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. FS

    Guiliani's mocking of Obama's community service was pure gutter politics. Obama helped the poor and disadvantaged and for a rich millionaire to say the things he did really exemplifies how low to the ground the poor are considered to be by Republicans. His attack on Muslims was an embarrasment to American Muslims living peacefully and successfully in this Country.

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

    Unify like the DNC??? But NOT angry/blame like the RNC??? So saying America needs hope, because the Conservatives have ruined Americas image, so thats what Liberals refer to as unify??? Yeah on the Left, but America is NOT Left!!!!!!

    GO McCain/Palin "Historical Change America Will Believe In"!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  3. bridgette

    Will someone please tell me what is McCain's platform. I hope he will bring it tomorrow. The only thing I know about the Republican's is that they don't like Obama. Rudy acts as if he was the only one to expereince 9/11. He tried to make that the basis for running for President and it didn't work. To be perfectly honest I think he and Mitt are jealous of Obama because they couldn't figure out how to make their campaigns work. This speech worked with who it was suppose to work with. The average American want to hear about the campaign.This speech will be hot for a few days and then people will go back to what is McCain platform. Not one word about the economy that tells you right there they are scared. For a man they are extremely dismmissive of he sure has them scared. Not to have any executive experience. Guess who else had no executive experience, Ronald Reagan.

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

    That was really sad, those speeches didn't inspire me at all. A leader is suppose to make you feel like they care. They were over the top on a lot of things. This independent will vote Obama this fall, really sad.

    September 4, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  5. Myra

    Shrill and sarcastic . . . and robotically scripted, as well. I was extremely disappointed, as I watched with an open mind, willing to give her a chance. But I found her delivery flat, insincere, insulting, and intensely grating on my nerves.

    September 4, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  6. Jean, CANADA

    Let's ex-beauty pagent winner...with a undergraduate degree in jounalism...who does not believe in global warming...who does believe a woman should have no control over her own body and for 9 months should be viewed as nothing more than a baby container...who's main attributes seem to be stubborness and vicious competiveness... who has had next to no experience in goverment...who has a currently very messy family situation given that she had recently given birth to a downs syndrome baby, has a 17 year old daughter who is unwed and pregnant and is facing investigation for using her political office to smear her ex-brother-in-law and get him fired (he is in a custody battle with her sister)...who seems to be in bed with big oil...who is running for VP...whose running mate is 72 and is a cancer survivor...who has no foreign policy background and in fact has only been out of the country twice...who may become President of the country I love at a time when it faces the most complex foreign policy issues, economic issues and domestic issues it has in decades...Why does this sound like a totally unbelievably bad novel????


    OBAMA 08, 12 the TRUTH

    September 4, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  7. Chad

    Gov. Palin and Mayor Giuliani hit the nail on the head in their speeches. It's about time somebody took on Obama and highlighted his do-nothing platform. The liberal media sure won't do it kissing up to Obama any chance they can. I'm sure the liberal nuts who've been commenting on this page will be upset but it's the truth. P.S. to CNN: Please try to get some objective commentators on your programs, I mean c'mon how much can we really continue to stomach loons like Roland Martin and Campbell Brown and Wolf shaking their Obama pom-poms night after night. CNN is dangerously becoming a joke like MSNBC.

    September 4, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  8. Nate

    Guiliani's insulting, denigrating, demeaning, condescending and marginalizing comments about Obama tonight will lead to a solid Obama victory. The Republican Party is truly the party of yesteryear, a fringe and tattered relic of the past, emboldened by the hatred of its membership toward "real" change. This is what happens when oppressors and opportunists refuse to give up power and control. All said.

    September 4, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  9. petra

    Let's see...what sort of world do I want to raise my kids...a positive, can do, let's find our commonality world of Obama/Biden, or a dark, fearful, divisive mean world, where community service and serving others is bad, ala McCain/Palin.

    Up until tonight, I didn't realize how clear the choices were.

    September 4, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  10. cc

    At points during Guliani's speech, I was concerned for Obama's physical saftey. I was just waiting for some of the delegates to form a mob and storm out of the convention with the intention of finding Obama,a rope and tall tree. The look in some of these peoples eyes was frightening. These Repugnant attending tonights event seem more than willing to lap up whatever flavour of Repuglican kool-aid was being served to them. Good speech by Pallin, but I am not sure this will change the election outcome.

    September 4, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  11. Tina

    Gloves off. If she wants to run with the big dogs. When she debates, I hope she can take it like a man. Do not tip toe around this woman. She's not gracious, she's insulting. Take her to the matt. And if anyone complain that the big boys was too hard on the little eitty bitty pitbull woman, hey equal rights. She came out swinging like an ediot.

    Take her down.

    Not a kind word for anyone except the guy (mccain) who doesn't even believe in women rights.

