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. Q

    Everybody needs to read the piece on John Mccain written in Rolling Stone magazine. It tells the whole story about the man running for president with interviews with former and current friends, former pow's that were in Hanoi Hilton with Mccain, political opponents. It paints a very different picture of a man who claims to be country first and a straight talker including his very deep link with Keating, his wife's drug use, abuse and making a doctor steal drugs for her and the coverup. It also details his very manipulative use of his family name to get places he had no business or right to achieve. This is a scary man who does not care about anyone but himself. You dont have to play the he said she said game as this piece is substantive and a lot of the fuel comes straight from Mccain's mouth himself. Please read for yourself and post it everywhere you can to get the real truth about Mccain to the public. This is not a honorable man neither in marriage or life. We cannot let this man win the Whitehouse. Spread the word.

    October 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Howard Roark

    What is so outrageous about Palin's remarks? Where's the outrage from CNN and other liberal media outlets about ACORNs fraud? Can you imagine the outrage from CNN, CNBC, etc if a right-leaning organization had committed similar acts of fraud. Let's be clear...ACORN is an organization to advance liberals....the committed major voter fraud. So quit your crying about Palin calling them out. stfu.

    October 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Bo

    Sorry, Sarah, you have no credibility now. You abused your power and then lied about it when caught.

    October 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. john l

    Its the REPUBLICANS that steal elections. Al Gore actually won Florida in 2000. Maybe we would still have a strong economy if he had won. I just cant vote republican they are not honest.

    October 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Pacomarj from SC

    If ACORN is so bad, then why did McCain speak at their rally in 2006?

    October 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Lawrence in Denver

    Obama and the dems have nothing to do with this. McCentury and the repigs weren't scrambling for a resolution when Florida had the ballot count issues.

    Mavericks? More like, HYPOCRITS!!!

    OBiden 08'

    October 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Lesley

    Apparently the Republicans are only in favor of voter fraud when they do it and their guy wins, as in the 2000 election. Their efforts at voter suppression have been going on for years and continue to flourish in this election, although the media is not reporting it. At least Acorn voluntarily turned in suspicious voter registrations. They're a non-partisan group who is checking and reporting any irregularities in their registrations. The Repubs, on the other hand, are refusing to turn over for review records that they purged. They are shredding ballots and using inaccurate databases to disenfranchise voters all over the country.

    October 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. cecil

    This coming from someone who has been found guilty of abusing her power as Governor And Pals Around With The "AIP"!

    October 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Tara

    Sarah Palin is the best thing that can happen to Washington. I am glad she is calling out the left groups. She is a tough cookie!

    October 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Jennifer

    All the McCain campaign is trying to do is say that if Obama wins the presidency it is because of voter fraud...Anyone that wants to vote must show a valid ID. And all voter registration applications are verified by the state election offices. I doubt that someone is going to come to the voting booth with a Mickey Mouse driver's license.

    All of this yammering about Obama trying to fix the election is ridiculous.

    October 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. anne

    McCain sure seemed to like acorn as recently as 2006. Maybe someday McCain and Palin will finally blame themselves for being the NUTS that lost election for thenselves by lying and not having any plans for the future that would actually help Americans...but I won't hold my breath. They would probably blame my cat before they would do that.

    Obama/Biden 08!!! Real leaders, Real Ideas...NO FAKE MAVERICKS!!

    October 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Paying Attention

    Talk about your policies. Otherwise you sound desperate.

    October 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Oakland99

    But of course, she knows all about ACORN. She can see it from Alaska. She's scary . Please, don't let this woman get near the Vice Presidency.

    October 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Schneider (I) - CA

    Was ACORN a leftist group when McCain attended one of their functions in 2006?

    October 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |

    More like "left us" groups steal the election. Because their gone... Obama should be working on a victory speech and let me see it before he says it. so I can know where to put my money!

    October 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. WY

    Let's see ...

    The Veterans Administration is prohibiting people from registering people in vets' hospitals.

    Ohio and Indiana Repubs are making it difficult for vets to register.

    This is the thanks they get for serving so that the rest of us have the right to vote?


    October 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. True American

    Extremists Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll helped launch Palin’s political career in Alaska, and in return had influence over policy. “Her door was open,” says Chryson — and still is.
    Google Alaskan Independence Party and see what the real Palin is all about.

    October 13, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Shannon,Dallas,Texas

    Did you really want to use the word STEAL? 2000? Florida? Does any of this ring a bell? 2004? Ohio? You don't have a clue. Do you?

    Gov. Palin, after 8 years of failure, this election is the Democrats to lose. The only way that you'll get to Number One Observatory Circle is if the Republicans can somehow STEAL another election.

    October 13, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Liz, Columbus

    Is ACORN saying there is no voter fraud by their employees? It's hard to know WHAT they are saying.

    It's unbelievable that our taxes are paying their people. And what about the $ 800,000 Obama paid to ACORN to register voters.

    October 13, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Monroe W. DeVos

    They are out to try to find something, anything that will get voters get their minds off of the basic issues. I find it so hard to believe that they really believe what they say.

    Ms. Palin is nothing more than a patsy for the RNC and for her to allow them to "puppet" her doesn't speak highly of her.

    October 13, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Seattle Sue

    I am appalled that this was allowed to go out from the national campaign. Registration fraud is a world away from voter fraud. Those of us who remember Florida in 2000 have every right to feel sick. Expect to hear this drumbeat continuing, however. No shame, no McCain.

    October 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. HA!

    So thats the plan. When Obama wins they can cry voter fraud.

    October 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. R-Howard

    What goes around , comes around. I seem to recall an election in this country being OUTRIGHT stolen in 2000. Anyone else remember that? I dont condone cheating, but when a drunk driver crashes into my car and then proceeds to lecture me on driving, well, what more can I say?.

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Steve

    Sorry friends, but the truth hurts. ACORN is nothing but a group of liberals looking to cheat their way into the presidency. The Obama link is very clear for anyone to see that has a brain. That is why the other commentators on this article want you to disregard the truth. Keep talking Sarah, we are listening.


    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Trysh, Los Angeles


    Did a Republican just comment on someone STEALING the race?

    Inane is the word that just keeps popping in my mind when she talks.

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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