October 4th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin hits Obama for 'terrorist' connection

In remarks Saturday, Gov. Palin sought to link Sen. Obama with 1970's radical William Ayers, according to a statement released by the McCain-Palin campaign.
In remarks Saturday, Gov. Palin sought to link Sen. Obama with 1970's radical William Ayers, according to a statement released by the McCain-Palin campaign.

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday slammed Sen. Barack Obama's political relationship with a former anti-war radical, accusing him of associating "with terrorists who targeted their own country."

Palin's attack delivered on the McCain campaign's announcement that it would step up attacks on the Democratic presidential candidate with just a month left before the November general election.

"We see America as the greatest force for good in this world," Palin said at a fund-raising event in Colorado, adding, "Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

Palin made similar comments later at a rally in Carson, California.

Obama's Chicago home is in the same neighborhood as Bill Ayers, a founder of the radical Weather Underground that was involved in several bombings in the early 1970s, including the Pentagon and the Capitol, and the two have met several times since Obama's 1995 campaign for an Illinois state senate seat.

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  1. kbh

    Here we go...I guess desperate times call for Rovian tactics. Keep at it Caribou Barbie...keep trotting out those tired old accusations. Been there, done that. Your tactic is as old as your hairstyle.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Nick FL

    ha. finally. Now we know the McCain campaign is desperate and in a panic. The more they throw garbage like this around, the more people will hate them. Looks like it's all she wrote now.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Mike, Florida

    This attack has pushed me from being undecided to supporting Obama. I find this attack spineless, shameless and desperate.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Jen, Gainesville

    McCain and Palin have already lost their credibility. They are shameless, playing with such lies and distractions when the American people are struggling with difficult issues such as jobs, homes, and economy. McCain and Palin are why people have been sick of politicians and Washington.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Curious Immigrant

    This is by far the most outrageous, dirtiest, pathetic political campaign strategy I've ever seen in my whole life. I've been to different part of the world icluding third world countries, never I thought that an industrialized country, powerful, educated people like America will sort of doing anything such as lying, character defamation and scaring people to death just to earn a vote. I just hope that American Voters will be smart enough to cast their intelligent choice on Nov. 4. Change should be the utmost priority not someone who Prostitute themselves to be a victim of political slave. If someone claim to be COUNTRY FIRST, then let their good JUDGEMENT will prevail should something happen along the way . Intelligent Judgement can make America a better , safer place to live.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Welcome to Washington Ms. Palin. Now you lost the right to say you are washington outsider :)

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. John Johnson

    This woman needs to stop making moronic accusations like this. The hypocrisy is stunning. One minute she's talking about "reaching across the aisle" and her bipartisan skills, and the next minute she's talking out of the hole in the top of her head spewing this kind of absurd and utterly irrelevant tripe. She's too ignorant and arrogant to understand that questioning her opponent's patriotrism is not going to serve her or her ticket well in this election. Everytime she speaks- EVERYTIME– nothing useful, edifying or insightful comes out of her loud, high-pitched, reactionary mouth. And anybody who think Barack Obama is a friend of terrorists deserves to live in a country ruled by this former sportscaster.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Tamarra

    What about Palin's husband's separative ties? Why do they want to go this route>

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. obomom

    Get ready McSame...Keating 5, gambling, skin cancer concerns, Cindy McCain drug problem may all be on the table.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. chaco

    Hahahahaha...what goes around comes around, Sarah.

    "My friend the witch doctor he told me what to say..
    he said..
    Ooo eee ooo ah ah, ting tang walla walla bing bang...."

    (Google Rev. Muthee praying for Sarah to be governor)

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. not surprising

    don't want to talk about issues?

    resort to personal attacks.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Brad

    Sound to me like comments from a desperate campaign. The McCain campaign is losing ground fast. Americans no longer care about the non-issues that boost the Republicans. I would expect nothing less from the campaign that pulled out of Michigan last week.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. ken

    Shameless! McCain/Palin.

    You've lost the elections in october, get over it and start writing your concession speech.

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. JIMMY

    NOT THIS TIME, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    SCARE TACTICS WILL NOT WORK ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    WE WILL NOT BOW TO FEAR, WE WILL STAND UP AND RECLAIM OUR GREAT NATION.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08'

    October 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. rowzeer

    Palin .....didn't our country pal around with the Shah of Iran and Noriega and Saddam when he was at war with Iran....seems like Sarah doesn't know US history

    Not surprising for someone who doesn't read a newspaper.....the same nice trait that W had.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. dumbfounded in VA

    Good grief!!! If I want to hear about Obama I should be able to listen to Obama not McCain or Palin. If I want to hear about McCain I should be able to listen to McCain not Obama or Biden. I just wish the mud slinging would stop and the candidates would focus on what they stand for – not what the other side does or does not.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. C

    Palin's words are as erelavant as Mr. Bush himself. Obama was eight years old when Ayers committed the crimes. Now Ayers is a professor in the US; aren't real terrorists supposed to be in prison? Try again, McBush/Failin!

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Shellie

    These new attacks on Obama are despicable. It makes me respect Palin and McCain even less. These reeks of desperation. What about the economy, healthcare and real American issues? McCain has proven he will do ANYTHING to win and I don't want a president who who has such low moral values. I will be voting for Obama and Biden.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. WillH

    Does this put Keating 5 on the table?

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. ROGER IN THE VALLEY

    IS THIS WOMAN STUPID OR IS SHE BEING USED AS AN ATTACK DOG? MCCAIN ONCE AGAIN LIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AFTER SAYING HIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE AN HONORABLE ONE, HE WILL STOOP TO LIES, SMEARS AND ANY OTHER SHAMELESS ATTACKS HE THINKS WILL HELP HIM TURN AROUND THE MOMENTUM. OBAMA ANSWERED ALL THE CRITICS ABOUT AYERS AND AYERS NEVER KILLED ANYONE. MCCAIN AND BUSH WITH THEIR POLICIES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN HAVE SO FAR KILLED ABOUT 36,000.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Sounds like a typical republican smoke screen to me. Another weak attempt to distract voters from the real issues that are affecting Americans. Perhaps if McCain-Palin had more substantiative, quality plans for this country they would discuss those instead. However, for lack of better material, McCain-Palin create twisted facts to get attention. No one is buying it accept perhaps those deeply entrenched in the McCain campaign.

    Good will prevail... OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Republican Woman for Obama

    The Obama campaign responded swiftly to Palin’s
    comments. “Governor Palin’s comments, while offensive, are not surprising, given the McCain campaign’s statement this morning that they would be launching Swiftboat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation’s economic ills.”
    LMAO...so they have decided to forego talking about issues...shocking!

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. carlvmay

    Obama an Ayers "pal"?
    Sarah, how low can you go...spinning the truth, being the barracuda...you are despicable.

    This kind od Swiftboating will backfire. Are you mentally ill, and is McCain senile. I seriously think so.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. pakuna

    Swiftboat-like attacks my behind. Whenever obama gets caught in a disgusting truth his campaign says it is a lie. Is the whole world lying against him. It is a KNOWN fact. You elect him into the white house you might as well have a room reserved for the terrorists he runs with and are funding his campaign. He will do nothing for our economy. He is just using the economy as a vote getter because he is saying what people want to hear.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Pin NC

    That's a beautiful thing,.... Sarah's reading. She gets an "A" for effort and a "F" for comprehension. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    October 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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