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. 25 y.o. Voter

    "Inside Baseball stuff" yeah right .... Every time something blows up in the Repubs face there's always some kind of dumb excuse...

    October 20, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    KING and Queen of Drama at it AGAIN.......NOW we are suppose to believe she disagrees with McCain campaigning that has taken the low road since she was hired? We are use to seeing the act of good cop and the bad cop shows and your are FOOLING no ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    "huge amounts of money that Barack Obama", If McCain & Palin STOP worrying about how MUCH money Obama has and spend, maybe if the BOTH of you concentrate on your OWN campaign you wouldn't have so much time to try to watch and rule Obama's campaign............Don't worry about what he does for his campaign with the MONEY we SEND him....SO stop whining like a spoiled child and GET back to the Economy ISSUES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    McCain STOP being a follower to everything Obama does!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. Liberal in Chicago

    Is she clueless? Or just a liar? The world may never know... considering in two weeks her political career is over.

    October 20, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Danny

    She's an idiot.

    October 20, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. concerned voter

    Grasping at straws, leprecahns, elves, unicorns, faries, and genies!


    October 20, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Nervous in Texas

    But "the shoring of the banks" is socialism. Your partner also approved the bailout package that was loaded with so much pork that I honestly don't know how you can go out there and tell the pro-American people at your rallies that you will put an end to pork in bills? Did you not see McCain's interview this morning on Fox when he said that he has no intention of ending these obsene robocalls. Stop dividing our country. We need to be united so that we can move in a positive direction in the next 4 years. Stop before you hurt someone and it will be on your actions. Please we are all begging you and appearing to your sense of decency, please stop the hatred at your rallies. It's too scary for us minorities.

    October 20, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  7. lane

    sarah palin needs to first get and education and learn how to read, write, and speak and learn how to formulate a sentence before she tries to throw stones at anyone; and by the way ;get that bum-todd a job! winkin, blinkin, and nod, joe six pack, and you betcha is not my idea of a vice presidential candidate giving a speech. sarah palin did you think ACORN was a advocacy network to rally the "squirrel vote", with your I.Q. I'm sure you did. sarah, I have some co-worker who are mccain supporters who would like to get your-X- the next time you are in n.c., because we know you can't spell something as complex as your name. cnn post don't moderate

    October 20, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  8. Babe

    I wish the campaign were over and Sarah would just mosey on home to face her impeachment for abuse of gubernatorial powers. While hibernating at home to play stay-at-home mommie, she might study a bit and get on more intimate terms with the English language. That might prepare her for some serious reading, which she would have to do to become more educated, if that is possible. She is unquestionably ignorant. The uncertainty is as to how stupid she is.

    At any rate, it would be a pleasure and a relief to conclude this ugly element of the campaign. Her vitriol has been most unwelcome, and it is fortunate she will not be seen in Congress. It will facilitate the healing. On November 5, there will still be many of our simpler folk who are convinced that Obama is a terrorist, a socialist, a Marxist, an advocate of sexual education for five-year olds and a tax-and-spend liberal. Go home, Sarah, and take your guns with you.

    I pray there is no last minute upset, for I do not believe this country could survive a term of McCain-Palin.

    October 20, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. Jason ledet

    Dear Palin,

    Sweatie, that's socialism! Injecting tax payer money into free market business is socialism......you prove your ignorance every time you open your mouth.

    October 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  10. Aggie

    I was independent voter till last week I decided to give my vote to DEM becuase of the things going on and attacks that are nonsense. Always when there is a game one must lose. We can't have two winners and now it is time for REP to accept the fact they try all the tactics and non of them works please lets put it to rest. Focus on economics and things that will help American to trust our economic system. I real don't know what Governor Palin teaching young generation and our kids.
    People comes first not personal agenda over who qulify and who is not qualify to become a president. Let American people make that decision without any manipulation from candidates.

