October 23rd, 2008
04:13 PM ET
10 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. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Sara is dangerous.
    She has ruined McCain's chance but oh well he inspired her.
    If these two get elected (by default) we will be in aother war.
    In Nov we will have a new President, ( a landslide )

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. TONY




    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Ron from Baltimore

    Gov Palin, please stop repeating everything your "strategists" give you to spout. We are sick and tired of it. And from the way Sen. McCain pretty much refused to make eye contact with you in that NBC interview, I'd say he's pretty much had it up to here. You should go learn what the VP does, shouldn't you? You should not have spent $150,000 on clothes, should you? Take care of your own business, and then see about helping out your party. Not until then, ok?

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Bennie

    Why are her kids not in school? Back on topic every president gets tested in some way shape or form. John was a POW and in the Senate for a long time. How was he ever tested like a president would be?

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Closely Watching

    And you will invite danger, disaster, erosion of Constitutional rights and one more term of Cheney in Lipstick...take your 30-06 attitude back to the land of Northern Lights where it belongs.

    Obama/Biden '08~Real change we can believe in.

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Dallas, TX

    Go Sarah!

    Sarah Palin 2008!!

    Obama is not ready to be president; he does not have the experience needed for that office; he hasn't established a solid record, except for voting president and for being one of the most liberal senators in the Senate!


    McCain/Palin 2008!

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. jane

    I have one word to describe Palin: PATHETIC!

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Dexter

    anonomous wrote: "You Nobama people are not only idiots, you're sick, sick, sick!"

    We're also the majority of Americans.


    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. AyaEnAZ

    I want my $150K for a new wardrobe and I want it now! Bet she'll keep at least one or two outfits as mementos. What a dream come true for a faded beauty queen from Joe Sixpack and Joe the Plumber land!

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. wakeupamerica

    Get your facts straight Sarah. That's not what Joe Biden said. But then again, all you do is twist the truth around. You're such a reformer (oops – I meant thief – stealing from your own state, stealing your new clothes from the RNC, abusing power). Jeez and you think the real American people want you on their side. Who is the elitist? I think your picture is in the dictionary next to the word. Go back to Alaska and let the lower 48 forget all about you and Papa John McCain and the dishonorable, despicable campaign you've run. Oh, one more thing God don't like ugly. You claim to be a Christian but Christian's don't behave like you and Papa John.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. joseph from Georgia

    And if something God forbid should happen to the 72 Year Old McCain, and she is President, how many bad guys do you think will be licking their lips, in anticipation???????????????????

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Josephine6Pack in Philly

    McBush spent 22 years in military uniform crashing our planes! NOT in the service of our country, but, rather, in the service of John McCain's ambition and libido.

    Even the plane that was shot down (not counted as crashed) over Vietnam – McCain says that he knew he should have rolled out and broke contact with the rocket but he decided not to – he needed that war record to further his ambition. A decision on par with choosing McTwit for a running mate.

    October 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. RealityKing

    Harry, Nancy, Obama, an international crisis and Joe, desperately trying to keep them from running away for it. Be very afraid...

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Jude

    PUT a sock in it....Danger is already all around us every which direction. The real question is: Who can best handle that danger?

    From the Financial crisis and how they have handle themselves, Obama has shown his steady, cool demeanor while McCain has been all over the place and erractic.


    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. gary

    Palin is a moron.Lets hope she gets impeached and will just go away!
    She is a disguisting,delusional,ignorant lunatic.And those are her good qualities.SARA GO AWAY YOU IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!AMERICA KNOWS YOU ARE A JOKE!!!!!!!!AMERICA KNOWS YOU ARE TRASH!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Joe The Engineer

    Are you still here Sarah? time to go back to Alasaka!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Haas

    We're in an economic crisis and she spends $150,000 on clothes. Palin, do us all a favor and go back to Alaska. America doesn't need another lying, spend thrift in the White House.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Sarah Failin

    Apparently Sarah wants to keep her Uncle Sugar Daddy's clothes. She probably has a long Christmas list for more "goodies".

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. greenfish

    We're all tested dimwit. Cheney and Rumsfeld (lots of "experience")were at the helm with W when we were attacked. Experience is overrated. Go with judgment any day.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Stephanie

    Why would anyone vote for McCain after he put Palin on the ticket. After 8 years of Bush, why would anyone even consider McCain?

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. non-kool-aid drinker

    Hillary warned us during the primaries. Joe warned us during the primaries. Joe warns us again. Joe knows

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Alice

    So sayeth Sarah Palin in her Nieman Marcus garb, with her 17 year-old pregnant daughter and other out-of-school kids looking on.

    Now I underatdn why her kids aren't going to college – they missed so much school travelling aroung with Mom at the taxpayers' expense they don't qualify!

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Mari for Obama

    Please make this woman quit talking! It has gotten BEYOND ridiculous-Americans want to hear about what YOU are going to do-not fear what may or may not happen. Her children really look happy in the picture, huh? Poor kids.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. renu

    The anonymous guy who attacked Pam,could you not even print your name? Tsk tsk ,such cowardice!Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
    Pam ,my rosary is set into motion so that I dont have to listen to her vile words and her kids can go back to school where they belong.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. CJW

    Even if you TRIED to like her you couldn't.

    She is such a mean-spirited, vicious, undignified, divisive liar.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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