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. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    S – Sarah
    M – McCain
    E – Erratic
    A – Arrogance
    R – Response
    S – Stupid

    October 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. jneill7854

    Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is NOT the time to start.

    October 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. JD in Moraga

    And America can't allow Palin / McCain Republicans to steal this election – otherwise, we might end up in war with Czechoslovakia or one of the countries which may or many not share a border with Afghanistan...

    Tina Fey for VP! She's better at being Palin than Palin is!

    October 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Muckinello

    Who cares about Sarah.. they had to explain to her that ACORN was not "a corn", like "why should I attack a corn?"

    October 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Independent for Obama

    I wouldn't put it past the republicans to try and stir up controversy. If there was any voter fraud, it was probably done by them. They will stop at nothing to win this and that is obvious.

    October 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Emma, San Jose, CA

    While Palin is slandering the opposition, a lot of us have voted and will vote for the opposition before Nov. 4. So her remarks, which are baseless will not make a big difference this late in the campaign.

    October 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Tom Lee

    She only brings old stuff up because they have run out of ideas! Go back to Alaska.

    October 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. David

    You know, if this is the Republican strategy, why bother campaigning at all until about two weeks out. Then run a bunch of ads and stir up some baseless accusations in order to scare the fringe and the undecideds.

    Policy and vision apparently have no place in the Palin / McCain vocabulary.

    October 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. JayT.

    Are the Republicans really wanting to bring up voter fraud? A party whose base brags about ways to keep people from voting. Stick to the issues, Sarah. Like how you've been a governor for under two years and have already been busted for abuse of power and betraying the public trust by a bi-partisan legislature.

    October 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. CM

    The truth is that you have been found guilty of abuse of power and Alaskan ethical laws. You can't even admit

    October 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Chris from STL

    CNN ... there is big difference between "voter registation fraud" and 'voter fraud'. You need to be more worried about 'voter fraud' – which is in the control of election officials, NOT Acorn.

    October 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. the other jd

    Wait...I thought Palin/McCain had accepted public funding and could raise any more $...

    October 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    Do you mean like the rethuglicans stole the 2004 election? I think you better go back to Alaska sister and face those unethical charges you were charged with in trooper gate. You betcha!

    October 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Wendy

    There wouldn't have been a need for organizations like Acorn if it weren't for the practice of voter supression by republicans.

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    Ms. PA'IN – if you are SO CONCERNED about "registration fraud" – then why don't you get "FIRST GENTLEMAN" to go and investigate this situation!!!! Ask him to make a few "phone call" and try to get everyone responsible FIRED!!! ... LOL

    YOU are a ROBOT and have NO AGENDA of your own!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008-2016!!! YES WE CAN!!!

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Susan, California

    First she encourages ignoring subpoenas, then she is found guilty of abusing her power–some credibility. Stop grasping for straws.

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Andy

    If this is true, it's an unfortunate turn of events. However, you have to remember 1) that the same fraud has been found from conservative groups (hmmm, where's that liberal bias FauxNews always talks about? and 2) that Palin considers moderate Republicans leftist.

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. the other jd

    I mean couldn't raise any more $...

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Dennis from CA

    This lame duck seems to forget that John McCain was the #1 supporter of ACORN, until he needed something to hit Obama with. Wow... seriously.... I can't wait until the 4th now... Please go out and vote for Obama people, so liars and intimidators like these get their lesson. This country will not be lead by fear and intimidation. We stand as one.

    PS. Someone buy Palin a one way ticket to Alaska please....

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |


    OBAMA / BIDEN '08

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. Dee Dee Lynn

    We can't let leftist groups steal the election? But I suppose its perfectly fine if right-wing groups do it (again)?

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. John

    we cannot let separatist groups win and Cede Alaska from the Union either.

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Bridget

    What does Governor Palin propose that her supporters do to prevent "leftists" from stealing the election? They're probably drawing their own scary conclusions as to what they'll do. Frightening stuff.

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Mike

    Doesn't she know that Senator McCain attended ACORN function just as recently as 2006. There a pictures with him on the front row of an Acorn Ralley. So this make Senator McCain just like BO.


    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Frank

    "Gotta keep those dark... I mean, community organizers, in their place"

    Go, Sarah, GO! The further the better!

    October 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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