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. Bill

    I know three independent voters. All three voted for Obama because Sarah Palin's presence on the ticket was too dangerous to allow.

    November 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Sam

    you DO NOT even meet in to criteria of Pres.Bush. He's an honoroble man...YES he made terrible mistakes. BUT, he's far more intellectual & politically savvy than you are. Mr. Mcain lost elections because of YOU....I was a republican but, opted to vote for Pres. elect Obama they day he appointed you as V.P candidate.
    So Shut up! & Get back to the core of republican beliefs! May be that will help you stay governed for your state.

    God Bless America!

    November 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |

    gosh why won't this woman get of my computer screen? im sick of her, why won't she go sit somewhere and shut up?

    November 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Kelcie

    The reason McCain lost the election is because he ran a very negative, chaotic campaign with very little substance and no vision for the future.

    Palin was just the icing on the cake.

    November 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. GVpartner

    To David...she was right about one thing and that's Obama IS a socialist and in a year or so all you idoits are going to be half a paycheck short and wondering what happened to your wonderful new found wealth.

    November 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. DJR

    Hey maybe she's right! Lets see CNN says people voted two ways against Bush and against the present economic crisis. After all isn't all the optimism posted in the news that we get rid of Bush our troubles are all solved. Thank you Sarah!

    November 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Skeeve

    Oh.. this is a revelation of the century and her own ignorance had like, you know, absolutely nothing to do with this.

    November 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. tishoogle

    CNN Please no more Sara Palin, so sick and tired of this unqualified
    person!! No more half baked alaskan sara!!!!!!!

    Hope my comment makes it this time!!

    November 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. laurence

    What does she know?...That's right, nothing! Absolutely nothing! The Betty Croaker governor needs to stay away...very far away. You want (trouble) in this country? Keep trying to make american's accept her as some sort of national (great white hope) leader. We've had it less than mediocre leadership unable to thoughtfully parse through the serious problems we face without hiding behind social ideology. Alaska without oil wealth will boot her arse out of office so fast your nose will bleed. Were she faced with the amble challenges that other governors of diverse critical states with complex economies were faced with, she'd be Bush like in approval ratings without a doubt.

    November 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Ed

    Seems like she can't even exit in an intelligent way. What is wrong with this woman? Hasn't she humiliated her family enough?

    November 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Zion

    Look Palin, I have been taking up for you lately, but you need to stop commenting..period. Yes, President Bush was part of the problem, but your inciteful comments that lead to biogoted outbursts in the crowd was another factor that most Americans did not find tolerable. Then, your continued failure to take responsibility for what was said at those events where crowds chanted, "Kill Him," "Terrorists," or "No Hussein," is ridiculous. You had an opportunity to show your leadership, and you failed. Also, the failure to address the issues was another factor that lead to a loss. There is only so much blame that the mainstream media, the DNC, and Senator Obama can take credit for.

    November 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Ben

    Why are you clowns still reporting what this clown thinks/says/does/might do, etc., etc.?

    November 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Dan

    She's absolutely right. I think most people could have gotten past the Bush administration's pathetic bungling of the post-war occupation of Iraq simply because we've ended up winning it in spite of their incompetence.

    But what people couldn't get past was the gross mismanagement of the nation's fianances, including a mammoth budget deficit brough about by tax cuts we couldn't afford combined with no spending restraint whatsoever as well as the expansion of a real estate price bubble that had disasterous consequences when it finally popped, as all speculative bubbles eventually do.

    Simply put, George Bush has been the worst president in my lifetime. Even though I'm a registered Republican, I won't miss him at all.

    November 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. paul (staunch Moderate)

    Unfortunately, that was only a part of why their ticket lost the election. There is so much more to than that. And probably not enough time and or space here to go into it.

    Hopefully the meetings the RNC committees in readying for the next election cycle (2010) will be willing to look at everything and admit to the areas where the philosphy does not meet the American reality.

    November 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Georgia Girl

    sorry miss congeniality- you lost for using racial rhetoric, spewing hate, accepting racism from your supporters who yelled racial slurs, kill him, terrorist at your rallies (which was recorded). you lied at every giving opportunity and used fear and division as your platform, instead of sticking to an agenda on how you would be the better party. Bush has his issues, but you lost this on your own dear.

    November 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Fritz

    Apparently not Mavericky enough!
    Actually, Palin is correct. But it was unclear that McCain/Palin were really offering anything different than Bush. Running on failed policies is not a recipe for success – and running without explaining your policies is not a recipe for success in difficult times.

    November 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. BTGH, Streamwood, IL

    Wrong as usual.

    I blame John McCain for loosing the election. His pick of Sarah Palin demonstarted to me that it wasn't "Country First," it was "Politics First."

    The only reason that I voted Democratic in this election is because Sarah Palin is not fit to be president. She would have to get a lot more national experience just to become a light-weight.

    Had McCain picked Tom Ridge as his VP running mate, it would have been John and Cindy visiting the White House today.

    Run Palin in '12 and I'll vote Democratic again.

    November 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. carlos

    She should look first at herself and her strong belief in the GOP before she blames bush. It is the strong belief she has for the GOP and their policy of exclusion, xenophobia, anit immigrant, antigay and anti any other reliogion that is not evangelical christian. before she blames bush.

    November 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Marie

    Ya know what? Sarah Palin's sentences don't even make sense. No wonder her staff kept her away from the media. And to think that she could have been a heart beat away from presidency.. OMG

    November 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Druid Hippies Chose Wrong

    McCain and Palin have all along been saying there was too much spending in the past 8 years. Duh. Where have all of you lib-tards been, under iraq?

    November 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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    November 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. Chris

    I agree. But "moose" is the plural of "moose," not "mooses." As much as I hate those that try to hide the weaknesses of their arguments by attacking their opponents' grammar, I am equally annoyed by people with solid arguments that sound like they failed second grade. Please read books people; that's the number one way to fix America. I can only imagine that if Palin didn't realize that Africa was a continent (instead of a country), and she was picked for the Republican VP slot, a great number of other Americans are probably in the same boat.

    I'm very proud of my country, but also very worried for it. Education is the future of this nation; we aren't going to accomplish anything if we remain so ignorant an uneducated that we barely live up to the parodies of ourselves on foreign television.

    Please read, and encourage your children to do the same.

    November 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. McCain Independent, Happy with Pres. Obama

    I think there is a difference between "dumb" (which I don't think she is ) and "uneducated" about a particular job....she definetly was not prepared for the position McCain put her in but that was HIS poor judgement to pick her AND his worst judgement to not prepare her and make her "ready for primetime". Clearly McCain was out-of-touch with what our country needed and he was'nt offering anything different to the American people solutions-wise than Bush, which would have allowed McCain to get elected. If Palin is savvy, she should spend the next 12 years studying foreign relations, national level politics, and the economy, and run for the Alaska senate....then she could very well run for president in 12 to 16 years.
    McCain Independent happy with president Obama

    November 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Margo

    An average of 60% of the voters believed that Palin was not qualified!
    Oh, by the way, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Enough said.

    November 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Linda32

    Palin needs to look in the mirror for some of that blame. Yes, Bush was part of it, but boy did she ever energize the Democrats even more! Anyone remember the so called split????

    November 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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