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. allan

    Palin is right. This man is not good for President. His judgment soooo poor .

    October 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. sue calgary

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT! Palin's smear tactics will not work. Nice try folksy mama!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. dubya

    How low can you go John and Sarah?
    I think you have both been set up by the failing GOP. They knew thy didn't stand a chance so they picked you two to take the fall.............just an observation.

    October 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Afnetman

    So it looks like McCains promise that he would not use negative campaigning and wanted to run an honest campaign is left up in the icy shores of Alaska. Why is he and Palin not telling us how they would run the country differently than Bush? Why are they not telling us their policies and how they will make our lives better? All we are getting is lies, misleading comments and hate about Obama. When I was in the military I new a lot of people who were not capable of doing their jobs and the only way they thought they could get promoted was to report anything negative about their peers. Come on Obama, let the country know you will not stand by this false mudslinging of republican campaigning. Any by the way, why is Palin's husband still walking free after ignoring a subpoena to report to the investigation in Alaska?

    October 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Abe

    A desperate lying winky bit bull with lipstick.

    October 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Michael

    Wow, they say it straight out... they're going to step up attacks and get "tougher". Typical behaviour of the GOP when they know they're going down. They admit they can't win on the issues, so all they can attack is perceived character defects. Pathetic.

    And thus beginneth the Swift Boating. But Obama will fight them off, just as he's fought off all of their nonsense in this campaign.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Zein

    They cant stop lying. Pathetic..

    October 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Jean, Calgary, Canada

    Sarah Palin is so desperate that she will do and say anything even if it is false as this is to win. Why won't she cooperate with her investigation in Alaska. I am sure she is afraid of what will come out about her. Being a Pitbull in lipstick is not a pretty image in the White House.

    October 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. JBP

    Trying to "turn the page" on the economy McCain? How can we "turn the page" when you haven't even given us ANY – repeat – ANY ideas on how you plan to do that!

    October 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Christine

    "A CNN Fact Check found Palin's charge to be false."

    Where's the apology, Sarah? Where's the retraction, John?

    When Palin or McCain open their mouths, all we hear is "Fear, fear fear..." Seems they're ok with lying to get the fear machine hyped up. Obama takes this in stride, he knows it's what we can expect from those two for the next month.

    October 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Ryan

    Sarah Palin still gets away with lie, after lie, after lie. Why do we allow Palin to get away with running such a disgusting campaign?
    Sarah Palin is a gutless politician with a complete disregard and disrespect for the American voter.
    Sarah Palin go back to Alaska, America does not need you, not now, not ever. John McCain has proven to all that his judgement is severely lacking in picking Palin. What a discrace both John McCain and Sarah Palin have become.

    October 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. California Voter

    Interesting to read some of the same comments made about Hillary Clinton coming from people . . .

    October 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. gerri

    I amost wish I could feel sorry for McCain,but I cant.

    October 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Cosmos Rocks

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

    October 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. JayInNewHampshire

    Scary Palin needs to look in the mirror when she starts throwing out accusations. Let's talk about troopergate, or how she hired her friends for prominent positions with little or no experience to do the job and lastly how about how she spoke to have alaska cecede from the u.s now that is a terrorist remark.

    October 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Not Your Average Joe Six Pack

    Now that Sarah Palin has disclosed that she reads, did she view the unemployment section, did she see how many "Joe Six Packs" filed for unemployment in the month of September. Instead of attacking Barack Obama, let the third graders give her an economic plan as extra credit. Put "Country First" and to get the country out of this mess.

    October 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Ohio for McCain

    ┬╗VOTE McCain=The GREAT McCain!

    October 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. leslie

    shame on palin for thinking the american people will fall for the "shock and awe" tactics that have become the true platform of the republican party . we actually read newspapers , listen to news and check the "facts". was she winking when she said this to signal a messge that she really didn't know what she was talking about AGAIN .

    October 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Vote Republican Because???

    When you have no platform on which you can base your campaign for POTUS, you can go to Alaska and pick a running mate that can see Russia from her backyard and then you can begin to attack, attack, attack...

    Obama was 8 years old when Ayers did this crap and the media and Sarah "inadequate Hockey Mom" Palin are running this story as if there is some validity to it.

    The politics of fear from the "RepubliThugs" seems to be in full swing.

    October 5, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. DAVID, Texas

    Our economy is in recession, jobs are being lost, inflation is up, why don't we just talk about turning the economy around.
    This personal attacks are turning me off.

    October 5, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. kay

    I think McCain and Palin will only help the comedians on the late night shows. They look like a comedy routine out there. It's the economy and were all worried about, and our 401K's going down the drain, but they just don't seem to understand it. Being negative don't tell us nothing in this game of politics.

    October 5, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. DT

    Obama and his tribe can say anything they want to and its ok, but if anyone says anything they don't agree with, very soon it'll turn out to be racial, and CNN and MSNBC will agree with them, So there you go another G W Bush in different make-up and is always right because he said it.

    October 5, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Steve

    Deb, I couldn't have said it better, sister!

    No one believes Palin or McCain. It's over for them. They're just trying to stay in the news. First it's Michigan. More to come. Can anyone remember a recent campaign in which a campaign gave up on a state before election day? McCain and Palin are in huge trouble here.

    October 5, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Mel


    October 5, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Conor

    This is such a despicable smear.

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