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. Julie C

    And what is "good" about America does not include Palin or any of the far right ideologies and ignorance.

    December 17, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. rs

    A huge and total shock. I agree with Palin- BUT JUST THIS ONCE!

    December 17, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Tom Repasky

    Lousy is a typical Sarah comment, without describing what she would have dobne, it lacks substance and furthers her cause without saying anything useful.
    Sorry, that I find it difficult to support people who 'complain' with offering alternate solutions.

    December 17, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Boycotts Work

    Hahaha,father and son,whale body guards,how cute.She cant even sell her new book,they are giving them away at churches everywhere,the joke is over Palin,your time has expired and your usefullness to the brown shirts is done.

    December 17, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Former Republican - Now Independent

    So she says the deal is not good enough, but can't define what kind of deal would be "good enough."

    It is sooo easy to criticize, but sooo dificult to come up with an alternative.

    As usual, Sarah Palin takes the lazy way out.

    December 17, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. GL

    Palin remained defiant about her chances, citing the length of the primary season.

    I hope she stay defiant and run. She is the greatest gift to Dems and the worse nightmare to the Repub.

    December 17, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. GL

    Palin remained defiant about her chances, citing the length of the primary season.

    I hope she stay defiant and run. She is the greatest gift to Dems and the worse nightmare to the Repub.

    RUN SARA RUN!

    December 17, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Lynn

    Who in the world told her she is qualified to be President of the U.S.? With millions of educated bright women in our Country, why has the press annointed her as a possible candidate? She's nothing but a quitter who can't remember talking points without writing on her hand,what a simpleton. But sure would love to see her in a debate with Obama or just about anybody else, she lacks intellect and strength to do the job when things get tough.

    December 17, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Seriously?

    I wouldn't vote for this woman for dog catcher, much else anything else. She couldn't even hack being a Governor. What makes her and her "followers" think she is capable of any elected job. Too many tea-baggers drinking the Koolaid . . .

    December 17, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. vince

    No one cares about loser Palin's opinion. She abandoned her state mid-term. She has 0 governing experience. She is useless, all she does is criticize without offering real solutions. Stick to camping & hunting in the sticks you back-country hillbilly. & CNN: stop writing about her. No American cares about this nut. Except the other nuts. And they don't count as people anyway.

    December 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Dave

    Please make her go away. Please! "We need a renewal and restoration of what is good about America." What the hell does that even mean?

    December 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. blake

    Ms. Palin, you are not electable. You are not conservatives best chance to oust Obama from the White House. Embrace that, but stay on the team as a wholehearted advocate. For the good of the country help conservatives identify and advocate for a strong and electable candidate.

    December 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. charles

    i've finally figured it out. Palin is the political equivalent of a rodeo clown. Either that or don quixote.

    December 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. GL

    "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."

    Well us Dems know that the Republicans party is dump enough to pick you the winner in the primary, but most Americans are not that stupid to vote for you in the General. This is the part Sara Palin do not understand. You can not win in the GENERAL which is what polling is trying to tell this stupid women. The General election will not be just Republicans voters, but you can not tell stupid this. Sara Palin DO THE MATH!

    December 17, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. CTinDC

    She has such an extensive vocabulary. ....

    The fact is, Palin is riding the wave to wealth. She will not say she is not running until the last minute. Once she says she is not, her "media worthiness" will plummet and so will her bank account.

    December 17, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    Palin said. "We don't need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America."
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Well stated. A big part of her draw is that she still believes in America.

    December 17, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Ang

    She is a media mongrul. Always wanting to be in the spot light with nothing that to say that is relevant that has substance. She likes to stir up unnecessary GARBAGE and that is all that!! She is very entertaining!

    December 17, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. NameDebota

    Who cares what this person thinks about tax cuts? Who made her an expert on the presidency ? And why on earth would anyone even consider voting for her?

    December 17, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. dtbart

    Yes, Sarah, there ARE many things good about this country. But you're not one of them. Yes, Sarah. We do need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America - intelligence, insight, and inventiveness. Three things that you do not have. As for transforming America, change is not evil. Quite the contrary. Change can extend the greatness of who we are while eliminating those things which mock our greatness. And that means eliminating you from the news cycle, TLC, and politics.

    December 17, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Mollybee

    More double-speak from the idiot Palin. I wish the press would get over her.

    December 17, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Liz the First

    Wonder what she thinks would be better, no unemployment benefits or a permanent tax break for her rich buddies. the tax deal was a compromise. a good compromise means both sides hate some or most of it but do it anyway because it's better than doing nothing. the American people are having to settle for this because we didn't put enough Democrats in office to keep the rethugs from holding us hostage to keep their rich friends getting richer. that will always be their no. 1 priority, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.

    December 17, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. martin

    When she says "we can do better for the American people" does she mean "we" as in 1/2 term publicity seeking losers? Just asking.

    December 17, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Alex

    Now that she's made a fortune, what's left but power?

    December 17, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Palin is an Idiot

    GO AWAY PALIN. Why isn't CNN covering the Republican filibuster of the 9/11 first responders bill? The bill would provide health coverage for 9/11 first responders who are dying from inhaling toxic dust ten years ago. The Republicans have blocked the bill from passing in the Senate. Please google this and express the outrage you will definitely feel to whoever you can.

    December 17, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Matt

    What's the difference between a transformation and a renew/restore of our principles – This is the same kinda of story you get from both sides. Everyone in Gov't will take about generalities, but no one can say anything specific – GOP says they want to cut the budget – but can't tell us what they are going to cut. They also say that they what to lower taxes AND the deficit – but how can you do that? Less money coming in means you have to borrow more which means higher deficit. I think our Gov't has failed us and needs to rethink how they should be helping the country – the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA instead of helping themselves

    December 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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