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. NoMcCain&Palin

    I hope the American people do not fall for this lame attempt to smear a good man's name. It really is time for a change...

    Good riddance McDumb & Dumber!

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Concerned

    Why does the McCain campaign have to keep regurgitating this type of dirty politics? It is true that each side should have arguments and comments against each other, but this type of thing is wrong.

    Will the McCain campaign enjoy retaliation i.e. Keating 5, Cindy's drug and theft issues, Troopergate etc. ? Too bad Palin opened that door....all is fair game now. It would be such a shame to see that start happening.

    Wouldn't it be wiser to go with the ISSUES and win the election with some dignity? It is disgusting, but it is hoped that our wonderful American neighbours see through it.

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Kevin

    I mean..I am serious...Pls McCain cam..come up with sth related to ISSUES..this will not get you WHITE HOUSE

    October 5, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Dr Spike

    Obama is a black muslim, American muslims are those who seek a religion outside America. Nothing is wrong with that, but why did he refuse American values. Palin was right when she said "Obama sees America different from what we see America". I can't blame her!

    October 5, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Bledar

    Didn't Keating 5 cost taxpayers $3 billion? Didn't 20,000 lost their job because of it?
    Wasn't McCain friend with a radical radio talk host who "Shooting Police in head is fine"
    Both McCain and Palin are so ignorant and if America chooses to be led by such Ignorants than the other haft of people we suffer too.

    So, your decision is clear in this election.
    Obama & Biden will be the smart choice.

    October 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. White EX REPUBLICAN Texas Woman FOR OBAMA

    Keep talking, Sarah. Can't wait to hear what comes out of your mouth next.

    If you really, really, WANT to dredge up the past, I've got 2 words for you:


    (Oh, and BTW, they don't call it the Keating 5 because McCain was 5 when it happened...)

    October 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. for Palin

    Palin speaks the truth....

    October 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Abigail

    This is just another example of a sinking ship. How pathetic. It seems the only thing the Republicans know is how to "Swift Boat." McCain is simply out of touch and Palin is absolutely frightening. Her unbridled ambition should be enough to turn any thinking person off. Her comments about the Constitution and the V.P. position said it all.

    October 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. conny

    GOTTA LOVE IT. desperado fact check, fact check, fact check, and it's ANOTHER LIE from the famous liars. Mcsame and Pafalain knows that it just about CHECK MATE!

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Palin is absolute fair game at this point! She is a clueless idiot with nothing but anger, bitterness, and hate to propel her and McCain to the White House.

    McCain-Palin will use every Rove-Tactic possible to distract Americans from the very real and central issues at hand-the economy, the Wars, and the overall sustainability of the American Civilization.

    These are grave times for America and I really do fear the decline of the "American Dream" and the increase cynicism that all Americans have at present. Obama offers real solutions to real problems. McCain-Palin offers divide, hatefulness, and anger!

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Frank Lee

    This flake that McCain offered up as his gift to America will sink him, the GOP, and Sairhead herself.

    Talk, baby, talk.

    Every time you open your mouth, your campaign drops another point in the polls.

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Sarah

    I am an independent voter and was leaning toward McCain/Palin but this went too far. If I meet and work with a terrorist, that does not make me terrorist. If I meet a thief, that does not make me a thief. So for the future leaders, please focus on "People" and "What they concern about" instead of pulling useless stuff to win...

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Don

    History does indeed repeat itself. If we do not learn from it we are doomed to repeat it. I wonder why it is every time I hear Palin speak and the crowd start to chant USA, somewhere in the backgroud I hear a rising voice whispering "Evita! Evita! Evita!"

    Welcome to America Juan. Welcome to power Ava.

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Words*Matter

    Go figure, Palin refers to and quotes from the NY Times and the left is indignant. Too funny. The fact is, Obama has never been forthcoming about his relationship with Ayers or Rev. Wright for that matter. Why? Because he knows that if he told the truth, the American people would reject. I agree with some posters who say we need to hold politicians accoutable. Let's begin with Obama and his relationships with felons, terrorists, leftists and socialists.

