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. Truth to Media

    Again

    Imagine in 6 months.......If a President McCain is replaced by Palin

    What kind of policies will change?

    (The absolute danger here is apparent for most Americans (except Evangelical extremists)) especially independents)

    September 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    I think that if you looked at her back you would see a string.
    Pure eyewash and 1 inch deep.

    September 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Brenda fl

    Finally her pregnancy was just lie, who is too stupid to believe it. She was pregnat for 8 months and nobody see it... the stewart on the plane when she return home for 'delivery ' never realize that woman was 8 months pregnant.... wow, Who will trust her, this is all bs...she is a liar thats it...

    September 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Fred May Sr Spanaway WA.

    Sarah Palin has a hair spring trigger. God forbid her becoming President. If any of the countrys who dislike our way of life and says anything she dislikes we may have another war. She has no tact and I think she will react before she thinks. Running a state with less than a million inhabitants is not running the whole country. She will have 535 people to convince she is right. God Bless us all if her and McCain get elected. At age 83 I have seen the good the bad and the ugly. This pair takes the cake

    September 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. arlene, CA

    Why is the media afraid to call the McCain Camp on their lies ?? The View is the only time I have heard anyone actually hold McCain accountable to answer a question. Wolf Blitzer this a.m. interviewed Tim Pawlenty & let him get by with anything he wanted to say, he did not answer any direct questions. I am just sick of most of the news programs, & I agree with Chanel. The press (i thought) is suppose to get at the truth, that is their job, it is almost as if they do not care about the truth, it does not matter, lies or truth the same thing. Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow are the only ones I have heard actually ask & expect answers.

    September 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Charlene in Ohio

    McCain+Paline=WAR WITH RUSSIA
    Do Not Put These War Criminals in the Office
    McCain+Paline=WAR WITH RUSSIA DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT

    McCain+Paline=WAR WITH RUSSIA DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT
    McCain+Paline=WAR WITH RUSSIA DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT
    McCain+Paline=WAR WITH RUSSIA DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT

    September 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Tyrone

    It's speaks in volume to see that McCain has to keep a short leash on Palin by having joint town hall visits. Can we just have her handle the affairs on her own she will be in a position to run this country God forbid something happens to McCain. This move truly shows her incompetence to handle the American people and give us a tue look over of Gov. Palin unscripted or guided. Obama doesn't have to have Biden by his side in every photo opt possible in order to save his message of "Change" or is that McCain's campaign message now over "Leadership and Experience"? I think McCain owes Hillary a check for basically picking up her campaign tactics and now using them for himself. Hillary sure as heck does not need to be joint in any campaign stops!!!!!!!! I know of Hillary and Palin sure can't come close. Isn't she a country away from the U.S. heck they don't even show Alaska weather on the news in mainland America!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Tyrone

    It's speaks in volume to see that McCain has to keep a short leash on Palin by having joint town hall visits. Can we just have her handle the affairs on her own she will be in a position to run this country God forbid something happens to McCain. This move truly shows her incompetence to handle the American people and give us a true look over of Gov. Palin unscripted or guided. Obama doesn't have to have Biden by his side in every photo opt possible in order to save his message of "Change" or is that McCain's campaign message now over "Leadership and Experience"? I think McCain owes Hillary a check for basically picking up her campaign tactics and now using them for himself. Hillary sure as heck does not need to be joint in any campaign stops!!!!!!!! I know of Hillary and Palin sure can't come close. Isn't she a country away from the U.S. heck they don't even show Alaska weather on the news in mainland America!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. emily

    This woman is bad news. She is a liar of the first magnitude. Lets see how troopergate plays out. I think there is more to come.

    September 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Foo Man Jew

    She switches lies in and out depending on how smart her audience is.

    September 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. No Hillary = No Obama

    Tweak it, Sarah, tweak it. You go girl – all the way to Washington, D.C. and open those doors that Obama slammed in our faces.

    September 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. EqualBrachesofGovernment

    Why didn't McCain pick Ann Coulter, Monica Crowley, or Laura Ingraham a his VP Canidate.......they're even more qualified as Sarah Palin......

    September 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    Palin scares the bloody hell out of me. I'm not a feminist or a staunch liberal for that matter. But, I would be horrified at the possibility that she could become president. There is no indication that she can exercise restraint or good judgment. Her record is full of questionable uses of her authority–multiple firings, inquiries about banning books, use of private e-mails for official business to avoid transparency.

    Please, think before voting for a ticket just because she's the media's shiny new toy.

