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. Phil the Engineer (a new demographic)

    Nice clothes, Sarah.
    After all, you can't spell "fascism" with "fashion".

    October 30, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Kate Fergus

    Well if there is a terrorist threat, I want Obama to be in charge. The last thing the country needs someone as erratic as McCain and as stupid as Palin to lead the country out of any national threats.

    Please go out and VOTE for Obama.
    I fear this election will be much closer than we anticipate and the country will be doomed if McCain wins!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. home breaker

    If they Palin-McCain win it's time to all move to NYC for safety during
    the next four years,that's how afraid I am of the real terror
    i.e. two conservative one stupid and one whose wife owns a beer company and seems to benefit from Gambling$$$$ interests running this country.
    Having an out of wedlock pregnant teenager visiting the Whitehouse might be fun though.

    October 30, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. weneedstrongleadership

    well there you go again reminding us of you being a terrorist...

    October 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Karen

    Oh please, when all else fails let's try to win with the fear tactic.

    October 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    I don't think Palin should remind people of this as she wants to be one heart beat away from the president; she lacks the skills, respect from world leaders and their people, intelligence and knowledge to be commander on chief.

    October 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. pam

    sarah give it up! what right do have to call him a terrosist? who are you? you will do anything to get in the white house. if mccain wins i am afraid it is as crooked as it was in 2004. why can't people run a clean race for a change. why does there even have to be a dem or rep? people are people and nobody is better than the other. some that some are smarter and do not go down to level of rudeness,

    October 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Henry

    what a disgusting venomous woman u are Palin. shame on you and every policy you stand for. you are a living disgrace to America's love of this country.

    October 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Kat

    Right out of the far right play book. More scare the voter tactics when you can't run on the issues. If they want to talk fear-

    Yes, let's all be VERY scared if this ill-informed, un-truth spewing woman gets anywhere near to the Presidency.

    Is there no level to which McCain won't stoop? I imagine not. Look at his ticket. It's a maverick's ride to nowhere on the trash talk express.

    October 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Hopeful

    “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.” ...Weren't these OBAMA's sentiments the day McLame had to stop the world to get off and fly to Washington to fix the economic crisis? OBAMA is a steady and thoughtful man, the kind we need as our president!

    October 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. strong

    Yeah, I'm scared.

    Enough already, Sarah my dear.

    Go home and build a bridge or something.

    October 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. pam

    sarah give it up! what right do have to call him a terrorist? who are you? you will do anything to get in the white house. if mccain wins i am afraid it is as crooked as it was in 2004. why can't people run a clean race for a change. why does there even have to be a dem or rep? people are people and nobody is better than the other. some are smarter and do not go down to level of rudeness.

    October 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    How are we going to fix social security?

    October 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Zach

    Since when can Palin criticize anyone on their capability to handle a national security crisis?

    October 30, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. irony

    anything this person says is a lie. We learned very early on when she was proven to lie every time she spoke. Any body who actually listens to anything she says is as stupid as she is. Conserve Baby Conserve. gas down to $2.10 a gallon. Conserve here, conserve now.

    October 30, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. paul oregon

    maybe palin should be worred abount two new ethics violation filed agaisnt her . the second ethics complaint is over 17000. dollars she charged the state per diem and thel latest ethics complaint filed is over palin charing the state of alaska for $21000. for air fare her children.

    October 30, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. FUD.

    Fear, uncertainty, doubt.

    That's the McCain platform.

    It was also the Bush platform...you know, the only President to ever preside over a foreign terrorist attack on American soil.

    October 30, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. Please Post

    The only threat we have to fear is if the republicans win. Then...we will all be driven off the cliff.

    October 30, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. David

    If the Palin / Wurzelbacher, I mean McCain, ticket were elected, Sarah Palin would be one 72 year old heartbeat away from having to deal with that terrorist attack.

    If that's not scary, I don't know what is.

    October 30, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Ian

    What about all the new terrorist we've just created in Siria?

    October 30, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. ObamaSupporter

    She is starting to really get on my nerves. Can she do anything else besides personal attacks at this point and fear mongering????????
    It's like Bush in lipstick and a skirt all over again.

    October 30, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. Tyese

    Again Sarah and Mccain trying to fear guilt us into voting for them. America fell for those tricks four years ago and look how that ended and I just cant take the chance that Palin could be anywhere my kids future. OBAMA 08'

    October 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. irony

    wasn't it mccain who had to suspend his campaign during the economic meltdown? palin makes points that were lifted verbatim from Obama's speech earlier this week on Monday in his closing argument.

    October 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Ghost

    Quit with the fear mongering.

    October 30, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. Vicki

    We can't win so let's try W's tactic of bringing in fear votes. Give me a break Palin. Go back to Alaska and help your husband suceed from the US.

    October 30, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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