September 5th, 2008
07:02 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain, Palin pledge to 'break some china' in Washington

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caption="McCain and Palin are stumping on a ‘maverick’ message."] STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan (CNN) - At a large rally in Michigan on Friday, his first day campaigning after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain promised to upend the Washington status quo, arguing that the Democratic ticket doesn't have the chops to do so.

"That's why this ticket is the ticket to shake up Washington, because Sen. Obama doesn't have the strength to do it," McCain said. "He has never bucked his party on any issue. Never. If you want real reform, if you want real change, send the one's who've actually done it. Send the team of mavericks who aren't afraid to go to Washington and break some china."

Introducing McCain, running mate Sarah Palin boasted, "There is only one man in this election who has every really fought for you, and that man is John McCain."

Palin offered another call to turn Washington upside down.

"I came to office promising major ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing, and today that ethics reform is the law and that's what we're going to bring to Washington," she said.

Palin again told the tale of how she put her predecessor's luxury jet up for sale on eBay. Although she did initially offer the plane up for auction on the web, there were no takers, and it was ultimately sold off through a private broker.

At the beginning of her remarks, the Alaska governor played to her "hockey mom" persona by holding up a Detroit Red Wings jersey in front of the boisterous crowd. She also thanked Michiganders for hosting her son Track when he was a senior in high school - Palin said he spent part of that year playing hockey just outside of Kalamazoo.

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  1. Ted:Canada


    I think people are confused!!!

    In his speech he made 56 statements against the current Republican government hence we are not sure what party McCain stands for??? His reference to “change” and “fight” and “maverick” translate into a question mark for many Republicans who see their party disintegrating. In short he is talking about changing the people in power which are Republicans. This is very schizophrenic.

    I think his speech actually helped the Democrats make the point that the current Republican government has failed. Bizarre!!!!

    September 5, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Alberto

    I would like to ask as to why Mrs. Palin daughter's boyfriend has NOT been charged with having intercourse with and impregnating a minor.
    Is it legal to have sexual relations with minors in Alaska?

    September 5, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Seattle Sue

    This comming from McCain a Senator that voted with George W. Bush 90 to 95% of the time last year. This would be funny if it was not so sickining .

    September 5, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Shiv from NC

    Obama won the nomination so he can do whatever he wants with it. Im sick of these hillary supporters talking about being "betrayed" because she was not chosen for VP. They are voting for mccain just to "get back" at obama and its rediculous, they should be ashamed of themselves, and they should not vote at all

    September 5, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    We need the media to do their job and put these people's records under scrutiny. I am tired of journalist and pundits letting these campaign people spout blatantly false talking points without correcting them on the facts.

    I'm tired of politics being about clever lines and sarcasm....

    September 5, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. KofTX

    We need the media to do their job and put these people's records under scrutiny. I am tired of journalist and pundits letting these campaign people spout blatantly false talking points without correcting them on the facts.

    I'm tired of politics being about clever lines and sarcasm....

    September 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. John - Brooklyn NY

    Two times zero STILL equals ZERO!

    September 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Festus, Montana

    Sarah Palin reminds me of a cult follower who needs to be deprogrammed. The only thing missing is a basket of flowers and a pair of Birkenstocks. John McCain should be ashamed of himself for exploiting this woman.

    September 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Sarah's a celebrity, But is she ready to lead?

    Now the republicans have someone that gave one good speech that was written for her and she is READY TO LEAD? Yet Barack writes most of his own speeches and is better than anybody at speeches and he is ridiculed and called an empty celebrity. Gotta love GOP hypocrisy!

    September 5, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. dee

    McCain did not know about the skeletons in Palin's closte, in order to safe face he stands by her side, as long as the the public is gungho with that extremist woman, Republicans will support her. Once some more bad news come up, they will drop her like a hot potatoe and they will come up with a story why she had to give up her spot as VP. The mostlikely reason will be something related to family, since she is projecting to be so family oriented.

    September 5, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. MBFLA

    Maybe she can explain why Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are under
    conservatorship in this wonderful Republican economy! Give it a shot Sarah!

    September 5, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Renee

    I just listened to Michael Moore on Larry King. If you listened to him answer King's questions, you would never vote for McCain/Palin, regardless of your opinion of Moore. "The Fleecing of America". Regular folks are suffering. These people really don't care about us. Sen Obama is a fresh change. Just like Mr. Moore says, if he is elected President and you don't like what he does, then vote him out in 4 years. Someone else should be the chance. We cannot be happy with the last 8 years unless you are rich.

    September 5, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Kelley

    Obama who???

