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. judith

    P.S.- Has anyone noticed if you put lipstick and a wig on Eric Cantor he'd look just like the nutcase Palin. Perhaps they were separated at birth.

    August 3, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Shelby

    Even redneck hunter, Ted Nugent, wouldn't vote for sarah palin! She needs to get a clue and just GO AWAY. Few have any respect left for this hateful woman.

    "I couldn't vote for Sarah Palin, and I love her."  - Ted Nugent, January 7, 2011, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360

    August 3, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Linton

    Sarah needs mental health counseling.......very quickly.

    To: In Bad Taste – If you think labeling someone as domestic terrorists are in bad taste, what about the lies of Death Panels?

    What about the Bush campaign who actaully belittled John Kerry's service and his Purple Heart?

    Yeah, you don't like those people, so you are just fine with thsoe statements, weren't you?

    August 3, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. 66Biker

    I'll be honest with yas... I think Americans should be more concerned with the harm Sarah Palin could do to this country than Al Qaeda. If she gets enough of those wingnut Republicons to follow her, it could be a real disaster for America. But then again, maybe not... Since nobody takes her seriously! LOL!

    August 3, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. UppityAgainSpeaks

    Uppity has again made a fool of herself and family.

    August 3, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. bjohn1202

    Wow. I thought she had disappeared! Unfortunately, the political pimp is back. But she can't be that stupid. She knows the more stupid comments she makes, the more gullible people will pay to hear her talk and buy her books. Then again, maybe it is her handlers that are NOT stupid.

    August 3, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Vern

    Heck, Shoot... Worked for George Bush, but Sarah the world learned from it. Go choke on a moose lung or something.

    August 3, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. sortakinda

    Lovely photo of this shrill nitwit.

    August 3, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Linton

    Dan – you make excellent points! May I add that even Bush's economic advisors are saying the same things as Ronnie's adivsors have said.

    In fact, most tea people don't have a clue that Reagan RAISED taxes THREE TIMES – after he cut them in 1981 and found out it was going to end in a reesssion.

    The tea junkies are about as dull as one can be without being certifibly lower than 100 IQ.

    August 3, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Ieatthepizza

    Wait, people still pay attention to this retard? I didn't think she was socially relevant anymore.

    August 3, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Malty

    As much as democrats and Obama supporters dislike Sarah Palin, she is right on this point. Obama has worked with many people with domestic terrorism in their past - including Ayers.

    Those who have posted slander on this board can be discounted as uninformed, or at least, narrow minded. I'm no fan of the president's policies, but at least a take a look at them to see it there are any valid points. Sarah Palin has some valid points.

    August 3, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Keep Following Blindly

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

    Surely you're kidding?

    August 3, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Shelby

    sue writes: “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.......”

    Right on, Sue! I couldn’t agree more. But mccain will NEVER admit that he put our country at risk by putting this hateful and erratic woman on his ticket.

    August 3, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. V in Chicago

    @Dster: How'd that koolaid taste? You might want to keep drinking it, because your "girl" has no chance in He!! of ever being elceted to a political position ever again.

    Phase II for Sister Sarah: She's go in to the minestry. She won't be affliliated with any reputable church, she will start her own and all you folks that think she walks on water can send your hard earned money to make sure she live the comfy lifestyle she wants to become accustomed to.

    August 3, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Neo

    This woman is well and truly retarded. Its official!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |

    Snooki Palin was ignored by the whole country in 2008 but she is still talking about paling around with terrorists. She still uses "Don't retreat reload" Snooki Palin was ignored again recently begging her wingnuts to stand strong against raising the debt ceiling. Blah blah blah is right.

    August 3, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Isn't her 15 minutes up already??

    August 3, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Alfred Hussen Neuman

    Wow, the kool-aid drinking, Bush & Palin hating leftists are out in force. The original news posts have NOT retracted their stories of Biden using the word "Terrorist". Layoffs at a 16 month high, GDP at the lowest levels in decades, 1 in 4 Americans receive the majority of their income from the government, and you all seem to think the TeaParty and Sarah Palin are evil. Where are the jobs, democrats? Thanks to Dodd and Frank and Obama and the rest of the left that protected Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, we had a housing crisis. Four years of democrat run congress brought almost 10% unemployment. 2 and a half years of obama "ruling" has destroyed our GDP. Leftist hypocrites.

    August 3, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. JR

    "Palin responded to unsubstantiated accusations", yeah that's the Palin moron I've come to know.

    August 3, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. David


    By the way congratulations to the Tea Party. They have essentially taken a trillion dollares out of the economy and The GOP has passed the biggest job killing bill in history!! Way to go team palin!!!!

    August 3, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. mary

    This woman is an instigator and a trouble maker..
    She bounced onto the scene as McCain's choice for VP... And with it came the first of the snarky, hateful , mean types. Who toss their weight around in an arrogant , spoiled way.. Ignorant of how things are "really" done.. Not caring how things are "really" done.
    She is trouble. One that is thick skulled and stubborn and caught up in her own ideology..Who will not listen to others that might know what they are talking about.. Without the experience she has the arrogance to push her agenda, hoping she can wing her way through.. If it works great.. If not .."Oh well"..
    On to the next game . To h.. with the rubble she leaves behind.
    If this were high school she would be a "mean girl"... Ever see that movie?

    August 3, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. JJ

    It is obvious from the accompanying photo that Palin is a total lunatic.

    August 3, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. JJ

    Why is Sarah Palin giving advice on to fix the national debt????????????

    The town of Wasilla(that she was the mayor of) she took them from a debt of 1 million dollars to 25 million dollars!

    Why in the hell do we want to be following her advice????????

    Why don't Palin stop doing " the blah, blah, blah, why no real actions" and go back to Wasilla and fix the debt that she balloned 25 times over! I know she might be there for 100 years before that mess that she made is fixed! But that's okay with me.

    August 3, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. michael

    Really, Sarah? You want to bring up what people have done in their pasts? Really? Are you sure....? Do we have enough time to go into yours....?

    August 3, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. cmkc

    Go lay down.

    August 3, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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