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. Jagadish

    either McCain or Obama, nobody in this world can be worse than Bush, with regard to Sarah Palin her language and her support base has deep undertone of racism, wuuuhhh, america is supposed to be pillar of freedom and democracy. I think Mccain will lose due to his running mate

    October 20, 2008 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  2. JR

    I guess she heard that "Joe the Plumber" has done more interviews than she has.....so she's talking.
    She can spin the "robocalls" all she wants but they clearly state – Paid for by John McCain. Why pretend to be offended with the calls when it's the same ole mudslinging lies, inuendo & fear tactics that come out of her mouth at all their rallys.

    October 20, 2008 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  3. Canta

    Gov. Palin is such a unique individual. She is open, honest and to the point.

    Our country would be in much better hands under McCain and Palin.

    God Bless America.

    October 20, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  4. paul oregon

    sarah is good can you belive this thing she sounds more like a
    terrorist. and mccain what a war hero ?????? what a joke. i guess
    if you dont belive what they belive you are unamerican, i get the impression in this artical shes hanging mccain out to dry. onthe robo calls. the more this ticket talks the more they act like a terrorist ticket.
    fear , evangelical morals. lack of.

    October 20, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  5. JR

    Voters SHOULD be irritated and outraged by these calls!!!!

    October 20, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  6. Stefanie

    A bailout is a bailout!! Socialism is a selective term now. More lipstick on a pig...

    October 20, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  7. Bill @ Bali

    Socialism is a big word for Ms. Palin. Not sure she understands it. Having an understanding of an issue however doesn't stop her from attacking with it.

    October 20, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  8. New day coming

    Huh? One side of the mouth disagrees with the other. Socialism, another subject she knows nothing about.

    October 20, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  9. Amy For America

    I had almost started liking her...before she threw in that "socialist" wrong claim. Pfff....sad!

    October 20, 2008 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  10. La Von K Hummel-

    Sarah Palin will, and wants to call the shots. Maybe She will. she thinks she is Nooka noo., which means Frozen she Queen, and it means she was born to be the Nooka noo of the world. Which means for us. We will have read the books of NOOKA NOO, choice. keep extra money around if you get raped. Her God will be your God. You will be able to ( choose) If you do not affend. the great Nooka noos, superier moral codes. And when she speaks every other day on the palsma sceens and sur ound sounds speakers in our living rooms. You can ask her God. WHY........................................ ps I beleive in jesus as my savoir, I am not mocking the hevanly father. I am monking the great NOOKA NOO>..

    October 20, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  11. Scott of Utah

    I love it when she sells out the campaign to the press. It makes them look so disorganized. She also did this when she said she disagreed with the campaign for abandoning Michigan. Its almost like she knows this ship is sunk but is trying to say "its not my fault, I'd do it differently."

    October 20, 2008 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  12. Al

    Palin is not bright by any means, but somewhat practical woman, and apparently she worries about herself and her career more than about McCain erratic campaign.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 20, 2008 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  13. Spades R. Spades

    Moose-alini has spoken!

    October 20, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  14. fitsum

    socialist approach is by far different from obama's approach to the economy. his approach equates in some sense to the bailout scheme. MCcain supported the bailout,does that make him a socialist ?. Is that not a kind distribution the wealth around according to a politician’s priorities ?

    October 20, 2008 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  15. dede-ole

    this lady got a problem.when do you disapprove your own handwrtting .these robocalls are slizzy by every nature they are a disgrace to the mccain/pallin camp.i guess it is burn everything on your way out.Obama might win by a bigger margin than our wildest dream.go Obama,i hope everyone make their voice heard by voting.

    October 20, 2008 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  16. sandee in Portland

    What the heck is the difference between robocalling saying Obama's pals with a terrorist or saying at her rallys like she's been doing. Same thing...and she didn't seem to have any compunctions about saying the same things to incite people at her rallys. Not only is she dishonest, abuses her power as Governor to get back at a guy for divorcing her sister, but she is a hypocrite as well.

    October 20, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  17. Scott in Norfolk

    Go Palin.

    October 20, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  18. Sam SixPack

    Well, now that even the candidates are saying it, are you still refusing to post comments that include the word socialism?

    Isn't "spread the wealth" a Karl Marx idea?

    Why can't you print that?

    What's wrong with the truth?

    October 20, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  19. Martin (England)

    I don't think the robo-calls are that much of a problem.

    Firstly unlike the last 2 elections the media are actually tackling smears (not letting Fox get anti-democratic smear machines like Swiftboat Veterans work for the Karl Rove etc). This time round it appears that the media are angry at being used and fooled by people like Rove.

    Secondly the American electorate would probably choose Obama even if he had known and been friends with Ayers; because knowing one reformed Terrorist would be better than carrying on the lie the Bush regime which is more dangerous to the U.S than Al Qaeda could dream of. The last 8 years the biggest security risk to the United States has been its President.

    October 20, 2008 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  20. The Bluest Skies are in Seattle

    Is this what s called talking out both sides of your mouth McPalin ?
    You have no problems spewing hate,lies continually from the first minute you spoke at the convention and to this day you are still spewing hate,lies ,low road you have reached your lowest point .
    Even lie about their lies ..
    McWar lost all his memory so they Re-programmed , Re-booted
    him after Bushed for 8 years .

    Not This Time .

    October 20, 2008 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  21. MarkieBee

    Every time she speaks to the media she costs McCain votes. It's no wonder that Joe The Plumber has given more press conferences than Palin.

    October 20, 2008 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  22. Qwerty

    using tax payer money and giving it to large corporations is socialism! We have just nationalized the credit industry. Palin=idiot

    October 20, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  23. Dare Nigeria

    I could remember that in 2000, when GWB's Campaign used the same Robocalls against Senator McCain, He said that the hottest place in hell was reserved for the authors of the Robocalls.

    For him to turn around, in his despiration, to use the same Robocalls against a fellow Senator of the United States has shown us what part of hell he would go to.

    It is so pathetic when one sees a purpoted hero he has admired over decades to stoop this low It is like seeing Esau selling his birthright to Jacob because of a plate of poridge.

    I empathize with Senator McCain, bearing in mind that at 72, this is his last chance at having a shot at the Presidency. The ambition he has nursed since Hanoi.

    But he needs to leave the stage with his head held high. But at this state of negativity he, Mrs Palin and the RNC have displayed in these elections season, whether he wins or loses in the GE, I doubt if he will feel good with himself in the morning of November 5, if his shameful campaign is anything to go by – Except he has no shame.

    October 20, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  24. tennyson

    both mcCain and palin are just confused ,they really dont know how to run their campaingn they differ on every topic , can anyone bail them out . oh my God ,mcpalin is fighting hard, but i will end nowhere

    October 20, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  25. Ashamed of Arizona

    Of course, government owned banks isn't a socialist principle...because McCain voted for it! If it would have served her positively, I'm sure her answer would have been different.

    October 20, 2008 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
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