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. Thomas

    What does "reload with reality" even mean. Reality TV?

    July 14, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Layla

    I am amazed, but I couldn't agree with her more. These people, ALL OF THEM, are not doing their jobs. THEY CAUSED this mess, including this President. Too bad we can't just fire them all.

    July 14, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. John

    CNN: Please – stop with the Palin "updates". She has nothing intelligent to say.

    July 14, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Sure Sarah

    This coming from a woman who resigned as Governor and left Alaska with a $1.6B budget deficit. Her solution was to tap into state savings and to cut spending by $260M give or take.....which was actually just an accounting trick, but no actual cuts.

    July 14, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Billy

    Palin needs a civics lesson. The President has no real control over this situation since it's a vote that takes place in Congress.

    She is a nitwit and I would personally buy her a one-way plane ticket to China if she'd use it.

    July 14, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Ray from Bisbee, AZ

    So, dear Sarah, your suggestion is . . . . what exactly?

    July 14, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. JB-Austin

    Will someone, "PLEASE" tell this woman to just go away.............

    July 14, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Cam519

    Is that actually advice? More criticism and buzzwords without solutions. The GOP candidates and hopefuls seem to have that song playing on loop.

    July 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. onefootout

    I'm speechless. I wish she were.

    July 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Pocket Rocket

    Uhh, yeah, I'm sure this half term quitter knows exactly what is right and how the President should handle the debt situation. I laugh every time she spouts off with her arrogant self aggrandizing statements about how to do it right. Go away Palin. Nobody cares what you think.

    July 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Cfrench

    The run-on sentences that come out of her mouth give me a headache. Palin is one of the most delusional people I've ever seen. I think she actually believes that she is intelligent, whereas the rest of the world, outside of the Fox News tea-bagger circles, knows otherwise.

    July 14, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. ky

    come on CNN, who really cares what she says, shes goofy in the head – anyone who cares is also goofy in the head. Like she has a clue, perhaps her and Bachman could have a ticket together and it could go down as the stupidest campaign to ever hit the U.S.

    July 14, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Wes B.

    Wow. Maybe she should use more cliches and talking points.

    July 14, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. tray117

    Okay, Palin, which smart person wrote this for you? C'mon, we all know you don't understand this stuff.

    July 14, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. teapartylover

    "It's absolutely nonsensical the lack of planning that our leaders are exercising and showing their constituents coming out of D.C. right now," I wonder how long it took her to google the spelling and meaning of the word "nonsensical".

    July 14, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Durrdee

    Sarah Palin honestly needs to go find a rock and live under it.
    Can we please stop reporting what a failed candidate says., please?!

    July 14, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. ART

    Can we put a muzzle on a pig in lip stick

    July 14, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Mike Chino Hills, Ca

    I'm surprised this lady didn't quote Paul Revere. Sarah is such a loon, that I still don't get why CNN just keeps following her around.

    July 14, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Jim

    Ah yes, when you fail yourself, point out the other guy's failure. Ms Palin has learned that lesson well. How did your governorship of Alaska end, Ms. Palin? Oh, that's right. YOU QUIT!. You couldn't handle the truth when it came out that you failed at every ethical measure a Governor can have, but you want to be President? Please, shut up and go away.

    July 14, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. lynn

    Of course she would blame Obama, but once again no solution from her, just more hot air. Reload is her motto and wonder if she were sitting in the WH she'd be wearing a holster? Shooting her mouth off is all she does.

    July 14, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Sandy

    Can anyone tell me why CNN or anyone for that matter cares about what Sarah the quitter thinks? I don't get it.

    July 14, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Todd Palin

    She's again seeking some attention! Trying to be critical, she gives no suggestion on what needs to be done. Why doesn't she run for the Governor of Alaska???????????????????????

    July 14, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Jaywing

    This from a failure as a human being. Palin seriously needs to shut up and check out for awhile. Macro-economics are obviously way beyond her ability to comprehend. She offers no solutions because she doesn't get the problem. She's really little more than a intellectual shell with a squeaky voice and snarky attitude, and a fuming jealousy of Michelle Bachmann because Bachmann stole her Crazyville bigoted retoric and is doing a better job stirring up the far right wing base.

    July 14, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Bart

    Thanks, Sarah. I wonder what Paris Hilton has to say about the subject. Doesn't Sarah know that she has no credibility?

    July 14, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Pravaa

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

    For heavens sake, what does this sentence mean? And this lady has majored in journalism? Seriously. All those five colleges she went to, should have their credentials reviewed. This moron cannot speak one sentence without grammatical errors.

    July 14, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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