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. Laura518

    Has anyone noticed that the economy started to turn around under Obama....jobs were being created, GDP was growing....until the 2010 mid term elections and those tea party people got into office and the GOP took over the house of representatives.....then things started to tank again.

    August 3, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. mama panda

    Sarah's the last person who should complain about "blah blah blah." She's pretty much cornered the market for herself.

    August 3, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. annnette

    still spewing the 2008 about bill ayres – give it up sarah. its old news and it didn't work then and it won't work now.

    August 3, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Triple A

    You know for the Party of tolerence the Left sucks at it. She really is in real life pretty much a nobody yet you all hate her so much. lol I guess she isn't all that bad after all.

    August 3, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Jaynicia

    Well, hit dogs hollar...

    August 3, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Enough, Long Ago

    Can we please vote her off of the continent now?

    August 3, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. CCHUCK

    The ONLY thing Palin knows is how to run her mouth. She knows NOTHING about our government, laws or constitution. Her and Cantor make a good pair. If you know nothing, make up stories or attack your opponent.
    She should take her own advice and tone it down a notch or TEN!

    Quitters are NEVER winners, only sore losers.

    August 3, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. anon

    Please Republicans, have Sarah Palin and Bachmann as your nominees for 2012. That way, it will be an easy victory....for the Democrats.

    August 3, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Mark

    Why is Palin calling out Obama instead of Biden?

    August 3, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. bhpt

    Every time Palin opens her mouth, that big ol' foot just goes right in...

    August 3, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    you all are missing the point that she is right.

    August 3, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. tor

    How do you not love this woman? The most creative fiction writers could never come up with lines this good. God bless America.

    August 3, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. John

    Sarah is wonderful!

    August 3, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Phillsane

    Sarah, really. All talk and no action? Blah, blah, blah? You got some nerve there Chatty Kathy.

    August 3, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. CharlieEcho

    You people keep watching Sara Palin. That way the Democratic controlled Senate and White House can keep this country sliding into the abyss. We didn't go over the cliff, but we are still going down. We need to spend more money and print more money, yeah right. China is busy dumping their cash and grabbing hard assets while they can with our worthless dollar. Once another currency is established we will be eating the tires off our farm equipment, and running on the rims. This administration has no plan except to keep enough fuel in their jest to head for Costa Rico.

    August 3, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Brook

    She'd have a great career in comedy if she ever decided to go legit.

    August 3, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. William dodge

    Girl needs to move far away totally un American she is !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. tialou07

    She's an embarrassment to every thinking, intelligence woman because when it comes to intelligence she clearly has none.

    August 3, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. 22tone

    The lights on but....... oh heck, shoot! The lights not even there......

    August 3, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    forget about seeing Obamas birth certificate, I would be more interested to see Sarah Palins diploma!

    August 3, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Are You Kidding? ANYONEbutPalin

    You know what the TEA Party says they don't represent the Democrats or the Republicans. Well most would agree that they don't represent the Dem's.. They have bullied and party threatened members of the Republican party do get this joke of a Debt deal done. So I would say to Ms Palin and her Tea terrorist should have the guts to lremove themselves from the republicans and really start a 3rd party. But the TEA brats don't have the guts too do. and Palin doesn't have the balls too. She would run just like she did in Alaska

    August 3, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. AmFem

    654 responses to this article...so far. That's why CNN keeps her "relevant"

    August 3, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. ronald malaney

    you all better come up with new hate Palin thoughts, in about 30 days she will be running for pres. GO PALIN 2012

    August 3, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Atlanta Voter

    What an absolute disgrace. She makes W look very, very intelligent.

    August 3, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. MOS

    I think we all understand that Palin is a cartoon character that the media shines a spotlight on for ratings alone. There is no substance nor credibility. As we all wise up, she'll go the route of the man-eating-chicken behind the curtain at the carnival sideshow; pay your quarter and step right up! The sad thing is – I think she actually believes she's relevant and is taken seriously. I kinda feel bad about laughing at her, but I just can't help it.

    August 3, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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