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. JD

    First I was going to thank CNN for having a whole day without having Palin appear anywhere on the website, then this popped up. She is not news, she is not relevant and should be ignored. She has NOTHING important to say and is a waste of time at best. That is compounded by the fact that she's ignorant. She's in the same league as news from Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan or any reality "celebrity".

    August 3, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. greyfox

    Exactly as another poster stated: a) why is CNN still putting her in the news? b) does she ever have a picture taken of her that her mouth isn't open and her eyes bugged open c) does she, in fact, EVER do any research, or is that even an issue for her...perhaps she is clever in a not so nice way...just say it, and people will hear it, even if it is bogus and d) what exactly does she propose to do to deal with all the complex (and in natural events, resource depletion, etc) problems that are now crowding our collective doorsteps...oh that's right, give another sound-bite, and get another picture taken with your eyes popped open and your mouth agape.

    August 3, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Michael in Houston

    Geeez...this woman is really really scary!! I mean its easy to laugh at her and its easy to dismiss her and its easy to just toss her to the side with the rest of her slop...but man o man......she is spooky in a very weird and very dangerous way.

    August 3, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Jake

    Her voice is like nails on a chalkboard. Aaaaaagh!

    August 3, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. In Bad Taste

    She makes a valid point here. CNN doesn't seem to be covering the fact the the VP is labeling decent Americans as terrorists ?

    August 3, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Gloria

    I don't see my post here from this morning. Anyway, as I said then, this individual is crazy and a danger to our country. Please go far, far away!!

    August 3, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. sue

    Hey even John McCain put the Tea Party down the other day......wonder how that went over with Palin? Read between the lines....I think even he knows he let Satan loose when he put Palin on his ticket for VP.....I think he knows that she is the one that lost his election for him......but do you think he will admit it? The Republicans better start putting their foot down on these Tea Baggers that want to take over and ruin their Party......maybe it should start with McCain.......

    August 3, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. The Decider

    Another day passes, and CNN feels compelled (for some unfathomable reason) to inform its readers of what latest gem this footnote phony has passed through the wrong orifice today.

    Nobody cares, ignore her and she will go away.

    August 3, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Dan

    I'm glad someone finally did use the label terrorist to describe Sarah-banahas-Palin and the whole Tea Party movement. It's extremely fitting because the definition of terrorist is a small, radical group holding hostage a much larger group because they do not feel like participating in rational discussions or compromise. That's exactly what Tea Party members in congress did with the debt limit. And we will pay the price. Many economists believe the steep cuts in government spending along with NO tax increases for the super wealthy will result in another recession. And by the way, many of these economists were the same ones advising the Tea Party God, Mr. Reagan. Interesting, huh.

    August 3, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    I think, no it can't be, that cnn is another faux news murdoch secret news entity because for the life of me I cannot understand what their obsession with this cretin of an alien species is (a thousand dpardons to any real aliens throughtout the universe' but if she IS one of yours please take her away. We never really wanted her). The blitzer practically salivates any time he mentions her name. It's realy pathetic for all concerned. Anderson snd Lemon are the only ones we watch anymordE. Even chris matthews from msnbcs are dirty old men when it comes to this bimbo!

    August 3, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Moe of Tennessee

    This woman is as dumb as a box of rocks, Sorry rocks i didnt mean to offend you !!

    August 3, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    Sen McCain calls the Tea Party folks "HOBBITS" on the Senate floor...Response from Palin not a peep
    Congressman calls President Obama a "TARBABY" on a right wing talk show Response from Palin not a peep
    but........... (and this is where it gets GOOD folks)
    Vice President Biden is accused, and not yet proven to have called the Tea Party folks terrorist Response from Palin

    lol go figure. 🙂

    August 3, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    This woman is a total buffoon. And the New York Times, no less, called the tea baggers 'terrorists.' Palin watched Russia too much from her backyard!

    August 3, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |

    Palin is so like yesterday!

    August 3, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    TEA PARTY MIKE wrote;
    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.
    Actually, the CBO made that same warning about the Bush Tax Cuts. They warned of $1T deficits within a decade, and the prediction has proven to be accurate. The warning is an old one, but for some reason Republicans have only just recently decided to accept it as truth.

    August 3, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Sarah Palin is a Terrorist! Her and the group that she endorses (the tea party) and GOP are terrorist of America!
    They do not care about People, they only care about themselves and the Rich that supports them! When things do not go their way they hold the American People hostage by their Political Viewpoints, causing standstill and division in government!
    They systematic use terror as a means of coercion! Wanting American to default, wanting a government shutdown, taking away social security, medicare, unions, and other things. They are Terrorist Of Americans!

    August 3, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Mike

    She is part of the 'lame stream' media that she is always complaining about.......

    August 3, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. V in Chicago

    @Palin Power: Did you run out of meds? If not, you should check back with your doctor because you are delusional. Run, don't walk, to the nearest hospital for immediate psychiatric help.

    August 3, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. all the news that's fit to omit

    So CNN, liberal posts hating on Palin over and over make the cut, and I post the truth that PALIN in this case is RIGHT and it won't get posted?

    Ayers DID host Obambi for his political coming out party – FACT

    Obama does nothing but talk from his binkyprompter – FACT

    At least FOUR Democrats said that Biden used the term terrorist – FACT

    Reid could have crafted a bill in December 2010 when you liberal liars owned every aspect of Government, but he wanted to PLAY the game of terrorist with OUR MONEY and the GOVERNMENT – AGAIN sheep FACT

    REID is the real terrorist and it is beyong funny that you cowards won't call terrorists who kill americans terrorists, BUT will call real americans who work and pay taxes terrorists.

    You need to grow up sheep.

    August 3, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Jo Jo

    Is Palin padding the pockets of CNN? Every time this idiot opens her mouth; CNN has to blog about it. Not only that, she is the leading story. CNN, please let this woman go into oblivious where she belongs. PLEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Cat

    Palin, you a terrorist. You and you alone are responsible for the shooting of Gabby. Shut your stupid mouth, as all that comes out is crap

    August 3, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. MikeB

    She's a horrible person and a lousy mother. Now her son has knocked-up his girlfriend.

    August 3, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. judith

    Sarah's political future is as dead as a Monty Python parrot. Her movie was box office poison and Michelle Bachmann has stolen her position as the Queen of the far-right fringe. She should go back to Alaska and look after her kids instead of trying for a comeback. Her 15 minutes are long since over.

    August 3, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Michael Q

    "Slow news day, eh?" ... so they bring out the moron to get us all riled up just like the stupid 'debt rising debate' which has suddenly passed from our attention. Sarah Palin has got to be the biggest and best 'slow day news filler' between American 'attentions spans'.

    August 3, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. cindy

    I guess you forget-we watched the party of no and the filibuster king hold the economy and american people hostage. tell me that doesn't add up to terrorism. If we did the same.......we would be UNDER the jail.

    August 3, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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