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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  1. Soccer mom from Canada

    I am very upset by McCain's and Palin's incendiary methods of campaigning. They rev up their base in a very divisive manner. They pit republicans against democrats in a way that demonizes democrats as being un-American. American against American. In these times that require unity? How dare they? They incite hate and violence. To hear someone yelling "terrorist" or "kill him" about another American is disturbing. Worse yet, it went unanswered as this is what they are aiming for. This is unacceptable behavior for two people who want to govern all the people. They have no business being rewarded with the responsibilty to lead. They also stir racial tensions by preying on people's fears. After all the reason why some people would fear Obama is because they believe that he would not have their best interest at heart. McCain and Palin are less scary because they are white. However, there is a long list of not questionable but factual dealings McCain has in his past and present. As well, there is a long list for her young years that Palin has from accusations of abuse of power to her involvement with a group that wants to separate from the U.S. Separation is an ideology that doesn't just go away. I am from Quebec, Canada so I know about this. We have to deal with this endlessly. She is dividing America and the Republican party. She is for Alaska first.

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Obamacan November 1st, 2008 1:34 pm ET

    I was little bit confused whether CNN is impartial but nowadays CNN is clearly siding with Mccain and company. This is good for Obama. When you clearly side with somebody, your influence is less. that 's good .
    It's been going on forever. Have you not seen Campbell Brown or Loozer Dobbs? They worship McCain's dirty feet.

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Please tell me how McCain is going to pay for all the tax cuts he plans to emplament. Bush doubled our deficit and if McCain wins he will continue down that path. I would just like to hear how he plans on lowering the deficit instead of just attacking Obama. Does anyone really think a spending freeze would work? Wait all the earmarks. No that is only 0.1% of our budget. McCain has no idea how to fix this budget. Obama will reduce the deficit by ending the war (a war that no matter what happens we do not win) and increasing taxes for the wealthest americans that can afford to pay more. He is removing bush's tax cuts that caused so many CEO and wallstreet fat cats to make more money than could ever of been imagined. They could have easily given some raises to their other employees but instead kept it all to themselves. Great idea.

    November 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Brandon from Ohio

    The hate will stop on Tuesday, or at the very least be quieted a little I hope. Daily Scandal Palin supporters are just such nasty people. It goes hand in hand with the findings of the ethics committee on Daily Scandal Palin's Troopergate scandal. Just a nasty woman with nothing but hatred in her veins. I hope for the sake of this country, and all of us, that McSame & DSP go back to where they came from.

    November 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. California Gold

    Palin promises to keep her commitments to seniors but fails to tell voters just what they are. Probably thinks no one notices her lack of specificity. Just goes from empty promises to outrageous lies about Senator Obama. Won't she be surprised in a few days when she loses and the Republican party blames her for the loss.

    November 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Obamamama, chicago

    Sarah Palin is an obvious bigot and pretends to "not hear" racial slurs and physical threats toward Obama during her stump speeches.
    She's a modern day, female version of Adolph Hitler who fortunately lacks the ability to organize millions of people to buy into her hatred filled convictions.

    Send her back to that isolated, almost completely uninhabited Alaskan island so she can spy on the Russians.

    November 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Darrell

    Red is the color of hate, division,anger,and the past
    Blue is the color of hope,trust,prosperity, and the future.
    Palin simply is a person that in no way should ever in be in the Whitehouse.She is of the past and just because she has had some executive experience does not mean she should have the keys to the free world.The Enron crew had exec experience as well as many others who would not be trusted but have executive experience.

    November 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Peter (CA)

    Love it.....she states Obama's message is divisive, yet it is her supporters who inject things into their chant to continue the divisions in this country.

    She is clearly unfit to be on the national stage. Please send her home on Tuesday.

    If the Republicans think she is their future, the future must look like something from "Mad Max".

    November 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. David, Tampa, Fl

    I dont believe anything this snow queen has to say, McCain, Obama and Biden also fit into this group. Both camps have sponsered misleading and dishonest ads and speeches with a rare truthful statement in there some place. To many important issues have been marginalized into sound bites, ignored or turned into attacks by both campaigns so much so I dont really know where any of them stand. Whatever the outcome Nov. 4 hard times are ahead for most of us. I have voted early and encourage everyone to do so.

    November 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Alex

    Whats wrong with saying "Vote McCain, not Hussein"?? Is Hussein not Barack's middle name???? Why is that not ok, but calling McCain, McBush or McSame, fine, funny and edgy??

    You liberals are a bunch of hypocrites...champions of tolerance? Yeah you only tolerate those you think the same as you. How pathetic...

    November 1, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Trisha

    It's amazing how she is such a witch! No one has said a word about her lack of mothering skills with the knocked up daughter... at 17!!! What trash!

    November 1, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Connor

    I don't think I've ever seen such a divisive campaign. I can only imagine how much more division would happen if Palin and McCain take office.

    anyway, since she said she would release her medical records did she?

    Will she ever accept responsibility for her unethical behavior in Alaska?

    November 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Michael

    Still the "Wicked Witch" of the North!

    November 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. New Direction for America

    Palin demonstrates what is wrong with America and represents divisions and hatred. She can go back to Alaska soon where they can deal with her as she is done in national politics unless the Republican Party wants to get killed again in 2012. Palin has not figured out that the Republicans are not going to win by going even further to the right. The demgraphics of America has changed and the Republican Party is going to have to reconsider their platform and representatives as they are on the verge of a huge fall for the enormous failures of Bush. Good bye McCain. Good riddence Palin.

