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

Obama campaign rejects Palin 'terrorist' gibe

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(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. Killbucket

    Time to move on, and give the winning party the attention it deserves.
    Palin is officially irrelevant.
    My bet is SNL won't bother to parody her anymore, to avoid angering a public that is "done" with her.

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. indy chris

    A question of character for both candidates:

    How many times, if ever, have you committed the sin of ADULTERY?

    (Since we don't have all day, let's define adultery as inercourse with someone while you and/or they were married.)

    Can McCain remember?

    I remember this:

    "I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. I was sixty-two years old when I made the decision and I thought it was my one shot at the prize." John McCain "Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir (2002)

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. SF, Carrollton

    If that ain't the pot calling the kettle black.

    If Todd's unpatriotic affliation with American Terrorists (what AIP amounts to) were ok with her, then she must share the Separatist Party views as well. She just had the foresight to register and remain Republican as not to hurt her political aspirations.

    Wolf in Pit Bull's clothing.

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Alameda Chris

    Palin is a joke and most of America realizes this. It reflects the kind of decision making we'd be in store for under a McCain presidency. This whole terrorist thing reeks of desperation. It's sad, tbh.
    It's sad that McCain did not just remain a great American hero. After this sleazy "campaign" and his ludicrous political antics , his rep is tarnished forever.

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. linoman98

    The lady from the icy country resamble a scolastic
    recitation.Squell voice,famous for her bridge of nowhere,
    arrogant,presumptuos, doesn't know what to say without the teleprompter,make drunk american women with little
    discernment, pretend to be ready to .
    take the chiar on the Oval Office
    In the mean time Usa looses 16.000 workers in few weeks.
    Go home, greate hunter of deear and bears.

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Rhonda J

    OK Now I really am sick of listening to this so called pit bull talk. She is becoming annoying and now we see why McCain chose her to tell more lies and try to start trouble for the American people. Please go home to Alaska

    October 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. William, Las Vegas, NV

    As usual, when the race gets tough, the McCain/Palin camp pulls out the dirty personal attack lies. They are like a person with a bad temper who can only scream swear words when angered, not having the knowledge or ability to articulate anything helpful to their cause.
    Don't personal libel laws apply to political campaigns?
    Why isn't it obvious to the American people that those who engages in false personal attacs, just cannot or will not address the real issues facing our society? What happened to Senator McCain's pledge to run an honest campaign with no personal attacks? Ooops, guess the "Maverick" changed his mind, yet again.

    October 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Michelle

    the low down republicans are up to their old rovian style tricks
    the American people * know better* this time around
    and Miss wink wink is so patheticically stupid they are not falling
    for her nonsensical rhetoric either!!!
    my teenager is smarter than her!!!!!
    McCain -Palin more war …more for the rich and the last 8 years go on and on!!!!
    Obama-Biden08 for CHANGE

    October 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. JoJo

    Note for Ferny – please ask your god king Obama to replace his VP choice. The coward is apparently hiding behind his mother-in-laws illness to avoid facing the American people. Can he not multi-task ? If he is to be VP and may VP on the early departure of Obama he must be able to do more than one that at a time. Country comes before family. Biden has failed the test of leadership.

    October 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. bk

    Obama funnelled money into Ayres organization. CNN you forgot to tell that part.

    October 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |

    Prior perception: This woman has effectively removed all “blonde” jokes from the public stage.

    New perception: It is now time for brunettes to ascend to center stage!

    October 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. ned-midwest

    McCain and his little Palin have already put many nails in their election coffin. Economy comment, pulling out of the campaign, pulling out of michigan, horrible media interviews, bailout debacles....etc... This despicable, desperate comment by Palin is another nail. Bye Bye Macain/Palin.....

    October 5, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Kathy in MInnesota

    John McCain is desperate. A campaign that is desperate and falling steadily in the polls will do the despicable to regain ground. WON"T WORK!!!

    Barack Obama has laid out who he is and the polls reflect that. Nothing McCain and Palin can do will change that. Both are heading towards defeat in a month!!!

    Send Gov. Sarah Palin back to Alaska where she can spend her days seeing Russia from her front door steps. Because that is the closest she is going to get to Foriegn Policy matters.

