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. tsmith

    This is lying at it's best! I will never vote for a Republican! Can they come up with a plan for anything?

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. barbary

    This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever witnessed. Truly despicable and coming from a party that simply does not care any longer about ethics or morals. I wouldn't even be able to shake hands with a moron like her for fear of getting a kind of dirt on me I could never wash off.

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Shaun

    It's getting desperate for the GOP....Almost time to end the suffering

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. mike

    Wow this Mcain-Palin ticket is so pathedic! This is a new low for them! Maybe they should spend sometime explaining how they are going to fix the issues our country faces... o wait they dont have a clue how!!

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. The high road

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!! YES WE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |

    Obama wasn't even born or only a baby when Palin accuses him of a terriorist connection with Ayers. The Republicans are nothing but lies and more lies. Palin is nothing but a road wh- – -e who hides from the new media because she doesn't know her a– from a whole in the ground. She is so out of touch, as is her running mate, with America today. Of all the brilliant Republicans McCain could have chosen and he stooped so low as to choose her. She is a joke. Everybody is laughing. She was hilarious at the debate. She definitely is not presidential "material". Obama will be the winner in this race and all the lies Palin and McCain can cook up will not make one iota of difference. (signed) Josephine Six-Pack, Oh gosh darn it.

    OBAMA 'O8!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Solomon Freeman

    The palin of a woman is sick.

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. JU

    pathetic.... the mccain campaign is shooting blanks now... they have nothing left to offer as far as the real issues go, so they are getting out the manure spreader....

    next will be the 'obama is a secret muslim' ads.....

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. mary

    If John McCain wants votes then he needs to set forth his plan for all of us to see, otherwise no amount of bashing and trashing will endure us to him.

    He needs to lose the Palin, and get a real running mate. She is nothing but a lipsticked mouth spewing what-ever words pop up on her teleprompter and we deserve better than that !

    October 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Vinny

    What a joke!

    How despicable!

    More distractions!

    Instead of giving the American people their vision of where we should be as a nation; more jobs, a strong economy and a united country, McBush and Failin can only attack, attack, attack. These coming from an ideology that has rewarded wealth and not worth and celebrated political parasites and economic vampires in wall street. 8 years is enough.

    Can we afford more of the same?

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Dennis

    So, does being keynote speaker for (first she was a member then she wasn't) the Alaska Independence Party make you particularly patriotic. The founder of the party said he hated the United States and all it stands for. I guess that doesn't count since only her husband was a member, unless now history's changed again and he was't either.

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Vik

    Palin, it's a little too late to be saying this stuff. Basically all the people who've made up their minds are set and the undecided voter will be turned off by your vulgar attitude. It was nice of you to stick to the script force feed to you at the debate, but we need people with a little more brains running the country. You're not an attack dog, you're a woman, have some dignity and start acting like one!

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Patricia, Thousand Oaks, CA


    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Hani

    Everyone expected this to come from the McPalin.What better way then to sway from the main issues namely the economy and Healthcare.This tactic will only work with the ignorant. Old news verses the new change.

    Go Obama – the almighty is watching.

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Jim

    I demand that Palin apologize immediately and step down from the campaign for those scurrilous accusations.

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Ann

    Really? Your loose mouth, scripted speeches, say-what-you want campaigning has terrorize the nation. Please go back to Alaska to look out after the Russians.

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Michael

    Who is running for president, McCain or Palin? I can't even tell anymore. She is so power hungry, it scares me...

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. clark

    Running out of ideas to gain momentum on your side again huh guys? how about trying something zany and talking about important things like say, uh, the economy?

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. elle

    Sarah Palin is at it again...her hauty, arrogant stupid self...shooting off her mouth as she always does....She is a stupid person who sadly thinks she knows it all....but as we saw on the Couric interview, she can't even recall the magazines and newspapers she reads, because she most likely doesn't know they even exist. Keep it up Palin and you're not only going to lose this race, but you're going to get your sorry behind sued behind belief..

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. AjB

    Palin's and McCain's smear tactics are despicable! What about questioning Palin's patriotism, given that her *husband* was a member of a group that wanted Alaska to secede from the US? The McPalin slate has no plan for our economy, no plan for our international quagmire, no plan to lead this country in a new and positive direction. Their moral authority is non-existent.

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. david

    1960s terrorist? Those were different times 48 years ago. Didn't Palin say during the debate not to look back on the last 8 years of the Bush administration but to look forward? So why is she so concerned with 48 years ago? Palin has so many screws missing or loose under that librarian hair style.

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. chm222

    It used to be that it wasn't that I didn't like Sarah Palin I just didn't want her for my VP or President. Now, I think I might actually hate her. With her new tactics I believe she has no respect for the truth or real morals and I believe this also shows her inner racism and ignorance. I don't believe that there are enough Sarah Palins in the country to spread this disease of hatred and intolerance further than the anti-government groups, but if there are it will be proof as to how far behind this county has fallen.

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. JohnDoe

    Don't cave in to another SCARE TACTIC. That's all the Republicans can do.

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. DebAgain, Allentown,PA

    One more thing.

    McCain was accused of taking bribes in the Keating 5 case, but charges were dropped.

    Ayers was accused of the bombings but charges were dropped. Yet the McCain/Palin campaign act as though he was proven guilty.

    So by their logic, either both McCain and Ayers are guilty, or neither are.

    Do they really want to go there?

    October 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Caroline

    Shame on Governor Palin. No one in the Obama campaign is launching and the main stream media is not reporting – accusations posted on the National Enquirer and other websites about her and her conduct and that of her family members. To use her position and access to the voters in the country to make these types of exaggerated statements and accusations that the Republican campaign knows are just that (not the facts) is indefensible.

    October 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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