Palin's advice on debt ceiling: 'Reload with reality'
July 14th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin's advice on debt ceiling: 'Reload with reality'

(CNN)-Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had sharp words for both President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell late Wednesday as she criticized their handling of the looming debt ceiling deadline.

"It's absolutely nonsensical the lack of planning that our leaders are exercising and showing their constituents coming out of D.C. right now," she said.

The 2008 GOP nominee for vice president pulled no punches in an appearance on Fox News when it came to the actions of the president, whom she blamed for "big government job killing policies" and "fearmongering tactics" or McConnell, who proposed a short term plan she claimed "makes no sense."

"It does cede power to our president and takes away that authority that is inherent in Congress to control the economic decisions that have to be made when it comes to debt," Palin said of McConnell's short-term strategy to increase the debt ceiling in three increments.

"We cannot afford to back off and hand him a white flag saying, 'Here Mr. President we trust you you take over, you do it' because our president has failed in that area," she continued.

And though there's blame to go around, for Palin, the buck stops with Obama.

"Our president is essentially suggested the other day that he's not able to prioritize, as the chief executive of our nation he can't prioritize," she stated.

Palin, who said she'll decide on a bid for the 2012 GOP nomination for president by August or September, also gave advice to Republicans engaged in debt negotiations with the executive-in-chief.

"We cannot default but we cannot afford to retreat either, now is not the time to retreat. It's the time to reload and we reload with reality," she said.


Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • Sarah Palin
soundoff (646 Responses)
  1. SurRy

    What happened with that nationwide bus tour? She quit that too?

    July 15, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  2. Willie

    I really wish she would stop making gun references every time she speaks.

    July 15, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  3. GaryGuitar

    Everybody keeps saying Palin has nothing to offer, and I'd like to set the record straight. She has a lot to offer, well, I mean she has something, er, okay she has not so much, well, I mean, Palin has, well, okay, but she is good looking and talks in that down-home Alaska way that is kind of different. Yeah, she is different. That's what she has to offer. Case closed.

    July 15, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  4. smedley jones

    what exactly is this cartoon character? a former governor, who quit her elected position to pursue big bucks? a former reality-show host, whose show was canceled? an "author", whose ghost-written book sales tank after the initial buying spree by "the base"? a mother to face-changing trailer-trash offspring? she's a strange, desperate media creature who is only fully functioning when the PR machine is cranking and the cameras are rolling. pitiful.

    July 15, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  5. Chris

    You tell 'em, Sarah. You got my vote and those of my family and friends. It's pathetic what has happened in the country since the 2008 election. We need you, someone who has guts and the experience to get us back on track.

    July 15, 2011 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  6. Lee Bartholomew

    Oh dear, she just used a gun reference again. Reload. Gun fanatic.. The smart republicans will get screwed by the dumb ones. And then voted out of office.

    July 15, 2011 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Perhaps the POTUS should encorage his daughter to get knocked-up, go on the offensive defending it, quit his job to write books and pimp them, raise cash for a defense fund, and then pretend to have a clue?! Be proud GOP, she's yours......

    July 15, 2011 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  8. pacman357

    If this sub-moronic nitwit gets elected president, I will seriously talk with my wife about possiby moving to another country. But only because moving to another planet is not yet an available option. If I had met her at a bar at a time when we were both single, I'd likely have gone up to talk to her. Then five minutes later, I would fake a heart attack just to get away from her. Frankly, as vapid and empty-headed as Paris Hilton is, I think even she would make a better president than Palin. Come to think of it, if I were Michael Palin, I would seriously consider having my name legally changed. To anything without Palin in the name.

    July 15, 2011 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  9. Kris Wood

    Does she just freeze up when journalists ask her what SHOULD be done? ...oh, nevermind, I forgot, people aren't allowed to actually ask her things she hasn't pre-approved.

    July 15, 2011 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  10. Robin

    What I found funny and ironic were the words 'Nonsensical' and 'Sarah Palin' in the same sentence...

    July 15, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  11. ddrew78

    I must say, usually she scares me, but she's right with that last line: "WE CAN'T DEFAULT". Maybe there is hope for Sarah yet. Now, if she only applied that kind of brain power to everything, she may actually make a viable candidate.

    July 15, 2011 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  12. Barry from Wisconsin

    As usual, nothing that comes out of Palin's mouth makes any sense. Why CNN bothers to cover her at all is a mystery. WAKE UP, CNN. This country would never elect the Governor who quit to anything…. All the network is doing is giving her a forum to make more money.

    July 15, 2011 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  13. johnmenacherjr

    I did'nt vote for any of this. i am sick of it and i say let it ALL collapse just get my money out of the bank first. Not worth any more of any ones time. The conservative pacs run everything screw it!

    July 15, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  14. kontraxed

    The liberal's favorite pasttime – bashing Sarah Palin. Well, I think she's right on this topic. Debt will destroy this country. The Chinese practically own Washington D.C. right now. Let's get real. Expenditures have to go down. Pull all the troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Stop our involvement in the Libyan "non war". Eliminate foreign aid except to true American Allies and then only in cases of real need. Stop the huge give-away programs at home. Make people work or let them starve. It will be on their heads. If necessary, raise taxes, moderately. How about getting creative? Don't raise my taxes, take a mandatory contribution to US Savings bonds – in other words, the government would take a loan from the people rather than just imposing taxes. Finally, no more debt. So, go ahead, bash Sarah. I just wonder what your personal credit card balance must be?

    July 15, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. FRAN

    She needs to put an big S on her chest because she is so right!!! Wow, it's amazing how easy it is to say things about events that already happened. Why doesn't she tear FDR a new one for not joining the war effort earlier, or tell McNamara going into Vietnam would be a bad idea. She's got my vote, run Sarah RUN!!!

    July 15, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. PaulC

    Why does any news organization keep quoting this one note band? She has long lost her ability to stir up people with her poor, fire-breathing rhetoric,

    July 15, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  17. hjs3

    Nonsensical sound-bytes are no longer even half amusing...

    July 15, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And I bet if it were a Republican President and a Democratic Congress she would be screaming the opposite and demanding that Congress hand the President a blank-check to do what he thinks is needed.

    July 15, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  19. steve d

    "Our president is essentially suggested the other day that he's not able to prioritize, as the chief executive of our nation he can't prioritize," she stated.

    Yes, and when you learn to put a sentance together, we'll let you play with the big kids...go back to your igloo.

    July 15, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  20. Kipper

    Hilarious that the "death squad" liar is criticizing someone for "fear mongering"!

    July 15, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. Roberto

    But... She can win!!! Yeah, right!

    July 15, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
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