October 14th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain camp challenges Obama to rein in ACORN

Former Republican senators Warren Rudman and John Danforth are the co-chairs of the McCain campaign's Honest and Open Election Committee.

Former Republican senators Warren Rudman and John Danforth are the co-chairs of the McCain campaign's Honest and Open Election Committee.

(CNN) – The campaign of Sen. John McCain called on Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday to “rein in” community organizing group ACORN and “to work aggressively against wide-scale voter fraud.”

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis made the challenge in a statement released in response to an ACORN letter to the campaign Tuesday morning.

Citing the rising number foreclosures nationwide, the community advocacy group asked McCain to fight a practice known as “caging” - the challenging or removal of voter from the rolls because they no longer live at the address listed on their voter registration.

In its letter, the group asked McCain to reach out to Republican Secretaries of State in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, and West Virginia and obtain a guarantee from each of them that “a voter in their respective states who has lost their home to foreclosure does not lose their right to vote.”

In the McCain campaign’s response, Davis noted that the campaign had reached out to the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee to propose unprecedented, bipartisan monitoring teams in precincts where either side feared voter irregularities. Former Republican senators John Danforth and Warren Rudman, the co-chairs of the McCain campaign’s Honest and Open Election Committee, renewed the proposal at an appearance at the National Press Club Tuesday morning.

Davis also used the letter as another opportunity to tie Sen. Obama to ACORN. “Given the extensive relationship between Barack Obama and ACORN, our campaign also feels that Senator Obama has the responsibility to rein in ACORN’s efforts and to work aggressively against wide-scale voter fraud.”

The response challenging Obama to control ACORN is the latest in a major effort by the McCain campaign to highlight both Obama’s ties to group and the prospect of voter fraud. Gov. Sarah Palin used recent reports about questionable voter registrations submitted by ACORN to encourage donations in an e-mail sent out Monday. Late last week, the McCain campaign released a Web video highlighting Obama’s ties to the group, and accusing the group of voter fraud and pressuring banks to give mortgages to unqualified individuals.

In his statement, Davis said the McCain campaign never received a response to its proposal for bipartisan monitoring teams. But Tuesday the Obama campaign released a letter to Danforth and Rudman September 23 in which campaign manager David Plouffe turned down the monitoring proposal, and instead detailed a number of questionable practices in that they said seemed designed to lessen or suppress participation by Democratic voters.

The Obama campaign is also set to have a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon to discuss a number of issues relating to voting in light of recent press reports about the millions of new voters registered in anticipation of the November election.

Filed under: ACORN • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Voter Problems
soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Cahrlote

    All the talk about honesty look deep into McCain and Palin . One leaves a diabled wife with three kids to go on a date, then divorces the wife in a wheelchair and marries a millionaire and the other encouages a young man to drop out of HIGH SCHOOL .

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Mark

    when all of the barry supporters get ther wish and he is president...they're gonna love it. Then about 12-18 months later when they start seeing less of their paychecks and all the promises they received for free health care (I literally laugh while even using the word free and health care in the same sentence) no longer exist....I will be looking at them scrap for every dollar and just say.....told you so

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. k

    smells like "obama-stole-election-from-me" spirit.

    keep it up mccain, let's see how far it gets you.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    How much do want to bet that Acorn hires people to gather registrations and pays them on a volume basis? The more registrations you bring in, the cash you get paid.

    Now ACORN is supposed to at least look at these documents to be sure that they are authenticate before submitting them to the proper public office. That didn't happen.

    There was no conspiracy, just a few isolated individuals out to make a quick buck. And supervisors who were not doing their jobs to verify what these individuals submitted as "new voter" registrations.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Ernestine

    James you are right. McCain is documented as supporting ACORN.

    Where is the proof that Obama had a relationship with Ayers (NONE). Where are the pictures of them going out "palling around as the repubs put it. They sat on the same board with (my I remind you) Republican officials also. I'm sick and tired of all the b*?*^it that is why McCain is down in the polls.

    I liked McCain back 2000, but he is so out of touch it is scary

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Lo

    To Matt:

    No, I'm actually NOT the one taking the killer kool-aid! Like I give a rat's patoot that Obama served on a committee formed by Republicans with a NOW respectable university professor who bombed a couple buildings when Obama was in grade school.... oooh, scary!

    What I DO find relevant is that with our economic crisis bearing down on us regular folk, McCain has the utter gall to bring up Ayers when HIS scandal directly reflects how he feels about bailing huge companies out and sticking US with the bill.... if that means I'm on drugs, then bring on the crack because I'll take a guy who sat on a committe with a guy who bombed in protest 40 years ago to somone who allies themselves with a guy who caused one of the biggest bank collapses in history

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. pray2008pray

    Lord please forgive "Just Joe". Please help him.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Obama # 1

    Look everyone comes across people from all walks of life. If someone has paid their debt to society and has rehabilitated themselves should we still hold their past mistakes against them? McCain and Obama have both had dealings with some sketchy people. I urge all of you to check out some of the people McCain has sat on boards with, like Anthony Bouscaren, who researched white supremacy (Pioneer Fund) or Marilyn Shannon, the woman who praised a woman who bombed women's clinics that performed abortions and shot a doctor for doing the same. I bet McCain wont tell you that the the wife of the gentlemen who founded the board in which Obama and Ayers both sat on is his supporter.

    So if McCain is going to point fingers at Obama, he'd better take a look in the mirror because he's not squeaky clean himself.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Angelou

    ABUSIVE ANGER/POWER ABUSER (MCCAIN/PALIN). I hope all of these accusations are brought up during the debate so that obama can put them to rest once and for all.

    New Slogan: "TOO LATE MCCAIN"

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Nana5

    Obama will not respond – mainly because how would he – if he continues to lie about his connection there he just gets in deeper and deeper and then forgets what lies he has told. And IF he were man enough to admit his dealings with Acorn, Ayers, Wright, Renzko, etc. then you blinded, hypnotized Obamanots would have to admit that he is exactly what we have been telling you that he is. An arrogant, egotistical, corrupt, lieing Chicago thug with all intent and purposes of destroying the United States of America. I can't wait to see you all crying about what he as done – it will be way to late then. You, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, and all the other Obama biased media will know you've pushed a socialist pig (without lipstick although his lips are purple) down the throats of good, decent hard working Americans who have worked hard to get where they are only to have to hand it over to a bunch of low-lifes who don't want to work but to "share the wealth" of others so they can sit on their butts and do nothing but rape, steal and kill and have their hands slapped.

    McCain/Palin – the ONLY logical, intelligent choice for 08.

    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Sharon from Dumfries Virginia

    The McCain camp is so SAD...I almost feel sorry for the McCain/Palin ticket. They will do and say anything to get a vote. McCain never said he was a Christian but Sarah Palin said it and she is not behaving like any Christian I know. She continues to take the lies to "no where" fast.


    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Sad

    ACORN held a news conference where you can watch on cspan.org.

    They are fighting back against the smears and lies from the Mccain camp.

    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Ron L

    Here is what Senator McCain do for us ...
    Allow Governor Sarah Palin to do 6 or 7 more interview with the major news anchors on ANY station but FOX between now and the end of October....
    He is NOT putting the country FIRST if he is willing to prevent America from finding out the REAL intelligence and knowledge of his V.P. candidate.
    It sickens me that the rest of America isn't more upset about this...

    October 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    @Erika from Kansas, I'm at the point where I'll take arrogance over ignorance to get this country back on track.

    October 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. bobby

    reagan do not be a fool and talk sensibly

    October 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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