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. lisaspups

    To DJ: I have no comments about your IQ but I do about your common sense. First, I do not hate her for the mere joy of it. I cannot stand her for her spiteful, quick to judge, inciteful, misinformed, holier than thou, hypocritical, behavior. As far as policy points, she has none worthy of conversation. Second, as has been said among these posts, as well as in the media, Vice President Biden did not make the comment. Yet, you apparently refuse to get that. Third, you might pass your comment along about representing the USA and not just a particular group or party to your Republican friends in Congreass and the Tea Party. Finally, I do agree that calling them terrorists" or accusing them of behaving like terrorists is wrong. However, I think their outrage is a bit over the top, particularly considering some of the slogans and comments they made during the 2008 election.

    August 3, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Marry

    The big difference is this woman uses the few brain cells she has to be as destructive as she possibly can and the President working as hard as humanly possible for the future of the country under the most appalling and insulting opposition ever!
    2012 cannot come soon enough to vote for people that have the goal and conviction to work for all people not just for a few rich and the corporations and to end the havoc the GOP/TP create in Washington! Perhaps then real solutions to the problems of the country can be found and implemented! If the vote would reflect the work they do in Washington for the good of the country it would be Democrats 98% – GOP/TP 2%!

    August 3, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Molly Weasley

    $arah Palin cares about only one thing - MONEY. And the more attention that the half-talented "news" outfits like CNN give this half-term, half-brained publicity hound, the more she'll keep cashing in.

    Please, CNN. Act like real journalists for a change.

    August 3, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Mike in Fairfax

    I just love it when there's a Palin story on here. Two and a half years after she was McCain's running mate and you nuts are still totally obsessed with her and what she says, even when you don't like it. I don't think there has ever been a vice presidential candidate on a losing ticket that has been able to stay in the public eye for this long. Not saying I like her, but I sure respect her ability to somehow stay relevant.

    August 3, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. lucy2

    She is utterly ridiculous, and has nothing to offer. Please just go away.

    August 3, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Citizen

    To quote Samuel Johnson "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel".
    Ms. Palin is the "hired gun" for those people who want to throw politically incorrect statements, but are afraid that they will come to bite them later. She does whatever she is bid to do, at the same time enriching herself. Morons who give any credence to her statements must certainly have their heads examined.

    August 3, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. dgroth

    Geez, what a shameful moron. She reminds me of a big-mouthed drunk, ranting and raving about this and that all the time. I'm a member of the same political art, but It is well beyond all possibility for me to even try and imagine her as presidential material for this great nation. She's an embarrassment to the whole country, actually.

    August 3, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Keith

    Digging up the discredited Bill Ayers thing again? Next thing you know, there'll be more hoo-hah over whether that birth certificate was "really real" again. Go away, Sarah!!!

    August 3, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Specialist G

    Who is this unemployed person and why would anyone care what she says? The guy with the cardboard sign outside Starbucks makes more sense. He probably has a better work ethic and vocabulary as well...

    August 3, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Joe

    Is there no end to her BS? Her political "discourse" is on the level of a school yard bully shouting "yeah, so's your mother!" when she can't come up with any rational arguments.

    August 3, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. alamodefender

    I can't believe CNN would go so low as to say Biden's crack comment was "unsubstantiated" rather than ridiculous,but they do have to sneak in little inuendos while preaching to the liberal choir.That's why they have the reputation of being "Fair and Balanced,",or was that someone else?

    August 3, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. GI Joe

    You people on BOTH sides need to google PNAC and do some serious reading. This is a republican plan started 2 or 3 decades ago - it is just now escalating to a point most believed was 20 or so years down the road. Why are they so desperate to do this now???

    August 3, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Sam

    FACT: Sarah Palin is smarter than any of you and has accomplished more in her professional life than you ever will. She got elected Governor of a state. Most of you sit in your pajamas or write blog comments from your lame cubicle jobs and claim a former Governor is an idiot. The jealousy of Sarah Palin is so thick here. The more hate you have for her, the more jealous you really are...

