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. kb

    Why anyone would ask her opinion on anything, much less the very complicated issue of the debt ceiling, absolutely blows my mind. It's plain to see she is not actually going to run for president (as much as i would love to see that). The best thing for her would be to take her worthless daughter and return to podunk Wasilla. In other words quit while she's ahead, it seems that's what she's best at anyways.

    July 14, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Candy Taylor

    What ya gonna do Sarah now that your mentor Murdock is going to jail? Enjoy your fox job now. You are a joke!

    July 14, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. hobart

    Sarah and the rest of the Tea Party want no increase in the debt ceiling, because, they literally want Wall Street to fail, so that rich conservatives in the south can take over the US economy. The Kochs won't notice a market collapse one whit, because their industries are entirely owned by them, no share holders.

    July 14, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Papasan

    Palin [Head T-Bagger] is deliberately exposing the American public to her audacious stupidity.

    "He who warned the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells, and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free."

    July 14, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Ohio Man

    I'm sorry but can some1 here please translate what she is saying .. i'm so lost on what in the world this woman is talking about. she makes no sence... whewwwww..

    July 14, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. James

    Yes, GOP, you can't allow us to default, but you also can't give in. So the only acceptable option is to play chicken with the fiscal well-being of our country and hope the Dems swerve. Thanks for that fantastic anti-advice.

    July 14, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. El Kababa

    "We reload with reality?" What does that mean?
    How would President Palin balance the budget? She has no idea.
    Like all Conservatives, she has no beliefs, no ideas, no plans, and no vision of the future. Her only position, like all Conservatives, is "My opponents are lazy, immoral, or traitors."

    If a giant UFO abducted all Conservatives from America today at sunset, the country would be running 15% better by sunrise.

    July 14, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. aRON

    So Sarah you lambast everyone but you NEVER offer a solution as usual

    July 14, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Bryan

    Palin to aid..."do you want me to read the other side of the card too?"

    July 14, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Yankees fan

    See Sarah speak. See Sarah blather. Shut up Sarah. Shut up.

    July 14, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. truepat123

    iIDIOT... speaks from both sides of the mouth as always. Why do you give this moron so much time.... increases my stress llevel – god what a fake. The media should be ashamed of themselves. Why don't you come and cover the statements I can make about politics... it will probably be more honest
    Idiot Palin

    July 14, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Steve Olson

    I can't decide which part of this story is more pathetic. Her statement that...

    "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.

    What's next... a bullseye target?

    or,

    ".. the actions of the president, whom she blamed for "big government job killing policies" and "fearmongering tactics" "

    If those were in the same sentence, it's an absolutely a classic "palinism".

    July 14, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Longsack the Clown

    This woman is just always right, according to her that is. Why she still even gets attention is beyond me. Thanx John McCain, for this thing you unleashed on the American public.

    July 14, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Vosky

    This woman typify what is called "mumu" in my dialect, meaning somebody that is absolutely clueless but cannot help but talk thereby persistently sounding STUPID! America wake up!! GOP main goal is not to advance the country but to destroy Obama's presidency so that they can grab it in 2012 and lead this country to WHERE?? They have no plans, no track records, all they do is lie and lie; at least they practically "own" a cable TV station that helps perpetrate their deceit. I am very ashamed that my fellow evangelical Christians have also been hoodwinked by the republican party. God please send discerning Spirit to your Church in America.

    July 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. jim

    when will she stop? please. just stop. we are tired of your nonsense.

    July 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Vicki

    Still with the gun analogies.

    July 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Ilia Orkin

    Perhaps Ms. Palin should take her own advice and face the reality that nobody with an IQ over 90 takes what she says seriously, or care to hear it.

    July 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Boytjie

    Reload With Reality – the new Palin reality TV show on FOX with an absurdly nonsensical name like her movie 'Undefeated"

    July 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Chas in Iowa

    As the Tea Party folk should be pointing out the constitution actually gives the president these powers not congress. But they only point to the constitution when it is conveniant.

    July 14, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Toni - Atlanta

    As usual, nothing Sarah says make sense. For someone who majored in journalism, her thoughts are jumbled and incoherent.

    July 14, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Pat in IL

    It's hard to make any sense out of her sentences, so I don't bother with her "opinions" at all. She's going to decide about a presidential bid in August or September? What happened to deciding about June. I'm just getting tired of her idiocy.

    July 14, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Obama 2012

    This woman is not qualified to speak to reality. If she was, she would realize that she is yesterday's news. Her polls numbers are very low and no one cares about her anymore. She needs to stop dragging out her pseudo Presidential campaign and just go home.

    July 14, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Bernard Boileau

    As part of her preparation for the presidency, does Ms. Palin plan on taking a few English courses?

    July 14, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Eiolgj

    Palin suggesting that someone else look at reality? How Ironic.

    July 14, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. tomia

    Sara Palin has no legitimacy at all. Why does she continue to open her mouth? She could not win the GOP nomination let alone the white house in '12. She is a quitter and an idiot and has zero chance of winning any elected office. I wish CNN and other news outlets would quit giving her the spotlight.

    July 14, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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