October 19th, 2008
11:26 PM ET
12 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. Bryan

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I must say I agree with you here, Palin. This is one of the few times you've impressed me. Sounds a little like the McCain of old. But it's too little too late, at least for me.

    And how about the national election as a national holiday? How has that not happened yet? What, can't we spare an extra 1 day in 4 years to contribute to our democracy? It's shameful, America.

    October 20, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  2. tyme4chaing

    I am also irritated with you Palin. You're so fake you almost got away with your firing scandal but that didn't happen. Your qualifications for VP is crap. You just don't measure up after all the spin you been causing. You're not liked anywhere. Please quit now while you still have some dignity left.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 20, 2008 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  3. former gop

    So now let's not say Obama's a terrorist because that's backfiring, let's say he's a socialist and involved in voter fraud – even tho McCain, too, supported ACORN.

    This wasn't off the cuff Palin stating she wouldn't do robocalls pushing the terrorist angle. Every step of this has been planned. This was the Republican campaign one again trying to manipulate people.

    October 20, 2008 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  4. Nathaniel Mounce (Somerset, KY)

    Whether McCain wins or not, I hope that Miss Palin is a Presidential candidate herself one day. I think she would do wonderfully. By expressing her dislike of both the robo-calls and the smear tactics, we see good judgment and that she is in touch with America.

    October 20, 2008 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  5. Anonymous

    why allof a sudden, that she tries to be decent, you make the call?

    October 20, 2008 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  6. Republican for change

    Ya think?

    Please spare us the Obama socialism also.

    Bush Sr - 4 years of economic meltdown
    Clinton - 8 years of economic prosperity
    Bush Jr - 8 years of absolute disaster leading to Wall St socialism

    McCain's gonna rear his head back into Arizona this Nov 4 boooyyy.

    You can count on it lady! You betcha 😉

    October 20, 2008 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  7. Citizen of Chicago

    Sarah Palin is the ultimate "robo call" candidate. At a time in American history when candidates are packaged and sold like never before, she is a dream come true for the people paid to get her elected.

    Sarah Palin was brought into this campaign like an exciting new product. She was developed in Alaska by the Republican Party, where her talent was encouraged and the various myths surrounding her were developed.

    She was rolled out as a last ditch "secret weapon" when it looked like John McCain's campaign had nothing to lose.

    The same kind of people who think TV characters are real and that movies represent reality are the target of the Sarah Palin production. Unfortunately, there are many people like that.

    Whenever you see something like "Sarah Palin thinks it's too bad McCain is pulling out of Michigan" or "Sarah Palin thinks robo calls are just too darn bad we have to do that", it is a very carefully scripted development of the Sarah Palin Product Image. It is to make her seem independent, but really she will say whatever she is told.

    Sarah Palin is not a leader, she can provide no leadership for America. She has been programmed to say "socialist" "socialist" and "Joe the Plumber" and "Drill, drill, drill" and all the other little chants that the McCain campaign is based on, to block out any serious discussion of what the next 4 years of American life will be.

    I am so sick of the right wing extremists that have taken over the Republican party. I am voting for Barack Obama!

    October 20, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
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