October 5th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama campaign rejects Palin 'terrorist' gibe

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/05/art.boflag1005.ap.jpg caption="Gov. Palin said Saturday that Sen. Obama sees America as 'imperfect.'"]
(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign has quickly rejected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's claim that he associated "with terrorists who targeted our own country."

Palin attacked Sen. Obama on Saturday for his brief political relationship with Bill Ayers, a founding member of the radical Weather Underground, which was involved in several bombings in the early 1970s, including attacks on the Pentagon and the Capitol. Obama was a child at the time of the bombings.

Obama and Ayers, now a university professor, have met several times since 1995, when both orked with a non-profit group trying to raise funds for a school improvement project and a haritable foundation. CNN's review of project records found nothing to suggest anything nappropriate in the volunteer projects in which the two men were involved.

A CNN Fact Check found Palin's charge to be false.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (660 Responses)
  1. Michael GuinnVentura ca

    "Country First"?

    October 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Joseph Adewole

    Obama is a pure clean Senator; he will never have anything to do with terrorists except to destroy them...one wonders where Sarah got that from; anyway Politics is a dirty game..maybe Sarah thought she could manupulate Americans but the real game is over...she belongs to the loosing side and that is it...however she better stop mis-speaking; its always better and credible to speak with intelligence.

    October 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Crystal

    If John McCain and Sarah Palin win by using these tactics our country should be ashamed. This new line of attack is the most disgusting tactic.

    October 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. funjoekers

    Looks like Palin used the same line of garbage in CA today. Obama really needs to shut this down immediately. This is going to spread like wildfire to unimformed voters. I really have a bad feeling about this election and our future.

    October 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Debra

    This is old news. Obama was 8 when Mr. Ayers was a radical. They were not exactly pals either. The man is no longer a radical as far as I know and during the 60's a lot of radical things took place. How about talking about Palin and a priest praying over her to expel witches from her, her possible abuse of power and firing someone for personal reasons or that she attended more than 5 schools in a four year span before she graduated, a church she attended prays for the conversion of homosexuals, she wants to stay in Iraq for who knows how long, etc. Personal attacks don't fix our economy, protect of from terrorist, get us out of Iraq, etc.

    October 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Martin

    To Jeff@11:45:

    No, CNN is simply too incompetent to perform a simple "Cut&Paste" operation, far from proofreading what they write. Go figure...

    October 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. hometowndemocrat

    John McCain/Sarah Palin = Boris Badenov/Natasha Fatale

    October 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. JoJo

    There is a chill running up the leg of Robert Mugabe. Robert loves Barry. Enshala. And for the idiot moderator, google Mugabe to see what a Obamot administration will look like.

    October 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Shame on Palin

    Unlike Palin, most Americans do read news.

    Your LIES will not work. It only reflects how desparate and low you are.

    October 5, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. anne.e

    McCain/Palin have nothing to offer us except the same old failed republican policies.

    Instead they sling mud.

    We don't need these McCarthy-like tactics. We need a plan to deal with our economic and foreign policy disasters.

    October 5, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Mark

    To all tht feel the McCain/Palin ticket is getting to negative. What do they have to lose!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon


    They are getting desperate.

    Thank you for speaking the truth, Barack!

    OBAMA 08

    October 5, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. JoJo

    But Gary Chandler in Canada – Michelle Obama sleeps with William Ayers. So whats your problem.

    October 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Erik

    McCain's campaign has admitted they now will be forced to resort to more Swiftboat-style attacks in a sad attempt to regain momentum. Perhaps McCain may want to think about "throwing stones" considering his history with the Keating 5, his adulterous affair leading to his latest marriage to a prescription drug abuser, how his his running mate has supported a fringe political group striving to separate Alaska from the United States, and the current ethics investigation into his running mate's possible abuses of power.

    October 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Larry

    Obama was not 8 years old 3 years ago.

    I can not believe the Democrats are O.K. with this,shouldn't you be judged by the company you keep??

    What is this DENIAL stuff?? We are electing the next President !!!

    I understand HATING Bush--But to go this way is crazy!

    Obama/Biden working the people

    McCain/Palin working for the people

    October 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Bonnie

    GOP is in last-gasp desperation mode . . . RIP

    October 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. yeah right


    October 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Tio63

    There they go again, turn the attention away from the real issues!!!!!

    Palin should be on Dancin' With The Stars!!! Why you ask? Because she can dance her way around a question better than any of the stars on DWTS!!!!!

    Also, there is no 'g' at the end of dancin', right up her alley. LOL

    God help us all if the Repulsives, I mean, Republicans get into office!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. AC

    Well, it appears that the McCain/Palin campaign will do or say anything to get the focus off the REAL issues AMERICANS are concerned with. The more negative ads, talks and as "they" call it "misspoken words" they spread the more people will vote for Obama/Biden.

    Keep up the good work McCain/Palin and we will win the White House!!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. JFK

    Typical antics! Republicans are still using their tired old 'distractions' in this campaign to avoid discussing the real issues. If they had to discuss the real issues they know they cant win on those. Lets hope enough people wake up and see them for who they really are in November.

    October 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Clinton/McCain

    Yes, Obama was a child during the bombings, but he was an adult when he decided to launch his political career from the home of Ayers even after knowing that Ayers had bombed federal buildings, killed several people in the process and is unrepentant. This shows very poor judgement on Obama's part. Ayers is an education professor, but you guys need to examine the projects he and Obama funded when they were on boards together.

    October 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Michael M

    I am tired of the personal attacks by the McCain and Palin ticket. Most Americans want to hear about how real issues.

    October 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. neal

    (from what a wonderful world)

    I see clouds of dark,
    the colors of aurora bu___
    get them back,
    for your going to rue

    The fact that you ever were a politician
    that's coming soon, no very soon

    o sarah/katrina mccain(O).

    October 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Brian from Ohio

    Hey Cosmo, Sarah Palin and Strong Leader are a contradiction in terms. I don't care if you're republican or democrat, how can anyone in their right mind think this lady would be good for the country? This is the same woman whose been seen on tape with a witch doctor.

    October 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Adele from Philadelphia

    Could anyone tell me what is John McCain's/ Sarah Palins policies? I have watched all of the debates so far, looked at as many commercials as possible and I still do not have a concrete understanding as to how he will change the economy, health care or war efforts that would be different from George Bush. I see a lot of distraction from their campaign and it is really becoming annoying. Barack Obama has said long ago in the campaign that they would bring up Mr. Ayers, Rev. Wright and whomever else they feel they could tie him to. I do trust Mr. Obama judgement because he stays above the smear and sticks to the facts of the problems facing our great country, however I would probably want to remind some people of John McCains past affiliations with Keating 5 and why his first marriage broke up. Please McCain/Palin stick to what the American people care about which is the economy and health care.

    October 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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