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. Dustin

    I used to think John McCain was an honorable man, but clearly he wants to be president so badly that he'll say or do just about anything (or at least allow it to be said or done in his name).
    Aren't we all sick of this? Don't we want to talk about the problems we have like adults instead of just resorting to calling the other guy some more names? I'd love to hear John McCain explain how exploiting 40 year-old cultural divisions and casting more aspersions on his opponent's patriotism is leadership.
    I mean, it says right here in black and white that his campaign intends to try and take focus away from the economic problems by insulting Barack Obama. "Ignore the real problems! Obama's a scaaary Muslim!" Could someone please explain to me how that is putting "country first"?
    John McCain should be ashamed of himself.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. drew

    what crazy lunatic woman.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. sonora

    As a resident of Arizona since 1975, I am disappointed in the direction Senator John McCain's campaign has taken in trying to smear Barack Obama. It is shameful and I expected a higher form of dialog from our esteemed Senator. Here is a man who suspends his campaign in response to the current financial crisis, but now it is back to business as usual....demonizing his opponent. I for one will be listening to the next debate for answers by both candidates of their plans and solutions, not what happened in the past. How hypocritical for Governor Palin to admonish Senator Biden for looking backward to the past, when she is doing the same thing by dredging up this 60's has been and projecting his unlawful activites onto Senator Obama. Shame on you Governor Palin. And shame on you Senator McCain. America will be listening Tuesday night, and we want to hear about the future, not the past.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Jerry from Oregon

    as if anyone is listening to this woman anymore. Joe Biden went on at some length in Thursday's debate about his desire to pursue clean coal technology yet Palin was telling people in Ohio Saturday that Biden/Obama opposed clean-coal. Either this woman doesn't hear, doesn't listen, or just prefers to lie.

    Republicans are trying to stonewall the abuse of power investigation in Alaska until after the election presumably. yet republicans want her in even higher office? She said Thursday she wanted the powers of the VP expanded?! more power for her to abuse?

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Dave in Florida

    The swift boat attacks won't work this time. McSame is desperate, he sees his dream of being President slipping away. They've taken the Sean Insanity talking points into the campaign.

    Instead of talking about waht they will do for our ailing economy – they want to deflect attention away from 159,000 Americans losing their job last month in Bush / McSame economy. Not this time, Not this year.

    We're going to hold you accountable McSame/Republicans for saying " The fundamentals of our economy is strong on Sept. 15th, and on the same day AIG needs a Govt bailout for $87 billion, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers – Lieing to us AGAIN!

    November 4th can't come fast enough.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Lisa

    Wow. I guess the next move is to reveal to accuse Barack of verbally abusing his family, using foul language, disrespecting women, and kicking his dog. No sorry, that would be John McCain.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. stinkycheeseman

    Just donated to Obama's campaign. This is a great way to inspire Obama supporters– Keep it up Sarah 🙂

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. BofDC

    Time for the GOP to pull out all the stops now...Pathetic.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. bill pike

    just when i think there might be an ounce of reason to look at the republican party the bush camp shows it's ugly head. i think he was 8 years old during the Vietnam war. i am so sick of the people bush has around him and this shows once and for all–DON'T PUT YOUR EYE ON THE PROBLEM PUT IT ON HE SAID SHE SAID LIKE WE DID WITH BUSH. thanks you republicans for showing me that the democrats have the right party, the right people, and the right way of doing business. and you call yourselves Christians as a way to get votes. you will answer for this type of bush politics. VOTE OBAMA TO CHANGE OUR COUNTRY.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Jackson

    Wasn't Palin's husband apart of the Alaskan Separatist movement? Is this really the road the McCain-Palin alliance want to go down? I guess so considering they have just been humiliated on the economy issue.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. joe six pack

    typical republican. do as we say and not as we do. distort, repeat, distort again. they have no plan. losers

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Endless Nick

    This is rich coming from a woman so deeply tied to an Alaskan secessionist group that she married one of its members. Last I heard, calls for secession were considered treason–an actionable crime.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Billy

    What a disgusting comment from Palin.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Joshua College Station Texas

    Laughable first, then frightening that Palin and McCain resort to this. Fear is all they have left. Typical neoconservatives.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. houston,tx


    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Janice in OK

    McSame and his pathetic pick for VP better be ready to take crap if they're gonna dish it out! Obama/Biden '08

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Calandra Ferguson

    Now she reads.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Junior

    Since McShame campaign wants to step up their swift-boat attacks on Obama;s character, and personally. We as democrats are ready to retaliate against the McCain campaign. We'll give them a taste of their own medicine and makes it more bitter for them. We'll have our own Karl Rove on the Democrat side. McShame is so desperate, so he's using steve schmidt who's a protege of karl rove so tell them that we're ready. we have a military and artillery ready fo the mcshame campaign. so we'll donate more money for tha ads. "enough is enough" so bring it on mcshame.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. BC

    This woman is crazed now that she seems to think she won this debate. She has delusions of adequacy. Americans aren't going to put up with this for long.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |


    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Irma in North Carolina

    I think you and John boy should talk about the issues that are at stake and quit the bashing the more you attach the further you will get behind.

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. karen

    Who wants to bet somehow McCain brings up Ayers and Rev. Wright at this "town hall" on Tuesday? Or it wouldn't surprise me if they have a plant in the audience to bring up a question.

    I think it's time to roll out the "Keating 5".

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Olivier from Canada

    Poor Republicans.. please US citizens.. don't elect these people.. for the love of al that lives

    October 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Tony

    you are the one who's husband is a member of the Alaska Independence Party who want to succeed from the United States of America. You are the one who should be tried and electrocuted for treason.

    October 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Saywhat?

    It is not surprising that Palin would make these false statements. The McCain ticket has been one of the most dishonest, dishonorable and ugly I've seen in years. Maybe it seems so horrible to me because I at one time believed McCain had honor and I contemplated voting for him. I have voted Republican for all presidential elections I have voted in. McCain's actions have made that totally impossible during this election as I do put country first when I vote. That decision was easy as I have viewed the increasing deterioration of McCain's judgement, abilities, and, perhaps even, sanity. His choice of Palin, his frantic shifts as the economy implodes, and his abandonment of all things honorable make my own choice an easy one, but it also makes me fear for my country if he is elected. If there is anything that McCain has proven that he cares nothing about, it is country first. McCain First should be his campaign slogan. God help us all if he is elected.

    October 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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