October 24th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Police: Woman lied about bumper-sticker-linked attack

(CNN) - A Texas woman who told Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police she was assaulted at an ATM by a man angered by a John McCain bumper sticker on her car admitted Friday she made up the report, the assistant police chief said Friday.

soundoff (385 Responses)
  1. Jason

    Just another "Kill HIm!" ruse. Except Obama hauled his example onto the debate floor

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. SoCal

    As CNN promptly reported, McCain and running mate Sarah Palin "spoke to the victim and her family after learning about the incident earlier this afternoon."

    After "Joe The Plumber", here's "Ashley The Victim".

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Digusted in Nashville (please post)

    CNN, She said that she was attacked by a Black man & that he was an Obama supporter who sexually molested her then carved a "B" on her face when he saw her bumper sticker. The significance of this story is huge. Black men like Emmit Till were killed for false accusations like this. This was race baiting in its worst form. Kudos to the Pittsburg Police. I hope that they throw the book at her. I think that Ashley & all of the news organizations who pushed this story so hard owe all of us a huge apology.

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. tulsa

    Noah, that one's on tape. It's not a lie.
    You, "my friend" are an idiot.

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Mike in Sacramento,Ca

    With a BACKWARDS 'B' carved in her cheek ya think?
    She did it looking in a fricking mirror...what a MORON.

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Aaron in Virginia

    John McCain: I believe that you are a good man, because I believe that even good men can get swept up in hype and hysteria and do things that their calmer selves would consider dishonorable and disgusting. But you have to understand: some of your followers are *not* good people. Some of them are ignorant, violent, and insane.

    There is no shame in repudiating the evil nutcases who choose to support you through no fault of your own. In fact, the opposite is true; your failure to aggressively reject the lunatic fringe of your base has hollowed out support for you among decent-minded independents.

    If you aren't strong enough to call out and reject your unprincipled and malicious supporters now, what would your presidency be like? Like the last seven years, maybe?

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Joe the real person

    Wow, republicans are willing to do anything to try and sway the vote including self-mutilation! If that's not the new low I don't know what is. I wouldn't be surprised if Sarah Palin did the same thing and blamed Obama

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. George

    Too bad for McCain! She would replace "Joe the plumber" for the remaining of the campaign. "Ashley the volunteer "

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Monica (Houston, TX)

    OBAMA/BIDEN SUPPORTERS, maybe this woman felt it was her “patriotic duty” to carve her face up and lie about being attacked in an attempt to portray Obama/Biden supporters in a negative light, in the hope that it would reflect badly on the Obama/Biden campaign. To be sure, there are many, many others out there who believe it’s their “patriotic duty” to go to lengths unknown to try to prevent Obama/Biden from prevailing on November 4th.

    The polls don’t mean a thing if we allow overconfidence and enthusiasm to substitute for turning out to vote. WE MUST GET OUT AND VOTE FOR THE OBAMA/BIDEN TICKET!!! Remember, anything can happen between now and November 4th (11 days prior to Election Day are like dog years in politics). We must turn out big, vote early if at all possible, and PACK OUR PATIENCE because lines will be long, voting machines will break down, and, YES, some of our voting efforts will be met with trickery from the other side.

    If you can, take a high-risk registered, but likeminded voter to the polls with you to cast a vote for OBAMA/BIDEN. Also, if you’re not already helping to get out the vote, please visit the Obama website to find out how you can help the campaign, especially in toss-up states. Again, we must not take a victory for granted. History tells us that big leads in the polls have often come back to bite.

    A special note to YOUNG PEOPLE. You’ve been key in helping Senator Obama make it to this point in the campaign and your turnout during early voting and on Election Day is especially critical to OBAMA/BIDEN winning this election. We are SO counting on you to turn out, too, and make sure your peers turn out as well!

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Craig in Washington

    She made up the whole thing? Now there's a surprise. I'll bet she's not really a plumber either. LOL

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Mike Dallas

    Finally, now you look llike Fox both of you have egg on your face.

    I expect such shoddy and judgemental reporting from Fox but I had not from CNN so when I saw it on the ticker last night I recommended it be taken down. You should not be posting wild unfounded allegations as news, especially when some of the rally attendees at the Palin rallies have shown they are on the fringe and may only need some "excuse" to retaliate..

    I can only hope no one was injured due to this poor example of journalism!

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Melissa

    LOL, Typical McCain follower... crazy and a head full of lies!

    Stop giving us Texans a bad name!

    Texan Hillary Girl for Obama 08

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Eric


    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. suburban soccer mom

    Why would you make that up? Have we all lost our minds.

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Mike P

    She is typical Palin supporter the kind that shout "Kill Him" at campaign events. A new low from Republicans, just when u think they cannot get any dirtier or sleazier.

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. joe

    like master , like followers......divide,lie ,do whatever to conquer

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. rin

    every black man that is 6"4 and weighs 200 pounds should be insulted after all that is how she discribed her attacker!!!! She owes Obama an apology!!! I knew this woman was lying when i saw the picture!

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Palin 4 President 08

    Matters not – McCain has created an environment where people believe this behavior is acceptable!

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Chris K

    Just another day in the McCain campaign. Just when you thought they had scraped the bottom of the barrel they manage to go deeper! McCain's campaign is imploding all around him. It is serves him right for running such a dishonorable campaign! McCain's legacy will forever be tarnished by the disreputable way he and his surrogates have run their campaign.

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Bring on the Elections

    Noah! You have no idea what you're talking about! The report didn't report someone yelling "KILL HIM"... there was the video with a person yelling in the crowd terriost and KILL HIM... I heard this with my own ears and saw the people with my own eyes..


    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Birgit

    As soon as I read the article, I thought this is a lie and it certainly was. Isn't John McCain glad he did not use this as another one of his smears and paraded her around as Joe the Plumber. .

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. SoCal

    After "Joe The Plumber", here's "Ashley The Victim".

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. SD,Michigan

    I knew it soon as I saw the picture last night. Pathetic! She needs psychiatric treatment asap!

    October 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. John G.


    I certainly hope that revelation that she made the whole thing up gets as much coverage as the false story of her attack. Talk about a desperate campaign!

    October 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. scdemocrat

    VERY nice, the McCain camaign is getting so desperate it's ridiculous. What in the world is wrong with these people? What is going to far for these idiots? Thank God we only have 11 more days until Caribou Barbie goes back to hunting wolves and McCain goes back to one of his 8 houses.

    October 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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