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. 100% ETH

    Look, she is speaking into 666 microphone.

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

    If Sarah Palin ceased to exist the world would be a much better place...

    August 3, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. JoeyJoeJuniorShabadoo

    Welcome to the world of Gonzo politics......buy a ticket....take the ride.

    August 3, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. AlaskasEmbarrassment

    On behalf of Alaska I would like to make a statement. She was a good governor. Really. Then, she quit. And then....I don't know.......something happened and she became more stupid on the national scene. An embarrassment to our state. I apologize to the nation that we didn't keep her in her Wasilla village. We put her in a state executive position. We never knew. We would have never done it if we had known. She is....shameful.

    August 3, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Tony

    Sarah Palin might be a woman but she is certainly no lady.

    August 3, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Blue_Oasis

    Ummm. Sarah you loss. Give it up.

    August 3, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. LakeErie

    She bad-mouths Obama but can't make a decision to run for the presidency or not?!?

    August 3, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Lenny Pincus

    Sarah Palin continues to prove that the whole Teabag movement is an intellectually dishonest appeal to dummies. Of course, she "pals around" with Alaskan separatists and spoke at their convention. She also "pals around" with witch doctors and faith healers. Evidently she doesn't "pal around" with any providers of contraception, and her family has unfortunately picked up this habit.

    August 3, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. TEA PARTY MIKE

    You have to love Palin. Throw crazy talk right back at the crazies. Get just as outrageous as the unhinged progressives to reflect to them how stupid they are calling Tea Party patriots terrorists. The Tea Party has lead the way all along on demanding something be done about the unsustainable national debt. Actually the CBO was the first to raise an alarm when the last budget the Democrats had the guts to pass was scored and the CBO said the deficits that averaged 1 trillion a year over the next decade were dangerous and unsustainable. That was the final spark that flamed the Tea Party movement. Now you have the credit ratings agencies threating to down grade the nations credit rating if the debt is not brought under control. The last budget Obama sent to congress did nothing to solve this problem, despite his lies that it did and was defeated 97 – 0, not one Senate vote for it. The only crazies are the progressive Democrats who want to keep on spending and growing government. The Tea Part wants to solve the crisis, the progressive Democrats do not. Not solving the problem will lead to the willfull destruction of or economy and nation. Only a terrorist would suppor that.

    August 3, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Rick

    This women needs to get laid but I guess the Devil is getting sick of the same old stuff.

    August 3, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. JimimTX

    Baggers are terrorists. They are also avowed racists. They are UN-American and unpatriotic.

    August 3, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Elyse

    What a clown. She nailed her own coffin shut when she starred in a reality tv show. The only people who take her seriously now are the ones whose IQs match their shoe sizes and are dang proud that they can burp and say their names at the same time.

    August 3, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Get A Grip

    Gee, didn't I just read somewhere the other day where Biden called members of the Tea Party 'terrorist?. American taxpayers that pay his and other members of congress salaries. And Obama calling Tea Party members 'teabaggers'. Like they say....what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    August 3, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Leo

    For those that know history knows that the Tea Party has a lot in common woth Hitler when he was elected Time's Man of the Year.

    And Palin won't ever get a pass for putting a target on Gifford. Ever.

    August 3, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Biggins

    "That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said. She would know, she's the expert of blah blah blah and no action......now if she could just get her blah blah blah to make sense every once in awhile, or at least be somewhat historically correct....

    August 3, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. wishing

    Something alledgedly said by the Vice President, but wasn't, and the Half-Governor attacks the President. She certainly uses the bizarre logic of a terrorist.

    August 3, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. NoGOP12

    So what does it mean when Bush's family "Palled" around with the bin laden family?

    August 3, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. SNAPPA

    Does this bimbo even know who Bill Ayers is? She is like a nightmare that refuses to end.

    August 3, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. PHinMiami

    Terrorist?? Isn't Sarah the one that put the 'cross-hairs' on Gabby Giffords???

    August 3, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. CY

    Why doesn't she just go away???

    August 3, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Pat in IL

    Lately, every time she opens her mouth she hits a new low. Please stop reporting her every stupid word.

    August 3, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. jamison

    I thought this Ayers rumor was laid to rest two years ago. This brainless twit needs to have her lips sewn shut. But then again she would probably continue to speak from her butt.

    August 3, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Jesus Cristo

    Teabaggers want to see America FAIL. Therefore they are Domestic TERRORISTS !

    August 3, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Robertoe

    Another moment of diarrhea of the mouth, from the mother of all know nothings

    August 3, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. CreoleMan

    The sad part-this lady is smart-she understands that almost 80% of americans can't read or write, let alone think for themselves. Time for a real change-a.k.a. modern day revolution. The more people read these stupid blogs the more grey matter is removed. Point is, I doesn'y matter who is prosident as long as you have idiots and old serile men running this country. The POTUS is just that-a figure head of state. If the POYUS had any REAL power, he would be called a DICTATOR.

    August 3, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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