October 23rd, 2010
06:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Sarah Palin says Americans are afraid of Obama's economic policies

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - As Sarah Palin urged about 2,000 Republican activists Saturday to keep working until the last minute to help guarantee GOP successes, she went after some recent comments by President Obama in which he said Americans are scared and frustrated and may not be thinking straight about the midterm elections. He has suggested Republicans were playing on that fear.

"Well, ya know Mr. President, you got it right on one point there, we are afraid - knowing that your economic policies are driving us off a cliff and your fundamental transformation of America is a nightmare. This is not the America that the rest of the people want, this is not the America that patriots fought and died for and still dying for today," she told the crowd.

She urged those in the audience to "exhaust ourselves" in the last 10 days leading up to the midterm elections to help get the vote out and to make sure no one is complacent.

"We can't think it is in the bag," she said. "We have to leave the dancing to the stars," a light-hearted reference to her daughter's participation in the ABC reality show.

"There are no second chances in elections" she warned the audience. "Ten days from now if we make this the biggest effort... the biggest Republican victory... we are going to take it back for we the people."

"Victory in 2010 is just the beginning," she said. She added Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele and his team would lead Republicans to "victory in 2012" but did not give any hints about whether she would be one of those running for the party's presidential nomination.

Marco Rubio, the Republican Senate nominee, appeared at the event Saturday, speaking near the beginning of the rally. He left the stage before Palin came on to speak. In her remarks she complimented him and other candidates, including Rick Scott, who is running for governor. Scott was not at the event.

Last week when Palin spoke at an RNC rally in California, neither Senate nominee Carly Fiorina nor gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman attended that event, citing other commitments.

During Saturday's speech the crowd roared with applause when Palin went after the Obama administration's stimulus program, which she said included money aimed at studying whether alcohol impacted a mouse's motor skills.

"I didn't know Mickey had a drinking problem," she said to much laughter.

Both Palin and RNC Chairman Steele mentioned Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, whose district includes the area where the event was held. Some Republicans and Tea Party activists believe Grayson conspired to build support for Tea Party activist Peg Dunmire on the ballot to draw votes from Republican candidate Daniel Webster.

"I hear there is some stuff going on down here" regarding Grayson, Steele said. "I am here to make it very clear... stop your perpetrating."

"Mr. Grayson you are no friend of the Tea Party," he added. "We are not playing that game. We are not fools."

"May that one-term wonder be retired," Palin said.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • issues • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. truth+truth

    You don't speak for "America," Palin. By the way, how's that non-secular Palin family doing. Let's see... Reality TV, Dancing with The Stars, Books and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    October 24, 2010 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  2. Rock God

    The only reason American's fear Obama is these moronic Teabaggers keep saying it and Fox News keeps repeating it. Us SANE AMERICANS think Obama is doing a pretty good job digging us out of the mess Bush created.

    October 24, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  3. Lisa Mitchell

    No, what I am afraid of is this BIMBO ever getting the keys to the White House~ She has alot to say about Obama's financial strategies, but she forgot to pay her property taxes....for years!

    October 24, 2010 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  4. 66Biker

    "We are not fools."

    Oh yes you are! If you were not fools, you wouldn't let the Tea Party split the Republican Party. By allowing Sarah Palin to split your party, you are going to lose your political clout. Not to mention what little credibility the Republican Party had left after Bush...

    October 24, 2010 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  5. Adam

    Did anyone else laugh at the "one-term wonder" comment from Palin?

    October 24, 2010 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  6. angela

    No ,Sara America is praying for you to go home and take care of your family. Stop the hating on our President you need to be ashamed of yourself. Go back to school get educated and read, read, read.

    October 24, 2010 02:43 am at 2:43 am |

    I've decided in the last couple of weeks that I'm not going to vote at all!!I'm a democratic,or was and now wish I was nothing I don't know any of these people like they don't know me!!what has been on TV,and radio their all crooks and liars.After all how do I know these people are good?It's just a "BIG JOKE". Can you prove otherwise??I live in OHIO.

