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. chad

    things should be looked into- theres still alot we dont know about obama

    October 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Tamara, VA

    Palin has no idea is what she's talking about! She's just a puppet for the failing McCain campaign, saying whatever they have typed out for her. I don't know how Sarah Palin, John McCain, or anyone else on that campaign sleeps at night knowing that everyday they wake up just to continue spewing lies. They would rather lose their dignity and self-repsect than lose a campaign.

    October 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Voter

    Apparently SOMEBODY doesn't see Ayers as a "terrorist" if he's working on neighborhood improvement and serves on the board of a charitable foundation!

    Palin is getting desperate.

    October 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. bill from michigan

    Her husband belonged to a party that wants Alaska to leave the USA. Now that's what I call a questionable relationship. Maybe the witch doctor cured him.

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

    Economies go down every election cycle, that's what politicians do so they can get elected, wreck the economy, none of them give a crap about us, they'll just do whatever it takes to get elected. We were in a recession when Bush got elected, remember???

    October 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Eric

    As a recovering republican, this is another sad attempt of changing the most important issue that is facing our nation...the economy.

    What is more laughable then the transparent attempt of changing the subject, is the fact that Gov. Palin's husband was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party from 1995-2002. The Alaskan Independence Party supports secession from the United States. Therefore by the republican arguement, she is married to a former member of a radical party. I guess being married to someone who is a member of a radical party, is somehow less destructive then sitting on a board with one...

    George Bush and John McCain have ruined the party I once cared so much about....

    October 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Brad J.

    Additional irony: No terrorist has done more damage to this country than George W. Bush and his policies, who McCain voted along with 90% of the time.

    October 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Debby

    Reject all you want Obama news sources and all the papers placed you at Ayers house at a fundraiser for yet another radical you supported.

    October 5, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Dan

    Just another twisted interpretation by the Republicans. I suspect they will become more twisted. I, for one, am tired of lies and half truths. What ever happened to truth, honesty and justice? The candidates should be running on merit and new ideas and how we are going to get out of this mess we are in. I certainly am tired of the same stories that are coming out of the Republican party and I am certainly tired of the Vietnam saga. Yes McCain was a captive and spent many years in
    prison camp and suffered as many did and still do. He is a bonified
    war Vet. My question is, how does that affect my mortgage interest rate or credit card legalized robbery or medical bills? The answer is, it doesn't! .

    October 5, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Joe in MN

    A man who supports schools and education? What horror!

    October 5, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. David

    It's the economy stupid!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Brian L

    The McCain campaign has degenerated to a new and disgusting low with this latest swift-boat tactic. This is just another diversion tactic to draw people's attention that McCain is desperately out-of-touch with reality and Palin is so woefully unqualified to be VP. This is another big gamble for McCain that he will likely come to regret (like his VP pick). His credibility is in doubt, and a once honorable man is risking his honor. McCain is definitely going "All-in".

    October 5, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Al C.

    The McCain camp is saying that gloves are off now, so does that mean you just throw out lies and hope they stick? This has already been run thru fact check and found to have no validity. If nothing else it makes Palin look even more uninformed than she already does. I also find it interesting that they are trying to revive attacks that originally took place (and didn't work) from this past Spring. How do you spell desperation? M-C-C-A-I-N P-A-L-I-N

    October 5, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Military Voter, SW Asia

    Another desperate attack, that will not gain any new/independent voters, Palin as stated before has been nothing but a misleading distraction.

    Air Force Vet for Obama

    October 5, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Cathy, Peoria AZ

    I find this to be despicable. Continuing to attack, attack, attack while the REAL issues are the economy and health care is beyond comprehension. I am hoping Senator Obama continues to focus on the issues and avoid joining the McCain campaign in the gutter.
    This is why voters get turned off by politics and politicians.
    America, this is why Senator McCain/Gov. Palin can not be elected.

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Fritz

    Since the factchecking story found this story to be false, why is CNN repeating it? Perhaps the story should be titled – "Palin lies"

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. FYI

    After this election is over and Obama wins by a landslide, the investigation should continue regarding Sarah Palin's escapades in Alaska. All I could say payback is a b!tch and this lady should get what she deserves not only for all the lies she has tried to propagate but for the sake of the people of Alaska which is under her regime...

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Cesar

    She┬┤s a disgrace for American people

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. james

    Apparently Governor Pailin has started reading.

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. andrea burns

    palin is a nutty born again christian which contributes to her lack of education !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Parrot Pailin

    Sarah Palin has proven she's at least as smart as a parrot. She can repeat what she hears and what she's taught to repeat in spite of no comprehension.

    After flubbing the supreme court and reading questions with Katie Couric, she was able to absorb some new material and repeat the answers in great detail for FOX.

    Now the empty cup has been filled with new talking points. Just don't ask any questions of her.

    Awk wheehoo, Thanks but no thanks!

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. JoJo

    Hopeful Floridan tells us what we need to know about the Obamist. If someone comes to bomb my house, which will surely happen during an Obama dictatorship, I will resist with equal force. Enshala.

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Yes We Will

    The Republican Party is nasty. How can they stand to have their candidates put out this slim? What about McCains past on Keating 5, adultress affiar with Cindy. Palins future, Trooper Gate, Abuse of Power, adultress affair with "First Dude's" business partner, tossing her little baby around for votes.

    McCain said his campaign would stay above the standards. The man is desparate. This is sickening. Palin is horrible.

    We need moral values, integrity and someone that can lead.

    American for Obama/Biden

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Reg

    Palin can't even give a decent interview without showing America how ignorant she is to facts yet she fixes her mouth to criticize Obama. Again, she is wrong on the facts. Palin should be careful because her accusations are going to backfire in her own back yard!

    America for Obama/Biden – Yes We Can.

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. don kraus

    McCain must have had a "senior moment" when he opted to pick "Moose-Woman" as a running-mate... or he's as crazy as she is!
    I'm a registered republican and I'm re-registering to distance myself as far as possible from those two lunatics and all the hate-mongers they're in league with. If anyone thinks that McCain isn't running a racist campaign against Obama, this story should be proof. Linking Obama with terrorists because he tried to raise much-needed funds with a reformed black-activist from the 60's is preposterous... like most of the other McCain/Palin claims! These two are nothing but "headline-grabbers" and they don't care about facts as long as they stay in the public eye... does either one of them wonder how that public eye is actually viewing them?
    -Don Kraus

    October 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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