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. LongV

    We American know better than that, the world is not the same ever since 9/11 of 2001, and it is getting worse not because we are not doing a good job to protect ourselves, but the radical terrorists are working hard to bring down democracy and freedom throughout the human race. It is a dangerous time for any amateur on-the-job-training commander-in-chief, without a solid record of defending our nation on the front line.

    October 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Tammy in Idaho

    It just makes me ill that the Republican's are going to take this election to the gutter and not stay on the issues in this country. Our country needs leadership. We have tough times ahead and instead of trying to win on the issues that matter to American's they will drag us all through the mud to get to a position of power. Disgusting!!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Truth-Teller in Colorado

    Republicans, your policy is lies after lies after lies after lies after lies after lies after lies after lies...

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Turn Off

    Sara is beyond being cute with these type of statements, it puts her into gutter politics and we all know the type of woman that flounders for attention in the gutter. It is know time to turn Sara off by ignoring her.

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Smartvoter

    Has Palin done any research on Mr. Ayers.
    1. The Weather Underground never killed anyone, while they did cause much damage, no one was killed during their bombings
    2. It happened after 1968 when after RFK was shot, their was no one in the election to represent anti-war people. People were being suppressed for saying their opinion
    While they were wrong, it appeared to them that SDS(Students for a democratic society) non-violence wasn't working. While their actions were wrong, what they were protesting against was right.
    3. If he wants to mention acts that happened years ago, Then why has the Keating five been brought up.
    4. Ayers gave only $200 to the Obama campaign, $1 less and it wouldn't have been reported
    If she wants bring Ayers up, She should have researched the facts and if sure wants to bring up history. Keating 5 will come up on McBush.

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Steve

    Wasn`t it the McCain camp that accused The New York Times just two weeks ago for being "an Obama advocacy organization"?

    Maybe McCain should ask himself why Palin was attending a meeting with AIP(Alaska Independence Party) a couple years ago.I guess it`s time for McCain to change his slogan from "Country ¨First" to "Alaska First".

    McCain is conceding Michigan to Obama.He`s down in the polls.It`s obvious that he will do everything to win this election with flat out lies and fear mongering.

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |

    ANOTHER ATTEMPT from McCain CAMP to take our EYES off the REAL ISSUES of our economy and THIS high bail out bill that was caused by McCain and his history of VOTING with BUSH. Will someone tell this LATE and DUMB woman that this has ALREADY been news and if this is the only thing that are going to do is RETURN to the same TACTICS that were USED before she WAS used, then she is the fool, NOT the American VOTERS. What she needs to EXPLAIN to the American voters is what kind of witches and warlocks did HER pastor remove from her evil body? She also needs to tell us why the Republicans thinks her and her husband should continue to BRAKE the LAW in Alaska after a Superior JUDGE stated that the CASE would be heard on OCT. 10 th. Just because she perform 20% out of 100% during her debate with Biden, DOES not make us forget the SAD and SORRY interviews she has GIVEN.

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Venkatarama Krishnan

    I am appalled at the vituperous attack on Senator Obama by Governor Palin by asociating him with terrorist organization when he was 7 years old!! This is the usual Republican trick. When Dukakis ran for president the Republican elder Bush concocted a Willie Horton story saying that he was soft on crime. When Kerry ran the younger Bush concocted a swift boat attack on him. Is this the way the Republicans run a campaign?

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. The McCheney Report

    " For God's sake, you must divert to another track now!" yelled the sweaty dispatcher Joe. He continued to say " There is a bridge ahead that leads to nowhere!".

    The conductor responded "My name is John, I say we stay the course. This is the same course that my best friend George told me to take."

    An image of old man appeared from nowhere and whispered in the conductor's ear. "My name is Dick. Just stay the course John, I' m sure you can make it." The left eye of this man winked as he continued to say " I know the builder of that bridge and it is safe."

    Weeks later after the crash a young inspector wearing a blue trench coat came to my office. He said to just call him Barry. He told me that he had completed his investigation of a train wreck that happened weeks earlier. He said " I know who built that bridge....that famous bridge to nowhere." He reached inside his coat and pulled out a very thick envelope and gave it to me. I quickly opened the envelope and pulled out the contents. My eyes dropped with sadness as I saw the name of that bridge builder.

    The Palin Constuction Company

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. LC

    Is that the best she can do? If he was a terrorist I don't think he would be walking the streets today.

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. 60 YO white female , Springfield, VA

    No matter what "Unstable Mc Cain" and "Unable Palin" say, I will never vote for those clowns!
    OBAMA 08 !!

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Jon

    Here they come, right on que. The republican ticket starts firing slanderous/meaningless personal attacks against the democratic candidate in an attempt to move the focus off the issues... issues that do not serve the republicans well, especially after the 7+ years of ineptitude we saw from the current republican administration. Though we are not better off after those 7+ years, hopefully we are the wiser for it and do not fall for these cheap shots again!

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Shirley-Ohio

    Comments like these make her a very very ugly person and if she plans on running for president one day people will not vote for her Republicans, Democrates or women. Palin you got mud on your face, you look disgraced somebody going to put you in your place. McCain and Bush is more of the same. Palin needs to take that bridge to nowhere home, her fame and for that matter fortune has run out.

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Greg FL.

    This is a slippery slope Palin and Mccain are heading down. The Keating 5 comes to mind. Palin's own questionable ties to witch hunters, seccesionists and her ethics investigation all will be fair game. It has become obvious McCain can't win on the merits of his campaign, so it's smear time.

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. A dog barks in berkley round

    Sarah really shines in the gutter.Maybe she can drive the warlocks and witches out of D.C.I bet Jesus would be so proud of her now.

    October 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. BJS

    How sad the McCain/Palin campagin has become. This women is one clown shy of a circus as it is, and has helped turn the Republican side into a circus. I was once a strong republican, but thank you McCain I can no longer have respect for what you have become. Your running mate has made me think twice about you and your mind set, and this sort of mud slinging has proved your desperate and I refuse to become desperate with you – YOU BETCHA – WINK WINK

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. mel

    Another hail mary! Won't work....

    Obama 08

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. ash

    God I love Sarah! Finally someone with the guts to tell the American people the real truth about Barack Hussein Obama. Sure can't count on the left-wing media to do their jobs....

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Dan

    Look how Presidential Obama is!

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Who??? Oh,I had just forgotten about her..

    I was with 18,000 people in Newport News, Virginia today, trying to see a glimpse of Obama.

    Palin is a pretty face telling everyone what everyone has already heard.

    Using fear, only this time with lipstick, isn't going to keep working.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Ba"Rock" the Vote!!

    Last act of a desperate campaign

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Desperate mud-slinging

    If the best you can do is guilt-by-4-degrees-of-separation you must be pretty desperate.


    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Les Blain

    The choir that the Governor is preaching to will swallow this without question. Obama supporters will see it as the desperation that it is. Independents, whom I like to think of as "thinking Americans" hopefully see these as the words of a campaiagn that has nothing else to say, no new ideas. A pointless, meanspirited and shameless attack.

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Wayne

    so now palin is a swiftboater....hardly surprising since she is comfortable with playing very loose with the truth....and since their campaign has been so pathetically thin on issues and substance..this just makes them exposed for what they are...just another bush/cheney/rove bunch...

    so next i guess they'll be pointing out that ...gasp...obama is black...

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Mark

    GOP is now completly pathetic.

    Nothing left to do but grasp for straws and attack Obama's chartacter. Too bad they don't have any real ideals on how to move this country forward.

    October 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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