October 14th, 2008
04:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: We don't need ACORN's help

Sen. Obama talked about ACORN with reporters in Ohio Tuesday.

Sen. Obama talked about ACORN with reporters in Ohio Tuesday.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama responded Tuesday to the McCain campaign's efforts to link him to embattled community organizing group ACORN.

Watch: Obama on the economy, ACORN

"We've got the best voter registration, turnout, and volunteer operation in politics right and we don't need ACORN's help," Obama said Tuesday in Ohio.

The Illinois senator added that ACORN was not advising his campaign, and echoed campaign advisors who have increasingly accused the GOP of trying to suppress voter turnout as Election Day nears.

"What I want to make sure of, though, is that this is not used as an excuse for the kind of voter suppression tactics that we've seen in the past. Let's make sure everybody is voting, everybody is registered, everybody is doing this is a lawful way," he said.

The Democratic nominee's comments came the same day that his campaign held a conference call with reporters about the McCain campaign's recent focus on voter fraud.

Listen: Plouffe, Bauer on voting issues

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and general counsel Bob Bauer accused Republicans of trying to intimidate voters and sow the seeds of confusion as the historic presidential election approaches.

"They seem to be setting up a strategy here to make it harder to vote," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told reporters on a conference call. "To create a situation where voters don't have confidence in the system."

"They are going to try to raise questions. You know, cry out and raise questions about fraud and try and create a smokescreen out there to confuse voters and perhaps to give cover to some of the activities they're going to be undertaking over the next three weeks."

The Obama campaign also took issue with the McCain camp's recent efforts to link Obama to ACORN, whose voter registration efforts have come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. "We have our own registration effort," the Obama campaign's general counsel Bob Bauer said on the call. "We register our own voters under our own standards and we do so successfully."

Bauer also denied that the campaign ever paid Citizens Services, Inc., an entity affiliated with ACORN, to register voters. "We have never paid ACORN a penny for registration purposes," said Bauer.

The campaign's payments to Citizens Services, Inc. "were for canvassing in some of the larger primary states back in the spring – Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania," Plouffe said. "It was to augment our grassroots organization."

Updated 4:09 pm to include Obama's comments in Ohio.

Filed under: ACORN • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Voter Problems
soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Team America

    To MATT on the Hillary/Supreme Court article:

    Matt- My argument/analysis is garbage, to you, because you lack any common sense. Alito and Roberts were actual sitting judges before being nominated to the Supreme Court. These were two guys who actually practiced law for all of their adult lives, they weren't just figure heads. Despite your small-minded beliefs, these high level positions in government require experience in dealing with the issues. I know you want to feel like you're a smart person by calling my argument garbage, but you're a perfect example of illogical thinking in the Democratic party.

    Nice try at a comeback kid..

    October 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Janine

    I knew the Republican party was up to something. I live in Las Vegas and I thought it was weird that the local news reported that ACORN Las Vegas office was under investigation for fraudulent registrations when it was in fact the ACORN office that contacted authorties about the fraudulent registrations that were turned in. I also think it was ironic that days after, our local news was reporting that real voter registrations had been removed by accident. And just last night, they urged everyone to make sure they are still registered by going to the state's election site.

    October 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Cheating on the Way

    The Republicans getting ready to cheat like they did in 2000, should not come as a surprise to anyone. This is why if you are an Obama supporter, you better go vote. Obama will need all the votes he can get to offset the cheating that will undoubtely take place by the Republicans on Nov4th. I bet you Florida won't even be able to send in their final counts.

    October 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Hillary Democrat

    It's you Obama created voter confusion. YOU donated $800,000.00 to ACORN to file fraud voter registration. You are incorporating Chicago politics into our voting systems and this is a sign of what you will do to the White House. WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Hussein OBAMA is not right for American. Vote Mc Cain now and Hillary in 2012 before it's too late.
    WAKE UP AMERICA...you have been dooped by a community organizer!!!!

    October 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Geraldine Coleman

    McCain and his pet bulldog are pathetic! He is cluess and futile, she is clueless and plain out dumb and clueless. I don't know how she got to be a governor. Lord help us all if McCain does win ad this dimwit gets into office. I don't think that winking at the stockmarket will help the economy.

    Please God-Intervene and give us Justice!!!!!

    October 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Dave in Illinois

    So his news is that the GOP is trying to intimidate voters. Maybe they're only trying to intimidate the ghost voters that the ACORN group registered to vote for Obama.

    October 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Laura, Boston

    I read on one of the CNN blogs that John McCain was tied in with ACORN. I took a few minutes to google that fact and found out the following: (John McCain was shown in a picture in FL in 2006 during and immigration event. The article sights the following.

