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. Xavier

    The bad guys are those who will abuse their authority and unethically voilate the publics trust.

    October 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Leslie

    Here she goes again. Wow. How sad!

    October 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. kel atlanta

    Sarah Palin is the scariest politician that I have heard in a long time. She brings the crazies out. Her world view is us, or them. Way to simple for my taste.

    October 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. H&H

    Please please shut up and go back to Alaska. I'm sick of this non-sense rethorics. Please can someone explains to this lady what the American people are worried of.

    It's the economy stupid !!!

    Obama/Biden 08-12

    October 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    The audience knew who she was calling the bad guys. Obama. When is this going to stop? She should be charged with conspiracy and hate crimes.

    October 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Moe, NY

    Palin is just sickening. Most Americans know who the bad guys are...Republicans. I am sick and tired of their fear mongering, corruption and lies. Wake up American...do not swallow this woman's lies.

    October 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Olivia Rios

    What about those who see the UNION so unperfect that they sympatize with secessionits –Palin's husband member of the AIP- who pall and marry sessesionists, who sponsor their annual convetions? Aren't they trying to destroy the America by attempting agasint the UNION?

    “There’s anger about the insider dealing of lobbyists [McCain advisors] and anger at the greed of Wall Street [product of McCain and GOP deregulation], and anger about the arrogance of the Washington elite [Bush 8 yearswith 90% support of McCain, GOP 15 years in congress with McCain as senator and the last 2 years of Demos]"

    Palin and GOP you'r hypocresy is pathetic and an insult to inteligent people.

    October 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Hugh L is ready for Change

    I have always believed and continue to be believe that John McCain is a man of honor. I was happy to see that McCain corrected those at his rally who made the most dispicable of suggestions about Senator Obama. I do NOT extend that same respect to Palin who clearly wants to suggest the most outrageous of alligations against a US Senator.

    To McCain supports:
    Please vote for John McCain because you believe in his policies and his experience. Please don't let it be due to the RECKLESS and UNFOUNDED allegations of a desperate campaign. FEAR is the only message this woman puts out there.

    If you believe that the last 7 years has gone ok, then McCain is a viable option. If you believe our great nation has been on the wrong path for the last 7 years thene there is only 1 choice....
    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. sjp

    don't be fooled ohio, the repubs are pushing every button they can to sway you and all they are about is fear. re-elect the repubs and its 4 more of the same BS. then what will be the excuse or will the war still be going on. lets be smart america and vote for anything but fear.

    October 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Irishspacemonk

    Does she not have the capability to listen to the crowd while she speaks? If she shouts "bad guys" and the crowd shouts "Obama" and she shouts "terrorists," how is that supporting the claim that she's calling Obama a terrorist. What a fascist pig and all her supporters.

    October 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Kyle

    Gov. Palin, I find one fallacy in your statement. We do not have equal rights, though it is advertised that we do. Women and minorities still make less than I, as a white man does. My African wife, when looking at houses last year, was denied the same showings that were offered to me later. I stray...

    I'm sorry to inform you, hard as it might be, as an independent voter, I have been pushed away from the McCain ticket by the McCain ticket. I honestly do not care about terrorism nearly as much as the economy. I want to know what can or will (wishfull thinking) be done to keep my parents from losing their retirements and having to bunk with my family. The falling stock market, the stagflation facing America. Reading the polls, that is a similar feeling throughout the independent and undecided voters, pandering just the the seemingly shrinkiing conservative Republican base. Talking of being the ticket to beat terrorism and abortions seems like it is just alieniating voters like myself and doing nothing to help your ticket overcome this slide in the polls to win the election. These are why I am disenfranchised with the Republican ticket and will not vote that way this fall, unless you drop the rhetoric on terrorism, though Important, and abortion and tell or show the Americans, or at least me, how you will reestablish the economic supremecy of America from the days gone!

    October 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Adrienne

    She is trying to get Obama killed. It is that simple. She has little grasp of some basic human nature and few ethics. That shows.

    October 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Tony

    I can ot believe the hate that the Gov. has torwards Sen. Obama..It is interesting that she does not care how her words bring abot a lotr of anger to America...The hatered to Sen. Obama & the those who he represents is really sad. We are Americans first not Republican or Democrats. MAybe she forgot that... we have made so much proress as America to not put up with this type of hatered. As an Republicain I am saddedn and will vote for Obama only because I can see how this type of converstaion brings unity...It reminds me of the hatered I experienced as an Black American because of the color of my skin..Someone please explain this to her...Thank you

    October 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Lori

    It's a total shame what McCain/Palin are doing. They are trying to instill fear in Americans by trying to imply that Obama supports terrorism in any way just because of his middle name and trying to imply a relationship with a man that is obviously not there.

