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. lynnie

    Palin stirs people to hate. That;s not what america is supposed to be about. She is a bully and trouble maker, she is stupid. She acts like a teenage gang leader, name caller and twister of the truth. Not a good example for american youths. Is this what we want as a leader?
    I could see her throwing the first stone or landing the first kick, shameful.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Brenda C

    What do you want McCain and Palin to say to supporters? They can't control what a few people do or say. I'm sure if it was reported it happens when Obama mentions McCain or Sarah Palin. Quit trying to delegate what they are suppose to say and how they say it. No one has cried racist more than the media and democrats. It's not racist to want facts and information from our candidates. Watch some of the debates between Clinton and Obama she said most of the same things McCain and Palin are talking about. She brought up Ayers and how not ready Obama is to run this country. Didn't cry about her and try to pin racism on her.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Candid

    Sarah, please leave us some respect for you; I hope you still have some self-esteem left.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. abuse of power

    this lady and the republican nee to stop this madness,. At the end of next week this lady is going to cause the dead of innocent person. please american stop this lady.

    October 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Nathan

    This woman is a Bush in a skirt.

    What a disgrace. This "us" vs "them" rhetoric is dangerous, and bordering on fascism.

    What is wrong with you Republicans? Are you really as stupid and rabid as your moronic VP candidate?

    I'm an independent voter. What I've seen out of the Republican party over the past month has made me a solid Democrat.

    Good going Palin!

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. where?

    she didn't draw any lines?
    she just vaguely indicated that 'THEY' are scary Boogeymen that you don't know and can't trust.

    Who Is THE real Sarah Palin? A lying, cheating, smear mouthed christian.

    These people make christian a four letter word.

    Stick to the issues

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Saxxon Domela

    It is so very sad that the McCain-Palin ticket's strategy is to turn American against American.

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. gl

    “We know that in the war, it’s terrorists, terrorists who hate America .

    Here they go again with fear of war. It is really over for the McWar/Palin ticket. It is the ecomny this time not war you nut case.

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. Evil Palin

    Palin is such a liar and she is the one that was under investigation for abuse of power and she had her husband running the her office. This is a wicked woman who cannot admit her wrong doing. She is 72 year old heart beat away from being President if Mccain is elected. This is very bad and she is the evil one. Who is Sara and Todd? the question we all should as the Palin.

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. Venpen

    Mccain and the Republican party must abandon Palin.I am an naturalized citizen and a Republican at heart .I love this country more than bigots like Palin and the Dudes.
    Palin is a moron and is dangerous.

    I am voting for Obama just because of Palin and Co.

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Informed Voter

    the only bad guy is you Sarah Cheney ..... abusing one's power as Governor ... you should be in jail together with Bush & Cheney

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Terry from GA

    The "real" bad guys are the ones who have violated ethics laws during their political career. Guess who they are? Yep you guessed it – It's McCain and Palin.

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Anne

    Is she talking to adults or 3 year olds at kindergarten. I cant say I remember in any election anyone talking about good guys and bad guys. But there again I do believe that most politicians and their supporters have several more brain cells than either the hate mongering Palin or McCain or their obnoxious supporters.

    October 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Kristen

    She is trying to characterize the blatant epithets heard at rallies – including a guy holding a curious george monkey with an Obama hat – as " anger about the arrogance of the Washington elite". Everyone knows what they're seeing, and it's ugly. With all my heart, I hope Obama becomes president and makes our country a better place for my children.

    October 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Eva

    We do not want you Sarah Palin or McCain...

    October 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    John McCain will be put in the White House according to the followers of Nostradamus – whose predictions speak to the elder, the more trusted to prevail. Obama will not win.

    October 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. james smithington

    sara palin is a dangerous woman, she works to divide America even further. People like sara palin won't be satisfied until there another civil war in America.

    October 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. MrManhattan

    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.”

    I believe this. The Republicans do know. After all, the Saud Family and Bin Laden family contacts have been in Bush's Roladex for decades.

    So not only do they know "who they are", they have the phone numbers!!!

    Time to elect Barack Who's Sane Obama!

    October 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Speider

    Palin draws a line between 'good guys' and 'bad guys'

    Which side is it that abuses their power and breaks the law, lies to the American people and refuses to abide by the Constitution when subpoenaed to testify? Good or bad?

    October 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Brandon

    How dumb does one have to be to show up to listen to Caribou barbie? She has held one elected office, and in less than two years a bipartisan panel had to be fored to investigate her abuse of power to settle personal scores.

    October 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Michael, Tx

    I am an independent voter and not a party loyalist. I have voted for republicans most of my voting years, including John McCain (I was raised in southern Az). I served with the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer with two tours in Iraq. I SHOULD be voting for John McCain...but I'm not. He has shown poor leadership and lack of integrity as can be seen by most of the articles here on the ticker, but that's not the reason I'm not voting for him. HE VOTED AGAINST US when he refused to support Sen. Webb's (Vietnam war era Marine infantry officer) GI Bill, a bill that Sen. Obama/Sen. Biden were co-sponsors of. He caved to anti-immigrant groups, when anyone who has served in a combat unit can tell you that immigrants fight for us with more ferocity than any hate-spewing conservative coward. No, I am not conservative, I am not liberal, I am an AMERICAN PATRIOT, and like so many of my fellow veterans, I support Sen. Obama. Not because he is the anti-Bush, but because he is a leader with vision, vision for healtcare, vision for intelligent foreign policy, vision for domestic economic strength, and vision for strengthening our military, vision that the GOP sadly does not offer. We have fought for your right to vote America, don't waste it.

    October 12, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  22. Andrew from Canada

    The global economy is in a free fall and this is what she's talking about? The terrorists lingo is getting old real fast!!

    October 12, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Dave

    The problem for Palin is that Americans know who the good VP candidate is and who is just a joke.

    October 12, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. I AM a TRUE CONSERVATIVE

    I am ashamed to be a conservative... Guess im gonna have to wait till 2012 for a real candidate

    palin is a disgrace

    October 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. Chad

    As we follow the younger senator into the new world of darkness and good people. We should jump on his back and have him spread good kharma back across the world and as well in our ghettos. The darkside owns our fears with their murders and their non reason. In other parts of the world there are humans who are scared of their own country. Lets release them and spread our freedom flag. Let weather storms be the only punishment from the heavens as they are signs of our stupidities.

    October 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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