October 30th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin reminds voters of terrorist threat

 Palin has begun holding policy events.
Palin has begun holding policy events.

ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Sarah Palin made a new push Thursday to remind voters that the threat of terrorism remains very real, despite the current focus on the troubled economy.

In consecutive campaign events in Erie, Pennsylvania, Palin argued that economic concerns are inexorably entwined with American security interests, and that John McCain is the only candidate prepared to handle both issues.

“Gone are the days when we had placed domestic and foreign concerns in two distinct categories and just choose a president according to the priorities of the moment,” Palin said at a rally in Erie. “On November 4, we need to elect a president who can handle the difficulties in the economy and the dangers of the world all at the same time.”

The Republican vice presidential nominee was introduced by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, an Erie native with national security experience whom McCain once considered tapping as his running mate.

Palin mocked Barack Obama’s 30-minute network ad buy a “warm and fuzzy scripted infomercial” designed to “soften the focus in these closing days.”

“He’s hoping your mind won’t wander to the real challenges of national security, challenges that he is incapable of meeting,” she said.

Palin’s speech came shortly after a meeting across town with several national security advisers at Penn State-Erie. Following that meeting, she read a statement to a small audience that introduced strong new language warning voters that the “far left wing of the Democrat party” - led by Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank – would cut defense spending by 25 percent under an Obama administration.

“They’re preparing right now to take over the entire federal government, folks,” she said. “According to their own stated plans, the first thing that will go will be one quarter of our defense budget.”

Although Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services committee, has said he would favor such a spending cut, Obama has called several times for an increase in defense spending.


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soundoff (293 Responses)
  1. Reality

    And that's why, McCain suspended the campaign to concentrate on one single issue at a time?

    October 30, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    She continues to forget that she's our biggest threat with her ignorance and intolerance.

    October 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. rich

    That's all they got...the FEAR CARD. Sorry NOT THIS TIME!

    October 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. JJ

    That's right Sarah...keep spreading the fear.

    October 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. CNN loves a horserace

    Last resort:

    Scare 'em doggone it!

    October 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Sharon - NC

    Yes, we all have seen just how calm, clear-headed, and rational John McCain would be if a disaster occurs. And Sarah Palin will have to be shown a map by a 5th grader to know which country we'll have to deal with.

    October 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Fred

    The fear card always plays well with the GOP mongers.

    I'm not scared. I voted Obama/Biden.

    October 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Obama for president

    Bush is the biggest terrorist, I've ever seen. He has done more damage to American than any terrorist is the middle east. And john mccain helped him, which sickens me.

    October 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. j

    Palin is a terrorist threat. I predict that if McCain is elected the US will continue to lose it's standing in the world and will cease to be a super power. That might happen anyway but it's more likely to occur with McCain than Obama.

    October 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. jim in indiana

    If McCain and Palin come back to win the election....what a sad day in history it will be that they spread hatred and told flat out lies to get elected. If they win, I will be discusted to be an american.

    October 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Lesley

    Well, that was an excellent recommendation for Joe Biden as the vice president because she has no foreign policy experience and could not possibly step into the job of President or even give an opinion on foreign affairs. Her ticket is half empty on the foreign policy side and backward on the emerging crisis our country is facing domestically.

    October 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Lyndon

    Simply pathetic.

    I've had enough of the Republican Party scaring up votes and appealing to the worst of human nature. Come November 4th, voters are going to sound a swift and strong message that they are better than the hate and lies of the ticket at the top of the GOP.

    October 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Linda32

    This woman is NASTY. This is exactly the reason we do not want McCain/Palin....a threat.

    October 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Beartrack

    Back to fear again. Be afraid, be afraid. Don't be concerned about the real threat to this country-the Republicans.

    October 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Jeff

    This woman is worthless. She had a closed door meeting and they gave her talking points on fear mongering national security.

    October 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. Anthony

    We know that and that is why we want Obama's smartness to lead this country.

    October 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Peter (CA)

    ...And there it is. The Republican closing argument from 2004.
    Vote for us or you will die.

    Thank you Governor but I have already voted for Obama/Biden. I'll take my chances. I do not trust Sen. McCain to keep us any safer than them and I surely do not trust you to understand anything that is going on.

    October 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    Fear...Fear...Fear...Fear. Shut up! I'd rather be attacked again than live one more day in fear! What's the point of living life if you never really live it, but fear it?

    October 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Sherry for Obama

    Woe to our country if McCain becomes president..... He will get us into wars with many countrys and we will not have enough military to defend our nation.
    Why would anyone want a prisoner of war to be president.....He was totured and hes doesnt think with a straight head.
    He literally scares me and I for one will not vote for him.
    Palin is ill prepared and she scares me even more.
    I hope people do the right thing on Nov. 4th and vote for who is going to lead this nation in the right direction and bring honor and truth and respect back to America....That person is Obama

    October 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Lyndon,CA

    She is so sweet!

    October 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Winnie Hussein.... in Montana

    Read The Economist's endorsement of Sen. Obama. Oh, that's right, you, Ms. Palin, probably don't read publications of a scholarly nature. Anyway, for the rest of you, you kind find the endorsement online. It provides a very good analysis of why Sen. Obama is better than Sen. McCain – on economics, foreign policy, and America's safety.

    October 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Here comes the accelerated fear factor...

    October 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Jeremy

    Can we say "Fear-Mongering" any louder? This is ridiculous. I am ready for this to be over and hopefully have her and the old man gone and out of my awareness. So much negativity. Yeah, just what we all want as our national role-model, a presidential ticket of fear, hate, and fraud.

    October 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. tanyia

    I cannot wait until this woman is sent packing.

    October 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. David, Silver Spring, MD

    And if we elect John McCain, Sarah Palin could be one heartbeat away from the being the president when that terrorist attack took place.

    Of course with Obama as President, terrorist groups may actually find themselves without so much support, given Obama's popularity around the globe.

    October 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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