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. D Rich

    Why all the hate for Palin? Let's see the video and judge for ourselves.

    October 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. JAS


    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008

    October 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. CitizenAJ

    Yet another asked and answered accusation, just like Bill Ayers. Wow, do you now have to ask people you meet and befriend what is your faith, interest and political background now in this country? Unless you can prove that Senator Obama was supportive of anti-semitism or actually spoke out against Israel, then get off of it. What we have heard from Senator Obama is support of Israel. You have Jesse Jackson sharing his views, but not those of the candidate and now the McCain-Palin ticket bringing up old news to stir up tension in the Jewish-American community on the eve of the election. Pitiful!

    What is really sad, other respectful republican politicians have bought into this way of campaigning. Elizabeth Doles ad in North Carolina is suprising yet telling of the desparation of the republican party. I never thought she would stoop to these tactics.

    October 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. jide akintayo from Lagos,Nigeria

    Girl,what is wrong with you ? Have you lost your mind ?How low can you go Sarah? This is another attempt to distract the populace from the issues....But guess what ,word on the street is "No Way No How No McKane No Palin !!!"
    Remember you're going to reap what you sow..I'm praying for you Sarah ..

    October 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. The World for Obama

    Send this woman home.

    October 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. ME


    October 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Osiris

    How much low can you go?

    Another scare tactic!!

    Can you lear from your mistake Sen MacCain?

    Thanks God it is almost over to send Gov Palin back to Wisila, Alaska.

    GO VOTE!!

    October 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. TheTruthHurts

    They need to leave the stage quickly because they are making it worse every day. The people who vote based on this mess are the ones that need some education (not formal, but common sense) and the fact that this garbage works on them is disgusting.

    Whites and Christians that fall for the race-baiting and religion-baiting that is going on really need to examine their motivations and their values. I cannot beleive the anti-Christian things coming out of the mouths of Christians. Christ died for Jew and Gentile. He died for the Muslim. Our country is founded on freedom of religion, including NO religion. I'm a Christian and I'm ashamed of this mess.

    For those who don't know. Christians are not a monolith and this behavior DOES NOT reflect the Bible I study.

    October 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. former gop

    Palin would drive her kids into a lake if it meant winning. She's evil. I truly believe this. Please post.

    October 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. miss yawning

    when one does not have enough or more qualifications to offer, the best tactic would be aggresively attacking his/her opponent from any angle...this seems the case with Palin...Palin would be good as a photographer 'cause she likes seeing and capturing other things from various angles....but one thing for sure she is not good enough for a VP candidate.....oh.....pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...... .

    October 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. jay nyc

    Sarah who?????????????????????????????

    October 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Baby love

    palin diva and your $150,000 clothing ,please just shut up and focus on issues that matter to us.

    October 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Sylvia

    SO WHAT!

    October 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Rese

    I'll be the first to say that what Palin, McCain and the RNC are doing is terrorism (please look up the definition); something they said they want to fight. If their God is the right one, I want nothing to do with them. Just wish that others could see that they are performing terrorists acts on their own kind. Shameful and someone (is there a lawyer willing to take this on?) should sue all of them.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Craig

    Tough talk from Palin, who up until two months ago probably couldn't have found Israel on a globe to save her life!

    I guess she has it out for university professors. Probably due to her bad experiences in the 5 colleges it took her to earn her degree.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Lisa P

    More slime and innuendo from Palin. What a surprise. There really is no lie she will not tell, no depth to which she will not stoop. Now the real secret true Truth is hidden on a video that no one has seen of a private event that took place five years ago? Whatever, Sarah. We only have to compare your speeches and actions of the last month or so to know who is the better and more honorable person. Hint: it isn't you or your running mate. You two are only about getting ahead by ripping down the other guy; Barack Obama builds everyone up by treating everyone with respect, and for that he gets my respect (and vote) in turn. It will be good to have someone bring dignity back to the White House for a change.

    As for Sam the Tax Evader: what I want to know is whether or not he got a new wardrobe out of the deal, and how much it cost. Because like Sarah Palin (and unlike Barack) I'm always willing to shoot for the cheap shot, which is why I will never be President and neither will John McCain or Sarah Palin, God and the electorate willing.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. austin, tx

    .....scary....really scary. this lady has people wrapped in her hands and they love her.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Don

    Palin is only wanting the people to see the facts. He also has ties to ACORN and we can see how corrupt they are. In Mississippi for example out of the 81 counties in the state 29 are reporting more registered voters than they are population. I guess when your that desperate you will resort to cheating huh? These men have already proven where they stand.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. laura

    The McCain campaign and all those in it are disgusting especially Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. I just can't get over the fact that they have sooo little to talk about that this is what they sink to...its clear this is meant to incite fear among Jewish Voters.

    Why is it that they INSIST on talking about Obama, and yet have nothing to say about themselves!!!! If I were an Independent Voter I would like to know WHY it would be in my best interest to vote for McCain and yet....with this type of hateful, bigoted talk and now Joe the NON-Plumber, non-taxpayer is now the top campaign surrogate! This is just unbelievable.

    People...WE need an administration that will be thoughtful, pragmatic, and educated with the ability to bring people together. The Bush Administration has divided us with fear, and we are hated abroad by our own allies. DO YOU want this to continue???? Is this the type of attitude you want in an administration when it comes to handling Foreign Policy?

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. simmerdownow

    Governor Palin:
    You and Senator McCain have stooped to such nasty lows. You two have only yourselves to blame if and when you lose.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |

    Palin go back to Alaska you advocate of hate.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. the other jd

    @ Concerned in MA–
    Strangely, the more I hear about Obama, the more I like him. Inversely, the more I hear FROM McBush, the less I like him.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. robin

    I thjink the LA Times got this out late so they can say , hey , we rep
    orted it didnt we . This and other media have stuck their neck out so far in such a biased and unprofessional manner ...that now they are covering themselves . What a sorry , frightening state of affairs

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Obama/Biden 08

    First of all, Palin does not seem to understand the meaning of negative campaigning.

    Second, these people are professors at respected universities. If the University of Chicago thinks Khalidi can teach its students safely, where is the issue?

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Womens right to choose

    This women is a wacho. I guess they weren't kidding when they said they wouldn't be talking about issues, because if they did they would lose. So all she has is negative remarks and lies. Hard to believe people even attend her rallies much less would vote for those to dumbheads. Just think if they did get elected they wouldn't know how to run this country anyway beause neither one of them knows anything about issues only what Obama has talked about on issues. They would be calling Obama in January to ask what they should do next.

    October 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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