Palin: Obama's 'fear mongering'
July 27th, 2011
08:37 AM ET
3 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
soundoff (700 Responses)
  1. BjMeyers

    Lets get real folks: why does anyone listen to anything Sarah Palin has to say? Palin has no credibility whatsoever and is only blasting away to a very limited, rather naive audience that is somehow riveted to her ramblings! The shear lack of substance in Sarah Palin's comments, most of which she is being fed, is appalling! Can someone tell me why the news/media gives her any air/print time ???????!!!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Maude

    I will say it again: Funny Monkey!

    July 27, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. MSH Miami

    As much of a joke as was Donald Trump's potential presidential bid, at least he had the cajones to come out today and tell it like it is, which is that the Republicans want America to default and crash economically just to ensure Obama is a one-term president. Palin, Bachmann, West and the other Republicans & Tea Baggers only care about getting Obama out of Washington, regardless if it takes bringing America to its knees economically to do it. After all, who is hurt the most by an economic downfall? The poor, that's who, and clearly Republicans couldn't care less about what happens to the poor and underprivileged.

    July 27, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Jess Sayin

    They larned her real good at junior college

    July 27, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Johnnyash

    Sure, Sarah – it's almost as if the President is telling the country it's facing an Economic Death Panel – what a lying, irresponsbile bit of fear-mongering.....

    July 27, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin has nothing to offer, all this debt ceiling stuff is above her head because she's limited. Now that Bachmann and the rest have engaged in the heavy "lifting" Palin only comes in to talk like the average street thug just as her "movie" crapped out. Americans want substance and not street thug crap and they have shown Palin they aren't interested in her anymore.

    July 27, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. jb

    Shut up Sarah!!!

    July 27, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. American

    I am laughing my rear off!!!
    Are you kidding me? This stupid beech is the vile, repugnant queen of fear mongering. She's made a
    personal 7 Figure (at the lowest tax rate!!!) out of fear mongering. She's raped and pillaged all of those
    Tea Partiers and Cons out there by taking YOUR money and BUYING HERSELF A BIG FAT HOUSE
    IN ARIZONA!!! SHE IS THE PROBLEM YOU IDIOTS.

    July 27, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Charlie from the North

    It is his job to warn us of the dangers of the tea party and I thank him for it. As far as fear goes she always creates fear for me the fear that people will believe her and the Tea Party's lies.

    July 27, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Joshua Ludd

    The debt ceiling has NOTHING to do with more spending or bigger government. It is also not a scare tactic.. people are scared because it is scary. Our nation's credit rating is on the line.. and its not Obama saying that.. its the people who actually determine and set that rating.

    She wants Republicans to "get something out of it" when the debt ceiling is raised? Hows this... they get NOTHING out of it because its not meant to be a political football. If you want to talk about fear mongering, lets talk about all these Republicans, Palin included who had no problem at all with our record deficit under Bush or his record increase in the size of government and his radical increases in the power of government.. and not just over telling your kids they should eat veggies or what lightbulbs you should use.

    July 27, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Jake

    Rove, Bush and CO. invented fear mongering! to turn that phrase onto Obama is beyond laughable. Get in the race, Palin, or disappear forever, please!

    July 27, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Craig

    @Wolf you are so blinded by your ignorance that it's impeding your ability for rational thought. Palin is a hate mongering, fascist. Name one solution she has ever come up with on her own for ANY problem. Give me one. Don't think too hard, i am only looking for 1.

    Drill, baby, drill!!!!

    July 27, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Get A Grip

    Like Palin or not, you have to hand it to her for telling the truth.

    July 27, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Angela

    Palling around with terrorists come to mind $arah. What about death panels. Go sit in the corner and hold your journalism degree.

    July 27, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. JJ

    Shut your piehole, dingbat. Shoo.

    July 27, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Charlie from the North

    Oh ansd one more thing: Blah,blah freakin blah!

    July 27, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Nick

    Hey Sarah,
    Could You tell us what magazines or newspapers you've read regarding this deadline?

    July 27, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. trvsmart1

    Ahhhh, Ms Palin, you left office early didn't you? You have no right to speak about anything political much less about a President that appears to be serving out his full first term. You jumped ship for your own BIG $$$$ reasons. You gave up the right to have your voice make an actual difference with respect to even having an opinion. So get back on your bus and ride off into somewhere, where the the sun doesn't shine and to the place where quiters usually go. You make me sick just by the sight of you and even more sick just reading or hearing any comment from you. You are a looooooser and that comes with being a quiter. Oh Really? Alaska was doing so great when you were governess that you had to quite and go on book signings and bus tours. Just back up the bus and just be sure the driver knows your under one of the wheels. You make me sick. Oh, can u see Russia from looking out the windows on the bus. What a JOKE..

    July 27, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Third World

    CNN we see what side you are on GOP.....look at the TICKERS.......SHAME SHAME SHAME

    July 27, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. maine liberal

    sister sarah until your name and positions are on either a primary or election ballot stop backseat driving.
    Fear you say how about 9/11 for 8 years.
    You and others are too free with the words fear and hate

    July 27, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. vanizak

    GOT to admire this woman's ability to stay in the news....and make a ton of cash in the process. Even SHE has to believe she doesn't have much of a shot at accomplishing much more, but as long as she can stay in the news, and remain controversial, there are enough of idiots out there willing to pay for her to attend events, and buy her book, and watch her TV shows. Hats off her!

    July 27, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Bill NY

    Palin reminds me of the title of a Mothers of Invention album: We're only in it for the money. That seems to describe Palin very well, as she's only in it for the money, and boy is she raking it in while dishing manure.

    July 27, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Voice1

    Who is Palin? Last I heard was that she is a book peddling soleswoman.

    July 27, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. nuser

    Stay out of it Palin , we do not need anymore of your hatred. Just out of curiosity what is your solution? You have limited knowledge , and yet you offer opinions. Enough already!

    July 27, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. balky b

    Really...lest we forget the "death panel" scare tactic she used during the health care debates....what an a$$....go away please...there are more important things to deal with than Miss "do as I say not as I do".....lol

    July 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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