November 10th, 2008
08:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin says Bush record led to GOP loss

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin told Alaska reporters the Republican ticket could not overcome the headwinds."](CNN) - Sarah Palin told local reporters in Alaska that unhappiness with the Bush administration’s Iraq war policy and spending record were responsible for the GOP ticket’s defeat this year.

“I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years, that Americans were kind of shaking their heads like going, wait a minute, how did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration?” Palin told the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska’s KTUU Channel 2.

“How have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration? If we're talking change, we want to get far away from what it was that the present administration represented and that is to a great degree what the Republican Party at the time had been representing. So people desiring change I think went as far from the administration that is presently seated as they could. It's amazing that we did as well as we did.”

Watch: Actions Obama may take to reverse key Bush policies

Palin returned to Alaska last week amid growing speculation about her political future. The Alaska governor is slated to attend the Republican Governors Association’s meeting in Miami this week.

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  1. Jeffer65

    Plenty of blame to go around. Palin, Bush, McCain, the campaign advisors, etc.

    November 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. rick

    Perhaps the fact that John McCain showed horrible judgment by selecting a grossly unqualified running mate also led to the election results?

    November 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Jaye was more than Bush, it was Palin and John McCain and their slimey vulgar campaign that lost the election for them.
    Palin is a laughingstock, and she shamed herself and our country.
    Both she and McCain shamed our country with their vile campaign.

    November 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Sherri

    That's probably the first truthful thing Sarah Palin has said in a public forum, however she was completely aligned with the policies of Bush (even though she has no clue as to what they are. ) Good bye, Sarah. We don't need to hear anything further from you.

    November 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. reggie

    She's correct. Pres. Bush has done some things right and some things wrong. Unfortunately, the wrong things are the ones we remember and they weighed down the GOP this election. The republicans will be back, as we all know the dems will mess things up even more.

    November 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. AB

    Sarah – go home already! Isn't your town missing you yet?

    And – what's really funny – is that it appears Bush actually likes Obama! Or – at least more so than he does McCain. He seems to be smiling a lot more now that is tenure is near an end. I wonder if he really voted for McCain or just said that?

    November 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. jim COLORADO

    If Sara is all that her party has to offer as their future mouth piece ,then they truely are lost as to any future bid for the white house. The sooner she goes away the better of we all will be. Alaska is where she is fully understood. Lady has no clue. MINDLESS

    November 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Jon

    I am amazed! This is the first intelligent thing I have heard Palin say.

    With the Bush record, it should have been a Goldwater-style wipeout for the GOP, and they were indeed lucky to come as close as they did. I can't for the life of me figure out how 46-47% of the population would consider voting for a Republican, given everything that had gone wrong.

    I think without her on the ticket, the GOP should have got 41-42%. With her, 38-39%. She did energize the base, although she certainly turned off more people than she added.

    I yield to no one in my detestation of Sarah Palin, but with Bush's approval rating in the 25% range, that would certainly seem to be sufficient cause for the GOP to have gone down in flames. How, indeed, did they do as well as they did?

    Scary thought. Racism, anyone?

    November 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Irfan Mian

    C'mon Palin, don't make excuses. You damaged even more to "THAT" person (MCcain) who was already damaged enough and showed you his SCARS and BRUISES also. Why you are making your and your party's life miserable now?
    It is all over....just keep doing what you are doing to harm your BROTHR-IN-LAW.
    OH I forgot, by the way , Did Joe the plumber move to ALASKA ?

    November 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. KJL

    Excuses, excuses, excuses. I have a feeling you couldn't twist Palin's arm hard enough to get her to point a finger at herself. Ever.

    November 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Madunwa

    On one part, I blame John McCain for the huge loss because of his poor judgement and his selfish thirst to fulfill his long time ambition. If John McCain had paused for a moment to consider the jeopardy that his victory would've put the country+[the rest of the world] into, as a result of including the opportunistic/defiant/uninformed Sarah Palin on the ticket. That decision alone was the beginning of Sen McCain's political downfall; and contrary to his argument that he'd rather lose an election than lose a war. This once respected man put his ambition before the country because he was so desperate to win the election and fulfill his agelong ambition. I can understand that some political moves are expected to be made by individual campaigns, but John McCain lost the admiration people had for him just because of this selfish and dumb political move.

    As for Gov. Sarah Palin, she is a Joke! I'm still trying to figure out what was so funny to the republican base at the convention when whe said "...the difference between a hockey mum and a pitbull, lipstick". I found that so disgusting and ridiculous, while some people (republican base) connected to her as a result of statements like that; I don't get it!

    Gov. Sarah Palin has the gut to blame Bush for the failure she brought unto the party (or at least contributed mostly)? She needs to shut up and go into exile, cos she is a failure.

    November 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Barry

    I think it was Bob Bullock in the Texas Legislature to said something about George Bush (when he was Governor) that I'll paraphrase about Sarah Pailn:

    "When ignorance starts going for $100 a barrel, I want drilling rights on Sarah Palin's head."

    November 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Palin who?

    And she was going to be a VP? Just shut up already!

    November 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. jake

    don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care, don't care.

    Say it with me: She. Is. Irrelevant. Let. It. Go.

    November 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. francheska ;-)

    Why is Palin still making the news? I heard enough of her rhetoric during the campaign. And BTW...where is good Ole Joe the Plumber? LOL.

    November 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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