August 24th, 2008
02:42 PM ET
6 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. jimmy

    AMERICANS COMPARE MCCAIN AND OBAMA.
    1. MCCAIN : SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN THE FRONTLINES OF WAR.
    2. MCCAIN HAS A SON SERVING IN THE WAR IN IRAQ.
    3. MCCAIN REFUSED TO AN EARLY RELEASE FROM A POW CAMP IN CONSIDERATION FOR HS FELLOW POW'S

    1.OBAMA NEVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY
    2. OBAMA NEVER EVEN VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE IN ANY OF THE BRANCHES OF THE ARMED FORCE RESERVES
    3. OBAMA GOT HIS TRAINING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE BY OUTFOXING AND ELIMINATING HIS OPPONENTS
    4. OBAMA'S OPPOSITION TO THE IRAQ WAR WAS BECAUSE HE DIDNT WANT ANY PART OF MILITARY SERVICE.

    NOW AMERICANS MUST TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT BOTH CANDIDATES AND DECIDE WHO IS A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT
    AND DESERVES TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY.

    August 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Brian

    Could we all just unify Dems? Hillary didn't win. You need to get over it.

    Or...

    I know, all of you who are just upset that she didn't win could just...I don't know, vote for the guy who doesn't share your political ideals.

    Because we all know that's a really good idea. Democrats who vote for four more years of Bush-like policies are only hurting themselves.

    Grow up people.

    August 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Boomer

    As a Canadian I am appalled by the childish sniping that goes on in these blogs while the economy, the war, the environment, the gas crisis, and other IMPORTANT issues are rarely discussed. Hillary Clinton's supporters seem particularly childish. I wanted her to win, but she didn't. Game over. Voting for McCain is irrational and totally against what Hillary stands for. We are going to have an election up here soon and I hope we throw the Conservatives (like Republicans) out . I hope you do the same.

    August 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. jimmy

    FURTHER, EVEN PRESIDENT BUSH WHO HAS THUS FAR THE LOWEST PRESIDENTIAL RATINGS IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY AT LEAST ENLISTED AND SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE RESERVES. AND OBAMA HAS NO SUCH RECORD OF SERVICE IN THE MILITARY

    August 24, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Chris

    This Hillary thing is so dumb and PUMA's are backed by Republicans.

    Think about how videos will come out against Hillary and Obama from the republicans of things that Hillary accused Obama of. Even with one comment from Biden, GOP has playing that over and over. Think about everything that Hillary said and did during the nomination. I mean, Republican would have videos every week up to the elections of Hillary throwing kitchen sink at Obama. How will that help democrats? Hillary messed it up and she knows it and republicans are trying to exploit it.

    McCain is toast. Everyone knows that. A lot of independents have made up their minds to support Obama/Biden after yesterday.

    August 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Inquirer

    What with the way things are, anyone considering voting Republican this year just doesn't know when to close the outhouse door.

    August 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Kevin in Flordia (This Election must be about us!)

    I was a Hillary "true" Democratic supporter. I don't believe she wanted to be Vice-President. Besides she's about 4 points ahead of McCain without any negative push back from the Republicans. I know Obama could not put her on his ticket. The Republicans are mad he did not fall into that trap of picking Hillary as his VP, no matter how bad people wanted it.

    The Republicans plan very well. They want us to be divided so nothing gets done in Washington. They want to win. They want to win with a "Maverick" of a man like John McCain that does not know- How many houses he has? How he has voted on key votes? How the economy works? – The said thing is people will vote for this guy that does not understand much because he feels bad for Hillary (Yea Right!).

    On top of all that he would be 80-Years old during his second term in office. How stupid can we be for even thinking to vote someone like him who supports Bush 95% of the time and does not vote the other 5% of the time- he should have support Bush.

    Frankly, WE the people that work hard everyday are not that stupid and we will come around to Obama....Obama is not great but he smart and can be President. We just need time and a vision from Obama that makes us look at him as a leader. He is and will give that, IT STARTED WITH PICKING JOE BIDEN. I was afraid he did not have the experience, but this ticket is well more experienced than any other.

    Listen, Hillary Clinton was able to go on vacation this year. She can afford to pay $4,5, maybe $6 dollars for gas. She can wake up on Nov 5 2008 with any President and be fine or leave the country. All of them can. We can't. This election is not about her it’s got to be about us. This is our time Democrats stop the stupid fighting, hold your nose and vote for the guy that will not be 80-years out of touch when he done.

    Hillary will have her chance in 2016. Obama has already planed this out.

    August 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Noeh

    I'm with Lucy and I am also a middle aged woman who would love to see a woman in the White House ( not HRC however). If the Hillary voters go for McCain and he should win, we will all pay the price. Roe v. Wade will be turned into confetti by the end of JM's first day in office. He would make conservative picks for the Supreme Court which would affect generations of people. Don't cut your noses off to spite your faces. Obama needs a compatible VP. Hillary and and Obama: not a good match. Biden and Obama is a great match. Think bigger. Vote better.
    Obama Biden 08'

    August 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Republicans for Obama

    I can't wait to cast my vote for Obama in November. Obama is everything religious conservatives have been waiting for a Democrat that is not ashame to be a Christian, and Joe Biden is a great choice for VP a moderate Dem that can take and deliver a punch.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. jeanette from Charlotte

    Senators Obama and Biden need to campaign as hard and fast as possible.
    The republican attack machine has already geared up and the Democratic Party best be prepared.

