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. so sick of this

    The McCain/Palin campaign has a lot of nerve, especially when he suggests that he will not be "tested" because he already has been.
    That's exactly what invites danger. They need to put a muzzle on the pit bull and her owner – NOW! Curb your dogs, RNC, for the sake of the nation.

    October 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Mark

    Sarah, please go home to Alaska and take John and your family back with you. Oh, why are your children not in school?

    October 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. An independent

    Governor, you are a dangerous international crisis

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

    OMG - What is she is called to answer the phone at 3 am and have to deal with AYE-ran, AYE-raq and Nuke-lear issues!

    October 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Latina for Obama (nj)



    October 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Yngvai

    I usually vote for a mix of Republicans and Dems in the election. But the more I hear the McCain campaign and the overt negativity from them, the more likely I'm going to vote Dem across the board this year.

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    I bet she had to look up "rhetorical flourishes" before she got up there and said it.

    Actually, she was told what it means.

    A dictionary is not something she's familiar with.

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Shari, NY

    The Republicans have already invited peril with you as a VP choice.
    By the way, Sen. McCain will definitely need a plumber to clear those pipes that he has clogged with misconstrued info re Obama’s tax plans using Joe, Sam (whatever his name is) as a scapegoat. Incidentally, why is there utter lack of diversity at the Country First rallies? Where's everybody?

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. YOLA

    Are they for real? Every violent incident that is reported should be tied right back to McCain/Pailin! This is just disgusting!

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. sabuc for Obama

    It's funny how they fail to mention that Joe Lieberman was the one that originally said that whoever wins the race will be tested with an international crisis when they step into office.

    Palin sure is keeping Tina Fey in business!!

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. H. Charles

    This coming from the person who doesn't know the duties of the job she's in the running for. And don't give me that "she was trying to explain it in 3rd grader terms." Kids aren't stupid. If that question came up on a 3rd grader's test, they would get it wrong because Palin told them some BS instead of telling them the truth. She's been talking to her supporters like they're the 3rd graders. Too bad the 3rd graders I know are smarter than her and her supporters.

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Charlie Bradley

    Wrong again Caribou Barbie. YOU need to take a chill pill and show some maturity in your campaign.

    What I WANT is someone who doesn't abuse her power and expect the taxpayers of her state to foot the bill for PERSONAL travel.

    Go back to Alaska...IF they want you there

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. tiredofher

    McCain/Palin are the ones who are inviting trouble! She should just take her free clothes for the first dude and herself and their brood and go back "North To Alaska"

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Trey in Virginia

    Fear That's a new Republican tactic.

    October 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Ken in Dallas

    Oblivious, isn't she?

    If McCain were to be elected, he, too, would be tested, and he would FAIL by trying things that worked fifty years ago and aren't even relevant now.

    McCain's experience is worthless, because he's still trying to deal with the issues of the pre-Reagan era.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Tony

    Obama will invite a dangerous international crisis by being tested by our enemies to see just how spineless Obama really is. What's worse is that he'll invite a dangerous DOMESTIC crisis with his Socialist policies.

    I'll go with the guy who's go the experience internationally and domestically, not some chump who wants to steal wealth and no create job and staged a pathetic photo-op with his supposed national security advisers.

    McCain '08

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Pat_Pinehurst NC

    How does this woman claim to be a Christian? Has she even read the Bible? Has she spent one moment wondering what kind of example she is setting for her children? It makes me so sad to see them watching her tell lie after lie after lie.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Pam

    12 days and we won't have to listen to Caribou Barbie anymore.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Sam-NJ

    Sarah, go away already nothing you say makes sense...its all Obama this Obama that....why don't you talk about what you will do missy...

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |


    Does PALIN know the job duties?

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. economist

    To believe Palin is to be abjectly stupid. Every president is tested when they arrive in office. They are tested by allies, and non-allies. The leadership of other nations need to know how the new administration will respond so they can make their own foreign policy. *It does not matter who we elect, there will be a foreign policy test.* And I would trust Mr. Obama in that situation much more than Mr. McCain or Ms. Palin.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. gallimimus

    Sheez, here she goes again. How about talking about the issue's. How about talking about how you would like to educate our youth. NOOOO, just the constant bashing. That's all they have left.

    Obama/Biden 08, I already voted. Go Colorado, Obama/Biden!

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

    Just because you have been in the military doesn't mean you should be president. Just like just because you can see Russia from your back yard does not make you an expert in foirgn policy.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. kay

    Getting desparate. I think she has enough personal problems to address. She's hardly a guru on the issues.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. iv64

    Following orders in uniform is being tested? Even the military didn't think he was qualified to be promoted. His military record is less than stellar. Lets release the whole thing if you are going to use it as an argument.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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