    October 24, 2010 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  8. ufadoof

    Sarah Palin clings to god and guns.
    Part of that sad minority driven by fear.

    October 24, 2010 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  9. stevetall

    Intelligent Americans are afraid of Sarah Palin. The not-so-bright are afraid of the things Sarah Palin tells them to be afraid of. Well, Sarah. I'm an American and I'm not scared of all that stuff that you are. There sure is a lot of it.

    October 24, 2010 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  10. Al

    Reality check for you, Ms. Palin: We were already off the cliff before we voted our President, Mr. Barack Obama into office. You might want to be honest with yourself and those who follow you, that we as Americans should be thankful to President Obama for his leadership in such turbulent times. I, as an American, am proud of my President.

    October 24, 2010 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  11. 2+2=5

    Oh your fools alright. Meanwhile everyone is working, not worried in the least about his policies, more worried about those that want to keep tax cuts for the rich when the rich themselves aren't making a peep. Yep, champions alright. Really must matter where you live, either that or she is just making things up as usual. Sucks to be a state that rejected stimulus now doesn't it? oh well.....next time.....meanwhile just like I said we are selling military equipment to pay for all this mess considering our military needs a refresher in equipment as it is. Big surprise there. Expected it, and thankful for it. Just unfortunate that's what we have to do to make money now. Just sad so many Americans are stuck at square 1. Religion. Guns, Race. Things that of course you can debated for hours and have no conclusion to. Great way to avoid policy or tough questions. Way to go meatheads. Guess we will be teaching people through this election also. These Tea Party people are about to get an education. Don't say you weren't warned.

    October 24, 2010 04:26 am at 4:26 am |

    Can anybody tell me what Sarah Palin plans are to fix the economy, education, and health care. You think that having an child with DS she would fight hard for improvments/ not one idea. And by the way, what happen to Sarah Palin expertise in energy. I can't find no plans on her facebook or twitt, and saying that is sad. American there was a reason she lost in 2008 and that reason still remains. Sarah Palin is an idiot.

    October 24, 2010 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  13. Kevin

    I can't beleieve people take both these idiots seriously. This woman who quit half-way through her term as governor to make money and now she has people thinking she actually qualified to be president. Come on tea party people, does the president's race matters that much? I asked my co-workers who are tea party activits to tell me if they are for physical respnisibilty where were they during the bush years all I hear are crickets.

    October 24, 2010 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  14. stufthis

    This domestic terrorist is an idiot.

    October 24, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  15. KY Briar

    Ride your BROOM back to Alaska !!!!!!!

    October 24, 2010 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  16. usa/canada

    god she's stupid and that voice nails across a chalk bord.

    for those extreme right wingers that is somthing they have in class rooms you know in school aaaah never mind

    October 24, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  17. Fedrik

    So how much money were you paid for this appearance ?

    October 24, 2010 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  18. Independent One

    You can only scream wolf some many times before people realize the fear tactic

    October 24, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  19. Gregory

    Does Ms. Palin have anything positive to say? She spends 100% of her time in attack mode. It is not clear at all if this politician has even a single coherent and original thought. It's the same thing out of her mouth over and over and over. Her constant reference to "patriots" is boorish, as if you are not one if you are not on her side. Talk about elitism.

    October 24, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. Jules

    Sarah needs to stop speaking for others; she does not speaking for me. She has lowered herself to a point that she should be ashamed to call herself and american and a christian. There is no rock big enough for her to hide under. She is a pathetic mother, and is completely out of touch with working people. Oh, but she has her health care, paid by tax payers, her daughter gave birth...guess who paid for that, we did. What, tax payers monies is good enough for her, but not the rest of us?

    October 24, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  21. diridi

    a stupid lady in the world......just vote any Dems....

    October 24, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  22. TheTraveler

    Hopefully, when the mid-terms are completed and cooler heads prevail at the polls, this "one woman reality show" will just fade away ...

    October 24, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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