November 1st, 2008
06:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin makes pitch to seniors in central Florida

Gov. Palin campaigned in Florida Saturday as the state's governor, Charlie Crist, looked on.

Gov. Palin campaigned in Florida Saturday as the state's governor, Charlie Crist, looked on.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida (CNN) - With a smiling Gov. Charlie Crist at her side, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin kicked off a three-city bus tour of central Florida on Saturday by focusing on the financial concerns of the nearly three million Floridians over the age of 65.

Palin promised that she and John McCain will “keep our defining commitments to our senior citizens.” But she wasted little time on the Republican agenda and turned her sights, as usual, on Barack Obama, who has accused McCain of wanting to cut Medicare funding and place Social Security benefits in the stock market.

“Barack Obama goes around promising a new kind of politics,” she said, “but then he comes here to Florida and he tries to exploit the fears and the worries about Social Security and Medicare to our retirees and that is the oldest and cheapest kind of politics there is. And enough is enough of that.”

Palin added that Obama favors a government takeover of health care, an accusation that drew boos from the audience.

Referencing New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who said this week that Obama’s tax cuts would only go to those making under $120,000, Palin called the Democratic tax plan “so phony” and said she was thankful that “it’s starting to unravel” and that “the light is being shown on his tax plan.”

According to the Obama campaign, Richardson meant to say that people making under $250,000 won’t see their taxes increase.

Palin also repeated a debunked claim that “according to an independent analysis, our opponent’s new policies will destroy nearly six million jobs over the next decade.”

That analysis was actually conducted by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, which concluded in a recent report that “total employment” would fall an average of 589,000 a year under Obama's tax plan.

According to Heritage, that number represents the number of jobs that would exist over a ten year period, compared to the potential number of jobs that would exist under current tax law. The study itself says that while McCain’s plan would create more jobs, the number of jobs in the country would grow under either candidate.

As Palin wound down her remarks, a group in the rear of the audience began a noisy chant of "John McCain! Not Hussein!" - but the governor did not appear to hear or acknowledge them.

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soundoff (397 Responses)
  1. Greg, Atlanta

    Palin heard the chants, she just does not have the morals or ethics to stop them. At least McCain was decent enough to correct the lady that called Obama an arab. Palin only knows how to incite divisiveness and encourage hate....she has no business in national/international politics.

    November 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Timothy Morton

    Divided we fall, no?

    November 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. ephraim

    i am a devoted Christian and i am appalled by the invective and
    pure evil that this woman stirs up against obama and even anyone
    in this country and believes differently than her narrow interpretation
    of the world. the unmitigated lying by her makes me utterly terrified
    of what she would be like as an activist vp or president, God forbid.
    she pretends not to hear the chants and defamatory cries lobbed
    from the heart of her constituency. truly abbhorant!

    November 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Wolf Blitzkreig

    Can't wait to see you Obama spammers blow up when McCain wins on Tuesday. Half of this board is on Baracks payroll.

    November 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. ANGIE

    She is Dividing this Country she has to go no more fallin palin

    November 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Sean, TN

    That is so FUNNY! A rep. acussing a dem. of using fear in a campaign. I love this election. The chickens have come home to roost!!

    November 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Palin has acted more and more like a trailer trash. She has spewed so many bitter words and twisted lies about Obama that at this point she is totally irrelevant. I hope republicans are dumb enough to keep Plain in future tickets, that is a sure guarantee they wll lose every election. Trailer trash politics of bitter words/twisted lies has not impressed majority of Americans and isn't that sweet? 🙂

    November 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. JAY N.H.


    Obama-not Alaska Mama

    How about that?

    November 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Joe M

    Where's "Fibber McCain"? We've obviously found "Molly".

    John SIDNEY McCain, a train wreck we can believe in.

    November 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. VETS4Obama

    Whack job is too kind for that hate spewing, ignorant, power abuser! What a light weight! Shame on her!!! She claims to be a Christian? What a joke! She has declared WAR against intelligence!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Gloria Moran

    I feel sorry that the people of Alaska have to put up with this woman! She is a disastrous choice as a running mate; the woman has no shame!

