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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  1. Shrimp Barnicles, NJ


    November 11, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  2. Mike Dallas

    As a liberal, I sincerely hope the Republicans continue to believe the country has not changed. I want them to blame Bush, the economy, and low approval ratings. As long as they are using these as excuses, they will never look to the real problem of the ideology as being outdated. The majority or this country does not believe the big, bald pill popper is a saviour. Yes, I know, they will say the electorate voted against gay marriage as a sign they are still conservative. They also voted against abortion prevention and legalized stem cell research. So keep cherry picking the reasons and overlook the fact that America is not part of the rabid right religious fascist cult.

    Oh, and by all means overlook the fact that 60% of America thinks the half-wit is inept. Just keep touting her as the "new" face of the Republicans.

    And by all means run her again in 2012 as the presidential candidate.


    Pretty please!

    November 11, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  3. CTurner, Durham, NC

    “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?” (said) Palin.

    And why do people insist Palin is stupid? If the GOP candidates had been talking like this 6 months before the election they could have effectively distanced themselves from Bush and won a lot more seats. I guess the Dems weren't the only ones who were afraid of the Bush Administration and its operatives.

    November 11, 2008 07:21 am at 7:21 am |

    If there is one who is status quo is PaliNOCCHIO herself:

    Conducting and mixing personal with State business (read trooper-gate).

    Charging Alaskan taxpayers for costs related to everyday commute home-office-home for her AND family.

    Charging Alaskan taxpayers for utilizing her home (as if she was at an hotel). If this is not Highway robbery, it really takes some nerve to charge taxpayers for using HER OWN HOME!!!!!

    Instead of presenting in half-decent English the programs (IF ANY) of John McCLOWN, she filled the airwaves with NEGATIVE (unfounded) criticism of Obama.

    What SCARED THE PANTS OFF with intelligent Republican, Independent and moderate Democratic voters, was her patent inability to GRASP the basics of politics and to list in an INTELLIGIBLE English the 3 main duties of any U.S. Vice President.

    PALIN – JOE THE PLUMMER for 2056 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ery Vice Presidential candidate.

    November 11, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  5. Seriously?

    LOL, now she knows who Bush is. Good Lord woman, go away. It wasn't just that the Bush administration has FUBAR this economy and this country, it's that your presidential running mate voted with him 90% of the time. Oh and then there's that whole "worst VP pick in the history of the world" thing. You, Ms. Palin, are one of the most delusional persons I have ever seen in action. Someday soon it will be sad, but right now it's still just funny. You HAVE no political future on the national scene. Ever. Ever.

    November 11, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  6. jerrylee

    And this is the 'dummy' they tried to blame the loss on????

    This is no fool.
    And you'll hear more of her down the road.

    Go for it Sarah!

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

    Also, if she thinks she had it rough during the presidential election, can you imagine the treat ment she will get when Rommney, Guiliani and the rest of the republicans bring out the long knives as they start to fight over the republican nomination for 2012? These people may have sheltered her and protected her during the election, but once they start fighting for their own piece of the pie, they will turn on her. It would be a blood bath.

    November 11, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  8. mm

    Palin can blame everyone else but the truth is she is an inexperienced, self inflated politician who did not have the qualifications to be elected. Further, her personal life and family seems to be in crisis and many of us wonder why, with the demands of a vice president, would she attempt to take on that role. She has barely been initiated into the demands of rearing a child with special needs, has a 17 year old pregnant daughter and other family problems. Maybe the VP's job would have given her the great escape-but as a parent, she would have abdicated her responsibilities and they are serious ones. And for those who think this is anti-feminist, not at all. A politician with those personal struggles should not inject themselves into a role where they can do neither well. It is especially ironic that the republican party thinks of itself as the family values party, promoted the person who basically jumped ship from her own family. She/he could not do both. Not all families running for office have the serious needs of this family and most are better qualified at both.

    November 11, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  9. Marianne

    The single biggest blunder John McCain made was in picking Sarah Palin as his running mate. Sure she fired up the Republican base – the 23% who still support W, but she lost him the vote of moderates and independents.

    November 11, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  10. Larry

    Who cares what she thinks ...?

