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. Deb, Allentown,PA

    cmon cnn...

    Deb, Allentown,PA
    September 14th, 2008 11:06 am ET

    McCain has proven that, as Obama said, he will lose his integrity to win an election. As recently as 4 years ago, the man had at least a microcosm of honor. It’s gone now; the man has sold his soul to the devil, in the person of Karl Rove, in order to secure the Presidency. We can not allow the Republicans to win this race on lies and deceit. If they win on issues, that’s one thing. The problem is that they cannot win on the issues, hence the lies, smears and misrepresentations.

    September 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. RapidRay


    The changes in Palin's stumps speeches are not modifications, but omissions of those lines that have been proven inacurate or are controversial based on location.

    It's no longer what she's saying, but what she is NOT SAYING that shows her true message.

    September 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Chris

    I'm so disappointed in McCain. This woman is a fraud. An absolutely frightening fraud.

    September 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Dave, Illinois

    What politician doesn't tweak a speech depending upon the audiance? Obama has made an art of it. For instance, talking like one of the folks in Pennsylvania and then turning around and deriding those same people as crazed people clinging to their guns and religion when he's in front of the Left coast crowd.
    Oh yeah, Obamites: you might want to actually check your talking points from the Obama/Gerbles propoganda machine. Palin was never a member of the Independant party, never banned books, and didn't pose in a bikini with a gun. What a bunch of gullable yutzes you are.

    September 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. curtis in WI

    Tweaking the stump speech for a particular audience is to be expected. what i want to know do any of the versions cantain any truth?

    September 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. McCain/Palin


    September 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Nic

    I hope she goes to the view and answer so straight talk questions.She claims reform who will she be reforming?Mccain?I guess so ....Mccain will use women for his own political goal.That is a disgrace to all women.Palin needs to give back the money she took from earmarks to charity and stop talking about a bridge to no where when her state is still taking the money,something she actually supported.The republicants are sick of oil and that,s why the picked sarah to drill.But tell me how can we keep on drilling wiith all all this Horricanes and stums.One day we will have everthing distroyed.Alternatives is the best method.That,s why Obama/Biden all the way.Mccain and Palin are a bunch of liers........She was not even in Iraq bow bow bow...Foreing policy.Shame on you Sarah.

    September 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Peggy

    I want to know the God the Republicans and the other born agains are talking about. I am a spiritual, praying person. My God seems to be gentle, kind, non-judgemental, fair minded, and truthful. So there must be different Gods then!

    September 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Jamie

    Gov. Palin to Congress: "Thanks but not thanks on that bridge to nowhere. If Alaskans wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves."


    September 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Good for Her...

    She learned that from Obama.

    Obama never flip-flops... he just refines his positions and clarifies them into a new meaning as needed.

    Sarah Palin is obviously a quick study. In two weeks she will erase Obama's 2 year staged production.

    September 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. PALIN 08 Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    OOOOOh Sarah, fight, fight for us, fight for the Lord our saviour, the Tribulation is almost over, you MUST enter the White House and help us prepare!

    The LORD is coming, repent!

    OOOh sweet, sweet RAPTURE>>>> !!!1!

    September 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. FromCanada

    He who runs the most dishonorable campaign will run the most dishonorable government if elected. Just a reflection of campaign 2000 and 2004!
    Good luck America!

    September 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Janet, America in Canada

    As a very serious and concern voter. I take pride in research, listening, evaluate precisely all candidates and where they stand on the issues concerning the everyday citizens.

    I truly believe the separation of Church, Temple, Mosque, and State are two separate entity. What we bring in ourselves should be the ability to see all people as equals.

    But, when one restricts an individual positive life to conform with ones own beliefs, then that person is a DICTATOR!

    As a female I am also more questionable about an unknown female
    and their credentials! Therefore, I research, listen and evaluate, not only the words but the person themselves. I have taken the male candidates on an even harder evaluation!

    Therefore, just because Sarah Palin or Senator Clinton was running as a candidate, doesn't mean I would vote for them unless they showed their REAL COLORS!

