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. Pat

    Here we go again. Bush=McShane=Palin=swift boat politics.

    October 4, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. VoteObama

    It's comments like these that turn an intellectual conversation about issues into biased and inaccurate rants and raves.

    If Palin is really up to the job, she should play hardball rather than say the media is being unfair to her ("what news publications do you read" is NOT a trick question).

    What ever happened to "attack the ideas, not the person"??

    October 4, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. NMAPhiDelt484



    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Life is not fair...No lying is not fair!

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Darryl

    An Alaska judge has refused to block the state investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan this summer. Attorneys argued over the proposed temporary restraining order to block the Legislature's investigation on Thursday.

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. john

    She is 100% correct. Obama has character issues

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Billy Bob Thurton

    The train has left the station "folks", the election is ovr and the American people finally opened their eyes to see the McCain for what he is: Selfish, greedy, corrupt beltway politician.

    I do expect new lows coming from McCain camp, since they have got nothing left in the ammo dump, now that the real McCain is revealed. Palin choice shows nothing but a reckless "hail Mary" from McCain, who is NOT a republican by any means or stretch of imagination.

    Why is it that not a single article has been written about McCain's involvement in the Keating 5 scandal, same as the one today, where he actually took mobey from embezzlers and was censured by Congress for "inappropriate behavior". Is there media self-imposed a gag order on it?

    What I am mostly surprised is the press "non-coverage" of McCain's womanizing and philandering in DC for the last 20 years. It is talked about in every circle within the beltway but the press is "mum" about it. He has hit on every attractive woman in every party he has been to, including tasteless proposals and groping the wives of his colleagues. Why?


    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Sarah

    This is beyond pathetic. The right-wingers have totally proven our point.

    You have nothing ... NOTHING that you can defend McCain or Palin about. Not one shred of evidence that either one is anything more than a total loser.

    Hey, I bet that once in the 1980's Obama took a leak at a urinal right next to a guy who had a criminal record. Let's bash the media for not covering it! Let's make some completely asinine argument that Obama is now a criminal because he stood next to this guy for 30 seconds.

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Andrew

    This doesn't surprise me. I am sure we will hear more offensive personal attacks from the McCain campaign as November 4tj gets closer. The polls aren't going well for McCain.

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Suhale

    This lady is not only dumb but she is extremely dangerous. Just because she did not make a fool of herself (as usual) in her debate, she thinks she is the savior of the American people. This right wing nut case is extremely dangerous for this country, because she has the combinmation of 3 charcteristics which makes her very toxic, dumb, ignorant and power hungry.
    Even God canot help America if we give power to the Republican party for another four more years.

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Women for Obama

    Palin you stupid woman , Obama was 8yrs old when that happen, In fact the same newspaper you read that from state that Obama is not close to Bill Ayers. How dare you accuse Obama of being a terrorist. Obama have nothing to hide, I can't say the same of Palin you stop the investigation in Alaska ,you are the one that is hiding the truth from the American people, your lies will get you and McSame nowhere. So shot up and tell us the people the truth.

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Obama/Biden 08

    I never thought I would hear myself say this, but this is an all-time low, even for McCain and Palin. They should be ashamed for stating such negative and misleading statements.

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Tim

    If this is all they have left, You bums are finished!!! I think I will go donate another $30 now...

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Fed UP

    PUHLEEEZE!!! Next thing McPain/Failin will be doing is calling Obama the Antichrist!!

    ANYONE who votes for that ticket after watching that pathetic performance by Palin in the debate with Biden should have their head examined (or a labotomy).

    WAKE UP America, and smell what the Republicans are shoveling!! Can Palin answer a question, for crying out loud??

    "Oil...energy...down home...fight...drill, baby, drill...victory...win...energy..hockey..."


    This ticket isn't qualified to run a Burger King!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Charlie C

    I'm very disappointed to think that the John McCain that we respected and admired for so long has turned to this type of campaigning

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Shirley-Ohio

    Way to go Char

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. blue in a red state

    smear, fear and swiftboating, a page out of Bush, Rove, Cheney play book, but the difference is we know how they lie to win now

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. fred

    when you don't have a plan, or can't defend your policy, you attack the
    person. This will backlash on McCain. We are tired of this gargage.

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Bilal

    This isn't surprising. McCain/Palin can't win on the issues, so they have to resort to the politics of fear and hope that enough Americans fall for it (again).

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Palin starred in the movie FARGO

    If you were interviewing a person for the VP of your comapany, and she said she was qualified because she was a joe six pack hockey mom...would you hire her?

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Amy

    Trophy VP pick Palin hangs around with a war monger wacko who uses her .

    October 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Josh in Indiana

    Palin is misleading the country right now with all these false claims. GOD only knows what will happen when they get elected this year... May GOD bless America.

    October 4, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. ricardo williams

    McCain health care plans will cause more Americans to go bankrupt.

    October 4, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. PPPPPete

    After complaining of sexism, Palin falls back on the age old Republican subtle racism to suggest that Obama is not one of "us." Americans are tired of nasty personal attacks and this style of campaigning. Why doesn't Palin tell us how she will fix the economy, health care, national security (the list goes on and on)? Instead she engages in juvenile playground name-calling. America deserves much better....the choice is ours.

    October 4, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Betsy

    Ahh, so Palin is done with her debate and she thinks she did such a great job that she now has our ear. Guess again, Mrs. Palin. Enjoy your time in the national limelight. It is coming to an end.
    You failed to impress the majority of our country and now is being used by Grandpa McCain in his sleazy campaign tactics. Too bad it won't work.

    October 4, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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