October 17th, 2008
12:48 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin assails Obama's connections to ACORN

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WEST CHESTER, Ohio (CNN) - Sarah Palin questioned Barack Obama’s ties to ACORN in her most forceful and comprehensive language to date, and demanded that the Democratic presidential nominee turn over all communication between the campaign and the progressive organization, which claims to have registered 1.3 million voters nationwide.

“As for ACORN and voter fraud, now they're under federal investigation, and John and are calling on the Obama campaign to release communications it has had with this group and to do so immediately,” Palin told an audience, with House Minority Leader John Boehner applauding on stage behind her.

The FBI confirmed Tuesday that they have begun preliminary a investigation of ACORN’s registration efforts. Palin accused the group of “rampant voter fraud,” although technically they are being accused of voter registration fraud.

“You deserve to know, Palin said. “You deserve to know because we do need to know more clearly about the choices that we have on Nov. 4. In this election, especially here in Ohio, you’re going to be asked to choose between a candidate who will not disavow a group committing voter fraud and a leader who will not tolerate it.”

Obama’s relationship with the community organizing group has been highlighted by Republicans ever since it was accused of submitting fraudulent voter applications in various states, including Ohio. Obama helped train ACORN organizers in Chicago after law school and later represented the group in a 1995 motor voter case that, in Obama’s words, “helped people get registered at DMVs.”

During the Democratic primaries, the campaign paid a group affiliated with ACORN $800,000 for canvassing efforts. ACORN endorsed Obama during the primaries but has not formally backed a candidate in the general election.

Palin said Obama is “fuzzing up his connections” to the group and that the Democrat would drag a lot of baggage” into the Oval Office if elected with ACORN’s help.

“These associations are important,” she said. “They go to the heart of someone's judgment and truthfulness. And it is not mean-spirited, it is not negative campaigning to ask someone about their record. It's in fairness to the electorate.”

The Obama campaign repudiated Palin's criticisms.

"We have not worked with ACORN at all in the general election," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor. "Rather than make these false, desperate attacks, the McCain-Palin campaign should release an economic plan that actually helps the middle class instead of giving billions in tax cuts to big corporations."

Filed under: ACORN • Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin • Voter Problems
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Okey Moronu, , TX.

    Shoot, even the supreme court has fallen under the influence of THE ONE.

    October 17, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Amanda

    sadly, your most comprehensive speech is an accusation of an individuals ethical choices, when you too, sweetie, have had a series of ethical violations.

    you and mccain are definately not on the same page when it comes to campaigning. desperate times call for desperate measures i guess.

    any time your campaign tries to accuse obama/biden of poor judgement, i can't help but think of the personal and career decisions mccain as made (keating, VFW, affair X2)

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    i watched a great documentary of President Lincoln on the H (history) Channel. To preserve the union, Lincoln did a great job!

    To preserve the union of the 50 states, it's time for all states to use the same types of voting processes.

    It's time to stop allegations of fraud. I'm glad, that, to preserve the union, Al Gore and Kerry did not make a big deal out of fraud.

    God bless America! McCain and Palin are both good people, but it's time to ride a DONKEY through the RUGGED and treacherous mountains.

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    This igonarant fool has got to go.

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. bill canada

    Please America , change your election till the spring so we can watch this comedy thru the winter. We love the ex-Canadian on CNN showing on the map that Obama already has won . How about that Joe Biden and his 3 letter word "JOBS." and voting advice from Madonna , PRICELESS .

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. BJGT

    What about Sarah's affiliation with the secessionist AIP and McCain's ties to Gordon Liddy?

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. JFK

    How come there videos of McCain speaking at an ACORN meeting/dinner just a couple of years ago? Is he going to explain that too? Or is this a non issue because there really isnt much going on here at all and McCain needs something to attack on? I believe the latter but its deperate and shows how little McCain has to talk about REAL issues.

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Cam

    Can somebody on her staff tell Palin the difference between voter fraud, as she keeps saying, compared to voter registration fraud, which is the issue with ACORN?

    This woman is the single most dangerous threat to the U.S. The most dangerous combination is when a person who is uninformed, ignorant, vicious, and comfortable lying is combined with ruthless and unabashed ambition. This woman cares nothing about the democratic process......

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Average American

    Nothing more than meaningless babble which has absolutely nothing to do with the future of America or the election. Unlike the potential for the militant Alaska Independence Party to rise up against the Union.

    This woman is unfit for leadership and already guilty of ethics violations in the office she holds.

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Tom, VA

    No one, however, is allowed to ask her "tough questions". We need to know why you say you did nothing wrong in Alaska, when the report says you "abused power". Just like you asked, Sarah, I read the report. And that's what it says. I do not care if you want to split hairs about "well I did not abuse it in this one instance" while ignoring the other part of the story. All's fair.

    Her appearance on SNL is going to backfire, as well. It will just make her look like a bigger idiot. "I look forward to imitating her, and giving her more material". She doesn't need it. No one's going to be able to tell if it's you or her on stage, anyway.

