October 1st, 2008
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin: I'm a 'Joe-six pack American'

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SEDONA, Arizona (CNN) - Sarah Palin on Tuesday called herself a “Joe-six pack American” and said that her family has lost $20,000 in the stock market because of the financial meltdown on Wall Street.

Palin made the comments in a radio interview with conservative talker Hugh Hewitt while taking a break from debate prep at John McCain’s ranch in Sedona.

“I know what Americans are going through there,” Palin said on the radio show. “And you know, even today, Todd and I are looking at what’s going on in the stock market, the relatively low number of investments that we have, looking at the hit that we’re taking, probably $20,000 dollars last week in his 401K plan that was hit.

“I’m thinking, ‘Geez, the rest of America, they’re facing the exact same thing that we are. We understand what the problems are.’”

Earlier: Palin takes a dig at Biden's age?

Hewitt asked Palin her reaction to the “extreme hostility” that she has faced from liberals.

“Oh, I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying you know what? It’s time that a normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency, and I think that that’s kind of taken some people off guard, and they’re out of sorts, and they’re ticked off about it,” she said.

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  1. Junebug

    You know Sarah, they really don't need "Joe Six Pack" a step away from the Presidency. They've had that fellow for the last eight years and it hasn't worked out too well. They need someone with a lot of smarts. However, seeing as expectations have been lowered for you so much – that people feel sorry for poor Sarah – I have to say the person I really feel sorry for is Joe Biden. It is an absolute farce that this man, who is running for a serious position, has to debate a clown. (Talk about a mockery of the political system). I truly believe that his only option is not to engage the clown and try and have some meaningful discussion with the moderator.

    September 30, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |

    Price for ticket to Vice President debate party at theater - $0

    Price for Obama yard sign - $8

    Watching Sarah Palin loose every shred of human dignity in front of 80 million people - PRICLESS!

    September 30, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. brian

    I'm done with Joe Six Packs in the White House. We saw where that takes us.

    September 30, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Nicky

    Why should we want to be led by the mediocre?

    September 30, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. john l

    Jane 6 pack is what we DONT need. we need an egghead like obama that knows what hes talking about.

    obama 08

    September 30, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. No Seriously, Go Away GOP

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. You are not Joe Six Pak or an ordinary person, or one of us. You are a part of the GOP, the ones who got us into this awful mess. Please lady, grow a brain. Also, some english lessons wouldn't kill you either.

    September 30, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. cicada99

    "It’s time that a normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency." Says who?

    September 30, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. TyWebb

    You're right, James Wilson, Palin just needs to rid herself of any witchcraft via her so-called minister. Hopefully, she can tell Joe and all Americans to be "right with God" and she will be the next Vice President. "You go girl", indeed!

    September 30, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Debra

    I doubt the average Joe lost $20,000 in the stock market. Exactly how much stock and savings do you have. Palin never did release her tax records. Idiot mocked Joe Biden and she was in 2nd grade when he entered the Senate. She needs to take a look and mock McCain on his age. Such an airhead.

    September 30, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Adam Y

    Is it just me, or haven't we had learned our lesson yet? We have seen 8 years of an average guy (ok, high functioning idiot) at the White House, are we ready for an "average Joe six pack" next? Me personally, I want the smartest person in the room (Magna Cum Laude at Harvard Law, and President of the Harvard Law Review are a good start). I have only one question for those who support Sarah Palin: 4 days after McCain announced her as his running mate, Bush dispatched Cheney to Russia and Georgia in response to the Soviet invasion; Had that happened on Jan 25th, 2009 could we have sent Mrs. Palin over to negociate peace between Putin and Saakashvili? She has a compelling story, but she is nowhere near ready for this. The fact that she has been sequestered for this long, and has yet to make an appearance on a tough (Meet the Press?) show and that most people think that her putting a coherent sentence is enough to win the debate is terrifying. This is for the second highest position in the country, we should NEVER lower the bar, only raise it.

    September 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Jamie

    That is the problem. She is a "Joe six-pack American." We don't need an average Joe running American.We just got a "Joe six-pack American" as the president. How has that been for us?

    Is it too much to ask for a president and vice president to have an IQ over 100 and some semblance of an education on American and world history? It is not like I am asking for Einstein or Shakespeare to be on the podium.

    And James Wilson, "hand Joe his man nuts." I think she should focus on being able to complete a logical and coherent sentence. That is where all her attention should be centered. You are asking for too much of her.