    Go Obama/Biden '08!!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Of course she pretended not to hear it. They continue with their evil ways. I feel sorry for our country if this ticket of Gidget/Grandpa gets elected. 8 more years of the same old crap, wow that is depressing!!

    November 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Jim Campbell

    The last losing VP candidate who went on to get a nomination was Walter Mondale, and we remember how successful he was. Geraldine Ferraro, Dan Qwayle, Joe Lieberman, and John Edwards were magnificent flops. Sarah Palin will join them on the trash heap of history. She will be shooting wolves from a plane for the foreseeable future.

    November 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Fedup Up with Republicans

    I know that CNN (which for whatever reason wants to censor non-rightwing comments, aka Moderation of your comments even when you use non-incendiary language; thank God, there are more respectable organizations on this planet) will probably never allow this to be posted, but I'm going to say this anyway.

    I am totally fedup with the ugly fear-mongering, race-baiting, bigoted campaign that McPain/Palin have run. Anyone with an IQ above 75 knows that my description of this campaign is correct. They have offered NO hope for the future, just smear tactics against their opponents. It is time for REAL change. A time when we can talk about REAL issues, not Karl Rove-type attacks.

    I'm a registered Republican who will NEVER vote Republican again until the party returns to the PRINCIPALS upon which it was founded!

    November 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Tochi

    Whatever is going to be left of the wreckage that is going to be GOP after this election and sixteen + years in political wilderness , will hopefully force this ostrich to pull its head out of sand and face the realities of twenty first century.

    November 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. ANGIE


    November 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    If McCain wins, expect one DRAMATIC change: name tag replacement

    Yes, and everything will be the same, after all, the fundamentals of our economy are strong, right?

    November 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Eland

    nancy hughes November 1st, 2008 1:29 pm ET
    Just to be clear, Nancy Hughes, this is America, and many of us have "funny sounding names" because we hail from all over the world. It is anti-american and thoroughly bigoted of you to suggest only WASP names are American

    Further, Sarah Palin, it was announced on NBC News, 8 days ago promised immediate release of her medical records. Last night, NBC News broadcast that she had yet to release her medical records and the McCain campaign had snipped at them when they asked, "We'll release them when it's time" which of course means after the election, if at all. So, get better educated about your facts.

    Well, there are so many things we can't say about Obama. His middel name for one thing, anything about Michelle or his connections to Kenya and cousin and good friend Odinga. Obama has had a judge seal his birth certificate, never heard of that before. No medical records were released. People want higher taxes I guess and are not taking to Palin because she is a woman who can do it all and have five kids and a happy husband. With Obama's camp the tax cutoff goes up and down mainly down, probably will reach 42K soon. Obama will take this country to a place we will never get out of: socialism. With all his risky friends, after reading his books..I don't know how anyone could vote for this very strange man.

    November 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Scy

    McCain/Palin . . . heroes of the lunatic fringe.

    November 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    With McCain, all we get is a NAME TAG REPLACEMENT for change

    November 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. hta

    If McCain wins, it's going to be because of xenophobia.

    November 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. former republican for OBAMA

    Maybe she has a hearing problem since She's always the only person who never hears these ugly chants

    November 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. nick

    Even in Obama's half-hour ad he said families making less than $200,000 would get a tax cut(not $250,000). The reality is that people who find equality in a potential Obama presidency do so because of who he is. I agree that symbolism is desirable for our country. It's unfortunate though that his means towards achieving change in Washington involve rejecting public financing after he went with his ideals originally and was for it. Now his tax pan won't subsidize his policys and of course he will have to find other sources of revenue to pay for his programs. The fact is for Obama's supporters his symbolism and words speak louder than his actions.

    November 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Marcy

    If this is the GOP' s future...then its not looking to bright for them. She appears to galvanize the bigoted part of the electorate. With a country growing in diversity. I'm not sure thats the smart route to take.

    November 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. weneedstrongleadership

    Where's your flag pin, once again, who seems more american Obama, wears flag pin, Obama legitamately cares about people and gets out there and talks to them, I have yet to see you go door to door or talk to normal middle income family, the only thing you care about is yourself. Where are your full medical records, fake, snake,

    November 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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