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. John Jeryy

    It was an ugly speech for someone who has been complaining about sexism. She wants to eat her cake and have it! I am one of the few people who think those who cannot run their household should not be president. And when your 17 year old daughter is pregant, 4 months after you have delivered, you have issues.

    September 4, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  2. michael

    Keep up the attacks on her. I was going to sit out the election. But now, game on...

    The more you attack, the more you motivate voters. Keep up the good work!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  3. Attacks

    We heard these attacks for the last 8 years. It would be nice if they can talk about the mistakes that were made by the government and how they plan on cleaning it up. We hear the attacks, tell us what you are going to do for the people. Defend McCain's record on the issues.
    We see that Bush had the experience as a governor. It didn't help him as president. If people get off on the attacks, go look at a reality show. Oh, I guess we see the premier tonight.

    September 4, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  4. Pgoody

    Last week the Dems were downright deferential in their treatment of Sen. McCain and the level of nastiness at the GOP convention is disheartening.  This country is facing serious issues and Democrats and Republicans are going to have to come together to solve them. As Obama stated those soldiers fighting for their country don't care about red state or blue state and this type of divisive rhetoric belittles their sacrifice.  I just really feel that if McCain wins, nothing will be accomplished. Their speeches were so filled with invective and polarizing rhetoric that we would be looking at gridlock for the next four years.  Our enemies are abroad, not in opposing political parties.  But clearly the Republicans see this country in stark terms:  us versus them.

    September 4, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  5. dscruz


    September 4, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  6. JustWantChange

    Her whole speech was completely filled with low blows and sarcastic comments. Just proves that this duo has nothing better to do than spend money and time on coming up with a speech that is full of nothing but meaningless comments. Yes, she has the freedom to say whatever she pleases, as Obama an Biden do, but I wish the McCain Camp would just stick to the real issues. Obama and Biden seem to have much more going for them, and after Palins speech last night they definaly have the upper hand and took the higher road. May the best win.

    September 4, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  7. FA

    I am not an American but taking keen interest in this election. Her comment about community organizer shows she is ignorant of the sufferings of todays strugling low and middle income American families and the value they give to the selfless services they receive from community organizers. Her life experience in a secluded and relatively afluent environment did not give her the exposure of real life America. She is out of touch and ignorant about her ignorance.

    September 4, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  8. Sue from Texas

    All Palin did tonight was show that she can read a speech written for her by G.W. Bush's former speech writer. I'm still waiting to find out WHERE DOES SHE STAND ON THE ISSUES??!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  9. Cousins

    andyW, McCain IS Bush's cousin, and 8 years of cousin Bush and mcCain is enough.

    September 4, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  10. Spike

    You may not care for her politics, but she knocked it out of the park with the speech. I was impressed with her, her speech and the fact that we now have a closer election. Harry Reid, keep up that sexiest stuff from your staffers and Hillary may be the next Senate majority leader after the McCain/Palin ticket wins.

    Originally this was the Democrats year, but a President without Executive experience and little Senate experience is a huge liability. Hopefully this election doesn't come down to chads in some state.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  11. Dave, Santa Barbara CA

    She's an outsider?

    Isn't this the rancorous manner of the beltway, just less civil?

    September 4, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  12. USMC

    Here is something to think about. When 72 year old McCain goes to the hospital and is in there for a long time, if elected. Then Palin would be sworn in. What is her qualifications to be in charge of the 5 branches of our military. And by the way, do you think Iran, China, Russia, and Bin Laden are thinking about this also. Republicans be careful what you ask for. We as a country need stability and leaders that foreign leaders recognize. I know the electoral college sees this, I am one!

    September 4, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  13. Jason

    When will they just admit defeat? I want to see a poll taken on the net, through cell phones, text and land lines. Then you'll see the we 18-30 voters aren't so inclinded to McCain. It's ok, I'd pay to be in the room with McCain and Palin as the numbers post November 4th.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  14. Lynn in NM

    Shrill and sarcastic? Is that what you call Nancy Pelosi? I do. Are you afraid of her Mr. Reid? Afraid that she will come into Washington and make both you and Ms. Pelosi look foolish? Oh wait, no one can do that but yourselves. You're doing a fine job.

    September 4, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  15. Hilary B

    I wasn't at all impressed. After crying so much about being attacked she turns around and does the same thing, and then wants to brag about being called a barracuda and a pitbull with lipstick. She should have just stuck with the issues.

    September 4, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  16. Zach Tyo

    This is what sucks about politics. Elections are only about bashing the other guy over and over again. If we could only stick to the issues oh what a wonderful world it would be.

    I never agree'd with Palin from the start, but the fact she's being attacked for her "attacks" is laughable. What's sad is that this is how our next administration will be decided; by who makes the other guy look bad.

    September 4, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  17. Carol Michigan

    Shrill is not the word for it. I couldn't keep the hair on my back from standing straight up! Five minutes of listening to "The Baracuda" was enough for me.

    September 4, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  18. Lee from FL

    she is a good speaker BUT where is the beef?
    and im not talking about her beef with Barack!

    I have come to the conclusion that Palin and Juliani are republican EXTREMIST!
    Dangerous for America!

    September 4, 2008 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  19. Jason from Tucson

    Good on her, that was a great speech. And if Sen. Reid didn't like, I couldn't care less. He is as irrelevant as the rest of the Dems he leads in the Senate.

    September 4, 2008 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  20. Foreign observer

    Pittbull, Barracuda, reckless. This is the kind of politicians we know already. They are unable to improve things and improve the world. Either you agree or they are trying to kill you. No compromise. The world will oppose such attitudes !

    September 4, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  21. raquel

    to all those soaring from high gas prices, pay attention, sarah is your key to better economy, she has the key to the state of oil, what key does obama/biden hold

    September 4, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  22. Ike

    I just thought that it was wrong to talk down on Obama's service as community organizer. Serving our communities in such capacity is commendable and should be encouraged and not belittled. Obama has led by example by performing a selfless service; he should be recognized for it.

    September 4, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  23. Mike

    I was all for this team until I heard her hate mongoring crap. What a let down. Funny, I thought it was going to be about a reason to vote for someone. What a jerk I was . Palin the Parrott

    September 4, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  24. GS

    With her family falling apart, this mean spirited woman should be at home! This convention was typical of the Republicans, very divisive and mean spirited, yet they pride themselves as being the moral majority. I'm proud to say the Democrats took the high road. Spare this country and me this group!

    September 4, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  25. Steve

    I would believe that the Republican speeches praising our military were sincere had they not dumped on Viet veteran Sen. John Kerry in 2004. For that matter, the very Republican leaders who support McCain now told us he was unstable when he ran against Bush in 2000.

    September 4, 2008 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
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