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. Dee

    Can this woman go away already and take McCain with you

    October 30, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Louis

    ...and Caribou Barbie is the one to keep us safe? Just 5 more days until Sarah is mercifully just a historical footnote. Hope she enjoys the view of Russia from her house.

    October 30, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Palin/WRONG WOMAN

    These neo-cons are the only terrorists to fear. Everything they say is to produce fear. ENOUGH!!! Their plans are the only ones to fear. Has she said ANYTHING that turned out to be not completely misleading or a big fat lie??

    I trust Obama. He is more of a visionary and we need that. I trust him to negotiate with those who have disagreements with us. Obama has been the superior candidate with more specific plans that make sense to economists, experts in alternative energy, General Powell, and other experts and advisors. I believe he will put together a team of great cabinet members that are not just cronies, but real experts in their field. Individual responsibility is huge these days and we each have to stand up for our future...

    October 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Miguel

    Pain after Tuesday I don't know what you going to say

    October 30, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. Robert

    Eh. I'm a McCain supporter, but I don't like Sarah Palin too much. I think she's hurting Mac more than she's helping him.

    Oh well. I still won't cast my vote for a man that's only been in the Senate for 3 years.

    October 30, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. laurel

    Oh really. So McCain can handle an economic crisis AND a terrorist situation? Like the way he could deal with the economic crisis (to which he contributed little) AND campaign at the same time??

    October 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. GrogInOhio

    Odd strategy. If there is indeed a terrorist threat, the Republicans have already shown a propensity to take their eyes off the ball and invade the wrong country. Do we need more of that incompetence?

    82 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    October 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. gEnie

    Just like Bush...........Lies.....Lies..........And scare us........ That's all they can say. Please get out and Vote. Obama/Biden a great LEADERS who can restore this great Country for good with Pride and Joy.

    October 30, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. Thompson

    I see she's back in those clothes...She was looking pretty rough without that personal touch....

    October 30, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Brandon (Oregon)

    I wish I could take back my vote for Merkley in Oregon. I saw him on TV the night that after I voted and he said he wouldn't have backed the bailout. He obviously doesn't understand how it affected main street.

    October 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Vote Early

    palin=liar

    October 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. Obama/Biden 08

    This is seriously fear tactics at its worst. I cannot believe that John McCain chose Palin to be his running mate.

    October 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. sneaky pete

    that is precisely why i support Obama- McCain knows nothing about the economy and neither does she. Also, an attack could happen regardless of who wins on Tuesday. If in 2010 there was another attack then i think it would have happened no matter what regardless of if we have pres. McCain or pres. Obama.

    October 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Hope in Georgia

    More scare tactics. Elect us or you are going to die!!! Enough already. We want hope over fear. Go Obama.

    October 30, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. dustin

    john mccain couldn't even handle his campaign and the economy at the same time

    October 30, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. sabuc for Obama

    Yet another new piece of the kitchen they are throwing at Obama!

    Not gonna work Palin!! Enjoy the limelight and the $150,000 worth of clothes cause they will both be gone come Wednesday morning.

    Impeach Palin '08!!

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

    Does she seriously think she's viable for 2012? The moderate Republicans, Independents and those of the "fiscal conservative-social liberal" ilk will FLEE the Republican party if Palin is on the top of the ticket. Want to guarantee a Democrat wins in 2012? Run Palin. Please.

    October 30, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. proud army navy mom

    she is such an idiot. somebody please send her back to her igloo.

    October 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. Isaac Dompreh

    I wonder how Sarah Palin, McCains little goddess still keep making a fool out of herself and continue to use those negative attacks to pull Obama down. Those attacks will not work as the polls show right now. Will she ever talk of anything substential to keep her from embarrasement when they loose on Tusday so she could even come back in 2012. For your info. Palin if you didnt watch Obama's 30-mins informercial...it was very touching and convincing and like Obama said...he wont be a perfect president because he is not a perfect man but he will honestly let the American people know where he stands on issues. I'm in the United States Navy and i have already casted an absentee ballot for Obama. America is writeing a new chapter in our history book and neither McCain or Palin can do anything about it. Obama is the man we need and he will be the President of the United States come January by the Grace and power of God.

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

    Here we go again with the standard scare tactic of last 8 years...how do people even stand this women.

    October 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I see she's spreading more of the republican FEAR again. Get real. McCain's the one that is aching to get into another war. He was a traitor in NAM – guess he wants to make amends with the blood of our kids in IRAN

    October 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Susan

    McCain is looking better now, and I am a Democrat.

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

    give it up, its over palin mccain now that's not scary obama/biden 08

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

    People are indeed having buyer's remorse with Obama. Even with the obscene amount of money he has already spent trying to steal and buy this election, he still can't pull ahead by much!

    Not only that... he has the nerve to still keep asking for more donations! He's already spent $600 million dollars! Why doesn't he use that money to bail out homeowners... maybe then, he will be worth voting for.

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

    And this is supposed to encourage us to want to elect McCain and have HER next in the line of command? No way!

    October 30, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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