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. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    That is my favorite picture of Sarah Palin!

    You're right Sarah, it IS amazing that you did as well as you did... Amazing and EXTREMELY scary that there are that many clueless people living among us!

    Sorry, I don't mean to be a sore winner. 🙂

    November 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. jt

    i find it quite interesting that now that mccain has lost that his camp has FINALLY told the truth about this woman!

    before it was – oh, she is so intelligent, she has so much experience, she is all this wonderful stuff.

    now, they are telling the truth – she is dumb, she doesn't know about any major policies in the past 10 years, she's a hillbilly, and my favorite 'she's a wack job'


    what if the majority of the people of this great country had taken them at their word? we would be stuck with the hill billy, wack job diva with the screetching voice that loves to spew hateful things for 4 years!

    thank GOD we saw the light.

    November 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. McCain Independent, Happy with Pres. Obama

    She's right...and 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 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Jon


    November 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Raymond Christopher

    Granted this was an interview and in such a format there is a tendency for some individuals to overlook proper syntax in constructing sentences. But how in the earth did Governor Palin graduate with a degree in journalism.

    November 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Sarah

    I hope the GOP runs a wingnut like her next election if Obama does well. That way they'll lurch even further to the right and lose even more badly than this time, and afterward they'll stop whining and blaming the economy (hello, if your economic message sucks too much to get elected on and you don't even think before admitting that, then you have problems) and start gravitating back to the center. I can only tolerate centrist republicans, and hopefully they can stop worshipping Reagan and move on to a more moderate and tolerant future. I'll always be a diehard Democrat/liberal, but we'd be better off with someone like Jindal than someone like Palin or Bush.

    November 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. TimDC

    former gop November 10th, 2008 6:28 pm ET

    "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."

    Right, right...of course you were. So what was it about Obama again that won you over? Was it the tingling up your leg like Chris Matthews exclaimed?

    November 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Observer

    Gee, Mrs. Palin, polls show that you were a bigger drag on the ticket than George Bush. Take some of the credit for the loss and you may gain some support. Own up to it and people will gain respect for you. Ignore the obvious, and well, you just look clueless and spiteful (not to mention paranoid).
    Just come out and say, "You know what? I wasn't perfect–far from it. I answered some of those questions badly and I was sometimes off-message. I was unprepared the first tme, but I'm going to put my nose to the grindstone and prepare myself for the next time. I promise, I can earn your respect and confidence, and I'll work my heart out to prove myself."

    November 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. moonbeam

    How strange that Sarah Palin doesn't think her exhibition of ignorance had anything to do with the loss in this election. Her rambling sentences, punctuated in odd places, with "also" and "too" inserted for no reason and other awful grammatical blunders didn't do much to impress voters, not to mention her interpretation of the VP's job, NAFTA participants, and on, ad infinitum. If anyone thinks the GOP is in trouble now, loosing Palin on the lower 48 will put it on the endangered list.

    November 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Linda32

    Tim, think about this. Penn., where the Republicans focused the majority of their Wright fury with robocalls, flies, adverts, went for Obama by over 10%. What does that tell you?

    November 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Connie

    I know many people who might have voted for McCain-if not for his V.P. pick.

    Ms. Palin's downward spiraling poll numbers showed that clearly.

    November 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. diane

    palin...woman up and admit you were the reason and go away allready

    November 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. DJR

    Hey did anyone ask Sarah about OIL! Gee how much oil does Alaska have. Isn't that across from Russias great Siberian treasure trove of wealth and where Russia is getting it's resources to buy and own Europe. Guess greens out with them!. I hear Asia will buy all the oil they can get from Alaska. Humph guess four wheelings out cept in Alaska. Enjoy the winter. Go Figure!!!

    November 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. tennisguypitt

    Whoa, fellow democrats, give her a break.

    She's exactly right. They did represent the status quo, and that is not what the American people needed.

    November 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. red

    By 2012, you will all be ABO(anybodybutObama)

    November 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. laurence

    By the way, who cares what she thinks? Really...who gives a rats a–?! She lost! Got it! She L-O-S-T!. Damaged goods... We're not buying... Enough said.

    November 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. Hockey Fan

    Governor Sarah: Hold your head high. The call came for a higher service to your country and you answered. Thank you for that. OK. So let's call this for what it is as you probably weren't the best choice for the VP at this time. In any case, you were doomed from the start. This election was a train wreck from the word "go". Nothing anyone could have done would have saved the GOP from the mess it has made for itself. Haliburton, the economy, Iraq were all stumbling and bumbling every step of the way by Bush and his ilk. The GOP and all their cronies lined their pockets with profits made from the blood of dead GIs and sweat of hard working American. They hailed W and trashed McCain back in 2000 but then came along in 2008 touting McCain as the saviour of the party was sheer lunacy. Shame on the fecal matter that hides in anonymity and throws you under the bus for the failures of the GOP in this election. You're savvy enough to learn from this experience and be a better leader for Alaska as its governor and hopefully someday for our country as a senator or representative. God bless you, your family and America.

    November 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. JAY N.H.

    The McCain campaign put her in a box.. I wish she was still there.

    November 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. The Lady

    The reason the GOP lost is because "you all" were to busy pointing the finger at each other instead of focusing on the issues

    November 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. Rachel Frank

    She is right, the republicans were fighting an uphill battle. BUT, I considered MCain a respectable candidate, until he picked her as his running mate (and I tend to vote toward the left!). How dare he put our nation in the hands of woman. It was a slap in the face to American voters (particularly women, the voters he was targeting).

    After 8 years of a failed administration, and a very poor VP pick, the republicans got what was coming to them.

    November 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Dianne

    Typical self-centered person.
    Accept no blame for anything!!
    Her nastiness towards Obama turned some people off and her interviews besides the one from Hannity was dismal.
    She is also to blame as was the GOP for not vetting Palin better!


    November 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Uhmm...I wonder who told her that. They should have also added:

    "And Ma'am, ms. MIA as a Governor, ms. Viva la Independence for Alaska, Commander Bridge to Nowhere, Mama of Abuse of Authority, lil miss "Pay for my children to go on vacation", Comrad "My husband is running things now!", Super 5-different College would have been worse and we couldn't have that! But hey, as a consolation prize, here's $150k in clothing, now get the hell out of here, you are scaring all the citizens on the mainland!"

    November 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. anthead

    what a silly cow.

    November 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Gene

    Everything she just said in this article is completely opposite of what she was campaigning for. People are tired of the republican economic and Iraq policies.. yet she stumped around screaming that Obama was wrong when she's pretty much agreeing with him.

    This woman needs to go crawl into a deep cave and just get lost.

    November 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. John

    Ok I think we had enough. Alaska needs you pronto!

    November 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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