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. Shane

    I think I'd rather listen to a robocall than to Sarah Palin. She's definitely the more irritating of the two.

    October 20, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  2. Joe the Troll


    Why don't you demand the same of McCain? Sure, he has less money than Obama, but he's spending what he has on the same stuff.

    If you think it's fair that Obama should spend his money on helping the less fortunate, but not McCain because he has less money, then I'd like to know what your problem with Obama's tax plan is, because it amounts to the same thing. Perhaps your objection to Obama has nothing to do with spending or taxes, eh?

    October 20, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  3. grahame

    It's sad and perhaps difficult to watch the McCain Palin ticket go down in flames. You will notice that the lower they sink the more strident and loud they become complaining that CNN is giving Obama a free ride. Not so! CNN is reporting the facts just as always. For example I don't see Lou Dobbs giving Obama a free ride. Campbell Brown is not always positive about Obama either.

    So as to the McCain/Palin........HA

    After the 5th of next month you will never hear of them again.
    We can only hope, although Palin will certainly try for 1012

    October 20, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  4. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Oh Yeah. I'm sure she's heartbroken about all those automated calls.

    Hello voters! Palin knows nothing about anything that counts like the economy, foriegn affairs, etc...

    What was McCain thinking? And why is this race this close!

    October 20, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  5. Phyllis/AZ

    I am greatful of General Powell's comments regarding the negative comments by the McCain camp ..... I know of many Americans who are tired of these unturthful comments....I am one on them..... I am glad General Powell noted he is not voting for Senator Obama because of his race but because he is the best man for the job ahead....... I was very interested in Senator McCain's comments on the General's endorsement....."I have four Secretary of States and over 200 General" he can count on....... I am sure not all are voting or endorsing him. I concur, Senator McCains biggest mistake "Sarah Palin"...

    October 20, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  6. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    Sara Palin should just pack it in. How many people even listen to her at this point?

    October 20, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. Ellen

    The British National Anthem is "God Save the Queen" – Perhaps we should adopt, "God Save us from Palin" !

    October 20, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  8. stevePA

    Alaska receives about $ 1.80 from the federal government for every $ 1.00 that it sends to Washington. Socialism?

    October 20, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  9. Mack

    It will be a sad day in America if these idiots win. A sad 4 years!
    How could anyone in their right mind vote for McCain and Palin. Anyone with half a brain can see through their lies. You can feel their hunger for power. Please let us not make another big mistake like we did with the one that's about to leave the White House.

    October 20, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  10. aneel

    Obama is all about talk, Some of the people who writes here looks like has nothing better to do. Its unfair to take money from a hard working person and give to drug using/beer drinking/couch potatoes.
    That is Obamas plan. He can buy media and looks like now votes as well with his Hollywood money.

    October 20, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  11. I am Only 90% Bush

    @Stew October 20th, 2008 7:10 am ET
    Why is it racist that Colin Powell endorses Obama?

    Has there ever been a cry of racism when white man endorses a white Presidential candidate? Obama is the only sensible choice. Anybody with a brain is backing him.

    I would vote for him if he was white, or Jewish, or female, or italian, or Muslim, or Chinese, or Hispanic and so on.

    Obama 08

    October 20, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  12. ND Mom

    Hey Palin...It seems to me you were the one who cried all that crap from the rooftops, what yesterday? Erractic seems to be the theme name of your ticket. You blew it. Don't try to be something you are not...nice.

    October 20, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  13. josh

    Dear Linda concerned about money,

    Obama has all that money to spend because MILLIONS of those Americans who are scraping along donated SMALL amounts of money and thats what they expect Senator Obama to do with it. SPEND IT!

    "Where are his priorities?".... Are you serious!?!?! where are yours? For the next 16 days, the only priority is getting him in the White House where he can stop this BS dogma that has persisted for 8 years.

    October 20, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  14. Lorijen

    The only redistribution that went on in the last 8 years was the redistribution of RISK.

    October 20, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  15. Bitter

    They are just bitter that they can't raise money.

