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. Tea Party

    BTW Sarah Nice 10,000 dollar suit there...You really connect with the struggling much did you get paid to quit your job and go on tour? Tea Party = Sell Outs.

    August 3, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. janet

    I am 100percent certain that Palin takes pleasure in this kind of rhetorics, but it is the most coward position to take. When you have no clue as to what the debate is about, have no sensible or intelligent solution to profer, you SHUT UP and allow for people with real solution to talk while you listen. You are just a rabble rouser plain and simple. And it is a pity people pay to hear you speak non-sense.

    August 3, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Winning

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

    Ohhh the fricken irony.

    I read every story on the ticker over my morning coffee, but honestly, I wish I'd never see one about this stupid harpy again.

    August 3, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. cigarman

    Why does the media continue to give this total idiot a voice? I am a republican and i am embaressed every time Sara and or Michelle speaks. Those two should run together, so that we can knock both of them off at the same time. As far as the debt ceiling deal, all i hear on Fixed News is from All republicans, is what a bad deal The debt ceiling is, well the republicans in the house are the ones who passed it, Obama got everything he wanted. How stupid are our republican Reps .

    August 3, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. janet

    Somehow Palin believes she can be President???

    August 3, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Andy in IL

    Palin can complain however she wants, but the national debt is a valid debt of the US public. By voting against the debt ceiling, Tea Party congresspeople are refusing to authorize the executive branch of the government to pay those debts. That, in my opinion, means they are questioning their validity. It is my opinion that a vote against raising the debt ceiling (which I consider unconstitutional per the 14th Amendment), is not terrorism, but treason (which is worse, imo) as it is a direct act against the 14th Amendment to the United States of America's Constitution.

    August 3, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Lori in St Pete

    Takes one to know one. I've lived a long time, and one thing I've learned is if the rethugliban are accusing "libruls" or dems of doing something, that means THEY are doing it. It's called projection, and the rethugliban & teabaggers are experts. Lest anyone forget, this is the harpie who put crosshairs over a democratic congresswoman who, along with a dozen of her constituents, was gunned down. If anyone knows about "domestic terrorism", it's her.

    August 3, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. jilli

    Just more word soup from the irrelevant. Outside of comedians, who really cares what Palin thinks at this point?

    August 3, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Joan

    She is like a leach latching onto any slightly controversial comment and blowing it all out of proportion just to get her name in the headlines. Actually, the comment was not that they were terrorists, it was that they were holding congress and the issue hostage like terrorists and to be truthful they were. All Sarah Palin does is stir up controversy. How many times has she added intelligent, helpful and postive comments about any issue that would maybe be a benefit to the country? Answer- never.

    August 3, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Lori in St Pete

    I meant successionist, not separist.

    August 3, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Sandra, Atl

    She just really can't stand being out of the headlines can she?

    August 3, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. joe

    The best part of this whold Debt Ceiling debate is that we didn't have to hear nonsense from this women on CNN for a few weeks.

    August 3, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. AJ in CT

    Mid-America is crazy to "follow" a moron like Sara Palin. She is nothing but a polarizing voice that is highly toxic for our country. Never a word of encouragement, never a supportive comment. Always negative. The press ought to stop covering her. Yeah, I understand, the press gets readership, and us fools to comment on such crap. If we, the public, were to ignore Palin, the press would ignore her too. This is my last comment on this nitwit. Goodbye!

    August 3, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. ABM

    OMG – this is 2010 and he is the Presdient. She can't seem to let this "relation" go away can she. Jeez – talking about digging up dirt. Is shoe going to ask about his birth certificate again.

    Tea-baggers are hostage takers – end of story. I will not allow my vote to be persuaded by stupid people who do not know ANY facts.

    August 3, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. GwynniesPapa

    I really hope that Fox is finding Bristol's mom to be a big enough embassment that they would send her on her way. After all if we want an attractive right wing radical nut job we have Palin's replacement in Bachman. She knows nothing, has accomplished nothing is a sweetheart to teabagging wak jobs. Sarah you've been replaced. I don't agree with Rep. Bachman about anything at all but I respect the office she holds as I respect the office of the Pres. You on the other hand.. Not so much

    August 3, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Does anyone care anymore what this lady says?"


    August 3, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. The Choobs

    Sarah just couldn't avoid saying "Shoot," could she?!
    ("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?'")

    August 3, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin just keeps on saying the funniest things. is she trying to do a Tina Fey imitation? Maybe Fox News needs a ratings boost by having a comedian analyst. Come to think of it, she is a joke.

    August 3, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. James in Columbia

    Is she REALLY still using the "pallin' around with terrorists you betcha!" line? REALLY? 3 years on the campaign trail and that's what she's got. Pathetic. I'm no Republican, but I always thought Michelle Bachmann was the poor woman's Sarah Palin. Turns out it's the other way around.

    August 3, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    whatever happened to finding out if something said was FACTUAL by a person before you go on the air and start talking trash? Besides if this was actually said by Vice President Biden, what the heck does President Obama have to do with it? If there is a bigger cyber-bully than Sarah Palin PLEASE let me know. She can talk "smack" about the Obama's and the Democrats as long as she doesn't have to confront them face to face. I see the Tea Party queen was very silent when her friend John McCain called her TP buddies 'hobbits"!

    August 3, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Roger

    For the love of God, will the media please stop giving this lunatic a platform. Sarah, please shut up and go home. You bring nothing to the table, you are talking out of both sides of your mouth and I doubt a concrete or well formed thought has crossed your mind in years. Please for all our sakes, GO BACK TO ALASKA!!!

    August 3, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. roscoe

    We get 8 years of Bush deciding Bin Laden wasn't worth pursuing and then Obama gets him. So, I can see why Sarah is confused on the subject. She's an idiot.

    August 3, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. palintwit

    Every time this bimbo flaps her gums we despise her even more. Why can't she understand that?

    August 3, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Rsprings

    I get the feeling many of you don't like Palin so much. Am I wrong? You may not like the messenger but her message is worth lhearing. The US is a train wreck waiting to happen. We cannot continue the economic path we are on, we will collapse under the debt. Then everyone will suffer. Obama has not done a good job as President, he lacks the leadership skills and unfortunately has surrounded himself with ideologues just like himself. I am not a birther, a Teapartier or anything like that. We just elected the wrong person to run this country. In 2012 we need to change that.

    August 3, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "I really hope that Fox is finding Bristol's mom to be a big enough embassment that they would send her on her way. "

    Sorry to dash your hopes, but you're talking about people who have no sense of shame or decency whatsoever.

    August 3, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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