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. Indianian

    “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."

    Amen, Sarah. Now how about a REAL press conference with REAL journalists and REAL follow-ups?

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

    I really dislike palin,..

    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. idiots for McPalin

    NPR states there are no ties between ACORN and obama campaign.
    NPR also states that Bill Ayers is not a close friend of Obama.

    SHut up Drew Griffin, you are an idiot! You are trying your best to smear Obama, you are exactly like this Palin lady.

    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Karen Sicard

    Keep it up Sarah...the more you spew...the more votes turn to Obama!

    If the GOP has any sense at all left they will ship you back to your frozen artic home and be done with you as soon as this election is lost by your ticket!


    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Rick from Illinois

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah...You truly should practice what you speak! You are about one of the most crooked politicians out there...troopergate, etc. etc. etc.

    Shut up...go bake some cookies and send them over to your next door neighbors the Russians...Maybe they will listen to you speak when you talk..."I see your lips moving...yet I hear nothing"

    You'll be hibernbating in your igloo when Obama is sworn in!

    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Jane MN

    Why not am I surprised up till now Palin still can’t distinguish “voter fraud” and “registration fraud?” How will Obarma benefit anything from these bogus registrations? For a VP candidate to fire an accusation as such, she must be brain-dead or purposely muddy up matters. Either way, she is dangerously unqualified.

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Hello there folks

    Please google.......media matters....... and check out the article about how CNN made some 54 misleading statements about VOTER REGISTRATION IN OHIO. Apparently they accomplished this by leaving out relevant information on this subject!!!!

    Needless to say, Lou Dobbs name kept coming up over and over!

    Just check it out!

    Re: trooper-gate, did you read the article on Huff Post about the
    ruling on this issue?

    The ruling found that even though Sarah Palin was within her rights to fire the employee, she DID ABUSE HER POWER BY TRYING TO

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Republican for Obama

    Hey Sarah C U Next Tuesday!

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. KJL

    Forget ACORN, tell us about your witch-doctor.

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Former Republican

    Voter fraud and voter registration fraud are two separate issues.....Acorn brought the issue of voter registration fraud forward themselves, it wasn't like they were found out and had to own up to a wrong doing. Anyone can fill out a registration form incorrectly and send it in......however, voter fraud will occur when the wrong people turn up to vote in other people's names.....no proof that that has happened has been given yet. Even the Rep. Gov. from FL admits that voter fraud is immensely overstated.

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Remy

    McCain too involved with ACORN. Did he plant some of his supporters in ACORN to do false registration of voters?

    The important issue is those FALSE voters cannot vote in any election because NO ID cards are available for them. Actually ACORN lost money on this issue and no body else!

    Sarah Pallin and McCain involved in big frauds which costed tax payers in billions. Keating 5 or Troopergate is an example.

    October 17, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Disgusted

    This woman disgusts me. She is a pathological liar, and obviously believes in EVERY and ANY INSTANCE where she's concerned "the ends justifies the means". And if she's being manipulated by the Republicans to take the fall when McCain loses, then it's just another example of her not being smart enough to handle being in politics.

    I deserve better, Republican Party, do you hear me? Better than Palin, and better than what you've given me the past 8 years! You let me down, and you've lost my vote.

    October 17, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. kamenwati

    McCain/Palin don't want us to vote for them because they have realistic plans for the future of this country; they want us to vote against the other guy. All they have to offer are personal attacks, lies, and a campaign of fear and smear. I'm not falling for it. I'm voting FOR the future of this country. I'm voting FOR the candidates who have realistic plans to solve our problems. I'm voting FOR Obama/Biden.

    October 17, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Robert

    ACORN has been reported as having issues with voter registrations accuracy for years. That being said, who would benefit from this becoming a scandal? Not Obama or Biden. Wouldn't be surprised if this is a McCain support issue instead of Obama.

    Then again, McCain's camp can't talk about the issues, so they have to do speeches based on rumor and innuendo, not the facts. The really sad part about all this is, Gov. Palin comes off as being dizzy, which she's not and Sen McCain comes off as willing to throw in the kitchen sink to win.

    October 17, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. dolores campbell

    Clearly the McCain Pallin camp is struggling and all they have left is to sling dirt. I wonder how well both of them would hold up to any kind of detailed investigation. In spite of America's repulsion to this type of dirty – mud slinging campaigning, McCain and Pallin seem unable to listen to the feedback supplied by our media representatives accross the country. Please listen to America's media and reporters and STOP IT.

    October 17, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. tsm

    Everyone is so sick of hearing from Palin. I see her on the television and immediately turn it off because she is stupid and the sound of her voice makes my skin crawl. The Republicans are trying to come up with something – anything (acorn, etc) to fix this election just like they did with the Bush/Gore Election. They can't win it honestly based on good plans and solid judgment – so they just get out the shovel and start digging up dirt. I hope the American people are smart enough to recognize the McCain/Palin short comings.

    I am from WV and I early voted for OBAMA (It made me proud)

    October 17, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Simon

    Palin is right! We the people deserve to know. Nobody can deny that Obama is shady. It's one thing after another. But Obama will sweep it under the rug like everything else.

    October 17, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. tylenol666


    October 17, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Ryan

    "Man, swing voters aren't buying the Ayers connection as relevant to Obama's bid for the White House. Let's try the ACORN thing. Surely we can spin this as 'Obama corruption' even though it boils down to some bad, lazy ACORN employees submitting bogus registrations that would *never* actually lead to voter fraud because of the verification processes in place. It's worth a shot, anyway; we have nothing to lose but the rest of our dignity, and we lost most of that in the past couple months already!"

    When you can no longer win on the actual issues.....

    October 17, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. jn

    this again....oh please!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Leo Ft. Lauderdale

    This lady has NO Credibility and is embarrasing all of the people in ALASKA. 19 more days and she is history, better go back on the Hot Mom circuit. Her once high approval rating for govenor is now at an all time low.

    Who care what she says and the Congressmen was right, she did use George Wallace type remarks to be devisive. The Republican base are a bunch of evil minded people.

    October 17, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Sonya

    Looks to me that ACORN is being defrauded by some of their temporary workers. Also, they are not the only organization that register voters and yet they are the only ones with this problem. I have to wonder if they were targeted because they have had a project funded by Barack Obama. Thousands of registrations–many of them in the same handwriting–I wonder if perhaps this was a set up. In fact, I'm sure it must be. Having registered people to vote myself for another organization, I can tell you that finding living, breathing, Democrats has not been a problem even though I live in a red state. Keep digging at this–the answer is going to be ugly and not for Barack Obama.

    October 17, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Mothernature Houston,Tx

    ACORN had to be revealed so there wont be another 2004. So ACORN cant help McCain cheat on the election. Obama is no fool. So CNN need to get the story right! Give me a break!!!

    October 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Walt

    Enough with this Acorn nonsense. Obama has explained it. The Head of Acorn has explained it. It is clear that there was/is no attempt to create voter fraud, just the wrong-headed behavior of a very few paid individuals who did not do what they were supposed to do--register real voters. No one has voted inappropriately and the McCain/Palin claim that it has any effect on the election is bogus and yet another ridiculous tactic that borders on out and out lies. Shame on them. And shame on any voter who believes this garbage and cannot look at a variety of sources, investigate for themselves and come to a realistic conclusion.

    October 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |


    Same can be said about the 2000 election that President Nit Wit won with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court. How about the voter fraud in Ohio in 2004 that gave it to President Nit Wit?

    October 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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