Palin says Obama is 'palling around' with terrorists
CARSON, California (AFP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took the offensive Saturday, charging Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama with "palling around with terrorists."
Speaking early Saturday at a fundraiser in Englewood, Colorado, Palin told supporters Obama "is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."
Her comment referred to William Ayers, who supported Obama's first run for public office in 1995.
The relationship between Obama and Ayers, a member of the radical 1960s group the Weathermen that committed bombings on the Pentagon and the Capitol, was highlighted in The New York Times Saturday.
Palin's sharp jab is in step with recent Republican campaign statements that the McCain camp plans to launch a fierce assault on Obama with the presidential election only 30 days away.
The Obama campaign described the attack as "desperate and false."
"Governor Palin's comments, while offensive, are not surprising, given the McCain campaign's statement this morning that they would be launching Swiftboat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation's economic ills," said Obama-Biden spokesman Hari Sevugan.
"What's clear is that John McCain and Sarah Palin would rather spend their time tearing down Barack Obama than laying out a plan to build up our economy."