October 20th, 2008
08:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin says voters 'irritated' by robocalls

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/18/art.swain.cnn.jpg caption="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. SWmotherof2

    This woman never ceases to annoy me. As a woman I just want to beg her to just go away, there are many capable woman that are ready to be 2nd in command, and she is not one of them.

    For all you that think Obama's plan is to help alcoholics and lazy people, your the epitome of what is wrong with US, there are 100's of 1000's family out there that are not making it. People who work hard every day who can't afford the "luxury" of buying gas and nutritious foods. People who if they invest in a 401K can't afford a college fund for their children. Single mothers working 3 jobs. Young married couples who will have to wait til their mid to late 30's just to have to consider having children. Hard working men who pound the pavement every day looking for even part time work after their multi billion dollar companies shipped their jobs to India (so much for providing tax breaks to increase jobs, how about a fine or penalty for every job you ship over seas??)

    Fed UP and voting Obama/Biden 08~~

    October 20, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. Henry

    Lincoln said a nation divided against itself can not stand. Today it's not states against states, but an attempt by one side to set people against people. Just like General Powell, I am a Republican, but until the Republican Party gets back to the being the party of Lincoln, the party of WE the people, I'll vote for a person like Obama, a person who believes WE are ALL in this together, and only together.

    October 20, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. jerzygrl

    Linda – I did not donate my money (twice) to Obama to help people with their mortgages and their bills. I dontated that money to help Obama get elected President of the United States. I would be very upset if he turned around and used that money for any other purpose that what I intended it for. Is this your first election? It takes a lot of money to run a campaign, and just because Obama has received record amounts from the small donors like me, it doesn't make his responsiblity of campaigning any different than any of the others. I was very pleased to see that my small contribution was part of a greater toll – 150 million! Way to go America!!!

    October 20, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. Bulldog

    Sarah Palin is a joke. Hardcore consertatives are even turning against her include Colen Powell who ripped her apart yesterday for one of his reasons as supporting Senator Obama for president. Palin loves those robocalls. Just like in Alaska, Palin takes credit for everything that works well and blames others for the things that don't work. That's not leadership, that's just being a fraud who can't come up with their own ideas and has to steal or blame others depending on the outcome.

    October 20, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  5. Will18E

    Just another reason why she is not qualified to be VP.
    She is demonstrating insubordination of her wannabe boss McCain.
    Whether or not you agree with McCain or Obama, you VP or XO should never question the decisions made and executed by their commander in public or at all.

    October 20, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. Rich in NJ

    Palin does not understand politics. It is one thing for a politician to distance him/herself from their party or their President. But the VP's job is one of absolute loyalty to the President. She could have signaled her displeasure with robocalls by simply saying that she doesn't make those decisions, without going so far as to say that she would have made a different decision. The campaign will have to sequester her again. After the election, I wonder how long it will be before McCain throws her under a bus and admits that picking her was a mistake. If Palin runs in 2012, I doubt she'll even get McCain's endorsement.

    October 20, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. Brian

    If she wants to stop the robocalls, she should stop the robocalls. I mean the lady is running for Vice President of the country, and if the folks working for her do not respect her opinion enough to listen to her, why should the american people believe she will be strong enough to overcome the "good ole boy network" in Washington? They'd bully her with every opportunity. Some Maverick.

    October 20, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. Mig from OH

    Just when I thought she had a couple of brain cells that are firing normalling, she has to come out with attacking Obama for his "robocalls". Wow, you can't explain stupid sometimes.

    October 20, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  9. MJ - San Antonio, TX

    Palin is not qualified to be a position to say much of anything. The last blow came yesterday when Collin Powell made his endorsement and said of his own Republican Party that Palin was not ready nor qualified to run this country. No better words than from a Republican himself.

    October 20, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |

    How could Sarah Palin ever to VP or President when she can't even answer questions. Is she afraid or is the Republican Party afraid of what she will say?

    All Palin is good for is provoking riots, hate and division.

