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. Toby

    She says something reasonable, so that we get the idea that she's a reasonable person. Now be prepared for her to say something outlandish that she wants us to take as reasonable.
    This is predictable.
    Unfortunately, it's also predictable that many Americans will fall for it.

    October 20, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. BBOY

    Yeah, it's indeed very strange from someone who plays the role of the robot most of the time. America cannot afford to downgrade. Is this the country people cite as an exemple ? Is this the country that intends to be the guide ? How can such situations, where hatred and mediocrity are encouraged ?

    October 20, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. meg

    From reading the comments on this blog, it is obvious the Reps are getting the vote from uninformed, sheep who will do whatever the Party tells them to. Start thinking for our self and vote after YOU have thought it out.

    October 20, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. Jennifer

    I wonder why Palin stopped saying "Obama is pallying with terrorists" , why did she stop? is she really so transparently hypocritical? what's going on here. The Mccain of 2000 is long gone. The new Mccain is very unpredictable and unsteady. He has zero Positive national security experience and ZERO Productive Foreign Experience. Just because he is 72 doesn't mean he has gone through some "test". NOBODY knows the job in the WHITEHOUSE UNTIL he is IN THE WHITEHOUSE, is it so hard to get this into people's thick skull?

    October 20, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. Marianne

    Someone said that McCain's biggest mistake was choosing Sarah Palin, I beg to differ. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY's BIGGEST MISTAKE was to let John McCain represent thier party when they had Romney and Huckabe as sound and reasonable choices.

    I heard on MSNBC that Palin will be looking for a road to the White House in the future. This is why she's starting NOW TO DISTANCE HERSELF FROM McCAIN...Wonder what he thinks about all her recent comments about the course of the campaign in the last two weeks? Do we have a divide already between McCain and his running mate. They were never a pair for the Republican Ticket.

    OBAMA and BIDEN is the ticket to vote for a united America! Go back and read or listen to General Powell's comments and then go to Michael Smerconish's website and read his Sunday editorial....Neither man had consulted the other; yet they have reached the same conclusion: It is OBAMA's time! It is our time! It is TIME FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!!
    VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN on Nov. 4th!

    October 20, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Robo Calls have irritated a lot of my friends. One in particular said she switched from Rep to Dem just because it was the straw that broke the camel's back.

    Keep doing it RNC. Every vote counts for Obama/Biden '08

    October 20, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    After this election is over I have decided to go into sales. I am going to go into all the Republican neighborhoods in my area because I have now learned that you can sell some Republicans anything as long as you say you are a Christian, Pro-American, Patriotic, Flag-pin wearing, Maverick. And as long as you are willing to trash the other guy/gal(watch out Mary Kay I think I'm going to sell Avon).

    Only problem is, I better pray that Obama get's elected. Otherwise, they will all be broke.

    October 20, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  8. Katran Miller

    Linda - Obama legally MUST use the money given to his campaign for his campaign. He CAN'T turn around and take the money people donated to him for some pet cause, no matter how worthy. That would be misdirecting funds - in short, fraud.

    I and all of my WASP friends and family members who have donated our $10-100 appreciate that Obama's campaign is using our donations wisely... which, by the way, means challenging McCain on issues, but NOT wasting much time on ad hominem attacks. (If you don't know what that is, Google it... it's a useful term to know when sifting through political BS!)

    One thing about Obama. I've studied too much rhetoric to be fooled by oratory, but if he can run the U.S. half as effectively as he's run his campaign, we'll be in good hands.

    October 20, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  9. Kathy

    Let me get this correct – first you were for the calls – now you're against them?

    What direction will the McCain/Palin/Bush team go next hour?

    You never know with them – they keep changing the rules and the game play every hour.

    October 20, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. Truth Hurts

    If it was the case the Colin endorsed Obama because he is black, then Colin could have been came out. If you listen to Colin speak you would know that he has been evaluating this race since it beginned!! He came to the conclusion the Obama is the better candidate!! And for anybody to attack and try and tear Colin down would be a big mistake!! The GOP needs to look at themselves in the mirror and asked themselves why so many republicans are jumping ship!! Maybe because the republicans are narrowing their party!!

    October 20, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. Geoff, Boston MA

    Maddie, Hartford, Ct. – October 20th, 2008 7:48 am ET: "Sara Palin should just pack it in. How many people even listen to her at this point"

    Maddie, how many people listen to CNN at this point? (Other than Obama supporters) I love seeing the Campbell Brown ad/link on the CNN front page of the website – "No Bias, No Bull"... Does just saying there's no bias mean that we're supposed to believe it?

    October 20, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  12. Carole

    I will be glad will Sarah's 15 minutes of fame are up! SNL was the right speed for her since she can't show what she's made of on real shows..like Meet the Press, Face the Nation, the Today Show, etc!

    GET OFF THE STAGE, Sarah! We've had enough of you!

