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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (1,018 Responses)
  1. rice, bryan

    blah, blah, blah. just another last minute scare you to death allegation.

    October 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Voted Early

    For some strange reason I am more SCARE of who Palin hangs around with then Obama ..... hhmmm

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

    Is it possible that McCain and Palin can't handle smart people? Everyone they seem to attack Obama on are scholars. How idiotic can you be? So much for the BUSHWHACKED Side kicks.

    October 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. conny

    She needs to blast Stevens and both go of them NEED TO go straight to JAIL!

    October 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Frank G

    Desparate, unpatriotic, lying, distortionist.
    Palin, I mean. EOM

    October 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. gl, Pittsburgh

    The Alaskan Independence Party can be summed up in just two words:



    October 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She's a power-abuser, unethical, witch-worshiping gal that sleeps with an AIP-Loving DUD.

    October 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |

    HYPOCRITE. AIP, anyone???????
    What the *&^%?????
    We are tired of your racist -hate filled -vile -divisive and frankly POINTLESS blather.
    Your running mate was more supportive of him than Obama for God's sake!

    October 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |

    Palin you bonehead do your research first before you criticize.

    October 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. This Jew is voting for Obama

    NYC V I back Obama and at times my comments are not posted, stop blaming CNN just go and FOX and start whinning there where you belong/

    October 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Sharon

    Don't believe this lady. She is lying. Sarah will be going home to face multiple ethic complaints and law suits against her as Governor of Alaska!! And she was just recently accused of one abuse of power complaint. This lady claims she is getting rid of political corruption, but at same time she herself abuses her power!! All statements was correct and validated!! this lady has no honor or integrity!!

    October 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Brian

    Somebody needs to blast Palin for her ties to herself.

    October 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. oh no

    She's pissed because she's missing Moose hunting season......

    October 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. OMG

    No one is forced to vote for anyone...yeah, ok...you just proved a point. We will all vote for who we want based on our own beliefs and faith in the candidate.

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Wes

    What about your ties to the AIP Palin? When are you going to inform the American people about your ties to secessionist of an organization founded by a terrorist.

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Michelle, San Francisco

    they (GOP) just don't know what to say anymore... who believes this garbage? I would like to think that anyone with a brain would know what is true and what is fabricated but I look at the faces of these people in McCain/Palin rallies and i am convinced that there are an awful lot of people with no brain in this country.

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. S. Holt

    Blah, blah, blah. Go back to Alaska and take care of Stevens' seat, your constinguents and your family, Grandma.

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. bill

    the McCain/Palin camp might want to reconsider some of their stump speeches. They are getting ready for a downpour of exposure, all of which will be more damaging than them dredging up old acquaintences. They are desparate and the american voter is fed up with their smears. If Palin wants to do something constructive, she should go back to Alaska and try to be a good mother, encourage her daughter to further her education and maybe Levi as well. Obama is stressing the importance of education fo our youth and Palin thinks it's "okay" for Levi to later get a GED........pahleeze!....the republicans need to bow out gracefully!

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Stop The Hate!

    Amazing, the slander against Gov. Palin; irrelevant, though why is it when I see women with anti Palin t-shirts on, they look like the ugly girls from college who could never get a date.

    The guys who wear the anti Palin t-shirts, usually wear more make-up than she.

    ...sad but true...


    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. John

    As a Republican I am so disheartened at how low my Party has sank. The best we have is an ignorant intolerant pseudo cult christian who squanders a hundred and fifty thousand dollars of public funds on celebrity fashion clothes at Saks Fifth Avenue. Then brags that the clothes are not really hers which means of course 'No Tax' (wink wink wink). And a Republican from Palins Alaska who uses an alias, does not pay his taxes. And lies about buying a company that makes two hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year so that he can be a political gimmick on TV. So very sad indeed.

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Obama-Junkie, IL

    The Rogue "Sarah Palin" at it again! Sarah Palin has gone from "The Maverick" to "The Diva" to "The Rogue" and now "The Whack job"!

    All of these surnames are from the McCain advisers in the campaign! HA HA HA!

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. SoCal

    "McCain served as chairman of the International Republican Institute, the group gave grant money to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi."

    Palin what are you talking about?

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

    I will be glad when this election is over,i am fed up with the McCain/Palin campaign,spewing their hated and trying to divide America.Ihope obama will win the white house and is PRESIDENT OBAMA,Then Sarah Palin can go back to Alaska where she belongs

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Noah

    Wait til the weekend, I'm sure we will hear a quote similar to the one I just made up below:

    You know, you know Obama supports Aliens from another planet. With that said, when aliens do finally come to this planet and take over the Earth, Obama will have already had his hand in the cookie jar so the extra terestrials already have a cabinet seat waiting for him, you betcha!!

    That will scare the BaGeezus out of.......oh who cares!! Glad most are voting now so we can move on with our lives next week.

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Etan

    I'd be appauled if I could just stop laughing... McCaine/Palin worst persons in the world!

    October 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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