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. Steve Texas

    Well it goes to prove that the presidency is not won by abilities but who has tho most monies to spend. We will become a socialist society and fall deeper into a recession. The next president in 4 years will be stepping into a mess of a totaly different caliber then the current runners will deal with and create.

    October 20, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  2. bill for barack

    Isn't it wonderful how the Republican ticket is in such disarray ?
    When Palin PERSONALLY opposes the tactics of hatred and fear that have alwayscharacterized a McCain campaign, there just might be hope .....

    October 20, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  3. Dan

    So let me get this straight. If it's their idea, it's not Socialism. If it's Obama's idea, it's Socialism.
    I do agree with Palin on the "robocalls" regarding Ayers. They are driving voters to Obama. Keep up the good work!

    October 20, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  4. lakeside176

    I'm telling you, she is not the crispiest Dorito in the bag.

    October 20, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  5. Mary Koral

    Well perhaps Palin is charting course for the future that will not include
    McCain? She is decent person, but difficult to take seriously on any issue except the political verve she does have.


    October 20, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  6. Chris

    Holy crap!! The Barracuda making reasonable remarks??? what has their campaign come to – oh yeah... it's in the toilet. She was honest to a degree (negative robocalls are a turnoff, and I don't like getting inundated with ads – though I don't watch TV too much), but messed up about "socialist" and "bailouts". The government is basically socializing the economic system by giving it money and asking for a part of positive returns (if any) to be REDISTRIBUTED to the taxpayers funding the bailout. And the current tax system IS somewhat socialist because it's ALWAYS TAXED HIGHER BRACKETS MORE and REDISTRIBUTED wealth to programs helping all (in theory...). The problem has been tax breaks to companies sending work overseas (which increases their profit, but obviously nixes American jobs), and NOT taxing windfall profits by (lets say) the oil companies who basically sucked money from every American citizens wallet and small business and redistributing it to those it was taken from. Main point is Repubs are seizing a comment and blowing it out of proportion – this does not indicate the kind of leadership (a lack of) that is needed now.

    October 20, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  7. michael

    What a scary, ignorant and fanatic person Sarah Palin is! God deliver us from such a toxic, divisive and simplistic politician

    October 20, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  8. How Dare You, I'm a Girl

    The undecided public has tired of Sarah Palin not just these robo-calls.

    There is no way Americans will elect her VP until they feel they know her better through unfettered interviews with NBC, CNN, PBS, etc.

    We don't want a VP that has to be protected from tough questions.

    October 20, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  9. Scott in Norfolk

    Go Sara!

    October 20, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  10. Mitch

    Fewer and fewer Americans would want her at their kitchen table. But if she wants to visit several million homes, good for her.

    It's funny how she repeats what she hears, not says what she knows.

    October 20, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  11. Kingsley Okere

    A little bit late, Palin has added to her name "notorious". What a confused house Republican party is. Anyhow when the head is rotten the whole body is gone.

    October 20, 2008 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  12. tuner

    What have they done with the real Sarah Palin? This new model seems to possess a modicum of rationality. Now, if only we could get rid of that whole dinosaurs and men thing.....and the other vestiges of irrationality...and the willingness to be a transparently superficial spokesmodel ... we might have something here.

    October 20, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  13. John

    "inside baseball stuff", so now she's stealing lines from Obama.

    Why is Palin using the 'S' word to describe Obama's tax plan? Bush's tax plan of 2003 did exactly the same thing by increasing the child care tax credit from $600 to $1,000, and according to the Wall Street Journal, 'bumping a touch more than three million taxpayers right off the rolls'. Since this is a refundable tax credit it also provided cash refunds to those that paid no income tax. Why wasn't it criticized when Bush did it?

    October 20, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  14. Michael

    What a load of marbles Sarah talks. Which tree did she fall from?

    October 20, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  15. Hope is Coming

    Sarah, please stop this madness, if you want to help Mc-cain, just do what you are told and don't talk to much, it's apparent you are not ready to lead, as a registered long time republican, I am sorry to see the state of the GOP, John, please tell her to keep quiet on the issues !

    October 20, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  16. Jerry Harris

    There is really nothing to comment on, but I will try. Mrs. Palin wouldn't know socialism from communism. She is simply ignorant, and when she says that giving banks 750 billion dollars is not socialism, I just want to put my hands to my ears, but I need them to press the remote on her.
    Jerry Harris
    Chico, Cal.

    October 20, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  17. cg

    Send this moose back to Alaska or even better Russia!

    October 20, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  18. pasc

    Last comment: Say what?

    Whenever that woman has to utter more than a brief phrase in answer, she turns her statement into mush.

    Seriously, what does it mean when someone can't use periods in her stated sentences? I'd love to hear a speech expert explain that. Does it reflect flaws in her thought process - or it is just some kind of cultral thing or plain old nervousness?

    I jsut don't get it.

    October 20, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  19. Joe in Vermont

    Believe me, if the McCain campaign had raised $150 million last month, Palin would think the ads are just fine. Go back to Alaska, millions of us have had it.

    October 20, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  20. stephanie in illinois

    Changing a progressive tax rate to different percentages is redistributing the tax burden rather than redistributing wealth. If the U.S. was a socialist country, the government would be taking over its banking system.

    Redistributing the wealth would look something like taking U.S. taxpayer money for a bridge to nowhere, slapping a windfall profits tax on corporations, and then writing tax rebate checks to citizens of one specific state.


    October 20, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  21. Swing Voter

    Socialism involves collective ownership, not just redistribution of wealth. As in, for example, the government owning part or all of major industries such as banks. 🙂

    October 20, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  22. Paul

    Palin Logic 101:

    Proposition 1.

    Banks being backed and supported by an injection of state funds is NOT socialist,

    Proposition 2.

    the rich paying more tax to ensure and sustain an economy that enables them to become richer and grow their capital – IS socialist.

    Can someone in the media ask her to define socialism, cos I don't think she knows what it is.

    October 20, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  23. Anne

    do I hear the pit bull dissenting a little from the McCain campaign win at all costs mantra.

    October 20, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  24. Keith Hays

    As a true Lefty and a Liberal, which by the way are two different things, whenever I listen to Sarah when she is off message, she shows signs of synaptic activity. Anyone with this problem should not be in the Republican party. Is it possible she is an undercover liberal sent to undermine the Republican campaign?

    October 20, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    No... we're more irritated by Palin and her moronic comments like trying to paint Obama as a socialist. Or how about her visiting only the "pro-America areas" of this country!

    Has this woman ever said a word about current ISSUES in this country like the Bush War and the failing economy? NOPE

    Shut this woman up and send her back to the tundra! What a boob!

    October 20, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
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