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. Cliff Vegas

    LOL... from the woman who used cross-hairs to single out her political opponents. When you ultracon's complain about "liberal hypocrisy" – think about the adage about living in glass houses. I really hope she runs in 2012... it'll be sooo much fun. More fun, at least, than that white boy baggie, Mitch McConnell, and Crybaby Boehner.

    July 27, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. David8067


    I do get the sense that the Right's eerie fascination with this dog-and-pony show may finally be ebbing. That's something, at least.

    July 27, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. JPX

    I'm just pleased to see that she's starting to hit the wall.

    July 27, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Michael

    WHy doesnt this crazy lady just go away...Obama spelled it out just the way it is...what would she want him to lie to us.
    we can all forget about her running....cuz then she would have to answer questions that really mean something and try to give us a little insight into her little mind...she did that little bus tour and look at the simple things she didn't know about our own you really believe she has the answers to the problems facing America...

    July 27, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    @ The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    The talking heads say fear mongering is the only way Obama stands even a remote chance of being re-elected in 2012. Expect for him to be doing this at every opportunity. He'll probably keep up the weekly TV addresses to the nation. He can name it "Obama Theater" and every week will be a different scary theme. Now that I think about it, every week with him pretending to lead this country has been pretty darn scary!

    What talking heads? Anyone who is not connected to Uncle Rupert and his giant hacking machine? Names, please

    July 27, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. CARL

    Just go away!!!! This girl is a dumm as it get's!!

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

    This woman needs to crawl back under a rock in Alaska. They shouldn't even give her any press.

    July 27, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Anthony

    Here is what is scary, Palin and Bachman and the rest of the Republicans running the country. That is scary!

    July 27, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Anonymous

    And the republicans actually put up as their best candidate for VP. If she ever get elected as President this country is forever screwed. Thats not to say it may not already be too late...

    July 27, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Terry

    No, you and the Republicans scare me, Sarah. I still remember George Bush, looking like a deer in the headlights of a truck, walking to the microphone to announce a collapse of the financial system on Wall Street. It was the Republicans that deregulated banking and financial practices on Wall Street. It was the Republicans who started two wars over WMD's. It was the Republicans that gave rich people billions of dollars in tax cuts, with no job creation as promised. The Republicans have too much Tea in their diet.

    July 27, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Kwesoe

    And you are trying to scare me, Sarah P.

    July 27, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Rob

    When will news organizations STOP giving this lunatic press time?? STOP already! This woman has no brain. Obama fear mongering? That's hilarious! That's all she (and the repugnicans) ever do because their views are so far out of the mainstream! STOP giving this idiot press time already!

    July 27, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Thank you Mrs. Reload and "We know who the real Americans are, don't we?"

    July 27, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Dianne

    Count on Sarah to come up with the old cliches! Now how about some solutions to the issues!

    July 27, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Flatter the rich and scare everybody else. That strategy has worked for the Republican Party for too many years. Now, this poor excuse for a human being is claiming that Obama is trying to scare us. Those of us who decline to drink the amnesia koolade served by the Republicans, know better.

    July 27, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Xerxes 2011

    S. Palin is an idiot after all. trying to scare america huh? so the debt ceiling is a myth? i guess then this $ is fake like monapoly as well?

    July 27, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Randy

    Thank god this moron is not nor will ever be President. When will her 15 minutes be up? It is her damn Tea party that is causing all the scare

    July 27, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. LouAz

    This "article" belongs in the Entertainment Section.

    July 27, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "While trust in Obama and congressional Republicans was at parity in May, the GOP is now lagging far behind - only 37% believe it will do a better job handling Medicare compared with 50% who look to the president. This may be a leading indicator of how seniors and their supporters will vote next year."

    Looks as if the only ones running *scared* are the GOPers. Never (in my lifetime anyway) have I witnessed a political party so hell bent on self destruction as is this new 2010 Republican party filled with TeaPers, misguided GOPers, and other societal misfits. Lacking adult leadership as it does, there is no way this hodgepodge group filled with ideological contrasts counter productive of one another will ever bind itself into a cogent and financially responsible political party.

    July 27, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Anonymous

    she makes our country look bad.

    July 27, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. hypatia

    Says the fashionista who screeched about 'death panels'...she's gonna make Boehner cry!

    July 27, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. OKTOGO77

    Didn't this woman leave her own state more in debt after her 1/2 term than before she took office?! What would she know about the reality of a situation like the one we have now? However, she IS an expert herself on inciting fear and hate...

    July 27, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. GSMITH

    Sarah Palin is right, the Democratic Party and President Obama are liars and hateful. Do not vote for any Democrat in 2012 they are damaging this country. SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012.

    July 27, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Nobody N. Particular

    This coming from the disciple of F.U.D. (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt); here's a news flash for you Sara, increasing the debt ceiling is like a person who lives paycheck to paycheck, but then uses their credit card to pay for unexpected (unbudgeted) expenses. The Republician have been pushing two wars for over 12 years without including it in the budget for 6 of them, these expenses didn't come from tax revenue because they weren't budgeted, so how do we pay for them, selling bonds to other countries. Now we pay interest on those bonds, which has to be included in the budget, so by suggesting that we don't increase our debit limit, we risk paying those bonds off, thereby causing the interest on them to increase (like if you were late paying a credit card, the interest goes up), which means more tax dollars going to pay the interest on that debt. At the same time the Republicans were increasing the government expendatures they decreased the income (Bush's tax cuts), thereby creating a double wammy of lost revenue and increase expenatures, and suddenly here we are, in debt to our eyeballs. I missed the Republicans of less government, now they are just a bunch of spendthrifts like the Democrats. Sara Palin lies, the only question is does she believe her own lies.

    July 27, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Fed UP 25

    Must be nice to be so ignorant that you are not scared. Time to pull your head out of the sand and face the facts that unless a Simpson-Bowles type of deal is struck we are not going to be fixing anything.

    July 27, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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