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. Superman

    Such an obnoxious and pathetic person. She embarrasses the United States.

    Ignorant, banal, "good ole boy" rhetoric..only in America could people like Palin and O'Donnell become anything..

    But I don't know what is more frightening, them, or those who banter to the religious-fanatical, good vs evil, ideological, GOP puke clap trap?!

    October 23, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    why is she put in the same category as other politicians?

    October 23, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  3. John

    Well, people fear what they don't understand, and Republicans have been trying hard to make sure Americans don't understand anything about Obama's policies.

    October 23, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. ronald raygun

    i disagree, the uneducated are the ones that fear these policies. that listen to this fear spreading propaganda. the liars have no power lets keep it that way......vote

    October 23, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  5. Acaraho

    I'd like to say that Sara Palin is a legend in her own mind but whether or not she has a mind is still in dispute.

    October 23, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. ronald raygun

    and first off palin does not speak for me!!!!

    October 23, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. anagram_kid

    Is she actually getting dumber? Here is the flaw in her logic. If the Republicans ‘take it back’ then they will become responsible for the economy. Since it has been proven that their policies do not work, where does she think a Republican victory will lead?

    October 23, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. MATT

    Why does she think she speaks for me? This woman is an idiot. That's the biggest problem with the tea party is that they are so convinced they represent all of America. I encourage independent minded thinking, but the tea party is not it, and besides "GET 'EM OUT OF THERE!" they keep yelling about the current administration, I have yet to hear how they plan on dealing with the issues at hand. Great. Cut spending and taxation. Now what? Just completely halt all money? All the programs? All the trade? Income? Exports? "Put all those enemies of America" in place? Yeah, they really don't have a plan and are just pissed off extremist peasants following a woman who didn't have what it took to finish her own job in Alaska.

    October 23, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. Le Sheppard

    Really Sarah? You know what "Americans" are afraid of? And you think you speak for "Americans"? Who do you think you are? You're an entertainer. Like so many other on cable and on "reality" shows you have nothing to do with reality or fact. I think it's safe to say 40 to 60% of the country does not agree with your radical fringe opinions like "we are afraid – knowing that your economic policies are driving us off a cliff and your fundamental transformation of America is a nightmare". I certainly don't. You never did speak for me and many other "Americans". Thank God we live in a country where we can all have opinions. But what I wish is that all political entertainers, cable news talking heads, and politicians themselves would stop assuming what "Americans" think or talking for "Americans" like this. The ONLY poll that matters is the elections. And may I remind you that once elected all politicians are suppose to serve and represent all the people – even those you insult daily. Yours and others divisive spin divides our great country instead of working to unite it.

    October 23, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  10. Mary

    When is this woman going to shut up?

    October 23, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. Mary

    She's like the female hitler trying to brain wash the entire country during bad economic times.

    October 23, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. Shawn

    And I fear Sarah Palin as President....or VP for that matter.

    October 23, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. Andacar

    Well Sarah, ya know, we're more afraid of you and your loonie toons view of the world than anything coming out of the government. And I betcha anuther thing, ya know. If ya say 'ya know' one more time I betcha we're all gonna like, throw up an stuff.

    October 23, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. rukiddingme

    I'd wager they are 10 times more terrified of the thought of Palin running the country.

    October 23, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. TS37

    Well, well, well! So Sarah has finally come clean about her simple-minded strategy. Make as many people as afraid as possible of as much change as possible–and sell them the Tea Party flavored Kool Aid. Tell all the people who were driven off the cliff by George W and TrickyDick C that their problems are really the fault of the people who don't look and sound like them. Drive the fearful right back into the arms of the GOP, the Chamber of Commerce, and the KKK. Tell them they can "have their country back" if they get the black First Family out of the White House.

    October 23, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  16. Karen L. Wright

    This piece of trash is a ruination to our country and she can only lead ignorant people. She is too dumb to even speak of the President, she is a dummy and everyone knows it. I cannot believe she has followers, what is America coming to when she can actually get an audience.

    October 23, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. Bob

    I am an American. This twit does not speak for me.

    October 23, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Karen St John

    Yes, Sarah, many people are afraid of the current economic policies. Many of these same people think you and your Tea Party haven't anything better to offer, however.

    October 23, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. Heidi Miller

    Please tell me that there are still people out there who remember that it was Bush and Chaney who "drove us off a cliff" and it was up to Obama to clean up the mess that they left. 8 years of unchecked spending, 2 wars and no regulation are what cause this mess. Don't let this imbecile half term Governor tell you that this started in 2008. IT WAS THE REPUBLICANS!!!!!

    October 23, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  20. Big Al

    This woman is the biggest national embarassment of our generation. What a horrible and incompetent fool.

    October 23, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  21. German,IrishAmerican

    Ever notice how when Palin speaks to a group, CNN and the rest of the MSM calls the group activists, but when Obama speaks to a group the MSM lovingly calls them huge crowds of supporters? How about that $50,000 per plate fund raiser in California with Obama to look out for the "middle class?" Hypocrisy knows no bounds with this narcissist, ego-maniac President bought and paid for by Soros and the MSM.

    October 23, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  22. ciscokid22

    Who in the hell cares what that lying freaking half term moron says!!!

    October 24, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. Thomas in Vancouver

    HIS economic policies are driving America off a cliff?!! HIS policies??!! It was the Bush/Cheney era that put America into a tailspin. Obama was forced to pull out all the stops just to get this plane leveled out. It's only now that it can start gaining altitude again. Let me remind the Alaska Quitter that the DOW dropped from 14000 to 6500 with jobs hemorrhaging away at a rate of 700 000 per month during Bush's final years. Since Obama took the reins, the DOW has climbed back up to 11000 and while the jobless rate has not sprung back yet to the pre-Bush years, at least it isn't still climbing. The only way that 2012 will be apocalyptic year the Mayans predicted will be if this ninny ascends to the Presidency.

    October 24, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  24. bobby

    Palin is a clown leading the fools to their doom.

    October 24, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  25. mjhopkins81

    Funny how that happens when there are ideologues trying their hardest to stoke the willfully disingenuous fires of fear. If Palin spent more of her time actually researching her opinions instead of going into stream of consciousness and vomiting out whatever comes to mind, the fears of her woefully incurious masses might be allayed.

    October 24, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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