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. Charles in Cincinnati

    Riiiight. Because, you know, Joe Biden's totally unfamiliar with "nations that sympathize with terrorists". As Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations, I'm sure he's far less aware of these threats than is the esteemed Governor of Alaska.

    I wonder how many National Security Briefs she's read.

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Brian

    Well, we know she thought her brother in law was one of the bad guys, but did she think her husband was, given he wanted Alaska out of the USA?

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. mccrazy

    destroy our values? you mean like stopping people from making their own choices, taking us backwards 40 years, and continuing this crap in convincing the dumber portion of this country that obama is somehow a terrorist?

    you are so pathetic it isnt even funny anymore.

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    This lady is completly disgusting and has no business being on a national ticket. You're going back to Alaska Ms. Palin, your 15 minutes are up in 23 days.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Leah,Texas

    Palin has been inciting violence all week and it is time for her to stop or to be legally 'charged'.

    Enough is enough!

    Vote Obama-Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Kim

    Lovely. So, if the Republicans know who the "bad guys" are, why haven't they done anything about it????

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Grace Needed

    "Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for an ideological goal (as opposed to a lone attack), and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants." Based on this definition, Gov. Palin is committing terrorist like activities against our country. She is using coercive acts intended to create fear among the Republican base to achieve her goal of becoming V.P. and is NOT concerned how her words encourage acts of anger, violence and desperation against innocent 'non-combatants'. When she refers to Senator Obama as 'not like us' and someone 'who doesn't see America like we see America' plus stating he 'pals around with terrorist' she is using a systematic coercive verbal barrage to deliberately target Senator Obama and his supporters.

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Reese - MD Independent

    So does that mean that the AIP and her husband are the bad guys? They're treasonous and terrorists who don't believe in America. I mean really, who are these people talking about. I'm so sick and tired of the "us" versus "them". When the markets crash "All" of us are feeling it, not the good folks versus the bad folks. I really can't wait until this if over and hopefully I won't hear from the ethically challenged governor again.

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    It was nice to see Senator Biden and his wife, Jill and President Bill & Hillary Clinton on Sunday.

    Miss you President Obama…………..

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Tyran

    WOW!!! She sounds just like George Bush running that same old fear line. Everyone she disagrees with she demonize. So if Obama is a terrorist sympathizer, then so are Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joe and Jill Biden, because they support a terrorist sympathizer. Now that I think about it if you vote against John McCain and Sarah Palin you're a terrorist sympathizer. Well the "terrorist" are going to take over America come November. What a desperate woman in a desperate campaign!

    October 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Diane, NJ

    Haven't the people in John McCains campaign learned anything. For one, we can tell that Sarah Palin does not wright her own speaches. Those words are right from the advisors who have an agenda, and that agenda could prove to be very dangerous if they are not stopped. John McCain should step up and tell his advisors to tone down the rhetoric on whom Obama hangs out with, sympathizing with terroists. It is down right nasty and could prove to be fatal if some one takes their words to seriously. I plead for McCain to put a stop to this and stop it now. And second, Ms. Palin couldn't put two words together to save her life, she is such a joke.

    October 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |

    Why does this woman like to incite hatred? She shouldn't be a VP, much else ever become president.

    October 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Helen

    This woman is down right scary!!!!! I can't believe she could be a heart beat away from becoming President, that's reason enough to vote for Obama.

    October 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Viktor, Chapel, Hill NC

    would it not be better if Sarah Palin (the Energy Expert) spend more time explaining to voters the McCain/Palin energy policy? it will certainly serve serve the McCain/Palin ticket better, if she spends more time talking to voters about her "area of specialty" than playing the politics of fear and division! .....

    October 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. M Smith

    John McCain said he "he knows how to get Bin Laden" in the second debate, can someone explain to me why McCain hasn't let Bush in on this secret so Bin Laden can be done away with?

    October 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. Plain Sarah

    Just who are these bad guys and good guys, Sarah? You sound like a high school junior campaigning for the student council position. You certainly don't sound Vice Presidential, and heave forbid, Presidential!

    October 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. No Hate in '08

    This woman will stop at nothing to seperate this country further. We have had enough of that, what are you doing to bring this house divided back together so we can grow as we should?

    Please see past this hate and let's make the change that will do this country good.

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. t

    Do these folks have any ideas at all, apart from 'terrosrists are about to kill us'...and fear mongery, what a very sorry team....do they think america will fall for this load of crap again?

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. bill for barack

    Aren't the good guys the ones that DON'T VIOLATE THEIR STATE'S ETHICS RULES ?
    THAT SURELY RULES OUT PALIN JUST AS THE KEATING FIVE SCANDAL RULES OUT McCAIN. The politics of hatred as practiced by these two will surely come back to haunt this nation.

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. Dr. Proctor, PHD

    Sarah Palin is a threat to the national security of our country. The fact that McCain chose her is a direct affront to his judgment on national security.
    Being a POW is evident of judgment gone wrong allowing him to be
    captured. If he is thinking of "country first", Palin is not qualified.

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Georgia

    She is terrifying. God help us if this divisive, narrow minded, mean spirited and erratic team gets elected. They are SOOOOO unAmerican. The worst of our great country.

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. A. Rohani

    Palin only helps Obama everytime she opens her mouth and she's too dumb to realize it. We have very very sophisticated problems to deal with in the middle east and her entire understanding of foeign policy can be summed up in terms of "good guys v. bad guys."

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. AJ in Fla

    Please do not let up Sara Palin..!!!! they are scare to death of you..!!!

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Kerry from Anchorage

    This woman is so limited. She has a little bitty bag of tricks and she keeps pulling the same old lines out of it. How boring! She needs to get back to Alaska and face the music because her approval rating is dropping like a big bad rock! If you don't heed the warning, you remember you heard it from me! If we elect this woman to office, the world will laugh hysterically at our ignorance, and we really need to get along with the rest of the world FOR A CHANGE!! I am a republican, have been for 53 years, and this year, I am definitely NOT voting with my party! She is a train wreck and John McCain has very bad judgement for choosing her.

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. voter

    you are right Palin. There are good guys and bad guys. After 8 years of the republican terror of violating our constitutional rights, two wars and a bad economy, it is time for you and McCain to go home.

    October 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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