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. R u serious?

    Hey Nancy Hughes

    If you can even define Socialism, or any of you McCain puppets can, I'll personally stock your 401k

    November 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Nick

    Does the quickly approaching end of this election mean Sarah will take all her Hill Billy supporters back to Alaska with her? Please lets hope they all follow her to her home!

    November 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. cade

    Turn away from the racists. as a former republican, I refuse to be identified bya racist women who gets to bash a Columbia professor and department head because he disagrees with american policy (which I thought was legal and a right of americans) and because he has a funny name she gets to pick on. I refuse to be deifined by these racist comments, I refuse to identify with calling american senators socialists when it is clear they are not. I do not always agree with Obama, we disagree in several areas, but I will not stand for racism and fear mongering as a desider of an election. Not all republicans are racists, but doing nothing about theses comments like McCain and helping them like Palin is just as bad. If not worse when you are the trend setter. I rufuse to stand by and take the idea that it is worth it if we win. It is not worth it.

    November 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Liz

    while I'm all for candidates showing transparency, the LAST thing I care about right now are Palin's medical records. She's young and statistically, proably healthy, just like Obama is probably healthy.

    I worry much more about her comfort level repeatedly spouting lies that have already been identified as such. I worry, as someone mentioned, about her failure to admonish supporters who say hateful things about Obama. I worry about her lack of intellectual curiosity (not to mention her complete lack of intellect, period). I worry about her refusal to see, listen to, and appreciate the validity of other points of view. I worry abou the Supreme Court should McCain and she be elected. I could go on, but I'm getting depressed.

    November 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. KLEE

    Hey folks with doubts (lies) about Obama perpetuated by the opposition – go to OBAMAS web site and (if you can read) there is is the "tax plan proposal" -- but maybe you knew that already and can't admit that he has a good point.....maybe there is another reason for not voting for Barack? anyway – done deal here......OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!

    November 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Deb

    Get out of my state!!

    November 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. gp

    Mc Insane and his poorly chosen VP ARE SPREDING RACISAM and have to be held acountable for that . There is not place at this time in history if wont YO BE PERCEIVED AS CIVILIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Melissa NYC

    These two just go from state to state spewing hate, racism and lies.

    November 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Dixie AZ

    Where are her medical records? Is she hiding abortion, STD, or life threating condition such as diabetes? What? Or is she just set herself above the rules?

    November 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. surprised??????

    mc cain just wanted another bush next to him......he can not get away fron the bushes!

    November 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Roy

    We DON'T want Sarah Palin as VP otherwise she would continue to have wild shopping spree with OUR taxpayers money. She is NUTS.

    John McCain & Sarah Palin are not trustworthy just like President Bush & Vice President Cheney.

    November 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Country first

    Hussein is just a name is that suppose to scare people? When you are a baby you do not choose how you want to name yourself this is just good sense. In America you will find different name from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Peter, George Bush, Samuel Alito and etc. This is a multy culture country and people from different part of the world are leaving here and they name their kids accordingly. That do not make the kids bad or a terrorist; in fact they are American like all of us. We have people from Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Lybia, Venezuela leaving in the USA and the fact that they have roots from these country do not make them bad people. Nasty, Nasty campaign can you afford four more years of this mess. After this eight years term this republican president will still have his mansion and guess what? that mansion is pay off for. Some of you already lose your home and some of you will. Some of you already lost your job and some of you will while the people that cause this financial mess are getting richer. The president which is partly to blame for that mess is still getting his fat pay check every week and never think one day how his bills going to pay for because you are paying for them. These republicans claim that they are conservative and religious and the democrats are not while all of them are doing the same things. What is the difference by telling abortion is wrong when you doing it behind the close doors. These are selfish republican’s behavior. According to statistics abortions, divorce, gay and lesbian have almost the same proportion among church people than non church people. You need common sense leadership. We do not need selfish leadership. Can you afford to have these selfish leaders in office again?
    They had tried everything and I tell you it is nasty. These republicans believe that they have not done enough damage to this country and they are trying to scare you. What is that mean now? When they say that his aunt is here illegally. If you an American you an American and I think your background, your religion, and race should not be matter.
    Now that socialism, terrorism do not work they want to bring these nonsense to scare you America. The economy is issue # 1 and they had chosen not to talk about and try to scare you with these nonsense. This war need to come to an end because $10 billions dollars a month can do a whole lot here in the US from job creation to education and infrastructure improvement. Our current president is a republican and they had done enough to our economy and job market.

