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. CR

    This is pathetic and reputable organizations like CNN should not resort to publishing such garbage. THIS IS ABOUT ISSUES!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. D

    palin needs to shut up. the debate the other night showed her incompetence. When asked a question she did not know she decided to talk about energy. She is an idiot. She did not fool us. they will not fool us with this crap either. Talk about the issues and tell the people what you can do for them instead of attacking, Mccain is an old man who has lost his honor and palin is an idiot, what a ticket.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. laurence

    Oh HELL! She ain't worth it... Just another republican friday night girl.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Florida Democrat

    People dont have to wait till republicans come into the whitehouse to lie to them and deceive them like the Bush administration did. The republican are doing it on their way to the whitehouse. And the funny thing is many people who dont want to vote for Obama for the silliest of reasons are trying to believe what McCain and Palin are saying against him.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. CW

    What else would one expect from a desperate campaign? They continue to lose ground and, instead of campaigning on issues that really affect all of us, they resort to dirty tactics, counting on the stupidity of the american public. Do they really think that we are all sheep who blindly believe what they say? I for one check out everything that I read or hear from both campaigns and then make my decision. I am insulted that they continue to bombard us with non-issues that are no longer relevant. What a waste of their, and our time, but if they wish to continue on the downward slope they're on, more power to them.

    Obama/Biden O8

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    McCain/Palin can not win fairly so now they are going to fight dirty. It will back fire and will make people vote for Obama. Didn't Clinton try this tactic
    & look what happened to her. Macain/Palin really need to quit stealing everyones material. Palin is the most disquailified person for vice president she can't even answer questions posed to her in interviews or in debates. They better not win because if they do next is World War 111.
    The reason Palin cited that article because she didn't read it, I guess she doesn't read much.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Mike O'Brien

    Is this lady 'nuts' ? Sometimes, I think that Sarah Palin lives in a 'fastasy world'. When 'reality' sets in, today, tomorrow or a week from now.., with Thursday nights 'debate' and previous 'interviews' and this lastest comment.., Sarah Palin is "not" ready for prime-time or to be Vice-President or President. Sarah Palin is way over her head and 'out of her league'. Senator Joe Biden, Charles Gibson and Katie Couric proved that. The best thing for the Democratic Party is Sarah Palin. Mike in Montana

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Mary

    It is truly a pathetic state of mind when the economy is crashing in a downward spiral for anyone to pay any attention to such smear tactic speeches. You should really really care if you can afford to stay in your homes, keep your jobs and put food on the table.Take my words, You are not insulated.The economy will get worse before it gets better.It is a global problem.Just take a look at Europe with the banking system and the bailouts taken by their governments.Over 150,000 jobs lost in September in USA.Does it not scare you? The economy should be the priority number one issue just like it is in Canada. We have our election October 14th and economy tops the agenda and you should too.Without the economy we are truly busted.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Alexandra

    She's back on her high horse again since she came back from speech bootcamp–after her disastrous interviews with Katie Couric. If I were Obama I'd sue her for those comments-Let her continue with her negative comments it's just going to work against McCain.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. corydig

    Sarah Palin is 100% correct. He has ties with terrorist and they also contribute millions to him. Please wake-up and see Hussein Obama as a left-wing & inexperienced anti-american fool who will destroy this country.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Dana in Maryland

    I guess the lipstick is off and we're left with the Pit Bull. It's about all she's good for. Just keep her away from my kids. Gov. Palin makes Bush look like Einstein, and that ain't good.

    One word for the McCain Campaign, LAME. Anyone noticed lately, but McCain is looking older every day. (Gettin' meaner too)

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Al

    McCain and Palin are an embarresment. Don't they have anything better to do with all that's wrong in our country today. Obama was 8 years old when the 'Weathermen' did this....Makes me wonder. I guess we'll have to start examining Mrs. Palin's role with the Alaska Independence Party that recommends, among other things, that Alaska should succeed from the United States. That's really putting 'Country First',...just not the United States of America.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. idiots for McPalin

    Please play the Palin witch craft youtube video. She is protected way too much, and quite honestly she did such a bad job during the debate, she gets a D for her performance.

    October 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Brian Thompson


    Lets not forget all the rightwing religious zealots out there who spew hate, who claimed that


    "Hurricane Katrina was an act of God to persucute the homosecuals who were going to have a parade"

    And guess who all those rightwing fanatical evangelicals are the very people who support McCain Palin. They spew hate for people not like them, then rail at the government. This is McCain's base.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the nyt article, please take a look at the link below....the worst kind of people the mcpiglin campaign.....no more mr. nice guy with the slime ball sarah


    and don't forget to google:

    Alaskan Independence Party.......Palins belonged.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. inuk of the north

    William Ayers' idea of change was to blow up establishment buildings. He used the slogan 'need for change now or we'll blow you up'.

    This has since been shortened to 'need for change'.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. elaine

    So Sarah Palin accuses Barack of "palling around with terrorists." What's her explanation of the fact her husband was a card carrying member of the Alaska Independence Party, a group that allegedly advocated secession from the rest of the United States. How is that patriotic? Oh wait, take millions of dollars in earmarks from the very citizens that you're trying to distance yourself from. Way to go Sarah. I guess after the scripted talking points you regurgitated at the debate on Thursday, it's back to the same old nonsense. I don't think you can work your way out of this one with a wink and a smile, which by the way was really cheesy I think to everyone except for that dude from the National Review. You ain't no Ronald Regan

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Brandon

    Palin and McCain are low lifes.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. kc wisconsin

    Clearly they must not have telivision or papers in alaska, I believe hilllary tried the ayers and rev wright stories and see how well that worked for her. Also I would not toot my horn too loudly if I was Palin considering she is still under investigation for ethics abuse not to mention if average joe ignored a subpeona his 6 pack would be headed to jail for contempt.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Colin

    Just when we all think Palin isn't just like the others in DC, she's obviously changing under the political pressure of John McCain. It's a bit of a shame, for once I thought we would have a cool VP.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. megan

    It's sad to see this sort of thing because many people are unwilling to learn the truth and will always be willing to believe the worst about Obama.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. j

    How can Sarah Palin think of herself as a Christian and repeat such untrue remarks? I am thankful that she is not a member of my church.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    FEAR FEAR FEAR. This is all the Republicans know. Who else is tired of being afraid???

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Claudia - Eugene, Oregon

    Sarah's statement is dispicable. It would be very depressing if there is anyone in America who gives any credence to this outrageous lie.

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Louis

    Palin neeeds to go back to Alaska to taking care of her down syndrome child...Not this time.....We heard that during the primary it did not work and it will not work.....You have a lot to deal with, an unmarried pregnant teenage daughter. Besides, let the whole know who you are? You cheat on your husband... I betcha your kids are not even his child because you are a town girl............. GO TO YOUR BRIDGE TO NOWHERW....

    October 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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