October 30th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin reminds voters of terrorist threat

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/palin.12.jpg caption=" Palin has begun holding policy events."] ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sarah Palin made a new push Thursday to remind voters that the threat of terrorism remains very real, despite the current focus on the troubled economy.

In consecutive campaign events in Erie, Pennsylvania, Palin argued that economic concerns are inexorably entwined with American security interests, and that John McCain is the only candidate prepared to handle both issues.

“Gone are the days when we had placed domestic and foreign concerns in two distinct categories and just choose a president according to the priorities of the moment,” Palin said at a rally in Erie. “On November 4, we need to elect a president who can handle the difficulties in the economy and the dangers of the world all at the same time.”

The Republican vice presidential nominee was introduced by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, an Erie native with national security experience whom McCain once considered tapping as his running mate.

Palin mocked Barack Obama’s 30-minute network ad buy a “warm and fuzzy scripted infomercial” designed to “soften the focus in these closing days.”

“He’s hoping your mind won’t wander to the real challenges of national security, challenges that he is incapable of meeting,” she said.

Palin’s speech came shortly after a meeting across town with several national security advisers at Penn State-Erie. Following that meeting, she read a statement to a small audience that introduced strong new language warning voters that the “far left wing of the Democrat party” - led by Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank – would cut defense spending by 25 percent under an Obama administration.

“They’re preparing right now to take over the entire federal government, folks,” she said. “According to their own stated plans, the first thing that will go will be one quarter of our defense budget.”

Although Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services committee, has said he would favor such a spending cut, Obama has called several times for an increase in defense spending.

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soundoff (293 Responses)
  1. Marty, FL

    We should remember the terrorist threats and then consider Palin's lack of foreign policy being potentially a heartbeat away from the presidency. Scary.

    Obama and Biden plan on winning the right war on terror in Afghanistan where it originates.

    In contrast, McCain and Palin would likely continue their far right ideology of warmongering. No thanks. Eight is enough.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. Jean

    Osama Bin Laden has not forgotten about America. He is just waiting for his next opportunity... like after Obama cuts "25% from the military budget"... leaving US defenseless.

    October 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. msh

    thanks but no thanks. let us give obama an opportunity to handle terrorism. republican's intention in fighting terrorism is questionable. as such they will never be good at it even with 100 yrs of experience.

    October 30, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. What Palin should have said...

    ...Vote for your fears, not for your hopes. Why should be reach for something better, something higher, something brighter, when we can cower in our fear?

    October 30, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. Maria - WA

    “On November 4, we need to elect a president who can handle the difficulties in the economy and the dangers of the world all at the same time.”

    That's right, Palin, which is why we need to vote for Barack Obama!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    so let me get this straight...Gov. Palin will have a better handle on a terrorist attack than Sen. Obama?...come on now...don't cross the line, Sarah...u don't wonna do that...that's a region of instant ignorance you are forcing yourself into...i bet you folks, though, that Gov. Palin got a few pointers from Tom Ridge, but she really didn't understand what he was saying...so she's going through the list of the words and phrases she remembers from the discussion, if there was any...caus i don't see how she can suggest anything, good or bad, to Tom Ridge...hahaha...

    Obama/Biden 08.


    October 30, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. from Ohio

    Neither McCain nor you can handle the economy. You two don't have what it takes to do it. On the other hand, Obama is a brillant man who can deliver what we need. Just look at the way he is running his campaign.

    Voted for Obama

    October 30, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Richard A. Spomer

    Gov. Palin is totally correct in addressing the threat of terrorist is constantly looking for the most vulnerable liability which remains on our side. My wife and I lived in Erie, PA for three years of our lives.

    Obama neglected going to see our troops in Iraq, and Afgnistain until he was on the hot seat! Obama/Biden both ignores the success of the surge after the first insurgent of troops!

    By removal of such a force will not only show weakness, cowardly behavior, and arrogance in one belief but lead to a down fall for all those participants?

    October 30, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Richard

    You think that Obama would be tested??? If Palin were "forced" into the Presidency, Think how our enemies would be eager to test her!!

    October 30, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. Ralph Thompson

    I think Palin is really afraid of people better educated than her. The two main targets of her "terrorist" accusations are both well-regarded professors at nationally-renowned universities. Palin went to community colleges and the University of Idaho. If it's elitist to believe that a harvard-educated man who worked his way through college, became the first african american editor of the Harvard Law Review, and turned down offers from major law firms to work in his community, than im a socialist elitist.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Is it just me?

    Sarah Palin IS a terrorist threat.

    October 30, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Dem from Arizona

    She is fear mongoring. Pathetic!

    October 30, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. Michelle the Eskimo

    Sarah Palin has me proud of my country for the first time in my adult life.

    October 30, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Raphael

    So what if there is a terrorist threat!! We are already fighting two wars …

    Are we supposed to live in fear? This is old tactics, it must not be allowed to work this time.

    Frankly looks like politicians are helping the terrorist make their case and propaganda.

    October 30, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. Tom

    We had all better listen to General Colin Powell. Who would you want
    in charge during a threat? Sarah Palin?

    Obama / Biden 08.

    October 30, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  16. Bob

    Well who was in the Oval office during the last attack?

    The Republicans maybe?

    Listen to General Powell.

    Democrats 08.

    October 30, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. mms

    she thinks she could handle national security?she can't even handle an interview.and as usual she doesn't have a clue what she's talking about.

    October 30, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. Mom in CA

    You know what scares me? Having Palin as a VP in a terrorist attack! Remember when it was Dick Cheney who was put in the position of having to call up fighter jets to shoot down high-jacked planes? That thought alone sends chills down my spine.
    She makes me want to vote for Obama/Biden 100 times!

    October 30, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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