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. The age of McCainism!

    In 20 years, whenever a candidate tries to use fear tactics, attacks on someone's patriotism, and injecting race into a campaign, it will be known as a strategy conducted with McCain/Palin style tactics. Fox news type smears. The age of McCarthy and Jim Crowe are over. Welcome to the age of McCainism. The Fox news Era. The Palin effect.

    October 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Citizen

    A Hillbilly speaking to a bunch of other Hillbillies at a sporting event that is based upon running moonshine. I smell a meth cookout coming.

    October 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Darrel from Denver

    Given the Vietnamese broke McCain when he was in captivity, what are the odds he is the Manchurian candidate in this election?

    October 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Isn't it ironic

    The Obama fans were vitriolic and hateful all through the democratic primary.

    They insulted, jeered, mocked and ridiculed HRC and all her supporters.

    They strong-armed at caucus and committed voter fraud to get Obama nominated.

    Now they pretend to be shocked and scared when the republicans show some anger back at the would-be-socialist-dictator.

    The hypocrisy is too ironic.

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

    I wonder how many of those ticket buyers are like me....I would go to see her cuz she is a phenomenon who puts her foot in her mouth with every other sentence.....

    It's great drama, much like Saturday Night Live.....

    Has nothing to do with my vote of course, but the lady is a star these days for many delusional reasons....great fun....go NASCAR dads...this one is HOT!!!! :) :)

    October 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. JD in Moraga

    Appropriate. Like a typical racetrack, the Republican campaign is going nowhere fast.

    October 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Kentucky

    Duh, now there's a crowd she can relate to.

    October 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Shannon, PA

    God don't like ugly, and he ain't that crazy about pretty either. If you have a good heart, just follow it, you know what to do. Don't let anyone persuade you how to vote.

    America 08

    October 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. CLINTON '12

    THE MARKETS ARE UGLY, THANKS BUSH

    October 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Proud to be American

    Sarah is definately sticking to her base .... I hope she does not inspire hattred!

    October 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Justathought

    It seems appropriate. I think its a great dishonor to the memory of Aurthur Ashe to allow Palin to spew her lunatic rantings in a facility named after such an honorable man who faced such adversity and yet rose to such heights.

    Obama/Biden 2008. God bless America!

    October 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. John Dubai

    Barbie Doll is a waste of time. The only reason people will wanna see her is to hear her drown in her own speach.

    October 10, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. McFraud

    THe reason why? Arthur Ashe was a great BLACK tennis player and Palin doesn't like that.

    October 10, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Monroe W. DeVos

    It's clear that they want to keep Palin (and McCain!) in comfortable enivronments where they can continue to incite their base. Let's see if the rhetoric changes or continues to be incendiary...

    October 10, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Single Mom

    It's refreshing to hear that in our economy, people still have money to go and see Palin and McCain. I wish Sarah would investigate taking some courses at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership; I get the feeling they are a bi-partisan group; she might learn something valuable.

    October 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Palin Hater

    Maybe she'll accidentally fall onto the track

    October 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. NJ

    McCain/Palin crowds are rising. It's evident Americans don't feel Obama can run the Country. It's obvious, he couldn't run Chicago, it's riddled with Fraud, Embezzelment, Crooks,Shaddy Officials,Voter Fraud, Descrimination suits. Americans deserve better.

    October 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. JL

    Great. Now the republicans will say I'm not a NASCAR fan if I don't support them. Hopefully the negativity and evil she is spewing doesn't spill over to my favorite sport.

    October 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Bridget

    Her rabid supporters will be more comfortable in a NASCAR stadium than in a place named after Arthur Ashe, that's for sure. Stay in friendly territory...that's the hallmark of the McCain campaign.

    October 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Wal

    McCain wants to balance the budget by 2013.
    The problem is, he doesn't know yet how the deficit may looks like in 3 months.
    Bush made the same promise to cut in half in 2004 election and where are we now?

    He said he knows how to fix the social security. And the solution is commission. Or he pledged to not raise tax during his term. How can he be open to a commission and not open to raise tax in order to fix the social security?

    He said he know how to win wars. And was advocated to go to Iraq and almost forget or doesn’t believe that the fundamental of the war against terrorism is in Afghanistan.
    He said he know how to get Ben laden. It is unpatriotic to not tell that to generals how to catch Ben laden.

    Does McCain he mean what he said or is the product of his Age?

    We saw this movie before ... that will not work again. This year2008 is different.

    October 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. No Country First

    Palin is the one who is putting politics before country. If the issues she is raising now about Obama were so important, why did she wait to raise them after McSame clearly slipped in the polls? If you notice, right after the RNC (early Sept), Palin was not bringing up these Obama personal issues. But, as soon as McSame dropped in the polls (late Sept), Palin decided to go really negative.

    October 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Peter in PA

    What in the world does this inept woman have that these rednexs so are fired up?

    October 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Jesus

    What would I do, Sarah? Remember; You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

    October 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. IndyVoter

    Yeah Right! How convenient, they move it from the Arthur Ashe (a black man) center...hmmm.

    October 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Isn't it ironic

    The Obama followers were disgusting, vitriolic and hateful throughout the democratic primary. They were derisive and demeaning toward fellow Americans and fellow democrats.

    They spewed insults against members of their own party and were filthy, rude, vile and vulgar to Hillary Clinton.

    They were nasty and mean and ugly and divided the democratic party.

    Now they pretend to be shocked at the anger expressed by the republicans.

    Not half as bad as the hatred democrats showed each other and to Hillary during the primary.

    October 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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