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. re

    This women is dangerous.
    Cheney in a dress.

    I am sorry I don't mean to insult Cheney. She is much worse because of her incompetence in world affairs.

    Obama 08

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Juan Grain

    Palin needs to be straight with the people. The "Bad guys" are also those that abuse Executive power and betray public trust (Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.) Otherwise known as Alaska Law. She's no Maverick just B.S. and unable to handle the simplest of power.

    October 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Francheska Georgia

    More of this Cowboys and Indians stuff huh? LOL!! Good guys and Bad guys, Us versus Them... she sounds more and more like George Bush everyday.

    October 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Bill

    Palin says: "There’s anger about the insider dealing of lobbyists" Is she referring to the multitude of lobbyists that make up the McCain/Palin campaign staff or others?

    The hypocrisy is as astounding, as the media's refusal to call them on it.

    October 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Dr. S. Strathdee

    Give me a break Gov. Palin. All you see is black and white in this world, and your simplistic view of foreign policy and terrorism is an insult to all Americans. If you make it to the White House, we should all duck and cover. You have one polished fingernai hovering over the button, and we can't afford to let you get any closer.

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

    Sarah is inciting her audience with her lines and this is racial approach. She is doing anything to get the votes. Lol.. Hope nothing happen to Obama.

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

    Such a liar.I hope people saw Hillary Clinton today on C-SPAN now that is a great woman that care about the american people not someone that use lies and hold rallies with hate baiting.Palin is pathedic.She was booed at the Philadephia Flyers game this weekend because people are sick of these cruel attacks towards Obama and heard Friday how she abused her power to get a hard working man fired from his job.I can only hope that americans will see this finacial crisis we are in and know which is more important the economy or no factual reason to beleive that Obama is a terriost,or pals with Ayers as they would want you to beleive.You americans are smarter than this.Look at what they are doing to you and trust me once they are in the white house it will be the same as the last eight years.Why do you think Palin or McCain have not mention Bush's name? because they are trying to distract you it's as simple as that and if you don't beleive me and go ahead and vote for them and if they get elected it will be a vote you'll regret for the next 4 years

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

    On msnbc she actually said at this rally that McCain would stop government "abuse of power". Does that mean he's kicking her off the ticket. Talking about terrorists give me a break it's the economy stupid.

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

    She's such a farce. Go back to Alaska, Palin.

    October 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. johnrj08

    Palin knows who the bad guys are. After all, she can see them from her front porch. This is yet another gob of mud she's throwing at Barack Obama, implying that, unlike her, he fraternizes with America's enemies and is probably an enemy himself. Forget the fact that her husband is the only one who's been on the stage during this campaign who has said he hates the American government and wants his state to secede from the Union. Based on the recent report out of Alaska which stated she was guilty of abuse of power, Todd Palin has been the de facto governor of Alaska for the last two years. Oh yeah. Let's all rush to the polls and vote those two into the White House. Sheesh.

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

    Before voting for McCain,the voters will surely ask themselves if they honestly view Gov. Palin ready to take on the role of President should something unforeseen prevent McCain from doing so. This woman is nowhere near ready for the role of V.P. much less the Presidency. Voters must make a responsible decision!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. NJVote08

    Why is it that only McCain and Palin are the only ones who know who the bad guys are, and they are the only ones who really know how to fix whatever the problems are in this country?

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

    This has to be a joke.

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

    This woman is incredibly dangerous! She just doesn't get it that her rhetoric is so inciteful......and she calls herself someone who loves America. for a ticket that wants to say they can work together with everyone, they are incredibly, incredibly divisive.

    October 12, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. G. Cobb

    Palin is a joke!

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

    Palin is pandering to the comic book reader in all of us. Ohio and the midwest has heard the demagogues before: Bush, Cheney, Rove, Pat Buchanen and still the factories closed and the small farms were largely destroyed.

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

    The good guys certainly don't abuse their position to pursue personal vendettas.

    October 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    She is dangerous and divisive. It is sad that we allow her to promote this type of hatred, especially against an American citizen....She should be ashamed of herself.

    October 12, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. David in CA

    Washington Elite, hmm? You mean George Bush and John McCain, Sarah?

    October 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Pat from Canada

    McCain is a good guy that seems to have lost his way but I am not so sure Palin is a 'good guy'. Anyone found to have abused power is not a good guy. Look at how she has conducted herself: she has not evern attempted to quiet the crowd when they scream hateful speech at her rally. (That is abuse of power at its heights.) That is not a good guy characteristics. Obama will win because she is running McCain's message theme. She brings up these issues then McCain gets caught explaining diverting attention away from where he should be focused. Meanwhile, Obama just takes the high road and ignores McCain/Palin's lies and so, this tactic has not derailed Obama the least bit. So, that is why she is another reason she is the 'bad guy' here. I am a woman and this is not the way you support your mate.

    October 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. Candice in Texas

    I'm soo sick of Palin! I wish she'd just shut up already! Her five minutes of fame are over and now it's just a sick joke! She's a terrible, divisive, unqualified, ignorant VP. Please send her back to Alaska by voting Obama/Biden in November!! I would never want America's first female VP to be anything like Palin.

    October 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. Dana from NY

    Palin=Biggoted Fear Monger!

    Vote Obama/Biden for Unity and Change for ALL Americans

    October 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. Marylou

    I have a lot of anger...anger at the Republicans and their non-issue propaganda. McCain actually called John Lewis on his comments...which were right on target. Palin is not a reformer..she is an antagonist. Much like the terrorists that she speaks of..she could incite a war all by herself.

    October 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. Very Concern Voter

    Is Gov. Palin still on this terrorist kick?

    October 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. Andrea E-Atlanta

    Go home you liar! The American people have had it with all of the lies and the rhetoric. Who are the bad guys? You, McBush and all of your cronies. You all lied about 9/11, you lied about the WMD's and you are lying now. We are sick of the lies. Whatever happened to the Straight Talk Express? I guess straight talk doesn't necessarily mean truth talk. I know third graders who can formulate better sentences than Sarah Fallin.

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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