    September 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Mary, ex-PUMA

    Tweaks her generic speech.... and it's working. People are lapping it up.

    I've said it before. I'll say it again. Is it any wonder the rest of the world view Americans as incredibly gullible, racist, and stupid?

    September 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. shannon

    Again... here we are with at 90% of the people supporting obama...

    where are you polling numbers coming from???

    Thanks, but no thanks to McCain/Palin!!

    Btw, as a democrat I never hated mccain until he sold out with sarah palin

    September 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. chris S.

    gov. palin is completely culeless on the issues, thats why she has to say these prepared stump speeches. dont worry america, if we all get out and vote for a real candiate for change barack obama, mcbush and clueless palin will not enter the white house

    September 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. carol kesling

    we do not need a woman to make CHOICES FOR US!!!! this woman is a menace to this country, if she gets in were are all doomed!!!! NEXT SHE WILL TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHT TO VOTE!!!!! same old, same old!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Jake

    CNN your pro Obama bias is visible in almost every article. McCain has an amazing month fundraising, but you emphasize Obama, McCain keeps moving up in the Polls, but you emphasize Obama's best numbers. You tell us Palin changes her speech, but omit that Obama regularly changes his speech according to his audience – remember clinging to their guns and religion could be the best examble. Every "positive" story about McCain or Palin you always stick in a few negative lines at the end of the article but you NEVER do that with Obama or Biden.

    September 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Max

    The truth is, the media seem to have been paid to focus the campaign on Palin in order to attract Hillary's undecided women voters. If they take the focus off Palin and put it on McCain whom the people are not in love with, McCain is more likely to lose. The women are more excited about the possibility of a McCain's death which will then fufill their dream of having a woman president although it will be to the detriment of the country. McCain is not interested in Palin or women nationwide as much as the women are not in McCain , he is only using them for his own interest. And it will take 18 millions geniuses to enlighten the women about it. He married a woman, cheated on her, got engaged to another woman while he was still married and lived with the first one, and finally abandoned her. This is how much respect he's got for women. He abused them, and now he still want to use them for his glory. Well, women out there, if you vote for this guy, you don't have any woman dignity. "The pain of one woman is the pain of all women" so they say.

    September 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Helen,Ft Lauderdale

    Sara Palin's comments "NOT ENTIRELY ACCURATE" or JUST DOWRIGHT LIES!!! It's either one or the other

    September 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. JohnJon

    Your country is going down the toilet very fast. Polls show that at least 50% of Americans support McCain/Palin. The whole world is laughing at this circus you call a Presidential Race. America is sinking lower and lower than ever before. Other countries do not respect you any longer. As for being the powerhouse of the world, not any more. As racist as your country is, you would think Americans were smarter than what we see now.Go ahead and vote for these people. Watch your country sink deeper and deeper into the toilet never to come out of it again

    September 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Rene Dissing

    From an outsider (European) it is a very scary thought to have a religious extremist as a VP.

    I simply cannot understand that a nation of intelligent people can even think about voting for McCain with her as a VP.

    Religion (at least extreme religion) has time and tim again shown it is the root to all evil. Does not matter if it is Muslims or Christians or wahtever. She is an extremist and she is just as dangerous as other religious fundamentalists.

    McCain is the least bad Republican as far as I am concerned but with her on his side and with his age, it gives me the shiver.....

    For the sake of the world and the reputation of US, I sincerely hope it will be Obama/Biden.

    September 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Open

    They're LYING! Sarah's LYING, McCain is LYING!

    They are LIARS - and they're just hoping that if their lies are repeated frequently enough the American people will believe them!

    My eyes are OPEN – and I'm just praying that the rest of the country is paying attention to what they (McCain/Palin) are trying to do in this election!

    Folks, we complain about nations that vote in extremists like Hamas – but voting for folks because they convince you that they are more like you (they hunt, have pregnant teens, or 'put their country first') is the exact SAME thing! We're supposed to be smarter than this...

    Wake up America!!! Vote SMART! Vote Obama/Biden!

    September 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Respiratory Therapist

    To Theresa W.

    I have voiced the same opinion to my husband. I believe McCain will substitute Palin with someone he originally wanted, but knew the america people would not support him and vote him into office. Palin will return to Alaska and resume her responsibilities as governor with a huge payoff from the McCain camp (funds from McCain supporters and taxes from the america people).

    September 14, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. watching_closely

    "We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco." said Sarah Palin in reference to Obama.

    Well, we tend to prefer candidates who don't spin us one in Lee's Summitt and another in Carson City.

    September 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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