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. Cheryl R

    Same old dirty dirty Rove style tricks.
    Just when you think the Republicans can't go any lower they come up with something even more repulsive. These people are so morally bankrupt they are capable of stealing just so they can make another false attack, and you really want them running the country? No wonder America is in such a mess.

    September 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. jeanette

    CNN – please do your job and investigate Palin and McCain.
    These people are running for the highest office in the world, and they are being very secretive. They certaintly aren't neing forthcoming on Palin, and are spreading lies galore.
    Come on CNN – start digging.

    September 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. 7 HOUSES to O

    THE NEW & IMPROVED REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    THE PARTY OF THE RICH FOR THE RICH.

    AND WITH OUR MONEY, NO LESS.

    September 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. cmitch FW, TX for Clinton Obama-Biden08

    Stolen flags. How far will the republican go? Remeber heaven is watching.

    September 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Reality

    Misplaced? Yeah right..

    September 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. cmitch FW, TX for Clinton Obama-Biden08

    Stolen flags. How far will the republican go? Heaven is watching.

    September 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. honestlady

    These flags don't look discarded to me!!! They are folded very nicely. Someone must have stolen these flags!!

    September 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. curt

    Mccain is sinking to a new low road, he has been broken again just like Viet Nam, why would Mccain even comment that the flag's looked good if he were not trying to start a culture war, instead of starting a war on unemployent, no health care, the failing economy.

    September 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Loretta

    Republican liars.....and now thieves. What next. they had know right to remove the flags, They were packed in bags are were probably going to be delivered to another event.

    September 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. gary

    GIGS YOUR STINKEN HATING MORON LIKE THE REST OF YOU LOOSERS. OBAMA IS ANTI AMERICAN ANYWAYS ,SO BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT TO YOU LITTLE NAIVE MORONS. IF YOU READ THE FACTS AND WATCH GLEN BECK ,YOU WILL SEE THE FACTS. CNN IS KEEPING ALOT OF CORRUPTION ISSUES OF OBAMAFROM OUR COUNTRY. THEM ALONG WITH O.B. AND THE DNC SWIFTBOATED HRC OUT OF THE RACE.YOU YONG MORONS ARE JUST PUPPETS AND OBAMA IS YOUR MASTER. HE PULL YOUR STRINGS AND TELLS YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR FOR YOUR MONEY AND VOTES.HE IS MORE LIKE BUSH THAN MCCAIN EVER THAUGHT OF BEING. WHY DONT YOU DO REAL RESEARCH ON YOUR CANIDATE INSTEAD OF HEARING IT FROM THE MEDIATHATSKEEPING THE TRUTH FROM YOU.

    September 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Scott L

    McCAIN = Republican version of Harry Truman. Watch out Obamabots...if you don't know what I mean, do some history lessons on 1948 election.

    September 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. bk

    Don't worry Dems you will not see anything bad about Obama on CNN. They will not even look into a bad story about him. Thats a promise. Its a well known fact on the other networks.

    September 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. John Smith

    Mike M wrote this:
    I honestly didn't hear one plausible solution to this country's many problems during the entire four days of the republican convention.

    McCain said:
    1. He's going to solve the energy crisis by drilling more. Even T Boone Pickens says that won't work.
    2. He's going to continue the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Isn't that what got us in the economic mess we're in now?
    3. He wants to tax the portion of health-care premiums that are paid by employers. For me that means my income would be tax at an additional $1200 annually. Thanks McCain!!
    4. I have no idea what his plan is for global warming and the environmental problems we face. Maybe John would like a do over? I think he forgot to mention that.

    The one thing I do agree with was his call for change, however, I don't think anyone told him Obama has been calling for that for almost 2 years now.

    Let's go with the real deal – Barack Obama. Not someone like John McCain that has changed his campaighn strategy no less than three times to attract votes.

    September 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Darryl Miller

    Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin should show some leadership and responsibility and reinburse the Democratice Party for the Stolen Flags.

    I am truly disappointed about the lies that Sarah Palin have been putting out about Senator Obama and Senator Bden.

    September 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. David R in Carlsbad

    How about changing the title to: McCain/Palin campaign office in Denver accepted stolen property from and Invesco employee.

    September 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Mean

    John McCain-tell this stupid woman to shut her mouth. Otherwise, peole are going to shut yours.
    Sarah Palin is calling Obama a "sambo" and Aboriginal people as Arctic Arabs, mocking community organisers and wants to break all the china?in the white House.
    It is not the change -it is mean, nasty, destruction.
    She comes from all white Alaska state. The RNC convention didn't represent the American society. Sarah's husband calls for independent state. McCain didn't wear flag pin at the convention.
    So, what is all this -Country first?

    September 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. MikeH

    Sounds like the the flags were STOLEN by the Republicans.

    Seems like the Republicans have STOLEN a lot from this country in the last eight years.

    Sarah herself may have participated in the theft of part of the $27 MILLION she left Wasilla Alaska in debt for.

    BTW CNN, why don't you show some investigative courage and investigate the library book-banning Sarah Palin implemented in Alaska. She's looking more like a NAZI every day.

    September 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    There is a video of Sara Palin declaring the Iraq war is a holy and they are doing God's bidding. Why don't you show this video since you have a copy then ask Sara is the Holy war to kill Muslims or Arabs or both.

    Then ask Sara if it's doing God's will to keep killing Arabs and Muslims throughout the Middle East.

    The challenge CNN is whether or not you print the truth as this statement and the fact you wouldn't print it will go on every blog on the Internet.

    September 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. je

    as always fox stinks and CNN is following!! Yeah they were going to throw the flags but weird they stack the flags nicely in black bags! Some Americans actually believe this since they are ignorant! Educate!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Morningstar

    McCain how stupid do you think that Americans are?

    September 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. June W

    If I hear one more story about flags and flag pins I think I'll throw up. If people would get as indignant over the fact that 5000 Americans and over 100.000 Iraqi's have been killed and thusands more maimed in a crimminal war while John McCain and Sarah Palin were warpped in the flag and wearing pins with hands over hearts as they embraced the war, perhaps we might see a glimmer of that "change" they want us to believe in. Wake up and deal with the REAL issues.

    September 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Getting away with it..

    Obviously they were not discarded because they we stacked and rolled-a lot of care was taken to store the flags.

    Just another diversion tactic the Republican party is using. I am not surprised that this evil campaign can come up with such a dirty strategy.

    NO McCain/Puppet VP

    September 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. DeGee

    This sounds like yet another sick fabrication from the McCain/Palin/Rove camp.

    I think "Rep. Woman for Obama/Biden" said it best. Nobody in the crowd at the Dem's Convention would have discarded an American flag they acquired there.......No Way-No How. You can bet that most of those flags are being proudly displayed on walls and desks all over the US.

    This constant challenging by the Republicans of the Democrats patriotism has gone way beyond out of control. Nobody, and I do mean nobody, but a true patriot would go thru the rigors of running for President of the United States, I don't care what party they belong to.

    September 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THESE FOLKS ARE JUST PATHOLOGICAL LIARS.

    September 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain's campaign steal the American flags that stands for integrity and truth so they can degrade it with lies. America won't let McCain and Palin short change us any more, NO WAY, NOW HOW, NO MCCAIN AND NO TO PALIN.

    September 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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