October 29th, 2008
01:12 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin blasts Obama for ties to Palestinian professor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/29/palin6.jpg caption=" Palin's criticized Obama's ties to Palestinian professor Rashid Khalidi."]
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (CNN) - Sarah Palin thrust Barack Obama’s relationship with a Palestinian academic into the national spotlight on Wednesday at a rally in Ohio - a tactic reminiscent of her repeated attempts to tie Obama to former radical William Ayers.

Palin kicked off her rally in Bowling Green by stressing, as she always does, that “it is not negative campaigning to call someone out on their record.” In recent weeks Palin has used that line to open up an attack on Obama’s tax plans. On Wednesday, she tried something different.

“It seems that there is yet another radical professor from the neighborhood who spent a lot of time with Barack Obama going back several years,” Palin said. “This is important because his associate, Rashid Khalidi, he, in addition to being a political ally of Barack Obama, he's a former spokesperson for the Paliestinian Liberation Organization.”

Khalidi - whose name Palin mispronounced - is currently a leading scholar of Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University, and was a contemporary of Obama’s while on faculty at the University of Chicago.

Khalidi has been a stern critic of United States foreign policy towards Israel and has accused the country of “occupying” Palestinian territories, but he has denied acting as a spokesman for the PLO.

The Los Angeles Times reported in April that Obama praised Khalidi at a 2003 going-away party for the professor when he left Chicago. The McCain campaign has pressured the Times to publicly release a videotape of the event, but the newspaper has refused, citing the request of a source.

Palin said the public has a right to know what Obama said at the event.

“And the twist here is that there's a videotape of a party for this person, back in 2003, a celebration of him, and Barack was there, and we know some very derogatory things were said there about Israel and America's support for that great nation,” Palin said.

“And among other things, Israel was described there as the perpetrator of terrorism instead of the victim. What we don't know, what we don't know is how Barack Obama responded to these slurs on a country that he now professes to support, and the reason is the newspaper that has the tape, the Los Angeles Times, refuses to release it.”

Palin accused the Times of being Obama’s “pet newspaper” and said the paper would win a Pulitzer Prize for “excelling in cow-towing.”

The Republican vice presidential nominee was joined at her Ohio rally by Joe Wurzelbacher, known to the world as Joe the plumber. It was the first time the celebrated small business owner has appeared with Palin on the stump.

Palin described Wurzelbacher as “a fellow Alaskan” because he once lived near Fairbanks.

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soundoff (1,018 Responses)
  1. Hardworking American for McCain

    Go for it, Sarah! Rip 'em a new one!

    October 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. ANGIE

    What About Mccains ties to him

    October 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. ohio

    hahahhahahah plain abuseing power and talking about other people

    October 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    And I blast you missy for your moral stand on "pro-life"!

    The Republican party claims to be “pro-life“. So, they believe that a mother to be, who discovers she is pregnant while in the advanced stages of AIDS, is informed the odds of the 2 month old fetus she is carrying. also being infected is 50%. In the world of the Republicans, she then decides to have a selfish abortion of convenience and the “baby” is dismembered and cruelly ripped from her body.

    The mother that holds her newborn infant for the first time is expected to, call the doctor with her first case of colic, play this “Little Piggy” tickling his toes while he giggles uncontrollably, watch her take her first steps, kisses away the pain of a scraped knee when he falls from his tricycle, sit up with her when she gets the measles, and hold her breath on the first day of school and worries if he is making friends, worries every minute she is out with that new driver’s license and the car, watch in horror and fear while he is prone on the football field after a hard tackle, and breathe a sigh of relief when he slowly rises, watch with tears in her eyes when she walks across the stage to accept her high school diploma, smile bravely at him when he boards the plane in his uniform on his way to fight a pre-emptive war, started by Republicans to “sow the seeds of democracy“, is then alone and crying inconsolably when she greets the casket under the belly of the plane when she returns home after stepping on a land mind and being dismembered to such a degree that the casket is forever sealed.

