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. Debbie in Crystal Lake

    I guess we can expect to hear cutie-pie-wink-wink Sarah state soon that Obama is secretly a Muslim. I guess when what your campaign stands for isn't what the people want to hear, you've got to resort to swiftboat insinuations & lies like the big ones she told during her "debate". What an idiot she is!! Sarah's problem is that the listening public aren't also idiots.

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Shedrick Grimsley

    Sarah Palin is a staunch racist. She has now proven that she will do or say anything. She does not have small town values...she has racist values. She has a pastor who believes that women are witches. She attends a church that believes that homosexuality can be prayed out. She believes that the vice president does not have enough powers. Her values, her beliefs, and her outlook is frightening. She is a person to be feared.

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Democrat and true American

    Is this woman out of her mind? Why does the Republican party think it can lie its way into office. Terriorist? Please Sarah. From what I've heard about you, you have terriorized the people of Alaska in one way or another. I'm guessing your ex-brother-in-law would have some interesting stories. Sarah, go somewhere, sit down and compose yourself.

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Sean

    She has serious issues.

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. oh gosh...

    palin should just shut up.

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Juan from L.A.

    I'll rather have my freaking Bulldog run this country than this weasel of Palin...she scares the heck out of me...she's the most hypocritical being in the world...worst of all incompetent and not the brains to get there...

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Informed Voter

    Desperate Times call for Desperate measures ... LOL

    Dimwit Sarah should come on MTP, CNN etc .. & do her smearing .....

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. paige

    more lies from McCain/Palin, how low will they go.

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Eve

    This all happened when Little Barry Obama was living thousands of miles away in Indonesia and attending primary school and a member of the local boy scout troop.

    Where are the issues?

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Nancy Tashman

    When you can't win on the facts, you try to win by throwing mud. We'll see on Nov. 4th what really sticks with the voters.

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. joyce

    thanks but no thanks
    want work this time
    no wa,no mcsain,no (absolutley no palin and todd

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Tim Beamer - Hayden Idaho

    It is this type of politics that we as Americans dont need. Im sick and tired of politcians thinking that I cant see through attempt to deflect the real issues. McCain is a fool if this is his answer to our problems. We all know that both Obama & McCain want whats best for this nation. What we have to decide is which one can do it better. If McCain fails to focus on real issues then he does not deserve my vote. Vote the issues America not campaign rehtoric.
    Idependent Voter for Obama

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Johnny

    Palin is walking a very fine line here. GOP must address the issues. Remember the Clinton Campaign tried this and failed miserably.

    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Eric








    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Royce from Georgia

    This is just sad..
    I thought it was about country first..

    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Christian, Tampa FL

    This is the end of the McCain campaign. There is nowhere to go for them anymore, and these ridiculous attacks will only backfire.

    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. indievoter

    Why did the DNC file a motion to dismiss in the lawsuit that is pending against obama in regards to his birth certificate? He has been ordered to produce it. What are they trying to hide? If he didn't have something to hide, they would just produce the birth certificate, not file a motion to dismiss

    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Northern Exposure

    Sarah you are nothing but a lying, deceptive, tax dodging... can't write my true opinion.

    How about getting back to Alaska and answering some questions about "Troopergate" Cheney Number 2.

    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. CmdrScott

    Knock knock...

    Whose there?


    Palin who?


    October 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. HEY Zeus!

    The way McCain runs his campaign is the way he will run the country.
    Bitter, nasty, misleading–with not a single idea about what to do for america. Reminds me of Bush.
    Shame on him.

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Mary

    It is so sad with the job losses, the economy in melt down that some will find this type of information worthwhile, she is a sad sad lady to go along with this type of slandar
    The same man that defended her families right to privacy.
    She has no shame
    The Enquirer is now saying there is proof of her affair, the huffington post is saying her taxes returns raise questions, mccain tax returns are raising questions of gambling.
    No one is clean and I hope the Dem rise above this and dont start tossing back, I am not sure who would come out the winner, but the American people will come out the losers

    Please post I am so tired of blogging and nothing getting posted

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Obama

    I cannot believe Barrack Obama when he says that will raise our taxes. He is making a lot of campaign promises that is going to cost us the tax payer or is he just buying votes?
    Can someone please tell me why Obama has not been fully investigated, on how he required his own home and land at a below market price?
    What connections does Obama have with voters’ fraud and Acorn?
    Why is he trying to place blame on the Bush last eight years when he himself has had two years to help change it and did nothing?

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    That is rich coming from Palin, whose husband was a member of the AIP, that favored Alaska's secession from the USA. This woman is subversive, for her own affiliations, as well as her own behavior, her history (book banning) her church, her witch hunting pastor...if we should be scared of anyone, it's Palin as a VP. Those who have no qualifications must attack the truly qualified.

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Joan

    McCain & Palin are behind & desperate!!!! So they attack

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Pokies47

    Shame on Palin and McSame for stooping to this level. This is totally un Amercian and something McSame said he would never do. I guess he will do or say anything even if it's below his standards to be president. Obama08

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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