October 10th, 2008
05:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin rally in Virginia moved to NASCAR track

Sarah Palin's event Monday is being moved to a NASCAR track.
Sarah Palin's event Monday is being moved to a NASCAR track.

(CNN) – Hockey Moms might be the hot political demographic of the moment, but NASCAR Dads haven't been forgotten.

The McCain campaign is moving Sarah Palin's Monday appearance from the Arthur Ashe Center in downtown Richmond, Virginia - capacity 6,000 - to a much larger outdoor venue: the Richmond International Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races yearly and can accommodate over 100,000 people.

Watch: Cindy McCain goes for a loop around the race track

The campaign doesn't expect to fill all those seats, but McCain's mid-Atlantic regional director Trey Walker said the demand for Palin tickets has nearly quadrupled the capacity of the original event site.

The raceway is located in Henrico County, which will be slightly more competitive on November 4 than the city itself, which is firmly Democratic. In the 2006 Senate race, Republican George Allen edged out
Democrat Jim Webb, the eventual winner, by just over 500 votes in the county.

The event will be Palin's second of the day in Virginia after a morning rally in Virginia Beach, which, according to Walker, should be larger than the Richmond rally.


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soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Joe in StL

    Great: More room for hate speech in the bigger venue.

    October 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Palin is a Patriot Act

    This circus comes complete with clowns and a petting zoo.

    October 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. jason

    More hate speech for the heartland?

    Why is Palin/MCCain trying to tear us apart at this moment of crisis?

    October 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    HOW APPROPRIATE! She was probably a pit girl in races past. Perfect setting for her gun toting, war loving, trailer park white trash moose butt.

    October 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Ian

    Can't forget the most boring demographic out there.

    October 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Shari, NY

    I am more concerned about the NY state absentee ballot foul up mis-spelling Obama's name. “County elections officials tell the newspaper that it was a typo that made it by THREE ROUNDS OF PROOF-READERS”. Oh yeah, my name is Cleopatra and I live on Nile River Street. Please believe me since I believe you!

    Gov. Patterson, please investigate!!!

    October 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Victor from MI

    Gee golly gosh, I hope she spews out more hatred! Every normal dog-gonnit red-blooded American loves that stuff donchaknow?

    October 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Nana Lou

    thats great because it will take all the Oil in Alaska to keep NASCAR happy!

    October 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. mike

    It doesn't surprise me that the same people who think its exciting to watch cars drive in circles would also find Sarah Palin interesting to listen to....

    October 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. ohio

    GOP puts osama on ballots to make people think negative about OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! people lets support the truth

    October 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Just hope she can keep her pie hole shut about alleging that Sen. Obama made attempts to prevent or slow a troop withdrawal from Iraq via secret meetings with Iraqi officials. Sarah should be happy about that, her running mate wants to keep this war in business for years to come. America does not need anymore of this Republican despicable duo
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN AND YES WE MUST BEAT THE LIKES OF MCPALIN.

    October 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Stacey

    And suddenly being "well liked" and "popular" is no longer a bad thing...
    Enjoy your celebrity!

    October 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Jen

    New Newsweek Poll Obama up by 11%. Keep rolling in the mud McFailin.

    October 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Forget McCarthyism. Welcome to McCain/Palinism.

    Someone should follow her around handing out brand new white sheets to all her supporters. Maybe they dont fit into their parents sheets.

    October 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Dotty Helms, WI

    She's perfect for NASCAR – going in circles and completely pointless.

    October 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Robert, TX

    McCain will lose because of his dirty tricks. The devisiveness he's inciting is harmful to the country.

    We're all in a sad state. I lost 23K in two weeks, two weeks. Am I jumping up and down and saying "kill", no, nor am I jumping out of windows because I know the real meaning of life–my God and my family and friends. I will, however vote for the Obama/Biden ticket because I think he has better ideas for the country. We will get through this.

    I lost a lot of money but I'm going to sleep well tonight because I know things will get better.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. sue

    McCain and Palin are a disgrace to this country – inciting angry mobs rather than uniting this country. Tell me this isn't campaign first, and country last. McPlain will burn this great country down.

    As a former Rep I'm ashamed!

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. McCain Palin style Fascism

    Keep spreading that hate and getting your lynch mob all riled up John. We'll be over here trying to get our country back on track. Maybe taking a peek or two to see how much your campaign of fear and division helps our guy Obama out on the electoral map. Let Steve Schmidt's pitbull Palin keep on barking. Everytime she barks, we donate and organize.

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. Denise

    Who cares where Palin is campaigning. Is she even relevant anymore?

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Nervous in Texas

    Rally, you mean Klan meeting? And do you think she'll have anything new to say? Or do you think she'll answer any real questoins?

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. John Smith

    There will probably be more "dead-brain" men to look at "beauty" rather than brain or intellect! I bet the British, Canadians, and even French are probably laughing at us. A nation that elected GWBush twice has failed to learn from the mistakes of the past and present in the face of "beauty."

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Un-Decided Voter, Now Decided

    Way to go sarah... give 'em hell

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. joyce

    who in the blank cares. she is a lieing loosere who needs to stop draging her children around and put them in a stable inviroment and in school/

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Sue

    Does this mean that McCain will run ads showing Palin as a Celebrity??
    What a tool!

    October 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. hater not a debater

    The McCain campaign acknowledges the plan would shift the burden to taxpayers.

    October 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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