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. Al

    I see a lot of remarks calling out CNN for their continuous coverage on Sarah Palin when the reason is simple. Just look at the length of responders on this article. This website draws revenue with every click and comment from their advertisements and apparently Sarah Palin articles draw people. Mind you, not because they think she's great, but quite the opposite. Sarah Palin is alive in media because she is a freak show. Every news outlet knows it. Even FOX News knows it. Since freaks watch FOX News, she's on their shows on a regular basis to attract them.

    August 3, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Tyrone&Tyson

    PALIN don,t you know you and BACHMANN and the rest of the GOP are a bunch of terrorist,now you might not want to here that but so was BEN LIDEN you all are no different they want to kill AMERICANS with bomb you,ll want to kill us by shuting our goverment down,you see SARAH you and MICHELE and the TEA PARTY are no different.

    August 3, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Pinklady

    OMG this harpie has diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain. She needs to go.

    August 3, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. 1rooster

    Palin's husband, Todd, was in a party in Alaska that wanted Alaska to secede from the U.S. just like Texas governor, Perry. I think they are the most unpatriotic politicians in the U.S. They should be deported back to Europe if they don't like it here.

    August 3, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. ceg10

    Palin and the whole tea party should be consider Terrorist!!!! Look at their actions, don't believe what they say for they are out to destroy the country!

    August 3, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Chris

    oh hey, shoot sarah palin can talk a lot...

    August 3, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. marty

    Mrs. Palin has a lot of skeletons in her closet, she should be a bit more careful with her personal attacks. She continues to play the pretty attack dog with a lot of barking and no substance or original ideas. She's playing her role very well.

    August 3, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. help

    Please make it STOP!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. E. Scott

    I am not a Tea Party member but I agree with what they are trying to do. The country is dying financially under a load of debt and for trying to fix this they are labeled Terrorists. A lot of people need to quit being sheep and believing what the liberal media is spouting daily. Balancing the budget is common sense.

    August 3, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. regertz

    "Wanting to read Miranda rights to alledged, suspected foreign terrorists..." Does this woman ever read what she says?

    Thank God this person never achieved higher office than a governorship.

    Fit to govern? You know the rest from Macbeth...

    August 3, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Rober Cloosdoosch

    Uncle Ellsworthey
    Got news for you- The Teatards account for even less of a percentage.

    August 3, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. sass2u

    When I see any favorable attention accorded Sara Palin and Michele Bachmann, I believe it reflects the lack of education of our population and their lack of training in rational thinking. Certainly Palin and Bachmann reflect a dire lack of both! That this kind of scum can rise to the surface as viable candidates for President – along with Gingrich and the rest of the embarrassing Rep-Ts – makes a very negative comment about the need for education in our society and the state of the conservative Right. They sure have "nothing" this time around. Just a lot of mental instability.

    August 3, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Keith

    Ummm... excuse me little missy... but you're wrong AGAIN. Yep, AGAIN. And AGAIN. And AGAIN. And AGAIN. This "lady" is just even more proof that FoxNews is nothing but right-wing trash talk. If Fox wanted to be taken as a legitimate organization, they'd have to start by kicking her off the payroll. She starts off by being WRONG about Biden, and then IMMEDIATELY redirects into attacks on Obama. These Tea Party fools are absolutely destroying any and all credibility the GOP had. Reagan would be refiling as a Democrat.

    August 3, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Toxic Avenger

    Kind of funny that the word terrorist is now a bad word, after years of liberals pretending they were just misguided souls who were not to blame for their hatred of the US, eh kooks?


    August 3, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Toxic Avenger

    AQ-how about some cheese to go with your whine?

    August 3, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Unamused

    Mrs. Palin is a C U Next Tuesday. Smart like a potato.

    August 3, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. 4wonderland

    Let her keep talking. The more she opens her mouth the more she proves how stupid she is.

    August 3, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. MontanaSon

    Thank God for strong, intelligent, conservative women like Palin and Bachman. They may be this country's last hope. God Bless you, Sarah, as you go about your work (which essentially consists of telling the truth and taking the punches for other conservatives). You are making a difference. And forgive people like those on this page, for they know not what they do.

    August 3, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Josie

    I think it's time for Palin to have a mental health evaluation done. She does not sound all there.

    August 3, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Jake

    Never mind this tired old saw about Bill Ayers (and, uh, criticizing someone for insisting on Miranda rights–what?!)...she literally said "blah blah blah" as political analysis? Why do people keep putting microphones in front of her? Why did I click on this?

    August 3, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. John

    Sarah Palin is a coward. If she is so tough, what is she waiting for to jump into 2012 GOP field. And what does Joe Biden's gaffe have to do with Obama and Bill Ayers. NONSENSE, instead of demeaning and tearing the President apart, why doesn't Sarah Palin offer suggestions on how to move America forward like John McCain does?

    August 3, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. LMC

    And we know Sarah is all talk and then quit! Where was Sarah living that she thinks the Bush tax cuts brought in revenue?

    August 3, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. Sam I Am

    It's gotten to the point for most Americans (there are 27 or so that still think Palin is the answer to America's problems) that Palin sounds like the adults in the old Peanuts TV specials. Not a word of it makes sense, and frankly what she says just isn't relevant to the story of America. She does not seem to appreciate that these wild accusations are exactly what got her sidelined in the public arena. If she continues these silly statements, it continues to erode her credibility relevance. With any luck, as America continues down the road to recovery, we'll soon only see her as a tiny figure in our collective rear view mirror, waving wildly, and even so being left further and further behind.

    August 3, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Tim

    Look, she's evil. She can't help herself. Best to just ignore her.

    August 3, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. calmncool

    This is scary, but I don't think we'll EVER be rid of Sarah Palin. She and Charlie Sheen will live FOREVER.

    August 3, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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