October 23rd, 2008
04:13 PM ET
9 years ago

Palin: Obama will 'invite danger' if elected


Palin campaigned in Ohio Thursday (AP PHOTO)

TROY, Ohio (CNN) - - Sarah Palin on Thursday warned Ohioans that the Democratic ticket will "invite dangerous international crisis" if elected and gleefully mocked Barack Obama for dismissing his running mate Joe Biden as being prone to "rhetorical flourishes."

At a press conference in Virginia on Wednesday, Obama made the comment while defending Biden for saying at a fundraiser, "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy" - a statement the McCain campaign has seized on to highlight Obama's relative lack of national security experience.

Palin asserted that yesterday's "hastily" assembled press conference in Richmond, in which the Democratic nominee was flanked by 15 of his top national security advisers, should remind voters of "how Obama handles trouble."

"Here his own running mate has just warned America - and it's not the first time - he warned us throughout the primaries that Barack was not ready to be president," Palin said. "He reminded them that the election of Barack Obama will invite dangerous international crisis because he is untested. And Barack just brushes it off as rhetorical flourish."

"I question dismissing Joe Biden's moment of truth-telling as nothing more than a social embarrassment," she pressed on. "Sen. Obama's own running mate, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has informed us that a serious international crisis is certain if Obama is elected and that he is not ready to deal with it."

In fact, Biden did not say Obama "is not ready" to handle a national security crisis, but rather that Obama will need his supporters to stand with him as tough decisions are made.

Rounding out her criticism of Obama, Palin pledged that McCain has the experience to keep America safe.

"Now at least Joe and I have found some common ground, finally," she said. "We found common ground because I too want a president who's been tested. What I want is a president who spent 22 years in uniform defending our country."

soundoff (503 Responses)
  1. molly

    good bye dummy

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. A-Man

    This girl is corrupt, malisious and would sell out her family to get ahead. This REPUBLICAN will vote DEMOCRATIC for the first time ever to send a CLEAR message to our party that it needs an overhaul, and I want rid of Sara Palin and the back room people; they will not be a part of a proud Republican future. I call on al fellow REPUBLICNAS to send a clear message and vote DEMOCRATIC.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Gayle

    Off subject why are her kids not in school? Nov 4th can't come quick enough.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. anj

    anyone else notice Bristol is not in any of the pictures lately!!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. OBAMA 4 President

    How does she know? She can't explain what preconditions mean in interview with NBC, but she knows all this falsehoods about Barack. This woman is white welfare personified, if she were black and more qualified, she could never attain to this level. She is so unqualified for any professional job, let alone Veep. How did she get her job?!!!

    Please ensure your vote is counted for Obama when you vote, already voting machines in West Virginia is switching Obama votes for McShame. It is not beneath these jokers to try to steal the election. Check your touch screen selections carefully.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Bala

    Please go back and read the subject before you talk.. Pathetic..

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Hey Sarah – News Flash – McCain was "tested in Viet Nam" and he failed when he made propaganda films for them.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    Voted early for Obama

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Kenan

    Fear everything! Fear, fear, fear!

    C'mon everybody...let's cast aside these charlatan politicians and decide amongst ourselves to build a future on hope, unity and diversity...NOT fear and divisiveness.

    We will ALL be tested. Together we will come through whatever the future may hold.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Ed

    All I can think now is "how much did those clothes cost?"

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Paula

    Crisis? Doesn't she have to testify in her own crisis tomorrow? Guess she thinks making these remarks will take the media away from her and the "Dude's" testimony in Alaska.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Eddie G

    Palin, please just shut up and go away.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Carla Ellis

    The only danger I see facing our nation is the certainty of chaos if Sarah Palin is elected as VP – a candidate who doesn't even know her role as VP and the Senate???

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Michelle

    I'm so sick of this woman and can't wait until November 5th when no one will ever have to see or hear from her again! OBAMA '08!

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Kevin




    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Mike, MD

    This is all strategies Mccain/Palin try to use just to win the White House, American people will not faul for that this time. Mccain run the horrible campaign in history.

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Accountability

    Sarah's grabbing at straws...it would be sad if it wasn't so much fun to watch...

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Terrell of Escondido Ca.

    Be tolerant people, This is just the last gasp and the last grasp at a non-existant straw. They are dead without having enough sense to lie down.

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Gini

    No Sarah Palin you will bring crisis to the White House if you win. And because you are not prepared to even answer questions, what makes you think that you can be VP.

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Ron

    This woman is disgusting. Her extreme Christian views need to go back to Alaska.

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. When shall you stop this deception!

    Shut up Sarah Palin, you are a pathalogical liar! By the way, why are Palin's children never in school? Should social services intervain to ensure that the childrens rights are not abused? What a rolemodel is Palins are exhibiting for the country! I guess their children are on official duty, so Alaska watch out for the next per deim bills from Palins'!

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Georgia Voter

    How can anyone vote for McCain/Palin? It would be such a HUGE risk. All they do is talk about Obama and you never hear what they're for, just what they're against. We don't know much of anything about what they would plan to do except them saying "tax cuts" as an answer to every problem. The biggest risk in this election by far is to vote for McCain/Palin, because we don't know what their plans are. Reminds me so much of when Bush was "elected" in 2000.

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. proudly for Hillary, warming up to Obama

    Who is Sarah to talk about being ready to be President?

    McCain could get a heart attack during his inagural parade, and it's President Palin.

    Look at John Boehner standing glumly in the background- he's the Republican leader of Congress...and his caucus will be dragged down by the McCain-Palin disaster.

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Ren

    Don't her kids go to school?

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Mike in Columbus

    Palin = punchline

    and nothing more...

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Kevin

    I am not sure why they think military service is a requirment to be President. They always talk war and if you look at what has gone on during the last 30 years under Nixon and the Bush's it has been nothing but WAR. We could use the 10 Billion a month we are sending over there and paying defense contractors right here in this country for a change.

    October 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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