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. Lorna, NY

    Weren't the Republicans complaining about the crowds that Obama drew? CNN get the story straight, the SCHOOL DID NOT WANT THEM THERE! That should be the headline! When are we going to get the real NEWS??????

    September 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. gwg

    I bet the crying school board officals and parents drank the Obama juice. They can't stop the tide and we dont need them anyway!!

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. ENOUGH ALREADY

    Half the Repukes are voting for Palin based on her looks. The other half are voting against Obama because... we'll you know... he's different. The one thing they have in common is an alarming lack of enthusiasm for the man they're putting into the White House.

    Let the dumbing down of America continue. Let's hope we all get a little smarter soon.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 9, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. maynard hopkins wi

    and the rallies will continue to grow. and grow and grow.

    September 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. CM

    Someone here had the audacity to say that McCain is New and Change? Whatever that means.

    Whats new and changed about him and the issues he wants to fix? Any plans for the economy you know of that we don't?

    McCain is only for gimmicks. 'This election isn't about issues' – direct quote from one of his advisors

    Go ahead and vote for the same tired old men and expect something different. You are the reason American is losing her superpower status.

    September 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Palinocchio

    By the time this campaign is over they're going to need a stadium on each campaign stop to fit both of McCain's and Palinocchio's growing out of control noses!

    September 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Brian

    Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 2 1/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double.

    keep bending over conservatives!

    September 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Former Hillary supporter voting for Obama

    To all Pumas,

    You really need to wake up and understand if the dems lose this election, there will be so much back lash that HILLARY will never get to run again. This Palin person is against everything we have been fighting for. I am ashamed that you once supported Hillary, and I'm sure she is ashamed of you as well.

    September 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. no trickle down...

    They illegally expose active service men at their convention.
    They illegally use the song Baracuda, even when asked not to.
    They illegally try to use public school property for a political rally.

    Is there a trend here?

    Seems like the McCain/Palin ticket has NO respect for the law!

    September 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Kelby from Houston, TX

    The headline is somewhat misleading. The headline makes you think, "wow, people are really coming out to see McCain. but then you read the article and find that a partisan event on school grounds violates local School Board policy.

    They don't need a larger venue. they just can't play where they want

    September 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Independent

    This former Hillary supporter will go to McCain/Palin rally if they decide to go to Texas. I am done with Democrat party!

    September 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. steve

    why would anyone comment about the "real" reason it was moved is because school board policy says they shouldn't hold a political event on school grounds,
    when these obamabots conveniently ignore the line of the of the article that says: Democrat Barack Obama held a rally at the county’s Robinson High School.

    although it's probably true that an obama rally can't be considered a political event, more like a circus or something.

    September 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Former Hillary supporter voting for Obama

    Palin will not win this election.

    September 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. C C Matthews

    It sure is a sad state of affairs when Obama sends his goon squad to try and hijack the comment sections of the articles. Have you looked at the polling numbers recently? You are in the minority.

    September 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. DREADY1RASTA

    I guess the usual Republican meeting place, the men's room at the airpor , was too small.

    September 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Chuck

    If one will sit back from their computer for a minute and as an adult try and reflect objectively about this race and the recent tactis by Mccain and Palin it becomes quite clear just how shameful and deceitful these two have been in this campaign.

    No matter what one thinks of Obama's positions at least he is trying to talk about the issues. His most recent events have been centered on the economy, education and some recent suggestions regarding troop withdrawals in Iraq. Whereas McCain and Palin are completely ignoring any dialouge, discussion or even debate on these issues while using over-generalized comments to talk about themselves, POW, war hero, maverick, soccer mom, etc.

    Can those who are supporting Mccain and/or Palin not really see the difference? Are you really that blind? You do not have to agree with Obama's positions or proposals. You can even dislike them immensely. But at least he is talking about them to open up debate as to how to resolve some of these issues.

    September 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. J from DC

    This is because, John McCain is switching his colors and talk to match Obama's. Conservative Republicans are running as Democrats now. But be not fooled. This is not the reason for his recent poll bumps.

    Stop looking for dirt on Palin because she is clean, maybe vindictive at best. The hard reality is that women identify with her because she looks and feels familiar to them. The problem is that they really can’t see how different she is from most of them. When they switch the Supreme Court next year, pro-choice goes out the window with it. But not for 4 years, but for the next 20 years. That is the wool being pulled over women’s eyes.

    Problem is, women are not carrying this critical issue (their right to choose) in the forefront of their minds. They won’t get it tell it’s too late, and after the price for Palins seat proves too expensive in personal rights.

    September 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Former Hillary supporter voting for Obama

    This woman is a insult to everything we believe in and McCain is so out of touch.

    September 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Give change a chance

    So just because McCain couldn't speak on school grounds doesn't mean they have to lie about it.

    September 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. v.ananthan

    OBAMA JUST TALK.... NO ACTION....

    September 9, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. jjenkins

    Attention Obama Supporters:

    Have you any integrity? I thought you were supporting Obama because he was a different kind of politician? isn't it really true that you like him because he's really really liberal and you like his personality, and now you want him to sling mud? I think so - because that seems to be all he's doing - like a standard politician. It's now time to make the switch. Do you have the stomach for it?

    September 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. gwg

    McCain better get a refund from the Obama juice drinkers. When the school needs books or funds I home the consertives remind the people who took the resorces away from them. Elect a new school board. This event is part of history and the school board felt it would be disruptive. Bull, what loosers. They just deprived thier students a chance to particapate in history not just read it from a book.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Former Hillary supporter voting for Obama

    I can not believe some upset voters are willing to sacrifice this country for 4 or 8 more years because they are upset. How dare you make the rest of us suffer because you feel entitled. Pumas are a joke.

    September 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Former Hillary Supporter Voting 4 McCain

    The Obama Whaaaaambulance will be sobbing openly tonight over this news.

    Hillary 2012

    September 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Greg

    Yeah, because folks are just jumping out of their shoes to come fall asleep at a McCain rally.

    Snore..........

    September 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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