October 24th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
11 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. Amanda

    She was probably hired by the McCain campaign to destruct voters from the real issue facing Americans.

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Willam from Texas

    More republican lies.

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Jamie

    Interesting tactic. Was it supposed to drive people into the McCain camp? All it may have done is give voters a clearer view of some of his supporters.

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. sick and tired

    What are the details behind this? Another website is reporting it's a McCain campaign worker. I had my doubts about this story when I first heard about it on CNN.

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Dawn

    This woman needs help and send her to some mental ward for evaluation. If she is stable she gets charge. If this is somethng like Joe the Plumber who is now an instant celebrity, and blaming Obama... this is dirty pool... When I heard this last night I thought Mmm,another McCain stunt... Remeber Joe The Plumber. Police are not that dumb, she lied...

    Now another stunt flying back into his face...

    Go Obama/Biden08/12

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Chris

    HAHAHAHAHA

    I guess Fox News and the New York Post can stop airing/printing her picture every five seconds.

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. tricia

    She should be charged with making a false report and whatever else they can charge her with.

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Kermit

    Y was this woman trying to blame an imaginary african american for

    nothing. This should not be happening, unfortunately, many african

    americans have fallen victim to such lies, such as false rapes and so on.

    Such people are a disgrace to human dignity!!

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Lesa

    What exactly was the purpose of that?

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Her name is Ashely Todd a McCain volunteer who tried to invoke race in its worst form. CNN where's the full story?

    October 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    Oh my! Now the crazy Repugs are cutting themselves and using their racist idiologies in an attempt to back it up. This is one of the reasons McCain is losing – no one wants to be connected to many of these idiots who support him.

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Micheal shoemac republican voting for Obama in miami florida

    lol

    lol

    lol

    lol

    lol

    I knew it.....

    The real story is the man that was shot 3 times for wearing an Obama Shirt.....now that is the truth

    Obama/Biden

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Catherine

    I hope that everyone who said the racist and deragatory comments on the blogs about the "supposed attacker" will apologize to Barack Obama and their supporters. Just like the Susan Smith story.....

    McCain and Palin showed poor judgment in calling this woman before they knew the facts.

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. david

    I already knew when the story broke yesterday.

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Steve/ Houston,TX

    Another example of GOP lies. Yes I am linking her to McCain and Bush.

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Concerned Texan

    This republican desperation is getting to be a little sickening. Anything to distract from the issues concerning our nation. And she is from Texas, a state where most folks just don't tell lies. 🙂

    PLEASE get out and vote!!!

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Emily

    Suprise, Suprise, everything that has anything to do with the horrible McCain campaign is a lie. It must be the "trickle-down effect"

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Come on CNN you can do a bigger retraction than that. You didn't even mention that she is the woman with the 'B' on her face.

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. jay

    Unbelievable. Just one more example of what republicans will do to gain attention. I hope this young lady learns a valuable lesson.

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. KLEE

    thot so! another distraction that gets into the news before being "Vetted"!

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Mark Kahle

    Sheesh, what WON'T , the McCain campaign followers and the Campaign itself do to try and win the election.

    This lady is a scumbag...and a liar, gee I think I see a trend here!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08! 12!
    CLINTON 16! 20!

    THE TIME IS NOW!! GET OUT AND VOTE!! DO NOT BE SILENCED!!

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Karen-Tired of McCain / Palin Lies and Stunts

    WHAT THE EFFF"… ANOTHER MCCAIN STUNTS… THIS IS UNREAL!

    I EMAILED THE STORY TO SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS WHO ARE OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND SO AM I…

    We all agreed that was horrible and who did this should be punished to the fulliest.

    McCain and Palin called this girl earlier today to express their sympathy.

    I'M DONE WITH THE MCCAIN/PALIN STUNTS…THEY ARE ALL LIARS AND CAN'T BE TRUSTED!

    THE ELECTIONS CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH FOR ME!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08/12

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. gord

    hope she gets jail time

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Annie

    Republicans lie?! Who knew... shocker!!

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Halloweener

    She works for the McCain campaign...of course she lied.

    October 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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