Sarah Palin told reporters Thursday night that she doesn't believe Treasury Secretray Geithner's on “false statements” that a “catastrophe would befall” the nation unless Congress increases the debt ceiling by August:
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, and she said the cost of the war in Afghanistan and the posture of the Afghan government should prompt consideration of a drawdown of U.S. forces there.-JP
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.
She was also asked about whether her bus trip might yet lead to a presidential candidacy and specifically what kind of reception she was getting in the state with the nation’s first primary. “There’s nice encouragement around here,” she said. “I think there’s just around the nation a strong desire for true change in America to get the economy on track and that certainly was illustrated here.