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. steve

    Thank you Olivia for some commen sense around here. We (as a country) voted for bush 2x , can we be that stupiid to keep the republicans in power. I sure as hell hope not !!!

    August 24, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. rexx

    Yes the "voice of change" has picked a VP for his ticket lol. Anyone tell Obama that Biden has been in Washington since Obama was12? lol Biden is an insider's insider and is just as elitist as Obama. He was first elected tot the Senate when NIXON was President. Vietnam still had US soldiers lol.

    August 24, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. sonya

    if any of you are looking for perfection, Jesus has not returned. lets use wisdom in making decisions. Hillary supporters should approach the decision with a little more maturity. There are winners and losers. the same concept that you teach your children to be a team player should apply. If you look at the condition of the nation, we dont have time to cry over spilled milk. Get on board. Vote for the best candidate. But stop crying. you are giving women a bad name!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Mary from Kentucky

    What kind of experience do McCain have? Being a POW ?

    He has't been a president neither has Obama so it must be some other reason why certain people don't like Obama.
    Clinton and Bush was not experience before they become President.

    Answer that.

    August 24, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Prpud American

    Lets roll up our sleeves an get busy putting America right again. No more Republican BS.
    Obama/ Biden '08

    August 24, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Proud American

    Lets get Rockin!!
    Obama/ Biden '08

    August 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Erika, KS

    I am not worried about Roe v Wade being overturned. Women, collectively are a force to be reckoned with. Precedence has been set forth on this private issue. I'm tired of it being a political issue. It will not be overturned. What will the government do, in an already over-crowded jail system, start jailing doctors and women? I don't think so.

    Don't buy into this fear by the DNC that R v W will be overturned. It's not going to happen.

    August 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. DEMOCRAT: For the Open Minded

    I personally can't figure out why anyone could possibly vote republican. It seriously boggles my mind! The republican party is supposed to be a "Small government" party, yet the policies they have enacted in the last half century are so completely opposite to that. A true republican party would Focus 90% or there energy on national security measures and let its citizens worship, and live as they please. Now it seems the republican party just wants to nit-pick and regulate everything they possibly can. First, Abortion, It cannot be banned or outlawed, for several reasons.

    1.) Abortions will happen banned or not. In the time before Roe vs. Wade, getting an abortion had to be done in secret. Without licensed physicians to do them they are dangerous and were the cause of many deaths. If the republican party gets its way, we will return to a pre Roe vs. Wade era.

    2.) How is it right for a single group to choose weather or not a woman who wants an abortion has the right to have one. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN ABORTION....DON'T HAVE ONE.

    3.) LIVE YOU VALUES...DON'T REGULATE THEM!!!!

    4.) If this is the one issue that determines who you vote for....DON'T VOTE!!! You need to look at the bigger issues like the economy, health care, environment, and national security.

    This republican party has also gotten into the whole "spreading freedom" BS. I agree that certain things need to be done for our national security, but Freedom spreading...come on!

    Lastly. Taxes. In order for our country to survive, we need taxes. Taxes are the only way of funding Everything that makes our country great. Republicans have it so backwards with there tax cuts for the rich. The rich can afford to pay the extra taxes, middle and lower America can't. Why not give tax breaks directly to middle and lower America, instead of giving the tax cuts to the rich and expecting a trickle down. To me this is a huge moral failure and it just seems that republicans are just watching out for there own and not focusing on whats actually right for America. They are closed minded and afraid of anyone or anything that doesn't directly correlate with there own views and beliefs. Pretty soon they are going to start trying to regulate what religions we can and cannot believe.

    By the way, I don't agree with every last little policy position that democrats believe in. But I do agree with most most of them because I am able to get educated on issues, have common sense, and I have an open mind. I personally wouldn't even care if the president was a sadist you know why....because it doesn't matter!!!!

    Get the facts, have an open mind, use common sense, VOTE DEMOCRAT

    August 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Not an Idiot

    Why do people keep crying about Hillary? She can run again next time, so how is this such a big deal? If you loved her so much, maybe you should've volunteered and got more people to vote for her in the primaries, and then you wouldn't be crying about it now. Blame yourself, not Obama.

    If you think for a second that not voting or voting McCain will somehow even the score, then you're an idiot. Do you really think Hillary would have picked Obama as her running mate? Absolutely not. So why did she deserve it? Seriously, you have no control over any of that, so why bother complaining about it?

    The choice is clear between Obama and McCain when it comes to political issues, so why not focus on those things because putting one of those two in the oval office is the only thing you can control at this point. Plus, who's to say that Obama won't ask Hillary to fill a cabinet role? McCain definitely won't be doing that.

    Just my 2 cents.

