October 13th, 2008
06:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin: We can't let 'leftist groups...steal this election'

Gov. Palin's latest fundraising e-mail focuses on the community organizing group ACORN.

Gov. Palin's latest fundraising e-mail focuses on the community organizing group ACORN.

(CNN) – The McCain campaign is fundraising off embattled community group ACORN.

“The truth is that far-left groups in this country will do anything to help the Obama-Biden Democrats win the White House and maintain their majorities in Congress,” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin writes in a fund-raising e-mail sent out Monday afternoon. “And last week, we found out they're going even further to win.”

“The left-wing activist group, ACORN, is now under investigation for voter registration fraud in a number of battleground states. . . . We can't allow leftist groups like ACORN to steal this election.”

ACORN called the McCain camp’s suggestion “ridiculous.”

“We’re proud of our record of helping 1.3 million new registrants get involved in the process just as we are proud of our work to ensure clean and fair elections,” ACORN spokesperson Brian Kettenring told CNN Monday. “Candidates and parties may win or lose elections. But the assertion that anybody is trying to steal this election is ridiculous,” added Kettenring.

Related: ACORN defends its voter registration drive

The community organizing group also said that in 2006, John McCain appeared at an immigration reform rally it co-sponsored in Miami. “Maybe it is out of desperation that Senator McCain has forgotten that he was for ACORN before he was against ACORN,” Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s chief organizer, said in a statement released Monday.

Last week, McCain called for an investigation into allegations ACORN is engaging in voter fraud, and his McCain campaign released a Web video linking the group to Barack Obama. Speaking about ACORN last Friday, McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis told reporters “the only reason you pack lists of voter registration is because you want to steal votes, because you want to cheat.”

Related: McCain camp charges Obama ties to ACORN

CNN recently reported about questionable voter registrations submitted by ACORN in Lake County, Indiana and about a raid of the group’s Las Vegas office by Nevada state officials conducting a voter fraud investigation.


Filed under: ACORN • Sarah Palin • Voter Problems
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Jade

    November 4th can't some soon enough so we don't have to listen to anymore of this insane woman's drivel.

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. deb

    Palin just needs to shut up already! This woman is beyond pathetic! Thank God people are finally seeing the Republican team for what they are...desperate, lying and angry. McCain has shown his true colors. He's erratic, short-tempered, doesn't have a plan, is mean-spirited and divisional. Just the fact that he selected Palin as his running mate shows poor judgment. If he truly had "country first" in mind he would never have chosen this right wing, uneducated, il-informed, snide, hypocritical nut case. He sounds like a spoiled little boy who is used to getting his way and not handling it well. Grow up!

    Obama and Biden have consistently taken the high road, have actual plans, are calm, cool and collected, highly educated and will be ready on day one. I feel for them, though, because Bush has made such a mess of things that Obama and Biden will have one hell of a clean up job ahead of them. Best of luck to the BEST team!! Go Obama/Biden!

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Coming for the Unethical queen herself

    Coming for the Unethical Queen herself, Ms. I can abuse power! We can not let two count them two UNETHICAL people govern or country. We as Americans should be "ill" at the possibility!!

    And it's just like her to sound off first and check facts later, typical McCain and Palin.

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. MERLE7

    THIS IS COMING FROM A FAR RIGHT WING EXTREMIST SO FAR SHE WANTS TO ALASKA TO BE ITS OWN COUNTRY,SUCCESSIONIST

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She needs to talk to Mac about his G. Gordon Liddy connections. On second thought, she needs to go back to Alaska and deal with her abuse of power there – and maybe take care of her own kids.

    Obama/Biden (3 days 'til early vote)

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. AZ Senior

    How do you "steal" an election from someone who is behind?

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Amy in Minneapolis

    This loser has alot of nerve to talk about obama-biden, when she abused her powers!!

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Liz

    This woman is unbelievable. Most of us would be ashamed to show our face after reading the Troopergate report. She, on the other hand, has no shame b/c she has no conscience. Sarah–you might want to review those 10 commandments.

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Jay

    I think your boy McCain has a closer connection to them then you think SHE-NO

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Chipster

    This right-wing nut thinks anyone to the left of Pat Robertson is a "leftist." The McCain campaign is imploding. Palin can attempt to lay the blame elsewhere but her viciousness and "truthiness" are the reason McCain's judgment has become such a huge issue. The poor woman wouldn't know the truth if it walked up and put lipstick on her.

    October 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. GRANT

    "thanking our veterans for giving them the right to protest"

    is it not the Bill Of Rights or the Constitution we should be thanking for the right to protest?

    This woman is clueless.

    October 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Maddog57-California

    Wow, is she calling the kettle black? Let's be fair Palin, have you been honest, or do you have your hubby do all the dirty work for you?? When the side is losing, they all yell "unfair" but if the Republicans were winning, they wouldn't care one bit!!!

    PLEASE VOTE FOR OBAMA!

    October 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. KM in OHIO

    Takes a sneaky unethical nobody to know sneaky unethical nobody.

    October 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. MM

    Whenever she speaks, she vomits poinson.... what is up with her??? go moose hunting and take care of your kids... get out!!!!

    October 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Al

    go crawl back under the rock you crawled out from under Palin
    You should be ashamed of yourself for all the hatred and racism you have incited
    Do you have a conscience
    I think NOT !!!
    Just like you to get the power at any cost!!

    vote honesty and good judgement
    Obama-biden

    October 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    IS PAILN STILL MCCAINS VP PICK?
    ARE THE REPUBLICANS STILL ALLOWING HER TO SPEAK?
    DIDN'T PAILN GET FOUND GUILTY OF ABUSE OF POWER?
    HAS HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER HAD THE BABY YET?
    WHY DID THEY LET HER TEENAGE DAUGHTERS BABY DADDY DROP OUT OF SCHOOL TO WORK?

    WHY OH WHY IS PAILN STILL TALKING?

    October 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. California Gold

    Well, honey if you don't want to lose then you ought to shut up. The more verbal vomit you spew the worse you make it.

    October 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. obama fan

    She needs to shut her mouth and go back to Alaska so they can impeach her. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    October 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. bubble gum and lolly pops

    Is leftist a word????? '.P

    October 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. NJ

    ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN

    VOTER FRAUD VOTER FRAUD VOTER FRAUD VOTER FRAUD

    ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN ACORN.

    OBAMA YOUR TIME IS UP THE CLOCK IS TICK TICK TICKING.......

    October 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. josephine

    Was she serious or what? right after saying this she does the wink and the smirk. When will this nightmare end?

    October 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. Fed Up

    McCain is still running for president? I thought he would have the decency to suspend his campaign indefinately

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Jamie, Phoenix

    Obama should be ashamed that he would want to rig the election by having dead people, resuarants and other fake identities vote for him. But we can't tell the truth about a communitty organising group conducting such fradulent activities. After all, Obama was a community organiser. Must be another one of those don't touch issues. Now he's going to say "Lay off ACORN" just like he said "LAY OFF MY WIFE".

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Let's see..if a group that actively encourages people to register to vote and take part in the election.....does she mean that, by contrast, she would support groups that actively block people from voting and encourage people to stay home on election day.

    Some patriot!

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. JOHN WHITE

    IF OBAMA DOESNT WIN THEN THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY IS........ WELL IM JUST GOING TO SAY ITS GOIN TO BE A SAD DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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