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. keith

    Isn't she one to talk – she's nothin but the pot callin the kettle black

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

    SP...go screw yourself you dumb broad! god why is this woman even written about? she offers NO positive solutions to our country, she only bashes our president to help the right wing bring him down...which by the way america if you haven't noticed, that's been their agenda all along...but leave it up to independents and impatient white people in this country and we'll have a republican in office in just watch.

    August 3, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Liberal in Wyoming

    Please tell this bimbo to shut-up! Can't someone muzzle her?

    August 3, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Odd how the lunatic is taking issue with her billionaire-funded tea party being called terrorists when she put the target on Gaby Giffords and lots of people got shot in Arizona.

    August 3, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Kate

    My favorite out of all of the comments is "Sarah isn't wrong all the time."

    THAT is the nicest thing anyone could muster to say about her, and that's coming from a fan. Hilarious.

    I do, however, urge everyone to vote against her should the situation arise. Don't be fooled into thinking she can't win. Our laziness could win it for her. No one thought Jesse Ventura could win, either.

    August 3, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. janedoe

    Sarah the media addict. She can't win, let alone run. You notice Obama doesn't entertain any of the critics. He so smart, intelligent and concerned about everyone. He does his job and does it well. I would be so upset if someone I voted for wasted so much valuable time answering insults. If Obama can be verbally linked to tar baby, you know the teabaggers can be called terrorists. Another thing how is it that we as adults are suppose to help solve the bullying problem with our children and the Republicans want to bully the President and the whole world. I'm so glad a neutral person finally got that position. Now we all know why life seems so bleek for some and mounds of wealth and happiness for others. That's why Republicans don't want the President in the position he's in. Too fn Bad.

    August 3, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Steve

    If there is one thing Palin is expert on, it's "all talk and no action."

    August 3, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Me

    Tell me again why it is that people think she is dumb? She seems smart when her mouth is closed.

    August 3, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. scott

    Again why is she important enough tp discuss matters ? Oh that's right it's because she knows about issues like this because she placed BULLEYES on oppenants. And who is a terriorist ?

    August 3, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Annie

    Name-calling and accusations are not going to get anything done and get this nation back on track. Until we realize how polarized we have become and learn to respect one another, we will go nowhere but downhill. Simplistic, yes, but the truth.

    August 3, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. TCM

    The lunacy on this sight is incredible! Liberals are willing to project treasonous attitudes, to kill American traditions, merely to pay hommage to Obama and his group of thugs. You liberals would rather pay higher, much higher taxes to Obama's agenda toward socialism, and lose your freedoms instead of having to stand your own two feet. Liberals are pathetic excuses for Americans...Palin's right...Obama is friends with a convicted terrorist, started his career in Bill Ayers denial..yet, liberals are willing to accept any anti-American measures he engages in. Liberalism is a disease, and anyone engaging in it, from either side of the aisle, should hang their head in shame.

    August 3, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next and greatest President Sarah Palin. We will have 8 years of President Palin. President Palin will completely rid this world of terrorists and make it safe and free. She will also purge all the evil corporate corruption out of DC and purify our government, restoring it back to the people. Palin is our Messiah and Savior for she is Chosen by God Herself to lead us into the Palin Land.

    August 3, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. LEADER

    I say burn the Witch! Obama got Osama. We are a lot safer in this country since Obama took office. Ney-sayers, ignorants haters and intolerants rally around the Tea Party that it is your only chance to ruin this country even more....Oh wait, Bush already took care of that during 8 long years,..Nevermind.

    August 3, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Amunaka

    Ahhh ..Jeeeeze palin what have you been calling the president and dems all this time ...silly faux outrage as always from the right ...what a hoot..

    August 3, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. BrianC

    Oh my god! This woman continually shows she has no idea what is actually going on nor does she provide any semblance of an intellect capable of holding any other political office.

    August 3, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Patrish

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

    That was too funny. Can't beat that one!!

    August 3, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Slewatha

    2008 called, they want their unsubstantiated accusations back. Hey Palin, way to stay current and relevant to today's debate!

    August 3, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. D C

    A couple of things for Ms. Palin to consider:
    1) Both sides have admitted that the billl is not what they wanted, but they are able to work with it
    2) Since Joe Biden made the 'terrorist' comment, why did she feel it nessesary to refence the President in her response?
    (That’s what we call a rhetorical question…we all know why you did! BUSH LEAUGE)

    August 3, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Party Pooper

    "I'm not prejudging the field"
    -Sarah Plain and simple

    really sweetheart? What was that quip about Romney and Debt? Not to mention Pawlenty? This Woman's challeneged children are more intelligent than she is.

    August 3, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Greenspam

    Sarah Palin added that she found out that when Obama was 5 years-old. He went on a flight with his mother and was kicking and screaming and generally terrorizing the entire flight. Therefore, Obama was a terrorist.

    August 3, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Amunaka

    All I can say is hope palins reads these comments ...and lord knows it was so good to not hear about her for a short while anyway...her voice is like nails on a blackboard....

    August 3, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. M&N

    Perhaps its time to rename the Tea Party for what they really are, TEA= The Elected Anarchy.

    August 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. T_Daddy

    So if the "Foot in the Mouth" VP did say what has been reported by and other outlets, would it then be OK that Mrs. Palin made the comments reported in this article?

    August 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Tim

    It's always fun to come to CNN when Palin makes a dead-on remark, so that I can watch some liberal heads explode. Whenever she's right, you guys go nuts.

    August 3, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Michael in Boston

    I still hold Sarah Palin and near-criminally responsible for what happened with Gabby Giffords. There is a difference between equating leverage with hostage/terrorist scenarios, there's another line when it specifically calls out individuals as targets to take down.

    August 3, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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