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. NNeely

    McCain has lost all credibility with me. It is not just that he has proven that he is not a man of "honor", but that he has proven that he is a man who is easily corrupted by power. He is letting us know that he will rob the American people of the "hope" for our future just to win. He owes Obama an apology and he should step down for the sake of the nation. As for Palin, this is just another demonstration of her lack of understanding, and of her status as a "puppet" for McCain. Let's remove McCain before he hurts America any more, and cut her strings completely. Accountability should start now.

    October 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. tony

    Telling his PAKS in SF that the GOod People of this Country Cling to GUNS and RELGION–
    WE are the Ones who should be appalled that this man is even in CONSIDERATION for the PRESIDENCY-
    His Brother lives in AFrica on $10 a month–
    He will speak to our enemies Unconditionally -
    His Tax Plan is so radical–HE has no IDEA how he can pay for the more than 1 TRILLION Dollars more he will send-
    Under this Guy-WE will be bailing out again soon !!!
    Be Careful with your vote–
    The Media is not giving you all the info to deal with–

    October 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Allison

    Wow. A new low for the McCain Palin campaign. The aide who came up with this attack should be fired. It's disgraceful to think that a Senator and a Governor would go along with such a baseless and dangerous attack is a disgrace to the offices they hold. Particularly Palin's agreement to spout such garbage shows a lack of character unbefiting the offices she holds and seeks. Is this just an attempt to proves that she reads the New York Times? Clearly if she does read it she cannot comprehend that her statement grossly distorts the Times article. Most likely she is parroting what some speech writer told her to say and once again not showing that she can digest and understand the material enough to know that this is just plain wrong.

    October 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Stan in Oregon

    Can't we all pitch in and get Caribou Barbie a bus ticket back to the north country? But then I guess G'pa McBush would get a bit lonely and we don't want that to happen. Anyway, it is sad when we get to this level... Whatever happened to telling us how you are going to fix the problems of our country, telling us what you stand for, etc.

    October 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Paula

    Palin is a power hungry deceitful person-she was "upset" when McCain pulled out of Michigan and is desperate to win the white house. I am voting for Obama but if I were Republican, I would be very upset at McCain's pick for VP. She is the LEAST qualified and there were others so much better: Condi, Powell......

    October 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    American is crazy to vote for Obama. His friend show his judgment and his character.

    October 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Matt

    This shows how desperate the McCain/Palin campaign is for attention. This is fear mongering and swift boating at its worst. This is an absolute disgrace to the American political process. I hope the American people pull their heads out of their butts and have the intelligence to realize that this is not true. Palin just needs to go back to Alaska and stop bothering the rest of us here in the lower 48. As far as Im concerned she can go play with the polar bears and go read all of those magazines she supposedly reads..this is just simply ridiculous!

    October 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Geoffrey

    Perhaps if Governor Palin was a more skilled reader she would have understood the whole NYT story instead of just a point or two that she could use in at attack. Apparently the "pit bull" is emerging. Can somebody find her a tube of lipstick?

    October 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Madrep

    It's about time the attacks start. Biden didn't hold back! Where exactly is Husseins money from over seas coming from? Anybody bothering to ask? Let's see, if you mix yellow and blue, you get green, not blue, right! Those 150K voters were probably about 95% blue. I am amazed at this country. You wanted change in 2006 so a democratic Congress came to power. Since, gas went from 2.19/gal to over 4.00/gal. Housing fell through the floor, cost of living, lost jobs, etc. Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. No way Obama. Joe Biden would be a better candidate.

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Paisley

    McCain and Palin are the mavericks that are boasting their uncanny ability to bring both parties together and promote respect and bipartisanship. They are already demonstrating this ability by name calling and making false accusations. This campaign is only the honeymoon. God help America if they are actually elected.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Concerned Canadain

    Please media, do your job. Is it so important that your side win the election that you would sell your souls?
    Put your country ahead of your desire for power and investigate and expose Obama. Nobody wins if Obama and his cabal seize the reins of power.

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. jackiebrown

    Palin, you need to zip it and throw that trash talk away. I guarantee the McCain-Palin will get this back. Let us not forget Palin that your husband, Todd Palin wants to secede from the United States and on your interview in St. Louis after the chatter stuff you called "debate" you were asked why was your campaign pulling out of Michigan and you said that they needed to send Todd and you (Sarah Palin) to campaign...whats up with that? Oh, by the way you got a situation yourself in Alaska and how much did you hear about John McCain when you were in the second grade? Did you hear about the S&L involving McCain?

