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. Dawn

    Ya think so? All through the campaigning Barack Obama told at his rallies that there will be no difference in the Policies if they elected John McCain.

    Joy to the World!

    November 11, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  2. Sizzla

    Oh Shut up Sarah!
    Go back and become the Unknown from Alaska
    We dont need you to say anymore.
    Thank You

    November 11, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  3. grahame

    This idiot will blame anybody but herself. Poor dumb Sarah..............

    "IT Wasn't my Fault! I'm just an innocent bystander. It's all Bushes fault."
    "I didn't buy clothes for my family, it's the fault of the GOP."
    "I didn't use my influence to get my ex brother in law fired, it was my husband who did that."
    "I didn't keep the money for my bridge to nowhere, that was for Alaska."
    "I didn't bribe the people of my state by giving them $1200.00 to get me elected."
    "The media is to blame since I didn't know Africa was a country."
    "The people in the rest of America don't give women a chance, not like here in Alaska."
    "Shooting wolves from a helicopter is really great fun."

    November 11, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  4. from Georgia

    What's the status of the $150,000+ wardrobe? Isn't she entitled to the same action as that taken against Ted Stevens whose "free gift" tab was said to be $250,000?

    November 11, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  5. dave bryant

    Sarah, McCain had a decent shot to win the election, you guys just blew it. How could anyone that was paying attention vote for a guy that could not even control the people running his campaign. He was all over the board from one day to the next, you publically disagreed with some of his policies and campaign decissions. The list of blunders in this campaign goes on and on. If the man could not lead his own team to any kind of unified plan for victory, then how could we possibly believe he could lead this country?

    November 11, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  6. Gary (Atlanta)

    This is the "straight talk" that was needed. But no one want to throw stones at their party's sitting President. I do not think there was anything McCain/Palin could have done to change this impression.

    November 11, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  7. linda from South Dakota

    yep,, gotta blame someone for your stupidity,,, and this is what obama will do ,, change things for the better oh yeahhhhhhhh

    November 11, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  8. Guilherme Moreira

    For once, she seems to be speaking very sensibly.

    November 11, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  9. Happy in Bedford, TX

    Keep talking governor. The more interviews you do the more we realize just how unqualified you are to be considered a leader. You are right that the Bush administration hurt your chances at becoming VP, but by the time we voted we had forgotten about Bush and you became the reason we voted for "that one".

    November 11, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  10. Sharon - NC

    Could it possibly have been because Obama was by far the better choice than McCain and most certainly Sarah Palin? And that's all it was?

    November 11, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  11. Henry

    It's amazing that the Republican Party chose her!! The question is now how do they repudiate this selection? I predict that Gov. Palin will be seen next on Dancing with the Stars.

    November 11, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  12. Badger

    You'll lose again in 4 years.

    November 11, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  13. grahame

    I forgot to add.
    Can you spell DENIAL Sarah?

    November 11, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  14. JojoMojo

    She may be right. However, she (Palin) is one of the few people, I believe, that would be even worse than Bush. What is perplexing to me is that she doesn't seem to want to change those disastrous Bush policies, but to continue them while in the same breath, using them as a way to deflect from her own vast inadequacies.
    Pot, meet kettle.

    November 11, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  15. Jason

    Total truth

    November 11, 2008 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  16. Jeremiah

    And Now the Republicans want her Clothes !!!

    Shame !!!

    November 11, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  17. Saturin

    She is a total wreck, sorry but I know she is to blame.

    November 11, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  18. Henrita

    She can blame Bush (and he does have something to do with it), but some blame also rests squarely on her shoulders. She turned a lot of people off with her over-the-top Obama-bashing and allowing her crowds to get down right ugly. And her INCOMPETENCE was displayed several times for the world to see. She didn't draw anybody outside of the Republican base like she was supposed to. So Sarah, stop trying to save yourself. You do not have what it takes to be Vice President or President! (You can win over someof the people with your beauty and charm some of the time, but after a while, (in your case, just a few weeks) being exposed is inevitable. Forget 2012!

    November 11, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  19. sweet gloria

    Mavericks never admits to defeat or if they were part of the problem. Americans weren't as stupid as they perceived them to be. This time the race factor or terrorist factor did not work. Thank God! And besides, why does she want to talk to the media now?

    November 11, 2008 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  20. Stu-Florida

    Nothing to do with her ignorance of the world?

    Nothing to do with her abuse of power and spending taxpayers money for kissie travel and clothes?

    Nothing to do with her inability to just answer the question?

    Nothing to do with their lack of any ideas or adjenda.

    Nothing to do with her needing to be coached and scripted for the debate and other public appearances?

    I could go on, but I find myself needing a new BOX of barf bags as long as we keep seeing ang hearing her diatribes.

    I'm so thankful that we all chose wisely this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 11, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  21. RG, Tampa, FL

    Yeah, Sarah, all that you said PLUS – you're an empty suit. Oh, and your running mate was an angry, out-of-touch dinosaur.

    November 11, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  22. Carol

    Everyone's fault but mine....simply inconceivable that *I* had anything to do with this..

    November 11, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  23. Jeremiah

    Look at the Picture of Bush and Obama in the Oval Office.

    Bush crosses his legs away from Obama.
    Obama crosses his legs towards Bush.

    Bush does not need Obama.
    Obama needs Bush.

    A picture says more than a thousand words.

    November 11, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  24. Obamarama

    That picture brings a warm fuzzy feeling to my heart. So sorry ma'am, time to step aside now and let the grown-ups run he show :).

    November 11, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. Faisal Khan

    they should leave her alone, the Republicans put her in this situation and now are beating her down. She doesn't deserve this she didn't ask to be a VP nominee.

    November 11, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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