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. Annie R.

    I e-mailed Senator McCain's campaign last night and asked him how he could allow such contempt and hate against half or more Americans at his convention to continue and that it not only sickened me but also scared me. I guess their platform is attack liberals in general and Obama specifically.

    September 4, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  2. JC in Michigan

    Seems every move the Republican's make these days is reactionary. Palin is clearly an example of more poor judgment from this tired old party.

    America needs change, America needs to realize that catering to big business and special interests has gotten us in a very deep hole. Greed, not values are driving the Republican party.

    September 4, 2008 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  3. overseas US

    This road the repubs are on one is a very very scary one...
    Country first, unified in fear, war first questions later.

    How can battering someone who just stood up for your daughter, to leave her out of the picture, like this be a Christian value. How is that the moral high road. How can you want those morals to be a reflection of yours?

    That can't be the right way! It simply can't. You can't scare the world in to respecting you. All that does is isolate you. And believe me it will. Just look at what our Dollar, once deeply respected, is worth now. It's play money.

    People laugh at us and crack jokes at our leaders. Should we ignore that over and over again? No let's just stop and thing that maybe, just maybe, the rest of the world is on to something. That maybe the rest of the world isn't stupid/ignorant.
    There are many many countries nowadays that have more freedoms than we do. There are many many countries where the standard of living of the average person is much higher than the American's. There are many countries that have excellent education.
    Many countries don't look up to us anymore but they have to look behind to even see us!

    Let's stop that! Let's get back the respect that the average hard working American deserves.

    Let's not be governed by fear, let's reign by good example, hope and proserity.

    September 4, 2008 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  4. Laurie

    What else can a Democrat say? They were shredded last night because they are voting for a man who has no track record....has no "change" that he can prove in his actions.

    Guess What Democrates.....Even Hitler was a great orator and charismatic....and he did bring about change.

    September 4, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  5. Dee

    Wake up America
    Here come the Repiglican Peas
    Bush's PUPPET & PARROT
    Wake up America
    Vote Obama/Biden

    September 4, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  6. Ndalio

    Politics is about policies
    Madam say what you will do to better the lives of American rather than indulging in old dirty politics or yesterday!
    Personal attacks aren't going to fuel our cars nor are they going to rescue our houses...
    Get better adviser madam

    September 4, 2008 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  7. Jud

    I could barely stomach watching the RNC robots in the crowd eating up every word spoken last night by Rudy, Mitt, and Sarah. The speeches were nothing but lies & personal attacks. Palin stated AS A FACT tonight that everyone's taxes will go up. Palin stated AS A FACT tonight that Obama will meet with heads of state sponsored terrorism. THESE ARE NOT FACTS, THEY ARE LIES AND MISREPRESENTATIONS. I'm surprised they didn't bring up Reverend Wright....but hey the convention isn't over yet. It's almost scary that people will listen to rhetoric like this and just take it on good faith that these candidates will serve them well. Don't they learn? Well No, a lot of them don't. The voters of this country voted for a 2nd Bush term. If that's possible, so is an Obama defeat. Democrats: We need to do whatever it takes to get record numbers of voters this year. Hillary Supporters: This is not your gal!!! Vote Obama in November!

    September 4, 2008 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  8. Ruthie, Stone Mountain GA

    I have worked in community service for many years and I am proud of it. How can anyone belittle organizations that work to make people lives better. We don't get paid to do what we do and funds are hard to come by. We save our communities tax payers dollars and help out in areas the government does'nt. I am at a lost for words. Community service is hard work and we do it with a smile.

    September 4, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  9. Sarah Palin lacks Lacks Substance

    Once again the Media is buying to some loud mouth fantasy call speech. This woman open her mouth and read off a prepared speech that has NO Substance, only stupid talking point against Obama. I have never seen anything like this. How can CNN and the other media call this powerfull. This lady voice shrieks and shrill and
    she sounded more like a cheerleeder than a rounded well educated
    well informed speaker. Showing out silly contrast to herself with her being a Mayor with Obama being a Community Organizer isvery
    junior. That job is what gives Obama the ability to do this jobe so well. Obama showed the World how to run a successfull, well orgganized, campaign. Obama choose that job because of his heart to help the under privliledge he could have chose an high profile job. for this lady to used this against him showed how out of touch she is. The democrat last week showed us a campaign that has tons of substance. The republican showed us this week a campaign that has ZERO PLans, just more worthless stupid talk, talk talk. This is a big JOKe. Sarah Palin is no HIlLLARY. Send her back to take care of her children and grandchildren. They need her more than American. American needs SUBSTANCE. Obama and Biden will provide that in abundant. There is no stopping them now.

    September 4, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  10. tws1906

    The RNC...McCain...Palin...speeches...contradictions...nasty words...Obama Putdown Convention is what it should be called. Palin preaches experience and reform...she is not the on to lead.


