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. Pat

    She still sounds very angry and is pushing this negative rhetoric that can be construed as bitter angry speech at anyone perceived to be in a committe with terrorists. Ergo, Obama. She has not denounced anything negative speech nor has she quieted the crowd when they take her comments out of context. This is not good for McCain's image. I like him but she appears to be the one leading McCains message to a different direction. He ought to stand up against her unless this is another one of his tactics. Is it? I hope not.

    October 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. BlahBlahBlah

    So the Republicans know who the "bad guys" are? Is that why they decided to invade Iraq after 9/11? What a joke Palin is and McCain has become.

    October 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Margo - TEXAS

    I'm so tired of hearing this women speak! You are the bad guy Palin!!! Didnt we just find out that you abused your power as govener of Alaska!!! Get off the stage already, when is someone going to call for this women's impeacement!

    October 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. j

    I know who they "bad guys" are too. One of them has recently been charged with abuse of power and unethical conduct while the other has used poor judgement and shows contradictory behavior. McCain and Palin tactics are divisive when the country needs unity. I want a smart government because the times call for smart leadership and this pair, aint got the smarts.

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Rose

    How about Palin looks at her own record for good vs. bad? It's official – she lied again in the Troopergate case and abused her power as governor violating public trust! This is a serious abuse and this same person claims to know the difference between good vs. bad? Shameless! And Palin has no motherly conscience whatsoever inserting her children into politics – like taking her daughters out on a rink filled with boos! Palin is a very bad, dividing, blindly ambitious, vicious person who I hope will vanish after the election day from the TV screen and national news!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. CMJ

    This woman is a danger to America and the world. Her ignorance could not be any greater. I don't care that she can't speak in proper sentences – I care that she has even an ounce of dignity or a clue about right and wrong.

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Ramona

    I want to know when she is going to understand what it is exactly that she is eliciting from these crowds. And if she does indeed understand what she is evoking, the hatred and the rage.... the stirring of the pot..... and yet she is still doing it, then she is more than dangerous, and she needs to be stopped NOW! Someone needs to sit her down and explain that enough is enough. Perhaps it is her and the fury that she is purposely evoking from these people who are being told to fear Obama as a terrorist, (which is exactly what she has here been quoted to have been doing today AGAIN.) Perhaps SHE and her evil words are what has been meant by the ominous statement: Wait and see what happens in October.....

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. BV

    "They do not like America because of what we stand for. Liberty. Freedom. Equal rights."
    Wait...so...'they hate us for our freedom?'
    This woman is GW Bush in Heels with the forked tongue of Karl Rove. If ANYTHING happens to Obama before or after this election, there will be a very hot place in hell reserved for Sarah Palin and John McCain for inspiring, allowing, and stoking violent and aggressive tendencies in their "campaign stops," which have essentially become angry mobs.
    Is this the 'campaign of decency' you were talking about John? Is this the 'respectfulness' you plan to show Obama?
    Keep it up. The mask had to slip sometime. Better now than November 5th.

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    She makes me sick.

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. dallas4Obama

    Okay who would be in their right mind to vote for this lady that have no knowledge of what is really going on in america. This lady have no clue, She don't even remember that she voted for the bridge to no where ha ha ha what kind of vice president this will be.

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Kel

    This is ridiculous. I've always thought of all of them -everyone running for office- are patriots. Everyone. McCain, Obama, Biden, Clinton, Romney etc. Yet with so much hate spewing from Palin, is she trying to get us back into riots the 1970s? The economy is doing badly enough, and she's full of distractions. We need to talk about ISSUES. Healthcare, education, energy, economy. Not the "I hate you, you hate me". Lies and crap.

    October 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    Republicans calling Democrats terrorists? Ground Breaking. These people are sick.

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Steve, KY

    McCain should be enjoying life in retirement!!

    He doesnt care about the US! He only cares about ticking off that one last box on his "to do list".. About getting his name down in history before he hits the bucket.. I cant believe the rest of you intelligent Americans cant see that!

