October 28th, 2008
10:38 AM ET
13 years ago

HAPPENING NOW: McCain-Palin in Hershey, PA

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/28/art.cnnlive1.cnn.jpg caption="Watch the event on CNN.com/live."](CNN) - John McCain and Sarah Palin are holding a joint-campaign event in Hershey, Pennsylvania this hour.

Watch the event on CNN.com/live

Read McCain's full remarks after the jump

It's great to be back in Pennsylvania. We need to win Pennsylvania on November 4th, and with your help we're going to win here, and bring real change to Washington, DC.

We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: hoping for our luck to change at home and abroad. We have to act. We need a new direction, and we have to fight for it.

I've been fighting for this country since I was seventeen years old, and I have the scars to prove it. If I'm elected President, I will fight to shake up Washington and take America in a new direction from my first day in office until my last. I'm not afraid of the fight, I'm ready for it.

I have a plan to hold the line on taxes and cut them to make America more competitive and create jobs here at home. We're going to double the child deduction for working families. We will cut the capital gains tax. And we will cut business taxes to help create jobs, and keep American businesses in America. Raising taxes makes a bad economy much worse. Keeping taxes low creates jobs, keeps money in your hands and strengthens our economy.

If I'm elected President, I won't spend nearly a trillion dollars more of your money. Senator Obama will. And he can't do that without raising your taxes or digging us further into debt. I'm going to make government live on a budget just like you do.

I will freeze government spending on all but the most important programs like defense, veterans care, Social Security and health care until we scrub every single government program and get rid of the ones that aren't working for the American people. And I will veto every single pork barrel bill Congresses passes.

I'm not going to spend $750 billion dollars of your money just bailing out the Wall Street bankers and brokers who got us into this mess. I'm going to make sure we take care of the working people who were devastated by the excesses of Wall Street and Washington.

I have a plan to fix our housing market, so that your home value doesn't go down when your neighbor defaults, and so that people in danger of defaulting have a path to pay off their loan.

If I'm elected President, we're going to stop spending $700 billion to buy oil from countries that don't like us very much. Senator Obama will argue to delay drilling for more oil and gas and against building new nuclear power plants in America. If I am president, we will start new drilling now. We will invest in all energy alternatives - nuclear, wind, solar, and tide. We will encourage the manufacture of hybrid, flex fuel and electric automobiles. We will invest in clean coal technology. We will lower the cost of energy within months, and we will create millions of new jobs.

We've learned more about Senator Obama's real goals for our country over the last two weeks than we learned over the past two years, and that only because Joe the plumber asked him a question in Ohio. That's when Senator Obama revealed he wants to quote "spread the wealth around."

Now, Joe didn't ask for Senator Obama to come to his house, and he didn't ask to be famous. He certainly didn't ask for the political attacks on him from the Obama campaign. Joe's dream is to own a small business that will create jobs, and the attacks on him are an attack on small businesses all over the country. Small businesses employ 84 percent of Americans, and we need to support small businesses, not tax them.

After months of campaign trail eloquence, we've finally learned what Senator Obama's economic goal is: to spread the wealth. In a radio interview revealed this week, he said the same thing - that one of the quote, "tragedies" of the civil rights movement is that it didn't bring about "redistributive change."

You see, Senator Obama believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs. He said that even though lower taxes on investment help our economy, he favors higher taxes on investment for quote "fairness." There's nothing "fair" about driving our economy into the ground. We all suffer when that happens, and that is the problem with Senator Obama's approach to our economy. He is more interested in controlling wealth than in creating it ... in redistributing money instead of spreading opportunity. I am going to create wealth for all Americans, by creating opportunity for all Americans.

Senator Obama is running to be Redistributionist in Chief. I'm running to be Commander in Chief. Senator Obama is running to spread the wealth. I'm running to create more wealth. Senator Obama is running to punish the successful. I'm running to make everyone successful.

