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. Rave

    Palin says she can see Russia from her home. I have a strong feeling that she has ties with KBG.
    That is how ridiculouse her loose comments about Obama are.
    Grow Up, Grow Up, Grow Up...

    October 4, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. garry albrecht

    Palin is just desperate with this last outburst. It is typically of someone who can not answer a direct question from a debate moderator. She spins her own spin instead of some solid fact.

    I hope the American folks are smarter then her.

    October 4, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Victor

    Ok let's reveal who wants to be America's next Second (or even first) dude – Todd Palin". Go to Wikipedia and you'll read this "Palin first registered to vote in 1989. From 1995 to 2002 he was registered to vote as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party.[11] In late August 2008, The Politico reported that Palin was registered to vote as an independent ("undeclared"), and had never registered as a Republican.[12] In early September 2008, a spokesman for John McCain said Palin was now a registered Republican. AIP wants Alaska to seceed from the USA!!!

    Also he decided not to go to college cos he needed all those years planning how to elope with Sarah Palin after graduating from Wasilla High. So our NEXT first dude holds only a high school diploma!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Todd

    I find it interesting that when the NY times reports a negative story about the McCain campaign (rick davis' $15,000 a month payments from fannie mae), the McCain campaign says that the NY Times is no longer a legitimate news organization and is in the tank for Obama. However, when they report something about Obama (which isn't even negative if you read the article) the McCain campaign quotes it as proof that Obama supports terrorists. Which is it.. legitimate news or the "liberal media"

    October 4, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Steven Jensen

    It's official: The McCain/Palin campaign is done. Palin's comments are not the cause - the final straw has been the Wall Street crisis - but they are clear evidence that this election is all but over. As a loyal Republican, I'll still be voting for McCain, but I can see now that my vote will be in vain.

    October 4, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I send comments but they are seldom posted.

    I would like to see OTHER candidates written up in poltics at CNN. I am so dang tired of Sarah Palin I could puke.

    She is unintelligent, uneducated, uninspiring, unimportant.

    Someone needs to tell Silly Sarah that she is NOT running for president.

    McCain's legacy is going to be Sarah Palin, not much more.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Lisa, MD


    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. AJ in Fla

    hit him hard Lady...!!! he is an impostor

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. tatanka

    Do you know what I can't believe? There will be some complete dumb butts out there will think this out and out lie is the gospel just be cause the idiot palin espoused this trash. This has to be the most underhanded decitfull gutter tacticts I have ever seen This absolutly makes me livid This just turns my stomach There are some things I would like to put here but I know they would not be posted.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Lone Wolf

    Hey "Scare-ah" -

    Why don't you demonstrate some of that bi-partisanship you were promising in the debate and cooperate with the Alaska legislature regarding Trooper Gate? If you are truly innocent, you have nothing to hide.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Brenda R. Harris

    Ms. Palin is a christain "right"? .then why is she telling false hood against another human being . She needs to practice what she preaches.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Betsy

    She is trash. Send her back to Alaska. What a bubblehead and McClain along with her. Do they think playing dirty is going to get them in the White House??? What losers!

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. b. Krause

    And Palin pals around with anti-Semites (her preachers) and the ultimate terrorists, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Come on, why do you even report such stuff?

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Jimi NY

    I think Palin is a terrorist because her state is right next to Russia. I think her and Putin "rear" their little heads from time to time to plot the takeover of Canada. The "Bridge to Nowhere" was actually going to be a bridge to Russia.
    Watch out, America. You also know that Russia is allies with Cuba, so that means she is a friend to Fidel Castro, too, and supports his regime.
    I wouldn't be surprised if Bin Laden was hiding in the mountains of Alaska with a six pack and a hockey stick and the "first dude" as his poker partner.

    This is a REAL MORON!!!! But what really scares me is that there are people in this country that agree with her. I can see some of these folks sitting around the kitchen table tonight going, "I know he was a terrorist with the name Hussein!"
    I cannot believe the crap that comes out of her mouth! This is ridiculous. Next she say Obama was abducted by aliens from outer space and he wants to take over the world.




    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. FormerAlaskanFemale

    Eat her alive Tina Fey!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Donna

    Very tacky remarks but expected of the McCane folk!! Palin is just falling in line with their attacks as she was trained to do...she probably didn't even know about Ayers until she was prepped on what to say...

    Ignorance at its best................

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Ohioan

    McShameless and Screech are desperate. Look for more smear and slander, even as Screech tries to evade her own ethical problems in Alaska.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. SeattleVoter

    Sarah Palin has proven beyond a shadow of any doubt she is not only unfit to represent our great country in any capacity, but she will say or do anything to drag the republican party further in the mud. Ever since the VP debate where she received a false sense of confidence she has been spouting off ridiculous statements. Sarah Palin should simply stop talking because she is speaking complete nonsense. I'm beginning to believe that she was selected as McCain's running mate not to earn the support from female voters but those who are uneducated or slow. Most people with any common sense can see she is worthless and couldn't put more than one coherant sentence together without the McCain campaign telling her what to say. God forbid if Mccain is elected president and dies before the end of his first term. She can't wink or flirt her way out of alienating the United States from the rest of the world.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Kat

    I guess as long as we can keep calling everything the Republicans say "racism" we might be able to scare them into silence.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Montana liberal

    char -

    Right on!!! The hypocrisy of the McCain-Palin ticket knows no limit. McCain-Palin putting country first, what a croc . . . they'll say/do anything to get elected!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Amen Char

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. candace

    Obama isn't responsible for what others say. If people are responsible for other people behavior then McCain is responsible for the actions that Bush. Obama is good for the country and the reason why people refuse to see it is because he is BLACK that is the reason. People are afraid that a black man can build back this country better than any white man. Palin lacks the experience, but I guess no one says that because she is white instead they say she is one of them. And you call Obama Racist.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Nina

    McCain and Palin are pitful, they are going to lose this race. We the american people know you are telling lies, because you can not win this race. So they come out with information that was already fact checked. What a dummy (Palin). She needs to re-educate herself. I have no respect for her, I thought she had it going on but she is really stupid. Go back to college and get a real degree.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. julie in fl

    Palin and McCain are pathetic. This pathetic attempt of taking Obama down is childish and is not helping my America economy problems! It don't help me at the gas pump! no substance! McCain has switched his stance on nearly every position for the betterment of his campaign. Palin is not like me and I don't find her smart....she is just someone that can remember to read one liners.

    October 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. W Virginia

    All I can say is "THANK YOU" Char, you hit the nail on the head.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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