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. knucklehead

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

    It's amazing how much mileage she gets complaining about the very things she is guilty of. Works for the media while she bashes the media. She won't run, but she's not going to say she's not, because then everyone goes away. It would be so sad to see her step out of her bus and nobody there. sniff-sniff

    August 3, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Independent In Albany

    What is that shrill annoying sound?.........

    August 3, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Mauve

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. Palin knows Ayers name. She continues to spout the same old nonsense about his relationship with President Obama, back in the day. It wasn't true the first time she had it printed and just because she continues to say the same old crap doesn't make it true now. Sorry Sarah, you need to stop quoting your old press releases. What we all want from Sarah, is silence. Be quiet, read up on the real "terrorists"-the Tea Baggers, the people without a conscience. And CNN if you must print her blather, at least skip the pictures. Her 15 minutes is over.

    August 3, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Max

    As for me, I pay zero attention to anything Mrs. Palin has to say.

    August 3, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    I really don't care what Sarah says-I disagree with everything she says-But-I love to read the comments all the smart people make-America has not been dumbed down when so many people see through this clown. This woman is an idiot.

    August 3, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Alex_Votocracy

    With all this criticism of the debt ceiling policy I wonder what's going to happen when they start deciding on what spending to cut? It seems like it could take a while to decide that...Take a look at this poll question to give your input on what they should be focusing on cutting first:

    August 3, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Larry

    Ah yes. The tactic of the liberal: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Palin is CORRECT in her assertion that Obama is buddies with Bill Ayers, a known domestic terrorist. He also welcomed Chavez with open arms during his "Let's apologize for being Americans" tours. Unfortunately, both the Democrats and Republicans are responsible for the mess in DC- and in the rest of the country – but they're so worried about protecting their own rice bowls that they're not going to change ANYTHING.

    August 3, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. WalkingMan

    When an institution gets infected by a factor of fundamental extremism, it becomes a dangerous group.
    When it takes a nation and its people as hostage to get their agenda pushed through, it successfully constitutes terrorism.
    When a fully armed woman from that group goes out to hunt down innocent animals, she is a female terrorist in action.
    In this good nation, she still claims her destructive behavior as "freedom". Of course, she LOVEs it every moment.

    August 3, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Big George in Big D

    When are all of you stupid jokesters going to realize that, like it or not and not seems to be the consensus, Ms. Palin has a good following and the TEA party WAS listened to. So, that does mean their voices were heard. Have you wondered why your idiotic liberal voices were NOT heard? Ever hear of BS??? Bad for our country, look in your own liberal backyards. The majority of the U. S. voters ARE NOT LIBERALS, thank goodness!

    August 3, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Ramrod

    Must be lonely inside her head. All that empty space.

    August 3, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Jess C. wrote:
    Jess C.

    Right Sarah, and what about your little "exorcism" episode when you first hit the scene? I'll never forget watching you at that alter getting your demons washed out. Very scary, indeed. Worse yet, it didn't work! You're a lunatic.
    I remember that video. It was her church's web site and was very quickly taken down. She swore an oath that her poltical career was a mission for God.

    August 3, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Dster

    From Lori in St. Pete:

    "and one thing I've learned is if the rethugliban are accusing "libruls" or dems of doing something, that means THEY are doing it. It's called projection, and the rethugliban & teabaggers are experts"
    Yes, I remember quite vividly those Tea Party Terrorists going bonkers at the WTO conference EVERY year....and those crazy Tea Partiers storming the Capitol in Madison,...oh, and the 20 Tea Partiers recently arrested for braking into and shouting down the Senate proceedings a few days ago...I could go on...

    August 3, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. ahetch

    Hey Palin, you and your merry band of tea partiers are terrorists and you are taking this country down just as clear as Al Qaeda.

    August 3, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    "That is typical of our former governor, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," The Alaska Curmudgeon said.

    August 3, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. John

    Don't any body got the gut to tell Saran Palin that she a IDIOT, And no body really cares what she Think. The Tea Party Are worse than Terrorists. Terrorists attack other country, The Tea Party doing It to there own Country. The Tea Party Is the Worse thing that has ever happen to American People. Just look at the Idiot they have Elected or has try to get elected. Have these People you would trust walking your dog. People like Michele Backmann tell her husband tell gay people to just Pray and you won't be gay any more, And they take People money for this. And not only do they take People money for this they also take money From the Government when they charge medicaid for this. And you can't believe that Michele Backmann don't know what happen In her Own Business, After all she Is a lawyer. They are just cheating people out of there Money. Than you have people like Saran Palin that don't know what they are taking about, the best thing for this lady and I use that word likely should just shut-up.

    August 3, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    seriously226 wrote:
    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.
    But, that's jus it. Republicans do try to control what everyone says. And for the most part, they are very successful at it.

    August 3, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. mfhpr

    Why oh why do you keep reporting the nonsensical babble of this blithering idiot? She probably still thinks James O'Keefe did nothing to those videos prior to making them public. Stupid is as stupid does...

    August 3, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. sue

    I said it a long time ago and I will say it again.....and now with even more conviction after the display in the House with the Tea Party members that are unwilling to compromise and would rather put this country into default than to compromise.....they are after the entitlement programs and Social Security and Medicare and they want to get rid of these programs NOT work together to make them more solvent for our seniors now and in the future.....The Republicans need to get back to their true principles and values and stop letting these Tea Party members take over their party.....this will continue to hurt the GOP even more now ......and Palin is the biggest Tea Bagger there I don't even think she is a Tea Bagger she is in a Political Party all her own called Palinican........surprised she hasn't thought about creating her own party named after HERSELF........

    August 3, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    This person is so irrelevant, she has had her 15 minutes , the Tea Party ARE domestic terrorists, they are just , for the most part the, ignorant, racist wing of the Republican Party and should be considered dangerous.

    August 3, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. seebofubar

    Hey all of you IDIOT DEMOCRATS......SHE'S RIGHT !!!! It's good to se that you all are afraid of her, you should be. There is more good in her than in the whole lot of you godless nimrods.

    August 3, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Mike

    Here we go CNN's effort to keep the moran relevant. CNN, accept the fact that she is a political jancki. If you want to remain serious, please no mare palin, palin......

    August 3, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Mike, Chicago

    We shouldn't disparage Palin for making silly comments, we should embrace her for them. We should do everything in our power, including crossing over and voting for her (or Ms. Bachmann) in the Republican primaries, to make her the leader of the Republican party. Having Palin and/or Bachmann on the next Republican presidential ticket would be the best case scenario. You couldn't make up better candidates to run against.

    August 3, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. djdjdjs

    So boosh doing business with bin laden for 50 years was what paylin?

    Hypocrit. Loser. Quitter.

    August 3, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. John

    And by they way who ever say they were terrorists, Was being Nice. Because the Tea Party Is worse than that. Way worse. Just look at all the Idiot they Elected ,or the one they try to get Elected. One had even been excuse of riding a broom stick.

    August 3, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. ST

    Does this woman has a verbal diarrhea? Her babbling all the time is not normal.

    August 3, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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