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. franck

    This lady really and simply doesn't understand all what she's talking about !

    October 19, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. interested observer

    Obviously, Palin is seeing the light, or at least is starting to believe that she will be the presumptive Republican nominee in 2012.

    I don't think she is sincere – I think she drank the Koolaid.

    October 19, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. James

    Right, you see; It's only socialism when the OTHER party does it. I'm so tired of all the hypocrisy and lies. Whoops, I don't tow the party line, I must hate America! McCain call's Obama's Credits "socialism" but his own "Reform"!

    October 19, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. paul

    hmmm does she even care what McCain thinks?

    October 19, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. reality

    The only think consistent about Palin is her ability to show her lack of intelligence. Experience is meaningless without intelligence and it's obvious Gov. Palin lacks both, while McCain has experience and not the kind of intelligence Obama has shown.
    Everything about this McPalin campaign screams out incompetence. Please kick these people like bush out of politics and elect competent and intelligent people.

    October 19, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. Can Palin define "Socialism"?

    Pleasepleaseplease... someone... anyone... Joe the Plummer, a soccer mom or dad, even a pig with lipstick... Ask Sarah if she even knows what "socialism" is and how it applies to Obama!!!
    All she's doing is stirring the hate/fear base of "real" America who might be convinced by such shameful, symantically wrong rhetoric. McCain, himself, should know better and put a stop to it... because it harms ALL of America... This is what Colin Powell was talking about!

    October 19, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. angel of san ysirdo

    i do not like sarah palin i do not like john mccain and i am a democrat but i do thank sarah for taking a stand on the stupidty that the republicans are doing against senator Obama. let me also say that im irrataed about how gov.Palin and sen. mccain say there mavericks. sarah palin was infavor of the bridge to nowhere and john mccain was invovled in the keating 5 so to make my point ,


    October 19, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. KJL

    I can't imagine a government with Joe the (phony) Plumber as Minister of Labor and Ed the Dairy Guy as Minister of Agriculture. This "one of us" nonsense has gone too far. Give us competent leaders!

    October 19, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. SunshineBoy

    This is what we're left with. Heaven help us if this becomes the President.

    October 19, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. TheNavOne

    I don't think that many people espousing these ideals of socialism really get the concept of the concepts behind it. In reality some of our most ingrained institutions in this country are, by definition, socialist: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

    I served in the United States Navy during the first part of this current war, and I must say, that the US military is probably the the most Socialist type institution that this country has.

    There are no pure types of governing philosophies running this world. Actually, China is no more Communist than we are a Democracy.

    October 19, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. Democrat for Big Mac

    Regarding Sec. Powell,

    Brother looking out for another brother. so what.

    Its black pride if black votes for a black and racism if white votes for a white.

    Its America, the most beautiful and wonderful land on the planet earth. We are all equal. So, CNN, stop bringing up this race issue and stop hitting the nerves of an ordinary Americans from an angle.

    October 19, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. TheNavOne

    Oh, and with the guiding principles of the internet: FIRST

    October 19, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. rich

    Well...it seems Palin has a lttle more integrety than we thought. The Republican machine has muzzled her, hiden her from the press, and has her saying and doing things that she probably didnt wish to say or do. She is not "off message". The lipstick has worn off the "pitbull", and in her own way, the pitbull is biting back. lol

    October 19, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. Ron

    Too funny......

    October 19, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. val

    My, how confusing and contradictory.
    Perfect politician.....if ONLY we were idiots.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Eugene

    News: First major charge today on campaign registration fraud. Who was caught buying fraudulent registrations: a California Republican operative. ACORN is merely an amateur organization.

    October 19, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. AA


    The problem of course is that no one is asking the simple questions...

    Ms. Palin, can you please elaborate on which parts of the socialistic model bother you the most?

    The majority of the GOP dimwits do not have a clue at what it is, and especially what the clear advantages of a modern socialistic/democratic hybrid, society offers. You know far off exotic places like Canada who happen to have full medical coverage and are in the strongest position of all g8 nations during this economy.

    Really, I believe that being a citizen in a country should not automatically give you the right to vote, you should have to take an IQ test.


    October 19, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  18. paul

    wow her English is very cryptic. I also think she should look up the definition of socialism before speaking out. Looking at a taxation system and retouching the bad things is not socialism

    October 19, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. Tracey

    Like her comments concerning different parts of the united states, I guess there's different kinds of "socialism," huh? Powell was accurated about his statement of her, SHE IS NOT QUALIFIED, PERIOD! And if anyone believes otherwise, they are not being honest with themselves!

    October 19, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  20. PleaseNoPalin

    Sarah, the robocalls are more articulate than you are. Can't wait for November 5th when you are yesterday's news & almost-forgotten punchline.

    October 19, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. Bruce

    Hypocrites... its ok if we do it but if you do it its wrong... I cant wait till this is over

    October 19, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. Diego

    How is "distributing the wealth" considered socialism and using $700 billion from tax payers for the bailout not? Sounds a bit contradictory to me...

    October 19, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  23. WyomingForObama

    Typical. When people become desperate, they'll do anything to win.

    October 19, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. Sarah

    She is a looser.
    Powels' nailed it this morning...McCain should have selected a different VP...Realistically, someone who can become president...
    Americans may like her, but the majority would not accept her as a president.
    Also her recent abuse of power and the ethical trouble she had will add to poor judgement and bad image

    October 19, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  25. Barr 2008

    Hey Sarah here's a different course for you!

    BARR 2008 !

    WRITE IN BARR! Big Push the next two weeks. FL Republicans are going with BARR!

    October 19, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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