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. sharon

    there's also anger about all the lies she tells.

    October 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Richard C

    I find it constantly amazing the completely brazen bigotry on the campaign trail. I have respect for John McCain, even if I don't support him, but how in the world can he possibly represent this base of people who, despite what their spokespeople say after the fact, try to I hope no avail to paint Obama as a terrorist and/or terrorist sympathizer. Why can't we honestly have a real debate on the issues? It's not as if we have a lack of problems or a lack of differences on the platforms to debate. Really.

    October 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. California Democrat

    She is good at slinging the bull!

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Elle

    Are you kidding me???? Wow. She's not only sparking hatred on the Republican side – now she's starting to make the rest of us angry with her blathering nonsense. This woman needs to shut her mouth before she starts a riot.

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. hmm...

    wow... everything McCain tries to undo... is undone by his own running mate...

    still feeding the fire... still inciting the hate...

    bad guys? be specific Gov. Palin... because what it sounds like to the rest of us is that you're calling Obama the bad guy... the guy who u said pals around with terrorists...

    u have some nerve..

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. SDunn

    GO BACK TO ALASKA YOU CORRUPT LIAR!!!

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Nevada

    I was a teenager in the 60's. McCain and especially Palin ARE sowing the seeds of hatred and division. Representative John Lewis is absolutely correct. With our financial crisis, the fear and hate will spread extremely quickly. McCain has opened the doors to something that he will not be able (and I doubt he is really even willing) to contain. Any resulting violence will be on McCain's head and conscience…if he has one (and I doubt that, too). By: White female and ex Republican who will be voting for the respectable Senator Obama this year.

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Tim

    Palin should know who the "bad guys" are ... she is one

    She abused the power of her office for personal gain. Oh wait, that is Standard Operating Procedure for a republican governor (and her First Dude).

    She needs to go back to Alaska and take care of her own business before ruining what's left of America after Bush and the neo-cons have decimated it.

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. vance burberry

    It seems that Obama is correct, Mccain and Bush Have the same policies. Fear! This idea that they hate our freedom and Liberty is simplistic and childish. It is a very complex issue that has evolved from US foreign Policy. This is just more Palin, McCain Bush nonsense... It is time to elect a real leader for change. Obama 08

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Once 4 Mccain

    She's an airhead

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. ERIC

    Shes race baiting and it makes me sick. ENOUGH...It amazing me that she is a Christian women of faith and tolerance when she shows none.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 and beyond

    October 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. ts

    the bad guys are those who would support and sympathize with the terrorists,” she said.

    ------------

    You should know. Since your husband was a member of that secessionist party. How is that working out?

    October 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Sean

    Yes, Palin, YOU and MCCain are the BAD GUYS and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the GOOD GUYS! Thanks for clearing that up!

    October 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. rose.gray

    Obama will be the down fall of America. Obama has a great deal of supporters in the Middle East they have even sent money for his election.

    October 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. witch

    She needs to look in the mirror then she will see a bad "guy" I do not like this woman she is a viper........... (sorry snake) I know that if they are elected this country that I love will be so more worse off. She cannot love her fellow man if they are different from her. No honor no love for mankind no understanding this is what I see when I look in her eyes.............

    October 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Reg

    Equal rights? Like the right of gays to get married? Why would she expound such a leftist stance. Clearly she is siding with the liberal democrats that will destroy America with their Terrorist friends.

    October 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. carl d

    Mrs palin go home to your 5 kids gurl.....

    October 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. Glenn in California

    "We know who the bad guys are."

    Wow. That says it all. There couldn't be a more compelling argument to vote for McSame and the power abusing moose hunter than that.

    Ridiculous. I continue to be disappointed in how such shallow minded simplicity can actually attract voters. How dumb are we as a country.

    If these two losers somehow get elected, we will truly deserve the misery we get.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and the power abusing hockey mom.

    October 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Philadelphia Voter

    Figures. She's equating Obama with terrorists.

    I really despise this woman

    October 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. PT

    "we know who the bad guys are"...really, please tell me. good guys bad guys. is the world really that simple? is it really a good idea to let a simpleton (no disrespect) to run the country. the good ole john wayne style of black and white. that will go down really well as they try to negotiate peace between georgia/russia or palestinians/israelis. if life is really as simple as she thinks, why not just pick the next hardware store manager from omaha to run as president; now that's small town values and 6 pack joe for ya.

    October 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. Philip

    Sarah Palin does not speak like a leader, but like a Fuhrer.

    October 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. death of the republican party?

    They don't hate America because of freedom and democracy.

    They hate us because we force our beliefs on them. They hate us because so many of us believe that America can do no wrong. They hate us because we can bomb countries and wage wars without the blink of an eye.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08
    BECAUSE IT'S TIME WE WERE LIKED AGAIN

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. TT

    I know who are bad guys ! That's you Palin and McCain !!

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Jane Davis

    I certainly hope people do not believe this absurd woman Palin. I think she is actually bad for the campaign on both sides. She is actually lowering the morals of politics. When will she stop? She is an idiot!

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Sean

    What if someone takes your words out of Context, includes only "John McCain is going to turn your anger into action." and someone from one of your rallies tries to go after Obam? Another slip-up by Caribou Barbie!

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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