    September 5, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. welches, oregon

    well, I don't know about all this back and forth. But one thing I do know for certain and you do too. Obama voted against the Iraq war, McCain voted for it and Palin wasn't qualified to vote on it. The Iraq war is directly related to the downturn of our economy – the rising food prices – my god Milk was over $5 in my local grocery store, and no one has to talk about gas prices. Now ask yourself – who had the better judgment on this issue? One hundred million dollars a day goes to Iraq.

    Imagine what we can accomplish when that money is in our own country? I

    September 5, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. Alaska Republican for Obama/Biden

    Don't let gun toting soccer Mom pit-bull in lipstick fool you lower 48... you cross her and she'll squish you like a bug. Want more debt than Bush handed you? You got it with her. Want your civil rights thrown out the window? You got with her and her heavies. You'll be the wolf – out getting food for your family and she'll be up there in her helicopter with her shotgun... Think carefully. Do your research. You vote her and the old man in and you'll cry yourself to sleep a night wishing for the good ole' days of Bush and Cheney.

    September 5, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Kent D

    You put lipstick on it and it is still a pig

    Go for McCain, Get more of the Same, Right down the Drain

    September 5, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  17. Trasa, TX

    May you Repugs right, Obama could be full of it. But what I find funny is that, he was the one that initially spoke to the people about working across the, changing the way politics work from the beginning of this election. When other candidates realized what a powerful message he was speaking, all of a sudden, the others start singing his tune. Now McBush and Palin are talking about change, excuse me, they using reform now. Everytime Obama says something like we need to set a time table, we need to set diplomacy first with our enemies, the Repugs mimick. I don't know about you guys, but sounds like the one who is experienced, is the one the others keep following. I'll take my chances and stick to Obama!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 5, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Mc Plane

    They're planning to set a new record for the largest # of Lies before, during & after a campaign.. 😛

    September 5, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Laughing

    When I read that Sarah never did sell the jet on disappointed me very much that she would stand on the podium and tell us she had. What a LIAR!!!!!

    If she were in court, the Judge would say any story she spoke would not be trusted!

    Yes, Sarah is an excellent speeker and I really enjoyed listening to her
    speach. She does have charism with style but I no longer believer what she says.

    September 5, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  20. Anna SW Missouri

    I am much more concerned about the fact that Palin cut the budget for programs for special needs children in Alaska by 60% than worrying about the china!

    The press needs to investigate this since she is pledging to be an "Advocate" for special needs children. She and McCain talk about cutting spending, but this is not the area to do it. We need answers from Sarah Palin about this.

    If we are going to elect her as a Vice President we have the right to ask questions about her record. That is why we have the right to a free press as it states in the constitution.

    September 5, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. hicktick

    McCain has done it, he is allready too old and bitter to be pres. If he got in it would just be a matter of time before some country feels his wrath ,for being a POW. HE will go after someone just like little Bush went after saddam, for threats against , his daddy.Fight and war is all you hear from a man that looks like a corpse to me . VP Palin , went to five colleges in six years, has a degree in jounrnalism, could take over if needed , what a joke, ITS THE ECONOMY STUPID, I will vote demo. for first time in my life.

    September 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  22. Sarah Palin = Phyllis Schlafley

    Where is all the discussion about the fact that the United States is now official acknowledged as being second behind China in economic matters......almost to be third behind even INDIA?

    Where is talk about ending the wars that have our fiscal hands tied behind our backs?

    What in heck is going on in America during this election?

    It is all about moose, eBay selling (or not) airplanes, family marital battles, MAVERICKS?

    Wasn't Hitler a maverick?

    Why do we NEED mavericks in Washington? Running our lives?


    September 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. Angela

    Republican's told the truth on a hot mic that Palin was a gimmick.

    Imagine, they are hiding her from the press because they are worried about making a mistake!!!

    If that's true then imagine if she is just one heart beat from the president? Crazy gimmick!!!

    September 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  24. Sherry

    Hey, now wait a minute. Let's get something striaght here. Didn't anyone tell you the truth? Everyone voted with the president 90% of the time, not juct McCain. Don't you guys check anything out for yourselves? Man, how gullable can one get? This is politics people, spin, spin, spin. Stop acting like kids and verify, verify, verify!

    September 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. Mc Plane

    Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, twice registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a fierce states' rights group that wants to turn all federal lands in Alaska back to the state. Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska Division of Elections, said Todd Palin twice registered under the Alaskan Independence Party — in 1995 and 2000. Some members of the party have advocated secession from the United States, Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, who told ABC News that Palin and her husband, Todd, belonged to the radical party in 1994.
    The BIG LIE about Palin selling the Govenors Jet for a Profit on Ebay is A BIG LIE. I was sold at a $600,000.loss to a Republican Campaing contributor in a private sale not on Ebay.

    September 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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