Sep 17, 6:58 PM (ET)
WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said Wednesday that Democrats were out of bounds for criticizing John McCain when he said the fundamentals of the economy are strong.
In an interview with Fox News Channel, Palin said: “It was an unfair attack on the verbiage that Sen. McCain chose to use because the fundamentals, as he was having to explain afterwards, he means our work force, he means the ingenuity of the American people. And of course, that is strong and that is the foundation of our economy.”
McCain rival Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats have been hammering McCain for maintaining his oft-stated position on Monday that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” even as Wall Street spiraled downward. By that afternoon, with the markets falling amid other bad financial news, McCain was using a more dire tone. He now is calling the financial woes “one of the most severe crises in modern times.”
Palin also said she watched Tina Fey impersonate her last weekend on “Saturday Night Live” – but only with the volume turned off.
“I thought it was hilarious. I thought she was spot on,” Palin said. “Didn’t hear a word she said, but the visual, spot on.” She said people in Alaska have remarked on the similarities for years, and that she once dressed up as Fey for Halloween.
Earlier Wednesday in Cleveland, Palin said she was disappointed that the government needed to bail out another financial institution.
The Federal Reserve is giving a two-year, $85 billion loan to American International Group Inc. (AIG) in exchange for a nearly 80 percent stake in the insurer, after AIG lost billions in the risky business of insuring against bond defaults.
“Disappointed that taxpayers are called upon to bail out another one,” Palin told reporters during a morning visit to a downtown deli.
“Certainly AIG though, with the construction bonds that they’re holding and with the insurance that they are holding very, very impactful for Americans, so you know the shot that has been called by the Feds – it’s understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one,” she said.
Palin shook hands with police officers and business people. She and her husband, Todd, sat down for a cup of coffee and chatted briefly with patrons.
The interview was to air Wednesday night on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes.”
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