Palin: Obama's 'fear mongering'
July 27th, 2011
08:37 AM ET
9 years ago

Palin: Obama's 'fear mongering'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin accused President Obama of "scaring" the American people over the importance of raising the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline.

"Scaring the American people is exactly what President Obama is doing," Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News. "The president's getting pretty good at this fear mongering and trying to cram down the public's throat this idea of bigger government, more spending."

Although the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said she respects House Speak John Boehner's efforts to negotiate with the president, she said there is a larger problem with his strategy.

"The internal problem that he has is reinventing the wheel here in the 11th hour, when we already have Cut, Cap and Balance that passed the House, and we don't need to retreat now and wave a white flag," Palin said.

The Republican-controlled House passed "Cut, Cap, and Balance," a plan that failed to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate last week. The pledge includes cuts and caps in spending and a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. Boehner is now trying to put forward a plan that includes the framework of the pledge in a deal that could become law. Obama is advocating for a "balanced approach" to the crisis that would combine spending cuts and no extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families making more than $250,000 a year.

Palin, who is considering a bid for the White House in 2012, has said raising the debt ceiling is inevitable, but that Republicans "better get something out of it."

"This August 2 deadline is looming, but it's not Armageddon, it's not life-or-death, so Boehner and the Republicans have got to make sure that they've got a good plan in front of those who will be voting on this plan," Palin said.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (700 Responses)

    I really like Bristol Palin- the kid is a Hard-worker; she danced her tail off on Dancing w/ the Stars, etc. and has put up with whatshisname's crap...(Baby's father)... But I just can't wrap my brain around Sarah Palin... Mom is Not Well!
    President Obama didn't use "scare tactics".. He looked the American public in the eye and "Spoke to each and everyone of us"– with "the straight forward truth" of the matter. Sarah Plain simply wants to keep her name in the news in an attempt to detract voters from Obama... Honey- It isn't Working.

    July 27, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Ilene

    Good god, who gives a crap what this loser, quitter, liar, narcissist has to say? And who better to talk about fear-mongering than Miss Death Panels herself. Here's something we all need to fear – and that is the fertile nature of her offspring!

    July 27, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. UsaGod help us

    Does anybody remember the mushroom clouds fear that send jerkbush to invade iraq?

    July 27, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Robin Bray

    Who did all that talk about why we had to Drill Baby Drill here in America or be held hostage by evil doers? When will CNN stop giving space to this nobody?

    July 27, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Rxbxtr

    Will the national media please cease and desist from reporting everything that comes out of Sarah Palin's mouth? She is nothing more than a paid talking head for FOX and her comments are no more newsworthy than comments made by Chris Mathews, Keith Olbermann, Bill O'Reailly or any other political commentator. Unless and until Mama Grizzly declares her candidacy for public office, stop breathlessly reporting her ignorant and nonsensical comments. We don't care.

    July 27, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. mb2010a

    Does ANYBODY really listen to Sarah Palin anymore...what a dud.

    July 27, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Anti Sarah

    Oh dear god. Just put her on Big Brother so we can watch her get voted out of the house. THIS WOMAN IS NOT A PLAYER! SHE'S HELD NO OFFICE SINCE SHE QUIT HER LAST ONE. I don't want a candidate who will quit two years into a job. SHE EVEN QUIT HER ROADTRIP TO NOWHERE!
    Obama is a fearmonger? Please. You've based your entire platform on fear of everything that isn't Sarah Palin.

    July 27, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. JL

    Based on the string of comments here, i am hopeful that the public is starting to see her for the absolute moron she is. But, sure enough, come next year, everyone will forget and it will be "praise Sarah Palin" again. I can only hope everyone remembers 12 months from now. She is part of the reason we are having these repeated partisan issue. For the sake of our country, keep her the hell out of politics.

    July 27, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Barking Alien

    That should be changed to cut the crap and balance. Let's see a balanced approach instead of this extremist partisan nonsense. The Palin Zombies have nothing to offer to this debate other than noise.

    July 27, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Kim Paris Herpis

    She forgot that she is on a reality show. Good thing is her like are staying in that russian tundra...

    July 27, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Matt

    Could sombody send her to a sound proof Box with a lock with broken key. Please somebody do it, I can stand her stupid and narrow minded opinions.

    July 27, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Snacklefish

    Why is she even relevant anymore?

