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. Tracy

    When will politicans acknowledge that just maybe, their own records, words and actions are the reasons that they are not elected to office. Its interesting that she states ...“I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years...... sounds like she's pointing the finger at McCain (as being too much like Bush). Oh wait, is that "liberal" media taking her comments out of context again? Jeez ... talk about a turn coat.

    November 11, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  2. Sara in TX

    Sarah Palin continues to blame everyone but herself... and her ticket. If McCain had come out with more concrete ideas, different than what is already in place, perhaps the outcome would have been different... but let's face it, she ultimately led to her own demise. Perhaps she should have educated herself about the issues instead of giving the same stump speech and attacking Barack Obama continuously.

    November 11, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  3. Antha Rickard

    Well, 'DUH'! Nothing like stating the obvious, Sarah. Please go away.

    November 11, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  4. Decided Independent

    Nice team player, and good job taking responsibility. I imagine she learned all this on the basketball court.

    November 11, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. Joe

    Mrs. Palins comments are exactly correct.There is not a dimes worth of difference between the globalism and free wheel spending of the current Bush administration and the old school socialist democrats led by the likes of Ted Kennedy and company. The two groups just spent the money in different places.What a shame that Sarah Palin wasn't at the top of the GOP ticket.Hopefully she will not be discouraged from serving her nation in the future by the treatment she and her family were subjected to by the biased "mainstream" media.

    November 11, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  6. Cyril

    Republicans have not been fiscally responsible for a long time. Sure, they talk the talk about being fiscally conservative, but Reagan/Bush tripled the national debt through budget deficits and W. Bush has done the same thing.

    Once again Palin shows her lack of knowledge about basic facts. I still can't believe many conservatives want t her heading the Republican ticket in 2012.

    November 11, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  7. Whitfield Palmer

    Those are the only intelligent words that have come out of this woman's mouth.

    November 11, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. Jinny Lee

    George Bush did not work alone.....his policies were supported by the GOP. Go figure.

    November 11, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  9. Dan from Philly

    Man I wish this woman would just go away. Who really cares WHAT she has to say now?

    November 11, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  10. kyra

    Thanks John McCain for introducing us to Sarah Palin. Apparently, she never going home.

    November 11, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  11. Louis

    Caribou Barbie's 15 minutes are up.

    November 11, 2008 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  12. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    You're NOT ready to be President.

    And in four years you will NOT be ready to be President

    November 11, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  13. Guy

    Why is she still in the news? She is so over. Move on CNN.

    November 11, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  14. Joyce

    Why are we still giving this woman the time of day. She lost and she is in denial that they lost because of John McCain's poor decision in picking her. Does she know Florida is a state? Is she bringing her entire family and expecting the taxt payers to pay for it yet again? She needs to do her job, take care of her baby which we never see her holding and be responsible for her actions. She wants to be on a ticket again so we can continue financing her clothes, jewelry and her husbands expensive suits. She should be ashamed of herself. Her baby needs her and her state needs her.

    November 11, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  15. Denise in Maryland

    Don't kid yourself, Sarah. I was undecided, like a lot of Americans, until McCain foolishly named you running mate. You were ignorant of important matters of state. In view of his age, no one wanted a "quick learner" making the Presidency her on-the-job training–especially a "Maverick" who demonstrated she would rush forward without listening to experienced advisers.

    Worse, McCain couldn't contol your many blunders. He couldn't control his campaign. He didn't control the dishonorable negativity. If he couldn't handle those things, how was he going to handle the country? McCain was an honorable man, and the Republican Party's and your desperate, negative, attempts to win lost him this election.

    November 11, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  16. Robert Wanat

    For once she said something I agree with. Beware Palin 2012.

    November 11, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  17. David Stalker


    That's not what you were sayin a week ago!

    You flip floppin imbecile!

    November 11, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  18. Rich

    Too bad she wasn't this bright during the campaign.

    November 11, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  19. jb pa

    that's the smartest thing she said so far!!

    November 11, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Really? Palin JUST figured out that the reason people voted for Barrack Obama is because they were tired of Bush policies, and McCain agreed with bush for 90% of the time?

    November 11, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  21. Bruce

    I am sure she will be taking her kids with her... probably to Disneyland. Of course, on the Alaskan tax payers budget! Would like to know to what charity she donated her campaign wardrobe! Oh, yeah... and when is the wedding for the happy couple??!!

    November 11, 2008 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  22. Tommy

    But the two mavericks told us that they represented an even greater departure from the Bush administration than Obama himself! How people will lie to not admit the truth.

    November 11, 2008 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  23. Xavier

    People love to hear about Sarah Palin because she is a train wreck waiting to happen ala Britney Spears. The only way she even has a slim prayer at the presidency in 2012 is to disapear from the face of the earth. Right now way too much of America thinks she is an idiot. If she disapears for three years so as to re-invent herself maybe people will give her a chance. Right now she comes across as being more suited for Saturday Night Live than presidential material.

    November 11, 2008 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  24. Craig

    Here we go again. Yet another issue that Palin is blind to. Wake up lady. YOU were a reason the McCain/Palin ticket lost.

    November 11, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  25. Willy Brown

    Look forward to seeing you run in 2012 after Obama and the democrats ruin the country in 4 short years.

    November 11, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
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