    October 20, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  13. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    It should not surprise us if Alaskans are having second thoughts having a chief executive who can only respond like a robot, giving back that with which she has been programmed. She does not even know when one comment does not match her character and established personality.

    October 20, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. mr.g

    Aneel, first you should master the english language then you can talk intelligently about the topics. Do not put your mouth in motion before your BRAIN has time to think. You sir are the weakest link.for all of you that are voting for JMCand S.P. I am truly sorry that you can not see the forest for the trees. You are welcome to get on board the Obama Exprees next stop the White House.

    October 20, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  15. sharon, newport news, virginia

    Too little too late. When someone as respected as Colin Powell goes on national tv and states that your selection is one of the reasons he will not vote for McCain, it says a lot about your selection. One of the biggest mistakes he made in his campaign is showing how little he thinks of the US to even think about leaving you in charge if something should happen to him if elected. Intelligent people see through his victory at any cost policy. What bothers me the most about you is how easily a lie rolls off your lips. By the way, Alaska did find you were unethical and abused your power has that sunk in yet???Also, your statements at your rallies to me violate the 1st amendment under fighting words and slander as do your robocalls.You didnt even have the common sense to decry "terrorist " "traitor" "kill him" unless maybe that is what you and John are hoping someone will do. Now take that poor baby back to Alaska and stop dragging him around.

    October 20, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. Amused

    The sad thing is that most of the people posting here are the people sitting at home doing nothing but collecting from the government. These are the same people that don't feel they should have to work for there money and that Obama's idea of share the wealth means that they should have money and things and not have to work for it. God Forbid you have to work for something and make your way in life. No it is easier to ask for help and ask for breaks and not work for what you have. People it is a sad day when you depend on the gorvernment to get everyone to share the wealth. McCain is for everyone and is trying to show us that we can have it all if we are willing to work for it. Why is that so hard to understand. Obama is just a man who is taking advantage of a situation. You really think he will make a change in the next four years? If you do you are a fool. At least with McCain things have a chance for getting better. People need to realize it is not the government that needs to fix this it is us. The government is just a small part of it. Americans need to get off there butts and stop expecting everything for free.

    October 20, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  17. NOVA

    That's unfortunate, because John McCain said he's "absolutely not" going to stop sending the calls out, despite their baseless and outrageous accusations in the calls.

    October 20, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. Paul, TLH-FL

    So, precisely WHO are McCain/Palin really dancing for?

    Apparently, they're not marching to the beat of their own drums.

    October 20, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Alex in TX

    These two want to run the country but cant even run a campaign.

    Some day, John and Sarah are going to look back and wish they would have stood up to their campaign staffers who have run this thing into the ground with their smear tactics and attack ads.

    Obama has focused on issues (yes he has run retaliatory attack ads) which will give him the White House in January.

    October 20, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  20. Scott Kennedy

    Let's see, we have social security, medicare and unemployment insurance, all are types of social programs. (the hint is in the name s-o-c-i-a-l security). For the republicans, Bush had granted federal funds to faith based organizations, again a type of social program.

    Redistubution of wealth, thats called taxes, duh!

    For goodness sakes folks, these foolish accusations of "That one is a socialist" are weak attempts to distract voters from the facts. CNN and many other media outlets have been working double time to give us the facts. If anyone is in doubt about what the canidates are saying, check the facts!!!

    October 20, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. AdaAugusta


    You're right. I am one of those people living paycheck-to-paycheck, I sent $25 in August and bought a $5 magnet. In September I bought about $58 worth of T-shirts and a yard sign. Even when you buy merchandise it is counted as a donation. Many of us are proud to wear Obama items, the best place to buy is from the man himself.

    I resent McCain getting on TV and saying that something "fishy" is going on in Obama's campaign, because of all of this money Obama is getting. I hope they do investigate, what they will find is that most of us would be proud to show/prove that we sent money to the campaign. Linda probably has heard some of these things that McCain is saying.

    October 20, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  22. alvino

    George W. Bush has become the biggest socialist of modern times with his bailout.

    October 20, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  23. Swing State Voter

    Just a day or so ago, it was "ok". I'm sure the Campaign "scripted" this change of heart for Sarah Palin. It's "mavericky dontchaknow"? How else could they say "we were wrong"? Now ... the calls will stop (because Sarah thinks it's a good idea). If you bought that, I have some more crap to sell you!

    October 20, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  24. Tom

    I think she is seeing the light and leaning Obama's way, maybe she is hoping he will give her a position when he becomes president.

    October 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. April Garlow

    Naturally Obama's crew doesn't like people pointing out his connection to Ayers.Obama's plan to redistribute the wealth shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, since his buddy Ayers was always for that–he said kill all the rich people and take their money.That was also another cult leaders idea–Charles Manson. Three cult leaders, with the same plan, only Obama plans to use the power of the presidency to do it.

    October 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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