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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/13/art.acornemail.mccain.jpg caption="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. Cynthia; Bham

    This coming from someone who has been found guilty of abusing her power as Governor. Wow

    October 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Lauren in California

    Hey, attack dog, no one is going to steal the election. You are going to lose fair and square because you are an absolute idiot.

    October 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Republican for Obama

    That's funny, because McCain and lots of other Republicans are friends of ACORN. Grow up moose lady!

    October 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Tim in Seattle

    Fraudulant registrations mean NOTHING – if they dont' show up with a valid ID at the voting booth then there is no voter fraud here...and don't forget – ACORN's registering voters for BOTH parties....

    ....and if Palin crafted that email then my name is Ronald Reagan....

    October 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    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.

    ENOUGH SAID RIGHT THERE IN THOSE FEW SENTENCES. DO YOUR FACT CHECK CNN. KEEPING THEM HONEST.

    BUSTED AGAIN MCCAIN

    October 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    LEFTIST????

    PALIN'S a RIGHT WING FANATIC.......
    a WHITE SUPREMIST in Sheeps clothing.

    IT'S NOT LEFTISTS THEY HAVE TO FEAR.......

    IT'S THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    October 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. James

    Yeah, we wouldn't want a leftist group to steal the election, we'll leave that to the GOP. This woman is so stupid, dumb, moronic, idiotic. None of these words can accurately describe the fool from Alaska.

    October 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Biff

    this is all about having cover to challenge voters on election day.

    Acorn was NEVER CONVICTED OF ANYTHING...

    as a matter of fact, =THEY are the ones who made election officials aware of the ones that are in question.

    Once agian... dirty a$$ed republican tricks.... and so now.... the purging of the rolls and the republican voter suppression goes on UN CHECKED and un REPORTED.....

    HOW ABOUT REPORTING THAT SIDE OF IT.

    October 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Devon Spencer

    Oh, but we can allow you to steal the 2000 election from Gore and give it to Bush who the nation now regards as the worst president in history.
    Thanks, but no thanks! We want Obama, not McCain.
    Please... We are going to win this election because we have the votes to win.

    Obama '08

    October 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. henrietta

    sarah you need to stop going so neg. and talk about real issues that 's if you any

    October 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Jerry Ohio

    What about Bush stole the election in 2000and 2004 what you have to say about that McCain and Palin...

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. America

    ACORN HAS NEVER ONCE BROKEN ANY LAW WHAT SO EVER!!! WHICH IS ALOT MORE THEN I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS FEMALE DOG.

    October 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Jordan Buell

    Unless you have the bodies there to vote on election day, it doesn't matter how many false registrations are filed. The idea that Democrats are trying to steal the election is ridiculous- and I'm a Republican. ACORN is a bipartisan group, and has been respected by both parties. They are legally obligated to turn in all the forms they collect, even if they believe those forms to be suspicious. This is smoke and mirrors. As a voter I'm frustrated, and as a Republican I'm ashamed of the current tactics being used in this election– nothing is so obvious as false indignation. What we should be talking about is the economy.

    October 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Donna

    Does Palin even know what ACORN is? Did someone fully explain that they aren't referring to the treats that squirrels love?

    October 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. OBama already won

    Hey they'll say whatever they want to win, right

    October 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Chut Pata

    Something tells me desperate Republicans are sending in those ridiculously fake registration forms to sabotage ACORN efforts to register poor people. They know all poor people will vote Obama, so stop this process by shutting down ACORN.

    October 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    I agree, Toni. This is sad.... the odor of desperation is very strong here.

    October 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Jim Reynolds

    How touching that Sarah Palin is suddenly afraid of community organizers!

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. David

    I think the GOP should give the Dems some credit. They haven't had the veto-proof majority that Republicans had for the majority of the last 15 years. That aside, the GOP certainly seems blamable for many of the problems we face, as the Dems didn't take Congress until 2006. Also the Republican president.

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Gretchen

    At what point will the Republican Party leaders take control of this out of control self proclaimed hockey-mom?! Good God – if I was ever considering voting Republican you can kiss that idea goodbye. The fact that they and John McCain have allowed her to plant these seeds is totally disgusting and by allowing her to continue is the same as condoning it. McCain should be ashamed of himself and his campaign. Whose running this thing anyway – if its McCain, shame on him – if he is letting someone else run it, shame on him again – its his good name or what's left of it thats being tarnished here.

    Some one needs to shut Palin down and quick.

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin continues false slanderous accusations. John McCain says one thing about stopping the nasty attacks, his word can't be trusted.

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Dave

    McCain-Palin need to start getting serious about their comittment to leading their country, and stop playing these stupid little mind games. With the reporting these days, the electorate is so knowledgeable of the past republican fear mongering tricks and slanders that they are waiting and waiting to hear some substantial ideas? Are they going to come or do we have to put up with more shameless lies or at least untruths from the GOP's

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Patricia from Las Vegas

    Don't worry your pretty little head with such nonsense! The 'leftist groups' won't 'steal' the election. However, us hard working American citizens will vote Barack Obama as our next president of the United States because he is the leader we want. Honestly, the garbage that comes from this woman's mouth defies description. And Senator McCain, for someone of your age, you sure are immature. Neither one of you has the qualities that I want for my President!!! I am voting for integrity and vision. I am voting for Barack Obama.

    October 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Ms White

    I wish she would just go home

    October 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Kathy

    I'll tell you who has a history of FIXING elections, it's the Republicans. They suppress the vote, don't have enough voting machines in heavily Democratic areas, toss out votes, and have Diebold under their wing. If any party has a really bad history with every vote counting, it's the Republicans. Problem is they don't think every actually has the right to vote. Sarah Palin has alot of nerve talking about anything that has to do with ethics, we know she doesn't have any.

    October 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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