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. Independent

    Read my lipstick, I am voting for OBAMA/BIDEN!

    I wouldn't hire Palin to pick dead animals off the highway, much less sidekick to run my country.

    October 5, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Mike In Fairfax, VA

    Tiff in Lithia,

    You are writing about "educated" voters, and yet, you think "nonsense" is a hyphenated word? I suppose you are not one of those you speak of.

    October 5, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Gajendra

    CNN shame on you! When you know that Sara's claim is false – so why are you broadcasting this trash. You also know that McCain camp is loosing and now they want to throw all kind of trash on Obama.
    You have a choice. You do not have to become another Fox News.
    Responsible journalism demands you ignore this kind of false trash.

    Shame on you – CNN>

    October 5, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. now

    Who does sarah palin think she is to be spouting on Obama like this

    October 5, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. jasminne

    Pathetic McCain and Palin are deceiving; the republican campaign tactics on lies and smears and is not going to work, the american public clearly has voiced their opinion we want "CHANGE".

    Mrs. Palin stop addressing the american people like we were third graders. It is imaginable that Palin can't articulate a simple answer; crash course in foreign affairs, economy, health insurance etc. is not going to cut; the White House is not training grounds .

    Note: we don't need a pit-bull, that is non-sense

    Obama /Bidden'08

    October 5, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Ted:Canada

    SARAH RUN!!!

    Sarah – I thought you were an maverick now all you are is a McCain look alike and sound alike.

    Don't let him bring you down.

    Get out before your name and family gets tarnished for life!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Joe Dallas/Fort Worth

    I can't believe these so-called mavericks are entering the likes of George Bush and Dick Cheney. It's slimy politics on their part and simply untrue.

    October 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Gloria, San Diego

    As a retired teacher, Sarah Palin represents all that I've seen wrong with some teens: lying, sarcasm, flirting shamelessly, showing a false face to friends and another, less loving, to family, hyperbole, swagger, false gossip, spitefulness, boastfulness, lack of knowledge or study of history and current events, cramming for exams, refusal to keep up with current events by reading, repeating falsehoods when she knows what she's saying is all wrong. Do you want a teenager a heartbeat away from the presidency? I know that I don't!

    October 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Susan

    These two desparate Rebublicans are showing that they are at a stage in this election when they will use any blatent lie to distract people. Sarah Palin is a disgrace to the women of America. It showed in the debate between Sen Biden and herself. She needs to go back to School and take a course in how to debate and make a connection to the people she is addressing. It was irritating to try to follow what she was trying to say. When she was asked some questions she changed the subject. You could tell she dodged the issues and talked about what she had memorized. The next time she tells a lie she should do a thorough fact check, so as to not be cought in a lie again. Susan from CT

    October 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Laura

    You Obama supporters have on this blog and others thrown around Keating 5, Keating 5 for months now (even though John McCain was exonirated (sorry about the spelling) from wrongdoing.

    You don't like it when something is brought up about Obama. Okay so if Ayers isn't enough lets talk about Rezko, Wright and his dealings with ACORN. Also lets look at Obama being the #2 senator in contributions from Fannie and Freddie. Can we talk about these? Probably not. We know the MSM won't mention it. Well most of the MSM. Fox has mentioned it and has invited Obama to respond to each and every accusation. Of course he won't answer them why? Because he knows the accusations are correct. Even Hillary brought up Rezko.

    October 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |


    October 5, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. chris

    Sarah Palin has no right talking about about one's character when she was involved with her husband's friend five years ago

    October 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Sammy

    This is a such an old story I dont know how many people care about it anymore. I certainly dont. We still have 4 weeks to go and if McCain/Palin want my vote then they need to get off talking about like this and talk about things that mean something right here and now.

    October 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Shelby

    Of course Barack is going to reject these ties now he is trying to be an all American poster boy but O'Bama certainly did not reject them when he was writing his books.

    O'Bama who admits being involved in socialism and maxist groups, calls a communist radical a "father figure" who once wrote about sleeping with a 13 year old child as his duty and worked with a man who regrets not blowing up the NYC police station....who was best friends with convicted felon Rezco and let us not forget his infamous pastor of 20 years Rev. Wright......

    Wow..............O'bama has a lifetime of corruption.....and you people want to vote him to be your next president.............wow

    October 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. help me keep my house with your rescue plan

    This is so desperate situation for McPalin that they do say anything to distaract the main street from real issues. People please stop the idiots to make our life wose than this by going Obama/Biden 08

    October 5, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. D.

    I did not expect him to agree on his shady connections, but plenty exist!

    October 5, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Dan

    Wow, should have known this was just a matter of time, huh? McCain's getting killed in the polls so here comes the kitchen sink, including falsehood after falsehood from Palin, who obviously thinks the American people are this stupid to believe anything that comes out of a politician's mouth. You know what people are paying attention to, Sarah? The economy and how your party screwed it up over the last 8 years. But please, keep up with the desperate tactics to remind us how you aren't in touch with the REAL ISSUES.

    October 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. QG

    Democrat Voting For McCain / Palin ! & Ohio for McCain... U guys are lame!

    October 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Joe 666 pack

    It's not a matter of Intelligent voters fact checking crap like this. It's up to us educated voters to correct the "average Joe/ $150k a year earning" Republican puppets that we work with and live near that will be trying to spread this smear.

    October 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Greg

    So the McCain strategy for overcoming a losing economic position is to send Sarah "Qualin" out with the daily slander, then run and hide from the press. This is certainly not worthy of the "straight talk express" now, is it?

    October 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Honeybee58

    Of course, Obama loves his terrorist and anti-American friends. They fall right into his philosophy.

    October 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Dave in Raleigh, NC

    I'm getting tired of CNN's lack of editorial oversight. Just scanning quickly, I spot three misspelling typos in one three paragraph article! Way to go, guys! What journalistic integrity!

    October 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Who's the Best Governor in the U.S.?

    Sarah Palin has an approval rating of 70%-the highest in the U.S.

    Well, she sends Alaskans checks every year ranging from $3,000 to $ 20,000. She has no state income tax and no sales tax.

    What are you getting from your Governor?

    October 5, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. irony

    she is pitiful. When she made this statement was she asked a question about Venezuela? If you ask the clerk at the grocery, "what aisle is the dish soap?" When he says, " the potato chips are in aisle five." Would you scratch your head? So you ask again. The clerk responds, "the bologna is in the meat department." You would think they were insane or an idiot or both. This is analogous to palin's debate performance. Now she's lying again on the stump.

    October 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Arpit

    does anyone think this rhetoric is mccarthy-esque? when the article she cites states unequivocally that this is a not a legitimate claim, it just makes her sound like she's trying to start a witch-hunt.

    who are they going to call a terrorist next?

    October 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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