Palin's advice on debt ceiling: 'Reload with reality'
July 14th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
8 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. Cathie

    I have a child on SSI so i called my repb. senator in Utah who said to me they wanted spending capped at 18 per but they would not raise taxes UNLESS they had spending cuts. I know for fact, go to http://www.gao.gov, that medicare and medicaid are being cut over many yrs and was before this all happened > Bush began this, BUT not funding for congress and other areas. We give 600,000,0000 to the UN now, and icnrease of 300m. Go to the UNHRCR website to see. We give free college money, found this on the state dept site to Canadians and we give them millions for medical research there as well. WE give foreign contractors many lucrative govt contracts. Congress is taking a pay freeze. Even the WH staff did that. Most of the pres staff earn less than half of all of congress does. WHen i said will SSI checks be stopped i got stuck on hold and no one knew the answer. Everyoine is posturing. Go to http://www.gao.gov see who gets our money out of the US. Ask what areasd the repbs want cut. Make them be specific. Tell them that you know medicare is beign cut... They then cannot answer you back. Call every rep. congressman you have. See what happens.

    July 14, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. LeftButRight

    Reality? YOU CAN'T HANDLE REALITY!

    July 14, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. nowar

    once again, nonsense spews from the quitter's mouth. joe the plumber knows more about the problems being incurred than this part-termer does. i'll never forgive alaska for exporting her.

    July 14, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. larry

    well she's done it again folks. open mouth and insert foot, should anyone expect anymore from her then I would say you're the moron

    July 14, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. sassypants

    Rock on Palin! When people look back... they will see that you were right all along.

    July 14, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. AEJ

    SARAH = BAG OF WIN. This is the only 'WIN' I can think of when I hear the STUPIDITY coming out of her mouth

    July 14, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. larry

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

    July 14, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. rhumba

    "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,"

    That means nothing. Why do people buy into what this woman spouts. Words come out, but they're meaningless little sound bytes that offer no solutions at all. I think it's time for FOX to fire here like they did Gingrich and Santorum. She has a PAC; that's enough to make a reasonable guess that she's planning on running for the GOP nomination. Why doesn't FOX fire her?

    July 14, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Oldie in TampaBay

    go back to Alaska, please, Sarah! & STAY there. Will this woman NEVER go away?

    July 14, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Casey

    Interesting. She seems to be using the "reload" terminology in a clearly inappropriate, nonsensical way, probably as an attempt to buffer herself from previous criticism that she had used war terminology in a way that possibly incited violence. Although the sentence certainly doesn't work, but strategy just might.

    July 14, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. acura2010

    Sarah Palin speaks ignorance and use violent language. She not fit to lead and America need not to be gullible to allow this irresponsible woman to be leader of America. She and her husband Todd are dangerous people.

    July 14, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. SD, Michigan

    She's stuck on "replay" mode with the same& lame catch-phrases. Methinks she's feeling desperate that her twin sistah Bachmann took her spotlight...

    July 14, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. alex in wisconsin

    Reload again? Get this woman a thesaurus. On the lack of substance in what she's saying, she's essentially saying, "Destroy the economy to destroy Obama. " Reality doesn't support Sarah Palin's words unless viewed through that lens. Reality is without this debt ceiling being raised, the word economy will take a serious hit and Republicans will only shield those who can afford to pay millions for their reelection.

    July 14, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. JP

    More word salad. Plus, you know she was just DYING to use the word "reload" once again for any excuse to pander to the 2nd Amendment crowd.

    July 14, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. C. B.

    Every time I see her talking on TV, I just immediately think of the nonsensical off-screen talking figures in the Charlie Brown cartoons. It makes it a lot easier to understand her.

    July 14, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Elsbeth

    If she had half a brain, she would read the comments like the ones above, take a deep breath and realized she can no longer embarass herself with her inane comments. But, NO, she is like the energizer bunny, the more people tell her she is an idiot, the more excited she becomes. Clearly delusional in need of meds.

    July 14, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Yeah, Sara. It's way easier to prioritize when it's all about you, isn't it? Moron.

    July 14, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. david

    Reload this Palin...you aren't called a tea-bagger for nothing are ya?

    July 14, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Once again the biased lamestream Liberal media makes Sarah Palin sound like an idiot by quoting her verbatim. Obviously they only do that because they're so afraid of her.

    July 14, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Disgusted

    Sarah says –> "It's absolutely nonsensical the lack of planning that our leaders are exercising and showing their constituents coming out of D.C. right now" What in the world is she saying?

    Sarah needs to spend some of her newly earned millions on an English 101 class. Not only is this woman's sentence structure horrific, but she feels she knows more than the experts about any political or economic topic under the sun. This whole show is about Sarah, only Sarah, and all the money she's making.

    July 14, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. A. Goodwin

    Do any of you think Palin could handle the current debt talks? She loves to point the finger, but there is no way Palin could handle this.

    July 14, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I thought that the GOP like the president to be in charge. Didn't they have the idea of the unitarian executive? Palin doesn't really understand what needs to be done. I guess the other question is about her "reloading with reality." Is it the one that most of us work on, or is it her special form of reality that requires some of her "ideological medicine?" I would like to know what her plans are since she seems to be claiming to be such an expert.

    July 14, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Carl

    Palin, go away already! Take your family with you....please.

    July 14, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Toni

    Please, CNN stop to provide news about this imbecile lady. Nobody cares about her thoughts in regard of economics or politics because she does not know anything and the prove is that she knows to criticize and she is unable to provide solutions to the problems. It is sad that stupidity is so highly paid in U.S.

    July 14, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Roscoe Chait

    What country was Palin born in? She speaks English as if it's a second or third language. Can't we get rid of this inarticulate, hate-filled, cliche-ridden imbecile?

    July 14, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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