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. proud army and navy mom

    Thats are Angel Obama.....No shady characters in his past

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. liz, from MO

    Oh ok. So Sarah Palin is the 'new face', and 'new ideas' (as she described herself) of hurling the kitchen sink and swift boating tactics! Honestly she should be using this much needed time (since time is not on their side at the moment) to address serious issues that affect American people. Before I forget, she claimed in the debate that Biden was looking backwards; now that she is the candidate of 'change' and 'future', let her talk straight to the people. America is facing tough times to start engaging in dirty politics and besides, this Ayers story came up during primaries and Barack has already denounced the man.

    Palin should tread cautiously otherwise her favorability rating will continue to plumet!

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Greg

    McCain/Palin are getting desperate and will sink to the lowest level just to win. Shame on them!

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

    Can Sarah Palin just please SHUT UP! I don't know about you but I don't want a "Joe six pack" anywhere near the presidency. I would actually prefer someone who is well educated, intelligent , has a vision, inspires people and yes, qualified. Palin has none of these qualities.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Dan S

    Here it comes the lowest common denominator, the scum sucking lies and deceptions that attempt to make the Democratic candidate out to be something they are not and most of all to make them out to be unpatriotic.

    GOD help us to be more sane and smart this time around.

    Obama 08

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Walter, Long Beach

    John McCain is running the filthiest campaign in modern American history. But he doesn't have the courage to do the dirtiest work himself.

    He has to hide behind a skirt.

    Can anyone say "COWARD"?

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Myron Fowler

    4th quarter 30 seconds left on McCain's clock.
    time for McCain to foul hard " he's sending in the dirty players"
    I can't wait till this election is over so the governor can go back
    to the bridge to no where.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Moi

    So predicitable; the inducing of fear into the voters in the 2004 election worked for Bush. Guess McCain and Palin think it'll work for them too. (*yaaaaawwwwn)

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Concerned Canuck

    The rest of the world has faith in Americans not falling for these disgraceful tactics. We obviuosly have more faith in you than the Republican party has. Republicans are trying to make their own people look like simpletons and idiots. If the United States can restore their standing in the world and start REALLY leading, the world will follow.

    Concerned Canuck

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Spivey

    A sign of desparation. The latest hail mary for McCain. First – Nominating Palin; Second – Suspending campaign; Third – Six degrees of separation game. Pretty it will be fourth down and long Mc(have you no)Shame

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

    Old news..... *Yawn*
    But what is funny is, if Sarah actually read the article she would know it said he was not pals with this man.
    LOL, you are an idiot.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Daannyy

    Sounds like I need send Obama-Biden some money the more I hear her talk the more I want to send

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

    So sad that in a time of unspeakable economic uncertainty, the McCain camp has to resort to kitchen sink politics to reverse the trajectory of their falling poll numbers.

    What we want to hear is what the "quinessential deregulator" will do with Wall Street. Why he supports a war that costs 10 billion a month when the country benefitting from it has a 70 billion surplus. Why he still firmly stands by an economic policy that has seen the biggest surplus in history deriorate to the biggest deficit. And while not as important, why does Sarah Palin refuse to be interviewed by anyone other than the Republican spin machine (aka FoxNews).

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Susana

    You have lost me for good McCain. I once had so much respect for you. I would have never imagined that you would resort to these tactics in the final stretch. The "Maverick" John McCain needs to keep his campaign managers in check. It's too late to fire them and they are costing him the election.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Pat

    I have to add that as a professed Christian, Sarah Palin is on the edge. Please note the humility with which Obama has run his campaign. Here are some scriptures from Proverbs 6 that Palin should read:

    12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

    13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

    14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

    15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

    16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

    17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

    18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

    19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    More crap from McAncient's Double Talk Express. No explanation of his policies, goals, plans from his campaign. Just slander and lies. I guess he has nothing of substance to say. Nothing of substance to offer. It's just so sad. We already know the Clueless One (Palin) has, like, nothing to offer. Geez! Golly! Gosh! *Wink*

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. joe cnn

    And she says all that with a smile on here face. “Say it ain’t so Joe”

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Rick

    Intelligent minds talk about issues, unintelligent minds talk about people! Palin has just proved what kind of mind she has.

    Do Republicans really want this kind of person that may succeed to the Presidency, especially when so many unfortunate issues are facing America? She can't even articulate McSame's policies, she can only lie/mislead her following sheepish herd.

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

    This is just the begining shame of you, Palin, I can't believe you said something like that...what's don't you go back to Alaska...

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Sue

    Who is Sarah McPalin ? this is someone who wants to be president and yet cannot name one supreme court case! cannot name a single news paper!

    Well, wnk, wink she will.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Rob

    Ahhh... have you seen the witchcraft videos of yourself..

    I would probably keep quiet until Nov 4th!

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Rebecca

    I say Sarah Palin should go back to Alaska, she is the most dangerous person on either ticket. I'm just surprised that McCain hasn't started a war just to win. Wait he still has time, maybe Bush can call Bin Laden and have him send out a terrorist message like he did in the last election.

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Good day,

    what is the real scare and the real threat is your lack of knowledge on the economy!

    October 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Kevin Kris

    Not this time, Not this Year, Not this Election.

    Enough is Enough..

    Gov. Palin, Thanks but not Thanks.

    Obama / Biden '08 '12

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. sunder

    Its a shame that Palin still speaks non-sense instead of speaking about policies ! O wait is that is what for she was brought into?

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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