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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soundoff (660 Responses)
  1. One of Your FAITHFUL Viewers

    WOW, one of the top CNN news contributers Leslie Sanchez made a statement today (10-5-08) in the context of Senator Obama, stating "lets call a spade a spade," with the facial expression of a smirk. I thought she, as a person and as a CNN news contributer was better than that, but now we all know different. Congratulations are in order to Ms S-a-n-c-h-e-z from the McCain campaign.

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Bushido

    You would think that Gov. Palin's ability to bold face lie time and time again would start to bother her and her large family. Considering the focus on family values and her love of Christ that was previously portrayed to us? This ability to lie over and over again should concern us all. Not only is Sarah Palin not honest enough to lead America, she should be impeached in Alaska. I feel very sorry for them now that we have all had the opportunity to meet the liar in charge up there.

    October 5, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Jeff in DC

    Senator McCain, I've respected you as long as I've followed politics, as have all Americans – left, right, and center. This is sad that you are dishonoring yourself and thereby depriving America of one of its national heroes, all in a desperate attempt to win. This line of attack is not a strategy for electoral victory – it's a concession that you have nothing left to offer of yourself in this historic campaign, nothing left about which to speak to the American electorate about the issues they face. Indeed, it's a concession of defeat – but, why you would bring disgrace to your own legacy in the process, I'll never understand, and America may not look at you the same way as before. Not only will you lose, but by undermining your own reputation as a national hero, America loses. It's time to realize what you're doing to yourself and stop. Put your country first again, as you once did so many years ago.

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. joe

    they always reject the truth.
    first you remove the funny middle name and then you get my vote.i am not yet ready to elect a HUSSIEN to the white house after all the things we went through and I am not a white.

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Let's look at the facts

    Educated voters know full well both campaigns lie through their teeth.

    An educated voter would have known the McCain campaign was saving Obama's shady ties until closer to the election.

    Obama calls Ayers a friend and Ayers hosted Obama's Illinois first party when he was running for state Senate.

    Ayers is an American terrorist like Timothy McVeigh... enough said...

    I mean, that's what I call someone that tried to blow up parts of Washington D.C. to insight anarchy...

    Just because you are voting for Obama does not mean you can just lie about this fact. IT's the truth.

    Accept it.

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Hall for Obama

    I guess you are not looking to the past but to the future when it suit you

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Jim

    The actions of the McCain/Palin campaign are absolutely dispicable. When making her comments about Obama's aledged "connections" Palin even cites an article that proves these allegations are not true. The fear mongering of the Republican party is a travesty. McCain has proven he has no honor or dignity in these blatent lies. I understand that someone such as a politician is in the public eye and there is a little give in slanderous comments but this ridiculous. These comments by the McCain/Palin campaign are deeply offensive to me and should be to all Americans.

    October 5, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Joseph

    Words can not even scratch the surface of my anger towards McCain for running such a defenseless campaign.

    McCain has shred every sense of decency he ever had, and has mortgaged his integrity from which he will never recover.

    Shame on John McCain for so abusively insulting the American people he claims to want to lead.

    October 5, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. gp

    She realy belives that she can tell anything when ther are nt reporters to keep her acountable for what she is talking. Seems to me she hawe learned one only lesson that makes her TOTALY WASHINGTON INSIDER – what ever you are asked do not respond but TALK WHAT EVER AND SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Her confidence is sickening . She is confident while telling stupide things.All what is left is pit bull- and she is proud of being that. Americans are proud of facts that when they sense blood they are stisfied. WE are sick AGRESSIVE NATION if we chear Palin because of her agerssion.Anywhere ia a world that is not considered as quolity ( specialy if is only one you have) and even less considered faminine. Here we are again in POSITION THAT BOYS DEFINE WHAT IS ACEPTABLE agression agression.........Agly and sickening

    October 5, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Paul

    I wonder whether this woman who believes herself to be such a good Christian ever read the commandment, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."

    October 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    Don't believe a word that comes out of the woman's mouth. She has too many personal problems to be an effective vice president.

    Vote the only reasonable choice.


    October 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. PulSamsara

    Hey Palin – It's the ECONOMY Stupid !
    Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

    We wont.

    October 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. joe

    the short little time obama got he did a koosamakshi with tony rezko.
    he will sell rose garden to trump. rev wright will move to washington .

    October 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. linda

    Shoud talk about it long time ago,

    October 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Bill in Ct.

    Palin and her husband was part of a group in Alaska that wanted to separate Alaska from the U.S., now is that a terrorist group, Palin had an affair with her husband business partner, Pailn stole tax payers money, paying herself to live at home, TROOPER-GATE, and on and on. Mcsame: left his first wife while she was badly injured in a car accident, Cindy had an affair with Mcsame while he was still married to his first wife, Mcsame was part of an radical group in 1981 that didn't like the government, KEATING 5, Mcsame and his buddies stole millions of dollars from citizens in the SNL scandal back in 1989, Cindy McCain stole drugs from her job, she also had an drug problem and blamed her co-worker for the thief. Here's where all the money that thief stole from the tax payers: 9 homes, $500 shoes 2 private jets Cindys $300,000 wardthrope and so on and so on

    October 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Susan

    For somone who trys to claim not to be a washington insider it did not take her long to figure out dirty politics . this women, and I use that term loosly – is a mockery to the republican party. She makes a great
    liar why not keep her on the ticket.

    Obama 08

    October 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. mel from Ohio

    Why would anybody with a reasonable amount of intelligence even LISTEN to and seriously consider voting for someone who has the "witches" prayed away from around her??? Have we been dumbed-down so low over the past 8 years that we would give ANY credibility to this woman??!!!!! McCain is absolutely pathetic and his choice of Palin proves it.

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    With the McCain camp, you are seeing something very very horrible going on and it is very sad. I had so much respect for John McCain and during the 2000 election, I actually thought about supporting him if he were the Republican nominee. Now.....wow, what happened to you John?

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. ohio

    hahaha palin is dumb like mccain. stop the false information you beauty queen. moose hunting animal

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Evelyn, Raleigh, NC

    I don't like it when people lie to try to gain an advantage. No weapon formed against Obama shall prosper!

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    It was only a matter of time. Here come the swift boat politics. 🙁

    McCain/Palin would rather have you fear and hate Obama/Biden than like them. It's the basic republican scare tactic. Fear them so much you vote for the people you don't like. Won't work, not this time!

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Robert

    Let's call this what it is: a naked and graceless attempt to divert our attention from what really matters. What utter contempt the McCain camp has for our intelligence.

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Independent American

    What a surprise. Palin the redneck is now Palin the racist. I never would have seen that coming...

    October 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Ken

    NOBAMA can say what he wants, but the fact is that Ayers is a long time friend of his!

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter that is voting for McCain/Palin because I want someone in the Oval office that knows what they are doing to bring us out of the mess that President Bush got us into.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    October 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. It is Obama-Biden in 2008 and 2012

    Everyone who has half a brain already know that this kind of nasty tactic of McCain-Palin is a LIE and has been debunked many times. But I guess if one has an evil heart, if one is unqualified to be VP and president, and whose campaign is in the toilet; then I guess it's the only thing one can try to dig up. So if they want to focus their attention and energy in this direction, then I hope ALL of the AMerican people will completely reject them !

    October 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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