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. rafael

    Good lord, someone push the off button already.

    August 3, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. gar

    Palin shows the ugly face of the America hating reactionaries. She and her terrorists husband should be indicted for treason.

    August 3, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Oregon Calling

    She is one to talk, wasn't her and her husband in a "fringe" party wanting to make Alaska it's own country? Why do I even bother?

    Peace :-)

    August 3, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. TropicalPenpals

    seems just a bit of smoke on the real problem a huge fire of debt!

    August 3, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. GSMITH

    Sarah Palin keep doing what you are good at. You are smarter then any Democrat especially Barack Obama. SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012!!!!!!!!.

    August 3, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Dom

    Stop reporting about Sarah Palin! She's not even in office, and she's not going to run for president. You keep her going with stupid articles like this.

    August 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Ranterdon

    Current Talking Points of YOUR lame stream media are repeating the UNBELIEVEABLE comparisons of Tea Party members to Terrorists...Bidens people walked back what he referenced and NO AMOUNT of negative discourse will change that...

    August 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. OKTOGO77

    @Richard Hartman: Oh, she's accomplished something, all right...she left both the city of Wasilla and the state of Alaska with more debt than before she took office as Mayor of Wasilla or Half-Governor of Alaska! And she's also accomplished quite a bit of bald-face lying, divisiveness, spreading hatred whenever she opens her mouth, criticizing our President, and playing the victim whenever anyone has the audicity to criticize HER!

    August 3, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Fae

    I love this women. A breath of fresh air. She believes in God and America. Our country might have a chance if
    she was elected. Go Sarah! 2012

    August 3, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. John

    Typical $arah, opens her mouth and human waste comes out of it. Go get a real education, learn to educate your own children, and learn to say something mature. How is that movie going for ya? Didn't make you enough money to pay for the cost of making that garbage?

    August 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. TPF

    Palin is not a mentally stable person, nuff said!

    August 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Leonid Brezhnev

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    August 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Shawna

    Definition of idiot in Webster Dictionary – Sarah Palin

    August 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. RW

    It even pains me just to spend this much time on Palin. Who cares? Please stop giving her publicity!

    August 3, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. SCAtheist

    She's just keeping herself in the public eye to keep making some cash. Her movie did $5200 gross last weekend. WOW. Go away.

    August 3, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Fredrick38

    The VP is correct you tea Party freak are terrorist come Christmas time your debt bill will cut both my military pay and my Social Security to appease you right wing freaks whom think the Greedy rich deserve their pay but us peasants do not.
    But the Tea Party GOP plan around Christmas will mean less money for most of the middle class to spend and even less jobs.as demand will only be for food shelter, and gas and that is going to go also.
    You Tea Party GOP has destroyed the US more than Obama and we need a new party that will burn you and all the Tea party GOP freaks at the stake ASAP . before CHristmas.

    August 3, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Tiki

    She sounds more and more like characters from the movie "Mean Girls."

    "...the meaner Regina was to her, the more Gretchen tried to win Regina back. She knew it was better to be in the plastics, hating life, than to not be in at all. Because being with the plastics was like being famous... people looked at you all the time and everybody just knew stuff about you. "

    August 3, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. E

    Re: Jess C. comment... SP obviously didn't get all of the demons removed during her "exorcism". You have to have some type of demons or mental illness to be that evil, vendictive, greedy, stupid and just overall crazy. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I wish Todd would make her sit the hell down and shut the "f" up. And one more thing.. I'm willing to be if the Dems paid her enough money, she would flip in a heart beat.

    August 3, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. edpeters101

    Why does the media cover the dribble that comes out of the Alaskan Dingbat mouths?

    August 3, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. John

    She has a lot of nerve bringing up Bill Ayers. Now whose husband was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, an organization on the FBI watch list for domestic terrorism? And who spoke before this party in her early years as a politician? Please, Sarah. Just shut it for five minutes, won't you?

    August 3, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Psychologist

    How would this half-term, full-time quitter even know? It is not like she reads (or knows) any newspaper publications.

    August 3, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. meb

    Rspings wrote: "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."

    I find it odd that you have been/are so naive to not see what has been going on. How can you lay so much at the President's feet when the other side has done jsut about everything to sabotage his Presidency. That was their stated goal before he even took office and they have not been shy in saying that their number one priority is to make him a one term president (not jobs, not the economy, etc). How do they make him a one term President? By no allowing anything he does to pass and crippling his ability to get anything done, all the while not getting anything done themsleves. You need to open your eyes and see what is really going on and instead of saying he is not the one for the job, how about getting some people in congress that can work WITH him in moving this country forward instead of making him a one term president as their number one goal.

    August 3, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Mark in Seattle

    More yadda yadda from that nobody from up north. Must have reloaded again.

    August 3, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Taioseach

    @ True Centrist. I've been a supporter of Obama from the beginning, but he has done himself no favors by his "trying to be the good guy" attitude. He could have set the standard when the Senator from S.Carolina shouted out "you lie." He should have had him censured. Then someone would think twice about comparing him to a "tar baby."

    Politically as well as personally he has sadly shown himself not to have a very measured amount of aggression that a true leader needs. I'm disappointed, but there are no pre-reqs for the office. He will see another term and hopefully he will have learned from the mistakes he's made.

    August 3, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Maisey

    "That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action." I think this says more about the speaker, than the people she's talking about. Stop giving her a soapbox to stand on. She's media whore, with no other useful talent for living. Time to cut off that financial lifeline. She's doing nothing other than trying to prove her dad wrong, who apparently treated her like crap. Apples don't fall to far from the tree.

    August 3, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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