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. V in Chicago

    "That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Seriously? Seriously. She just doesn't get it. This is what most Americans think of her, not the President. Again, you just can't hide ignorance. How long do we have to listen to this idiot?

    August 3, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. chris24

    glad this idiot can remember her talking points from the lost vp run.

    she loves to splash hate around, but, where are the ideas? what would
    this tramp do if she were President?

    oh, i forgot, she'd quit.

    August 3, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. richard hartman

    For a lady who has accomlished absolutely nothing, she really does have a very high opinion of herself.

    August 3, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Ohio man

    Can some1 please Translate .. ???? gezzzzz she has to be on medication

    August 3, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    the screeching harpie is still at it. Please run Sarah. I along with all thinking americans would love to see you get publicly humiliated on a daily basis

    August 3, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. southillspgh

    She should go back to watching Russia from her front yard

    August 3, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    More yackety yack nonsense from the quitter from Wasilla. Shut-Ever!

    August 3, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. chutchin

    Sigh...she will never go away. She is so terribly misinformed. It's like a reality that never has it's season end. Pitiful to think this is what America has become with her as a deluded poster child.

    August 3, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. FM

    Sarah, the one regarding herself the leader of "The Double T" (teabaggers and terrorists). Can you clarify to us if teabaggers are not terrorists who are they?
    They threatened everyone to wreck the economy if they don't get their way. Is this not the same techniques other terrorists use? Always demanding what they want otherwise they tare everything apart.

    August 3, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Indy

    Since Palin has been Defeated at the box office she has to rally her base with some silly comments that mean nothing to the majority of the country and her handlesrs had to come up with something to keep her in the news.Lady Blah blah has nothing to offer anyone and coughs up the so old "palling around with terorists" comment that was proven false years ago.This carnival barker is the only one that pals around with tea party terrorists.Palin has been defeated at every level in her short political career and it is time for her to fade away with her ill gotten truck load of money she has made off the un educated.

    August 3, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. JLR

    Joe Biden said something, so she attacks the president. Attack Biden if you feel the need, he said it. Does everyone in the Tea Party have attention deficit disorder?

    August 3, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Phaedrus

    I think Palin really hopes President Obama gets re-elected. Think about it...if a conservative Republican is elected president, she will be out of a job (if you even consider what she does a job that is) since she can't just sit around and complain.

    August 3, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. jack

    Palin is a domestic terrorist. As I recall, she and her husband Todd, stood along side some people in Alaska who believe that Alaska should suceed from the United States. Clearly a form of anarchey. As for her quote near the end about defering an issue is spot on-it describes Sarah Palin perfectly.

    August 3, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Pastorspet

    Why doesn't Palin just shut up? Everytime she opens her mouth she says something that is a lie or a half truth. According to her all immigrants are illegal and thus they have no rights. According to her all immigrants are terrorists and so they can be tortured and imprisoned just because of their place of birth or their religion. She is a bigot.

    August 3, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. NYC REPUB

    I have a feeling that if Palin entered the primaries for the Presidential race, she would beat Mitt Romney handidly......

    August 3, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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."
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    First of all: They are domestic terrorists, as are you and your secessionist-leaning husband.
    Secondly: President Obama DID NOT make the comment,and for that matter neither did Vice-President Biden. Others did, maybe, thus the phrasing "unsubstantiated accusations".
    Lastly: You will never be President of this country. You are doomed to remain a irrelevant, albeit loud, sad commentary on what your political Party has devolved into.You've had almost three years to accept this fact and stop being so hatefully bitter of those who have achieved a status that you will NEVER have.
    Obama 2012.

    August 3, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. MiddleOfTheRoad

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

    Presidential material for sure.

    August 3, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Ozzie

    She's one of he most dangerous, unpatriotic people in our country – always tearing down, never building up.

    August 3, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Sarah, the best way to tone down the ugly rhetoric is not to use it, which is what you are doing.

    Has anyone else noticed that Sarah is criticizing Romney for weighing in so late in the debt ceiling, which is exactly what she herself has done.

    August 3, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. Michael

    There you go again CNN giving the "air-head" more space for her unwanted opinions. Are the teabaggers terrorists ?? Not really since they are the most IGNORANT group of misfits ever to walk the earth. I'm surprised they are not on all fours. Look at their spokespeople ie.... Palin, Bachmann, etc. They have yet to bring up a real issue with what is wrong with our system of economics and fair trade. Economics has more than four letters so... they will never be able to define it.

    August 3, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Sarah who are you to talk you and your tea party gang with you lies and hate that you are spreading are the terrorists in this country. And the guy up above will take of all you one day.

    August 3, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Bill

    This woman needs professional help.

    August 3, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Steve in Denver

    @V in Chicago: I tend to agree with you, but if you look at our 43rd president, neither command of the language nor competence are requirements for the job. I'd like to think as little as ten years ago, such a moronic rube would have been dismissed from the field, but not these days.

    August 3, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Can't this moron ever come up with anything new to say?
    -------------
    Yes, she can. But when she does it is usually one of those unforgettable remarks that makes her sound like a small town mayor, and not a major player.

    August 3, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Tea Party

    What does Bill Ayers have to do with the debt deal? You guessed it nothing. Tearroist screwed up the deal and are now scrambling. Blame game and misinformation is their only chance at success. Congrats losers.

    August 3, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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