September 14th, 2008
10:25 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin tweaks stump speech for different audiences

Palin recently returned to the campaign trail after a visit back to Alaska.

Palin recently returned to the campaign trail after a visit back to Alaska.

CARSON CITY, Nevada (CNN) - Sarah Palin's reputation for rarely deviating from a scripted stump speech as she travels from city to city is not entirely accurate.

She’s open to changing a few lines here and there - depending on the audience.

Consider her speech Saturday in Nevada, site of the proposed Yucca Mountain Repository, a controversial project that would store radioactive waste in Nevadans’ backyard. At nearly every campaign stop over the last two weeks, Palin has touted McCain’s plan to expand nuclear energy, including storage and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.

“In a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to expand nuclear energy, expand our use of alternative fuels, and drill now to make this nation energy independent,” she said to cheers last week in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

But in Carson City, where the Yucca issue hits closer to home, that remark about expanding nuclear energy disappeared.

Palin also gave a pair of modified stump speeches during her recent Welcome Home tour through Alaska that failed to mention the notorious Gravina Island Bridge, subject of her usual applause line on the campaign trail that “I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere."

The Alaska governor routinely cites her opposition to the bridge on the trail to reinforce her reformer reputation, but fact-check groups and the Obama campaign have noted out that Palin supported building the bridge before she came out against it.

Earlier: Palin stays firm on Bridge to Nowhere claim; Obama camp calls bridge claim a 'lie'

At rallies last week in Fairbanks and Anchorage, where Palin's original position in favor of the bridge is well-known, her “thanks but no thanks” was left behind in the Lower 48.

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  1. Still not voting for Obama

    Well, Well, Well,

    it was not as easy as the "Media and Democrat Leadership," planned it would, now they are trying to tear down another person's reputation to prop Sen. Obama up again.

    The difference is people are paying attention now, after the Hillary fiasco.

    This is not child's play and no one can tell or make another person do what they want.

    I make my decision and my vote, and the nontelling truth media corp will not make that decision for me.

    September 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Laurie

    This McCain/Palin duo is one great "piece of work". Tell them what they want to hear, keep saying it until they believe it themselves. Give the country no credit for being smart enough to see thru it. Don't talk nuclear in Nevada...Nevada do you get it? Don't talk about the bridge in Alaska...Alaska did that fool you? Earmarks...Their bad one day, but good if in the light...does that mean good when the day light is longer in Alaska but not when darker? How about immigration, McCain turned coward when his presidential aspirations made him "change". They are for change alright, change the story to make it work for you...change we can trust? I'm from Arizona, McCain does absolutely nothing for us...Country First, Arizona Last. Thanks McCain for respresenting us....can you get us some money to pay for the cost of treating illegals dying in our desert? Can you help us Mr. McCain? Where are you? You don't report for votes, you certainly don't get us needed federal funding for anything...thanks but no thanks. This is a pair that will do anything to get elected...wake up America. If you like Bush, you'll love McCain...what maverick? How about all the good stuff he does for veterans...another joke...the joke is on us. This guy just wants to live in the White House, he needs another home I hear. McCain is so pathetic he needs Sarah to get a crowd and now we know why they don't want the press to interview Sarah don't we!

    September 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Paula Lacey

    The Republican lied to us to start a war in Iraq for no reason, and you want to reward them with four more years?

    September 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Chechi

    About Sarah Palin: It seems families are not important to her, who takes care of her children while she campaigns with her husband at her side? she would probably be happy if they all get deployed to Irak.

    And has she ever travelled outside the US? Does she know how the world looks outside AlasKa? Is she aware of diffetrent cultures, ways of living and values?
    Just wondering...

    September 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. sanl

    If Sarah Palin is so contemptuous of the press that she refuses to say anything that isn't scripted, then why doesn't the press blow her off as well? She's only a "phenomenon" because the media makes her so. C'mon, fourth estate, show so some integrity!

    September 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Bob

    I think the press should lay off Mrs. Palin, she is just a hockey mom....wait, shes running to be vice president? Are you serious? She doesnt know anything!

    September 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Baffled

    Thanks but no thanks to the VP from nowhere ...

    September 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. jm

    It is about time that americans will realize how fake and liar palin is,she can't even learn to lie smart.She is abig liar and time is coming that she will be brought to the open when all her scandals are revealed.

    September 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Tim in Canada

    My Bombshelter is almost done.

    September 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Hope 2008

    Thanks Chanel for saying that, and I couldn't agree more. I love Barbara Walters because she is a great reporter, and asks the real questions that nobody else dares to. Most people I know, could care less about the mud slinging (and are smart enough to see what the Republicans are doing too), and want answers from McCain..not Palin on why we should elect him on the ISSUES.

    I already know enough about him, that there is no way I would EVER vote for him, but he still should focus on the ISSUES and stop distracting Americans away from the real questions. I know there are a lot of McCain supporters that would not agree with me, but I think they need to start researching him and Palin on their own, instead of listening and believing what the media says.