    August 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Aaron CHRISTNER

    August 24th, 2008 6:02 pm ET
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    Media driven campaign just like 2000 and 2004 you think we would learn our lesson. That is why my fellow Democrats, WE take this in our own hands. It is time for the 21st Century new deal. Look at this country Jobs oversea’ a, housing marketing fallen apart, 9 banks have closed this year alone History repeats ITSELF. Go to this convention and put the man in charge that can fix this. AL GORE PLEASE I ASK YOU TO PUT HIS NAME ON THE FLOOR!!!! Let’s broker this convention and start the 21st Century new deal with a President that can handle it that is Al Gore. So let’s make a stand AL GORE, JOE BIDEN TO RUN THIS COUNTRY!! Thanks Barrack for getting the party here, We will take for here, that is want needs to be said this week.AL GORE JOE BIDEN 2008!!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. banderson

    I certainly hope all democrats and independents are smarter than they are being led to believe. John McCain and his campaign could care less about Senator Clinton and you can be sure they are enjoying the discord in the Democratic party.

    August 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    I think it is great that they plan to hit the ground running to bring the Democratic Party together and win the White House back and get this country back on track. We cannot afford 4 more years of Bush/McCain.

    August 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Jenny

    Loyalty.. geeez you are dumb.. Biden handles that in the main committee.

    August 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. D Nelson

    The Democratic convention is moot, people.

    This is how it will go (Hillary has basically said this weeks ago)

    Hillary will get her votes from her supporting delegates. Obama will get his votes from from delegates supporting him. Superdelegates will vote putting Obama over the top. Then Hillary will give Obama all her votes. Obama wins by a united party.

    Then we can all move forward to beat McCain in November. And we know this will happen because

    1. No true Hillary supporter will vote for McCain. He is against everything she is for, and for everything she is against. While Obama and Hillary agree on every issue (one reason she wouldn't make a good VP pick for Obama).

    2. McCain has no diplomatic skill (essential for a President), lacks economic skills and a good economic plan, no education plan, no environmental plan, a really bad energy plan, and will ensure a extremist Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v Wade (along with many of our civil liberties)

    3. People will come to realize that they were fooled by Bush... twice, and now McCain is doing the same thing.

    4) Age doesn't matter. Shoot – even Bill Clinton was younger than Obama when he became president.

    and 5) The issue of "Experience" is a red herring. It is a non-issue, because no candidate ever has experience when entering the presidency. Being in the senate is a completely different job than being president (the former writes the laws – the latter enforces the laws). The best "experience" is being governor of a state (executive position for state govt. – next step up is executive position for national govt.). But that doesn't seem to make much difference. Look at Bush – governor of TX before becoming worst president ever. Teddy Roosevelt – 1 term in House, youngest president ever – and excellent president. Lincoln – pretty much the same. "Experience" matters about as much as hair color.

    August 24, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Priscilla California

    Ok America, now is the time to show we've had enough of the MacBush twins. If you are satisfied with worrying about your mortage, property tax, your child/children' college fund, food and gas prices, then vote for McCain because everything will stay the same. But, if you want
    to restore the quality of life that we all deserve then Obama/Biden is the correct choice. For all of you who want revenge for Hillarys' loss
    need to grow up. She lost get over it and move on. Resentment takes years off your life, is she worth it? OBAMA/BIDEN '08/'12

    August 24, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. >>>>>>>>>>>>

    Griff are you my teacher at live oak.

    August 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. Laurival

    ME IN FL: It might be a good time to go back and refresh yourself with geometry – if Hillary supporters in FL did a "complete 360 degrees turn around" in their support, they would still be supporting Hillary, if not the Democratic party.

    Proud NON-RACIST American: Thank you for calling down Marie in California, however, if people vote out of the ignorance of racism, the consequences will not be theirs alone. The consequences will fall on the entire nation and the generations to come.

    Kal: You've hit the nail on the head. Don't vote for petty reasons: vote for the person you feel will support your views and way of life in the government.

    August 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Ron democrat turned independent

    Biden as already made it plain that his word is not to be trusted where gain is in the mix. Floridians are politically informed and are not easily taken in

    August 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Ramesh Shrestha

    Shut up, you Repubs.

    August 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Obama Nation

    'Sore losers Nation' Unite against Obama!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. Paul C.

    It is encouraging to see that the Democrats are beginning to play Republican politics. Unfortunately, politics is a contact sport and cannot be played timidly.

    August 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Ron democrat turned independent

    HEY D NELSON

    do you realise that obama could not qualify as a VP candidate because of his inexperience and his past. and everybody is concerned about Biden. IRONIC ISN'T IT

    August 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Marcus Barnes

    Marie in California.....as an African American I find your remarks racist and in poor judgement. For those reading this post, you can judge for yourself. It's no accident that educated people across this country have supported Obama by wide margins. That's because we research and find TRUTH for ourselves rather than depending on CNN or FOX NEWS for the sound bit.

    The definition of "Supidity" is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Many Americans voted for Bush not once but twice, and now people complain about the state of our union. Futhermore, angry Clinton supporters have the audacity to support a man who even Clinton says will continue the Bush dotrine. If your un-happy stay home or vote for Nadar or something. But, for your kid's future, don't pull that lever for McCain!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. McDrill

    Right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fight the dirt with a dirt. republican crooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more Pumas people unite we should take out the Bush fraud family/Mccain fraud family

    August 24, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. urban

    hey Guys McCain is officially a groupie, All he does is talk about everybody else but himself. He went from P.O.W TO Maverick to Groupie.
    Its obvious they did not learn from the dem's primary. OBAMA-BIDEN 08

    August 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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