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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  1. The Truth

    That's the exact same line Bush used to get reelected in 04, by inciting fear in the hearts of voters. If Ohio falls for this garbage again then they truly deserve McCain and the continuation of the Bush policies (more economic disaster).

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Kentucky Woman

    This is a woman who was found guilty for abusing her power, and she still can draw crowds. Where are the morals of these American citizens?

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Stanley

    Sarah, you need to make it clear who you are talking about when you say "bad guy," this way, your supporters can know who to direct their anger towords – I hope Sen. Obama is not one of the bad guys!

    October 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. Gerald Sider

    Anyone who believes that the ignorance of Palin and the arrogance of McCain is a substitute for understanding deserves four more years of Bush/Cheney/Rove – and a debt burden that will destroy the lives of your children and grandchildren when the bill comes due.

    October 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Rashawn

    So instead of calling Obama's name, to get around it, she just say's "People." Even Worse!

    October 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Simmy

    McCain is a coward, POW he was years ago, poor excuse of a politician now. He's a little Chihuahua hiding behind his mistresses barking-an empty wagon making a lot of noise. I pray that Obama wins by a landslide, then we can send him, CIndy, Palin, his swiftboarders: T. Boone Pickens, Rove and company and his audience, to form the Republic of Alaska, if Alaska will have them. America the Great has no place for dividers and spoilers like them! Thank you.

    October 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. CMD

    Is she serious?????????

    I am so amazed of her ignorance.

    OBAMA/BIDEN "08"

    October 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Papasan in Arizona

    The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns is to energize the base, Right Wing Looneys! Sure they are mad, they are waking up from a long peaceful Bush slumber, to find two morons [McCain/Palin], with a disturbing megalomaniac love affair with themselves, out of touch with our Nations true issues, and engaging in a revolting Smear and Fear campaign! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    The McCain inept solution is an Ignorant Slang Talking Power Hungry Junk Yard Dog [Palin] scampering around the Nation drumming up Racist Bigotry. The obvious erratic incompetence of the McCain/Palin campaign should provide evidence enough that they are unfit for any public office. Americans face the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, this is your idea of Change/Solutions/Ansewrs! John McCain / Sarah Palin have no idea what Americans trying to survive face. 401K plans gutted, Unemployment, Foreclosures, and the Global Economy in disarray...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace. Clearly proving they are not up to the complex task of keeping the Nation together in hard times.

    P.S. McCain, please do not come back here to Arizona.

    October 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. lawyerlady

    Sarah Palin is a disgrace. I am glad she will never set her foot in northern California. Fear and hatred and isolationism. Quite a campaign they are running.

    October 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. values


    October 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Kentucky Woman

    Sarah Palin, you're one of the bad guys. You were just found guilty for abusing your power. An elected official should never abuse HER power for personal revenge. That's all we need in the white house. Wake up, people. She is the bad gal!

    October 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. BamaFan

    McCain + Palin = McPain. Palin is dumber than a box of rocks. McCain did not put 'country first' by making this religious right-oriented pick. By playing to the pathetic, foolish and ignorant religious right McCain proved he should not be President. Roll Tide!

    October 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Aaron

    The fear-mongering that the republican ticket has to do to stay afloat is becoming disgusting. One would hope you could at least attempt to lead with dignity. However, it would not seem so.

    October 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. BT

    As Ashland, Ohio is dying I see a woman who believes the distortions of Palin. What this woman does not seem to understand is that since she lost her job she will more than likely be relying on Medicaid for her grandchild. McCain wants to cut 1.3 million dollars from medicare. Go ahead and vote for McCain, lady, you are screwed!
    If you care about your kids and grandkids VOTE OBAMA!
    He is the "good" guy – not the Republican jokers that don't care about you!

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

    This is truly becoming scary and ridiculous. We go from Palin telling crowds that Obama "pals around" with terrorists, to her telling crowds that anyone who befriends terrorists is the "bad guy". Hmmm...so what point is she trying to make? This is getting out of hand and, in my opinion, is only inciting violence against Obama. Come on McCain, if you truly respect Obama and want a respectful campaign, stop this woman!!

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

    There she goes again inciting the crowds with hatred. This lady is ridiculous.

    Will the REAL bad guy please stand up!

    IT'S SARA PALIN misusing her power. That's what I call terrifying.

    October 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Tiff in OK

    WOW. She just doesn't stop does she? The "bad guys"? Her team is the bad guys. They know dang well this country is in the hole and they can't do anything about it. They aren't thinking of the people. They just don't want a Democrat in the white house. I'm sorry, but the people I know aren't Joe-six-packs, or hockey moms. Kind of hard to be a hockey mom when you can't afford the costs that go along with it. It's ridiculous and the fact that she can be so fake makes me even wonder how people are still showing up to the rallies. Talk about drinking the Koolaid!!

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Northwest Washington

    Terrorist, Terrorist, Terrorist. I saw this movie in 2004 and 2006. The Republicans were in charge over a year when we got hit on 9/11 and have got us into two wars. Now John McCain is licking his chops to get us into another war with Iran while our country is going down the financial tube.

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Jane White

    This is still hateful rhetoric. Palin can wash her hands of saying that she was referring to Obama directly – but her audience knows that's what she was inferring. She should be held responsible and accountable for her fear-mongering...

    "Bad guys?" What is this? a spaghetti western?

    I've never seen anyone say absolutely NOTHING and still get cheered, as Sarah Palin has done. She's as vague and empty as they come. About those "bad guys" who don't understand our freedoms and liberties and "EQUAL RIGHTS." Is she referring to equal pay for equal work, which has still not been achieved in our country? Is she referring to the rights of gay couples to adopt children who need a loving home, which her opponent opposes? THOSE equal rights?

    I think "bad guys" should include Palin's own husband Todd, who belonged for several years to the Alaskan Independence Party – a party whose charter includes voting to SECEDE from the U.S.! Country First? Take a look at this dangerous woman........She's BAD for the country, and I have no respect for her hate speeches. She's inciting anger and rage – and the country will be more polarized than ever if she gets her way!

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    The same old speech of good guys versus bad guys. This is not a western movie it is a serious election.

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Duncan

    OK, McCain needs to step in and put a stop to this. Palin's 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. Sarah Palin is purposefully stoking the fires of hatred against a man who very well might be President in January.

    If the crowds' responses are any indication, Palin is getting exactly the reaction she wanted. Now, instead of just disagreeing with Obama and thinking McCain would make a better President, many McCain supporters are convinced that Obama is anti-American, is in league with terrorists, and is part of some terrible and secret conspiracy to overthrow the government.

    Every time Palin makes comments like these and McCain stands back and lets it happen (or worse, takes part in it himself), he is participating in something so dangerous and vile that it shocks even the most hardened and cynical political observers. What will John McCain 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 of intolerance and hate to continue?

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. william

    when is the media going to demand that this woman do a press conference? this is crazy she needs to talk to the real press not fox.

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Mom in PA

    So now Obama is a bad guy?!? These statement are why John Lewis said yesterday that the McCain ticket is PLAYING WITH FIRE!!!! Palin is knowingly stirring up fear in people and it really scares me. Our country is scared right now due to the economy and to try to divert people's fears and place them on Obama is dangerous, not only to him but to all of us who want to move forward in our Nation and not return to the turbulance of the 1960's.

    It is time for McCain to not only tell his supports at rallies to be more respectful – IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO TELL PALIN TO BE RESPECTFUL!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Marilyn

    Sarah Palin in a hate monger & a fear monger.

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. James Bailey

    Did she draw any lines between the smart guys and the dumb guys? It's pretty easy to see which side she's on there.

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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