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. MomforObama

    All this lady does is go around the country twisting the comments of Biden and Obama inorder to build an argument for her losing party.

    She is so pathetic and stupid!

    Shouldn't her kids be in school? Or is she trying to make them as dumb as she is.

    Obama/Biden '08

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


    Botox Biden said it himself and then stressed Obama would need help.

    McCain 2008
    Hillary 2012

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

    12 more days... 12 more days. Then we no longer have to hear this non-sense.

    Sarah Palin: fade away into obscurity, and while you're at it keep an eye on Russia for us. Don’t forget to use binoculars, or maybe you could use the scope on your rifle?

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


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


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

    OMG- am I the only person finding Palin absolutely annoying???/

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

    I'm not afraid. Are you?

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. educated white woman for Obama

    seriously, are her kids EVER in school?

    October 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. California Voter

    "Caribou Barbie" whether this comment comes from a man or a woman it's sexist and offensive. It's just as bad as making a big deal about Palin's clothing. Personally, I'd like to know 1) how many white shirts Obama owns, how much they cost and how often does he change shirts during the campaign day! Now if you think that is silly let's forget about Palin's redo and focus on the issues and character of those running and not their wardrobe! Then decide who to vote for!

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. United nation

    Christian Hypocrites= republicans

    Mahatma ghandi said

    I like your christ but i dont like your christians, they are so unlike your christ.

    Hey fellas, what do you think of this?

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Tony

    Can't she go home to Alaska yet? Please?

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Lissa

    Hmmm....What is this feeling?
    Fervid as a flame, Does it have a name?
    Yes! Loathing!
    Unadulterated loathing

    (from Broadway's Wicked)


    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. prairieguy

    I guess Palin hasn't learned how to read complete statements or she would know she is full of BS stating what she did.

    Please send her back to Alaska...but make those $150,000 clothes are really donated to charity first as she may try to steal them!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. GEORGE

    Here we go again, Ms. Palin is just clueless.

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Chris

    This is completely outrageous. This woman has no credibility...I just hope that in 12 days she will be a distant memory.

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Fla Sam

    PLEASE! Enough with the fear tactics! America, please don't get fooled again! John McCain you say you are not Bush, so stop using the same tactics that Bush used in 2000 and 2004. Why don’t you try and tell us what you will do as President with some substance behind it instead of vote for me and you will be fine vote for him and the world will come to an end!

    Obama – Biden 08/12

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |



    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Mickey, NY

    If the doom and gloom predictions by the McCain campaign and Gov. Palin come true, I will hold them personally responsible for the outcome, just as we should hold President Bush and the current administration responsible for the events perpetrated against the american people on September 11th, 2001.

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Susan

    She is a sick, spiteful, mean-spirited, nasty evil woman! I thought I couldn't stomach Hillary Clinton until this woman came along. She is downright "ugly"!

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Lillie



    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. milo

    You know I'm surprised we're this late in the race and Palin still hasn't made it to "Obama eats babies".

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. onelove

    Gov Palin, can you ask John McCain about the black McCains? Did you know that his family owned slaves in Mississippi? I would like to know why Sen. McCain does not acknowledge the family as his brother and a host of other family members do.

    Get back to me on this.


    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Pack it in, Caribou Barbie. No one believes your lies any more – they're not your own words, they're not your own thoughts, and when you deliver them you're not even wearing your own clothes.

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. 2pacolypse Now

    Now tell us what the job of Vice President is again, Mrs Palin. Speak slow and speak clear.

    October 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    what will she invite?

    October 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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