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. Evan

    Sarah Palin is pure entertainment value, better than some silly sitcom! It is both funny and scary what rattles around in her head! With that said, it is quite unfortunate that the people of these United States do not have a serious discourse and viable representation by their legislative branch of government.

    August 3, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Donovan

    Domestic terrorist? Look no further than our own Sarah Palin!!!!

    August 3, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. EffortPA

    Come on Sarah, just finish your bus tour and be done with it. Otherwise, people are going to start to think that you never finish what you started.

    August 3, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Jesse

    Why is this woman still given a national forum to express her views? Please stop reporting wackos. She's just trying to remain relevant and cashing in on the attention by being controversial. Stop it.

    August 3, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. ntu

    why do we keep publicizing what this room temp IQ blowhard says anyway?

    August 3, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. snowdogg

    Nothing this air-head says is news.

    August 3, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Someone

    Palin – Shut up. George Buch was buds with a lot of Saudis who likely were supporting terrorists with their dollars. So please go away......

    August 3, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Peggy Munro

    If Joe Biden said that, I agree with him. If he did not, I wish he had. I truly believe in all my heart, but was too chicken to verbalize that I believe they arel terrorists. Thank you Palin for helping me out.

    August 3, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Mel B

    All this coming from a woman who quit her job as Governor to run around the country making a documentary about herself and being a general irritation to the American People. Would you want a President who quit their job when things got tough??

    August 3, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. keeth in cali

    "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" — Isaac Asimov

    August 3, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Terrorist socialist/progressive Democrats have held this country hostage for DECADES with their socialist welfare, wealth redistribution policies. Time for the American people to correct this insanity in 2012. BYE BYE DEMOCRATS!!!

    August 3, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Wowsors

    Sarah Palin is the hilarious joke of America that never stops. Unfortunately when you actually think about it, it becomes less hilarious and more just sad and depressing. Fortunately these comments bring it back to just being hilarious.

    August 3, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Jack

    When will this creature go away?

    August 3, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. BEn275

    i wonder how many "tea parties" at the White House Ayers attended with Obama??

    August 3, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. ALAN J

    This from the chick that said Paul Revere came to protect her ARMS! Everything is about her Arms. It should be her under-arms.

    August 3, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Terrorist socialist/progressive Democrats have held this country hostage for DECADES with their socialist welfare, wealth redistribution policies. "

    Yes, that's clearly why all the wealth has been redistributed to the already extremely wealthy and corporations for the past 30+ years. THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE.

    August 3, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Pete from St Paul

    I don't get it. This was supposed to been said in a private meeting for Democrats with no audio or video recording. No one has mentioned how the word got out. Is there a troll in the party? Was the place bugged?

    August 3, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Palin: a perennial sore loser. Will she ever recover from her embarrasing loss to Obama/Biden?

    August 3, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. mkjp

    Clearly she isn't paying attention since apparently it was SOMEONE ELSE HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH BIDEN who used the term "terrorist" and not Biden himself. Although I wouldn't blame him if he did, because it's essentially true with these people and their very public insistence that they would prefer to let the country go to h e l l in a handbasket if they didn't get their way making sure people like my parents wouldn't be able to afford to live or get medical treatment.

    August 3, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. vloons

    Dear Media:
    Palin isn't running for office, she doesn't currently hold an office, and her political rants are usually so non-sensical that they don't deserve being even acknowledged (much less national/international coverage).

    Why don't you start ignoring this daft bag of wind? The only reason she has ANY platform at this point is because you give her one. Her 15 minutes should have long expired.

    August 3, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Jerry

    For the first time in my life I fear for the future of the world's greatest democracy. The Republican Party held hostage by the Tealiban, has brought us right to the edge – rocking the boat just to see how much water it will hold before it sinks. Chaos in Wisconsin, shame in Florida, an actual idiot as governor of Maine, an un American anti immigrant law in Alabama, the list goes on and on. Never have I seen so much discord. To top it off, not one of the top Republican leaders seems to have the slightest grasp of simple macro economics, ie, you don't cut spending in a recession. All of this in a naked grab for power. All of this pain for working families across this country, so they can defeat the President in 2012. They think we are stupid. They think we don't know who to blame.

    August 3, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Justin Observation

    "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 coming from someone who's made an entire career out of "blah, blah, blah."

    August 3, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. streetsmart

    Palin ALWAYS refuses to tell the whole truth. Obama was a little boy when Bill Ayers was convicted of domestic terrorism. Once he paid his debt to society Ayers worked for the govt and Dems & GOP alike associated with him in that capacity alone. Palin left out those facts the first time she made this accusation at a McCain/Palin rally incititing the crowd to yell"IKill him!", laughing & nodding her head as she did. Inciting crowds to violence is an act of terrorism according to US law, Ignoring Congresswoman Giffords warning that putting sniper targets on dem districts and telling GOP and Theads to "Lock & load" could result in violence and did means that Palin isnt interested in preventing terrorism or unnecessary violence. Shes for it and judging by the exuberance in which she promotes these things, she thinks its funny as well. Be careful what you wish for sweetie, karma was never meant to be pretty

    August 3, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. sdfsdf

    Ummmm, why is Obama being insulted again here? If Biden said it, and it has yet to be substantiated, why is she taking cheap shots at Obama? Anyway, she was very quiet about McCain's assessment of the Tea Party as hobits, and the general mood of the country is that a small radical minority of righ wingers hijacked our government, nearly bringing us to the verge of economic meltdown, so I think terrorist is an apt characterization of the Tea Party.

    August 3, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Ex-GOP Con

    The TEA Party is a group of political terrorists. Accept it Palin!

    August 3, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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