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. pam Eugene OR

    He can PLAN a big rally but that does not mean people will show up. A huge crowd for McCain is about 200 people. It sounds like the RNC could their convention in a phone booth.
    What a joke!

    August 18, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. PURPOSE DRIVEN LIES

    RICK WARREN FLAT OUT LIED!!!!
    "PURPOSE DRIVEN LIES"..ought to have been the name of his book.

    Where are all the "Evangelical born again christian" on this. Maybe lying is not a sin when you are a republican? They should know. We have heard nothing but lies in the last 8 years thanks to "Evangelical Christians" and their choice for president! Some of us still think the honor of a man lies in his words!

    RICK WARREN & JOHN McCAIN ARE BOTH LIARS!! SO MUCH SO FOR SAVED & FORGIVEN CHRISTIANS!

    August 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    15,000 is he expecting Barack to show up, or is there some big job fair in Ohio. McCain you did well Saturday but you're not going to get this type of bump.

    August 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. MikeH

    I'm with Chucky, seems like someone (s) lying about McCain being in the cone of silence.

    Would CNN exercise their responsibility to do investigatve journalism on this? NBC and the NYT are doing it.

    August 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. ijustdon'tgetit

    I'm so sick of hearing that the job is too big for Obama. Do you know who our current president is? He can't even speak full sentences and he has run our country for the last 7+ years. Or what about McCain? This guy too is a puppet. Always has been and always will. Why are people so afraid of an educated person running our country? Oh yeah, I forgot. that educated means elitist these days. Don't you want someone smarter than you running the big show? Someone that can talk and think for themselves and doesn't need Joe Lieberman on call 24/7 to correct him? And for all you Hillary supporters out there, I mean c'mon. Let it go. I'm beginning to believe that most Hillary supporters doggin Obama on here were never democrats to begin with. Don't be selfish or stubborn. Think of your children and your children's children and what kind of mess we're leaving them with because your pride got in the way. Hillary and Barack did a hell of a lot more agreeing than disagreeing. Hillary is not going to dominate the convention and she is not going to be president (at least for this election). We will recognize what a historic campaign she ran and then celebrate when she turns her delegates over to Obama. I'm sorry, but that is just the way the cards were dealt. It's not Obama's fault, it’s her own for running a sub par campaign. Yes, she came close, but she lost. The fat lady has sung.

    August 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Michelle, PA

    How is McCain going to fill a 15,000 person venue? Is he going to put up "Detour" signs to reroute buses heading to Branson? Unreal.

    August 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Denise

    He needs it. The DHL ads are killing him in OH, which does not bother me.

    August 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Whatever crowds he is able to draw will pale in comparison to the crowd Obama will have for his acceptance speech. The visual contrast will not be helpful to the McCain campaign – they are foolish if they press ahead with this idea.

    August 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. John in Ohio

    I may have to show up to protest.

    15,000? Unless his wife provides free beer, not frigging likely.

    Also, looking at that map, you better believe Cincy, Dayton, and Columbus are going to go strong for Obama this year. Kerry lost because he didn't connect to Ohio voters, but there is a definite connection with Obama. Franklin county, where the capital city of Columbus is located, loves Obama. There's signs and stickers all over the place. And you don't see a lot of McCain stuff if you head out into the countryside.

    Oh yeah, and the state government isn't controlled by corrupt convicted Republicans this year. Sorry McCain, Ohio is gonna be blue.

    August 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. John in Ohio

    "I wonder why Obama does not want to face John McCain in any town hall debates. "

    I wonder why people keep expecting this election to have different debates then all other previous elections since debates started to be televised. Every election since JFK vs Nixon has had 3 presidential debates and 1 vice presidential debate, and none of those have been earlier then the conventions. But somehow this year we're supposed to have lots more debates than is customary, in a different format than is customary, just so the idiotic and simple-minded can cling to that as evidence that Obama is somehow bad.

    August 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. My Vote

    As an enlightened voter,
    I'm going with the Libertarian Party. The Democrats and Republicans have trashed our country enough.

    ENOUGH!!! STOP TREADING ON OUR LIBERTIES. STOP raising my taxes to support YOUR entitlements. Social Security is a joke. I'll only get back 1/3 or less than what I put in and will probably only be able to collect when I'm 80. The government is stealing our hard earned money and burning it in Iraq. This is the fault of BOTH parties!!! People WAKE UP!

