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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soundoff (457 Responses)
  1. Rob in Denver

    exactly what does that last run-on sentence mean?

    October 20, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  2. sabine ch.

    this goes to show again that this woman is really stupid. how can she claim that obama wants to take money from small income families, when he said again and again that it is the incomes over 250.000 that will be taxed. is 250.000 a small income? oh people of america wake up and smell the lies that she tells you. this is no socialism, this is justice. don´t let the super-rich continue to reap all the wealth from you – fight back and claim your share of the goodies – vote for obama.

    October 20, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    This woman is amazingly ignorant, and downright dangerous to our National security.

    October 20, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  4. Chris Anderson

    CNN...Stop bashing Palin....

    She is only exposing the facts that you are afraid to really look at.

    After an Obama Presidency you will be nashing your teeth for what you have done...

    October 20, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  5. David in upstate NY

    Sarah just go home to your ice palace. You are just so stupid. I think you wear a ear peice to have someone on the staff give you the answer when you actually do take a question. By the way...your SNL appearance was really dumb too! You just continue to make yourself look more like an idiot with every word you utter.

    October 20, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  6. Teddy

    Why is Gov. Palin distancing herself from her own campaign? Is she preparing for the inevitable loss? Is she setting herself up for her own run at the White House in future years? It seems that way to me.

    October 20, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  7. joey

    it is really sad seeing the depths that republicans will go to to hold on to power.

    October 20, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  8. lindsay

    She's a idiot! Im voting Obama!!

    October 20, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  9. jaison Biagini

    i'll give her a small amount of props for condemning the robocalls. obama doesn't use them, he has real people calling.
    i'd like to know how many small businesses are going to be taxed. from what i hear very few make more than 250,000. you count profit after all the bills and workers are paid. 93% of small businesses will do better under obama's tax plan. they will pay less taxes, no capitol gains taxes, and get a tax credit for any new employee.

    October 20, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  10. bluecollarvote

    she'll be back in AK before she knows it. Obama scored a big time TKO with the Powell endorsement.

    October 20, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  11. Michael

    After reading and hearing Sarah Palins comments on calling Barack Obama experimenting with socialism, but not the government's socialist bailout of our troubled financial economy. She just doesn’t get it. This is scary. She is not complete in politics.

    October 20, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  12. joe

    She's an idiot. So she can stand up there and shoot these lies, but when the robocalls do it and look unpopular, she says they shouldn't do it. She's just ridiculous.

    October 20, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  13. north carolina for barack obama

    Um, that's confusing since Sarah Palin was the one who joined the discussion late...and actually brought Bill Ayers "Obama Pales with Terroist" issue up. The McCain/Palin campaign is so full of it.

    Totally off topic...isn't it crazy how these gas prices are going down...my mother predicts the Republican party will lower the gas prices until election day...OBAMA sure will have a mess to clean up when he gets into office.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 20, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  14. Richard DeBow

    Whose campaign is it anyway?

    October 20, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  15. Raza

    Any person who claims that Sarah Palin is fit for any public office let alone the post of vice president is either a fool or is fooling others. Last eight years, we've been praying that the bumbling buffoon president survives so his wicked VP doesn't take over. Now we would have to pray that the wicked president survives so the bumbling buffoon vice president doesn't take over.

    October 20, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  16. Impressive!

    There may be hope for her after all. 2016 I may take another look at you but today you are just not ready Gov. Palin,

    October 20, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  17. Ray

    Sarah is a real American and Obama is a radical liar communist.
    Obama will say anything to get elected with those sick liberals in congress. VOTE AMERICA FIRST JOHN MC CAIN AND SARAH PALIN

    October 20, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  18. Baked Alaska

    So Palin would 'chart a different course', would she? That is what McCain has to really worry about, a bonafide maverick who has no respect for other people or their opinions. That especially includes her presidential running mate. Palin can't wait to get to the White House and start bulling her way around as she has done in Alaska. It's her style.
    PS. The United States 'experiments' with socialism every day. We send our children to public schools, we use public libraries, public roads, rest stops, bridges, parks, waterways, sidewalks, law-enforcement, fire departments, etc.---- all run by taking people's money and redistributing it. Get a brain you guys.

    October 20, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  19. Joe

    Pretty obvious hypocracy on the "socialism" name-calling, but give her a point on the robo-calls comment.

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

    She is all over the place. Someone needs to brief her better. She doesn't make any sense. I still cannot believe someone like this could become our next president! Seriously, are people actually voting for her? I would rather vote for Tina Fey. I think she can see Mexico from her San Diego house-which means she has just as much foriegn policy experience. (I bet more).

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


    Tweedle dee and Tweedle dum don't know what they are doing nor do their campaign. No one in their camp has the wits to even run a campaign and they want to run a country...........

    They are playing with our emotions and that's dangerous!

    October 20, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  22. Chris from STL

    ummm ... interesting .... probably preparing for 2012.

    October 20, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  23. john

    it seems like the mccain campaign is breaking into mccain vs. palin

    October 20, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  24. Canned Phrase

    Every candidate should have mandatory lessons in governmental studies. Or at least look into an encyclopedia and realize that their words, honestly make no sense.

    October 20, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  25. Michelle

    So let's review.
    Tax cut for working families –> Socialism.
    Bailout for big banks –> NOT Socialism.

    October 20, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
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