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. cj24

    SURE... So is the campaign saying that the school system is, MY GOD, lying??

    Someone needs to get to the bottom of this..... keep it coming.....
    Oh, FU Rush!

    September 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. J UAN CARLOS

    P A L I N,,,,,,A T T R A C T S,,,,,,,,W I T H,,,,,,,,Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S,,,,,,,

    O B A M A,,,,,,,,,,,W I T H,,,,,,,,P R O M I S E S,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    September 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. faye, NV

    When will Palin begin telling the truth, jet did not sale on ebay, spending up in Alaska. Please do not be fooled by what ever she say and McCain going along with this.

    Where is the substance in this hot air? Bush is done and they will follow his path. This is not the change we want.

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO PALIN/MCCAIN.

    September 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Phil in VA

    Hmmm, liberal infested NOVA says no to McCain. How shocking. I absolutely love reading the talkback comments from all the Obama folks. All they can say is McCain/Palin lie, they are bad, etc. A typical dem response. A lot of hot air and absolutely no substance. Dems can never give facts. So when Emperor Obama doesn't win the election, I wonder what the excuse will be for how the republicans stole the election. It's the same thing every 4 years. Oh, and please keep putting the Obama bumper stickers on your cars. I love knowing who all the "lovely" people are on the road!

    September 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Lorna, NY

    When Bush was elected to his 2nd term the front page news in England was "America is filled with 48 million IDIOTS! The Republicans are targeting the uneducated and the stupids. There should be a literacy test before people can vote. I don't want dummies determining my future!

    September 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Do you rabid dems not know how to research or think for yourselves?
    Not everything is spin or lies just because they're republicans. You're on one of the most liberal biased news forums and I guess you can communicate with other like deformed minds, but come on people! Neither one of the candidates should be in the White House, but I'll take YEARS of experience over DAYS anytime.

    September 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Debby

    Sad when a school prohibits a historical event on their grounds and that goes for either side who would be holding the rally. Maybe these board members should get other professions like McCain suggested. History in the making and the board members think its disruptive. No wonder our school system is in a mess.

    September 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Obama has the electoral votes, but if these people vote in McCain, I will NOT be feeling badly for them when their lives get worse like after they sent Bush back to office. Please don't come up with pity stories about how bad the job market is or how they can't afford gas and groceries or either.

    If they'd rather be broke than have a Black man in the white house, then let them stay broke.

    September 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Ridgeway

    Shari that fish you smell is Pelosi. Enough Already I agree there are "amazingly stupid" Americans. They just happen to be Obama supporters. Get used to saying it, "Vice President Palin". Look at the upside for you Libs. You won't have to get on your knees and face Mecca five times a day.

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

    Cue the Obama Whaaaaaambulance.

    This story is way too upsetting for them to take. I expect another article smearing Palin any moment now as a result.

    September 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. J from DC

    Men, Palin is not pro choice, you will be hit with the bill $$$$$$$$$ over the next 20 to 40 years.

    September 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Bill L

    McCain and Palin like Hearts song "Barracuda" but I suppose they didn't read the lyrics. The chorus says:

    "If the real thing don’t do the trick
    No, you better make up something quick"

    which means if what you said first does not get the votes, then change what you say and say something else. Flip Flop!

    September 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Annie

    From one outside venue to another. And that's moving it to a larger venue? Once the Palin "celebrity" calms down, these folks are going to be exposed for the liars they are. And why can't she go out by herself – is she not yet properly trained? She must be a stubborn pit bull. And will someone please tell her how to pronounce Iraq.

    September 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Scott, Wichita

    Yeah, because thats a fair decision. Obama can and McCain can't. If I was a school administrator, I'd LOVE to have a Presidential candidate at my school, regardless of party. It's FREE ADVERTISING!!!

    Lends credibility to the school, and shows your facilities. Also lets your students see the electoral process right up front and in person! If i was one of those parents, I'd FORCE my kids to go, just so they can claim they know more about the candidates than any of the bloggers who just repeat their parties' respective stances like mindless automatons

    September 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Free of Liberal Guilt

    Is it just me, or are nearly all of the posts on this CNN "Ticker" pro-Obama?

    As this article shows, and the latest polls prove, the Republicans are gaining traction and Obama/Biden is slipping badly. The wild and desparate tone of the liberal posts on this site also show that. And despite the liberal lies about Palin's executive record (a record Obama doesn't have), McCain/Palin is proving too much for the Democrats. Its going to be great watching this campaign as things continue to unravel for the Democrats, especially since they should have had this locked up long ago given the Bush/Cheney record of the past 8 years!

    September 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Stupid-Are We?

    Lies, Babies and Scandal. We don't want that in our schools.

    September 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Clint Malarchuk, Buffalo, NY

    Sheesh, you'd think the Obama campaign just got slashed or something...

    September 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. No McCain

    The writing is on the wall............4 years ago Bush gave the same spin mccain and his surrogates are spewing today, and we pleaded with these "so call christians" to spare us the same failed policies, but they followed their guns and religion and voted for bush and sadly some of these folks will do it again, and they will be the ones to suffer the most.

    September 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Ann, MI

    So let me see if I understand this. The Republicans have been spitting vitriol for months about a certain candidate's lack of experience and celebrity status. Where are you now angry bloggers?

    Sarah Palin is certainly the flavor of the month, but she can't answer a questions without her cue cards written out by George Bush's gang. And her experience consists of firing a couple of officials for personal reasons and getting federal earmarks for her state at 20 times the national average so she can crow about Alaska's surplus budget.

    September 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Linda K.

    They may be celebrities.

    But are they ready to lead?

    September 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Lewis King

    VIRGINIA FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Sholar

    Lies, Babies and Scandal. We don't want that in our schools.

    September 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. PENECOSTAL PALIN "TALKS IN TONGUES"

    While her ex-minister stated he never saw her perform this activity, it would appear that all of America is witnessing her "talking in tongues" and it appears her tongue keeps getting tripped up by LIES!

    September 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    Wow, now that he has a hype person he is having to use a larger venue! What the voters will have to do is overlook the hype and check the facts.

    September 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Angst

    It is AMAZING to read the level of angst among Democrats on these blogs lately...a little worried, are we?

    September 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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