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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soundoff (660 Responses)
  1. Justin

    The claim has been debunked, how about that as a headline and not hidden off to the side.

    October 5, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. wendydk

    Obama is not a terrorist, or a terrorist sympathizer. And anyone on this blog pretending to be a "democrat voting for McCain" is full of crap.

    BUT, if you can't win fairly, then tell lies...about your opponent and about yourself.

    October 5, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Boo Hoo McCain

    It's very simple...you CAN NOT claim you are a democrat and be voting for McCain. You aren't a democrat, you're a whining Hillary supporter. This latest attack is discusting, but the "base" will be cheering it on, that's all they have left, lies and deception. But it's ok repubs, you feel it deep down, you KNOW you're going to lose. So talk your talk, if it makes you feel better.

    October 5, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Truth Squad

    Plain needs to focus on trooper gate and the affair she had with her husbands business partner, not about anything else. I din't know McCain was a pimp, but he sure has Palin on the street.

    October 5, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Kit Wilson

    How 'bout Barbie's membership in the Alaska group that hates America?
    Her "first dude" was a card carrying member of that organization that demanded breaking away from the country. The more Barbie goes negative for McGrampa, the more dirt is going to come flying back into her tatooted lipstick face.

    October 5, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Sam

    Obama sat down with Ayres and had to know about his past or Obama is just plain stupid to think it didn't matter. Whatever it takes to get power.........

    Call it a lie, call it what ever you want, but it is fact. He stayed in a church that IS racist, was a lawyer for ACORN who commits voter fraud, buddies with REZKO the felon whil;e steering public money to this crook and still nobody can explain what qualifies him for President.

    Who is Obama? What has he accomplished? Where was he as the economic crisis was building, why did Fannie give him the second most campaign funding while he was the least (less than 3 years) in Congress? Don't anyone ask question or are they just sheep being lead?

    Pathic...................

    October 5, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Pee for Poultice

    So...if you're espousing false information, doesn't that make you a LIAR? I thought Christians are not supposed to lie...so much for Christian conservative values – but then, we're not to fornicate either...right!

    October 5, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Freddie Jo

    Hello Ms. Perfect Palin, You got impregnated outside of wedlock and eloped with a guy without a college degree. Yet you are Ms. morality.Your first dude husband did not register to vote until he was 25years old. Yet he loves America. Your first dude husband belonged to a group that advocates sesesion of Alaska from the United States and you have sent "goodwill" messages to that same group as Mayor and Governor yet you are Ms Love America. You built a road to connect the bridge to nowhere and actually supported the bridge yet you had the temerity to claim you told Congress "thanks but no thanks." You lie and lie and lie. Guess what. Americans are smarter than you, a half baked colllege graduate that moved from one little community college to another just to get one degree and your uneducated first dude. They know a fake when they see one. You may spew all your lies but you will only end up being impeached as Governor after you and your senile McSame lose this election. You, Ms. Perfect Palin are a lie, a fake, and a fraud. God bless America.

    October 5, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. dennisec

    Time to release an add on her priest's comments.

    October 5, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Heath

    Toss the kitchen sink Palin make Obama Proud. Can you find something other than a lie. WHOOP!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING.

    October 5, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Bernie

    McCain Was one of the KEATING 5 !! Google it!

    October 5, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Arden

    I believe most of us knew that the McCain camp would bring this subject up, their getting desperate. However, don't just stand there and do nothing. Hit Palin on the invetigation of her abusing her power, what are they hiding, she is allowed to ignore subpeonas like Karl Rove. Fight Back. Remember, for two years you have been going through an entire vetting process, John McCain has been able to protect Palin because he is being protected by his attachment to George Bush. Believe me, she isn't some innocent hockey mom. George Bush, John McCain, and Sarah Palin are all connected by a chord that can't be seperated. They are all in one. What do we call this: "A Triniity". (I left off blessed) One more thing, expect Sean Hannity and all of Fox News to join together to bring Barack down. Some day they will get their just reward.

    October 5, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Dave

    To all of you ignorant people that just love Sarah Palin: I wish you would all move up to Alaska and stay there.....there's plenty of room fer ya don't cha know. I'm sure there's lots of fellow creationists up there that would be move than willing to take you under their wing.

    October 5, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Vote4Obama

    As Americans we are so past the issues that so many want to bring to the surface... We understand character and Obama luminates the Character this country needs during these troubled and complicated times....

    McCain and his wife has his own history and so does Sarah Palin and her husband and they need to be careful because their relationships with organizations and other people I'm sure is filled with skelations they would not want to share with America!

    Sarah Palin could see a very hard week because here in Alaska her Trooper Gate involvement is coming to head and she may have just hurt the McCain campaign more then they realize!

    October 5, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Dadedi

    If you want Palin to be your Vice President, get ready for a war with Russia. If Al Queda kicks our butt so easily, think about what Russia might do.

    October 5, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. dana in north carolina

    check paul begala's comments from meet the press today on McCain's REAL terrorist, racist, and anti-semitic ties.

    October 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. KJL

    Palin would tell lies about her grandmother if she thought it would advance her political career.

    October 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. David Pearson

    It is so really pathetically sad that the Republicans find themselves unable to focus on solutions.

    Winning by making the opponents loose – by any means – is one of the principal strategies that have given us such drastically terrible results in Iraq and with our economy.

    The time has come for all to discuss principles based on facts and sincerely held beliefs.

    If we can not do that, then we are all lost.

    The media has the responsibility to insist on this.

    October 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Connie

    This crap coming from a sitting Gov. who refuses to cooperate with an investigation, a husband and staff that are refusing to honor a subpoena.
    Joe Biden said that Cheney was the worst vice president we have ever had, if America does not wake up I believe she could replace him for that honor. Please Indiana vote OBAMA/BIDEN please don't make us look stupid again. Connie from Indiana

    October 5, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Robin

    CNN, Sarah Palin's comments exemplifies how irresponsible she is. Right now, I'm extremely upset. Do you know how offensive McCain/Palin are being? African-Americans suffered behind the hands of Domestic terrorists and I cannot believe that she can even be serious about her comment. This is not a joke. She needs to go back to Alaska, I have never felt so insulted. I'M SO TIRED OF THEIR BLATANT LIES!!! McCain did not even want to allow Dr. King's birthday a national holiday after it became a federal holiday. They are going to divide the country and right now, that is not what we need.

    October 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Just what we need in an economic mess

    First she has constipation of the brain and can't complete a coherent sentence ( talking in tongues ? ), and then, she's fed scripted McRovian mumbo jumbo ( watch her reading from script in the debate ) and is afflicted with diarrhea of the mouth.

    October 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. ML - California

    Obama and McCain have very little time left before the election. They better get it together and be affirmative on what they plan to do or not do on ALL ISSUES IN ADDITION TO THE ECONOMY!
    So far, neither have my vote!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Jill-IN

    I can't wait 'til Swiftboat Sarah heads back to Alaska.

    October 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. v.ananthan

    earlier:
    OBAMA supporters called the Clintons racists....

    now:
    Palin is calling Obama as friend of a terrorist...

    BOTH ARE NOT TRUE....

    October 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Weepy

    Why would America REWARD a man just because he is smooth talking and BLACK ?

    October 5, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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