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. Clark in Austin

    Honestly....all you pro McCain/Palin people... how can you take this ticket seriously. Do you live in the lies that Obama is a Muslim or just because he's black. In a time when so much is at stake, you want to listen to a woman who thinks an 8 year old .... If you look at her own religious affiliations, her own actions and beliefs.... we'd all rather you just stayed home and let the people who at least understand what's at stake here do the voting.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Aris Condrea

    Finaly we start to hear on news what we knew about Obama. Why took so long?

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Larry

    Out of all these comments only 1 moron. Now THAT'S encouraging! We knew it was coming, just surprised it took so long. The Republican party is pathetic. It's not going to work this time though, sleaze bags. Fool us once, your fault. Won't get fooled again. OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!

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

    Like I said - if you're NOT pro-Obama, you just don't get posted. And if you do - any previous post is IMMEDIATELY removed.

    CNN -Nazi party!

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

    The MCain/Palin ticket is now, as announced earlier today, engaging in desperate tactics. The citizens of our country should not tolerate such tactics. Hopefully this campaign tactic will rally the troops even more against this dishonorable and pathetic ticket. Go Obama and Biden.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Jeanie

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. It is obvious that John McCain is extremely desperate at this point in his campaign. To see him sink to this level of desperation saddens me. I used to have a great deal of respect for him, but his lack of integrity in this presidential campaign has tremendously eroded that respect. Regarding Sarah Palin, I still cannot believe that McCain chose her to be his running mate. She is uninformed, undereducated, and ill-prepared. Her credibility factor is almost nonexistent, and she simply cannot be taken seriously. She is not even close to being in the same league as Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Her nonsensical comments only strengthen Obama's chances for becoming our next president. Go Obama and Biden!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. 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 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Miles

    1. Obama barely knows the guy, and they are certainly not "pals."

    2. Obama was a little eight year old kid when Ayers was doing his thing.

    3. If Ayers is such a terrorist, then why doesn't Bush lock him up? Huh? If anyone off the street could ostensibly call Ayers up and go to McDonald's for a milkshake with the guy, then Homeland Security obviously doesn't consider him a terrorist.

    4. Sarah Palin is a radical fundamentalist idiot of the same ilk as the radicals in other countries who stoke hatred to keep themselves in power (you know, the people we call terrorists). God save us all if these nutjobs win the election.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. jay

    We already know that Governor Palin!!! But we already made up our minds. Sorry!
    Obama was 8 Years and have no personally relationship with Ayers even today...... it's all professional relationship, if any.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Diane

    I'm so glad the McCain campaign is not playing dirty politics. McCain said he would run a clean campaign and not stoop to low tricks. ....oh, that was before he picked Palin as a running mate.
    Please please America: please vote for Obama- we need someone in office that is intelligent, thoughtful, listens and speaks well, respected globally, and acts only after learning all the facts first.
    Palin's speeches show she lacks a grasp of the issues, and she resorts to dirty politics because she can't speak constructively on the issues.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Tupac

    There they go again... Swiftboating!!

    Do Republicans have anything to offer to this nation besides personal attacks? What's next Obama's not like one of us because he's a "half-breed Muslim" like the senior citizen in FL put up in his front yard.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Ethan

    Fear much?

    She tried it at the Biden debate (fear this, fear that) and Biden was twice as successful in winning new voters and undecideds. Go ahead and play your fear games, lady. You and McLoser are just digging your own political graves.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Tim

    Ditto! All please vote to keep our country safe from Palin!!!!!!

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Not this time! Not this year. We know they are desperate. The attacks will come, but this time, we will not be fooled.

    October 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Cindy

    This is what Steve Schmidt said about the NY Times on Sept. 22nd, "Whatever The New York Times once was, it is today not by any standard a journalistic organization."

    So Palin disagrees with the campaign's chief stategist? Or perhaps they didn't fill her in on this one just like they didn't tell her about the campaign pulling out of Michigan?