    So, Republicans, explain to me how this is considered “pro-life”?
    How exactly does this protect the “sanctity of all life“?

    When you realize the hypocrisy of this one example of supposed “pro-life” doctrine that the rabid right neo-cons of the Republican party espouses, then and only then, will the party begin to heal and reform and once again regain some esteem in the eyes of the American public.

    See me, if you need more hypocritical examples that need resolving.

    October 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Independent but Leaning

    SHOW US THE VIDEO. Quit hiding your past Obama!

    October 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Says the airhead with the secessionist husband who speaks at the AIP rallies in her spare time. Real credible you ditz!

    October 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Reason

    shut up

    October 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. More News

    Palin is spreading lies and slurs about Obama. The McCain camp has no ideas of there own. All they can do is attack him personally. I am sick of them.

    October 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Irony

    Why should we believe anything this hypocritical socialist Alaskan Governor says? She gives away money to every Alaskan, redistributing wealth, hangs aroung with anti-american parties, and then points fingers.

    I don't trust her or her running mates lies.

    October 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. carlo

    You know, if Palin actually conversed in the world of academia, she would know that there are all types of people in that world. Since she is a dumb as a box of rocks, she thinks that sitting next to someone or saying something nice about them amounts to what she calls "palling around". The man is Palestinian-so what? McCain handed the same man millions in grant money, so I guess McCain is a terrorist sympathizer? This goes much further than just accusing someone of being a terrorist. What Palin is doing amounts to xenophobia. She is disgusting. I hope she isn't the future of the GOP.

    October 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Lee in CA

    Tell the LA Times to release the tape of OBAMA, AYRES AND RASHIDI at a banquet together. The tape allegedely contains footage of the men making antisemetic remarks.

    Call Them! Email them!

    October 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Scott in Atlanta

    Will they ever talk about what they want to do for the country, or will they just continue to talk dirty about Obama?

    October 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Independent but Leaning

    What does Obama not want us to see?!??!

    He knows America will not vote for the real Obama- he has to keep up this lie for 1 more week!

    Obama: call on the LA Times to release the video.

    October 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Tubby The Tuba

    Joe is being backed for congress by McCain and Palin, so he has to pay them back.

    October 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Carol in Rural Durham Maine

    Palin only spews trash lies and more venom than anyone. And sadly the party faithful belive this garbage. At some point CNN should say that it is so blatent they should put a message disclaimer on the front.
    Caution: What you are about to hear are not the views of this station and can be consided 'hate' and fear language from the candidates.

    Absolutely disgusting.

    October 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. McFraud

    More Lies from Palin's BS'ing mouth...The same Professor was given thousands in donations from John McCain himself. Who's the bad guy here? seems like Palin wants to get rid of scholarly professors from Colombia University now. She's a fascist!

    October 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. SteveO

    The shrill accusations of desperation continue.

    It’s really pitiful.

    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. KMAN

    Palin=Small-mindedness at it worst! This woman totally lacks credibility on any level ... and she claims to be a Christian??? What a blight on Christianity!!!

    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. ME

    GOOOOOO SARAH!!!!!!!! 🙂

    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. WannaBe Maverick?


    THIS IS RACISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Independent for USA only

    Sarah Palin is a McCarthyist. Good night and good luck.

    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. A Crying Shame!

    Why would Obama ever praise a work colleague? It's unthinkable! Why would anyone ever praise a colleague who leaving?

    Oh, I know, that's what civilized people do.

    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. NO Palin


    Next you will blame him for Global Warming because he does not use reusable shopping bags?

    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |

    Pailn needs to shut up. I don't like her because she feels if you don't think ignorant like her your a socialist or whatever other dumm thing she can think of. Now in the article she said The Time magazine is buddies with Obama, however that is the same magazine she used to say Obama pals around with terroist.


    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. ASHLEY, Colorado

    What in the heck is wrong with this woman? If I hear her say "you betcha" one more time I'll scream.

    October 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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