September 8th, 2008
05:19 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama to Palin: You can’t just ‘make stuff up’

Barack Obama is accusing Palin of trying to 'recreate' herself.
Barack Obama is accusing Palin of trying to 'recreate' herself.

FLINT, Michigan (CNN) –- Refusing to allow the McCain-Palin ticket to usurp his mantle of change, Barack Obama accused the duo of repackaging themselves and ratcheted up his weekend criticism of Sarah Palin, accusing her of trying to “make stuff up” and “recreate” herself in some of his toughest language against her to date.

“Let’s get the facts clear here. When she was mayor, she hired a Washington lobbyist to get earmarks – pork barrel spending – all the things that John McCain says is bad, she lobbied to get!” Obama told a small crowd at community college in this economically hard-hit town.

“When it came to the Bridge to Nowhere, she was for it until everybody started raising a fuss about it and she started running for governor and then suddenly she was against it!

“You remember that?” Obama continued. “For it before you were against it? I mean you can’t just make stuff up, you can’t just recreate yourself, you can’t just reinvent yourself. The American people aren’t stupid.”

Watch: Clinton says 'No McCain, no Palin'

Obama was reacting to a McCain ad out Monday touting Palin’s stance against the infamous $400 million earmark in her home state of Alaska – a position that is central to the Republican’s argument that his ticket will battle wasteful government spending.

The attack echoes his criticism of Palin Saturday, when he charged that she had accepted earmarks “when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up."

On Monday, the Democratic nominee asked how McCain could talk about change “with a straight face,” telling the crowd seven of the Arizona senator's top aides of were former corporate lobbyists.

“John McCain says that he is going to tell all those lobbyists in Washington that their days of running Washington are over,” said Obama. “So who is it that he’s going to tell? Is he going to tell his campaign chairman? Is he going to tell his campaign manager? I mean, these are folks who have represented every major corporate interest…”


McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds responded that there are no registered lobbyists currently on the payroll, “and Barack Obama knows it.”

“John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin are a new chapter of reform in Washington, and if Barack Obama is so concerned about former lobbyists than he doesn’t need to look any further than the leadership of his own campaign,” said Bounds. “Barack Obama does not have the record to make change, and voters are recognizing it.”

Obama took another jab at his GOP opponents during a response on Social Security during the event’s question-and-answer session, calling McCain's position “another example of the ‘No Change Express.’”

soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. John J.

    Don't forget, even after she rejected the plans for the Bridge to Nowhere, she KEPT the money allocated for it.

    September 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Joe

    it wont be long until McCain and Palin's charade runs dry. Props to them for having a good convention and getting the republicans excited about politics again.

    Too bad people will wake up to what their politics are all about by the time the voters decide.

    September 8, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. lol

    mccain/palin are up 10 pts in the gallup poll. the sexist dnc, and obama campaign should have put hillary on the ticket! mccain/palin 08, hillary 2012!

    September 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Breck

    Now that's what I've been waiting for Senator! Good for you, that will slap McCain down for a bit.

    September 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. TyWebb

    You can't spell Sarah Palin without L I A R.

    September 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. the real Abby

    Why don’t you call her what she is, sir, which is a liar! Just say it!

    September 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    All the Obama campaign have to do is check her record and check how Gov palin as mayor ran up that little town budget from a balance budget into 20 million deficit before she left office and Gov plane she put on ebay that didn't sell but sold it for a lost, wanted 2.7 million got 2.1 million lost. Can't believe everything you hear, nothing but spend city. Go Obama

    September 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Schneider (I) - CA

    Sorry Obama,

    You almost have it right. Except for the part about Americans not being stupid. GWB was elected twice and this contest is close. Obviously, Americans are not smart.

    September 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Cam

    He`s finally starting to understand that every time McCain and Palin open their mouths with half-truths and lies he needs to hammer at them and tie it in with his actual ideas for change.

    September 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Alex

    yes yes...respond to everything... every lie...

