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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soundoff (405 Responses)
  1. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Colin Powell is right, Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President.
    We must pull together for the good of our country and reject this

    October 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. Karen

    How could she be say she will chart a different course when she does the same exact thing on the campaign trail. The only difference is it is not an automated voice talking about something no one considers important. Are we suppose to believe she is the maverick going against what McCain. Are we suppose to see Palin the individual. All I see is Palin the liar who has a lot to answer for in Alaska with her misuse of power. I don't trust her and will feel a lot better when she returns to Alaska.

    October 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. alvino

    I am retired and living on a small fixed income and am in the same tax bracket as Cindy McCain.

    October 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. christopher.alex.brown@gmail.com

    "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."

    No, that's called "tax policy".

    October 20, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Anthony

    Notice she only takes questions from her press corps. All of a sudden she disagrees with the robocalls no really cares about William Ayers. If that is all you have its pretty thin.

    October 20, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |

    Its socialism when speaking of Obama but sound economics when McCain camp describs the bailout. Colin Powell racist did you not here him state his many reasons for picking Obama. There were specifc and thoughtout. Don't hate on him, hate on the fools that have ran the repub campaign. I have given Obama $25.00 a month for a year and it was worth me taking lunch to work instead of eating out....Early Vote for Obama

    October 20, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. View from Down Under

    Cannot stand it any longer: Australians, like many around the world, will be directly affected by this choice to which we cannot contribute. Most of the world is torn between mockery and terror by Ms Moose-slaughterer - but only Americans have the power to stop her.

    Maybe you can all begin by remembering this simple history:

    – taking from the well-off to support the poor - invented about 3900 yrs ago and present in Code of Hammurabi and the Bible (and the US Constitution);

    – 'socialism' - invented about 200 yrs ago by rich English Christians like Robert Owen

    Both ideas have connections with Christianity, but Obama's taxation principles began at least 3500 years before the word 'socialism' even existed.

    Someone who cannot grasp this should not be allowed anywhere inside the Washington DC Beltway! Please remember you are voting for the whole world this year.

    October 20, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |

    Way to say it like it is Josh!

    Enough is enough with these people and their scare tactics and lies. Sarah Palin isn't even on the same page as McCain on many issues. What kind of ticket is this anyway?????
    Is she running for President????? Sure seems so. Maybe she knows something we don't. A very frightening and sobering thought is that of her as commander in chief.

    October 20, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Michael

    All taxes are a redistribution of wealth. They just happen to be redistributed to the people who pay them in the form of schools, roads, hospitals and emergency services. And where do you think the money comes to finance these wars the republicans love so much?

    October 20, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. Who are we?

    This is an easy decision as fas as I am concerned. It's about who we are as a people. The Choice is clear to me:

    Obama – Biden = The renewal of our govenrment with capable and forward thinking people that will force change in a broken government.

    McCain – Palin = The same good old boy network that profits from war and oil and puts our country at great risk for continuing to enlist the most unqualified people from their ranks. A war monger and air head, maybe that is who we are as a people, or at least half of us according to polls.

    October 20, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    She doesn't like the robo calls because she wants be the one who does the attacking. But how can you attack a man who "pals" around with a guy who was a Vietnam protester 40 years ago, when your husband was a card carrying member of the AIP until 2002, giving it up because she decided to run for governor? Isn't her "palling around" a little more recent?

    October 20, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |





    October 20, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. jay nyc

    She has some nerve! Palin had to attend over 5 colleges just to graduate and she thinks she is qualified to comment on socialism. Puhleeeeeeeese! She is far from qualified to speak on political ideology. She couldn't even tell Katie Couric the name of ONE newspaper or magazine that she reads! The American people deserve better!

    October 20, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Mary

    I guess the large crowds that Sarah Palin must just be a hallucination that the media doesn't seem to want to report. I'd trust Sarah any day before Obama/Biden. At least she doesn't go to a radical church for 20 years and then say she doesn't agree with them. The people that think Obama will bring them change will probably one day regret they asked for his kind of change.

