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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    Amazing how the truth returns after a loss....

    November 11, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. scott l

    Why does CNN continue to talk about Palin? Why not talk about Obama. I saw today on another news channel (no it was not Faux) that he was not going to go to some world Economic summit that is in the US very soon. I would think that it would help Knowing how the world leaders think the Economy is doing . But hey dont worry He's THE 1ST BLACK PRESIDENT SO THAT WILL JUST FIX EVERYTHING RIGHT. lets get off the color and get to the actions.

    November 11, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  3. ohio

    I'm sorry, why is this woman still in the news? John McCain hasn't been in the news since November 5th. He (fortunately or unfortunately, depends on your vote) lost his bid for the White House.

    So did his running mate Sarah Palin.

    Why are you still reporting on her? No one cares.

    November 11, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  4. bob

    Yeah, and your obvious lack of any kind of qualification to succeed the potentially oldest elected president in history didn't exactly help, did it? You betcha!

    November 11, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  5. David

    Thax cnn 4 the way u covered elections we are proud here in kenya

    November 11, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  6. Emily

    I am so thankful that Palin will never be in the White house.

    November 11, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  7. Richard Khan

    For once, Sarah Palin is right...

    November 11, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  8. Lawrence

    Can this woman be any more inarticulate? We dodged a bullet with this one.

    November 11, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  9. Rob

    Wow. Another fine "duh" moment by those who thought they could lead the country.

    What I would be interested in hearing is just how Palin thought that the McCain/Palin/Republican/GOP message was any different from the Bush administration failures that include the financial meltdown and an unending occupation of Iraq.

    I have a sneaking suspicion it would be very similar to her answer to Katie Couric about what news sources she reads.

    November 11, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  10. DOC

    If Bush and his war policies were the reason the GOP lost then why did McCain and Palin spend so much time attacking Obama?

    The GOP will even eat their own to avoid responsibility of their actions.

    November 11, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  11. Tony

    Hockey Mom gets it? Amazing! That's right Hockey Mom.

    November 11, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  12. Juan Grain

    You didn't do well sarah, you lost. The reason was because of poor judjement on mcCains behalf to choose you. Putting Country first turned into a lie. You were not by any means the most qualified. actually the least qualified that I have ever seen. McCain's campaign became a hot bed of deceit and trickery. He was acting as if he was the wizard of oz. Only one proplem there was no curtain and ALL of America new it. Even the ones that stayed by your side. But that is what the campaign was for, A TEST. to see who of the two had what it took to handle the power of the presidency. It wasn't the economy, it was the candidates. We the people have better access to truth no days and we are fact checking. So if you ever want to win any thing, you better know that we the people are trusting in one hand but verifiying with the other. The days of didvide and concur are over.

    November 11, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  13. seymore, pa

    She is correct.

    November 11, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  14. MPC

    STOP the SOUR GRAPES, POOR SARAH! I am a INDEPENDENT , a CHRISTIAN who chnsidered voting for John MCCain. I did not vote for him because of YOU not President Bush! You were petty, took the low road, and contributed to the hatred and fear in the USA by your toxic exaggerations! You also lost because you apparently had a lousy Campaign Committee! If John McCain couldn't manage that how in the world could we, should we trust him to run the USA!!

    Fortunately the USA is made up of mostly intelligent , introspective people who take the high road and saw through your small mindedness. MPC, NJ

    November 11, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  15. Becky

    Sarah Palin being on the ticket didn't help, either.

    November 11, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  16. greedyboy

    Right had nothing to do with the fact that you drug the party down with you total lack of competence!

    November 11, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  17. Mike Smith

    She's a perfect Republican: blaming others for the failure of policies you yourself supported. What a hack. Let's hope she fades away fast.

    November 11, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  18. Box of Rocks

    This woman is dumber than a box of rocks. She has no business anywhere outside of Alaska. At least there she can only effect the lives of a half million or so people.

    Just shut her up. Her ignorance and divisiveness are disturbing.

    November 11, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  19. Roostah

    I find it absolutely repulsive that this wannabe would blame the republican party for her own shortcomings. This wasn't only a referendum on the last eight years, it was a message on her inexperience and unpopular political viewpoints.

    November 11, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  20. Joyce in Florida

    Governor Palin, the blame IS on the current Administration, and we Americans answered and DO NOT WANT MORE OF THE SAME!!! Sure, you can put the blame solely on this Administration, but you are no better. You instilled anger and negativity during the campaign and, personally, I couldn't stand to listen to your voice any more. I believe that you will not admit that you are partly to blame for McCain losing. I also think that your political career will soon be coming to an end (I hope). This Hillary Clinton supporter voted for Obama and if you think that you stand a chance to run in 2012, that is purely laughable. YOU WILL NOT WIN, so give up that idea. Just go and face the problems you have in your own State of Alaska. Time to move on and let President-Elect Barack Obama fix the mess the Repugs made. I know America made the BEST CHOICE!!!!

    November 11, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  21. C. Huf

    I voted for Obama. I originally intended to vote for McCain. Why? Sarah Palin. She was clearly chosen only for her for charisma and charm, and the hope that the average American would be so smitten they would overlook her glaring lack of qualification. Well, I am an average American – and all of the excuses in the world won't hide the fact that the GOP wanted a win so badly, they were willing to sacrifice the security of our nation to get it. It will be a long time before I trust them again.

    November 11, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  22. joe

    I do not think palin will be ready for 2012, because she has a tremendous lack of education. It does not matter which school she will be going to, I hope she will get back to school. At least in 2016 she will try again. She needs at least a good master degree.

    November 11, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  23. Michael

    Nowhere in her comments was "we didn't run a strong enough campaign" or "the best campaign won". It's a crying shame that she has a following that wants this kind of candidate back in 2012.

    November 11, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  24. NR MD

    Well why has it taken so long to understand this simple fact. Americans understood this long before our conservative friends. success or failure, can conservatives change their minds? Let us see how many of them will come forward and agree with her finally.

    November 11, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  25. Doug R.

    You betcha ya it did. You are not the sharpest knief in the drawer either, Palin.

    November 11, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
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