Palin's advice on debt ceiling: 'Reload with reality'
July 14th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin's advice on debt ceiling: 'Reload with reality'

(CNN)-Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had sharp words for both President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell late Wednesday as she criticized their handling of the looming debt ceiling deadline.

"It's absolutely nonsensical the lack of planning that our leaders are exercising and showing their constituents coming out of D.C. right now," she said.

The 2008 GOP nominee for vice president pulled no punches in an appearance on Fox News when it came to the actions of the president, whom she blamed for "big government job killing policies" and "fearmongering tactics" or McConnell, who proposed a short term plan she claimed "makes no sense."

"It does cede power to our president and takes away that authority that is inherent in Congress to control the economic decisions that have to be made when it comes to debt," Palin said of McConnell's short-term strategy to increase the debt ceiling in three increments.

"We cannot afford to back off and hand him a white flag saying, 'Here Mr. President we trust you you take over, you do it' because our president has failed in that area," she continued.

And though there's blame to go around, for Palin, the buck stops with Obama.

"Our president is essentially suggested the other day that he's not able to prioritize, as the chief executive of our nation he can't prioritize," she stated.

Palin, who said she'll decide on a bid for the 2012 GOP nomination for president by August or September, also gave advice to Republicans engaged in debt negotiations with the executive-in-chief.

"We cannot default but we cannot afford to retreat either, now is not the time to retreat. It's the time to reload and we reload with reality," she said.

Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • Sarah Palin
soundoff (646 Responses)
  1. WolfBlitzer

    This idiot needs to shut her mouth.

    July 14, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Themuddman

    There she goes again blah blah blah blah blah.........

    July 14, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. bachmanntwit

    Gadfly No.1 Sarah Palin
    Gadfly No.2 Michele Bachmann

    July 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Realistic

    Palin stop talking and reciting 'Talking points from the right wing social engineers of radical ideology".

    July 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. CB002

    We cannot afford you, Sarah. Go away!!!!

    July 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Danny Spencer

    Oh – Just Please - SHUT UP!
    This blind/un-informed rhetoric coming from a “I Quit” Governor

    July 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. edr

    Why did she not reload when she stepped down from being Governor? Oh that's right, she wanted to make money and prance around. She's funny!

    July 14, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. realist

    Hey Sarah,"Are you going to release another map with "Targets pointed on Democratic politicians Again???? RELOAD""" She Says????? Now thats what I call, " A Real Threat" It,s called "Foot in mouth desease" Oh Lord, Save America from this tyrannt????? Thanks Mr. McCain, for this kind of "Maddness"

    July 14, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Joshua Ludd

    As usual Caribou Barbie was long on criticism and buzz words and incredibly short on actual solutions. "Reload with reality" isn't a solution... its pablum. Big government job killing policies? Which ones??? As always with Palin its just a word salad of sound bites... sound and fury signifying nothing. But it sure does get her name in the papers and money in her bank account.

    July 14, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. David

    The reality is Sarah Palin we don't need your opinion because you are ignorant of economic realities of the bond markets and the stock markets.

    July 14, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |

    She ought to know, she's the queen of nonsense. Imagine this nitwit giving advice and criticizing anyone else's performance. Leave policy to those in the know, Sarah. She's so irrelevant concerning all thing political. Obama 2012

    July 14, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Scout

    Yeah–quitter. Tell us more about how to run things.

    July 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. ed

    Please stop covering Sarah Palin's 'advice'.
    Or, move it to the entertainment pages, along with recaps of the Housewives of New Jersey, where it belongs.

    July 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Ron

    What a clown. Hinting that you will run..but you missed an important Presidential debate to continue your book tour, and you talk about priorities? If you have the answers to the problems in Washington..why would you not skip the book touring and help the American people out by announcing you are running. I

    sn't it a fact you are putting America on not stepping up..but You blame The GOP and Obama. You mentioned Obama wants the debt ceiling raised so apparently he does not know how to manage money..but does this idiot know...Debt ceiling has been raised 7 times since bush was in Bush doesn't know how to manage money either..or Clinton. In fact the debt ceiling has been raised over 70 times since Kennedy...but now the GOP has a problem with it. They just want Obama to fail..and its sad because like him or not, if he fails now..America fails!!

    July 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. Indy

    Seldom a new thought or soundbite in that crowded head of Palins. Its always funny how Palin takes days to comment on everything and it is always exactly the same as the her favorite Republicans.The retreat and reload soundbite is so frigging old and she should pay someone to come up with some new thoughts and soundbites for her to use.

    July 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. GoAwayTeapots

    Oh good – another gun allusion.

    July 14, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Chuk

    Palin will "decide on a bid for the 2012 GOP nomination" when hell freezes over. CNN is being strung along like a puppy. It IS a tactic to sell all the books, movie, and whatever else she's hawking. Take this from a realist: Palin WILL NOT run! She knows it, anyone with half a brain know it. Get over it and focus on what's important!

    July 14, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. James

    You're right, Sarah, they should all just quit. Since that solution was good enough for you, you should have no reson to fault them all for it.

    July 14, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Moggy

    You want to know what "nonsensical" is? The innane jabberings of this woman. She wouldn't know reality if it came up and gave her a good swift kick in the behind.

    July 14, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. casey007

    Once again here comes the professional Teaparty cheerleader with NO SOLUTIONS. It's easy to get in front of a camera and microphone and tell someone they can't prioritize nor lead. Sarah Palin I want to know your suggestions on lowering the defict? More importantly, what would you do as POTUS to get rid of this high unemployment? You don't have a clue do you? That's what I thought.

    July 14, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. no

    I don't trust her to tie my shoes.

    July 14, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. Andrew

    Palin has always been long on incoherent criticism, but very short on ideas.

    July 14, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Dale

    More criticism from Palin with no specific suggestions. Yawn. 15 minutes of fame are up Palin. Bachmann is the new right-wing freak show.

    July 14, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Canadian Jim

    Will you quit publicizing the inane ramblings of this idiot?

    July 14, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. James

    Thank you, Sarah, for those great ideas to solve this problem. Especially the one about not giving in and keeping this thing going indefinitely. That is sure to fix everything.

    July 14, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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