Palin's 'domestic terrorist' punch to Obama
August 3rd, 2011
09:34 AM ET
7 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. Al

    Time to make it official ladies: Sarah Bristol 2012

    August 3, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. josh

    isnt she doing the sane blah,blahmblah??? she quits her job and telling other people how to do their job..amazing!!!!

    August 3, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Only in America is where one can make a million dollars by saying nothing constructive or informative, with a title of "Political Analyst."

    August 3, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |

    And Sarah Palin's family had no issue with being Alaskan Independence Party Seccessionists. SCUM.

    August 3, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Fladabosco

    Palin = Part time governor of Alaska (3 months per year), cheerleader, beauty contestant, idiot, went to meetings of a group whose sole purpose was to get Alaska to secede (her hubby was a member), doesn't read, knows nothing about world events. Sigh.

    August 3, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. TM

    Hey QUITTER, thanks for reminding the world that YOU used the "terrorist" term against the President FIRST! YEARS AGO! You flaming HYPOCRITE!

    August 3, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. nobama

    In the last few days I have seen or read Republicans or Tea Party members called terrorists, extortionists, jihadists, hostage takers, and kidnappers.
    It is those without a valid position in an argument that resort to name calling.
    Tea Party reps went to Washington with a clear message from their constituents, They are doing the work that the people who elected them asked them to do. Would you want your representative to go to Washiington with a different message than the one you asked them to convey?

    August 3, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |

    Sarah Palin..the defender of truth and justice and all that is right with America. It was so good to hear her come out and defend President Obama when that congressman referred to him as "being like a TARBABY" the other day. What? Sarah said NOTHING when this comment came out?? But I thought....... oh well so much for being fair and balanced.

    August 3, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Martoon

    Good point, Sarah. People who live in glass White Houses, should not throw stones...

    August 3, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Mike in SA

    So, CNN, Biden's comment is unsubstantiated? Really? Are you sure about that?
    What ever was said, was said behind closed private doors.

    Republicans have no reservations about inferring that people are terrorists, gangsters, facists, Leninists, and a host of other unflattering terms that you can hear on Fox News Channel.

    August 3, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Tell it like it is Sarah!! The real terrorists that occupy goverment positions are DEMOCRATS that will destroy the country through bankruptcy and socialist programs.

    August 3, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Hot Dog

    It is pathetic that CNN gives credence to any thing this foolish woman has to say. By now, we should be able to see the impact divisive politics have on our country. I certainly blame the news media for a lot of what ails this country. She does not contribute nothing of any substance with regards to our existing political issues.

    August 3, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. James

    A minority group of extremists insisting that all of America give in to it's demands or else they will destroy our economy? Is it Al-Qaeda or the Tea Party? Hard to tell.

    August 3, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Dan

    So she's spouting the same debunked Ayers rumors that she stated back in 2008 almost word for word. That's great. Next she'll start talking about how she said "no thanks" to that "bridge to nowhere" money (she actually took the federal money and then used it elsewhere in the state). At least that effort in political masturbation called "undefeated" is tanking.

    August 3, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. HillClimber

    Lame, Lame, Lame!!! What can this idiot do next to get attention – what ever she attempts needs never to be covered. One nut case, two nut case – what a joy to see Michelle Bachmann come on the scene to knock the queen of idiots off her throne, though we're still left a queen of idiots, it at least is a different queen of idiots. Come on folks, Palin is old news. Stop covering her every utterance.

    August 3, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Sean Hannity and Palin have all the rights to exercise first amendment and they can express their principles loud

    The fact is they are not real conservatives why they don’t act like adult.

    Terrorist doesn’t behave like adult

    August 3, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. sheppard

    Just when we think this professional victim can't surprise us anymore with her hateful, ill-informed, silly 'statements', there she goes again. That anyone could refer to her foul presence as a 'breath of fresh air' boggles the mind. $arah,please take your check book and go, just go. How much more money do you need?

    August 3, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. DH

    Not sure I get it. Palin is nothing but a talking head. Many people can identify the issues, but cannot solve them. Fox news is far too biased and only gives part truths – hence her affiliation. Palin is nothing. Her daughter (who got paid $200K for getting knocked up and acts as a spokesperson) is nothing. She is not a star. Their opinions are only as good (or bad) as ours. I wish the media would let them disappear forever..........

    August 3, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. rtbrno65

    The Tea Party is not a terrorist organization, just a reckless and selfish one. People need to stop using these inflamatory terms to describe people we don't agree with.

    August 3, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. A True Centrist can argue as much as you want about Palin but do not argue about whether Biden said it. The story was leaked by Democratic Congressmen in the meeting and the White House's response was "he was part of a heated debate". It's Joe Biden we're talking about. Of course he said it and meant it. Start your argument from there.

    August 3, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. PhilT


    "Can we please be done with this lady?"

    What "lady"?"

    She reminds me of the Groucho Marx quote

    "Fight for this woman's honor, it's probably more than she ever did!"

    August 3, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. LNT

    What is there for Sarah Palin to consider if she will run for President or not, Mickey Mouse has drop out so now there is no one to stand in her way.

    August 3, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. shortmememories

    She is so full of it. Maybe people should start reminding her that she "pals around with secessionists" Her husband belonged to a secessionist group – The Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) for eight years, and that's treasonous behavior as far as I am concerned.

    August 3, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Oldie in TampaBay

    she just LOVES to hear herself talk!
    Bachmann/Palin 2012

    August 3, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Mike

    This woman is irrelevant and it sure would be nice if the press would treat her as such. Her movie has bombed, Her bools have bombed, she bombed as a VP candidate and was literally a half governor. She is arrogant, incompetent and delusional with no real political abilities at all. Too bad Alaska is so close. Sibera would be a better place for her and us.

    August 3, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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