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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soundoff (1,514 Responses)
  1. MB in HB, CA

    Hang tough, Senator Obama, they're getting desperate and McCain's campaign is imploding.

    KEEP FIGHTING the good fight and well see you in the White House in January!

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Gina

    I'm glad Palin said this – not only does it show how ignorant she is, it also proves that the McCain Palin ticket is simply desperate. She is despicable.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Kay

    Readers Viewer demand CNN do a live interview with Sarah Palin or CNN should stop reporting her.

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

    shame on mcsame

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

    How despicable can the McCain/Palin campaign get? I'm not 100% behind Obama, but he's getting my vote. My fear is that there are enough haters out there who will soak this up like the little mindless sponges they are. Once upon a time, I and a lot of other people had respect for John McCain, but those days are long gone when he reverted to swiftboat attacks. Our country and this world are in too grave of situation for these kind of dangerous games and distractions.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. mark bright

    sorry swift boaters, won't work this time

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. mmdiver


    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. John Iammarino

    So much for taking the high road. The McCain/Palin ticket is about as bankrupt as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. No surprise that once McCain saw the poll numbers slip, he threw integrity under the bus. Anyone see a pattern here. And by the way, what war did Senator McCain ever win? I've heard this comment repeated by Palin the other night and McCain said it himself: "I know how to win a war." Really Senator....so why don't you suspend your campain and go to Iraq or Afghanistan to show off your expertise. Just like you bailed out last week and claimed credit for the bailout bill that failed come Monday morning. This guy is not to be trusted. Seriously America...WAKE UP!

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Barbara

    Hope you have the fact checkers working overtime.

    I think the best job for Palin is to go back to Alaska and keep an eye on those Russians, wink, wink.

    Hopefully, in November the truth will set us free!


    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Ms White

    this whats happen when one is losing and desparate...these attaches are the "been there...done that" ads. More On
    Obama/Biden 08/12

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

    Honestly... this low-life level of politics is disgusting! The public is not interested in who can be the biggest bully in the school yard. Stop wasting everyone's time and start focusing on what can you do for the country.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Srid

    On a clear day, Obama can see Osama! so Obama is a terrorist. Go Palin go!!

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

    what about palins husband todd who belonged to a cessationist group that vowed to make alaska a soverign country
    do the palins hate america

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Nelson Mandela was a terrorist and now my hero

    To say William Ayers and the Weather Underground in the 60's were anything like Al Qaeda or even like the IRA only highlights the extreme ignorance of Sarah Palin on the War on Terrorism and every other issue.

    The Weather Underground set off bombs in the middle of the night with the intent of destroying property owned by the government, not taking human lives. In fact, the only lives the Weather Underground took were their own when a bomb mistakenly went off in a member's apartment. Incompetent, misguided vandals hardly strike terror in the hearts of people.

    William Ayers, like Nelson Mandela, has changed his ways and is doing much good for his community.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Raymond Micheals

    Well unfortunately Sarah Palin is married to someone who belongs to a terrorist organisation.
    Yes Todd Palin was a member of a sessesionist party.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Republican Supporters in the Dark

    That's the only way the Republicans will try to sway the American electorate – hopefully they don't fall for it this time. They can't win on the issues, they have no substance. It is really sad. Sarah Palin is a joke. She's like a robot, all that comes out of her is what has been programmed in her. This is not Wasila or Alaska (no disrespect to the people of Alaska), this is the national stage Gov. Palin, and you madam are not qualified to be VP, USA and God forbid, President.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. ran

    More garbage from Mccain/? and Republicans.

    People there is a simple fix to this stuff: vote Obama/Biden and only Democrats this time and maybe the Republicans will get it; that we are tired of this kind of politics. Talk about the issues and not garbage.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. karl

    The VP debate last night could prove the fact that the Republican candidates are not that ready as a team ...maverick they are not! what is it all about that chant drill baby,drill baby! i doubt Mccan is seriously running to become the next president of the united states!

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

    Palin just lost my vote for McCain. What is wrong with her? I thought she had it back together after the debate. They need to wire her jaw shut. Dump her and get Guiliani.

    Focus on the issues, not rhetoric. It makes me sad that they can't come up with something better than that.

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

    running out of gas and states what about your pastotr that cast out witchcraft spirit from you sarah. are you a witch? if yes then you bare not qualify to be vice president and you need to be sent back to alaska for deliverace.sorry it te economy stupid

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. MM

    I am so now disgusted with McCain/Palin that I could scream. I think the Obama campaign should take out ads endlessly running McCain's words about running an "honorable" campaign.

    Contribute to Obama's campaign!

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Vic

    I don't believe any of these accusations against Obama.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. obama sucks

    It's about time McCain/Palin went after barack HUSSEIN obama.

    barack HUSSEIN obama is NOTHING that he appears to be. This man is the biggest threat that has ever come to this great nation.


    NOBAMA-i refuse to drink this idiot's kool-aid.


    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. reality

    The McCain campaign should be ashamed of themselves. This after he promised a dignified campaign void of such personal attacks.

    This is another reason people should not vote for McCain. He has no morals anymore. He'll sink to any level to win. We don't want any leader with such low moral standards.

    Shame on Sara Palin!!.. Shame on McCain. Shame on the people who vote for them !!

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. nitro

    This is truely unbelieveable that their campaign is going so bad that they would stoop to such nasty politics. There has to be a more dignified way for them to gain credability and have respectable people vote for you.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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