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Herman In LA

    Yep she's really different alright...

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. pg

    no surprise from Palin/Republican party. people are sick of this party and their dirty tactics. Rather than talking about american people and what they are looking for in this election, they are playing dirty politics. SHAME ON YOU SARAH SHAME ON YOU

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. dan adaMS


    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Becky

    You people have all been drinking Bam Bam's kool aid again. You think he's the Messiah and don't even bother to look at the truth! The fact that he was 8 years old at the time of the bombings is irrelevant! Bill Ayers is not even sorry for the terrorism, and has even said that he wished he had done more! Obama funded Ayer's far left education program that included changing the Pledge of Allegiance for young children! So go ahead and believe that Bam Bam is the next coming of Christ if you like, but you have nothing to say when the country gets taken over with higher taxes and a left wing lunatic agenda like he is proposing. Get a life.

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Joe Six-Pack

    Hey, I just heard there's a new, REALLY THIN book soon to be released, It's entitled: "The Depth, Knowledge, and Integrity Of Sarah Palin, And Her Vision For America."

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Josephine Paredes

    Republicans continue attacks that have not worked and won't work. Obama's dream for America is too great for it to continue to fail with their stupidity. We are facing a Recession and all they care to do is destroy an individual that wants to bring positive change to our country and the world.

    I am a female first time voter at age 44 years, who has seen my country go down the drain because of the Bush Mistakes that we are all now forced to pay for so dearly. We have had 2 great democratic candidates run for President against him (Al Gore and John Kerry) and have been defeated by republicans using these same attacks. No more! Americans are standing up and shouting loud and clear to the republicans this year.

    That's why Obama and Biden are inspiring us to rise above our past mistakes and take the higher ground where we belong. We will win this election to bring back our country, to the place where our forefathers intended. These great leaders fought for it to become the greatest nation in the world.

    In this election independents, republicans and democrats will fight to defend our country and be viewed again as the great nation that we are.

    I am a proud American who does not wear a flag pin, but carries it in my heart.

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Mike-in-Bellingham

    final score: Obama 44 Keating 5

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Alex

    If what's going on in wall street is not proof enough to Sarah Palin that this country is far from perfect and ruled by interest groups and greed, then I don't know what is. Being in the same room with and bumping into someone in your neighborhood is not enough to justify the "support of terrorism" accusations she is making. This woman has nothing to say.

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Former Republican in Texas

    Uh wait, wasn't it the McCain group who advocated a "clean" campaign with no negativity??? Wasn't it McCain who whined earlier that the Obama campaign was saying "negative" things about him & that he didn't want this to be a negative campaign.

    Come on Palin, are you going to take the Karl Rove & Newt Gingrinch route now and go negative and try to just tear down your opponent–maybe because you have nothing good or substative to say about yourself???

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Chris in CA

    In my book theses atrocious comments should be the final nail for anyone on any fence.

    Finally we the people will have leaders we can be proud of.

    Obama/Biden 08, 12

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. mal

    Although Sen. Obama and the Times have made it perfectly clear that he did not "pal around" with terrorists, McCain and Palin still keep repeating this misleading lie. It insults their own followers' intelligence. Can they just say any ridiculous thing and their followers just accept it as truth? Purposely misleading the public for political gain seems like Me-First-Country-Secound politics. Yet McCain keeps saying that he's gonna bring 'change' to Washington and Wallstreet.
    Who believes it? He and Palin are so plastic and stereotypical of the same disinginuousness of the past 8 years. For them to have the audacity to use the term 'change' is disturbing.

    October 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Major Dan

    No one hear know if these are lies are not. Let's have the rumors checked out! Same with Trooper Gate. Everyone has their opinions and that is all that they are. NON-factual opinions. Trooper Gate is being investigated and I think we Americans need to know the truth before we put anyone in office.

    October 4, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. LJ

    John McCain says honor is so important to him yet he continues to condone dishonorable behavior from within his own campaign.

    It appears all the McCain-Palin ticket has to offer this country is bitterness and lies. Is he that desperate to win? I honestly thought McCain was a good man and have slowly come to realize that he is either putting up a false face or – like Bush – surrounds himself with some bad folks and does nothing to set high standards for them.

    How can we believe this man if he becomes our President? We currently have an administration that is known to lie....why would we want another? Does McCain really have that much contempt for his Fellow Americans to think we can be fooled by this crap?

    October 4, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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