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. Dylan

    There is a difference between voter fraud and voter registration fraud. One happens on election day and is more apparent. For those worried that someone with a Tony Romo or T.O. ID is going to show up to the polls, think again.

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Angelique

    You notice Palin and McCain never bring up the fact, that the Republicans, G.W, Baker, Cheney and all their cronies stole the presidency from the rightfully nominated President. What about the voter fraud committed by Kathrine Harris, and Jeb of Florida? Of course to them this theft was all permissible.

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    So after 2 stolen elections, the CONservatives are suddenly deeply concerned about voter fraud?

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. sh

    No we should let the right winger who lies to voters about her role in troopergate run the country. We do not need any more liars in White house giving us lectures. Go to Alaska to hunt Moose.

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Real Talk

    If McCain wins she should be impeached before she sets foot in the white house.

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Linda

    I hate to sound like a whacko conspiracy theorist, but I wouldn't put it past the McCain campaign to be behind these so called fraudulent ballots. How coincincidental it is that this is happening now, when the McCain/Palin ticket is running out of ammo?

    October 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. JOHN WHITE

    CNN AND ALL OTHER NEWS ORGANIZATIONS STOP TALKIN ABOUT RACE FOR A QUICK STORY ITS QUITE SAD.

    October 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. chryssa

    Hey lady, the whole country is a leftist group by your definition. Obama/Biden '08 – get used to it!

    October 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Ann

    I don't like Palin, but I agree with the title of this article.

    October 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Des

    This election has really turned ugly. McCain, Palin and their entire campaign have reached an all time low; they are like low- life street thugs to the tenth power.

    October 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Palin and Mrs. McCain are the ones who will do anything, obviously!
    They already have! ... And the BEAT goes ON! They will NOT stop that is obvious as well.

    October 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Janeen

    This women is ruining All hope for John Mccain!
    It seems she is intentionally trying to sink his campaign!
    Please go back to Alaska sarah!

    October 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. M

    How is Acorn Obama's fault? He did not commit voter fraud. Give me a break...

    October 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. marie

    The people that were suppose to be registing people , were getting paid, which means they were trying to register as many as they could so that they could get more money.

    October 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Precious Coker

    Sister Sarah, You are Scary!!!!!!

    You got an Ethics case to resolve in Alaska, Go home!!!

    October 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. georgia for Obama

    Pailin go back to Troopergate, separatist group , gubnatorial impeachment & view of Russia (.. Not ! ) all awaiting you in Alaska . See Ya !

    October 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Kim

    There she goes again dogonit. The half of this Nation that are loyal Democrats, Veterans, Pastors, Police Officers, Nurses, Fire Fighters.
    Are in truth "Leftists". Terrorists !! Kill Them!!!! Ya Betcha ! (wink wink)

    October 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Selah Brown

    beyond belief.

    October 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. jwn in south carolina

    Whine, baby whine......funny words from Ms. Abuse of Power

    October 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Susan

    Why is she not talking abt the Repubs using the Foreclosure lists to stop people from voting.

    None of the bogus registrants by ACORN can vote because they will have no ID but the poor chaps hits by foreclosure can vote but will be prevented by Republicans as their address has changed.

    ALL PLEASE VOTE. Blogging does not help, VOTING does.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. nyindependent

    Is there no end to what this woman will say? She has a knack for turning off voters like no one I've ever seen. I just wish that when this election is over, and she's back in Alaska, she'll watch the footage of what slime has spewed from her mouth over the last several weeks. However, I think what's worse is that she really believes the trash she's said. I was undecided until recent weeks.

    My vote goes to "That One."

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Joe in MN

    I've never heard Obama or Biden say 'rightists'

    They talk policy, they talk issues.

    Palin talks garbage.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. JT

    Both of those states require voter registration forms to be turned in to the proper election officials. ACORN is only following the letter of the law. They are not in the position to review and discard registration forms themselves, that would be tantamount to them reviewing and discarding votes. I think the McCain campaign is once again engaging in very, very misleading rhetoric.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. jim

    I guess the Repubs don't like it when the Dems start playing by the Repubs rules.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Brian NYC

    I think Malibu Barbie just found out she was on the Right and has also concluded in which direction Left was. I think Barbara Walters would have been a better VP pick.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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