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Palin, GOP Respond to Alleged Biden 'Terrorists' Comment

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin is the latest to add her voice to the chorus of politicians and pundits criticizing Vice President Joe Biden for allegedly saying that tea party lawmakers "acted like terrorists" during the debt-ceiling negotiations.

At a meeting with House Democrats on Monday Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) reportedly told Biden that "the tea party acted like terrorists in threatening to blow up the economy." The phrase was allegedly used several times. Several sources told the website Politico that the Vice President responded "they have acted like terrorists."

Appearing on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News show Monday, Palin said, "I think we're getting kind of used to being called names -- racists, inciters of violence, being accused of things that we having nothing to do with." Palin added, "I suppose it's a bit more appalling to have been called acting like terrorists by he who is second in command of the most powerful office in the world. It's quite appalling. It proves how out of touch this White House is."

The former Alaska governor and tea party activist added: "To be called a terrorist because of our beliefs from the vice president, it's quite appalling, it's quite vile."

Whether Vice President Biden did in fact use the word terrorist is unclear.  He denied using it Monday while speaking to CBS News' Scott Pelley.

Kendra Barkoff, a spokeswoman for the Vice President, said "the word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it's an appropriate term in political discourse."

Along with Palin, several other members of the GOP have responded to the reported comments. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), on the Senate floor Monday evening called it "deeply disturbing" to hear the reports of the comments.

And Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted the Vice President: "Laughable to be called 'terrorist' by those holding economy hostage. Prefer to be thought of as freedom fighter. #teaparty."

Earlier this year, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill told Bloomberg Television that "the people who are threatening not to pass the debt ceiling are our version of al Qaeda terrorists. Really -- they're really putting our whole society at risk by threatening to round up 50 percent of the members of the Congress, who are loony, who would put our credit at risk."

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