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. AnotherFoolForPalin

    No doubt that when President Obama speaks, Palin hears "blah blah blah" because she doesn't know our language yet. She's probably better at talking to the wolves.

    August 3, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Lee

    This from a woman who targets people with cross-hairs?

    August 3, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. BD70

    Way I see it if Biden did or didn't...call them as you see them. lol Palin endorses Bachmann...why am I not surprised.

    August 3, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. jboh

    Why does anyone cover this idiot's verbal flatulence. She won't run. If she ran she'd lose her millions form FOX, $75K/ catch phrase recital, and couldn't put her use TP between book covers to sell to Sarapac.

    August 3, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Alex Ryder

    I was a lifelong GOP voter until the last few months. Now my family and I will vote Democratic in the next elections....the GOP does not care about me and my family. And the embarrassing Palin, Bachmann, Perry etc are just too much to stomach any more. They don't speak for me. And the straw that broke the camels back was the "tea' flavored fight on the Hill recently with the budget battle. The GOP dragged their feet and caused the problems...the Tea Party are nothing but illiterate fools...again, they don't represent me. My IQ is somewhat larger than my shoe size, unlike most Tea Partiers...what an embarrassing black eye the GOP has become...this is not Reagan's party.

    August 3, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Mike_T

    Palin is so scripted it's pathetic. Whenever anyone says anything, her reply as if on cue is "Obama". The article refers to Biden making a comment, but her reply targets Obama, as if reading cheat sheet notes. The Obama and Bill Ayers connection has run its course and is so 2008. This self-appointed voice of the people standing on the sideliines get-rich schemer is fooling no one. Well actually she is, but I don't want to go there. Seems like Palin has been waiting for an opportunity to fire back at Obama for telling pols to tone down there rhetoric ever since the shooting in Arizona. Memo to Palin, this is not on the same level. Palin seems to be nothing more than just lighter fluid on a fire. All opportunistic flash.

    August 3, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. tj

    Sour grapes. Needy and attention grabbing. She is not considering, nor will she ever, public office again. It's about the money.

    August 3, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Dale

    For once I would like to hear something substantive out of this woman instead of hollow criticism. Her whole world revolves around criticizing Obama.

    August 3, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Sarah Palin does not speak for me in Ohio

    This woman is a broken record. The Tea Party is loud and obnoxious. Full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. Some barely won seats in an off election year with an extremely low turnout. Sarah, your fifteen minutes are over. If you decide to run for President, it will be one Saturday Night episode after another. You accused those who disagreed with you of being unAmerican. This episode with the debt ceiling has hurt the country. I will NEVER vote for a Republican again.

    August 3, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Tramper

    The fifth word, "unsubstantiated," says it all. Palin is upset and her usual critical self over unsubstantiated statements. I know she'll never wait to spew her venom of misinformation until the facts are known, but one can always wish for the impossible to happen.

    August 3, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Progressive from Georgia

    Why does the media cover anything Palin says? She rarely makes any sense and
    rarely says something positive, enlightening, and constructive. I am tired to listening to her nonsensical "word salad."

    August 3, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Busted

    @Amazing – it's called capitalism. CNN is giving the people what they want. Stop blaming the media for providing a product people want, it's the same reason Fox news exists...

    August 3, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. D

    Look no further than the few thousand people who went and saw her movie...not exactly encouraging numbers for a White House hopeful is it??? She is clearly just trying to stay relevant as her 'star" fades. She will be nothing more than an Anne Coulture type in the coming years...

    August 3, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. meowcat

    Omg! She said what! No way. No she didn't.

    As far as all talk no action, I'd just like to leave a friendly reminder that the president can't automatically get his way and considering the poor guy's been in crisis mode since he's come into office I'd give him a thumbs up in my book.

    August 3, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. seriously226

    I like how she blames the President for comments said by members of congress to the Vice President. I would probably say something like that too if I was as frustrated as they were with the Tea Party members. The President can't control EVERYONE.

    August 3, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. JOE

    So what's the difference between the hate and anti-American sentiments that radical islam express and preaches daily and what the GOP, their Tea Party and people like Sara Palin and Rush Limbaugh express and preach daily? Let's face it, there is no difference at all. Furthermore, instead of trying to de-radicalize Muslim Americans, Congressman Peter King should focus on de-radicalizing the GOP, the Tea Party and their base because they are the true domestic terrorists conspiring to destry America each and every day.

    August 3, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Dave from GA

    Now I understand why McCain lost the 2008 US Presidential election.

    August 3, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Rudy T

    Palin is just a bag of wind looking for some excitement in her life .cnn please focus on the real issue lke the congressman in coloraqdo calling the president a tar baby .these are the people that need to be bought into the light ,and expose them for what they really are racist.have you guys at cnn said anything about this when it,s been a hot topic .this is what you need to focuse on ,not some palin bs.

    August 3, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Dan M

    So.. It's alleged that Biden said something about terrorists, and she's making jokes like Obama said it? How does that work? Isn't that knowingly misattributing a quote?

    Yes, this is the person we need for president. (rolls eyes)

    August 3, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Chris

    So, this is what relevance slipping away sounds like....

    August 3, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. lefty avenger

    The Tea party and their far right wing agenda of transferring all wealth to the top 5% while destroying the working class is a terrorist activity. The Koch brothers should be declared enemies of the state and their wealth confiscated.

    August 3, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. streetsmart

    Because Obama was a little boy when Ayers committed acts of terorism it would be hard pressed to place him as Ayers accomplice. Now in the right wing whacko world of spin you might be able to say that while Ayers was commiting acts of terrorism Obama was in the school yard sharing his gum with his fellow classmates as well as getting an A+ in Getting Along With Others. You could go to Glenn Becks blackboard and connect the dots in such a way as to show that at the same time Ayers was committing acts of terrorism Obama was committing acts of socialism and is a traitor and their getting together years later is all part of the Great Left Wing Conspiracy. to overthrow the govt. I just havent figured out how the whole killing of Bin laden thing works. Obviously neither does Palin

    August 3, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. rashinal

    Wait, Palin says ", blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," ?!?!
    now THAT's funny !

    August 3, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. RAYMOND

    The TP are domestic terrorists! When one realizes that the central goal of Osama Bin Laden was NOT to kill Americans for the sake of killing us, rather, it was to "bring America to it's knees" financially with marketplace distabilization! Look at his main targets – the 'financial palaces" of America! What TP did was essentially the same! They were willing to bring us to the brink of total financial disaster to make their idealogical points. Isn't that terrorism? If China announced to the world a couple of months ago that they were going to call in all U.S. loans & won't give anymore because we "borrow too much" & spend too much, and in order to avoid mass financial meltdowns we'd have to "get our fiscal house" in order no matter if it took canceling the SS checks, medicare, and all entitlements – we'd CERTAINLY label them terrorists!

    August 3, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. john locke

    The worst thing about Palin is her age. Unfortunately she's going to be around for a long time.

    August 3, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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