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. ourdeal

    There you go...sick people started targetting on an individual basis..It's shameful to add Mr.Obama to Ayers ..this so called foreign policy expert who sees Russia from her window need an education to know that when Ayers incident happend Obama was 8. It will not be surprised that this lady who is on job training will pickup Rev.Wright issue one more time. What they should know is these are the old & rotten tactics which yielded nothing...suggestion to these folks is to concentrate on economy..and country ...if you guys bark like this, even in 2012 you guys will not have a chance...

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. am not stupid

    this is sickening. if you can't beat him, destroy him.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. linda n carolina

    Just keep it up Palin...lets see how low you will go since your are now the official wh@#$ for the Rep-lie-can party. Make your kids proud of you. You'll be lucky to get reelected Gov. Alaska must be sooooo proud of you. Hear that??? That's a landslide coming to roll over you and McCain in Nov.

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

    As I recall, many in the 60's were considered terrorists (well, by today's standards) because they spoke up against the status quo of the government and the country. MLK was seen as a terrorist. John and Robert Kennedy were considered radical liberals for pushing for civil rights. For Palin to lamely attempt to, yet again, drag up something that happened nearly 50 years ago in our history only further shows how unqualified and out of touch she is. And it's pretty ironic coming from someone who is under investigation for her own practices as a mayor and govenor – something she has only been doing for a couple of years at that! And someone who thinks Cheney's biggest mistake was shooting a friend while duck hunting – apparently ignoring it was a quail hunt.

    I suspect she would be first in line to attack the Dems if they brought up McCain's VERY active role in the Keating 5 in the 80's under Daddy Bush. Oh, wait, she already has.

    If voters are again stupid enough to buy into the lies of the Right-wingers than we will deserve what we get.

    As a woman, I find Palin disgraceful, disgusting and a major step back for women everywhere after we have fought long and hard to be taken seriously and to have a voice and a vote.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Paul Hackett

    I like Palin, but this is politics as usual. She can stand on her own principals and beat these guys hands down.
    I say " Let Palin be Palin. "
    Because Obama, and Biden can't help but be who they are.
    You see Palin is really a Peoples politician. Obama, Biden, and even McCain are a Politicians, politician. I will vote for McCain to simply get Palin into Washington. Even as a Vice President, she will pissing just the right people off, and maybe getting capital hill off of their Butt's long enough to listen to what the people really want?

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Judith Frazier

    I could not BE more disgusted with this white trash ticket! The McCain/Palin campaign epitomizes all that is wrong with American politics.
    I would love to see American voters stand up to this once and for all, and send a clear signal to the Rovian planners that we will no longer tolerate the lies and half-truths that are the Republican earmarks.

    Why in God's name is this bimbo cheerleader even involved in a race for leadership?? She does not qualify for a PTA leadership.

    Stand up, and put an end to these tactics that are making a mockery of honesty.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Bud Clark

    N.B. – Obama was EIGHT YEARS OLD. I hardly think he would recognize a terrorist at that age, much less hang out with one. When, OH WHEN, are the Wrong Wing and the Konservative Kristianist Krazies going to remember the 9th Commandment: "Thou shalt not bear FALSE WITNESS against thy neighbor." (emphasis added). Barack Obama is a Christian gentleman, and no amount of dastardly "swift-boating" by equally dastardly Republicans is going to change that. Rather, they should see to their own sinking ship of state.

    Bud Clark
    San Diego CA USA

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Angie

    Its a shame that the McCain campaign has to stoop so low to use 'swift-boat' type of attacks to deflect the true issues in this country. They can do whatever they like, it won't change the fact our economy is in the toilet, we are fighting a very costly war (both here and abroad), and our downward spiral doesn't seem to want to end.

    Senator McCain & Gov. Palin – let's hear how you plan to turn this around. Let's hear how you are going to restore America's good name around the world. Let's hear how you are going to bring home our very brave service men and women and provide them the kind of healthcare they deserve.

