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. ted d

    At last! After two months, something sensible from Sarah Palin.

    October 20, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. Sarah Palin

    Thanks but no Thanks.U started the hate,division and racism,now you trying to fine tune your tone. If anything happens,the blood of the innocents will be wrapped around you and your fellow republicans. Hypocrites,preaching democracy to the rest of the world...Shame
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 20, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Brenda

    Sarah Palin should start making her way back to Alaska as she is one CONFUSED lady ... no, most of us are not as ignorant as she is ...

    October 20, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. JEFF

    It is stuped what the GOP is doing . If Obama WINS are people going to start riots on the streets or what?

    October 20, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. catawungus

    she is, really, that stupid?

    October 20, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. Sue in MI

    Is Obama USING ugly robocalls? I don't think so...and his money is coming from small donors...LOTS of us who don't believe this woman is qualified to be President.

    October 20, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  7. Frank G

    Wett, there you have it. Possibly, if we dumb down, the next VP of our Nation.

    October 20, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  8. outsider

    So, Rich people paying taxes is "socialism" and Fat cats on wall street getting the poor hard-working taxpayers money for bailout is NOT "SOCIALISM"!!! Good Job Governor! Now we know on whose side you are on.

    October 20, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. Wanda an Obama Supporter

    Wow, what have we here? . A disagreement on the McCain/Palin ticket? Oh, now Palin is standing up to her boss McCain and saying she is not liking the robo calls to voters. Imagine that! I think they let Sarah talk a little bit too much tonight. At first, they were not letting her talk at all. Now she can't shut up when given some freedom in talking. McCain is not goin g to be too happy when he finds out Ms. Palin has gone on record and disagreed with his Rove campaign tactics. ha ha ha ha.......... This should be interesting when the spin comes out on this little developement.

    October 20, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. Harriet

    She is the worst. Plain and simple.

    October 20, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  11. Donal

    If we all had the hindsight of this woman, wouldn't we have been wonderful?

    October 20, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  12. Sanjoy Das

    The Obama/Biden campaign doesn't have a dearth of material for robo-calls. It is just that Obama & Biden chose not to take the low road.

    John Hagee
    Rod Parsley
    Charles Keating
    Central American Death Squads
    John Singlaub
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    Vicki Iseman
    New York Bonano crime family
    Tom Gosinski
    Robert Bennett
    G. Gordon Liddy

    Joe Vogel
    Thomas Muthee
    Walt Monegan

    October 20, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  13. vanessa

    ok, she is dissing her own campaign now? what is this! her and mccain can't be on the same page. If they can't agree now how are they going to agree in the white house? oh yea, two mavericks, i forgot. WHATEVER!

    October 20, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  14. JACK

    Alaskan Independence Party >>>Can you explain it to us?

    October 20, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  15. Vote

    Sarah disagrees with McCain. Shocking.

    October 20, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  16. She is a FLIP-FLOPPER

    sooooooo ..... she was for it before she was against it, RIGHT?

    October 20, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  17. Student

    Good luck GOP with President Palin.

    October 20, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  18. independent in CA

    She's throwing McCain under the bus with the rest of the good ole boys that she's thrown under it back in her country, Alaska. Someone should have told her that in the USA running mates don't do that.

    Palin is looking out for her 2012 run for president. Fortunately the people see through her.

    October 20, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  19. Marlon

    She's got a good heart, I give her that. She's just ignorant. "Winning the war" is a phrase that shows how uninformed she is of the complex situation in Iraq. Her answer about the bailout was on the level of some of her Couric answers – rambling and incoherent.

    Obama's plan wouldn't take money from small business owners, it would give money TO small business owners and take money from big business owners. As opposed to taking money from small business owners and giving it to banks, oil companies, and insurance companies.

    If Obama's plan is socialist then all taxes are socialist. That's what the government does – it takes money and redistributes it according to the government's priorities. That's called taxation and governance, Gov. Palin. God, she's ignorant.

    October 20, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. Frank G

    Well there you have it, possibly the next VP of our Nation, if we dumb down.

    October 20, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  21. rebeca

    I am so proud of general Collin Powell for endorsement Obama if and any moment i felt guilty for voting for him being republican , today i feel redemed, I I always have admired General Powell, and maybe his endorsement of Obama, will open the eyes of so many people who are blind backing up mccain and and that woman who just wants the power and the opportunity to get to washington, that in any way is Wasilla Alaska, I do respect Alaskan people , but this woman is just and ambitious person with no intention to help the people of America , but herself .

    October 20, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  22. CastEvil

    Wow, Palin irritated with herself and her kind.... Its about time she woke up to herself...,Something tells me this portends her dropping out of the campaign.

    October 20, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  23. Tammy

    The robocalls just repeat what she says anyway. Once again, she is talking out of both sides of her mouth.... and neither side is listening.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 20, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  24. Crownson West

    Okay. I understand Governor Palin quite well. If 700 billion dollars of tax payers money is used to rescue the fat cats of Wall Street from their gluttony-induced anorexia, it is not socialism. But if a considerably lesser amount of tax payers money is used to rescue the small rats on main street it is socialism. Palin and her cohorts have never partaken of the Orwellian pretensions about the equality of all animals. Let the rats perish. Long live the cats!

    October 20, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. She is a FLIP-FLOPPER

    That ticket is certainly a skitzo one, and are not to be trusted!!!

    And to think, I actually felt sorry for MC in the 2000 campaign; his judgement has changed a great deal.

    October 20, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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