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. Neil McDonald

    Does anyone besides CNN and Fox still believe Palin is the slightest bit relevant any more? Honestly, she sneezes and CNN all but has a headline about it, but poll after poll shows she is a non-factor in politics now, and has been for quite some time. Enought already! If you must trumpet a polarizing figure, how about more on Michelle Bachman? I may disagree with 99% of her views, but she is at least entertaining. Not so with Ms. Palin, and even Tina Fey has moved on. It's time for CNN to do the same.

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

    "gezzzzz she has to be on medication"

    Hehe...actually, I think the problem is that she's off it.

    August 3, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Wes B.

    "Heck, shoot," hahahahah!!!

    She's so hilarious.

    August 3, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Peter s

    Why should intelligent people argue with good for nothing moron!! I need to ante about you and your mogul hacker employer!.

    August 3, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. MSH Miami

    Oh, me! Me! Pay attention to me! I have nothing new or intelligent to say so I'll just recycle old crap from the past! This woman has gone from pathetic to just plain sad.

    August 3, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Chas in Iowa

    I believe Sarah has finally demoted herself to pure entertainment. no longer a rational political voice. now she is just entertaining noise. Maybe she can get another bit part with Tina.

    August 3, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Lynne

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let her run for President!!!! That would be the funniest thing I have seen in years! Mr. Obama would win for sure! Come on Sarah with you on our side nothing can stop us from keeping Obama in office for 4 more years! You are doing all of the work for us! Best press release we democrats could ask for!!!

    August 3, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. usualone

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if the press would stop covering her. They won't because she is outlandish - and sadly has a vocal following. She stirs up negativity with every word out of her mouth. It is pretty clear why she quit the governorship - and that speaks volumes about her. Let Bachmann run with her mantle; let her fade into a distant disgusting memory.

    August 3, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. CheBravo

    LOL! Reading Palin's comments I couldn't tell if this was from 2008 or today. She seems to be using the exact same talking points, word for word!

    August 3, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Larry

    The wasilla imbecilla is back to square one with Bill ayers. It will be a while, but the birth certificate should pop up soon.

    August 3, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Seems like the Tea Party hobbits are hungry. They must have been indulging in Tolkien's "pipe weed" again.

    August 3, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. maxdenn

    Oh Sarah. Pipe down. Please.

    August 3, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. keeth

    Reviving a silly catch phrase, cuz that's all her limited intellect, and that of her followers, can latch on to. Biden did not say "terrorist," but she and Hannity and Fox News will make sure that everyone thinks he did.

    August 3, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. usualone

    People, stop calling her "lady" as she "ain't" no lady. She is a mischievious child in a woman's body, nothing more.

    August 3, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. DJ

    I think the IQ of most posters are here is in less than a triple digit. You hate her for the mere joy of it, but you cannot challenge her policy points. And really what is the difference between calling someone a terrorists or saying they are acting like terrorists. Really, this guy is supposed to be the VP of the USA, not just of the liberals and the dem party. And really when was the last time anyone from the AIP tried to bomb a federal building.

    August 3, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. gpl2032

    You can't argue with her facts...Obama did hang out with a terrorist...along with a bunch anti-American liberal scum bag.

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. CN

    guilt by association. nice to see mccarthyism is alive and well.

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. roscoe

    Who do you figure is more loyal to the USA? The guy who gets Bin Laden or the wife and husband who don't think the USA is good enough for Alaska? Wanting Alaska to secede from the union is treasonist.....you betcha.

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Carol

    Sarah is the one who should tone it down. Obama knew Ayers when he was 12 years old. She has tried very hard to make it appear that Obama has had a close association with him. This is right in line with all her other accusations. When talking about the shootings in Arizona, SHE is the one who should have toned it down. Sorry Sarah but Obama has better things to do than pal around with you. Your opinions are mostly garbage.

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. sykid

    Who are the real terrorists?? Here is a hint; who would export the US manufacturing sector with a wink and a nod to Corporate America. Who would allow 20 million + illegal aliens into US to drive down wages and ruin public services and schools?? THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Peter s

    Aunt Sarah don't look any farther the true is terrorist is Todd your hubby who talks about Alaska being independent!!

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Keith

    It is funny how she went right after the President who is not even the one who made the comments. Also bringing up all the stuff she did is old news. Was dealt with years ago during the election. If this what Sarah Palin still wants to try and bring up,with the mess in Washington all I can say that is very sad.

    August 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. petena

    Sarah: Why are you STILL THINKING abut running for office. Can't you see hear all the supporters begging you to run? Just read the blogs here. Do us a favor and run. We all could use a laugh to release our stress.

    August 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Casual

    I find it astonishing that she talks about politics......why? She has zero job title, she nothing to contribute except her verbal vomit and she is constanly ripping the spoken word to pieces. Good Lord that voice, and then she makes it so much worse with all of her....gonnas, and hecks and shoot and you knows, I just want tto rip her voice box out!

    She never will capable of froming a proper sentence I suspect.

    August 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Dennis

    Good God, have Americans been really dumbed down that much, that they give any credibility to anything this person has to say???? Let's get out of seventh grade and start bringing this country back together.

    August 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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