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. real, educated, no lipstick, caring mothers for Sen. Obama

    liar........hypocrite.....and some of the numbskull americans eating her garbage....pathetic

    pow= Pitiful Old Warmonger

    September 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. joe m

    all politicians do this... it is not new and she will not be the last to employ this tactic.,... does anyone remember how the news outlets latched on southern acent that hillary clinton seemed to acquire when stumping in the southern states? obama, biden, mccain and every politician has done the same thing... if democrats doubt this, then they need to ask themselve how the 'bitter and gun's" comment was reported as being used by obama in san francisco, a location and audience that would have understood and maybe even welcomed the statement, and seemed to have disappered or renounced in other locations. i've taken to believing that political speeches are like those standard form wherein one inserts the appropriate name and date. i'm not surpriesed by this and frankly don't know how this is really worthy of reporting.

    September 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. larry

    sounds logical to me.Theresa a

    September 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. The vp became the first lady.......oops

    One word to define Palin, political gimmick.
    one word to define McCain exploiter of women!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. A voter

    She is nothing if not a quick study, as her handlers give her the right cue cards.
    Otherwise, she'd be lost in her own web of lies.

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Arielle Yanaba

    She makes me sick...She is a professional Country First huh?

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Pam

    Theresa...who knows? Anything is possible. But I'd bet anything that if McCain loses, there's no way her daughter and that kid are getting married.

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Priscilla

    Palin joined herself to McSame and she is no different. Whatever she says will not resonate with voters. She has already told too many lies and to think that women will vote for her just because she is a women is disrespectful to women who have a brain! You are what you eat, Palin, and you have opted to be in McSame's corner, therefore, you ARE JUST LIKE HIM! Go home! Alaska is calling...

    September 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. AdamW

    Figures. She will say anything and mislead anyone to get the vote. They will destroy the environment, economy and people's lives and the future of this planet just to have the power they so crave. They are disgraceful and she is the perfect example of power gone mad and corrupt.

    Anyone that votes for them is a disgrace to freedom, truth and justice.

    September 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Susan

    I was initially impressed with Sarah Palin. After seeing her interviews with Charlie Gibson I was horrified. She is woefully lacking to be a politician at the national level at this point. Her extremist views are frightening. McCain has lost all respect with his twisting explanations of his own actions. I truly fear for America if these two are elected.

    September 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. EC

    Tweak huh?

    WE ALL KNOW what the word "tweak' means. LOL.

    It means John McCain's little "CHIHUAHUA" has put her foot in her mouth too many times and they have NOW given her new written scripts for her to FOLLOW TO THE LETTER like a well trained puppy!! Okay? OKAY?

    This is a slap in her face. John McCain must NOT be too confident in his VP pick since he WON'T let her out on her own. Funny that?

    The McCain camp has sent 12 attorneys to Alaska to DERAIL and DELAY the "Troopergate" Investigation into allegations that Gov. Sarah Palin ABUSED HER POWER AS GOVERNOR!!

    The question is WHY has Gov. Palin gone back on her word to COOPERATE with investigation NOW? She herself stated she would cooperate. WHY the change?

    WHAT does Gov. Palin have to HIDE if she claims she's done "nothing" wrong?

    IF you haven't done anything WRONG, then WHY NOT cooperate in getting the to the TRUTH?

    WHY ALL THE SECRECY? Why has her own HUSBAND and STAFF been SUBPOENAED??? When they all said early on they would cooperate?

    WHY is the McCain camp getting involved in trying to KEEP THIS INVESTIGATION FROM THE AMERICAN VOTERS?

    WHAT is John McCain sooooooo AFRAID OF?

    September 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. julibear

    She is more conservative than Bush! How is it that the 600,000 citizens of Alaska received a much touted $1200 each from oil profits (which is what Obama wants to do for America) yet Alaska recieves more federal earmarks per capita than any other state in the union?
    Also on the tax question– perhaps Obama wants to raise taxes, but that's in the face of the trillion dollar deficit he's inheriting. Not exactly the smartest thing in the world-lower taxes while spending billions per day on a war in Iraq. The surge has worked- a surge into a war that was started on lies. Now the next administration, Americans and our children have to pay for it. I guess 5% of your $300k salary is too much to ask to pay for Bush's mistakes...

