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. paula

    If McCain & Palin believe that Americans are stupid enough to fall for this tactic, they are wrong. It's all a diversion from the important issues that we need to deal with. Actions such as this by McBush/Palin (aka Cheney, only more power hungry) is the main reason the character of our country has fallen in the eyes of the world. We are aching for intelligence and diplomacy. This just gives a shining example of how they will deal with important issues at home and in the world. Don't let these two bring us down any further. If we've learned anything it's that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH


    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Kristin

    I believe that the "radical" and "terrorist" comments made by Palin and the McCain campaign are racist. The sad truth is that there are Americans who are ignorant enough to believe their smears and will equate Obama with "radical terrorists" throughout the word – perhaps one whose name rhymes with Obama.

    The McCain campaign is playing dirtier than Bush. And it shocks me that McCain is going this route considering what Bush did to him in 2000.

    Why not focus on the real issues – the economy and unemployment – instead of throwing mud? Oh yeah, that's because McCain doesn't have any solutions to the problems we are facing; so he has to deter people's attentions to negative attacks and smear campaigns.

    It's sad. McCain used to be a respectable politician, but now he's lower than low.

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Real Talk

    This is a desperate move by two mavericks who share one thing in common. They have both been under a government investigation while in office. I mean come Palin is currently under investigation and Todd Palin feels like he can avoid his subpoena. Why can he get away with this. I know If i pulled a stunt like that, calling it unfair I'd have a new wardrobe and everything in it would be orange.
    Keating 5
    Now let's talk character!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Who would you trust to run this country, not criminal's
    Obama 08

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. GARY


    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. annie - never again a dem.

    '0' sat on a board for the Annenberg project (educational grant) for 2 yrs with ayres and they collectively agreed to give millions of dollars to ACORN, THE RADICAL VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD organization. Maybe journalism isn't totally dead if New York times did this article, but there again '0' lies, lies, lies and then lies some more! This was a big plus for New York Times!! This was a big plus for Gov. Palin! Seems like '0' heard that in a matter of minutes but sat in a black liberation church listening to wright for 20 yrs. and didn't hear a thing. I think that is either called 'selective hearing' or just another of the big zero's lies and more lies.

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Merle Hill

    We know what to expect from the slow witted Palin...No brain...no gain. They have no plan but they sure can lie well.

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. President-elect Obama

    3 words for Palinocchio: The Keating Five

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Susan

    Thanks McCain for your negative campaigns. I have almost decided whom to vote. Sorry you are on in the list.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Don

    Gee. Why should we expect any different from the McCain/Palin campaign. Maybe it is time for Obama to contact an attorney and see if this is actionable under slander or defamation laws. M&P are the real terrorist here. Not able to lead, Not fit to lead. An embarrasment to the country.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. rosangel..change that im waiting for


    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. lori

    I think some of his corruption activities in Chicago should be investagated and made public. The american people have a right to know .

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. James

    Unbelieveable. These are Rove-Bush tactics at their best. The Republican machine will stop at nothing until they have grasped at the last straw. Enjoy the ride while it lasts, Republicans, because on November 4th, you're gone.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. To the moon

    Does Palin REALLY want to talk about 'church' issues– and chance the stories in her own 'backyard' of Wasilla to be brought up?

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. dbacchus

    Under the present circumstances, the more these two idiots will be bringing 'old news' and distractions from the real issues (ECONOMY!) the quicker they will lose. It looked rather pathetic before, but right now, when the country is on a verge of a real crisis and possble depression, comments of Palin and her running mate look plain idiotic, I don't have other words to describe that.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |

    Has the Republican party lost its mind??? Attacking Senator Obama will not make us forget this mess we're in and who caused it. Get real.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Tamarra

    Yes, talk about the other guy because you nothing else to run on. These alligation are ridiculous. It is as if John McCain has no shame and maybe people need to bring up his past issues.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. nick,yonkers n.y.

    the mcCain,palin campain has stooped so low they become desperate,and will do anything to win the presidency.for our sakes that wont happen.

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Toine in Tx from Chicago

    What the heck will be next? Guess i won't hear any real issues from this group

    OBAMA' 08

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. John Rico

    Desperation has set in. It won't work. What's next? Saying 8 year old Barack Obama was behind the attacks himself? Why not blame him for 9/11 too?

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Obama

    I cannot believe Barrack Obama when he says that will NOT raise our taxes. He is making a lot of campaign promises that is going to cost us the tax payer or is he just buying votes?
    Can someone please tell me why Obama has not been fully investigated, on how he required his own home and land at a below market price?
    What connections does Obama have with voters’ fraud and Acorn?
    Why is he trying to place blame on the Bush last eight years when he himself has had two years to help change it and did nothing?

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Joe in Mn

    That is a despicable comment, from an ignorant loud mouth.

    October 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. nose4news


    October 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Paul, EP Tx

    even joe biden knows Obama isn't qualified. it's all over youtube and anywhere else you look. this is just a career thing for Obama and his blind followers. notice how they question NOTHING about him. in their eyes he's perfect and has been a saint his whole life. it's sad how much emotion people invest in other people they've never even met. Obama has nothing on McCain. Biden knows that. The Clintons know that. America knows that.

    October 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Lorenzo in Atlanta

    Palin in pathetic. Hey Palin, how id you hear about this. You don't read any newspapers.

    McSame is a joke. Is this all they have now. They need to reach into the 1960's?

    October 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. jl

    Can "Governor 6 pack" say TROOPERGATE??????

    October 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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