    Like, his temper and his military record, name calling his wife in public, shoving a POW mom in a wheelchair, how he interacts with fellow senators and how it is his way or no way. I don't think these qualities respect others and show leadership abilities. I want someone whom I can respect, lead, and follow.

    September 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Anon

    Hmm, so, Miss Palin, when will you tell "the truth, and nothing but the truth"?

    September 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Paula Lacey

    Joe Biden is over qualified to be President. He has been in the senate for 36 years. He has run for President twice, and wants to serve. His time has come. He and Jill have a model family for all of our young people to see.

    September 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Michigan Voter

    The criticism doesn't matter, McCain/ Palin are stilling leading in most of the polls and on all the electoral maps. If things stay the way they are, she and McCain will win in November.

    September 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Palin is a joke

    How can she tweak her speeches? She only seems to know how to parrot the same old lies, rhetoric and manure that Bush,Cheney, Rove, and McClone have been peddling for years. Not much new here...

    September 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. hello

    Shame on CNN

    September 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Jackie, MI

    I find it ironic that Palin changes her speech in her own state, dropping the bridge to nowhere, when supposedly she is the most popular governor in the states,and that she has "reformed" the government. What a hypocrite. Obviously, she knows that she didn't kill the bridge, and her popularity is going down in her home state, so she doesn't use her "thanks, but no thanks" speech. I think the more info that comes out about Palin, that she won't be the "change, reformer" that she has been touted as. Sure sounds like she is reverting more and more to the republican talking points, not on her own platform.

    September 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Anon

    Are you just telling different people what they want to hear?

    September 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Dompycat

    Hey Chanel. You're spot on. Wolf's interview was shameful there. Pawlenty was completely avoiding the questions and Wolf just let his answers slide. Pathetic!

    September 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. pam Eugene OR

    Why is she getting away with this. Are we so naive? Come on folks fact check on your own. This is OUR election Are we going to let this be stolen from us yet again by fear and lie?

    September 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Rebecca - Michigan

    HMMMM. What do the oil companies think of Palin? She increased taxes on the oil companies in Alaska 300% which is the single reason she was able to have a surplus. She needs to be asked if she will increase the oil companies federal taxes and if not why the change of heart. McCain has been constantly saying no to a windfall profit tax on oil companies while Palin did exactly the opposite in Alaska by 300%. So why isn't anybody asking this question. McCain and Palin seem to be at big odds on this subject.

    September 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Bob

    I am afraid for women. I am afraid for hard working Americans. I am afraid for the hard fought gains made by African Americans discarded.
    I am afraid,that after this election we would have lost all sense of morality,or decency! I am afraid of republican lies!

    September 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Peter of Oregon

    I hope she adds a little substance about her policy positions to her stump speech... sometime before November.

    September 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Robe

    Sarah Palin is a liar, just like McCain, Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the Republicans. The McCain Campaign do not want anyone to point out the many lies that Sarah Palin has told, therefore they start by accusing the Democrats of sexism, bullying and being disrespectful. This is their way of trying to keep the Democrats from confronting Sarah Palin's on the many lies she has told.

    Sarah Palin's started the campaign attacking, but McCain Campaign do not want anyone to attack her lies, credibility or experience.

    Now we have the same, Sarah Palin as mayor, took a town with a balance budget and left it with a $22 million deficit. Bush took a country with a money surplus and is leaving with a over $4 trillion deficit. Sarah Palin is against earmarks, but as mayor and governor, she has asked for more earmarks than any state. She campaigned for the bridge to nowhere, but when it became unpopular she did not want the bridge to nowhere, but She Kept The Money. Sarah Palin and her staff said that they would testify on the ethics charging, but now they must be subpoenaed.

    Lies are what got us in this mess in this country. Therefore, we need to stand up and say No More Lies.

    The World is watching and the U.S. is losing more and more credibility because the people of the U.S. are following the Liars, eventhough they know the truth. If the country continues to be governed by Liars, we will surrender our Powerhouse Status and become a 4th World Country, with no economic, military, domestic, nor world power. We will be the country that fell, because of ignorance and lies, since we will not seek knowledge, wisdom and the truth.

    We have a cheerleader, beauty contestant and a POW who think by being a POW he is Entitled to the Presidency. Neither have an advance degree in anything. Both failed miserably in college. But, the people are willing to put their welfare in the undereducated and liars.

    God Help Us, because we are going to need it.

    September 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Paul, NY

    I have been a republican all my life!

    This year i will vote for Barack and Joe! In this country, its clear to see that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.. Unfortunately, the republican party are responsible for this! Its a pitty all Americans cant see how much of mistake it would be to vote McCain this year

    September 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Mike

    So Palin 'tweaks' her speeches depending on her audience. Gee, I would say that makes her just like every other candidate who has run for political office. Is that the best her opponents can do in their efforts to destroy her credibility?
    I'm still waiting to here how Obama is going to 'change' anything. In four years as a US Senator he has accomplished next to nothing. The American public has become little more than brainless sheep willing to follow anyone with a catchy phrase. McCain is no box of chocolates but at least he has a list of accomplishments. Where is yours Obama...other than writing books to fatten your wallet.
    What a woeful election this is going to be.

    September 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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