    September 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. adam

    if they are invested in a 2030 targeted retirement fund, a 20k loss equates to about a 80-90k portfolio....which is about what the average mid-40s worker has in the 401k that they've been saving in for 20yrs.

    and money losses in a retirement fund have absolutely no bearing on eating and wearing nice clothes. that's all dependent on a steady job and living within your means.

    September 30, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Justin from CT

    Joe-Six Pack American doesn't have a fing job right now. Shut the hell up, Palin.

    September 30, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. J

    I just don't understand. What makes her an "average" american? Isn't this the woman that made the comment that community organizers weren't as important or something? Point me to a hand full of "average" americans with a family of 5 that can afford to lose $20,000.

    September 30, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Liberal in the Heartland

    Lord, does this woman have a clue about anything? The people who are calling for her to step down in the press are not the Liberals.

    The Liberals want nothing more than for her to stay the course, refuse to step down and to be a minus ten point anchor around McCain ancient, scrawny neck.

    It is the Conservative stalwarts who want her to quit. They know that if she quit with a good reason (translate that as any reason at all they could spin into an attack) then the Republicans could get Liberman on the ticket and blame him for the loss.

    September 30, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Ken

    Being a Hillary Clinton supporter that is now supporting McCain/Palin, Palin is saying it like it is! What is wrong with the media always looking for something to make an issue with McCain or Palin, and NOT with Obama or Biden????

    I believe that Palin will make a great VP and if she should run for President, I think that there too she will make a great President.

    It is the media that needs to review their own actions and start being fair to all candidates! Palin has a whole lot more experience making executive decisions than either of Obama or Biden!

    September 30, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. Saving America

    James Wilson - Enough already with Ayers, Rezko and Wright. You may love Sarah, but real Americans are terrified that this highly unqualified feather brain will become vice president. Sarah won't be handing Joe Biden anything except an opportunity to show how unqualified she really is. Sarah is the gift to the Democratic party that keeps on giving. You, sir, need to grow a brain.

    September 30, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. ED FL

    You sound and act like you are continually on or drinking a six pack.Go back to Alaska where the small population makes you think you are a big shot to match your BIG MOUTH.

    September 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. Steve in Florida

    I'm an independent who was positive I would vote for McCain, as I've admired his career and independent streak for years. That was until he chose this inexperienced , incoherent person as a VP who is one heart attack from leading the free world. He chose a short-term political gain to become president, over the best interests of this country, and therefore, he no longer has my vote!

    September 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. Greg

    We need a person in Washington that is more in touch with the struggles of the average American citizen. Palin's inexperience may be showing through but she has the ability to be a great leader. After the messes of the last 12 years, a time that both parties have had a majority in Congress, it's time to shake up Washington. The citizens of this great country need to demand that term limits be enacted so that these elected politicians can spend more time focusing on representing the people and not seeking personal gains. Corruption comes when people become too comfortable with the power given to them by the people and venture out on their own. They only care about the people when they are up for re-election. This bailout vote confirmed that!!

    September 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. CM

    I think thats an insult to Joe six-pack.

    Of course, people like James Wilson who can't see how idiotic this woman is are probably around the same IQ so maybe Palin might be on to something.

    September 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. JF

    As far as James Wilson's comments, I guess he hasn't heard or seen the witchcraft video with Palin's pastor where he shakes the witchcraft out of her. Pretty awesome! Also i guess Sarah has forgotten to mention that unlike Joe sixpack, her husband and she have made over $200,000 annually over the last number of years while she was governor and Todd was working in Management at BP. So glad to see that people continue to believe her ridiculous lies. If you really want to vote for someone who is like you, then you should vote for the guy who grew up on food stamps or the guy who rides the train everyday instead of the woman with the personal chef who hunts from helicopters and makes more than many one income families on her own. But since no one really checks any facts anymore, they will just go on believing that she is just like everyone else.

    September 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. temi


    September 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. ral-OH

    She says:
    "relative low number of investments"
    I say: does not equate to a loss
    of $20K last week.

    Gee, if she had ever presented her financials for all to see – we
    would know what kind of funds they have – otherwise I consider
    her comments to be just another attempt to distort the truth or
    to be just posturing on her part.

    September 30, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. Kris K in RM,CA

    Palin is under educated for this job and she is not a quick study. It has been a mistake hiding her from the voting public. People can not and will not vote for a complete stranger for this serious position. She doesn't understand the ruleof law or the "big time" world of politics. McCain used extremely poor judgement and now has again put all of us at risk with the "Palin Decision". The Republican lying has to stop. Voters are seeing it and know it is wrong.Wrong for America.

    September 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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