Palin's 'domestic terrorist' punch to Obama
August 3rd, 2011
09:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin's 'domestic terrorist' punch to Obama

(CNN) – Sarah Palin responded to unsubstantiated accusations that Joe Biden called the tea party "terrorists" over their role in the debt ceiling negotiation, saying President Obama should look into his own past with Bill Ayers if he wants to see "domestic terrorists."

"He didn't have a problem palling around with Bill Ayers back in the day when he kicked off his political career in Bill Ayers' apartment," the former Alaska governor said Tuesday night on Fox News. "You know, shaking hands with Chavez and saying he doesn't need any preconditions with dictators … wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."

If she and Fox host Sean Hannity were "real domestic terrorists," Palin said "heck, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn't he?"

Multiple Democratic sources said Democratic members of Congress vented to the vice president about tea party lawmakers who "negotiate like terrorists." As they spoke, Biden said "well now we've taken away their weapons of mass destruction," meaning the Republicans could not use the debt ceiling as leverage with Democrats in the future.

Biden's press secretary, Kendra Barkoff said the word "terrorists," "was used by several members of Congress. The Vice President does not believe it's an appropriate term in political discourse."

Obama's association with Ayers, the '60s communist radical, raised brows during the 2008 presidential campaign. Although, the two knew each other in Chicago, Ayers denied a close relationship with the president.

Palin said if the president were serious about improving the rhetoric in the U.S., as he called for in his speech following the Tucson shooting, he would tell the vice president to "tone it down a little bit."

"That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said.

The former 2008 vice presidential candidate, who is publicly considering a run for the White House, said she is "getting closer" to a decision. And she criticized 2012 GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, who she said did not take a stand early enough in the debt ceiling debate.

"I do not have respect for what he has done in this debate," Palin said. "He waited until it was a done deal … and then he came out and made a statement that he didn't like the deal after all."

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, kept his distance from the debate ahead of the agreement between Congress and the White House. After a deal was reached he issued a statement in which he said the president's leadership "pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour."

"You know, you can't defer an issue and assume that the problem is going to be avoided," Palin said.

When asked if any presidential candidates met her test, Palin cited Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

"She spoke out and she cast her vote according to her principles. She stood true," Palin said. "Long time to go still, with debate, with discussion on who the right candidate will be, I'm not prejudging the field at this point."

– CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (723 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Somebody put a surveyor's symbol on her. Ms. Palling around With Terrorists, Ms. Death Panels, Ms "Hang Him", has no room to talk. Why does the media NOT tell the WHOLE TRUTH?

    August 3, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Jess C.

    Right Sarah, and what about your little "exorcism" episode when you first hit the scene? I'll never forget watching you at that alter getting your demons washed out. Very scary, indeed. Worse yet, it didn't work! You're a lunatic.

    August 3, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. TommyTT

    Typical of Ms. Who-needs-research? to respond aggressively to a comment that Joe Biden didn't actually make.

    August 3, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    If you want to see domestic terrorist look no further than the Tea Party. They held a knife to the throat of the American economy and threatned to kill it if they did not get their way.If you wnat more of that, stay home during the next election and leyt the extreme Tea Party decisde who will lead. If you want to know what that would look like come to Maine and see for yourself. We've got a Tea Party Gov and legislature. We have never been worse off in our state government.

    August 3, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Amazing

    The most important statement in this article is "unsubstantiated" and yet CNN continues to cover every stupid statement that comes out of her mouth. People, lets wake up!

    August 3, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Weezie

    Oh well, here it goes again. I call her "IT" because she's nothing and nobody. She's talking about the past again, because personally, she has nothing else to talk about. She must be running low on money because she's on the talk trail again. What a dimwhit!

    August 3, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. LA

    Sarah, don't be so nice. Your Christianity might show.

    August 3, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Harpy screeches. Story at 11.

    August 3, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. casey007

    Palin is running her mouth as usual. POTUS did not make the terrorist remark members of congress did. As usual Palin has nothing useful to contribute. She latches on to anything negative and she runs with it. If POTUS palled around with a terrorist, then Palin palls around with racists such as Donald Trump.

    August 3, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. V in Chicago

    This woman should be tried for treason. She is clearly out to destroy this country and any strides that are made to bring it forward. I've never in my life seen anyone speak about the POTUS in the manner she does. I know, she's an idiot, but that doesn't mean she is not dangerous. Not dangerous in that she could win any election at this point, but dangerous in that her rhetoric is Un-American and treasonist. Someone please stop handing her a microphone and a platform from which to spew her hate for this Country. I wish she would take that short walk to Russia and stay there. I hear they like her kind there.

    August 3, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. NYCitizen

    Palin is not always wrong!

    August 3, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. No one cares what she says

    Does anyone care anymore what this lady says?

    August 3, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Cfrench

    Palling around with terrorists? Can't this moron ever come up with anything new to say? CNN, please, stop covering this moron.

    August 3, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. wmontanye

    You want to talk about "blah blah blah" Meet the queen of it. LOL

    August 3, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Video Guy

    Can we please be done with this lady?

    August 3, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Madtown

    "That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said.
    -------–
    This statement could not possibly be overloaded with any more irony.

    August 3, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. EddyL

    Tea bags ARE domestic terrorists. What's this idiot's problem?

    August 3, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Fox "News" must dump Palin. She's an embarrassment to them.

    August 3, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Mike In Carolina

    For Palin to resurrect the guilt-by-association tactic about Ayer's activity when Obama was a child shows that she is vivious and desparate. A check of Obama's past compared to Palin's would put him on top everytime. Besides, Obama is a Harvard scholar. Palin has never earned a 4 year degree from anywhere. She's not even in his league. So, she resorts to mud slinging and doesn't even have any real mud.

    August 3, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. V in Chicago

    "heck, shoot" – Does anyone really want this person with a limited vocabulary to represent this Country? Just goes to show how incredibaly dumb she really is. She doesn't even have a command of the English language.

    August 3, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. A True Centrist

    "That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said.

    I actually agree with her...I think I'm going to be sick.

    August 3, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Madtown

    The former 2008 vice presidential candidate, who is publicly considering a run for the White House, said she is "getting closer" to a decision.
    ----
    "Getting closer". CNN, shame on you! All other media outlets pandering to our National Twit, shame on you too! She's playing you, why continue to play along? She's not running, never intended to. She's using you to keep herself in the limelight, to extend her unfortunate fame. Really, really embarrassing.

    August 3, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Jim

    Oh yeah, because Palin isn't about vitriolic, fuming, hate mongering. Maybe she should, as the Bible says, practice what she preaches. But, oh, wait, that would mean actually behaving like a christian, not just shouting her supposed beliefs from the roof-tops while allowing her 17 yr old daughter to get pregnant.

    August 3, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. bcnu_too

    This woman is a disgrace to America the way she talks about the president. Ninety-nine percent of the time she talks just to hear herself and doesn't know any facts. She beat the terrorists comments to death in the 2008 campaign.

    August 3, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. DJ in TX

    You quit on your state. Enough said.

    August 3, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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