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. victor,nj

    WHICH IS MORE PATRIOTIC SAVING 12,000 FLAGS OR SAVING 5,000 SOLDIERS. REPUBS PLAYING TO VOTERS IGNORANCE AGAIN. THIS MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH.

    September 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Voter

    McBush STOLE flags from DNC would be more accurate!

    September 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Melissa

    OMG!!!! McCain and Palin are a couple of losers and liars!!!!!!

    It's obvious they stole those flags!!! Look at how they're packaged in the bag!!!

    September 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Arizona

    They were 'removed without authorization', so in other words, McCain is using stolen flags...way to go John.

    September 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Venus

    Ha,ha,ha!

    They had to retract this story! It's not true!

    September 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Kevin

    LOL @ at the McCain campaign trying to make this election about image rather than issues. We'll see come November what's really on peoples' minds.

    September 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. David R in Carlsbad

    Mary Snow seems to have a bit of a history of these type of stories that are proven completely false after they are printed.

    September 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. DOH!!!

    Good point Greg.....sounds like another sneaky, low down, Republican move......

    September 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. jeanne alicandro

    why the misleading title?
    this is a false story. stop perpetuating it. the flags were not "discarded"!
    do your job

    September 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. I used to be a Democrat

    And now we see what the Democratic party is all about... total smoke and mirrors.

    September 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. hurricane palin

    so the dems are just using gimmicks to win over the hearts of

    americans? if the dems win and their masks comes off after obama

    is potus, americans will be regretting, they voted for the wrong

    person, inexperience

    September 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. KM

    CNN – Why do you take McCain talking points, yet refuse to ask him why he and Palin (I'd say ask her, but she is in hiding) LIED and misrepresented Obama's position and their own positions at the RNC?

    September 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. karen

    I am totally saddened by the press of America. If the press was insulted and ignored like this even in Bangladesh I promise they will stop reporting about this party totally. America is promoting democacy all over the wourld, and has invaded Iraq to establish democracy there. America wants to change many govts to democracy buthere in America somebody is trying to be your president without answering your basic and valid questions. CNN I am more discouraged by you. It looks like you either are scared of mcpalin etc or you simply are ignoring your basic duty as press.You post this or dont I dont care but please wake up or you will also be responsible for the greatest disater of the history.

    September 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Lana, California

    That's right McCain/Palin.

    You have no issues, no solutions, nothing substative to run on or legitimate reasons why you should win. Oh yes, there is the Fear Factor. I'll give you that red herring. So, they have to manufacture "outrage" to keep the mindless base happy.

    Now, we learn that the McCain camp has hired Tucker Eskew, Bush's Media Guru, to chaperone little Sarah. How cute.

    Hilarious....and here we thought McBush, er, McCain was trying to "distance" his ticket from the last 8 years of Bush/Cheney. Sounds like exactly more of the same to me.

    Ah yes – 10% change indeed. We'll be lucky if we get THAT much out of this train wreck of a Repub ticket. My question is: If Palin is that wonderous, why does she need Bush handlers and minders?

    Don't be fooled. Vote for REAL change you can believe in.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. gobo

    Wow! I guess the McCain campaign is playing dirt by pretending to be more American. If you are more American, talk about the issues that are important to the American people– talk about your plans on the economy, education, healthcare, the environment, peace, instead of diverting to irrelevant matters such as who wears flag pins more often, who steals flags from the opposition campaign, etc.

    September 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Terry

    CNN, you need to change the title on your headline. Clearly the flags were stolen, not 'discarded.' Chock it up to the mainstream media like Fox and CNN to spread false rumours.

    September 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Reba

    Bill.... If the surge worked...then why are we still there fighting. Ohhh, maybe because it didn't. It may have slowed the violence, but it did not and has not eliminated it. True victory is when the Iraqi people take care of and govern themselves and when we no longer have to be there to stand guard and fight their battles. It did NOT work. It was like putting a bandaid on a broken arm.

    September 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Marie

    How desperate are the republicans that they have to fabricate another lie like this.

    Watching the RNC last week, made me realize what is really at stake. McCain/Palin are going to be nothing more than another 4 years of Bush/Cheney.

    Sending Palin today to Alaska for two weeks is like Dick Cheney being in an undisclosed location.

    September 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Mary

    Is this all you have?

    I am sorry to hear about Jack"s wife. I love that man. he is so fair and honest..

    September 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Patrick

    I think the flags were stolen. I was at Invesco and we were told they ran out of flags. Now it looks like some "insider" hid the flags so he could give them to McCain. There were many people that wanted flags that did not get one. It seems that the McCain campaign should have checked into the story before using stolen items.

    September 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. armywife

    CNN's headline has quotes around the word discarded...therefore questioning whether they were actually thrown away! Jeez folks! Stop whining about CNN's "biased" coverage against your revered Obama!

    Why can't people in the comment section actually keep their comments to the actual story & stop the complaining?

    September 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Frank

    That's just what Obama will do to our country. Take what he wants and throw the American dream in the trash! Everybody now...NO OBAMA....NO OBAMA....NO OBAMA...!

    September 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. mary

    I think some one stole the flags to use for whatever reason .why was the flags still rolled up neatly and neatly placed in a bag?If they were found the RNC has the DNC of OBAMA camp e-mail or could texed them if they were FOUND .something dosen,t smell right .Being a PROUD AMERICAN certianly would have made that contact .

    September 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Earl

    The flags in the bag, pictured, were each rolled up neatly, not something you'd bother to do if you were collecting them to throw them out: they'd just be mixed with all the other debris, right?. Where are they now? Did the Republicans finally guide them into the garbage after they used them, or what....?

    September 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. KG

    You can't spell neoconservative without "con". This sounds like another one.

    September 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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