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. Embarrased Conservative

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

    What exactly has she done besides talk? Please somebody tell me?

    August 3, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. PegKY

    Why does this get top billing. She is not even running. STOP pushing this woman on us. She is NOT news or even interesting.

    August 3, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Embarrased Conservative

    The first thing I agree with Biden on. The TEA party are terrorists.

    August 3, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Phalin and her ilk are a social cancer.

    August 3, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. amj

    Someone really needs to go after John McCain for bring this crazy loser into our lives. Still waiting for my apology, John!

    August 3, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Embarrased Conservative

    I think Palin is just mad because Biden didn't recognize her in any way making her feel irrelevant. OK Sarah fine. You are a terrorist to. There are you happy now?

    August 3, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Ms K.

    @NYcitizen
    the question is when is she every right

    August 3, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. TIRM

    The left calls the Tea Party terrorists and is called on it. Their response, more hate.

    August 3, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "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?"

    No. It's called lying.

    August 3, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. shinden58

    Someone please put a muzzle on this pooch.

    August 3, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Drew

    An idiot still touting the same mistaken baloney that failed here in the election. I would say "wise up" if I thought it was possible. She is not the problem – it is the pablum-eating, think-for-me, I-believe-in-fairy-tales followers that vote – they are the problem.

    August 3, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. bill

    Well said, Sarah.

    August 3, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. carlos

    s.p. you and the other 200,000 are tearrorists, also, ask your buddy honey hannity when is he going to come out,he looks it, talks it and acts it just like m.b. s mate, I would not call it, husband..............

    August 3, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. carlos

    sue, and you too are the tearrorist............

    August 3, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Nobody cares. Stop covering her.

    August 3, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. SmartPotato

    "...blah blah blah..." was all heard from her pie hole and I tuned out.

    August 3, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. bellablue

    Sounds like Sara Plain is gearing up for a 2012 run!! Dear GOD!!! Please send this woman back to Mars where she belongs!! Her job at the Mars Public Library is waiting!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!

    August 3, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. She has a BS in BS

    Stupid Sarah Palin. Tea Baggers in Congress who failed to vote for the national dept spending cuts are traitors. Treason. Lock up the suckers. They are anti-American. Stop these idiots before they breed.

    August 3, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Chris

    Well, given the overwhelming success of her movie (sarcasm in case some can't recognize it), it seems Palin can't realize she is not a contender for POTUS. Not now, not ever. She's still "considering" a run for the White House? Give me a break! All the serious contenders made up their minds months ago. Really? She thinks Bachmann is a viable candidate for POTUS? A person who left her church for some reason? A person who's family business believes gay people can be changed by therapy? Another person just as out of touch with reality as Palin? Well, Bachmann is in good company there. Just hope the voting public can see thru Palin, Bachmann and others of their ilk and REMEMBER this come November 2012.

    August 3, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Senses

    SP shut up already ! Only thing constructive that comes out of your mouth is NADA .. ZILCH.. ZERO !! You don't have a plan , you don't have knowledge of anything .. you are a joke .. shame on you and your followers... what a bunch of losers !!

    August 3, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. JOE

    That's if god doesn't decide that she should be history right now.

    August 3, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. JokesonYou

    If you libs didn't care what she said, and if you really want CNN to quit reporting on her, then you wouldn't read these stories and comment on them!!!! duh!

    Forget the old verbal political weapons of "extreme" and "fringe", now if you're on the other side of a political issue, you're a terrorist! Like Ron Paul, well he's the leader of Al Qaida obviously. Don't be fooled people, this circus sideshow means nothing. The DEBT is the problem! Notice stocks plummeted after the deal was signed and Chinese credit agencies downgraded the US (because borrowing money you don't have and printing it lowers the value of the dollar). Sure the US agency held at AAA, but did you all already forget that the credit agencies were paid off to rate the derivates that caused this collapse AAA? But all you care about is how much you hate Palin and teabaggers. Wake up already!

    August 3, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Bettie

    The only reason she decide opening her mouth with the same bullshit she used before is because now her movie is going under…not a lot people are going to see it. Which is sucks for her but she wanted to be out their saying stuff to get attentions. I just wish the media leave her out dry too….Either way let me break it down to you missy your sunshine days are long been over..

    August 3, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Bettie

    The only reason she decide opening her mouth with the same bullshit she used before is because now her movie is going under…not a lot people are going to see it. Which is sucks for her but she wanted to be out their saying stuff to get attentions. I just wish the media leave her out dry too….Either way let me break it down to you missy your sunshine days are long been over..get over it palin. we dont' want to see you no more...please disapper

    August 3, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Diana Montero

    Didn't they say "unsubstantiated?" Mrs. Palin could you please ask Santa Claus to bring you a dictionary for Christmas!!!! Please!!!!

    August 3, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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