Senator Obama has made a lot of promises. First he said people making less than 250,000 dollars would benefit from his plan, then this weekend he announced in an ad that if you're a family making less than 200,000 dollars you'll benefit - but yesterday, right here in Pennsylvania, Senator Biden said tax relief should only go to "middle class people - people making under 150,000 dollars a year." It's interesting how their definition of rich has a way of creeping down. At this rate, it won't be long before Senator Obama is right back to his vote that Americans making just 42,000 dollars a year should get a tax increase. We can't let that happen.

My opponent's massive new tax increase is exactly the wrong approach in an economic slowdown. The answer to a slowing economy is not higher taxes, but that is exactly what is going to happen when the Democrats have total control of Washington. We can't let that happen. We need pro-growth and pro-jobs economic policies, not pro-government spending programs paid for with higher taxes.

This is the fundamental difference between Senator Obama and me. We both disagree with President Bush on economic policy. The difference is that he thinks taxes have been too low, and I think that spending has been too high.

If we are going to change Washington, we need a President who has actually fought for change and made it happen. The next President won't have time to get used to the office. We face many challenges here at home, and many enemies abroad in this dangerous world.

Senator Biden warned that Senator Obama would be tested with an international crisis. I have been tested. Senator Obama hasn't. Senator Biden referred to how Jack Kennedy was tested in the Cuban Missile Crisis and I have a little personal experience in that. I was on board the U.S.S. Enterprise, and I sat in a jet cockpit on the flight deck waiting to take off. We had a target. I know how close we came to a nuclear war and I will not be a president that needs to be tested.

We know Senator Obama won't have the right response to that test, because we've seen the wrong response from him over and over during this campaign. He opposed the surge strategy that is bringing us victory in Iraq and will bring us victory in Afghanistan. He said he would sit down unconditionally with the world's worst dictators. When Russia invaded Georgia, Sen. Obama said the invaded country should show restraint. He's been wrong on all of these. When I am president, we are going to win in Iraq and win in Afghanistan, and our troops will come home in victory and honor.

Let me give you the state of the race today. There's one week to go. We're a few points down. The pundits have written us off, just like they've done before. My opponent is working out the details with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid of their plans to raise your taxes, increase spending, and concede defeat in Iraq. He's measuring the drapes, and he's planned his first address to the nation for before the election. I guess I'm old fashioned about these things I prefer to let the voters weigh in before presuming the outcome.

What America needs now is someone who will finish the race before the starting the victory lap ... someone who will fight to the end, and not for himself but for his country.

I have fought for you most of my life, and in places where defeat meant more than returning to the Senate. There are other ways to love this country, but I've never been the kind to back down when the stakes are high.

I know you're worried. America is a great country, but we are at a moment of national crisis that will determine our future.

Will we continue to lead the world's economies or will we be overtaken? Will the world become safer or more dangerous? Will our military remain the strongest in the world? Will our children and grandchildren's future be brighter than ours?

My answer to you is yes. Yes, we will lead. Yes, we will prosper. Yes, we will be safer. Yes, we will pass on to our children a stronger, better country. But we must be prepared to act swiftly, boldly, with courage and wisdom.

I'm an American. And I choose to fight. Don't give up hope. Be strong. Have courage. And fight. Fight for a new direction for our country. Fight for what's right for America.

Fight to clean up the mess of corruption, infighting and selfishness in Washington.

Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children's future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history. Now, let's go win this election and get this country moving again.


soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. SB in NoVa

    Let's go PA - Obama/Biden all the way

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Borat

    All aboard the HATE EXPRESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. SB in NoVa

    Let's go PA, Obama/Biden all the way!

    VOTED for Obama/Biden!
    Turn VA Blue!

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |

    They need to give it up. He needs to concentrate on keeping his traditionally red states red. Unfortunately that won't happen here in Virginia.


    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. bill for barack

    I'm always fascinated to see what new gaffe she'll come up with.
    At least now she and Ted Stevens have something in common – criminal behavior.

