Palin: Obama's 'fear mongering'
July 27th, 2011
08:37 AM ET
7 years ago

Palin: Obama's 'fear mongering'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin accused President Obama of "scaring" the American people over the importance of raising the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline.

"Scaring the American people is exactly what President Obama is doing," Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News. "The president's getting pretty good at this fear mongering and trying to cram down the public's throat this idea of bigger government, more spending."

Although the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said she respects House Speak John Boehner's efforts to negotiate with the president, she said there is a larger problem with his strategy.

"The internal problem that he has is reinventing the wheel here in the 11th hour, when we already have Cut, Cap and Balance that passed the House, and we don't need to retreat now and wave a white flag," Palin said.

The Republican-controlled House passed "Cut, Cap, and Balance," a plan that failed to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate last week. The pledge includes cuts and caps in spending and a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. Boehner is now trying to put forward a plan that includes the framework of the pledge in a deal that could become law. Obama is advocating for a "balanced approach" to the crisis that would combine spending cuts and no extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families making more than $250,000 a year.

Palin, who is considering a bid for the White House in 2012, has said raising the debt ceiling is inevitable, but that Republicans "better get something out of it."

"This August 2 deadline is looming, but it's not Armageddon, it's not life-or-death, so Boehner and the Republicans have got to make sure that they've got a good plan in front of those who will be voting on this plan," Palin said.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Sarah Palin
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  1. twmcn

    Well! Ms. Palin wouldn't know anything about "fear mongering" would she!

    July 27, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Andrew

    Shows she doesn't get it. It isn't fear mongering when he is telling the truth.

    July 27, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Tam

    Ah, the great economist! Does she understand any of it? NOOOOO!

    July 27, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Grand Oil Party

    Oh its a mushroom cloud of fear – how about the truth that for those of us who can't afford to invest i commodities, when the dollar tanks, we are screwed. Rich Americans won't be as bad off, of coarse, which is why the GOP can afford to stall the talks and tank the economy without compromise.

    July 27, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. beevee

    I don't think that Palin has brains to even know what the debt ceiling is all about. Just blurting out her handlers comments don't make her look like she knows all about the economy of the country. I even wonder how this low grade undergraduate even got to where she is/was.

    July 27, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. dos

    Whew, for a minute there I thought this debt ceiling stuff was important... but if Palin says it's not, then I guess everything is hunky-dory

    July 27, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican expert on 'fear mongering' has spoken, and it is law. Death Panel Sarah professes to know far more than economists. I really doubt that we will be able to change the constitution with 2/3 majorities in the house, senate and the states, and have that back before next Tuesday. I think it is amusing to listen to stupid people, but we already have an abundance with Boner and the baggers in congress. So Sarah, just shut up and go back to clubbing fish, you worthless tool.

    July 27, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Pot and kettle; I'm sure that you are all aware of this phrase. What has Palin said that isn't fearmongering? There is so much that she tries to do with fear rather than with intellectual arguments. I think that is mainly because there is no reasonable arguement that she knows how to make; almost always uses fear to get her point across.

    July 27, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Lars

    Because when I need sound financial advise Sarah is the first person I'd want to hear from.

    July 27, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Obama is not lying to cause fear.

    The twit LIED about death panels to cause fear. (Thou Shalt Not Lie). She never sees what she does, but condemns others for similar things. SHE IS AN IDIOT.

    How's that movie working out for ya' $ara?

    July 27, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. addon

    Ok...does the phrase, doesn't know shite from shine-ola apply here? Why do intelligent people have to see the comments of the most intellectually inept person ever in politics? I guess we are not experiencing enough pain with the current crisis. Thanks John McCain!

    July 27, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. Jon in Rochester

    And the healthcare overhaul "death squad is going to kill your grandma" lies weren't fear mongering at all!! Of course she has millions so the fact that interest rates go sky high isn't going to affect her. She can pay cash for everything. What an egomaniacal hypocrite. She has some nerve talking about fear mongering when fear mongering is all that she does!!!

    July 27, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. Darlene

    Blah blah blah blah and just what are your ideas Miss " I want to be president". Looks can only get you so far and I think you've reached that point. Go away far far away.

    July 27, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. BJ

    Which cave in Alaska does this wowan been hibernating ? oops she was called by daddy Karl Rove with a simple mission "jerk your stupid jaws like there is no tomorrow" ! Sarah why are the death panels? I know where they are in the Republican Budget proposal! pull the plug on grandma!

    July 27, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. Just As I Thought

    I know none of you Liberals, Progressives, errrrrahhhh, I mean Democrats, well the Democrats I used to know are nothing like act as though you HATE our great country! So; is ther anything GOOD about America from where you stand? Sarah Palin, as much as you hate her, IS right! In all my life, I have never known a President more divisive! He was going to make everyone equal & what he has done is bring us on the verge of destruction......Absolutely the WORSE President ever......Obambi makes Carter look good!

    July 27, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. Keith in SoJax

    Dear Ms Palin, you should be scared. The affect of the defalt is going to place a burden on businesses and individuals for years to come. Its going to be known as "The Tea Party's Great Tax On America". It will be beyond what you would-be-Gods in DC can control as it'll be market driven and out of your control...but you will have pushed it there. Your Tea Party is going to be held Accountable resulting in the end of your little media blitz and popularity contest. You should personally be sued for fraud with all of your collected wealth put back into the US coffers as a symbol to others that would manipulate the way you have. Be scared Sarah,

    July 27, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Mark

    I guess Sarah hasn't been in the news lately so she thought she would change that by againn saying something taht her own party did for 8 years when Bush was in charge. "Be afraid of Al-Quaida, be afraid of terrorists". That was Bush's mantra and he used it to get his fellow republicans to pass every bit of legislation he wanted. The results are a collapsed economy and a world that lost all respect to the US. Now it's "Be afraid of Obama". The only fear we should have is when we look at the filed of republicans running for the presidency. Hey Sarah, if you want to see the boogey man, look in the mirror.

    July 27, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  18. Ed

    Well that sells it for me. Obama must be right.

    July 27, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Felix

    I think that Sarah should keep some of her irrelevant comments to herself, she doesn't have to comment on every action of Obama's.

    July 27, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    I listened to Palin on Greta's show....she said nothing interesting or factual....same old tired rhetoric.....Palin is not presidential material at all!

    July 27, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Don't forget, people. Palin is being paid to say things critical of any and everything that the President and Democrats say and do.

    It should also be noted that she, like so many other prominent conservatives, is repeating the lie about the deadline not being a serious issue. We have already passed the deadline, mid-May this year, where creative accounting can keep the bills paid. This is it.

    To all Palinites, she ain't running. She cannot join the race until she quits this job at Fox News. In the unlikely event that she does quit, she will still need to wait until the next fiscal quarter before she could announce, which means the 4th quarter of this year. She cannot enter until 90 days have passed since leaving Fox. Her time is running out faster than your hopes are rising.

    July 27, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. Alan

    Important we remember that not raising the debt is "not life or death" and if it does not happen or we get downgraded, we can thank this half term governor for her fiscal expertise.

    July 27, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Excuse me Missy, but Little Bush added $5.4 trillion to our national debt, and if Obama is elected to two terms, it is projected that he will add $1.4 trillion to our debt. Let's face it, you are just plain stupid.

    July 27, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. Big Al

    A person like her with that kind of thinking wants to be the president of this great country. Wow!

    July 27, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Wow Sarah – thanks for explaining it all. Clearly you know best.

    July 27, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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