Palins words may backfire on McCain

October 7th, 2008 - 4:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Sarah Palin

Washington, Oct 7 (ANI): Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has targeted key goals for John McCains faltering campaign by claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is palling around with terrorists and doesnt see the US like other Americans.

The Washington Post said that she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.

First, Palins attack shows that her energetic debate with rival Joe Biden may be just the beginning, not the end, of a sharpened role in the battle to win the presidency.

Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that hes palling around with terrorists who would target their own country, Palin told a group of donors in Englewood, Colo.

Obama isnt above attacking McCains character with loaded words, releasing an ad on Sunday that calls the Arizona Republican erratic - a hard-to miss suggestion that McCains age, 72, might be an issue.

Our financial system in turmoil, an announcer says in Obama’’s new ad. And John McCain? Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy.

In her character attack, Palin questions Obamas association with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground, the paper said.

Her reference was exaggerated at best if not outright false. No evidence shows they were pals or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career.

Obama, who was a child when the Weathermen were planting bombs, has denounced Ayers” radical views and actions.

With her criticism, Palin is taking on the running mate’’s traditional role of attacker, said Rich Galen, a Republican strategist.

There appears to be a newfound sense of confidence in Sarah Palin as a candidate, given her performance the other night, Galen said.

Second, Palins incendiary charge draws media and voter attention away from the worsening economy. It also comes after McCain supported Wall Street bailout plan in spite of conservative anger and his own misgivings.

The larger purpose behind Palins broadside is to reintroduce the question of Obamas associations. Millions of voters, many of them open to being swayed to one side or the other, are starting to pay attention to an election a month away. (ANI)

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