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. David

    This woman is vitriol. She should be marginalized and ignored. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to occur, as too many extremists in the Republican party do not even know what sort of fire they are playing with in Sarah Palin. She is an absolute poison to the future of American unity: Charming to some, attractive to others, ignorant, ineloquent, and most importantly - divisive.

    She is wholly unqualified to unify anyone under any banner - extreme or otherwise. The extreme and ignorant people who rally behind her deserve the status quo.

    November 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Laura

    So, the last report said that Obama aunt gave money to the campaign. Not the report says she is in the country illegally. Should we be looking at his campaign financing a little more closely?

    November 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Mark

    you're an idiot Palin please leave florida as soon as possible we don't need your kind here...... narrow minded, fear mongering bush tacktics at the last minute, racist inspiring, unqualified, and will hopefully get booted for her lying about trooper gate and she should see what her senator is going through, Sarah you can't have the same no bid contract builder of your hockey rink build your house using the left over materials to use on your house for free and have your kids fly around for free and use tax payers money to pay it you are gonna be sooo busted when this is over... typical republican miss use of power you should be ashamed

    November 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Lisa

    We had George Bush make America ns look bad in the eyes of the world, and McCain/Palin making Americans look bad in the eyes of Americans. McCain wasn't here in the 60's – and wants to bring back the riots.

    November 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. nate

    In 3 days you will be able to make HOPE triumph over HATE. Its in your hands. O/08.

    November 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Greg P.

    The fear and out right hate on display at Palin rallies should be proof enough to America that a McCain/Palin administration would bring utter disaster and ruination upon America.

    When a candidate panders to our most base fears and prejudices via distortions or lies, they don't deserve a single vote.

    When McCain/Palin level a charge at their opponent it is important to remember that they are likely doing so because they themselves are guilty of that of which they accuse Obama.

    Chuck Jones, famed director of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, said that there's a little bit of Daffy Duck in everyone, whereas Bugs Bunny is beyond the reach of most. He summed it up this way: Daffy Duck is realization while Bugs Bunny is aspirational.

    McCain/Palin are a realization and Obama is aspirational.

    November 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Cindy

    To describe Sarah Palin, I would like to quote a statement Judge Judy often uses on her show, "Beauty fades, Dumb is forever!"

    November 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Phil the Engineer (a new demographic)

    September 19 is "Talk Like a Pirate" Day.

    November 1 must be "Chant Like a Racist" Day.

    November 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. michaelcal

    I am so tired of the B.S. These people lie and mistate and no one say a thing about it. CNN and others allow the flacks for the candidates to come on and perpetuate the crap. Shame on sara hate and shame on you cnn.

    November 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. marie

    Nancy Hughes , you are so lost in translation it's unreal. Alot of people don't have seals,my daughters birth certificate didn't either.And what the heck does that have to do with anything anyway? John MCCain was born in Panama.Obama was born in Hawaii,thats a state.Panama isnt.anyone can read a darn speech,This women is dumber than a box of rocks,and John MCCain is running the biggest,lying campaign in history,according to,
    Her speech at Children's Hospital in PGh will go down in history to,as the stupidest.She was telling a room full of epidemiologists,biologist's,and parisitologists like myself, that fruit flies were a joke. and why do they fund research.IQ- 80 at best hahahahaahah

    November 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. dee

    Its Over

    Obama won

    The awakening is happening

    powered by the people

    John judgement is the reason for his loss

    and to throw GOPers who switched under the bus sealed the deal for you McSame.

    November 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Mark

    Outrageous! To persecute a man for his name...McCain-Palin looks more and more like Mussolini-Putin every day. Sen. Obama is continually labeled with the term Socialist. Sen. McCain and Ms. Palin are doing a fine job of labeling themselves as fascist extremists. Horrible.

    November 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. NJ for Obama

    Their supporters are just as stupid and vapid as they are. Maybe even more so!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008!!

    November 1, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Ky

    It's absolutely ridiculous to even imagine this woman running for an office as important as the VP. If someone can tell me how Sarah Palin is in any way qualified to run a state like California then I'll begin to see her as anything but a tabula rasa. No disrespect for the state of Alaska but that's the only state this woman is worth a penny.

    On another note, has anybody noticed that this woman cannot even compete a simple English sentence before jumping to another unrelated and further incomplete one?? This is such a shame that will let the rest of the word even contemplate the possibility of Sarah as a potential VP. This show of foolery ends in a couple of days when the better set of candidates gallantly win .

    God Bless America and may God Bless President Obama !!!

    November 1, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Shirley-Ohio


    November 1, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. A real American

    It seems the Republican Party has lost its way; it’s up the real Republicans to take their party back from the ultra right wing, conservative, religious, know nothing, nut jobs.

    Democracy needs differing points AND the ability for us compromise. That is what our founding fathers intended.

    Remember it all started with three words: We The People

    November 1, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. blue in a red state

    If Seward had any idea about Palin he would never have paid what ever for alaska, Alaska's folly is Sarah, and I pray to God ever day that she doesn't become a heart beat away from the highest office in this great land

    November 1, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    The more seniors forced to keep working beyond their capabilities, the fewer jobs for younger people. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to do the math.
    Cut the crap McCain. You are the best example of "The peter principal" I have ever seen.

    November 1, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Paul Wall in Dallas

    she didn't appear to hear or acknowledge the chants of "not Husein"? it happens at all their rallies. it's racist and it's unacceptable. and they should be called out for that. after McCain called Obama "that one", Obama didn't even hold that against him. the GOP has turned into a racist xenophobic klan, which is why it's unraveling-moderate republicans are leaving and the GOP will finally be the White Party, War Party. pathetic that's coming from our nation, the "greatest nation on earth" as the rest of the world laughs. if hate and racism were a fuel the US would be energy independent. but it is a fuel that only scares people and appeals to their worst instincts.
    Yes we can/Si se puede

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. JASON


    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Mike Mc

    Why has the Republican party become the party of toothless banjo pickers? I used to really admire the core principles of the "old" republican party.. but the hardcore anti-intellectual side of the party is officially steering the bus these days.

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. smokesignals

    Absolutely NOT TRUE!
    Not only is she continuing to spout debunked claims, she obviously, is not educated on the common Republican ideas of privatization of our Social Security program.
    How people, seniors or otherwise, can take her seriously, is beyond this 56 year old white woman, business owner.
    She's a crock and I'm truly amazed as a woman that this is the best the Republicans could come up with.

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. MP

    The more I hear about this woman the more I despise her.

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. worriedmom

    Well that is his middle name. Funny how he doesn't want to advertise that! It is what it is! and you will get what you vote for!!
    I just feel sorry for all the lost souls who cannot figure out who truly loves the United States of America and not himself!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Stevo

    Go away!!!! So sick of Palin. What a loser. Hope she gets recalled in Alaska.

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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