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. Larry

    Drop the Keating 5 bomb.

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Just Me

    Sara Palin is really annoying. For someone who knows nothing about American History or America Government she sure has a lot to say about nothing.

    If it wasn't for John McBush telling her what to say..........she wouldn't know what to say.

    Go home and take care of your kids!

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. rdf

    When you have nothing intelligent to offer, just keep talking loud and fast and insult people. This woman isn't fit to run for for vice president. She is an insult to women and a disgrace to our country. She needs to go back where she came from and lose herself on one of her moose hunts.

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Pat

    Wow! She really is not just a bulldog, but a pitbull. The woman loves blood. Obama was 8 years old at the time. Give me a break. Miss goody 2-shoes is thirsting for continued war in Iraq, war in Iran and is now jabbing at Russia. She's been called by the media a female Cheney. How low can you go?

    The McCain campaign has nothing left to go on but dirty tactics. They can't deny that they are a continuation of the dirty corrupt policies of the last 8 Bush years. Let's get rid of the threats that have plagued this country and our representatives. Let's demand that our rights be restored, the Constitution adhered to, and that we regain our sovereignty and respect from the rest of the world. Let's get back to letting our people live in dignity and put an end to the robber barons who have stolen from us for years. Hostility, threats, corruption of unspeakable words, and inequality of humanity in this of all countries must go.

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Georgian

    This is so typical, I hope that the American people arent smart enough to fall for this nonsense.

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. ghar

    Palin is a loose cannon

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Dan

    Sadly, McCain-Palin have turned to shameless personal attacks on Obama-Biden since addressing the issues isn't working.
    And, oh yes, she lied in the debate. She said that Alaska had divested itself of Sudan. In fact, her administration killed the bill that would have done just that. Here's what Brian Andrews, Palin's deputy treasury commissioner, said before a hearing on the Gara-Lynn Sudan divestment bill in February: "The legislation is well-intended, and the desire to make a difference is noble, but mixing moral and political agendas at the expense of our citizens' financial security is not a good combination."
    (Minutes from the meeting are posted online by the legislature.)
    The American people should not be fooled by these unfair, unfounded, and distracting McCain-Palin tactics.

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Tina

    just one more reason for me to hate sarah palin...i bet you she winked when she said this too..

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Jerry D

    Hopefully these attacks will not steer anyone outside of the sheeple that have already committed to vote for McCain so it does not help Obama. Those sheeple would rather let this country fall deeper into its woes than to have a respectable leader like Obama. Be it race, religious fear (although Obama is more a Christian than McCain will ever be) or just plain stupidity that drives these folks, they will hopefully be the only cheering section the McCain ticket has. If you want to talk about terrorists, lets talk about how this country was attacked by the family and friends of one George Bush!

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Roy

    Obviously the sign of a DESPARATE McCain campaign, when the issues are left behind for personal attacks. McCain/Palin know they have no economic plan, were wrong about the war, and now had to abandon Michigan due to Obama's 8 point lead. All they have left is to resort to f alse namecalling, allegations, and lies. SHAME ON MCCAIN........straight-talking express???? More like the Bull-Talking MESS!!

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. michael

    Limbaugh and Hannity.. are now the in charge of the Sarah Palin's vice presidential candidacy.

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Mary

    All of these candidates are full of crap. Every time they open their mouth, they mislead the public in order to garner votes. Neither will get my vote.

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. alex

    A sign of desperation !

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. HAHA


    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Jenny from IN



    They can't focus on real issues, because they don't have real knowledge or solutions and their VP candidate is embarrasing so they're swiftboating you.

    Not this time, the American people are too smart for this.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. James


    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. I am so dissapointed

    So this is where we sink to in the next 30 days. It is beyond saddening that Palin would but her name to anything like this. McCain has obviously lost it – A former man of honor and dignity. He has age to blame it on and greediness for this post.. But what is her excuse? She probably had a future with more 'runnings,' but these characteristics of her nature she is putting forth are disgusting.

    October 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. tishoogle

    Sara you are a sick woman to make such a untruthful statement! Shame on you, are you making your children proud of the lies
    you continue to make! CNN hope my comment is made!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. john 4 obama

    mccain-palin: country last...

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. David

    The truth hurts....

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Mary

    What a character she is? if anything is she and her husband who are part of a group that wants Alaska to be separate from USA. Projection I say.
    It is shameful, But I guess she doesn't know the meaning of that anyways.


    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. SAGG

    McDesperation! Get ready for it...

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Leah,Texas

    Dear Ms. Palin,
    You are saying untruths about one of our U.S. Senators, Senator Obama, and you should be ashamed of yourself for being so UNpatriotic. Now please pack up your bags and go back to Alaska where you belong.
    Thank you.

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Mark Fambo

    Is this what we call straight t alk?Amricans are more than this Palin so go back to Alaska

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Bryan

    Its not surprising in the 11th hour that the McCain campaign is getting increasingly desperate.

    October 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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