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. CMJ

    Oh, she had a little somethin' to do with it, too.

    November 11, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  2. Richard - Missouri

    She is partially right. However, she was also a BIG reason McCain lost his Presidential bid. Once people got to see Palin interviewed without her handlers, or the ability to provide canned, one-liners, they knew the light were on, but nobody was home. Honestly, she is about as smart as a box of rocks. The topper was when she got pranked by the Canadian disc jockeys, who called Palin and said they were French President Nicholas Sarkozy. She fell for that hook, line and sinker, and did they make her sound dumb. The call became more and more ridiculous in nature, and she just continued on, not realizing this was a joke. The DJ imitating Sarkozy finally took pity on her and told her he was pulling a prank on her. She needs to step up and take responsibility for being a HUGE part of McCain's loss. I know a huge part of the Evangelical crowd are praying that Palin does NOT run in 2012, as they feel the same as I do. Her belief in God is great, but stupid does not cut it.

    November 11, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  3. Rick

    Palin is right on all points. She is the one bright spot to come out of this election process. Obama is just now starting to realize what it takes to lead this country and realization is setting in that he will have to tell his supporters that the promises to let the goverment pay all their bills and free health care, free education and the check to buy the extras will not be forthcoming. Now if only Peter (CA)s' husband will let him get on line we can hear what a real leftist nut job has to say. But only if he has finished his ironing.

    November 11, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  4. Adrian

    She is completely unaware of everything. Sorry to break it to you honey, but you are EXACTLY like George Bush. But that is not why you lost, you lost because we do not like YOU.

    November 11, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  5. David

    As far as I am concerned, Eskimo Queen can stay in Alaska and return to whatever frozen tundra she came out from.

    November 11, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  6. Craig a Texas Democrat

    The first Truthful thing she said in her short vp run career.

    November 11, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  7. DJ

    Um, I think it's amazing you got as far as you did, Sarah, considering you're a demagogue, and a lousy one at that. Alaska can have you – in the Senate or in the Governor's office. Regardless, stay north. We don't want you down here in the lower 48.

    November 11, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  8. Montana Blue

    "It's amazing that we did as well as we did.” – Sarah Palin

    You can say that again! Especially with your pie hole spewing inaccuracies left and right.

    November 11, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  9. Rocboyz Billionnaire

    Anybody around the world knows that , it is Bush's admiistration that is the matter of Mc Cain's failure, but sorry to recognize it so late Mrs Palin, you must had been saying it before , that would have allowed you some credibility !
    Now the winner is tryin to work , so Shut up till 2012, & leave with us with your gibberish !
    USA needs a huge plan for its economy, forget all about that election & think ahead how you'll resolve this problem , time is no longer for talkin patapatapata !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!but to mind entirely for your future.

    November 11, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  10. Allison, NH

    ..."I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years..."

    Sarah – you realize, don't you, that you were on that ticket! You could have represented yourself as above that – but you pandered to our lied...and you honestly do not have a functioning brain cell that works. PLEASE...go away.

    There is talk that you want to become a Senator for your state – please, do us a favor – GIVE IT UP. America IS sick of the status quo. In 2012, if you are on the republican ticket – I will do everything in my power to remind my friends of what a corrupt liar you are. Troopergate is not over "MY FRIEND". More lies and deceit will come out about you. Do us all a favor in the meantime – brush up on your geography. You might need to know some of the countries in the CONTINENT of Africa if you want to get ahead in this world.

    JEESH....she just needs to shut up!

    November 11, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. Tony

    Palin is as delusional as ever.

    McCain is solely responsible for losing the election. He chose this imbecile for a running mate and she torpedoed the campaign from teh first moment she opened her ignorant, incoherent, incompetent, babbling mouth.

    What McCain should have done was to ask Palin 20 questions before offering ehr the position. Had he done so, he would have realized that this empty-headed Barbie doll was dangerous. They both got exactly what they deserved.

    November 11, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Nice try Sarah, while Bush didn't help you, your presence on the ticket sank any chances McCain ever had.

    November 11, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  13. sensi johnson

    I think Palin should shut up take a long vacation and clear her head.
    I realize she's missing the glitz and glamour of the last six months, but oh well... that's just the way it is.

    November 11, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  14. Lisa M

    Palin needs to look at herself for the Republican loss.

    Her flip comments, beauty queen attitude added to her ignorance and quips are what turned a lot of us away.

    I was pretty much undecided until she opened her mouth.

    November 11, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  15. Jim Johnson

    She is correct to say that Bush certainly did not help the Republican's cause but she has to take some blame. Whether she likes it or not she is very inexperienced and after having both Hillary and the Republicans try to drill it into everyone's head that experience matters they just looked like hypocrites by picking Palin who is possibly the most inexperienced person ever to run for a political office.

    November 11, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  16. Breezy

    Now she wants to blame it all on Bush..your boy McCain maybe could have came close if he didn't pick her as his vice president.

    November 11, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  17. mary dale

    She is right, Bush was a heavy influence. But the fact that she came off as a female Bush – pushy, arrogant, slaughtering the language and appearing quite uneducated helped also. She needs to shutup and go away for a while.

    November 11, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  18. Mark in a Red state

    Sarah, just go away. I voted Democrat for the first time ever largely because of YOU. I'm sure you will be polishing your rhetoric for the next four years and trying to suck up to as many Joe's as you can, but you represent what makes my sour on the GOP. Stay in Alaska Palin.

    November 11, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  19. Carole

    Doesn't she have a Moose to kill and cook? A wolf to murder from a helicopter? A marriage to plan for you pregnant teen daughter to a young high school drop out that has no job?

    Sour grapes never play well. If she cared so much about John McCain and loved him so much, why is she dragging this out and polarizing mistakes made? What a shame how she is ruining a legacy of a great man like John McCain. (Even though I did not vote for them, I have always admired and respected John McCain. I feel so strongly he should have been the 'maverick' I know and not picked this 'whackjob' as a running mate. She did not stay on course with the election or the debate...this one beats to her own drum. I won't miss the insistent rambling, blah, blah, blah....Like SHUT UP!

    November 11, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  20. Patrick

    When things don't go your way, throw everyone else under the bus.

    November 11, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. Nick

    Why is she still talking?

    November 11, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  22. Frank

    Palin you are smart to distance yourself. Be a reformer!

    November 11, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  23. Sue in MI

    You "did as well as you did" because your message, Governor, of fear and hate toward President-elect Obama and his supporters appealed to the base of your party, just as planned, and your racist hate speeches have ignited a new group of white supremacists. In my small Michigan town, a man in Klan robes marched with a flag at a busy intersection the day after Obama won. That was not due to George Bush, that was due to you going off script and claiming that Obama is a terrorist, with a smile and a wink.
    I just pray that you haven't tainted this process so much that those same people who now HATE Obama and Democrats will give him a chance to put things right, and that all Americans realize that we have to help...this will not be solved in Washington alone.

    November 11, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  24. James

    She forgot to add the part about her being a moron, in a cult that thinks Alaska should be it's own country, her outsourcing jobs to Canada and oh yeah basically steeling money from the state by taking travel perdium while she sat on her fat butt at home.

    November 11, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  25. Cindy from NC

    All I can say is " IS SHE FOR REAL!"....WOW

    November 11, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
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