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. ed

    You go Sarah, tell the USA how unqualified Obama is on national security and the economy. The last I check Obama has no experience to be commander and chief... McCAIN / PALIN. YEAH!!! the democrats are down in the real polls!!!

    October 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Ringo

    I am having nightmares and breaking in sweats every night that I dream of Palin as the president of the USA!! Whatever McCain was thinking about when he picked her for a running mate!! I am a Republican but I have no choice than to vote Democrat because it is too much to risk it by not voting at all. Shame on you McCain! I will never forgive you!!

    October 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. jerry in virginia

    only terrorist i'm worried about IS sarah palin.

    October 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Abhiyant

    Fellow countryman this is too important to mess it...please please don't get this these two clowns in white house...you have no idea where that will put us as a nation...these 2 republican are the least qualified to run this great nation.

    October 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Mark

    Democrats...stop using the phrase fear mongeirng...you sound like those people who are always trying to sound like they know what theyre talking about...but, you go are clueless blind sheep

    October 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Peggy Anderson

    I do not understand why there is always trouble in Florida. Why are the absentee ballots not getting out? Election Day is NOV. 4th.!!
    If something else happens in Florida THIS year, then some people need prosecuting! Bush took votes back in 2004, Jeb Bush is his brother and we know why that happened. No one is as dumb as thought to be. I am not a radical person, nor a prejudice one, but the NAACP need to be on top of everything. I am crying out for their help in this cructial election. I want it to be done fair and square. I wish both candidates the very best. However, I would like to see some new and young educated brains in the white house.
    Thanks for listening

    October 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Peter – tell Larry King he lost a loyal watcher with having McCain on FOR FREE – and I turn the channel every time I see McCain or Palin.

    They and all their hate and fear and division make me sick.

    October 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. Karen

    Sarah is a terrorist –spreading all those lies, stirring up hate at the GOP rallies, and bad mouthing Obama.

    October 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. jimmy

    Dangerous world, Dangerous times , need courgeous and experienced commander in chief.

    October 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Mary Katherine

    I was born and raised in Erie, PA..now living in Florida. I am appalled that Sarah Palin visited my hometown spewing her hatred, filth and racism. I am confident Erie and PA specifically will vote Dem again! We will take Florida as well.

    October 30, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Stacy from Loudoun County Virginia

    Palin knows a thing or two about domestic terrorist organizations as she received support from the Alaska Independence Party. She has some inside sources.

    October 30, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Thomas the Social Worker

    The McCain campaign has done an excellent job of appealing to people's emotions rather than their intellects. Emotions are primitive, intellect is a higher function. If we fail to engage our higher level thinking and respond only to the basic impulses disaster is the inevitable result. Senator McCain and Governor Palin’s handlers will continue to appeal to this level of response because it is ultimately more effective. Folks here continue to go on about the lies, the fear mongering, etc. in the face of facts and are baffled about why they are not challenged. Let’s not get all confused with facts, tell me you’re going to keep the bad terrorists/communists/socialists, etc. away. If we feel that someone keeps us safe, we will tolerate an almost unlimited amount of abuse from them. Look at the last 4 years – wire tapping, torture, illegal imprisonment – none of that has kept us safe. Those that would seek to harm the U.S. have an infinite amount of patience, and even longer memories. The Bush Administration likes to crow about keeping terrorists away, they might as well tout their elephant repellant as well – I haven’t seen any elephants around since he’s been in office either.

    October 30, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Fitzpatrick

    Ashley Tod and sarah palin 2012. Oh i almost forgot Joe the plumber.


    October 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Obama will have much better advisors than the McWarmonger team. And Obama is smart enough to listen to them

    McWarmonger and the beauty queen just want to flex their muscles and boost their egos at everyone else's expense.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    Obama/Biden – I voted early for the two that will PROTECT MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

    October 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Rene in PA

    Palin is worthy of a Bugs Bunny sign: Crackers.

    'nough said.

    October 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Amy

    Why does it always seem that Republicans have to rely on politics of fear to try and win?

    Vote for the candidate who gives you hope!

    October 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Tired in the East

    When will people learn? The Repubs do this all the time. They get in a tough spot and tell us the terrorists are coming. The reason why there have been no terrorists lately is because the Repubs have done more to cripple this country than any terrorist ever could. They're laughing at us.

    October 30, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Marcus

    sarah whatever her name is needs to just close her mouth, cause im sick and tired of this retard!! How in the world was she name governor? by her looks? i don't think so!! ugly betty is even hotter. The matter of the fact is...if that old bastard and that bruttnee wearing fartknocker wins the election..i will jump off the empire state hoping to catch my eye lid on a nail. Than move to europe and be awesome.

    October 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. we need something new- from OH

    this is what brought you Bush for the second term, folks!

    October 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Brian Walsh

    Fear. It is all McCain and Palin have left....

    It is time for CHANGE and HOPE

    We can make change happen, please vote, it will
    make a difference.

    October 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. keepin it real

    OMG. This woman is married to a secessionist. That's a domestic terrorist.

    October 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Nate

    Fear-mongering anyone? Palin? Ok, you win.

    October 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Carol

    So, reminding everyone that there are bad people out there wanting to hurt us is a major gaffe for Biden, but ok for Palin?

    Either way, I don't want a war hungry, kick your butt now ask questions later President with anger issues in the White House followed up by an "I can see Russia from my house" VP.

    It's time we get back to diplomacy, it's time for Obama

    October 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Bob in Rochester

    This woman is the worst example of a qualified leader in the history of America. I can't wait until she goes back to Alaska and leaves the political national scene once and for all. I hope she takes Joe the plumer with her.

    October 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. Rj5000

    Nothing could bring this country down faster more than Palin as VP or God forbid, President!!!!

    October 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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