October 24th, 2008
10:21 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin lays out policy agenda for special needs children

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) - In her first policy speech of this election cycle, Sarah Palin elaborated Friday on how a McCain administration would help children with special needs, a topic that has become a fixture of her stump speech in cities across the country.

Palin, speaking at a hotel in Pittsburgh, unveiled a three-point plan that would expand educational choice for parents, increase funding for children with disabilities and improve services available to parents, medical professionals and schools.

Under the plan, federal money would be used to give parents the opportunity to send their children to a public, private or religious school of their choice.

"Because even the best public school teacher or administrator really cannot rightfully take the place of a parent making these choices," Palin said. "The schools feel responsible for the education of many children, but a parent alone is responsible for the life of each child and how to make that life better."

She also proposed expanding funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which was signed into law in 1975 but has never been fully funded. The McCain campaign estimates that fully funding the program will cost an additional $45 billion over five years, money that Palin said could be found by cutting federal pork barrel spending.

"We've got a $3 trillion budget in this country," she said. "And Congress spends some $18 billion on earmarks for their political pet projects, and that right there is more than the shortfall to fully fund IDEA."

Although it was a largely non-political speech, the Alaska governor did not miss an opportunity to criticize Obama's tax plan, saying that the Democrat would unfairly tax families who set up financial trusts to care for their children.

"Understandably, then, many families with special needs children or dependent adults, they're concerned about in this race our opponent in this election who plans to raise taxes on precisely these kinds of financial arrangements," she said.

"They fear that Senator Obama's tax increase will have serious and harmful consequences, and they're right - because the burden that his plan would pose upon these families is just one more example of how many plans can be disrupted, and how many futures can be placed at risk, and how many people can suffer when the power to tax is misused."

UPDATE: The Obama campaign called the attack a “hypocritical” one. “This is a blatantly false, desperate political attack made by a campaign that’s out of touch, out of ideas and running out of time,” said Pennsylvania spokesman Sean Smith. “Senator Obama has consistently been clear that he would not increase taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year.

“As the Wall Street Journal reported, John McCain’s own health care plan would actually cut $1.3 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid that children with disabilities truly depend on, which makes this attack especially hypocritical. Senator Obama has a comprehensive plan to support families that have children with disabilities and empower all Americans with disabilities.”

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Kentucky

    And this is coming from a parent who hardly spends time with her children and drags them around 24-7 in front of her hate rallies. Yeah, she has a lot of room to talk. On another note, is it just me or have you ever noticed how barack and michelle always show affection, you can tell they are in love and then John and Cindy. Half the time he walks right by her, or just gives her a lil peck on the cheek like he doesn't care. You people who are voting for McCain, what makes you think he's going to take care of you when he doesn't even pay attention to his own wife??

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Joe in Alaska

    Sarah, this is hypocritical. You voted against this measure several time in the state in which you're a governor. And now you're advocating a measure to support children with disabilities. Sarah, you never supported this. Quit lying.

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Liz

    I wonder if Sarah the Wolf Cub Slayer knows that McCain's "Spending Freeze" will undercut any plans she has to fund special needs kids.

    Maybe they should discuss this discrepancy, the 2736th one of their run together.

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Pam

    This was her first policy speech?? What took so long? She's pathetic.

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. stacy

    This lady is smart and very pretty, why people worry about her clothing
    and where it comes from is so petty. Oprah dresses Michelle, who
    is also beautiful until she opens that mouth.

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Peggy from Iowa

    They just continue to insult our intelligence. NO INTELLECT IN THE GOP WHATSOEVER! Only scare tactics & lies. PLEASE JUST GO AWAY FOREVER!

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Azariah The Democrat

    This lady claims to be all saved and holy and what not, but at the RNC she belittles Jesus (who was a community organizer) by saying well my job is kinda like a CO, except you have real responsibilities...Ashame she tries to lower barack, but makes jesus seem like he lived for nothing. the she's all pro-life, but supports the war? No thank you i'd rather have no child at all then to have on have memeries, the at 18 have then shipped off unwilling to a war that shouldnt even be happening in the first place.

    I am Azariah the Democrat, and i approve this message because i'd take a socialist obama over a fasict Mcbush/palin any day!!!

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Greg M.

    Introducing (drum roll) the three pumkin heads. Sarah Palin, John McCain and Cindy McCain the three witches. McCain, please take three brooms and fly to witch land and never return. Happy halloween!!

    Win Obama win, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 08'............................................................

