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. Central FL for Obama/Biden

    What is this woman's reading comprehension level? After the Troopergate report came out, she said in an interview that she had been cleared of any legal or ethical wrongdoing. That's not what the report said. And, if Katie Couric was allowed near her again and if she asked her what ACORN stood for, I "betcha" she would have no idea.

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Kay

    I'm more worried about the thousands of voters who were "accidently purged" from the system or the ballots in New York that say Barack Osama. Lot's of accidents lately.

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Who steals elections?

    Hmm... this coming from the same party which literally disenfranchises low income urban voters (who overwhelmingly vote Democrat) and also stole the 2000 election in Florida...

    Personally, I don't think ACORN or Obama *needs* to try and steal the election. Smears and attacks such as what the Republicans are trying to peddle to the voters are what driving independent voters such as myself straight into the Obama camp.

    Perhaps instead of trying to find a left-wing bogeyman to scare voters, you could propose a vision of what your America would be like? Or perhaps a policy that eliminates our $10 TRILLION dollar debt, our 'voodoo' Reaganomics, and perhaps uttering what the conditions for victory are in Iraq and how we are supposed to get there?

    This is why the Republicans are losing. Reagan had a vision for America. FDR and JFK and Teddy Roosevelt had visions for America. You, Senator McCain, do not have such a vision for this great country. You have 21 days to come up with one.


    Obama 2008

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. CindyN--PA

    Governor Palin,
    Are you proud of your record on ethics and abuse of Power?

    This woman is more than scary. I would be so ashamed of my country if she ends up in the VP Seat.

    She is not a person that will bring this country together, but she will drive us all apart. That is the worst part about her.
    She loves to be right in the middle of controversy.
    What a sick woman she is. Sick in the head.

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. The guy that is smarter than you

    Don't worry Sarah, the election will be won fair and square, not stolen. You can sink back into the backwoods politics of Alaska and John can retire to Green Valley AZ. See ya!

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. R. Squibbs

    This would be the same ACORN that co-sponsored an immigration meeting in 2006 that featured John McCain as its headlining speaker?

    I guess that makes John McCain a "far-left radical" by Palin's standards.

    Just think - in 3 more weeks we'll never again have to hear the loony squallings of Sarah Palin. And for that, we should all be eternally grateful.

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Doug

    There proud of getting 1.3 million new registered voters signed up. That's pretty impressive. What's more impressive is getting those 400,000 people to fill out all those registration cards. I guess some cigarettes and a $20 will do wonders these days. Talk about writers cramp.

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

    Was ACORN a leftist group when McCain attended one of their functions in 2006? If you aren't afraid of facts, research the Thursday, February 23, 2006 rally in Miami, Florida sponsored by the New American Opportunity campaign (NAOC) in partnership with ACORN which featured leaders from a diverse array of sectors in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Or is it only an evil group when it is tied to a Democrat?

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    Well some one who cheated in the KEATING FIVE scandal, and some one, that was found guilty in abusing power as gov. should not be too much of a loudmouth and scream "cheater" or things like that.
    I call this Talking about the pot calling the kettle black!

    Laughable these two dumb jerks, simply laughable.
    But in 2 days, they will finally go down, when Grandpa McSame loses the last debate, too.
    I mean come on. I don't wanna know his sexual fantasies, he might dream of whipping Obama's You-know-what.
    McShame has nothing to offer, and Barack needs to nail him on McSames stupidity, and out-of-touch comments!

    Obama/Biden in a landslide!

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Brenda in Detroit

    boy, if this isn't the pot calling the kettle black. stealing elections is one thing the repubs do really well. look back at the last 2 elections. this from a woman who has been found to abuse her power as an elected official. she has been schooled by the best deceiver of them all – Karl Rove. this is straight out of his playbook.

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    This is their way to try to discredit the vote of the people. No voter fraud has taken place. Some over-eager, probably under-performing ACORN employees filled out registration forms with bogus names and it's ACORN's responsibility to submit irregardless of their evaluation of whether the forms are valid.

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |

    At first, I thought ONLY McCain was ERRATIC AND UNSTABLE, but W-O-W Sarah Palin is WORSE..... Dick Cheney is a "sweetheart" compared to this DIVISIVE, ANGRY, UNSTABLE person. She is Dick Cheney with LIPSTICK

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |

    My Lord, she is an absolute IDIOT! And she will be the Republican frontrunner for 2012???? LAUGHABLE, just LAUGHABLE!

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. No McPain

    This stupid, stupid woman just keeps fueling the fire. It's time to stop this crap before someone gets killed. Or is that what she wants?

    I never followed McCain's career, but many have said that this behavior is not like him and Palin has dragged him into the gutter. When is McCain going to put a stop to this?

    October 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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