October 12th, 2008
08:21 PM ET
6 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. Joi

    This is funny coming from someone who is married to supporting the state she GOVERNS , leave the United States and become a separate nation. Isn't that a "terrorist"?

    October 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. alex

    Sarah deserves to get a big BOOOH ....

    October 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. voting Obama

    She is spewing the rhetoric, is the only way they can win this election is by promoting fear. She has already said that Obama is "palling around with terrorist" so when she says we know our enemies are, they are terrorist. Does is take a rocket scientist to see she is still insinuating that Obama is a terrorist.

    This one feed up Republican!

    October 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Bridg

    Do you "understand the words that are coming out of her mouth?" Please help America return this lying, corrupt, caribou Barbie back to 'laska.

    October 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Elizabeth

    Who ever runs this POLITICAL TICKER NEEDS TO REPORT ON OBAMA GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN OHIO TODAY. ABC NEWS ALREADY REPORTED IT? CNN, I THOUGHT YOU WERE THE BEST POLITICAL TEAM ON TV! SEEMS TO ME YOU ARE THE SLOWEST!

    October 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Republican for Obama/Biden

    OMG. Palin is totally responsible for starting riots and spreading hate. The people in Alaska are ashamed of her. They don't know who she is.

    Is this anyway for McCain to run his campaign?

    October 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Georgia

    Sarah, you suck

    October 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. mary

    Isn't inciting a riot and/or criminal acts a crime? Sarah, you are close, if not over the line. Go away.

    October 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Dave, Houston, TX

    She's W.

    She is just another copy of George W. Bush. Don't be fooled by the pleasant looks - she has this paranoid, apocolyptic, end-of-times, fearmongering worldview, just like the worst president in history.

    October 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. greg

    why does she have to use fear to get votes. Create a plan, divise a stategy, use hope. Why would you try and scare voters into voting for you. That is called TERRORISM, using fear to get what one wants...America needs intelligence, reason. and logic. There is no need for religion, hatred, ignorance, and stupidity in this race.

    October 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. Seam, Philly

    The only thing these scum bags can resort to is terrorist scare tactics. Lets talk Economy, Stupid!

    Obama 08

    October 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  12. barbara

    More hate spewing from her mouth. How can she look at herself in the mirror?

    October 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. Lu from Houston, TX

    Palin is the enemy to truth and decency. Jesus never went as far as labeling people good and bad. We are all sinners available for redemption. From her actions and words, she is increasingly divisive and too hard-hearted for repentance.

    "All across America, I know that there’s a lot of anger right now" – She has taken advantage of people's concerns and channeled their anger away from issues and policies into hatred toward a person.

    October 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Beartrack

    Oh poor, poor sarah. The whole world is bad guys and fear and bad guys and fear "them". She really needs to get back on her meds before someone acts on all the this hate.

    October 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. MikeH

    Sarah Palin broke Alaskan ethics law.

    Sarah Palin is a theo-facist who tried to ban books from an American Library.

    Sarah Palin praised a group bent on sucession of Alaska from America thus encourangin anti-American sentiment..

    Sarah Palin has lied repeatedly and in front of thousands of people.

    WHO'S the Bad guy (gal) again?

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. jack

    YEA BUDDY, GOT THAT RIGHT, SARAH!

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Skelly.

    Isn't it time for the Republican ticket to get away from the politics of division and belligerence? On the one hand, McCain claims a legacy of "reaching across the aisle." On the other, he and Palin give the impression Obama is on the same side as "the bad guys." The fact is that Obama has always supported attacks against those who attacked us on 9/11: Bin Laden and Al Quaeda. He knows who the bad guys are and has a foreign policy consistent with this knowledge.

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. CLS in VT

    Sounds like the Repubs are the terrorists based on your definition.

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Adam

    Wow, she is a piece of work. If the McCain campaign win this by inciting fear and anger, I will completely give up on politics!

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Darren

    No, it's not "OK". The terorrist threat to the United States is not all based on a hatred of liberty, freedom, or equal rights. Thus there are a lot of "bad guys" who do not fit her definition. In fact, in Iraq (among other places), terrorists do what they do for their own freedom from a perceived American oppression. Is this a mistaken perception on their part? Likely so, but it is completely false to say that they attack us because they hate our liberty.

    Thus Palin is doing nothing but demonstrate that she has NO IDEA who the bad guys are. All she's doing is mimicking Bush's rhetoric from the buildup to and height of the Iraq war.

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. Amy

    OBAMA IS NOT A TERRORIST, SO STOP TELLING PEOPLE THAT HE IS!! Seriously, shut this woman up! Obama is going to end up getting killed because of her!

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. yen

    Sara Palin is the worst thing that has happened to Americans. Her knowledge of politics has boiled down to "bad guys" and "good guys". What can you say about such ignorance. Americans are better than Sara. What a big mistake McCain has done by bringing such an ignorant woman to the national stage. The good thing is that they are going to lose big time. Her scare tactic will not work.

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. Redneck from Kentucky

    This woman is extremely out of control and dangerous! This election won't get here soon enough to shut her fear mongering down. We don't need a VP who divides the country the way she does and creates unnecessary fear in the minds of the American public.

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. Jerry

    The last time I thought of voting for John McCain, was about the time he added the governor of alaska to his ticket. I'm dumb, but not dumb enough to give that idiot any chance whatsoever of being president of my country

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. AT from Canada

    this woman should go back to Alaska.

    October 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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