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. Richard --- Rockingham, NC

    Do people find it easier to swallow a lie that comes thru lipstick?

    September 14, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. John Morris

    What is the difference in Palin being for the bridge to know where, then changing her mind and Obama being against the war, but then telling reporters he might have voted differenlt if he would have been in the Senate. He only stated really being anti-war when he announced his candidency for President. I guess if you call one side a liar, call them all liars, both Democrats and Republicians. As far as all you Democratic reporters, are you scared to print both sides.

    September 14, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. kimberly

    I think it is sad that in this economy and the problems we face, this election has turned into a race of personalitlies/race instead of dealing with the issues we face..Mccain has no plan and never discusses the issues he is constantly putting Palin in the spot light so she can spout off " the bridge to no where lie, and then runs to the McCain bus, doesn't it bother anyone that neither of them will do interviews or even campaign on there own.. It makes me believe that McCain doesn't trust her he put her on the ticket strictly to get the female vote. She gives the same speech over and over again..With 7 weeks left do you think we will ever get a PLAN? Have we become so blinded that you can stick a pretty face in front of the public and they will vote for it? We are a intelligent country but lately I don't see it.. I'm absolutly amazed.. Come on People Read between the lines, Palin is no more than a pretty face with no substance.

    September 14, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. alex

    I all for equal opportunity in the White house. I actually look forward to the day we have a strong woman as president or vice president. But this is ridiculous and scary. She isnot knowledgable on anything but maybe Energy policy. She is not strong enough to answer questions from media besides the one interview. How is she gonna handle talking to leaders from Iran, Iraq and other foregin countries.

    September 14, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. cadence

    Palin/McCain '08!! Plain and simple! Palin would be the President, John McCain would be sitting in his rocking chair, and her children will go to work with her! And Congress and the House will get nothing done for (4) years. She will have the White House in complete oblivion!! Consequently, AMERICA WILL BE IN THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC DEPRESSION SINCE 1776!! And this time, we will NEVER be able to crawl out of the hole!!

    September 14, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Betty- AZ

    Barbara Walters was one of the best and it is great to see that she has not lost her edge. I wish she would do a special where she questions all the candidates. All the other media outlets could take lessons from her. She calls a spade a spade and lets the chips fall where they will.

    I will be glad when this long campaign is over, and the Repukes are out of office. We can not endure another 4 years of what we have just endured. We have been lied to, cheated on, stolen from, held as hostages for 8 years. ENOUGH already.


    September 14, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Rhia

    Let us expect of more McCain-Palin lies in the days to come. The swift boat alums are now preparing attack ads on Obama. They will be televised on swing states.

    September 14, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Sam in Seattle

    I, too, am a enthusiastic Hillary supporter and am now a subsequently reluctant Obama supporter. I admit I was on the fence until McCain made his VP selelection - so thank you, Sen. McCain, for helping make my decision that much easier. Sarah Palin is in no way qualified to be VP or a heartbeat away from the Presidency. And her views could not be more opposite than mine (and Hillary's).

    McCain, why didn't you choose Tom Ridge? Oh - that's right - the decision was Karl Rove's, not yours.

    Obama/Biden 08.

    September 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Gracie

    Active Role for Palin’s Husband in Alaska Government
    Published: September 13, 2008

    ANCHORAGE — In voting to issue a subpoena to Todd Palin in an investigation of the firing of the Alaska public safety commissioner, state lawmakers on Friday signaled that Mr. Palin, the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin, might have played a central role in one of the most contentious episodes of her governorship.

    Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska and her husband, Todd, who has played a central role in many aspects of her administration. While that suggestion goes beyond the image presented of Mr. Palin during the Republican convention as a blue-collar family man and sportsman, it echoes a widely held understanding among lawmakers, state employees and lobbyists about Mr. Palin’s heavy engagement in state government.

    In the small circle of advisers close to the governor, these people say, Mr. Palin is among the closest, and he plays an unpaid but central role in many aspects of the administration of Ms. Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president.

    Mr. Palin’s involvement in the governor’s office has prompted an irreverent quip by some capital staff members when decisions are to be made that might affect the governor: “What would Todd do?”

    Mr. Palin has encouraged lawmakers to support his wife’s agenda, helped her review budget items and polish speeches, surprised some lawmakers by sitting in on meetings and received copies of top administration staff e-mail messages.

    Mr. Palin also has stepped into personnel issues that have personal relevance, most notably his contact with Walt Monegan, then the public safety commissioner, to express concern about the continued employment of a state trooper who had gone through a bitter divorce and custody battle with the governor’s sister. Mr. Monegan was later fired, and it is that firing that prompted the vote Friday on the subpoena.



