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. Gloria

    The more Gov. Palin talks, the more frightening it gets!!!!! She is on a mission!!!! She obviously feels that she is qualified to be President of the United States!!!??? Her rock star status during the campaign really went to her head, and, unfortunately, the base of the Republican party continues to support her. At gut level, I cannot help but feel that the anonymous critics were telling the truth. My hope is that these critics now come out of the shadows and challenge her face to face. Presently, she is denying the allegations and no one is challenging her denial due to continuing to remain anonymous. To the McCain staff who anonymously outed her: Come out of the shadows and tell the American people about her behavior during the campaign. She is apparently a very determined woman who is on a mission. Only the truth and nothing but the truth will stop her in her tracks.

    November 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Allen Hussein

    Dear Sarah:

    Please run in 2012


    An Obama Supporter

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Jonas, TN

    No HER record led to GOP loss. Her record of not speaking properly, not knowing geography, not understanding civics. Don't put the blame on Bush, he's partly to blame, but he was not on the ticket.

    Voted For McCain and Mad As Hell

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Ronald

    No way Lady - YOU were the looser that cause McCain to lose this race and noe else....

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Her comments are the complete opposite of what she was saying on the campaign trail. What gives?

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Ron

    that must be it. for a minute there I thought if might be the fact that Palin didn't know a single thing. I mean, even if it was known she didn't know Africa was a continent before the election, Bushes base of 57 million morons would have still voted for her.

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Carole

    I am NO fan of George Bush....but at least he never thought that the VP ran the senate. She totally lost me then.

    STOP blaming everyone for the true and sheer fact you did not know the answers? Does this woman take accountability for anything? Scary.

    She was a drag for Senator McCain, whom I would not have voted for anyway but at least he was always held in high regard and respectable.

    Poor Senator McCain is a TRUE American and will just take a loss and put Country First like he says he will.

    **Enough sour grapes!

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Suasan, Alaska woman for Obama


    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Carol Schleich

    No Republican could have won this election for the reason Governor Palin gave: George W. Bush's presidency was a disaster. It's a shame, because I believe Dubbya is a decent man. Oh, I didn't vote for him! I still don't understand why he was voted out by a landslide in 2004. He hasn't changed – he was never up for the job. I won't even say that his VP was "a nice man." McCain was NOT "McSame" or "McBush" but again, no Republican could overcome the last eight years.

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Bob

    All you nosayers need to get a life. there is plenty of blame to go around. Too bad you can't accept it .

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. S

    Come on Sara that was not the only reason (LOL)! What about your lack of experience, McCain's inability to vet his VP candidate, your connection to the AIP (which never got media scrutiny), your abuse of power in the trooper gate scandal (which also got little media scrutiny), and your inability to function as a knowlegeable politician without cue cards. I guess you thought those things did not matter to the voters, because we were supposed to be so stupid we could do our own research. NOT!

    November 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Tim, Butte, MT

    That ticket was going down in flames the minute she put her name on it.

    Shut up and stay in Alaska.

    November 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Let's Goooooo Mountaineers!

    For the record, I voted for Obama and I'm thrilled that he'll be our next president. That said.

    Sarah're right on. Thanks for calling a spade a spade and pointing at the real failure of McCain's campaign. You deserve to defend yourself after all these meanspirited rumors from finger-pointing, cowardly aides.

    November 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. David

    Wahhh, baby... Waaaaahhhh....

    The result is SIMPLE – you and McCain FAILED to discuss WHY you both are BETTER than Bush by pointing fingers endlessly at Obama as socialist and lying endlessly.

    So, just be quiet and kill more mooses. If it makes you feel better, imagine Bush's face on every moose!

    November 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. kmsujon

    You can say whatever you would like to. But please stay in Alaska. We are doing well here without you.

    November 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Ace

    Mccain was up before the financial crisis set in. The problem was Mccain didn't choose a VP canadidate that offered the American people anything. Mccain lost on his own accord and let the American public down.

    November 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. former gop

    Would somebody please drill, baby, drill into Palin's head that McCain lost because of her. I AM ONE OF MILLIONS THAT WAS FOR MCCAIN UNTIL PALIN.

    November 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. jonathan

    Yeah, and Not Her incompetence, stupidity and fact she's wants Alaska to be it's own separate country so she can go to war against Russia!


    November 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Tom, Bradenton

    Thank god this idiot did not make it into the White House. First of all the Republicans still had a chance to win the White House. I am a Democrat with a degree in Political Science. The selection of Palin was the end for McCain. Read the news articles like in Newsweek about her. No willing to stay on script, even after the $150 000 clothes issues, she still bought clothes, no education, can't speak, her husband calling to Alaska telling friend to hold their powder until 2012. This woman is an idiot and insult to educated Americans. Blaming Bush is not the right answer. Please forget this moron. Do not write about her anymore. My cats have more intelligence.

    November 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Steve

    The McCain-Palin campaign had a well-worn strategy of blaming others and not having any willingness or idea that they themselves need to step up and take responsibility for what was going on. Their entire campaign was based on blaming anyone they could think of for the current state of affairs, or what might happen to the country if Obama got elected. The tradition continues.

    Let's hope the days of fear tactics and blaming others for your own inability to execute are coming to an end. None of us want to hear why McCain-Palin lost. An overwhelming majority of Americans voted for Obama-Biden (around 8 million voters more than voted for McCain-Palin). Sarah, it's not complicated. You lost because you didn't have what it takes. Go home. And, oh, yeah. Please Fed Ex back all the clothing you took with you. It's not yours. I'd also suggest the campaign staff check their wallets and purses for missing items.

    November 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Betty Jean, DC

    Why is this woman still making comments about the election?

    November 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. We All Won

    I don't feel bad for someone who tried to hood-wink the American public. She knew she wasn't capable of running the country, and that she didn't understand basic government, english and geography. Life has a way of working things out, and her baby needed her more than the country. I'd say we all won last Tuesday.

    November 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Ricky P.

    She had her 15 minutes of fame...she is a joke and needs to fade off into the ranks of the un important again. She forgot to mention one key reason for the L...John Mccain picking her as VP!!!

    November 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. god bless the US

    I blame the fact that McCain wanted to continue the Bush record.

    Had McCain done his Maverick routine and stayed on his fiscal conservative values as well as get up and say "I'm not Bush!, I want to lead this country in the style of Reagan" then maybe he would have had better luck.

    Problem was, McCain talked way too much about obama over stupid stuff like tire inflation, celeberty status, and didn't talk enough about himself

    November 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Tim in Seattle

    Why is she still talking?

    November 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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