October 19th, 2008
11:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin says voters 'irritated' by robocalls

Palin discussed GOP robocalls and socialism on Sunday.

Palin discussed GOP robocalls and socialism on Sunday.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) - All of a sudden, Sarah Palin is eager to meet the press.

John McCain’s running mate took questions from her press corps for the second time in three days late Sunday after flying into Colorado Springs. But Palin was not completely on message.

Wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and standing on a breezy tarmac, Palin said that if she had her way, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee would not be flooding battleground states with automated phone calls tying Barack Obama to former radical William Ayers, as they have done over the last week.

Several top Republicans, including Senators Susan Collins and Norm Coleman, have condemned the tactic. Asked about those criticisms, Palin at first dismissed the matter as "inside baseball stuff" and said it's "some of the campaign top brass’s call on that."

But when asked if she would approve the use of robocalls if she were running the campaign, Palin said she’d probably chart a different course.

"If I called all the shots, and if I could wave a magic wand," Palin said, "I would be sitting at a kitchen table with more and more Americans, talking to them about our plan to get the economy back on track and winning the war, and not having to rely on the old conventional ways of campaigning that includes those robocalls, and includes spending so much money on the television ads that, I think, is kind of draining out there in terms of Americans' attention span.

"They get a bit irritated with just being inundated," she continued, "and you're seeing a lot of that of course with the huge amounts of money that Barack Obama is able to spend on his ads and his robocalls also."

Ultimately, the Alaska governor said she was not calling for an end to the automated calls, and she did not say if she had spoken to campaign officials at any point about the calls.

Palin was also asked if she and McCain believe that Barack Obama’s tax plan, which would raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 and provide tax credits to middle and lower-income workers, is socialist. At a campaign rally in New Mexico earlier Sunday, Palin said Obama wants to "experiment with socialism."

"There are socialist principles to that, yes," Palin said of Obama's plan. "Taking more from a small business or small business owners or from a hard working family and then redistributing that money according to a politician’s priorities. There are hints of socialism in there."

Asked if she thinks the government’s plan to inject billions of taxpayer dollars directly into troubled banks amounts to socialism - a belief held by many conservative legislators, talk radio hosts and bloggers - Palin said, "No, I do not."

"I believe that there are those measures that had to be taken by congress to shore up not only the housing market but the credit markets also, to make sure that that’s not frozen, so that our small businesses have opportunities to borrow, and that was the purpose, of course, and that part of the bailout and the shoring of the banks," she said.

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  1. Anonymous

    this woman is clazy and disoriented! She is being used as a prop. Simle english, cannot even make a meanginful sentence! She is koko! Not fit for us vp. Thanks but no thanks saraaaaah!! susan st. Louis, mo.

    October 20, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  2. twitter

    Robocalls are like telemarketing calls. Enough said.

    October 20, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  3. sherrie jenkins

    Palins lack of foreign policy philosophical common sense is truly frightening.The only thing scarier is her willingness to thow around false accusations and bad economic information

    October 20, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. m c

    I don't mind if it's a McCain/Palin call-just so it's NOT a robocall from the idiots Obama and Biden!!! O and B LIE about everything!!!

    October 20, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  5. Mary

    You betcha! She will court in own course straight into the Presidency. McCain better watch his back. IF they did make to the White House I am sure she would start working "around" him.

    October 20, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  6. melody watkins

    I have even less respect for Palin now. She practically admits she is out there stomping with a message and tactics she doesn't believe in. If McCain/Palin win the election, just who will be leading the country; them or the people they have relinquished their principles to? We have been there before with a President so beloved that most of you won't admit that he was not in control through much of his administration. Lets not go there again. Mr.McCain, you have pushed me into Obama's camp with your bad choices. There is time to bring me back.

    October 20, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. Sari

    Palin is meeting the press now because she's focusing on her future career. She has 2 weeks left on the national stage to lay the groundwork for a future run for congress or even the presidency. She's no longer thinking about McCain or this campaign, she's moved on.

    October 20, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  8. Frank Utchen

    The self-contradictory nature of her comment (Obama is promoting socialism, but the government injecting billions of tax dollars into the economy is NOT socialist–huh?) is a perfectly logical comment from someone who has already told Katie Couric that Roe v. Wade was unconstitutional because it violated a constitutional right to privacy–huh?

    October 20, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  9. Dennis

    A house divided against itself ... Any future McCain/Palin administration is going to have basic administrative problems.

