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. Sara

    Thanks, but no thanks to the lady to nowhere!

    September 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Ron

    sen. obama has said that changing your position on something after getting informtion you didn't have before, is a sign of a good leader. does that only apply to him and not his opponents? you can't have it both ways

    September 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. 8toolong

    As more REAL FACTS come out about Palin, the proof is evident that she is no "barracuda" but is a FISH OUT OF WATER. Pay attention to the facts and not the spin and the choice is clear.

    September 14, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Jeremy

    We are tired of these open lies. Palin can do good by going back to school to acquire more knowledge and be ready to lead. There is whole lot of crap being unearthed from her desks both as Mayor and Governor.She will lose this election and Governor as well.We need leaders with values and ethics. Mcain/Palin are liars just like Bush/Cheney. Bush/Mcain/Cheney lead to the Iraq death and Mcain/Palin will lead us to Russia.

    September 14, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Central Scruitinizer

    WoWWW!!! I hope she goes on The View and gets her a$$ handed to her like McCaint did. I bet he thought they were going to aks him him what his favorate color is and the such.... Yeah Sarah , you need to modify your whole speech ...this ONE that someone else wrote for you is getting old.....Hey try writing one yourself.....

    September 14, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. antonio

    mccain we know you are a big lyer trying to fool the people only for political reasons if you love this country mccain let palin face the mediaso we can know what she about not no stump speech telling lie with the same thing my my america wake up they using polin only to win the election i can see it cant we all see it pretty looks / great speech cant buy gas it cant pay rent it cant send your kids to school substance we want

    September 14, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. tim

    This woman is a great role model for all Americans. She is a uniter.
    She could make a great Vice President.

    September 14, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. vic

    It is quite strange that America can easily be take on a ride like this. Mr. McCain is clearly out to win this election at all cost even if it means selecting an inexperienced person whom even though she claims to be a reformer, all she has been is opposite of what she preaches; a cheap politician who uses her influence to punish those not in line with her, one who inflates her foreign police credential by even lying she’s been to Iraq when in fact hasn’t, one who opposes sex education for teens which could have helped her own daughter if she was taught about condoms, sex education which could have helped thousands of young Americas who are continuously contracting STDs and HIV AIDS and unwanted pregnancies because they luck knowledge, one who with Mr. McCain lies about Obama that he has pushed for sex education to kids in necessary schools, one who doesn’t understand that Americas security depends in most at its ability understand other cultures, deal with the real sources of terror and discontent which is poverty and inequality in the way wealth is distributed by Americans own international companies.
    It is very unfortunate that Americans can even render an eye to these two liars, wake up people and look beyond that deceivingly beautiful face, there are evil intentions beyond that, to deny you real prosperity, admiration and a real leader for America and the rest of the world in the name of OBAMA.

    September 14, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Diane Moore

    Why is it some of these egomaniacs such as Sarah ,have as liars ,absolutly no remorse.Are so ambitious back stabbing added to the list doesn,t bother them at all. This is a certain breed and there are many not so nice names describing them. Her vanity is dangerous. Her morals are a joke .Blow things out one side of your mouth but whatever you like for yourself should be a whole different matter. She is SCAREY

    September 14, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Peggy in Ohio

    Sarah Palen is an impressive woman. But I don't understand why any Hillary Clinton supporter would support her. Personally, her politics will set my values back prior to the seventies.

    September 14, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Michelle in Texas

    I have always voted Republican and was going to vote McCAin, but do they really think we are this stupid? Palin has no experience and is not putting her family first and lies or stretches the truth ever chance she can. Obama is getting my vote because of the Palin choice.

    September 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Eric

    Funny how Gov. Palin made points in some of her stump speeches that Sen. Obama told people of Penn. one thing and then when he leaves their presence he talks about them clinging to guns and religion. Sounds like she is doing exactly what she accuses the opposition of doing. Talking about specific issues around the country and then when she gets into Nevade...she just cannot bring herself to say the same things (Nuclear Energy). Why does she not mention the "thanks, but no thanks" line in Alaska.....because she is being a hypocrit. Plain and simple....she and McKain are no better than they accuse their opposition of being.....they just do not care about anything but getting elected....Americans, I hope, are not stupid enough to fall for this bologna.

    September 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Rachielle from VA


    I'm wondering the same thing. Why can't the media do their jobs?? They have an obligation to tell the American public the TRUTH. And they continue to let everyone avoid answering the hard hitting questions, it's enough to make you wanna pull your hair out.

    September 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. laurie

    Christians in America that think they HAVE to vote Republican..... read your bible...if you truly think that lying is okay.... go ahead and vote McLie /Palin.... if you listen to your beliefs and your heart.... vote accordingly.... P.S. You don't have to tell anyone who you voted for!

    September 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Cheryl

    She's a nasty, lying, ignorant disgrace. I can't wait until after the election when she is forced to return to the rock she crawled out from under.

    September 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Meera

    Is Palin going to put Air Force One on e-bay if she wins ?

    September 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Hope 2008

    I, for one, and tired of hearing about Palin! The Republicans have a short lease on her anyway, she is being told what to say and when to say it by Bush/McCain clan. Everything has to be approved by them. The question should be why is this so? Why does she stump speech and not interact with the voters? My guess, is that she is being used and knows it because it will further her goal for more power. Power can be used two ways...for good or for evil. I think the latter applies to the McCain team.

    September 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Bibek

    I never believe anything the republicans say. They lie every 4 years to win the election. And this year is no exception.

    So sick of it. SICK.

    Republican WOMAN turned independent turned Democrat.

    September 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Yawp

    Theresa W.,

    Palin isn't the one who will be exiting the stage, McCain is.

    The neoconservatives are using McCain to get Palin elected. Palin is on her Blind Ambition Tour, and she is more than willing to be putty and puppet in the neoconservative's hands.

    The neoconservatives are not willing to cede the power they've gained under Bush/Cheney to anyone, including McCain. They will stop at nothing – NOTHING – to keep and expand their power.

    September 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. antonio

    we know wolf and lou dobbs are the same look when they interview republican and democrats wolf lou we see you lou says he independent but he republican he behave as if he give a fear view of both candidate but watch his view

    September 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Sage

    Sarah Palin is the Millie/Venilli of politics....she is lip sinking to a tired OLD Bush record and she is stating to skip...NV you better bet that they want to use Nuclear and store all the waist in your back yards.
    what kills me is that their lies and convenient omissions are so obvious yet people are falling for this toxic McCain campaign...

    not this thime...

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Liz

    Aaah... following the fine tradition of Bush-Cheney of lies to fool the American people ... with the same potentially disastrous and catastrophic consequences.

    September 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. RA Crouch, Michigan

    I have read all the facts about her so I don't need to listen to her or hear what she has to say but will she ever quit waiving like a beauty queen?

    September 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Christian Reina

    the only thing going against obama during this election is that he is black; otherwise, McCain could choose Ronald Regan as a VP if he were alive and it wouldn't make a difference. What's making this an interesting race is nothing but that, race. Palin is just window dressing.

    September 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Joe

    That's great so she alters her speeches to say what the people want to hear. WAKE UP PEOPLE mccain/palin IS MORE OF THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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