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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soundoff (1,514 Responses)
  1. sam

    Obama was 8 years old!!


    Now Governor, how old is Pristol?

    October 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Morshed, Houston, TX

    What else they can do? McCain-Palin's morning starts with personal attacks on Obama. That's nasty politics! These kind of lie would not divert voters mind to another direction. Criticizing on Obama will certainly help to win him(Obama) in November with a big margin. This secret is a ugly true but big politicians never realize. That's what history teaches us.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. maxine

    When you are behind throw the Kitchen sink. Who care about bill ayres, i want to know more about financial future and how my family is going to cope.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |


    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Alvin

    Republicans are running scared because Obama is having a surge in the Polls. And can somebody tell McCain/ Palin that

    `Its the economy, stupid!`

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. energy

    That is a very good development. Obama has continued to make McCain's relationship a big deal in the campaign. It is time to expose Obama's ties with Jimmy Carter, Ayers, Muslim roots, Rev. Wright, Nancy Pelosi, the failed Fannie Mae, Rezko, etc.

    If Obama ever mentions Bush, McCain should attack with those crazy relationships of Obama. Enough is enough!!

    Movement for Real Blacks for President!!

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. PSK

    This miserable excuse for a politician has now gone too far.. To accuse a United States Senator of consorting with terrorists is not only shameful, but criminal. Little Miss Alaska (I'm sorry, I should say Little Miss Runner-Up, Miss Alaska) needs to go home – I promise, Mrs Palin- no one will miss you.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Sean

    How pitiful of McCain and Palin. And the saddest part about it is that there are people out there who will cpmpletely buy their lies, distortions, and personal attacks.

    My vote's going towards positive change with Obama, not the vile, deceptive, Rovian tactics that McCain has so warmly embraced.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Megan

    Palin hit it right on the head!!!!
    Do we really want to trust our future to this man and his buddies?

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Anthony in Ohio


    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. art

    Swift-boating in full force. One more month to go.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Bonnie O., Raleigh, NC

    Looks like the "mavericks" are running scared.

    Yes We Can!

    Obama '08

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Raymond Duke

    The truth sure hurts doesn't it. It had to be somebody to bring it up for the liberal media sure is not going to cover it or investigate it. Go Palin and watch the liberals start crying foul. They sure did not mind going after Palin on everything. Turn about is fair play so you liberals can get your Hankerchiefs out.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Live From NY

    This coming from the woman who said all debate long that "We should stop looking towards the past and get on with the future."

    Not her specific words, but watch the VP debate. She turns away all of Biden's critiques saying we can't look at the past, and then pulls this only a few days later.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. F - SC

    It sounds like that needs a little more investigation.... as does a Letter to the Editor in the Greenville News on Sun. 9/28. The letter writer who wrote in part...
    "...Interestingly, another of the largest recipients of donations from Fannie Mae went to Sen. Barack Obama who was IN THE SENATE FOR ONLY 143 DAYS BEFORE he started campaigning for the presidency.."

    That's really not much experience, is it?

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. alabama liberal

    not surprising. republicans can only win when the focus is taken off the issues.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. RDW - TEXAS

    Typical McPain attack. He's got nothing else to run on, so he goes out and attacks Obama for something that's not even close to the truth. But again, nothing he or his running mate would know the truth from anything else.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Bendo

    deparation seeping in on the mclame camp, most Americans will see this and their ship will sink even further, time to pull out of PA mclame, you are weak and your going to lose, badly!

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. republican for OBAMA

    she is so low. what about her unethical behavior? obama knows someone who has a shady past. palin is a shady person herself. much worse

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Peggy T.

    Sarah Palin is outragous, but when you have nothing going for your own Vice Presidental ticket, I guess you do what you can to distorte the truth & just plain lie. She needs to buck up & address her own legal problems in Alaska. Troopergate is hanging over her head & it seems to me that IF she has nothing to hide, then why does she have John McCain & his pals running interference for her with this issue? John McCain & The Keating Five, which happened back in the late 80's to early 90's is some thing that people should look at real hard before even thinking about voting for John McCain. He was one of the five Senators who helped cover up the fact that Keating used the Savings & Loan funds as though they were his own personal account. John McCain & his wife Cindy took trips on Keatings plane to the Bahama's. McCain repaid Keating (so the story goes) only because the whole thing was about to be exposed. John McCain was viewed by those on Capital Hill as using bad judgement. John McCain is still in Washington, low & behold here we are facing another financial crisis this time due to deregualation. Sarah Palin needs to clean up her own back yard before she goes to accusing any one else of any thing.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Kevin

    The problem with this tactic by the McCain campaign is that millions of Republican voters will buy right into it. They will not require from McCain a plan to restore this country and put America back on the right track. They will not require evidence that McCain is the better man for the job. The Republican base will devour this. Obama will become a terrorist, the Antichrist, unpatriotic and a muslim in their minds. It is so unfortunate that people can base their votes on distortion, lies and fear rather than on an objective comparison of the candidates. I have had enough of Sarah Palin and her "you betchas'" so the fact that she made these statements is irrelevant. What is relevant is the shallowness of the Republican party to resort to this tactic and the ignore the issues and that the republican voters can be "energized " by a few "Gosh Darn its", You betchas and winks. It is unfortunate that so many voters will not have the capability or desire to look beyond this at the issues and the truth.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. LAH

    Muzzle her already!

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. tim

    you can tell the way a person is by watching and listening to the way he runs his campaign. If McCain is running a dirty campaign, then I wonder what he is like.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Noneya

    These tactics are used, because there are people who respond to them. As I reflect back on the past few elections, and watch this one, only one question comes to my mind...

    "Who is John Galt?"

    Can anyone make the connection?

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Matt

    If you don't hit, they will hit you. Biden should have destroyed Palin in the debate, instead, he was quite soft. Wrong strategy. Obama should state that he would not bother to respond to someone who thinks Putin flyin over would give her foreign policy experience. Be tough!

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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