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. texas for obama

    wow thats simply amazing, let the mudslinging begin, this is coming from someone who doesn't honor a served subpoena...wow

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Ryan in Michigan

    Not surprising that the mccain campaign scum is trying this type of attack.

    "who cares about our economy or what I plan to do to make this country a better place, this guy is 'dangerous' and i wanna be president so you cant vote for him!!"

    Obama 08

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Al

    Typical dirty republican politics as usual.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. therealmarie

    This woman is an idiot. The MSM loves her because she generates ratings. If she and McShame have knownledge of any terrorists in America, it is their duty to report them to the authorities. Not to do so would be criminal. McShame is a coward and is running a cowards campaign. Pimping a Bimbo to do his dirty work. Sad.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Boston Bean

    She's beating a dead horse here and opening herself up for scrutiny regarding the McCain campaign's efforts to stop/coverup/muddy the investigation into "Troopergate" and maybe bring up the rumor of her alleged affair with her husbands business partner.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Tayo

    This is a loser remark:.... get down to issues not mud-slings

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. sophia nyc

    8 years of this is enough, thank you.

    I'll vote Obama/Biden '08

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. first time voter

    why am i not surprised? Republican bs at it's finest , or should i say lowest, John M is scared, they have no dirt on Obama so they will now bring up things that we already heard over and over again in the primaries... smh

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. N Gee

    Politics is full of misinformation and that OK with me..... I like Palin says can no longer depend on others for my info.

    McCain Palin campaign is simply dishonest, liars about Barrack..... as an independent I simply can not trust what they say. I'm not Joe Six Pack or a Hockey Mom, I live on my street not main street and I want to be inspired, not swift boated and lied too. Thanks Sarah for making up my mind today! Your lying, winking, tax returns convinced me you and John McCain are not the ticket.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Larry Buchas

    Coming from a right-wing fraud and repetitive liar, this has no credibility. She can't look straight into a camera without winking at it. Sarah's qualified for beauty pageants, not Presidential campaigns.

    Now she's going to the Karl Rove playbook just when the NY Times features a story discrediting Barack's ties to William Ayers. Or maybe she listens to Porky Limbaugh & his racist agenda?

    It is time to put country first, McCain. It is time to dump this journalist who trashes the English language.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Paul

    The truth hurts Obama. Your Hitler ways will be shown no matter if the Liberal media wants to bring it up or not.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Liam Dean

    She's an absolute idiot.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |

    The scare tactics won't work this time Repubs.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Diana

    Be careful of the lies you attempt to spread, Palin. Look what's happening to Bush and all the GOP. Learn from their lies...God knows the nation has learned to spot lies.

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Dr. G

    Palin is a pathetic excuse for a leader. The McCain-Palin ticket is so out of touch they think the American people are voting for American Idol. This is troubling times that call for real decisive leadership and not a unqualified and uneducated woman who is too afraid to answer questions. If Obama were this dumb, he would not even be in the discussion. Real affirmative action at work.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. The Fat Lady

    This one is over, folks. Do you hear the fat lady singing?

    Obama '08

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Spencer

    How low can you go? I have now lost all respect for McClain and his campaign. He needs to put a muzzle on his pitt bull! She is soo unqualified to run for any office. Giving her a microphone and a platform is a dangerous thing. She needs to retract her comment or McCain you will lose!

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Jim

    We are indeed entering t he "sleaze phase" of the campaign. It is sad to see how Palin, and her mentor McCain, show such disrespect for the American people by focusing on negative attacks, with many stated exagerations and untruths, rather than providing a positive positioning of themselves with a plan for the future.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. David P

    Klondike Barbie is baring her claws.

    She can't get enough of her shrill voice, don'tcha know. "Gee golly, campaignin sure is fun. When's the talent portion of the show? Can't wait to display my superior seal clubbing form!"

    Go back to Wasilla, you're too stupid to even comprehend that you're a pawn. God, this lame joke makes one long for the naive incoherence of Quayle. In the end, though, the joke will still be on us. After this ticket crashes and burns, Schmidt and Davis will throw McCain (justifiably so, however) under the bus in order to preserve their "fair haired" girl. They have "bigger" plans in store for her in the future. We haven't heard the last of this pig on a lipstick yet.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. lane

    it is an insult to this country to even allow anyone as DUMB! as joe six pack to even be considered as a vice-presidential nomiee! nothing but a stone redneck from Alaska with a bunch of disfunctional children, and a husband (todd) who needs to go somewhere and get a job. i bet they are milking the state of Alaska for more than bush and cheney did the entire United States! and if she wants try to string a sentence together now, an talk about terrorist, she needs to shake hands with the two biggest one's in the deck of cards "BUSH/CHENEY". palin and that bunch of drunks that she brought from Alaska needs to take a long walk on a short pier off of that bridge to nowhere that she was building! are even better let her go an get a master degree, that should take up the next twenty years and about ten different schools! CNN i dare you to post!

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Rachel Zimmerman

    I am a Republican and I need to know about my retirement fund; not about something that happened when obama was 8 or something you heard in the 2nd grade. You set women back when you let them (McCain) use you as a gutter sniper. We have come such a long way to get a winking vp model. Don't sell yourself or your daughter (family) that short. And please set a scheduled routine for the baby and stop dumping him on the baby girl.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Diana Ewing NJ

    Let's see Obama must be guilty of helping Ayers... you know how those 9 year olds are...that is how old Barack Obama was.. when Ayers was busy..

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Nate

    A "charming" lady who knows how to put her foot in her mouth.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. kjs

    Today's Gallup poll – Obama plus 8. Doggone it, I betcha that this election is goin' to be a landslide.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. S.H.

    Palin is now officially McCain's "attack dog". What a preposterous statement to make! Obama predicted the McCain-Palin ticket would do exactly what they're doing. Keep on moving Barack. We're with you all the way to the White House.

    October 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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