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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soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin can place the blame wherever she choses but she must bear some responsibility for her negative campaigning which most voters didn't like. Her nagative campaigning also gave us a closer look at her lack of knowledge and education which proved to be very limited. If Palin wants to blame the media for being unfair to her I'd say the media was doing a responsible job in helping voters make a wise decision. Palin came to the table with little to offer and that's they way she'll be remember.

    November 10, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Bobbie in Maryland

    "It's amazing that we did as well as we did.”

    Yes, for once I agree with Sarah Palin...It still amazes me that so many of my fellow Americans actually VOTED for this woman!

    November 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Makes Me Want To Holler

    Tim – after your admission, you still voted for McCain?

    November 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Turnabout is fair play

    A-Duuuuuuuuuh!!! Ya think shrill, screeching woman?? You state what we citizens and voters already knew!!! This is just now hitting you upside the head!!!??? GAWD, I'm glad we don't have to hear from her on TV anymore. Clueless as the Shrub that's soon to be leaving the Whitehouse. Obama's gonna put some 14" speakers on each side of that bad boy and turn that sucka out with some jams every afternoon! LOL! 🙂

    November 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Satara

    Palin: may be it will be good for you to stick with your previous slogans, don't poke your nose into things that you have little knowlege and tomorrow you will change your mind!! You need a lot of growing to do.

    November 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. ginger

    🙁 palin come back to planet earth... it wasnt bush fault, it was yours and your campaigns.

    November 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. heather4Obama

    Mavericks dont show defeat...they just get mavericky and more maveracky and keep being mavericky...take your maverick self back to wasila and go online and get a real degree...try geography your first semester and get educated for you country's sake. Now thats Mavericky Ms WasillaBilly.

    November 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Joel-Minnesota

    The GOP ticket lacked an inspired messege. No Change, No Hope, No Vision = No White House. Not to mention Obamas groud game left the GOP in a cloud of dust, forced them to defend there own truff while they made gains everywhere and won states like Indana where DEMs just don't win. So stop pointing fingers and get game together.

    November 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Rick

    Palin was right on the money as usual. Bush governed like a liberal instead of like the conservative he claimed to be and that is always a recipe for failure.

    November 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Rhonda

    The only Republican candidate who could have won was Ron Paul, because he was the only candidate who was actually different than George Bush. All the others lined up behind Bush and never quite understood the true issues that "We the People" wanted addressed.

    That being said, Palin's actual record is much different than what she claimed (same with McCain who votes against vets every chance he gets) and Republicans who actually pay attention refused to overlook it.

    November 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Ben

    I still believe McCain could have won the election with a competent running mate. As an Obama supporter however, I was happy with his pick. I hope they run this doofus again in 2012.

    November 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. MR

    Is she taking her kids to Miami? On Alaska's dime?

    November 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. No McPain

    Yes, let's get her in-depth analysis of the situation. I appreciate her intellectual point of view.

    Also, last week she said that she hadn't heard anything about the RNC going up to Alaska to find out about the clothes she stole.

    Today her father said she was frantically going through closets to figure out what was what.

    Can this woman say anything that isn't a lie?

    November 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Peggy - TX

    Love You Palin – your the gift to the Dems, that just keeps on giving. Hope you run in 2012, 2016, 2020....

    November 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. J.I.

    Didn't she say that she was shocked that they lost?

    November 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Lesley

    Not a fan of Palin but she actually sounds reasonable here. She didn't acknowledge though that the majority of voters did not think she was qualified to be on the ticket. I am appalled by her interview where she talked about the McCain aides being jerks and taking her comments out of context. She was a big fan of those tactics the entire time she campaigned. I'm still stunned by her June interview where she said she had no idea what the VP does every day. Hopefully she will pay attention now so that she can find out what that might be.

    November 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Nganenu

    Looks like a witch she is!

    November 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Julia, Ohio

    MacCain could win with Experience argument but then ... he picked this Hokey Mom, or should I say ... this "Bush with Lipstick" and that was the real END OF STORY for GOP !!! LET'S ALL FACE REALITY !!!

    November 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Dan

    The US economy was in excellent shape up for the first 6 years of the Bush administration, right up to 2006 when a Democrat-controlled Congress was elected. We all know what the last two years have been like for our economy. Same president pre-2006 as post-2006, but a different Congress.

    Open question to my Democrat friends out there... How do you reconcile that fact and place all the blame on the Republican president?

    November 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Debby

    I agree with Palin. Bush could have stopped this Freddy and Fanny crisis.

    November 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. leon Ma.

    Why are we still hearing from his woman, let her stay on ice in alaska.
    and let the GOP thaw she out when she learns more about this country and the world. she still does'nt have any brians.
    Obama will be Alaska's president to. so theres hope for that state.

    November 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Finally!

    I voted FOR Obama. McCain/Palin were the same old crap. Any other Republican ticket would have been the same old crap. There were a lot of factors that made up the outcome of the election.

    Fact is, we wound up with an exceptional leader, and we should all (the ones with brains) be thrilled about that

    November 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Jim D

    Yeah, but she has a lower IQ than my toaster. Who would believe or listen to her in the first place?

    The era of idiots running the country is over.

    November 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. DeVone

    who will she blame next it's a new season, it's a new day
    a fresh anointing has come our way. we need to gome
    togather and work for a brighter and richer America

    November 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Nan in NV

    Oh, naturally Sarah will never admit she was to blame for any part of the failure. She's exactly like Pres. Bush in that respect. In fact, they are very much alike – too stupid to understand their mistakes are so costly and too arrogant to care. The sooner the press stops covering Gov. Palin, the sooner she'll disappear.

    November 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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