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. Nora

    The people who commented below are great! It's time to get the truth out. I'm sick and tired of hearing about terror and fear. The only thing we have to fear is McCain/Palin being elected! I voted Obama and encourage you to do the same!

    OBAMA '08!!

    October 30, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Tired of Palin

    Just search Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party. That is not exactly a pro American group. She did speak at their convention and her husband was a member.

    October 30, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Daryl in Seattle

    Why elect McCain to handle our economic policies? So he can appoint Joe the Plumber as his economic adviser??? Why elect McCain to handle foreign policy? So he can send Vice President Palin to the middle east with her mini-skirts, showing the bottom of her feet to Muslim leaders, a total sign of ignorance and disrespect to them culturally? You must be kidding.

    October 30, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |

    She is terrifying. McCain is erratic. They are what we have to fear.

    October 30, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. BR

    Ms. Palin is back to the bad old Bush-Cheney ways of fear and war mongering because that's all she is capable of. She cannot string a few sentences that make sense. Forget about policy matters. I am appalled she is even a Governor. Its even dangerous to think that she can be the VP......just breaths away from the Presidency??? God help this country.
    People, get out and vote with all your might. We can make the difference and get Barack Obama into office!

    October 30, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Shauna

    They're trying to make this election about terrorism like 2004. Ain't gonna happen this time..
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Typical Palin/republican scare BS! They are losing, so they throw down the terrorist card to try to scare the last minute voters to vote republican. Sad and utterly pathetic!

    October 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Arariel

    Oh, please, please, please talking Palin.
    You're idiocy is winning the election for Obama.

    McCain admitted himself he doesn't know much about the economy... and would rely on his VP a bit for that.

    How much do you think Palin knows about the economy?

    Let's see...

    She drove a town of 5,000 people from a budget surplus to $22 million debt...

    She drove Alaska into debt...

    I'm really gonna trust her!

    October 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Jason

    Americans– There is a site that allows people from all over the world cast their “vote” for the next president of the United States of America.
    Out of almost 600000 people 86.8% voted for Obama.

    A very effective means of solving problems is to use the “fresh eyes” approach.

    – Sometimes we don’t see the forest when we are in the trees.

    October 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Broken Voting System

    Sarah, I'm tired of being scared. Just tired of it. No more walking in fear! Have you not read your bible, Governor?

    October 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. St. Paul Mom

    I trust Obama more than McCain in foreign affairs, even though it's supposedly McCain's strong suit. The Obama-Biden team has bench strength. And Obama wouldn't shoot from the hip.

    And on the economy, McCain himself has said it's not his strength.

    I think McCain is more likely to fall into habitual patterns, and Obama is more likely to be a creative thinker.

    October 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. Pat Pa.

    Here we go again ! Scare tactics are all they know.
    Go home Sarah.

    October 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Dennis

    It finally happened, they played the "vote for us if you want to live" card. And they claim they don't engage in the politics of fear.

    October 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. McPalin = Shameful, hateful, awful behaviour

    Great. Again Republicans can't win on policy so they're trying to terrify people. Isn't that a form of terrorism?

    Shameful, hateful tactics and they just never stop.

    October 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Obama/Biden 08

    By the way, what makes Palin think she is any more qualified than Obama to be president. Obama will have Joe Biden, an indisputable foreign policy expert, advising him and first in line for the succession. John McCain has Sarah Palin, whose foreign policy experience amounts to being close to Russia. No offense, but Obama has much better experience than that.

    Seriously, who can take Sarah Palin seriously when she spouts ridiculous statements like this one?

    October 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Oh yeah

    Oh Yeah, hear you bush.

    October 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Jeffrey

    Palin is the best leader of all those running for office? You're kidding right? The last thing this nation leads is a leader that can't read. Don't believe it about Palin, she still proclaims she didn't abuse her power in Alaska, barring the fact that the written report states otherwise.

    October 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Kenzie from Texas

    My first thought when I read this headine: Yes, Palin DOES remind me of a terrorist threat"….

    October 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. melp

    Well, lets see, are they going to come out with a tape next? I feel a repeat of four years ago coming. This lady needs to shut her mouth...everything that comes out of it shows she is stupid!!!!


    October 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Go Obama!

    I just hope my fellow American's can really see deeply into how Barack Obama has run this campaign. You see no fighting in his campaign because he won't allow it! He is the CEO of his campaign, and you have not seen any contention between his team. You can't say that about John McCain or Hillary Clinton's campaign's. Why? Hmmmm....maybe because Obama is ready to be our leader, eh?

    October 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. MEP

    She is no Winston Churchill,that's for sure.Obviously her foreign briefing puts her lack of judgment front and center for all to see. Forgotten but not gone. Where did you go, Joe?

    October 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. No2RepubGimmicks

    Dee... stop being a paranoid fear-monger.

    McCain used to walk the walk until he altered his positions to win his party's nomination and now panders to ONE DEMOGRAPHIC-scared, angry, low educated white people.

    It's sad really.... McCain sold his soul to win an election by appealing to people that he expects not to be smart enough to know any better.

    2000 McCain is gone.

    Take a chance on Barack and you never know... it might be for the better.

    October 30, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. NB

    Dee Liboff,CA

    Go to fact check and see who was paling around with the radical extremist. It was McCain. He walks his talks, I don't think so.Why don't you Google about his first wife. Don't be so blinded with hatred .Obama is a gentleman not like McCain who ditched his disguised first wife so that he can get the Money of his trophy wife.
    Obama is a fine gentleman and like millions of other fellow american's I am so proud of him.

    October 30, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  24. Kirk

    If it is not the socialist threat then is it the terrorist one. Whatever.
    Go Obama / Biden so we can be safe!

    October 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. Dan, TX

    You are right, Palin does remind me of a terrorist threat. We must defeat Palin and her terrorist friends who want to secede from the US.

    October 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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