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. Badger

    Sounds like "Your either with us or against us". She is horrible.

    October 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. David

    McCain has been is Washington for more than a quarter-century; what has he done to turn the anger into action. Fear will not win out again. Hope is the answer.

    October 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Melly

    More hate-mongering and veiled insinuations. Nice.

    October 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. bob

    Dear mrs. Palin. Enough of your lies and inuendos. If SEn. mc cain
    ever had a chance to win you and he are ending it with such talk and
    hatred .
    Go Obama.

    October 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Keith

    Keep spewing what you spew Pailn, it won't work. It's too late. On a side note: why do your kids have such weird names?

    October 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. New Day

    I swear, she has the intellectual complexity of George Bush on acid. Thanks for explaining good and bad, genius!!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Hope, Lancaster, PA

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!
    Whoa onto Sara Palin, She knows not what she does.
    Everyone, pray to God the father, God the son and God the holy spirit so God may take the blinders off your eyes and you will finally see.

    PLEASE JESUS, KEEP OBAMA SAFE

    October 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Sean Chong

    Is she trying to say "Black guy" or "bad guy"? Trying to link Obama to terrorists.... GOP may trick 25% of the people in this country.... if all show up to vote, we can show them that they're dead wrong!

    October 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Louvene

    Sarah Palin is dangerous pushing some "sicko " to think if Obama is elected, we would be doomed. So in their mind, the only thing left to do is remove him from the earth. How will this "Christian' woman feel then.

    October 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. John

    I can't believe that anyone could fall for this nonsense. This sounds like a witch hunt – the sort of thing that went on in the Middle Ages. How can the Republicans expect to govern effectively by dividing the country so – unless the real purpose is simply to win the election at all cost and not really worry about the consequences.

    October 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Dan

    obama is a bad guy. OK?

    October 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Vi

    Could you convey this to Campbell B and Anderson C, please. (I'm sure you wouldn't want to publish it, but I'd appreciate if you could get this to them.):

    We do want change in the US and getting Obama into the Presidency would show how liberal we've become. Fine. You want McCain to accept this even though he seems to have dedicated his life to public office and to securing the highest office.
    You two, despite your attempts at objectivity, want Obama in the White House. NOW, a personal note: Are you two prepared to let a non-white person take your place at CNN to show how changed the US is? There are several of your guests that are as good as and even better than you two. Give the other race a chance. Show McCain how to do it! Tell your bosses that you have some good Obama-like contenders for your position. Don't just ask McCain to make the sacrifice.

    October 12, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. C

    Was Palin suggesting that Barack Obama is one of the “bad guys,” a "terrorist?"

    You bethcha! Doggone it!

    October 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. michaeld37

    Did Palin actually tell the audience that the crowd's anger should be put into action?! I mean, sure, through the medium of McCain*Palin, but still. The violent rhetoric is too good to give up entirely. It is okay to be angry and your anger should be put into action! Acting from anger – isn't that what the terrorists do when the kill us because they hate our freedom and what we stand for? Where is the hope?

    October 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Louvene

    Sarah Palin is dangerous pushing some "sicko " to think if Obama is elected, we would be doomed. So in their mind, the only thing left to do is remove him from the earth. How will this "Christian' woman feel then.

    October 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. Robert From VA

    Does this crowd not realize that this is the exact same speech Bush has been making for the last 8 years?

    Scare the people into voting for you... that's putting country first.

    My guess is that the terrorist have never even heard of ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio, much less be able to find it on a map, much less target it for any type of attack.

    These people have target envy. All the places that actually were attacked on 9/11 voted against Bush.

    People who are affected by this type of political fear mongering need to stop voting.The politicians responsible need to stop running for office because they are not showing true leadership.

    October 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Sifa

    With all of thing, can someone please tell me why McCain asked that Obama repudiates John Lewis' comments about insinuating hatred. For about the past four weeks, she has been saying Obama "palls" around with terrorists. Then, for her to stand there and say "those who sympathize with terrorists don't like America" and there are the bad guys is beyond me. Some of us understand what code speeches are, and this is just another one of them. I hope to the same God they claim to believe that thing whole thing blows up in their faces.
    Also, may God protect Sen. Obama because this country and the world need a leader like him.

    October 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Sue

    Oh my God. Does she know what she is doing? This is incendiary, and total unbecoming of someone who wants to be VP of USA!! God help her soul if someone interprets her words as a green light to physicially attack Obama.

    October 12, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. jeff bodkin

    Maybe Sarah Palin is too much like the average "Joe 6 pack". She does'nt even understand what John McCains plan is.

    October 12, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. Morgan

    I pray for her because she knows not what she does. "Turn your anger into action" could be heard wrong and people act violently. Of course she means help get McCain elected but should anger really drive a vote? I always that anger distorts your view.

    October 12, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. CAW in MD

    The terrorists cannot destroy us. This is the problem with the "war on terror". The terrorists can be annoying, the terrorists can be deadly, but the terrorists cannot destroy us, unless we allow ourselves to be destroyed. The terrorists are a loose confederation of like-minded individuals, not an army. At best, they are the third most dangerous threat to America right now. That doesn't argue for ignoring them - it does argue for perspective as to how they fit into the myriad threats that face the United States.

    I want a President who understands that. As amply illustrated by Ms. Palin, the McCain/Palin ticket would not provide that President.

    October 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Liz

    I know who the bad guys are too–the two candidates who both have ethics violations. Abuse of Power is a very serious charge Ms. Palin. If you don't have the moral character to avoid abusing your position you don't belong in a position of power. Period!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Chris

    Sarah Palin has finally done it. She has tanked her and McCain's chances of winning on Nov 4 because these statements will be all over the news this coming week, and it will be interpreted as Sarah Palin implying that Obama sympathizes with terrorists, it will only emphasize the outrageous lies and the lowest of the lows that the McCain campaign has come to only to instill hate and fear of Obama, only to win the election.

    SARAH PALIN HAS EFFECTIVELY GIVEN HER OPPOSITION THE FUEL IT NEEDS TO FINISH HER AND MCCAIN OFF: JUST WATCH AS THE WEEK UNFOLDS.

    October 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    McCain and the Republicans know you well Ohio.

    Ohio votes Republican even though the Republicans keep them in the po' house, year after year after year.

    October 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. David Johnson

    Call is what you want, this is pure terrorist Republicans at work.

    October 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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