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. geecee

    Sarah – the longer you hang around yapping the more the people realize what a dimwit airhead you are. Why don't you just go away and spend all your money on an isolated island somewhere. This Country would be the laughing stock of the world if you were elected President. It's not like attempting to run a state with 600,000 people in it. You couldn't even do that for 4 years and you think you could take the pressure President Obama has had to take the past 2 years?? Please, learn something! You aren't qualified and NEVER will be! Go away you idiot.

    December 17, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Lawrence

    I pray she stay home and shut up

    December 17, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What does this idiot want? She was given over $450,000 in tax savings by the republicans in the senate.

    December 17, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Daniel

    Who cares what this quitter has to say! She had done nothing but force herself into every news media she can, then complains about them.

    December 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. welches, oregon

    I guess she forgets Hillary was "In It to Win It" too but she didn't 'Win It" no matter how hard she tried. Bring it on Caribou! Even Obama looks pretty good compared to you.

    December 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. RICO

    I don't see her coming up with any better ideas? All I hear is her just blabbing how everything is wrong and or wrong for the American people, but never hear her say what is right for the American people. No explanation on what she would have done, or worked out.

    December 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. handofdoom

    tax deal 'lousy' , thats for sure . Obama needs to go asap !

    December 17, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. bettyboop33

    This bimbo couldn't lead a pack of dogs, even if her life depended on it. She has no leadership skills, and she lacks the fundamental ability to THINK CRITICAlly about anything, much less complex political issues. The the majority of American voters will never elect her. She reminds me soooo much of the CHEERLEADER mom, remember her, same bimbo.

    December 17, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. RICKFROMPA

    More just words from "Caribou Barbie". Criticisms but NO solutions. Sure the "Deal" was lousy but it was the leadership of her own Party that led us to extending the benefits to the Weathiest Americans who held the Middle Class Tax Cuts and the Extension of Unemployment Benefits hostage. What choice did President Obama have?

    December 17, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. sandy

    Palin couldn't finish one term as Governor but she has all the answers..RIGHT!!!!!!

    December 17, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. me

    "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. WTH does this even mean? Here's what the headline of this article should have been – Odds of Palin understanding the tax deal? Lousy. And Sarah, it's deal, D E A L, not dill. Feel, not fill. Real or in your case, reel not rill. Good lord woman, do you not know how to say the most simple and common of words?i

    December 17, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Randy

    You ever notice she always got something to say about everything, hey Palin don't waste your time running for president because you will never be you will make promises that you will not keep so go home to Alaska

    December 17, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Dave

    Uh-huh... As usual, Palin is all about whining and not about solutions. That's probably because she doesn't have the brain power to pump gas, let alone weigh in on the economy. As far as Palin running against Obama, he will mop the floor with her and I would love to see it.

    December 17, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Sarah Failin

    Typical Repubs get what they want but it's not good enough. But that's what you asked for. President Obama is light years ahead of you sweetheart. In 2 years the economy would have recovered he'll make a power play for the people let the tax cuts for the rich dissolve proving he is a populist and send you and your kind back to faux snooze to sulk. Run Sarah Please Run... and then quit like you always have.

    December 17, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Palin is right – yet again.

    December 17, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. KEVIN

    Thank you CNN for my daily dose of Plain and Simple minded.

    December 17, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. paul

    I would be very surprised if she runs in 2012. She has gotten a "taste" of the money and can make a heck of a lot more. She will ride that horse as long as she can and then back out saying, "I can help the party and the American people" by working from the sidelines. Besides, she is much better at "Monday morning quarterbacking" then having to actually make a decision and know something about how the country actually runs.

    December 17, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. jeremy

    Everyone, not just Palin,criticizes but they don't give any solid ideas of their own. They just continually say that "this" is bad and "that" is not good enough. Please tell us what is good enough so we can take comments like this seriously and get something done.

    December 17, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. trevorinmidstream

    Just shut up. Please?

    December 17, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Jack

    She has nothing to add to this discussion. Saying something is lousy without any specific ideas is worthless. "We can do better for the American people?" Not Palin. She's too busy doing reality shows and giving high paid speeches. She couldn't even get elected to Congress from her home state at this point. She better stay in showbiz.

    December 17, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. palintwit

    I fail to understand why anybody would consider her a credible authority on anything at all.

    December 17, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Jacob

    she spoke to the lamestream media!? how brave of her! and what would she have said if he didn't compromise? he just would have been another socialist Muslim who doesn't love America? she is LOUSY! but i do sincerely hope your trip to Haiti teaches you something about the rest of the world!

    December 17, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Hey, Sarah, which American people are you referring to when you say it's not a good deal?

    And while you're at it, explain how you're going to fund "your" deal when you fix it.

    December 17, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. sgrier

    Okay Sarah now tell us what would you do to fix things and please no talking points. Real solutions!

    December 17, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Tam

    Gee, thanks for sharing this "genius's" thoughts. What has she really said? Anything concrete, practical? How much longer will she be around? Have been expecting her to implode or explode – still waiting. How much more stupid, nonsensical, offensive stuff can she spout? Who writes this for her? Who tells her what to think? Anything written down is not hers, because it's in complete coherent (well, almost) sentences. How do we get rid of her, how do we get her to go away?

    December 17, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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