    August 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. susie

    McCain will have to do like Obama does. Give people a free concert and food before his speech. P.S. the media won't mention it in their article.

    August 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. rightytighty

    The average "Non-Celebrity" will actually be able to attend McCain's events! Nope, these tickets aren't sold to the highest celebrity bidders.. But we do expect lots of looney-tunes from the left to show up, spewing hate and other such kool-aid talk..

    August 18, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Generation X

    That would be 15,000 crosses lifted from Alexander Solzhenitsyn! Oh no, I think these are the middle calss folks who make $5m annually. Old man.

    August 18, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Sue from California

    McCain can do what Hillary did in the primary – bus campaign people in from all over. At one of her events, there were cars and busses with out of state plates in the parking lot.

    August 18, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. A CANUCK

    Oooooooh......a BIG rally.......good luck Gramps. I think you should stick with your fireside chats and retelling all your old boring war stories.

    August 18, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Easy Ballot Instruction

    NOV 2008 Presidential Ballot Instructions

    (a) McCain
    (b) Obama
    (C) Barr!! - None of the above: because their parties have brought us to where we are. High taxes, loss of liberty, foreclosures, huge national debt, one party started the war in Iraq, the other is keeping us there, lack of personal responsibility, crime fueled by the war on drugs (a non-ending war like the war on terrorism, meant to keep us fearful), Both voted for FISA to allow government surveillance of you and me. And the list goes on ...

    August 18, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Obama is the dumbest candidate ever

    I see the Obama lemmings are on this one, too.

    McCain better get some people in watching Ohio polls, and Illinois, too. We all know the Democrats have cornered the dead vote.

    August 18, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Observer

    McCain may have some early success with his rallies, but I think Ohio would consider swinging to Obama if Evan Bayh is his VP choice. I think Bayh can appeal to the centrists who are unsure of Obama and get them to the polls. I think Bayh holds an appeal for the blue collar crowd in Ohio, unlike Obama, Biden or Richrdson.

    August 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. IAMWMD

    While McBush is in Ohio, Obama will take and expand the lead in Colorado and Georgia. McBush should be prepared to loose Georgia and Colorado by a larger margin than most expect. He can't be in all the red states at one time.

    Change 08

    August 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    Sure, it'll be those 15,000 nut-job PUMA sissies that didn't have anywhere else to go and be heard.

    August 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. MMN Milwaukee WI

    Why do you think McCain was so pissed when Obama refused to do the joined town hall meetings?

    McCain thought he could corner Obama to doing the town hall meetings together but Obama wised up and realized all McCain wanted Obama to do for him was to bring in the crowds that McCain’s never able to muster.

    August 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Pew Polls: June, Obama up by 8. July Obama up by 5. August, Obama up by 3. Obamatorons, be afraid, be very afraid. Your amatuer hour candidate's 15 minutes are just about up. Saturday night showed he can't even answer a question without a teleprompter. Obama looked like a deer in the headlights. Let's get George Stefanopolis to ask some tough questions in the debates, and Obama will be crying for his typical white person grandma.

    August 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Poor McCain

    Poor attention-starved McCain. My heart bleeds.

    It would be nice if he could come up with something substantial, rather than the light-weight news bits he spews. I really noticed that at the Saddleback get-together. Obama gave reasoned and reasonable answers. McCain made jokes and news bites. I really don't think McCain could say anthing substantial or reasonable to save his life.

    Sad.

    August 18, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. aware

    McCain 08 is our only choice! :)

    I thought the far right-wing was bad until the far left-wing DNC and the Obama Camp revealed their dark side!

    Now I am an Independent who will vote for McCain 08.

    Thank God for Rick Warren!

    In the Saddleback Forum, Obama demonstrated his total inability to give a straight or decisive answer except for his ridiculous supreme court mis-step. He almost said CT was too inexperienced but his eventual answer was worse!

    He equivocated big time on abortion, evil..., and I wouldn't want to rely on Michelle or Obama's grandmother as advisors.

    Obama was pathetic at the RW Forum but McCain was awesome!

    August 18, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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