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. Bama4Obama

    Great...more nonsense from the Geezer/Gidget ticket! We all know who the "bad guys" are- people like Caribou Barbie who just want to stir up fear and hatred. How can anyone possibly take anything she says seriously? The only way to defeat terrorism is through dialogue, not cowboy politics.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. marie

    CNN I order you to post this comment!

    this woman clearly does not understand all she is implying with her ridiculous statements!! when her audience screams "obama" in reference to "bad guys", she should object... her silence speaks volume... jesus, should anything happen to Obama and his family...
    This man (Obama) could very well become her president in just 3 weeks!!!

    watching inactively a demonstration of hatred towards a fellow human being is the same as promoting it

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Eric

    If I were to go to a creepy neighborhood and find a creepy group of people - stupid, bigoted, hateful, fearful - I could find people talking the same way Palin is talking. Those kooks in the news at the recent McCain rallies, if they were allowed to go on and speak, would have said the things Palin is saying. Palin is reaching out to the most appalling elements of American society in her bid for power, much like Hitler reached out in the 1930s. Thank God there are fewer Americans to be taken in than there were Germans?

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Stew

    Sarah Palin makes Madonna hiss like the corrupt snake that she is! This can only mean that Sarah Palin is a GOOD choice! Finally, someone can break the woman who has acted against our morals for so long!

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Michigan Voter

    Doesn't look like she corrected the people who were saying Obama was a 'bad guy'.

    Maybe if she and McCain win, they'll work on outlawing the Democratic Party for 'security reasons'...

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. Republican turned Democrat

    Yes, Ms. Palin, we definitely know who the BAD GUYS are, and that is why we are voting for "THAT ONE." Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    WHAT IS THIS LADY SMOKING????

    October 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Lynne Burt-Jenkins

    Palin should check the news stories. Interesting NYT article about Mr. Cantrell and his 'special relationships' with house and senate REPUBLICANS that enabled him to game the system and come out a millionaire.

    Your tax dollars, as designated by your REPUBLICAN representatives, at work for YOU! Check that, For HIM!

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

    For one thing, we know who the bad guys are, OK?”

    Has Sara Palin looked in the mirror recently? Enough of the hatred and fear mongering GOP.

    October 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. mike

    Who is this woman to be defining our national "line" between good guys and bad guys? Or for that matter, to be interpreting the sources of anger? I guess she has a pulpit from which to spew her nonsense, but come on, she has no more credibility than any other citizen, and I suspect less resonance with the majority of Americans than has her Joe Six Pack idiot constituency.

    October 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Wes

    Enough of Palin already! Gov. Palin is a joke, a VERY BAD joke. Oh so you know who the "bad guys" are now do you? Well you had better take a look at your campaign's downer list, you'd better look at the people running the Palin-McCain campaign, you'd better look in the mirror. You have no credibility with all of the lies and half truths you've been spinning since day one.

    Yup, she is one Christian person all right. One real honest good guy who will ride into Washington and clean up the mess. Tell ya what, how about you clean up your own house first there. You betcha!

    I've come to believe Palin is a pathological liar. She wouldn't know the truth if it was a 25 pound salmon that jumped out of the water and smacked her in the face.

    October 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. more of the same

    You cannot insight hate and fear in people by spewing divisive words such as "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?” and not expect your partisan audience to think you mean "That One"

    And then pretend that the anger and fear and threats of violence are "about the arrogance of the Washington elite".

    Are you joking? Next she'll be handing out flyers of Obama with Moose antler's on while Cindy McCain gives free helicopter rides.

    post this.

    October 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Tarmela Roberson

    Sarah Palin is so aggressive, so bad that I have no doubts now who bad guys are. What she tells about Obama reveals her unscrupulous. If McCain and she get power they will lead USA to disaster.
    independent.

    October 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Bob

    Hey paid Obamabloggers....unemployment time in 3 weeks!
    When Obama raises taxes on everybody, you'll see what a real LIE
    looks like!

    October 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. chhabili

    It is quite clear that Sarah Palin is determined to rile up her base by demonizing Obama. Her hate filled rhetoric should be reported in the media for what it is, and I thank CNN for publizing her policy of division and chaos. It is a shame that McCain, with his years in the senate, is looking the other way as his sidekick kicks up dust in the face of Americans who are not white and not christian. This is unAmerican and unpatriotic. This is worse than McCarthyism that has been inflicted on us during the Bush years and will continue till someone say "Senator McCain and Governor Palin, have you no decency."

    October 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    How are you going to reform Washington Palin when you have just been convicted of abusing your power? How are you and McCain going to reform, by abusing your power? Shut up lady. Honestly, I don't think noone is really paying attention to you. You are such a liar and I don't want to see liars in the white house. You are so grossly unqualified that I can't believe people still want to put you in the white house.

    October 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Brian J

    For one thing, we know who the bad guys are, OK?” I would hope any candidate for office would know which countries support terrorism-the CIA does a pretty good job of researching and briefing appropriate personnel regarding that.
    The real question of the election is how are the candidates going to address the economic mess handed to them by Bush. How can we be better off 4 years from now?

    October 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. John

    She is despicable!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. sophia nyc

    Certainly not OK!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. chuckles199

    it should palin v. obama and get rid of those two old senate dogs.

    how much brain damage does biden have from those two brain aneurysms? he makes some might wild statements.

    October 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. Donna

    This is stunningly sophomoric–and a vast oversimplification of the truth that a leader would have to understand. People hate this country because we invaded Iraq and because we have made a series of stupid and destructive policy decisions.

    October 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Morel

    The bad guys are those that steal from America's tax payers. I'm a Vietnam Veteran an we know how to take out the enemy. I hate to hear cowards stand in this great Country and worry about our possible enemies. We have to many cowards running for office in this country. The best Pilots in Vietnam were Helicopter Pilots. Don’t let McCain fool you with his service. He don’t fool me. Two ways to get capture, follower a dumb leader or play John Wayne.

    October 12, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Just seeing this woman on the frontpage makes me vomit.

    October 12, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Kathleen Parker

    Sara Palin is using the old George Bush play book that tells the big lie, uses scary words and inuendo to manipulate voters. Voters need to remember how the last eight years have hurt Ohio and reject this nonsense or the pain Ohio and the country will feel after 2008 will make the last eight years look tame by comparison. Does Ohio really want more of the same?

    October 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Vi

    Palin, Look in the mirror and you will see the bad guy! You are getting desperate and you are dividing America....Please take the next flight to Alaska and stay there!

    October 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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