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. marc

    How come the Obama campaign does not come at them harder. We all know they are lying. They need to start fighing back now. Thank you.

    September 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Jatovi, NC

    Until she talks to the media or even the audience, this woman should get no press. You examined every syllable in every Obama speech, yet we can't do the same for this woman because of the fake republican out rage of "sexism." You have each candidate run the gamut of the media except this woman. If she can stand up to the media how can she stand up to world leaders or even our own government they say she wants to "reform." So once again until she talks to the media or even the audience, this woman should get no press.

    September 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. linda from South Dakota

    the last thing we need here is nuclear energy,, its very dangerous and would take many many more years to put in place than the solar energy obama porposes,,, people wake up,, this plan mccain/palin have is bull,,,, we need change more and a good change ,, not nucelar change ,, omy god,, we arent in the past where we need a storage of nuclear in this country,,,,, lets move forward,,,, as far as drillin, same of mccain/bush ,, it would take many many years for this to be completed and for what reason, the fuelstorage in this country was set adise for emergencies ,, well we are in one,, why arent they un-capped and used/??? we know why ,, bush,, and now mccain will do the same,,, lots a hot air but no substance to what mccain and palin want to do,, OBAMA/BINDE 08 and beyond,,,,,

    September 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Dave in Chicago

    Interesting but does anyone honestly think Obama or Biden or any politician doesn't taylor their speeches for the audience they're addressing. Why not report how all the candidates change their speeches instead of singling out Palin.

    September 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. bob in LA

    There was a small error in your reporting of her standard stump speech- Sarah Palin never mentions Nuclear energy- she promotes something called Nuculer energy.
    This woman is not what america needs.

    September 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Mark

    Palin is not a Maverick. She is a power hungry newcomer who has learned how to play the game. But she is also not shy about pandering and, yes, even lying to get her way. As Mayor of Wasilla, a town of 5500 people at the time, the largest project of her administration was to spend over $14,000,000 on an NHL sized ice rink. I'm sure that sounded great to a hockey mom, but did the town really need it? She claims she said "thanks but no thanks" to the bridge to nowhere, but she kept all of the money for other projects. She hired a federal lobbyist to obtain earmarks for Wasilla, and then raked in over 27 million in earmark money. She has routinely gotten rid of peoplewho disagree with her,p and surrounds hwersef with "yes people". Sound familiar?

    September 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Martin

    Palins Pathalogic, Mccain is Geriatric!!!! They will be make horrible heads of state.

    September 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Kate

    Rasmussen has McCain-Palin up now by 3. They are taking their case directly to the people. Energy independence, reform the government, make it work better, and tax cuts. That is the change McCain-Palin bring. Obama has yet to define what he means by change and his campaign is in shambles.

    September 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. SB

    Oh...changing a few lines to introduce is the minimum she can do...but its still the same stump speech...gimme a break!

    September 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. McWhine

    Can't she just hold her own townhall meeting without McWhine? I guess that would have her flaw exposed!

    September 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. PTAMom

    Different lies for different crowds.

    September 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. American living in Canada

    Good point Theresa, well put.

    September 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. barbara

    She says only what SHE thinks people want to hear. I want to hear
    her answer questions that WE want answered.

    September 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Copperfield

    What news! Let us erect a memorial in her honor...

    September 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. ET from OMAHA

    McSAme said when we come to know more about her we will like her.
    Well the few that I discovred about her so far in 2 weeks makes me vomit. And he is selling her as a reformer to the Republicans? WOW some people must be very stupid and stubborn to buy that.
    McSame just need people to come to his rallies. I wonder why he can't campaign on his own.

    September 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. pmn

    Theresa W. that honestly makes alot of sense, but knowing Palin' lust for power she'd find some way of usurping power from McCain.

    September 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Cheryl Dukes

    mcPalin they are hell bent on getting elected they will say whatever and do whatever they think the people want. In reality its all about them. She chose this race over her family and he chose these nasty smear tactics over his integrity.The media is so far biased the average 9 year can see this. Obama was crucified for what his preacher preached and he wasn't even in the church. Palin is in the church will the Jew hater even gives a speech. FOr the media all they needed for verification was those are not her views.I watched her interview and what scares me the most is not her lack of experience but her statement to make us all one culture. I do not want the government dictating what I can teach my children.

    September 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. RK from Atlanta

    Of course she does, it's political pandering at its best from a politically pandering campaing that selected Palin as a tactic to pander voters.

    She should be called out on this, along with all the other issues she has flatly lied about.

    Twisting the truth is akin to lying, I would have thought the Bible taught her better.

    September 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Obama, Biden, and Clinton voter

    Interesting comment. I believe Palin is not comfortable in her state capitol of Juneau and spends most of her time in home territory. As a Texan who was transplanted to D.C. I know about the culture shock that can occur within our own country. I will hope the voters do not give her the opportunity to have this similar experience.

    September 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Sebastian

    Sarah, did you say it? You know …. Sambo … did YOU say it?

    I can’t believe you did. I mean, that term is so 1920-ish and you were not even born until 1964. Nobody works that hard at being prejudiced anymore.

    I guess it’s OK if you did say it … we just need to know the TRUTH. Thanks

    September 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Angie-Savannah

    The McCain campaign admitted to that they are trying to win an election. They will do anything in order to win. Sen. McCain has no desire to make "change" he just wants to be President. If you want to know about who exactly is running his campaign go to it gives you all the details about who running his campaign and then you can decide exactly how much "change" he's going to bring about.,

    September 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Magdelena

    Of course her claim was left behind – just like we should leave her behind.

    September 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. john

    why are the MSM endorsing lies from candidates for president. US president is the top most job in the world and we need not torelate liars. If you lie your way to the office, you will definately govern with lies and it is the american people who will suffer as has happened under Bush.

    September 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Ardnuas

    Why does the media allow McCain/Palin to lie on so many issues, and not hold them accountable? Why did Palin say we were attacked by the Iraqs? Why is the media willing to allow George Bush and the McCain/Palin team ( run by the Bush people) to take our country into another WAR... if McCain wins.... we will be at WAR with another country within 6 months....COUNT ON IT PEOPLE.

    September 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. New Democrat in Ohio

    Theresa – that is the best rationale I have heard yet for why McCain would have ever chosen the "fluff" of Sarah Palin. The lies are outrgaeous and must be vetted completely. But because she says things so convincingly (and snidely) and the Republicans are in such desparate need of a candidate to follow, they are gobbling it all up hand over fist. No matter how many times will tell the truth about the lies – Republicans aren't listening because they don't WANT to. Hopefully the debates will show exactly what kind of characters are running and make these hopeless followers wake up and vote for Obama/Biden when they enter the polling booths on Nov. 4th. If not, our economy will continue in the downward spiral we're in now, the wars will continue, millions of citizens will continue to be uninsured, and on and on and on. The sad part is – these are the same people who will blame a Democratic congress when the man they put into office is REALLY to blame.

    September 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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