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. Peggy T.

    Sarah Palin acuses Obama of hanging out with terrorists. I guess, when you have so little going for yourself & your ticket you distore the truth. She has gone after people in Alaska that dared to disagree or question her judgement on issues. Not to mention the fact that she's acused of trying to get her ex – brother -in – law fired. Which has been the basis for the Troopergate issue in which she's being investigated for in Alaska. If there is nothing to this issue as she'd have people believe, then why is John McCains pals trying so hard to get this issue swept under the rug. If this is indeed as Sarah Palin says, why not address the issue & put it behind her. By trying to avoid the Troopergate issue, it makes her look guilty.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Nick - Arlington, VA

    When you can't win on the issues and when your campaign is pathetic...you start going negative....that NYT article presented nothing but exculpatory evidence showing how little Obama had to do with Ayers...McCain-Palin = Pathetic.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Steve C.

    Sounds like Palin should be cited for slander and taken to court.

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

    Negatives like this really work because MSM helps to spread them by allowing discussing them by pundits. In the end, they receive more coverage than they have actually be paid for.

    If MSM reduces time spent on discussing negative ads their effect will; decrease.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Frank Lee

    Keep talking, you clueless nitwit.

    You'll bury yourself, gramps, and the entire GOP before you're done.

    Beating you and the rest of your team will be an even greater pleasure.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Skip

    YES! It is about time someone brought this up...if Obama can't tell domestic terrorists where to go, then he sure as heck will have trouble telling foreign terrorists their days are numbered.

    Of course...the media will say, "McCain's Desperate"; McCain Campaign out of ideas, or McCain Campaign out of touch...but you know what? There are millions of Americans like me who will hold the media and its advocacy for a candidate accountable by ALL MEANS NECESSARY. When you start becoming a media talking head for the STATE, then you are no better than Al Jazerra, or North Korean media types. You lose what little credibility you have "left" and we don't trust you to provide a fair and accurate account as the "4th institution of government....

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. victor,nj

    its time to remind the voters about the keating 5 scandal!!!!!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. kim

    Are they serious? Do they really think this is going to fly with voters. McPalin need to call it quits so Barack can heal the country.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. frank

    if e have seen a "terrorist" madam palin...call fbi......yeah right...not this year, why does the republican party always try to win on silly talking poiints. connecting obama to some one who did something against the government (corrupt one at the time) went to jail, is now a lecturer lecturing future leaders, a neighbour.....its called open mindedness ,... well come to the city m'am. u dont need to agree with evey one to be polite.
    embarrasing for the REPUBS TO HAVE NO IDEA

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Bobby Brown

    Ms. Palin is the one that is most dangerous to American. Anyone who lies on another American patriotism for political gain is a dangerous individual. How low will they go? This is why we need change. America needs politician who focus on issues not personal attacks. This is just a tactic to muddy the waters of what appears to clear which political team can best lead America out of financial disparity.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Brian from Ohio

    Now that's mature, the GOP feels the election is slipping away so they start spewing lies, lies and more lies. What's next, will they bring out the swift boaters? I wonder if McShame will make eye contact with Obama Tuesday night. Maybe he learned something from Caribou Barbie Thursday night. Maybe he'll even give us a wink.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Stan

    The McCain camp demonstrates why they should never be elected with each one of these low blows.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Good Mrs. Palin

    Well, I thought I would at least listen to Mrs. Palin to see if she has what it takes to be a V.P. of the U.S. of A. I was okay with her until this comment she had about Mr. Obama and that Ayers guy (nobody knows who he really is). In the past few days, since the V.P. debate, it seems to me that Mrs. Palin has shrouded herself with the typical Republican-Rove-McCain black cape to make others look bad. Typical. Now, after seeing this article on CNN, I am no pissed. There is no way I am voting for her. Shame on you Mrs. Palin.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Kamunje a'Tembele

    Mrs. Palin needs to apologise to the United States of America, to the millions of americans who respect and support Senator Obama, and to Sen. Obama for this kind of alarmist and reckless speech.

    Anyone who can run their mouth like this has no business running for any public office, even if it is for the job of mayor of a moose park. It is unfair to the moose.

    Senator McCain also needs to distance himself from this person, by immedietly removing her from his ticket. Either that, or he should repeat her words and be one and the same

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Ana


    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Thierry

    Palin should be ashame of herself. She is the least eduacted VP Candidate in the US history. She doesn't even know how to behave, she has no style, no common sense. She acts like she is from the block. I can't understand how McCain let these BS part of his election. If he loses the election, he will also lose his credibility.

    October 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Vic

    Please excuse the typo. I DO believe these accusations about Barack Obama.

    October 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Fabian

    This is what you end up doing when the country finds out you cannot be able to articulate even your position. I am a foreigner who follows your politics closely, but if America ends choosing this woman for VP, the country will become a laughing stock, and nobody ,will ever, ever take US seriously anymore. I doubt if Sarah Palin read the article,and even if she reads it, I doubt if she can understand it. I have to admit that when she described the bail-out to Katie Couric, she made George W.Bush look like a genius. Anyway, good luck to her and may America get it right this time around.

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

    Ms Palin needs to come up with something more original, this is old news we already heard about. She should be concentrating on economically, world affairs, and health care issues. What are her plans for future jobs and taxes. Nothing, because she and McCain are to busy running a smear campagin.

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

    THis is an important election, demand that Sarah Palin do a live interview on CNN

    October 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. rfx

    This shows how desparate McCain has become. This issue has been addressed multiple times in the past, and Barack has come out fine. Americans will not fall for this type of negative campaigning. If John McCain had any real ideas for America, he would be telling us about his ideas and not tearing down his opponent.

    October 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Steve - Atlanta GA

    Palin is just like McCain, Bush and Carl Rove.....the American people deserve more this time around....she should be ashamed of herself. Our nation is hurting from the current economic crisis and all she and McCain can do is spead lies....

    Obama/Biden 08 – Let's change the way our political system is elected and operates....

    October 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Jacqueline

    Sarah Palin calls I am sure feels that she is an honest person, yet telling lies....lies about others is just hideous....what goes through her head. It would be great if Ayers sued her for that remark.

    October 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Marty

    I knew Palin was looney tunes, but she's completely lost it now!! Sometimes there are those who really need no more rope to hang themselves. Go home Sarah. You are a disgrace not only to women, but to the whole political process in the U.S.

    October 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. AM

    No surprise here (wink)...she's under investigation in her own state...you're darn right she's a swift-boater...lol

    October 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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