Palin calls tax deal 'lousy'
December 17th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin calls tax deal 'lousy'

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin voiced strong opposition to the tax cuts passed in both chambers of Congress and revealed her 2012 timeline.

"I think it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people," Palin said on ABC Friday.

The tax package the president will sign Friday concludes months of contentious politicking over a compromise between the White House and members of Congress, a deal Palin said is "still not good enough."

"You can term it compromise, I term it flip flop," Palin said. "I was thankful that he did but it's still not good enough."

The bill includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, a continuation of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed for 13 months, as well as a two percentage point cut in the payroll tax and the revival of the estate tax at a lower level.

When asked about her presidential intentions, Palin said "it's a prayerful consideration," but that she won't make the decision for "some months."

A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday indicated Palin trailing President Obama by 22 points in a hypothetical 2012 match-up, yet Palin remained defiant about her chances, citing the length of the primary season.

"A poll number like that... doesn't look really pretty today, but a primary is months and months in the process," Palin said. "If I were to participate in that contested primary, I would be in it to win it."

The Fox News commentator and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee rarely takes questions from what she calls the "lamestream" media, but Friday's sit-down is the latest example that she's chipping away at her stance.

As a possible preview to a 2012 race, Palin revealed her biggest point of contention with Obama.

"My number one criticism of President Obama is he promised to and he's trying to fulfill his promise of fundamentally trying to transform America," Palin said. "We don't need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America."


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Sarah Palin • Taxes
soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. joe in VA

    Obama is an empty suit and Palin is an empty skirt. Except for ideology, they are very alike. Choose our next president wisely. A long record of achievement would be nice, rather than empty "feel-good" speaches and slogans.

    December 17, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Alistair

    Dear CNN, can we please move beyond this woman.

    December 17, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. cel

    nothing anyone else does or sasy is god enough for this dim wit. She cannot even successfully administer a state that gets all it's revenue from oil and not taxtes and pays people to live there instead of taxing them for living there. How the hell does she think she can run something as complicated as The United States of America ?
    Go away, dim wit, go away.

    December 17, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. ATL Guy

    So Caribou Sarah, can you tell us what you would've done instead? No rah rah Tea Party talk – just give us the specifics, please?

    December 17, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. LovesIrony

    "I think it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people" Who is we? You hold NO office, remember you QUIT now leave us alone

    December 17, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Lisa

    Always a criticism without a recommendation. Offer up some alternatives! Otherwise it's just hot air.

    December 17, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. JOE

    "i term it flip flop" hahahaha. i dont think that failing to raise taxes on the wealthy because of a republican blockade is considered flip flopping. But abandoning alaska is definately termed a quiter.

    December 17, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. mike carter

    I hope Sarah runs in 2012. She'll be slaughtered in debates, and it will give Obama a guaranteed win.

    December 17, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. SickofSarah

    So if he compromises he's a "flip-flopper?" I am so disgusted with all this partison BS. She says she's "glad he did it but it's still not good enough." She makes no sense. If he caves any more for republicans he will be even more of a so-called "flip-flopper" than ever in her eyes. She needs to go back to Alaska already!

    December 17, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. vdronex

    So she won't talk to "lamestream" media? Sounds like we gotta a flip flopper here by golly dontcha know!

    December 17, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. steven

    She always uses the pretty phrases like "need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America." A lot of fluff. The picture shows her literally surrounded by media, so how can she do anything there with this screen around her? Oh, and this is day number 932 that Palin has been in the news ... mainly due to this Ticker.

    December 17, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. NVa Native

    Lame-stream media loves the "Queen of Lousy". CNN's love affair with Palin is lousy. Why doesn't CNN cover the Beckler as much? He has the same following and has just as legit a claim to the Repub party ... or the Drugster?
    Is it because she is a some-what attractive middle aged woman who rarely thinks before she speaks ?? You betcha!

    December 17, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. MiddleOfTheRoad

    I have a follow up question, Sarah. Can you tell us what's in the tax bill?

    December 17, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. MDLG2009

    Really! Who gives a crap what Palin have to say? Who is Sarah Palin? Oh yeah the Half Governor of Alaska who quit her job to make millions of innocent Americans..
    Isn’t Sarah Palin unemployed?

    December 17, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. JB21

    And what's good about America exclude you, Palin.

    December 17, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Patsy, Texas

    Pa*in is a lousy deal. Lousy animal abuser, lousy speaker, lousy person.

    December 17, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    "We need a renewal, not a transformation." Yeah, that's a pretty specific issue to put at the top of the list. Bad news, Palin fans; she ain't runnin'. At least not in the GOP primaries. She's making too much money to submit to that grind. What will happen is that as a front-runner emerges, she will start talking about the VP slot and hinting about a 3rd party run if she doesn't get it. It's all just a publicity stunt for her. The idea is to draw attention and then profit from it. And, heaven help us, she's good at both.

    December 17, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Rob

    When told it was a lousy deal, did the reporter ask what she would have done differently? No. Of course not.

    December 17, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. BOb the Prairie Dog

    Of course she hates compromise. Decisiveness is her cash crop. If Americans actually start coming together to solve problems, she'll be unemployed.

    December 17, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Laurie

    Blah, blah, blah. More from the great quitter.

    December 17, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. TangledThorns

    President Sarah Palin! Get used to hearing that in 2013!! She is the leader America, and quite frankly the world needs now!!!

    December 17, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Dan

    Bimbo, please go away. All she does is criticize with no solutions. She is just about making money. And CNN, why do keep putting her face on your sight every day. enough already.

    December 17, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. BOb the Prairie Dog

    Oops. Typo. Meant "Divisiveness."

    December 17, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. DK

    "We need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America," coming from the woman who represents everything that's bad about America.

    December 17, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. Lola

    I wish this woman would just shut up, she seems to have so much to say but yet she knows nothing!!!!

    December 17, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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