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. Wasilla Witch

    I was wondering when the McSlime Camp was going to start trying to pin Obama to Ayers. The funny thing is that Obama was 8 years old when Ayers was doing his terrorist activities. There is no connection whatsoever. Nice try though!

    Now is the time Obama thows in the "Keating 5" card. That was more recent and McCain was directly involved in this savings and loan scandal.

    The Obama Camp also needs to push McCain to disclose his heath records. McCain has had recurring melanoma 4 times which means it will be coming back. What does he have to hide? Come on McCain, you coward! Do the patriotic thing and show us your records. We deserve to know your health status!

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    This is certainly going to blow up in McCain's face. I understand he's trying to draw attention away from the economy and trying to energize his campaign again, but there has to be some limitations. I don't see how this would help him. It's really going to push independant further away, and I'm predicting a blowout this election after originally thinking it would be close.

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Novita

    Sarah, do you think US image hasn't been torn enough by your other Republican (Bush-Cheney), now time to rebuild US image, we don't need a Hunter Style (after the last 8 years Cowboy style) of government....who said that conflict can only be solve with muscle, or in Alaska perhaps you can only use the pitbull's or barracuda's teeth. What a Failin' Sarah.....I believe that's not what your pastor tought you at your sunday school....as a christian, you should show more love than attack..

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. idiots for McPalin

    CNN, there is no link between Ayers and Obama(Mendel's biography on Obama).

    This is a rumor started by Sean Hannity and blew up on TV when Stephanopoulus moderated a debate between Hillary and Obama. Let's remember who Stephanopoulus is, a former Clinton White House Spokesman., this is not proven. Stop rumors. Shut up Palin your witchcraft video is being watched around the world!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Dawn Starr

    Referring to Palin as an attack dog is an insult to dogs everywhere. I’ve never known a dog to lie.
    If the McCain camp thinks Americans will believe this nonsense then they are even more out of touch than we already thought.
    Portland, OR.

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Nicolette

    You can't win on the issues, so you take the low road and dig up old news that Obama has already been cleared of. Congratulations Palin, you have paved the road for the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. jay

    Palin's IQ = Bush's IQ

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Tom

    Not surprising that we are now hearing the dying calls of the failed McCain presidential campaign. They are so desperate that they are grasping at any straw. Sad how a once principled man like McCain has sunk to a level so low. I had hoped he would run a decent campaign filled with messages of hope. Instead we get slurs and lies. Very disappointing.

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Chris Nebraska

    She's an idiot! Obama has called our great nation "the last best hope on Earth." How does she hope to convince anyone that Obama doesn't believe in this nation?

    I don't see how the McCain campaign, with their well-documented aversion to truth, thinks Americans will believe anything they say.

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. judy mitchell

    What about McCain's captivity at the Hanoi Hilton. He was bombing women and children. Maybe he could account for his missions with Agent Orange drops and other maiming of women and children in Vietnam -Another war that we did not belong in. Just like Iraq and Afganistan -Bomb, Bomb,Bomb

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. laxbus

    and so it starts..

    In debating lingo it's called "argumentum ad hominem". If you can't defend your position (or if you don't have a position), attack your opponent...

    I'm waiting for her to accidentally call him "Osama".

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. nick Sumpter

    well first off sarah palin is a no brain milf who doesnt know half the stuff she's talking about and to say that about obama is wrong. lets talk about sarah palin first off at the debate she could get the name of the army general right. second she didnt answer the question about what is her achilles heel i doubt if she knows what it means. third her and mccain are like the ghost and the crypt keeper she hasnt gotten to know anything about mccains plan, but she is calling out obama and biden on there plans to boost there economy.then lets take a look at her family an unwed teenage daughter who is pregnant and be forced to marry the guy no matter what the daughter says; i bet when they lose the election they wont get married anytime soon. but let OBAMA have had a teenage daughter who was pregnant there would of been a national uproar he's not fit to be president then mccain mccain talks about hes a war hero no you're not cause you got caught what heroic things did you do. your patriotic and brave for serving but lets be serious your not a hero.colin powell hero mccain not what medals do you have. im only 20yrs old and i can read between the lines of McCains crap. stop the drama vote oboma

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Sara

    Palin proves her absence of knowledge, intelligence and substance every time she opens her mouth. All of the above make her one dangerous candidate. The more she talks, the more idiotic she sounds.

