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. Marie C.

    YOU TELL THEM OBAMA!!! NO WE ARE NOT STUPID!!!

    September 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Willcnnapprovethis?

    Palin is no Clinton!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Hillary Supporter

    This person can not lead our country. Palin needs to step down.

    September 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Democrat....no matter what!

    All of you people who are excited about having a pretty, soccer mom for a potentialVP or even president of this country had better start looking at McCain & Palin on the issues, and not at her legs or McCain's heart touching story of his POW days!

    They won't change from the way Bush and the rest of the Republicans have been doing things. Don't listen to the lies from their lips, look at what and whom they've been supporting.....Bush's failed policies!

    They have both voted in support of all of Bush's "things to mess up" list, over and over again....and will continue to do so.

    If you really love your country and want to not see this country further destroyed, please get off the childish personality contest you in and get serious about voting for the party that cares for those who aren't super rich!

    September 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Who Cares?

    I am not sure Obama really wants to go there with the "for it before you were against it" argument. He is looking mighty hypocritical right about now.

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. gary

    OBAMA LET ME THROW YOU THE CRYING TOWEL. YOUR NEGATIVE TRASH TOWARD MCCAIN AND PALIN SHOWS BIG TIME WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS.HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT NOT BEING NUMBER ONE IN THE SPOT LIGHT NOW. YOU WILL COME OUT WITH YOUR DIRTY CHICAGO TATICS ,LIKE YOU DID TO HRC AND MANY MORE IN CHICAGO.YOUR JUST A CUT THROAT CON MAN POLITICIAN FROM CHICAGO. TALK CHANGE ,BUT PICK WITHIN WASHINGTON FOR VP. BECAUSE YOUR BIAS AGAINST A WOMAN .YOU WANT HISTORY ALL FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR NAIVE VOTERS CANT SEE THAT. WHY DOSN'T THE MEDIA LET THE COUNTRY KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE. GLEN BECK SHOW WILL LET YOU KNOW. I WISH THEY WOULD LET EVERYONE KNOW BEFORE ITS TO LATE.

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Vince- California

    Well of course "Hilljillie" is going to lie, the next she will make up is that her hockey playing kids were all being touted to be the next Bobby Orr, and make the NHL with all the teams manuevering on draft day for them .......

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Dee Jay a young republican

    Get her Obama.....But stay on McCain....Stay on him... i believe you are whats needed to run this country

    Obama/Biden

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Anna

    Thank you Barack for standing up to their lies.

    Obama-Biden -08

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    If we extract former lobbyists (commerce or social interests), and the partisan organizations–neither Obama nore McCain could find the talent necessary to even run a campaign.

    Throwing muck–and seeing what sticks is just a notch removed from throwing rocks–to kill and disable just like our uncivilized ancestors. Too bad we can't come up with elected officials whose behavior we could be proud of.

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Mele

    You should have spoken it so early. McCain campaign is trying to be change agent with the same McBush policy. It's well known by American People. Com'n America, lets see deep inside to what Sara Palin is, and what McCain is. They are tying to make the same old fashioned politics. But American People will not allow this kind of trick any more, not this time, not any further.

    Go Bless America.

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Super delegate NJ

    It's over for Osama. Actually he is the one who was a muslim and his names can prove it, and then became christian and when political servival was necessary, he ran away from his church. We are not fools

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. JonJon

    That's right Obama – TRUTH will always prevail!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. seth

    Yes! This is what I want to hear from Obama. Take the gloves off. The American people need to hear the truth. Pailn is a red herring.

    September 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Cathy

    YES!!! Obama needs to point out these things to the American people. Palin is a fraud and just being sued by the Republican party!!!

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. bij

    Get'em O.....these people are straight up BUGGIN'

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Sandy

    All lies, that's what Republicans do. If McCain won, don't whine for 4 more years of depression.

    CNN POST THIS!

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. fafa

    Obama is such a decent man with a fundamental sense of decency. god bless his mother and grand parents for instilling such a value in this man.

    I would choose somebody fromwhatver party/sex/religion with this very simple virtue.

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. JoeReed

    The tuth will always prevail.

    Go Obama!

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. selfemployed

    88% of D.C.'s 8th graders can't read

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Sarah

    The woman is really transparent. She says something, press her lips together and then nod her head as if she speaks the truth.

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Regina

    I'm so tired of hearing about Gov. Palin. McCain only used her to draw attention to himself, because he couldn't stand up on his own two feet. I would have probably given her a chance, if she would have came correct, instead of insulting the democrats with those ugly remarks. WHAT ABOUT THE ISSUES???? That's what is important. Let's not talk about what someone else is doing, let's talk about what you can do!!!!!!!!!!!!! And she lead the country if need be......I THINK NOT!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Aspire

    BO should hit Palin even harder on the facts - everything that has come out of her mouth has been completely untrue

    Same Old Express must stop

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Boris Hilgert

    Well, is it true that Palin was first for the bridge to nowhere? Is it true that she hired a lobbyist? Is it true that Wasilla benefited from a hugely disproportionate amount of pork? These aren't matters of opinion. Why is it up to the Obama campaign to make these points? Instead of focusing on Palin's parenting status and the maternal status of her daughters, why isn't the media revealing them? If Obama were caught in such inconsistencies, the media would be going crazy. Why is Obama pressed by the media on the surge and McCain isn't pressed on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan? The media is so cowed by the snarling and hissing by the GOP and McCain that it's pathetic. I wish the left would stop whining about the media and start playing the same kind of hardball as does the right.

    Boris Dieter Hilgert
    Corona, California (deep in GOP territory)

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Voter

    Hey, Obama. I have an idea. Why don't you just flick Palin off your shoulder, you know, like a piece of lint.

    OR, how about comparing her to Annie Oakley

    OR, how about saying "Palin, you're likable enough..."

    That should work....so they ahead 50% – 46% in today's Gallup Poll, so what....you can do it, Barry.

    You've done it before.

    September 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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