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. Seriously?

    Oh Sarah Sarah, please remove yourself from my TV, Radio, and Internet. I pay for the use of these mediums and you are dumbing away my money. LOL, Mitch, the reason she only repeats what she hears and not what she knows is because she doesn't KNOW anything.

    October 20, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  2. k williams

    trig needs her more than mccain. that poor baby needs her more now than anytime, but she just goes to rally to rally with her hate speeches. shameful.

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

    I think she sees the ship sinking – she's trying to keep her own political career from going down with it. If she gets branded with McCain's losing campaign, she risks her own political future - she has no choice but to distance herself from McCain (even if its two weeks before the campaign is over)

    October 20, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  4. Republican for Obama

    When will the McCain campaign stop distorting the facts? Obama's tax plan does not take money away from the small businesses. The exact opposite is true. They WILL GET a tax break. Independent studies have shown that 98% of small business in America make less than $250K, which is the ceiling set for tax breaks under the Obama plan. Everyone wins when you build the economy from the ground up. Small business specifically benefit when everyone has a little bit of extra money to spend in addition to their own tax savings. Last time I checked, this was defined as economics, NOT socialism.

    October 20, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  5. eunice c

    sara palin only repeat what that john mccain and his campaign tells her to say and she is stupid to do so - she has no words of her own and don't know anything about big,big government she only knows about 5000 people worth of government - she can try and run for president if she wants to - she want get in you know the old saying "EVERYTHING THAT LOOK GOOD IS NOT ALWAY GOOD FOR YOU" SARAH PALIN FORGET IT she's only good for alaska GO SENATOR OBAMA 2008

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


    This is the time to prove to everybody that you deserve to be the world leading country. To do so, you need to choose your leaders carefully. Electing the right people is a very important action for the future of America and the future of the world. The only thing Sarah Palin and John McCain are good at is lying to and misleading people. \

    Stand up America, and show to the world that you deserve to be the greatest nation on earth by chosing the right leaders that can work with the other countries to make earth a better place for every single human being.

    October 20, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  7. diakenpoy

    Thanks for taking my comment in this blog. Obam is taking from the rich ang giving to the poor while dangling money on this site this site is taking away my comments. At least i know this media can be bought!

    October 20, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  8. Todd

    –"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."–

    Is she saying that people wh earn less than $250k are not hard working? Does she know that the vast majority of small businesses make less than $250k?

    Does she really think that government taking an ownership stake in private firms, in order to protect anyone (banks, small businesses, home owners) from failures of free markets, amounts to anything but socialism?

    October 20, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. wow!!

    palin raised taxes on oil companies, then issues checks to all alaskans including ALL in her family....SOCIALISM at its best if you ask me...and she criticizes redistributing wealth? get real sarah

    October 20, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  10. Liam Danhof

    Same old stuff. Just like Bush. Nothing new.

    Another question is where are her medical records? I bet she was in some mentel hospital or on some kind of medication and she doesn't want to admit that.

    How do these people get away with hiding things like these. If Obama said he was not going to release his medical racords the news woukl be all over him.

    Just another Bush type cover up.

    October 20, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  11. jon

    Look up the word 'ignorant' or 'stupid' in the dictionary, and there you will find a picture of Palin. Go back to Alaska and sit around your own kitchen table, not ours.

    October 20, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  12. AllthatMatters

    Who Cares.......Back to Alaska

    October 20, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  13. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Ms. Palin is right on two counts:

    1. Robocalls are irritating.

    2. Taxing the so-called "rich" to give to the so-called "poor" is socialism.

    Once upon a time, we had freedom in America. But, bit by bit, we've surrendered that freedom to people like Obama who promise to "take care of us." Abdicating responsibility for ourselves necessarily implies surrendering our freedoms as well.

    October 20, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  14. YoubetchaGotcha

    Can Gov. Palin explain what socialism is ? Bethcha she can't!!!

    October 20, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  15. Greg, Atlanta

    Alas, McCain-stein's monster Speaks!

    First, her philosophy contradicts herself. Using taxpayers money to "shore up the housing and credit markets" for small businesses is NOT Socialism, however taxing those same small businesses along with big businesses (which somehow don't get mentioned) that make over $250,000/year IS Socialism. Interesting.

    Second, this sudden availability to Gov. Palin is too little too late. Had they allowed us to get to know her earlier, perhaps the campaign would've had a better chance of winning. Their use of her to incite lynch-mob type reactions from crowds towards Obama has turned many people off, most of all the Independents they've been trying to win over.

    October 20, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  16. wezeeg

    So, let me get this straight – RoboPalin got upset when she was upstaged by the robocalls? She's starting to sound like a Hollywood diva. It must have been the 3 minutes in the SNL spotlight.

    October 20, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  17. Ron

    Well, she is trying to distance herself from the John McCain camp and looking forward to her future in 2012.

    Socialism has arrived in America already when the Govt decided to use tax money to bail out the private sector. It is the kind of bank nationalisation happened in socialist countries. And the funny thing is it is brought in to America by a Republican President.

    She should first blame her republican President for bringing socialism in to america before pointing her fingers at Sen. Obama.

    If the decision to funnel tax money in to the failing institutions was right to save the economy, Obamas plan to funnel money in to the infrastructure to create jobs is also right.


    October 20, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  18. Mike

    When I get one of those cowardly calls, I hang up and it just further convinces me that I will NOT vote for the Republican ticket. The least they could do is repeat that sack of lies to me person to person.

    October 20, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  19. Kelly

    When you're running scared you'll do ANYTHING to make it stop. Most Americans know who they are voting for and no amount FLIP-FLOP from Sarah Palin will change their minds. They played dirty politics and they can't wash it off now. The irony is NOW she wants to talk with reporters, and guess what comes out,..she's not on the same page again as John McCain. As for this promised comeback from behind again, and again...some times you get caught by your own stupidity.

    October 20, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  20. singh

    If Sarah gets into the White House, I will move to Alaska!!!! The woman is intolerable!! She has absolutely no clue about the national aswell as international issues. my 4 year son has more brain cells than her!>

    October 20, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  21. hitobito

    Sarah Palin needs to return to the Alaskan tundra. She's been sheltered for a reason. You cannot replace an incurious intellect in 30 days. I can understand not knowing what the "Bush Doctrine" is, but to arrogantly try to bluff your way though a simple Charles Gibson question is stupid. A simple, "I don't know, enlighten me and I'll tell you what I think" would have served her better. Most "soccer moms" are a lot smarter than Sarah Palin!

    October 20, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  22. Alex

    Americans throw around the term socialism without any real meaning. Most couldn't name true socialist societies if you paid them. What's even worse is when politicians are so dumb that they too engage in such ignorance.

    October 20, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  23. Purple Nurple

    Man, the GOP always resorts to the evil "S" word. The un-informed always fall for this tactic, atleast General Powell understands that Obama is not the "Socialist" that the GOP makes him out to be. This is just the last dieing death throws of John and sarah, thank goodness!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08 baby!!!!!

    October 20, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  24. Chris

    It's good to see that somebody in that campaign is starting to grow up a little bit.

    October 20, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  25. Guy

    "Country first" on the podium. Which country, Palin? The Republic of Alaska?

    October 20, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
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