October 5th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama campaign rejects Palin 'terrorist' gibe

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(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. Enlightened Voter

    While mccain and palin are so busy attacking Obama and lying through their teeth, have they told you how exactly they are going to help you?

    October 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Don from California


    October 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Mary

    it's so sad that Palin has to attack Obama on something she knows nothing about.
    Ayers was a radical back in sixties and now has changed his life around and is a good citizen.
    Why can't people realize how many war protestors were back than.
    That war was less popular than Iraq.
    this is sad for all the Republicans that this is the best they can come up with.
    Face it you have nothing bad to say about Obama so you have to bring up old stuff.
    Concentrate about economy.......... oh..... that's right you don't know anything about that.

    October 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Wally© Belgium

    Just a comment on Palin accusing Obama of terrorist ties…

    HOW DARE YOU !!!!!

    We all know things are lookin' pretty dire in the polls…but did you really have to stoop that low..?

    You just darn right blew it…baby !!!!

    BIG TIME !!!!!

    Have the ol' man take the garbage out !!!!

    Come november 4…The Obama/Biden ticket is gonna come down on you like a ton of bricks and thank God you'll be out of here !!!

    And btw…If you were considering running in the 2012 campaign…?

    You just blew that too !!!

    Addio…bella senz'anima !!!!

    October 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    Now that it has been proven false, let's see if Gov. Palin continues to repeat this odious comment which once again is a Republican tactic to attack another opponent's patriotism.

    October 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Gloves


    To Senator Barrack Obama:
    It is time for you to take the gloves off. Along while ago I respected Senator Mr. McCain. No more. Your opponent Mr. McCain distorts facts or even simply lies. He is with out honor. He is twofaced, talks out of two side of his mouth and simply makes too many flip-flops. His mealy mouth running mate Governor Mrs. Sarah Palin only advertises with a shrill and grating voice her ignorance. Her strength lies in making fun of other people and spewing insulting jabs. She thinks she is successful and dynamic when her ill conceived sarcasm elicits laughs and chuckles in the audience.

    To the credit of most Americans the republicans’ dishonest campaigning tactics have been recognized. The Americans deserve an honest Government that represents the people. Senator Barrack Obama, fight fair, fight hard, Call a Spade a Spade.

    Take your gloves off. Do it now!

    October 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Patty, CA

    CNN fact check has found this McCain and Palin claim to be false...imagine that!! It's the same old republican routine, throw as many lies as possible out there, in as short a time as possible and even though they're lies some of them will stick..... Reminds me of the old saying, "if their lips are moving they are lying"....and these people have the audacity to accuse others of not being patriotic!!

    October 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Lisa Vilen

    Obama should reject her comments. Todd Palin actually belonged to the Alaska Independence Party, according to their records. She attended two of their conventions and, as Governor, addressed one of them. So, by her logic, because she is married to the man who belonged to an organization that has a goal of seceding from the U.S. and has a slogan of Alaska First, Alaska Always, it makes her a secessionist too.

    October 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. mmd

    I now see what the difference is between Obama and Palin, it is a fact that he was a child when Ayres was suppost to have committed these crimes of the times. Do you know that old saying, you can be a child once, but inmature forever. Well Obama grew up and palin is still a child. who is paying politic with her senile daddy mccain. But , in defense of mccain, I think he has forgotten about his dirt.

    October 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Mccain is a liar

    She has shown her true colors, there goes the straight talk motto, sarah Palin and Mccain and his sickening campaign disgust me and will go down in history as the worst most dispicable campaign in U.S history.

    October 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. think people

    Anyone who can't understand that Obama was EIGHT YEARS OLD when Ayers was affiliated with that radical group, and who can't understand that by the time Obama met him, Ayers was part of the Chicago poltiical machine and a widely respected professor at a reputable institution, is probably too dumb or partisan to have the hope of a real opinion.

    THINK, people. Does no one see the irony that Palin, at the debate, claimed that it's old history to link McCain and his voting record to the sitting president –which is CURRENT EVENTES–even as she tries to hold Obama responsible for the actions of another person from 40 years ago? When he was 8?

    October 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Tomkat in Seattle

    Stay the course President Elect Obama!

    October 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. mike

    Is she for real? they will do anything to win, I do believe an apology is in order for this incident. Clean up crew anyone?

    October 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. sarah1

    of course you found nothing wrong...you are really determined to appoint obama as president just as you appointed him as candidate. when you decide to be fair and un biased maybe people will watch your network again. until then you will continue to go down the drain.

    October 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Chut Pata

    So Obama at the age of 8, befriended a 23 year old member of an anti-war group that was declared terrorist (does not surprise me).

    And Sarah Palin at the age of 44 is married to a 44 years old member of the Alaska seperatist party.

    I wonder which one is more unpatriot. An 8 year old befriending a member of anti-war group that was declared terrorist, or a 44 year old marrying to a seperatist.

    October 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. J.L.

    I'm sure this is just the beginning of the mud-slinging by the McCain campaign. They're not getting any traction with the issues so the smear campaign begins. Over the next month, we'll see a lot of innuendos, hints, and just flat out lies. The more desperate the McCain campaign gets, the worse the mud-slinging will be... so much for the Straight Talk Express...

    Kinda sad to see McCain sell his soul just to win... especially when he suffered these same type of attacks from Bush back in 2000. What a difference 8 years makes...

    McCain 2008 =/= McCain 2000

    October 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. rosangel..change that im waiting for

    Fact Check: FALSE FALSE FALSE...Palin is out of Obama's league. SHAME ON YOU PALIN..YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT

    October 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Darryl

    The only reason Gov Palin is trying hard to tie Senator Obama to Corruption is because of her term as Alaska's time as govenor she use her office as a bully pullpit. In which she as excepted money from bigh oil committed tax fraud and even had sex with her husband business partner. This lady is not qualified to be VP nonless Govenor of Alaska she has not been properly vetted yet...

    Good luck John McCain she is pulling you down, down , down...

    Obama Binden 08/12

    October 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. cann

    Stay focused on your vision for leading America out of the wilderness of teh last 8 years, Senator Obama. We, the people, know what desperate lengths the McCain/Palin campaign will go to, and it will be rejected. Do get down in the gutter with them.

    October 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Emit R Detsaw

    Old news – this was already vetted – McCain's campaign is desperate and will be trying more "swift boat" tactics as they go through the next couple weeks.

    At least Obama has never aspired to be a dictator like McCain said last weekend.

    October 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. T

    Clearly Senator McCain and Governor Palin have nothing substantive to offer the American public, only lies to scare people into voting for them. My advice to supporters of Senator Obama: keep working towards his victory. The polls might be looking good for Obama now but the one taken on November 4th is the only one that counts and it can be expected that the Republicans will pull every dirty trick they have to win.

    October 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Barney

    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 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. JR

    Has anyone else noticed how 95% of the Republicans claims have been proven to be misleading or false after a fact check??

    October 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. cm

    And this is the change McCain/Palin will bring to Washington, sounds Old tricks and old politics to me.
    Can they or she talk about important issues anh how they will get us oot the bad situation we are in now or this is going to be the talk from now to election day?
    Not interested in same old same old.

    October 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. mama4obama

    It would be nice if the media...and the powers that be would be very specific about the charges Palin made being absolutely undeniably false. It should be made clear that Palin is LYING to the American people when she says things like this. I know Obama wants to stay above the fray, but I would like to see him call her and McCain out on their lies with some force.

    October 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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