    September 4, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  12. amy

    what a difference between this week's convention and last week's. WOW. Last week i saw what looked like the America I see every day–diverse and inspiring. But this week I saw a sneering, sarcastic and mocking America devoid of diversity. What a depressing night of TV.

    So being a community organizer is supposed to be a BAD thing? Rural is better than urban? And these are the people who are supposed to lead ALL AMERICA? Are you kidding me?

    I was hoping for the same inspiration I saw last week and saw NONE of it. Just a sea of smug faces that all looked alike.

    The GOP is going down in flames this year. This convention confirms this for me. They have nothing good or true to offer anymore. Just mean nasty divisive ways. Yuck. I am officially through with them.

    September 4, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  13. fafa


    September 4, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  14. News for "Astrid"

    Uhm...sorry Astrid but Governor Palin is running for VICE president and not everyone enjoys seeing a person deliver 40 minutes of one liners slamming another serious candidate. If that was all it took Robin Williams could be the president with Don Rickles as his VP. Running a country isn't about punching back hard, it is about governing.

    September 4, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  15. nana

    She is a pit bull who cannot be trusted and will do more damage than Bush has.

    September 4, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  16. Hussein Means Handsome

    Talk about putting lipstick on a pig. McCain's campaign has been off the rails from the beginning and it's still a piece of work. I can't believe there are people willing to support this campaign.

    September 4, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  17. Spin Factor

    She voted against the "Bridge to Nowhere" only after she voted for the "Bridge to Nowhere".

    September 4, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  18. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    I am NOT buying it.

    Sarah Palin was EXTREMELY condescending and dismissive of Obama's entire life achievements. She basically called him a "nothing" over and over again.

    How is that supposed to impress anyone who still doesn't even know who SHE is yet?

    She was very sarcastic and downright MEAN throughout her speech. It was shameful.

    I hope the McCain campaign doesn't continue to play the sexism card after tonight. No one has been more brutal than Sarah Palin.

    September 4, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  19. Rita

    It seems that I remember a woman saying a while ago, that she was going to clean house in the Congress when she was made Speaker, well, Nancy, with a 9% approval for a do nothing Congress, I guess Sara is just going to have to show you how you really clean house!
    Go Sara Palin, you go girl!

    September 4, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  20. Peter (CA)

    Harry Reid made a stupid, stupid remark. Hillary should be made majority leader.

    That being said, Palin has now opened herself up to all of the criticism that she will get from the Democrats. The Republicans can't hide behind the "sexism" door anymore. They want to play dirty, then everything becomes fair game.

    September 4, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  21. joe


    You are a moron. I am not surprized that you think the fourth estate should smack Sarah Palin down. They basically are the press secretaries for Obama. Very intresting that you would use the term smack when referring to a women. It pretty much explains your disposition. As far as Harry Reid, he is the most ineffective and worse Majority leader in the history of the Senate. It is ubvelieveable that he would say we have lost the war in Irag, said simply for political advantage. this man is disgusting and represents the Democratic Party well.

    September 4, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  22. PT

    Supply and Demand. If the people of this country continue to demand simple us against them attitudes, soundbites, character attacks as a way to campaign for public office, then that's what we will get. Shame on the politicians who cater to the lowest denominator with divisive rhetoric. It's not about pro life or pro choice; pro gun or gun control. It's about driving down teenage pregnancies and reducing violence in our culture. From what I saw of Palin, she will appeal to those who think life is black and white. That solving complex problems is just about yes or no. The same people who don't understand why oil prices are up and simply blame it on the Saudis. God help America.

    September 4, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  23. Chris

    Last week's convention inspiring? The hollywood set greek columns and fireworks made my stomach turn. Is this what our country is turning to? I'm tired of zero solutions... pretty words read off a teleprompter. Tonight I saw a no nonsense, refreshing authenticity. The Dems are worried and should be.

    September 4, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  24. Cathy

    This woman is as pathetic as McBush. She has been in office for only 20 months and is already under investigation for corruption. She will cost the taxpayers of her state $95,000 to defend her. She also has the nerve to parade her teenage pregnant daughter and her dropout of school boyfriend around like this is something to be proud of. The Republicans should be ashame! They made a bad choice and are trying their best to cover it up. Enough is Enough! Eight is Enough! It is time for a change in this country. Send these pathetic losers away from Washington once in for all.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 4, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  25. MCJ

    Good lines in the speech, but the whole thing about criticizing someone who turns down certain wealth and moving in elite circles, to go serve and help his fellow man was a mistake I hope Obama exploits to full effect.

    Guliani was awful; mean and nasty and Palin was better at delivering the vitriol, but it was the same nastiness we've been conftonted with since the Clinton's took office. Clearly the republicans aren't uderstanding the somber mood of the country or the desire for real solutions over yet another character attack. They all have compelling stories, but Obama/Biden are offering solutions to deal with problems and McCain/Palin are just criticizing Obama in a personal way.

    September 4, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
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