ABC News’ Imtiyaz Delawala reports: At two rallies in Iowa today, Gov. Sarah Palin charged that a Barack Obama administration would usher in an era of “government as part of your family, taking care of us, making decisions for us,” while for the first time warning that Democrats would have "unchecked power" if they take control of both the White House and Congress.
“That philosophy of government taking more, which is a misuse of the power to tax — it leads to government moving into the role of taking care of you and government and politicians, and kind of moving in as the other half of your family to make decisions for you,” Palin said at a rally in Sioux City this morning.
“Now they do this in other countries where the people are not free. Government as part of the family, taking care of us, making decisions for us. I don’t know what to think of having in my family Uncle Barney Frank or others to make decisions for me,” Palin added, referring to Democratic House Rep. Barney Frank, who is head of the powerful House Financial Services Committee.
Palin continued her economic argument against Obama by saying he would usher in a new “big government agenda,” while hinting at socialistic elements of shared property and investments in her remarks, prompting one man to yell out twice from the crowd “He’s a socialist!” as Palin spoke of Obama.
“See, under a big government agenda, what you thought was yours, your income your property, your inventory, your investments, really would belong to somebody else, to everybody else,” Palin said. “And it would be shared with everybody else.”
For the first time, Palin made an argument used recently by her running mate Sen. John McCain, warning about “unchecked power” of Democrats if they take control of both houses of Congress and the White House.
“Big government spenders, too, if you think about it, who would control the House, the Senate, the White House,” Palin said at an afternoon rally in Des Moines. “The power there, the monopoly of power is something that we need to be discussing in these last 10 days of this campaign.”
Palin continued the line of attack by telling the audience that lessons to their children about “work ethic and hard work being rewarded” would be eroded, as would “virtues of freedom and independence.”
“Think about how our children might grow up in a place with no checks and balances on the federal government, with big government spenders in charge of the House and Senate, and again heaven forbid, the White House,” Palin said in the gym of Sioux City West High School. “What we have taught our children in terms of lessons about work ethic and hard work being rewarded, those lessons would be eroded. The virtues of freedom and independence while still being compassionate and generous with others, I’m afraid that those lessons would be eroded.
“You can count on John McCain and I to know that we will be there to defend you and protect you and your savings and your investments and your families, not big government,” Palin added.
The two-city stop through Iowa was Palin’s first trip to the state since Sept. 18, when she held a joint rally with McCain in Cedar Rapids. McCain will make his fourth visit in five weeks to the state on Sunday, holding a rally in Cedar Falls. Current polls have the McCain-Palin ticket down by a dozen points in the state.
At the beginning of her remarks in Sioux City, Palin made light of the recent flap over the Republican National Committee’s purchase of $150,000 in clothing for Palin and her family, noting to the Iowa audience that she was wearing “my own jacket from Wasilla, Alaska.”
“It was nice and crisp getting off the airplane and coming into the — it reminded me a lot of Alaska so I put my warm jacket on, and it is my own jacket, it doesn’t belong to anybody else. My own jacket, from Wasilla, Alaska,” Palin said to laughs.
In Des Moines, Palin let her 7-year-old daughter take the mic to say hello to the Iowa supporters.
“Hi, Iowa,” Piper Palin said to the crowd. “My sister said hi, and my little brother said hi. And umm, don’t forget to vote for my mom,” drawing wild applause from the crowd.
“And I didn’t tell her to say that,” the Alaska governor added.