November 11th, 2008
05:22 AM 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 (183 Responses)
  1. Clarence Buckwater

    That Palin, she's a sharp one. It's a week after the election and she's finally having time to reflect on why they might/did lose? Palin 2012!

    November 11, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Pete

    It wasn't just Bush. McCain's wishy-washiness and Palin's lack of working brain cells didn't help matters either.

    November 11, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Ray from NY

    Sarah get real!! you are trying to blame everyone but yourself for the loss. I am a registered republican that has voted against their ticket for 8 years now!! The way you handled things is disgraceful and way off the mark!!

    November 11, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. barry

    Please madame! Your defeat was not "because" of President Bush but more, an incompetent message and campaign.

    When and if you run again, be your own person.

    November 11, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. Jeff

    Right on, really. Even Obama couldn't have been elected if his incumbent party had just done what occurred in the last eight years. I'm still shocked that the popular vote was as close as it was, too.

    November 11, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. Ray

    uh... isn't she PART of the Republican party? Yeah, she's going to have a great leadership role in the party after comments like these....
    "Hello foot ... meet bullet!"

    November 11, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  7. Once you vote Black

    The buck should stop with McCain. Even with the condition of the nation McCain could have made better choices. One of his worst choices was the Driller from Wasila.

    November 11, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. Chris (SC)

    Why can't she shut up?

    It is just annoying now. We all know why you lost, Bush and you. Before you stated talking after the convention McCain was 2-3 points up and after you finished talking he was 7 points down. You tell me why they lost?

    November 11, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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