    America is a great country. KEEP YOUR STANDARDS HIGH, PEOPLE!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Ron

    So...McCain and Palin are no different than Bush. They resort to "swift boat" ads when they're losing. Sarah should go back to Alaska and let the legislature finish their "troopergate" probe. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!! I have so little regard for republicans right now, I could not see myself voting for them for a long, long time.

    I hope America will not fall for the same old fear mongering. I hope Sarah will go back to Alaska, and hopefully never be heard from again.

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. ken

    i am growing weary of the attempts to win office at any expense- – whether financial or based on smearing and spreading false claims. These people...McCain and Palin...will stop at nothing to secure their own destiny. It is not about restoring honor, trust, dignity and leadership in our institutions. It is only greed and power and as an American I am ashamed of these people.

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Scott

    Palin is pathetic. Her nomination as vice-president is a national tragedy. Of all the more qualified candidates McCain picks this nitwit. The scary part is the 30% of the population that thinks she is qualified for the job. Being mayor of a town that has a population less than 7000, and a governor of a state with 650,000 people is not a good qualification for VP. She runs a state I might add, with the highest high school dropout rate, lowest college enrollments, highest suicide rates, highest rape rates, worst conservation record, least ethnically diverse, one of the lowest levels of individual annual incomes, and the list goes on. How anyone can think this woman is qualified to be more than a 7-11 manager is beyond me. She is no reformer. She gets millions of $$ of earmarks for her state and turns around and says she doesn't. She was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, she is one of the biggest Oil supporters there is, she is so socially conservative she makes Bush look like Carter, and true to form she spews offensive rhetoric every chance she gets. As evidence by the debate she has no grasp on the consitutionally explicit definition of the job of VP. For crying out loud she has a BA in communications not history, law or political science. Wake up people.

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. USA in 08


    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. mike

    sorry McCain

    October 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. WI Voter

    Palin's comments make me want to puke. Unprofessional distortions.

    Obama-Biden 08!

    October 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. liz, from MO

    I have noticed that usually my comments stay in moderation for a 'very long' time especially if I post on CNN. I am keeping close eye on this one!

    October 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Jerry Jiang

    I used to incline to republicans. However, so many of them have become shameless liers. They dare to call white black, or the other way aroung, right in front of camera. McCain is no difference. Palin is just a joke.

    October 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. disbelief

    And so since CNN reported it this way... and BO denies denies denies... we're supposed to believe YOUR side of the story? No way, No more, uh uh.. you guys are afraid to report anything real these days. You guys are on your way OUT.

    October 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. The Fall of Troy

    Shameless! I used to admire John McCain as a man of honor and integrity. At least he was 8 years ago when he ran against George Bush. Sadly, he has morphed into a completely unprincipaled man who will say anything, regardless of the truth, in order to get elected. He is truly dragging the level of discourse down.

    October 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. jane in Columbus,ks

    Am I the only voter who finds this typical Repug type of negative campaigning to be offensive? Their are so many issues needing to be dealt with in our great country right now and the repugs are so low, and continuing to sink, that is this their only answer. Yes indeed we get it you alone are the master of the swift boating style but I have never read, seen, nor heard that swift boating accomplishes effective problem solving which is what Obama/Biden offer for the greater good. You sir and madam, and trust me I use those terms in the most sarcastic tone available to me, have nothing to bring to the table, refuse to answer even the simplest of questions and offer 4 more years of same old same old and much likely worse.Crawl back under the rocks like the rattlesnakes in the Az high country you both are and allow true statesmen to step forth and lead us out of the dark ages of the past 8 very long years.

    October 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Anna

    The more desperate and nasty that McCain and Palin get, the more solidly we know that we are heading in the right direction – away from their snarling, rabid campaign toward a better America. I can not wait for the relief from this nasty Republican campaign tactics. But, be vigilante against their cheating at the polls. They will try that again too in a final desperate flail for power.

    October 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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