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. charlie

    It probably would be the best thing for america if republicans won every election because they will destroy the country if they don't. They don't look at issues, just stop Obama at all costs.They would love to see america go under so they could say Obama did it.They have no answers or solutions,only roadblocks.

    July 27, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. David Griebel

    Sarah Palin, the White House just released a graphic showing where the bulk of the current national debt came from, and what do you know – 7 trillion of it resulted from Republican led George Bush polices between 2001 and 2008. Prior to George Bush getting elected, the country was on track to completely pay off our national debt plus have 2.3 trillion in savings thanks to Bill Clinton. The country has ever right to be in fear, because of the mess YOUR PARTY CREATED.

    July 27, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. PartyOfNo

    why does she always have that same stupid look on her face. If I was Obama I would stick to my guns and make them accept tax cuts as part of the deal. Repubs dont want to give up anything and get everything BS.

    July 27, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Anonymous

    If she only understood basic macro ecnomics............Palin has proven time and time again, she doen't even have a basic comprehension of any foreign or domestic issues. She continues to struggle to be relevant. I am just waiting for the press to have follow up questions to all politicians. They can spout anything and it doesn't have to be factual because few question. Please 15 minutes hurry.............

    July 27, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. paul

    Sarah, where have you been? You do know that if you are elected president, that you can't just dissappear for weeks and months on end. You won't be able to rule by "twitter" from your home in Alaska. You won't be able to just play
    "monday morning quarterback". Do us all a favor know and just get out of the race because you can't do the above.

    July 27, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Ed Texas

    Palin fails to understand history. The Repubs are master of Frear Mongering and use it very effectively to uneducated, ill informed Americans. They have use fear to win countless eleections by using everthing from Gay rights to Aborton to terrorism (remember Tom Ridge and the terrorist codes under Bush). Without fear we wouldn't have a GOP. They used civil rights and women's rights to bring voters to their side in the 70s.

    July 27, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Brett

    Good lord...it's a horrible state this country is in. He may be dramatizing things a bit (in tone) but he's not in any way the fear mongerer that the conservatives are. Just silliness. The fact that "news" covers this woman still is beyond my belief and understanding. She holds no office, wasn't actually elected to be VP and is a paid pundit for a non-legiitimate "news" organization. Ridiculous.

    July 27, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh puleeeeze Sarah, the President isn't scaring anyone BUT THE GOTP!!!!
    Your team is running around crapping in their pants wondering how, when and why Obama flipped the script on them. The President told you NOT to call his bluff, now he's OUTING every last one of you by taking his case to the American people and letting us see for ourselves what your plans are for destroying what is left of the middle class, and putting our country's fragile economy at serious and unnecessary risk.
    You all keep protecting and fighting for the 12 Teatards, Big Business, special interests, the Koch Brothers and the oil companies, let's see how that works out for you in 2012.

    July 27, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Angel in ATL

    Palin has the current president confused with the last administration who used 9 11 to get the debt ceiling raised 7 times after he had spent the surplus that Clinton left. Republicans are the scum of the earth.

    July 27, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Marcus

    NEWSFLASH!!!!!
    ******************** (Insert a name of any of the wannabe candidate to POTUS of the Republican Party) said something about the current POTUS that is neither a lie nor 'pot calling the kettle, and in a respectful way!!!1
    THAT would be news, the rest is more of the same...

    July 27, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Tom

    Honestly, if I made the money she did through book deals, television, and speaking appearances, I guess I wouldn't worry about the possibility of default either. But those of use with mortgages, student loans, 401k plans, IRAs, home improvement or vehicle loans, savings, and other retirement plans, well, we have to worry. Her inability to pass a high school economics class aside, she really needs to call out both parties for their current failures. Sadly, like many, I'll blame the GOP too. They've been handed almost everything they wanted, and they still refuse to budge. Flushing America's credit down the toilet because of pride and hopes for political power was not the reason we voted for them, any of them.

    July 27, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. JeramieH

    Why is this person still in the news?

    July 27, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Jan in TX

    To CNN: Sarah Palin no longer holds any political office. Stop putting her on the political page. Her opinion is irrelevant.

    July 27, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. mightyfudge

    Who is Sarah Palin??? Anyone? Bueller?

    July 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Eric

    Pot calling the kettle black.

    July 27, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Kristin S

    I guess that Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, all the credit rating systems, and nearly every economist in the nation is just playing along with Obama's plot to scare Americans.

    July 27, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. RUsurprised

    Stop harassing those who are rightfully challenging our leaders who have failed to lead this country to greatness.

    Stop the DEM machine.

    July 27, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Robert Cloosdoosch

    Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News....

    Now there's a credible duo.
    I suppose Moody's, Standard and Poors, IMF, Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street and most economists are all fear mongering too?
    A poster above called her a simpleton. That is being kind of harsh on simpletons, dontcha think?

    July 27, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Clint, Wa.

    The only fear mongering and scaring of the American people is the picture of you. He is being honest and forthright, that this is what could happen. "TWIT"

    July 27, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Oh, but the article left out the best part of Ms. Palin's remarks. She compared the President's so-called "scare tactics' to those he used in pushing TARP through. Apparently her memory is short on a couple of scores: TARP was a Republican plan pushed by President Bush–and in the 2008 campaign Palin was a vocal supporter of it.

    July 27, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    More fear and hatred from the vinegar pissa' from Wallisa.

    July 27, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. ralff

    Either you are part of the solution or part of the problem. Pain is part of the problem

    July 27, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Peter

    The fact that this woman is not fearful of the consequences of default confirms that she has no business running for President.

    July 27, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. gran

    The scariest part is that there are some citizens who actually listen to this garbage. She is just so full of herself she can't see the whole picture.

    July 27, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. bdgfn

    Palin, just go away. Talk about hypocrisy, the Republicans have been using scare tactics for years, now they want to blame the President for what they have been doing? Please.

    July 27, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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