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

Palin: Obama will 'invite danger' if elected

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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. Trish

    I would get a kick out of Sarah Palin as the crafty, clever policitician she is, if she would just embrace the fact that she IS a politician, and stop pretending to be a Christian.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. GOBama

    It is going to feel so good watching McCain and Palin give their concession speech and watch Palin, especially, fade away. Good riddance, I say. The world is now dumber having listened to her these past few months.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Pete

    "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."

    Thanks, but I'm not as stupid as most of your readers and don't need help with the interpretation of what Biden said. He did say that Obama was not ready, that what he would do would not be apparently correct, and that he would need help from others. He also said it during the primaries. So go do a fact check, and then claim it is misleading.

    Nice try.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. That's Okay Sarah, It'll be over soon

    Sarah, it'll be okay, you won't have to put up with us non pro american folks much longer. It's almost over. Hang in there, and try to speak of love, peace, faith, Charity and hope, like good Christians do. Oh, I forgot most of the good non judgemental christians are supporting Obama. Thanks for ruining the republican party, maybe we'll get that reform and change you and mccain wants.

    October 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. palin is well dressed but not well informed

    we so look forward to the day soon that all we hear is the whine of palin's jet..taking her back to Alaska to face her ethics hearing..

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Lily

    This woman does nothing but lie and lie over and over again, and I'm glad CNN calls her on it.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Sensible Joe

    What will truly invite danger is not calm, collected, thoughtful Obama, but a vice president who still doesn't know the role of that office in the Constitution, knows little of the world around here and runs her mouth without thinking beforehand - none other than Sarah Palin herself.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Amber, Centreville, VA

    The only danger he'll invite is all the right-wing nuts crying foul and trying to sabotage this presidency.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Woodstock

    I will be glad when this election is over. No more lies and word twisting.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Pat

    Finally!!!!!! We are making Obama's lack of experience an issue.

    The media has done a great job of making this look like a Palin/Obama race, because when it comes to experience they are closer, even though Palin has more.

    However, if you put Obama's experience up against McCain's....it's not even close. McCain is much more qualified for the position.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Kristen

    Sarah Palin should be ashamed of herself for continuing to scare the American people into another attack that we had, such as 9/11 if Obama is elected President. She is twisting comments any way she can just to get to the top, no matter what the costs just like McCain has done through his campaign. What Sarah Palin is forgetting to mention is that the majority of other countries would prefer Obama be elected over McCain.

    Yes We can! Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. j in mich

    this coming from the same party that brought you "bring 'em on!"

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Mikey

    For some inexplicable reason, Joe Biden entered the realm of speculation regarding foreign affairs during an Obama Presidency.

    Palin is, as usual, mischaracterizing Biden's words and meaning and actually lying about what he said. Biden said that a President Obama WOULD be prepared to handle any emergency that might arise in the event someone tried to "test his mettle."

    What would be truly scary, would be a President Palin – totally unqualified and not all that bright – all cutesy winks and empty bluster. Most troubling is that she seems to have absolutely no idea just how clueless she is. She responds with supreme confidence to questions with answers that demonstrate her ignorance and incompetence without the least hint that she is aware of her total inadequacy. This is very disturbing.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Dale

    Gov Palin,"please say what you really think and not what the campaign tells you". If Palin and McCain are elected, I would more scared because this is the worst politics I have ever seen and they will do anything to get elected. They are ready to start a war!

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. therealist

    Does Joe Biden know something he is not telling us!? Why else would he make that kind of statement!!??

    Are we already being misled by the Obama team???

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Ro

    I'm sorry, I just can't see Mrs. Palin as a commanding authoritative figure on the world political stage. She looks like a house wife(nothing wrong with that) and she does not come accross as very astute to world events. I want to know if she was running for President would people vote for her? I think she maybe ready in a few years but right now I am doubtful. But again I am Canadian!

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. CPA in Nebraska

    ...and if she happens to become President, the world won't test her?! More stupid campaign retoric from someone totally unqualified to be in a leadership position.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Josh in North Carolina

    Palin's wants to be more than vice president; she wants legislative power. Sarah Palin would be more dangerous than Cheney as vice president because she’s corrupt and doesn’t know what she is doing.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Tim

    Funny...didn't Al-Qaeda just back McCain for Prez?

    They want the old man and Barbie to win so they can "exhaust America."

    Come on Palin. Read. It can help.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Robbin

    And we are supposed to feel safe with McCain/Palin ? He would push the button in a heartbeat based on impulse and she would push the button because she thought "GOD to her to..."

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. R

    Produce evidence that John McCain has been "tested" by terrorist actions. When all else fails in the McCain's campaign just scare the heck out of ignorant people and tell them to be sure to select McCain/Palin on their ballot. You might want to take time to give them directions to the voting location and walk them up to the voting booth then finally clap your hands in praise much like you do with a 2-year old.

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. TH

    Scare. Scare. Scare. Scare! That's all they can do at this point.
    "OOoooooohhhhh, look at these pumpkins. They're scary! Hay barrels are scary. So is John Boehner in an orange sweater! If Obama is elected it won't just be pumpkins, hay and Boehner's scary sweater, it will be terror. Sheer Terror!!!!
    But there is hope! We don't have to be scared. Sleep well at night, vote for this guy who in no way looks like a dead guy, or a scary ghost, or just plain creepy. Vote for this guy McCain and this fabricated nightmare will all go away. After all, we're Mavericks!!!!!"

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Peter

    Palin is a disaster!!

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. joseph from Georgia

    Where is her newest baby?????
    I wonder how much donation maney went to Todd to make him look better?

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Wow

    They are getting DESPERATE!

    October 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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