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. nobama

    Listen, can you hear all the scrambling of the liberals running around trying to find cover. What's got them so scared?

    She doesn't need a script, she is a mom, a mother.

    Remember old tricky Billie C was just a Governer too...

    September 4, 2008 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  2. RNCEvilShows

    She did not impress me at all. How could she ? She insulted any and every community activist who has ever shed blood, sweat and tears for any cause. I'm appauled. Not real work ? Tell that to the civil rights workers, women's rights workers and see what the think. She needs to go back to wolf hunting in Alaska.

    September 4, 2008 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  3. Webster

    Well I know they definately wont get the Jewish vote. This nut case believes that Israel deserved to be attacked because they dont believe in Christ and God did it to them. God help this country.

    September 4, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  4. VJ

    So disappointed in Sarah Palin and the Republicans (the professed Christians) that you could expect people to respect your family, yet be so disrespectful other human beings. The Democrats were unifying you were devisive. Tonight I deciced to switch from Republican to Democrat. Americans are fed up with the backbiting and immaturity. Peoples' lives are at stake here.

    September 4, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  5. linditom

    Rickhou......"If putting a town of only 9,000 people in debt 20 million dollars when leaving office as the mayor. Then as a governor putting a jet on ebay is experiences.. I'll stick with Obama."

    Actually when she ran for her second term for mayor of Wasilla in Alaska in 1999, she recieved 909 total votes.

    In 2000 a year later, the population of Wasilla that are over the age of 18 (voting age) was 3,682. Not 9,000. per U.S. Census Bureau

    The actual population in 2000 was 5,469. Which included all residents.

    September 4, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  6. Mike

    John McCain was a prisoner of war.

    ... just in case you didn't hear that Wednesday night.

    September 4, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  7. Paul

    Where I come from, when a pit bull attacks, it's put down.

    September 4, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  8. Filipina

    I prefer the "Community Organizer Man from Chicago and the man from Delaware" thanks....Palin/McSame the USA is not safe from you guys,,,first term you and McOld will be singing "bomb bomb bomb iran, russia,.


    September 4, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  9. Scott of Sydney

    It was not a great speech. Just a good one for the base of her party. No new votes won. Possibly a few lost. A good example is the community organisers of the the world. Bad when such good willed people are mocked. Your country is better than this.

    September 4, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  10. JP

    True Sarah Palin gave a good speech but it had no substance to it. All I heard were cheap shots at Barack Obama. It was distasteful. All I can say is if you want change Obama-Biden 08.

    September 4, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  11. Robert


    Congratulations, to our next VP!

    September 4, 2008 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  12. jackie

    It is sad to see how this woman and her family are being used by the McCain campaign. When in history did republicans start to approve of teenage pregnancy. The fact is they hate Obama so bad, so they used her tonight to spread this venom and hatred. I bet without a doubt, there are many in that party calling her and her family white trash, but they will do anything to win in November. Watching Guiliana was like staring in the face of the devil. He was so ugly. May God have mercy on their soul

    September 4, 2008 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  13. ark

    truthfully, she is a joke, absurd and a McC mouthpiece. fully wreck by GOP. the state will sink further when she returns after losing the election. GOP needs a serious brian surgery by ben carson. the real thing was totally left untouched. the world await america.

    September 4, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  14. Claudia

    I usually vote democrat but I am so angry at the DNC for the sexist treatment of Hillary and now Sara Palin that I don't know if I will ever vote for them again. I was going to just stay home in this election but Harry Reid has just inspired me to actually go vote for McCain. I am sick of the Democratic party taking the votes of women for granted.

    September 4, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  15. Indipendant

    Michelle Obama anyone ? Wake up people they hate America as much as Bush.

    September 4, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  16. Mick

    Just what we need in D.C. another lying, hating, war mongering front man for special interest. Great...

    September 4, 2008 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  17. Dori in AZ

    One more thought. . . Does Palin even know who Harry Reid is? Would she recognize him if he greeted her in person?

    No, probably not.

    September 4, 2008 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  18. Louis

    Sarah Palin is like Michael Steele... another person that the Republican Party throws out there to the media and to the American public just to say, "Hey! Look! We got a woman!" or "We got an African-American!"

    What a pathetic Poltical Party! All they have is 9/11 and war as an answer to everything. We can spend billions on other nations yet can't fund programs here at home. They oppose abortion yet, don't want to help the children living in inner cities or trailer parks here at home.

    Lincoln is turning in his grave... again!

    September 4, 2008 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  19. chris

    haha wow you dems are hilarious your like a bunch of little kids that cant stand to be picked on about your savior and all you can do is say yall are mean when the truth is told straight to your faces pathetic

    September 4, 2008 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  20. Vincent Spaulding

    The Republicans are returning to hate and fear mongering once again. They placed a big wedge in the American public and continue to drive it deeper. McCain and company will not be satisfied until they incite the population to violence and I, for one, will not resist a call to arms.

    September 4, 2008 05:17 am at 5:17 am |

    The Republican game plan of having a candidate that will act like an attack dog while wearing a skirt is suppose to prevent her from being attack is under handed.

    No one is asking the question: If her daughter and her boyfriend are so responsible. Why aren't they all ready married? She is five months pregnant and they aren't married, yet. Why????????????

    September 4, 2008 05:18 am at 5:18 am |

    Well,let me tell you like this. There are very few women that would vote for a woman just because there has never been one as President or VP, Our country is in such a deplorable state right now that we would only vote for a candidate that we feel would be qualified to get our country back on its feet again. We need jobs, we need healt care, we need to bring the prices down where families can afford to put food on their tables and we need to help keep families in their homes. We have a war going on that we need to end.
    We knew that the only viable person of the three candidates was Hillary Clinton. Are we upset because a woman didn't win? No. We are upset because the person that had the best qualifications was told to step aside by her own Party. The DNC. Howard Dean and others totally destroyed the Democratic Party . What they did through the nominating process was a disgrace to our country. Was it sexist or was it they didn't like the Clinton's for personal reasons, who knows
    Now what we have in their is someone that was selected by the DNC with no qualifiications to lead us anywhere. So, will we vote for McCain because there is a woman on his ticket? No, we will vote for McCain because he will be the more qualified. As for Palin, she's from the trenches and she knows and undertands what our country is going through. I think she is definitely a plus to McCain and I believe she will put her heart and soul into this and try to improve conditons and help put America back on top again in the world.

    September 4, 2008 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  23. Jeff

    The speeches tonight made me feel sad and sick about the state of the GOP. The crowd's cheers at each vicious remark about Obama seemed like a medieval mob, insane with bloodlust as they watch animals tear each other to pieces. Where is the respect and decency? How is community organizing in any way something to be belittled? If sane people can't see that we need leaders like Obama who treat others with decency and respect, I fear we are lost. It seems like the GOP will do anything, including abandoning any semblance of humanity, in order to achieve victory. It is really depressing...

    September 4, 2008 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  24. Brooke



    September 4, 2008 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  25. stew in CA

    Obama and Biden blasted McCain, you just cant take what you dish out!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
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