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. mike

    What a disgrace McCain and Palin are. Every day it's another scare or smear tactic. It is sickening to watch these desperate people try and say anything to instill fear and doubt. This is all they have to offer and it is despicable. McCain and Palin will go down as the worst campaign in history and they deserve it for this type of behavior. It is beneath the dignity of the American people.

    October 30, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. chris

    Lord I will be glad when this woman gets to return to alaska

    October 30, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Gene

    Sorry.. if there's a terrorist threat or a terrorist attack.. the last thing I'd want is to have Palin in charge..

    I could see her having a national security meeting with the First Dude and her kids there.. since she can't seem to go anywhere or do anything without the taxpayers paying for her kids to tag along.

    October 30, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. nesto

    whatever she says its not important really... whatever

    October 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. jeremy

    FEAR is the only thing the GOP has left. Get a life Palin

    October 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Kenzie from Texas

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

    October 30, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Sandy

    The behavior of the supporters at Palin rallies reminds me of terrorists.

    October 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Sly in Seattle

    Shut up woman.. please.. just stop

    October 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    We've seen how McCain handles the economy. He was so erratic that it sent his poll numbers spiraling out of control. Since they're now so inextricably linked, I'll stick with the guy who has proven to have the temperament to deal with a crisis. And that ain't McCain.

    October 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. Republicans for Obama

    Palin is absolutely correct. “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” and the president is Obama. What is scarier than a terrorist attack is having Palin in the White house.

    October 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. KJL

    Do people actually listen to this stupid person? Her idea of domestic terrorism is probably stealing her campaign signs.

    October 30, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Gregg

    Running on fear. America will not fall for this again. Eight years is enough of this fear mongering. Please do not vote for another four years of the same failed politics and policies. America can't afford them.

    October 30, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Sue

    At some point, people are going to have to get past their fears by face them head on. Obama has presented a case to challenge all Americans, to adopt a new direction for America. This to me, is a welcome challenge, where the entire world can benefit.

    October 30, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. dbs

    Does this woman, have no ethics or moral bounds? Is there anyone out there that does not see the same type of retoric, the same fear mongering as McCarthism? Have we finally reach a point in our electrorial process that preception is the new reality.

    We all laugh at her, yet it is not a laughable situation that she could be so close to the heart of leading our Great Country. She has NO credentials yet she screams hell and dammation about those who run against her.

    Least we forget – I strongly recommend that you read or re-read the following books...then quiver in anticipation over what a McCain and especially a Palin reactive administration will look like:

    -Animal Farm by George Orwell
    -1984 by George Orwell
    -Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    October 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Paul Wall in Dallas

    she is a deck of cards built on a mountain of lies. fear and hate is all that's left for that ticket. absolutely and totally pathetic.

    October 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. Ken

    How many times can you cry "Wolf!" before the people stop listening??
    Oh, I forgot . They already have.

    October 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. dittohead with forty names

    We should send Sarah to Iraq,shes the best terrorist we have on our side.A surefire religious fanatic with nothing left to lose.

    October 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Mike from Mexico

    Ai ai ai.... stop scarying people!!! Unfair and not true.

    October 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. Pat

    That headline is nothing but more CNN CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. John

    I can't imagine having this shrill, negative, unqualified woman in the White House. If McCain does win, it will be the end of conservatism in this country once and for all. They will have ratings even lower than Bush.

    October 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. chad in avery, ca.

    we are not scared anymore sarah!
    oh wait, we are scared, OF YOU!
    you and your like minded idiots are the last thing this country needs.
    welcome to the future sarah.
    your not invited.
    obama 08

    October 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. sandee in Portland

    Aah, I see we're heavily into the fear factor again. Is this the only way McCain/Palin can win. I almost choked when watching McCain on Larry King Live when he asked McCain if he would be confident in Palin's abilities if something happened while he was in Air Force One between one place and another with no communication with the White House. McCain replied with his standard answer of she's scrappy, she could handle it with no problem. I don't want someone scrappy, I want someone who can think and reason before acting. Sarah Palin has not proven she can even think at this point, and McCain is such a knee jerk reactionary, he shoots without thinking at all. As a moderate republican, he has lost my vote just because of the likelihood that Palin will be made President during his tenure in office. Only the far, right wing radical Christians think Palin is smart and we know how educated they are. And of course, she's lying again, good christian that she is, about Obama cutting defense spending. He has asked repeatedly several time for an increase, not a decrease. Wish he had selected one of the other intelligent, honest women in the party.

    October 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. freddie

    palin is a accident waiting to happen

    October 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. bill for barack

    There's a terrorist threat all righty.
    It's spelled P-A-L-I-N.

    October 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. JANIE

    Who wrote her speech. She wouldn't know a terrorist if he was sitting next to her. Palin is a terrorist! This lady needs a ticket back to Alaska along with Todd.

    October 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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