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. sojourner truth

    The republican party today, at this moment, are blocking voters in Georgia.

    lets vote these jerks out of office.

    call the GOP offic ein Atlanta and demand an explanation.
    call the mccain hotline and demand an explanation.

    November 1, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    8 years of peanuts and 8 TRILLION dollars of debt.. good job elephants

    November 1, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. huh

    What is complicated about a income range that doesn't see an increase or a decrease???

    November 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Kerry

    Only three more days left. Three more days of hearing this ignorant, unethical, lying woman. This woman still hasn't released her medical records and continues to spew lies and her memorized talking points. To see that she doesn't cease the crowds from their ignorant rants and name calling amazes me. And yet she still cannot put together a coherent sentence explaining the role of vp. *Sigh. Only three more days and she will go back to shooting moses and attending AIP meetings with her husband.

    November 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |

    Palin does get to me. She is really a "fly in the ointment". Wouldn't it be better if she set out the plan which John McCain has for seniors then compare them with Obama's plans, and show advantages that Seniors would have under McCain? She has not got the patience and dignity to do this. her upperrmost task is to get after Obama like a bad dog. She is a virago.

    November 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Country first

    Nasty, Nasty campaign can you afford four more years of this mess. After this eight years term this republican president will still have his mension and guess what? that mension 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 republicans 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 this 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 choose 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 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |

    She can lie every time she opens her mouth but Obama is being unfair when he tells the truth. Just like her not knowing that the Media has the right to call her on her negative spewings. But she tinks HER First Amendment rights are being violated. Sarah my dear our rights are being violated by having to listen to your string of out right lies and muckracking. Give us a break and keep your mouth shut.

    November 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. A White Male For Obama

    When are the people of the rest of the US going to receive our welfare checks like the people of Alaska.

    November 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    No taxes, all DEBT, vote for the elephants! 8 Trillion and counting

    November 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Margo

    Isn't time to fly to Alaska and cast your vote. Your buddy Ted needs your vote.

    November 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Charlie Bradley

    This lunatic is using material which has already either (A) ran its course or (B) been proven to be false as a method to spew her hatred and ignorance. ALSO why can't she use Barack Obaama and John Biden's names instead of "our opponents"

    this is the kind of woman who is going to work to put country first? Do you realize that this woman has no clue of what she's doing, much like her running mate John McCain? YOU ALL can help us take the trash out on Tuesday!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Librarian for Obama/Biden

    Watch out Gov. Christ. Are you sure you want to be in attendance at these racist Palin rallies?

    November 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. BC


    November 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Rave

    Palin, you are truely a remarkable, outstanding, incredible pig with lipstick. What more can we expect from you?
    Hey, what are your plans after loosing this election ? Are you going to continue with your Alaska Independence Party and be the Traitor you always were?

    November 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. salem

    The opinion that Palin is completely incompetent seems to be the one thing Dems and Repubs SHARE-–can't wait til her plane LEAVES and does not return!!!

    November 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Isn't she cute?!

    You wind her up and she can go all day just spewing hate.

    Now I hope you all down in Florida are enjoying this "maverick" because you won't see much of her soon. Please don't ask her about her clothing, billing her state $60/day for sleeping in her own house, her witch doctor videos on the internet, anything regarding the Alaskan Independence Party, or the sanctions she just received for abuse of power. And for God's sake, please don't ask her if she has any specific plans to help America!!

    Just keep enjoying the shows and feel free to yell back. It's just so much fun to watch!

    November 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. steve

    CNN can you do us a favor and dig up all Mccain`s extended family and tell us how they live and how close mccain is to them.
    Bush admin. break the law to report this internal issue to AP in the first place to help Mccain.
    This can`t save mccain who was just reported to have gotten $70,000 from a foreign national.
    There would be backlash against mccain if this is his October surprise

    November 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. allycatred

    Palin wouldn't know what to do if she had to to war. She can't take care of her chidren. She should go home and take care her down sydone child. MCCAIN IS NOT THE ONLY A P.O.W. AND YOU ALL KNOW HOW MANY HAVE BEEN IN THIS WAR AND THEY GOT HURT BUT MCCAIN IS THE poor little old man that should get the President. how about the other that don't get to tell there story

    November 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Susan

    She is for kids and seniors. That is great. She is more qualified than many think.

    November 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Former PUMA

    Blah Blah Blah, Obama is a socialist. Blah Blah Blah, Maverick. Blah Blah Blah, Alaska. Blah Blah Blah Shank things up. Blah Blah Blah, You Betcha. There, no need to post any more about Palin's speeches. They are all the same and I just summed it up very nicely for you.

    November 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Carol

    McCain and Palin – Divided we stand.

    What they have done to divide this country goes against everything our founding fathers fought and died for.

    November 1, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Carlos

    racism and ignorance rears its ugly conjioned head yet again. This beast seems to follow Palin wherevever she goes. Very telling, I think.

    November 1, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. NJVote08

    Sarah, pack your bags and your children. You're homeward bound. Not just to vote, but for good!

    Good riddance!

    November 1, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. S. Boatman

    If You Vote For Mccain You Will Loose Your Medicare! He Will Privatize Your Social Security And If The Stock Market Drops You Will Loose Everything! Mccain Will Tax Your Health Case For The First Time In History! A Mccain Presidency Will Be Bad For Senior Citizens And Bad For The Country!

    November 1, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. VOTE VOTE VOTE dont believe CNN

    oh please, what does brainless has to say that is important?
    i find it rather offensive, this person is even inthe news, given that she has no clue of anything, that if questioned could not tell you what the capital of Iran is, or if Georgia is here or there

    it appears, CNN is in love with her, all articles are about her, not the candidate,
    mmm sounds strange to me,
    no wonder Cindy mccain is looking awful these days,
    palin jane has not only stolen the spot light for her old grumpy husband
    the husband is looking at Palin differnetl, mmmm
    have you all noticed that cindy is ALWAYS there when palin jane is there??

    lots of things going on

    November 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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