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.


Filed under: John McCain • Ohio
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. TESAP; SAVANNAH, GA

    GOOD LUCK...

    August 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. PUMA

    Go McCain!

    You have the support of those that do not want an Obamanation in the office.

    August 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Debby

    Well McCain can always draw more if he has rock bands on ahead of time like Obama does. Oh I forgot he isn't the rock star candidate. LOL

    August 18, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Good idea! Fly in on the jet momma bought you, tell the crowd their jobs aren't coming back, tag Obama as an elitist and then fly off to one of your ten mansions for a long, long nap...

    August 18, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Is he going to pay people to show up or give away a new car!

    August 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain has calculated those 15,000 people he is expecting to attend all make $5 million dollars otherwise you are considered poor.

    August 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Keeping it real

    Sounds like a great event. Wondering why you totally skipped McCain meeting in Cocoa Florida about the space program but you managed to mention Obama following on his coat tails.

    August 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Raymond Duke

    John might not make the mark as Obama does with these events but he will win the General election. Most working people are required to show up for work. I wonder why Obama does not want to face John McCain in any town hall debates. Could it be that there is no telepropter for him to read off and give him the answers they want him to say.

    August 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Sorry, John - You used to be a great man.

    August 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. ANGIE

    In ohio mccain will be lucky if he gets 500 people i wonder what they are going to bribe the people with music, free food etc mccain has yet to have that many people the bikers rally people where there to see kid rock in concert and mccain spoke BEFORE THE CONCERT STARTED!!!!! Mcain is wishing he could be obama but guess what johnny a little secret you will never be obama thats why he is gonna be potus and your not!!!

    August 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    Is he going to perpetuate the lie about the "cross in the sand" story he lifted from Solzhenitsyn literature or come clean about the fact that he voted FOR the bill that he mocks which studied the DNA of bears. This guy is more of a fraud everytime he opens his lyin', senile, old lips.

    August 18, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    I think they'll have to pay for that many people to show up.

    August 18, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Linda from Prescott AZ

    15,000...give me a break.
    Who cares.

    August 18, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Marie

    I love how the jealous people always refer to Obama as a Rock Star. I hope McCain brushes up on his "How to get anyone to attend your rally" skills!

    Divisiveness aside, we are in big trouble if we vote for another warmonger!

    August 18, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. AJ

    He's such a hater...

    August 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. California Gold

    Free Beer!

    August 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Will, NJ

    I like the photo of McCain at the podium with an iron cross slapped on the front.

    August 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Mark, MI

    I will be there! Michigan is for McCain! This country is for McCain!

    August 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Mujaahid

    To Little to late ,

    The die has been cut.

    Go Obama 08!

    August 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Chuck

    If Ohioans are smart they'll stay away. I've always been amazed for a state like Ohio, who is having horrible financial difficulties, some of the worst inner city poverty, and schools falling apart, that they still vote republicans. There are Republicans, then there are conservative christian poor republicans that don't know any better.

    August 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    They' probably have to arrange some sort of concert first, otherwise they'll probably have to pay people to get that much attendance. LOL!!!!!

    August 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. boomonkey

    "15,000... roughly 5 times the size of McCain's largest crowd to-date."

    that about says it all doesn't it? LOL

    Never happen.

    There will be 12 senior citizens snoozing in lawn chairs and the McSame campaign will call it 15,000. They are sooo toast.

    August 18, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. paul

    Lowest.Ratings.Ever.

    August 18, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. KISS

    He won't name until Obama does.... Suppose Obama names his VP after the GOP convention?

    Perhaps Karma will fix those GOp'ers that were praying for it to rain on Obama at Invesco field.... wouldn't that be devine.

    August 18, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Continue on the path of 'no jobs'... we don't need Ohio because Obama will win elsewhere.

    August 18, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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