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. emmy skadittle

    these republican candidates are doing the country a great disservice by telling people that not raising the debt ceiling is not a major problem. I for one do not want to follow economic the advice of this old pageant queen

    July 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Bern in Western PA

    What gives this housewife any standing to be a quoted so-called "expert" on anything? She was governor of America's most remote and least populated state before she quit to become the Paris Hilton of politics. Please stop giving this buffoon a soapbox.

    July 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. DrizzCon

    again... why would we care what this woman says about anything? She accuses the president of fear mongering? That is pretty much ALL that her and her party, her network, and her followers ever do is fear mongering. No one cares what you think Palin. NO ONE. well, maybe Hannity since he thinks she is smarter than the president. Hey, i gotta job for you Palin... its one you have never done before... BE A MOTHER!

    July 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    2 words , Sarah:

    "Death Panels".

    You have made yourself a national figure by fear-mongering, and, since you don't seem to care that the world looks to us as a model of economic stability and won't react well if we reneg on our obligations, you can kiss the Presidency goodbye. Yet another example of ignorance and arrogance at work. You saw the effect the default of Greece had on world markets, and you want to push through a piece of crap like Cut, Cap, and Balance?. Why do we need to amend the Constitution? If your people really had courage, they would vote for the cuts without this kind of gimick legislation. Cut, Cap, and Balance is nothing more than a publicity stunt, so why don't you focus on a solution that actually has a chance of getting passed? Oh, I forgot, reality does not intrude into the warm, fuzy world of the Cons, where everyone is armed and takes pride in avoiding responsibility, and problem-solving is a relic of the past. Well, if we default, and the interest rates shoot up, the GOP will have effectively passed a massive tax hike on everyone, far greater than anything the Democrats have proposed. The perception of the US as a model of economic stabilty will take a massive hit, and THAT is what will send the markets heading downhill. Palin, of all people, with her massive ego, should understand the importance of image and perception better than anyone alive.

    July 27, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. andrewstl

    she is an expert on fear mongering!!

    July 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Guest

    God help this country if this woman decides to run.

    July 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Oh so true. Scaring Seniors, bashing Bush and the Republicans, blowing about his "plan" when he has none and being on TV every day is doing nothing to help the debt crisis. He is just campaigning for reelection.

    July 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Sarah Palin knows all about fear mongering, after causing the shooting of Rep. Giffords. It is the Sarah Palin/Fox News type irresponsible fear mongering and hate messages, that prompts many average Americans to entertain the radical extremist views of these "jihadist neo-cons" that have destroyed the republican party.

    July 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. annie s

    Kinda like "death panels" Sarah? Imagine the consummate fear monger – who along with her Tea Party darlings have actually created this crisis – accusing the President of fear mongering. We now have the ultimate example of the pot calling the kettle black.

    July 27, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    What a sad, insignificant person $arah Palin has become. But to comment on her statement, no doubt about it, with the likes of Palin, and others - Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingram, Bachmann, Joe Welsh come to mind - always jumping out the woodwork blowing hot air in defense of right-wing extremest GOPers, I imagine that the Grand Old Party will be *getting* exactly what it deserves; distinction. Seems as if Rove and Company are still courting the TeaPers for their votes, and still pushing them under the bus once the votes are cast. Eventually even the most dim-wit of them will realize just how used they've been ... remember the throngs of *keep your hands off my medicare and social security* seniors parading the Town Halls with their signs and indignation? Biggest question of the summer has become: Where have all the seniors gone? Especially considering the very folks they all voted for are now attempting to actually take away their medicare and social security ... and, yet, we're getting nothing but crickets from them.

    July 27, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    This statement coming from the queen of fear mongering has to be a comedy skit.

    July 27, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. George

    Sarah, you are so wonderful...you always have just the right answers for everything. Why aren't you president?

    July 27, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. Lying Palin

    Death panels Palin.

