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. Republican that voted for Obama/Biden TEXAS

    Palin is just plain horrible. Please just leave and please just shut up.

    I have never in my life seen such a nasty campaign. You all should be ashamed.

    October 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Tom, KS


    The Financial Times and now The Economist have both endorsed Obama for the presidency. Why is it none of the Main Stream Media outlets have covered this while allowing McShame and Failin to keep up their attack about Barack being a socialist. Clearly the top economic magazines in this country understand that that is simply not true and that Obama has the right plan to lead us into a more prosperous future. Please CNN start doing your job and call out McCain when he is clearly lying.

    October 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    What a JOKE this skank is. No thoughts of her own, only stupid, scare the sheep, fear and smear tactics that her keepers prepare for her. Go back to Alaska, you FRAUD!!!

    October 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Joe Plumber Six Pack for Obama

    Tell me again WHY McCain would do a better job?

    Lets talk about Exxon and Job Loss????

    October 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. John S

    Palin, America doesn't need to be reminded of a possible terrorist threat. they live with it every day of their lives. The one thing most Americans understand is that with a McCain/Palin presidency, terrorist would be frothing at the mouth to attack the USA knowing full well that they would accomplish exactly what they wanted. And that would be to get more fanatics involved with their cause. Smart Americans also know that the terrorist would think twice about attacking the USA with Obama at the helm because they know he wouldn't hesitate one second to go after them and this time he wouldn't be taking the mission of course like Bush and Cheney did in Afghanistan till the job was done. What you forget Palin is that Obama is a very very intelligent individual and would definately have a plan to take out anyone who would be that foolish to attack America again.He would use everything at his disposal and make sure he had the support of all our America friends in other countries,not go it alone like Bush did and have most of the world against it.Careful thought and stragistic thinking would give Obama/Biden the upper hand in any situation.

    October 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. JFK

    And Palin I am sure with her bounty of wisdom and leadership skills will save us! YA RIGHT! Go back to Alaska!

    October 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Gloria

    The fear tactics reign supreme with them don't they

    Where are her health records

    October 30, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Lee

    I understand what the article is about the title gave me a laugh. It kind sounds like Palin is a terrorist lol.

    October 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. No Hillary = No Obama

    Well, according to national polls most Americans trust McCain more than they do Obama on the terrorist issue and Palin is no push-over either, in case you haven't caught on it.

    October 30, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. Ron S

    It is obvious who the best choice is to face a terrorist threat. Only McCain has the backgorund and experience. I have never heard of anyone successfullly negotiating with a suicide bomber. The real question is where the terroist threat might come from? If a tape exists of Sen. Obama at a meeting where some or many of the participants are known to be anti-American or working to destroy or strongest allies should Homeland Security or some other national security agency look at it even if the news media will not show it to the American Public? Senator Obama's relationships with people who seem to hate the US continues to increase. Full disclosure from Obama or get out of the Senate, not to mention the White House.

    October 30, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. J.L.

    Ah... the Republican standby... good ole fashion fearmongering. I wondered when they would go back to this. I'm sure next thing they'll say if you switch the second letter in Obama's name with a different one...

    October 30, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  12. John from Canada

    Oh boy, SARAH THE PUNCHLINE at it again...

    Nov. 4th can't come soon enough, not just for Americans!


    October 30, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. JD in Moraga

    Thank you, Sarah for reminding the American people that we don't need someone known as "Senator Hothead" to have his finger on the nuclear (no, George, it isn't "nucular").

    October 30, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Republican that voted for Obama/Biden TEXAS

    Palin explain to everyone about the Alaskan Indpendence Party? You are such a fraud and so is McCain.

    October 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. Sam

    “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 that's why I'm voting for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. CMJ

    I want a President who will NOT bring us into a WAR WITH IRAN!!! We've had enough war, we're broke, we can't afford war. McCain is too risky.

    October 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |

    She is a joke.

    October 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. JS ...... santee

    NO.....You're hoping that our minds won't wander toward the truth about your slimy campaign tactics.

    October 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Rick -Toronto

    Sarah...Sarah....come now....there must be more to you than the fear mongering. Some great minds have come from small towns..please don't disappoint us.

    October 30, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Gen xer for a future

    this woman.....

    would truly be the beginning of the end

    May God bless America.... and keep the extremists, zealots greedy, corrupt, and fearful in Alaska

    October 30, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. G.F.

    This woman's skull is contains a very small brain. Nothing intelligent ever comes out of this bimbo's mouth.

    October 30, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She scares me more than any terrorist. Especially since abuse of power and her AIP-loving hubby hanging so close on every TV shot. Bet he's strong-arming someone as we speak

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. D.Kimbro OHIO

    I will be glad to see this idiot crawl back uder a rock. By the way good luck trying to recapture the the state of Alaska. Theres always Ted Stevens seat???.

    October 30, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. Larry King

    Ugh!! Does she not realize that her neo-con views in other people's opinion are terrorist?

    October 30, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Charlie

    "We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah," - Osama bin Laden November 2004

    It seems like Osama bin Laden had a better grasp of our economy than President Bush. With 4 more years of the same approach, who will be closer to their objective. We need Senator Barack Obama to turn the tide. He knows that it takes more than military might to win the "war on terrorism"

    October 30, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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