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. Enshala

    CNN is not being truthful and is not revealing all of the facts on it web sites. Obama is a Marxist/Leninist as is Mr. Ayers. They both support the death of Consitutional government. CNN only serves to raise the anger of patriots who see CNN as a tool of the radical left of the country. Everything Sarah Palin said is true. Shame on CNN.

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

    Palin is a terrorist.

    Her method of destruction seems to be 'reproducing stupid people' and seeding America with them.

    October 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Maggie from Virginia

    We knew it was coming... These attacks didn't work in the primaries and will not work this time.

    October 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. dede-ol

    its a sad thing to see senator mccain take these road. i guess honor and country first is gone.mccain was involved with the keating scandal which caused the tax payer billions,again forgeting what caused the s&l bank to fail which was no regulation mccain is again instrumental in structuring the delegulation that has made the corrapse of our banking credit.please america these beyoud being nice we need change in america.go obama

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

    Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

    We wont.

    October 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Christine El Paso

    It's sad when they have to drag out old news.. I heard about all this during the primarys... it was debunked then as it will be now as complete lies and smears. If this is all the McCain/Palin camp has left to use, there in big trouble.

    October 5, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Mali

    This looks exactly an Asian politics. If you want to fight an opposition politician you simply tie him with terrorost.

    October 5, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Rock that vote Missouri

    Were coming out to vote in Missouri this year, be ready for a change!
    We will be holding hands as one to push the Rep. Party down the stairs.

    Obama/Biden "08"

    October 5, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Frank in Pittsburgh

    Typical Republican sleaze. This Palin needs to go back to being a sportscaster in Alaska. She thinks the American people are just as dumb as her, but most of us "Joe six packs" are not stupid enough to fall for this junk.

    October 5, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Ray Fisher

    The McPain Campaign is getting desparate now, next they'll offer Cindy and Sarah as door prizes. Sad to see them sink so low when the lies aren't working. Only reinforces my thoughts that while I respect McCain's military record and service, as I am also a disabled veteran, I cannot respect his post POW actions as a senator and Bush administration lapdog. At least Biden has the integrity to suspend his campaign to support his wife. America is in need of leaders with integrity and character instead of inuendo and bull. This bailout fiasco has hurt our nation dearly and we need to restore civility to our nation and our election process.

    October 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Larry

    When was the last time the media thought it wasn't a problem that someone running for the President of the US, hasn't had any ties to
    terrorists in the last 3 years, shouldn't be a problem?Are you kidding me??

    Say what you want about McCain / Palin,but they cann't be tied to TERRORISTS,really!!!

    Obama/Biden working the people.

    McCain / Palin working for the people

    October 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. What a joke

    Here we go again with the negative, fear mongering tactics of the Republican attack machine. I guess Palin is feeling bold again since she finally managed to correctly match subject with verb during the VP debates. Now all she has to worry about is putting "those words" together to make a logical and coherent sentence.

    October 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Please make it stop

    Just shameful. This just shows how desperate the McCain camp is. Maybe Palin needs to take a look at CNN's Fact Check. She will find that her claim is false.

    October 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Larry

    I can give you 700 Billion reasons why McCain and Palin should not get anywhere near the Whitehouse.This is not the time or place for more lies from the McCain campaign of Shame.Fear and lies have no place in this most important election in our time.

    October 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. R. Cooper

    The GOP is history, and they know it!

    October 5, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. virginia nielsen

    What a lie !!! When Bill Ayres was doing that stuff trying to stop the Vietnan war Obama was only 8 years old and this guy now is a respectable professor in Chicago and he went throu all punishments at that time... What a bunch of crooks !!! Obama 2008-2016 !!!

    October 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. John Lloyd

    My question is to all newsreporters on all networks.

    When and who will dare to question McCain on wheather he has been
    screened for PTSD or not.

    I for one would like it discussed prior to his election and then it may be too late. all it takes is a question on a survey, or directly asked.

    anyone else want to know? then blog blog blog

    October 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Chipster

    This woman is the most repulsive, disgusting candidate in American history. She is shameless in her lies and exaggerations. Her "folksy" chatter is just plain phony.

    Her responses, during the recent debate, were brief and well-rehearsed speeches to such a degree that she had to actually tell Gwen Ifle that she was going to answer the question she wanted to answer, not the one that was asked! In my profession, we call that an ID-10-T situation!

    I'm not sure that McCain even knows that she has hijacked his campaign. Her recent statement that she and Todd will campaign in Michigan reveals who's really in charge in PalinLand.

    October 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Texan Dad

    Don't be fooled, America! The Republicans are just trying to play the terrorism card again! Turn the page on all that!

    October 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. KennySFV

    What I cannot fathom is the fact that McCain and Palin call themselves "Christians," and go on with this evil, yes evil, strategy of bearing false witness against Senator Obama. They certainly don't understand the teachings of any Christ I know. I'm praying that the American people don't fall for these wicked, nasty people this time. It's time for change, it's time for someone who can unify us in hope. Please vote Obama/Biden 2008.

    October 5, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. chucky

    this is my ad

    Fear is a tactic the Bush administration used to win votes in his 2004 campain to win the white house. Now John McCain and Sara Palin are using the same tactics to try and win the 2008 elections. Well it wont work

    John McCain, I AM NOT AFRAID

    my name is Chucky........and i approved this meesage

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 5, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is beyond belief and this terrorist comment is far outside the bounds of a presidential campaign. Palin continues the usual GOP smear tactics because she and McCain (mavericks? baloney) have NOTHING to offer America but a continuation of Bush's rotten 8 years.

    Palin the book banner is a sleaze. I hope the people of Alaska are successful in their recall effort to remove her from the governorship.

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. etim

    The fact is they are not qualified for the office.They are ready to lie their way and force themselves down the throat of Americans.They are telling Americans that if you were stupid in 2000 and 2004 elections to elect Bush, you will be stupid again to elect a us in 2008.This confirms that McCain/Palin are not qualified, because they dont have anything to offer to the problems of this great nation except more of Bush.
    Rather than talk about issues,it's swiftboating of obama's personality.
    They should learn from Hilary.Her campaign picked up when she started talking about the issues rather than maligning obama.

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. HyperD

    Another McStunt here... NO WE ARE NOT GOING TO FORGET THAT REPUBLICANS BANKRUPTED THIS COUNTRY..! If you actually read the article in NYT you'll see that they say that THERE WAS NO ACTUAL CONNECTIONS, so Palin is lying, once again. I'm tired of McCains dirty tactics. Obviously he can't win speaking the truth and about himself, so they have to LIE. No way, no how, No McCain..! Obama-Biden '08..!

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. mitch

    palin/mccain campaign resorting to heinous lies and slander! they should be prosecuted!

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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