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. janelle

    Does Palin know she just makes herself look even more stupid by going off the deep end with stupid accusations? Keep digging Palin, little do you know you are digging the grave of the McCain/Palin ticket!

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. PulSamsara

    Palin – Americans aren't going to play your Bush/Rove fear games this time !
    You're growing Desperate and lashing out in desperation !
    Dang Gummit' Palin – you're about to LOSE !

    Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

    We wont.

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. DAStubbs

    OK, so let’s take the gloves off.

    John McCain is a traitor. He is a traitor to the American people and he is a traitor to the honor of all men and women who serve in our military. John McCain has been a traitor since the day he wrote these words:

    “I am a black criminal and I have performed the deeds of an air pirate. I almost died and the Vietnamese people saved my life, thanks to the doctors.”

    Those are the facts. Not ALL of the facts, of course, but they are the indisputable the facts I choose to use to show you that McCain is a traitor to the American people and our way of life.

    This doesn’t feel right, does it? So why do we let Gov Palin get away with saying things like “Obama pals around with terrorists”? I hope this election will prove once and for all that attack politics is the act of desperation that dooms a political campaign.

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. McCain is toast

    Too little too late hockey mom. You've got real crisis to take care of, so lay off the contrived attacks.

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Sholbo of Atlanta

    I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight…..

    * If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'
    * Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, yours is a quintessential American story........WELL SAID.

    McSame has decided to play to SEAN HANNITY play book. (It's only here in America) can that stupid , NO-COLLEGE DEGREE SEAN HANNITY can be the voice of " REPUG " COLLEGE GRADUATES. God bless America.

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. David P

    Klondike Barbie is baring her claws.

    She can't get enough of her shrill voice, don'tcha know. "Gee golly, campaignin sure is fun. When's the talent portion of the show? Can't wait to display my superior seal clubbing form!"

    Go back to Wasilla, you're too stupid to even comprehend that you're a pawn. God, this lame joke makes one long for the naive incoherence of Quayle. In the end, though, the joke will still be on us. After this ticket crashes and burns, Schmidt and Davis will throw McCain (justifiably so, however) under the bus in order to preserve their "fair haired" girl. They have "bigger" plans in store for her in the future. We haven't heard the last of this pig on a lipstick yet.

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Defining moment

    Aawww ... Say it ain't so Caribou Barbie, I betcha you and McInsane have nothing positive to offer the American People. .. Wink wink. The dog must have eaten your homework on the economy, healthcare, foreign policy, etc... Doggon' it.

    Don't worry your 15 minutes of fame will be over in like 30 days. Darn right it will ... wink wink!

    I am a maverick and I will not vote the way you want me too!

    Obama-Biden '08 & '12

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Donna

    How is the ticket that is running from an ethics investigation, talking about morality and behaviors.
    Rabid hypocrites!
    McCain/Palin: So What if Obama Was Eight in the 60's!
    I hope her church has a "Pray Away the Stupid Soon" in honor of the First Pit Bull.
    And oh yes, Joe Six Pack cannot wait until the pit bull is dog-gone!

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. terry maineiac

    Sara Palin by her own admission meets regularly with communists whenever Putin enters US airspace. She is a communist sympathizser and refuses to report any of her clandestine meetings.

    PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–

    PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.

    She is working to end the american way of life and is working towards harboring and providing safe haven to true believers.

    In June, Palin addressed graduates of a youth ministry program at that church, telling them, “It was so cool growin’ up in this church and gettin’ saved here.”

    CNN’s Jessica Yellin looked into the church’s beliefs and reports that it practices speaking in tongues and also “teaches that Alaska will be a shelter at the end of the world.”

    A video produced by the church proclaims with apocalyptic imagery that “God has a destiny for the state of Alaska!” and in another clip someone from the church affirms, “I believe that Alaska’s one of the refuge states.”

    Yellin acknowledged that “whether Palin shares these beliefs is unclear” but noted that “during her June visit, she described the Iraq War and a natural gas pipeline she is trying to build as part of God’s plan.”

    October 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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