October 30th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
6 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. AC, Former Dem

    Go Sarah!
    Barack Obama is not a Muslim, but Muslim radicals are very intent on destroying us. It is a simple fact. Moderates are not able to defend or protect us without putting themselves at risk as well.

    No American President is going to change their minds or soften their insane agenda.

    We are 'Infidels', that is all that matters to them/the extremists, and in this age we cannot let our guard down.

    October 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Sarah Palin:

    Terrorism personified – Americans are not scared, we're united & will vote for Obama/Biden. Sorry!!!

    October 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Red herring anyone?

    Palin is the greatest threat to the White house and America at the moment!

    October 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Dennnis

    Stop pointing fingers and tell me what your plan?!?!

    October 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. M Smith

    this coming from Palin, the same person who refused to call abortion clinic bombers, terrorists...do you even know the meaning of the word, Gov. Palin?

    October 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Tarrboy, Lancaster PA

    Palin has two sobering points here. 1) Obama will be INCAPABLE of dealing with many issues, and 2) Barney Frank, as will Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, will be pulling Obama's strings simply because they are the ones who have the experience and Obama will rely on their experience to base his decisions. We've seen what they are capable of in just 2 years. NOW THAT'S SCARY!

    October 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Paul in FL

    Unsaid is McCain's plan to drastically cut medicare.
    We cannot afford Iraq, tax cuts to everyone and healthcare. Guess which one McBush thinks is most important?
    Keep in mind that no one in Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, France or England has ever had to declare bankruptcy because of medical bills.
    But then they are not the world's policeman.

    October 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. Sej

    Is Palin going to talk about what she plans to do? She is obsessive about Barack. She must secretly dream about him ;-) It is amazing how much time these two spend on Barack. I am pretty sure Palin says 'Obama' more in her speeches then McCain. What are her national security plans? Keeping the radar on for Putin in Alaska?

    October 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. albert, rhode island

    so scared now, sarah. thanks for the heads up thrrr

    October 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. No Way, No How, No Mccain

    McCain sometimes forgets that he helping terrorists as well. If Khalidi founded an organization that Sen. John McCain funded then Gov. Palin has to be the GOP candidate. She the only one who does not have international contact with terrorists. She sees Russia from her house in Alaska.

    October 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Bob the Plumber

    The only threat that most of us are concerned about is that this woman could someday become president. That is truly my biggest fear.

    October 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. greg, miami

    In her scripted comments, the imbecile, actually uttering the words coherently for once, said, "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.”

    That would not be McCain. He's admitted, and proven, that he's inept at the economy, and his one-size-fits-all response to the dangers of the world is endless war, against enemies he doesn't really understand.

    OBAMA IS THE ONE TO ELECT ON NOVEMBER 4.

    October 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. lisa, florida

    Palins skit on SNL says it ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Vice Pres? LOL

    October 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. $150,000 is a lot of money for us

    bwahahaha.....and Mrs Palin, you're INCAPABLE in everything but smearing and reading talking points....

    October 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Lyndon,CA

    Palin in 2012!

    October 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Charlie Bradley

    (yawn) This crazy woman makes me tired!!!! Go on back to Alaska already!!!

    October 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Ms. Palin ... would you just stop talking and start packing your bags? We're all really, really ... REALLY tired of you!

    October 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. Lou

    It's almost like she's becoming an SNL parody of herself.. "Remember folks, vote Republican or the terrorists win"

    October 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Sammy

    It's a good sentiment. However while McCain generally has the upper hand in national security he doesnt in the economy. Obama is the opposite and neither can offer both. So people are choosing which is more important to them right now.... the economy. Quite frankly if the economy hadn't gone downhill McCain would be tied at least. Maybe ahead.

    October 30, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. John

    He’s hoping your mind won’t wander to the real challenges of national security....there you go Sarah...SCARE EM!

    October 30, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. John Lee

    Thank you sarah. Because of you, We(democratic) are winning~~!!!

    October 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. william wright

    Well! If Obama is incapable of meeting national security challenges, he can get help! At least he wont be creating reasons for attack!!

    October 30, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. evy

    someone put a muzzle on that pitbull.

    October 30, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. finding humor in the 'hypocracy'

    She must not stand for anything, because she sure seems to fall for everything tossed her way.

    October 30, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. TND

    Fear seems to be all they have. Fear has never made a society great.

    October 30, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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