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. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Gee, You would rather have McCain's finger on the trigger then? McCain says he has been tested....ok, I'll give him his combat role in Nam and as a POW, but as for the Cuban Missle Crisis? He sat in a jet on a carrier waiting to "go" and then to do just what he has been trained to do. No thinking on his part. Just do it.

    Scenario: What if McCain gets elected and we then have an international incident come up that may or may not lead to armed conflict, but is not aimed at the US, but the intel reports don't give a clear picture? Will McCain then use the premptive precident sent by Bush? If he does and he is wrong what do you could happen?

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. scott - canada

    Seems to me that the Republican Party is getting REALLY desperate. Most of their arguments are "a whole lotta feathers, and not much chicken." The longer this goes on, the less substance there seems to be.

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Greed is not good

    Ohio please vote Boehner out of office and send him along with fear-mongers like Palin packing.

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Austin, GA

    Someone please tell this lady to shut up. All we hear is Obama this ...Obama that. I have a suggestion for the McCain campaign, how about a creative idea to help fix the economy instead of attacking Obama all the time. I believe that McCain would admit that he made a mistake choosing Caribou Barbie on the penultimate eve of the election.

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. 2pacolypse Now

    What's our alternative? You? Miss I can see Russia, it's practically in my backyard. When the Russians carry out their missions they fly, over Alaska. Miss I didn't even get informed by my own appointed energy chief and Lt. Governor when 8 Russian Delegates came to Alaska two Mondays ago for a meeting on Energy in your state, WITHOUT YOU. What does that say about your standing on foreign policy in your own state or abroad. Puhlease! go away, you've insulted us long enough.

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Lara

    It's no secret that the terrorist want McCain to win this way they can keep recuiting more people for their so called cause. Besides he was already tested. He new that going into Iraqi was wrong from the beginning and that we should have went after Bin Ladin instead who now has more followers then before. With all of the so called experience voting you would think the majority would have voted NO.

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. educated white woman for Obama

    Scare tactics. I suppose when you've nothing else to stand on, you can try to scare this.
    I can't imagine her in the face of crisis. Heaven help us if we had to.

    Oh can someone tell me where the baby, Trig is? Is he ever with his mom?

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Dawn

    Haven't we had enough of listening to all of this force-fed fear? Enough already. Send that Post Turltle back to Alaska...

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Latina for Obama (nj)

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    YES WE CAN!!

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. JFK

    Why is the McCain/Palin campaign can not talk about issues? Its always a message of fear and attack. That is not what our country needs now.

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. No Way for McCain/Palin Ticket

    Sarah Palin is indeed inviting danger...she and Todd are members of the Alaska Independent Party, seeking secession from the USA and having a witch doctor to conduct voodoism at her church in Wasilla to drive the evil demons out of Sarah. If that isn't Whacko..what is it then. Can you imagine how she's going to have Todd and Witch Doctor making all the decisions for her if something happens to old man McCain. Please think about this seriously!!!!

    Todd Palin was not a government official but sat in all the government meetings and many times ran and made all the decisions in the governor's office instead of Sarah Palin!!!

    Sarah, Todd, and the Witch Doctor would pose a real threat to the future of America. I definitely will not vote for McCain/Palin ticket!

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Voter

    3/4 of Foreign leaders support Obama... I'm not worried.

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Penny

    Did anyone else laugh so hard they fell out of their chair when McCain said in his ultra superior way that he had been tested and so no other nation would test him? Did he just beam down or what?

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Republican for Obama

    Every time we see her and hear her speak, we see an impeccably dressed ($150,000 worth), clueless person!!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I really do not like Palin. She is a treacherous, idiot puppet!

    October 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. carly


    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Doug R.

    Palin is a cluless rambling idiot. She has no idea what sees talking about. She is a disgrace and a liar. She is ignorant and dysfunctional.
    McCains service in VietNam was dropping bombs on civilians. After he was shot down and captured, he 'sang' to his captors and denounced the U.S.administration and its involvement in the VietNam.

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Tired of W, OH

    I can't wait until this "lady" goes back to Alaska. My wife literally cringes anytime Palin starts to speak, like someone is scraping their fingernails on a chalk board. The first instict is usually to lunge for the remote control to hit the mute button. The thought of Palin giving a State of the Union speech terrifies me.

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Robert

    Obama will invite danger? I think CNN should report on the AP story of how an al-qaeda linked website is endorsing John McCain for president...

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. CAROL from greensboro, nc

    and this from a woman who wants to be vice-president who can't even define the responsibilities of the office nor does she have a clue as to what the definition is for a pre-condition. anyone who votes for mccain-palin deserves to be exiled to alaska with those two.

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. travis

    Gosh Sarah, if you become President, I wonder if any international thugs will challenge someone whose foreign policy experience is limited to seeing Russia from her house.

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. j

    I think Obama will keep a clear head in a crisis and that McCain will more likely act recklessly. I don't expect Obama to "invite danger". He just seems too stable for any such thing and he'll send a clear strong message to those oposed to the US to watch their step. On the other hand, I think Palin would be in HUGE trouble as president – just trying to figure out what her job was.

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Sandra

    She is going to far.

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. susan

    Most of us wish she would just belt up and go away.
    She is a disgrace–completely without ethics.
    Both she and her soulmate McCain have run an increasinly filthy campaign.
    Neither has a shread of reputation left.

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. MEP

    She will do very her best to try to create it. Racism is working well for her, too. See how well Sarah does in the polls!!! There ! Those are two big two-syllable words she now knows!

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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