    September 4, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
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    September 4, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  12. TEL

    She had nothing to say and was just mean-spirited. And, no offense, but 10 minutes about her family on a major national speech was just silly and shows that there no substance.

    Palin is a bad choice and as the real vetting continues, more surprises will come out. It is hard understand why Mitt did not the VP spot.

    I'll be voting for Obama.

    September 4, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  13. Deb, Allentown, PA

    I thought Huckabee was the best, least sarcastic speaker of the night.

    The smirks and putdowns, not on anything concrete, just personal attacks by Romney, Guiliani and Palin will play well to the Republicans. Remember...they're the "me, me, me GOP". The thought of someone giving up the big bucks to go be a community organizer is as foreign to them as a Plutonian. The rest of us appreciate the sacrifice that Obama made to take that job.

    Palin was a journalism major. Did we really think it would be a stretch for her to READ someone else's remarks? Maybe she should give some pointers to Carly Fiorina. Her speech was so boring I wanted to pull my hair out.

    September 4, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  14. s.positive

    Mcsame and puddle palin will lose this election and there is nothing the hypocitical gop base can do about it. Thank God finally they are losing, she missed a great opportunity just like her aged master will tonight...

    September 4, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  15. Ann

    She did not give me one reason to change my mind. Said nothing about how she's going to help ME AND MY FAMILY!!

    Thanks McCain, you handed the election over by choosing her.

    September 4, 2008 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. LInda from NC

    I am disgusted with the republic convention. Nothing about issues just a slam Obama party. They say her family is off limits except when they want to parade them out for photo ops. My daughter better hold on to her cheerleading mom position thats a qualification for her to be VP one day

    September 4, 2008 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  17. Mikey

    No surprise at all that this mornings headlines at CNN are loaded with anti-GOP stories. Regardless that the convention was dynamic and inspiring. The bias continues.

    September 4, 2008 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  18. Melton

    All I hear is attacks on the credibility of Obama. Where are the Republican plans for change. It is sad to hear a bunch of bickering with no after another....Republicans have had their chance for the last eight years..they screwed up! It's time to give someone else a chance to do better.

    September 4, 2008 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  19. John

    The politics of stupidity. After 8 years in which the GOP has destroyed civil liberties, wrecked a booming economy, invaded a country that posed no threat, lost Osama Bin Laden (while the Bush family does business with them), destroyed the reputation of America for generations to come, created a concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay, doubled the price of oil, all Palin can come up with is load od prevarication and empty sarcasm. Frankly, anyone who voted for Bush, especially twice, is not fit to vote. I weep for America, how stupid and shallow have we become...

    September 4, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  20. 2dog

    GO SARAH !!!!!!!! Judging from the reaction from most of the posts here you've got the roaches nervous and scattering!! GREAT job.

    September 4, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  21. JamesDuck

    She is brilliant!

    Now I have no question about voting for Palin/McCain

    Obama is corrupt and arrogant and will never get my vote.

    Palin/McCain the real thing.

    Democrat for Palin/McCain

    September 4, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  22. Samina Hayaat

    After watching her speech, I have started believing Democrats that repulicans are bringing more of the same and Mccain is in fact Mcbush ,an extension of George W. Bush.

    She bring same wileness, arrogance and meanness which characterized George Bush and Dick Cheny.

    If I were to believe trooper gate then She is same as Cheneny to use public office for personal and ideological reason.

    These are serious times and we cannot afford four more years of Bush.

    September 4, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  23. David Johnson

    The media especially the so called political experts at cnn are trouble makers. You are not seving the public well with the way you flame and start truoble.
    You and the others encouraged this mess that we are in, including the Iraq war. You are always trying to score a point irrespective of the damage that you will do.
    You out to be ashamed of yourself. Try for once to be objective!

    September 4, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  24. pan

    5am bar times and unrestricted concealed weapons that is what she fired the wasilla police chief over he wanted to curtail the drunks with guns.
    those are some real bedrock values that will land with a THUD! in des moines peoria sacramento grand rapids carson city, to name a few
    sarah STANDS UP for drunks with guns.
    obviously no one vetted this women is the smallest way

    September 4, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  25. Concerned

    I am so saddened by what i saw tonight from the speeches at the Republican Convention. Absolutely NO soul or substance from any of the so-called "leaders" of this country. The empty, sarcastic, and hateful words that came out of these people disgusts me. I have never seen such a fake demonstration of a political party trying to convince the public that they are ready to lead this country. The negativity and pompous display of opinion and power shown tonight is why we have lost our respect and standing in the world today. If the attitudes displayed tonight are a true reflection of the United States of America, then we are a truly LOST nation.

    September 4, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
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