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. AmericadowntheDrainMcCain

    So how did she explain that their plan would be better??? Did she bother to give an explanation of how her plan works and who it works for in comparison to Obama's? can she even explain their plan? I'm tired of people saying she she is qualified or that she is competent when she can't even deliver an outline of their policy...

    November 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Lourdes

    What a nasty, not to mention racially-motivated, divide-and-conquer campaign she is running. Come on FLORIDA - do the right thing and go vote for Obama/Biden (right now if possible!) and show the country we are better than this!!!!

    Please don't keep me in forever moderation CNN

    November 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. jwn in south carolina

    Palin is such a light weight.......just go away.

    November 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. art in Vegas

    It seems I'm the first to comment. It look like no body is listen to Palin anyway.

    November 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Garytown

    What an awful shrill voice. I think I would rather listen to Hillary and her fake southern drawl than Mrs. Moose Killer

    November 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Not voting McCNN /Palin

    It doesn't matter what she says. The McCNN and Palin team will serve up anything at this point

    November 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Charla in TX

    this woman IS NOT THE KIND OF WOMAN I want to see in the White House. She is a DISGRACE and is doing a great DISSERVICE to every woman in this country. How disgusting.

    November 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Obamacan

    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 .

    November 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Sharon

    His name is Hussein, isn't it? Why so sensitive? Also, do you really think Palin told them to chant Hussein. You are voting for a person called, Hussein....get over it!

    November 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. suzanne, western NY

    Once again misleading the people and allowing for fear and hate to be spewed at the rally, and they all stood by. No wonder my elderly inlaws are scarde to vote in Florida and leave there elderly only gated community.

    Palin misleads and instills hatred wherever she goes. There is no place for a presidebtial team that INCLUDES her in this country.

    November 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Mimi

    Queen Parrot, will say anything. Even if we can neither hear her nor she can neither hearself, she keeps spewing promises without detailed explanations as to what specifically she and her partner will do to accomplish those promises. That's what I call empty promises. At least I can go to their opponents(Obama/Biden's) website and figure how exactly their tax policies will affect me. They(John and Sarah) can twist the truth of the Bush's economic policies, which they now advocate, all they want. The facts are there, the experience of the last eight years is there. The same tax break advocated by G. W. Bush who against our will sold us the idea that a tax break for the rich will generate jobs has not penned out. We are experiencing the worst economic tumble of the century. The GOP, John McCain and Sarah Palin inclusive lied to us about this before. They are lying again and we refuse to buy it no matter how hard they try to repackage it. So, please, please SENIORS in FLORIDA AND ELSE WHERE, beware of WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. Their promises are as EMPTY as a shell. This is a party of ideology not a party of common sense.

    November 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. JAY N.H.

    nancy hughes

    you are a racist.

    November 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Greg

    Another day and another rally of selective hearing and outright lies.

    November 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Matt Z.

    What's the difference between Palin and those ignorant hatemongers at her rallies? She has a microphone.

    November 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Gail

    To Shane:

    Please, do you realize how ridiculous you sound. We should hold you accountable for every thing a member of your family does. You certainly are not a democrat, we all know that trick. Ridiculous

    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Jeanne B

    This is at least the third rally at which racist and threatening chants and comments have been reported. Her lack of response shows her personal racial bias and her "winner take all at any expense" mentality. She not just scary...she is Hitler scary!

    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. ro in los angeles

    "John McCain! Not Hussein!" ......

    the breakdown of our moral fiber shows in the ignorant people that attends the Palin least Mc Cain spoke up at some of them and told the crowd to cool it.....

    I'm sure she heard it and just blew it off. It is those horrible racial comments that make her ego grow...and that's why their ticket is bad for this country.

    when you watch the coverage of these rallies, it's is amazing and yet, scary to look at the big difference in the crowds. at the Mc Cain/Palin rallies...there aren't a lot of the Obama/Biden rallies...the is a sea of diversity!!! is once again amazing how one party can bring so many people to the table & one can't...or won't.

    If you want unity in this country after the is long trip down the campaign road....think about it .......


    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. weneedstrongleadership

    Get out of my State with your poison terrorist mouth, you are not wanted.

    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. justobserve

    Where is the promised Palin's medical record? Is she afraid of it showing she didn't give birth to Trig? Or she had an abortion after her affair with Todd's business partner? Plain, let get transparent! If you don't show it before the 4th, lots of people won't vote for you. You shoed too many times you are not to be trusted. McCain-2008 and Palin: a double fraudulent act that even McCain-2000 would NOT approve of.

    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Jeff from Jersey

    As in Sadaam McCain's REPUBLICAN GUARD!
    Only the CORPORATE/MILITARY RICH will benefit under McCain.

    What does Palin think SHE'S doing by saying Obama is playing on theitr fears about medicare?Just by saying that,this twit just did that herself.


    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Jim

    She makes my head hurt worse than Bush and Cheney used to.

    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Sarah

    Hey, JAMES N. HALULA November 1st, 2008 1:22 pm ET

    Guess what? CNN is not going to reply to your "letter" so I will. CNN is not a public service. You may be confusing it with C-Span. By the way, and out of curiousity, what level of education do you have? Oh, just as I thought, another Palin flocker.

    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Let It Go!

    Sarah Palin is just a big idiot, when Mccain loses she will be thrown right under the bus, just like the Mccain camp has been for months!

    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Davis

    This "Not Hussein!" business is horrible. Aren't these folks ashamed of themselves? I guess I can start yelling "not son of Cain!", which is what "McCain" means. Oh yes, I'm talking about the first murderer, the man who killed his brother. Whatever does it mean that John McCain would go by a name like that?? How can I trust a guy who shares a name with the first murderer??

    November 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Helio's own

    McCain and Palin are closet rascist..come on her stuid husband wanted the freeze state to secede..let them. It is amazing how one so stuid can be used so easily they all must be on crack! or hitting up Cindy's meth stash 🙂 This is a campaign headed for ruin and I pray that they do and in the meantime take FOX News and al its rascists commetators with them (Leave Shep and Alan alone). Dick Morriss, Karl Rove and Rush Dickbaugh deserves to be castrated!

    November 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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