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. Jack in Florida

    Blah, blah, blah, blah....she is so irrelevant.

    August 3, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Borneo Wildman

    The picture is of Sarah Palin's response to President Obama's refusal to try some of her "Domestic Terrorist Punch".
    This is the same drink that Bristol Palin had on the infamous camping trip with Levi.

    August 3, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Darklady

    What a hateful, hateful woman. She's just filled with jealousy and resentment.

    Notice that she had nothing to say about Gabby Giffords attending session and casting a vote even though she was nearly killed by a gunshot to the head a few months ago... which was yet another incident that the Quitter Queen chose to claim was a "blood libel" attack on herself.

    I will never forgive Sen. McCain for setting this virulent infection loose on the world...

    August 3, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. WiscBadger

    Do you want to know why CNN keeps putting up articles about the Palins? It's because Palin haters keep reading them and posting comments. I guess you are to stupid to figure that out on your own.

    August 3, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. clarke

    Oh Sara, get a grip. You are always bringing up the end, a day late and a dollar short.

    August 3, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Mike

    Of course she's mad at Obama. He and Biden beat her and McCain.

    It's called being a sore loser.

    August 3, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Oglethorp

    Sarah Palin is a money grubbing media whore without one ounce of credability. She is a backwoods uneducated hillbilly spouting out manufactured information completlely unfounded and untrue and morons like the fleabaggers support her. She wouldn't make a pimple on leader's ass but the media continues to comment on every rediculous statement she makes. WHY? It is people like her Michelle Bachman and that republican blood sucking koch brothers licking govenor Scott Walker that are killing the middle class and ruining this country. People of America wake up befor our country is taken over by right wing radical facist and there will be only on class theirs. Everyone beat down and poor.

    August 3, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Mack

    $arah, I told you before that you should stay OUT of grown folks' conversations!

    August 3, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. awasis

    She stood true," Palin said. Well that much can't said for you – you quit your job.

    August 3, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. h0nd0

    Most of these comments I see here are typical verbal diarrhea of apathetic liberals. Always playing the armchair quarterback, blaming the Tea Partier, Republicans, Conservatives, and/or Christians and yet you do not exercise your rights to implement change. Is the government still not 'of the people, by the people and for the people'?

    As the old saying goes, "birds of a feather, flock together". It doesn't surprise me the individual squatting as commander in chief, Obama, has affiliated with Bill Ayer, founder of a communist revolutionary group. His administration formally reestablished ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, a known terrorist organization.

    It's time for people to realize they are being fleeced, Barack Hussein Obama's only mission is to drive this country into the ground. He is doing a pretty damn good job of it and with the support of the American public.

    In closing, Sarah Palin has more courage to stand up and voice her opinion and do something about the social woes of our time, than most of the (wo)men on here. What are you doing to resolve the issues?

    August 3, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. fideauxdon

    You know, I wouldn't normally support locking up someone for running their mouth like a crazy person, but can't we make an exception in this case? The American public would be truly grateful. Oral pollution is more irritating than Beijing air quality.

    August 3, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    No matter what you think about Sarah, you have to admit she has more cajones than the whimp in the Whitehouse! It is clear Michelle wears the pants in that family. I think that's why libtards hate her so much. She absolutely gorgeous and strong as nails. She tells it like it is. Libtards are intimidated by the sight of her. they secretly wish TO BE HER!

    August 3, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Uncle Ellsworthey

    @V in Chicago: Hey dude she AINT running for anything. Oh, and by the way which "reputable church" does your glory guy Obama belong to? Last time I checked he doesn't even attend one. Don't you just love the Liberal nuts and the way they think. Thank god they only account for roughly 30% of folks or less, certainly a very small majority that don't really count for much.

    August 3, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. r lawton

    If one wants to overthrow the government they are anti-american. Sara Palins husband belonged to such an orgainization. (Alaska Independence Party) Sara has spoken at their meetings. So Ayers and Palin had the same goals, the removal of the United States government.

    August 3, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |

    I love how some are trying to make this about if Biden called the Tea Party terrorists or not.
    Many progressive Democrats in congress have openly called the Tea Party terrorists along with many progressive Democrats pundits. Does not matter if Biden said it or not. Palin's response is appropriate for all the progressives who are calling the Tea Party terrorists. Palin's response that if the Tea Party was really terrorists, Obama would hang out with them is a clever and pointed response considering Obama did hang out with Bill Ayers. Now I do not believe Obama is a terrorist and I know for a fact that the Tea Party is not a bunch of terroritst. I also know Obama speech about more civility was just political posturing. Obama only meant it to apply to Republicans, conservatives, the Tea Party or anyone who does not agree with him. He did not mean it for his progressive supporters or he would be calling them out on calling the Tea Party terrorists. Obama is an empty shell. He disgraces the office of the President.

    August 3, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Mark L.

    ROFLMAO....ROFLMAO....ROFLMAO....Sorry, let me regain my composure...It's just that anything that comes out of Palin's mouth literally cracks me up, and how she ever got to be Governor of Alaska, I'll never know....ROFLMAO...

    August 3, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Ms K.

    thats just what happen...teabaggers voted in on the platform of JOBS< JOBS< JOBS....where are the you have one since you want to defend them

    August 3, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Occam

    With everything this country has weathered over the last few weeks this is what she says? Just shows how irrelevant she has become. Look at me.. I can see Russia from my house. My daughter can dance on TV.

    August 3, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Squigman

    John McCain: You should be real proud of your accomplishment. You alone are responsible for unleashing this blemish, come to life on the American people. Way to go.

    August 3, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Bruce Webb, Everett WA.

    "wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."

    Wow because nothing spells allegience to the Founding Fathers like just jumping from allegations and suspicion to guilt while bypassing that whole due process thing.

    Christ if she at least had inserted "known" before terrorist she would have a rhetorically valid (if constitutionally dubious) point. But 'alleged'?

    August 3, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Tony Bologna

    Palin is just what this country needs! Smart, educated, well versed in foreign policy, tons of "real" political experience, an American history genius...the list goes on and on.

    August 3, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Madtown

    As much as democrats and Obama supporters dislike Sarah Palin, she is right on this point.
    Wow, people are this dumb? If, by chance, Palin is "right on this point", it's only because Sean Hannity told the point to her. He scripts out her every word for all her appearances on his show.

    August 3, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Gary

    HAHA.... She just nailed it! When she speaks the truth the hate from you liberals are worth every a million dollars!!! Keep it up Sarah!

    August 3, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Gary

    Way to go Sarah!!! The TRUTH HURTS!

    August 3, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Ms K.

    @The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends
    giving up your social sercuity and medicare..the socialist govermenntal your momma is a member of these socialist governmental programs....going burn her card????

    August 3, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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