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. Mike, Ohio

    I think that leftist groups are deathly afraid of McCain/Palin winning the election. They should be afraid! Those two are dangerous.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. ShirleyY - Seattle




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

    "We can't allow leftist groups like ACORN to steal this election"

    Therefore it must be OK for rightist groups to steal this election...... we get what your saying wink wink

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Angela

    To me, the issue is not so much that there is voter registration fraud. It is wrong. The voter fraud issue that will indeed impact the election is going to be that whereby eligible voters were purged from voter registration list in key battleground states.

    If you register to vote and don't have the supporting documentation to provide at the polls, are you still allowed to vote? I don't think so. So really it is a terrible thing that fradulent registrations were submitted but they can't vote if they are not eligible.

    As for voters who are eligible and were taken off the voter registration list, that is indeed more concerning and impacting.

    To, the ACORN issue is a non-issue. Fire the folks who submitted the bad registrations.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Rich in Seattle

    I know Palin isn't all that bright, but isn't there laws in place that would prevent these people from voting if they don't exist? Just because fake are regestered doesn't mean that fake people can vote.

    I am less concerned about fake regestrations as I am about people stopping rightfull people from voting like they have done in the past.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Isn't this the "abuse of power" candidate? Why would I want to trust her at the helm of this country; so she abuse all that don't agree with her? Sorry, can't vote for that ticket... not when there is a corrupt candidate in it.

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Tiff of lithia springs

    We can't let a power abuser steal the election either. How dare she call Obama's ambition blind. Does anyelse see the irony in this. This from a woman who need to go home and be a mother.

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. RO

    Now, on top of "abusing her power as governor", I hear that the connection between Ted Stevens and the building company goes further...Palin's house (4000 sq feet) was being built at the same time as the Wasilla Arena..makes you wonder if they are as guilty as Stevens is. SHe condemned earmarks and such, yet she took in over $25,000 in gifts thus far as governor...

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    It is time for Sarah Palin to go back to Alaska!

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Former Republican voting for Obama/Biden

    McCain is appauled at what Lewis said when Palin can stand up and say we're the good guys and they're the bad guys. Palin can say Barack Obama is "palling around with terroists". That is lie. But she keeps saying it. Palin has been found guilty of "Abuse of Power" and
    "Ethics" violations. The courts are still working on this. McCain horrible temper is something we don't need leading this country or Palin.

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Chris

    Tell me more about Executive Experience (privilege) Sarah...

    Why do Liberal groups "steal" but Conservative "win"?

    What's wrong with getting 1.3 million people registered to "vote" Sarah? Were you out there registering people before you were selected VP nominee?

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Candia

    She doesn't even know the difference between registration fraud (and even that allegation against ACORN isn't proven yet) and voter fraud. If someone registers a person called Superman, will that person actually show up and cast a vote?

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Sarah

    Hilarious – there's a past race in Florida that they should check into.

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. waterprise2

    Oh please...a few hundred voter registration irregularities is NOT "voter fraud"...just another distraction attempt by a Governor who was just found guilty of "abuse of power"...
    Besides, the head of ACORN just produced a photograph of McCain @ an ACORN function just a few years ago where McCain was praising the work of ACORN...
    as usual with this Republican ticket one doesn't know what the other is doing...both grasping at straws...
    where's the economic policy speech we were promised by Lindsey Graham? Nowhere...just like the McCain-Balin' campaign...

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. Tired of Media

    She is not well – she has an unhealthy quest for power and it really is not appealing – it's downright dangerous.

    Cheney's agenda you could at least understand – he really didn't try to hide it; he just didn't care what you thought. In Sarah Palin's case, she doesn't seem to have a target for her power – just power for the sake of power – she is incompetent and has average intelligence. She is not qualified for the job of VP, but I am starting to also think that she is not qualified for any high political office (of substantial impact). She is a loose cannon.

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Ms M L Beckham

    ACORN registrations are not a huge issue. The problems are in just a few areas. They were caused by employees that have already been fired because of their questionable practices. The bottom line is that if the voter information can't be verified, the person WON'T be allowed to vote!

    Keep in mind that ACORN registers Republicans, Independants and Democrats.

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. s

    This idiot should be sued for slander. ACORN as been active for 30 years without any accusations of fraud- but all of a sudden the GOP are on the verge of losing the election and now they start a falsified witchhunt?!? This as been the blueprint of the republican party for years... I guess in the face of defeat they start projecting. Absolutely pathetic!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. X-Man

    Can CNN report facts to debunk these "sand in the eyes" accusations? Come on folks...consider the source!

    1. "Fraud" does not exist until an illegal vote is cast. By the way, that would be ELECTION FRAUD.
    2. By law ACORN has to submit all completed registration forms regardless of any questions about those forms.
    3. Election officials in many cases were alerted to the questionable form submitted by ACORN by ACORN officials who perform their own quality checks.
    4. In many states, voter ID's are required to vote. So if Daffy Duck was registered by ACORN and shows up with a valid ID, guess what, Daffy gets to vote. Otherwise the crime is really the paper wasted to register Daffy.

    By the way, if anyone registered 1000 times using the same valid name and address. Guess what? That person can only vote once.

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Jake

    John McCain, it would seem, has served his country with honor, and after the election will be able to serve out his term in the Senate and retire to Arizona to spend his hopefully many remaining days in peace and happiness. And God bless him.

    But Sarah Palin, if we can be so privileged, will return to her energy-producing state never to be heard from again after Obama and Biden wipe the floor with her and her running mate in the general election. She seems intent on bringing out the worst in people at these campaign stops. America simply does not need this sideshow.

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. GP

    She said 'Leftist groups', as in plural, yet cited only one organization.

    Sounds like she's making it out to be more of a problem than it really is.

    Fact of the matter is that thanks to the repubs Help America Vote Act, hundreds of thousands of people have wrongly been purged from voting rolls.

    ACORN has flagged suspect registrations. Once a registration is signed ACORN has to hand it in to the secretary of states office, even if they know the registration is bogus.

    This is a strawman argument.

    October 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Irony

    Leftists don't need to "steal" elections, we vote in them.

    Odd how the republicans are seeming more like a bully who when caught in a fight is quick to say "he hit me first!"

    Theives are more likely to call another person a theif. Liars are more likely to say others are telling lies.

    Look in a mirror, are you better off today than 8 years ago? Is our country?

    October 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Billy

    More hate and propaganda from Palin today, I see.

    She just needs to go away and never come back.

    October 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. Drew

    Bottom line, the fraudulent registration forms were exposed before becoming official. You need a valid driver's license to vote anyways, so whoever wasted their time making the false forms, is dumb.

    October 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. LT for Obama

    From what I heard, republican were going to ACORN offices and events and filling out fake registration cards. Seems they are trying to set up ACORN and the dems just so they can steal the election.

    October 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Alex

    How do we know that the Repubs haven't snuck a few operatives into ACORN offices in order to create this "controversy" to begin with? Though there's a lack of oversight obvious in the appearance of phony registrations, that shouldn't be used to paint all registrations made via ACORN with a tainted brush... It's less important if Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse are fraudulently placed on the voter roles now than if legal voters are turned away at the polls come the 4th.

    October 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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