October 16th, 2008
11:32 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin praises McCain's debate performance in Democratic Maine

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BANGOR, Maine (CNN) – Sarah Palin strolled into a chilly open-air hangar at the Bangor airport on Thursday and was reminded of far-flung Alaska, or so she told the enthusiastic crowd of Mainers who arrived early this morning to see the vice presidential candidate.

“I feel like I am at home because I see the Carhartts and the steel-toed boots,” she said, standing next to Maine’s senior senator Olympia Snowe. “And I see mixed in there with the suits and the ties, the NRA hats and all those good things that remind me of home.”

Palin sounded a note of triumph about Wednesday’s presidential debate on behalf of John McCain, who told his rival Barack Obama last night that he is not George Bush redux, despite Democratic efforts to paint him as such.

“They look to the past because they’d rather run against the current administration, it sounds like, and that strategy though, thankfully, it’s really starting to wear very very thin,” Palin said of the Democratic ticket. “As John McCain reminded Barack Obama last night, if he wanted to run against George Bush he had his chance four years ago. This year, the name on the ballot is John McCain - and America knows that John McCain is his own man, he is the maverick.”

Though Maine has trended Democratic for nearly two decades, the McCain campaign is making a push in the state’s rural 2nd Congressional District, which is allotted one electoral vote independent of how the state votes at large. Despite the McCain camp’s efforts, the Republican National Committee has stopped running advertisements in the state.

“Maine, soon the choice will be yours to make, and I’m sure that you all remember the saying that as Maine goes, so goes the nation,” she said, ignoring the fact that the state in fact voted for Al Gore and John Kerry in the last two presidential elections. “So I am here to ask you, are you ready to help us carry the state of Maine to victory?” The crowd roared.

The first woman ever to run for vice president on the GOP ticket was sure to pay homage to Maine’s tradition of electing female Republicans.

“It’s so great to be here in the state that has elected Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, has elected Sen. Olympia Snowe and Sen. Susan Collins,” she said. “Maine, you all know something about those cracks in the glass ceiling, but the women of America aren’t finished yet. Maine, with your help this November we are going to shatter once and for all that final glass ceiling.”

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soundoff (564 Responses)
  1. Cole

    If John McCain is so great, why did he lose to Bush in 2000? Wouldn't it stand to reason that he is in fact worse than Bush?

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Darrel from Denver

    What debate was she watching? I suppose McCain won if you are a rabid Republican base constituent. But, for the rest of the country, the majority of the country, it was, in fact, the opposite. Another clear win for Obama and for the US.

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. ryan

    Listening to Sarah Palin.....one word....McPAIN

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Joe Sixpack the Plumberbutt

    Palin's just maverickin' around the country incitin' hate & discontent, and ignorin' facts. The facts'll catch up with her on November 4th, no matter where she's maverickin' at.

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. silence is golden

    The new Palin theme song 😉

    Domo Arigato Mrs. Roboto Domo Domo

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. LS in Virginia

    Our local paper, VA Gazette, printed a letter from a former state budget director from Juneau, Alaska who was in town to visit relatives. She stated Palin's achievements as a reformer and energy expert are greatly exaggerated and that governing an oil rich state with hughe budget surpluses had not given Palin the experience to deal with today's complex national and global economic problems. Nor has it given Palin any foreign policy experience. She also stated "Palin does not have the qualifications to be vice president, much less president". This person, who has witnessed Palin's efforts in Alaska first hand, is supporting Obama for his deep understanding of the economy and foreign affairs as well as his character and judgement. It seems that so many of those who are enthralled with Palin haven't taken the time to do any research on her and might be surprised at what information is available via the internet. There is definitely a second side to the story as Palin tells it.

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. meena

    Could not help but notice: This speech that Palin gave-where she praised McCain debate performance, was scripted!
    When will she give interviews and speeches without anyone spoon feeding her?
    BTW how much $ are they spending everyday to get her hair done? I am sure this $ can feed Joe in my block.

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. StevieRay fan

    Wonder if she will have her hand out for free federal government money when she goes back to Alaska?
    If you feel so home sick "just click your heels together 3 times and say There's No Place Like Home"..and if we are all lucky..you will be there in no time.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Ready for a change

    "my friends" McCain and Palin need to buy a clue. I will be so relieved when an intellectual is in the white house.

    Oh PS – Maybe "Joe the plumber" can come repair a leaky faucet or broken toilet since he seems to think he will no longer be able to be in business....
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Nancy

    The truly scary thing about Sarah Palin (besides being completely out of her league) is that while she is scanning the crowd for the NRA signs and the steel toed boots she so loves she is ignoring that there is a whole big world out there besides her beloved small town in Alaska and whatever other town she deems suitable enough for her to grace her presence in. America is very big and full of diversity, it's a shame that Sarah Palin is only willing to embrace those who share her equally narrow minded vision of the world.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Alexander

    Ever notice how Palin always says, " “I feel like I am at home because I see ......". Getting old, and all her speeches are repeats of McCain, doesn't she ever have an original thought?

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. jenny

    Palin's speeches are bad like the decisions being made by John McCain. McCain's anger and Palin's lies can start any wild fire.Please don't let them go west.

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. tony

    Ya, who needs someone with experience like Mcain, when we can have the smooth talker barac hussein obama, the one who's friends has shape is caracter, we all want a socialist nation, right, equal for all people, it doesn't matter if you work hard or not you get to have everything everybody else have, let the goverment run this nation, yes, go obama, its time for the democrats to control the senate, congress and the white or( black house) and don't forget the supreme court justice, yes, obama the great, finally the mesiah has arrived, buckle up get ready, SOCIALISM its on its way, nra you are done, foods stamps for everyone your back,yes yes yes...

    October 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Vote Obama

    No McCain is not Bush. He's even worse!

    October 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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