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. adem, oakland CA


    John MCcain is giving up on his campaign, and endorsing Karl Rove.

    October 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin has NO qualifications for her position and is too ignorant to know how dangerous she really is. She terrifies me as she attacks on trumped up charges because she has no substance to her own position.

    October 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. keith

    Even if Obama met him a handful of times, it is not fair to call Ayers a "terrorist". Terrorist is a term reserved for Muslim extremist and used by the McCain campaign to incite fear in the electorate. It is insulting and ridiculous to call Ayers a terrorist for federal bombings 40 years ago. What he did was dispicable, but it was another time and it occured when Obama was in grade school.

    I thought McCain was going to change politics and be a bi-partisan President. ...Not with these frivolous attacks....

    October 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Dave, Houston, TX

    It's great that she has no conscience about lying. She'll need that if she wants to be the next Dick Cheney.

    October 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |

    more of the same. Fear and hate got Bush 8 years is that all the GOP
    has to offer the country. What about jobs ,health care Tax breaks

    OBAMA 08

    October 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Andrew Lee, Nashville, TN

    Pretty sleazy McCain......pretty sleazy.

    October 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Jim

    Desperation on the part of the McCain campaign is very apparent. Resorting to the same people and tactics that sunk his 2000 campaign is the last act of a failed campaign. It's sad, really. I guess his stated desire to be President no matter what, even if it requires constantly lying, will be his legacy.

    October 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. VP - North Carolina

    VERY DISGUSTING that she would open her mouth and utter such hatred!!!!!! LOL for condeming Barack for the actions that someone was arrested for and charges dropped some 40 years ago when Barack was 8 years old. What a joke!

    Sad that she is just a regular street walker for the McCain camp!!!! God have mercy on you!

    October 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Alex

    What a slimeball of epic proportion Palin made. How low can the campaign goes???

    and hah! I knew it! McCain campaign wanted to focus away from national issues and onto Obama's characters. Its may works in 2004 because of less severe issues that popped up during that time with Iraq War, Immigration, and Homeland Security. But this time, the stakes are extremely and emotionally high, we can't risk ourselves to go through the same slimeball attacks of 2004. We are too educated and too aware about what been going on this time and we can seek out truth and lies from both campaign.

    So far, Obama/Biden seems to be the best candidates for focusing on issues AND attacking on lies and policies from McCain/Palin rather than just attacking their characters AND better judgments on how to handle the crisis in America. McCain gonna sink with his borrowed strategy of 2004, it won't work on us this time!


    Obama/Biden for '08

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |


    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Phyllis

    It shows you what Palin's level of reading comprehension is! It is apparent that she and her "running mate" do not look at issues objectively. And they are attracting the same kind of mentality as theirs!

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Wake Up America

    I wish Falin and her lies would go away. I am so tired of hearing that nasally, high pitched, fast talking voice of hers.

    The Republicans messed up the economy, they got us in 2 wars at one time. The AMERICAN DREAM of a house, a car and dog has been reduced to a cheap apartment, a real used car and a mix breed stray. It just aint right.

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |

    Please Mrs Palin, do you think the people are stupid enough to find your comments beliveable that Obama pals around with terrorists. what when he was 8? Please try and stay focused on the issues. It's the economy stupid!

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Kaeo

    To suggest that Obama has terrorist ties is to in many ways suggest that he is a terrorist. This is a wreckless statement by the McCain campaign and completely out of line.

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Gina

    I guess the country is about to see just how low the Republicans can go... they are proving themselves to be truly pathetic.

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Deb, Allentown,PA

    Once again, we see sleaze and misrepresentation coming from McCain and Palin. See the NYT debunking of this relationship. I guess the GOP is trying the old tactic of trying to throw as much mud as possible at their opponent in the hopes that something will stick.

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

    Sarah Palin pals around with someone who thinks the US is so imperfect that he joined an Alaskan Secessionist party. Sarah calls him "husband".

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. TKW-New Mexico

    This is ridiculous! This witch is crazy! WAKE UP AMERICA! These the McCain camp doesn't put country first. They are all about fear mongering. They're desparate, they will do anything to win!

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Gloria

    Rats will attack anyone in sight when they are cornered. Palin has a lot of gall, when she is under investigation for abuse of power.

    Sounds like she is exactly what she claims not to be...a Washington insider.

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

    UMMMM I dnt thinl no one buying that this time, that was 40 years ago Obama was eight hahahhaha Please Palin go back to Alaska take Mclame with ya! OBAMA 08

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Wanda in Smyrna, GA

    Sarah Palin is a psychotic, ignorant clown and she's very dangerous for our country. It's a shame the way the McCain campaign has used her as a puppet to try and get the female vote. Sorry, it won't work. American women are way smarter than that. Sarah, shut your trap and go back to your igloo and stay there.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Peter from OH

    Palin as McShames attack dog; the worst from the McShame campaign is still in front of us. These losers have nothing to loose anymore, they are two laughing stocks already.
    What is even more dangerous than a pitbull? A cornered pitbull.

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Kay

    People, we have never had a Candidate for National office not do an interview on CNN. Let's demand it or are we in North Korea or Cuba?

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Martha Rowe

    To my eternal chagrin, I donated money to John McCain's campaign in the primaries. He is incapable of running an honorable campaign and will do anything to win, no matter how dishonest. I am a Republican who thinks our ticket is a cause for shame.

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Lionel, GA

    Say it ain't so Sarah.

    This is coming from someone that is being investigated for ethics violations in her home state of Alaska. Also, based on her tax returns it looks like she could be under another investigation for tax evasion. No per diems have been reported as income.

    Obama was 8 years old when those bombings occurred and the only reason he knows Ayres is because they both live in Chicago and were on the same board doing charity work. I am sure that in McCain's 72 years of being on this planet he has known folks with backgrounds that can be viewed as scrupulous. Especially all the time he spend in those casinos shoot craps. I notice that he did not include his gambling winning and /or losses in his tax returns. I believe that is a violation of our tax laws.

    October 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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