From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger and Carrie Dann
SCRANTON, Pa. – Sarah Palin says the Democratic presidential candidate is partially responsible for voter registration fraud by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
"Obama has a responsibility to rein in ACORN," Palin told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh Tuesday.
Calling the charges "unconscionable," Palin said the McCain campaign has reached out to its Democratic counterpart to cooperate on clamping down on voter fraud, but has received no response. (The Obama campaign said today that it did indeed respond to the month-old request from McCain's " Honest and Open Election Committee" -- by issuing a counter-challenge to Republicans to dismantle attempts at voter suppression in battleground states.)
Palin called into Limbaugh's show before attending a rally at the Riverfront Sports Complex. There, she lumped voter fraud into a long list of concerns on Americans' minds.
"Anger about the unconscionable voter fraud going on in this state and elsewhere," she said to a chorus of boos. "Pennsylvania, with serious reforms to change Washington and Wall Street, John McCain is going to turn that anger into action."
In the radio interview, Palin acknowledged she has been attacking Obama more on the campaign trail in recent days.
"I've got nothing to lose in this and I think America has everything to gain by understanding the differences, the contrasts here between Obama and McCain," she said. Acknowledging that she is a "simple talker," Palin said she is focused on highlighting the differences.
At the rally, Palin was joined by country music legend Lee Greenwood, who sang the national anthem and "God Bless the U.S.A."
It was the second day in a row that Palin was joined by a country music legend. Hank Williams Jr. debuted a revised version of "Family Tradition" Monday, complete with lyrics citing the "left wing liberal media" and that "Democrats bankrupted Fannie Mae n' Freddie Mac."