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. JJ

    Most terrorist are Palin-quality morons. Biden was right. Teabaggers are terrorists. I wonder if the SEALS can do something about Usama Bin Cantor.

    August 3, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Dianne

    Just COUNT the number of cliches this woman constantly vocalizes!!! Does she EVER have an original thought? Her "voice" has always been a negative one from her first appearance on the campaign trail, and she continues as usual with no constructive ideas that would help advance this country. SCARY, SCARY, SCARY!

    August 3, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. rufusclyde

    First she lies that the VPcalled the Tea Party terrorists, when no such thing happened and she damn well knows it. Then lie by omission that Bill Ayers was the darling of Republican philanthropist, Walter Annenberg, who opposed the New Deal. Finally, lie by omission that Sarah herself pals around with secessionists.

    August 3, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Fox is losing all credibility with this twit!

    August 3, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. sage

    What a hateful, mean-spirited woman. It iso frightening to see what this country is coming too.

    August 3, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Jay

    "all talk & no action" – takes one to know one! Lets start over – no democratic party, no republican party, no tea party, no sarah palin, no obama, – all fresh meat!

    August 3, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Charlie from the North

    Okay Bill Ayers was a terrorist.........when Barack Obama was in diapers. Speaking of pallin' around with terrorist. wHow come your friends in the Tea Party are holdong our economy hostage to their demands. You are livin in a glass house on this one sweatie...... put down those stones

    August 3, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Richard

    If CNN would just stop looking at the shiny lights (in this case dull bulb) we won't have to endure this ignorance.

    August 3, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Publius Novus

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant. Why do you keep covering her blather?

    August 3, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. quent97

    Btw, the Tea Party are not terrorists, they are just people who forgot and continue to forget that the government is by the people, for the people. It is a system that the people pay into and the people should reap the rewards such as good education, paved roads, jobs, progress, assistance to our veterans and elderly, and yes, a good healthcare system. We pay for it to be in place and we should not be chastised for expecting good returns. The Tea Party reminds me of the saying 'I got mine, you get yours'. Only many of them are in the same boat as everyone else with NOTHING, what's worse is they don't realize it. Even many of their fellow Republicans realize this. So I guess you can say they are scary, but not terrorists.

    August 3, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Dster

    Were you all whining about the several democrats who carelessly threw around the term "terrorist" or "suicide bomber" when referring to the Tea Party Repubs the past few days? Or, do you hear what you want to hear and wait until a conservative says something and you pounce.
    And, by the way, Ayers was a terroriist and Obama did associate with him in many ways, so who will step up to address that, instead of always deflecting attention from Barack "The Failed Talker" Obama?...

    August 3, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Gregg

    Did she actually say all this or was this a facebook post or tweet?
    total idiot.

    August 3, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. The Other Michael in Houston

    I am so glad that everyone is calling the Tea Party out for what they are. I have been callin gthem Republican Jihidist since they started the so called Tea Party movement. The Tea party are domestic terrorist, period. Hence is why I call them Jihadist because they are no different than Al-Qeuda. And of course Palin will never let facts get in the way of a idiotic rant. VP Biden "alledgely" said it, why are you going after the President. Well, we know why. Because Sarah Palin's parents probably told her all her life, the white was supreme, white was pure, white was right (kinda sounding like Hitler) and whn she got her butt handed to her by an African American, she cannot stand it, as well as the Tea Party. That's okay, it will be even funnier whenit happens again. And I don't care Tea Party how many 10's of minority you prop in front of Television to claim you diversity, we all know you are the Klu Klux Klan and Neo Nazi Party members trying to disguise yourself as concerned citizens.

    August 3, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Terri

    Sarah is a delusional, bottom feeder of the worst kind. GO AWAY HAG! No one is interested in your hateful rhetoric!

    August 3, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. MaxNatoma

    She's irrelevant.

    August 3, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Inside Job

    We need to send this stupid lady to Guantanamo for good

    August 3, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. paul

    Palin says that Biden (or is it O'Biden) makes a comment and then says, "Obama has been hanging with Ayers"???? That is like saying Allen West called someone a "bit**" and that means that Palin did also. Sarah, go have someone write another book for you.

    August 3, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Dster

    From "V in Chicago":

    "I've never in my life seen anyone speak about the POTUS in the manner she does."

    Really?...Where were you for the 8 years prior to Obama's presidency? Geroge Bush being called a loser, scumbag, liar, terrorist (in some cases by people like Harry Reed). Oh, that's right, it's the selected memory thing again...
    What a hypocrite!

    August 3, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. knucklehead

    It's such a shame she missed her calling. She'd be a good p0rnstar....

    August 3, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. gjohnson

    She has had her 15 minute spot in the light. Why does the media keep giving her more coverage. Just let her pass of natural causes.

    August 3, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. ja

    the tean party is just what biden described it as a domestic terrorist group, where were they when the budget surplus was jacked off, we engaged in thre wars, the wmd lies, then stick your heads back inn the sand teabaggers

    August 3, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Alexander Hamilton

    when will cnn quit pandering and stop running no-news, know-nothing stories from this woman.

    do one that would be interesting ~ investigate her financials since she quit the job
    she asked Alaskans for and hung out the
    Family, Morals, Opinions and Soft Porn For Sale sign

    August 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Dster

    From Richard Hartman:
    "For a lady who has accomlished absolutely nothing, she really does have a very high opinion of herself."
    Gee, Richard...of which state were YOU the Governor?...

    August 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    I have a better idea that will work because it will hurt advertisers in their pockets.. Let's picket cnn headquarters around the country. Stop buying the products that they advertise and let the companies know why you won't buy their products until they cease and desist on continuing to cover this nobody!

    August 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. peter

    Well, that's our freedom of speech folks. Unfortunately, it means that we sometimes have to hear the rantings of a complete moron. Sarah, do all of us a favor and go away. You don't do a single thing that is positive. And most certainly Biden is correct. If they're not terrorists, the Tea Party is a bunch of very unpatriotic people who see no value in working things out with the other people with whom they share this country, always wanting things their way. This is a large country with a very diverse population. And you want to break it apart. That isn't patriotic, Sarah, and you either know it and try to cover it up, or, as I suspect is the case, you're just too stupid to know it.

    August 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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