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. Kwame

    I think this woman call Palin is an idiot. How could you answer yes to a question regarding Obama's tax plan and no to gov't injection of billions into the economy. Just may be she does not even know what socialism is all about. Please somebody should explain to her what it is. Wolf could?

    October 20, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  2. JackieLee

    Forget Palin's questionable definition of socialism. Here's the choice, a progressive income tax where everyone who makes less than 250,000 gets a tax saving, or a 700,000,000,000 towards distorting market consequences.

    Which sounds more egregious?

    October 20, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |

    i would like to know why cnn and all the net works reported obamas crowed yesterday as 100,000 when it was clear the crowed was almost twice that many the over seas media got it right in australia and the uk they reported 175,000 in the crowed . cnn and other networks consistantly down play obamas croweds and play up mcains tiny croweds . we have the evidence we have the reports in other western news pappers . its discusting cnn . it seems miss palin from this political ticker addition has little to know influence over the campaign , jusy who is in control of mcains campaign becouse the candidates dont seem to have much say at all as evisenced bye this .imagaine if mcain ran america like he has run is election campaign . no thanks .

    October 20, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  4. Oseki Otens Evans

    See, it`s been said by many republicans that Palin was choosen to be a kinda secretary to McCain. Now, the evidence is apparent. A supposed to be vica president that never knew of the robocalls nor would have agreed to them had she known! Moreso, she just touched on the out-datedness of John McCain, in line with Gen. Colin Powell. I guess the only thing that is true but uneasy for Palin to talk about, is the fact that she would have voted for Obama, had McCain not visited her!! I read too that Mr.Palin is a secret Obama admirer. True word?

    October 20, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  5. Rick Harlow

    I think Mrs Palin will say or do anything to become Vice President but what will she do when she has that position? I have only heard her talk about limited things that the McCain party let's her talk about. She should try giving some specific actions she will take when she is in office. She should also start acting a little more presidential vs gooooooobernitorial!

    Mr McCain thank you for your long career in politics.

    Now please retire!

    October 20, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  6. Captain Cannabis

    Sarah Palin is a fool. If her message (whatever that is) resonates with anyone i'll be personally insulted.

    October 20, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  7. margaret nunes

    After reading that article I think it may be a good idea for Palin to return to her small town in Alaska, where people have short attention spans and are the real Americans. It may be a good idea for her and the top dude to take Alaska out of the United States of America since the rest of us are not Americans and have short attention spans. I think she is right. I already can't remember who she is.

    October 20, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  8. D Collins

    Two more things that "hint of socialism": the Permanent Fund check that each Alaskan resident receives annually, and the $1200 Alaska Resource Rebate that was added to this year's Permanent Fund check.

    If Palin actually read Obama's stances on the issues instead of relying on her cheat sheet, she would understand why intelligent voters think she is an idiot.

    October 20, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  9. PoliticoMike

    Well, here's an idea, STOP THEM!


    She Should ask her Hubby if he's Pro American?

    October 20, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  10. Linda

    Good cop, bad cop. Couldn't have been more obvious.

    October 20, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  11. peter

    finally, a glimpse of common sense in this woman

    October 20, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  12. joy

    Just a puppet on a string, trying to line her road to a senate seat, no doubt about it, yes sir you betcha.
    After this, i know the folks in Alaska gotta be smarter than that.

    October 20, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  13. Drew

    Palin is an fool and nothing more than a political opportunist.

    From the Encyclopedia Britannica:
    SOCIALISM: social and economic doctrine that calls for public rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources. According to the socialist view, individuals do not live or work in isolation but live in cooperation with one another. Furthermore, everything that people produce is in some sense a social product, and everyone who contributes to the production of a good is entitled to a share in it. Society as a whole, therefore, should own or at least control property for the benefit of all its members

    Sounds like the BAILOUT is PURE Socialism.

    October 20, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  14. fedup

    Enough Already! with this woman. My God do we want to continue showing the world how uneducated some of our American politicans are?

    October 20, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  15. Alaskim

    Hey Sarah! Do you think the $1200.00 you gave me this fall from tax revenue you got from new taxes on the oil industry was socialism? Oh yah! You betcha it is! Thanks!! Ms. Palin is a raging hypocrite.

    October 20, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  16. goldieluck

    She is planting bad seeds that's why people simply doesn't like in the White House. She ignites McCAin campaign by her stupidity, and American people like to watch her for fun. It's like watching puppet's show in Hollywood for free.

    October 20, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  17. LightOn

    Thank you, Sarah Palin! You are so unintelligent that you are actually helping my candidate. You are not qualified to be VP nor the US president. You are a disgrace to women, and your ability to articulate thoughts is dumbfounding. And please, stop parading your special needs child to score points with voters.

    Nevertheless, I am so glad McCain chose you!

    Go Obama '08!!!!!

    October 20, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  18. Pat from Canada

    I am cringing on this one...she is going to ruin the week for McCain with this one.

    She actually sounds somewhat brighter except if she did do a little more reading on the meaning of socialism then she would see that this 'element' of socialism has been persent in America all along. The government taxes so that they can take care of the basics, example the infrasture of the country...that too has 'elements' of socialism.

    Yikes, I do feel sorry for her. Its really not her fault that she was thrown into this by McCain.

    October 20, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  19. Fatal Blow

    Oh Dear!!!

    October 20, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  20. newsnut

    She has already stated many times that B.H.Obama's past records justify his Guilt with all that has been levied against him. Her subject was on the matter on how the Campaign Monies could be more resourceful, so that the campaign could funtion more strongly financially. The Truth has its own Army.The liars through time have yet to win a war against it.

    October 20, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  21. Ash

    I hope this comment will be posted.

    Unfortunately CNN does not show the Obama-robocalls that are spreading out to uninformed voters in key-battleground states, where he is lying his way around by stating that he will "tax only families who earn more than $250,000 per year." This is a simple lie. Please CNN ... do some investigative research in how the Obama campaign is hiding the fact that small businesses who earn much less than that amount will be taxed if they do not (mostly cannot!) provide healthcare for their employees. My parents are small business owners of a restaurant named Quiznos. They do not have healthcare themselves, how in God's name should they provide healthcare for their four employees? Also, under the Obama-Tax plan, the self-employment tax will be increased.

    I do not know why CNN and other media outlets do not clarify these blatant lies made by the Obama Campaign.

    Greetings from Columbia University

    Ashkan Shahsavari

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 20, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  22. Mike from Chicago

    Palin for President! 2012! She's showed more honesty than either of the candidates this year.
    I'm so sick of Obama's lies. He wants to give a tax break to a Walmart cashier? Thanks to George Bush's tax cut for the poor, a Walmart cashier already pays NO tax. Read my lips – Obama's going to raise taxes. My dad's over 80, retired living off social security and selling the few stocks and CDs he has left after a lifetime of hard work and managing to save and invest a little. Raising the capital gains tax like Obama wants to do will hurt him significantly.

    October 20, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  23. Jack Libert

    This "smart" brunette is provoking all kind of gun crazy fruit loops in the nastiest manner possible.

    She is attempting to distance McCain as well as herself from her campaign's Robocalls as if those were initiated by another party.
    out of the republican party's control.

    McCain and Palin should be ashamed of themselves. Their nasty strategy might in worse case provoke a new 1963 – God forbid.

    Shame on you McCain and Palin.

    October 20, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  24. why

    chick is an idiot

    October 20, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  25. Independent White Woman

    Palin discussed GOP robocalls and socialism on Sunday.
    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.She Doesn't Have A clue!!!

    October 20, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
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