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. Billy Davis

    Fear mongering says the idiot from Wasilla. Claiming Obama pals around with terrorist and that he's not an American didn't strike any fears in Americans did it do do.

    July 27, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Kool Aid

    Why is Palin still relevant? Why does anyone care what she thinks? Conservative, liberal, whatever...if you put ANY stock in what this person says, you are showing what must be completely incurable stupidity.

    July 27, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. blake

    Regardless of what you may think about Palin, she is absolutely right on this issue.

    July 27, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Bozzz

    because we wouldn't want any fear mongering in this country, now would we.....Sarah........

    July 27, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. McGoo

    Ahhh, SP never fails to disappoint does she. Well, as someone well versed in the art of Fear Mongering from the party that perfected it during the last administration of Fear Mongering, she must know what she is talking about. Did I just say that ? The best part of her statement was: "she respects House Speak John Boehner's efforts to negotiate with the president". I don't think that saying "no" to every offer on the table constitutes negotiating. Perhaps in GOP speak negotiation = extortion in common language.

    July 27, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Hey Palin. Remember William Ayers?

    July 27, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. cm

    She's back; actually how she will appear to the american people every so often, because she never have a agenda.

    July 27, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Mary

    Why won't this woman go AWAY!!!!!
    Does she even hear what she says?
    She and the Republicans are masters at the art of "scaring" or attempting to scare the American public. A perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black.

    July 27, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. J P

    I cringe to think of Sarah Palin holding national office.

    July 27, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Diane

    I've heard it all now...this lunatic based her whole campaign on preaching nothing but "fear mongering" in 2008.
    Who is she kidding? This is proof that she is a complete idiot and totally not fit to be POTUS! Maybe she could try making a documentary about it....oh that's right the American public has already been through that....another Palin failure!
    Go away Sarah...nobody cares what you say've proved yourself to be a nut job and now you are just a big joke.

    July 27, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Rick 7809

    This is the same person who was running around screaming about government "death panels" and no she says the President is fear mongering.

    July 27, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Bob (Illinois)

    I've reached the point where your comments are normally not worthy of a reply. As for "fear mongering" how would you categorize the phrase "death panels"?

    July 27, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. steve a in nb,tx

    Well if they are they had some good teachers! Talk about "fear Mongering" I still can see Bush on the media trying to scear people with "YELLOW CAKE URAINIUM'" and"MUSHROOM CLOUD" AND 'WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION" yes, yes, we learned well from you repugnents.

    July 27, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Silas

    I think Palin sums it up. Republicans "better get something out of it." The Parties have become more important than the people of this country What used to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people, has turned into a government of the corporations,by the corporations , for the corporations. The Republicans increased spending every chance they have gotten and lowered the taxes on top 10% and corporations for decades now. IF their plan was so great shouldn't we have tons of jobs and money is just trickling down and everything is good. I haven't heard a republican be able to answer why their system of trickle down economics hasn't worked. I don't consider job creation in third world countries growth in America, Shipping jobs oversee's, not making the rich cover any tabs, O no worries Palin the old and poor will cover the tab like we always have. We the people will save this country so the rich and corporations can continue to make there profits destroy the planet and enslave millions around the globe. Thank you Republicans for all your hard work over the past few decades you have really done a great job.

    July 27, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. collins Robert

    Where is John McCain? He gave america this thorn.

    July 27, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. rchnpdx

    Make her go away.

    July 27, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. James

    hello Pot? Kettle here.

    July 27, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. matrix09

    Hmmmm, Obama doesn't scare me much, but i have to admit, Palin is truly scary. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!

    July 27, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Sick of both sides

    Sick of both sides. How many banks let you keep spending beyond your credit limit or bank balance? Eventually you will hit "Insufficient Funds". You got two options – rob a bank or be sensible and scale back to what you need, not what you want. Time to stop spending the energy slamming each other and get down and figure out the real needs of the entire country – not just one side or the other – all of us for the common good.

    July 27, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. CutTax

    "Obama's 'fear mongering' " , therefore impeach Obama

    July 27, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Thanh

    The fact is that the threat is real, and Congress can't get their act together. Palin says all she wants now because she's no longer responsible. If she thought her opinion really mattered, she would have stayed on as governor. Her only knowledge of finance is that of spending tax dollars for personal purposes.

    July 27, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. cf

    Just wow. The lady who coined the terms "death panels" and "pallin' around with terrorists" is accusing somebody else of fear-mongering? What a hypocritical snot.

    July 27, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Tony 140

    Ah it's greast to see that MoveOn.Org is alive and well and still getting their paychecks from George Soros. Sarah has been quiet for awhile – I thought that those MoveOn slimes actually MOVED ON to real jobs.......

    July 27, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. showard

    I was wondering how many people out there were going to see how hypocritical the repubs were being calling Obama out on raising peoples fears. I see I neednt fear-we are all listening.

    July 27, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Mike S

    I'm guessing when Bush got us into the Iraqi war he was not "fear mongering". Actually Ithink all politicians take a page out of Moses idiotic "fear mongering" and todays politicans playing off the Bible do it all the time. It worked for Moses to turn peoples minds from "think tanks" to "fear tanks". No wonder politicians have done their part in holding back education in the US and keep running back to "the Good Book." But then again Palin, not only has a superior mind by superior vision being able to look across the waters and seeing Russia, so she must be right.

    July 27, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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