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. Arnie

    And you wouldn't invite crisis. You are (Sara Palin) the most absurd candidate ever!

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Alison B

    Where does she get her facts from. Is this scripted for her or is this factual information that she can confirm to be true.

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Joe the Undecided

    Double standard given that the uninitiated Palin would become president should something happen to McCain.

    Simply by hearing Obama and Palin speak, it's obvious which one would handle a crisis with an appropriate response and leadership.

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. deborah, WV

    We would only invite danger, if we voted for John McCain and his expressed intention to stay in Iraq at any cost!!! That would be the final nail in the coffin of our wounded economy!

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Evil

    T-Town in the house!

    T-R-O-Y, Troy!

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    keep stiring your witches brew for hate, don't you realize we are SICK of your hate campaign. it's too late to talk about the issues, just go back to alaska, if they will even have you. VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. No Palin!!!!

    Tell us Sarah Palin, what would you invite if you were elected? Your stupid reasoning won't work on smart Americans.

    We are witnessing the death of the Republican party.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |



    Election day can't come fast enough

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. JIM...TX

    God I'm sick of their BS and more BS! I hope I can make it another 12 days...I can only imagine the crap we'll hear between now and then. GO VOTE EARLY...VOTE OBAMA 🙂

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Obama 08

    First of All, why are your kids not in school? Would you like for them to be as uneducated as you are....

    Please do not call yourself a Christian. Do you know that you are breaking the 10 commandments on a daily basis?

    I guess the appropriate name for you "SHE THE DEVIL"

    I am so sick of the Repubs, they had 8 years and all they would do is to bring turmoil into this country and they have the guts to ask for 4 more years, the hell with you McCain/Plain

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. CitizenAJ

    Here is what I think COULD happen. The world is watching this election. That means America's enemies are watching this election. They have watched the debates and may have paid attention to the campaigns of both sets of candidates. They see John McCain as a candidiate with no plans, no vision, who picked a VP pick who is NOT READY to lead. If any ticket gets tested early, it would be the McCain-Palin ticket because America's enemies know his VP pick would be helpless in an actual conflict. Think about it America. What would Sarah Palin do if a major incident happened and McCain was incapcitated? What would she offer him if he was not? Who would focus on other issues while he address the incident? Palin could not on her own because she is clueless. His cabinet you say? Then you admit that their ticket is the weaker of the two and we should not be putting the "weaker" ticket in the white house, for America's sake!

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Loud & Proud Leftie

    Wow, they are really running out of ideas. I'm so bored by the Repubs this year. All they're doing is re-cycling the same garbage from 1964.

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. wycliffe, NJ

    Sarah please remember me, when you get rid of you 150,000 dollar clothes....I will sell them and buy me a dream house

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. jj in Idaho

    Why can't she complete the Biden quote...Barack Obama will meet that challenge with "a spine of steel"?! Why does she leave that part out, or is this just another disregard of facts which she doesn't like?

    'Cuz it makes sense, doesn't it, that Joe Biden is campaigning for a man who he doesn't think is competent? Oh wait...that's Sarah Palin's job...only in her case, it's a whole darned lot of real, patriotic, pro-America Americans who don't think her running mate is competent, by golly.

    Keep up the division and the rhetoric and the slapping, McPalin...every single poll shows your meanspirited lies and attacks are working...in O'Biden's favor!

    O&Joe in '08!
    Don't Gloat, Just Vote!!

    October 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. warren smith

    why would you say something like that

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. McWho??

    can't wait to NOT SEE her anymore. It's time for Palin to disappear back too Alaska.

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Why aren't her kids in school. Charter or Public or Private. This is crazy!

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Dan the Hillary Voter

    I'm starting to think that voting for McCain is probbably the safer bet here. Obama seems more occupied with his ambition, than with the country right now.

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. KJL

    This woman is a racist cow, and she has an ugly herd following her.

    Anyone with a brain in their head knows things happen right after an election, and a lot of them aren't pretty. This is another good reason for electing a level-headed, intelligent president instead of one who wants to BOMB BOMB BOMB Iran.

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

    Sarah has a lawsuit AGAINST FURTHER PROTECTION OF POLAR BEARS so as not to hinder oil drilling in Alaska's ice-filled waters

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

    She is sick! Trying to instill fear into the hearts of people! Doesn't she belive in the GOd who says He has not given us the spirit of fear but of love,peace and a sound mind. I told you she was a hypocrite who only uses God name for her own motive and then does everything opposite of what His words in the Bible says! Go Home and go Moose hunting!

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    Can any one please explain to this 60yr old vet and serious cspan junkie why is Obama you should be saying We, America, Americans, The United States of America. Get the point we are america not one person he or she is just the costodian of the office. Only Adolph Hitler was Germany . Obama or McCain will be temporary get it.

    2012 😉

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. The pot calls out the kettle

    Is it just me that finds this hilarious coming from Caribou Barbie.

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. MP

    Here is Sarah Failin again using the traditional Republican attack card: FEAR!!! News Flash Governor: We're not falling for it this time!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. rice, bryan

    SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, are you voting for me yet? SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, SCARE, are we there yet?

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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