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. Artful

    Yes, don't we know it. We have had to listen to lies, lies and more lies. It must be wonderful to lack morals and ethics to such a degree that none of this bothers you!

    October 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Observer

    Enough already with always trying to frighten Americans into voting for you!
    What would really frighten me is if you and John McCain win on Tuesday. That would put me into the fetal position, sucking my thumb, babbling incoherently.
    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    October 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Sandy

    John McCain may know something about security Mrs. Palin but you don't...you can talk a good talk but in the event something happens to McCain you can not fill his shoes. I believe Obama is the right Man for the Job no matter what lies you spill Mrs. Palin...let me say that if Obama was not the Man of choice why have the Peolpe placed him higher than the rest and is now in this position to run for the White House? In my opinion McCain knows He made a mistake when He chose you.

    October 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. a well educated woman

    I am pretty sure someone had to clue her in on this .

    October 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Listen Up...

    And we will....Barack Obama!

    October 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. JB

    Come on, Sarah. You know this is nothing but trying to make us afraid. You are not patriotic, you are a nationalist. Patriots actually care where the country is going. They don't follow their leaders blindly. I remember the "My country, right or wrong" mantra of the '60s. It's gotten us here and we are suffering for it.

    Stop it. You are only harming us.

    October 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. VOTE! OBAMA!!! VOTE! OBAMA!! VOTE!

    Still trying to win the election based on fear!!! Tell me what you would do for me if your in the white house given NEITHER one of you know a anything about the economy.

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Pua, HI

    It is in my opinion insane to vote for Senator McCain with Governor Palin as Vicepresident, or even possible President, on the ticket.
    Just this one decision of his makes him not suitable for President.
    Governor Palin's campaigns are ridiculous (she talks to adults like they were children) and scary (too extreme!) at the same time.

    There is only one choice for the country to get back up and forward...

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08... can't wait!

    October 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. paul (reformed republican)

    Now we intensify the Fear Factor? Of course!! Just as Bush & Cheney did 4 years ago. Who says Karl Rove's students weren't paying attention? Or is he advising from the sidelines?

    Sarah: (pay attention now, it could help you tell the truth for a change) "...Obama has called several times for an increase in defense spending."

    October 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. mn

    Hard for us to see any difference between Bush and McCain when fear mongering starts anew.

    October 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. chris

    Scare tactics at its finest, or worst whichever way you look at it.

    October 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. kikiquela

    Sarah Palin is definitely a " quick study" as quoted by John Mccain. She knows how to fabricate stories quickly. She is constantly condemning Barack Obama and attacking him unfairly. When asked about her "abuse of power", she whitewashes it. Forget about asking her about Ted Stevens too. You will not get far although he admits they had a good relationship. She did not reject the !50,000$ in wardrobe bought by the Republican Party. It is time sarah returned to Alaska and the bridge to nowhere!

    October 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. johnrj08

    What would we do without her.

    October 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Leann

    MCCAIN Loves war, so I'm sure he'll figure out a way for us to stay in one forever.

    October 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Wake Up

    This is ridiculous. I blame the people who voted for George Bush for putting us into this economic mess and in the middle of two wars. Do people realize we are letting the terrorist win with this stupid machismo attitude that Palin and McCain call patriotic? Enough!! Palin is not prepared to handle practically anything international or outside of Alaska. McCain is prepared to go into another war and I think that's stupid. I like the 'warm and fluffy' idea of focusing on education and investing in our future. There's another way to beat terrorism, don't let it ruin our livelihoods! This is distraction.

    Do you really trust putting your future, your kids' futures and your grand-kids' futures in the hands of Sarah Palin if John McCain dies? Do you really think John McCain will lead our country into prosperity? I will once again blame all of those who voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin for the state of our country if he wins. I hope that all of you who voted for George Bush accept that the state of our country is a result from your votes. Accept responsibility and I just somehow we can save ourselves.

    October 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. JTR

    ah, the politics of FEAR. The only card they have left to play.

    October 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Eyes wide open

    Sarah acts like she forgot the stunt McCain pulled before the first debate and suspended his campaign due to the economic crisis. It was pathetic.

    Yes, We do need to elect a President "who can handle the difficulties in the economy and the dangers of the world all at the same time". McCain can't even run his presidential campaign well. His weak leadership is fostering a civil war within the GOP.

    Smart Republicans are supporting Obama. People are coming together across this great nation. Let's build a better future!

    October 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. go vote

    According to Syria... We ARE the terrorists.

    Scary times

    October 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Carol

    This woman is a joke. Women will not vote for a woman who does not support women rights and civil rights.

    I wanted Hillary, but voted for Obama...NO MCCAIN NO WAY

    October 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. v.ananthan

    The race is tightening and that shows that voters are not buying what Obama says about McCain :
    "McCain is Bush" & " With McCain there will be 4 more years of Bush"

    People should vote for Obama if they think Obama is ready and has easy solutions to everything..Otherwise better vote for Mccain...

    October 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. Jason

    The greatest threat America faces is Sarah Palin.

    October 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. The Lady

    Palin dear you really should not be talking about terrorist when there are so many depressed people out there due to economy, you don't know what they might do.

    October 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Jo-Ann

    fear, fear, fear....that's all you bring Governor Palin...

    Well to be quite frank.....I am scared of you governor bing the VP of this country....very afraid....

    October 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Keith A. Sillsbury

    No sarah, john is the candidate that can't handle it. He's shown the American public he is eratic and indecisive when crisis hits as when the insurance crisis hit. He refuses to talk about the issues and can't stop lying to the American people. That's not who we want leading us. Now you and john can't agree on where to stand on the issues that you do barely discuss and you are way to flakey for any of us. I'm so glad you won't have a chance to sit in the oval office.

    October 30, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Dave

    Palin is right when she says the threat of terrorism remains. McCain is the candidate that has been tested with reagard to that issue, and he has failed those tests miseralbly. All the more reason to vote for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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