    The beleaguered Democratic-leaning community group Acorn sends over this photograph: John McCain, in March of 2006, sitting beside Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek at an event Acorn co-sponsored in Florida.

    The immigration event, which other photos show was packed with red-shirted Acorn member, was co-sponsored by the local Catholic Archdiocese, the SEIU, and other groups.

    McCain, still spiting much of his party on immigration at the time, was the headliner.

    Bertha Lewis, Acorn's chief organizer, said in a statement that came with the photo, “It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans."

    ”We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform," she said.

    Everyone who reads that can see that McCain truly:

    1. Worked across party lines-worked with Dems on immigration.
    2. Worked against his own party-thus the Maverick McCain
    3. Had nothing to do with voter fraud!!!

    That is the issue people have with ACORN. Last night it was reported that OH is investigating them due to the testimony of 2 young AA men (democrats) who registered numerous times (one 13 the other 73). Can you image if even 1/4 of those registered in swing states are fraudulent...how many millions of votes that would be. That makes the polling suspect in a lot of these states as well. How do we know that the people being called are legit? We don't!!! That is why we need the MSM to stay on top of this story....

    October 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. my vote goes to "THAT ONE"

    Of course the Republi-Klans are going to do that. They will do anything not to lose the White House. I expect the worse from them but it's not going to work.

    Obama and the Dems are going to take the White House this year with a vengeance !!

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Dylan from MN

    All I have to say is Florida 2000.

    October 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Melissa

    McCain sowing the seeds of hatred, anger and mistrust is not the way to solve our current problems. It will only make things worse.

    October 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. rene

    samE ol same ol LIES, im sick of the retards and their LIES

    October 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. matt in pittsburgh

    Leave it Obama to tell people to watch what's going on with the right hand and ignore what we're doing over here with the left hand. an old magicians trick and also an old liberal trick – accuse the republican of doing exactly what you're doing so the media (who aren't very smart) won't know who to believe and when all else fails, play the race card which Obama keeps trying to do unsuccessfully.

    He's just getting very upset because people are getting wise to his unsavory and possibly illegal voting activities.

    Be very afraid of this slicky used car salesman.

    October 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. My Border Collie is Smarter Than Pitbull Palin

    Nuff said. Thanks Mr. President!

    Everyone get out there and VOTE!!!!

    October 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Kathy

    It's worked before!! The Republicans believe in on vote per person if they like the politics of the person, otherwise, they challange their right to vote. As far as I'm concerned the Republicans are Un-American.

    October 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. mama4obama

    ahhhh. The truth comes out. What is McCain and the bull going to do now?

    October 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Doug D

    “We have our own registration effort,” the Obama campaign’s general counsel Bob Bauer said on the call. “We register our own voters under our own standards and we do so successfully.”

    Their OWN registration under their OWN standards ??? huh?

    Shouldn't they be registering voters through normal channels under the National standards?

    Isn't that what the mess with ACORN is all about – they took their own liberties with the registration process?

    Follow the money trail and it leads to the Democrats who never have nor ever will stop at anything to get their canidate elected.

    October 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. JayInNewHampshire

    LOOK I am tired of this crap! People are going to vote. And If McCain wants to get any of those votes. He better realize that people are interested in issues nothing more nothing less.

    October 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Jeanette

    Sara Palin and her husband are involved in the AIP (Alaskan Independence Party)...check out Rick Sanchez on CNN...he's airing the Palin video and interviewing the man that did the investigating.
    Palin and her husband are not as they seem....they are much worse.

    October 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. California Voter

    Obama, Rezko, Ayers, ACORN, TUCC, Rev. Wright - character and issues matter, not race or sex.

    October 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Republican family against McCain

    This is exactly why we'e jumping ship and voting for Obama. We have lost all the respect we had for McCain, he is encouraging racism and biggotry which disgusts people. You've lost this Republican family's vote McCain.

    October 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. DebM, Allentown, PA

    Did you see that someone in Scranton at the Palin rally yelled out another threat to Obama and Palin just ignored it? This woman is incredibly evil. Although I'm not a strong Christian, I'm still horribly offended that this woman pretends to honor my God. She does no such thing.

    October 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    The GOP are the professors of election stealing 101.

    October 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. demwit

    No.., theres no election fraud here! So what if ACORN signed up Mickey Mouse and the entire Dallas team to vote for Obama.., everyones voice should be heard right!!!

    October 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. wycliffe, NJ


    October 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |


    SO PITIFUL!!!!

    October 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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