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. John. Austin, TX

    Also, too, Palin is a very experienced executive, there, in the state where she is the executive of. Yes!

    Seriously- that's how she sounds. She's dumb.
    Not a chance for her.

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. jt

    How low can you go!

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Mack

    This rally is a joke...all rah, rah, rah and no substance. Wasted airtime which in the closing days hasn't addressed what this ticket will do to move America forward. But it's keeping the fears of distributing wealth and alive. Now hopefully that will get you the healthcare, education, infrastructure and defense America needs to reestablish it's place in our Global world. But you won't hear that today from Gov Palin.

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Sue from KC

    I'm getting most annoyed by CNN's total coverage of this goofy woman – it's like your anchors are a bunch of groupies – escpecially Campbell Brown – what in teh world is up tith this – have you been bought by Ropert?

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Not Confused

    Sarah Palin was cited with Abuse of Authority under her own Ethics investigation which has been extended to included her paying herself thousands of dollars in per diems of the Alaskan taxpayers money. She also used the military plane more than the military. She charged her families expenses on the Alaskan taxpayers and she got the people who she granted a huge contract to, to help her husband build the house they are currently in. She is the biggest hypocrite and cannot criticize Stevens or claim she is the person to clean anything up when she is not clean or cleared of worse. I do not believe with all of the LIES and SMEARS, that no one addresses the TRUTH about Palin's character. She lied and said she was cleared when the whole world read or heard the verdict. She and her husband just gave a deposition because it continues and yet the media is not mentioning it saying this woman is qualified. Sometimes the media is the biggest joke and detriment to people knowing the full truth.

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Joyce Becker

    McCain/Palin ticket can hold all the rallies in PA that they want they still will not win, they did themselves in with the dirty politics of robocalls, slander and lies that made up their campaign.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08--'12 !!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. CanIcallyouJoe

    Dear John McCain and Sarah Palin:

    Get out.


    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Dylan, Los Angeles

    Yes fight to help put some more $$$ in the pockets of people making over 250K, lobbyists and the Big Oil monopoly.

    Don't fall for McWarmonger / Palin theatrics and lies....keep voting Democrat PA.

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Accountant Guy

    Wow, another Alaskan politician was found to be corrupt, I guess Stevens and Palin now have that in common. I wonder if they will talk about that. Palin is next, maybe they can both share a cell!! Get out and Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. MH

    OBAMA/BIDEN' 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Darrell

    Did I hear it right McCain says guilty Govenor of Alaska should step down or was it guilty Senator should step down or should it be equal and both step down ?

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. arc, Lugano CH


    This is a must-see bi-partisan documentary for educated global-minded voters. The dire situation that the United States now finds itself on the domestic, economic and foreign relations fronts are a result of outright criminal election fraud by the Bush Administration and the Republican Party.

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. ines

    Fight for CHANGE, Pennsylvania. VOTE!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. z

    I noticed that when Palin is on the road making a speach somewhere in REAL AMERICA....It looks like a Jerry Springer Show...LMAO....It's Time To Rally The Republic-KLAN Together!

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    I think this time most of the American Voters can see through the smoke and mirrors. They learned from the last election. Those who haven't, well sometimes it takes two or three times for them to realize that it is not safe to put your hand on a hot stove, and then again, some never learn.

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Sam Farayar

    McCain is too old to be president. He bears responsibility with George Bush for the collapse of the world economy and a stupid war that wricked our standing in the international community. Being a POW does not qualify anyone for leadership either and does not make one patriotic more than others.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. adg

    what they are still talking? Not Interisted!!!! go Obama!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Mari for Obama

    Just thankful I am not in Hershey, PA!

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. jeremy

    more of the same, I work in hershey and i pity these people that went to go see nothing but more of the same.....LIES!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. former gop

    I truly believe that the only people who could possibly be supporting McCain/Palin at this point are either idiots or bigots – but, of course, bigots are idiots.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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