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. dzung,frisco,tx.

    the sad thing is that the republicans had their heads so deep down in the sand,they will believe her and vote for mcshame and her

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Tom in S.A.

    Ya'll, this is not a lie, do some research, other than CNN's fact check. Obama is close to this guy, he's not right now, gee wonder why, but he has helped Obama get where he is today and you will see why once Obama is elected, you'll see lots of people Obama's been close to jump to the forefront, but your to naive to see it, but you will.

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Arielle Yanaba

    It is no surprise this Woman and John McCain will find yet another lie, yet another low to reach. Why can they just not stick to the issues? Oh, because they have no real ideas, they have no leadership skills, they are fakes! I wish they would take the word maverick out of their mouths, I believe Joe Biden made it clear that John McCain is no Maverick!

    Obama/Biden 08 &12

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. M. Winners

    But I thought I heard Palin say the necon repugs were "forward looking" not looking to the past? Hypocrites!

    Let the "fear, smear, mock and LIE" tactics from the McCain/Palin campaign start in 3...2...1

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Steve


    Don't pay attention to those idiots! Remember they are the low road to disaster.

    Keep your head high!


    They took tax payers money and gave it to the rich and took the rich bad debt and gave it to the tax payers.

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Bob

    It sure is a shame that McShame and the female can't run on a platform and only can talk about there opponents. If they had a platform worth anything they would be campaigning on it. SORRY REPUBLICANS YOU DON'T HAVE A CHANCE. MR BUSH FIXED YOU IN THIS ELECTION AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANY DECENT CANDIDATES RUNNING IN YOUR PARTY. By the way- where is Dick Cheney hiding?

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Matt from Ohio

    I had thought about voting for McCain after Hillary had lost the primaries. But after seeing how negative this man has turned, and especially his pick for running mate has turned me off greatly. McCain is deceitful and a liar, and Palin...don't get me started. I will be an Independent voting Democrat this year!

    Obama-Biden '08!

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Lee

    The McLie/P-lie-n campaign is pathetic and disgusting. They will spew anything in the name of "Country First." Truth is – their policy is "Get Elected First" and figure out the rest later. They must also believe that if you tell a lie enough times, then it becomes the truth.

    Since she's so interested in having something that happened years ago be used against you: Palin pals around with drunks and low lifes who drink and drive, as in Todd Palin – DUI in the early 1980's. And she wasn't even 8 years old when Todd got his DUI. Do ya think them hockey moms would approve of some drunk killin' their little goalies with their cars?

    Americas must stand up to this garbage and demand that their candidates be honest and trustworthy. McLie said he would run an honest campaign – I guress that was a lie also.

    October 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Hopeful Floridian

    I have to raise the question – what does Sarah Palin call Nelson Mandela a Nobel peace prize winner? He too orchestrated bombings and killing of innocent people back in the day as he was opposed to the South African governments politics – is he still labeled a 'terrorist'? No the world has forgiven him and embraced him. What happened was many years ago. Likewise with Bill Ayers if he was still a terrorist the government would have him in jail not walking the streets – so really republicans get over yourselves!

    October 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. maynard hopkins wi

    where does Obama get his campaign money from/?

    A lot of the money for Obamas run for the whitehouse COMES FROM SAUDI ARBIA,,,,IRAN,,,,,CHINA,,,,,AND OTHER MIDWESTERN NATIONS. ARE THESE TERRORISTS COUNTRIES??????

    The watchdog group for the internet has documentation that large money transfers are going to OBAMAS campaign from these countries.

    October 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Jeanine G

    It is pathetic...truly, that McCain/Palin REFUSE to discuss what they will DO to help Americans. "Country First"??

    They have lied, tried to instill fear, distracted, and sidestepped, and made excuses, but they haven't told us how an administration, led by them, would be any different from the last 8 years....not once.

    October 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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