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. Daniel

    She is almost completely right. Yes, Bush is VERY guilty of the Republicans' defeat this year, but a plethora of other things went wrong in their campaign.

    November 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Craig T

    Half the people posting need to stop lying to themselves. If the bush admin hadn't done such a horrible job, then Obama would not have gotten their party nomination. Hillary would have taken it because people would have wanted something like the old days, and the GOP would have probably still gone to McCain because he represents Bush the most (which if Bush had been liked more he would use to his advantage). So really it cannot be called on Bush being the only result of a loss because if there was a difference in opinion of Bush (then there is now) then the election would have been 10x different.

    November 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Carl Las Vegas Nevada


    While I agree with you about Bush and his DRAG on the ticket, he was just a portion of the problem...

    You are ultimately the reason I voted Democrat..

    November 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. B.E.Lahmon

    Bush was just part of McCain's problems ,his lack of connecting and out of touch entitlement mentality along with the GOP 's infighting and Palin all played a part in his defeat, but let's face the truth Obama just plain ran a better campaign than McCain ,in short McCain deserved to lose.

    November 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Joseph Torke

    Maybe people didn't want someone who was clueless and a diva in the White House.

    November 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Jason

    Could the GOP loss possibly have been related the "Joe 6-packs" who crashed in thier easy chair with a 6-pack of beer after work instead of going to the polls to vote? The GOP shouldn't shoot for the moon, but they should've at least aimed over the hills...

    November 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. TimDC

    David November 10th, 2008 6:27 pm ET

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

    Amazing isn't it? Morons like this and most of the rest of the posters here sitting in their Mommy's and Daddy's basements mooching like leeches and coming up with nothing more than childish drool. This is the future of America folks!

    Wait until Obama taxes Mommy and Daddy to the point that they have to forcing you misfits to get a job or get out...wouldn't that be a hoot!

    November 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Charm

    I think that many of us were willing to overlook the Bush connection and base our support of McCain on his merit, but the day he selected Palin as his running mate, he lost the race. It must be really difficult for Palin's huge maverick ego to admit to herself that she cost McCain the election.

    November 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. jill

    please stop covering this dolt. her 15 minutes are up.

    November 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. truman

    Ya betcha!

    November 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Kelly (Colorado Springs)

    Hey, Sarah, didn't you say that "God will do the right thing on Election day"?????

    I would say that She did...

    November 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Dave

    Gov. Palin is correct. The MAIN reason she and McCain lost was the poor record of the former Republican administration. However, she definitely showed that she wasn't ready for national/international politics by the way she campaigned. I feel like the nation dodged a bullet not electing McCain/Palin into office. Hopefully, we won't have to hear from her for a long, long time, if ever.

    November 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Proper Thought

    AA said,
    "people are delusional. they are reliving their camelot years.
    i think they need some medication. its like a psychiatric disorder.
    Obama is not Kennedy. Kennedy was a war hero who served his country."

    Isn't this a bit off topic, John kerry was the war hero that got trashed, while Bush was the draft dodger who got elected........

    Sarah Palin is the reason why they lost, I know many people who were turned away from the GOP because of her alone. NeoCons have ruined the Republican party. She comes from a state where Republican felons are running for congress and still getting votes, HOW? I know of felons who can't vote let alone run. I wish to never hear of her again....although I wouldn't mind if she's on TV and I have the Mute on. I miss Tina Fey more than Palin

    November 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Kathy from ALASKA

    Just so everyone is clear....we are not all crazy up here in Alaska. Some of us actually knew Sarah was not qualified. She was the worst choice Mr McCain could have ever made. ....She is a total "rock star". If she was 5'4" 200 lbs...she would not have made the ticket!

    November 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Dre in Indiana

    As a hardcore Obama supporter, even I'm starting to feel sorry for this woman, despite her attempts to start a race war (exaggeration but not by much). I mean enough already, someone please stop this woman from getting anywhere near a reporter or a microphone-its like watching a coyote chew its own foot off in an a non-existing trap.

    November 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Roger Mageau

    I am in construction. If the local hospital would offer me a job has a doctor I would say no. I am not qualified. Palin has no boundaries. She deserves to be found at fault.

    November 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Katherine

    Cry, baby, cry!
    Cry, baby, cry!
    Cry, baby, cry!

    ps–Amber, don't feel sorry for her. She wasn't "thrown into the deep end". She jumped willingly. She could have and should have said "thanks but no thanks" to that offer of the VP slot.

    November 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Jim from Missouri

    The Republican party selected this twit in order to pull the Hillary supporters. That was their only intention. They proved they didn't have a platform to run on so Mrs. Half baked Alaska was going to win them an election. The thing that gets me is the fact that they tried to tell us that this person has the qualifications and experience to lead. When they lost the election they needed a scape goat. Now the Republicans are telling us that she is "not-so-bright". What kind of fools does the Republican party take us for? From what we have seen over the last eight years, that probably is qualified to a republican.

    November 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. jane

    Truly remarkable what Ms. Palin has said. It really is obvious that she is too ignorant to know how ignorant she really came across...she was an absolute disaster for the campaign. It is a real shame that the republican strategists did not have the smarts to see otherwise and to have continued with her endorsement....they blew it too.

    By the way, if any American is going to be on the world stage and be on equal par with other leaders, they must speak properly and not sound like an uneducated backwoods hick. Enough of the 'gotcha', you betcha, one syllable words.....please!!

    November 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Jaun

    Why don't Sarah failing Palin don't jusst go away...shut up and fade away forever...
    until you learn to speak the truth.

    November 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Brian Rich


    I hate to have to tell you this, but it was actually your idiocy that led to McCain's defeat.


    November 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    Does Pailn think they did pretty good? Hell I don't Obama kicked there country backwards no education having A$$$$$$! He turned Ohio BLUE, Virginia BLUE, He won Indiana BLUE, New Mexcico BLUE, Flordia BLUE, Nevada BLUE need I go on oh yeah North Carolina BLUE 65 million baby, don't get it twisted he KICKED KICKED the REPUBLICANS A$$ I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT



    A$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ KICKED!!!!

    November 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. hari

    I agree with the bloggers above. I think no matter who would have run for President or VP ticket on GOP side, (even Ronald regan if it is possible) they would have lost. But Sarah Palin is ultimate drag and catalyst to that process in making sure that they loose.

    She only energised those extremely hardcore conservatives who in a million years would have voted for GOP no matter what. But GOP lost lot of borderline and liberal conservatives because of her.

    GO SARAH. We want you to be running again. We want all those bonus jokes with the votes. Politics without comedy is food without spices.

    JEB BUSH and SARAH PALIN for 2012. That will be good for DEMS.

    November 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Art Michaelson

    Thank God I will not be hearing that SHRILL bachee lieing bigotted voice anymore. Sarah Go back to school and learn how to string english words together into a grammatcally correct sentence.

    November 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |

    Bush record was an added help but it was BARCUDA BARBIE'S MOUTH that led to their defeat. the DIVISIVE CAMPAIGN THAT SHE TRIED TO RUN.

    If she does that in 2012 she WILL lose.

    November 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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