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. SensibleJoe

    Obama knows who the bad guys too, which is why he is right about the Bush administration fumbled in the war against terrorism by taking its eyes off Afghanistan to divert military personnel, resources and firepower to Iraq, where no terrorist threat existed until our invasion broke down the social structure and they moved in from abroad. On a great many issues both foreign and domestic, Palin has light years of reading and studying to do before she's qualified to speak on the national stage, much less be vice president. Right now, she's resorting to the most desperate tactic in the book: the gutter politics of empty sloganeering and bearing false witness against one's opponent - and it stinks like rotten eggs.

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. Michael in Los Angeles

    John McCain will clean up Washington the way the average person cleans a public bathroom. He will walk in with his nose held, do his business, and leave having changed nothing.

    Sarah Palin has been proven corrupt in Troopergate, and can't even carry the mop now.

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Linda31

    This woman is crazy. Isn't her staff giving her the news as to how America is reacting to her venom?

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. k

    smells like fear + hate spirit

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. melissa

    I find it appalling that she continues with the terrorist issue and McCain really doesnt seem to be stopping her. She is creating this unbelievable divide in the country. This campaign is turning very dirty and it really turns me off. I dont understand why she cant just stick to the facts. It really scares me to know that someday Palin may run this country. Look how she has already divided people and caused such extreme hatred towards one person. Thats not what this country needs right now.

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Sue, MI

    She is truly disgusting. A real leader wants to bring the country together. All Sarah Palin and her kind want to do is to force their radical views on all of those who still believe in our country and Constitution!

    October 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. Pat

    McCain is a good guy but, I am not sure that Palin is.

    She still sounds very angry and is pushing this negative rhetoric that can be construed as bitter angry speech at anyone perceived to be in a committee with terrorists. Ergo, Obama. She has not denounced anything negative nor has she quieted the crowd when they take her comments out of context. This is not good for McCain's image. I like him but she appears to be the one leading McCains message to a different direction. He ought to stand up against her unless this is another one of his tactics. Is it? I hope not.

    October 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. keith u.s.a.

    GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN I HAVE HEARD IT ALL FROM YOU McCAIN AND OBAMA BUT IF I HAVE TO CAMPARE YOU AND McCAIN TO OBAMA AND BIDEN ,OBAMA AND BIDEN ARE THE BEST IN EVERY RESPECT THEY HAVE DONE THEIR HOMEWORK VERY WELL INFACT I WOULD SAY THIS THAT PRESIDENT BUSH SHOULD HAVE BEEN RAPLACED AFTER FOUR YEARS ,AMERICA WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THIS POSITION,EVERY THING WOULD HAVE BEEN OKAY.TODAY WE NEED SUCH A PERSON WHO CAN MAKE DECESSIONS ON THE SPOT NOT LIKE McCAIN OR BUSH AWATING FOR THE LAST MOMENT.AND OBAMA AND BIDEN IS THE RIGHT CHOICE.THE PERFECT PAIRTO THE WHITE HOUSE.

    October 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. CS

    The terrorists are the bad guys y'all, OK? Good grief! Do we really need another "plain-spoken" idiot in the White House, even in the form of a vice-president? I hope everyone realizes this could be your president at some point. Can you see how clueless she is?

    October 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Mr E

    Oh Poor Sarah , i wish you know what you are doing/saying . What will it take for you to know that you are being used. Pls save yourself some dignity for 2008 when you may consider running again , that is to say if Alaska law makers did not impeach you for abuse of power.
    You look smart , pls act smart.

    October 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. latasha

    There she go again interjecting fear on the people. How in the world does she know who the bad boys are if all she speak on what goes on in Alaska. Its like she is stuck in a box up there. She doesn't get it. Palin is a very charming person and I see why people like her.

    October 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. hannah

    John McCain certainly doesn't have his campaign, OR his VP candidate under control! Sara Palin just keeps fueling the fire she started last week! More comments to get her crowd charged up. I'll bet the "Big O'", who sits on a mountaintop "somewhere out there" is laughing himself silly! The McCain camp is truly pathetic!!

    October 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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