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. S. Boatman

    She Doesnt Tweak Her Speech. . . She Refines Her Lies For Different Audiences! Thats Why Her Nickname Is Spit And Run Palin! She Crawls Out From Under The Crooked Talk Express, Tells A Few Lies And Scurries Back Into The Bus Before Anyone Can Ask Her A Question!

    September 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. susie

    Obama and Biden voted "yes" for the bridge to nowhere.

    September 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. change

    If you vote for McCain, Palin will finish his frist term in office , I can see
    Putin laughing now. She will be dangerous as our president, we will ba at war with the world.

    September 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Cynthia

    What she needs to do is take all the lies out of her stump speech. Did she take about the joke that Republicans make about community organizer since McCain said at the Service Forum that serving your country is a good thing or did he mean just joining the military was a good thing?

    September 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. pat C.

    i hope and pray that sarah palin is found guilty of misuse of power as the governor of alaska and made to resign before more harm is done to this race. she is a fraud and full of her own self glory and nothing else. obama has had 2 years of campigning to get ready for his office where as this woman has had 3 weeks to get ready for the highest office in the nation. she is a puppet and is being told what to say and is not allowed to take questions that will show her ignorance on big government issues. her glamour will soon fade as the american people start to see thru this sham that mccain is running just to get women voters. god help us if we the american public doesn't get wise soon to prevent the worst mistake in history to happen.

    September 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Donna

    she has now added back the falsehoods about the plane on ebay (suggesting she sold it there) and the bridge to nowhere. She doubtless took them out of her speech in Alaska because the audience is well aware of the truth.

    September 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. terry maineiac

    The ladies on the View should replace the MSM. whoopie goldberg asked better questions of Mccain than most tv media.

    This soft pedding of Palin is rediculous, she is running for VP and could very well be 2nd in line to the "throne" (gasp). To not understand the "Bush Doctrine" (the most significant foreign policy directive in 100 years) is just unfathomable. Not asking the questions is sexist.

    least we forget, this is what republicans were saying of Ferraro

    Asked what she thought of Ms Ferraro, Barbara Bush – the wife of the vice-president of the day – replied: “I can’t possibly say it, but it rhymes with rich.” The Reagan-Bush Administration won a 49-state landslide victory.

    September 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Mr Republican

    Lies, lies, lies........

    September 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Phil


    September 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Lee

    This is just more of the same...telling people what we want them to hear rather than tell them the truth. We've been vicitimized by George Bush in this manner for the past 7+ years.

    Purposely telling someone part of a truth is no different from telling them a lie.

    September 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Denise

    With Ms. Palin's most recent lie ( I visited our troops in Iraq..... No she was actually in Kuwait ) now being debunked by both the military And the McCain campaign, I can't help but wonder how many more of us are sick to death of the fabrications she puts forth in a blatant effort for self-aggrandisement. This girl is given to promoting herself at the cost of anything, especially the truth. She is too ambitious ( with far too little substance ) and much too full of herself for public office. Ms. Palin = SARAH FIRST.
    Theresa W., I'm with you and your theory, But I think this country would be better served if she stepped down now. Before her husband has to answer his subpoena. There are just far too many unsavory details about the entire Palin family. It's certainly is time for a change, REAL change. Time for Obama/Biden.

    September 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. sam

    Ido not know why you people are going on and on about the bridge to nowhere. It has been explained that she did support the bridge in the first place but when it was clear that no funding was coming from the federal government , she decided that as a state, they could not afford to spend that sort of money on that project. This was a very prudent economic judgement. She should be praised for it and not riduculed

    September 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Stephanie Malouff

    In all the hype over Governor Palin concerning energy production, whether it be nuclear, drilling, etc. There is no doubt that there needs to be something done about it, however, although this may not be the forum for this, I feel I need to address an issue that has been bothering me for some time. I am wondering how this so called Christian mother could even consider going back to work 3 days after giving birth to a child with Down Syndrome. That, to me, is not a mother that I would be impressed with. As a mother and a Christian, I find her to be a woman that has children and then leaves them for nannys, or whomever, to raise. This child has a handicap and it sickens me to know that this woman is in the running for the Vice Presidency. She has no right to speak about motherhood when it is obvious that she finds her "job" more important.

    One more thing, she needs to stop referring to herself as being NOMINATED for the position of Vice President. She was not nominated, she was CHOSEN by Sen. Mc Cain. The "People" had nothing to do with it, in fact, the only people that really knew anything about her before she was chosen as a running mate, were the ones she governs in Alaska.

