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. Joe the Comment Leaver

    I'd rather cast a vote for Obama based on hope than a vote for McCain based on fear...

    October 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Hopeful for the 4th

    Of course. The terrorism card. When in danger, tell people terrorists will attack them.

    Doesn't speak much for the war on terror, does it?

    October 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Margaret Anderson

    Sarah Palin must be talking about her own lack of experience. She scares me as much as John McCain whom I get the impression would declare on a country when pushed and then we would live or die with the consequences, to prove that he is tough. He is a shallow thinker, just like what we have had for the last 8 years.
    We are desparate for a thorough thinker who is an intelectual man who will not lead us into another war without judging the consequences.


    October 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Uncle Fester

    Sarah, you can keep the clothes, just go back to Alaska.

    October 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Michael watching from Canada

    Interesting games CNN is playing....

    They show national polls closing to 5 points on a day when almost all other polls show a widening......

    Then they have discussion sessions with their pundits to explore how polls can vary, especially with all the unknown factors in this election.....

    Then they have a blog article on Buyers' Remorse, trying to explain why the national polls are supposedly closing.......

    And what undermines their manufactured facade is that the swing state polls are widening.

    I will be shocked if CNN allows any more my comments on their blogs.

    October 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Matt: honestly

    And that is exactly why I am voting for Obama. McCain came out and said he knows nothing about the economy! Foreign policy he is down right scary, Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran! That is what is truly scary!

    October 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Joe Democrat

    Ah yes. The good ole Republican play book. Scare people to death, call your opponent a terrorist and hope for the best.


    OBAMA WINS..........OR ELSE.

    October 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Ben

    Pathetic fear mongering. This woman and the McCain campaign in general is completely ridiculous.

    October 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Baffled Canadian

    I am baffled that Americans can even take Sarah Palin seriously. Has it occurred to anyone that potential first ladies Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain and Jill Biden are all more educated than Sarah Palin? Further, their education pertains to national issues in ways that Sarah Palin’s education and expertise does not. Cindy McCain is more capable of address educational and provisional needs of special needs youth, it’s what she did her masters in. Jill Biden would be a great champion of education reform as she just completed her PhD in that area. Of course, Michelle Obama’s training in law makes her familiar with legal and legislative processes within the US. How does 2 years as a state executive and no educational background make Sarah Palin qualified? She’s the least qualified of the first ladies.

    October 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. 1love

    Since when could McCain multi-task? This is all the more reason to vote for "that" other guy. Obama is whipping butt on multiple fronts while McCain is having trouble staying the course with even one message. Wait, I apologize – the one message that NcCain offers is FEAR!!!

    October 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. The truth

    So let me get this right he can multi task when he is president but while he is running for the office he has to suspend his campaign? Get lost! Both of you! Fast!

    Cnn please post I don't flood your blogs with comments.

    October 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. EDW

    Aw yes!!!! This is how Bush won again in 2004. Way to go Palin!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    October 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |

    Now what she just said .

    Do you want a President that is not a Citizen of the USA. ?

    Do you want a president that wants to change our National Anthem ?

    Do you want a President thjat wants to change our flag ?

    This is what he "OBAMA stated on meet the press 9/8/08 .

    Do you want a President with known ties to Terrorist !!

    Do you want a President that does not salute our Flag ?

    How can any American go along with such a flip flopper .

    His reasoning that he wants to change our National; Anthem , He wants it more Islamic style that he and Michelle can support..

    Where am I missing something . First it was all his lies. Then all his ties to these radicals etc. I am sure you have heard it as well as I.

    Last question. ? How can any American stand up and vote for some one that has conned his way this far , with Illegals . Destroying voters ballotts for Hillary . An the list continues.

    No I am not a racist , for I have many blacks work for and under me. I have been in there homes as well as they have been in mine. Thats not the issue . the issue is a liar, alwys have hated one . And I always will.

    God Bless America . She is not up for sale.

    October 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Meka





    October 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |

    take your icy shrill voice back to alaska. you and old mcsame for just fear mongers. i have yet to hear what old mcsame plans to do with the economy. oh i forgot he doesnt know much about that. just like you. you are full of hate and lies. you should be ashamed of yourself. and you say you are a christian. boy more then anything you are a BIG LIAR. THAT WOULDN'T KNOW THE TRUTH IF IT HIT YOU IN YOUR FACE. HOW SAD. LIAR, LIAR, LIAR.


    October 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Get Real

    this is totally off subject but read the following

    The Republican Party encourages Pro-Life voters to blame the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on Democrats. The Republican Party never points out that five of the seven justices in the majority in Roe v. Wade were Republicans; of the two justices who dissented, one was a Republican, one a Democrat.

    Was Bush lying then, or is he lying now?

    When George Bush Jr. was campaigning for president in 2000, one of his promises was that, if elected, he would not seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. Does that sound Pro-Life?

    One should not lose sight of the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court that was willing to ignore the results at the ballot box and select George Bush Jr. to be president has a solid Republican majority. That majority was appointed by very conservative Republican presidents. This Republican court that was willing to steal the election for Bush has not taken one step toward overturning Roe v. Wade. Why? because future Republican electoral interests would likely be adversely affected. Without the promise to overturn Roe v. Wade as bait, why would Christians vote for a Republican?

    October 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Linda-Texas

    Go away Sarah.......

    October 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Judy from PA

    Joe Biden guaranteed a terrorist attack if Obama is elected, but still the Dems will probably say Palin is using fear. As for Obama's informercial, if the only hardship Americans face is having to cut back on snacks, then we are doing pretty well.

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Xerxes

    Yeah, like a terrorist would be intimidated by a politician that has been criticized for straying from talking points. How seriously do you think they would take someone they wouldn't see as more than a puppet?

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Lord help us, she can not be for real. This is going to one day be our cammander in chief running this country? I am moving to Canada

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Texas Teacher

    Vote for someone who can handle the dangers of the world as well as the economy, Sarah, old girl? Come on, your man could not even handle his campaign and the economy!

    Obama is the cool head... the thinker.... the intellect... who will ask for advice then make the right decision. McSame will do exactly what he is TOLD to do by the same people who have been telling George Bush what to do! And that is BIG Business!!! Seriously!

    Vote Obama!!! Vote early!!

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Done with the kitchen sink?

    I think the terrorist right now is Sarah Palin.

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Dixie AZ

    There she is screeching out the same same in yet another 12k suit. Come on Pennslyvania. Don't let this woman be our VP. Or McCain our president.

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. John in KY

    If PALIN is placed in position to be Commander In Chief, (THATS WHEN THE TERROR BEGINS!)
    VOTE straight DEM ticket!!

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. Mike,California

    Bush will be out of office Jan 2009,so the terrorist threat will be gone.

    October 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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