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. knightingale who sings in Berkley Square

    I am not voting for Obama because of racial reasons, in fact I find him to be a capable candidate but I hate black people! In fact he is better than McCain and Palin, it's just I am a disgusting individual!

    October 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Melly

    Palin is a fear mongerer. And her "family values"? If narrow-mindedness, divisiveness, and intolerance are family values, then yeah, she's got "values." Note to McCain/Palin supporters who think Obama supporters are jealous: No, we're not. We're tired of listening to Palin pretend to be qualified for a position she's clearly not suited for. She always sounds as if she's in a job interview for a position that's over her head and she's trying to wing it.

    October 24, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Jean 2

    Special needs children need good quality care? How does all of this square with the evidence of her actions.
    Education should be the top priority on the list for all children including her own if we are going to compete in the global economy.. In our efforts to be so nun-critical we are not addressing the core of this issue.

    October 24, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. arc, Lugano CH

    The GOP and McCain campaign treat Palin like a secretary, a farcical big windbag of hot air in a pretty package. While McCain is truly mentally and physically in decline, the only person who world leaders would respect even less than McCain is windbag Palin.

    October 24, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    It was nice to speak about helping special needs children.
    Could she not have left it at that?
    Why did she have to get partisan, give us more lies, and show everyone once again that, other than a pretty face filled with hate speech, she is a nothing. Way, way, way out of her league.

    October 24, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Michael in Houston

    No one is scared of Palin because she is better than Obama, we are scared of her because she is crazy, period. I do have a questions? If her special needs "child" is 7 months old, that means she was born uh let's say February or March. That means Sarah was pregnant between around July or August of 2007. She was also sitting Govener of Alaska at that time, correct? Did she not appear in public for 9 months? Oh she did! Where was the baby 'bump"? Did she adopt this child, which would be perfectly okay if she did or was that child beared by someone else in her household? Why has no one questioned that?

    October 24, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |

    You, Sarah Palin, are the one we need to be afraid of. You would stop at nothing to gain power, pimping your sweet little boy, for example.

    All you want to do is inspire hate and division in this Country. We do not need that. We do not need you.

    You care for causes that are your own, and those convenient to your plans. You care nothing about the normal everyday people. You pretend to when it behooves you.
    Sorry, normal everyday people don't spend more than most people make in 3 years, more than many peoples' houses that they are losing, on CLOTHING. Give me a break already.

    Please Obama supporters, VOTE. She can not come to power. It is a very scary proposition. Get out and vote, take nothing for granted. I voted last week and am proud to say for OBAMA. The uniter, the steward of the underdog. Stop this woman's hate and divisiveness. Get out and VOTE–it does matter.

    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Charlie Bradley

    Am I the only one scared of what this whack job might pull if she doesn't win? She SMACKS of sore loser and gong postal....

    I can't wait til we see this trash taken OUT!!!!

    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Dal CA

    Fall School session is in full swing. What are Palin Children doing? Why are they on the stump?
    We thought that Todd was looking after the kids while she was supposed to be working? Does not look like she cares a HOOT for the welfare of her own Children.
    When she does not care anything for her own children how is she going to look for rest of the USA Children?

    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. TONY



    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Tulsa

    You know I am all for a woman VP or a President, I think women are as quailfied as men to run this country and probablly better..........but I think if you have 5 children and one of those is pregnant and one has down syndrome I think that mothers place is at home raising those children.........Palin can run for President after she raises her kids......right now they need her at home, they need to be home in school, not running around the country with her at every rally.........thinking back at other elections I don't remember the canidates dragging their kids to all their rallies and speeches, we saw them at the Conventions and when they take their oath in office, but this year we have her kids all over the stage.........what's up with that?

    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. True Blue Ohio

    I knew it, she's a socialist too!!!!!

    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. GET REAL.

    Angry much, Carole?

    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Chip

    I cannot think of two more repulsive human beings to me than McCain and Palin (other than Bush, Rove, et al.).

    Worthless and disingenuous, hypoctitical liars. Someone hit the nail on the head: Prostituting her own child.

    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. APinPA

    JM - do your research – that was AFTER her baby was born... selfish, selfish, selfish like everything else she does.

    October 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. republicans hate america

    people who are trying to convince the rest of us to vote for McCain we already saw how stupid it was for you to vote for Bush so get lost already you people are dumb and make no sense we are not listening to you.

    October 24, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. mike

    You Obama sooooo hateful. Why? If you going to win Be happy. No, you not sure therefor you hate and afraid.

    October 24, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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