    July 27, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Time for another change

    In this case Palin in correct. Obama and the Democrats, in the absence of reason or facts, have resorted to fear. This isn't anything new with Democrats though, so it isn't much of a surprise. The failure of this administration will only be countered with blame and deflection. Soon enough, misguided liberal supporters will claim once again that it's all about race and hate.

    July 27, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. CJPA

    Sarah, you should just shut up about things you know nothing about!! You are irrelevant!

    July 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. denise

    palin is about Palin and only Palin.she is about making her money. but I have heard nothing she has said that helps anybody but herself.she made her money bashing the POTUS. and the news media is part of this joke! while the middle class has been in default. this is what the media runs with. talk about a side show.

    July 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, if she is interested in helping, offer to broker a deal with the President. If she can't offer anything useful, she should stay out of this: this is for the adults and the GOP leadership to figure out, not the middle-aged beaty queen who can't finish anything she starts.

    July 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Sandy

    "Scaring the American people is exactly what President Obama is doing," Palin said Wednesday 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."

    You mean like "death panels."

    LOL at Palin trying to stay relevant with lies, no less. It won't work Palin, give it up. You're history!

    July 27, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. khufu

    No one scares the American people more than this nitwit.

    July 27, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Bill

    Oh no, Miss Death Panel is back. Fear mongering? Get a grip bimbo. It was nice not see her visage gracing these pages fo the last few days.

    July 27, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Lindy

    I don,t think our President is to fear, "Failen Palin! You are a the "Joke of the World" right now???? Your "talking "Sqwack" about the President "No longer Matters" Thanks again for your "Lunacy" Snookie? Mean while,Americans Suffer in Your Wake of Middleclass Terror???? I can,t wait to see "The real Media" finds you?? Please don,t use your "Goon Squad" from Bachmann, to "Rough-up" our top media people? Thats alittle Sickening??/ kind of Commie,if ya ask me???????

    July 27, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. vic , nashville ,tn

    “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”
    Who is scaring who Palin and tea baggers are scaring Boehner

    July 27, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. mm

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... oh, didd she say something?

    July 27, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Let's get rational now

    Hate is too mild a word for what I feel for this woman. She and her cohorts in the tea party could care less about the normal american. All they care about is their warped agenda and their 15 minutes of fame on TV, radio and any other outlet they can get the voice or mug on. People like Bachmann, Palin and their like destroy lives and could care less about the consequences. Palin, Bachmann and the rest of the nutty tea party couldn't understand worldwide financial matters if it hit them in the face. For all the people who voted for these idiots in 2010 you have now reaped what you sowed. 40 people hold the fate of the world at their feet. I hope you are happy because soon it is not going to be pretty.

    July 27, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. John

    And you just go and show People how dumb you really are. You know Saran Palin you need to Quit believing everything FOX NEWS tell you and listen to other news . If the Dept ceiling Isn't rise and In time. The company that rate country credit rating are saying If a Deal Isn't done soon America will Lose It AAA credit rating. Now Only will America be paying more Interest on It dept, and just so you can Understand this. That Mean America will have to spend more money making IT DEPT. And All Of American People will have to Pay higher Interest on anything they want to but on credit. Even Small Business that need to borrow money will pay more Interest on It. This right here should show the American people just how Dumb you are and how UNQUALIFIED you are to ran for anything. And It should show the American People just how bad the Tea PARTY and the KOCH'S BROTHER are to America. Saran Palin you should just shut-up until you really know what you are taking about. And that Is none of the Time, Do America a great thing and just go away, we are feed up listening to all the dumb Crap coming out of your mouth. Any body that vote for ant body that Is back or has anything to do with the Tea Party you should not vote for, Because this right here Is what dumb people you be voting for. This even a Little low for FOX NEWS , but she Is dumb enough to say anything they tell her. Hoe your Movie Going Saran Palin, even the dumb people that make you Rich Isn't even going to see it. and It won't do any go on Pay Tv either. Most the American people would watch It If It was Free.

    July 27, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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