    October 20, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. Ilene from Michigan

    I am broke. I live paycheck to paycheck. I give Obama my church money every week since I blame the religious for giving us 4 more years of Republican rule. It took a lot of money to FIGHT the dirty Republican lies. We let it happen last time and it won't happen again. Am I disgusted with the amount he is spending? Hell no, I am ready to give him more. ANYTHING it takes to get the Republicans out of office.

    October 20, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. Pat in IL

    Although I have already voted for Obama/Biden (early voting in my state), I have tried all along to at least have some respect for the Republicans running. Years ago, I respected McCain, but that is lost – guess I didn't "know" him as well then. When Palin came on the scene, I thought that at least this would be another smart female to represent women in general. Wrong!!! She showed me right away that she's just a flirty, selfish, air-head who would do anything to try to get what she wants. What an insult!! If McCain thought she was a Hillary replacement, I don't know where in the world he got the idea that an intelligent, thoughtful, experienced person could be replaced by a bar-fly type with good legs. Talk about the "good old boy" mentality – certainly not presidential level judgement.

    October 20, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Nathan,

    They've been doingthis theentire campaign. SAyingthe want to play fair and then doing their dirty work behind the scene. WHY would anyone think they would govern differently?

    October 20, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Carrie Pa

    Palin is looking towards a future run for office. Trying to redeem herself!

    October 20, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. sharon, newport news, virginia

    Linda, his priorities are getting those republicans out of office!!! I am one of those people that sends him a little bit of money every month.I am retired and I am white and I want him to use that money to do whatever he needs to to get elected. I want Karl Rove, George Bush, Dick Cheney, and all the others out of power. Karl Rove is one of the worst things to ever happen to our country. He is dangerous and sadistic. If my little donations can help rid of him, spend away. By the way, what is John McCain doing with his money?

    October 20, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. jerry in suffolk virginia

    there should be a constitutional amendment on the qualifications of the president and vice president of this country.This would deter unqualified candidates from wasting our time.

    October 20, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. BB

    mccain isnt fit to lead this nation. one big reason is his bad judgment of pickin palin

    October 20, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Anita

    Socialism, why must Americans listen to someone using this word without learning what it (socialism) is. During the depression, President Roosevelt introduced many "social" programs to get America back on it's feet. Because of the lack of governement, we had a depression. That is why his cousin, President Teddy Roosevelt, was called the great trust-buster. He regulated many businesses in the early 20th century and crunch down on companies that may have the potential of becoming a monopoly. As Americans we need to start to research and get the facts ourselves and stop believing everything we hear.

    As for the endorsement of Gen. Powell, this was a well though out enorsement, Anyone who watched it on Meet the Press would have notice how hard it was to go against his party and his friend to do what he thinks is best for the country. This was not because Sen Obama is an African-American, this is about who he thinks is best for the country. If people want to believe it was about race, one could pose the question about Joe Lebierman on his decision to back Sen McCain. Mr. Lebierman was a Democrat (VP Nom for the Dems in 2000) and he backed a GOP for president. He is white, does that mean he backed McCain because McCain was white? I believe he backed McCain because he believed McCain was the best man for the job. We need to stop using racism as an excuse. Gen. Powell has a right to choose who he wants to vote for like every other American.

    Gov Palin has gone against her party on numerous occasions. If your party is doing something you don't like, voice it to your party, not to the world. The GOP's has not connected with the independent voter. I am an idependent voter and I can't see myself voting for the GOP.

    October 20, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. Tara

    Anything to keep her mind off Troopergate!!

    October 20, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  24. Hot Button Monday

    Poor Sarah,

    Just one 72 yr old heartbeat away from being the President of th USA

    October 20, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. Frank Lee

    Keep talking, Sarah.

    In two weeks you'll be back home, and America will have one less right-wing robot.

    October 20, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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