    A nobody with a meaningless opinion

    November 11, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  11. pa republican

    well your the one that followed those policies. So please dont just blame the head hancho if you followed....Idiot

    November 11, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  12. carol

    Sarah Palin still wants to play the innocent....admittedly, George Bush did play a large role in why they lost the election but a lot of it was caused by Sarah Palin and her rabble rousing.
    I think she still does not understand how much people depised her
    nasty way of inciting those folks at her rallies....and people have long memories if she is ever thinking of running for President down the road.
    John McCain only used her anyway for his own purpose to try and gain votes and it in the end he made a fool of himself and Sarah Palin.

    November 11, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. John, Virginia

    Absolutely correct. I am used to Democrats spending like drunken sailors and taking away personal freedom. When Republicans start acting like Democrats, you might as well vote for the real thing.

    November 11, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  14. chuck

    This woman is such a jerk that she cannot admit it was her lack of knowledge and lack of common sense while lying her way to destruction that costed her party. You can tell that someone is intelligent from their speech and she was not one of bet cha.

    November 11, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  15. palinforpresident

    Palin for president 2012

    November 11, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. Gary

    Poor Sarah, everybody but you.

    November 11, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  17. JFK

    The Bush record is only part of the reason. The other part was a disorganized campaign and a poor VP choice that contributed to McCains loss.

    November 11, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  18. White Christian Mother for Obama

    I dont think cnn will ever just us go on with our lives without palin in it... UGH!!! I might stop checking CNN for my news if it keeps up. I am just sick of her yet she is on here just as much as during the election. WHO CARES!!!

    November 11, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  19. Bye Bye Sarah

    Look in the mirror, Governor. Your actions, obvious lack of experience and judgement and a bad message from the GOP ticket helped ensure defeat as well. All millions of us saw was "negatives" from the GOP. This Republican, and others, were disgusted.

    Go back to Alaska, try to be a good Governor and fade from the national scene. Once was quite enough, thank you.

    November 11, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  20. New Day

    I agree with her to an extent but, when do politicians ever blame themselves for losing? I happen to think that spending 4 weeks talking about William Ayers, lipstick on a pig, Socialism and anti-Americanism at a time when the US economic system is crashing was a huge mistake. Some Repubs have said that the economic crash caused McCain to lose; I say that McCain and Palin's reaction to the economic downturn is what ultimately sealed their fates.

    Also, Sarah, you were not ready. Your knowledge of world events is lacking; as is your familiarity with civics and our history. All there was, as they say, in your speeches was "red meat." A president needs substance and a calm familiarity to all the issues that are in front of us. Also, speaking in short, concise sentences relating to the same topic would be nice–not that I don't enjoy the rambling, multi-topic sentence fragments approach, you employ, of course.

    November 11, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  21. Chris from Baltimore

    I know...let's tell everyone that we're for smaller government, then grow the size of government as large as we can....let's claim that we're for "fiscal responsibility", then baloon the national debt to over $10 billion...let's shout that we want "government out of people's personal lives" then secretly evesdrop on their personal communications...let's denounce "nation building" then invade and occupy two countries in perpetuity...let's claim that we so very much want "unity" and "an end to divisiveness", then have our media hacks pond home the notion, day after day, how evil the "liberals" in our country are, that they are Marxists, Socialists, UnAmerican, and hateful...Oh, yes, and let's nenew our commitment to Christianity, and "God's love for everyone", while demonizing anyone who dares to follow the Islamic faith....And certainly, let's run away from our prior philosophy of deregulating as many industries as we can, blame the Democrats entirely for the results of those deregulation policies, and the subsequent bailouts that we've pursued...and if anyone dares question us, let's shout as loud as we can that "IT'S ALL THE LIBERAL MEDIA'S BIAS" that has gotten us into the place we find ourselves in today. Gee, and the Republican Party wonders why the public has turned away from them.

    November 11, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  22. swalker327

    No shucks sherlock!! Not that Palin is smart by any strech of imagination; but at least she's letting the BS go and not chanting that "Country First" bull when you are marching behind the idiot that has driven this country in the ditch!!

    November 11, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  23. Kofi

    She forgot to add that she was #2 reason why GOP lost.

    November 11, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  24. wackophobe

    Who cares? Why are we still reading about what Sarah Palin thinks in the national news?

    November 11, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  25. durps

    She left out the part that she is an idiot which did not help the ticket. Go Obama.

    November 11, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
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