October 21st, 2008
03:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Could 'Palin factor' save McCain?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/21/palin.factor/art.palin.co.ap.jpg caption="Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was greeted like a rock star by supporters at a rally in Colorado on Monday."]
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (CNN) - As the presidential campaigns enter their final days, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is getting getting the rock star treatment, drawing much bigger crowds than her running mate, Sen. John McCain.

But it's still a mystery whether the "Palin factor" will drive enough conservatives to the polls to offset Sen. Barack Obama's gains with independent voters.

During her stops in battleground states, Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, has continued her role as the main attack dog.

She continues to rip into the Democratic ticket, suggesting that Obama and Sen. Joe Biden's plan to raise the taxes of those making over $250,000 smacks of "socialism."

"Barack Obama calls it 'spreading the wealth.' Joe Biden calls higher taxes patriotic. Joe the plumber said it sounded to him like socialism. And now is not the time to experiment with that," Palin said during a rally Monday in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Rank-and-file Republicans are digging her feistiness, but many question whether she can draws voters outside of her party's conservative base.

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Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Lupe,TX

    Obama for mankind!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Minneapolis Minnesota

    Palin is the reason he will lose

    October 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Jose, San Diego

    Wait a minute, CNN has been running incessant stories on what a drag Caribou Barbie has been on the McPain campaign; everybody knows you guys want a horse race (sell those ads, that's what the modern news _business_ is all about), but we're talking about a race here between the tortoise (Obama: who just doesn't like to fight back very much, but keeps plugging away slowly forward) and moose droppings (McCain/Palin: they just sit where they were deposited and stink up the place).

    October 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. This Canadian Loves Obama

    The questions really is - can she save herself.

    October 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    The "Palin Factor" is doomed.

    October 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Hillary Democrat

    No Socialism, No Way, No How, NOBAMA!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. karen-phoenix

    NO!!! THis 40 year long white, christian republican woman is praying for Obama/Biden!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. prentice916

    It's sad to see the Rep. sink to such low standards!.We American's should be offended by Palin's remarks about Biden's global crisis remark!.If we elect a African American President and the world see's we're devided as a nation of course our mutual enemies will come prowling!.but to think that the McCain/Palin ticket should suggest that "We the People" who have endured civil and world war's for the cause of freedom and equality should forfeit our rights as American's to choose our own President is pure cowardice!.Mcain should know better being a Vet. of our armed forces!.shame on you McCain,you have reached a new low!.

    October 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Robert

    Ha! NO!
    She is part of the reason for the landslide victory Obama is going to have on election day!
    The only people that respect her are the extreme limbaugh right wingers and they will follow anyone as long as the party tells them too

    October 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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