August 24th, 2008
02:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Dems might counter-program GOP rally

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Call it the battle of rallies.

Barack Obama campaign sources told CNN's Gloria Borger and Jessica Yellin that Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, will have their first post-convention joint rally Friday, likely in Pennsylvania.

That's the day after Obama gives his presidential nomination acceptance speech, wrapping up the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

And it's also the same day that John McCain is expected to hold a rally in Dayton, Ohio. The conventional wisdom is that the Ohio event could be the first public appearance of McCain and his yet to-be-named running mate.

Obama sources say the joint appearance by Obama and Biden could be a good way to counter-program the Republicans.

They also said that one state Biden will be visiting frequently is Florida.

Sources also tell CNN that the presidential nomination roll call will take place on Wednesday from late afternoon into early evening.

Both Obama and Hillary Clinton's names will be on the roll call of delegates.

And CNN also hears that director Steven Spielberg is making a video that will air on Wednesday night at the convention hall at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The video is about military veterans, and fits with the convention's theme of the night, which is a salute to veterans.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Griff

    You may puyt your Bid in, Mr Obama. But your Out-Voted, in Florida...

    August 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Travis-N

    Can't wait for November!! Actually it's pretty sad how elections make me extremely excited. Ehh.

    August 24, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |


    August 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Juan from Spain

    Lets vote for OBAMA and unite ourselves in the fight against terrorism.
    The talibans are much stronger today than they were 2 years ago and MCSHAME wants to continue the fight for big oil companies in Iraq. American and European soldiers in Afeghanistan deserve our prayes
    MCSHAME = America alone in the World


    August 24, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. David from Ohio

    Funny, because McCain has not chance of winning Dayton given the last eight years of Bush and the Ohio GOP ignoring the big cities in Ohio.

    August 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Hillary Clinton

    Sen. Joe Biden, Obama's VP choice, is already attemting to portray Sen. McCain as another George Bush.

    After four decades in Washington, if Joe Biden is an agent of change, John McCain ia a freakin' revolutionary.


    August 24, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Ken, LA California

    We all know that whoever MacWar picks as his VP will be a puppet on a string, MaCDraft only believes in a military command structure , a Master Slave relationship, and with his temper we will have so many wars, as we wait for China and India to take over as economic super-powers. These guys are morons who want to bring the American Empire down, we will not let them, vote for Obama/Biden to save our great empire.

    August 24, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. ANGIE

    PA IS FOR OBAMA/ BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. ran


    August 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Scott

    Hey griff, how can you tell? Learn to count yet?

    August 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Randy

    Go Obama!

    Having their post-convention rally the same day that McBush is having his is perfect. Obama's campaign folk are so organized and very creative. I loved the 3am VP announcement. Eat that Hillary.

    August 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Natasha in tally

    I say BRAVO!!! You have my florida vote.

    August 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Linda of Atlanta

    Florida had better wake up! You have had one tragedy after the other. Do you think the Republicans will respond any better to your needs than they did to New Orleans, especially since the nation's financial plight is worse now than it was in 2005? You better try to get a government that works for regular people instead of being malicious. Don't forget that the Bible says if you dig one hole, you'd better dig two-one for the person you hate and one for you!

    August 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Marge

    Ohhh PLEASE!!!!!! You can't speak for Florida (((Griff)))!!! Stop showing your ignorance!!!!

    August 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Barack Obama Supporter

    Very , very Wise!!! While Barack and BIden's appearance will not garner the same interest as McCain Selecting his running mate, it will take the spotlight off the day being totally about McCain the way this Saturday belonged all to Obama/Biden Furthermore, if the two are able to hit McCain hard on this day with catchy one liners and challenging his positong, McCain's coverage will be constantly interlaced with the comments of Biden and Obama. I can imagine now McCain has selected... as his running mate... Now let's here what Obama and Biden stated on the campaign trail.

    The timing is impeccable. One may not like Obama; however, very few can deny the perfection in which he has managed his campaign. And, you have to wonder, if he manages his campaign such forethought and tenacity chances are he will manage the country the same way.

    I sincerely hope that the American people move past their reservations with Barack. I mean sure he no experience being president, but then NOOOO president ever, I mean ever, had experience being president before he was president.

    August 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Mr C

    The idea of a GOP rally is already boring. Having it on the same day O'Biden (Obama/Biden) is rallying in PA, is gonna be a huge mistake.

    August 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Allison- Mclean, Va

    Whatever puppet John McCain picks will surely want to put the interests of big corporations over the interests of average Americans. I'm guessing McCain's VP will support tax breaks for oil companies making record profits and more tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs over seas.

    It will also be someone who wants to continue paying billions to stay in Iraq for an unlimited amount of time. In other words, someone equally as cold hearted as McCain who is okay continuing to let American soldiers die in order to save face for president Bush and "prove" a political point.

    August 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. RJ, CA

    Geeze! Biden is older than dirt! And he's a part of the "same old" Washington polictics. (Well, isn't he, McCain bashers?)

    August 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Sue in MI

    Go Hillary! This man and his campaign have done nothing but say they respect you, and shown nothing but disrespect. Do they think we are stupid? Unless he makes an announcement of you receiving a top level Cabinet position between now and Wed., I say the delegates who are for Hillary should vote that way, and if it throws the convention into chaos, they are getting what they asked for, and what they deserve. What was he thinking? What, he's afraid of another strong woman? Afraid of Bill and his years of experience? Bill should be Treasury Sec., and Hill Health and Human Services, if not Sec. of State.

    I am rapidly seeing the PUMA point of view.

    August 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Latinos for Obama/Biden


    August 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. ellen

    If McCain were prochoice he would win by a landslide

    August 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. BK

    Obama has already told PA. what he thinks about them, clinging to their guns and Bibles. Bitter Bitter people. I hope they remember that at the polls in Nov. What an arrogant elitist.

    August 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Bryce

    I hope that after her name is put in nomination, and she gets beat, people will stop whining about Hillary being treated unfairly.

    August 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. obama/not biden '08

    biden will be of no help

    August 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. jimmy


    August 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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