    October 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. slc in ny

    If one situation hints of socialism, then so does the other. It does not matter the reason for it being done. Sarah Palin is saying what she is told to say and when she speaks on her own, she contradicts the party, such as she would not robo call. To tax individuals making over 250,000 a year is alright with me. My wife and I are not there yet, we are at 200,000, when and if we get there and are taxed at that rate, I will not mind helping my country and fellow citizens. Come on think about it, 250,000 is a lot of money.

    October 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  12. CitizenS

    Educate yourself. Do you educate yourself on the Clinton Administration. How was your pocketbook then? Do you educate yourself on the the tireless, stressful relentless job of the Presidency and how would Mccain fair then? Do you educate yourself on the potential of a Palin presidency should Mccain be incapacited and the lack of knowledge, education, forthrightness, worthiness, let your husband do your job-ness, kitchen table budget-ness and truly unethical-ness that equals a Palin presidency. Please, educate yourself as to whether a person who is a Harvard graduate, shows a steady hand, thoughtfulness to the situation, steadfastness in principles, 1 house, 1 car, with the ability to rise above the fray and LEAD as an Obama presidency shows. Educate yourself regarding a potential Biden presidency with his principles, knowledge and mature attitude would bring if the need arose. EDUCATE YOURSELF IN FAIRNESS TO YOURSELF. OBAMA/BIDEN 08 12

    October 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  13. Tyler

    I have gotten THREE "RoboCalls" this election season and ALL THREE ARE FROM THE RNC! Being in Colorado, we're in a SWING STATE and only the RNC is plaguing my house with these calls ... going so far as to have my "press #1 if you're Pro-Life" and "press #1 if Illegal Immigration is important to you."

    Much like Palin herself – Quite Simply pathetic.

    October 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  14. J

    GOP voter registration fraud case leads to arrest!
    Mark Jacoby, who was arrested in Ontario and owns a firm hired by the California Republican Party, violated state registration laws, authorities say.

    October 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  15. Douglas, Los Angeles

    We're not only irriated with robo-calls, more than half of America is irriated with the McCain/Palin campaign.

    October 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  16. TH

    I find Palin so hard to understand. Will someone please tell her to stop using, "that and there and also". Please use the term she is refering to. To her point on taxes, maybe we can all pay just 12% as she did, but then what would we drive on, how safe would our bridges be and would be still have a "free library".

    October 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  17. Sara

    Internal dispute, isn't that always the case when things are falling apart? Nothing better than finger pointing at this point

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!

    October 20, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  18. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    2 weeks before election and NOW she wants to go on Meet The Press, after all these weeks she has decided along with McCain at her SIDE, that HOPEFULLY she can fool the voters and tell more lies about Obama. TOOK this long for McCain to allow her to do what almost every President or Vice President have done, and that is be interviewed, by the media more then 3 or 4 interviews and most of all MEET THE PRESS.

    McCain you have made the Repugs look like a big JOKE with this VP pick.......TRICK didn't WORK, McCain...........This woman does NOT represent ALL woman!!!!!!!!!!!..................I have already did the right thing and has VOTED for Obama and Biden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. Heath

    She is doing what is is told!! Mindless Palin

    October 20, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. Sue in MI

    Yeah, her robocalls would be about socialism.

    October 20, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |


    October 20, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  22. Cathy Agu


    Continue 'shoring up your base with tons on contradictions'.




    October 20, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  23. Rob indetroit

    MCsenile -Mcpalin are running a confused campaign one minute they are playing good cop /bad cop next minute they are in Left field, now palin is trying to make herself look good so she can run in 2012
    noone's buying the fake consern about the state of the campaign, palin is trying to throw MCbush under the straight talk express bus,
    by the way Joe the plumber is related to charles Keating. google it.

    October 20, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  24. Barb

    Palin does not have the intelligence to be in the position she is in. She has charisma but no substance. She is not a deep thinker. Seems like we have had 8 years of that already and look how that is working out for us. We need a President and Vice President with intellectual vigor. Obama and Biden 08!

    October 20, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. Kentucky

    Why is it that all this woman does is attack? We only have heard her views in a couple of interviews and they were disasters that left America with an impression of a person with the intellect of a squirrel. Lets see one more interview with questions on the economy and foreign policy. I don't believe McCain will let it happen.

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