September 6th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp uses 'discarded' Obama flags

A spokesman for the Democratic National Convention says these flags were not intended to be thrown out.
A spokesman for the Democratic National Convention says these flags were not intended to be thrown out.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (CNN)–Republicans kicked off a McCain/Palin rally in Colorado Springs with veterans handing out American flags they say were discarded after the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Tom Kise –a spokesman for the McCain campaign in Colorado said a worker at Invesco field who wants to remain anonymous dropped off the flags to the McCain campaign this past week. He says there were 84 bags that amounted to roughly 12 thousand flags.

As thousands in the crowd waved flags, Senator McCain noticed them – saying “those flags look great” - but did not make direct mention of the flap.

Damon Jones, a spokesman for the Democratic Convention tells CNN “the story is false.”

He says the flags were bundled together, placed in bags and intended to be distrubited at Invesco. Jones says they “were removed without authorization”.

Updated with DNC response

In response to the accusations, DNC spokeswoman Karren Finney released the following statement:

"American flags were proudly waved by the 75,000 people who joined Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention. John McCain should applaud that, but instead his supporters wrongfully took leftover bundles of our flags from the stadium to play a cheap political stunt calling into question our patriotism. On the same day he agrees to join Barack Obama at Ground Zero on September 11, John McCain attacks the patriotism of Obama supporters who so proudly waved the American flag at our historic event in Denver just days ago."

soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. DrCats

    If they were "thrown away", why are they all neatly folded?
    When I throw something away, I dont tend to fold it up all neat-like...

    Why aren't we asking why "hockey mom" wont do an interview with the press? You know if the situation was reversed, the McSame camp would be all over it...

    September 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. INDEPENDANT VET.

    NOW ENGAGE A LITTLE MEMORY , YOU RECALL THAT OBAMA HAD REMOVED HIS LAPEL PIN MONTHS AGO , AN ABC NEWS JOINED IN , TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR OBAMA . AN THOS E FLAGS THEY FOUND NOW , WERE BOUGHT WAY BEFORE TIS ALL TOOK PLACE , SO THEY HAD TO DICH THEM SOME PLACE . DOES NOT SUPRISE ANY ONE . FOR THEY ARE THE BIGGEST BUNCH OF ANTI AMERICANS , WANT TO CHANGE EVERYTHING , FOR HE SAID LONG AGO , HE WILL SWORN IN , NOT ON THE BIBLE WE KNOW , IT WILL BE THE QUARM .
    ONE DAY NOT FAR OFF , HE WILL MAKE A BIG , SLIP AN THE MEDIA WILL BE CHASING THREW THE SKY'S TO SAVE THAT SLIP.

    NO OBAMA, AN JOE , SIT DOWN AN LET JIMMY CATER GIVE YOU A TOAST , MAY HAVE SOME LEFT OVER BILL'S BEER.

    September 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. M.

    Obama: 8 years-Columbia University, Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude from Harvard
    Biden: 8 years-Univerisity of Delaware, Syracuse University, J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law

    McCain: 3 years-Naval Academy, Ranked 894 out of 899
    Palin: 5 years at 5 different colleges, B.A. in Communications-Journalism from the University of Idaho.

    September 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. CM

    So these 'discarded' flags were all neatly rolled up and bagged when the convention was over?

    Wouldn't put it past the GOP to steal those flags. They're been stealing from Americans for too long.

    Give up the name of the 'donor'.

    September 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Everyone is Biased

    I heard some Boy Scouts found some flags in dumpsters. I guess that is storage for the Obama crowd.

    Was the Obama campaign paying storage fees to Invesco field to "hold" these items?

    Some of these previous comments are too funny!

    September 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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