October 10th, 2008
05:42 PM ET
10 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. Regretful

    It's sad to see the anger and vitreol that so many Obama supporters show on these posts. Libs are complaining about the "rage" at the Republican rallies, but ignore their own rage and hatred of Bush.

    As usual, both parties are blind and are unable to see in themselves what they so quickly accuse others of doing.

    This country will not heal until we all want what's best for America and not our own selfish motives.

    October 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Palin 2012

    Wow, lets talk about rock star status shall we....

    October 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. EDDIE

    Who cares,she has nothing

    October 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Tom, KS

    OMG! This is so predictable. Please don't let these jerks hoodwink you America.

    October 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. bridgette

    I don't think most people like the way they are conducting themselves and that is why he is going down in the polls. Most Americans are so past this that they can't even rationally understand this campaign strategy.

    October 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Jim

    Gosh, a NASCAR race track sounds like a perfect spot for 10,000 racist redneck 'guys and gals' to go for a hate session headed up by fear monger and automatic machine gun advocate Sarah "The Moose Hunter" McPalin and the Keating Five Musical Circus.

    October 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. McCain's RAGE

    McCain is obtain advice from his supporters. At his latest rally in Lakeview, MN, the voters were telling him what to do at the next debate. It is interesting that he receives counsel about campaign strategy from voters at a rally. McCain is losing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I must say, he did tell the voters to be respectful of Obam. I guess he got the message that he was losing control at the rallies. I not running for President, but I know as a speaker that you don't let the audience control the venue.

    October 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. jakesdad

    um, y'all do realize that picture is from Talladega, right?

    October 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Brittany, LA

    Go Sarah-kick their liberal, left wing, Communist butts. We Wal-Mart moms are behind you and those Commies will hear from us on election day. The polls mean nothing because we have not been polled. There's 94 million of us and only 13 million of them–we win.

    October 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Why can't McCain tell the TRUTH??

    Sen. John McCain criticized Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama's health-care plan. "Under his plan, he will fine employers who don't offer health insurance to put their employees in government health care. He'll fine them," McCain said.
    The Verdict: False. McCain calling the plan's payment a fine is at odds with his own Web site, which calls it a tax. Obama's campaign says small businesses would be exempt from the plan.

    October 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Cincinnatian

    ...thus making her an expert in the auto industry!!!

    October 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Bob Barr 2008

    Republicans–Don't want to vote Obama, but cannot bring yourself to vote McCain? Check out Bob Barr's website. He may be running as Libertarian, but he is the one TRUE Republican in this race.

    October 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Patrick

    Wow, how appropriate.

    To be fair, though, I know lots of NASCAR fans who are really anti Palin. It seems the more someone WANTS to vote Republican because they believe in the ideals, the more they LOATHE the McCain / Palin ticket for deserting fiscal conservative ideals, smaller government and states rights. There is no hate like a voter scorned and McCain / Palin seem to be scoring their base.

    And that is forgiving the irrelevant mudslinging of the past few days.

    October 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Stream Of Consciousness

    LOL.....imagine that!! Folks, even SNL can't make this up.

    October 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Abby

    That type of crowd with that kind of spirit is dangerous. I urge all black crew members and reporters to switch with their white counterparts. I wouldn’t take chances.

    No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17

    Obama-Biden 08!!!

    October 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Undecided Conservative

    McCain's suggestion that Obama's plan would impact small businesses is wrong. "Small businesses will be exempt from this requirement," Obama's Web site says.

    You can tell when McCain/Palin lie, their lips move!

    As of this morning I've decided to go with the ticket that is not a non-stop babbling of lies and deception. Ignorance and stupidity. Beauty Bimbo and the Beast. Treason and Abuse of power. Ethics violations and voting against veterans.

    I'm going for the man that believes in America. Is a positive change and not a negative stain!

    I'm voting Barack Hussein Obama, because we deserve truely patriotic leaders, not the likes of McCain and Palin.

    October 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. k williams

    why. oh yeah. when white people attack, they attack as a mob. palin job is to incite the racist. how sad for the usa. great country?, not.

    October 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Papasan in Arizona

    The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns are the Right Wing Looneys i.e NASCAR. Republicans are mad, they are waking up from a long and peaceful slumber, to find two idiots [McCain/Palin] disturbingly in love with themselves, out of touch with the common American, and running the worst Smear and Fear campaign to date! And they are justly loosing by a huge margin. That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"! So you have this Trash Junk Yard Dog Palin running around the Nation whipping up Racist Bigotry.
    McCain/Palin! You don't represent any part of America, your campaign is a disgusting lie!

    October 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. True American

    So she can stir up more Nazi like hate and racist scum? This Republican ticket is morally bankrupt.

    October 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Lewis Farakan.."Obama is the Mesiah"...scary stuff!!

    IF that statement doesn't scare you.............somethings wrong!!

    People are judged by the company they keep..........Hmmmmmm

    Barrack Hussain Obama keeps some pretty shady company!!!!!!

    Headline: " Farakan sleeps in Lincoln bedroom" Reality?????

    October 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Robert Wooller Bradford England UK

    Ha, Ha and all the time after all this effort to smear Obama, Obama's standing in the polls just goes up and up while McCain's goes down.

    CNN: Obama 49 – McCain 42

    Obama-Biden 2008!!!

    October 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. America the Stupid

    McFart, please explain giving money to Osama Bin Ladin in the 80's? Funding terrorists.....McOld First

    October 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. noel

    Hockey and gasoline moms watch out Palin wants you...well she can have you. Obama has this baby wrapped up.

    October 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |

    ****Y A W N****

    October 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Amy, NY

    That's right Sarah-time to take the gloves off-–Wall Street is crashing and 401 K's are going down the tubes because people are afraid that Obama might win and with his spend and tax policies ruin our capitalist way of life-

    I can feel you taking charge from that imbecile McCain and you will lead us to the White House-

    Sarah Palin for President 2012 & 2016

    October 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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