    OBAMA 08

    October 20, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. real dem

    Well now this is a strange turn of events. Anyway NEWS FLASH...The ACORN issue is nothing about voter registration fraud to benefit O'Bama. It's basically a money issue....workers not really doing there job but just getting names out of a phone book or making up names to get paid that's all. So stop the pathetic voter fraud crap. And as for Ayers, if O'bama is parading with terrorists then what about the Republicans who organized the function with ayers and O'bama in the first place? Are they parading also or is this a double standard? I think it's time the republicans looked for something else to talk about. And while I'm at it, if you all are so offended by O'Bama's share the wealth comment then where has our wealth went the last 8 years? TO GEORGE W. BUSH and that stupid war. So you crybabies should be happy to invest in your fellow Americans and in your own country. Otherwise keep doing the same insane ( george bush voters ) thing expecting a different result. Wake up already.

    O'Bama – Biden

    October 20, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  11. Lis

    So Sarah Palin thinks that taking from the rich is socialism but taking from the middle/poor is not socialism?
    Someone needs to look her up and do much more questioning on her doctrine before it's too late...

    October 20, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  12. Rio

    Interesting??? Tax payers can bail out Wall Street and it's okay, but if we ask the wealthy to pay a little more then it's socialism. This campaign is not smart and very erratic. Even nut case Palin thinks it's doing the wrong thing.

    Obama hit them on this!!!

    October 20, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  13. Allen

    McCain and company can't even control their lipstick wearing attack dog, much less manage their campaign. Can we get this thing over with already? I need for Sarah Palin to go back to her igloo now.

    October 20, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  14. republican mom

    Watch out John....she's undercutting you like a beauty queen in a hot contest would undercut a rival. Gov. Palin definitely isn't a moron like many in the press make her out to be...she understands the game of politics and getting ahead pretty well – she's very shrewd. She's already beginning to distance herself from McCain's disastrous campaign so she can appeal to the 2012 crowd and so she isn't seen as the reason for McCain's loss.

    If they lose and she decides to run in 2012, it'll be interesting to pull out the video of people like Guiliani and Romney praising her.....b/c they'll tear her down so fast it'll be ugly.

    Palin / Thompson in 2012!

    October 20, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  15. former republican for OBAMA

    She's trying to save her political future.

    October 20, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  16. Florida

    Simply amazing.
    your own running mate is contracting you.

    it's not too late to replace her Johnny.

    October 20, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  17. ALS

    How on earth does she expect to win voters over by being honest and candid?

    October 20, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  18. Campbell

    Every American should have a communist hero. Both parties do the robo so what's the big deal? Maybe if the media was not so bias those tactics would not be necessary, but hey its the company you keep.

    October 20, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  19. lisa

    Hey press, how hard could it be to ask Palin about her ties to the AIP?

    Or are you too busy drilling Palin and Mccain's accusations against Obama into our heads- Ayers, Wright, Acorn, socialism....but not one word about AIP, Gordon Liddy and Mccain?!!!!

    Shame on you.

    (we'll see if you post this though)

    October 20, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  20. lovable liberal

    It's only so-called socialism if it helps, you know, people who need help the most. Bail out the rich? That's what Sarah Palin apparently thinks the function of government is.

    October 20, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  21. Janet - Missouri

    I'm in Missouri which has become a battleground state. Thank goodness, my household is not being inundated by robocalls. Even though I'm voting for Obama, I am sick to death of both his and McCain's tv ads.

    October 20, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  22. ps alaska

    If you read carefully she said one thing and then backed away from it completely. This is what she has done here in Alaska. She is on all sides of the issues and then picks the one later that makes her look good. This is where our Governor throws McCain to the wolves. If they lose she will be giving interviews by November 15 about how if they had let her do what she wanted to do it all would have been okay. She will make millions speaking to evangelical groups and will continue to do virtually nothing here in Alaska. Will the people be fooled time will tell.

    October 20, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  23. Alex P

    So pumping 700billion into banks is not socialism but helping out the little guy is. Like Robin Hood in reverse.

    The 700 billion would have been better spent giving it to the little guy and let the banks go down. The little guy could then get his discretionary spending back go out and buy things and the economy would inflate.

    The only proble would be that we need him to buy American made items which once more the wealthy have moved abroad.

    October 20, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  24. Dennis

    Taxes ... are nothing more than taking a persons wealth and using it for the common good ... education, roads, etc. We might not like paying taxes ... but paying taxes isn't socialism! Raising taxes isn't socialism either ... When the Republicans raised taxes ... did anybody call it socialism, or "experimenting with socialism"?

    By the way ... ZERO for those under 250,000 a year. What doesn't she understand.

    Uhn ... according to Palin's comments it looks like its going to be free for all under McCain (anarchy).

    Anyway ... I think McCain and Palin need to review their American History ...

    October 20, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  25. David in Minneapolis

    At this point, she's not to be believed. I respected Senator McCain up until about a month ago but now he's just another sleasy politician and so is his lapdog Sarah Palin.

    OBAMAO 2008!!

    October 20, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
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