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. sal

    What happen to all the hillary compliments.


    Obama Biden have won

    You will see it from alaska.LOL

    October 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. first time voter OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

    here we go again barbie. . running your mouth like always

    October 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. VETS4Obama

    Hahahaha What a joke. The more she opens her mouth, the more she spews hatred, divisiveness and lies. PLEASE go back to your igloo Caribou Barbie and spare us your ignorant speaches. At least there you can continue to abuse your power there...What sound judgment McBush displayed picking this light weight!

    October 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Mick

    Her elementary comments would be hysterical if they were not intended to again smear Obama with the label of Anti-American terrorist. Sarah "the village idiot" Palin puts the duh in DUH!

    October 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. California Voter

    When Sarah Palin jumped into the political scene by way of the VP candidacy, I was slightly amused. I thought she was real person with an everyday life that we can all relate to.

    Sadly, that perception is rapidly dying. She has now gone from a curiosity to an outright annoyance. She is trying to play two roles and I suspect it's not her fault. She's just playing the cards handed to her by the McCain campaign.

    Poor woman. I'm sorry they dragged you into this.

    October 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Connie

    This women makes George Bush and Dick Cheney look like choir boys.
    The whole world is watching and listening to this election what does her rantings say about our country?First , but not the last of John McSenile's bad judgments.OBAMA/BIDEN 08
    Connie from Indiana

    October 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. TyWebb

    Election Day can't get here soon enough so we don't have to see her anymore.

    October 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Jay

    John McCain and sarah Palin are the bad guys, OK? They don't understand economics, OK? They don't understand diplomacy, OK?

    Please help me put Barrack Obama in the white House, he's the only one can save us what we going thro' now.

    October 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Robert

    Wow...I hear bullwhips crackin' dogs barkin' and good ole boys gettin' their ropes ready! Thanks Palin, nothin' like having you gettin' things right .....I betcha' ya you have a nice picture of Gov. Wallace on your desk.
    You go get em' girl.

    Economy is going down the tubes and she's baiting and hate mongering.

    October 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Elle

    The thought of Vice President Palin scares me more than Vice President Cheney.

    October 12, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. katiec

    She is continuing with her attempts to rise hatred, anger, fear.
    That woman is not fit to be a dog catcher, let alone a
    high position.

    October 12, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Noel

    Sarah Goebbels is at it again. You know, I would really like being in the room when they figure this stuff out. I can't wait to see the propaganda posters when then come out. I wonder if they will go with the resurrection motif, or the warrior motif? Ooo, and a Miss Liberty style one for Sarah. That would be hot!

    October 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. J fromLI

    This women is trying to insist that obama is the bad guy. She and her party are causing division in the USA. They are the internal terrorist. God help us.

    October 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Billy Jack

    To the runaway lying governor of Alaska:

    Don't you kno, if Obama was all you say he is, and one of the worst guy in the worlk, don't the american people know that the FBI would come after him long before he started the campain to run for the presidence of the USA. You are running a dirty, angry, ignorante campain. But I think, you are too ignorante to understand that and you are ready to tell the republican voters anything to get votes. It is too bad that the republican party don't put a stop to you for putting lies in the republican party name. Since John McCain will not do it . Apparently McCain must be telling you to say these things. Too bad for the republican party. I feel sorry for you and your family.

    Billy Jack a concern voter.

    October 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. obama-biden's got my vote

    This is a sad time in americain politics. McCain tried to calm his supporters only after his hand was forced. The McCain-Palin ticket have played on people's fears and they are truely unrepentant. I'm afraid for obama's safety.

    Obama-Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. AZ Dem for McCain

    I know who the bad guys are too, it's the far-left socialist whose only goal in life seems to be tearing this country down and turning it into a third world country like Affrica

    October 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Lorraine A

    It is Sarah Palin who is terrorizing Americans with her inflammatory rhetoric. To borrow a phase, Rebulicans and Democrats are opponents not enemies. To insinuate that the Democratic party, namely the Obama/Biden ticket has no idea who the "bad guys" are or worse ARE the "bad guys" is irresponsible and divisive for our country. We are all Americans first. Ms. Palin, you are beginning to embody a very ugly side of America that is downright frightening.

    October 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Ari

    Someone needs to remind this woman that it is lobbyists who are running the McCain/Palin campaign. These people may want to stop opening their mouths because every time they do they sound like morons.

    October 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Catherine

    Wow. McCain is a 72-year old man. Who says that Vice Presidential nominations don't matter? A third of Presidents have died in office. Why not have Sarah Palin as President of the United States of America? Wow, the United States has it right (as the world can rightly see) and McCain in his almighty wisdom and outstanding judgment made a most intelligent decision in which he put COUNTRY FIRST because he chose such an intelligent and competent woman as his running mate!!!! John McCain is just so fine in all his judgments! Wow, what a maverick!

    October 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. Karen

    Wow, she's the scary one, totally frightening extremist nutter. She makes even totally vague terrorists sound good in comparison.

    October 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Xavier

    After this election is over we are going to look back at McCain and Palin's racist and hate filled rhetoric and hang our heads down in shame. We are American's, we should know better than to stoop to the level this two are stooping too. This is 2008, not 1958. Come on America, lets show the world that there are more good people in America, that look beyond race. Its time that hate filled villains like Palin and McCain become relics of the past.

    October 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. LuccaB

    She is pathetic! The US will be far less safe with this woman in any kind of position of power. She also has the audacity to claim to be "Cleared of any hint of unethical activity" ? Perhaps she should read the report. What a fraud.

    October 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. Fernando

    Never any specifics, just finger pointing and fear mongering.

    October 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Jorge UU Boosh

    I want to see Palin arrested for INCITING VIOLENCE!!!

    October 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Nestly

    Are you not tired of abusing power? Better go back to Alaska they can tolerate you, we can't. McCain understands that Obama is a President we can trust, why is it so hard for you to get it? Do you want more of Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    October 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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