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Trasa, Texas

    She never "seems" hear the chants at the rally. Of course, not but she does, just won't say anything. She and her grandfather will not win. And if she runs in 2012, she won't win either, not after her divisive campaigning. I don't care if she spends these next fours years gaining some intelligence. Don't forget how she was, she will change alright to win your votes, but don't let this "she devil" fool you.

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Aaron

    Sure, she didn't hear them chanting. More likely she's proud of inciting that kind of response.

    She can play up the "gee golly" hockey mom bull or hide behind her gender all she wants. More people are seeing through it by the day. Sarah Palin is dangerous, corrupt, ignorant, and unqualified. That people are waking up to this will likely cost McCain the presidency. I bet he regrets his decision now!

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. BBB

    It's funny... but her response to what her role would be as VP in creating policies truly sounded like a beauty pageant contestants responses. NOT like the serious responses of a national level politician.

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Sarah, what about AIP?! You know the seccessionist group that is sooooooo very American?!

    By the way, Sarah, nice job throwing McCain under the bus to feather your position in 2012, but wait until your own party deals with you then!!! *WINK*

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Cal

    I'm surprised how ignorant democrats are. Most don't know Hussein is Barrack's middle name. Since everything, according to democrats, is a code word for some for something derogatory towards Obama let's just call him "that one". Wait that's bad too. In the spirit of Holloween, let call him "He whose middle name shall not be mentioned".

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. GARY


    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. JL

    I can't wait t'ill this is all over! I've never been one who had any interest in politics – I find myself constantly on CNN waiting for breaking news… all the name calling and put downs by the so call GOPs. ENOUGH!!! – 2 more days to go! let us all pray and visualize Obama/Biden winning at a landslide…

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Ron, NYC

    CNN, your coverage of Obama is increasingly negative. My suspicion is that the following CNN journalists secretly work for the McCain campaign: John King (chief), Wolf Blitzer. Keep up your biased work. Each night you people at CNN talk about a "rogues gallery" . CNN is also responsible for the mess this country is in. Remember you guys sold Bush/Cheney and their lies to the American people. CNN also served as a conduit the Bush white house used to sell the Iraq war. Now you are trying to sell the most incompetent ticket ever to run for the highest office to the American people. Well, whoever pays the piper dictates the tune. CNN go ahead and play the tune of your boss, the RNC.

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. we need something new- from OH

    lol, let's shock 'em (mccain and palin) and barack 'em.
    Get out and vote! especially young people like me! let's start a new era- NOT continue the same error! This thing is NOT over. we have got to get our friends and neighbors to the polls. our future depends on it!

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Bas

    "The day that will be called "USA is full of racist" Day. Keep all the mess up. That only makes more people see libs being bullies and that fear tactics will not work."

    This is not about racism. This is about the people of the US potentially making a very dumb choice. Neither choice is great, I think the selected presidential candidates are both farrrrrr from ideal options. And neither will bring true change or reform to the US, I'm afraid.

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. McSucks

    What a moron. A bag of peanuts would make a better VP.

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. James

    This woman is just plain dumb, along with the rest of the Republicans in this great country.

    November 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. weneedstrongleadership

    What is the latest information about the state legislation of Alaska on Sarah's unethical firing of Trooper Walt Maneegan.

    November 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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