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. David

    Put everything aside but the truth. For the face of America do you want an adulterous liar and thief(Keating Five0 who tells you every day that he will put America first but lied to God when he said I will love and cherish my wife and forsake all others. When it came to crunch time John McCain put himself first. Is that who you want to represent you own the world stage? Do you really want an adulter and adulteress in the White House?

    August 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Hillary Supporter

    Now lets hear from all the Obama supporters who say that he is not just another politician. This is a perfect example of his B.S.. He is just like Howard Dean.

    MCCAIN 08

    August 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Olivia

    Let's put all the drama behind us and move on to elect what is best for the country. I will not vote for McCain because how he treated is first wife and because he has the worst record on voting for women issues.

    America's future is more important than our own little frustration.

    August 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. derrick

    Based on what I have seen from the McCain supporters, my eyes are now open to the reasons why Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, the presidents of Iran and North Korea boast of millions of supporters.

    To put it simply, hate is in the genes.

    August 24, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    Subvert Sen. McCain's moment?? McCain picked the day after the convention ends to subvert Obama and limit his post-convention "bounce".
    Why shouldn't Obama do the favor back to McCain. This is Obama's week and next week is McCain's week but the Republicans don't play fair and don't give everyone their due.
    Politics is dirtier than ever thanks to the Republicans (Bush, Cheney, Rove, Fred Brown, Corsi, Ralph Reed, etc.).

    August 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Katrina

    Not only will McCain nominate judges to overturn Roe vs. Wade, he thinks taking the pill or using an IUD is abortion.* Any woman who considers voting for that man better be in menopause....

    *asked at the Saddleback Forum when human life AND HUMAN RIGHTS begin, he said "at conception." Neither pill nor IUD prevent conception.

    August 24, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Go and Hate No MORE!!!

    To-Griff – You may puyt your Bid in, Mr Obama. But your Out-Voted, in Florida.......Here take this $1.00 ......donate toward HRC Debt ...Replace the HATRED by showing some Love !!

    August 24, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Hillary lost; get over it. If you vote for McMansions then your a lost Democrat anyway. He embraces Bush and Chaney and your voting for him....losers!

    August 24, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Loyalty23

    Afghanistan Hearings

    The ad starts by saying Obama "never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan," which is literally true. Obama, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's subcommittee on European Affairs, hasn't held any Afghanistan hearings. The full Senate Foreign Relations Committee, however, has held three hearings on Afghanistan during the past two years, and Obama attended one of them.

    McCain's ad fails to mention that his own record is no better. Although he's the highest ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, he missed all seven of the hearings that his panel held on Afghanistan during the same two years, according to (We looked through the transcripts of the hearings from Federal News Service to confirm ABC's report, and we found statements that showed McCain was not present at two of the hearings, statements from other senators speaking on McCain's behalf at two more hearings, and no mention of McCain whatsoever at the other three.)

    August 24, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Clinton/Warner 2016...until then Democrats need to win!
    Obama Biden 08

    August 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. drno2

    What is very difficult for me to comprehend is:

    Why in the world, would someone wish to experience four or eight more years of what we have already endured? Which by the way, has affected every last American living in these United States, in the worse possible way...foreclosures, high food prices, higher gas prices, job loses, the almighty dollar dwindling, wars. The list goes on and on. Our country is in dire straits. It is TIME for us to turn the bad around for the good!

    A Concerned Senior Citizen

    August 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Dan

    Democrats be reasonable...McMansions embraces Bush and Chaney. He will hug them at the GOP convention. He will appoint judges that love conservative values. I know many Democrats wanted Hillary, but she's voting for Obama/Biden even though she lost. Suck it up and do the right thing. Clinton/Warner 2016.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    August 24, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Michael Holland

    1. McCain will rip Obama apart in the upcoming debates. We saw how uncomfortable he feels with just HC blasting him. The old lion will show the inexperienced cub just what it really takes.

    2. Yes, McCain is not Pro-Choice but the supreme court will take care of that issue in the future so McCains' stand on the issue is moote.

    3. Obama has waaaaayyyyyy too much baggage(Ayers, Wright, Black Theology), no way he outruns those issues even if McCain had a faile d first marriage, that still doe not come close to Obamas ties to some really shady people.

    4. Now we see every step that Obama takes the McCain campaign puts truth into the equation and makes Obama look bad. Momentum is on McCains side. I guess Obama should have taken a longer vacation during world crisis or even better, just stay on vacation like the congress has been doing. Shame on you Obama! Vote McCain!!!

