September 14th, 2008
10:25 AM ET
6 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. Linn

    Again, for all of you who support the maverick Mccain for championing the cause of cutting pork barrel spending, can you please enlighten me on where 9 billion dollars of our taxpayer money went when it was shipped of to Iraq in canvas bags?? I turn into C-Span only to see a video clip of these no-bid contractors in Iraq hired by the Bush adminstration lined up around a bunch of tables with hundreds of shrink wrapped packages containing thousand dollar bills. The leader of the group proudly announcing "We are open for buisness boys and we pay in cash". I'm sick of my tax dollars going to a bunch of worthless bloated _______s so they can sit aorund on golf carts 24/7. You want to pay for these guys to play golf, you write them a check, I'm sick of it.

    September 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Pat from Cali

    White women of all people should be outraged at McCain's choice.

    Smoke and mirrors, swift boating, elected Bush the second time.

    McCain is a puppet, being run by Bush lobbyist. Look at how the straight talk express has turned into a sleaze machine. The transformation is frighten. Fear mongering, lies, interfering with a state investigation.

    This is not a sexist remark. Let the woman say what is on her mind.

    September 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Independent in NC

    Any candidate with half a brain is going to tweak their speech to the concerns of their audience. Actually, any public speaker would do that. It's common sense, and I would be worried about a candidate who didn't do that. A rural population is going to have different concerns than an urban one. Do you think farmers are all that worried about the plight of inner city youth?

    As for tax plans, I think both the Obama and McCain plans stink. The rich shouldn't be getting tax breaks, nor should they be footing the majority of the bill for everyone else. How about we just eliminate the income tax completely and hike up sales tax? The rich will still pay more because they can afford more, and we'll not only get money from illegals working in this country, but the "poor" who still manage to afford expensive items. And then no one will complain about how much they pay because it will be directly related to what they buy.

    September 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Cynthia - Arkansas

    To David in Indian Wells- YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! People seem to forgot that these are the exact same people running McSame's campaign that brought us George W. Bush. We all know how well that worked out!

    September 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Colleen

    McCain is so quick to point out that he and his side-kick lead the effort on curbing wasteful spending. He's got to be kidding!!! Let's talk a moment about the 9 billion dollars that was stuffed into bags from our U.S. Treasury and then shipped off to Iraq never to be seen again. There was absolutely no accountabilty for what this money was used for, instead it simply disappeared. When Paul Bremmer the U.S. Viceroy to Iraq was aksed about the missing funds, he repiled" Well things like this happen during war" and that was pretty much it. Barely any mention of the missing money on any of the cable news or major networks. 9 BILLION DOLLARS OF OUR TAXPAYER MONEY VANISHES WITHOUT A TRACE AND NOTHING IS DONE ABOUT IT. AT LEAST THERE'S BEEN NO MEANINGFUL INVESTIGATION THAT I'VE HEARD OR READ ABOUT. Yet McCain wants to talk about 50 million dollars that was spent on some government project here in the States. INSTEAD HE MAY WANT TO CONCENTRATE HIS EFFORTS ON RECOVERING THE 9 BILLION THAT WAS PROBABLY STOLEN FROM US BY THE BUSH HIRED CONTRACTORS THAT PERMEATE EVERY SQUARE INCH OF IRAQI SOIL!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Lauree

    Maybe they dropped the nuclear energy info because she can't say it properly.

    As much as I would like to, as a life long republican woman, I can't vote for anyone that can't say nuclear (no, it's not nucular) and is too scared/uninformed/ignorant/untrusted by her peers to be interviewed.

    Can't handle an interview with Barbara Walters?? How are you going to do negotiating with Putin??

    September 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. matt

    The GOP is directing the election campaign strategy exactly the way they want to. They are a step ahead of the Dems and will allow this current hype to continue over the next few weeks. When the Dems and Liberals finally tire from their rants, the GOP will then use the fodder from the liberal backlash to fuel their charge up to the election. They have effectively drawn the Dems deep into their own game "finger pointing and whining" that they will lose focus, stumble, fumble and lose. Then they will implode from within, all to Bill Clinton's shagrin, that he will have secured Hillary's nomination in 2012.

    September 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. MR C.

    THE THING WITH MCCAIN AND PALIN IS THAT THE CONNECTION
    BETWEEN THEM BOTH IS VERY SUSPECIOUS, AND I AM NOT
    GOING THE TAKE THE CHANCE, MISS PALIN IS DEFENETLY
    A FLASH IN THE PAN. I RESPECT HER AS A WOMAN,ALSO HER
    FAMILY, BUT MR MCCAIN WILL DO ANY,AND I MEAN ANY THING
    TO ACHEIVE IS EVEREY WISH. HIS PARTY HAS MANY PEOPLE
    WHO IS BETTER SUITED FOR VICE PRESIDENT.
    I THINK ITS A INSULT TO THOSE NAME THAT WAS MENTION
    THIS COUNTRY IS IN A MESS, AND JOHN MCCAIN IS PART
    OF THE PROBLEM, SORRY MR MCCAIN HAVE ALL YOUR FUN
    NOW, ITS OVER ON THE 4TH OF NOVEMBER , "ENOUGH IS
    ENOUGH"

    September 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. lies squad

    Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world
    - Epitectus

    September 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. mai

    macsame/palin ticket will take America to cold war era and Americans at war with the world. America cannot right all the wrongs in the world ALONE!!!!!. Americans....wake up!!!!.
    OBAMA/BIDEN....the path to peace.