    September 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Chris Banner

    Of course she won't respond to questions in a professional manner as she is not qualified for VP...
    The McCain campaign keeps on focusing on Palin's almost non-existing record, throwing out distortions from left to right
    Lots of nonsense coming from the GOP, whereas they should now be discussing about the economy.
    Sick and tired of them, let's move on and vote Obama/Biden
    Enough with the repubs

    September 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. antonio

    my my my lie lie lie i wonder whats up with the media mccain palin getting away wih alot we on the outside just watching they slam obama with his pastor they slam him with everything and they media fox cnn just let this lady sliding with alot we all see whats going on media you all pretend as if you all want to interview this woman but still just let her slide you all could interview her but the media let mccain using this woman because we know why to win on election and not tackling her on issues that face us as a nation media e watching you all on your bias now close to the election but guess what you all going to be surprise of the result

    September 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Chanel

    Is there a news outlet that I can go to that will give me facts? Wolf Blitzer is letting Tim Pawlenty skate around the questions....Is The View the only place willing to call people out on their lies? I mean really, The View???

    September 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. eleanor owen

    I can't imagine any American to be so irresponsible and frivolous
    in this most serious of elections to vote for Palin/McCain. People
    need to think about the future of our country. Aren't we in enough
    debt, don't we have enough wars, aren't we divided enough? With
    McCain/Palin it is not going to be four more years of Bush, it is
    going to be a lot worse.

    September 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. just me

    I believe we will all learn the truth about her very soon....

    September 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Ann Romero

    Obama will continue to bash the party, this is politics as always. Change is more of the same old politics that has run Washington forever, there is no change only the same. Obama is part of the Washington group, just hiding under a label of change. It will not change, so suck it up Washington and put up with the same.

    September 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. John Stevens

    I hope that whoever wins in November looks seriously at the issue of earmarks. Without question there are many projects that are funded by them that should be – but the idea that some states get 10 times per captia than ohers is grossly unfair. Alaska due to its size should perhaps have need in services dependent on geography – bu smaller states with large urban areas have their own special needs. To see such large funds go to Alaska – flush with petrol dollars is unreal. Perhaps earmarks should be funded thru a fomal and open process – perhaps a federal fund similar to FEMA. Perhaps a Federal Infrastructure Fund. Open and accountable to all ... not hidden in bills.

    September 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Bring America Back with Obama

    Sarah Palin has been proven, by the New York Times and a host of other reputable sources, to be a liar. It's not name-calling, it's the truth.

    This isn't American Idol, folks. America has big problems on the domestic and international front.

    Hmmm....What would be the more prudent, intelligent choice? A Harvard-educated president and a six-term Senator with a graduate school education?

    Or an aging cancer survivor, trailing a mouthy, sarcastic liar with an undergrad journalism degree (and a frightening, uneducated far- right political agenda) waiting breathlessly to take his place?

    America needs leaders. Sarah Palin is not a leader. John McCain has demonstrated, by his irresponsible choice, that he is not prepared to give this country the leadership it deserves and desperately needs.

    September 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. B

    Please stop McCain / Palin / Rove from destroying Social Securiy !!

    September 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. BS

    Please stop McCain / Palin / Rove / Scooter Libby from destroying Social Security !!

    September 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Belle2

    Is that not what all politicians do-including Obama. Does no one remember the difference in his public stance on NAFTA and his private talk with the Canadians. Of course you did not forget; you simply chose not to believe anything negative about your messiah.

    Talk about negative ads containing lies-do you not remember Obama's ads about the 100-year war. That was certainly so misinterpreted that it was a lie. Yet, Obama fans fault McCain for misleading ads. Obama started the misleading ads-McCain followed his lead.

    Lipstick on a pig-Obama has a way with words. The crowd understood exactly what he meant-hear them roar. He cannot claim innocence and expect fair-minded people to believe him. Just like he meant to brush Hillary off his shoulders and the finger motions-he was playing to the crowd and his avid fans-hear them roar. He will not convert other voters with this type of "lofty" rhetoric, no matter how much money he collects.

    September 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Tasleem

    After her interviews there is nothing to say about this woman. I just feel sorry for all the qualified republican female options, who paid their dues for this opportunity. Male dominance makes a joke out of women and certain women help them. Shame on you, Sarah Palin.

    September 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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