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. pam Eugene OR

    Palin is and was very scary. She was not ready even for VP. Yes, Bush played a part but it was Palin who was terrifying.

    November 11, 2008 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  2. nohover

    Mislabeled, partial reporting. SP is on task governing in her home state of Alaska. It is ratings-seeking media who speculate: will Fox persuade her, is she PMSing the McP loss–how and why? Real issues please, or were RNC and McCain unreachable for comment?

    November 11, 2008 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  3. Glenn Schlarman

    Yep, she's right, it was a "throw them bums out" election vs. any profound cultural shift in the U.S.

    If they aren't careful, fortunes can quickly change for Obama and the Dems. Just ask Clinton about 1994.

    Regardless, we all owe Obama all the respect, support, and consideration he and his supporters gave President Bush over the last 8 years.

    November 11, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  4. Erik

    Gov. Palin: you know, this might be a good time to stop trying to put the blame elsewhere, take a look at the polls, and realize how much your own shortcomings had to do with you losing (or if you don't want to look at polls, look no further than what your OWN advisers have had to say about you).....either way, face it, it's not pretty.

    The fact is that the majority of this country did not feel you were qualified to be Vice President of the U.S. That refers to your own lack of qualifications. suck it up and admit the truth Palin – Obama/Biden did not win by over 200 electoral votes just because of Bush.....much of it had to do with the fact that even a large portion of your own party is, quite frankly, scared of your inability to grasp even the most basic concepts of what it would take to govern this nation.......once again, even YOUR OWN ADVISORS have expressed that reservation. Nice try blaming it on Bush....let's see how many people buy that excuse (I'm guessing not many)......your political future is it should be.

    November 11, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  5. JnWilderness

    Ms. Palin needs to juxtaposition her campaign trail speeches with those of Bush and, perhaps, she'll see that she was selling the same horse. Also, her running mate was so close to Bush's, and the GOP's, policies that the two were indistinquishable.

    However, there is one thing that still boggles my mind and that is that with a majority of the public, including Republicans, agreeing that the country is on the wrong track 50 million plus voted to remain on the same track and that leaves me "boggled". Perhaps the answer will be given to me in another life.

    So, when Ms. Palin points to Bush as the cause of their failure she needs to examine closely what she, McCain, and the GOP offered that was different this time around.

    November 11, 2008 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  6. Lisa Vilen

    Yep, she is going even further to the right. She will be around for a while creating problems, unfortunately. Funny thing is, though, I think she will be causing more problems for the Republicans than for the Democrats. She, like some other Republicans, is starting to pick on people in her own party, claiming the majority of Republicans are not rightie enough. I see the split that is already there, widening, with her having this small, but fanatical base, while the rest of us just roll our eyes.

    November 11, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Sarah Dear Sarah.. U Still dont understand.. Do You

    November 11, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  8. Hans Schmidt

    Cone on Republicans...Step up to the Plate..Thsi DITZ will never get you a chance to come back...The republican party needs to Shut this Dame..and for good...She is the BIG CAUSE for the LOSS..and she will never help in 2012.....

    November 11, 2008 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  9. Khaja Hameed

    If everything was fine with Republicans, then they didnt wanted some Hockey Mom called Sarah Palin.

    November 11, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  10. Jack in Florida

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. Look in the mirror dear, you were one of the reasons he lost. Besides McCain's soul being sold to the Republican right and Bush's horrible 8 years, your lack of experience frightened people away from McCain, as you know, he is old. When you were asked to run with him, you should have said " Thanks but no thanks." You were definitely out of your league.

    November 11, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  11. zaphod2000

    palin, please go away. Don't blame bush for your hatred filled, less than intellectual brain and gotcha attitude. You are a devisive person and the US spoke. We don't want the likes of you and your Independence party affiliations in power.
    Bye, bye palin, bye, bye.
    Your fifteen minutes of fame are still being shoved down our throats by the same media who couldn't get within a mile of you.
    Get lost!

    November 11, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  12. Keith in CA

    Don't be so modest, Governor. You can't blame Bush for your numerous attempts to tie Obama to terrorist groups, labelling him a socialist and your own inability to answer simple questions during interviews. When life long Republicans voted for Obama because they feared having one of the most inexperienced and unprepared candidates in our history being a heartbeat away from the Presidency. We didn't buy your BS then, we're not buying it now.

    November 11, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  13. Joe Regis

    You don't have to be a political analyst extraordinaire to figure that much out about the republican administration 8 years of failures and the contradiction between what the administration have been saying and what they have been doing.

