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. M. Felder


    You're right on the money. I think McCain will do anything to win this election. It saddens me to see that he has taken the low road. All Americans admire his heroism. He seems to have no intergrity or honor. As a Christian, it is disappointing to see someone sell their soul.

    September 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Just Me

    One more tweak...................One more lie.

    Oh?……………………. Did she LIE?

    Isn't she a christian?

    Let's see………………

    1. Lying
    2. Stealing (Trying to steal Obama's change concept)
    3. Fornication (She's pro-life but it's okay if you commint fornication.
    4. Absentness (It's okay to have sex……..just don't protect yourself.
    5. Deceit (Trying to dodge questions by Gibson)
    6. Arrogance (Belittled community workers.)
    7. Family Neglect (She didn't discuss with her family whether to take the VP position. She immediately said YES!.

    WHEW! She's quite a trooper.
    OH! TROOPER! Didn't she have her ex brother in law fired?

    September 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Republican NOT voting for McCain/Palin

    Theresa, you could be right. I do think that Palin is too power hungrey to step down, God forbit they are elected. She has shown her family doesn't matter. She has no emotion about her daughter being pregnant or her son going to Iraq. Her son is not leaving for a month or more. I believe she went back to Alaska this week to interfer with the investigation and to put a muzzle on the current and former employee's. She is already a proven liar. ie: Earmarks she was taking them when McCain was campaigning against them. Abortions, she is in favor ONLY for life of mother. Stem cell research, totally against it. She is no reformer, just a dirty politician that will mow you down or fire you if she get in her way. McCain better be careful.

    McCain/Palin has side steps every issue, thrown up diversion to keep from talking about the issues. Mccain is keeping Palin away from the Press

    Obama/Biden are the best for America's to change the old policies of Bush/Chaney/Rowe, McCain/Palin.

    September 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    She disgusts me....and so does her running mate. A ticket made in heaven ... or hell? They are McCain, McPalin, McBush, McSame...

    No way – No how.....

    September 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Foreigner watching

    Sad, sad ; Americans are trully sad – look how electing a person on whether :u could have a beer with them: got u – Bush ; u would think that u guess have learn yout lesson – appparently not

    September 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Independent voter

    What else is new, every day we are getting more and more of the same rhetoric of course adjusting them to what people want to hear. Is up to us the voters to stand up on November and said to them enough is enough.

    September 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Ray Fisher

    I fear our elections have become nothing more than an ego trip for our candidates versus an honest desire to serve our nation. They are clearly running against each other rather than for America. The tweaking of speeches can signal only dishonesty by failing to disclose vital information to the public. Running America is not a game anymore, we have come down to sink or swim time now.

    September 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. ninja63

    she's a big fake politician, keep tell the same lies, Palin

    September 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    Thanks Theresa, you just saved me a lot of typing!

    September 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Dana

    Food for thought! That would be the kind of calculated stroke their campaign would make. Win the election at any cost, then afterward let the party insiders craft a way to maintain old-guard control. "Thow the republican administration out! Replace it with...a republican administration!" The very thought that they can push this platform as "change" or "reform" simply boggles the mind.

    September 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. tito valentino

    It shows you that she is a LIAR. She knows that she cant tell Alaskans that she did not support the bridge to nowhere but when she comes back to other part of the states, she realises that we are FOOLS and in the name of religion, we will believe anything that she says. It baffles me why the race is now tilting towards Mccain. Obama is now struggling to even hold on to the blue states. We must like living in a PATHETIC world

    September 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. D R

    She is a scary scary women! She is clueless on anything she hasn't be coached on. That is why the media has been held back from her. Wake up women around the country, she is going to set womens rights back 300 years!

    September 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. WARC from Toronto

    ...and all this time we're talking about HER!!!, not about the state of the US of A and of the world we live in. It's outrageous, but you have to hand it to the Republicans: they know how to direct public opinion.

    September 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Jim

    That's the nice thing about telling lies, you can tailor them to fit the situation. THe most telling is that she doesn't mention her opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere when she's speaking in Alaska. You can only lie if people aren't sure of the facts.

    September 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Tom in CA

    Pandering! McCain – Palin are all for expanding nuclear energy and are stumping for it on the campaign trail. However, when they stump in Nevada they don't mention it.

    Question: McCain – Palin if you want to expand nuclear energy, then where are you going to store the nuclear waste? Tell us PANDER BEARS!


    September 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. aquarius2

    I am a woman and I am NO fan of Sarah Palin. She seems to me a schemer, one that will gladly cash in on her good looks to get ahead. I don't like her overly confident self confidence, she has achieved in Alaska but that in no way qualifies her to be heartbeat away from the presidency. The last straw for me was her interviews with Gibson, she comes across as a hawk. In my opinion we have had enough of the cowboy mentality.

    September 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Frank (Ohio)

    Even as a Barack supporter, I understand the strategy of not touting Nuclear expansion in a city next to the proposed waste site. The Republicans are sleazy, but they are not stupid.

    September 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Deb, Allentown,PA

    McCain has proven that, as Obama said, he will lose his integrity to win an election. As recently as 4 years ago, the man had at least a microcosm of honor. It's gone now; the man has sold his soul to the devil, in the person of Karl Rove, in order to secure the Presidency. We can not allow the Republicans to win this race on lies and deceit. If they win on issues, that's one thing. The problem is that they cannot win on the issues, hence the lies, smears and misrepresentations.

    September 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. No Country For Old Men

    Palin stays firm on Bridge to Nowhere claim; Obama camp calls bridge claim a 'lie'

    But at rallies in Fairbanks and Anchorage, her “thanks but no thanks” line failed to find its way into her remarks.

    Hey Palin: “thanks but no thanks” to you and McCain!
    Both Lie like a Rug.

    Obama & Biden '08

    September 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Dee

    Both McCain and Palin have problem telling the truth!!!

    They both claim to be a Christians and they both tell lie after lie after lie even after the media exposes the lie they still continue to lie.

    Is this how they will run the White House?

    September 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Bryan

    Is this newsworthy? I would wager my life savings that the stump speeches for OBama, McCain, and Biden change depending on the audience. Remember in 2004 when Kerry was in Michigan and accidentally talked about the Buckeyes (he had been in columbus hours earlier)? I am really sick of these 'reporters' and their 'unbiased news stories'.

    September 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Vincent Mugunda

    Theresa, it seems you just sound crazy.
    Women were given a chance and Hillary Clinton gave that chance to all women of America, but things didnt go her way, she indeed was a credible woman and she could have lead America forward given that the Husband too was a president sometime back.
    Now here is McCain who has selected Palin as his running mate, why then not support her, Halloooo, am so sure where Mrs. Clinton is she's happy to see Palin where she is and a splendid campaign she is running. Come on American women OPEN your ears and eyes.

    September 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Debby

    I can't wait for the townhall meetings I hope they are on video and TV.

    September 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Diane

    Bottom line, McCain choosing Palin put campaign before country.
    Now that I've seen Palin interviewed, I'm really afraid of this person getting any power. Her policies are Bush's, her lack of any depth of knowlege is like Bush, her confidence in using power without having any nuance of understanding of issues is Bush, and her willingness to misuse her power to get back at her enemies is Bush. We already knew the top of the ticket agreed with Bush most of the time. Now we know the bottom of the ticket IS Bush. This ticket could range from more of the same to out and out disaster.

    September 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Chris Nebraska

    Sarah is a Liar, Plain and Tall


    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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