    August 3, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Kitty

    Sarah Palin should hire Tina Fey as her spokesperson. Maybe then someone would listen to her. Plus, she would come off as much more intelligent!

    August 3, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. K3Citizen

    Sarah Palin has never been qualified for any office so whatever she says to do we have to make sure we do the opposite.

    August 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. AAA

    Please go away. Your mouth is like a gutter and whatever you say does not make any sense. Our country will be better off without you.

    August 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. TEXAS

    Sarah GO away Go. You and your tea party people are the reason we went on to the 11th hour. You can't even speak like a leader of a country. You are so uneducated, unskilled at professional speaking. Go away back to your bears in Alaska.
    CNN please don't post anything this airhead says= Not news worthy.

    August 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Sue

    Palin is right.....Obama launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist--Bill Ayers. And, Obama's ties to the domestic terrorist Bill Ayers–and his wife Bernadine Dorn, as well as others--goes way back. But, CNN and other MSM will not do their jobs and investigate/expose this. As someone once said-Obama would not have been cleared for a job in the CIA and FBI, due to his past associations....Oh, and O-bots that are attacking Romney for being a Mormon-who are Christians. Who do you think that the majority will vote for-a Mormon Christian or a Muslim. Do you "really" think that the majority in the country believe Obama is a Christian??

    August 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. GI Joe

    She's implying that SOME people are not entitled to the rights of HUMANs. How Christian of her. Jesus would be so proud.

    August 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Pritch

    Whats unsubstantiated. I heard the tape. He said it, but the its ok because he is a democrat. Nothing shocking about that, and everything that Palin said is absolutely true. Democrats are like the casey anthony supporters, just plain in denial about reality. Absolutely nothing new here.

    August 3, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Roderick

    I've figured it out...Palin is a secret agent for Obama...think about it...if Michelle Bachmann gets the nod Obama will win by a landslide...(any Dem candidate would)...she keeps running her mouth to divide the GOP into two factions...(the sane and insane)...Keep it up Sarah our President will sure to be reelected!!!

    August 3, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Edwin

    The Tea Party are not terrorists. They are despicable, and either have no understanding of basic economics or they truly want this country to collapse.

    But they are not terrorists. They are pushing their horrible, dangerous agenda on us using LEGAL means. Terrorists never act through legislation. They accomplish their agendas through acts of terror. As frightening as their stance on the debt ceiling was, it does not count as an act of terror.

    Now, maybe there are bits we never heard - conversations where they threatened to blow people up or topple the stock market if they didn't get their way - but barring that, they are not terrorists. Just bad people.

    August 3, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Terry

    Domestic Terrorists are those individuals who strive to destroy the United States or injury citizens of the United States. The Tea Party is responsible for attempting to destroy the elderly, the middle class, and the poor. Holding the United States Congress hostage during a critical period of the country's debt debate, while preaching that the elderly must give-up Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, which the elderly paid for via payroll deductions for over forty-five years, is pure terrorism. Come on Sarah, give us your "Lock and Load" speech, which is the talk of a domestic terrorist.

    August 3, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Mike

    I wouldn't mind a "smart" and "people oriented" female run for President. Someone who cares about the PEOPLE, and not the party. Haven't seen that yet. I have seen 2 females who haven't got the brains of an ice cube between the two of them. Can't handle the heat! Afraid to be interviewed. Afraid to answer questions put to them. If palin and bachman ran together, we could call it the "DUMB & DUMBER tour! These 2 are the worse candidates in my life-time! I thought Bush/Cheney were both the antichrist. Looking at these 2 females, I may have to think again. What a worthless 2 they are!

    August 3, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |

    I honestly don't know what to say about this woman. I wish those who follow her would forget about her looks and actually listen to the things she says an how she says them. Her extremely devisive comments are never well thought out responses ... always off the cuff and wrong. I have to say she's taking advantage of the same "lame stream media" she hates so much. Although the things she say are mostly wrong/skewed, she could do herself / image a favor if she wouldn't comment on EVERYTHING. She is too overexposed!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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