    October 20, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  16. Steve - New York City

    That's it, Palin – keep talking (say "anything") – it will help us to understand your (shocking) lack of qualifications.
    Do you still believe that the earth is 10,000 years old, or that humans and dinosaurs co-existed? To blazes with your anti-science nonsense.

    What is most unbelievable is how you keep insinuating that white Americans from small towns and rural areas are the only "worthy" Americans. Please, go back to Wasilia and don't come back!

    October 20, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  17. Party Crasher

    Didn't she brag at the begining of the campaign that she taxed the oil companies in Alaska and gave the citizens of Alaska checks? So what are we calling that in Alaska? Is it socialism or is it spreading the wealth?

    October 20, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  18. BO




    October 20, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  19. White Christian Mother for Obama

    This is actually amusing... this is the what 5th or 10th time Palin has went against the runnings of the Republican party and McCain himself as how the campagin is being handled or the issues they are fighting for??? Its Obvious they are NOT a team going in the same direction!!

    Second of all... She said its not always her and McCains choice its up the the Brases of the party that make alot of their decisions!!

    OBAMA runs his own campaign.. upper Dems dont run it. Its done HIS way. Its obvious by the way it hasnt been a typical smear campaign on his side like the Republican side. Obamas campaign is so DIFFERENT than a election campaign used to be. There are so many new ideas and ways they are reaching people... INternet, email, cell phone text.

    I want the man in Office that has a VP as a Teammate not the one with the opponent..

    I want the man in office that is running and leading his own campaign not the one that is takin orders from higher up party leaders.

    Obama/Biden..08 I AM VOTING TODAY!!!!

    October 20, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  20. SD

    Weird..."she" would take a different approach. Does she think she ever will get that opportunity? I wonder what does she see when she looks in the mirror, obviously not what the American People see. Nobody thinks McInsane's campaign is being run efficiently, but he doesn't care. He's doing it his way. That's why we can't have the White House, he doesn't realize it's not "his" America,it's our "American">

    October 20, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  21. Carramea

    Sarah first you insult Obama, call him a terrorist now you dont like those abusive Robocalls....... Do you know what socialism is ? Dont you realize the bail out was a type of socialism? Gads Mccain picking this woman as his VP nominee is what pushed this Independent to vote for Obama last week. Go back to Alaska and your kids !

    October 20, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  22. Kari

    This is for you CNN – I have attemted to leave exactly 7 comments in the past week – you have printed only ONE. I crafted all of my responses with integrity and honesty. CNN – you definately "stack the deck" for Obama, shameful. There is NO DOUBT you sensor all your answers to be "Pro Obama" providing the "illusion" that that is how all America thinks. Joke. CNN and Obama have a lot in common – dishonesty and a desire to be self-fullfilling.

    The only people worthy of being in the white house are John McCain and Sarah Palin. The world is a bad place when the honest guy is blamed for exposing dishonest behavior instead of the dishonest guy having to answer to his actions. Obama has been given a free ride.

    October 20, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  23. John, Virginia

    Sarah Palin – Better educated, more intelligent and more experienced than Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the DC insiders are winning the smear wars – when will the Democrats stop? Barack Obama is just George Bush with a glib tongue. He will take away more freedom and double down on the federal deficit. Be ready for your kids to come home and live with you. Barry, Nancy and Harry are in the business of eliminating jobs and protecting the Elite Rich, like George Soros.

    October 20, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  24. grahame

    I just read the comment from SONY from Indonesia.
    Way to go..............

    I should perhaps point out that I live in Canada and I also, just like many people world wide who do not live in the US or who are not US citizens, have contributed to the Obama fund.

    The reason is that we all want the Republican Party Cancer in Washington to just die and drop off the face of the planet.

    If this is too strong for you then I suggest you ask the families of the 4138 American military personel killed in Iraq whether it was worth it.

    October 20, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  25. Elizabeth, Lansing, Illinois

    Oh, please.... the current tax system is already "socialist" according to her definition. It's called a "PROGRESSIVE" tax system, and as you reach the higher income levels your tax bracket may go up to as much as 35%.

    DUH. If you're going to start whipping out the McCarthyistic attacks, at least know what you're talking about.

    October 20, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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