September 15th, 2008
08:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin makes first foray into fundraising for McCain

CANTON, Ohio (CNN) – In her first fundraising effort on behalf of the McCain campaign, Sarah Palin raised just under $1 million, according to the host of the event.

Because McCain has accepted public financing for his campaign, the money raised will go towards the McCain-Palin Ohio Victory fund, which is comprised of the Ohio state GOP, the Republican National Committee, and the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, which solicits private donations to help the campaign defray certain costs.

“Senator McCain will be stunned and he’ll be appreciative also,” Palin said of the money raised.
Palin spoke for about 20 minutes at Brookside Country Club in Canton (just down the road, a solitary protester held up a sign reading “Country Club First,” a mock-up of the campaign’s slogan “Country First.”)

The Alaska governor thanked Ohio’s convention delegation for helping her through her speech in St. Paul when, she said, her teleprompter malfunctioned.

“In the convention I had you to thank afterwards, because there Ohio was right out in front, in front of me,” she said. “And you know, I walked out there on stage and we started the teleprompter going in front of me. Teleprompter got messed up, and I wasn’t able to follow it. So, I decided, I’m just going to talk to the people in front me. And it was Ohio.”

Palin spent most of her speech praising McCain as she does on the stump, but she did take a moment to address the financial turmoil on Wall Street.

“We’re going to protect the life savings of everyday Americans,” she promised, adding: “John McCain and I are going to reform the way Wall Street does business.”

Palin’s husband Todd, who has been a quiet fixture on the campaign trail thus far, did some cheerleading for a few seconds at the end of the event

“Thanks for supporting this ticket, it’s the right ticket to support,” he said. “You’ve got a beautiful state. Go Buckeyes.”


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  1. BJGT

    It’s a stretch to say she “pushed” for any policy improvements. Though Palin did sign a law increasing special education funding in Alaska, “she had no role whatsoever” in its development, according to the bill’s author, Rep. Mike Hawker (R). Moreover, as governor, Palin vetoed $275,000 in Special Olympics Alaska funds (Page 100, SB 221 with vetoes), slashing the organization’s operating budget in half.

    September 15, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. will ny

    Hey CNN McCain campaign has announced Palin will not cooperate with the trooper gate investigation.... COVER IT!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. jm from sc

    I bet she had to go on with the speech she memorized when that teleprompter went out. That's why she had to go on sending up false praises to McCain.

    September 15, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. will ny

    Hey CNN McCain campaign has announced Palin will not cooperate with the trooper gate investigation…. COVER IT!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Foreign Observer

    "just public financing," hahahaha. But it'd be interesting to know what the fat cats want from Palin in return....

    September 15, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. bam

    It's already been proven that Palin's teleprompter did NOT fail. This campaign sure likes its fiction.

    September 15, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Bob-LA

    Mccain-Palin are gaining momentum and deosn't look like it can be stopped. Obama showed poor judgement not picking Clinto as his running mate.

    September 15, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    Another lie...her telepromter didn't malfunction. What's up with this woman?

    September 15, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. Michelle

    She scares me......she seems like she is made from plastic, robotic.

    September 15, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. COUNTRY CLUB REPUBLICANS

    Palin has stated she will not cooperate with Troopergate investigators and will ignore Todd's subpoena.

    Does America want to actually elect a ticket that starts out thinking they are above the law of the land???

    We already have HRH who believes that, so, let's elect Obama, and not ordain royalty!

    September 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. James, NY

    Dems.--be afraid of Sarah Palin, very afraid.

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Rick K

    She has refused to cooperate with her own ethics investigation, and she's going to shake up Washington?

    How stupid are we?

    September 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. ZILCHO

    W A Y --T O --–G O---G O V E R N O R-–P A L I N---

    Y O U ' R E---O N E---O F----U S ! ! !

    September 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Annie

    Good for her. And the breaking news tonight is that she is now refusing to cooperate with the investigation in Alaska into "troopergate." Now that's change we can believe in. Wonder if those who donated to this fundraiser would still do so knowing this.

    September 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. jAYjAY

    Palin said she would cooperate in troopergate and now refuses even after her husband has been subpoenaed.

    If it were Barack & Michelle Obama in this mess what would the media and republicans be doing?

    September 15, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Republican Woman For Obama

    oh how cute, Palin gets her first protestor! "Country Club First" perfect!...lol

    September 15, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Mamamiya

    yeah....................whatever!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Susan

    That is all the Retuglicans know – get the money, get the money!!

    September 15, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. T

    Mrs. Palin strong right wing views are worrisome. In addition, her religious views are almost apocalyptic as well.

    McCain, 72, was pretty clear that he thinks the economy is doing well.
    Hopefully, he will retire now.

    September 15, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. pastjob

    Sarah Palin is just like a parrot, she repeats everything at every single stop. She says that they are going to "reform Washington!" why didn't Jonny Mcshame reform it in the past 30 years he has been in Washington? They give Sarah a prewritten speech and she just repeats everything all the time. is that real change? I was a Mccain supporter, now I have to vote for Obama. Sarah has totally changed everything for the worst, except for the idiots that hear her speech and think that she is the answer....everyone....she will be the VICE PRESIDENT, NOT THE PRESIDENT (thank God) which means she will fade away after the election and she will be going to furnerals. that's what vice Presidents do....
    Sarah the Parrot.....
    Sarah the Parrot
    Sarah the Parrot

    September 15, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. voter

    I thought McCain and Palin were not allow to engage in fundraising because they are taking public financing. Only surrogates can fundraise.

    September 15, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. Irony

    I just donated to the Obama campaign...Again!

    September 15, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. cph9680

    $1 million? That's it?
    Perhaps that star is already fading, eh?

    September 15, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. jm from sc

    I think the republicans are program to respond by calling every comment made about Palin sexest whether it fits the comment or not. How can Obama be blamed for what SNL does? They are also programmed to say Palin has more experience than Obama when they don't know anything about her. It will not sell because the American people are not buying it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Andrew

    We are screwed either way we vote.

    With Obama we get taxed to death but the government pays some of our tab while redistributing money from the top to the bottom.

    With McCain we keep our money but have to pay rediculous prices to get by.

    So it is either turn into Europe with Obama or turn into an unaffordable America with McCain.

    I am going to have to go with McCain...so that I choose what I do with my money and how I spend it.

    September 15, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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