October 13th, 2008
04:51 PM ET

GOP head compares Obama to Bin Laden

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/13/jeff.fredericks.jpg caption="Obama and bin Laden 'both have friends that bombed the Pentagon,' Virginia GOP chairman Jeffrey Frederick told volunteers." width=292 height=320]
Tim Craig
The Washington Post

The chairman of the Virginia Republican Party has compared Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden because of the Illinois senator's past association with Bill Ayers, who has confessed to domestic bombings as a member of the Vietnam War-era Weather Underground.

Virginia Democrats, and some Republicans, are outraged, saying these are the latest in a series of inflammatory statements that the GOP has made against Obama in Virginia, a state that has emerged as a crucial battleground in the election.

According to a report in this week's Time magazine, the Virginia party chairman, Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William), told Virginia volunteers working for GOP nominee John McCain that Obama and bin Laden "both have friends that bombed the Pentagon."

"That is scary," Frederick said while providing talking points to GOP volunteers in western Prince William County as they prepared for a door-to-door canvass.

Several McCain surrogates have blasted Obama for his association with Ayers, but few, if any, have invoked bin Laden.

Yesterday, Frederick said he stood by the comparison, even though bin Laden planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon that killed 184 people and Obama was a child and hadn't met Ayers when the Weather Underground planted a bomb at the Pentagon in 1972. No one was hurt in that blast, in which a bomb exploded in a restroom and caused flooding and damage to computer tapes containing classified information.


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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. sharon from Indy

    The GOP is feeling out of control. Yes, the GOP is going to lose control over the presidency and Congress. Of course they are desperate and angry. But what is being is said will haunt them at their next elections.

    October 14, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  2. stand


    October 13, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Rebecca

    McCain and Palin are using scare tactics to win this election. How sad.

    October 13, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  4. Jim

    BOTH PARTIES Have done What Osama failed to do which is destroy our economy-I think we should throw them ALL out & start from Scratch. Neither party has done anything except vote themselves raises,allow our counrty to be invaded by criminals( If your here ILLEGALLY – YOU ARE A CRIMINAL) They say what the people want to hear but after the election is over they forget their words.

    October 13, 2008 at 8:42 pm |
  5. Karen

    I guess some of the Republican supporters, aren't feeling the pinch of the economy right now. McCain has been part of the Bush Administration for years, he has supported this mess from the start. So let me tell the ones that agree with the Republican ticket. You have been had, and will continue on this path if they get into office. McCain and Palin started these lies about OBama. He let this woman take other the speeches and say all these horrible things. He played a full partnership in this mess!! And everytime someone say something negative about him, he want OBama to say he doesn't agree with it. OBama's running mate isn't going from state to state, flapping his lips on their character. The McCain ticket is!!! They are promoting division between different races, with this terriorist mess. Does McCain and Palin stop to think, they maybe putting this man and his family lives in DANGER, by saying all of this off the wall BULLSH...!!!! I wouldn't agree with OBama and Biden if they were doing it. Now McCain want to tamp down the insults Palin have been saying. I think someone should charge them liable for promoting hate relations in an election!!! I think alot of people today, want to live without racial hatred in their life. This woman came out with alot of nonsense!!! I was always told: PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD'T THROW STONES". I BELIEVE THE STONE SHE THREW CAME BACK AND BROKE THE WINDOW SHE THOUGHT HER SIN WAS HIDDING BEHIND!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm |
  6. Michelle

    If Obama were caught in the very act of adultery the liberals would say, "it doesn't matter," so forget trying to confront them with the facts, it's kool aid drinking all the way . They blame McCain for Ayers, but Hilary was the one to introduce Ayers, and Senator McCain has neglected to mention anything about Rev. Wright, Farrakhan's new endorsement of Obama on youtube, Father Pflager, Khalid Al-Mansour and the list goes on.

    Obama, supposedly, is the victim African American, but let us not forget he is as much a white man as he is a black man, a Kenyan father and white American mother, it's a 50/50 combination.

    McCain a RACIST????????? Does that mean he shuns his black skinned adopted daughter or that he tells Cindy to go cleanse herself each time she returns from a war torn region of the earth, to include African Nations, taking medical relief. If Michelle Obama did half of what Cindy McCain has done for the underserved, liberals would have hailed her Mother Theressa, but no one wants to see the truth for what it is and that's sad.

    I am thankful for one thing this election season, and it's that I don't have blinders on, just the ability to not have someone whose only talent is his ability to speak well influence and maipulate me is a gift.

    Oh, and maybe it would be good for CNN to do a show on all that Obama acomplished as a community organizer. It would be interesting to see how much he actually "turned" those communities around. From what I know, they remain impoverished, but I guess those accomplishments of lack thereof, aren't important, it's another free pass for the Holy One.

    October 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm |
  7. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT


    They do not seem to "GET" that their vile-anger-lying tactics are backfiring!

    This evening on the "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" Keith reported that the governor of Florida doesn't have time to campaign for McCain.

    You know, folks, you can tell a lot about the character of a person, when they are down........ and what has McCain and the Republicans shown us? Nothing but gutter-politics!

    All the GOP have are lies, hate, divide, fear and incite violence!

    Get a clue GOP....... **********STOP THE HATE ***STOP THE LIES***

    October 13, 2008 at 8:32 pm |
  8. Robert kearney

    The Virgina GOP chairman has his facts bacwards president bush is the one who all the intelligent people know is the who pals around with terrorists exclusively the bin laiden family bush w is the one whom has ties to terrorist

    October 13, 2008 at 8:14 pm |
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