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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  1. Mashawnda Dowell in NC

    I believe that Sarah is a has been. No one cares what she has to say anymore. McCain...yes maybe...we would like to hear what he has to say. Sarah...no.

    October 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. K from VT

    Fear mongering at its best. These simplistic words "good guys", "bad guys" and the simplistic ideas behind them WILL NOT solve any of our nation's current problems nor bring people together to work toward the common good nor improve our national standing.
    The words coming out of Palin's mouth – and the message being espoused by the McCain campaign – are what we should all be afraid of!

    If this is the rhetoric and tone of what is to be cultivated across America by McCain and Palin and their surrogates, may God help us get through these last weeks of this campaign with as little damage as possible to our great nation.

    October 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Jean Doe

    Yeah we know who the guys are. IT IS NOT McCAIN/PAlIN. With the hate speaches. If any thing happens McCain sholud be a SHAMED...

    October 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Jermaine Fanfair

    “We know who the bad guys are.” Yet another not-so-veiled attempt to rally the forces of division. Nothing simultaneously confuses and motivates people like good ol' reliable fear. When are the politics of fear superseded by genuine concern for the fear Americans feel about our economic future? What about real solutions? The attacks of 9/11 initially bred unity and resolve to face the challenges that lay ahead; however, our fear would be used against us to persuade us that we needed to get the "bad guys" in Iraq. Now, when we face the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, what do we need to do?...of course, "get the bad guys." Yeah, that's it. It all makes sense now, once we get the bad guys, unemployment will drop, corporate mergers will cease, the price of gas will go down, stocks will rise and, oh yeah, my property value will be restored.

    October 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Ned

    We all need to put our entrenched political ideas aside and come to realize we will soon elect a man who will be the leader of the entire free world. We are not electing a King, Nor should we be electing someone with the thought this may be a chance for payback for all the undertrodden of our society. Remember who pays the taxes and who spilt the blood for this nation and saved our right to vote, to speak as we do and to live free. We have an opportunity to vote for an American Hero. Tough times will be with us for a long time to come. I think John McCain is better suited for the times ahead. If Obama pulls this out, there will be a culture war, no doubt.

    October 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |

    barak knows how to deal with terrorists and america haters better than anyone and first hand too. experience with these types of low life is an obama strong suit,

    October 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. Tim

    And this is the problem with people like Sarah Palin – they see the world only as "good guys" and "bad guys." Sorry, Governor, but on the world stage, sometimes you have to talk to the "bad guys." It took Bush a long time to figure that out, and I don't want to give you the opportunity to figure it out too...after it might be too late.

    October 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Ex Republican

    The bad guys are the fear-mongerers and their racist groupies who are threatening to tear the country apart with their hatred, and who lie about everything with an almost pathological zeal.

    October 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |



    October 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. irony

    she is a racist, bigot, liar, fear-mongerer, mean, evil, vindictive, uneducated, unintelligent, blowhard, riot inciting, venom spewing, hatred spouting, race baiting, unethical, unscrupulous, conniving, deceitful, hypocritical, poisonous, disingenuous, narcissistic, dangerous candidate of all-time! Please, for the sake of our children and grand children Vote for Barack Obama/Joe Biden!

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Sarah Palin-

    It truly shows your ignorance & incompetence, or possibly your own blind ambition and disreguard for someone else's safety, when you spew the false idea of fear throughout middle America. I am not sure if you completely understand that there are racists at those rallies who do not make much effort to get to know Barack Obama. Therefore, when they hear you speak, as their candidate, they are trusting your every word and looking for answers. That said, it is urgently essential you recognize the line before you, and the the sign staring you in the face which says "Do Not Cross."


    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. michael

    Fascist, period.
    Fundamentalist, period.
    Dangerous, period.
    God save America.

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. George W Bush

    Wow. The Republicans should win because they know who "bad guys" are? haha.....wow

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. Ashamed Republican

    Sarah Palin is NOT one of the good guys. Her nasty diatribes against Obama fill me with disgust. This is not the way an American election should be run. Her sneering remarks and canned phrases are unpatriotic and serve to inflame some of her followers. Well, you can count me out...I voted early for the first time this year...for Obama. I refuse to let this woman represent me and my country. There is anger in America...and it is directed toward you and your negativity. Why do you think you were booed in Philadelphia at the hockey game? The majority of Americans think you are out of your league.

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. toni cheeks

    I am having nightmares about this woman! Please send her home

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Eric Cooper

    I have been motivated to volunteer for the Obama campaign for nearly two years now, and it had everything to do with his politics. But after reading the craziness of Palin, I have never been more sure that I am doing the right thing, and I am even more motivated to get out there and stomp for what I believe in. Good guys, bad guys...we ALL love America you supposed high and mighty Christian with your devisive rants.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. Annoyed in NC

    And she might get away with it too if not for all these meddling voters...

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. James in Ohio

    Why does this woman think that she and Senator McCain are the only ones who know who the "bad guys" are? It's silly. Please Mrs. Palin, please stop inferring that Mr. Obama is sympathetic to terrorists and is somehow unpatriotic. We do not need the fear mongering that existed in the 2004 election, and it appears to me that such fear mongering is all that this "pitbull" has brought to her campaign.

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Pat

    If someone with authority doesn't stop this America is going to have a riot on their hands that will make the 60's look like a Love Fest! Sarah's persing of words, ineuendos and veiled attacks are what one might expect from deal makers not a VP! This is abominal coming from the McCain Campaign. They apologize and then ambiguously make the same attacks and think we don't know who the real target is! It is becoming very clear why John choose Sarah as his running mate! The thought of having her anywhere near the White House is too scary!

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. Jeffer65

    Great we'll be safe, but poor and socialist. Not a good trade off, Ms. Palin.

    October 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  21. Get Real

    Sounds like the Alaska Independence Party which both she and Todd at someone time supported or sople to.

    October 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. Had Enough

    Typical Rethug ploy...let's scare the American people into believing anybody who is different than us MUST be a terrorist. Go home, Sarah. You are an absolute disgrace to this wonderful country.

    October 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  23. grrr

    how can g.w. have an approval rate of 18% and the gop ticket 40.. something... are you that scared?.. just say barack, ok?

    October 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  24. JF

    Umm “we know who the bad guys are.” If im not mistaken, Your president and party started the war in Iraq to capture people who had nothing to do with 9/11. we know who the bad guys are..............No you dont!!!

    October 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. David of Kansas

    Forget about Obamaniacs, It's the McCain Palin crowd who is the radical ones. No one is shouting "Kill McCain, He's a terrorist."

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