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. Zelcor

    Sarah....sarah.....sarah you lost admit it and please shut up no one cares about you anymore plus don't blame bush. If you really wanted your ticket to not be the same as the last 8 years then you would've done better than saying "We're not the george bush ticket" you're only angry because you went on tv election night saying "I believe we are definately going to win" and you wont admit that the people have spoken

    November 10, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. baldexsoldier

    Palin is right to point out the problems that the Republicans faced this year. Regardless of who was nominated, they were going to face a huge uphill battle.
    That said, McCain's campaign truly died when he selected her. That she was selected without proper vetting, showed McCain's lack of disipline. But, even that doesn't excuse the fact that Palin is woefully underqualified for the job. She can blame 'gotta ya' journalism, but that only goes so far. She is obviously not qualified to be a VP. Heck, I would say she isn't qualified to be a mayor of a major city, despite her being a governor.
    Please Palin, PLEASE. Just go back home, deal with Troopergate and lose your next election. So America can get back to being a great country.

    November 10, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Angelo

    Tim, how could you have voted Republican after saying they had no clue on what they were doing? That's how we got Bush for 8 years!!! You could have voted for one of the other candidates or just sit this one out.

    I would not have voted for McCain after knowing his campaign was more "GIMMICK FIRST" than "Country First". Speaking of gimmicks, Palin just added to the "oh brother" what other gimmick will McCain's camp throw at us.

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Lisa

    What a cop out. C'mon Sarah...perhaps you lost because McCain is a bitter old man who is totally out of touch with the average American and you are an unqualified and arrogrant ditz.

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. JD

    Isn't her 15 minutes of fame way past expiration?

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Max

    People are going to join in on the media circus that surrounded Palin and blame her for the loss. Truth be told, the negative effects Palin had on the McCain campaign had more to do with the disorganization of McCain's staffers. That's why they've been bashing her with (let's be realistic for a moment) lies. They're saving their own jobs.

    Bush's record most definitely led to GOP's loss. No Republican would have won this year. But there will still be some people who give the VP's role too much credit and credit Palin for the loss. Strange perspective, in my opinion.

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Juliet, MD

    The one thing that brought Republicans and Democrats together–Sarah Palin's readiness to be president. We all agreed that she was NOT ready.

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Art Michaelson

    My professor once told me that there are people who are ambitious but not too bright, then again there are people who are not very ambitious but bright but when you get a person who is ambitious and not too bright but thinks she too smart for words (Sarah Palin) then you have a dangerous person. Thank GOD the American voter was able to see through this VACUOUS eye candy and reject her overwhelmingly. Good try to blame her rejection on 8 years of BUSH/CHENEY BUT IT WILL NOT WORK> Better use your time SARAH getting a geography lesson and learn where AFRICA is.

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Credit Card Republicans

    Please stay in your country of Alaska.

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Joe

    re: Let's Goooooo Mountaineers!

    "Thanks for calling a spade a spade..."

    uh, bad choice of words

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Madge, NM

    Well, America dodged that bullet.

    Whewwww...thank you Lord.

    November 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. marcus tullius c

    Nonsense. Why were 90% of the McCain policies the same as President Bush's? Because McCain knows Bush is on the right track.

    November 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Joseph

    if not anything else, she is a good looking woman.

    November 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Undi

    Poor Palin. i hope one day she will learn how to shut up. Maybe it's time for another moose slaughter. to let off some steam on those helpless, dumb grazers.

    November 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Chryssa

    I'm sure the GOP loves to hear her say this. Hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes.

    November 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Bob from Virginia

    Blamin' McPalin – no difference from lyin' W-Cheney

    Can't imagine why they LOST.

    Bye Sara, go have some moose stew and leave us alone. Please?

    November 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Jan Payne

    Ms Palin's thoughts on why the Republican candidacy failed, are precisely the reasons I voted for the Democrats.

    November 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. kasera

    it is not right that all the blames fall on Palin alone. how come i have not heard anyone blaming McCain too? he is part to blame for the failure of the ticket. everyone makes mistake so let's just move one and think about the future or let's continue blaming each other...............Palin energized the base something McCain could have not done alone......

    November 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Vote For Sarah

    Please GOP, put her on another national ticket. She's great for us Dems.

    November 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. rick james

    Sarah Palin is trying to get the blame off her so that she will have a slight chance of running 2012. While McCain's connection to Bush dissuaded many of the voters, Palin needs to accept the fact she also dissuaded many of the voters and costed McCain the election.

    November 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Blue is my favourite colour

    Why is this woman still in the news, why is she still talking, and given that she is such a low information person, how does she know that's the reason the Repubs lost? Sounds like she's trying to blame others on a loss that is mostly attributed to her.

    November 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Missy

    I'm amazed by how many people voted for the McCain-Palin ticket and are now describing in great detail why it sucked. This thing turned out beautifully. The right man won.

    November 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Turn Texas BLUE

    Bless her heart!!! i feel bad for her, but for once in her lifetime, SHE IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!! now if she would have campaigned like she is talking now, i think they would of pulled it off!

    and to you MCCain aids i am very disappointed in how you are treating her, I am not a Sarah Palin fan but you would have did the american people the same way you did sarah palin! Used her to get in the white how and then through her away! SHAME ON YOU!

    November 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. MR. Woodcock

    I think Palin is a female bush. I was nervous about her experiance. I thought she showed wit, and generosity on snl, and her dance moves I finnaly got her hotness lol. Before Palin I didn't know the republicans were running a candidit lol. I think Palin is right bush sunk my battleship!!! Palin can hang her head high as she put her self out there more then i could ever! Hope you and yours have all lifes karmas

    November 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Luigi ina California

    Now Palin is pointing the finger of blame. What a crack-up. When rats abandon a sinking ship, everyone is fair game. Palin needs to accept her own responsibility for the loss: her anti-choice extremism, ill-informed political statements, and almost hateful rhetoric were the top of a tottering, unappealing and failing approach to government. Grow up, Sarah. Stay home and raise all those children you've produced. It's the responsible thing to do.

    November 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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