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. Johnjon

    "rebublicans better get something out of it"................ I would think that ALL Americans will get something out of it. just more stupidity from the queen of do nothing, know nothing.

    July 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Lini

    CNN please stop posting statements made by this woman. She is not important and it is ridiculous for you to keep on posting comments made by this woman. I will boycott CNN.com if this is the best news you can post on your website.

    July 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Kasey

    CNN...why are you giving coverage of this no-nothing woman....AND her daughter??? Guess will never understand why a newsgroup such as CNN follows sensationalism!

    July 27, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Glenn

    And here goes the quitter again, bashing Obama but never saying what she'd do to help turn the country around. NOBODY EXCEPT THE TEA-BAGGERS CARE WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY, SARAH, SO PLEASE DO THE COUNTRY A FAVOR AND SHUT UP!!

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

    This lady needs to keep her mouth shut for she has no clue of what going on with the US economy. If she was so great of a politician the senator from Arizona would have been our commander and chief instead of helping him win the past elections she did the contrary help him loose the 2008 election.

    July 27, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. anthony

    Lead, follow, or get out the way. If you choose to get out of the way, please then dont resort to sitting on the sidelines slinging mud while the leaders do their jobs. This woman is a wh0re pig. And the lipstick no longer hides that. FACT.
    "Hows them DeathPanels workin out for ya" -wink wink, you betcha!

    July 27, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Pat in IL

    She's so clueless ad idiotic....there just insn't any amount of reasoning that she would even "hear". Being so blatant in being the pot calling the kettle black is just one very obvious example of how dumb and unaware she is. She is one of the biggest fear mongerer there is. I don't know why anyone is even listening to her anyway, as she isn't running for anything.

    July 27, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Old Guy

    Fear mongering? What about the death panels lie, Obama is pal ing around with terrorist and all the other lies. I can remember McCain leaving the stage while compaigning to calm down an elderly lady whom was scared to death about Obama being a terrorist. Shut up sarah, and leave the adults to deal with the situtation.

    July 27, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Chumlee

    Failin Palin: turn your finger directly to your face when you talk about "fear mongering". Your the best freak show in town!

    July 27, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Greg

    Can you say death panels Sarah Hypocrite. I wont to know who 20% morons are who support this vile idiot.

    July 27, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. anthonye

    reinventing the wheel here in the 11th hour, retreating and waving a white flag before hiking the Apalachina Trail

    July 27, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Nancy in WA

    Now that we have her take on it, why don't we find out what Snooki, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and J-Lo have to say. And while you're at it, let's find out what Bobby and Cindy Brady think (or the actors that play them), and maybe the guy who used to drive the Love Boat in the seventies. Because I really care what ALL these people think as much as I care what SP thinks.

    July 27, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Pat in IL

    Newsy97 is saying it all for me.

    July 27, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. sircharles19

    Every citizens here in America who have bills and know's that we have to pay them; well....same with our government also has bill it has to pay. None of us is fussing or bickering about that. Now, Ms. Palin still have not gotten or can get it that the President and all of the congressmen also has responsibilities in ensuring those bills get paid. To do that....she has to know that there has to be enough funds in the pot to get this done. How much is the problem. Now, she got to understand that and that is why the back-and-forth is going on! Bottom Line....someone said, she don't get it and I agree.

    July 27, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. DB

    Typical Republican rhetoric..."the republicans better get something out of it" What an ignorant comment....she sounds like a little kid that is about to throw a fit. why do she just get out of the spotlight, she's a joke. A perfect match for Fox news.

    July 27, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Lisette

    Who the hell cares what this nutjob thinks/says?!? Why in God's name does the press even give her the time of day?!? She's a KNOW NOTHING, SELF PROMOTING, INTELLECTUAL LIGHT-WEIGHT!

    July 27, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. jeff

    Just who is this Sarah Palin? I've forgotten. I looked all through my list of people who are DOING something and couldn't find her anywhere!

    July 27, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. bourneblogger

    Oh you mean the same fear mongering the GOP used to talk Americans into fighting Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan?... The GOP are huge hypocrites who feed off of the uninformed naivety of the masses... Keep in mind people that you can't blame Obama for a war that began in 2003 and an economic meltdown that began in 2008 when Obama wasn't sworn into office until January 2009... Things were going OK right after Obama stepped in, considering he WAS handed a crashing plane, and then everything went down the toilet again when the GOP won the House... We have to stop this perpetual cycle of inefficiency... Vote the Republicans out and let the Dems clean up the mess again and THEN be incompetent and vote for the GOP to mess it up again... But if they keep up their stubborn approach they won't have anything to mess up!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Tom

    We should all do what Palin does when she has financial problems: QUIT our job!

    July 27, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Shelby

    "Scaring the American people is exactly what President Obama is doing," Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News.”
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    Scaring the American people is exactly what I am doing, is what sarah meant to say. If not for Foxnews and Facebook, this hateful airhead would have been long gone by now.

    July 27, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Sam

    I read the title of this article, laughed out loud, then went straight to the comment board.

    July 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. JohnRJ08

    So many things to say in response to this uninformed, hypocritical, narcissistic twit, but such a waste of time to say them.

    July 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. AJ

    She's actually kind of a hoot. Yeah, it goes back to this – some people who are stupid keep quiet – then people just think they might be stupid. Then you have those like Palin who cant keep their mouths shut, and then they prove without a shadow of a doubt that they are stupid.

    July 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Diane

    Coming from the former VP candidate for a party that pretty much thrives on fear-mongering. Really, even if you ARE conservative, how could you take this woman seriously?

    July 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Pliny

    Which is worse:
    1) some citizens believe that Palin is capable of being a "leader"
    2) CNN actually reports on the nonsense that spews from Palin's lips
    3) I am actually commenting on this pathetic excuse of a story

    Oh....in response to the 'debt limit' situation, I've called my republican senators and congressmen....and told them to 'tax the rich and the corporations'. I urge everyone to do so. We've got two opportunities to pound this message into their thick skulls...first is NOW, before they screw the middle class yet again, and the second is in 2012...when we kick them all out of office (for good).

    What this debt-limit-debate is clearly showing us is that the republican's first-and-only priority is to defeat Obama.
    Their first priority should be to serve America and Americans. That is clearly not even a concern to them.

    July 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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