious that no one wants to be on the same stage with this idiot...even her own cohorts were avoiding her like a contagious disease...

    October 23, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  11. bobcat1a

    Pretended outrage by the Republican hypocrisy machine is really amusing. They would put the crocodile and his tears to shame.

    October 23, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. Tom

    Failin should speak for herself. I have no fear of the Obama agenda. What I fear is a return to the Bush era policies.

    October 23, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. Mike

    Fear, not rationality, is exactly the tool that the GOP uses, and Palin proves it. Her hyperbolic comments "[Obama's] economic policies are driving us off a cliff" or that the "transformation of America is a nightmare" or her equating Obama's policies with socialism (not even close), are meant to stoke fear in the voting public. Ask her to back up her claims with facts and you will hear nothing but bromides. Do you want fear? Imagine having a country run by the likes of Palin.

    October 23, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. InTruth23

    Palin the idiot stirikes again. No doubt she has forgotten that it was the republican economic policies that darn near drove us off the cliff. The economy is actually improving under Obama. Geez!!

    October 23, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. Dr. Jerry Stubben

    Americans are afraid of Sarah Palin.

    October 23, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. annette

    again, nothing but bashing the president and nothing to offer the american people.

    October 23, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. DM

    Keep Fear Alive

    October 23, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. rcultra

    I'm much more afraid that anyone would listen to a word Sarah Palin says

    October 23, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The country should be scared. Not of Obama, but of Sarah Palin and all of her lying commrades at Fox Opinion (this clearly not a news) Channel. These are the folks trying to destroy the middle class and drive America off of a cliff. This is the network of neo-con extremists that are twisting the news and has a huge number of Americans fooled and deceived.

    October 23, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  20. dembutnotdumb

    every one who thinks the repubs and these tea party repubs r going to change ne thing need their brains checked. just ask ur self were was all this conserertive talk before president obama was elected and dont blame congress because president bush had veto power. the tea party is nothing but a bunch of loosers who roses up out of anger and hate and if u really think about it the hate came even before president obama passed his first policy i wonder y? think about america

    October 23, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  21. Jason Glugla

    If Sarah Palin says it, it is definitely worth printing. She is so damn intelligent, I don't know why they don't put her in charge of NASA.

    October 23, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  22. Manny

    What does S. Palin and Phillis Diller have in common?
    Both are comedians.

    October 23, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. FloridaResident

    No Sarah – I am not afraid of Obama's economic policies! I am afraid of the GOP and Tea Party getting control and doing to this country what the GOP did with their spending during Bush Admin! You got it wrong – you betcha!!!

    October 23, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Bertina

    When is this woman going to wake up and stop using scare tactics? She is only looking for publicity and laughing at all you people all the way to the bank!!!!!!

    October 23, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. J

    She's right when she said this is not the America that patriots fought and died for.

    In fact, when you look at the patriots that have fought and died for this country, it would be overwhelmingly made up of the poor and middle class. That is why it is so ingeuous for Sarah Palin and her party, the party of the rich, to believe that they should be given the power to run this country once again after driving it into the toilet for the 8 years of the Bush Administration and changing the policies to benefit the very wealthy once again.

    A lot of good sound bites. Too bad there is no substance behind them. She is a flat-out liar who is only in this to make money.

    October 23, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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