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. Matt - Florida

    Disgraceful. Shameful. Dirty. Pathetic. We all learned in grade school that it was weak to try to build yourself up by tearing another down.

    Is this what they mean by Maverick?

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Ann

    Palin: Mrs. Pitbull
    She is good at what she does. Attack, lie, denigrate and distract the media since McCain/Palin have nothing else to do. The message they convey is heard loud and clear. I have nothing to offer so I'll attack that will get attention.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Jane

    Palin and McCain are indeed shameless. What else can we expect from someone who would foist a ridiculously unfit candidate for Vice President on our nation and a silly, "I'm just a regular soccer mom" phony who is egotistical enough to think she should actually be in next in line for the presidency? This is a non-issue, and CNN should stick to reporting real issues–like candidates' views on health care, joblessness, the economy and Iraq.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Paul

    This woman, and I hesitate to call her a woman, is despicable. Her party's colors are showing through. Their behavior is like that of vermin.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Bruce

    Sad really, I hope both McCain and Palins careers in the public come to and end. The depth they have brought this election to is shameful.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Sarah- ARIZONA

    This woman is pathetic and does not represent the women of today.

    He lies are pathetic and disgraceful. She should learn how to read and analyze information and stop being a puppet.

    Palin= puppet of the GOP

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Patricia

    Go ahead Palin – cultural wars won't work. That was overdone last summer. People are tone deaf to it. To connect Obama when he was eight years old (as if he had anything to do with Ayres' comments)
    is about a srelevant as saying you were in the second grade when Biden was starting his political career as if you listened to him. As far as stepping up the attacks – how much worse can they get? They have been vicious all along. Ayers is not new; it is not relevant and it is ad nauseum.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Neeraj

    If Sarah palin believes America is the number one force of good in the world, why does she affiliate with seccessionists from Alaska? She's too dumb to say anything coherent about the economy, so she digs up crap like this?

    OBAMA BIDEN 08

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Brandon

    Just another show of who/what she is. The only things she are knowledgeable about are hockey moms and Alaska. I find the first even more funny as hockey isn't even in the top 3 of the most popular AMERICAN sports (hockey being a Canadian sport if I'm not mistaken).

    At least now you see the true colors of the McCain/Palin ticket: They can't win on the issues so they have to go to personal attacks. It's the same middle school antics that have been the summation of their foreign policies: I don't like you so I'm not gonna talk to you.

    Grow Up.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. sudha

    Is this the lowest McCain/Palin can stoop or will they go further? God help them and God help us from them.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Florida For Barack!

    Palin, the person who couldn't name one newspaper she reads, is trying to attack Obama because of some newspaper article?? Somebody has their priority wrong. Sad.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. DAVE

    Sarah Palin is a terrorist in her own way by backing a terrorist president, G W BUSH, guilty of war crimes. She is a shallow self-interest type of person. Its too bad that American politics have come to this. How can we be proud of our once wonderful and fair country. Im really wondering

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Lilly

    Please – someone find out the TRUTH.
    We all need to know the truth – STOP reporting your opinion.

    As a DEM – I want to know all about these criminals – before I VOTE.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. V

    To Palin

    If you are a candidate left with some self-respect – speak of your record and your plans for the people – not resort to some cheap accusation...and by the way – fix the skeleton in your cup board – that is, your husband's connection with seccessionists...

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Philbert

    If this isn't proof enough to show that McCain – Palin will stoop to any lengths to get elected I don't know what is. My undecided has just switched to Obama's side after reading this. These tactics are beyond shameful.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Griff

    The Boss? This Guy??? The Original Boss... (BACK IN THE USA): Boss. Seems to have forgoten about his opwn Country...
    "THE USA"....

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Denise

    While this country is in an economic crisis, while hard working Americans are living in tents and sleeping in their cars, while in September 159,000 jobs were loss this woman is calling Obama a terrorist! I'm stunned that any sane person would cast a vote for her and McCain. They are running the same type of campaign that Bush ran which was a campaign of fear. In 2000, I seriously considered voting for McCain had he won the Republican nomination for President. However, this man will do anything to win which in the end will be his downfall and the main reason he will not be our next President.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Harriet

    Disgusting. I guess the stupid, persuadable vote will come out strong for McCain Palin again. How disgusting. Why don't we have a real debate about the economy, instead of this ridiculous accusation

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Florida For Barack!

    Palin, the person who couldn't name one newspaper she reads, is trying to attack Obama because of some newspaper article?? Somebody has their priorities wrong. Sad.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. JR

    Looks like the McPalin's are feeling the heat and are stepping up their rhetoric... not to say character bashing...Questions is will the America public fall for it again??

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Dianne, Miami Gardens

    McCain-Plain Campaign is "Pathetic". They starting dirty tatic against Obama and that's not going to work. It is scary to think Palin could become President. I don't trust her and I DESPISE her.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Mike - Lorain, OH

    Here is a question:

    Are you responsible for the actions and words of everyone you meet?
    If I have a friend who is anti-sementic, am I to be held responsible for his beliefs? Can I not be friends with someone even though I fundamentally disagree with some of his beliefs?

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. RyanM

    Um....Wasn't Lt Gov Todd a member of the Alaska Independence Party and didn't you once speak at one their conventions?

    What is their platform? Seccession from the Union?

    This Ayers thing is old news. Please.

    Gov Palin – you're a decent person – I don't agree with you on several issues – but please don't go down McCain's low road as he will bring you down with him.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Erin

    So McCain picks the least qualified person in history to run as VP with him on the ticket. Someone who is personally MARRIED to a guy who belonged to a group who wants to succeed from the US – and they call Obama unpatriotic?

    People are sick and tired of these slimeball tactics. McCain has no shot at winning this election, but rather then go out with style or grace – he'd rather do and say the same things that he once dispised himself 8 years ago.

    He doesn't deserve to be a senator, let alone a President.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Charles

    Before the debate, she was just a hate filled idiot, now she is an annoying hate filled idiot.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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