September 4th, 2008
10:24 AM ET
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Palin attacks 'shrill and sarcastic,' says Reid spokesman

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin called out Reid Wednesday."] (CNN) - A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hitting back hard at Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech Wednesday night, calling it "shrill and sarcastic."

"Anyone who knows Senator Reid knows he never backs down when he's fighting for what's right and that he always stands up to John McCain when he is wrong," Jim Manley, Reid's press secretary, told CNN. "Shrill and sarcastic political attacks may fire up the Republican base, but they don't change the fact that a McCain-Palin administration would mean four more years of failed bush-Cheney policies."

The reaction came after Palin specifically called out Reid during her address to the Republican National Convention, saying the Nevada Democrat "can't stand up to John McCain."

"Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, 'I can't stand John McCain,'" Palin said to roaring applause from the crowd. "Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain."

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Typical Republican comments to change what a person actually said even though she gave the original words.
    Does Mr Reid saying "cant stand Mccain" translate other than to party faithful what she said "cant stand up to Mccain" Clearly not!!
    Add to that Guiliani's, sick, laughing mocking of Obama's community service, and earlier from others lauding Cindys charity efforts again demonstrates the double standards of Republicans who repeatedly and repeatedly , again and again correlate POW and war service and patriotism as the only qualifications ( QED judgement and experience) for a President. Equally nonsense.
    I admire and respect Mrs Palin and her husband for having the downs syndrome child, it says nothing to me about whether she should or should not be a VP of a major international state, or her daughters out of wedlock conceived child.
    As Obama said take it off the air waves, and the political stage that is electing a VP and presidential candidates.
    Honour your constitution strictly Mr Mccain, and keep religion and politics separate.

    September 4, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  2. Irene from Alaska

    Pitbull with lipstick Yes indeed it is. Its so sickening to see such a young full of strength woman being sucked into the old school of thoughts. Thank God we have community organizers who really care for the common man who for years has gone unnoticed by the govenors the likes of Palin. Palin shame on you

    September 4, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  3. Brett

    I'm observant enough to realize that both parties (I have no particular affiliation with either) are extremely vague in describing their plans. That being said, I must say that the Republicans appear to be speaking to a room filled with third grade children. Accurately paraphrased- "this is a dangerous world and Obama won't keep us safe", "America needs a maverick", "this is a battle between good and evil", etc. There is a sincere lack of substance is the Republican proposal. At least the Dems had the slightest respect for American citizens by laying out broad plans (yes vague, but not painful for those who posses an IQ above 70).

    The fact of the matter remains... Trends in policy will tend to correlate with the particular party that is in power. If you have benefitted, or you feel the overall well being of our country has benefitted over the past 8 years, vote McCain. If you feel as if things have been less than satisfactory over the past 8 years and you would like to see a different approach, vote Obama.

    Note to Republicans making comments on this board thus far- leaving blatantly nonsensical comments doesn't help your cause.

    September 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  4. Paul

    CNN – your post-Palin speech comments and "report card" seem to fly in the face of what most Americans took away. All RNC speeches today were divisive, mean spirited and personal. There were no constructive, substantive ideas and where policies were criticized, Governor Palin's facts in particular were simply false. Where does she get off saying Barack Obama wants to raise American's taxes when he would cut the taxes of over 85% of them, raising taxes on incomes well over $200.000 only? Like Zen Petersen wrote above, my heart too felt sick and I was dismayed. This RNC convention is the polar opposite of the uplifting, inspirational and positive ideas that were conveyed at the DNC in Denver last week. The republicans are demonstrating why our nation is suffering.

    September 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  5. OHIO for Obama/Biden

    This is a joke. Yes, I'm a Democrat, but this VP pick is laughable ... even Republicans are freaking out trying to spin this one. Did she really try to argue in her speech tonight that she is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama? That is one issue she shouldn't have opened up. I was watching a Republican spokesperson on CNN last night dodge questions, not being able to recite one thing she has accomplished as Governor or Mayor. And didn't they realize she is currently under investigation and has pressing family matters to deal with??? What were you thinking McCain? How is she going to even begin debating Biden?

    September 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  6. Geri

    Did you ever think of how nasty you Obama supporters are???? I thought her speech was great and she hit Obama where he needed it. I'm a democrat but I really am tired of how you supporters talk and what you blog. I don't care much for him and I definitely can't stand his wife. Everything is off limits when you talk about him because he thinks you're playing the race card. He has forgotten that he's half white and only speaks of it when he thinks it will help him. Joe Biden was right about him when he was out campaigning for the presidency. He was my first choice but I guess everyone felt there would be an uprising if Obama didn't win. Tonight was the first time I have ever heard i have ever heard "The Best News Team" praise anyone other than Obama.

    September 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  7. Beck in TN

    Talk about double standard is ok for Obama and company to get up on stage and just blast McCain but when the shoe is on the other foot everyone is all p'd off. This is what is wrong with this country we to partisan about everything!

    September 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  8. Gary Chandler in Canada

    The audience at the convention? just watch what pictures they cheered for in that slide show, Bush and Reagan, not King.
    They gathered the 45,000 people who love Bush in one arena!!!