    Stop acting like spoiled children throwing mud, stick to whats most important to American's – the economy, universal healthcare, an end to this war.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Michael

    Wow, first McCain does a hail mary to pick Palin as VP, and now Palin is doing the same thing with her statements about their running mates.
    Amazing! Well, even if there were any truth to what she's saying, she's failing to realize that the investigation proved no wrong doing or actual connections. Not, that Palin is familiar with the process of an investigation because she keeps refusing to cooperate with the one that's investigating her wrong doing in her home state of Alaska.
    Come on McBush and Palin is this the best you can come up with?/?
    Wow. Can't wait till November. 🙂

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Gotymyjd2003

    Well, I guess now we know that at least she reads the New York Times...don't know why it was so hard for her to remember that when Katie Couric was asking her to name just one periodical...

    But really. When she first came on the scene, I thought: "man, she's kind of hot!" But the more she opens her mouth, the more I wish she'd just go away. So annoying...

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Linear

    This is just sad. They are really trying.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Chris, Canada

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. How about the issues, Sarah?
    You can find out about them by reading a newspaper!
    Gosh darn, wink

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. vjh

    Can Palin SPELL Terrorist?

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Canadian grieving for America

    With the present economic crisis, the shape your country is in, the best the MCain campaign can do is create more lies. The desperation is becoming more intense.

    I am saddended that the focus is not on the issues. The Republican party seems bankrupt of ideas or leadership. Imagine 4 more years of this government. Adding Palin to the ticket leaves only one question.

    Is she the best that the Republicans have to offer?

    I would be ashamed if I was an American. The world is ashamed for you. On November do the right thing America, get your country back, get the respect of the world back.

    They fooled you and lied their way into the white house for 8 years. Americans you can be conservatives on some issues and liberal on others, stop this nonsense.

    As an outsider it seems that this election will not be about issues but color. I believe that if OBAMA was white the election would be over. Color has nothing to do with judgement. Palin and MCain are white but they are still dishonest idiots.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. McCain/Palin =Dumb/Dumber

    What happened to giving us the reasons you would be a good candidate. Oh yeah, it got replaced with attacking your opponent. While this country is faced with economic woes & multiple military actions, this is the best they could come up with and they wonder why Obama is pulling ahead!

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Desperation

    It appears we are returning to the post convention tactics of GOP – lying and overexaggeration. I don't mind negative constructive attacks – but please stop budging the truth and taking sound bites.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. josh

    Its going to be 30 days of Republican Hell. What will they do? Phoney Bin Laden tapes?
    Terrorist attacks on NYC? Nothing is beyond these people.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Johnson in St. Louis

    you can really tell when a campaign is losing because they come out with all kinds of negative junk either true or not so true to try to get the country to back them. It worked during the Karl Rove era, but I am not so sure it will work this time. Too bad that McCain didn't keep his promise to run a clean and different campaign and it may also be too bad that Obama doesn't get down in the mud with him...then again maybe the latter has the right idea.

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. park more

    I am democrat and I will vote McCain-Palin. Hillary, Biden and Clinton were saying that Obama is not qualified at all. Now he is qualified... Lies lies and lies

    October 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. JON

    It is not suprising to anyone, the McBush campaign is desperate: they cannot come up with smart move to fix the economy, which is the #1 issue for most of us. I have lost 20% of my retirement money in 401k and I want to hear more from a candidate with the brain to fix these problems. I do not want to listen to the distractions.During the debate, Palin praised her boss on the surge in Iraq rather than laying out the plan to fix the economy and health care. I'm independent, McCain just lost my vote.

    October 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. kevin

    Shame on you John McCain. You are great role model for bipartisanship....not. Actually I have to say that in 3 short months you have gone from being a guy that I was going to vote for to being a guy that I have ZERO respect for. Literally makes me sick to my stomach.

    October 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Lynne Dolan

    To heck with Ayers ... I'd feel better if Obama had fervently denounced the despicable acts of Reverend Wright. He [Obama] had no problem paling around with him for 20 years, and he is more of an anti-American terrorist than anyone.

    October 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Rb

    Sara Palin is a disgusting lizzard just like McShameless. She is just as stupid and obviously has ZERO pride or self respect.

    October 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. golfgurl

    Are they his pals because they are losing the race? She can't answer basic questions.

    McCain/Palin not ready to LEAD!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Joel Burlingham

    America needs to prepare itself for the fear, smears, lies, distortions, and divisive innuendos that will come from the McCain camp and the political right wing. That's all they have to offer since they have no credible record of accomplishments. It is long past time for Americans to see through this disgusting and contemptible strategy and move the country forward through unity, intelligent planning, and
    respectable world leadership.

    October 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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