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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  1. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA


    October 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Amy

    More of the same from the Campaign First McCain campaign! I may have believed Country First in 2000, but McCain seems to have sold his soul to the Devil for a chance at winning this election.

    This morning on CNN I heard a McCain advocate claiming that McCain should have never been included in the Keating 5. Trying to rewrite history? Oh, and Gov Palin when are you going to cooperate with the investigation you welcomed because you wanted to be held accountable?

    McCain/Palin truly is more of the same policy and behavior we've experienced during the Bush/Cheney years!

    Thanks, but no thanks!

    October 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Natasha

    If Palin held herself to the same standards she holds Obama too, that comment of hers would disqualify her from the race.

    It was wayyyy over the line.

    October 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Bud

    Sarah should resign as governor and take a job at Fox or some right-wing talk radio station.

    October 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Mad Moe

    First let me start of saying....I'm an Independent voter!!!! I like to look at all the issues and determine what will be best for my family and the world; with that being said....We all understand that most Republican will think that McCain/Palin ticket is the best thing going and that the Democrats feels that Obama/Biden can't do any wrong, basically each party beleives what they want and noone is going to change their minds. The people each camp needs to worry about getting on board is the independents and the undecided voters. Depending on where you stand as an independent or undecided voter, I think if you are trying to attack other candidates character to try to get that extra lift in the polls means you don't have a good solution with solving americas economy/issues problem. I'm sure Palin/McCain/Biden/Obama may all have some questionable things in their past but what is more important to me is if you can perform your duties as president/VP. What I saw and heard from the McCain/Palin camp...I wasn't happy at all.

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. mccain/palin=dumb and dumber

    the repugs are in trouble, so they are desperate.

    They are counting on people to be ignorant and undereduated to believe the lies they speak.

    With his wife Cindy, being a drug addict (fact) and his admitteed involvement in the Keating Five scandal, mcwar has no room to talk but he will and I hope Obama/Biden hit him hard.

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. a southern bell for OBAMA




    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Susan

    Palin's lies are meant to energize the same conspiracy theorists, talk radio junkies, and naive souls who brought us Bush and Cheney. Hopefully, the reasonable middle will hold. We can't afford more of the same.

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Steve

    After listening to McBush surrogate "Tucker I've not lips Bounds" I have concluded that if ANYONE CAST A VOTE FOR MCBUSH AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS AND IDIOT..


    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. cnn junkie

    its a shame that our economy is in an all time low and palin is opening her ignorant mouth spewing BS,this republican is going for obama period.

    October 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. bobby

    Well...I think the media should call her out on these false accusations the next time she does an interview.

    Oh wait....nevermind....

    October 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. alvino

    As a "Joe Six Pack" type, I can only say that I would rather have a 'bottle in front of me' than a 'frontal lobotomy' like John and Sarah.

    October 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. texan2step

    Governor Palin. Grow up and don't cast stone at someone else when you yourself are full of sin. From what you have done from the time you were a mayor to now as a governor. You are as corrupt as any politician so you cannot call yourself an outsider. Politics is the same everywhere (Washington DC or ALASKA, USA). You are as dirty as the rest of them and you bring no hope or vision to this country. We need someone who has a better vision of bringing stability and honor to US that has been tarnished over the past 8 years. Stop with the labeling of terrorist when your own practices have been quite questionable and illegal. No wonder you have the good old Republican boys from Texas trying to bail you out of your mess in ALASKA.

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. David

    What about Todd Palin's membership in the Alaskan Independence Party? He was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party from 1995 to 2002This is a group that advocate Alaska's secession from the United States. At times the Alaskan Independence Party has advocated Alaska becoming part of Canada.

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Jean D - St. Petersburg, FL

    She looks stupider than she is when she makes statements like this...John McCain is hiding behind an idiots apron! Sore losers...
    Signed – Independent Voter for Republican in Florida

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Peter Schweich

    CNN should be commended for the economic use of letters! Note the following two sentences (perhaps we can all drop a letter or two from our words and save the letters for when letters become as scarce as oil):

    "when both orked with a non-profit group..."

    "...and a haritable foundation. "

    "...to suggest anything nappropriate in the volunteer projects..."

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. rhoward

    Should anyone be surprised that the McCain campaign has returned to these kinds of attacks? After all, it worked well for President Bush last time and never underestimate the number of people who will believe this kind of thing regardless of evidence to the contrary.

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Pier Giacalone

    If there was seriously any concern about Obama having any sympathy for any group that hates America or would bomb the capital would it be wildly irresponsible for McCain (much less his braintrust Palin) to only bring it up now when they are clearly losing the election?

    Seriously, think about it. If it were true, shouldn't they have been screaming bloody murder about it all along?

    Clinton already tried this line of attack and it was already discredited. This is not only a lie, it's an old, used up lie and it only serves to reinforce how desperate the republican ticket is now that they have given up on Michigan and are losing in Florida and Pennsylvania.

    Thank God this nonsense will all be over in less than a month!

    October 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Bloggers

    Professional Republican’s bloggers face pressure to produce quantity over quality (LIES and MORE LIES for PAY, including McCain daughter as a blogger). With the ECONOMY in SUCH a MESS, this is all they can think to do to help us GET out of this mess?
    "they would be launching Swift boat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation's economic ills.""We're going to get a little tougher," a senior Republican operative said, requesting anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss strategy. Very soon. There's no question that we have to change the subject here."

    "requesting anonymity", SCARED Republican who will NOT show his TRUE identity to the American voters, only SHOWS that they all are LOSERS and LYERS. Times ARE sad when voters would be OK with them BRAGGING about their intent to keep Americans minds off of the REAL issues…

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Sophia - North Carolina

    When Michelle Obama made the comment I'm finally proud of my country, I felt exactly what she was saying. We are moving forward beyond racial prejudice dispite some people's reservations. Palin's comment on obama is downright racial and shows her prejudicial horns. People will always think that anyone of color have something to grind, however if people like Palin, McCain, or even Obama or Biden continue to make hateful discriminating remarks then I wouldn't want either one of them presiding over this great nation. It's been too long and we need to move forward and try to build an even greater america and not continue to tear each other down. The fly by the mouth comments of Sarah Palin is downright nasty. She is anyone I would want my girls to call a role model.

    October 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Terri

    take the high-road Obama. We will respect you more. Do not stoop to this, it's pathetic and disgraceful.

    October 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Dixie

    This acucusation from Palin who has refused to comply with her investigation in Alaska? Beware - she is already puting herself above the law. The "Joe six-pack" mentality may sell well in Mooseville, Alaska, but give the rest of us a break from ther corny rhetoric, and this deceitful accusation.

    October 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. wycky

    McCain please change VP and i will definetely vote for you.

    October 5, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. chippyarm

    I am following this electio fairly closely. However, I am still a bit confused as to Palin's ties to the Alaska Separation group. What is the Palin connection, and what is this group all about? Thanks

    October 5, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Bea

    this will backfire on McCain so bad..if there was truth to this story, maybe favor would have been on McCain's side...but the truth is, when Professor Ayers did his crimes, Barack was only 8 years old and even God in heaven knows that....so that's why this is not going to work in McCain;s favor at all...God does not like dirty.

    October 5, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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