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

Palin assails Obama's connections to ACORN

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/17/art.swainpalin.rally.jpg caption="Palin is now demanding that Obama disclose all communication between his campaign and ACORN."]
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. Jim from Middletown, CT

    Please, Sarah, go back to Alaska and leave the rest of us alone. Please, enough already.

    October 17, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Mary

    No, Obama has not fully and truthfully exlained his connections with ACORN, Ayers, Rezko, Trinity Church Teaching, Rev. Wright and even Larry Sinclair. Guess it don't matter to him and his supporters who are leaning toward socialist's ideals. Also why are web sites posting his father's bio and his cousin's political vendetta in Kenya being banished. Here today, gone tomorrow.
    I think it is sad that he is now dissing Joe the Plumber who simply asked him a question but does not trust his tax program.

    October 17, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Voter who wants to know

    I think the American people deserve to know who SARAH PALIN is...as long as she keeps avoiding the media, I will avoid checking the box next to her (and McCain's) name on Nov. 4. What are you hiding, Sarah?

    October 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Nancy -TX

    Gee, she's really scary. Who do you think will win Florida, with all those chads and early voter ballots? ACORN doesn't have a chance there...

    October 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    STAB BABY, STAB BABY.......Sarah Palin, CEO of the McCain Hate Express...what goes around will eventually come around......your turn is near.

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. ATLian

    Sarah Palin is talking about truthfulness ? Sarah Palin?

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. HRM, FL

    Come on media lets look into the Alaska separatist group that Palin's husband was a member of. How un-American is that?

    Get out and vote people, don't let the Republicans steal this election by fudging votes, make it a clear cut victory.

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. RG

    Why can't they just stick to the issues and say how they can do better for the country than Obama? Why do they attack based on something that is not important to the persuadable voter? I have not heard Obama accuse her of being unethical and abusing her power as a Governor... and that is true! Can't people see through that?

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Informed voter

    I know Obama wants to do the right thing and not go too negative. I know people are sick of negativity. But the fact is that these attacks work on those fools that still can't make up their minds. So whiel I think Oama should not go on the defensive he should definitely go on the offensive with all the ethics investigations in the republican ticket and abuse of power scandal. o it through your surrogates. Go tough or lose like Kerry did with the swiftboat lies.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Strong Hillary supporter

    Sarah you are rock! I just adore you.

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. stephy

    why is that when ever anythin happens even remotly related to Democrates these idiots blame Obama. Is there anyone holding thier feet to the fire regarding the behavior of thier supports.

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. shell

    why do they continue to nbeat a dead horse? argh.....

    on a side note...joe the plumber....that business he wants to buy only does about $100,000.00 annually.......

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Edell

    Wait a minute? isn't Palin under investigation, still ? YES.

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. linda., bella vista, ar

    ACORN is guilty of WHAT? Nothing yet. They may have just been actually following voter registration laws.

    Besides, ACORN has counseled the poorer folks to keep them from being victimized by predatory loans.

    So, Sarah, ya' got receipts for the building of your house?

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. dan

    I love the Obama people, yes he will probably win but guess what- the only change you will get is CHANGE that is your bank account balance. ENJOY!!!

    October 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Wally© Belgium

    The way to ged rid of her is simple...real simple...

    Vote for 'THAT ONE'....as early as possible and in huge numbers !!!

    October 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. This one is for That One

    Obama and Biden believe in thei policies...heart and soul. McCain sounds like he`s making it up as he goes along .....and Palen.....well she is just faking it !!!! VOTE EARLY VOTE OBAMA 2008

    October 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Lee from FL

    If America give this moron the "NUCULAIR" codes then god help us.

    October 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. RA

    Sarah Palin: When you point one finger at Obama, please note that four fingers are pointing at yourself. Please redirect those questions at yourself. You are beating a dead horse. Momentum in not your and McCain's favor.

    October 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Jack

    If Palin wants know about ACORN then why she don't ask them herself.

    October 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Pam

    Why isn't the media digging into Palin's connections to the Alaska Independence Party?

    October 17, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Richard Briggs

    Voting is such a core exercise of political freedom that careful scrutiny of ACORN's actions is essential, but it is equally important to avoid the distorted and incendiary claims of voter fraud that Sarah Palin makes.

    October 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Ed McDuffie

    Maybe the McCain campain leaders should let their bosses know there has been no voter fraud by the ACORN voter registration group. As far as anyone knows there has not been one ballot cast by this group. As for registration there are names and until someone tries to use that name there is no fraud. But you CNN has the responsibility to report this fact and make the candidates respond to stating facts and not be the first with a headline. Palin is out there throwing charges around and you are not telling the people the truth about the charges.

    October 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. SoCal

    CNN, all your reports about ACORN have simply repeated the McCain campaign talking points without any serious analysis of the facts.

    ACORN flags and turns in three kinds of cards, those that it can verify, those that are incomplete, and those that it flags as problematic. It turns those in labeled in a special way and are very conservative in terms of what it flags as problematic.

    So, why would ACORN submit registration forms it had deemed "suspicious"? Because under most state laws, for obvious reasons, voter registration organizations are REQUIRED to turn in all the forms they receive. Even those they know that may be problematic!

    So this whole ACORN story mounted by the McCain campaign is simply a distraction. It's outrageous that your reports about ACORN have simply repeated McCain's talking points, without clarifying such basic facts!

    October 17, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. leigh

    The US Supreme Court protecting Ohio right to vote will keep Palin from gaining Ohio illegally. The Republicans don't give a hoot about McCain-it's all about Palin. I don't want her as anything.

    October 17, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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