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. Zen Petersen

    Racing home to see Palin's speech tonight, I listened to Giuliani on NPR with a sick feeling. He was mean, and folks were laughing. He was sarcastic, and folks were cheering. He mocked. I especially hate that.
    That's when I first heard the rips at "Community Organizer."

    Palin was worse. She milked that new hideous talking point through her entire speech. It was as if the world had turned upside down in a week. Suddenly the lofty principles of serving your community and fellow man were something to be mocked. That's even leaving aside for now the ridiculousness, in general, of minimizing what Obama has done/does/inspires others to do.

    The people I know who serve their communities in "organizing" capacities are some of the most caring, selfless, humanitarian people I know. My opinion of Palin and the Republicans has sunk with my heart, as I watched thousands cheer this snide woman on, and TV Talking Heads praised her for a "great" speech.

    September 4, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. Worst Speeches EVER

    WOW. Just WOW. These speeches were filled with garbage. Unbelievable, Rudy and Mitt should be sent to a land far far away from America.

    September 4, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  3. BK

    Didn't someone try that 'shrill' sexist word with Hillary. Harry Reid you might want to talk to your press secretary about that word. Would you say that about a man? Thats not going to work any more.

    September 4, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  4. 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.

    September 4, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  5. Astrid



    SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  6. Honeybee58

    If these Demo men can't take the heat, they need to stay out of the kitchen. Palin will be a formidable opponent and a perfect partner for Pres. McCain.

    September 4, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  7. Mark

    This little lady is a tough skinned hard hitter and the dems won't be able to recover now after this little lady hit the home run as VP contender. She is already a hit and a favorite! I never thought I'd see the day when we would have a female in the Whitehouse but that day is now. McCain has what it takes with his experience and integrity and now with Palin as his VP this election has finally found solid ground and a positive base with the leadership of McCain and Palin our Next President and Vice President of the United States of America!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  8. Tom

    "Shrill" and "sarcastic" are spin-words that don't apply here: listen for yourself and you'll likely come away with "sincere" and "saavy".

    September 4, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  9. mistermister

    Palin's definitely a quick learner, she's learned the tactics of the Bush administration.

    Apparently being a community organizer is a bad thing...

    McCain, more of the same.

    September 4, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  10. BB

    The contrast in the tone between these two conventions is profound. Last week was inspiring and unifying with a lot of discussion on how to move this country forward. What I have heard tonight from the GOP was a lot of anger and blame, not to mention stretching the truth. Americans are growing tired of the devisiveness, and want real solutions and progress.

    September 4, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  11. Kate from Vancouver

    She's a good speaker.

    She didn't have anything to say tho. She's a patsy for the Repubs and I'm sorry for her. She'll be ok though because she's a pitbull with lipstick. She and Juliani should take up extreme wrestling.

    September 4, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  12. Erica, Belmar, NJ

    I agree, Sarah Palin was shrill and sarcastic, without giving voters any information on where she stands on issues. Her speech was self-centered and negative. If the overall high level of negativity that was seen here continues during the campaign, they will be their own worst enemies. The public is done with it.

    September 4, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  13. Amanda

    Christ CNN, talk about falling all over yourself praising this extreme partisan teleprompted speech.

    Of course this will be effective with the republican base, but independents?

    Partisanship is why Washington is so ineffective and has gotten nothing done for the average American and now the Republicans haved clarified that they will continue the partisanship.

    September 4, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. Dee Dee Lynn

    I want to know why you (CNN) are focused on the word "shrill" but you totally ignored all the sexist buttons the delegates at the convention were wearing that said things like "hot vp" and "hot chick." That is sexist. Is it only sexist if it comes from the other side?

    September 4, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  15. Linda

    Would someone please explain to the VP nominee how goverment wo.rks. She dosen't understand how voting works in congress. In order to get things done your party has to be in the majority. Could somebody tell Mike Huckabee how many votes Joe Biden got. You should at least know how to count when you run for president yourself.

    September 4, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  16. Angie in Utah

    Gov. Palin has shown herself to be a hateful, negative person. The Republicans don't have any ideas of their own and are tied to their self-serving, selfish and often corrupt agendas that only benefit the top 3-4% of our country. Sarah herself abuses her power and is a pretty slimey character. Since she and McCain have nothing to offer, all they can do is attack Obama with their slander and fear-mongering. Let's hope people can see through their lies – there is so much at stake!

    September 4, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  17. Taylor

    The use of the word "shrill" seems a touch misogynistic to me. Reid's communications director needs to vet his statements more carefully.

    September 4, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  18. Hillary supporter for Obama

    I liked it when she said that community organizers don't actually do any work. That will go over well with community organizers, I'm sure.

    On the other hand, now that Sarah has shown how "tough" she is and all, I'm sure we won't see any more "whining" about her treatment by the media.

    September 4, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  19. Toni

    To the GOP trolls: McCain and Palin have proven themselves to be WORSE than Bush.

    This is one Independent who will not be voting for them.

    September 4, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  20. ML - California

    Get over yourself Reid – you are not happy unless you have complete control of everything and everybody. The hate and disrespect between the two parties is very sad and that Americans for both parties should show humility. Palin's speech was dynamic; however, there were unnecessary attacks against the Democrats.

    September 4, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  21. Travis

    Can we hear a democratic response that doesn't involve the words "another 4 years of Bush"?

    It could not be further from the truth

    September 4, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  22. M Miller

    Governor Palin has experience with PTA, being a Hockey mom,city council,major, and frist term Alaska Governor all good,but i didn,t hear any foreign policy experience,or any examples of what she has accomplished . Being a female is what she mostly brings.

    September 4, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  23. tiff

    Where are the crickets?

    I have been watching John McCain since 2000. If ever I would vote for a Republican he would've been it but the poor guy shuffled onto the stage of this evening after Palins speech.

    At what point do we discuss age???????

    September 4, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  24. Robert

    She lies, frequently! She supported the bridge to nowhere and then when it got canned she pocketed for her state $250 million of the money that was supposed to go to the bridge. Alaska is one of the leading states for earmarks. As mayor, she hired a Jack Abramoff lobbyist to help get millions in pork barrel earmarks funneled to her city. How is this change? She was the director of Ted Stevens 527 group. The message was also contradictory. She mentioned the word change, but only espoused more of the same. She fits right in with the Bush Republican pose. There is no wondering why the the right wing loves her. She spoke against career Washington politicians. Did she forget good old Johnny McSame has been in Washington for twenty six years. And, unless she thinks as vice president she will set the agenda, then she's buying right into the same old politics as usual.

    September 4, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  25. Shane LBC

    Palin is a joke. I am going to ask when Obama is president to see if he can auction off the war in Iraq on Ebay. She is more useless than McCain. Another puppet for the GOP. They have nothing to say to strengthen their own stance. They only try to tear down the Dems. Thats it! Thats all they do. The weakest party I have ever seen.

    September 4, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
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