October 7th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
14 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Palin on the stump in Florida

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/07/art.cnnlive.cnn.jpg caption="Palin stumped in Florida earlier Tuesday."](CNN) - Sarah Palin held a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida earlier Tuesday.

"John McCain is the only man in this race who will solve our economic crisis, not exploit it. As a senator, he's seen the corrupt ways of Washington, the wasteful spending and other abuses of power, and as president he's going to end them," she said.

Read excerpts of Palin's remarks

Sarah Palin on John McCain & The Economy

John offers us an optimistic vision for overcoming hard times. He's offering us real and pragmatic solutions for moving forward.

On the other hand, for a campaign that says it's all about the future, our opponents sure do talk a lot about the past. They look to the past, because that's where you find blame. We look to the future, because that's where you find solutions.

John McCain is the only man in this race who will solve our economic crisis, not exploit it. As a senator, he's seen the corrupt ways of Washington, the wasteful spending and other abuses of power, and as president he's going to end them.

John and I will push for - and sign into law - reforms that bring tax relief to the middle class and help to businesses so they can create jobs.

We will get the rising cost of food and gas under control. We will help families keep their homes, and help students struggling to pay for college. We will complete the work of education reform, to give every child in America a chance. We will make health care more accessible and affordable.

John McCain will impose a spending freeze in government to cover all but the most vital functions. We will review every agency of the federal government, improve those that need to be improved and eliminate those that aren't working for the American people. We will confront the ten trillion-dollar debt that the federal government has run up, and balance the federal budget.

Put it all together, and John McCain's the only man in this race with a plan that will actually help working families … and cut our taxes … and get our economy back on track.

Sarah Palin on Barack Obama's Judgment

One of Barack Obama's earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers. And according to The New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, “launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.”

Now, our opponent's campaign is claiming for the first time that Barack Obama “wasn't aware of Ayers's radical background.” Barack recently remembered him as just a 'guy in my neighborhood.'

Wait a minute. He didn't know that he had launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist?

What next? Claiming he didn't know that two of his biggest supporters were running Fannie Mae, the subprime mortgage giant that has done such harm to America's economy? Maybe he thought they were just “guys in his Washington neighborhood?”

And since he got called out on his plans to meet unconditionally with terror-state leaders like Iran's Ahmadinejad, will he claim that he “wasn't aware of his radical background”?

Will he now claim his ticket doesn't define higher taxes as “patriotic?” Will he claim he's just learned that tax increases on small business kill jobs?

Ladies and gentlemen, this election is about the truthfulness and judgment needed in our next president. John McCain has it, Barack Obama doesn't.

Sarah Palin on Tonight's Town Hall

Tonight, the nation gets another look at the contrast. Tonight, it's Town Hall time, live from Nashville. We'll see the difference between a politician who puts his faith in government ... and a leader who puts his faith in you.

The difference between inspiring words ... and inspiring deeds. The difference between a politician who observes and analyzes us, and a leader who knows and understands us.

In short, the difference between a guy who makes big promises, and a guy who gets things done … between a fine talker and a great man.

soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Kathleen

    Why would any American want McCain as President? He shows poor judgement, not just in the past, but now with his choice of Palin, his choice to drop out of the race and cause worse problems in Congress by entering the political party, and now his choice to run a dirty campaign instead of speaking to the issues at hand. I see no real good plans by McCain to resolve our problems only more of Bush plans already in place that caused this. His beliefs as a Republican will NEVER change - WE NEED NEW DIRECTION - I VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    October 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. LB

    Mock the Christian faith all you want .... but a true Christian - an absolute true Christian cannot vote for Obama and be living for the Lord.