    August 24, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Republicans for Obama

    Religious conservatives will not support Mitt Romney you dont know where he stands on anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    August 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Proud NON-RACIST American

    PLEASE CNN, PLEASE POST THIS....

    Marie in California: That was the most underhanded Racist statement I have ever heard. If Barack Obama does not win the election it will not be because he is inexperienced, it will not because McCain will be considered better it will be because of people like yourself who have chosen to place their racist views before what is best for this country.

    Please, people, vote for the person who is best able to lead America for the next 4 to 8 years, the person who best able to help YOUR economic interest. Not some desire to preserve some form of racial superiority or to have the first Black President.

    If you vote any other way, the consequences will be YOURS and YOURS alone.

    August 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Thomas L. Mullins

    "Democrats for McCain". If you are for McCain are you really a Democrat. What is it that he stands for that fits with what Democrats support? I just don't get this line of thinking.

    August 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Phyllis/ PA

    Obama picked Bedin because of his big drop in the polls. This made the DNC elders very nervous. Obama's lack of experience was now showing and then, Geogia, put too much frosting of the cake.
    Consequently, the DNC and party elders had to pull the "strings of their puppet" and picked Bedin. He may have national security experience BUT Biden sure does shoot down the message of change!
    Now what is the reason for supporting a person with zero experience?

    Hillary for president. If the super delegates do what they are suppose to and vote what is best for the party, then they will vote for Hillary.

    August 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. linda from South Dakota

    my my my do we have some sore people in america,,,,, wow,,,, thank god for blogs,,,,,, get your anger out and be done with it,, its time to pull together here and vote as you will,,,,, its things like this(blogs) that really tear up people and america,,,, we have freedom of choice SO vote for who ever you want,, BUt remember what you say here shows "your true colors",,,, my votes goin to obama/biden,,, one lady here stated that she would like to see a woman persident , but it has to be the right one, hillary isnt the righ tone and of course she has this "Man" who thinks he knows everything behind her(bill), its time bill stands back and lets it be,, hes very angrynow and thank god hillary isnt president or she would have fun keepin bill in line,,,, clintons<< get over it already

    August 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Meena

    Obama & Biden are coming out strong and us Democrats are too! We're sick of the way America is going and we"re going to fight to get it back.

    August 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. marta

    Any democrat, who is a true pro choice Hillary supporter, will be sorry they voted for MCCain. His commitment to overturn Roe V Wade can become reality. It is not unlikely that in his term a new justice will be named to the Supreme Court. All of you Hillary supporters who vote Mccain out of spite will be sorry when the U.S. takes steps backwards that will affect your daughters and granddaughters.

    August 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Herman in LA

    Hillary will be Secretary of state and take Condi Rice place so calm down all of you PUMA fools and non Obama supporters she will have a place in his administration.

    Sike just joking

    August 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Pat

    I'd hold off on that speech Barack. It appears the anti-Barack of the Democratic Party have another plan to ensure the candidate of their choice gets into the White House. It appears they don't care whether the means of doing so are above or below the integrity board or what Americans think or feel. Your too honest, dedicated and intelligent for this party Barack. Go Independent and let them pound sand.

    August 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. ANN

    OF COURSE, THE GOP IS RUNNING ADS ABOUT WHY OBAMA DIDN'T CHOOSE HILIARY. IT IS QUITE APPARENT THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO GET HILIARY'S VOTERS THAT ARE UNDECIDED BY BEING POSITIVE ABOUT HILIARY; DO THEY REALLY THINK WE ARE THAT STUPID THAT WE WILL FALL FOR SUCH NONSENSE?
    BARACK HAS MADE A DECISION THAT I WILL BACK ALL THE WAY WITH JOE BIDEN AND I WISH THEM THE BEST.

    August 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Just because someone grew up in a state does not mean they know anything about that states current problems. I have family still in Ohio (birth place) who keep me up to date about the state and California (Spent 12 years of my youth as a military dependent) I have a son living there so I have some idea of how things are going there. Biden has not said anything about family still in Pennsylvania so how would he know about the situation there.

    August 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Phyllis/ PA

    Did parent not sacrifice and send the offs springs to think for themselves?
    Apparently the kids are not doing this. These college students are shooting themselves in the foot.

    When they graduate they probably will not have a job. They will still have a source of income. Why? The U.S. will spend so much time "talking" to our enemies that we will not be prepared for any attack.

    Result! You young college folks can expected to be drafted.

    August 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Remy

    Biden created panic in the Republican camp! But Obama/Biden team will win in November landslide!

    August 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. TO In Florida

    ME In Florida, I second the motion; BIDEN STAY HOME.

    August 24, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Califorina Girl

    55 electoral votes. McCain, McSame can't stand a chance here, and probably not most places either.

    August 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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