YORK, Pennsylvania (CNN) - John McCain used one of his largest and most ambitious town halls to date to brandish a pair of surrogates, Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge, who may help him shore up support among independents in this fall battleground.
The Tuesday stop began with some campaign stunt work that turned the typically-mellow format into a lively Pennsylvania event that resembled one of the noisy rallies that characterized the Democratic primary.
The audience on hand - estimated by the campaign as north of 3,000 people - far exceeded the size of a standard McCain event. And the audience, who had been warmed up by a pair of television screens broadcasting a biographical film about the candidate, rose to their feet when McCain, Lieberman and Ridge arrived.
The trio entered the York Expo Center in the Straight Talk Express, which motored into the indoor venue under a massive American flag that was hoisted up to reveal the campaign bus, all while the theme from “Rocky” blared.
Lieberman then marshaled the audience by seeming to question Obama’s patriotism and commitment to bipartisanship in Washington.
"In my opinion, the choice could not be more clear, between one candidate John McCain who's had experience, been tested in war and tried in peace. Another candidate who has not,” Lieberman said to applause. “Between one candidate, John McCain who's always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not.”
For his part, McCain plugged the moderate records Lieberman and Ridge, and praised their commitment to keeping the country safe.
Though he made a strong push to attract independents in his town hall performance, demanding that congress work together to solve the country’s energy crisis, the GOP nominee for the first time acknowledged he faces a deficit of support among younger voters.
Responding to a former Hillary Clinton supporter who asked what McCain will do for younger Americans, McCain said: “I'll give you straight talk. I need to do a better job with young voters in America.”
Joe Lieberman is a moron. And he has found himself some very good company. Maybe they can go be Georgians together and let the rest of us get on with being Americans.
Are voters so stupid to believe that McCain puts "COUNTRY" before his OWN selfish needs and desires? McCain want's to be President to help his RICH friends get RICHER.... this is the ONLY reason.
Lieberman is pro-Israeli NOT pro-American
Now ain't that the kettle calling the pot black...
Why is this man still in public office. Goodness McCain/Lieberman are to grumpy old men suffering from dementia.
What is wrong with Joe Lieberman the opportunist? Al Gore should have known better.He should let his yes be yes and no be no and just SHUT UP.
I want to hear more about McCains $520 loafers. How many pairs does he own?
I want to hear more about how many 4-star meals McWarmonger and Botox Barbie have had. Or can they not afford to look elitist from one of their 8 homes or their private jet?
I want to hear more about McCain mispronouncing everyone's name and declaring all of us citizens of Georgia (the country – he certainly isn't my president and will never speak for me).
How much more can CNN cover up his gaffes? Is this a relay between FAUX Noise and CNN to see which can push harder to get McCain crowned King to take King W's place?
I want to know.
Why is this man still in public office. Goodness McCain/Lieberman are two grumpy old men suffering from dementia.
Standard McCain Event= 20 paid youngsters, and 30 fans.
i think that it is Lieberman who has not put AMERICA first. He has consistently put ISREAL ahead of AMERICAN interests
Lieberman will do anything to win an election, even support our enemies by deserting his party.
Come on now Lieberman.....McWar won't put you on his short list if
you keep talking like that.
WHAT A PAIR OF BOOKENDS........FRIGGIN LOSERS THE 2 OF THEM
He doesn't even put his party first, give me a break. Lieberman changes like the wind.
Understand this, Obama is just as patriotic if not more than John-sell-out McShame. Who else isn't patriotic you McCarthy facists.
Joe wants every American to support Israel but has forgotten that they are occupying the lands of the Palestinians. After all we know where you come from.
Liberman, you will not be elected for another term. You are such a MORON.
No more Bush. No more McCain. No more republicans.
Lieberman should just go ahead and change his party to Republican.
All respect is lost for him as well as McCain.
Who is Lieberman to judge anyone?
Come November when the Democrats win enough senate seats without Lieberman, he will no longer have an relevence. Maybe he and McCain will go off into the sunset and leave everyone alone. He has become a laughing stock.
Lieberman,was a democratic before change independent.
He act more republican,which he just may loose his seat the
next time around. He needs to stop being negative and talk
about local issues,not the war. McCain, promise not to be
negative in the general election and look at him now,everyday
he is negative and news media is helping him. This to me is
believe be because Obama is black,no republican support of
McCain or the media want him elected.Obama, will be a great
McCain always put America first?!?
Is this the same John McCain that has belittled and berated other POW / MIA families when they came to him for help?
The same John McCain who shouted down opposition to his stance on the POW situation in 1992?
The same John McCain who "McCain Bill" in 1989 demolished the "Truth Bill" that would have required investigating into any POW sightings?
John has put HIS America first, his vision....his version. I'd like to see some investigation by the Media into his history with the POW/MIA movement and his legislative history. Everyone seems afraid to look at his temper issues and his chronic problems with insignificant little things like FACTS.
Joe is hanging on because he thinks this is his shot at getting even with the Dems for not reelecting him...no more and no less. Just what we need....two bitter old men in Washington....or should I say, two more.
Mr. McSlick. I hate his stupid plastic smile. He's not more or less patriotic than Obama.
He was shot down, give me a break. He signed up for the military, he got shot down, he lived through it thank God, but that's it. No more, no less. This doesn't qualify anyone to be president, never did, never will.
Arizona, please leave the light on for this man. He will not be my president.
I think McCain should denounce the statement. That is not what he promised at the beginning of this campaign. Just another flip-flop.
I don't know the blogger names "Tell the truth"
who on August 12th, 2008 4:03 pm ET posted
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John McCain is the one who signed statements denouncing the United States,
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Can someone in the media tell me if this is really true? I'll understand if it was a result of his captivity.
I've always felt calling him a 'war hero' was an overstatement ... firemen running into burning buildings are heroes ....
But if it is true did this ... his own campaign should immediately put an end to all the "hero" talk.
LOL, are you kidding me? McShame didn't even put his family first. He ran out on his sick wife and kids. Don't make me laugh. What man leaves his family for a bimbo–I guess one without morals and a very large ego.
Obama has had one wife, and one love of his life. He loves this country and will make a great president.
Obama 08, 12