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. Mike in Ohio

    Sarah, you are dangerous. You sound like Joe McCarthy.

    October 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. WoW


    It seems that the majority of Americans are bad guys/girls for even thinking about voting for Obama. I kind of like it.
    Maybe the 45% that still think the Republicans are the answer should consider invading a state and secede from the Union (Say Alaska).

    No foreign government could succeed in doing near the damage to the US as the Bush administration and the republicans have done.

    I have no party affiliation so I vote for the lesser of the two evils. This time I will vote for Obama. The party of Roosevelt has been hijacked.

    October 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. Jeff an Independent

    Too bad kindergarten children don't vote.

    October 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. nelda

    Really? McCain understands? What exactly does he understand, Palin?
    Figuring out how many houses he owns? Eating in expensive dinners and ordering $50 plates? Or how its like to own 7 cars and can't decide which one he likes most?

    Does this sound like a man who lives like the regular joe? He has NO CLUE!

    October 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Dennis

    She oversimplifies things into good and bad ... God help the country if she is elected as VP and then has to take over as president.

    McCain/Palin 08 ... lights out

    October 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. jude

    Palin is just an idiot and a divider. Her plan is to create fear like GWB did and then tie "THAT ONE" to it. Guess what McPalin!! not this time around, it will not work and will never work again because we mainstream and hard working Americans know better. You talk about relationships, what about the relationship of your husband with the Alaskan separalist party? this is a case of kettle calling pot black. Continue fooling yourselves with all your lies, fear mongering and what have you, it will not work. When the living God says yes, no man can say no. God has said yes to "THAT ONE" and so shall it be. We're in the 21st century and we don't need dirty politics like McPalin have engaged in. If McSenile truly puts country first, then Palin should not be on his tickets. They already feel like they're above the law with their arrogance, being a POW does not make one qualify for the presidency, as far as i'm concerned, McShame is a failure and his records clearly shows that. Lost four fighter jets and got shot down because he just does not get it. AMERICAN wake up from your slumber and don't be fooled again. VOTE for peace, VOTE for a true leader, VOTE for prosperity, VOTE for "THAT ONE". We're all Gods children regardless of race, color and gender. God is not happy with us, he has shown his anger in so many ways like the natural disasters, financial melt down and etc, we should be our brothers keepers, show and spread love, not hatred like McPalin.

    October 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Yosh

    Doesn't she sound like the very President Bush even worst? Her characterization is terrifying for the thinking mind. Does she know the implication of her blind accusation and its predictable consequence? Divisiveness is not a good virtue. Same body needs to tell her power is a responsibility and needs to be used accordingly. I am sure at same point she might have to answer to the American people and I encourage people to ask her to clarify her point. The simplistic division between good and bad is mind boggling? It reminds me “You are with us or against us” paraphrase. It is very scary all over again.

    October 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Closely Watching

    I got news for ya' Sarah. You may be able to gather up the red-necks and card carrying KKK residents of this state, but there are just as many, if not more, of us who clearly see the light, and it isn't you and McFearMonger. Take your predictions of doom and gloom and go back to your home turf...your days are numbered.

    Obama/Biden '08~Real change and experience we can believe in!

    October 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Ryan in Michigan

    She needs to tone it down and make sure to refute those people who yelled that obama was a terrorist before violence starts up..

    For political reasons, keep it up, it will only keep driving your poll numbers down and my candidate will be in the white house... but we, as americans right now do not need people trying to divide us or incite internal violence within this beautiful country.. we need leadership, REAL leadership, not this divide and conquer crap.

    October 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. Anthony

    "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys"???
    What is this, elementary school?
    The world is NOT that black and white. Give us some credit here lady. Being leader of the free world takes an understanding that is not that cut and dry. What makes her think that on an international stage WE arent looked upon as "Bad Guys". We need leadership that has a certain level of intelligence and understanding, not arrogance and ego-mania. Especially when a woman like this is so religiously motivated.
    How about this for starters.. I THINK SHE IS ONE OF THE BAD GUYS.

