In West Chester, Ohio, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today attacked Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for "fuzzing up" his relationship with the controversial group ACORN, which lobbies for low-income Americans and has been under fire for fraudulent voter registrations.
"Sen. Obama won’t tell you the full truth about his tax increases, and now he’s kinda fuzzing up his connections to ACORN," said Palin, of the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now.
"Now, ACORN is under investigation for rampant voter fraud in thirteen states," Palin said, herself "fuzzing up" the difference between fraudulent voter registration forms and voter fraud, which is quite different.
Palin then detailed the myriad connections between Obama and the group. "Now, Obama says that his only involvement with ACORN was when he represented the group as a lawyer," she said. "But what about the training that he provided ACORN in the past and ACORN staff, and his role in past ACORN voter registration efforts? And then, there’s the $200,000 that he got for ACORN when he was on the board of the Woods Fund. And the fact that ACORN endorsed him this year and they’re working pretty hard on his behalf."
She also noted that "a front group for ACORN received over $800,000 from the Obama campaign."
"All of this would be a lot of baggage to drag into the Oval Office," Palin said. "And Americans are entitled to answers before Election Day … John and I are calling on the Obama campaign to release communications it has had with this group and to do so immediately."
She ended her remarks by saying she knew Ohioans wouldn’t "let them turn the Buckeye State into the Acorn State."
UPDATE: Obama spox Tommy Vietor writes: "We have not worked with ACORN at all in the general election. Rather than make these false, desperate attacks, Sen. McCain should release an economic plan that actually helps the middle class instead of giving billions in tax cuts to big corporations."
– Jake Tapper and Imtiyaz Delawala