October 4th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin hits Obama for 'terrorist' connection

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/04/art.bopt1004.gi.jpg caption="In remarks Saturday, Gov. Palin sought to link Sen. Obama with 1970's radical William Ayers, according to a statement released by the McCain-Palin campaign."]

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday slammed Sen. Barack Obama's political relationship with a former anti-war radical, accusing him of associating "with terrorists who targeted their own country."

Palin's attack delivered on the McCain campaign's announcement that it would step up attacks on the Democratic presidential candidate with just a month left before the November general election.

"We see America as the greatest force for good in this world," Palin said at a fund-raising event in Colorado, adding, "Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

Palin made similar comments later at a rally in Carson, California.

Obama's Chicago home is in the same neighborhood as Bill Ayers, a founder of the radical Weather Underground that was involved in several bombings in the early 1970s, including the Pentagon and the Capitol, and the two have met several times since Obama's 1995 campaign for an Illinois state senate seat.

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  1. susan

    doesnt surprise or shock me, they are desperate and people will see right through it. it will become evident more in the polls that people are sick and tired of this – COME UP WITH A PLAN MCCAIN OR SHUT UP ALREADY

    October 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Old white lady for Obama

    The Republicans are floundering; they have nothing to offer but negative attacks and falsehoods. I wouldn't vote for the McCain/Palin ticket if they paid me a million bucks.

    October 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. BrianR

    Here we go ... this is all they got left ... why talk about issues that matter when you can smear your opponent! The Wash Post article is illuminating because it talks about this specific strategy.

    I think America is ready to move on from the kind of filth and slime campaigning that McCain and Palin are embracing. It won't work this time ... maybe for a few ... but they won't win like this. They only way they can win now is to steal it.

    October 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. CognitoErgoSum

    It's a sure measure of desperation in which the GOP reaches to connect Obama with an organization (Weather Underground) that was active when Obama was eight years old.
    So, I guess Obama has to also answer for the acts of his neighbors and fellow charitable board members?

    October 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Overseas Obama supporter

    I truly thing that this negativism will come back and bite McC/P in the behind.
    We're all sick of the bickering and personal attacks. We want to hear plans for all our futures. No more B.S.
    So maybe it'll give McC a small boost but I predict; not for long. The world wants leadership coming from the US and not bickering Teens. We lose all credibility that wa sleft with our allies if our future leaders stoop to that level.
    We really can't afford that, or say Hello to the next chapter in history where the USA is no longer the leading nation, the place to be....

    October 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Angela

    Don't you think people can change over that long of a timespan? Maybe Mr. Ayers has seen the error of his ways and wants to help his country now. Maybe he used to be on drugs in the 60's. Whatever the reason for his past behavior, why not focus on how he has changed in a positive direction? Has this man done anything since the 60's that would throw out a red flag?

    October 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. beloved



    who is best?

    A campaign with plans that addresses are problems or
    a campaign that offers no real strategies just gimics and fear?

    be blessed

    October 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Excuse me?

    Cut the crap about Obama's being 8! Ayers and his wife Dorn jump-started Obama's IL senate campaign with a fundraiser in their home - and YES - Obama and Michelle were present!

    October 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Hillary then MacCain

    That's right Osama is scary.

    October 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Watermann

    It will be very interesting to see whether the US public is stupid enough to believe all this nonsense. How deep can desperation turn human beings?

    October 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Griff

    And dso she should.. America is her Country, it has never been Barack Obams.. Never...,. Infact he is still "A FOREINER"...

    October 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Eric

    She makes me believe in plain evil. And I do think that her priest should do more than a little prayer on her cause she certainly has a witch stuck inside.

    I am just fascinated by the fact that those nutcases, the right-wing religious dumbs, are about the least moral people you can imagine. Lie, cheat, steal, who cares, God is on our side. I would like someone to explain me how their disease has been able to pread around the US, making your country looks like an ocean of folls.

    As for the NYtimes article she obviously did not read, it concluded on the fact that Obama was far from being a fan of Ayers.

    October 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. s

    I hate to say this but the GOP are so racist it is ridiculous. He sat on a board with the man, that does not make them best buds. Palin should be ashamed of herself. Let's take a look at your own investigation Gov. Palin, what did you do to your former brother-in-law? Why is no one asking this women the questions she is avoiding? Oh I forgot, she only gives real interviews to FOX news. The GOP could never get me vote. She needs to go read a dictionary.

    October 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Independent leaning Obama

    Here we go again. Moveon.org, how about Keating 5? Let the Dems 527s be responding to McCian smears while Obama keeps and maintains point on issues--Economy adn Healthcare.

    October 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Heather, Cleveland, OH

    Just read the title, but not the article yet.

    I was wondering when this was going to happen. After Palin with her "Joe Six Pack – trust me, I'm just like you" has won the trust of average Americans because she's not the "typical Washington insider", these baseless rumors will be coming out of her mouth to be more believable.

    This is ridiculous, but I knew it was coming eventually. Now all blantant untruths that have been buzzing around the Internet, but the media won't touch, will be coming from the lips of the "Trust me, I'm Sarah" doll.

    October 4, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Jan

    Good for Palin! It's about time someone called him on some things. Obama, Biden and their campaigns have been targeting Palin/McCain for weeks! Smear after smear after smear with the help of Hollywood and the left. Obama gaffes have been ignored by everyone expect the previous Clinton campaign (his own people)

    October 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Luckly

    Palin is nothing less than dirt. Excuse me shameless dirt, I won't bother to dust off the bottom of my boots. How can she live with herself?

    October 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Wayne

    this is pathetic! Really really pathetic!

    October 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Eve

    This all happened happened when Barry Obama was living thousands of miles away in Indonesia and attending primary school and a member of the local boy scount troop.

    Where are the issues?

    October 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Shay

    Palin don't a leg to stand on and room to talk about nothing she don't know. Maybe he is trying to fight old battles that has been hatched out during the primaries. Anyway Mccain/Palin keeping spending money on foolish ads instead of talking about what you can do for this this coundtry.

    October 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Jeff

    The Republicans are at it again.
    Playing " BE AFRAID AMERICA! ONLY WE CAN PROTECT YOU!" politics. Luckily most Americans now see right through this tactic.

    October 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Joseph


    October 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. KEATING 5

    What about...

    Savings and Loan chief Charles Keating Jr., who filled McCain's campaign coffers with more than $100,000 and hosted the McCains multiple times at his vacation home in the Bahamas.
    In 1991, McCain, along with his four Democratic colleagues, was found guilty by the Senate Ethics Committee of using "poor judgment" for attending the meetings with regulators on Keating's behalf.

    The Keating Five are Alan Cranston (Democrat-California), Dennis DeConcini (D-New Mexico), Don Riegle (D-Michigan), John Glenn (D-Ohio), and John McCain (R-Arizona).

    October 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Becky in Vegas

    What else can we expect from a campaign that is in desparation...They know they are losing and this is the way they think they can win...by lying...as usual....well that is the Republican way isn't it...lie lie lie.....but it won't work....we American voters are a little bit too smart to believe in their lies!!!! Obama-Biden 08......Our prayers go out to Jill Biden and her family....God be with you all

    October 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. NB

    McCain,aftet watching 20/20 yesterday you lost all respect i had for you. You left your first wife because she lost 2 inches of her leg and was limping . Oh my God . You were having an affair with Cindy while married to your first wife. I don't think any woman will vote for you.
    You are disgusting.

    October 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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