    October 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. lily ny

    this woman is nuts, she is crazy, liar, has no idea what she is talking about. she has no experience at all. who is she to say anything. disgusting disgusting disgusting
    there is now way I would vote for mccain he is a very very very bitter, angry, grumpy, disgusting old man. what if he drops dead do you really want palin running our country after what she said today. disgusting insult to women all over the country disgusting she should be ashamed of herself she has family, a daughter who is pregant and a newborn with down syndrome she should be home taking care of the kids. she has no substance and she thinks it's ok to wolves from a heliocopter, pro life even for people who were raped, avoiding troopergate disgusting please post this cnn

    October 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Doug R.

    After tonight's debate, the sky is going to fall on McDoofus McCain/ McMoose Palin. They will implode.
    Boy...this Ms. Palin is an annoying fool. Her speeches are empty barfed up RNC talking points. She makes no sense.

    October 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. sb

    She is sooo stupid. How can anyone believe the garbage that comes out of her mouth. Is the Republican base really that dimwitted.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. TexasCowboy

    Palin is pathetic and only uses the pit bull tactics because that is all she knows. She is a desperate woman, who is stirring up hate and fear and prejudice. She is a poor representation for women. She seems to have stepped out of nowhere and dares to pretend she is a leader. If this is leadership, inciting crowds to shouting terrorist and kill him, she needs to find an igloo and stay there.
    Hey Sarah – I "gotcha!!!" Let's see what is behind this wolf in sheep's clothing..

    Book banning
    Ebaying a plane
    Teaching creationism as a science
    Use of private emails as a cover
    Per diems for staying in your own house
    Lobbyists as campaign advisors
    Bridge to nowhere
    Pork barrel spending

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Eileen from Maine

    I am amazed and saddened by the disrespect and contempt that John mcCain and Sarah Palin have shown for the American people who don't happen to agree with their views.

    Most average people, are not fanatics ,and we will vote against this vile they are spewing because it hurts us all and it is what is tearing our country down.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Bismarck

    I hope her witch-doctor accompanies her on the campaign trail...she will need all the help available.Speaking in tongues to the citizens won't help our economy.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. dacrumm

    dear raymond duke...i am amused at your little palin defense. you are funny little confused man. do you know who "sambo" was. i seriously doubt it. but that is the name usd by palin to refer to barack obama. thats why she has been labeled a racist. your facts are as distorted as conservatives' usually are. i bet if we checked your closet we would find a racist skeleton bone or two.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Joey

    No need to be afraid of Obama if you have treated all people with respect. You need only fear if you are like the Rush Limbaughs of the world. If I were Rush, I would find a new rock and crawl under it with the likes of Shawn Hannity.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Joy

    Tell the truth lady, stop embellishing things, you look bad. I could like you if you had a relationship with the truth

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. EJ

    she gives the same speech everyday, at every stop. this isn't news, it's free advertising.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. ANGIE


    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Ken in NC

    Sarah Palin does a really poor job of being herself. Maybe she should look more at Tina Fey. Tina does a better impression of Palin than Palin does. Tina Fey is much more respectable and real than Palin. I would even vote for Tina Fey over Palin.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. CK

    Look at the issues.
    Omama is raising TAXES. Tax on employers who give us our paychecks. Employers cannot afford, we are out of JOBS.
    McCain CUT taxes to create jobs. Domestic drilling to create jobs and help lessen rely on buying oil from no-one.
    Which part of your body parts don't understand we all need jobs to pay our bills. Unless you all don't work and waiting for hand out. Omama want you to continue being a nobody, no future, no brain but to wait for hand out. This is what omama want you to be: useless.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Kent, Illinois

    I cannot take anything Palin says seriously. I am an Independent. I am partisan to no one. She is doing terrible harm to the religious community who she claims to embrace. Most that comes out of her mouth is hurtful lies that no Christian would say or listen to. As the GOP spew this hatred their religious Right turns Left. When McCain or Palin say this stuff on the stump.........watch the people close to them and their body language. It isn't good. Watch Cindy when John starts lying. The expression tells it all............McCain is an honorable man who is acting just the opposite in a desperate attempt at power............that is his burden and test. Palin .............c'mon everyone. We see whats wrong here...........

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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