    September 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  9. Vanessa From New York

    why wont they talk about Bush..........There in power and nothing has been acheived for the last 8 years

    September 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  10. Elisabeth

    It is said to see the Republicans try to intimidate the media. It is also sad for them to pull the sexist card. I am a woman and all I can think is... shame on them for making us, the voting public, feel bad about wanting to know all we can about this lady's character, policies and experience. Shame on them for trying to instill fear back into the American people. We are tired of being afraid of our future... we need to be inspired and we want a more positive future.

    Seems like Bush is acting on his indorsment.... intimidated the Russians today and notifying the public of covert operations in Pakistan. Oh, also interesting we are finally winning the War after 6 years and 4,000+ lost American soldiers.

    September 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  11. Puffin

    Palin was making fun of community organizers who are trying to help other people? I think she crossed her line here.

    Well, McCain found his ‘sarcastic’ match, no doubt.

    September 4, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  12. Evelyn Thomas

    I listened to Gov. Palin's speech which left me more confused. I'm a real soccer mom of three sons. Gov. Palin gave a good oral presentation of a speech that was written for her. She was poised and calm, but she failed to convince me that she is qualified to be vice president. I thought her comments about Senator Obama were more mean spirited than convincing me why I should not vote for him. I never heard what actually would the McCain-Palin do for change. My friends are losing their jobs, their homes and the America dream seems very dismissal for their children. We need help!! Stop being sarcastic and give us some real substance. Then maybe sarcastic is all they have to give.

    September 4, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
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    September 4, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  14. Roger

    Palin has started off on the wrong foot. Excitement and ridiculing the opposition in a partisan crowd is not going to get her the support she needs in Congress, which is controlled by the other party. DC politics is vastly different than mom-and-pop operations in Alaska, but she will find all that out soon enough, that is IF she gets elected. She looks pretty however, but looks don't get the job done – else Hollywood would have set up camp in DC.

    September 4, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  15. Prophet John

    As a lifelong Democract, I will say it again, Senator Obama blew it. He had a chance to establish the Dream Team, but no, for whatever reason, he just either did not have the smarts or courage, to make the Dream Team happen. I don't know, maybe a person who wasn't brave enough or smart enough to make the Dream Team happen does not deserve to be President. That's all I have to say.

    September 4, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  16. Mel

    Maybe she will fire McCain!!!

    September 4, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  17. Kenny Arizona Democrat

    NO MCAIN! NO WAY! NO HOW! And your vp Mcain is not my Hillary!

    September 4, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  18. 911wille

    The Larry King post debate Democrats' comments were like " Well she reads a good speech from a teleprompter that someone else wrote for her"

    I liked to split a gut. As if Obama can talk without a teleprompter...
    Duh, Uhm, well, but, and, uhhhhh

    The media is so upset about criticism of their bias. Did you notice how CNN showed the teleprompters at the podium several times? I defy anyone to show me a piece of tape doing that at the DNC.

    Of course CNN is not as overt as Chris Mathews, Ketith Oberlman and Brian Williams on MSNBC, but there are numerous subtle occasions where the bias is evident.

    Not all, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper seem to try to be impartial, but not all of the rest of the "non partisan" contingent.

    I have no problem with Paul Begala and Donna Brazile, who are clearly partisan for Obama, but don't pretend not to be.

    Carl Bernstein and Jeffrey Toobin nonpartisan? what a joke, they have been smitten with "Barack" since the primaries. Even David Gergen has gone over.

    And you know what. I was a Hillary Clinton supporter, and will probably be again, but in '08 I have moved solidly behind McCain.

    September 4, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  19. bryan nye

    Harry Reid is an absolute disgrace..... Angry little man..... I will never forget his presser when he announced the surge had failed ( before it had even started)....
    No,.... Democrats of Nevada should be ashamed of electing him...

    September 4, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  20. Robert

    Here are the facts on the Republican Party: "There are 36 black delegates to the 2008 Republican National Convention, the lowest total in 40 years. The black delegates make up 1.5 percent of the total delegates, compared with a record-setting 6.7 percent in 2004".

    September 4, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  21. Don, SF

    Palin was great. Some of the comments: "Americans are growing tired of the devisiveness, and want real solutions and progress." More hollow pablum. Obama is a fraud and the country has a choice of two bad choices. Sad.

    September 4, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  22. Jason

    If Senator Reid had a spine, he would have stood up not only to John McCain, but to the White House and its policies – the very reason the democrats were elected in control of congress in 2006. If Harry Reid had half of the bravery you offer as a defense, it would be noticeable and the Congress would not have the lowest approval rating in history. The congressional approval ratings since 2006 have only descended under democratic rule, i say this as a member of the party. In this instance, Guiliani is right.

    September 4, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  23. Immigrant

    Taking cheap shots is amusing but undignified and neither useful. I am disappointed at the undignified speeches during the Republican convention,especially the culturally starved conservatives who love to tell others how to behave. I hope and trust Sen Obama to take the dignified high road. It is the right thing to do and it usually works out at the end.

    September 4, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  24. susan gadd

    Great Lady! Great Speech! Democrats are scared.....tonight we heard more than rhetoric. Tonight we hear principle, character and substance!

    September 4, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  25. Aaron

    Spite, sneering mockery, unjustified and inexplicable anger, whining, caustic bile, poisonous vitriol – there aren't enough negative descriptors to capture how vile Palin's speech was. Nothing at all to address the needs of the nation, just a load of venom and more entrenched culture wars. Sarah Palin's no pit bull – she's a real world blog troll.

    September 4, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
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