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. Junior in Michigan

    C'mon Ohio and Florida! Please be smart enough not to get suckered by the Republicans a third time! Win your states for the Dems! These are the final days to get out and make the case to anyone still undecided. Turn the lights out on no-brains Palin and angry old man McCain!!

    November 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. mitch

    republican crowds are hateful. they make jesus cry.

    November 1, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. kathe]

    Palin will bring a new level of hate to the U.S. if she is elected, may god save America if this happens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Soccer mom from Canada

    She is dividing Americans and now the Republican party. Palin does not put country first, she puts Palin first. She is a hate-monger. She stirs anger and violence everywhere she goes. She should never be put in a position of authority.

    November 1, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    This woman is a total whack job! Is Sarah Palin truly a Christian? Not in my book...

    November 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. IF, Portugal

    Surely almost anybody must be saying something more interesting than this nitwit Palin. I don't understand CNN... lately it seems it's feeling very sorry for McCain and trying to give free cover to an angry old man and this idiotic Barbie.

    November 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    All who are reading this – BE SURE TO VOTE. and ask your friends and relatives also. This will be the only way to insure that McCain/Palin go away.

    November 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Randy

    Pack your bags Palin and turn in your clothes you and Mcdaddy are done end of story

    November 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Val in MA

    So what? Hussein is Obama's middle name, get over it.

    November 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. danel

    She was responsible for the hate filled mongers in the first place when she started her mantra of" paling around with terrorist". Three more days of puting with this crap.

    November 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Val in MA

    So what? Hussein is Obama's middle name, get over it. And it rhymes when you say it.

    November 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Erik from Real PA

    I'm voting against the angry old negative has-been and his celebrity sidekick.

    November 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. golfgurl

    She heard the comments. She just chooses to ignore it. They is how she motivates for "base".

    November 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Marie

    Even after all the McCain/Palin falsehoods have been brought into the light; she's still out there saying the same thing. I'm sick of the smear campaign and I'm a Republican. It is very obvious that McCain and Palin have no use for one another. She is not ready to be VP; let alone President. I'll get a bigger tax cut under Obama and NOT have to pay taxes on my health insurance premiums. Can you guess who I'll vote for. Wake up America!!

    November 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Greg285

    Who cares really what this empty head has to say? She's the dumbest candidate in the history of US Politics and I for one will be glad to get rid of her annoying voice on Nov 4th...

    November 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Randy

    Mclain been telling all the lies from the start wake up people and there will be more lies if he is in the White House he's another G. W Bush we the people can not afford four more years it would be bush all over again and look were bush has put the American people in the crapper with his spending.

    November 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Eddie B

    John McCain NOT hussien!!!!

    November 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Susan


    Please do not comment until you VOTE.


    November 1, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. OMG!

    So it didn't work on the Women so play the seniors.

    November 1, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. w.l. jones

    It sound like Floria the Day after Easter.?

    November 1, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Lisa

    While I was in line waiting 3, 4, 5 hours- I started to hear other people telling story’s on why they would stand in line so long in the hot Florida sun. I met this woman in line. She encouraged me to sit down and stay in line and vote. She was voting for John McCain and I asked why.

    She told me he was a Republican and she had no other choice. I stood in line and talked hours with this woman about taxes, jobs, housing, healthcare,evening voting. At the end, she told me that she was Never voting for McCain she just wanted someone else to re-enforce her support for Barack Obama.

    She did not think I was voting for Obama and she used me to tell her why she should. This woman had so many of us crying in line because she had just lost her mother. She had to be about 28 years old. She was on her own. She said the reason she was voting for Obama was health care. Her mother died of cancer, but lost her job and insurance, and they could not afford $13,000 a month for her care. This woman told me she can not wake her mother up from her grave, but if her vote will keep one more person’s mother, child, father, grandmother, friend, from going to their grave-She would wait years just for her vote to be counted.

    So while you are waiting in line, remember this woman. Vote for your story. Vote for Obama. Talk to others in line and tell them why you are voting for change. I started the conversation like this, This line proves people want change.

    November 1, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Mollie

    Palin has stopped at nothing. Again and again she'll say and do anything to attract a vote. She has no clue as to what she'd really do.
    her promises will be empty.

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. SJC

    Palin surely knows how to excite the base. Unfortunately the average IQ of the base is below that of a rock. Nothing rouses the ignorant like good old fashioned hate speech.

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Art Michaelson

    More and more it becomes evident that this vile female Sarah Palin is a race baiting verbal volcano of lies, distortions and outright falsehoodes. The lower 48 does not need such illprepared, politically ambisious people who do not know fact from fiction and will mouth off on anything the Karl/Rove traind handlers give her as talking points. God only knows how happy I will be Wednesday the 5th after which i do not have to hear her SHRILL voice again. Sarah go back to Alaska where your major newspaper i n Anchorage has firmly indorsed OBAMA/BIDEN. stating that with their knowledge of you you are firmly unqyalified for National Office.

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Jay

    Palin is a pig just like the rest of the Republican Party....

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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