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. sanfranmac

    Socialist? Hardly. At least not a ROBBER-BARON state like the one that Bush-McCain-GOP want. Steal from EVERYBODY to give to the rich. Go home to Alaska Sarah. You're out of your league and your handlers are just as out of their depth as you.

    October 20, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  2. Esho Abiodun- Nigeria

    By now, McCain himself knows he should vote for Obama

    October 20, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  3. bobbie

    I would suggest that john mccain knows all about these dirty low down tactics. he would do anything to sit his decrepid behind in the white house; after all he thinks it is owed to him. all one has to do is look at how far he has gone already. lies & half truths ad nauseum.

    October 20, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  4. Roger B from Portland, OR

    So...giving more money to the companies that caused this crisis is OK...but asking for more money from the people who have more than they need so people who don't have quite so much can save a little bit more is bad?

    Was she born on Bizarro World?

    October 20, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  5. Rich

    I'm so done with Gov. Sarah Palin that I can't even think of a snarky reply.

    October 20, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  6. jay in CA

    wow....every time i think she is dumber than previously expected, she gets dumber than previously expected

    October 20, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  7. chuck

    Palin's world view (the Palin doctrine) is bankrupt. She writes off swaths of the country that do not worship her as not "pro-American". She criticizes taxes on the rich, the top 5% of earners, as socialism while she sees nothing wrong with taxes going to wall street investment banks. She asks to be held accountable for troopergate, but doesn't cooperate with the investigation. She claims to be running a transparent campaign but she's given less interviews than Joe the Plumber.

    October 20, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  8. David

    Palin really needs to stop questioning the campaign's tactics. She's the VP candidate; she needs to accept McCain's decisions and not publicly ramble on about 'having her way.'

    October 20, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  9. A man of Conscience

    Seems that Our Vice President Hopefull is not calling all the shots... It appears also that there are a lot of disagreement in the course of action to take inside the republican party... And how come she sayin out loud her differing point of view with the current strategy?? thats not very smart...


    October 20, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  10. arlene, CA

    What irritates me is Palin. The robocalls should be condemned. It is disgraceful & a very hateful attack by their campaign to destroy Obama. Obama is going to win & the mccain camp is getting extremely desperate, nothing is off limits, anything to try & win. It will not work mccain, not this time. no mccain, no palin, no way, no how.

    October 20, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  11. Nick

    If Obama gets the Presidency this country will be in a world of hurt. I think most Americans who will probably vote for Obama have no Idea what he plans on doing if he gets the Presidency. And for those Americans think he is going to help them out they are dead wrong, you can be sure of one thing he will raise taxes, he will make businesses shut down and jobs will be lost, and I would not be suprised if the U. S. has another terroist attack if he is president. As far as Colin Powell goes I feel he is a trader and a coward for what he did.

    October 20, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  12. Hilary B

    Interesting. I wonder what John McCain thinks about that. I'm sure they'll put something out tomorrow clarifying what she meant. After all, McCain was on FOX saying how he will not stop them.

    October 20, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  13. Q Glenn

    15 Days and we can rid ourselves of this type of crap from her

    October 20, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  14. Nick

    Excellent to see Sarah Palin plotting her Presidential Campaign of the future, when she's finally ready....like in 2032

    October 20, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  15. trsh

    Palin loves to shoot us in the head and when you ask how and why and whats your proof she is no comment. Hmmm Looser

    October 20, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  16. Cheryl

    I agree with sarah, robo phone calls r not needed,,,,,,,it is just frustrating! AND WHY DO WE EVEN VOTE, the electoral Votes is all that matters!!!!! The american people HAVE NO VOICE, IT STINKS!

    October 20, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  17. Kenneth "Voter" Rios

    Palin does it again !!!

    October 20, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  18. sandee in Portland

    Ah Ha, now they're going for the good cop, bad cop routine. Sarah's the good cop (with her own personal agenda to run again in 4 years) and McCain's the bad cop (because this is the last chance he'll have). Both of these people make me sick and very ashamed that our great country elects politicians of this caliber.

    October 20, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  19. Gerry

    I was under the impression that wealth from the oil industry was allotted among the Alaskan citizenry, if this is true isn't that a form of wealth spreading, and if so can one deduce that Governor Palin not only benefited from it but supported it as well?

    October 20, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  20. Jill

    Sarah Palin's not too smart. She can't distinguish between the like actions of taking our taxpayer money and giving it to the companies that lost their own through bad business decisions. How is that not like socialism, but Obama's taxing the top 5% and using that money in government budgets is socialism? Better still, we could ask her the somewhat harder question of our history? Was Eisenhower a socialist? Under his administration America's wealthiest paid a far higher tax burden than anyone does today. And last, if Palin wouldn't use robocalls, why is this happening? Is she saying McCain does, or is this a slip and admission that McCain/Palin doen't even have control of their own campaign? What does that imply were they to be elected?

    October 20, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  21. Eli -- Milwaukee

    looks like Palin is not up to date with the McCain campaign talking points..lol.

    October 20, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  22. Ami

    I thought a running mates job is to be seen and not heard? At least not heard in a manner that puts down what her boss is doing! Geez, this woman really is dumb....McCain must be feeling some VERY deep REGRET over having picked this woman.....Seems as if the joke is on him now.

    October 20, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  23. McSame and Plain-dumb

    It seems to me that Plain-dumb is trying to set her self up as a candidate for the next election in 2012.

    Wonder what her party and her running mate think of her behaviour?

    ha ha

    October 20, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  24. jay

    Does the woman even have a brain? She can't even complete a sentence or a thought and she could be a heart beat away from the presidency. Be VERY afraid people. Get out and vote Obama-Biden!

    October 20, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  25. jeane

    I need a shirt with "November 5th, I love beeing the underdog"

    October 20, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
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