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. Bitter in Texas

    Yep, I'm not happy with them either...not happy with the frantic Rethuglicans e-mailing me all their hate. So, since I received 12 such e-mails this past week (from friends and family) I decided to put a stop to it. I hit the reply button (which returned my message to all who had received the e-mail) and my reply was a simple on..."PLEASE, don't forward this type of Garbage to me...save your petty politics for yourself and your other like minded friends."...and everyone got my message. It's been very quiet since then.

    October 20, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Michael

    Susan Collins and Norm Coleman are Republicans? Oh yeah, I forgot.

    Maybe we could trade them for...Oh, just forget it.

    October 20, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Floridaguy

    Colin Powell said it all..."She is not qualified to be President"
    Every time she opens her mouth she confirms that fact
    Go back to Alaska and take Todd with you
    Say goodnight Sarah!

    October 20, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. Kemo

    Does this woman ever have anything to say about anyone or anything. It seems that the ever since she has been selected, all she has been doing is attacking, attacking and attacking. It is either Obama or her own people. She is very depressing.

    October 20, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |

    I tell you they don't know what to do or say. And they thought the Dems were going to have trouble coming together. They (republicans) can't even get on the same page about the dirty tacted they use. SAD,SAD,SAD. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN FOR REAL CHANGE AND COUNTRY FIRST (WE WILL SHOW THE DUMB republicans how to put COUNTRY FIRST).

    October 20, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Maggie from Virginia

    I contributed twice to Obama. I'm happy that my money is being put to good use for something positive. I would donate more if I had it. Since I don't, I will volunteer my time.

    October 20, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Lindaw/questions

    I thought the paper always brings Up to date news. No sides, Just news, if the paper supports McCain, Will it still be no sides? Or do we only know what the Paper wants us to know?

    October 20, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. Ken in Dallas

    What matters about how we spend our money is that, whether we spend as individuals, corparations, or as a nation, we invest that money in projects that produce a return. We often spend on major infrastructure projects as a nation, and those large projects have brought us benefits such as hydroelectric power and the Interstate highway system.

    Ask yourself: "Is it wise to coms together as a people to support next-generation energy?" If it's wise, should we be afraid to proceed because some fool cries: "Socialist!, Outcast! Unclean!"

    October 20, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. Lyman

    a vote for McCain Palin is a vote for freedom

    October 20, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. Mike in Fairfax

    wowl!!... where have you been? They disclosed their tax returns weeks ago. Just another Obama supporter that jumps on the bandwagon and doesn't base their vote on facts I guess. People, this is NOT your high school homecoming game, this is the election for the President of the United States of America! PLEASE do some research and base your vote on facts/what's good for this great country.

    October 20, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Casey

    Wait; isn't taxing my employer-based health care so that we can fund a tax break for everyone "spreading the wealth around"? Hey Kettle, you're black!

    October 20, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  12. Republican for a better Country

    Do what you have to do to uncover the real Obama! Go to Newsmax.com and read about Obama's $63 million in secret campaign funds donated by Muslims, Iraq and Iran. And you wonder why we were paying Iran $180 per barrel for Oil. Just put 2 and 2 together.

    October 20, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  13. Average American

    Voters are irritated by Palin even more.

    October 20, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. MD

    Sounds like she is setting herself up for a bigger future in the Republican party. I'm sure she knows that she and McCain aren't going to win, so she is preparing for the future.

    October 20, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. Puffin

    Obama is a socialist? Obama wants to redistribute the wealth? Come on!

    It is McCain who wants to downgrade mortgages on millions of homes. Who is going to suffer? Taxpayers! And poor retirees who have their money invested in the banks that bought these toxic mortgages. Once the mortgages are downgraded these banks will not be able to pay dividends many people depend on. What McCain is proposing is a nightmare scenario and no one knows where it is going to end. Wish CNN did talk about ‘McCain’s socialism’.

    October 20, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  16. DecP

    Why isn't anyone covering the troopergate probe? This woman should be getting creamed over this. Someone please pick it up!

    October 20, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. Stacy (PA)

    What a hypocrit!!! That's why you guys are loosing. You're both small minded people who a pandering to small minded people like yourselves. That's why Colin Powell endorsed Obama – he has more character and integrity than both of you put together. McCain made a mistake when he selected you Sarah!

    October 20, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. MEP

    After her humiliation on SNL, it is thrilling to see that she has an opinion an anything. Her failure to close ranks with McCain is another interesting aspect of her character that we are seeing more of. It is probably better that we know so little about her at this point.

    October 20, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. facts are facts

    Being a Canadian I watched a program called W5 last night. It was an hour long show featuring interviews with your young soldiers who had lost limbs, eyes and their minds to this terrible war for oil and profit.

    I just can't understand how Americans allow these war mongers get away with what they've done to their brave young men and women.

    McCain/Bush/Cheney all lied to the people to justify this war and to keep it going including present day.

    October 20, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. joan ca

    Socialism? seems we are in a sort of Communistic state now. Look who's calling the kettle black. Tell me fellow Americans, what say so do we have in this government, a war that was not justified, the bailout of big business, corruption. We the people have no say so ,whatsoever. God help us if mcpain & pain get in. They will make their own party, power and corruption and heaven knows what else, of course the todd will be there to advise, pretty darn scary, gee whiz!

    October 20, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. Mickie in PA

    Oh please! She is the one who has been saying it in public and encouraging people to call for Sen. Obama to be killed. She is only backpeddling now for 2 reasons: (1) because it has been shown to be hurting their campaign, and (2) because she doesn't want questions about her husband's ties to the anti-American organization he belonged to for years. She has plenty of time to stir up hate when it suits her, but if a democratic V.P. nominee was shielded from the media as much as Sarah Barracuda, the republicans would be up in arms and they would be called "unAmerican". PLEASE, send this woman back to annonymity where she belongs. I am a senior white female and I would be ashamed to say that she represents any portion of American women.

    October 20, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. Sweetie

    I voted early this year! I even picked up my neighbor and took her with us to place an early vote for

    McCain and Palin!

    We hope they win!

    If the Liberal Nut Job wearing Training Pants wins we are all in a world of HURT!

    Vote for an American Hero who has the experience and the track record for reform we need right now!

    October 20, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  23. Larry

    The Democrats should win the election,many Democrats are voting early and with the help of many others,able to vote often.This country truly has a chance to repeat history and have the Democrats win the same way they did when JFK was elected,with the help of the mafia.Soon this great country can start a new style of government that many people are looking forward too,socialism.This election is not about us,it's all about winning.Truth,justice,and the American way,will soon be a dream again.

    October 20, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. Bama4Obama

    Caribou Barbie has just proven to us once and for all that McCain is not in control of his campaign. How can he expect to effectively run the country if his VP isn't even on the same page he is and being very vocal about it? He definitely shot himself in the foot picking this thing to be his running mate. Please, voters, make the only intelligent choice on Nov. 4th (or before)!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 20, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. McCain=the draft

    I don't believe anything coming out of this woman's mouth. It's campaign first with McCain/Palin. They say one thing but do another. They will do ANYTHING to win!

    Palin should be questioned about the AIP (Alaskan Independence Party) her husband was a member of and she spoke to. They want Alaska to be an independent nation. Palin is a gimmick and they think the american public is stupid!

    October 20, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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