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. Joe from Oklahoma

    She has been a living Robo-Call herself...With lipstick...

    October 20, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. David

    Sounds like she's looking past this election, trying to boost her ratings for the next step in her political career.

    This is the second time Palin has openly questioned the way her top guy is running his campaign. First, it was "we shouldn't pull out of Michigan," now it's "we shouldn't robocall."

    October 20, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  3. Craig

    Sarah Palin would be lost managing a McDonalds franchise, let alone a country. Please stop the nonsense, America is a much better place. The joke is on Johnny Mac.

    October 20, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  4. MS Redhead

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

    What a scary, ignorant and fanatic person Barrack Obama is! God deliver us from such a toxic, divisive and simplistic politician.

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

    Main point is Dems 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.

    (LOL–with a few changed pronouns, you could be talking about Obama and the Democrats.)

    Former Democrat n/k/a INDEPENDENT

    October 20, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. Darrell (Florida

    Obama isn't running against Bush or McCain– he should keep a close eye on Palin. "Who is the real Palin?"

    Obama/Biden/Changes 08

    October 20, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  6. Ellen

    This woman is off her trolley! Is she saying that Americans don't have a very long attention span? She's probably hoping they don't. If that were the case, each American citizen's attention would be diverted from much of what she says, thus keeping them from realizing how ill-prepared she is to take on the role of VP and, heaven forbid, the presidency.

    Sarah Palin is a walking contradiction. Save our country and vote for Obama!

    October 20, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  7. Dr. No

    More like Robo Flop.

    October 20, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  8. FL Rep for Obama

    And we, Sarah, are irritated by your robotic speeches that only repeat what you've been told to say. I'm sure you're a nice person – when you're allowed to be yourself – but the Rep party has changed you into a shallow, hatemonger. Early voting begins today in Florida! Let's go blue, Florida, and elect a REAL President – Barack Obama!

    GO RAYS!!

    October 20, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  9. paul

    I love Sarah Palin. She's costing the McCain camp dearly. Oh how I love it! Why would McCain chose her? It makes me question his judgement! Go Barack!!! Dems 2008.

    October 20, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  10. Heath

    Why are we still listening to her. LIES LIES LIES

    October 20, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  11. Stew

    I must say I am very disappointed with Colon Powell. His endorcement is nothing short of racism. I have lost all respect for him and his lame explanation for his endorcement.

    October 20, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  12. Eric

    So from her logic, Reagan was a socialist because he had the same tax rate. Let's remind anyone that the term socialist applies to someone who believes the means of production belong to the state. Obama is far from it. By the way, TAX is spreading the wealth. This is the core idea of taxes. You take the wealth and you divide it in order to have a society that functions properly. I can not believe the amount of idiocies you can read on those blogs these days.

    October 20, 2008 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  13. David

    It's laughable that Palin would call Obama's tax plan, "socialist." It is no more socialist than the Bush tax plan her ticket supports. Each would weight the tax burden toward a specific segment of the population in order to drive economic growth.

    In the McCain/Palin/Bush world, when businesses and the wealthy get more, they invest in businesses and hire more people. In truth, they invest in stocks and move businesses overseas.

    In the Obama/Biden world, when lower income people get more, they are able to buy more and thus encourage businesses to compete for their dollars.

    October 20, 2008 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  14. jo

    good job at SNL you got some move. But I still don't know anything about you.

    October 20, 2008 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  15. Bill in CT

    Yah right. Do you really believe anything that McPalin says?

    October 20, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  16. Xavier

    All this is nothing more than Palin thinking of 2012. Problem with her running for president in 2012 is that republicans eat their own. Right now Palin is in a protective bubble, but come 2012 these same republicans that are sheltering her will turn on her. Romney and the rest of the republicans that want the oval office will turn on her so quickly, that it will be a blood bath. In an ocean of sharks can a baracuda have a shot of survival?

    October 20, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  17. wow|!!!"

    robo-calls, robo-cops, robo-palin


    October 20, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  18. michelle Marietta

    Scary palin is distancing herself from McCain before the election is over. She is disagreeing with the campaigns robocalls? She thinks she is setting herself up for a political career, the sad news is everyone wants her to go home and shut up....too late Palin.

    This again shows how poor the candidates in the republican ticket McCain and Scary Palin work together, problems between them during the capmpaign?.........Palin has ruined McCains chances in this race....
    America has heard enough from Palin for, please stop shoving her in our faces...................

    October 20, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  19. Chris Anderson

    The bashing of Sarah Palin will fall back to haunt the Democratic Party.

    October 20, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  20. drneutrino

    It's rather sad that McCain and Palin haven't figured out that the reason Obama has so much money to spend, is precisely because so many people are so fed up they are willing to give up there hard earned money instead of risking 4 more years of these luncatics.

    In my 59 years I have NEVER checked that box on my income tax to give money to a campaign nor have I ever given money to a presidential candidate. This year I gave $4300 to Barack Obama because frankly I cant take these religious war mongering country first right wing fanatic Republicans with IQ's less than 90.

    October 20, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  21. Rob

    Danger Steve Schmidt Danger! Sarah Palin is off-message again!

    October 20, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  22. t

    McCain/Palin 08

    October 20, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  23. APS in Hawaii

    Amazing how many Obama supporters are in every forum and very little about people against Obama. CNN has really stooped to a new low. Do you really believe Obama has a plan? Every time he puts out a plan there are so many clarifications that you do not know what the real plan is. By the way, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and numerous Internet Sites ALL stated Obama's "tax credit/fee" plans are socialist. He is so far to the left that I do not understand why the press is giving him a free ride. When Joe the Plumber asks a question that puts Obama in a bad light, he personally attacks the person. Is this the kind of "cool and level" headed person we are suppose to have as President? Obama has run the dirtiest smear campaign ever, it is just that the news media is protecting Obama and not asking him any difficult questions. Disgusting how CNN has turned to yellow journalism. Yeah, I know, your comments are being reviewed by the moderator.

    October 20, 2008 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  24. rusell

    Isn't it ironic that we want things to be more fairer for everyone , but you have a few that' doesn't want any kind of relief to mainstream America, and some of you fools , you know who you are , are believing that a Mcain/Palin ticket would do anything different from what the republicans have done over the past 30 yrs, just google " PNAC " maybe that will change your minds , except for the racist and rich the few that the republican agenda benefit , ......just one more thing , look at the make up of the audiance of Mcain's rally , all white crowds , it does not reflect the makeup or the of the diversity of this country ,unlike Obama's rally it truley reflects the make up of America , ........something you all need to think about ......this is the 21st century.................it goes to show who really wants things to change for the better for America .

    October 20, 2008 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  25. Lucy Windy Chicago, IL

    She is starting to plan for a solo run in 2012. Even Colin Powell said it that she is not qualified to be President!

    October 20, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
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