    Also it is Bill Clinton's turn ..he needs to go out campaign, campaign!

    September 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    It takes a special kind of stupid to believe that someone who has been in Washington for 26 years, who voted with the Bush administration 95% of the time and who chose a seriously questionable person for VP whom he had only met once before can be considered a candidate of 'change'. McCain saw that 'inexperience' wasn't getting the traction he wanted so he co-opted Obama's message. Only hardcore right wingers can believe BS that deep.

    September 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. me

    Obama had the BIG chance to get Hillary on ticket. He did not have a good judgment to pick Biden.
    Now he seems to be panicking, and attacking a woman, like he used to attack Hillary.
    He has to learn, that women have strong word, strong positions.
    He seems to be really panicking...

    September 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Chris

    I know it's not fair regarding "media bias" and so on and so forth, but the way the McCain camp is treating the media (cancelling CNN interviews for example), it is important that they blast back and present all the facts.

    Sarah Palin is not worthy to be Vice President.

    They talk about "executive experience". George W. Bush has had nearly 8 years of it – undoubtedly more than Sarah Palin and John McCain put together – but I would not trust him to be President or in charge of anything any longer.

    September 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. yup

    yup, the American people aren't stoooopid, Barack.

    So why are you (and McCain) supporting the bailout of Freddie and Fannie?

    We pay taxes on our property. Now our mortgages will be owned by the government, so we are paying interest TO THE GOVERNMENT (a tax?hmm…) then you will also have your taxes raised to bail out the mortgages that you as a taxpayer are paying interest on!!

    You keep SAYING that you won't raise taxes on people under $250k income, but you JUST DID.

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    I agree!!!! Get your facts straight lady!

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN & PALIN!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    YES WE CAN!

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Schneider (I) - CA

    Average Americans don't believe that the Earth was created 7000 years ago; We don't ignore overwhelming scientific proof about global warming; We don't support Jews For Jesus; We don't support states seceding from the country; We don't support eminent domain; We don't support banning books; We don't support using political power for personal gain (Troopergate); We do support abortion in the case of rape or incest; We do support sexual education that deals with pre-marital sex, STDs and contraceptives
    Palin should not be allowed anywhere near the White House!

    She is an extreme religious fundalmentalist.

    She lied about being a major corruption foe (she accepted campaign contributions in the same fundraising scheme at the center of a public corruption scandal that led to the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens). She lied about being against earmarking (she requested $27 Million for tiny Wasilla – even McCain criticized her). She lied about her initial support for the Bridge to Nowhere (only reversing her opinion when it became politicially beneficial to do so). She does not support alternate energy sources. She is anti-environmental. She even lied about winning Miss Congeniality!

    Extreme is an understatement.

    So you really want a "Warrior For God" one heartbeat away from our nuclear arsenal? I thought unstable, belligerent religious extremists were our enemies…not our representatives.

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Martin

    It looks like Obama is becoming more like Michael Vick when in comes to this "bull dog with lipstick."

    Go get her, tiger. Finally get some nerves.

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Larry

    Obama ought to be very, very careful as to whom he is calling a liar. Certainly, he has told a good number of lies since his school day's. As well, his VP, nominee, is very well known for his plagarizing, lies and whatnot. You guy's have 18 remaining fingers pointing back at you between the two of you. Your disgusting and a sham to the USA.
    God forbid you get in office.

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Grandma for Obama

    He forgot to add the she kept those millions of dollars for the bridge anyway.

    She was for the bridge
    She was against the bridge

    But she still kept all that money!!!!

