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. Obama/Biden 08

    Unfortunately, the McCain campaign seems to have forgotten how well JFK handled the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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

    This gal gives a new meaning to whacko...I can't wait for the plane to leave for nowhere!

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Wendy in NC

    Palin IS danger with a capital D. To think that she might be president just scares the heck out of me.

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

    And what exactly does Caribou Barbie think of Al Qaeda's endorsement of McCain? Doesn't that set off any bells?

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

    Come on Sarah. You are becoming a weight around McCains neck. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK> You are a joke!

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

    The danger is voting for McBush and Palin, my friends!

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

    I will not miss this stupid woman

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Nj in FL

    12 days and you may be in for a big surprise! You just mark my words.

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. A voter

    Sarah Palin has a rare knack for reducing everything to the lowest common denominator. She herself is so vulgar that it is sad to think that a sizable number of voters are turned on by her. If this is what America wants, then God help us. Just someone buy her and her clan a one-way ticket to Wasilla and get her out of the lower 49 states. That would be good riddance indeed.

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. karen-phoenix

    Joe Liberman said the same thing several weeks ago about McCain. Please, please get this women off the TV–I found my mutt button-yea!!!
    Republican for Obama/Biden–God Bless them!!!

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

    Do her children go to school??? Some family values...

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Kiah G

    Keep on talking Palin...the more you open your mouth the higher the polls go up for Obama. Your very presence is a rejection from the American people. So keep it up!

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. USAF Staff Sergeant

    What a dumb thing to say.

    Hey, don't her kids ever go to school??

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

    Palin is NOT the one to talk about who is and isn't ready for their job.

    Just throw free clothes at her and she'll say whatever you want, folks!

    October 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Jerry Atrick

    Obama has a family crisis and he can't escape the demons. Anyway, early voters are all out in record numbers and the tilt is towards Obama, so he might be out of sight but not out of mind.

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

    This woman has chutzpah! She is one of the most sarcastic, sharp tongued, dangerous and arrogant people I have ever had encountered.

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Randy

    Will this woman stop at nothing to get elected? Instead of always ranting about someone else why not talk about yourself, the policies you hope to put forth, etc. If you can not win based on your own creditials and proposals, you don't desire to be VP. Enough with trying to scare everyone.

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. annonymous

    TESTED? Sitting in your plane on a ship somewhere while a crisis is playing out in between Super-powers is hardly a test.

    (I refer to McCain's comments regarding the Cuban Missle crisis

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Independent from PA

    For a VP candidate who is afraid to be interviewed by the press, you do blow a lot of hot air, Sarah Palin! Can't wait to send you back to Alaska to face Trooper Gate charges...

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Mike in Ohio

    Either candidate who wins will be tested. I will trust Obama, with his 21st Century mindset and his top notch advisors, to navigate those waters on our behalf far more reliably than I would McCain, who is still stuck in the days of the Cold War.

    And what if McCain wins, then dies.... what do you think the testing of Palin will be like? That would be the true definition of dangerous.

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Go away already!

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. thanks, but no thanks

    CNN please post my message:

    McCain has a new hero: Teddy, make room for Joe. Philadelphia Inquirer October 21. " Roosevelt believed that rich should pay more". Demand progressive taxation in 1907 and you get your face carved onto Mount Rushmore. Advocate the same thing in 2008, and you are an enemy of hardworking plumbers. Go figure.

    Jonathan Zimmerman History Professor at NYU

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Californian4Obama

    I was wondering about the Palin's kids yesterday. Don't they go to school? And where is Bristol and her baby-daddy?

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Laura

    ' The children are off limits ' ........... two more weeks and she brings them along to ' show and tell ' . Show them what a loser she is and tell lies in their face. Nice mom really nice. So I guess next week Bristal will be joining you with her unwed belly ....

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I'm scared now.

    What will Palin invite?

    October 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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