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. MRubin

    To the thinking of most of the right-wing dominated G.O.P. politicians anyone who disagrees with their sick outlook is either un-American, or a terrorist. One whacko Republican congresswoman just called for an investigation to determine which members of Congress are anti-American, while Palin announced that certain parts of the U.S. are anti-American.

    John McCain just corrected one of his looney supporters at a rally who was concerned because she believed that Obama is an Arab, as if that, in and by itself is a crime. McCain didn't condemn her for her overt racism but simply informed her that Obama isn't an Arab. The G.O.P. has gone mad!!

    October 19, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. k

    Talk of confusion....who really running the Mcsame campaign!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08'12'

    October 19, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. angela

    Palin can't speak English coherently. I am confused by her run-on sentences.

    October 19, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. Joseph Adewole

    At least she realised that their tactics are bad; not a civilised way of doing things; this is surely a babaric way of doing things. How old was Sarah when this so called University Prof commited this offence? If Sarah were to be the man's student, will she be accountable for the man's offence now after 40 years? I don't know how you reason but surely this cannot even take place in the third world or fifth world – if there is somethinf like that.

    October 19, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  5. BRM

    Is Sarah running with John McCain or is she on a different ticket?

    Obama/Biden straight to the White House

    October 19, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    So if Palin has no say so now she will still have no say so if she were to become VP or President. She is not in control of NOTHING. She is a puppet and they are pulling her stings....

    Vote Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. WA voter

    No, she just prefers to smear Obama herself, in public. What a tool she is. She must be so proud. Country First, indeed.

    October 19, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. J.C.

    I don't see the difference between distributing money over all those that make less than 250,000 and over Wall Street.

    October 19, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  9. canada

    she is unbelieveable!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one minute she is saying palling around with terrorists now she wouldnt do these robo calls saying this. she's just jealous that BO was able to raise so much money to run all his tv ads and they (republicans) can't afford to. maybe mccain should have took the same road as obama instead of using regulated gov't funds for his campaign. then he wouldnt have to "borrow" money to finish his campaign. they are losing and BO was smart enough to buy up all tv ad space so even if mccain gets the money, there is no space left lol.
    go obama/biden
    even the canadians are cheering you on.

    October 19, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. Blue By You

    Clearly Palin has NO idea what the definition of Socialism really is. How ridiculous. This is basic Civics or Social Studies taught in eight grade.

    October 19, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. valery

    If Gov. Palin wanted to prove her standing as a maverick than she should have offered her running a different tactic in order to win, NOt by divisive tactics when he is losing.

    October 19, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. ade

    Can she be described as "erratic"?

    October 19, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  13. Janice

    Why is it that this woman always refers to people of this Country as "Americans"? Why can't she simply say "if I called the shots, I would be sitting at a kitchen table with more and more 'people' . . . ." ? Could it be because she is an Alaskan and sees the "lower 48" as another country. Oh, I forgot; she pals around with secessionists; that is why she speaks as though we are foreigners to her; yet, she wants to be the vice president of this Country? Interesting.

    October 19, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. Brian

    Just today on Fox News, John McCain was talking about how he'll still be the US Senator from Arizona even if he doesn't win and he'll go back to that. Not exactly positive thinking.

    Sarah Palin is trying to distance herself from unpopular aspects of this campaign and probably eyeing the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries or an US Senatorial bid. Too bad she doesn't realize that can't distance herself from one the most unpopular aspects of the Republican ticket, herself.

    October 19, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Jason T.

    Yes, and if Sarah had her way and somehow won, we'd have a theocracy and the world would hate us more than they do already.

    October 19, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  16. Evan

    Let me first say that I am a proud Independent who supported Hillary, but remains undecided (truth be told, leaning towards a Hillary write-in).

    When Palin was first introduced as McCain's running mate, I jumped on the liberal bandwagon of hurling insults like she's stupid or a barbie or incompetent, but I had nothing to back that up except for the mob mentality that has ruled this campaign pn both sides. But the more that I read about Governor Palin, and the more I see her on the trail, the more I really like her. And despite that Couric interview disaster, I do not think she is stupid or unqualified or a bumbling fool. I believe that Gov Palin will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012 and I am looking forward to that.

    October 19, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. slc in ny

    For all of the lies that Sarah Palin is telling, she sure has a lot of repenting to do. It is really bad mising religion and politicss, especially when you have to lie. My wife stated to me today, "how can all these people who state that they are Christians have so much hate in them"? Could not really answer that except to say that they must not be "real" Christians.

    October 19, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. Jennifer C.

    McCain/Palin give the American people details about how you are going to get us working again.

    We have NOT heard any yet.

    Socialism – hardly. Obama is shifting the tax break the wealthy have been receiving for the last 8 years.

    October 19, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. nina

    I don't understand why the repugs call this "socialism". In Canada, we have a system where, those who make more, pay more in taxes. That just makes sense.
    Our taxes go for infrastructure, public school education, our health care system, public services to aid the less fortunate, unemployment etc. The list goes on and on.
    Anyway, in times like these, those who are less fortunate, esp with children, who have lost their job, or just fallen on hard times, our system helps them out, and is careful not to allow pple to take advantage of our system.
    People should really pay attention, as no job is forever anymore, and all of you yelling "socialism", may one day need help yourself.
    It isn't socialism.
    Keep this in mind, The wealth in your country has always been spread, by those who are the wealthiest. They get the tax breaks, Do your research before just chiming in at a rally. Look at the last 8 years. Has any of the wealth trickled down to you?
    So, if giving a break to those with less is socialism, then keeping all the wealth to only the richest is facisim.

    October 19, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. Bernadeth

    So socialism is ok, or bears a different name when supported by republicans. What hypocracy. This woman makes me feel ashamed when I hear her speak, without the use of gramatically comprehensible phrases. Reading her speak solidifies my shame.
    "There are hints of socialism in there." "...to make sure that that's not frozen..." I mean, come on. I can speak better than that, and I can never run for anything, let alone VP. Senator Mc the Same, pleas teach your mate to speak properly.

    October 19, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  21. Chris

    Palin originally was for it, now that it is not working out as she had expected does not like it. She is the one that said that Barack Obama is "palling away with terrorist". What else is in the cards for this governor?

    October 19, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  22. Paul

    Does anyone care what Palin has to say anymore? The woman is a national joke.

    October 19, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  23. Anonymous


    Before you make any comments about the Democratic candidates, it may not be a bad idea to sit down and reflect on whether or not it is "patriotic" for you to run to be vice president and potentially president. given your capabilities and ignorance. You were chosen by Mccain to just stir up some excitement into his dull campaign. You speak with great confidence on issues that you have no knowledge of. No intellectual woman could ever vote for you. No vice presidential candidates capability has ever been been questioned as much as yours. So before you start labelling your opponents as socialist and terrorrist- something the American people do not care about– LOOK WITHIN YOURSELF!!!!

    October 19, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  24. sharon

    uh ........ what did she say?It's like she speaks a foreign language.

    October 19, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  25. Ron

    The government bails out big banks by giving them our taxpayer money and that's not socialism? Where did this girl study? Did she study anything during those 5 years trying to get a journalistic degree? Here's a hint, Sarah....when the gov. gives 700 billion of our taxpayer dollars away to big businesses, it's sure as hell not capitalism. Much like you taxing the big oil companies and giving every man, woman and child (who as far as I know don't pay taxes) a 1200 bonus, that's more like socialism than anything Obama has proposed. Get real and go home.

    October 19, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
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