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. Cheryl

    GO MCCAIN/PALIN! and i have been a democrat for 26 years! NOT any MORE! I do not want the government to run our HEALTHCARE!!!!!!!,,,,,,,,,,and i'm in the healthcare field!!

    October 20, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  2. Sebastian, Baton Rouge, LA

    Exactly what do she and John McCain actually agree on? John let his Pitbull out and she continues to maul him.

    October 20, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  3. chippa

    I did not hear of any robocalls from the Obama camp. Looks like the same mesage,blame the other camp for what you do Gov. Palin. Guess you think we do not have the intelligence to see this ploy. Also, please stop with the charge of being unpatriotic. We are all americans!! We are proud to be. On nov. 4 we will do our patriotic duty and we will see if your ticket with it's smear and fear tactics prevail.

    October 20, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  4. Mike from Calgary




    October 20, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  5. Paul

    Only calls I've recieved were from local precint asking if I've sent in my absentee ballot–yes I have! Have not heard of any Obama robocalls.

    October 20, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  6. chan

    wow, how stupid is that? To say one distribution of monies is more socialist than another? They seem the same just on different scales. Taking from the poor and giving to the rich is not my idea of a good thing! Obama '08!

    October 20, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  7. Mike Sk

    Who is running this campaign???? Didn't McCain on Fox News Sunday just say he would not take the ads down and now the VP is saying to stop the ads. 2 weeks to go and already Sarah is getting ready for her run in 2012...the infighting in the Palin-McCain ticket is coming out in the open.

    October 20, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  8. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Who is she kidding with that? She and her campaign will use ANY tactic available! That, from someome who when asked what newspapers or magazines she reads...All of them. Caribou Barbie is just another power abusing, crappy "politician" and not be trusted...EVER!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12
    NV will blue soon!!!

    October 20, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  9. Huh!!!!!!

    Just saying this to seem like she is against McCain policies. You can't fool us Ms. Palin. You are the one who started the whole mess. Mr. Powell put you and McCain on blast and now you want to change your dialogue.

    October 20, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  10. Mild Rubio

    My sister and I just got back from Europe and the first leg of our tour was London. On first day after our friend picked us up from Heathrow Airport, to save gasoline, we went straight to Windsor Castle and parked it there. After overstaying for almost an hour, our friend forgot to put another coin on meter. They clamped our friend car tires. And the penalty was outrageous 120.00 pounds, even the British couple we met later told us. That is terrible and they said. It is because they have a socialist gov. What a way to treat tourists like us. They think we have a lot of money. No way we will go back again there. It is their lost. We toured around the metro and around London and it is dirty and filthy. I guess people forgot to do their part to clean. They got used to Government doing everything for them. It is still a blessing living in America. Mccain/Palin team knows fully well that the government can't do it alone.

    October 20, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  11. cyrusk


    didn't Sarah Palin and members of her family got check from Alaska Government treasury ???

    What do you call that?
    Redistribution of wealth, maybe??
    That is socialism!

    October 20, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  12. Obama-cans

    I think at this point in the game, Mrs. Palin should not be giving her opinion, since they sound uneducated, incorreherent, and simply ignorant of a VP running mate. Mr. McCain, please tell her to read her lines and stick with them.

    October 20, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  13. femi

    This clown of a Vice president does not even know what socialism is! ..but then, so do many republicans.

    October 20, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  14. Vik

    Maybe if Palin took more interests in traveling and learning about different forms of government, she'd be able to give sound opinion. It's a global economy now folks, small minds and small politics will not help the US, better start thinking big in order to be competitive. I for one want companies to stay in the US and provide jobs, give fair wages and start caring about all of us. We buy their products, use their services and we deserve better then this mess we're in!

    October 20, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  15. Ken

    Now that is the first smart thing she has said since leaving Alaska. Now it is ok for her to go back home and learn something else good to say. All the negative things on both sides are not necessary. I understand that both sides say the other started it but just because one jumps off a cliff is no reason for the other to follow.

    October 20, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  16. penkilk

    So buying US banks doesn't even qualify as an experiment in socialism? And this mythical 40% that doesn't pay taxes does pay taxes. Right out of meager pay checks like me, through rent which is taxed, and quite a few other things.

    And I like how very few small businesses net 250k in profits, but small business is the cornerstone of their defense. Why not call it big business tax break?

    Ask anybody that's rich, it takes money to make money. Or at least it makes it far easier, so wealth naturally accumulates. And the more that money accumulates with few the less just free and equal our society becomes. Providing counterbalances to this obvious truth is not dangerous communist socialism. Doing nothing about it is naive pandering to the powerful.

    October 20, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  17. Tin

    "Spreading the Wealth" is socialism beyond disguise.

    He said the threshold to higher taxes is $250K, yet knowing all politicans, but by the time the bill is presented for his signature, it will be at least halfed, like $125K. Lets not also forget that the income are not just earned income, but also interst, dividends, etc, too.

    Socialism is Obama's fundamental principle.

    Lets not allow him to fool any American.

    October 20, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  18. Timothy Wanga

    Powell's endorsement of Obama is conclusive-it wasn't a hurriedly made decision and as a matter of fact wasn't an easy one.

    October 20, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  19. Anthony

    1) Too little too late, in this little "getting to know Palin" game.
    2)She too is guilty of Robo-Calling
    3)She is the vice presidential nominee, not the first on the ticket, so what she would have done differently is a mute point.

    Im pretty sure the Republican Party will eventually hold her responsible for the McCain defeat (especially after people like Collin Powel called her out) and will see to it that she has no role in the party's future...


    October 20, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  20. shom

    here she goes again, please mcbarbie(palin), just shut up. whenever you open your mouth, you know you have no idea what you're talking about! 2 more weeks and going back to ALASKA!
    we need a break barbie!

    October 20, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  21. Byron

    "the shoring of the banks"?


    October 20, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  22. Mary, ex-PUMA

    Got to hand it to her. The woman has ambition. She knows that McCain has no chance so she's setting herself up for a 2012 run by throwing him under the bus.

    October 20, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  23. Kathy

    Have any of the media asked them what she means by shoring up? She uses this term a lot, but I don't think she knows what it means.
    I hope we only have two more weeks of her phoniness, and then she floats on back to Alaska land.

    October 20, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  24. Trevor

    She might not be "on message" with what the McCain campaign believes, but it's good to hear what she actually believes and would want to do, if she had a "magic wand". I like the side of Palin I have been seeing since the VP Debate.

    McCain, Obama and Biden have been working on their message, their White House mission, for over twenty years. Palin has been at it for 8 weeks? I expected to see blunders.

    Now I am seeing the confident Palin who, now can talk the talk not just walk the walk (since she has proven she can walk the walk the past 12 years, watch Palin Revealed on CNN). Though it seems people would rather have someone who has walked the walk, not just talk the talk (like Obama).

    October 20, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  25. Beta

    "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." Wow talk about throwing your boss under a bus.... Also I thought we still has a House and Senate... I didn't know only the President makes all spending / tax decisions... hmmmm

    October 20, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
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