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. Us vs. Them

    I think she should run for president, with Kim Kardashian as her vice president.

    August 3, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. mikey666

    This one is like a bad rash, annoying and hard to get rid of.

    August 3, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. sd-mouth

    In all my 70 years i have NEVER seen a more preposerous mental miget stupid irrelevant dipstick of a politician. And,...i'm being kind.
    Then Bachmann shows up and i have to rethink my whole evaluation. The GOP is so screwed up it is inexcusable.This is not the party i knew 50 years ago. I will say that its' foundering ever since Reagan. Once he let in the evangelicals, screwed the middle class and transformed us from a creditor nation to a debtor, the US of A has gone down hilll ever since. The Dems have their problems, but at least it IS in the interest of the general public and not Big Business who have raped us over and over.

    August 3, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. me

    CNN how many times do we have to tell you: This woman is irrelevant. Cover something that matters.

    As for the tea party yes they are absolutely terrorists. Worse than domestic terrorists, since their actions threaten the entire global economy. As far as I can tell, they are trying to finish the job that Bin Laden started.

    August 3, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. D

    lol, she's sooooo 2000-and-late!

    August 3, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |

    To Rudy NYC,

    Ok, let the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire. That brings in 700 to 800 billion over the next 10 years or about 70 to 80 billion a year. A lot of money. It brings annual projected deficts close to a trillion a year down to around 900 billion. Now what? We got rid of the Bush tax cuts for the rich and still have about 900 billion a year deficits, still unsustainable and dangerous.
    In fact the economy and tax revenue grew under Bush, the problem was governmemt and government spending grew even more and so did the deficits. And Obama has more that doubled down on that trend. The Tea Party does not endorse what happend under Bush. The time to stop this is now. Bush and Republicans share blame, Obama and the present Democrats have made is a crisis.

    August 3, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Rick

    Sarah who? Doesn't she do MILF porn or something?

    August 3, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Johan Braxston

    Every time she opens her mouth she continue to show all the classic signs for suffering from constipation of the brain & dirreha of the mouth.!

    August 3, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. sd-mouth

    Let's see, Sarah Palin is married to a guy who, along with his father wants Alaska, the biggest welfare recipient state, to cecede from the US of A. That will get votes for sure.
    Oh, John McCain, what have you brought? Shame on you.

    August 3, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Eloise

    Palin and Bachmann. Dumb and dumber.

    August 3, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. comic

    You idiots sure are entertaining. You complain about CNN giving her press but everytime I look at the comments from one of her articles it's always the longest running list. NEWSFLASH: If you fools didn't come read every story she's involved with CNN wouldn't have a reason to post the articles. If you "its" spent as much time trying to help the country as you did hating on Palin we could have paid down the US debt already.

    August 3, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Denise

    Jess C. wrote:
    Jess C.

    Right Sarah, and what about your little "exorcism" episode when you first hit the scene? I'll never forget watching you at that alter getting your demons washed out. Very scary, indeed. Worse yet, it didn't work! You're a lunatic.

    I saw that video too. Thanks to YOU TUBE anyone who hasn't seen it has made a choice not too. This woman is a media addict. Her downward spiral began long before the Tuscon tragedy which only accelerated her demise of what little relevancy she had. The woman is a terrorist, mixing politics with religion, pontificating from an imaginary perch, demonizing anyone that doesn't fit the Teabagger terrorist persona and agenda. Looks can only get you so far. Having a brain, using it for the manner in which it was intended, and being able to speak and spell competently really does matter.

    August 3, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. arale norimaki

    Sarah Palin' is not smart enough to use a personal computer, not even a Macintosh

    I wish people would stop calling her Governor. She only served a half term at best before she quit. Seems like she gave up that right. As I recall, she said she quit because she could not do her job with all the law suits that were being filed against her. she bankrupted the town and didn't have a thing to show for it and was mired in scandal.

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

    Sarah is right and Mr.President is a crook and a big fat liar!

    August 3, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Squealy

    Heck, shoot?

    August 3, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    After watching supposedly the smartest man that ever inhabited the Whitehouse (per you whackjob libtards) destroy the greatest economy and country the world has ever known in 3 short years, you think Palin or Backmann would do worse? Honestly, you need to put down the koolaide, sober up and get a job. The real world awaits your arrival.

    August 3, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Ric

    Simply put, Palin is an idiot.

    August 3, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Scottish mama

    Break it up nothing to see here. Just alot of bus exhaust.

    August 3, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Oh-Boy!

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

    Well Sarah,

    I would prefer "talk and no action" over a whole lot of "talk...but no thought".

    Any one else see a pattern forming here?

    August 3, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. crop1981

    PLEASE!! PLEASE!! PLEASE!! Stop carrying stories about this brainless twit. She is clueless. Stop turning a camera on her and sticking a mic in her face. Its as bad as Jay Leno's "Jay Walking". It's hard to imagine anyone with a lick of common sense being interested in anything she has to say.

    August 3, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. grannysdad

    The only way we are going ot get CNN and all the other media to stop covering all the idiotic things this moron says is to stop commenting about everything she says. As much as we point out how idiotic she is if we just quit CNN and the rest would realize that anything she says isn;t worth putting in print. So In the future folks let her talk and let it go. If you continue to comment she will continue to ge the coverage she doesn't deserve. Samething with Michelle Bachman. Let her dig her self into a grave with the crap she spews. Neither will every make it to the POTUS. Sarah can't finish a job any way and Michelle is probably up for recall here in Minnesota. So let it go and maybe the media will stop commenting.

    I appreciate all your comments about what a MORON she is and totally agree but we have to stop or they will continue to let her talk

    Thanks to all the responsibe americans who realize that Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, and the Tea Party are all a bunch of idiots

    August 3, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. St Genesius

    We are still covering Palin...why?

    August 3, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Mark in Seattle

    Sarah Palin' is not smart enough to use a personal computer, not even a Macintosh.........

    Not even a Fisher Price.

    August 3, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. TomNPitt

    "You know, you can't defer an issue and assume that the problem is going to be avoided," Palin said.
    Man, is she stupid! Fox must think her babble makes their announcers sound more intelligent. It amazes me they keep asking her for her opinion. Better yet, is that fake background they use when she exits her lare and makes a statement.
    Kind of like a hottie Dali Lama.

    August 3, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Mike

    Like her or not, she's right.

    August 3, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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