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. sandee in Portland

    Geez, their campaign even lies about why they switched venues. Can the republicans tell the truth about anything. Why not just admit it's against school policy?

    Oh, by the way, has anyone noticed that McCain is now also copying Obama by doing rallys with his shirt sleeves rolled up. Does this guy have any original ideas?

    September 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Hillary supporter

    Palin is no reformer, if this person gets elected we will be the laughing stock of the world.

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. PUMA 4 HILL

    Oh No, hot a historical rally to take the place of addition/subtraction for a single day... oh no, what will the kids learn from this??

    Maybe they will learn that McCain is much more qualified than the chosen one. Hillary would be ahead of McCain and Palin now but Oh No.. the DNC and the racist thugs had to force their choice over the people.

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NOBAMA
    Where's the BEEF? NO BEEF, NOBAMA!!!

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Nancy

    Riiiiight. It's because of "ticket sales." Riiiight. So it's not really because of school board issues. It's because of "ticket sales." OK?

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. BH

    remind me again ... was it Palin or McCain who was running for President on the Republican ticket? In any case, I suppose fundamentalist voters will have no theological problems taking their marching orders from a woman.

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Where is America

    Why are McCain and Palin only targeting whites for their campaign. Where are the Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, and other people of color? I am sorry but did I miss something? For days the news has shown these images of white town halls, white conventions, rural white issues, and never mentioning that you need more of a cross-section to win the election, or at least that is what the media told us during the Obama Clinton primaries. You need a cross-section, you need a cross-section of voters....Seriously does all McCain need are the rural white vote to win the election??? If not, then why isn't the media reporting on what the McCain ticket is doing to woo the minority voters? So far it is a turn off and shows the republicans are not forward thinking people.

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. April Garlow

    The Democrats have been real jerks since Palin joined McCain's ticket. Now Biden with his childish and insensitive remark about stem cell research, they have really shown their true faces to the American People.You know what Barack Obama's good friend Oprah says–"When someone shows you who they are–believe them", and we do.

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Shameless

    YEAH RIGHT !! OH MY GOD – I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT LIARS THEY ARE!!

    PLEASE, MEDIA, DO NOT GIVE UP ON OUTING THESE MANIPULATIVE OUT AND OUT LIES. I, ALONG WITH ALOT OF OTHER PEOPLE, HAVE FINALLY WOKEN UP AND WE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK!!

    OBAMA OR BUST

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Ryan from New Mexico

    Liberal Bloggers are phonies and Wimps!!!

    i mean think about it...your own Democratic Party Leader are AFRAID TO EVEN ADMIT THEIR LIBERALS!!!!

    i mean, THE WHOLE LEFT WING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE A BUNCH OF PHONIES AND WIMPS

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. karen-phoenix

    America wake up!!!! She's a fraud!!!! She's lied about everything and fits right in with "Keating 5" McCain!!!! They are both crocks that should be in jail let alone running for president!!! Thousands of seniors lost their entire retirement because of McCain and he should have gone to jail!!! She is NO different. She has "sucked" the state of Alaska dry for her own personal use!!! What a disgusting pair!!

    September 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Scott NYC Independent

    Mc Cain likes this for now – Palin just wait until he gets jealous of you...... you'll be done for then, you may not make to November 4th.

    September 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Former Hillary Supporter Voting 4 McCain

    About time CNN posted a story that wasn't in lockstep with the Obamabots.

    September 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Shari, NY

    So which side is telling the truth, the school or the Republican camp? I smell fish.

    September 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. ENOUGH ALREADY

    You mean the Palin rally is moving to a larger venue. Half of the ticket is voting against Obama and half is voting for the rookie Palin based on one speech. Amazingly stupid, America.

    September 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Republican for Obama

    Spin, spin, spin!

    September 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. TheTruthHurts

    Good for him. At least people can hear the misinformation up close and personal. Barack should have done the town halls. We should have put this nonsense to rest a month ago. I guess now, more people will focus on the debates. McCain will have to defend the idiocy of cutting taxes in a time of war. That's like quitting your job while trying to send your kids to college. Oh, and trickle-down economics has been discredited. If you give GM a tax break, they will take the money, build a plant in Mexico and lower the INCREASE in car prices by $100. Who is that going to employ? Most of the tax break went out of the country. I'm with Barack, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Throw the bums out and lock the door.

    September 9, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. FL4OB

    Now, who's the celebrity? Hypocrites–eight is enough!

    No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin

    September 9, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Brenda in Detroit

    yeah, right – larger venue – can you say SPIN SPIN SPIN?

    September 9, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Glynn , South Carolina

    John has hired himself a cheerleader ...not a vice president

    September 9, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Diane

    This whole McCain-Palen is such a joke-McCain has really changed
    he isn't the person he used to be. McCAin being in the senate, what has he done for the american people in the last 8 years. plus he's taking Obama's "Change" to be his own. He has copied everything from Obama! if the people vote for a republican this time around, our country won't be a country anymore. it's sickening.

    September 9, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. R.I.F.

    I guess large crowds and celebrity is okay if you are a republican.

    Isn't it funny how the McCain campaign has done a complete 180 in the past couple of weeks? I thought he has a Maverick? Looks like he's just stealing Obama's concepts.

    Walk out on stage after the VP speaks at the convention – Check

    Hold big rallies to show the excitement for the campaign – Check

    Talk about Change – Check

    I guess he'll start talking about a timetable for troop withdrawl next. McCain's a fraud.

    September 9, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Shari, NY

    Fellowmen, Mrs. Paliln is not allowed to campaign solo because she is needed as a carrot stick wherever McCain goes.

    September 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Debby

    The school board must be liberals. Why wouldn't they want kids to see a Presidential rally I would think it would be a historical event for them vs. them sleeping at their desks.

    September 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Lonnie from OH

    It's a sad day for any political party when the VP pick is more popular than the Presidential nominee.

    What's even sadder is the fact that, after 8 years of Bush, Americans still pay more attention to personalities and less attention to policies. After mounting foreclosures, a seemingly endless war in Iraq, Washington lies, and over 600,000 jobs lost since the beginning of 2008 you would think that we would pay a little more attention to what's best for the country and less attention to political hype from both sides.

    Is that "Change" and/or "Country First"? I wonder...

    September 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. TheTruthHurts

    All I can say is "Drill baby drill," and "splurge on the surge."

    WHAT A CROCK!

    September 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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