    September 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    As a woman I feel that I am fairly intelligent, I do not understand
    how the American women can vote for Palin. Yes she is a soccer mom and a PTA member and is like many many other women in
    this country and we can all relate to her, BUT PLEASE SHE IS NOT

    September 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Nonya

    Early in the campaign, many Republicans complained about how Obama was a 'media darling', getting free exposure because of various 'news' reports. Now Palin is getting this free exposure – worth millions in campaign money.

    I find it very telling that it was the Republicans who tried to turn celebrity into a negative for Obama, but a positive for Palin. That they turned Obama's fundraising prowess into a negative ('buying the election'), but McCain's is a positive. That they whined about how the media is picking the candidate when Obama was news, but now claim it is 'the public' when Palin is the news.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Republicans. It has been thus for 8 years. It unfortunate that so many people have been duped by the current administration, and the Republican campaign machine. Of course, one has to realize that 50% of the population has an IQ below 100, which explains the close race, I think...

    September 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. larry in Chillicothe OH

    How can anyone be dumb enough to vote for McCain Palin.

    September 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Palin is getting a free ride. I am a woman and if she wants to be in a big boys game then she should be available for the big boys interviews. since she has some much experience.....

    September 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Sue/PA

    McCain/Palin Campaign Song

    It's my "party"

    I'll lie if I want to

    Lie if I want to

    Palin will lie too

    Just to dupe all of you

    Wake up America....Prove you are Smarter this time around.


    ( Do not keep me in moderation CNN)

    September 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. blaising

    Is Mrs. Palin smarter than a 5th grader?? i wish she was...

    September 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Rene

    Drill now for energy independence... in 2030! That's how long it would take before any new drilling has an effect on us, and even then it would be insignificant (<10%). Earth to Palin: By 2030 we've either switched over to new technologies or we'll be paying $400 a barrel in ruined environment. Get your head out of thinking what's best for Alaska, and think of what's best for America.

    September 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. McCain/Palin

    When is the media going to start pulling apart every word Obama says. Pointing out every time he changes his mind. Pointing out over and over again how much inexperience he has. How he and his campaign have exagerated everything McCain says and then tries to say its only McCain doing these things. OBAMA IS THE ONE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! HE IS RUNNING AGAINST JOHN MCCAIN.

    September 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Jeff from Jersey

    "Just fill in the blanks and don't say anything else."
    Ronald Regan speech writing at it's best,or worst.,along the lines of "We didn't trade armas for hostages" one day and "Well apparently we did." the next.See what happens when a republican deviates from the script?

    Just what this country doesn't need at the most critical time in history,a vice pesidential candidate with training wheels for an old presidential candidate with a history of health issues.

    September 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Wasilla Hillbilly in a dress

    She may tweak her speech, but its still full of lies and deception. I though John McCain was an honorable war hero. Instead he's become a lying politician who will do anything to win.

    Palin has made lying a habit. Let's not reward dishonesty – vote Obama for America.

    September 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. V from Milwaukee

    Talk about serious baggage. She's Dan Quayle with makeup and long hair. She's got the most baggage I've ever seen from any President or VP nominee. She'll never be fit for the White house, now or in the future. She's uneducated (Idaho??!?!?!), her world views are completely distorted, and she's becoming a notorious liar who can't talk without a teleprompter. Sounds like a middle of nowhere, small town mayer to me, not VP of the US.

    September 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. brian

    So deceiving, so upsetting. These lying hypocrites don't even deserve a shot at the White House. They are a disgrace even to presidential politics.

    September 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Michigander

    And you don't think Obama tailors his speeches? Another example of partisan reporting. I'm 51 years old and an independant. I have never seen the press work so hard to build non-issues into something..... anything. I have decided to vote for McCain and Palin simply because the press want Obama so badly. That is reason enough to vote for someone else.

    September 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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