    September 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. barieene george

    Of course we all are aware of the Palin's/McCain's lies, but are we insensitive to the fact that the economy is fundamentally unsound, that our health care system needs to be fixed, that we need to pull out of Iraq so that Part of that monthly 10Billion dollars can be used to fix our education system, that we need to breath in clean air, that we need safer and clean energy, that we need to bring some of our jobs back to America? Well, I hate when people blame Policians for not telling the truth because this time, the truth is very glaring. Please, do not allow America to sink lower than this, McCain loves this country but he can wait for another eight years.

    September 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Still Believe her?

    To: Sun-angel September 14th, 2008 11:43 am ET
    Alaska people has no other option than support her because if they don't her sect will go after them and reprisal will be taken against them..

    ......................another LIE she is telling, the media interviewed several of her friends and they said they are not committed to VOTING for her, and they are NOT if she doesn't give REAL interviews showing her tell the truth on what she believe in and what kind of changes she will make. It was noted that changes she claimed to have made in Alaska ONLY suited her and those who received money FROM Oil Company's (her husband is a exc. and knew how to work it on the inside or should it be, how to get away with working it?).

    September 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Ed, FL

    She is an unscrupulous liar. Even after several news network including CNN have confirmed that this woman was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it. She is still using her lies on the campaign trail.
    Please, can somebody call it what it is. She is a disgrace to the american values.
    Moose hunter chasing innocent wolves on airplane. God help us if she ever gets to power. How many american will value that kind of cruelty.

    September 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Jock Ewing

    You left-wing liberal nuts are hysterical. It is amusing watching you all (which includes Obama and Biden) self-destruct at the hands of a good-looking, self-made, political powerhouse named Palin. Despite Obama's liberal education he comes off as a stammering idiot when he cannot read off of a teleprompter and furthermore McCain proved his intelligence with the Palin pick. Everytime you lunatics open your mouth it wins over more votes for the Republicans. Your egotistical mindset which tells you that you are smarter and the rest of the country will follow your lead if only you tell them too is ridiculous. In fact you are the ones that are ignorant to the "real world" who sees Palin as one of us.

    Please keep talking and in the meantime McCain/Palin will keep getting votes.

    September 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Cleo

    I saw through her the first time she was on she is caught in all these lies and scandals...I am almost positive McCain was told who to pick...both McCain and Palin are puppets of the Republican party! I am scared of what could happen with these two in office. Vote Obama!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Donna Sutliff

    Obama is running against McCain not Palen, let Palen debate Biden, the media needs to concentrate on economy, energy, not a bridge to nowhere, I am a woman and Palen is not Clinton, I don't want to tote a gun and kill a Moose, and I support the Troops but let get back to polticts who can lead this country, and Palen is just a poltical woman and she is not the President and if the Republicans won, would this woman be capable of being our President?

    September 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    Twicked is that all she can do? Plagerism!
    Is a crime. She cannot handle it. McCain get another VP so AMericans can vote.

    September 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    CNN is worser than FOX— They claim to be fair and balance, well neither is CNN. 😦

    Now Post this

    September 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Nevada Mom

    Her exaggerated record is now coming out.

    But, what Americans must wake up and realize is that Sarah Palin is an incredibly IRRESPONSIBLE and possibly DANGEROUS choice for the VP position.

    Why on earth would a war-hero like McCain choose a complete neophyte as his replacement should he not make it through his term?
    It's shocking that this supposed patriot (McCain) has such little concern for his nation that he would put his Presidential ambitions above our safety and security.

    He chose her because he thought she could help him win. Maybe he forgot that if he chose her, she would actually take on the second highest position in our land. I doubt McCain has given a lot of thought to what will happen once the election is over.

    September 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. JEANNE


    September 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    McCain/Palin: So fake and full of lies

    September 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Ron L

    The real issue to me is just getting an idea of WHO she REALLY IS??
    The only way to find out what she really knows, and really thinks is by more one on one interviews. There needs to be at least 6 more in the next 3 to 4 weeks. Anything less and America is taking a HUGE RISK!!
    This isn't a case of sexism or ageism.
    The facts are this: Sen. Mccain is 72, at 72 unexpected shifts in health ARE NOT unusual. Governor Palin is VERY NEW to a majority of Americans and it is only RIGHT that we get to hear her position in her own words on the MANY challenges currently facing our nation..
    More interviews are RIGHT thing to Demand...DO NOT LET UP!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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