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. ak

    Here we go again..Didnt McCain say today that he will run a respectfull campaign..?
    Lies again..

    October 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Ethan

    The "bad guys"? Does she think Americans are stupid? She just gets worse and worse and worse.

    October 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    Is she still talking? This woman is a disgrace to all other female leaders in this country. It is a sad day again when she is so hateful and ignorant and people continue to buy it.

    -Elizabeth in Texas-

    October 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Cathe

    Could Sarah Palin possibly be any more ignorant?? First, SHE was found guilty of abusing her power to get her brother in law fired, in which she claims that she was cleared of all charges....and now her racist, elitist comments. Let me tell ya'll something....I am a white, working mom from a rural community, and the CRAZY that I see oozing out of Sarah Palin is sickening. She is a power hungry, racist, idiot. The bible does say that we will elect the all mighty evil one to run the country....I have no doubt in my mind that the evil is Sarah Palin. A vote for the McCain ticket is a vote to send the USA further down the toilet then it already is.

    Hey Palin – why don't you go home and watch Russia from your back porch you racist snob!

    October 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. FirstTimeVoterForOBAMA

    Get real this lady is serious? The biggest political failure of this century is Bush's Two terms in office. The Second is McCain and Palins run for the whitehouse.

    October 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. anyonmous

    « Back to mainNext article:
    Clintons campaign with Biden in Scranton

    October 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. Ellie

    Doesn.t Sarah Palin know that she's the cause of most of the anger out there. She sounds just like George W. Bush with her fear tactics.
    Shame on you Sarah Palin.
    Doesn't she know the Republicans have always wanted a 6.5% unemployment rate and there she is promising people jobs.

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. tina

    sounds alot like bush to me. didn't he say the exact same thing?

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. me4obama

    Sarah Palin is the one using divisive words. She calls herself a christian when instead she is a liar who is dropping seeds of hate- Mr Lewis was correct in what he said regarding the words of the republican campaign. Simply racist and full of hate.

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. concern citizen

    The way Palin is doing this campaign is dividing the American people and is full of LIES.

    Sarah needs to look at herself first before throwing stone to others.... SARAH YOU ARE A LIAR.

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. Hilda

    I know that at least Sarah Palin is honesty with her facts because she hasn't being corrupted like the majority in the White House. Mr. McCain is very straight with what he stands for, so I Guess I go for honesty and experience with my VOTE.

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. Dave, Baltimore

    This woman is very dangerous, her ignorance is filled with hatred and division and is not afraid to lie in public...She is playing with fire !!! She is the kind of person who would ecourage those who have misconceptions about her opponents... instead of talking about specific issues.
    Who was supporting Alaska's independence until not too long ago? And now you really care about the United States of America. America wake up !!!

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. maynard hopkins wi

    Its not hard to decide.

    1. McCain/Palin prolife
    2.McCain/Palin pro nra
    3. McCain/Palin pro american

    1Obama/Biden Abortion big time
    2 Obama/Biden gun consfiscation higher ammo prices tax on guns you own
    3. Obama/Biden accepts money from foreign nations anti american

    Obama is but not Biden

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. John in Gig Harbor

    Sarah Palin understand who the bad guys are because she lives next to Russia. I could be President because I have seen a picture of the White House. She understands about as much about world politics as I do about how dogs jump to the moon and back when you're not looking. Non-existent experience. What a DINGBAT!!! She needs to go home and raise her family. Her youngest child needs her more than she thinks.

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Hannah

    Palin rocks!

    All Obama supporters need to wake up and realize what this man is all about. He is very dangerous and cant be trusted. I am thrilled Sarah Palin brought up that he deals with terorrists. This has to be made known.

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. Tim

    This woman is dangerous. She's going to get someone hurt or killed. Will she wink and smile her way out of it?

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Ez

    Every time I hear Palin the word dodo comes to my

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Linda

    So now the Wall Street and Washington guys are terrorists? What is this woman saying?

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. G

    exactly why I will turn off my tv like CNN if these two dividers get elected. I cannot stand her and her simplistic views

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Shirley

    My, my, my ~ ~ sounds like you are about to choke on your lipstick ~ ~ so sorry that you are not capable of talking about anything positive ~ ~ your hate spewing is getting you and McCain lost on the bridge to nowhere ~ ~

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. andno

    I guess this is how the world would look if I was a moron.

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. terri in MT

    THERE IS NO HOPE IN YOUR COMMENTS PALIN... NO MERCY, NO JUSTICE, NO RIGHTEOUSNESS, NO HARMONY, NO PEACE, NO LOVE.... and we know that the Bible says about that... (ding, ding, ding).

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Tracey

    And oh by the way, she is just as bad as they are to "abuse her power" and continues to lie about it after the panel found her guilty of doing so. Now come on, who's really bad here? The republicans are bad and they are bad not only for this country, but the entire world! These people are going to have us all killed! They are the bad ones! They are sick . . . . .

    October 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Ina

    Plz stop this bs McCain and Palin. You are setting this country back 50 years!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. ele

    We know where the anger is coming from..she is causing a lot of trouble...she needs to sit down and go back to Alaska, where she can be tried for the wrong that she and her spouse did..and they are fully aware of what they did...

    October 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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