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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soundoff (665 Responses)
  1. jamie

    thanks, but no thanks, Ms. "padded resume" .
    you got your 15 minutes of fame.
    now hurry up and study hard, just in case you end up with more responsibilities than giving canned speeches, canned answers, and generallly giving that coward McCain a skirt to hide behind.


    September 14, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. LGH

    I am surprised Sarah's nose isn't as long as the "Alaskan Bridge" to nowhere supposed to have been.She lies about almost everything. Since she is so "Pro-Life". What is here stand on the "Death Penalty". That is a life also. Please someone ASK HER.I can't believe some people are believing her.We have to think about our future.This woman may have American Lives in her hand.If you don't care about yourself at least care about your children and the future generation. This is serious.
    THIS IS NOT A JOKE NOR A GAME.I am a 47 year old woman and i will be voting for Obama & Biden.

    September 14, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Lie Away!

    We're American voters. We'll digest whatever you feed us.

    George Bush and Karl Rove proved you can just keep on fooling us!

    Democracy at work!

    September 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Survival of the Fittest

    Lose your house, lose your vote: Republicans are challenging the right to vote of foreclosed property owners in Michigan, Ohio, and other contested states because the person is not a true resident of the city or township once a house is foreclosed. The GOP is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day. It's mean spirited, but it is happening. Pathetic. Spread the word.

    September 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Andrea

    What a fraud!!!

    September 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. The world is watching

    The world is watching. If John McCain and Sarah Palin steel this election away from Barack Obama and Joe Biden because of personablities and gender and the misleading and outright lies in their ads.








    September 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Vic

    At the mention of Joe Biden, one can appropriately say "Joe Who?" It's more than amazing how that poor talking head has been relegated to the basement while everyone is talking non-stop about Sarah Palin. Lucky for her ticket - it's all quite good. I know Ed Koch says Palin scares him - but what the heck - he scares me too!

    September 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Matt

    As a foreigner, I see that Sarah Palin is getting free ride because she is white and pretty.

    September 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Jane T, Williamsburg, VA

    Go MccCain/Palin – the only candidates with true experience and change.

    September 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Susan

    I am shocked at what this woman has to say in her speeches. She'll travel one place and give one opinion and then the next place she goes she changes her opinion. If you really listen and read about what she has to say it's crazy.
    She is an insult to the women of America
    I honestly believe that the rest of America will wake up and "smell the coffee" very soon and realize that this woman is not qualified to be vice-president.
    Why can't John Mccain do most of his own speeches himself. Why can't they deal with the serious isuues in our country and get to the point instead of a bunch of double-talk?
    That's because they are not capable. When you
    listen to Sen. Obama he gets right to the point.
    Susan from CT for OBAMA 08

    September 14, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Hankers

    Can you imagine if Dems win this election and it was determines that it was the Repub campain lies and misrepresentations that were the primary reason they lost? This would be a big boost for the media to continue to vet the campain content (better than in the past) and would give pause to the next candidate that considers doing it again. This may be the best thing to happen for the future.

    September 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Oleg

    McCain = Bush + bad temper
    Palin = Bush + even more extremism

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. lmw

    My, my, isn't she a talented speaker?! I guess her republican handlers are starting to give her a little more flexibility now.

    September 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    bottom line: Palin is a lying PIG with or without the lipstick!

    September 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Yngvai

    This chick scares the hell out of me. Just saw the recent NY Times article where they interviewed Democrats, Republicans, and friends/colleagues.

    Cronyism, secrecy, surrounding herself with only people that agree with her, tending to her evangelical base, calling anyone against her as "Anti-Alaska"....

    Sound familiar? Yep, she's Bush III in the making

    Too scary. People, please think very, very carefully before you vote for this ticket

    September 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Kathy

    Doesn’t the truth count for anything anymore? John McCain’s campaign ads are filled with falsehoods which, even when challenged by reporters and, continue to be repeated. Is this the way McCain will act as President? Isn’t this what got us into the Iraq War – falsehoods and exaggerations repeated endlessly as fact? I am disappointed in John McCain. He has not put “Country First.” He’ll do and say anything to get elected.

    September 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Mark 31 OH

    I spoke to my 61 yr old mother the other day and asked her if she was considering Obama. She said she thinks she is just going to sit this one out. She is a staunch Hillary supporter so I mentioned McCain has picked a female running mate to which she replied, "He must think we're stupid! That is such silly pandering, I think I would make a better VP!" I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair. I think she's coming around to the understanding that it doesn't really matter if the next pres is a woman or a black guy as long as it isn't Mcsame!

    September 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Brenda fl

    Palin is not competent like McSame both are the same. The first one show a lack of responsability, hide, her past , take 6 years in 6 different colleges for 'JOURNALISM' she is not way no how no McCain, no Palin...

    September 14, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Tara

    She is like a broken record....Can we hear something different?

    September 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Survival of the Fittest

    Karl Rove on McCains campaign lies:

    "McCain has gone in his ads one step too far, and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test,"

    September 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. maynard hopkins wi

    just what is the matter with someone changing their mind on a controversial topics. have not any of you ever been in a situation were your have to think about it first and then do it and then find out that it should have been done differently.

    you reporters and mediators are way out in left field....... just sit back and watch how you distort the truth.... play back your programs and watch the shouting matches that go on about the candidates during your interviews with the elite groups that you have on your shows...

    it makes for one enjoying fight after another, you mediators can't even run your shows respectably

    September 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Johnny, AK

    The hypocrisy is that John voted against equal pay for equal work for woman. So tell me about Sarah Failin again? What good is she?

    September 14, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Mel

    McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election!!!

    September 14, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. irony

    She doesn't talk one way in San Francisco and another way in Scranton, Pa? She is such a liar and a hypocrite and the Republicans seem to like liars and hypocrites. She talks out of one side of her mouth in Alaska and out the other side in Yucca, Montana. She hopes the people of Yucca Mountain don't have internet and television and see her saying she and Mccain will bring more nuclear waste to their state. I noticed she didn't mention in Alaska that she "put it on e-bay" when referring to the jet to nowhere. They knew it was a mis-representation She lies every time she opens her mouth. I'd bet a dollar to a donut that she lied to the investigators in Alaska. In most states it is a crime to lie to an investigator whether under oath or not. There must be some kind of a pardon deal in the works. Mcsame = Bush. Lies, war, corruption, deficit-spending, divisiveness, hate, and venom. All the republican commentators say that Charles Gibson was trying for a gotcha moment but they neglect to see that palin has been doing that for two weeks in her stump speech without any body questioning her one-liner lies.

    September 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Dave in Illinois

    So many rants, so little time. After the election, CNN should put out a book of these posts and supply them free in public washrooms for toilet paper as that's all most of them are good for.

    September 14, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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