September 17th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin calls Obama's economy attacks 'unfair'

Gov. Palin discussed the economy Wednesday in her second television interview with a major national media outlet.

Gov. Palin discussed the economy Wednesday in her second television interview with a major national media outlet.

(CNN) - Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin said Wednesday it was unfair of Barack Obama to attack John McCain after the Arizona senator said the fundamentals of the economy remain strong hours after a major investment bank filed for bankruptcy protection.

“Well, it was an unfair attack on the verbiage that Senator McCain chose to use because the fundamentals, as he was having to explain afterwards, he means our workforce, he means the ingenuity of the American people. And of course, that is strong and that is the foundation of our economy," Palin said in an interview with Fox News, her second sit-down with a reporter since being named to the Republican presidential ticket nearly three weeks ago.

“Certainly it is a mess though, the economy is a mess," Palin also said. "And there have been abuses on Wall Street and that adversely effects Main Street."

Less than 12 hours after the announcements banking giant Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and Merrill Lynch was being sold, John McCain told a Florida crowd, "People are frightened by these events - our economy, I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong."

The Obama campaign immediately pounced on the comment. McCain said later in the day the strength he was referring to was that of the "American worker."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Economy • John McCain • Sarah Palin
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  1. Grace Corcoran

    Palin said, when asked about the AIG bailout, “disappointed that taxpayers are called upon to bailout another one.” “Certainly AIG, though, with the construction bonds that they’re holding, and with the insurance that they are holding, very, very impactful to Americans,” she said “So you know the shot that has been called by the feds, its understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one.”

    Can anyone explain the above quote to me? It wasn't too impactful to me.

    September 17, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. Credit Card Republicans

    I dont know wether to laugh or cry.She should stick to moose hunting.

    September 17, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. American

    --------TROOPER GATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!------------

    September 17, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Tim

    No one buys the explanation that McCain meant the American worker. Not surprising that the McCain camp is trying to twist his own words to make Obama's criticism seem anti-American. Lame.

    September 17, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. Alexis

    Sarah, congratulations. You have completely energized us here in California. We are volunteering for Obama in droves, calling voters in Michigan, Ohio and Colorado, and organizing bus trips to Las Vegas. In two short months we will never hear from you again.

    September 17, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. Dylan

    Errrr....Wrong again Palin. McCain has a track record here of voting against regulation (3 times), selecting Gramm as his top economic advisor whom labeled Americans as whimpy complainers and yet another gaffee McCain made previously about not knowing much about the economy.

    Palin is very cute and great-looking lady. But that doesn't mean she is qualified to be President if McCain gets health problems again.

    September 17, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. The Fab One

    The attacks aren't fair, Governor? Like all the lies you've levied against Sen. Obama? Well, LIFE isn't fair, you piece of garbage, you're in the big leagues now. Deal with it.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Why is no one questioning the affiliations with the Alaska separatist party? I thought this matter was settled with the civil war. So why is the Palin family supporting these views? How will that play out as she is running for VP of a country that some in Alaska want to separate from?

    September 17, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. Kristen

    Is it sexist too? She's such a whiner, and the thought of her potentially inheriting the economic mess that her party created scares me to death. I've been thinking about having kids, but I can honestly say that if the GOP wins this election, I will not want to bring a human life into this mess of a world that they will only make worse. The GOP's had its shot and blew it. Obama has been right on the economy the entire time. In early 2006, Obama personally wrote the Fed Reserve to request a face-to-face with Bernanke to discuss his concerns over a reckless real estate market. Obama saw the problem 3 years ago. McCain didn't see it until Monday. It will be a tough task for anyone to fix this mess, but history has shown that the Democrats are FAR better with economic issues than the GOP. Were it not for FDR, a Democrat, America would look like the Ukraine. OBama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  10. Paul

    I am scared of what this country is fast becoming......
    These fools that want to stick with Palin/Mcain are sick in the head!!!!
    Despite ALL the pain and suffering of the last 8 yrs these idiots still want more of the same........

    September 17, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Eric

    Can any of you Dems have an original thought?

    September 17, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. CarolO McBain MI

    Sarah, please go away!

    September 17, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  13. Matt

    "On behalf of our clients, we respectfully ask that you withdraw the subpoenas directed to our clients and thereby relieve them from the circumstance of having to choose where their loyalties lie."

    I thought their loyalties were supposed to lay with "country first." One just might...might...opine that the integrity of the executive branch is a paramount concern. But hey, at least their not claiming executive privilege outright like Bush, just dancing around it.

    September 17, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  14. McShame and Sarah LieAlot

    I sooooo could not take 4 years of you two. I am unbelievably sick to death of you ALREADY.

    September 17, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. MW Georgia

    Guess !!! who is the most qualified person to be president. Is it not ironic that McSame picked a vp candidate that he did not properly vet. Then the Obama team had to go to the state of Alaska to vet McSame's vp pick for him. What does that tell the American people. And now that she is vetted all kind of dirty little things have surfaced. It took the clear thinking Obama machine to vet McSame,s vp pick for him. This is a process that has to be thought out carefuly. Not by some jump the gun Maverick. Think American people before you vote.

    September 18, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  16. VCC

    CNN and all the talking heads who can't really give a good explanation for not supporting Obama are not facing reality. It is because of his heritage that anyone who actually supported Hillary will switch to support McCain. Let's face it America, this is a very racist society. Some of these bloggers are saying things like Obama scare me! Isn't that what a lot of white women claim about black men. I am willing to bet the farm that CNN will not post this comment!

    September 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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