September 14th, 2008
10:25 AM ET
11 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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  1. Sourdough Jack

    What a bunch of whiny hypocrites you are. You whine that Sarah Palin can't say anything original if she sticks close to the same speech (something that all politicians who have a message do), but if she changes the speech one iota to tailor it to her audience (something all politicians do if they have any brains) then she must be lying. That grade-school logic, which you conveniently don't apply to Obama and his speeches, won't cut it in the adult world.
    I think it's hilarious that someone suggested that the press wasn't going after her. Amazing that you haven't noticed they haven't asked Obama any tough questions about how he expects to make us energy independent without developing our own resources and without raising taxes to pay for it. The Democrats have never met a tax they didn't like.
    And spreading rumors about her family is a new low, even for the lying Democrats. I'd say you should be ashamed but you have to have a moral core to feel shame.

    September 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. mason-Dixon

    McCain/Palin = God For America

    Obama/Biden = Good For Nothing

    September 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. McCain/Palin

    Obama doesn't tweak he just lies.

    September 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. John Smith

    What continues to surprise me is NOT the attitude and behaviors of the average Republican voter that is yelling for McCain-Palin.

    What surprises me the most is the dead-brain Democrats that are out there yelling for Hillary, as though–

    -The Republicans would have had it difficult to beat Hillary
    -There were substantive differences in policies between Obama and Hillary
    -They were less interested in the Democratic Party policies, and more about the candidate
    -They, like the dumb Republicans, have never learned anything of the past 8 years!!!!

    September 14, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. kimbo

    Hey moderators, can you tell me why every post I make needs to be moderated. I'm voting for Obama, doesn't the media favor everything we have to say without question?

    September 14, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Cnn, of what people are blogging.
    Why do you defend Mccain and Palin. Do you atually read these blogs and do an analysis
    Its very clear from what I read each day on every blog McCain ?Palin are consistenly getting disaprovals so who are you calling for your polls.
    I suppose you beleive we need another 8 yrs of disaster.
    No MCain No Pain

    September 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. welches, oregon

    McCain has no chance to win. The simple fact is there are many, many more Democrats than Republicans. Nevada alone has 3.1 Dems. No Dem (save for a few misguided) would ever vote for this GOP ticket. Even if they split the independents (who swing more left than right – that's why they are registered independents) and undecided, Obama still wins on the numbers. McCain is shrinking in the polls each day anyway.

    September 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Ron from Baltimore

    Tina Fey is much smarter, much, much prettier, and would have made one heck of an impression, don't you think? Much better than her look-alike.

    September 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    S H E ' S-–D O I N G--G R E A T-–G 0--G O V E R NO R–P A L I N

    September 14, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Holly from Minnesota

    Well, she'd truly be an idiot if she told the bridge-lies in the state where the controversy actually took place. Obviously, she's not a complete idiot, or she wouldn't have gotten this far.

    September 14, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. USAPatriot

    I'm not sure what concerns me more...the fact that Mr. McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate...or that some people are actually going to vote for these two!!!! Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson was absolutely pathetic!! It's almost like the past eight years never happened??!!? The question is....will they allow Sarah Palin to be interviewed by anyone other than that idiot Sean Hannity or some other Fox News neo-con nincompoop? USA USA USA USA USA Obama/Biden 08'

    September 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Dan

    How come, cnn, polls show McCain lead, but your comments like 90% pro Obama ? Nice job, moderator, keep pushing your Nobama. Just don't forget there is such a thing like a backlash, people don't like then media is pushing their opinion on them.

    September 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. pete

    I am an evangelical who will not vote Mcain. The bible clearly say bad company corrupts good morals. Since she is a Politicians and Politicians Lies she's a Liar too. Why should I vote for a liar. What examples are these Republicans teaching our children, that to get any thing in life just lie your way through. What a role model. Mcain does not get this evangelical vote.

    September 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Robert

    Paling is a foo foo bunny. One of those high maintenance pretty girls that went to college to become a dental hygenist or weaseled into an HR job and hires people based on looks and gut feelings instead of qualifications.
    And if she fires people she crucifies them by calling the police to make sure they are escorted out the door properly. (..of course this is an exaggeration, but I really feel that she is mean person to work for.... cold and heartless...)

    September 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Kristin

    I feel hopeful after reading these comments that most people have not be duped by Sarah Palin. The most notable comment, in my opinion, is that McCain picked her to better ensure his presidency, NOT as he would have you believe, for "Country First" It's McCain first all the way..

    September 15, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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