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. Nathan

    Why are still listening to this "leftover" pundit? If she was running for president this would be media news. But she isn't. She's just a leftover from the last presidential election. It's not nice to serve leftovers for dinner. We should listen to people running for the upcoming election and with some sort of policy record.

    August 3, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. johnmenacherjr

    Just hows how really and simply awful her Fox News, Rupert Murdoch and ther TEA BAGGERS are this is just awful. Why can she just go somewhere. I respect the president as do many americans whats wrong with these whiney jerk teabags like her???

    August 3, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Dpct

    The most interesting part of this is that she didn't deny theta party are terrorists. All she said was that the President had terrorist friends too. Sounds liken admission to me!

    August 3, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. mb2010a

    Pink for a pinko...

    August 3, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. V in Chicago

    @Steve in Denver – So True! Sad, but true.

    August 3, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. charles

    Like Keith Olberman always say: THIS WOMAN IS AN IDIOT!!!

    August 3, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. asm_ith

    It's really funny to hear her say "all talk and no real action" about anyone, when that is precisely what she is: all talk. Except that in her case, most of the talk are lies and total hypocrisy.

    August 3, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Jose Wancoahoa

    Palin – Takes one to know one! Tea Party people are terrorists. They have held our economy hostage and it has hurt us all. Just to advance their political agenda. Sad thing is, I agree with some of their basic ideas but when you become nutso, you hurt us all!

    August 3, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. V in Chicago

    @ Done With You All: Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on you way out of the Country.

    The only thing the Tea Party is good for is to remind us what we DON'T want in our government.

    August 3, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Ms K.

    @ Sue...are u Sarah sister or a relative...go the the same one room comment...As someone once said-Obama would not have been cleared for a job in the CIA and FBI, due to his past uneducated moran...Obama not only was cleared by the CIA ,FBI, courts and other federal and state agencies...HE'S IN CHARGE OF THE ADMINISTRATION of the CIA and the FBI..DAMN...please make some sense

    August 3, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. ted

    Thank you again John McCain for selecting this person as you VP candidate. MOst of us did not know Sarah Palin from adam prior to what you did. Now she is unleashed from all sense and sensibility and speewiing her delusional fanatical lunacy all over the airwaves, cable, internet, a movie, books. Why did you do it? You cannot put Pandora back into the box.

    August 3, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Grundoon

    Lady Blah Blah certainly knows about "blah, blah, blah....."

    August 3, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. mangoz

    I give was ME who called the teaparty terrorist...but then I have also called you (Palin) the whoreist of the Media Whores.

    August 3, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Carolyn

    Whether it is Palin or Bachmann, you know it's Fruit Loop Time!

    August 3, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Steve Newman

    Hey Sarah, come on in, the water is fine. Or shut up.

    August 3, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. NoTeaParty

    To nobama: I did not ask the Tea Party to represent me. THE TEA PARTY DOES NOT REPRESENT ME. I DON'T AGREE WITH THEM, WHAT THEY WANT OR THEIR TACTICS. I voted for Obama and will again. And I will never vote Republican as long as the Tea Party is still controlling them. This an answer to the below post:

    "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 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. trex

    Sarah WHO?

    August 3, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. chuck

    Does anyone really need to say anything more about this DINGBAT. Just look at the cover photo and she looks like the bug eyed freak that she is. Would someone shove a rag in her mouth and gag her already pleeeeeeeeeeze.

    August 3, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. quent97

    Okay people, has anyone ever thought that the reason Palin gets so much coverage is because the media wants to ensure that we see her for what she is (an immature person with no real knowledge of how to run a country) and not forget?

    Think about it, if the media buried her, as many would like, people may forget. Then after her long absence when she rears her head again asking for votes people may not remember and actually vote for her. How bad would that be. So the more she is covered, the more people will see and remember her for what she is – BAD FOR THE COUNTRY – and the better the chances are that we will NOT vote for her. Not a bad strategy, I think. Patience is good.

    August 3, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. trex

    NEWS >>>NEWS >>>NEWS >>>...............................Palin's new call to action....................................................SAVE the RICH..........VOTE GOP

    August 3, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Carolyn

    STOP giving her the pulpit. There are more important things to be riled up over at the moment.

    August 3, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Peter E

    Who cares what this political has-been has to say! She is a has-been, a QUITTER, a loser, and a NOBODY!

    August 3, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Brandon

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Bravo CNN for the wonderful stills you find of Palin. You must have a full-time crew going through every piece of footage they release of Palin, frame by frame, looking for that moment when she looks like a complete idiot.

    Well, I guess maybe that wouldn't take all that long...

    August 3, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, I am sure the the governor who quit half way through her term and since then just went into punditry is entitled to lecture others about 'all talk and no action...'

    August 3, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Cedar Rapids

    'wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."

    Yeah, the 'alleged, suspected' part of that is the important part Palin.

    August 3, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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