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. Ricky

    The only thing Mcain/Palin (or is it Palin/McCain now) has left is to attack. To Take an issue or comment and turn it around to make it pure fiction to inject fear into the people is a tool the communist party used very effectivly in Eastern Europe years ago.
    The Republican ticket has brought the American presidential race to an all time low.

    October 20, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  2. cnn = mcpalin

    yes she rather does the calls herself, or say it herself in her so called rallies, where she and mccain encourage and support racism against everyoen who is not GOP caucasian and who is not wealthy
    give me a break

    she started it all,
    and she knows it that mcbush used her and she fell in the trap,

    as we all know she has no brains..

    October 20, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |

    This is truly the end of the world, when a NIGER becomes president of the United States of America. Now we know that it's all gone, first the jews now Nigers, but watch out you filthy people, we are sitting by the river and will wait for America to go down, there is no other future if Obama, the hidden islamic, bin laden supporter, becomes the president.
    Please God.. let Hitler and Mussolini be reincarnated soon, and let them finish the Job they have started.


    October 20, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  4. micA

    What John McCain is doing With these robocalls that try to pair Obama & Ayers is beyond despicable. Not only has he been decried by his own party but now by even Palin. I sincerely had loads of respect for McCain before this race, but i am surprised by these acts of an obviously desperate man.
    As for Palin on socialism; i don't think the world will hold their breath for Palin's philosophy on any economic or taxation policy. In her opinion Obama is a socialist for try to engage in progressive taxation but the Bush governments bailout that gives billions to corporations is not. John McCain must wish he could go back 3 months ago before he had to make the VP Pick.

    October 20, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  5. Ida Camps

    Sorry no $ 5 trillion but $ 10 trillion

    October 20, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  6. aj

    What kind of double standard is that. The largest government bail out in history orchicstated by a Repulican administration isn't socialism, but Obama wanting to repeal a tax cut made by the Bush administration is socialism? Fear, fear, fear that's all they have.

    October 20, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  7. Manuel

    I don't like her way of saying things. Also she scares me and it scares me to think that theres a chance that this....woman has a good chance of being the next American President....well, a 5% chance but thats WAY too high.

    October 20, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  8. Seattle Voter

    Palin you're such a disappointment. You need to educate yourself before talking because you don't know what the heck you're talking about.

    October 20, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  9. Chris

    Sarah Palin evidently doesn't know what the word socialism means, or as most republicans, picks and chooses when the definition applies.

    She doesn't believe that nationaliing banks amounts to socialism? Obviously, she is clueless.

    October 20, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  10. Canned Phrase

    Cnn you're mean for not posting my comment, but not nearly as mean as Fox News and their Obama & Friends The History of Radicalism Part 1. In fact that isn't mean, that is plain scary that we are looking at nearly 50% of the population supporting a political party that is reigniting 1860's political discourse.

    October 20, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  11. Mary

    Barack H Obama said Americans are sinics wath he is????

    you don put atentione to this words in the last debate
    sorry may english is not good

    October 20, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  12. robert

    Sarah Palin the most intelligent politician in America at this moment.

    October 20, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  13. Louis

    Palin–2 weeks from being an historical footnote.

    October 20, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  14. La Von K Hummel-

    So shes saying if McCain would let her run the show I think thats what she has in mind. The calls are tacky. she is tacky Her voice can peel paint of the walls. She is stirring the pot of hate and racisiam. And she thinks she is a Chirstain. Not in my book. she is snoty and rude. condsending. She is a dangerous. And how can anyone who has been introduced to the nation all of 6-8 weeks ago, be so supported by so many. could it be she is the last great white hope. I just can't uunderstand how some one so stupid as palin is not been ask to step aside. She thinks she is on a mission for the lord. I am not joking. She thinks this is gods will to put her in the white house, Think I am joking . NOT, she calls Barack A socialist. I call her a militant. – Have you forgot the group behind the Oklahoma bombing, a far right exstreamist, who wanted to have there rules laws and goverment, Like Sarahs Old man. so who scares who.

    October 20, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  15. All

    Barack Obama has actual PEOPLE who make calls for him – NOT robo calls – I know, I'm one of many who volunteer time! I am proud to support his campaign because America deserves better than the last 8 years!

    October 20, 2008 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  16. Gene

    Wow.. I'm impressed.. Even a divisive nitwit like Palin is disgusted by McCain's and the GOP's campaigning.. Bravo.. for the first time since this election started.. I applaud you.

    But on the other side of the coin.. Palin, you're an idiot. Reversing George Bush's tax cuts is not going to send this country spiraling into socialism... We already have socialism in this country that we all accept and approve of though... Like Medicare, Social Security, Public Schools, AFDC, even subsidies to farmers (the same ones usually screaming that Obama is a socialist and that they don't want socialism in this country).

    October 20, 2008 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  17. hurriCAIN PALIN

    President Nobama = Downfall of the United States Superpower

    October 20, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  18. La Von K Hummel-

    Sarah Palin ( THINKS)

    October 20, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  19. tango johnson

    she's looking out for her future career... mean while she's stabbing McCain in the back... shame on her...

    October 20, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  20. Don

    Not so dumb after all on the robo calls. As for her distinctions between the Govt. and Obama using socialist tactics, well, I still don't believe she can see Russia from her house.

    October 20, 2008 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  21. Daniel

    5% of the people = 95% of the wealth. If so, then let them generate 95% of our tax revenue. We already have socialism now. The poor provide welfare for the rich, who currently only pay 60% of the nation's taxes. How does this add up?

    October 20, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  22. Don't Gloat, Just Vote

    Well, here's an idea, STOP THEM!


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

    October 20, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  23. Alex

    "Experimenting" with socialism? What goes on in Barack's bedroom STAYS in Barack's bedroom!

    October 20, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  24. Don't Gloat, Just Vote

    Ms Palin, here's an idea, STOP THEM!


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

    October 20, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  25. Edith Ann

    Does Sarah Palin suffer from racing thoughts?
    It seems that some of her sentences are either 1 and 1/2 sentences or 1/2 sentences.
    How can she say the bailout was not socialism? Did you ask if she thought it was theft?
    Oh, how she sounds as if she wished her name was first on that ticket!
    Look out, John, she'll be lookin' to shoot you down next! She wants what you've got now! She is probably praying for your death as I write this!!!!!!!
    That's what you get for choosing someone you met for 15 minutes as the person that would take over, in case of your death, to be president of our beloved country. How patriotic was that, John?

    October 20, 2008 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
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