Palin calls tax deal 'lousy'
December 17th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
8 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. LKJ

    The tax deal is lousy, but I'm confused. Aren't the Republicans the ones who wanted this? Or are they just upset about having to provide assistance to unemployed Americans rather than giving it all to the wealthy?

    December 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. vjpgh

    and exactly what would she advise with regard to the 'tax deal'?

    December 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. harvey 60

    there's nothing good about the America that you and your FOX News friends want: racism from the New America, lack of free choice in health care and education, tax breaks for the rich, low pay and benefits for workers who can't fight their bosses by unionizing, more jobs migrating overseas to benefit ever-rising corporate bonuses, little or no regulation of the environment and financial markets. in short, you want to go back to the good ol' days of the '50s when life was slower, Ike played golf at the whites-only Augusta National, and there was a Cold War so you could build up the defense establishment.

    December 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. J.E. Finch

    Enough already about Palin! Can't we have at least one day that is free of any reference to her?

    December 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. anagram_kid

    Palin said of the tax deal, "I think it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people..." Who is ‘we’? Does she realize that she is not an elected official and has no say in any congressional decision beyond her vote for her own representation? This woman is a text book example of a narcissist. I really wish she would get professional help to deal with whatever was done to her as a child. Personally I think what happened is obvious.

    December 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. amanda

    If this dingbat is ever elected president, it will be the first time in my life that I'll actually be ashamed to be an American. As President, will she still refuse to answer such "hard-hitting" questions as what magazines or newspapers she reads. After all, according to her that is an inappropriate question. Then again, if she ever became President she would have people much more intelligent than herself to answer those questions for her. I suspect that "President Palin" would appear more intelligent than she actually is, due to the fact that she will probably refuse to answer any question directly.

    December 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. ColumbiaChemist

    Palin makes a great point... We must "renew and restore what is good about America" instead of "transforming America". Actually, I would argue for some we need to "transform" America, and for others, "renew and restore it". Gotta love idiotic platitudes... you betcha!

    December 17, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. RW

    Obama, quit trying to transform America. Contrary to your statement, America is still a Christian nation. 70% of Americans are Christians. Also, American presidents do not bow before foreign dignitaries, and do not apologize for American arrogance.

    December 17, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. anagram_kid

    For anyone who still thinks she is a valid contender for leadership – ask yourself what other profession where skill and decision making are needed that you would allow someone with Palin’s credentials to hold? Would you let a doctor that went to five medical schools to get their degree operate on you or someone you care about? Would you let someone with just common sense wire your home? Would you let someone who quit every job they have ever had because the work was over their head manage your business? I sincerely look forward to the day when we can look back at the absurd amount of coverage given to this woman and see it for what it was – a way to fill the 24 hour news cycle with a train wreck that never ends.

    December 17, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Larry

    As usual, the Wasilla Imbecilla points out what others are doing wrong, but doesn't offer any suggestions on improvement.

    December 17, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. james Miller

    Some "american people" made out like bandits while others were left without the shirts on their backs. - Now that the top 2% were left untouched plus a huge bonus estate tax deal, the Repuglicans and Tea Partiers are free to go after social security, medicare and all programs beneficial to what`s left of us 98%ers. -- I never cease to be amazed at the level and depth of some peoples` unabashed greed and stupidity of the rest. Sadly, the American people are about see the affect of what they have allowed to happen. ---- Greed + money+power= corruption.

    December 17, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. BobbyDigital

    Sarah, please just go away. You have no place in politics. I wouldn't vote for you to be my school board, let alone the office of President. Please, please, PLEASE crawl back in to your ice cave and leave the world to us adults. Thanks, sweetheart.

    December 17, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Boo-Yah

    Typical comment from Pain... "I think it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people," 1) She doesn't explain how it is lousy and 2) She doesn't offer any solutions of how it could have been done better.

    Please, for the love of God and all things sane, stop this Palin train wreck on America.

    December 17, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Jim

    Run Sarah run! Win Obama win!

    December 17, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. gt

    not.... agreat deal for million and billionares.... those big baseball and basketball players are all breaking out the champain now !!! ugh...

    December 17, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. coastal

    If the media would quit covering her she would go away. Still cannot understand why intelligent (and not) people think she and her husband can run this country. And please dear Lord, someone pay for some voice lessons. It's like chalk across a blackboard.

    December 17, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. cm

    Palin for president that is so funny,

    December 17, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Firedog51

    Excellent numbers princess, please please run, pretty please the country direly needs you to get trounced in 2012 by Obama so we can put a stake in the heart of the horrible ideas that got us into this mess. Square your misguided ideals on a real stage instead of hiding behind the FOX paychecks and your comic book signings at Barnes and Noble.

    December 17, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Barking Alien

    Please. The GOP flip flop saying has been used and worn out over the last ten years. Somebody needs to blow in her ear and give her a refill.

    December 17, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Born Again Christians Against the GOP

    Why is the word "Palin" the first thing out of CNN's mouth EVERYDAY!?!? Drop this Barbie Bimbo fake journalist and unqualified for anything brainless "I am the queen of stupidity" dimwitted self loving dip from your news files! Please!! And hurry!. The world cannot afford more dumb people like her and her 4th grade mind any longer.

    December 17, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Rita Steele

    We really shouldn't be having the issue of voting for tax cuts for anyone. Why can the government get it? Cutting the spending (for instance the money used to study walleye habitate in Arizona, etc.) would have a direct effect on the amount of taxes required of the middle class or the wealthy. This is so frustrating for me because I have to cut my spending just to support this government that can't seem to get it and cut some of their spending.

    December 17, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. steven harnack

    So if we're so far off track that we need a restoration and a renewal then it follows that we need a fundamental change, eh?

    December 17, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Wendy Bernard

    Listening to Sarah Palin jive talk is like being invited over for a roast beef dinner and sitting at the table with a little mixed hash on your plate while all you want to do is ask "Where is the BEEF?" This woman spins and spins and says NOTHING AT ALL. She reminds me of the children's fable about the King with no clothes on, where the King believes he is wearing beautiful hand made clothes while looking in the mirror, and listening to his lying valets who tell him his undergarments are really elegant robes and he is so full of himself that he cannot see the truth that those around him can see, that he is really in his undergarments and is being made to be a FOOL!

    There are so many really talented, intellectually bright women who could run for President it is a shame that this one choice of an airhead is getting all of this lame attention. She is a publicity seeking hound and those who support her are being used by her for her advantage, so be careful what you wish for. Does she have any original ideas or even a list of policies that are hers or does she just regurgitate on every other person who has the guts to stand up without her permission. Her M.O. is to intimidate and make doubts about people who are really trying to advance the welfare of others not just make photo ops in Haiti.

    Why dosn't CNN spend equal time on other potential candidates who really stand for something beyond photo ops?

    December 17, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. NYC Gamecock

    Sarah Palin is a Clown.

    December 17, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. thoughtpolice

    yeah, lets add another 853 billion to the debt. wait till the bill has to be paid and the ramifications of the cuts happen, then you'll see anarcy in the streets, greek and UK like...Sarah Palin is as Stupid as this tax cut..

    December 17, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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