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. Richard A. Spomer

    Ohio is the happening State for the future after the backing of world banks G7/G20 so the world is getting on track again!

    McCain/Palin is yours and everyone else’s future; so get the vote out because the “Obama camp has already got the Feds looking at their voter fraud!"

    October 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Florida For Barack!

    I'm starting to believe Mrs. Palin is racist.

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. FirstTimeVoterForOBAMA

    I am from PA and Hockey Mom couldnt even get accepted at the Flyers game. Nothing but boos yaknow. She is too folksie with her talk and at some point in time I hope shw will realize that she is waaaay out of her league.

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Thank you for the kindergarten-level analogies Palin. TWIT!

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Check the Pain that Palin Propagates

    Am I the only one to see Palins Racism raise its ugly head ??

    ...the “greedy and corrupt and arrogant” mavens of Wall Street and Washington who, she said, have pushed the nation’s economy to the brink....

    Of course She knows the term "Maven" is of Jewish origin??
    It is commonly used in conversation throughout Jewish Communities.

    Is she Blaming Jews for our economic woes?
    Or simply saying that Jews are the “greedy and corrupt and arrogant” mavens of Wall Street ?

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Will T.

    After she and McCain lose, I hope the people of Alaska dump her since she is showing her true colors with the TrooperGate and such.

    How can you promote yourself as such a reformist and do the DC Shuffle as soon as YOU get questioned?

    She appears to be someone suffering from blind ambition.

    You know, they say that when a person keeps saying you can trust them, you can't.

    They also say that a thief always leaves his door locked because he thinks everyone else is a thief.

    I think Palin is the same old Republicans we all know already.

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. White guy from Ohio

    Rep. Lewis wasn't far off with his remarks. I think it's Palin who is the one stirring the pot. That woman claims she is christian but she doesn't act like it.

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    Abuse of power, a destroyed economy, an unwanted war, thousands of ours dead and hundreds of thousand of theirs dead for a foolish idealogue.

    You know who the bad guys are because you see them in the mirror every day.

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. TheTruthHurts

    Good ole' mom and apple pie. Good vs. Evil. Hulk Hogan vs. Iron Sheik. This is such a throwback to Reagan it's pathetic. The only question is whether the majority of the American population are ignorant and stupid enough to fall for this - AGAIN!!!!!!

    And, if they do, it's probably because of the corporate interests that have starved our education system while telling us there is nothing more important to do with our lives than watch American Idol on plasma tv's from Korea while eating a 2000 calorie Big Mac with no nutritional value.

    George Carlin was right - we're screwed!!!

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Jo CT

    I know my remark wont be put in but it helps me. Why does palin constantly lie about everything. It is like she just opens her mouth and likes to hear herself talk. I for one am tired of her and wish she would go back to Alaska.

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. Michael from NM

    What gives this airhead the right to try to scare America? Palin and McCain will do what ever it takes to win. They are the bad guys.

    October 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. tom

    What and who is she talking about? This lady is not good for the country,I think that this ticket is tired and needs a bit of rest because they are just talking a lot of bull lately.

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. Just like Bush

    In words and deeds, she is just like Dubya.

    And people would be fool enough to vote for her. OK! vote for her! Go ahead.
    If she wins and you've lost your job and healthcare during her administration, remember who you voted for.
    If she wins and we end up paying much more for gas than now, remember you voted for Bush yet again.
    If she wins and the value of the dollar has dropped even more and your taxes go up, remember that you voted for Palin.
    Most of all, remember that you've voted for her when all the world leaders laugh at her and want to 'hug' her.

    It would be foolish to vote for the very same people who got us into this mess. Just because they say they're 'reformers' doesn't mean you have to believe them.

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. First an Obama-Supporter, now a Palin-Opposer

    Dear Gov. Palin,

    Good guys? Bad guys? Please. Did you ever stop to think that there are disadvantaged people in other parts of the world who view us as the bad guys? Is it possible that someone has a viewpoint other than your own? Do you really think these people "do not like America because of... liberty, freedom, and equal rights?" Could it not be because we are the "Haves" and they are the "Have-nots"? Could it not be because our country has invaded their land, destroyed their towns, and continues to have a military presence in their country?

    I'm not suggesting their are easy answers to any of the world's injustices. Clearly we must unite in order to prevent radical terrorists from carrying our their malicious objectives.

    But let's leave terms like "good guys" and "bad guys" to The Lord of the Rings and realize that working to eliminate injustice in the world will do more to reduce terrorism than labels and military might.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. jim

    why palin keep copying of somebody phrase and use as her own, her daddy McCain taught her to tell lies to people without shame. Shame on both of you. You guys never get my respect.

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Yasriel

    Is anyone still listening to this FRAUD? Do we really want Miss Fraud, the Abuser in the whitehouse?

    Republicans, think again..do not mortgage your future for the sake of a lipstick.

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. PW Va

    Truly the most racist campaign I could have imagined in this day and time. Has this woman absolutely no shame???

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. Lonnie H. - Toledo, Ohio

    It appears as though McCain and Palin are on two different pages; unless of course she is still being "used" as an attack dog. Is she so blind that she doesn't see that these attacks DO NOT WORK! Some example of "Christ" this woman has been. She makes Christians look like mean, bitter, racist, ranting people who have no idea how to be all inclusive when it comes to others who have a different view of the world than they do. Palin will be one of the main reasons McCain losses this election. She has gone too far, and the bad guys are the ones who sent our troops to war to die for what reason? Her hate for Obama is seen all over her face, but you reap what you sow, so her due karma is coming. I'm an independent and she has totally turned me off to the whole McCain/Palin campaign. Good job hockey mom!!

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Sam

    This woman boils my blood. How can she keep on implying in every one of her speech that Obama is a bad guy, he is a terrorist.

    Can the american people not understand a simple thing that If Obama had been a terrorist or even had the faintest links to one. All of our 3 letter agencies would have put him behind bars by now and Obama would not be where he is now.

    Palin needs to stop making such comments. I do not have respect for me and I am sure that she is losing her respect every time she opens her mouth.

    Go Obama/biden 08

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. wow

    Palin is the bad guy. She supported her husband's actions to try and seperate Alaska from the US. She wants to scare people into a frenzy. All this and she can't even name a newspaper. Wow

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Rob

    lookin for bad guys?
    look in the mirror.
    these folks have completely lost it, the hate, lies and garbage they are spewing has become ridiculous. This isn't a schoolyard spat it's to elect someone to POTUS. If you can't win with ideas and inspiring the nation then you don't deserve to win.
    winning by using fear – everyone loses!

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Loraine Wells

    This sounds like Palin and George Bush have the same speech writer–all those "terrorists" and "bad guys" out there who "hate freedom." Come on, stop the fear mongering!

    And who is the WASHINGTON ELITE? How long had John McCain been in Washingotn? Come on now.

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Lisa

    I think the bad guys are the ones that abuse their power in office.

    October 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. Crazy liberal in WA

    I'm so happy to have this confusing "good guy" and "bad guy" thing explained. Sheesh, does she think she's a preschool teacher?

    October 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Goodson

    She surely knows the bad guys, literally, she's married to one of them.
    A member of the ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY, the first Dude, and the shadow governor of Alaska, we don't need to search the caves to find him

    October 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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