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. Michael Hentges - Cincinnati OH

    When is Sarah Palin going to come up with her own original ideas and statements? The fact that the McCain campaign did not even advise her that they were pulling out of Michigan proves that she is nothing but a political pawn for McCain. Cute folksy scripted statements only go so far.....let's hear about the issues. Do the republicans really think the American people are that stupid? "GOOD GOLLY, YOU BETCHA"....(with a smile and a wink).

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. TLM

    While I am a Democrat and ardent supporter of Barack Obama, I am also a professional women who had immense admiration for John McCain. Now all I can say is shame on you, John McCain. In your desparation to win the presidency, you have selected an unfit running mate, played politics with the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression, and now decide to employ the campaign tactics you deplored at the hands of George W. Bush. Senator McCain, you were a war hero, POW, and highly respected US Senator – act like it! And regarding Sarah Palin – be careful taking those gloves off, Govenor. The political process has taken pity on you to this point seeing that you've "only been at this 5 weeks". Are you ready to be treated like everyone else or do you need Uncle John to sit next to you and take more of the tough questions?

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. DC

    Strange comment to come from someone who palled around with Alaskan separatists.

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Bob W

    McCain makes it ugly...... I guess he figures it's his only chance.

    He has to SCARE the voters, so he's sending out his lipsticked ATTACK DOG to spew sound-bites that she doens't even comprehend.

    That's pitiful, and I believe the American people will see McCain for what he is:

    An old, weak man who would rather lose his honor and self-respect than lose an election.

    Unfortunately for him..... he's going to lose BOTH, and BADLY.

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

    that woman is an idiot

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. VON BISMARK,Vienna.


    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. JIm in Plymouth

    This is why I will no longer be a Republican. McCains campaign has turned dirty, dishonest, and dishonorable!

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Dirk

    I thought McCain promised to run a clean campaign focused on the issues. I guess when you can't win that way you have to drop you morals and slum with Rove type tactics. It is sad to see what has happened to McCain. He is no longer a a maverick no matter how many times he gets Sarah Palin to say the word maverick.

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Arthur

    If Americans still don't see that Palin is a farce after THIS, they never will. How dare she......

    Arthur from the Netherlands

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    This is McPain act of desperation to distract people from real issues. McBush/McPain campaign is a joke – moving from one drama to another.

    Anyway, it appears Americans are not going to be distracted by these jokers.

    Go America, make McBush/McPain an accident of history and vote for real change Obama/Biden.

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

    And what about John Hagee among others. Desperate move.

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

    I have never seen or heard of more vicious people than Republicans. If they can't play the political game fairly, they will play dirty. Even in McCain's home state of Arizona, the Republican ads against Democratic opponents are the most venomous and mean-spirited I have ever seen. They are desperate. They know they are running behind the under-dog but their dirty campaigning tactics won't win them any votes. It will turn me off, me for one.

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

    It is very sad indeed that Sarah Palin will resort to such low blows all in the name of Politics. Frankly, I care about the issues esp the economy- how I can pay my mortgage, put food on my table and gas in my car. I have not heard anything concrete from McCain/Palin ticket on these issues. I guess Mccain has sent Palin to do his dirty work while he watches from the sideline. IT IS DEFINITELY THE ECONOMY, STUPID!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Derek Berlew

    How sad that Mcain and Palin have nothing to offer but pathetic personal attacks. God help this country if these two are elected in November.

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Maureen

    I am not surprised by this at all. They have to grasp onto anything that they possibly can and then construe the truth to fit the need of turning voters against Obama. I will not be swayed. McCain and his sidekick can try to divert the attention as much as they want but as usual they avoid the REAL topic that is on our minds... the economy. Which is not a concern to them since McCain is so out of touch with the people of America. We are not stupid and for them to pull such a stunt makes me ill. I hope the smart voters of America can see this for what it is... Its a smoke screen that the Republican party is so well known for.

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. It is Obama-Biden in 2008 and 2012

    No weapon forged against you [ Sen. Barack Obama ] will prevail, and you [ Sen. Barack Obama ] will refute every tongue that accuses you [ Mrs. Michelle Obama and Sen. Barack Obama ] . This is the heritage of the servants [ Sen. Barack Obama ] of the LORD, and this is their [ Sen. Barack Obama ] vindication from me," declares the LORD. – Isaiah 54:17

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. JOANN



    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Smartvoter

    Has Palin done any research on Mr. Ayers.
    1. The Weather Underground never killed anyone, while they did cause much damage, no one was killed during their bombings
    2. It happened after 1968 when after RFK was shot, their was no one in the election to represent anti-war people. People were being suppressed for saying their opinion(Chicago 8) While they were wrong, it appeared to them that SDS(Students for a democratic society) non-violence wasn't working. While their actions were wrong, what they were protesting against was right.
    3. If he wants to mention acts that happened years ago, Then why has the Keating five been brought up.
    4. Ayers gave only $200 to the Obama campaign, $1 less and it wouldn't have been reported
    If she wants bring Ayers up, She should at least have research the facts.

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. debbie

    These people who like to claim God as their own are going to be served with their own sauce one of these days. I cannot believe the American people would believe these outright lies. Sarah Palin is proving that women can be equal to men, in the worst sort of way.

    Now pardon me, I feel unclean after reading this and need to go wash my hands.

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Lyndon


    So much for honor and decency in the McCain campaign, although it was probably thrown out of the Straight Talk Express weeks ago.

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Patti

    Good for you Palin. People need to know the truth about Obama.

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. tony

    Nasty, vicious, dirty people. And we want them to be our next in Command? Is this how they are going to present themselves to the nations of the world. Dont they realize people around the world are already watching them? ANy one who votes for McPalin deserves what they get. Just like the ones who voted for Bush – you are reaping the rewards of your stupidity. Doesn't that stupid woman realize that Obama is as concerned for his family as everyone else is? Calling him a terrorist is inhumane. She needs to go home and spend some time mothering her children and tending to her own dirty laundry.

    This country cannot take another Republican. He isn't going to change the world – he is part of the Republican machine and nothing will change – When 9/11 happened and Bush wasn't in DC, Cheney was temporarily in charge – do you want Sarah Palin in charge during a crisis like that. Wake up people before it's too late. Save yourself, your loved ones, your futures and your country. Don't vote Republican

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. ready

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

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Hannah Storm

    I am so sick and tired of listening to anything that come out of Palin's mouth. The more she talks the more I will talk to people about the positives of an Obama/Biden ticket and the negatives of a McCain/Palin ticket.

    Vote Obama/Biden on Nov 4th!!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Kimberley

    Wow. McCain has fallen so far down into the abyss he can't think clearly. How sad.

    October 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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