FLASHBACK: Governor Palin’s Consistent Opposition to Debt Ceiling Increase
A new Newsmax poll today shows 67% of Republicans and 45% of voters overall oppose raising the debt ceiling (vs. 32% support).
Governor Sarah Palin has consistently opposed raising the debt ceiling. As we near a possible untenable compromise between House Republicans and President Obama, it’s worth noting that Gov. Palin has proposed workable solutions for months that are now being voiced by Republican members of Congress. It’s also quite clear that any Republican voting for the debt ceiling increase could be in jeopardy of a primary challenge in 2012 and beyond.
In January, she tells Laura Ingraham that Obama is purposely weakening America by proposing to raise the debt ceiling after opposing it back in 2006. (Key exchange at 3:50 mark)
Sarah Palin told a Long Island, N.Y. business group this afternoon that Congress shouldn’t vote to raise the debt ceiling without sweeping changes to entitlements and the federal budget.
“All that’s going to do is create this allowance for more big spenders to get in there,” she said in an appearance before the Long Island Association in Westbury. “It doesn’t necessarily have to result in a government shutdown.”
Palin appeared to link the budget and the debt ceiling votes, saying that Congress could refuse to raise the ceiling without causing a shutdown.
“What President Obama is doing and what this administration is supporting is America being on a road to ruin unless we do take seriously this monumental debt,” she said.
In an interview Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Palin told host Bret Baier she wouldn’t support raising the debt ceiling.
“Hells no, I would not vote to increase the debt ceiling,” Palin said. “Otherwise it just shows the American people we’re not serious yet. We’re still going to incur more debt. And we don’t have to increase the debt ceiling in the next few weeks. It turns my stomach to hear the assumption articulated that we have to, despite the fact we’re raking in, the federal government, $6 billion a day. Take that money and service our debt first and pay down some of that debt. Make sure that we’re showing the international financial markets and our lenders that we’re serious about getting our debt and deficit problems under control.”
Palin suggested to her fellow Republicans considering such a vote to take into account where taxpayer dollars are being spent and to make the states take a leading role in their expenditures.
“I would say before you think about seriously voting to increase the debt limit and incur more unsustainable, immoral, unethical debt that is really going to ruin our country to continue down this path,” she said. “Prioritize, service the debt first and pay for the services that are constitutionally mandated. Let the state take care of a lot of the service and projects. If a state wants to do something a little special like extra roads, or extra museums and monuments and cowboy poetry, let that state figure out how they are going to pay for it.”
On her first day in New Hampshire, Palin held an impromptu news conference as she was leaving a clambake here. She encouraged congressional Republicans to hold firm in the debt-ceiling negotiations, .. Geithner, she said, has “given us now four different due dates where catastrophe would befall us if the debt ceiling is not raised. .?.?. Well, once bitten, twice shy. How many more times are we going to have to hear this date change?” Of the August deadline, Geithner says is the absolute cutoff for congressional action, she said, “I don’t believe it.” She urged Republican leaders in Congress not to give in to the Obama administration’s demands, saying it would be “a failure of leadership” to yield at this point.
And later that month on Fox News Sunday, she told Chris Wallace the same thing (5:30 mark of clip): h/t FredHeadBill