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. 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

    of course cnn wont publish my comments

    November 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Larry

    The people that have, and are going to ,vote for Obama are going to be so disappointed if he get's elected--You have been lied to ,we are all going to get screwed,then 4 years later we will vote him out and he gets retirement from us the rest of his life.

    Obama will be the biggest political mistake you will ever make!!

    Anybody that loves jobs and hates employers is an idiot-THINK !!!

    November 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Ved

    Please ask Palin to address the privatization of Social Security to the very concerned citizens of Florida ... if Bush had been successful in his privatization plan, which obviously McCain supports completely, the entire Florida population would face a "depression era" situation with the stock market downturn. This once again highlights that Bush and McCain are same in their policies and lead America to further destruction.

    November 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Betty, Virginia

    All I can say is if the GOP embraces Palin beyond this election I may never go back. She does not represent me at all. McCain made a fatal error in his campaign by selecting her. Her extreme views will never serve all the people...

    November 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. KC

    all they want is to keep this country fighting and i pray every night they just STOP with all the Hate!

    November 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Palin has more experience than Obama

    I do not know why McCain/Palin is still out there. It is over. Many people, stars and media have stated that Obama has won.
    It just might be very funny to see there faces come Wednesday. 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.

    November 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. edd

    This chant shows ignorance, stupidity, and lack of intelligence. The blind leading the blind.

    November 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Dave

    It's been shown time after time that 90% of Americans would get a bigger tax cut under Obama's plan than they would from McCain's. What's really "so phony" and "starting to unravel" is the tired rhetoric Palin keeps spouting. The Republicans are the ones trying to exploit people's fears and worries. But thankfully, this time it doesn't seem to be working.

    November 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Trysh in Los Angeles

    If you were running job interviews or going on a job interview, would you spend the entire interview talking about why YOU are the best person for the job or would you spend the time trying to convince them of all the reasons your competing candidates are bad for the job? Anyone knows if you are on an interview, if you have nothing to offer you try to bring down the competition.

    November 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. gpm

    How sad that this woman is even taken seriously by the voters is a testament to the level of collectice ignorance among so many people in theUnited States, it only shows the world how backwards the populace is in this country.

    November 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Jessica

    McCain's helathcare "plan" sucks!!!!!!


    healthcare professional

    November 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Sean, TN Here you go sarah, a website just for you!! put in your 200,000 income you showed last yesar and you get $500 more dollars this year than you did under bush. Maybe you should think about changing you vote to Obama.

    November 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Marie Banderas in TEXAS


    November 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Johnny 2 in Kalamazoo

    Sarah Palin is the real deal. No wonder liberals are terrified of her. She is going to carry McCain over the finish line herself. DemocRats are starting to wet their pants as they realize its all slipping away.

    November 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. anonymous

    I hate Palin...she makes me sick!

    November 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Jon in Seattle

    She's a Whack Job. I'm so ready for this to be over. We need to be focusing on my pressing issues, like who's going to be the new Mariner's coach.

    November 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Navy Vet

    For all you undecided voters: this is the same ole rhetoric that has been heard from McCain/Palin. Consider the source and then remember this: Palin does not have the backing from some of those previous senior officials and diplomats that McCain has stated are supporting him. They have stated that she is unqualified to hold the position of Vice President. So if you vote McCain, you vote for Palin and she has been called out for her lack of qualifications by the same people who have been in the White House in some form or capacity in the previous administrations. So who do you believe? Just think about it. McCain is a man who could be the President, but, he is aging and has health issues that could compromise his administration if he were elected. And then who takes over? Palin? Now that's a scary thought and Halloween is already over. And its still a scary thought. People – like McCain said, "PUT COUNTRY FIRST". Vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Let's play it safe and do the right thing.

    November 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. mkenya

    I'M A KENYAN.........This country is doomed because of stupid thinking white trash. Decent whites foward thinking will not pay attention to this god******m trash and will vote the issues not stupid trash. So many LEGAL IMMIGRANTS here including myself are working hard, paying BILLIONS in TAXES and social security which we will leave in the govermnments purse because someone who retires in another country except the U.S and Cananda isn't entitled to social security.

    Chew on that.

    November 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. John from IL

    Since Palin has more "executive experience" than McCain,
    shouldn't she be at the top of the ticket?

    John from IL

    November 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Nic

    Can't wait to see this moron shipped back to Alaska. Hopefully to be censured or impeached for her utter corruption.

    November 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. ANGIE

    Did Palin happen to Mention how Mccain is going to cut Medicare?

    November 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Barb

    Palin is pathatic, she is bringing down McCain's campaign in more way than just being brainless. Of course she would not say anything about that type of chanting or pretend not to hear it because all she stands for is hate. The party that is suppose to be christians has the most hate in their heart. How can you pretend to be a christian and run a campaign full of so much hate towards your fellow human being. It is written in the bible "love you neighbour as you love yourself" I guess the GOP ripped those pages out of their bibles.

    November 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. j

    Obama supporters get out the VOTE! Send Palin packing back to Alaska.

    November 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. dEMOBRAT

    There yah go- McCain's plan will create more jobs.

    November 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Ready for the 5th

    My outlook is that both of them are throwing blind darts when it comes to the economy. For me it boils down to McCain being a hothead and Obama being able to be calm under pressure. Sorry McCain for all your experience I don't trust you, and if you're not Bush why didn't YOU run against him in '04?

    November 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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