    Now do the right thing Ohio, and vote Obama.

    October 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. Christine in Indianapolis

    "Your anger into action," eh? Is it wise to honor racists with the promise of turning their anger into action?

    Gov. Palin, after reading your comments made at this rally (stated in line with conveniently placed chants of Obama), I have every confidence that you are inciting these crowds to hatred and divisiveness.

    October 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Orlando

    If the Vendetta Governor drew a line between the good guy and the bad guy. She wins hands down for the Bad Guy.

    October 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. xargaw

    John McCain has been in Washington for 26 years. Much ofl the trouble he has been embroiled in during that time has been related to his conduct with lobbyists; from the Keating Five to Vicki Isleman. He has been a huge de-regulation advocate. Now his campaign is being run predominantly by the very lobbyists responsible for many of our current problems stemming from Wall Street. Don't tell me he is the one to fix things. He is part of the problem.

    October 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Rebecca

    Sarah Palin is insane, no wonder her and McCain get along so well.

    October 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Jrosy

    WHat a waste of energy. Sarah Pain has no substance in her speech. She only talks in general terms as if she is talking to a crowd of 3rd graders. If you can't give specifics at this point in the elections, cease to try and rattle the crowd with vague info which does not address any current issues facing all americans.

    Go OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!

    October 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. WHAT?

    She did it again. She made bogus connections between terrorists, or in her little elementary world,"the bad guys" and Barack Obama. She did not correct her crownd when they started their violent chanting that Obama was a terrorist. Next she will claim that she can't control everything said in her crowds.

    This is not "Putin rearing his Head" Sarah, this is facism rearing it's head right here in middle America.

    October 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. KJL

    Palin has missed her true calling as one of those cheesy televangelists who talk gullible folks out of their money. I wouldn't be surprised if that's the next mischief she becomes involved in when she loses this election. Lord help us if she wins.

    October 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. darrell

    Palin really needs to stop making insinuations that ties the name Obama to the word 'terrorist' while her husband Todd belonged to a group that promoted treason like activities, and that Palin spoke to at several of their conventions.

    Only 23 more days and we will never have to hear from this crackpot again.

    October 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    If John McCain handles an international crisis the way he suspended his campaign and raced back to Washington to make a fool of himself, God Help Us.

    Mr. McCain needs to RETIRE and Sarah Dearest needs to go back home and raise her family (and he kids' families).

    October 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Damian

    More incitement of hate and violence from the LIAR Sarah Palin. Hey, Pa-liar, how'd that investigation turn out?

    Once she fails at this, she's going to be persona non grata everywhere.

    Or, at least, if there's any justice in the world, she will be.

    October 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Austin Tim

    All you need to do to see this anger first hand, from the comfort of your computer chair, is to log on to a conservative forum/discussion/blog such as Townhall.com There is no meaningful discussion. No discussion of issues other than the media is all behind a conspiracy for………….actually I’m not sure what the conspiracy is. I bailed off the website. They can’t get past Obama being the wrong percentage to call himself African-American, his “fake” birth certificate or him turning us all into socialistic terrorists who work for ACORN. Time for bed.

    October 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. brian

    Sarah Palin you are great! Please keep speaking and giving interviews!

    Obama 2008

    October 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. mj

    This woman is truly dangerous. I really liked McCain in 2000 and would have voted for him over Hillary if Obama wouldn't have won the primary. I wasn't sure who I'd vote for once Obama won. It is so clear to me that Palin is dishonest and not very intelligent although she is great at public speaking when she has a prepared script. She is out there to appeal to the low information voter but I truly believe that most people are too intelligent and have too much at risk to believe what she spouts off. She did abuse her power when firing Monegan and she has very little knowledge outside of Alaska. She was a very poor pick for VP and that is very sad because if McCain could have chosen a more competent VP candidate, he could be ahead in the polls instead of behing. Imagine if he would have selected Romney!

    October 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. TNMomma

    Caribou Barbie~Common sense sold separately!

    October 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. cincinnati

    absolutely mind blowing.

    October 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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