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. jim, kansas city MO

    The other night as I was watching the debate, when independents were asked after the debate about 30 of them, how many changed their mind on who they are voting, about 4 raised their hands and said they are voting for Obama. Of course everybody said that was bad news for McCain.
    It has always been a trend for majority of conservative supporters to be moderate and "not loud" about their support or who they are voting for. I know for a fact that if I was asked I would not tell who am I voting for, even though I am supporting McCain, so are pretty much everybody I know.
    Yesterday at my job this lady conducted kind of inside polls just for fun, asking people who they were voting. Majority of them asked did not want to answer, they considered it private mater. I know for a fact from private conversations they are voting for McCain/Palin ticket.

    If I were Obamas campaign or supporter I would worry more about those 26 independents who did not say who they are voting for.

    You just might get a suprise this November

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Lynne - Seattle

    I like the do as I say not as I do mentality...we deserve to know about Obama's ties to ACORN but not her dealings in Troopergate? What a hypocrisy! Not at all the kind of behavior I want in a VP that would, if something bad where to happen, become president. Haven't we had enough of that crap over the last 8 years?

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. sarah for Obama

    Mrs:Palin is a such a joke....She should explain why she has abused the power first....She wants to divide the society ....I am so tired of her and her speeches.....

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. rm

    Has Palin offered one solution to help ease our economic crisis? Does she have any idea how people are suffering? Has she a clue how to help people stay in their homes? Is she interested in giving an answer on how families will be able to get loans to send their children to college? Did she see how the stock market did yesterday? That's right, she can't watch t.v. My God!!! Is this what the republicans want to hear, Acorn, Ayers blah, blah, blah. I guess the people interested in this B.S. are the 9% of the country who think the country is on the right track. I personally, am turned off by her with her double standards. When she answers questions about the Alaskan Independence Party and her abuse of power findings, maybe she will earn a fraction of respect. Now that I think about it, she won't earn any respect. She is allowing herself to be used and I think that is disgusting.

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    For all the geniuses angry about fraudulent voter registration forms...guess what... if Mickey Mouse register to vote...I highly doubt that he will show up to cast a vote on election day....SO GET OVER IT.

    October 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. bruno nana

    Sen Mccain and Palin are always busy talking nonsence.
    let`s talk about real issues and how to move this country forward .the Republican nkow they can`t win on issues.reason why they spend their time whining about nonsence
    it is going to be a Landsilide for Sen Obama

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. MB

    It surprises me that the readers of this article are not concerned about voter fraud. Many places do not require ID, even though they should. If this situation was reversed you would be hollaring. It amazes me that the Obama supporters are so blind to Obama's lack of judgement. The media has fooled you. Why CNN wants to have Obama win is beyond me.

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. John

    You have to take the words of Deer Hunter Barbie with a grain of salt and feel a bit sorry for her. She still doesn't think she did anything unethical in troopergate and that the Alaskan Report cleared her. Also it appears her advisors haven't seen the 2003 McCain video at a formal dinner where he praises ACORN.

    If she's such a good choice how come she stil can't explain McCain's economic plan. I guess that when you are kind of dumb you have to resort to attacking others instead of discussing the facts.

    I don't care about ACORN, I care about the economy and my life savings and how the problems there are going to be fixed.

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    1) There has been no voter fraud.
    2) Obama has NO relationship with ACORN or any of its affiliates in the general election.
    3) It's Republicans who have historically done everything in their power to disenfranchise low income and minority voters.
    4) This coming from someone who has been charged with abusing power and breaking state ethics laws.

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Molly

    Keep Fighting McCain/Palin – for our country.

    Obama = WELFARE
    McCain = JOBS

    VOTE for our country – VOTE McCAIN/Palin – we can TRUST them

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Alberto in Michigan

    It seems to me that this boils down to people getting paid to register voters. These people, not Obama, in order to get paid made up names in order to make money – they were WRONG. They should have never done it. Let's be honest though, people who have very little or next to nothing will sometimes do things they shouldn't to survive. Why don't we as citizens look at the canidates for President and decide whose policies will simulate the economy and help improve the situation so that people (as long as they are willing to work) can improve their lives.
    This "fraudulent" registration forms were never going to help Obama win the Presidency! "Jimmy John's" was never going to show up and vote!!!
    Was it wrong – YES
    Was it Obama's doing – NO
    VOTE November 4th!!!!! We will no longer stand for the status quo.

    Obama 08' & 12'

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Hillary Democrat

    OBAMA is fixing this election and bringing Chicago Politics... SAY NO...we can't let the Chicago Mafia run the White House. Vote McCain in 2008 and Hillary in 2012 WAKE UP AMERICA we have been dooped by a community organizer and smooth talker.

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. FAYE, NV

    Sara do some factchecking before you let the Repugs put you on front street. Sara your slip is hanging.

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |

    this is how OBAMA will win. steal the election like he did for the senate seat.




    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Sebastian, Baton Rouge, LA

    It is RIDICULOUS that she is even allowed to speak on anything, anywhere ever again.

    The worst judgment call in McCain's political career was to think that this ANARCHIST of a woman would prove to be representative of our nation's electorate.

    ACORN is not an Obama problem; however, Palin is certainly a problem for McCain.

    October 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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