September 9th, 2008
04:43 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain rally in Virginia moved to larger venue

McCain event relocating to a larger venue.
McCain event relocating to a larger venue.

(CNN) – John McCain's campaign is moving a Wednesday rally from a northern Virginia high school to new venue following complaints from some local officials, who complained that holding a partisan event on school grounds violates local School Board policy.

However, McCain's campaign told CNN on Wednesday the main reason for moving the event was to accommodate outsized demand for tickets.

The McCain camp was scheduled to hold a rally Fairfax High School’s field house tomorrow morning from the school system and the city for $10,200.

The event, originally scheduled to be held at Fairfax County High School in northern Virginia, is being re-located after some county School Board members and parents complained that the rally posed a violation of board policy because it would disrupt normal school hours, and objected to the exception granted the McCain campaign. Over the summer, when school was not in regular session, Democrat Barack Obama held a rally at the county’s Robinson High School.

A McCain aide said the principal reason for moving the rally to a new, larger venue - a nearby park - is the mounting demand for tickets. McCain's rallies over the last week with running mate Sarah Palin have drawn large crowds for the Republican nominee.

Wednesday's event will be McCain's first in Virginia since securing the nomination earlier this year.


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soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Try It Alone, McCain

    McCain is afraid to show up at a rally without Sarah...

    I dare you McCain...

    Go to one rally without her...

    Prove you are the one running for President...

    You know why you won't do it ...

    Becasue nobody would SHOW UP!!!!

    LOL

    Obama the only true candidate!!!

    September 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Try It Alone, McCain

    McCain is afraid to show up at a rally without Sarah...

    I dare you McCain...

    Go to one rally without her...

    Prove you are the one running for President...

    You know why you won't do it ...

    Because nobody would SHOW UP!!!!

    LOL

    Obama the only true candidate!!!

    September 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Movement in the making!

    For themselves: A vote for McCain and Palin

    -–4 more years of Bush (or worse)
    -–I am a woman and do not want to back in history....(Palin)
    --All we have heard from them is attack attack attack...no meat and potatoes(at least Obama has a plan)

    McCain and Palin... has not said anything on how they are gonna do what?.... Cutting Earmarks...is nothing compared to the billions we spend on the war.... the rich will continue to get richer and the poor poorer.... just think..... if abortions become illegal.....we will have more hungry children than Africa.....

    with the way the economy is nad high energy prices...
    and the policies of John and Sarah..... the USA will be far worse off than we already are.

    September 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Jamie

    Heck, I can hide out in my house from now until November. Let me be the VP. America knows as much about me as they do Sarah Failin.

    September 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Ricky

    Let's see, spending precious time with your son before he goes to Iraq, or country hopping with a wife cheater and a warmonger. Great choice Sarah, you'll make an excellent VP. Oh by the way VP in your case stands for Void of Principles.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. jimmy

    WE SEE THE CROWDS , WE SEE THE FLAGS WAVING , WE HEAR THE CHEERS , WE SEE THE SMILES ON THE PEOPLE'S FACES.
    AND THAT FOLKS IS JUST THE START OF THE MCCAIN-PALIN RALLIES.. THEY NOW NEED LARGER VENUES FOR THEIR CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THE CROWDS ARE GETTING TOO BIG
    FOR SCHOOL GYMS AND AUDITORIUMS. THIS IS TURNARIUND
    TIDE OF THE MCCIAN-PALIN VICTORY TRAIN JUST ROLLING ALONG IN HIGH GEAR .
    THE OBAMA CAMP IS TUNING THEIR CAMPAIGN IN DEFENSIVE MODE ON THE EXPERIENCE AND JUDGEMENT ISSUE NOW, WE SHOULD CREDIT OBAMA FOR HIS "COMMUNITY ORGANIZER" CREDENTIALS BECAUSE THAT IS A KIND OF COMMUNITY SERVICE.. NOTHING HOWEVER COMPARES TO JOINING THE RANKS OF OUR TROOPS LIKE MCCAIN AND PALIN'S SONS.
    INCLUDING MCCAIN HIMSELF . THERE WAS AN ARTICLE ABOUT OBAMA IN WHICH OBAMA WAS QUOTED AS SAYING " I THOUGHT OF JOINING THE MILITARY " ONCE. ETC.ETC. THINKING ABOUT DOING SOMETHING IS JUST "WISHFUL THINKING" AND DOES NOT AMOUNT TO A PLATE OF BEANS.

    September 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Lenette, TN

    VIRGINIA, don't let us down, and don't be fooled by big hair and a skirt.

    Obama/ Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Henry

    The skirt and the skirt chaser. Priceless.

    September 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Don of Wisconsin

    KEN: "trailer trash crowd"? What an elitist positioning, personified!

    BTW, what you stated was equally vacuous; notice that I spelled it correctly. Vacuum is spelled with two 'U's. I learned that the first day in my Vacuum Technology course in t963. Not knowing the difference reduces you to less than the TTCs you demeaned; at least as far as I am concerned.

    September 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. "smart" in America

    I remember how people reacted when Bush was elected in 2000 – How could 50,000,000 people be so "smart"?! Guess what – there was even more "good" news in 2004 – the number of "smart" people grew by >20%(!) to 62,000,000! I'm sure you can't wait to know who are those 62,000,000 "smart" people – well, your wait is over:

    93% of republicans (well, that's totally expected)
    86% of individuals for whom terrorism is the most important issue
    (simply terrific job by Cheney&Rove)
    85% of individuals who supported war in Iraq (sure, we are over there for a good reason)
    84% of conservatives (by definition they have no new ideas – again, expected)
    63% of gun owners (afraid that unless big daddy (Bush/Cheney/McCain) will protect them, someone else will take away their toys)
    58% of individuals making > $100,000 per year (don't wonna pay more taxes)

    Yes, "smart" in America did it in 2000 and 2004 – will they do it again in 2008?!!!

    September 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. e.j.mohammed

    I only hope the good people of Virginia don't fall for this Republican nonsense IT'S A RUSE! McCain isn't the vehicle of change and Palin will set women back 20 or 30 years without choices! I am amazed that Good people actually believe McCain's empty words! Palin is just being told what to say she has never even met Obama. I hope someone burst that bubble soon! McCain knew exactly what he was doing he needed a mouth piece suddenly he's mute and she's the bell of his campaign!

    E.J. Mohammed someone who wll never vote another Republican again!

    September 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Redbug-OHIO

    Well she had been mcsame's running mate for awhile. When are they going to let her go it alone. What are they afraid of. Just goes to show she is a mcsame puppet. Let's hear what she or mcsame have to say about the HUGE deficit his good old buddy bush is leaving the next president. Peolple please wake up. Let give REAL CHANGE (OBAMA/BIDEN) the chance to show REAL CHANGE, not more of the republicans scaring people into voting for another for years of bush.

    September 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Tom Piotrowski

    How about the rally Biden had today at Mehlville High School in St. Louis Mo.? OK for Dem's not OK for Republicans? Come on CNN tell both sides!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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