    The has come for a change. It is too bad that she only realized that when she is back home in Alaska.

    By the way, you should keep the beautiful clothes.

    November 11, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  14. diane

    Interesting, since Palin seemed to represent more of the same! I thank God that Americans saw through ther Republican ticket and voted for real chagne!

    November 11, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  15. Rahm Emmanuel

    what about the possibility of a dumb VP as contributing to the GOP loss? Have you thought about it Palin?

    November 11, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  16. Steve

    The Republican party couldn't survive Palin, she was the final nail in the coffin. A thoughtful choice for VP could have made all the difference. She may have energized the base, but she drove away an awful lot of the moderate, or to use an old phrase, "silent majority". I can only hope the Republican party rolls her out again because she is plain scarey in her fundamental beliefs.

    November 11, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  17. Bonnie O., Raleigh, NC

    ....and what about her own contribution of devisiveness rather than unity? Yes, people are unhappy with the Bush-run White House and the terrible economy, but if Sarah Palin thinks acting like a shrew and going after the other party with her vigilante tactics is the answer she's sadly mistaken. The people have spoken.

    Congratulations to Obama/Biden!

    November 11, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  18. lenny

    It's a bit too late Sarah. That's exactly what Barack was pounding you guys on. It's amazing to see how the GOP ticket expected to win when there was so much wrong done in this administration. Finally, if u were aware of what the problem was, it only goes to show that all of your negative campaigning was really in vein. Hopefully, the next time the GOP will stick to the issues and stop the mud slinging

    November 11, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  19. JUNIOR

    I guess Serah Palin should finally stop disgracing herself ! She surely contributed equally as Bush and McCain for the failure of their ticket ! They should all share their cake of blame together! At least Bush would not say he sees Russia from his Oval-office!!

    November 11, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  20. M. Craig

    NO...It wasn't just the republican party or Bush for the failure of the Presidency, it was Sarah Palin and the idiot McCain who chose her as a running mate. They were the reason why the republicans lost.

    November 11, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  21. Steve in CT

    Huckabee/Palin in 2012. Each are Govenors with Chief Executive and Commander In Chief experience. mike has more all around experience and has proven himself. Sarah has done a remarkable job turning around the finances of Alaska and cleaning up the government.

    November 11, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  22. Loyal Repulican for 49 years voting for OBAMA

    Why is anything Sarah Palin says important? She needs to stay in Alaska and never come back to the lower 48. She does not refect than intelligent and professional image for women. I was a loyal repulican and voted for Barack Obama. I thought that after the election she would disappear and the Repulican Party would recover with intellegent leadership. Her rock star status does not make her qualified. I will be changing my political affiliation.

    November 11, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  23. Mike D.

    So... what mistake(s) has she taken responsibility for?

    I think she needs to actually care about the world outside Alaska before she will be able to represent us. Those interviews weren't "gotchas"; if she actually did know what the Bush Doctrine (which has cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars so far) was, but didn't know what version of it Charles Gibson was asking about, she could have used it as an opportunity to defend it... whichever version she wanted. And if she hadn't read any newspapers, she could have said as much... and that particular question and answer would have been edited out, boring as it would be. Instead, she chose to go off on a tangent, like a child hiding something she didn't want to get in trouble over.

    Just because most of the world hasn't bought into her mysticism-enhanced power-to-the-priesthood version of Christianity doesn't mean she can just blow the world off. It sounds nice when the preacher says things like, "believe in Jesus and he'll make a path before you," (what, Jesus is a personal weed whacker?) but she shouldn't be expecting divine intervention every time she faces something difficult.

    Sarah has four years to grow up. I wish her the best of luck.

    November 11, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  24. minime

    I agree with her 100%. It was the Bush administration to blame not her. The final nail in McCain's coffin was when the Vice President endorsed him. For all of you out there who are looking for someone to blame stop blaming her and look a bit closer to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    November 11, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  25. Dave, Houston, TX

    She speaks the truth.

    I hope she stays in Alaska forever and I wouldn't want her anywhere near the White House, but she called out the obvious elephant in the room: Bush has been a disaster.

    First, it doesn't take a political wizard to figure that out - it has been the cornerstone of the highly successful Obama campaign.

    Second, it was politically stupid for her to say that now. Had she spoken such truth before the election and had McCain distanced himself from Bush a long time ago, they could have had a chance. But now, it just sounds like sour grapes and ignores her own ignorance and extreme right-wing kooky views as factors for their defeat.

    November 11, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
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