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. Jess

    Sarah Palin is right. Elect John McCain. He knows right from wrong, good from evil, and has no terrorist pals. Obama cannot say the same.

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. James Gunn

    Hmmm... yes, a Republican campaign that has no legitimate way to win on the issues decides instead to pander to fear, hatred and nationalism. Wow! What a change from "W."

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Preston

    Vicious, malicious, divisive, hateful woman. President-in-waiting? God forbid.

    Please, America. Don't be stupid for a third time in a row.

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    PALIN SAT DOWN ONE TIME WITH LEADERS OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND THEN CAME OUT WITH A DANGEROUS LIE REGARDING OBAMA AND IRAQ'S LEADER. GOD PLEASE SAVE ISRAEL FROM THIS WOMAN BECAUSE HER MOUTH WILL DESTROY ISRAEL.

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Rodger

    Sarah Palin, You are one of the bad guys!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. nick denunzio

    They're getting desperate. All the negative campaigning is finally catching up. People are sick of all the hate and that is what the Republican ticket represents. It is time for Change!!!! Obama and Biden know that no matter what is said about them they are Patriotic Americans, and so are John McCain and Sarah Palin, but we're sick of all the hatred. It astonishes me that anyone who is not a millionare would vote for the GOP. The school lunch program, head start, social security, the civil rights movement, these are the ideals of the Democratic Party. I want a leader who will fight for people not for companies, big oil, wall street, defense contractors those are the ideals of today's Republican Party. Teddy Rosevelt and Abe Lincoln would be shocked, and Regan might be too. Go vote, and do it for Barrack!

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. George

    Where have all the people gone? Aside from a few scholars(wink, wink)
    looks like Palin is failing to get humans to hate other humans.

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Angry Citizen

    OMG get a new talking point Bush in lipstick.

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. John G

    “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?”

    Given the vitriolic speech over the past week, this sure sounds like Palin is saying Obama=Bad Guy. The USA will weigh & measure the GOP ticket on November 4th, and find them unwanted. As a middle-aged white male, I find the racist, hate-filled speech from the McCain-Palin ticket to be disgusting. Thankfully, it seems that their words are only landing on the ears of the base, and that the independents and moderate GOP are beginning to say, loud and clear, that this is not the type of nation we want.

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Mia and Mike

    Unbelievable.... This woman is just unbelievably vile. I's beyond me what has become of the McCain campaign.

    Mia

    October 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Linda, Chandler AZ

    I'm beginning to think that this woman is evil incarnate.

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

    Low down dirty politic, Divisiveness, fear tatics.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. senja

    Ms. Palin is like a horrible stain on USA.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Jerome

    Republician fear tactics. I would be suprised if the majority of people fall for this ploy. The issues are the economy and healthcare stupid.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Mary

    The more I listen to her to more I like her. I think I might just vote McCain/Palin. I really believe that she and McCain are truthful and will do everything they can for the people. With Barack Obama I feel that he is always preaching at me. It doesn't sound sincere.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. GeorgiaPeachforObama

    Am I the only one terrified of this woman? She preaches fear and hate and I've had enough of that the last eight years.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. Bruce

    I am very afaid of Gov. Palin. She cannot see that she abused her office.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Sara

    OMG please send this woman back to Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!
    please post this, you never do

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. G.O.

    We all should be very, very concerned about this type of speech and what we have been hearing from Sarah Palin over the past several weeks. This is the essence of fascism and reflects how the national socialists ("nazis") came to power in Germany in the 1930's. It is an appeal to fear; it blames whatever may trouble the listener on unnamed or suggested enemies, i.e. the scapegoat.

    Remember, one of Palin's first efforts as mayor of Wasilla was to inquire about how to ban books from the public library. She has shown that she has no appreciation for the richness of our pluralistic society and will appeal to the basest of fears in order to advance her agenda. John McCain showed us that he was unfit to be president when he selected her as his VP choice.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 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' on so many levels she is the bad guy here. 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 that she is the 'bad guy' here. I am a woman and this is not the way you support your mate.

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

    hmm! Dressed in black with a bunch of pumpkins around..... were is her broom? What I cannot understand about Sara is that she claims to be a Christian but she campaigns by spreading fear. The bible says that the Lord doesn't give you a spirit of fear. So ........ any way. I have faith that the majority of Americans will get a whiff of this and vote for someone who will address the most important issues like the economy and health care.

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Sheri Caroll

    I am appalled that Palin gets away with so much. The media has been very prejudice in the coverage of this election. Here we have someone like Palin that is not interviewed except by 3 journalists that were approved by the GOP. she has a teen pregnancy in her family, There are questions about her "born again faith" as being radical, she is not well educated and has no foreign policy experience, she incites anger and hate at the rallys and she lies continuously about Obama. and she was found guilty of abusing her powers of gov. of Alaska. I have watched this election on all the channels. It is shameful that Barack Obama has had to say and do more to defend himself because of his race. I am ashamed of my country, that we have not moved on from racisim and bigotry

    October 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Don

    Here we go again. Obama is the bad guy. Lets forget that I have been found to have abused my authority, violated the public trust, and am not capable of running a Disney L;and ride.

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. 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' on so many levels she is the bad guy here. 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. I have lost my respect for her as a woman.

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Susan

    Bulls–t Palin – you are from another planet. Ignorant, vicious, hateful – you are an insult to our intelligence, and an insult to all the soccer-moms, and working moms of the world.

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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