    July 27, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Ted

    Who cares what this women says, she is irrelevant

    July 27, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. mfhpr

    Tactics? This woman is just plain ignorant and can't buy a clue. When someone wants two sides to come together, especially two sides that are adamant about their own beliefs, that person has to be an arbitrator. Anyone with an average amount of education, experience and IQ knows this. Obama's basically giving away the farm to the REPs in an effort to move forward and COMPROMISE, period. She's too dumb and set in her ways to ever understand this.

    July 27, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Kris

    If people would stop listening to this psycho, maybe, just maybe she will GO AWAY!!!!!! She has no right to say anything regrding politics at this time and her voice be heard, she chose to step out of the government! Her words mean NOTHING!!!

    July 27, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. larry

    you know the sad part is that any one would care what she thinks and why would any one like cnn. give her any is nutts. like her that has our congress so screwed up now. but the public can see through this .way to go republicans you are makeing the democrates look better every time you turn the tv on

    July 27, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. JJ

    why would anyone listen to this imbecile? this is the same fool who preached abstinence only and both of her children had premarital sex resulting in children of wedlock (one on the way)..!

    July 27, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. AC

    It is ironic that Ms Palin is talking about fear mongering by Obama. If I am not wrong, this is the same woman who used words like "death panels" during the healthcare debate. Geez, don't these politicians have a single ounce of shame?

    July 27, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. FedUpWDC

    Boy! from the number one fear monger herself.

    July 27, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Bob

    Sarah Palin is a retired politician who works as a commentator for a cable news network. She is not going to run for president. There is reason to run stories on what she says, unless you are promoting her network. Do you run stories on what Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh are saying about this topic?

    July 27, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Loopman

    Here we go.....again!! Caribou Barbie spouting her take on what the Pres should or shouldn't do about the economy. She satates that Obama is using scare tactics and that he should be more bi-partisan but just what is it that Boehner and the Repugs are doing? Thye are basically holding the well-being of the nations economy as ransom until they get what they want. They bicker and snipe about raising taxes and then bicker and snipe about the definition of taxes. Removing a tax break for the rich fat cats isn't raising taxes, it's removing a tax break that they never should have gotten in the first place. After the smoke clears on that argument, the Repugs start harping about how raising taxes on the wealthy will kill jobs. Hell, they gave the fat cats their tax breaks and we still haven't seen any job creation like they promised. Just more proof that the conservatives are the puppets of the rich and want seniors and the less fortunate to bear the brunt of their ignorance in handling the economy. Maybe we should just wipe the plate clean of all of these political a$$ holes and install a new set that understand that they work for us, the people, the voters, NOT the other way around.

    July 27, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Bunk60

    She just reinforced the whole problem with Washington politics right now. "...and the Republicans better get something out of it". Rather than for the good of the people it's for the good of her own party. I clump Palin in the same category as Paris HIlton, Britney Spears, Linsay Lohan. Waste of space. Just go away.

    July 27, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Dee

    why is she still talking?

    July 27, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Palin Power

    All you libturds who underestimate and bash Palin will all be eating your words. Palin will be our next and greatest President. This is all part of God's great and grand plan. God deliberately let this whole mess happen and let Obozo be President in 2009. God herself is setting him up to be a 1 term EPIC FAIL so her CHOSEN ONE Sarah Palin will save us all in 2013-2021! The Palination will be the greatest nation on Earth. Palin will demonstrate that White Conservative Women make the best Presidents and are superior to men, minorities and liberals. Every President and Vice-President will ALL be White Conservative Women.

    July 27, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Time for another change

    You are continuing to operate on a misguided set of assumptions: that cutting taxes and reducing spending balance a budget. If you cut revenues, you don't balance the budget, period.
    You couldn't possibly be more wrong. Go back and take Econ 101. If expenses = revenues = balance. Although I wouldn't recommend a one sided solution.

    Oh, and as far as the race issue is concerned...personal life.
    I don't give a damn what color you are. Racists are in both parties, you can choose to dwell on ramblings of those idiots if you want, but that's your issue, not mine. It's the policies that are being criticized here.

    By the way, what is wrong with being afraid of a catastrophic failure of the world economy, or do you endorse the idea of a default as a good thing?
    Defaulting would not be good, but catastrophic? No. My issue is with the policy of fear when Obama threatened the people with the SS payments. That was wrong in so many ways.

    July 27, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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