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. tara

    Not going to work. Next!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 🙂

    October 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Harold Epstein

    The end is near for the McCain/Palin campaign and I strongly suggest they end it with dignity as opposed to in the gutter with lies and scare tactics.

    If you have to lose, lose because people are not convinced by your argument.

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Amy

    ENOUGH with the smear tactics!

    We need somebody who can govern, not somebody who can smear.

    The McCain campaign are the ones terrorizing the american people with these low tactics.

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

    Focus on the economy. 159,000 jobs were lost last month. Has Bill Ayers committed any terroist actions in recent years? If not, I'm not that interested in what happened in the 60's.

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

    My fellow countrymen,the time has come for the McCain campaign to show how they can distract America from the very issues which affect us for the sake of power. Be prepared to hear,read and see more of this. Fellow countrymen this is our moment. Republicans have stolen power twice using this same trick. As is usually said " you can fool some people some time,but you can't fool all the people all the time." The first fool is OK, the second fool is OK, but the third fool is the real fool. Let us stay alert and lets know that McCain will not help us more than what Bush has done. If we vote McBush again, then we are going to go down the drain.

    Obama/Biden 2008 and 2012

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Jeff

    This kind of lie makes me want to remind people that Sarah Palin is a mother who neglects her own new-born children, is supportive of pre-marital teen-age sex, and is a vindictive politician who fires people who don't do her bidding. These facts may not be 100% true but they are more true than her statements about Obama, which seems to be fair. BTW CNN, why doesn't your article lead with the fact that she took one or two details from the article and used them completely out of context? The story is, "Sarah Palin lies about Obama again". Until Palin and McCain start using real facts, that's the only headline that should be reported. And I would expect you to hold Obama to the same standard as well.

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. maxine

    how does this help the american people? KEATING 5

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. alaskans against Palin

    McCain and Palin have certainly lost it now...I have no idea why they would waste their time tearing down the one hope our country has to dig itself out of this mess we are in...shouldn't they focus their time trying to rebuild America's confidence in both their abilities and the Republican party at large? By distracting the American public with their smear campaign strategies, they are digging their own graves...beware McCain/Palin...your 15 minutes of fame is coming to a close...

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Cathy

    Our nation is in a time of serious crisis on almost all fronts. It is an INSULT to all of us to have a candidate for Vice President of the United States chose to make blatantly false, fear based statements solely to divert attention from the issues that face this nation.

    ENOUGH of this irresponsible, childish behavior that does nothing but demonstrate the lack of any plan to address the serious issues we face.

    We need professional, intelligent LEADERSHIP to navigate the path out of this storm - NOT CHILDISH IDIOTIC STUNTS. This is far too serious for infantile games.

    It is so apparent that Governor Palin truly has no ability to perform at a senior leadership level - what a DISGRACE!

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. conny

    Who is Sara Palin, OH she's that person who is now running the Mcsame camp and who is above the law. It's too late i know who the next President will be.............woopee!

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

    mcCain and sarah need to grow up because people are not stupid.
    sarah palin has been under investigation in alaska. mcCain has been a champion of deregulation which destroys the economy therefore
    both cannot be trusted.

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. JB

    Will anyone else out there be glad when 05 November rolls around?!?

    Obama / Biden ... landslide 2008.

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Johnathan

    What ever happened to McCain and his camp promising to stick to the issues and running and honorable campaign?

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Steve in WY

    Youbetcha. Wink. Shout out to my people. Hockey Mom. Joe Sixpack. Maverick. Original Mavericks. Can I call you Sarah? Wink. I sent Putin back to Russia. Wink. Soccer game. Pit Bull, Prom Hair, Team of Mavericks, LipStick.


    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Michael

    What an outrageous comment from Gov Palin. Let's focus on THE ISSUES folks, not this tripe from a team who is so scared of losing control they will stop at nothing.

    Force both sides to focus on the issues, not this kind of clap-trap.

    Yes we can!

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Maddy

    Crash and burn.

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Andrew

    And all I can say is...WHAT?!?

    Seriously, talking about your opponent's character and judgment really isn't the way to go, Senator McCain. Talk about the issues, not about crap like this. I'm sorry that we've gotten to a point where all I see are attacks like these...

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. CSantos

    Palin has finally fallen off the deep end. To accuse of Obama for "paling" around with terrorists is stretching the truth at the least and outright crazy. With McCain's struggle on the campaign trail, his pullout of Michigan, it is becoming clearer that the McCain camp is becoming desperate. Considering our current state of fear that has been generated by the Bush administration, words such as these can only create more fear, exactly what the McCain/Bush/Cheney camp wants and has done for the past 8 years.

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Sam

    Was she winking when she said this?

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Marydoe

    Do I smell desperation?

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Palin is a joke

    Hey MCcain How is Keaten doing these days? You should know since you were part of the Keaten 5.

    Its typical Republican crap- we cant win on the issues, so lets attack the person.

    Palin and MCcain = no honor or dignity

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Eugene

    Gosh-darn lyin' governor of Alaska....there she goes again shootin' her mouth off without engagin' the motor.

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Real American

    Obama is going to win. McCain and Palin can't stop his victory but they think they can. They think going super negative is going to help them. Ha!! It's over, McCain has no honor. These last weeks of this election will display McCains deep desperation and hunger for the office he will inevidibally lose. All of his honor will be replaced with a sad, desperate, low rode, campaign that will be his final statement in politics. Obama 08!

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Dixie Wallace

    Here in Iowa we are disgusted that CNN would be a part of patronizing the disgusting rallies that Palin is taking part in and the vile that is coming from her mouth. I will NOT be watching CNN and actually I was viewing your station in lieu of MSNBC. Sorry!

    Palin/McCain as it is called are absolutely despicable in their campaigning methods. Now McCain is taking "credit" for bringing the "rescue" bill to a resolution. How stupid does he think that we are? Iowans can see right through him. He need not come back to our state to "win" votes. If any of us did think that Palin had it together, her scare tactics regarding Barack's terrorist friends will not work. Absolutely disgusting.

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Recreator

    It is a shame when Senator McCain cannot deal with the real issues and has to result to grade school insults and falsehoods.

    Vote Obama/Biden for "real" change!

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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