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. Darren W

    Gee...I thought she said they lost because of the unfortunate Financial Crisis that occurred...

    November 11, 2008 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  2. Jim

    Hmm, let's not place fault where fault really is. Perhaps it had a little bit to do with "Africa is a continent?" and "he's a SOCIALIST" not to mention "wink wink."

    Go back and hunt a wolf why doncha?

    November 11, 2008 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  3. Sam

    For a change Sarah may be on the right track (no pun intended). However, as usual, she ignores her role in the botched campaign altogether. I would even chalk the negative tone of the campaigning to the advisers; but her lack of knowledge and lack of readiness is totally her own, and she certainly could have bowed out of the ticket. I hold her responsible for that and I'd like her to acknowledge that!

    November 11, 2008 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  4. R. Holaway

    I think Sarah Palin needs to clean around her own door before blaming someone else.

    November 11, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  5. Carlos Lind

    Finally, Palin shows herself as a sensible person. She is totally right and also when she thinks that it is amazing Obama did not win as Reagan did in 1980 (a real landslide).


    November 11, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  6. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    I am not a Palin fan but it will be interesting to see her step out on her own, away from McCain handlers.

    It is also despicable that those same handlers, who don't even have the guts to speak under their own names, feel free to slander Palin with unproven, unnecessary, unimportant tidbits.

    The same handlers are the ones who recommended Palin. If she had won, they would have been singing her praises, just like they did before she lost. Now they slam her. Which scenario is the lie?


    November 11, 2008 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  7. Jake

    Yeah. Well, she also thinks Africa is a country, not a continent. This person has absolutely no brains and no credibility. We are done with her! Go away Sarah Palin.

    November 11, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  8. Kingsley Orji, Oyigbo, Rivers state Nigeria

    Inasmuch as Bush's record was not good for the GOP, Palin's ineptitude had an immensely damaging impact on the campaign. A lot of voters didn't vote for McCain just because of Sarah Palin. It's scary having her in the oval office.
    She is as much to blame for the GOP loss as GB.

    November 11, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  9. Matt

    For once the woman got something right.

    November 11, 2008 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  10. linlin


    November 11, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  11. No So Fast Rabbit ...

    Sarah Palin was a net negative to the ticket and in subsequent years, she will be a highly polarizing candidate for the GOP if she decides to run.

    Her GOP competitiors will eat her in any primary contests ... they are that brutal.

    She can not defeat Barack Obama in 2012; she'll never been seen as equal to him. Let's just be blunt about it.

    They lost because the oldest candidate ever, one with a history of cancer, picked an uninformed, mean spirited, lying, malicious woman that was not ready to become the president if needed.

    Given the narrow scope of her duties in Alaska ... it's not like being governor of California ... she's not going to do anything that warrants attention. Hell, she might not even finish that pipeline McCain bragged about at each campaign stop.

    November 11, 2008 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  12. hmmmmm

    no no i am pretty sure i was shaking my head going 'what is john mccain thinking picking this woman as his VP'

    November 11, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  13. Mark

    Here's the simple reason why you lost Sarah, because your party takes the arrogant attitude that only ITS ideas are the right ones, that IT has the highest moral standards and everyone else is "evil and misguided" and that it would rather continue to shun, exclude and ridicule people that don't fit its profile or it views as undesirable. You have old and tired ideas Sarah, that's why you lost.

    And as far as being surprised you did as well as you did Sarah...your opponent was a phenotypical "Black" man Sarah. Yes he got elected, but it was not because of people like you Sarah, or because America was "really" ready to elect him. The polls bore that out. It was just enough "sick and tired" young people, Hispanics and other minorities and rational minded whites who decided that enough was enough that got Barack over the top. Let's not fool ourselves.

    If Barack had not been a phenotypical Black man and ran the campaign he did and showed the judgment and temperament he did, he would have probably been given the keys to the White House immediately after the primaries.

    November 11, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  14. Cricket

    I'm really not interested in what she thinks. If articles about her don't stop showing up I'm going to stay off this site!! I'm sick of her!

    November 11, 2008 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  15. James Smith

    Why is it that arrogance and stupidity seem to go together so often?

    Sarah Palin is a good example. "It's not because I was such a drag on the McCain ticket with my stupid remarks and ignorance of basic geography and science that we lost. It was Bush's fault!"

    If this woman ever becomes president, the USA is finished forever.

    November 11, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  16. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    She's right.

    November 11, 2008 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  17. Kimberly in Texas

    Go away already!

    November 11, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  18. Issues Voter

    Well....she otta know! Once the public got a whiff of another overly folksy, under qualified, over confident, and uninformed Repub candidate, the odor was an overwhelming reminder of the nightmare our country has been living through for the past nearly 8 years. And yes my friends, now that we have rejected the politics of fear and division, we seem to be waking up to a more hopeful future......You Betcha!!

    November 11, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  19. independent now

    I think Sara Palin got a really bad rap. She is qualified to be anything. I feel the gender predjudice played a huge role in her campaign and Hilarys. You were all worried about race! Wrong call. Someday maybe woman will be equal. Just maybe in my lifetime. That would be nice. But looking at the way this country portrays woman, treats their concerns, I doubt it. I dont think Obamas presence in the white house is going to change anything for woman. For blacks maybe, but not for woman. Sara Palin is correct to a point, they didnt vote for McCain based on Bush record, They didnt vote for her because she is a woman. Obama won because of bushs record. Any Democrat would have beat the republican.

    November 11, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  20. SeriousVibes

    Yes, she is correct.

    But not complete in her correctness.

    America also rejected her whether she likes it or not. They rejected her lack of knowledge, her extreme views, her negativity.

    But she is correct that they also rejected at LEAST the last 8 years.

    November 11, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  21. Manuel from Canada

    woa, I never thought I'd be a little upset with someone badmouthing Bush...hehe.

    She lost and she's still pointing fingeres. she said :"It's amazing that we did as well as we did"

    Ya, but for once, it wasnt bushes fault...well, not ALL his fault, I think your more to blame, Sarah. At least he's not completly incompetante, he did win the election and you and your GOP didnt, lol. Dont blame Bush because you spread lies and it it didnt work. The only reason trhe American People went as far away from re Rep. Party is because of the stench that you brought.

    There are two things in the world that smells like fish, and one of them is fish.

    November 11, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  22. Nancy Tashman

    That's right, it couldn't possibly be that Palin's own incompetence contributed to the defeat.

    November 11, 2008 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  23. Trevor

    Stating the obvious aren't we?

    November 11, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  24. mb

    Sarah, will always put the blame somewhere else, for a nation that is already in disarray, she does not have the intelligence, to relate to or understand what her lying and divisiveness brought to the failure of this ticket. America should try hard to put her back in the box the mccain camp took the lid off. She is ultimately the bell that has rung, that you cannot unring.

    November 11, 2008 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  25. Amy

    Yeah, blame Bush if that helps you sleep at night. Forget the shopping spree, the disastrous interviews, the fact that you couldn't find Africa on a map. Forget the divisive message that you spoke from the stages, the hate you inspired, the racial tensions you fueled, causing a spike in threats to Obama. Forget the Bush doctrine and the "I can see Russia from my house so that makes me qualified," statements. Forget that most of American wanted you to go home to care for your children the way we care for ours.

    Yeah, blame Bush.

    November 11, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
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