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. Beauregard Hagen

    Could someone please spell check this article?

    October 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. davit

    This coming from a woman whose spouse supports the splintering of his home from the United States?

    October 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Jim

    A CNN fact checked???? Since when would ANYONE with half a brain believe what a leftist news organization say???


    McCain not Hussein "08!!

    October 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Herman

    I would like to say that this is another scare like the morning of 9-11
    when Pres. BUSH looked like a deer in headlights moment.
    The 2004 election was won by the same scare to the American People. Lets look at the real issue the ECONOMY .


    October 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. RJ

    This ignorant woman seems to be bit by a mad dog. I have been to Europe recently and I hear people saying how much they miss the American leadership which valued diversity, freedom, human rights etc.. They say that American leadership is feeding this BS to it's own people that other countries on this planet doesn't exist or everybody is ganged up against America. Look at how many countries we have included in the axis-of-evil list. The list is only growing. Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Syria, N. Korea etc....

    Internally, the economy is gone. People are having a real tough time holding onto their jobs. Families are having tough time putting food on the table. Gas and grocery prices are hitting the roof. Severe credit crunch. Small businesses are closing down fast. Unemployment is reaching high levels. Health care system is broken. Education system is broken. Infrastructure is broken. Society was polarized like never before. Life long investments gone. Now we have a 11.7 trillion debt. Two broken wars with no end in sight. Military is streched to the breaking point. Veterans were neglected. Constitution was trampled. People were tortured. Citizens spied on. Justice department was totally politicised. Wall street is gone.

    Republicans created all this mess and Palin's idea to fix the problem is talk about what Obama did or didn't when he was 8 yr. old?

    October 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. The Voice

    The Republicans continue to use fear to win elections. It is not going to work this time! Palin is Bush with a dress on and a little less smart.

    No to the right wing mafia.

    October 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Edward M. Magee

    Why not allow candidates to sue for slander, when their are out and out lies.

    Obama was 8 years old when the hockey mom atempts to smear him.

    I feel sorry for McCain, she is pulling him down, however he does a good job of that on his own.


    October 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Michelle Marietta

    Shut up Palin. Your 15 minutes have been the longest 15 minutes in history.

    October 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Ohio for McCain October 5th, 2008 12:00 pm ET

    »VOTE McCain=The GREAT McCain!
    Cosmos Rocks October 5th, 2008 11:59 am ET

    »Sarah Palin=Wonderful Lady=STRONG leader=Next Vice-President. YES!
    McCain-Palin – The Delusion of Leadership continues.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Nica for Obama, San Diego, Ca.

    I've been offended by Mrs. Palin before, but now I'm down right livid. Sarah should be ashamed of herself. Saying that Obama is friendly with terrorist is not only irresponsible, but an outright lie. Is this really the type of person you want in office?

    October 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Ken, LA California

    Ask Pastor Muthee to pray for you this is definitely witchcraft and for your separatist hubby God help him, we want a parternity test of that kid, that is not your kid.

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. N Gee

    I guess democrats need to bring up keating 5 and infedelity issues of McCain.... I hope not, let.s move forward

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Jova

    Dear CNN,

    It's called "spell check". Did the little red squiggly line under "orked" and "haritable" not make you think something was wrong?

    And next time, could you possibly find a less flattering picture of the candidate to go with the post?


    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. cecil

    Claiming A Sitting U.S. A. Senater Of Palling Around With 'terrorist' Is
    Very Reckless!

    This Is So Shameful.

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. andrea burns

    palin's husband wants alaska to leave the union now we have an anarchist and a born again christian a heartbeat away from the presidency who knew !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wake up republicans !!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |

    It does not surprise me one iota that Sarah Palin said this about Obama.I watch the news from many media outlets,and I would say that with many of your newsreaders hosting Al Jazeera(the home of antisemitism) these days and also the BBC tied in with Al Jazeera,your bias is unbelievable as is the BBC.It seems to me that you are without doubt pushing the Obama ticket and not one good word for Mr MaCain or Mrs Palin. Me thinks your just a bunch of old LEFTY COMMIES at CNN and it makes a honest change for American viewers to be able to watch and hear truth for a change when they tune in to FOX news.So why wouldn,t Sarah say these things about Obama ! Its only what many people think including myself.Obama,s links to you is enough,never mind his old friends.

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. concerned mother

    With none of her children pursuing an education, or anything worthy you would expect with a parent in such a prominent position, she has only proved to be a miserable failure in leading her own family.

    It would be an outrage to have such an uneducated, white trashy individual in any public position affecting the US and the world future.

    October 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. big mack

    It is a question of judgement. He sat on boards with Ayers and has alot of his political views,"america is not what it was". He also stayed with Wright for twenty years. People we do not have twenty years for
    obama to make the right choice. Tha Ayers thing is finaly going to come out , even if FOX is the only station to investagate and blow the whistle!!!!! McCAIN–PALIN 08'

    October 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |

    I don't think this GREAT country will vote for this lady at this time.She has lost it. I think the best thing is for her to drop out an go back to Alaska,Then again I think that's too late.She is making a joke out of everyone.

    October 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. 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 last summer. She's a witch, he's a cheat. That is what you will NEVER hear from Obama/Biden, they are way too polite.

    October 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. caroline lopez

    I wonder how Sarah Palin squares her: 'christain values' when she goes about in public telling blatant lies ie Obama palling around with terrorists. I too read the New York Times article which clearly stated that the Ayres was on the fringes of Obama;s life and ties were very remote. How many of us have crossed distant paths with unsavourly characters. I am a catholic and really take offense at Palin's remarks and I hope the American public are smart enough to see through this desperate attempt to change trhe subject. I am also ashamed at how far John McCain has stooped by endorsing this attack. both of them are disgusting hypocrites!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Barney

    The following are on almost every post – one right after the other. Yet my input is censored out 90% of the time. WHY?

    Ohio for McCain October 5th, 2008 12:00 pm ET

    »VOTE McCain=The GREAT McCain!

    Cosmos Rocks October 5th, 2008 11:59 am ET

    »Sarah Palin=Wonderful Lady=STRONG leader=Next Vice-President. YES!

    October 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Barney

    Stop censoring me CNN

    Barney October 5th, 2008 11:41 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Thank you Sarah !!! After 45 years of having to listen to a republican mother-in-law, she called last night and said she's not going to listen to any more lies from her party. Just in time, too. She's switching to DEM tomorrow – the last day to "register" (although she's only officially switching parties)!!

    Thank you Sarah!!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Not a hockey mom or Joe 6 pack in Ohio

    This lady is unreal. Sarah stop acting like your stuff doesn't stink. You are currently under investigation and refusing to testify you know. You think because you are a woman you are untouchable, but your not. You are a disgrace to women in this country. You are nothing but a wind up doll for the Republican party and you don't know the 1st thing sbout issues or runnning the country. Sarah do us all a favor and head back to Alaska. Thanks , but no thanks!

    October 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. J

    apparently now Sarah Palin thinks that women have to support her or we're going to hell. really? she didn't support rape victims. I guess I'll be next to her and the Devil when I go.


    October 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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