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. Bill NY

    Its true. Palin and her ilk are the equivalent of domestic terroists. Look at the damage so far. They are the equal of al Queda in America hands down. To call them patriots is the quintessence of absurdity.

    August 3, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Michael

    Wow Sarah.. still using that tired ol' terrorist bill ayers line after all these years? No new material at all? You are sliding into irrelevancy faster and faster...

    August 3, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Done With You All

    the real terrorists and hostage takers are obama, reid, pelosi, boehner, mcConnel, mcCain and the obama economy, but We The People and the Tea Party are going to fix that. The true freedom fighters will show their cards soon.

    August 3, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. JohnRJohnson

    Palin has been dyin' to resurrect her Bill Ayers rant since 2008. She has no idea how Obama knew Ayers or what their actual relationship was. She also doesn't know anything about Ayers himself and his standing in the educational community in Chicago. Some day soon, this woman will fall into the dim obscurity which she so richly deserves.

    August 3, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. ClarasBeau

    That's a crackerjack photo of her. Just look at that wild-eyed expression! The things that the unblinking camera lens can reveal...

    August 3, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Aezel

    "wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."

    Sarah wouldn't want to read them their rights because she'd simply have a hard time reading.

    August 3, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Liz the First

    It says nothing good about our country that this twit is given even one second of attention by anyone. aren't her 15 minutes up yet???????

    August 3, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. DJK007

    I've never seen a picture of Palin without her mouth wide open. Babbling requires very little intelligence and an incessant need to hear yourself talk. If only she could say something positive or meaningful.

    August 3, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Brian

    Conservatives could never show as much hate and vitriol as liberals show on a daily basis towards conservatives... liberals are truly disgusting individuals who have nothing better to do but attack a woman who was right, and who called out their side for doing what they do on a daily basis

    August 3, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. sonny chapman

    In the 60's, we were told that the Hippies were gonna "Destroy the Country". Turned out, they were just stretching the boundaries Society had placed on everyone. This Tea Party Revolution is the real deal. The economic & spiritual damage they're doing to this Country is deep. TOO MUCH DEMOCRACY by the few affecting the many is dangerous. Free Speech & Right to Bear Arms must be balanced by sense of respect for others. FOX News & NRA are destroying the country they claim to love so much.

    August 3, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. runmom

    Forget Obama invoking the 14th Amendment ... we the people need to invoke it ... from Section 3 -

    No person shall ... hold any office ... under the United States... who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, ... or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, ... shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same ...

    So according to this, most of the Republican candidates are ineligible to be POTUS. Let's all remember that in November 2012.

    August 3, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. runmom

    @NoTags ... room temperature is usually higher.

    August 3, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. thies

    what was that about the Palins palling around with that alaskan separatist party?

    August 3, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. GeorgeBos95

    Stop covering this woman, and she will go away.

    August 3, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Uninterested in Palin

    CNN, please stop publishing the inane rantings of this lunkhead.


    August 3, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Wowsors

    I love how back in 2008 Palin article's actually had some people defending her mindless babbling in the comments section. Since then there has been a steady decrease in the amount of people defending her and now I do not see any at all. Fantastic job, everyone. Way to not be idiots.

    August 3, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Diana

    Definition of the word 'rogue' that she chose to describe herself..."An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person".

    August 3, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    More bombastic claptrap from the seriously deranged wife of a fishmonger. Nothing here folks, move along.

    August 3, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Jen, Cleveland

    Even scarier than anything this woman says or does is that people actually take her seriously. It makes me want to vomit. She does nothing but complain or play the victim. She is the farthest from a respectable female role model in my book, and why anyone would look up to her, let alone listen to her, baffles me.

    August 3, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. DC from NJ

    So Palin thinks Obama is all talk and no action? This comes from a woman who walked out halfway through her term in office to start cashing in on her five minutes of fame. Give me a break! Unfortunately, CNN continues to give Palin a forum for her idiotic statements. Nobody cares Sarah (and CNN). Please go home and shut up.

    August 3, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. betterdays

    Care to point out what Bill Ayers actually DID in the '60s and '70s? Or is that too much backstory for you? Well, they were just "small" bombs; no big deal, right?

    Anyway, I sincerely hope Palin doesn't run for president. If MSNBC is any indication, Democrats (especially the "progressive" sort) are getting very, very nervous about 2012, and we don't need this goofball messing that up.

    August 3, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. sassypants

    Rock On Sarah Palin!!!

    August 3, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. boyd10

    Some nut has a lot of money and wants to advance this woman.Politics.They have it to spare

    August 3, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. FauxPalin

    Lock up this pathetic woman and please please, throw away the key!!!!

    August 3, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. hypatia

    But they are, Sarah. Now what were you saying about those 'death panels'. She's like a modern Cassandra: she gets the plot points right but the party wrong.

    August 3, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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