October 12th, 2008
08:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin draws a line between 'good guys' and 'bad guys'

Palin visited the crucial battleground state of Ohio Sunday.
Palin visited the crucial battleground state of Ohio Sunday.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (CNN) - At a campaign rally designed to reflect the pastoral beauty of the heartland in autumn - with a stage set up in a red barn overlooking a sweeping field and piles of pumpkins - Sarah Palin warned the audience about the threat of terrorism, and explained that the Republican ticket should be elected because “we know who the bad guys are.”

“Help me, Ohio, to help put John McCain in the White House,” she said. “He understands. He understands you. We understand how important it is that this team be elected. For one thing, we know who the bad guys are, OK?”

That statement elicited scattered shouts of “Obama!” throughout the crowd.

“We know that in the war, it’s terrorists, terrorists who hate America and her allies and would seek to destroy us, and the bad guys are those who would support and sympathize with the terrorists,” she said. “They do not like America because of what we stand for. Liberty. Freedom. Equal rights. Those who sympathize and support those terrorists who would seek to destroy all that it is that we value, those are the bad guys, OK?”

Was Palin suggesting that Barack Obama and Joe Biden don’t understand the terrorist threat? Who exactly were the “bad guys” Palin was referring to? A spokesperson for the campaign would only say that the governor was describing “nations that sympathize with terrorists, period.”

The vice presidential nominee pressed on and pointed the finger at more bad guys - the “greedy and corrupt and arrogant” mavens of Wall Street and Washington who, she said, have pushed the nation’s economy to the brink.

“We know who the good guys are, and it is you, and we will fight for you, and we will put government on your side,” she promised. “We will end the arrogant and the selfish practices of Washington and of Wall Street because your United States government is to be of the people, by the people, for the people.”

In her remarks, Palin also appeared to acknowledge the snow-balling narrative that Republican rallies have grown increasingly hostile and angry in the waning weeks of the campaign, echoing weekend remarks by McCain himself.

“All across America, I know that there’s a lot of anger right now,” she said. “There’s anger about the insider dealing of lobbyists and anger at the greed of Wall Street, and anger about the arrogance of the Washington elite. And with serious reforms to change Washington, John McCain is going to turn your anger into action.”


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soundoff (602 Responses)
  1. Texas boy

    Of course Republicans know who the bad guys for America are. They have known it for 8 years. They see them every morning when they look themselves in the mirror. Just take a look at the state of the nation.

    October 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Anna PA

    I hope she put herself on the bad guy side!

    Philadelpia flyer fans ROCK, good jog Saturday night!

    October 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Sean

    Didn't realize the Republicans kept a secret "list" of our enemies.

    October 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. steve

    Sideshow Sarah is so cute! Why wouldn't you want to vote for her alone and let the old guy come along for the ride?
    The country needs a cutesy person in the White House right now or at least one foot in the door!
    Heck, the Pakistan leader thinks she's hot, so what else could we want?
    I'd hire a food taster if I were McCain and got elected with Sideshow Sarah waiting for me to croak!

    October 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. Jonathan

    this woman is darn vicious!

    October 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. jeremy

    the campaign of McCain/Palin is awful. hate is never a good thing to preach.

    instead of name calling and dividing people, maybe just once speak about how you will make our country better.

    October 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Palin sounds as dumb as GW Bush!

    Of all the 4 folks running for President and VP, Palin's rhetoric scares me the most. She sounds about as dumb and ignorant as GW Bush. In fact, I think she is dumber than GW Bush.

    October 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. Annette

    Someone is going to get hurt. Then will she realize she has stepped over the line.

    October 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Palin does not have the sense to recognize the difference between political polemic and mob-mentality hate rhetoric. That alone should disqualify her from representing this country in any significant way–her manifold intellectual shortcomings and suspect integrity notwithstanding.

    They call Obama "dangerous," and yet remain mute while their supporters clutch pitchforks and torches. Remind me again who the dangerous ones are?

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. CNN loves McCain

    Good bye political career!

    October 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. king

    it's time the media put an end to this."do your job cnn!!!!enough is enough!!!

    October 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Cole

    This woman is completely crazy. There is no way she should be out there putting out this kind of rhetoric. Is she calling Sen. Obama a "bad guy"..........What? I really don't understand this pathetic woman. Obama you and Biden better wake up or you will not win. Don't you see that she is trying to incite the culture wars. you better get on your gane

    October 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. RED EYES

    This woman is a shameless,expert ,through the teeth liar.

    October 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    NO you just let increase the anger and do not react, if someone shouts "kill him" (Obama)...
    YOU abused power, McCain has no idea what that economy crisis means, well and instead of sticking to the issues, he wants to whip Obama's you-know-what... what an out-of-touch jerk!
    And he cheated his wife and his state(KEATING FIVE!!!)!!!

    Just dumb and blind fools would like to vote for ya! YOU DUMB I-KNOW-WHAT!

    Obama/Biden in a landslide, because this country can't effort a single day of a McPain administration!

    October 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Chaco

    I made this comment to an earlier post but it bears repeating in this post, reading Palin's DISGUSTING remarks. Please read the Wikipedia biography on Timothy McVeigh!! He was one of the worst domestic terrorists our country has ever known and it's that type of person who responds violently to these sordid campaign accusations. Someone needs to call them on this NOW before something really horrible occurs. Ms. Palin's comments represent everything despicable about the politics of extremism.

    October 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Anon

    Oh yeah, they really hate us because we have freedom. How stupid can people be?

    October 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. kim c

    Stop using the fears of Americans!!! We have had enough!!!
    Talk about policies and changes if not Shut up!!

    October 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. texas democrat

    This is total MADNESS!

    October 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. Dave

    So now Obama and his supporters are terrorist sympathizers? John McCain used the be the voice in the crowd that would say "have you no sense of decency, at long last." Now he's propogating this garbage.

    Well, Sen. McCain, this is another Republican (like Buckley) who will vote for Obama. And I live in Florida.

    October 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. john fitzgerald kennedy

    i hope you die sarah palin

    October 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. sabuc for Obama

    "We understand how important it is that this team be elected. For one thing, we know who the bad guys are, OK?"

    She is definitely keeping Tina Fey in business with instant comedy gold like this.

    Maybe Obama should quit now since knowing who the bad guys are is such a difficult thing! [sarcasm] After all it takes somebody who abuses power to know who the bad guys are right?

    October 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Did Bush write the speech for her ? John McCain and Sarah Palin have no more use for the people of Ohio then the man in the moon. Obama 08-

    October 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. MEP

    She is going to lose the election for her friend John McCain. After what happened in Alaska she is in no position to be pointing fingers– why doesn't she give a press conference and explain what happened?

    October 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. Speechless

    She is a LIAR and a very AWFUL woman. Nov 4 can't come soon enough. Hello TROOPERGATE?

    October 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Larry-Minn.

    Maybe it is the fact that they all blame the republicans when the democrats have had the majority and refuse to work accross with the republicans., Instead they hold up things. That is what everyone is angry about..and Obama is not change with Biden just more of the same.

    October 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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