October 14th, 2008
04:09 PM ET
6 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. Dee

    Actually Reagan, Plouffe said EXACTLY what he meant...unlike McKlan's folks, Obama's team doesn't have to manipulate words and blur the lines in order to get people to think the way they want them too...

    No one was screaming about voter fraud back in 2000 or 2004 where there was CLEAR abuse by the Greed Oil Pollution party...and they probably wouldn't be whining now if McQuack was in the lead....

    October 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Anne

    Don't get absorb by Obama's sweet talk. He will compromise every conceivable standard to get elected. Forgery is forgery no matter how you look at it and certainlly the Obama campaign had to be aware of ACORN tactics before they hired them. If America is not aware or convince of Obama's background by now then be prepared to pay a high price in the future. Once in office, the American people will realize who has taken over this country. Our fore-fathers must be shocked what is now going on.

    October 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    REMEMBER 2000 and 2004!?!?

    Never Again!
    Never Again!
    Never Again!
    Never Again!
    Never Again!

    October 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. trob

    can this election be done already? im sooooo tired of it.

    October 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Slim in NC

    How is pointing out voter fraud a "fear tactic"? Daggone Obama is shady.

    October 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. cool onlooker

    Let them put on the veil and showcase as much as they can, until the disguise is revealed.

    Obama, stay focused. You are not too far away from victory. Stay cool.

    Obama'08 & '12

    October 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. No McCain/No Palin

    All you Obama haters...your comments are pathetic. I bet you $100 he is much smarter that you folks. You are so shallow and if you are a family man, I feel very sorry for your kids to grow up in such an environment.

    Obama will be our President for 2008. If you do not like it, too bad, either live with it or move to another country. We do not need such racist ignorant pigs in this country.

    October 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. paulie_nj

    Does Obama deny that his campaign donated $800,000 to these ACORN bozos this year?

    October 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Bitter in Texas

    I just saw the latest polls....Obama up by 11 points in Minnesota, up by 17 points in Wisconsin, up by 16 points in Michgan, and up by 9 points in good old Colorado...now if we could only turn Texas "Blue" I'd do the "Happy Dance" gig time. Let's keep working....I'd really like a LANDSLIDE!

    October 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Glen in Los Angeles

    The idea of trying to convince voters to not vote for fear of a frauduent system is as dispicable and un-American as I can imagine. I hope McCain, Palen, Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity and the like have severely underestimated the intelligence of their Sam's Club Republicans and this tactic backfires on them big time. Shame on this sort of anti-democratic tactic.

    October 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. aware

    This is a tall tale! :(

    The guy Obama said he learned the most from said, get power anyway you can including lying, cheating and stealing! :(

    Google the Alinsky Method if you want to learn more!

    October 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Flo

    Don't get absorb by Obama's sweet talk. He will compromise every conceivable standard to get elected. Forgery is forgery no matter how you look at it and certainlly the Obama campaign had to be aware of ACORN tactics before they hired them. If America is not aware or convince of Obama's background by now then be prepared to pay a high price in the future. Once in office, the American people will realize who has taken over this country. Our fore-fathers must be shocked what is now going on.

    October 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    No Hillary = No Obama – your reasoning is why I could never vote for mccain/palin. She, palin is absolutely a clueless, unqualified, pathological lying ZERO.

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Brian

    What else would the GOP do but put out tried-and-true tactics to suppress voters? They rely on unsuppressable voters – old white people who bring their gun to the polls with them just in case someone gets in their way. Young people, senior citizens, minorities, etc. are all irked more easily. Thanks GOP, we all knew you liked to keep the country in the hands of rich white people but thankfully it's not going to work this year.

    No way, no how, no McCain. (and certainly no Palin)

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Mike in IL

    It is a fact that Obama donated $800,000.00 to ACORN. What do they do in return commit voter fraud. It would be one thing if it was an isolated incident... it has happened in more than 6 states... to say it is the work of a few bad apples... sounds more like bad management and timing!!!

    It is amazing that Obama is not out in front of this story... I guess he is going to sit back and wait... Is that what you want in a leader???

    This is Chicago politics 101 and if all of you can not see through the rhetoric and his inexperience... our country deserves what comes next.

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Ace in VA

    ya know what? I rarely see CLINTON as user names. But people keep using REAGAN like he's rising from the dead sometime soon and Hillary who lost fair and square. We've got two choices America take your pick Obama or McCain.

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Obamalism

    Correct, we should just turn a blind eye and ignore everything and let everyone vote.

    Afterall, "everyone" includes dead people, non-citizens, restaurants, street signs, micky mouse and 53 clones of myself.

    Yeah, it's just registration fraud, not voter fraud. Well how about in Ohio where for a week, you could register and vote on the same day with no time for officials to validate registrations... nothing wrong with that!

    FACT: ACORN has been convicted on multiple accounts of voter fraud and Obama has advocated for them as a lawyer, trained them and given hundreds of thousands of taxpayer and campaign money to them.

    They are ANYTHING but bipartisan and should be defunded of any taxpayer money.

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. C

    McCain's campaign is an example of what we don't want in a leader!

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. tired of delusional blind sheep who sold their souls to the devil

    i will be voting early here in florida for obama!

    my vote will be counted!!

    katherine harris is someone we should never forget!!!

    Barak the Vote!!!!

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Joe Idaho

    John McCain's Grandfather was born in Carroll County, Mississippi, the son of plantation owner John Sidney McCain (b. Mississippi, 1851 – d. 1934) and wife Elizabeth-Ann Young (b. Mississippi, 1855 – d. 1922),

    How did this upbringing and his serving in a segagated army affect John McCain's relationship with African Americans... Bill Ayres That!

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. tulsa

    Team America...
    You insult America with that tag.
    lol, talk about an idiot.
    Remeber, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Go wrap yourself in a flag, throw yourself off a pier and try not to surface until the Republican party regains some credibility.

    October 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Roland

    I wonder if all those clean cut white folk at Palin's rallies are going to show up and scream "Kill him!" if they think someone is going to vote for Obama? This is the way they are headed. Again at today's rally, the GOP's true colors came through again with death threats about Obama.

    October 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    so what else is new? GOP has always been a party of thugs and prohibitionists.....

    October 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Jeanette

    Palin is once again whipping up the crowds to the point they're yelling "kill Him" about Senator Obama.
    Can't the secret service or the FBI do something?????????????

    October 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Chip

    "White folks greed runs a world in need"

    -Barack Obama

    October 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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