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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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Keith

    After eight years of misleading, mistreatment and mismanagement by the Republicans I CAN'T WAIT for John and Sarah to step in and give us four years of Republican misleading, mistreatment and mismanagement. It'll be a real change being led by a tough warrior and lovely sidekick (Sarah and John, and in that order...)

    September 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. eric

    The accusations about Palin are false. People are so desperate. She wasn't part of any extreme party to succeed . Sarah Palin supports sex ed just not explicit sex ed.

    September 5, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Darrell

    Fact Check Bush writer wrote Palins speech for thr RNC (Red Neck Convention) Republican Convention.Yeah thats change !!!!! The only change McCain brings isthat he has changed his campaign strategy from experience to Change which has always been Obamas slogan then McCain changed his campaign strategy to slash ,slander,lies,fear mongering so yeah he changes but offers no change.Once again George W Bush's speech writer wrote Palins speech for their convention and McCain is talking change.Too much !!
    Too much the same.Don't take a 10% chance on McCain

    September 5, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. Mc Plane

    She was elected Alaska 's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a very very small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.

    Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.she supported an Alaskan Constitutional ammendment to ban abortions.
    She is not only pro-life but is involved with — and even steered tax money toward — organizations that give misleading information on abortion.

    She supported right-wing extremist & Nazi sympathizer, Pat Buchanan for
    president in 2000.

    Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
    At one point, Palin supported mandatory education for teenagers about contraception, something that political insiders in both parties will find ironic in the wake of her 17-year-old daughter Bristol’s pregnancy and upcoming 'shotgun' marriage.

    She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.

    She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
    How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

    September 5, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    Hillary is older and wiser than Palin. Palin is a fine woman, but she's too fast in her decision-making. This is not good for the country.

    We rushed to war. Let's not rush to make decisions. Let's not rush to Palin. Biden has a record and Obama will be fine. Obama also has the backings of moderate Republicans, like Wesley Clark.

    I have full faith that Obama will be a lot more stable than Palin. After this reading this column, Obama has my blessings.

    I am actually very conservative like Palin, except I belive in abortion for certain cases.

    September 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. JON


    September 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. Chris from Oklahoma

    Bottom Line=she's been exposed thoroughly.

    As an independent, it is now striking to me how unreliable Pailin and Republicans are and how much more trustworthy Dems are.

    Oh, and by the way, McCain–if you can't get it right between "Walter Reed Middle School" and "Walter Reed Hospital" right for your backrdrop what else are you going to screw up (besides your pick for VP)?

    September 5, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president

    McCain has been part of the "status quo" in Washington for 26 years and it seems like Palin is coming on board easily. How can any intelligent person believe that now since he is running for president he has the right judgment to break from his record of voting for Bush's failed polices 95% of the time. He doesn't have any new ideas nor does he have a vision to solve America's challenges and make the lives of it's people better.

    It's time for the American people to get it right and NOT vote for McCain, instead vote for change. It's time for this country to turn the page and seek a new and better future for ourselves and our children.It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    Obama-Biden team is wiser and stronger to meet and solve the many problems facing America and abroad and to get us out of the hole the McCain-Bush administration has put and kept us in for 8 years.

    September 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Belle1

    Actually, I think McCain is correct.

    Obama rose to his power by NOT making any waves...working with a corrupt political machine in Chicago...he claims he stayed above the fray...then in the Senate, he voted right along party lines 97% of the time.

    Did he buck the Party once in the Senate? NOPE.

    I would rather take the risk on two that have bucked their own Party, than one that has appeased it, didn't make waves, and got in good with the Good Old Leaders.

    September 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |

    Biggest Lie of this Political year is, Obama the First Black Man to be Nominated President, hes not a Black Man hes Bi racial that said he would not play the Race card, Hum want to Buy a Beach home in Arizona?

    September 6, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  11. Sue, NY

    I find it interesting that John McCain thinks that we should believe him that he can shake up washington when the republicans have been in power the last 8 years at the presidential level and 12 of the 14 at the senate/congressional level....I believe he's been in office 26 yrs...not a good track record for him. In addition to that...he has voted with Bush 90% of the his own words....
    There is nothing he can's time to move on and get the republicans out of control for a while.

    September 6, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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