August 18th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain planning big rally in Ohio day after Dem convention

Ohio is expected to be a battleground state, as it was in 2004, above, when President Bush carried the majority of counties but only won by 100,000 votes.
Ohio is expected to be a battleground state, as it was in 2004, above, when President Bush carried the majority of counties but only won by 100,000 votes.

(CNN) - John McCain will hold a large rally in Ohio and possibly two other battleground states August 29 - the day after Barack Obama formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination and the same day the Arizona senator is expected to name his running mate, Republican and McCain campaign sources tell CNN's John King.

The McCain campaign is hoping to have 15,000 people at the Ohio rally - roughly 5 times the size of McCain's largest crowd to-date.

Two other rallies are also in the works for that day, likely in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Campaign sources say the events are not necessarily designed to name a vice presidential candidate, though McCain's VP shortlist is thought to include politicians from all three of those states: Former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, Michigan native Mitt Romney, and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.


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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Cathy

    Hakim...last sentence will be reality if democrats unite!!!

    Obama needs Clinton supporters and Clinton needs Obama supporters....

    August 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. TK Ohio

    He will win Ohio!!! GO McCain Go!!!!

    August 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Pam

    LOL!! He'd be lucky to get 1500!

    August 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. mel

    Voter beware he is not what he lead himself to be.He is a
    Bush man and will hurt this country worst than Bush have. This
    have fail for *years with republican at shop,it's time to close the
    shop on them and put some leadership in washington.congress
    needs cleaning up and the senate,we younger leader,the old have
    done nothing lately but lead the country in a war that have happen.
    Bush and Cheney will leave office very rich with investment.

    August 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. TK Ohio

    McCain will win Ohio!!! GO McCain Go!!!!

    August 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Kaz

    John McCain is part of the problem for 25 years. It is time for change, John can not bring the change America need.

    August 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Yeah that's a real winner of a candidate – working so hard and spending all that money to only draw a maximum of 3,000 people to a rally. Real inspirational McSame. Enjoy losing 60/40 in November.

    August 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. judy, Wisconsin

    I was raised in Ohio–c'mon Buckeyes and turn BLUE! And to the person who said everyone for Obama is under 21, excuse me, but I'm in my 50's as are many I know and we are smart enough to be supporting the Dems.

    August 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. PUMA 4 HILL

    With any luck Bill and Hill will campaign for McCain.

    If not Hill, then it will be McCain for this PUMA guy.

    August 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Don Colony14Author, Peruibe, Brasil

    I love these maps, which always show strong Democrat support in the areas with large welfare populations, and Republican support in areas where people actually work for a living. Look at 2000 and 2004 Presidential election maps by county, rather than by state, and you'll see how dramatic it is. Had the Founding Fathers granted electoral votes by county, rather than by state, perhapsthe United States would not have advanced so far on the road to socialism.

    August 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Mike Dallas

    Cindy is providing free beer.

    August 18, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Billy

    I live in Illinois so my vote won't mean much.

    Ohio, we are counting on you to help deliver change in America! Please change this country's course by voting for Obama!

    August 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Michele, Oregon

    Well, the lines are being more clearly drawn in the sand these days and die-hard status quo types will probably be there in better numbers for McCain. But he won't come close.......

    This goes to show that the celebrity ads were about jealousy, as well as the obvious attempt to knock Obama down as many knotches as they could. McCain only hoped to be able to draw in the same number, and since he could not, came out with these ads. Now he is trying to show momentum in his court.

    His bloodletting about evil at the Saddleback Church should be enough for authentic Christians to see through. His stance against abortion while adopting embrionic stem cell research and trying to warm his base up to a pro-choice candidate should be easy enough for authentic Christians to see through.

    And I have never played Dungeons and Dragons!!!!!!!! Keep trying to insult the intelligence/Christianity of the Obama base!

    August 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. SENIOR FOR AMERICA

    THE PEOPLE IN OHIO ARE SMART ENOUGH NOT TO SUPPORT FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN WITH BROKEN PROMISES. THEY HAVE SEEN THEIR JOBS DECLINE AND ENERGY AND FOOD PRICES SOAR. VOTE FOR AMERICA AND A STRONG COUNRY!

    OBAMA

    August 18, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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