By Alicia M. Cohn - 03/13/12 04:37 PM EDT
Sarah Palin shot back at the Obama reelection campaign this week after it used footage of her in a fundraising video.
"I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama’s 'enemy of the week' if that includes the opportunity to debate him on the issues Americans are actually concerned about," Palin wrote in a note on her Facebook page, posted late Monday. Palin was responding to a Web video fundraising for Obama that uses recent footage of Palin criticizing the president.
"I’m willing and free to discuss these issues with the President anywhere, anytime," Palin wrote.
The Obama campaign released a video on Friday that calls out Palin by name. It charges: "Sarah Palin and the far right say President Obama will bring back racial discrimination ... against white people."
Palin said it is an example of Obama's "diversionary tactics" that "shows that our President sure seems fearful of discussing the economy, energy prices, and all the other problems people need addressed."
She proposed that Obama could also debate any of "the four patriots currently running for the GOP nomination" — Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul — on the issues.
The campaign video uses footage of a Fox News appearance where Palin, discussing Obama's college relationship with prominent Harvard Professor Derrick Bell, accused Obama of following "radical" philosophies that hearken back to an before the Civil War "when unfortunately too many Americans mistakenly believed that not all men were created equal."
The campaign video strongly condemns Palin for the assertion.
"These attacks are wrong and dangerous. If you're tired of it, do something: Donate to the two term fund," the video reads.
Palin called the "absurd new attack" ad "heavily edited" but "quite telling."
Reaffirming the comments she had made on Fox News, Palin also encouraged her readers and the media to re-open a discussion about "Obama’s radical past associations and the radical philosophy that shaped his ideas."
The video of Obama introducing Bell in 1991 prompted a controversy among some conservatives because Bell, who was the first black tenured Harvard Law School professor, also helped initiate the academic discipline of Critical Race Theory.
Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, is a Fox News contributor.