Palin's 'domestic terrorist' punch to Obama
August 3rd, 2011
09:34 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin's 'domestic terrorist' punch to Obama

(CNN) - Sarah Palin responded to unsubstantiated accusations that Joe Biden called the tea party "terrorists" over their role in the debt ceiling negotiation, saying President Obama should look into his own past with Bill Ayers if he wants to see "domestic terrorists."

"He didn't have a problem palling around with Bill Ayers back in the day when he kicked off his political career in Bill Ayers' apartment," the former Alaska governor said Tuesday night on Fox News. "You know, shaking hands with Chavez and saying he doesn't need any preconditions with dictators … wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."

If she and Fox host Sean Hannity were "real domestic terrorists," Palin said "heck, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn't he?"

Multiple Democratic sources said Democratic members of Congress vented to the vice president about tea party lawmakers who "negotiate like terrorists." As they spoke, Biden said "well now we've taken away their weapons of mass destruction," meaning the Republicans could not use the debt ceiling as leverage with Democrats in the future.

Biden's press secretary, Kendra Barkoff said the word "terrorists," "was used by several members of Congress. The Vice President does not believe it's an appropriate term in political discourse."

Obama's association with Ayers, the '60s communist radical, raised brows during the 2008 presidential campaign. Although, the two knew each other in Chicago, Ayers denied a close relationship with the president.

Palin said if the president were serious about improving the rhetoric in the U.S., as he called for in his speech following the Tucson shooting, he would tell the vice president to "tone it down a little bit."

"That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said.

The former 2008 vice presidential candidate, who is publicly considering a run for the White House, said she is "getting closer" to a decision. And she criticized 2012 GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, who she said did not take a stand early enough in the debt ceiling debate.

"I do not have respect for what he has done in this debate," Palin said. "He waited until it was a done deal … and then he came out and made a statement that he didn't like the deal after all."

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, kept his distance from the debate ahead of the agreement between Congress and the White House. After a deal was reached he issued a statement in which he said the president's leadership "pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour."

"You know, you can't defer an issue and assume that the problem is going to be avoided," Palin said.

When asked if any presidential candidates met her test, Palin cited Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

"She spoke out and she cast her vote according to her principles. She stood true," Palin said. "Long time to go still, with debate, with discussion on who the right candidate will be, I'm not prejudging the field at this point."

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (723 Responses)
  1. JED

    This lady is a mental terrorist. She has my brain terrorized that there are people stupid enough to take her seriously!

    August 3, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. redsled

    she was right about everything she said in this's you progressives that are the terrorists.both the dems and rep.hate the tea party and are afraid of losing power.not much chance of that if most of you idiot sheep vote.

    August 3, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Mark Taylor

    Her movie was a flop. This is an attention hound who knows how to stir up the press. Ignore her already, please.

    August 3, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Kent Bowen

    With Palin, it's all, and only, about how much money can she make before Republicans figure it out. I can't wait for the book, maybe six to nine months after the next Presidential election, that details just how much her net worth has increased since she was McCain's VP running mate. Hey, it's the American way...

    August 3, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Palin is a bimbo – with all that implies. Her level of competence is reached deciding whether the sucker in some bar in Wasilla can afford Chivas or Oly.

    August 3, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. DougieT

    Q: What would Paul Revere do?
    A: Most likely, chuck this pathetic old bag into the harbor with all of the other tea bags.

    August 3, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. username1

    Someday, maybe just someday... both her and Michelle Bachman might learn that there is a difference between screaming whatever pops into their crazy heads (as long as it fits on a bumper sticker), and actually serving the public

    August 3, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. James

    Gov. Palin is right !

    August 3, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Fr33d0mhawk

    Sarah Palin currently pals around with AIP terrorists, people who want to steal Alaska by violence, and dedicated to hatred of the USA. The AIP and Palin admit they are close friends and ideological allies. The AIP is not some activist hippy from the 60's, they are a current right wing terror group dubbed a right wing terror group by Cheney and are being investigated by the FBI since Cheney was in office and to this day. So, Sarah, keep on proving your hypocrisy, sniveling about socialis while you use free federal tribal healthcare for Trig while you are a millionaire and perfectly capable of affording it yourself, and keep palin' around with sworn enemies of the USA, the AIP, who are recipients of federal socialism in a greater amount than they pay in taxes. Both Al Qaeda and the AIP are sworn enemies of the USA, the difference, AIP is "Christian" and Al Qaeda is "Muslim".

    August 3, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. MikeD.

    Interesting. This little nothing comment by Palin – nothing different than many others have said for the last two years by the way – gets far more attention than the Vice President of the United States of America calling an American politcal movement "terrorists."
    When Palin makes whimsical but typical comments about the President, she is the devil incarnate. When Biden paints an entire politcal group with an extremist label usually used for violent anti-American extremists, the reaction from the Left is: "well, that's just Joe – c'mon, we all know how he is."

    August 3, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. ShinyNewLure

    OMG, would the press please stop putting a microphone in front of this woman's mouth, PLEASE. She's shown absolutely no value add at any point in the major events of the year. Not that the real work is done, she feels empowered to start blah,blah, blahing again. CNN, no more of this person.

    August 3, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Penny Lane

    That photo is priceless.

    August 3, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. sandy j

    Can't she just go away already?

    August 3, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. JW

    sarah already lost, before she even ran. her mouth did her in.

    August 3, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Ken Aiken

    She's mostly mouth and the fact she is given any credibility at all is a sad statement about the awareness levels held by many Americans. What kind of costly (financial and lives) statements and decisions would result if she had any degree of actual legal political power. People like her make America the laughing stock of the world. Come on folks, conservative or liberal, can't we find people of higher caliber (moral and intellectual) for public office?

    August 3, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. slenon

    If a foreign power or agent tried to destroy our national economy, we'd be at war with it/them. Obviously the Palin Doctrine is too poorly developed to understand that the teavangeilists were acting as agents for nominally internal corporations that were planning on benefitting from the economic damage they could create.

    She should demand her money back from her policy and financial advisors.

    August 3, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Me

    the U.S is unfortunately failing…. you guys are destroying yourselves. It’s really sad to watch.

    August 3, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. Darryn Cooke

    Please make it stop. Her stupidity causes me to lose brain cells every time I see mention of her name.

    August 3, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. rs

    The quicker we leave the tea party alone the faster they will destroy and devour the GOP.Then it's the wing nuts against the rest of the country....Leave them alone

    August 3, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. SMJ

    WHY is this woman still talking...or a better question...WHY does anyone care what she says???

    August 3, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  21. Duceman22

    Palin is ALL Hot air!! All talk and no show!

    August 3, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Bman

    She's right, what the tea party did was not terrorism, it was treason.

    August 3, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. Palin Power

    We NEED Sarah Palin in the White House for 8 years. Only President Palin has the Power from God Herself to completely fix this fiscal mess. She will cut taxes and spending across the entire board and have the budget balanced in her 1st year. Then she will create greater surpluses than Clinton with less taxes than Dubya in the remaining 7 years. She will implement Palinomics which will completely fix our economy and give it a big boost, creating more jobs than every president combined. There will be more jobs in the Palination than there are people to fill them. President Palin will drive our unemployment, national debt and debt ceiling down to ZERO! The Palination will be THE creditor nation in the Palin Planet.

    August 4, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
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