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. Mr. Moderate

    How ironic.....a core tenant of the End of Days/Rapture theology in which Ms. Palin so deeply believes calls for the extermination of the Jewish people through conversion to Christianity or war. Who is really on the side of Israel.

    October 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Jeremy - Columbus, OH

    Palin you are obviously jealous because everyone in the above you mention has a higher IQ and education level than you do. Go back to Alaska.

    October 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. m.e.

    Oh, please, just STOP! I am so disgusted with the way McCain has run his campaign. I can't wait until it is over. If McCain manages to win, it will be another four years of this "We're the only REAL Americans" junk we've been hearing from them for years. How about saying the good things you'll try to do instead of just trying to make people afraid of Obama?

    October 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. wycliffe, NJ

    Why do republicans hate Muslims, Spanish, Blacks, People of Color.
    It is getting clear and clear that they hate other people who are not white.

    October 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. kravitz

    Democrats, why aren't you attacking McCain on the USS Forrestal disaster, where he crashed a plane into a ship and killed 133 sailors? Don't you people read?

    October 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. William

    They just don't get it. The Ayers smears aren't working, so lets try it again with a different name. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result... isn't that the definition of insanity?

    October 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Calofornaian_96

    Hi Palin,

    Is not ypu runing mate McCain, who is the real buddy of Khalid?
    McCain-chaired IRI funded the organization Khalidi founded and served on to the tune of $448,873 in 1998.

    Pease do your homeowrk

    October 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Karen Sullivan

    McCain and Palin have really steeped to beyond low throughout this campaign. And they complain the press has been biased?! Who do they think they're kidding?! They create their own negative news stories just by being the liars they are. They are the masters at spewing mistruths, half truths and inciting skinheads. They don't care what the truth is; they just want to win at any and all costs and I find that dispicable. I couldn't vote for these people who have a total lack of integrity. I now can't believe anything that comes out of their mouths because they have lied and twisted everything in this election.
    Obama/Biden 08 and Beyond!

    October 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. JR

    McCarthy rises. I hope Sarah Palin pays for this with her career. Truly, as those who see her close up have warned us, she is a whack job.

    October 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Jack

    Here you go again..... One more week, she'll be out of sight.

    They really have no ideas. This is all left for them. Pity!!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Katie

    You know who else calls Israel's actions an occupation? The United Nations. Palin is so uneducated about world affairs and politics it is ridiculous.

    October 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. NYCVOTER

    What's the matter CNN, my coments are not Obama loving so they can't be posted?You guys will be one of the first to feel the public wrath when this man destroys the country based on you're network wide campaign forcing people to vote for this guy.And could you tell Hillary Rosen to shut her mouthy already, the women destroyed the record industry and has no place to talk about anyone let alone Sarah Palin someone who is more of a women than the beast like liar Roesn will ever be.

    October 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Holly

    Palin's stupid remarks will come back to bite her in the butt if she even attempts to run in 2012.

    October 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    My God, that woman is the filthiest trash ever to crawl from the gutter she was born in to a position of power.

    I'm well aware that Obama might very well not win this election. But if he does, the visceral pleasure I will have from seeing her shoved back into the Alaska mud where she belongs... well. It'll be good.

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Kentucky

    Will someone slap her already!

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Don

    Joe the Plumber is NOT a small business owner. He's not even a plumber. He's a handyman with big aspirations. More power to him, but he's going to benefit from Obama's tax plan for quite a while waiting for his chance to buy his bosses plumbing business.

    Meanwhile, the Despicable Talk Express moves on. Still no coherent plans. Still nothing but lies and misdirection. I thank God Americans are about to give this party and those people a firm rebuke.

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Helena

    Please send this wolf killer back to Alaska. What a disgusting woman and mother.

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Stephanie

    to Concerned in MA. If you read the ticker on Cnn, you will see this
    "During the 1990s, while McCain served as chairman of the International Republican Institute, the group gave grant money to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi."

    How can you state that Obama can not be trusted when both candidates have so called "ties" to this professor. What exactky is McCain or Palin's point beside fear-mongering and hate.

    Please re-think your position and stick to the facts!

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. The End of Demoracy

    How sad for America. This is palin is a leader? Everyday she rips your damaged country apart more. ENOUGH America!. We need to come together as one world. ENOUGH hate! The world requires your leadership.

    I still have not heard from the MCcain ticket what makes them different from Bush. With six days left I want to know what familys can expect to be different that what they are getting now.

    Is that too much to ask?

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Canadian POV

    Obaman has relationships with internationally respected scholars and the uneducated, unintelligent VP candidate tries to use that against him? What about her own affiliation with AIP? What about her abuse of power and the continuing (and expanding) investigation into her actions?

    So, having Joe the fraudulent plumber by her side is supposed to give her legitimacy over a Harvard educated candidate.

    She is so vile and relies only on divisive antics to fuel her blind ambition. The world doesn't need another Rovian Puppet.

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Hillary Supporter

    Mc Cain was HAVING AN AFFAIR with a lobbyist, was involved with the Keating 5,gave grants to the Palestian Professor, ABANDONED his SICK WIFE carelessly CRASHED PLANES, IS A GAMBLER , A LIAR,NEEDS ANGER MANAGEMENT, is a SIDE KICK to PRES BUSH. and MOST OF ALL HAS VERY POOR JUDGEMENT and agrees to NOT KNOWING THE ECONOMY.

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Hoosier Gal

    She's digging deep. How can someone who has stooped to all of this mudslinging even call herself a Christian?

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. kat

    "...He's a leading scholar of Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University." If he is so reviled, why is he on staff at a prominant American university?

    Ok, so the LA times are not releasing the video. But how can we verify that what McCain and Palin are saying are even true? How do we know if there was any deragatory statements made at the event? Even if so, does it mean that everyone is attendance agreed with it?? Are we just suppose to believe it's true because a candidate says so? I think these Reoublicans are hoping that the tape doesn't get released so they can continue their negative campaign against the Dems.

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Nancy

    Another day of McCain/Palin bashing by the Obama hired guns on these web sites.... You cannot fool all of the people... Here are the list of connections why not to vote Obama:

    Ayers, Wright , Khalidi, Odinga, Resko to name a few... Oops, sorry, these guys are just people who live down the street from me.

    All you people who believe that, I have a bridge to sell

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Chirs, Michigan

    She's a total disgrace to the entire nation.

    Even Alaska will denouce this evil woman soon.

    October 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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