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. Brian

    I hope she doesn't get run over by a car traveling 200+mph. Really.

    October 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. marc s

    I think McCain would run over his own 200-year-old mother in the Straight Talk express if it meant being president.

    October 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. NV for Obama/Biden

    She doesnt need to campaign – just put her lying hate inducing speech on a continuous loop and broadcast it on the Rush Limbaugh show....

    I certainly hope that the secret service has stepped up their efforts to protect Sen. Obama – Sen. Biden and their families. It will only take one of those far- right, conservative, KKK card carrying – sheet wearing loonies to watch these McCain/Palin rallies where not only are the candidates whipping them up into a raging frenzy but the audience is spewing these vile words and you are going to have some mentally disturbed psycho who has been teetering on the edge already become a real threat to the safety of not only the candidates but anyone who doesn’t agree with republican politics.

    This NASCAR family is voting for Obama/Biden!

    October 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. KJL

    There is something horribly wrong with McCain and Palin. McCain has already shown he is too aggressive against other countries, but now he and Palin are trying to incite racial hatred in the USA. And these people try to pretend they are patriots? There should be some way candidates can be recalled, because these evil people have no place on any ballot.

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

    Let's all have a rally when the results of "troopergate" are released. We can then discuss witchcraft, too.

    October 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Franky

    Hmmmm, first, it was my boy with all his parties and now is Palin!! Ohhh hell yeah!!! But this time in Virginia!!! Sorry to say but it seems like Senator McCain is not invited...

    And I think she' also gonna drop the first puck at a hockey game! He was right!! I mean, the President from Pakistan, you know, LOL!!!

    October 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Brett in NC

    An appropriate venue. There are many in the NASCAR community very much against Obama. I'm anxious to see how many folks show up.

    October 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Pamela

    Do people forget it was the democratic congress who fought the reform of fannie and fredddie, house after house after house grabbed up money which will not be paid back. Obama said the lending was "fine" well we are far from fine. They chose to ignore all the warnings!! McCain was working for reform..hello why do people ignore the facts. It is all on record ..heck it is all on video. If a liberal president is allowed to get into the whitehouse wih that liberal congress the sky will be falling...the Carter time will seem like the good years. wake up people.

    October 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    Go girl go... preach to the uninformed that would vote rethuglican anyway.
    Hey, maybe you can incite a riot! I'll personally buy you a ticket back to the land of misfit toys if you'll leave right now.

    October 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama is now being shown the same respect and love that the Obama followers showed Hillary, her supporters, Americans who disagree with them.

    Why do you think Hatred and vitriol is acceptable when it is YOU who spew it, but scary when it is others who show it.

    The scariest thing for me was the intra-party division and hatred that gutted HRC and the insults hurled at the HRC supporters.

    ACORN and other Obama supporters are the ones that are scary and hateful, insulting and abusive, forceful and disrespectful.

    October 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Veteran for McCain

    Awesome. I feel a late surge to the polls in effect for the McCain/Palin ticket!!!!!

    McCain/Palin '08!!!!

    October 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Jude

    Those "proofreaders" in New York should be fired...each one of them that inspected the ballot. This is definitely racism...against Muslims..against African Armericans...its uncalled for.

    October 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    100K...she's trippin'

    October 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Jerry Ohio

    Palin is going to jail when the lawmaker read her rights to her.....Palin is destroying the republican party......I spoke with 5 republican people and tehy told me they are voting for Obama because of Palin and McCain attacking Obama with negative ads they are upset with them

    October 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Gene

    Weren't they the ones screaming that Obama had some nerve using a football stadium for his convention speech?

    October 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Sensible Woman for Obama

    It's a shame that Palin and McCain are full with such HATE!

    Our great country doesn't need to be divided. WE need to come together , we are a great melting pot.

    I will pray for us and I will pray for change. We need to leave this world better than we came into it.

    Please don't hate, Celebrate...Celebrate our great nation. We Need CHANGE!

    Obama/Biden

    October 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Kelby from Houston, TX

    GREAT! Palin gets to flirt directly with NASCAR Dads. I'm sure they will all feel right at home. We will get the answer to that age old question that I have always asked; HOW MANY IGNORANT PEOPLE CAN YOU FIT ONTO A NASCAR TRACK AND SPOUT HATE?

    October 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Darrel from Denver

    John McCain – the original Manchurian Candidate.

    What really went on in Viet Nam?

    October 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    They probably don't allow hate rallies at the Arthur Ashe center!

    October 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Turnabout is fair play

    YEEE HAWWW!!! And we all know what kind of educated people NASCAR attracts, right? FFS! The Rethugnicans in office must be covering their faces and almost crying into their palms at what the joke known as Sarah Failin is doing to their brand.. Keep it up bimbo, you're only helping Obama! :-)

    October 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. ran

    the only mistake on the name misspelling is they got caught.

    People do not let the right wing crazy people take this election from us once again. Regardless of the name on any ballot vote Democrat and we will get our country back.

    October 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Great for her...

    Now she can be closer to Joe Six-Pack.

    October 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Jack Cavanaugh

    thats funny

    October 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Jeez

    Well, why not. She can see where my tax money is now going.

    October 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Jackie in Dallas

    Oh, great. Another opportunity for Palin to encourage her followers to kill Obama. Geez, I only hope noone actually shows up, or the numbers that actually show are so small that the obvious GOP plants will stand out even more. This time, if Palin winks at the guys shouting "kill him" I think she ought to be arrested for inciting a riot, or threatening the life of a Presidential candidate.

    October 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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