October 5th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama campaign rejects Palin 'terrorist' gibe

Gov. Palin said Saturday that Sen. Obama sees America as 'imperfect.'
Gov. Palin said Saturday that Sen. Obama sees America as 'imperfect.'

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign has quickly rejected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's claim that he associated "with terrorists who targeted our own country."

Palin attacked Sen. Obama on Saturday for his brief political relationship with Bill Ayers, a founding member of the radical Weather Underground, which was involved in several bombings in the early 1970s, including attacks on the Pentagon and the Capitol. Obama was a child at the time of the bombings.

Obama and Ayers, now a university professor, have met several times since 1995, when both orked with a non-profit group trying to raise funds for a school improvement project and a haritable foundation. CNN's review of project records found nothing to suggest anything nappropriate in the volunteer projects in which the two men were involved.

A CNN Fact Check found Palin's charge to be false.

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  1. linda n carolina

    Hey Sarah...lets talk about G Gordon Liddy....you know McCain's good buddy...the convicted felon....oh we're going to open that can of worms for sure. better read up on what that man was quilty of....be prepared!!

    October 5, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. RR in AZ.

    Sarah Palin is turning into a "stupid" person. This is not going to help her political future when John McCain loses this election.

    October 5, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Dave

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. This is such an obvious and predictable move for Palin since they're basically losing popularity. How 'bout you focus on some real issues like, um....THE ECONOMY!!

    October 5, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Turnabout's Fair Play

    If Palin says it's relevant what Ayres was doing when Obama was 8 years old . . . then she better consider what McCain was doing around the same time. McCain was ditching a wife who'd been disfigured in a car wreck, getting drunk, having affairs, and chasing a rich girl's skirts. That's where Palin's logic (does someone who unintellectual even have "logic"?) leads.

    Other we can be intelligent. We need discussion of hard issues affecting the country – issues too hard for someone of Palin's limited intellect and education. He need discussion of the economic mess that resulted from Republican mismanagement.

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. oaklynne

    Read Frank Rich's editorial article in today's NYTs- it's brilliant. Palin is a heartless, clueless, ambitious woman who wants to be president. She doesn't care about John McCain a whit – she actuallly has enough hubris to think she could be president. Given all the gibberish nonsense she spewed at the debate and her interviews, that is truly amazing. She is not qualified to clean the toilets in the White House, much less run it.

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Western Voter

    What is wrong with our system when a candidate so clearly unqualified as Sarah Palin can get headlines with lies? Americans need to take responsibility for their own democracy.

    After 8 years of one President who lied us into this terrbile war...how can anyone entertain the likes of John McCain and Palin? I don't get it.

    NOTE TO CNN: How can you call yourself responsible when you allow lies to become headlines? You turned the Bush/Cheney lies about Iraq into drum pounding headlines and now you permit this dishonety...this election is too important to America to allow untruths to occupy the last 30 days of the campaign. The 1st Amendment is not just about your rights...it also about your responsibilities.

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Pat Canada

    This statement has only served to illuminate how far the McCain Camp will go to win this election! Unfortunately, it is tactics and lies like this statement that are pushing them farther away from the White House. And that couldn't make me any happier!
    GO OBAMA/BIDEN for Truth, Integrity, Honesty, Substance and CHANGE Americans CAN Believe In!

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. grandconserve

    Palin's IQ is just not big enough to speak on any topic with authority. These kinds of people rely on their sly-ness and lies.

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Peter Zheutlin

    This is a return to McCarthyism and it is despicable. McCain is willing to lose his honor to win the election. This is truly a sad commentary on McCain and his vacuous running mate.

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Bebe

    This is sad. I never hear what they are going to do in this election. They copy from Obama then try to discredit him. Is this the best they can come up with? It is only going to get worse and I am sick of both of them!

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Turnabout's Fair Play

    If Palin says it's relevant what Ayres was doing when Obama was 8 years old . . . then she better consider what McCain was doing around the same time. McCain was ditching a wife who'd been disfigured in a car wreck, getting drunk, having affairs, and chasing a rich girl's skirts. That's where Palin's logic (does someone who unintellectual even have "logic"?) leads.

    Or we can be intelligent. We need discussion of hard issues affecting the country – issues too hard for someone of Palin's limited intellect and education. He need discussion of the economic mess that resulted from Republican mismanagement.

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Sarita

    People are losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their savings and all McCain and Palin can talk about is an already disputed claim. Shame on them and shame on America if we elect these clueless fools.

