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. Brian

    Since the gloves are off, think Manchurain Candidate

    October 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Soccor Mom

    Palin is a fundamentalist, an extremist, manipulative, petty, and downright mean! She doesn' have facts or has any experience. She doesn't believe in American values and wants to remove certain books from libraries (respect our Constitution) and charges women who are raped for their examination kits (awful human being)! Stop the lies!

    We have real issues and real problems oversees and on American soil. Stop distracting the American people and building wedges between the citizens.

    Obama was 8 years old child when Ayers and the Weatherman group were active. Obama and Ayers were members of an anti-poverty board between 1999 and 2002 and Ayers contributed $200 to Obama's re-election fund. THAT IS THEIR ONLY CONNECTION.

    But I am not surprised she is confused as she tends to be when she can't process facts or the truth! Why doesn't she ask McCain why he supported deregulation and continued to support the greed by supporting the tax cuts for the rich – these failed policies that have put America two steps away from financial bankruptcy. Oh and where is the maverick now – the bail out was supposed to be $700 billion and suddenly it's $840 billion due to the GOP's pork that they added on.

    October 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. reality

    try 2:
    The McCain campaign should be ashamed of themselves. This after he promised a dignified campaign void of such personal attacks.

    This is another reason people should not vote for McCain. He has no morals anymore. He'll sink to any level to win. We don't want any leader with such low moral standards.

    Shame on Sara Palin!!.. Shame on McCain. Shame on the people who vote for them !!

    October 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Bob from Florida

    Seems to me what we're looking at here with the Republican candidates running for office is precisely what we'll end up with if in fact they are elected into office – 4 more years of an adminstration blaming the Democrats for a failed economic policy and a failed foreign policy. Personally I'm ready to have someone in the white house who is more intelligent than the average Joe six-pack – someone who is capable of understanding the problems this country faces and is capable of not only recognizing, but also backing the people who are capable of fixing them. I don't think either John McCain nor Sarah Palin fit into that catagory. I'm afraid I'm going to have to go with the Obama/Biden ticket this time around.

    October 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. auggie

    the only thing we need to fear in this election is mccain -palin.

    October 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Doug Blackman

    Stupid. Vicious. Contemptible. Is there no insult that this dim-wit and her keepers will not perpetrate?

    That anyone in this country fails to see through her vindictive, hateful, petty, small-minded golly-shucks veneer is disheartening and terrifying.

    If Bush had the rest of the world scratching their heads, Palin would have them rolling in the aisles.

    October 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Missouri Mom

    Palin is a national disgrace! I am so sick of her folksy idiotic slang and her complete ignorance on major issues I am ready to donate the max to the Obama camp!

    October 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Sick of McSame and his idiot sidekick

    They are racist idiots. End of story. Sarah Palin is such a joke, and McCain is old as dirt. Keep the trailer trash out of the White House.

    October 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Deb, Allentown,PA

    One more thing.

    McCain was accused of taking bribes in the Keating 5 case, but charges were dropped.

    Ayers was accused of the bombings but charges were dropped. Yet the McCain/Palin campaign act as though he was proven guilty.

    So by their logic, either both McCain and Ayers are guilty, or neither are.

    Do they really want to go there?

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Judy

    Enough with Ayers already. Palin criticized Biden during the debates for looking back instead of looking forward (remember her "say it isn't so Joe" remarks), yet that's what she's doing here. I think that terror comes in many forms and the thought of McCain-Palin running the country terrorizes me. Who thought there could be anyone worse than Bush-Cheney?

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Nancy, CA

    So now as they approach the end of their campaign, McCain and Palin still have nothing left to tell us but lies!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. George Neely

    This is as low as it gets! McCain and Palin have shown themselves to be beyond contemptible with comments like this. County First – no way! You two put your campaign before anything, and you just proved it. Hey Palin, you want to put your country first, resign!

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Dan

    i wouldnt wanna see Palin with power , but its ur desicion 😛

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Art

    After her big night of reading cue cards, it looks like Palin and her clueless and unstable running mate are getting desperate and heading for the gutter, or should I say, circling the drain.These people have nothing useful to say – their mode is to simply attack and then wrap themselves in the American flag with their usual words of "surge", "surrender". For all his talk about being a maverick, McCain is very much like Bush – they both seem to have an IQ of about 90.

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Andrew

    The kitchen sinks are now coming. It's desperation time for Team McCain!

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. For Obama more than ever

    It is shameful and is not winnin me over that's for sure. This is basically saying, e've run out of ideas and are willing to go as low as the worst forums on the internet. Using fear tactics and lies. So far that is the only thing McCain/Palin have conviced me f. They lie and they try to make people afraid. Same as Bush and Chaney.

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. David P

    Klondike Barbie is baring her manicured claws. She must love to hear her own shrill voice: it's like fingernails filing on a chalkboard.

    "Golly gee, campaignin sure is fun, don'tya know! Man, when will the talent portion of the show start? I just can't wait to display my superior seal clubbing form!"

    Too bad she doesn't realize that she is a pawn with an extra x chromosome being manipulated by McCain. In the end, though, we, the public, will bear the short end of the stick. When this ticket crashes and burns (woohoo!!), Schmidt and Davis will move to throw McCain under the bus (justifiably so, however) in order to preserve their "fair haired" girl. We haven't seen the last of the pig on a lipstick. The neocons have found their new image.

    Klondike Barbie won't spoil my inauguration celebration, though. GOBAMA!

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. S

    Oh don't forget the being blessed by a Kenyan Witch Doctor, believing in the end of the world and the lobbyist connections. OH WAIT....THAT'S SARAH PALIN!

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Fran

    Say it isn't so Sarah......there you go again, going backwards!!!

    Good grief, you are the pits!!

    obama/biden 08

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Chuck H

    What about Phalin's radical terrorist supporter husband?
    Wasn't he in a group that wanted to secede from the United States?

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. RJ

    McCain changed the call sign of his bus from "straight talk express" to "gutter express".

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Wil


    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Shannon

    So Obama supporters condone bombing government buildings. Good to know, tell me is murder ok, how about rape and torture. What is wrong with you people. Tell me, what isn't true about this statement, the man bombed buildings, he is a terrorist!

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Janice Hough

    And she knows this how? Because she keeps watch on terrorists from her house?

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. JoeOhio

    If this is the "honorable" campaign that McCain promised, I shudder to imagine what his "not so honorable" campaign would look like.

    October 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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