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. Candy Wilson

    this is where I live.. Thank God Joe Biden will be here on Tues. to counteract this dirt..... She asked who the bad guys were and people responded Obama.. How sad is that!!!! For a governor to act this way.. I can not believe this happened....

    October 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Neutral

    I am pretty dissappointed that the Repub ticket is trying to make the Dem Ticket sound like Bad People and that they are run by terrorists. Dispicible.

    October 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. sal

    People may be country, not stupid. GOP ruled the last 8 years

    Change is here

    Guess what and it is the Bad Guys, you put it.

    October 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Niky

    Is she out of her mind? How long will she keep fuelling this fire? Does John McCain have any say? If he cannot stop his running mate, how will he stop his other supporters?

    October 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Trill

    How many more days do we have until Sarah is shipped back to the artic circle?? Please go back to Alaska; we dont like your hate-mongering down here in the lower 48.

    October 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. georgia

    Bad guys ??
    She is totally out of her gourd ! that's why a growing number of Alaskans are now calling for her impeachment !
    I don't expect CNN to let this comment thru either but it's true !

    October 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. johnny

    Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. jdm

    Wow! Is this America? Is this some thrid world country where you can call your people terrorist and think it is ok?
    John Mcain is a POW War Hero, I really can't belive he approve of this BS. It really hard and sad to think he would be part of this. This is really crazy.

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Florida Voter

    Somebody in that campaign need to put a net over this women and soon before someone gets hurt. At that point in time it will be too late and saying I'm sorry won't reverse the action.

    This individual is either dangerous or not smart enough to realize that she is being used and will be a scapegoat if things go bad.

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Richard Brodie

    An Obama presidency would spell the end of America as we have known it. Imagine the Supreme Court Justices he would appoint to saddle another two generations with!

    And with a totally unchecked Democratic Congress, we would most certainly be looking at the first time ever when one of the First Ten Amendments will be repealed, namely the Second which has up until now protected our Right to Bear Arms.

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Ian Rennie

    oh great, an idiot who sees the world in simplistic black and white. Got to get THAT in the white house!

    It's not like this is the thinking that has screwed the country for 8 years or anything.

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. To the moon

    AND how is Palin different from those Washington politicians that she's going to 'clean up'? Troopergate shows us America who is 'good' and who is 'bad'. Bad is using power in inappropriate ways, via her husband or her employees... and her own actions by not putting a stop to what her husband and others were doing and saying. That is as good as 'driving' the car for the bank robbers, she's guilty, too. Shame on her. By her husbands on admission, he and she were very close, helping each other, so WE KNOW she knew what he was doing and saying. Sarah is the bad guy....

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. Johnny Truth

    This is just pandering to simple-minded idiots. If you're buying into this crap instead of paying attention to actual issues, then guess what? You're just the simple-minded idiot they want.

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Amanda/PA

    Typical. Everyone can hear the subtle "undertone" in her message. So sad that a country is so divided becuase of race and so called religion. If only some would pick up a book, newspaper, someting...anything and READ.

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Barbara Brown

    This woman Sara Palin is very incapable of even speaking. John McCain thought he was doing something really smart whe he chose her.She is a loose cannon. She will be trying to rule McCain and tell him what to do. He is apologizing to Obama on one hand and she is continueing to insite threats from the crowds against Obama on the other hand. He and he is so call running mate need to get on the same page. He is not going to win any way but she is makeing it bad for his future also. He needs to sit her down.

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |

    Think it is time for people to start thinking about something besides money. What good will money be to us if we get the terriest over here in out country. We need security and only McCain will give that to us.

    October 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. cleo

    It is unfortunate that the media has left this woman continue using code words to insite people against OBAMA. She is a pure redneck and a product of failed uneducated person (s) who happen to have been placed in power.

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. William of Albany, NY

    wow, I really want to slap her in her 2 dimensional mind. The world isn't filled with just bad guys and good guys there are shades of gray and that kind of black and white mentality is dangerous.

    W. of Albany, NY

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. sPoNgEbOb sQuArEpAnTs

    To McPalin, if you have a record of abuse power whilst in office, than you are the good guys.

    It's shameful that many Christians, have been deceived by the GOP.
    McPalin ad's are now 100% negative, and Obama's ads are 34 % negative.

    GOP = Grand Old Pharisees
    GOP agenda = Neocons mission (see below)
    * Stay in Iraq till thy kingdom come, Get rid of Iran's president
    *more tax cuts for the rich, nothing for the poor
    *less regulation of Wallstreet,
    *More American jobs shipped abroad,
    *better healthcare for the Rich & Healthy
    *More spying on Americans

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. R-Howard

    The last time I read rhetoric so steeped in fear and ignorance it was given by a young man named Adolph Hitler. Sick,Sick,Sick. I pray to God people see what Palin is doing by enciting `fear and causing panic tinged with hate. If she's a christian than I'm Ghandi.

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. arike mercer

    Sarah Palin needs to step down. She is not fit to run for the noble office of vice-president of the U.S.

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. Tom, KS

    Wow! She really thinks we're all complete idiots.

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. bern

    This lady is just way too dumb and simplistic to be seriously considered as a VP contender. Dumb and dangerous.

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Nation in Crisis

    "Who exactly were the “bad guys” Palin was referring to?"
    This is a rhetorical question. By inference and innuendo she was clearly referring to Barack Obama. This must be the "toned down" version of the McCain campaign's smear campaign.

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Cole Los Angeles

    You'll never be able to defeat terrorists if you don't understand what breeds them. So you can grasp a morsel of actual knowledge for a moment, terrorists don't hate freedom or liberty. What their culture hates and doesn't forget is arrogance and conceitedness, overthrowing governments and invasions. Try embracing books once and a while.

    October 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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