Palin calls tax deal 'lousy'
December 17th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
3 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. JC in SC

    Look who's calling the kettle black? You know, I'm 56 years old. Will this "Mouth from Alaska" just go away and shush, like Mark Sanford, or do I have to endure this woman continuously giving out useless and "lousy" sound bites in the media for the rest of mine or her born days? Take her mike away. Geez!!

    December 17, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. J12345

    Ok. So she called it lousy – but what does she propose? What are her plans? What are her ideas? She is ridiculous.

    December 17, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Nobody Special

    Not one original thought out of this peabrain. All buzzwords. No real opinion.

    December 17, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. dt55805

    Run Sarah, run! Ask Jim Demint to be your VP! Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom to pleasure myself. Its good to be white in America, where else can a no talent, no brain, quit and run politician even delude herself into thinking she could beat Obama, much less ANYBODY the Dems put up? Believe me, If the Dems couldn't beat her, that would be the end of that party.

    December 17, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Erik

    what an idiot... please disappear

    December 17, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. brian watson

    and her alternative would have been what other than to throw bombs - i swear this person offers no solutions and just runs her mouth - she is ann coulter with a little more meat on her bones and less intelligence

    December 17, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Tx Democrat

    "Still not good enough" is what this idiot says. I have yet to hear her offer any solutions or any ideas. Just a talking bobble head. This woman insist on continuing to make a fool of herself.

    December 17, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Lisa Mitchell

    PLEEEEESA, someone put this woman out of her misery!

    December 17, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Dave

    Okay, I know the Republican party has turned into a den of hilarious rustics and theocratic nitwits, but can any party really be so far gone as to have Sarah Palin as its figurehead? She's so dim I get the feeling that there's somebody on her staff who's paid just to keep her from picking things up off the street and jamming them in her mouth. She's like an unsupervised toddler and the world is her Wal-Mart. How can anyone – even a Republican – take this person seriously? The only appeal she has to anyone is her religious faith, because, honestly, there's absolutely nothing else there. They're destroying the credibility of the GOP completely, having her center-stage all the time.

    December 17, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Abraham Lincoln

    A restoration of what's good about America is the removal of people like Palin from national attention.

    December 17, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Jaygirl

    This was from a link that said something about Palin revealing her plans. What plans were revealed? What a let down. Just looks like she said a whole lot of nothing.

    December 17, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Realistic

    Palin no matter how much you try, you will never be a serious candidate for the office of the president. Yes, your followers will believe you can win when they are asked in public but privately they know better. Everytime you appear in public you have that confused look in your face and reminds everyone of the deer caught in the headlights look. It seems you have no idea what to say or what to do and when it would matter the most in times of crisis, you wouldn't know what to do. You should of ran for head of the RNC and ruined that party instead of trying to destroy america. Please Palin, go away.

    December 17, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Dr Matrix

    Can this idiot do anything beside stand on the sidelines and throw stones. She got her tax cut. She should shut up and spend the money to help get the econmy moving. Maybe she can go to Oz and find a brain.

    December 17, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. YES!

    "We don't need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America."

    ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Governor Palin!

    December 17, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. kyle

    Palin just complains about everything, but doesn't have answers for anything, all she is doing is running around the Country making money off of idiots.

    December 17, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Lolo

    She should know about flip flopping thats for sure. Please let her run, After she loses maybe she will crawl back in her hole. You can not learn about the world or politics in a few months. You learn this at an early age. It is funny how she talks about what everyone else is doing is wrong and then turns around and do the same thing. This woman is a hypocrite and a dumb one at that.

    December 17, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. rslackde

    Have I detected a trend – Palin just critcizes anything that the president, the house, or senate do and it makes news. She doesn't need to offer any better plan just be critical. To bad we haven't seen how she would have governed over a term.

    December 17, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. TeeParti

    So now Republicans are AGAINST tax cuts. Or is it just ones aimed at the middle class? One wonders...

    December 17, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Gil

    The only way we could do better is get rid of this disgusting piece of trash called Palin. Quit every elected position and now has an opinion on everything that nobody cares about! Pathetic Palin!

    December 17, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. susiet123

    Why does what this woman "thinks" matter to anyone. She has no idea what she is even talking about. If she did she would remember this was a bipartisan deal....her people held the dems hostage, to get a modicum of relief for for regular PEOPLE. What a moronic ditz.

    December 17, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Chas in Iowa

    "We don't need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America."

    That is probably the most coherent sentence Sarah has spoken in public. To bad it just a bunch of rhetoric.

    December 17, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. To the least of these...

    "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:2 NIV)

    In this case, it is not either/or, it's both!

    December 17, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. Dan Holiday

    Sarah Palin is awesome. You haters need to educate yourselves and learn about what she believes in and what she has said in the past. These, "I can see Russia from my house" comments and so forth were never even said by her. That was said by Tina Fey on SNL. I guess that is where most liberals get their news now huh? And the only reason she stepped down from the Governorship was so that she could legally raise money for her legal defense fund; defending herself from frivolous lawsuits filed by her democrat rivals. She was not doing so to let the people of Alaska down, quite the opposite. She did not want the lefts hatred of her interfere with the running of the state.

    December 17, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Don

    Now this is news!! Palin and Romney oppose lower taxes.

    December 17, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. E1atoM

    All criticism-zero solutions. Always. Go away. Please.

    December 17, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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