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. x hillary supporter

    I just heard it said that obama camp said what Gov. Palin said is offensive, I have researched obama's connection to Ayers and found it to be true, It is offensive to me that this is not front and center in the media. The American people want to know the truth.

    October 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Donald, Canton, NC

    Well, here with go.

    The victim of George Bush and Karl Rove's onslaught to win the Republican nomination in 2002 and subsequent "swift-boating" of Kerry in 2004 is now rearing its head.

    October 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Cathy Agu

    Shame on you Palin...I guess your christain beliefs does not extend to telling the truth.

    You are a desperate woman. You know you have lost it ALL. Including your governnoeship...This is the ultimate LIE to no where.

    October 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Snapper

    She should have said terrorists "pal" around with Obama, he is the top dog after all.

    October 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Mary M

    Palin and McCain should crawl back in the gutter where they came from. The idea that Barack is dangerous is laughable. Palin and McCain scare me like crazy. They are just scared of somebody who is bright and gives us hope after a couple of thugs. Rapid dogs should be put down.

    October 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. John

    The McCain/Palin ticket has no good ideas and no plan for this country. More war and more lost jobs. I find Palin to be offensive and condescending. Americans have had enough of these distractions. This kind of politics is how we go Bush/Cheney. You like Bush/Cheney? Then vote McCain/Palin. She's Cheney in a dress.

    October 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. lily

    These lies are insulting to anyone, republican, democrat, independant, americans hopefully are smart enough to see through
    this disgusting tactic.

    October 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. no mcshames

    I'm waiting for the unraveling of this party to slip racist remarks, any day now........... they sure aren't winning any New votes.

    October 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Is Obama under any investigation? NO!

    Sarah Palin can't say that!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. john

    It is true. He may have denounced Ayers for political convenience but the fact of the matter is Obama is friends with Ayers. Just as Obama denounced Jeramiah Wright who is an anti american radical, Barack Hussein Obama sat in his church and agreed with him for 20 years. Obama is truly a Castro type socialist who blames America first for everything.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Glenn Dyer

    I expect to see more of this kind of attack from McCain/Palin as election day draws nearer. Predictably, rather than have an intelligent discussion about real issues, the Republican ticket will escalate their personal attacks on Obama hoping voters will be distracted. This tactic worked in the 2 previous elections. I hope this year, American voters will see through this gambit and instead cast their ballot for the ticket capable of leading, and not elect those who rely on political gimmickry and outright lies to win the White House.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Mike D.

    John McCain's "friends" bankrupted America, and they have the nerve to say Obama's distant connections are bad. So pathetic.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. a true american

    I hope the rest of america is as sick of the tearing down of another american at their own personal gains. The america i was born in was built on principals that you compete fairly, if you loose, then you do so with the utmost integrity intact. Mcain/Palin trying to smear a fellow american while not just americans watch, but the entire world watches is truely "unpatriotic". How can we expect other nation to follow our lead if we cheat, and lie?

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |


    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Trysh in Los Angeles

    The Wright ads didn't work last week, so now they are trying this again. We've all seen this; don't they have anything new?

    This is getting sillierer and sillierer.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Just Human

    April, I like your style!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Sean

    Well here comes the outrageous claims and accusations of October politics. Its pretty much all the McCain camp has so they are going to try to play petty politics while Obama talks about real issues like the economy and health care. Up to you which is more important.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. JT

    McCain/Palin campaign ticket is really getting desperate about trying to get their polls numbers up. Palin just need to be happy that she was able to memorized the script that the McCain campaign coached her on real well. For her sake and her campaign ticket, I hope that well coached debate for her don't go to her head.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. JDS

    How low Palin and McCain will go to try upsetting Obama's drive to the White House..
    Mc and P ,We are certain that the anerican people will send you back where you belong.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    palin makes me sick

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Nick

    I am buying a ticket for Palin to go back to Alaska 5weeks in advance!

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Petunia

    The sniping hockey mom has no game. This isn't an issue.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Francis, Hawaii

    It's sad the Palin is trying to belittle Obama as much as she can and at the same time telling everyone about herself being so great! Why does she not give the media a chance to ask her questions freely instead of saying she will answer only at what she wants to say. Don't want someone who is not honest and someone who is so manipulative and misleading.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. CE

    Swiftboat Sarah...

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Dia, Dayton, Ohio

    What is she talking about? What about her husband who was once a secessionist? They are desperate to change topic. They could talik about polar bears, because personal attacks won't do this time.

    October 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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