October 12th, 2008
08:21 PM ET
10 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)

    i must admit one thing that Sarah has done since being named the republican vice presidential candidate,she has surely energized the democratic base.although she and John said that they would respect senator Obama,they are now indirectly still charging Obama as palling with,sympathizing with terrorist.

    Sarah needs to get her priorities straight and realize that she might be damaging her political career.time after time,her charges against senator Obama has been proven to be false statements.she needs to realise that Americans will no longer be influenced or swayed by negative smears,lies,distortions......................wise up Americans....today i heard the greatest admonition ever delivered on the campaign trail.............Joe Biden asked us American to GET UP.....GET UP............GET UP

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. middle child

    I'm so impressed with Sarah Palin. In the space of a few short weeks she has gone from virtually unknown nationally, to the most divisive figure in the Nation. What a creep.

    October 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Michelle

    the bad guy is Sarah Palin. she is devisive, racist, negative and will do no good for this country. Why is it that people are thinking because she is a woman, a white woman, that she is automatically qualified?

    African americans do not support people simply because they are African americans – why do white women support another white woman just because she is a white woman?

    Why are white men doing the same thing? Stop voting race or party – vote for Obama because in your hearts you know he is RIGHT.

    October 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. supporter

    She is DANGEROUS! Palin is connected to a HATE Group in Alaska her husband was a member and she spoke at their meetings and showed continued support untill last summer.

    AIP is a HATE Group. She has sshown that she will not hessatate to abuse the power of her office to strike out against anhyone she does notlike.


    October 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Liam

    I cannot vote for someone who spreads hatred such as these two.

    October 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Ab-Corpus Christi, TX

    Ohio people are smart enough as not to be fooled by a shallow ex-beauty queen from Alaska!!
    Vote for Obama...And ya'll in good hand !!!

    October 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Uhmmm

    Scary stuff.

    October 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Dealt, Portugal

    There are plenty of people who don't like America. Palin's America: radical America, bullyish America, America the pitbull, America the barracuda. Should Europe expect to be bombed by a McCain/ Palin administration?

    America is a great country. But some times its potential has not been fulfilled. Saying that people who don't embrace America's ideals, as they've been put in practice some times, are terrorists is plain dumb.

    That's why the world, be it Muslim, Hindu or Christian or whetever else, seems to be praying for Obama.

    October 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. sandy

    Hey Palin....It's not John McCain we have the real problem with it is you we don't want in the White House.

    October 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. Purple Alaska

    Note to the McCane camp:

    That Hockeymom thingy isn't playing very well here in the city of Brotherly love…nor do I think that "Abuse of Power" thingy is playing well in…as there was a the anti-Palin rally that was held on the steps of the Alaska State Capital in Juneau yesterday!

    WWJD? He would tell Americans the truth. "Let there be light…"

    We just cannot take a 10% chance.

    October 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. Ragman

    This really is getting ugly. The audience clearly knows who they are to think of when Palin talks about the bad guys who support terrorists–you know, the Democratic candidate whom Palin has repeatedly accused of "palling around with terrorists." It is time for right-thinking Republicans to speak out forcefully against this kind of incitement and rabble-rousing.

    October 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. mavisdarling

    Wow, Palin. You have a lot of nerve talking about bad vs. good when you just lied through your teeth in every interview you gave today.

    You keep saying that the report out of Alaska cleared you of any ethical wrongdoing, when it OBVIOUSLY, in black and white, says otherwise.

    Why lie? All you do is lie. ONE BIG LIE AFTER ANOTHER.

    ONLY BAD GUYS LIE, SARAH. SO that makes YOU a bad guy, hon.

    October 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Now decided

    She needs help! Seriously. This is getting kind of ridiculous!

    October 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. S. Boatman

    Ohio Is Going Blue. . . Sorry Palin!

    October 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. James

    It is this simplistic good vs bad thinking that got us into our national and foreign affairs quagmires that we are in. We need an administration that can comprehend the complexities of our national and international affairs as well as be willing to work with our so called "enemies."

    October 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. Beverlee (WI)

    She just won't stop! We all know who she thinks the bad guy is. OK????

    October 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Angie

    McCain / Palin 2008!!!!! If you believe in what America stands for, vote McCain / Palin 2008!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. Holly from Minnesota

    Hmm, arrogance like abusing one's power as governor?

    October 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. Dalton

    I do not know about you but the very thought of someone so shallow and ill informed and out-of-touch with the American people, to be in a race for VP of the United States, scares the stuffing out of me!

    October 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. Dawn

    Except this woman doesn't stand for or have any clue about "Liberty. Freedom. Equal rights."

    October 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. Sam

    This woman never stops. She continues to prove her bigotry through stupid comments like these. Again, she is implying that Barack Obama is a terrorist and a terrorist sympathizer. With the lack of intelligence of her followers, that won't end up being good. As someone who will be in attendance at Obama's inauguration, I don't want to put my life at risk because one of the Palin sheep's attacks. If a Palin supporter does attack Obama or an Obama supporter, she should be held responsible and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    For Pink Floyd fans, McCain and Palin sound a lot like Pink in the Wall when he becomes a neo-Nazi and causes riots in Britain. This is eerily similar to that disturbing sequence. I'm not scared of Obama's presidency. I'm scared of the backlash from the fascist following of John "George Wallace" McCain and Sarah "Eva Braun" Palin.

    October 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Lorraine

    Palin's reallly pandering to the reptilian level now, but that's just her speed. What a disgrace. She can only rally her base into hating and being so scared of Obama that they vote Republican out of fear. Hopefully this fails miserably in November.

    October 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Adam, Plano, TX

    Palin using the "fear" card.

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. emkay

    this in one more attempt by McCain/Palin to divide the country. This strategy to win the white house is too dangerous for America as well the word. They have lost my respect

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Obama is a "goodie" McCain a "baddie"

    Sarah Palin has the vocabulary of a five year old.. she should check who is running her and Grandpa John's campaign..a whole swack of lobbyists.. she isn't even relevant anymore.. I laughed so hard at her being booed at the Phillies hockey game last night..there Sarah how does that feel to you.. John McCain will turn peoples anger into hate.. he won't make it back to Washington.

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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