    October 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Purple Alaska

    Sistah Say~rah,,,

    My definition of a terrorist is one who incites fear. Say it ain't so Sarah, for you plainly fit that description...

    October 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Jam One

    Sen. Obama was 8 when Bill Ayers was a member of the radical group. The charges against him were dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct. Bill Ayers is now a distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois – Chicago. So for a dangerous radical he seems to have been successfully rehabilitated without the "benefit" of jail. Sen. Obama meets with him because they both served on a board concerned with Education Reform. This is the best Palin / McCain can do for dirt? Why don't they focus on more substantiative issues? Maybe because they have no ideas. What ever happened to Gov. Palin's call for stop looking into the past?

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Francheska Georgia

    All I have to say is that McCain and Palin both have skeletons in their closets as well. McCain=Keating 5, Palin=Troopergate. This Ayers crap has already been tried by H. Clinton and we see how far it got her. Also, I want to hear about the economy and healthcare. I, like many Americans, expect my statement from my 401K sometime this month. I am going to be scared to even look at it. Palin needs to "TRY" and stick to the REAL ISSUES and learn to speak with better clarity when she makes a statement. I am sick of having to reread the nonsense that pours out her brain and gets written down word for word by reporters. ISSUES PLEASE.

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. zuq

    McCain and Palin should be thrown in jail and charged with Slander!

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. joebloe

    Do you notice that the McCain sympathizers can not put forward any valid arguments for voting for McCain?

    Instead they are only able to say lies and "NObama" or "Palin is great".

    It appears that even McCain supporters know they can't win with the facts!

    October 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Republican for Obama

    How low can McCain/Palin go? Instead of coming up with a real plan for the economy and the war, McCain/Palin are sticking with Bush's economic and foreign plans and instead coming up with wayt to make their campaign even more dishonorable.

    McCain/Palin is not betting on "Country First". McCain/Palin is betting on Country being full of idiots who can't see through their lies, and that's why they're trailing in the polls. Next time Republicans are running a campaign, they should not undermine the intelligence of the American people.

    October 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Go Obama!!

    I think this could back fire on McCain and Palin. The debate is tomorrow night and I hope Obama throws this back in McCain's face. I really wish he would get tough on McCain and show him for what he really is, a liar.
    On a side note, did anyone see John Voit on CNN?...what a clown that guy is.

    October 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Linda Schatzer

    I think Sarah Palin needs to fact check...not true about Ayers...and this is all a ruse to ignore the economy which McCain is losing on. Like I would believe anything that stupid Tucker kid says...I wish someone like Matthews or Oberman would question him. He wouldnt know what to do. His lying would get questioned. Americans are sick of this kind of politics...and what does this say about McCain who didnt want this kind of politics..yep he is truly a man of his word.

    October 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. alvino

    While almost 160,000 people lost their jobs in the Bush economy last month alone, there is some comfort in knowing that McCain must have created the need for 10,000 new workers at fact check.org. Keep on lying Johnny and Sarah, your donors are getting their money's worth.

    October 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. George

    Obama, don't worry about Palin. She may buy her ticket early to head back to Alaska!

    October 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Folks Google is so much fun AND informative!
    It will take years to find out if the Monegan firing had anything to do with the trooper brother in law.
    However the STATED reasons for the firing, (stated by the Palin and McCain spoke people) shows Palin BAD character!
    Google it! If you believe their reasons, though unlikely, then they were stopping the head of Alaskan's police from lowering rape crimes in the state! The reason, they quote! They did NOT want to upset the earmarks mechanism that was in place! THEY SAY THIS!!! sheeeshhh! Items like the Bridge to Wasilla!!!
    (At least the bridge to nowhere was going to connect with an airport. The 2nd Bridge to Somewhere is to Josephine's 6 packs home town)
    Her poor little spokewoman in Alaska says she can still oppose that bridge too. << she SAID this sheesh

    October 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. andrew s. rostolder

    lets get cracking obama. lets get some of this out there.

    Did the internet just cause Sarah Palin to destroy evidence? The potential Veep is in a bit of trouble for conducting state business using her personal, unarchived email address (gov.sarah@yahoo.com) instead of her official account (which is, of course, subject to laws requiring the retention of government records). Emails from that Yahoo account are already being sought in connection with the Troopergate investigation.

    October 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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