    5. Vote McCain, he is gong ot win anyway so after it is over you can actually feel like your vote counted!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Crow

    HRC supporters holding on a grudge need to let it go. Get over it. It's over. You would really want McSame over Obama because HRC isn't on the ticket? Gimme a break!

    The differences between HRC and Obama are small in comparison to Obama vs McCain or HRC vs McCain.

    Support your party and let's start making the right changes NOW, not 4 years from now. Or be selfish and act like spoiled children casting your votes for McCain or refusing to vote at all. You call Obama elitist yet McCain doesn't even remember how many homes he owns. You may look at Edwards in disgust for adultery, yet you neglect to realize that McCain did the exact same thing.

    Stop your whining and try to make a difference that will help this country, not hurt it.

    August 24, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. carolflowery

    can we get anymore hollywood, like they have morals

    August 24, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Oil makes us sick

    Proud NON-RACIST....

    Explain how Marie's comments are in any way racist? More likely she was referring to his "superstar" persona and a sense of entitlement that some believe Obama has shown.

    While I concede that some people are voting purely for skin color, to go and say that Obama will lose only because of racism is (sorry for lack of a better word) ignorant. Give Americans some credit. Many people find his policies Ultraleft. Others are concerned with his many people he has aligned himself with, and question his judgement. Many see thru his "ums", "ahs" and so called "nuances" ultimately finding that he dodges questions and doesn't really answer with truthes or specifics. I really believe that people are taking issue with the man, his policies, and his character, and not so much the color of his skin.
    Unfortunately, those of you who really believe he is the only choice, are unable to comprehend why others may not choose him as a candidate. Therefore, we (non Obama supporters must be racist).

    I am from Chicago, in the center of C(r)ook County. Illinois is littered with awful politicians that fleece us everyday. Obama learned from them, and Dick Durbin and Oprah unleashed him on the USA. Imagine a Congress AND a President beholdant to Trial lawyers, environmentalists, and I am scared of what Obama, Pelosi and Reid will do to this country.
    I am Hispanic. I am aware of all of both candidates policies and I have an opinion on their character. I am voting for McCain because of his policies and character, not because of his skin color.

    August 24, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. Michael Holland

    And one more thing, honestly, please step away from the Pro-Choice issue, it is getting old!!! Even the original designer of the Roe V Wade fiasco now realizes that is was a mistake. It will be overturned in good time. Killing is killing, go ahead and have the child and give it up for adoption. Many couples(man and a woman only) really want a child. Abortion, has made it too easy to have pre-marital sex, sex at too young an age......etc. HOWEVER, let me state that abortion does have a place in medicine and the only one would be incest or rape where there is conception!

    August 24, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Ron

    All we need to know is that John McCain voted with Bush 95% of the time!!

    August 24, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Kal

    Vote on the issues people.

    Your comments make it seem like a student council election. Forget the sound bites and character elimination please.

    I feel like you all study various cars before you buy much more than the presidents before you vote. Please please, read the plans on the candidates websites and vote on the issues.

    August 24, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. jFA

    P ay
    U p
    M y
    A ficionados

    Help retire my primary campaign debt. As a private citizen seeking to serve my country, my public campaign debt should not be hung around my neck as a private expenditure I alone am saddled with.

    August 24, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. interesting

    PA has a problem for Obama/Biden(President)?

    Rendell knows something is wrong for THE ONE camp.

    August 24, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Tina

    Great leaders have the ability to examine their history, take from it, the things that are valuable , and interject new ideas and methods of operation. I f you still try to play your music on the 8 track tape player(Mccaine) instead of the CD(Obama, you will never hear the message and move forward. Dont fall for the okie doe the republicans have pulled about experience. Experience that is outdated wont work in the 21 century. Be a thinker!!
    Go Barack

    August 24, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Orlando

    The Obama rally should be held in New Orleans. I don't think its smart for McCain to announce his VP on the anniversary of Katrina. Especially since there are photographs of McCain and Bush celebrating his birthday while the city was drowning.

    August 24, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Red To Blue

    This is going to be hilarious watching the brilliant Obama man-handle the vacant McMansion on stage. THEN, add Biden to the mix and poof! The Repubs are running scared. Biden was the LAST person the repubs wanted Obama to pick because they knew it would devastate their chances. Sit back and enjoy the show America. This is what it looks like when competence takes back the Whitehouse!

    August 24, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Tom, Housotn, TX

    I never voted for Republicans but this year the Democratic party forced me to vote for Republican. True Democratic candidate was forced out of office by democrats themselves.

    August 24, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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