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. Lisa P

    I'll pay attention to Palin's thoughts on experience only after she admits that she has none. Until then she's just talking smack and blowing smoke.

    In the meantime I have to wonder just how much those very nice new clothes her family is wearing cost... Guess you knew a lot more about corruption than you let on, eh Sarah?

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Mary Beth Shemeluk

    This woman would make Chubby Checker proud the way she "TWISTS" things around.
    Please go back to Alaska and put your kids back in school so they can learn what the VP really does.

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Nicole

    Why has the story about her 150,000 dollar shopping spree been put on the back burner?

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Will someone please put a muzzle on this woman's vile and vicious mouth. She is a disgrace to honesty, intgegrity, and dignity. She and mccain do deserve each other and I hope she flies her sorry butt home to alaska on the 5th after the RNC "donates the clothes to Charity". and takes her hate and prejudice with her. What a joke.

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Why are the kids not in school??? She is raising a great family.

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Elisabeth

    Seriously. This has to stop. She is so divisive and hateful. She is a fear monger. I am scared of her and her positions. I am not afraid of Barack Obama. McCain would be tested as well (if he had a hope of winning) and his response to that test really frightens me.

    Obama is ready. Joe did not say he isn't.

    Obama/Biden '08 and '12

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Susan in SC

    Let this woman keep her wardrobe; she will need a souvenir from her time on the campaign trail after she returns home with her tail tucked in November.

    By the way – do these Palin children not go to school? Or does supermom home school in her spare time?

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Funny, I thought we already are in several international crisis. Sorry Plain, you are out of touch again! I guess it's YOUR lack of experience don't 'cha know.


    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Sarah who?

    Is school not in session? Why does this woman continue to parade her kids around as prop? Unbelievable!! The McCain/Palin campaign is like a traveling circuis. Full of clowns.

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Betty the Beautician

    McCain has been in Congress a long time and Obama has been in the senate for 2 years. So, who really represents change????? NOT McCain–he's changed nothing.

    I'm way more scared of McCain inviting trouble than Obama. In fact, in his interview he said "they won't try me", which is just calling them out to do just that. Geeze.

    And God forbid Palin is our President–America will be in deep dodo.

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Commonwealth of VA

    She needs to check herself before she makes stupid statements as she always does. Everything she's stated on the trail has had to be explained to the public. This woman is divisive and definitely not good for the country.


    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Bill Columbus OH

    Ever been to Troy? She is in her 'element'. What an idiot. I can't wait until after the election and she finds that her God was not on her side, like she had prayed for. The republican campaign is falling and falling fast. McCains first action would be to puch the Button.

    Either man will be tested and tested quickly. Obama is the only one so far to show actual judgement through this campaign. McCain has only showed knee-jerk reactions that usually blow up in his face.

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. informed voter

    There we go again. It almost feels like 4 years ago. "Vote for me or else..." .
    Sounds like one of those chain emails I get that I promptly delete. Fear tactics may have worked last time Barbie...Not this time..not this year...Never again will you scare us americans into voting for you. Go crawl back into to that hole you crawled out of.

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. James Aten

    This is such a lame tactic! Taking a soundbyte and twisting into something bad about Obama. It isn't really working, and the people who actually believe this REALLY need to seek professional help.

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |



    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. R

    Palin, has a dangerous mouth full of venim and the rest of her is full of stupidity!

    October 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Praetorian, Ft. Myers

    When the challenge occurs (and statistically the challenges befall every new President) I would prefer a President who does not react in a "knee jerk fashion", but who takes a few minutes to consult experts like Joe Biden, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, his National Security Advisors–and then formulate a response.

    We've had enough "knee-jerk" diplomacy.

    Obama offers collabarative foreign policy, inclusion of experts, and an aversion to stagnate talks that result in unwielding policies that lead us to no other direction other than War.

    McCain..could learn a lot from the Obama plan.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Bob Ray

    Why is consulting 15 gifted advisors a bad thing?

    It is better for one person to make a hasty decision?

    "W" is pretty good at making uninformed decisions too... That has worked out well.

    Being in the military does not qualify you to be president. When will people realize that?

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Victory in O. Yes, victory in Obama.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Dan

    She does NOT even know what her job would be if she was the VP, So how can she now predict the future? I think the big issue soon will be the investigation in Alaska we will se that she has been a very bad pit bull.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. hl

    there is no substances in her one liner. 12 days and all she does is distract, divide, and stir hatred. this is not what this country needs in a turmoil economies.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Independent for Obama

    Why are her kids NEVER in school? Gosh!

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Peter from OH

    Will this woman ever give a real interview? I still don't know anything about her, except that she is an extreme right winger who probably wants to shift U.S. policies towards a theocracy.
    And I am supposed to even consider voting for her?
    The only thing she's apparently good at is being a firestarter for "her" Joe-sixpack crowds.
    When will this woman give a long interview where she explains her views in details, on all issues that matter to the American people?

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. tim

    Great, you report it when Palin says it, but not when Biden says it.

    She's right, as the Obama ticket has already acknowledged. The problem is that Obama is not ready for it, while McCain is.

    But hey, keep living on hope and a prayer.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Film Professor

    Somebody PLEASE tell this woman to shut up and go back to shooting moose.

    Between her wardrobe, ethical lapses, lack of understanding of the Constitution, and 3rd grade vocabulary, I cringe every time I hear her open her mouth. That McCain picked her as his running mate speaks volumes about his judgment, and I can't believe anyone with half a brain would vote for this ticket.

    October 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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