October 17th, 2008
03:18 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin plays the “socialist” card at Ohio rally

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WEST CHESTER, Ohio (CNN) - It’s not uncommon to hear Democrats accused of socialism at Republican campaign events. It's less common to hear it directly from a Republican candidate - let alone the party's vice presidential nominee.

At a Sarah Palin rally in Richmond on Monday, for instance, two John McCain supporters held up a large white banner reading: “Obama is a Socialist/Marxist.” Shouts of “Socialist!” and “Communist!” often emanate from GOP crowds when McCain and Palin speak of Obama’s tax plans.

And on Friday, Palin herself seemed to make the same charge against Obama’s plans to raise taxes on the wealthy.

The remark came at an Ohio rally in which Palin was discussing Joe Wurzelbacher, more commonly known as “Joe the plumber,” who told the Toledo Blade that Obama’s plan to “spread the wealth” was “a pretty socialist comment.”

Palin picked up on Wurzelbacher’s quote on Friday.

“Sen. Obama said that he wants to spread the wealth and he wants government to take your money and decide how to best to redistribute it according to his priorities,” she told the audience.

“Joe suggested that that sounded a little bit like socialism,” she said. “Whatever you call it, I call it bad medicine for an ailing economy, and it's what Barack Obama will do to those who want to create jobs and we're willing to call Barack Obama on it.”

McCain himself has avoided referring to Obama as a socialist, but he has left the door open to that assumption. In July, he told the Kansas City Star that Obama’s senate record is “more to the left than the announced socialist in the United States Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont.”

The GOP nominee was then asked if he believes Obama is a socialist.

“I don’t know,” McCain responded. “All I know is his voting record.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. BM

    Sarh Palin already stated that she has nothing to lose, so she obviously doesn't care.

    October 17, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Dan

    This coming from MS ABUSE OF POWER PALIN, she needs to take a good look in the mirror.

    What a piece of work she is, pathetic.

    Army Ranger for Obama/Biden

    October 17, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |




    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. chetking

    Can't wait til we reach this 9 1/2 week affair with Gov. Paleo is over and she goes home to Alaska as yesterday/s news..

    October 17, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Beth

    Palin is so out of touch! So what does she call McCain's plan to buy back the bad mortgages with taxpayer money? Isn't that socialism and redistribution of the wealth?

    Not to mention that is is a bad idea – there would be no guarantee that the people who got into these bad mortgages would not behave the same way again, and it may encourage many homeowners who are paying their mortgage, to default in order to get in on the "goodies"

    October 17, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. John

    McCain and Palin need to stop running on hate. They need to talk about what they will do if elected and stop perpetrating lies and inuendos. McCain was laughing and joking with Obama last night. It's all fun and games for him. The rest of us have to live in this atmosphere he and Palin are creating. I have lost all respect for both of them.

    October 17, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. weird_henry

    Obama is NOT saying socialism is the way to go when it comes to everything. Canada is not socialist, but we got FREE healthcare!! And who can argue with that?

    October 17, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Mark

    After supporting the Democratic party since 1977 ( I was a republican party member prior to that), I have seen my fairshare of dispicable acts by supporters of both parties. In the 2004 race, I witnessed at a Bush/Chenney rally in Minneapolis, just days before the General election, two early 20's men, kick and knock down an elderly woman holding up a Kerry/Edwards sign. Now we have chants of "Kill him", "Hang him" etc. from supporters of McCain/Palin, with very little expression of dismay from the party leadership. As a veteran, I served to protect the rights of all to support the candidate and party you chose, to worship the religion you wish, and to live the way you wish, as long as your actions to not infringe on anothers. I wish the republicans and the supporters of McCain/Palin would take a lesson and allow all to support their choice without fear of reprisals from the opposition.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 17, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Pedro Elizondo

    All I have left for Sarah Palin is pity.

    October 17, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    This women has brought so much HATE into this elections.... America..... please, WE DESERVE BETTER than this.

    October 17, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Steve/ Houston,TX

    I truly can't believe that Palin even knows what she is talking about. She does not even read newspapers. It took her 6 yrs to complete undergraduate education which takes normal people 4yrs. She failed out of 2 universities. Obviously not the sharpest pencil in the bunch! Not the brightest crayon in the pack. Believe nothing she says.

    October 17, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. John, FL

    Anything is better than Fascism.

    October 17, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Bill NY

    Hey Sarah,
    Hows the movement to secede from the US going?

    October 17, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. mary

    Palin feeding into it again. I would love to hear her even try to explain socialism

    October 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. RT

    Sarah Palin insults America and every single person who is voting Democrat. Did you see she said at a rally yesterday in North Carolina? She said that she loved visiting the "Pro America" areas of the country implying that perhaps there were parts of the country she viewed as not pro-America. So if I'm not voting for McCain or my state is a "blue" state, that means I'm not pro America!!??

    She is a disgrace to our great nation.

    October 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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