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. j

    This is fearmongering at it's lowest. Ayers was a member of a radical organization during the 60s. He was on the same CHARITY committee with Obama for their community. Sounds like a real terrorist now doesn't he – doing charitable work for the community.

    I heard something about Palin's husband wanting to secede Alaska from the US. I think most would consider that a radical position.

    Next they're going to bring up Obama's middle names, as if that some how connects him with terrorist. Hussein is a common name where his father comes from, sort of like John is here. It doesn't mean a thing.

    I do believe Palin is vindictive and the whole Troopergate issue is valid.

    October 5, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    First Wright 20 years; now Ayers 30 years. Wake up, people. Obama is very questionable! Bin Laden said he would take over our country. Is this the beginning?

    October 5, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Nancy

    We have serious problems in this country and Ms Palin wants to talk trash. I am a Hillary supporter, and was not going to vote, but the McCain/Palin ticket has changed my mind. I am voting for Obama/Biden because I am not intrested in the past and mud slinging. I fear for the future of my grandchildren, I fear for our country's future. I want to talk serious issues with mature educated informed people, not gossip or trash with immature uninformed people. Let us stop this nonsense and talk about issues that are important to our survival. We are doing ourselves in and the terrorists are just sitting back watching.

    October 5, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Ron L

    When been down this road before and know it's just another exaggeration trying to scare people. What we really need to focus on is the ..
    The Gov. Palin total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state that is very oil rich, with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive and next in line behind a man in his over 70 years old and has had boutss of cancer??
    . WHY aren’t we DEMANDING interviews on CNN’s –ELECTION CENTER; NBC’s -MEET THE PRESS; ABC’s – THIS WEEKEND; CBS’s -FACE THE NATION; CNN’s -THE SITUATION ROOM before the end of October. Have we lost our MINDS??

    October 5, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. From the North

    Again, McCain/Palin following the Bush lead: lie, lie, lie. Fortunately, they're lying so badly that all these lies do is show their true colours.

    America, this is how you'll be treated if you elect these two – deceived, lied, and, basically treated with contempt because they think Americans are stupid enough to believe their lies.

    Shameful. Despicable.

    October 5, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Heidi Shumaker

    Oh, say it isn't so, Sarah, there you go again, pointing to the past, doggone it.

    October 5, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Noone

    I'm not voting for either candidate but the real terrorists here is palin for using scare tactics. That is real terrorism. If you really want to have nightmares imagine John Mccain expired soon after he takes office. Then where do we sit. Yea, I'll feel secure knowing palin is at the helm. MAYBE SHE'LL BE READING GREEN EGGS & HAM INSTEAD OF PET GOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Dave

    It is sad to see senator McCain's camp to come to this. I am not surprised that Sarah Palin is saying this as I don't know her upbringing or her political history but for Senator McCain to approve such a vile attack, It just blew me off.
    What a sad sad moment. What else is this lady going to say next? I would not be surprised if she says ,,..." Obama, Osama it is all the same. They are both terorroists...."
    This lady scares me! I miss the old McCain, I miss the Mavrik McCain, I miss the indepent McCain...... Can anybody tell me where that McCain is?

    October 5, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Maxine

    The Republicans Mccain/Palin always trying to spread fear. We the American people are not going to fall for the Republicans tricks Not This Time!!! The Republicans cause this Finanical mess that we are in under the Bush Administration and we are not going to be fool again Not This Time!!!!! VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN THE NEW LEADERSHIP THAT WASHINGTON NEED!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. themadaxemurderer

    McCain Palin must be thinking. "desperate times call for desperate measures."

    October 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. louis thomas jr

    Gov. Palin has shown her incompetence over & over again. I'm wondering when will she come to the realization that she needs to step down. P.S.maybe then she could work on Alaska's independence from the U.S.

    October 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. tuff Col. Oh

    how come these TWO MCNUTTS don't realize going negative is a LOST CAUSE, THE AVERAGE JOE, is not falling for this crap again, ENOIUGH IS ENOUGH, sarah palin is a farce and a JOKE, and whatever she's trying to sell. most americans aren't buying it

    October 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    That woman is the most pure, matchless trash ever to crawl from her gutter to a position of power. Sadly, there's no guarantee this won't work, but I can always hope. The last two Bush campaigns were filthy enough already.

    October 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. JD in NC

    How does Palin's false accusations help fix our economic crisis?

    Maybe she should try reading the newspaper to get her priorities straight.

    October 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |

    Wow the polls show that people prefer substance over whinning.Keep up the BS McCain/McPalin.Sarah enjoy the next 30 days because your 15 minutes are up.

    October 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. John

    Another lie from the McCain campaign,how desperate and sad. McCain talks about honor a lot,something he does not have or ever had.

    October 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Betsy

    Observation: The McCain/Palin ticket is void of any substance. What 's left? Dirty politics, lies and false accusations. Just what we need in the White House! As if the last eight years wasn't enough. I scream at the top of my lungs and I hope others will do so as well now and on Nov. 4th.


    October 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. motorbreath99

    Obama Sure Has Some Shady Friends....Palins comments are true.... Half of America is blind and will look past it.....

    Anybody but Obama '08

    October 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. former gop

    Palin says she thinks this country is a "force for good." How is slaughtering animals from a plane a "force for good?"

    By the way, Palin/McCain supporters, 8 republicans called for this investigation of her in Alaska.

    Palin is lacking a soul.

    October 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Trollmaster

    I bet Sarah Palin is one of those loonies that think Obama is still a Muslim.

    I'm waiting for her to say "He went to a Madrasa when he was 6 years old, so that means he's a radical Muslim"

    October 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. St. Paul Mom

    So, the McCain campaign admits that "they would be launching Swift boat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation's economic ills."
    1) Why should we believe anything they say after that – they're telling us ahead of time that it's all hype rather than substance.
    2) They're ignoring the economy, which is the real issue right now.

    Makes McCain's earlier "suspending" his the campaign and trying to postpone the debate look incredibly self-serving.

    October 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Sumi, CA

    It is so obvious why Palin will not do an interview with CNN. Her nonsense and lies would be confronted, and the Fact Check representative would be on screen #2 ready to denounce her statements. CNN... You should take her refusal to appear on your network as a compliment. She knows she cannot fool your analyst and your viewers. Imagine Palin doing an interview with Campbell Brown or Cafferty!! LOL... That would be a great interview! No BS, No Bull (Chuckle....)...

    What a joke..

    October 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Paul

    Now that the McCain campaign is nearly finished, expect it to go out in a blaze of burning crosses.

    October 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. MK

    Hey all of you in the tank for McCain/Palin, chew on this for a minute....google Charles Keating and see if you think McCain is mr. innocent. Check out Palin getting what amounts to an exorcism at her Church just las summer. She's a witch, he's a cheat. That is what you will NEVER hear from Obama/Biden, there are way too polite.

    October 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Bill,ca

    These negative attacks from McCain and Palin will defeat those 2 liars in november.They both are out of touch and wont explain their proposals in detail.

    Just keep hammering away on the real issues Obama and it will be a landslide victory.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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