    The sad part is is that it may actually work due to ignorance on our part.

    Do we really want a VP who is obviously vindictive? That has been proven. Do we really want a VP in office who is unqualified for that position? Do we want a VP in office who can not even remember the name of a newspaper that she read when she refers to a particular article? Do we want a VP who can not name but one Supreme Court ruling that she disagrees with when she says there are several? Do we want a VP who allows her husband to have such a strong role in politics when he knows nothing?

    Do we want a President who shows total disrespect to his peers? Who calls an opponent "That One" and does not even apologize for his remarks? Do we want a President or Vice President that applaudes when the audience cries out "terrorist", "traitor", and or "kill him" when they raise the name Obama?

    Is this what we want for our country? Someone who has no understanding of our Economic system, let alone someone who has no clue how to fix it? Do we want a president that will just parrot the same failed policies as Bush? Do we want a President who jokes around about "Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran? Do we want a president who wants to be in Iraq for another 100 years?

    I am a first time voter, first time involved with even watching what's going on as far as this or any campaign is going and I'm totally appaled. it should be more important to get your strengths and plans across instead of putting down, telling outright lies, and misleading the public about his opponent. I realize that McCain is trying to win, apparently at any cost. But I hope that he and Palin realize that what they are doing is a total disgrace, not to mention just flat out wrong. I hope they one day wake up and feel the shame that they should and I pray to God everyday that nothing should happen to Obama and or his family because of the fear they are trying to instill in the american public. Should that happen I hope they know that it will be on their hands and no one elses.

    Michelle Obama has shown nothing but grace and poise during this very rough campaign season and I applaud that with all my heart.

    October 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Marie

    anger at insider lobbyist? would that be McCain's campaign managers?

    October 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Matt

    Equal Rights? Sarah Palin is screaming that she is for equal rights?

    How about the fair wages for women? How about civil unions for same-sex couples? How about not playing the race card every chance she gets?

    She is such a joke. McCain should have picked Kay Bailey-Hutchison

    October 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    Suppose for a moment that McSame and Palin manage to stir enough hatred in the soul of Amerca to win this thing. How then will they be able to "reach across the aisle" if they win by lying and whippin up hatred. What Obama is ding now is laying the groundwork for governing efectively and they are laying the ground work for polarization that would make the Bush administration seem like consensous builders.

    October 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. diann

    Sarah Palin continues to show how predjuice she and John McCain are every time they use the word 'terrorist' in their campaign speeches. They are so desperate that they will sell their souls to the devil just to win. They are not interested in how any of their hateful commentary hurts anyone as long as they win. They have set race relations back 40 years. Next they are going to ask for separate lunch counters.

    October 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  19. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Someone that was convicted of MISS USE OF POWER has no opinion of good guys -bad guys

    October 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. Antonio


    October 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Emmy Lee

    Please read the "fact check", you will find out who's telling lie and who's telling the truth.
    Palin, I know who are the bad guys, YOU & Mc. CAIN.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. tunghoy

    Palin's comments at her rallies are beyond the Pale. Her supporters scream racist hatred at her opponent and she does little to discourage them. It often seems that she encourages them. And she has the chutzpah to say it's her opponents who hate America!

    Maybe she thinks this is some sort of banana republic. Perhaps if she had a decent education and an understanding of world history, she would understand that she is going down a very dangerous road.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Jan E

    This woman is playing on people fears and creating an atmosphere of hate around the country with her speeches. Anyone, I mean anyone who tries to win an election with tactics like these have to make you wonder if they understand what it is to be an American!! These are the tactics of militants who are inciting a violent uprising to wreak havoc in our democracy and destabilize our society. This is scary stuff indeed, something you would see in third world countries prior to a bloody civil war.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. John Stevens

    Hate and Lies – Real Change.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Sammy

    Her campaign clarified statements as all campaigns do. However at the time she said it the meaning was ambiguous enough to suggest many things... not just "nations". Since people yelled "Obama" after she said it, obviously that is how some interpreted it. Thats the usual thing. But what matters is whether or not someone running for office will clarify things in front of an open mic in front of a crowd. Not just press statements.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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