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)
  1. Wleng

    Palin you and McCain are the Bush Administration and no matter how much you say you will bring change, you won't. McCain is qualified but you sure in the hell are not. There you go using fear tactics of terrorists to get elected. You have got to quit lying to the American people. If you can't get elected on fact and the issues, then you have no right running for VP.

    FEAR, FEAR, FEAR that's all you know how to spread. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Rodger

    Sarah Palin is a hate monger...besides being the most ignorant person ever picked to run for VP. Not her fault, she is who she is, IT JUST IS A REFLECTION AS TO JOHN MACCAIN'S JUDGEMENT!!!
    It is a fact that John McCain pushed for the deregulations that brought us to this point, it's also a fact he want's to continue the same Bush policies...whould somebody tell Sarah, or is she just too dumb to get it?

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Ann Y

    This power-mad and inarticulate woman is making the US a laughingstock. As one who abuses her power, she is a "bad guy." America cannot risk having these two garner more power, particularly after Bush expanded those powers.

    Just say "Thanks, but no thanks" to McCain/Palin.

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. American Citizen

    America, please continue to use your judgment. Sarah Palin is just trying to call Barack Obama a terrorist. Don't listen to her. Send her back to Alaska where she belongs. Put Barack in the White House where he belongs.

    Barack is what America needs. Not McPalin.

    Concerned Citizen

    Barack the Vote 2008

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. Ed

    Spare me......We don't need moral advice from someone who's been found guilty of ethics violations and abuse of power.
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Another Republican for Obama (this year)

    She sounds like a bumbling bumpkin idiot with no experience.

    Maybe that's because she's a bumbling bumpkin idiot with no experience.

    Does anyone even listen to her anymore?

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Indy

    Can't wait for the election to end so she can go back to her obscurity in the long Alaskan winters and save us from her ridiculous babel.

    October 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Retired Military Wife

    You, Sarah Palin, are a threat to what is good in America. I have lost all respect for John McCain and the campaign he is running. Shame on you. Your legacy will always be win at all costs. By picking Palin as your V.P. and the hatred you are spreading sickens me. Yesterday, a lady dressed in the Statue of Liberty costume was standing on the corner of our town in Alabama holding up hate filled signs calling my choice for president Osama Hussein, and other comments I shall not repeat. I am truely saddened by the tactics you are allowing to happen. This, my friend, will be your legacy.

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Angie, Arizona

    What a hateful half-wit. She is Cruella DeVille. I hope they impeach and imprison her beauty queen self.

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. She is not getting it

    She doesn't even comprehend what she is saying to the American people here. It is sad day in America!

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Blake

    "Liberty, freedom, equal rights." Apparently that doesn't include the "freedom to choose."

    And I have to wonder how she feels about the right to freedom from illegal wire taps and baseless fear-mongering. She's clearly all for the "freedom of speech" since her's tends to just wander all over the place. "Yukon Gold" I tell you... since she's got the sentence forming ability of a potato.

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Patrick

    This story, and Sarah Palin, frightens the hell out of me. Palin's speeches are bordering on the Hitler'esque. He was good at blaming "the others" for all the world's problems as well.

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. T - Bone

    It will not work in 2008. Didn't she get the memo? She has not said anything intelligent throughout her 1mth or so on the campaigh trail.
    All she has been hailed for so far are negative rhetorics that has previously been scripted for her by republican speechwriters.

    PALIN = Nothing to offer
    PALIN = Prophet of doom , hate monger

    OBAMA & BIDEN for President 2008

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. Cindy, Kansas City

    Palin should know about "bad guys," she and her husband are two of them. "Abuse of Power by the Powerful" is the perfect description of these two. Now she wants to brag about how her executive experience includes being the manager of her son's hockey team and how she exhorts her son to make each penalty count. What, to cause serious bodily injury to another player? Sounds like bad guys to me but also very very small in her world view and certainly inadequate as a mother.

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Miguel

    . . . .Her crowd is thinning out I see.

    October 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. devon

    Here we go again... first it was the McCain is the "conservative, experienced" ticket, then the polls showed him behind and so he gave up the experienced part of his plan and picked Palin as his running mate and picked up the "we are better at change than Obama is" ticket, then the polls still dropped and we then had the Obama hangs out with Terrorists and we are the Mavericks" ticket, and now we have the "we know who the terrorists are and they don't" ticket... Will the real McCain/Palin ticket please stand up?

    I don't want to vote for someone that feels they have to re-invent themselves to win... I want vote for the person who's message has won enough votes to win... McCain and Palin... do what is right for the country and tell us what you will stand for and tell us what you will do to change this economy around instead of these ignorant attacks that mean nothing... I still have no idea what you will change when you get into office and what you will do the same.

    October 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. What did she say?

    What a silly little girl. Rick Davis give her his talking points and she's so stupid she'll go out and just repeat anything.

    October 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Duncan

    OK, McCain needs to step in and put a stop to this. Her remarks are irresponsible and dangerous. It is understandable that she and McCain want to win the election, but it is also pretty clear by now that there is at least a 50% chance that Obama will be elected. Palin is purposefully stoking the fires of hatred against a man who very well might be President in January.

    If the crowds who respond to Palin's speeches are any indication, she is getting exactly the reaction she was looking for: now, instead of just disagreeing with Obama and thinking McCain would make a better President, she many have now been convinced that he's anti-American, in league with terrorists, and part of some terrible and secret conspiracy to take over the government.

    Every time Paling makes comments like these and McCain stands back and lets it happen (or does it himself), he is participating in something so dangerous and vile that it shocks even the most hardened and cynical political observers. What will they say if one of these hate-induced nut-jobs crosses the line and commits an act of violence against an Obama staffer? Worse yet, what if they hurt Obama himself? What excuse will McCain have for allowing this tone or intolerance and hate continue?

    October 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Sue, NY

    She is a very divisive character....I don't think we need this right now.
    Time for Obama/Biden.

    October 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Samantha

    It's great that she wants to have a government of the people, by the people, for the people. But by that she means that the government will abuse ethics laws, hide emails that should be in the public record, and use doublethink to say one thing one day, then another thing the next and claim that's what they were saying all along.

    Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia. Right?

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  21. Shelley

    What a sad, sad example of narcissism; one that justifies the spreading of lies, inuendo, and fear as a means of self-promotion.

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. JulesT

    What is Palin, a person, who has no clue, thinking; that people are actually that gullible to buy into her claims that she is a good choice. Think about it, the probability of her actually having to act as president is 30%, which are some pretty good odds; now that is scary. She is not only unprepared, but unethical; our country would be decimated.

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. republicans hate america

    she is a Christian extremist that wants to perpetuate the rapture. That puts her on the evil side of the line.

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. anne

    Someone please make her stop!!! She's horrible!

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. OBAMA/BIDEN'08


    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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