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Schneider (I) - CA

    1) HOW CAN ANYONE THINK THAT OUR COUNTRY WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITH A CANDIDATE WHO HAS A BAD TEMPER, WHO IS A MISOGYNIST, WHO IS A WAR MONGER, WHOSE FOREIGN POLICY IS STOLEN FROM WIKIPEDIA, WHO CALLED HILLARY A NAME THAT RHYMES WITH WITCH, WHO SAID CHELSEA WAS UGLY AND THE DAUGHTER OF JANET RENO, WHO CALLED HIS OWN WIFE A NAME THAT RHYMES WITH BUNT, WHO PIMPED HIS WIFE OUT FOR A TOPLESS CONTEST, WHO IS AGAINST A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE, WHO WILL RE-INSTATE THE DRAFT, WHO WEARS $520 LOAFERS, WHO DOES NOT EVEN KNOW HOW MANY HOUSES HE OWNS (7), THINKS YOU'RE NOT RICH IF YOU MAKE LESS THAN $5 MILLION, WHO NEEDS TO LOOK AT NOTECARDS TO REMEMBER THE PRICE OF MILK, WHOSE HOUSEHOLD BUDGET INCLUDES $273,000 FOR SERVANTS, WHO THINKS OUR ECONOMY IS BASICALLY SOUND ?!?!
    ::::::::::::::::::::::INDEPENDENT VOTING OBAMA::::::::::::::::::::::

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Independant

    Wait just a second Obama.

    YOU said you were for campaign funding befor you wer against it...
    YOU said you were against the surge befor you were for it...
    YOU said you knew nothing about the preachings of Rev. Wright before you knew the preachings of Rev. Wright!!!!

    I see the pot calling the kettle black and that's not politics of "change."

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Deborah

    You can tell he is starting to realize the American people aren't buying all the stuff he has "Just made up"!

    McCain/Palin-08-in a Landslide!

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Schneider (I) - CA

    2) HOW CAN ANYONE THINK THAT OUR COUNTRY WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITH A CANDIDATE WHO WILL CONTINUE THE BUSH ECONOMIC PLAN WHICH HAS ACCRUED A $10 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT, WHO REPRESENTS ONLY THE 147,000 FAMILIES WHICH MAKE UP THE TOP 0.1% OF TAXPAYERS, WHO VOTED AGAINST ALTERNATIVE ENERGY 25 TIMES, WHO HAS NOT SUPPORTED MILITARY FUNDING – VOTING ONLY ONLY ONE OF THE LAST 7 WAR FUNDING BILLS, WHO DID NOT SUPPORT THE NEW GI BILL – A BILL HE BENEFITED FROM, WHO PAINTS HIMSELF A WAR HERO BUT DOES NOT HAVE THE SUPPORT OF MOST VETERANS GROUPS AND CURRENT TROOPS ?!?!
    ::::::::::::::::::::::INDEPENDENT VOTING OBAMA::::::::::::::::::::::

    September 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    Good stuff Obama.

    Now put it in an ad and start spending all that money we've sent you, because otherwise McCain-Palin are going to win.

    September 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Obama/Biden 08

    Its very morally wrong for Moral Battling conservatives to LIE and Worm their way into confusing the American People!!

    She said "I sold the plane on ebay" NO SHE DIDNT, it never SOLD on ebay.. It never worked!! Other Government took it off and SOLD it elsewhere!!

    She said "Iraq war is a Task from God" And "I dont know nothing about the Iraq War" SO now she is all KNowlegeable?? DOUBT IT

    She said.. " I stopped the Bridge to Nowhere and saved Alaska $" NO SHE DIDNT... Capital Hill put the stop to it... She was all for it in her campaign for office in Alaska!!

    She said " I fought the oil companies" NO SHE DIDNT!! She bargained with them and she TOOK MONEY From them for her Political Campaigns. She took money from Lobbyist!!

    She said " I will change Washington" HOW ?? with taking money from Lobbyist for your campaigns how is that Changing Washington... With taking money from Oil Companies how is that gonna bring down Gas Prices for US?? Your pocketing our money with the Oil COmpanies... NO WAY I SAY!!!

    She said.. " I am anti earmarks" NO she took over 27 million in earmarks... where did she come up with that one???

    When is America gonna wake up and See when they are having one pulled over on them?? Why is America so BLIND??

    Say NO to McCain the Same and Palin the Chameleon!!!

    September 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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