October 23rd, 2008
04:13 PM ET
6 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. Timothy - Brooklyn, NY

    Is anyone listening to this idiot anymore?

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

    Palin for supreme lead er of the earth!

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. s.positive

    No it is your big mouth and little depth of international knowledge that will be the problem...

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

    Sarah Palin is a joke. We all know that the only true danger to our country is having her as vice president. It's laughable that she spends so much of her time attacking Obama and so little time addressing concerns about her knowledge of economic and global issues.

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

    Could be worse. Palin could be VP. McCain kicks the bucket in office. Palin becomes President. Breaks a nail and all hell breaks loose!

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    You know, for someone who refuses to give a "true" interviews with many of the media, who refuses to admit when she's lied and refuses to stop lying, CNN sure does give her a lot of air time. It must be nice to say whatever you want without anyone there to correct you.

    So now I'm supposed to be worried that if Sen. Obama is elected, I will be attacked. If this is bi-partisan politics and bringing the country together, god help us all.

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

    Ah, the old GOP tactic of spreading fear and doubt. I really can't wait for them to retire this tactic – or at least stop using it EVERYWHERE.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Eric in VA

    IDIOT woman.

    Go away. NOW.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. bob in L.A.

    Where is the press on this?
    Am i worng but wasn't the US attacked in 2001 right after Bush's election? Weren't we attacked in 2003 right after Clintons? Wasn't there a crisis at the beginning of Regan and Carter administrations?
    In saying that we will be tested by an international crisis is why Joe Biden is the BEST CANDIDATE in the race- period.
    He knows our history and wants to learn from it and be prepared.
    Laughing about it is what Bush did about the threat from Al Qeada.

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

    I thought the American people are more interested in the Economy than the war? Once again Palin and Mccain are out of touch.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Kevin Crowne

    oh yeah, please. This woman invites danger everytime she opens her mouth. It's isn't working Miss "Hockey Mom." Go back to AIC with your husband and get out of America. We're tired of this fear and blasphemy and your obvious lack of knowledge.

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

    Inadequate for the office of VP. Cannot describe the job. What a pity for US!
    Nganenu

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

    It is hard to know where to begin in responding and reacting to Governor Palin's latest distortion. The very idea that she could conceivably occupy the Oval Office, with her minimal understanding of global realities, is sobering, to say the least. To hear her distort, criticize and parse the stump speeches of Senators Obama and Biden would be maddening if it wasn't so patently absurd.

    One can only hope that the majority of the electorate isn't buying any of it at this point, and that she is speaking only to the "base," whose minds were made up long ago.

    October 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. paul (reformed republican)

    Does McCain SERIOUSLY think HE will not be tested himself? Does he really think he has already been tested? Either he's lying or he's a stupid as his running mate! He claims he's been tested many, many times. By whom? He's never sat in the Big Chair!

    No matter which one gets into the Oval Office in January, there will be a whole pile of crises to face; and there will be foreign governments who will attempt to test the mettle of the new President.

    It's precisely this kind of stupidity that made me vote for That One.

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Donna

    Palin has no shame–which is why she is plummeting in the polls. Her dishonesty and incompetence will cost McCain the election.

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Nancy

    I am so tired of their negative campaigning I could scream! She is the dangerous one!! The combination of being so power hungry and also so ignorant and small minded is the worst form of danger.

    The McCain Palin ticket is BAD FOR AMERICA! They cause divisiveness. They lie about their opponents. Enough is enough!

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Bea

    Palin, the bad guys prefer McCain because they say if Obama wins it will be bad for their goal of trying to pain America as the enemy..how will Obama invite danger? I am so tired of CNN even giving this type of talk any type of publicity...this is trying to scare voters ..this should be unacceptable...

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Independent Voter

    No. You will invite danger if you get elected with only an iota of a brain to parade as a vice president, Designer-Clothes-Loving Palin.

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. jim, kansas city MO

    They are not her words, Biden said it best "they (terrorists) will test him he wont know what to do, so just bear with him"

    If Palin would say those words, OMG the judgment day but of course for Biden everything is allowed and looked on the other side while he messes up. Like that restoran he mentioned in debate, which by the way has been closed since 1987, what the heck....

    Him and Obama sure make an amazing team...

    I doubt it this will get published because it does not fit into CNNs political daily agenda

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

    Nice clothes Palin family.

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. HUFFINGTON POST

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS CURRENTLY EMPLOYING SEVERAL TACTIS TO SUPPRESS DEMOCRATIC VOTERS IN BATTLEGROUND STATES. THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN BE POSITIVE THAT YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE SUPPRESSED IS BY VOTING EARLY & IN PERSON AT THE POLLING STATIONS.

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. TONY

    ONLY IN AEMRICA COULD SOMEONE LIKE MCCAIN AND THIS DIMWITTED, INCOHERENT, INCOMPETENT, BABBLING FOOL GET ELECTED.

    SHOUOLD THEY WIN THE VAST MAJORITY OR WORKING AMERICANS CAN SAY GOODBYE TO THEIR JOBS, PENSIONS, 401(k)'S AND RETIREMENT SAVINGS.

    IF YOU VOTE FOR THESE TWO LYING, HYPOCRITAL FRAUDS YOU DESERVE EXACTLY THAT.

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

    This woman has no room to talk about anyone's experience.

    When McCain asks if she is ready to be president he responds that she was part of the PTA – what a joke.

    These people have no new ideas and I cant wait till Nov 5 when I dont have to hear about this woman ever again!

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. gadgtfreak

    Twisting words again? When you have nothing to offer you just criticize and lie about the other fellow.

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. adg

    Mccain and palin are already a danger to our country. and I have a strong feeling and trust thar Obama will do great IF a crisis were to happen He has shown leadership and calmness already.

    October 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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