    September 14, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Jaison Biagini

    obama has NEVER said everyone will get a tax cut. he has consistently said $250,000 and below gets cuts above gets raises.
    as far as your claim for him saying he may not raise taxes on the rich. he was talking about a different tax, not income but capitol gains. he promised not to o above the 28% that was during clinton's presidency, but will try to keep it around 20% slightly higher than it is now.
    you may not realize this but there are MANY taxes out there. the one he is absolute on is federal income tax.

    September 14, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. briwil

    Wow, Palin is a pathological liar, isn't she? And poor John McCain had to do damage control by softening her nasty comment about community organizers. If elected President, that's what he'll be doing...sweeping up her messes. Have fun, John.

    And one quick message to the neocons trying to turn Palin into a media-bashed martyr: you are truly losing credibility.

    September 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Karen

    Miss Teen South Carolina would've made more sense than Palin in the Gibson interview. Haha.

    September 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Obama Biden

    This wicked Witch from the north that came riding a broom and the old Phart from the south riding a hot air baloon both filled with their lies lets hope they fly off into the sunset .
    Cannot imagine this country with them at the top where we would be in this world all it would be is war,surge,lies,Roe vs Wade,down with womans rights and nothing for Veterans with another 4 years of McBush .
    It is no mystery why the World everywhere looks to Obama to help put this country back on the the tracks he has Intelligence,education, judgement and morals .

    September 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. aaron

    When will the MCCAIN-PALIN campaign stop lying to the public. Stop the lies. Vote OBAMA-BIDEN 08

    September 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Stephy

    does it really matter. If she is telling the same old lie again and again.

    September 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Barbara Stricker

    An interesting book, "The Late Great State of California", claimed that Ronald Regan was the first 'packaged' presidential candidate, he did the same thing Palin is doing. The packet of note-cards for his speeches was adjusted (add this one, remove that one and that one) to fit the audience. The adjustments were made based on the psychological, sociological and political profiles of the target audience. Madison-Avenue me a president, Batman.

    Oh please let me have an Obama for Christmas.

    September 14, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Helen


    September 14, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Richard

    Sarah Palin is a terrible model for women or men. Lobbying to get $27 million for a town of 5,000 people and then claiming you oppose earmarks is nothing short of being a model liar.

    September 14, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. vincent

    Obama has been losing in this poll because he has not been focused on the issue but instead the tissue.

    September 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    Mccain/Palin=pathological liars, real presidential material...NOT!

    September 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. mmd

    It is being reported that Palin's son track was a drug addict, and bristol slept with every available male in Alaska, and that Levi does not think he is the father. It is also being reported that the good mother sarah promply put bristor out when she learned about the baby. Look for this and other info in the National Equirier.

    I never believed anything that this paper had to report, but after the Ewards reporting I am sold. palin will not appear on the view, she and the clappets are scheduled for Jerry. What a joke, What a joke.

    September 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Victoria

    Mclies needs to stop hiding behind Palins skirt, and talk about the issues!
    It's like he's saying, yeah, i know i'm boring and more of the same.... but look!.. i got this pretty woman on my ticket..... so come and vote for me! Ye, she is empty up there.. but......

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Carol

    This woman is such a huge joke, caustic manner, never ending repetitive speeches......she needs to get a grip with reality here!!!!!
    We don't need a "hockey mom, pitbull with lipstick or any other terms she had used for herself...........we need someone who tells the truth and REALLY knows about the issues facing America.
    McPalin can attack with smears and lies, but they both have NO SUBSTANCE on the real issues.....avoid, avoid, avoid at all costs being asked tough questions!!!
    Sorry, did I say being asked questions.....McCain doesn't want her to be out there with real questions being asked, her knowledge is so limited.
    I'm glad she went to Iraq (NOT) and can see Russia from Alaska.....boy, she sure knows so much about foreign policy......and should be go to war with Russia....and I quote, "Perhaps so".
    Dear God America do you really want this lady as VP, come on!!!!!!!!!
    McCain thought he would knock your socks off by picking her, and unfortunately for some "non thinking" folks it may have worked.
    Mr Country First McCain will do anything, say anything to get to the White House and "people' the country can go hang if God forbid he's there and you can all feel really proud of yourselves.
    That is not a vision I want to see this Nov. I want to see two really smart people who truly care about this country and the direction it's going in.
    Those two people are BARACK OBAMA and JOE BIDEN, two decent men with REAL FAMILY VALUES!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Jeff

    The woman is a right-wing nut case. Is anyone surprised that the Republicans are going crazy for her??
    This is one election that I will be sitting out. I have been a lifelong Democrat but cannot support the scumbag that is the nominee, and who on earth could trust that senile old man and the nut job who is his running mate. If these folks are the best America has to offer, we are in a really sad state.

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. paulie_nj

    Do voters know that there was an effort to divert the money earmarked for the bridge to nowhere to go towards Katrina relief instead and that both Obama and Biden voted against using the funds for Katrina refief and sent it to Alaska anyway?

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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