    October 5, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Independent Voting Democrat

    I have been watching McCain and Obama even way before Palin entered the game. McCain is doing what he thinks will work, which is basically negative campaigning. History shows us that negative campaigning works well, but I think McCain has gone extremely overboard now. What initially lost my chances with me voting for him was a month ago when he totally changed his campaign theme to copy Obama's. It indicated to me that 1) He is desperate and 2) He really just doesn't know what he is really about. I was disappointed when he made that move. With the recent debate, VP debate, and now this, I don't think there is anyway that he will get my vote now. He comes off to me as deceitful, sleazy, and not focused on the real issues. At the RNC, he totally lied when he said he would rather lose an election. BS! He is so incredibly desperate to win and really just does not care about the economy. Kind of hard to when you have 7 houses and 13 cars.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 5, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Joe, NYC

    Obama is not representative of Americans. He is a racist, involved in a racist church for the past 20 years – when convenient he had indicated reverand Wright is not affiliated to him. Same for Ayers – when convenient, they are not affiliated. Farrakhan will pop out next, wait and see hand in hand with Obama. There is a lot of material on Michelle O who is a hateful racist.

    Is this what America wants in a President of the people?

    Shame on the stupidity of the media and Hollywood.

    October 5, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Greg

    And yet the connection is true. Is he trying to use the Force on us..."there is no connection to see here"??...Obama is playing America for a bunck of fools!!

    October 5, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. fabian

    Shame on you Mccain. Ask of you Palin, you are just a little girl just used as a an idiot who is sent to say what ever you are ask to.
    You know what, this kind of politics works only in Africa where there is no Facts to prove who is right or wrong the people are afriad to choose because of pooverty. But oncemore you have proved that seeing Russia from your Window is enough foreign policy.
    You will loose the election from all point of views. shame

    October 5, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Disclaimer

    Palin is a stinking lier just like her sugar daddy McCain. We can be quite certain this under educated, unqualified bimbo who insults all women of any intellect, probably never even heard of the Chicago underground before McCain's campaign thugs told her to say that.

    October 5, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Sarah Smith

    p.s.

    Since Geo Bush saved AIG

    maybe McCain

    DOES STILL have INSURANCE!!!

    (to cover mutilation by his moronic Victoria Secrets pit bull.)

    thank goodness for Republican socialist nationalization!

    October 5, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Roxanne

    Doesn't feel good to be used does it Sarah? Shows what a puppet you are. While McCain's studying for the next debate in a multi-million dollar ranch is AZ, you're out spreading the lies.

    Doesn't feel good to be used, does it Sarah??

    October 5, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. JB

    You have got to be kidding me!!!! What exactly is false CNN?

    Is it that Ayers is a terrorist? Is it Obama's ADMITTED relationship with him is false? Obama misspoke, and CNN has determined everything is. . . .FALSE.

    They guy is a terrorist,and, Obama had a political relationship with him. Obama may have been a kid when the acts occurred, but, wouldn't you think that Obama should have researched who he was doing business with?

    Nope, just all FALSE. CNN has determined that anything that comes from anyone other than the messiah is FALSE.

    I come here now to laugh at your pandering to the MYSPACERS.

    October 5, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Robin

    As an African-American, I have one question to Sarah Palin, what about the domestic terrorist who have literally carried out bombings that killed innocent people (4 little girls killed in Alabama) and the Bush family who had a relationship with Osama Bin Laden family before 911. WOW!!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. chuck warren

    yep Todd Palin is a separatist and wants to have alaska removed from the united states.good deal. the USA is just a nation of whinners anyway.so who cares. lets elect McCain and Plain and really give these whinners the screwing we think they deserve? SOUND GOOD VOTE McCAIN/PLAIN AND watch the country burn up. Now here comes Johnny!

    October 5, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Michael

    I guess this means Palin is finally fair game to attacks... But then again Obama likes to take the high road and will be in the end respected more for it... Dukakis was beaten by rubbish like this, but times have changed Republicans, staying in the past is not going to carry you forward into the future.

    October 5, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. welches, oregon

    And Obama keeps rising in the polls...

    Everytime McShame does one of his "erratic" moves, Obama keeps rising in the polls.

    McShame doesn't have much left – now has to resort to old vetted lies and smears. I'm glad because after these lies are [again] proven false, the Old Letch'll have egg on his face once again.

    October 5, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Ruby

    Sarah, how does it feel to be a stupid-little-say-anything-do-anything puppet for McCain? Heh? Viva la Baracuda! Heh? Are you so naive to not realize you're being used to spew lies that have been debunked a long time ago? Maybe you haven't been reading the right newspapers. Oh but wait.....we really don't know WHAT newspapers you read. My bad!!!
    Let me put it another way. Are you really THAT ignorant? Better yet, are the American voters THAT ignorant? Hmmmmmmm......

    PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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