    September 14, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Rose

    Chanel,
    Try Huffington Post and MSNBC (Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman).

    And by the way, I personally DO NOT WANT a potential president that attends a church where they speak in tongues. Can you imagine THAT FINGER on the button in a crisis???

    September 14, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. jason,tx

    McCain has lost all my respect. No McCain/ No Palin. All they do is lie!!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Kay

    Yes, she will continue to lie and people will continue to ignore the lie and may even start believing it. I have a problem with that, but my biggest issue with Palin is that as mayor, she charge rape victims for the rape kits, but used tax payer dollars/ federal earmarks for a $15 million hockey rink. That's incomprehensible!

    It is my hope that the Republicans underestimated the intelligence of the American electorate.

    September 14, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Mike

    I watched Governor Palin's interview and was especially concerned over her explanation of her position on President Bush's preemptive strike policy. She said that in the case of "eminent threat" to America she agreed that preemptive military action would be appropriate. My question is how she defines "eminent threat". President Bush justified the Iraqi invasion by saying the threat posed there was sufficient cause. Senator McCain supported the decision and by doing so also must have considered the threat "eminent". Senator Obama did not consider the threat "eminent" and so disagreed. Would Governor Palin use a similar definition of "eminent threat" to justify military action or would she take Senator Obama's more cautious and conservative approach?

    September 14, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Independent Voter

    The Democrats and their and "leaders" and "power brokers" gave us Obama instead of Clinton.

    Now even $66 million in one month can't lift him up to even 50% of likely voters.

    DUMB! What a lousy candidate – if he thinks he can BUY this election, and he has obscene sums of money, guess what?

    OBAMA CANNOT WIN THIS ELECTION – THE DNC MUST BE VERY PROUD OF THEMSELVES.

    Laugh all the way to the polls, people.

    Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi – how about that ticket???

    September 14, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Les-Wa

    I like Sarah Palin, she's a MAVERICK like McCain. This lifelong democrat will vote straight Republican ticker in November.

    September 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. insider

    I'm from Anchorage. I wonder how many of the people who sing her praises are aware of the fact that, to it's own residents, Wasilla is known as "the armpit of Alaska" and that it's residents (to the rest of local areas) are called "Wasilla-billies" and that Wasilla is the meth-lab capital of the state. I've heard all of these comments during her term as mayor of that town. Take a closer look at the town she "governed" and see what it is she's so proud of leading. I wouldn't put her within 50 yards of the White House.

    September 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    Check out Sarah's wave-

    "Sieg Heil" Sarah, we loath you!

    September 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin clearly had no clue what the BUSH DOCTRINE is when Gibson asked here and even when he commented he didn't understand her answer (a blizzard of words, he called it) and said YES OR NO... she just yapped on and on and STILL didn't answer thew question.

    She danced around every question and never answered anything... now we learn she's LYING about her trip to Iraq... Her answers on her "foreign affairs" experience are among the most MORONIC and INSULTING I've heard yet. The woman was a TOURIST in Canada and Mexico; her European experience consists of a refueling stop in Ireland; her trip to Iraq was to peak across the border.... UNREAL.

    Oh ya... and she can see Russia on the horizon from the west coast of Alaska....

    STUPID STUPID STUPID

    September 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. me

    Still, McCain and Palin are the best for the country.
    McCain has the judgment , the trust and the country really believe in him,

    Obama only knows how evangeliz e to you democrats, after all he has 20 years sitting in the wrong church,
    he realy is only a preacher, one who has only community organizer. That is not a qualification for president.
    McCain 2008.

    September 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Joseph

    I haven't seen an article about McCain in a long time. You'd almost think Palin were running for President.

    September 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Jamie

    Gov. Palin to Congress: "Thanks but not thanks on

    that bridge to nowhere. If Alaskans wanted a

    bridge, we'd build it ourselves."

    AMERICANS TO OBAMA: "THANKS BUT NO THANKS ON THAT

    SPEECH TO NOWHERE. IF AMERICANS WANTED A SPEECH,

    WE'D WRITE IT OURSELVES."

    September 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. mike torre

    What is the difference between Sarah palin and Dick Cheney? !!!!!!lipstick!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. educated Ron

    Palin has no reason to lie, but she keeps lieing. Just tell the truth and then you win the election. This whole thing is amazing. You have 10% people who are racist and literally can't vote for a black man, you then have 85% of african american voting for Obama because he is democratic and black. (kerry got about 83'%) You have 5% of woman voting for Palin because she is female. The you have the rest. Those who are educated and voting on the issues this year. Who wins only time will tell, but this Palin lipstick pitbull is a joke. Its incredible.

    September 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    Check out Sarah's wave-

    "Sieg Heil" Sarah, we loathe you!

    September 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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