    A Republican voting for Obama/Joe, "the Senator"

    October 20, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. Ann Mack

    Sarah Palin has been the one who has Championed a false impression of connection of an 8 year old Barack Obama to acts made by Bill Ayers 30 years ago. Now that she sees how unpopular this lie is, she wants to wash her hands of it. Only they will not come clean.

    October 20, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  12. Michelle

    The average campaign contribution to Barack Obama was $87....oh yes, Linda, that truly is an obcene amount of money!

    Personally, I gave a total of $30. Because I believe in Barack Obama, and that's all I can afford.

    Don't tell me that I don't have the right to contribute to my candidate, or that he shouldn't spend my money working to win over voters.


    October 20, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. linda

    aneel – right on target – McCain and Palin already have my vote – and only once – "buying" the election is – I can't even think of a rational word to put here – what ever happened to his promise that he broke and McCain kept – and I am a very hardworking American and Obama's tax plans will break me

    October 20, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. kitkat

    Would Gov Palin answer a question from Joe the Plumber at a rally? Or from Janet the Community Organizer? Would she be willing to address what she sees as the "major" tenets of socialism? Is McCain's tax plan socialistic too, since it also redistributes wealth? What is tithing?

    October 20, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  15. Jim from Middletown, CT

    The first intelligent thing I've heard from Caribou Barbie. Too litle, way too late, Sarah.

    October 20, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. Fee, Philadelphia

    Scott in Norfolk...usually when people identify themselves as supporters...they tend to know the spelling of the person's name whom they support. It is Sarah with an 'h'!

    I on the other hand don't support her extreme views.

    Obama/Biden '08...the only choice for me and Colin Powell

    October 20, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. Jill American

    Colin Powell should get a spot in Obama's administration .. cleaning bed pans at Walter Reed and working with the 10s of thousands soldiers that returned with only part of their body or brain that he is responsible for by lying to the world about Iraq. He's is no different than a CEO that had a stellar career and then went bad.

    October 20, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |

    Sarah and The First Dude are members and involved with the Alaskan Independence Party. Ask her what they stand for. Show the video with Sarah giving a speech and endorsing the Party.

    October 20, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. PA Voter

    New strategy: let McCain do the dirty work and then have Palin say how horrible it is. Are they on the same ticket or not? I need the POTUS and VP to be on the same page.

    Voting for Obama/Biden on November 4th in PA.

    October 20, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. victor

    Obama is running the dirtiest campaign. Really? THE REPUBLICANS AND MCCAIN HIMSELF, HAVE THROWN THE ENTIRE HOUSE AT OBAMA. NEVER MIND THE KITCHEN SINK. So who's running the dirtiest campaign?

    October 20, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  21. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    How about votere are just plain irritated with Palin?

    October 20, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  22. Kathy

    Sara you are the one irritating voters. Those spouting about Ayers, what part is he playing in Obama's camp...NONE! While in McCain's camp terrorist's lobiest is going to head up his team:
    Who is heading McCain's transition team?

    William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

    October 20, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  23. Dawn T. Ada, Ohio

    If people are irrated by them, take your old weary running mate by the hand and tell him to stop them!!!! When I was a children services social worker we had a name for those who were burnt out and ready to go: toasted, crisp and deep fried!!! McCain is done but a fork in him!!

    October 20, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  24. Fee, Philadelphia

    Stew...please go back to school and learn how to spell correctly! I thought Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama was heart felt. How is that when someone who happens to be black supports another person who happens to be black it is called racism! Please look of the word and understand its true meaning. When other veterrans support McCain because he is a veteran, we don't call it veteranism. It is simply called support.

    Obama/Biden '08...the only choice for me

    October 20, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  25. rollinson ford

    How is it that supposedly basic decent Americans support murder? When a child is born after a botched abortion, the abandonment of that child to certain death is murder. This is the position of the democRAT party: kill all infants born after a botched abortion!

    So how does it feel to champion the party of murder by policy?

    October 20, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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