    November 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. worriedmom

    in defense of CNN they are doing their job and should have been doing all along! reporting the news fairly. You Libs are just upset they are not agreeing with you. I have never met such a group of people that cannot listen to someone's else's opinion without spewing off at the mouth about how wrong we are. This is why we live in the United States, "Democracy" or did you eliminate that word and replace it with Socialism!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    I wake up each day just hoping that by some miracle that Palin will just go home and leave me alone –
    the thought of her being Vice Pres just totally makes me very ill – I do believe that I have felt this way about any politician since Richard Nixon was in office – The idea that she could be the President absolutely scares me worse than anything that has ever bothered me in my entire life that has now gone past 60 years. Pls Sara give yourself a "DARWIN" award and go away.

    November 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Montana Mama

    How can she possibly claim to be a women of faith when she not only allows, but encourages such racist, degrading, hate filled comments from her supporters? She and her other so called faith followers need to read their bibles again. When I see her face it makes me want to vomit.

    November 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. shawn

    we constantly hear about how palin draws such big crowds and is so great at rallying "the base", but the truly disturbing element to all of this is her knack for attracting the bigoted and hateful, the bottom-of-the-barrel of her party. she riles them all up then says nothing and shows no decency when they turn ugly.

    this is disgusting, the constant shouting of "terrorist!" and emphasis on obama's middle name of "hussein" by these people. how is this not racist? how does this make you so much more patriotic than a liberal?

    so what, obama's middle name is "hussein", mccain's first name is "john" and so was the guy that shot president reagan. does that mean anything? no, its simply a name. what they are really saying when they do it is this: he is different, he is not white, he has a foreign name, he cant be trusted....

    no matter who you are voting for that is just plain wrong, and it sickens me to think there are still so many people left like this in our nation. i had naively thought we have made so much more progress than this in recent generations. you are certainly entitled to support the candidate of your preference, and this is not an attack on all republicans, because there are many out there that are bigger and more intelligent than tthis.

    if you have republican ideals and support mccain on issues then i can respect that and simply agree to disagree, but these people are despicable.

    November 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Colleen

    I believe in my heart the Republican party has been hijacked and is being held hostage by small minded, extreme thinking folks who really want to stuff God down our throats…there is NO place for their religious rapture in our lives…do not tell me you go to church and are a Christian and in the next breath…spew hate…I'm not fooled…
    Republicans! …take back your party…rid yourselves of the Demons hiding behind the Bible..return to loving your neighbor as yourself…go back and ponder the likes of Tom McCall from Oregon…Ronald Reagan…good and decent men., true Republicans in the best sense of the word…separate religion from politics…there is good in all manner of individuals…please become someone we can debate and find our way with…the world needs what we had before these nasty folks took over…find your hearts…and redeem your souls!

    November 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. RCWPDX

    You people (anyone who would say or chant this) are the MOST ignorant people I have EVER seen in my life. I truly, really get amazed at all of the IGNORANCE and sheer HATRED that I see expressed here in the United States. You would think that we would have some of the most educated and intelligent people in the world, yet I find example after example of the most STUPID and ridiculous things in my life. It just shows that ignorance and fear go hand in hand. If anyone ever had a BRAIN and did some real research instead of listening to their ignorant buddies and friends, they would know so many of these things are not true. Unfortunately I guess some people just prefer to remain in darkness, in ignorance and in hatred. God bless you.

    November 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Amy

    McCain/Palin and the current Republican leaders are the most divisive, unethical politicians I've seen in my lifetime. They will say anything, do anything, alienate anyone to get elected.

    Why anyone other than a judgmental, evangelical Christian would belong to this party is beyond me! Tthe Republicans would never-NEVER-put a person on the Presidential ticket that wasn't a white Christian. Not a black. Not a hispanic. Not a Jew. Not a Muslim.

    This is the party that is anti-American.

    November 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. John

    “but then he comes here to Florida and he tries to exploit the fears and the worries about Social Security..." – Is that kind of like trying to expliot fears and worries that Obama is a terrorist sympathizer or a socialist?

    Palin added that Obama favors a government takeover of health care – An outright lie, anyone who wishes, including Palin can read all about Obama's health care plan from any number of reputable sources.

    Palin called the Democratic tax plan “so phony” and said she was thankful that “it’s starting to unravel” – Wrong again Ms. Palin, Obama has been clear all along about whose taxes would not see an increase, as far as getting tax breaks, well that number may be lower but there will most likely be some people making just under 250,000 who neither get a break OR an increase. I know this is difficult to understand for some.

    “according to an independent analysis, our opponent’s new policies will destroy nearly six million jobs over the next decade.” – Anyone who thinks the Heritage Foundation is "independent" as far as partisanship goes is truly ignorant.

    "John McCain! Not Hussein!" — but Palin did not appear to hear or acknowledge them. – Of course she didn't. This is exactly what she wants and unfortunately a small group of yahoos have chosen to go with it as if Obama's middle name is a good reason to not vote for him or he had anything to do with naming himself.

    She still doesn't get that her "swift-boat" style politics just aren't cutting it this time around. People seem to have had enough of it.

    November 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Joe Regis

    If we are going to pick a woman, she has to be a little bit close to Hillary Clinton stature and weight. Palin is not even close, not to mention her support primarily amoung the repubs base.

    The repubs are doomed this Tuesday.

    November 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Stu-Florida

    oooopps Type O
    OBAMA... must spell the name of our next President correctly
    Sorry, Barack..

    November 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. David

    This shows a total lack of respect for Senator Obama. These type of fools should not be allowed to vote period. And what an excuse, she did not appear to hear them. Quite disgusting. Obama is a better American than any of those people that are a sorry excuse of an what Americans should be about.

    We wonder why the world is looking at us with disdain, yes, the world does not really look at the US in any good light and now we can see why.

    Are we going to make the same mistake for a third time and vote for these racist bigots. I am losing all respect for the Republican brand.

    November 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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