October 10th, 2008
01:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin schedules bus tour of West Virginia

Gov. Palin will embark on a bus tour Sunday through West Virginia
Gov. Palin will embark on a bus tour Sunday through West Virginia

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) - In what may be another signal that the troubled economy is forcing John McCain’s campaign to play electoral map defense, Sarah Palin has scheduled a bus tour for Sunday through West Virginia, a state that’s been leaning red throughout this presidential race.

Palin had already scheduled a bus tour of Pennsylvania on Saturday, but she will now repeat that act on Sunday by making various unannounced stops throughout West Virginia, culminating in a campaign event in southeast Ohio. It’s a swing geographically reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s effort during the Democratic primary to court white working class voters in Appalachia. Clinton won the West Virginia primary over Barack Obama by a whopping 67-26 margin.

Surveys of West Virginia voters this year have consistently favored McCain, but state polls have closed in recent weeks as the global financial crisis has dominated the headlines. A CNN/Time poll conducted in late September showed McCain with a slight 50-46 lead over Obama, and an ARG poll released this week suggested Obama had rocketed to an eight-point over his Republican rival.

Last week, Palin made a pair of last-minute campaign stops in Omaha, Nebraska and Greenville, North Carolina – two regions that until recently were considered safe for McCain.

Palin on Friday seemed to acknowledge that time is running out for her campaign to shift the momentum of the race.

“Things are getting kind of, not tense, but things are getting - as things come down to the wire obviously, things are getting more important in terms of message, and in terms of opportunity we have to lay out the contrast between the two tickets,” she told donors in Cincinnati.


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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Jeff, Texas

    This here is one ashamed registered Republican!

    My party has let me down and humiliated me! I have made my mind up, and will be "putting country first" this year.. i will vote democratic for the first time in my life!

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Republican Voting OBAMA

    Can this woman even complete one task before they send to do another job. Running scared is not even the word you would use for this losing combination.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Alberta

    It is sad what the media is allowing McCain and Sarah get away with. I had a lot of respect for McCain, but with all the things coming from them, I am disappointed.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. anne

    While she's so busy talking on the trail about Obama's "blind ambition" maybe she could throw in this quote from her running mate on HIS own ambition. From John McCain's book....

    "I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. . . . In truth, I'd had the ambition for a long time." – John McCain

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Independent Voter

    Doggone it. She's as incoherent as it gets.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Theogracias

    The Hate Talk Express rides again!!!

    October 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Ken in Dallas

    I think she better go see if Alaska's turning blue. She should spend the next four weeks there. It'll save her the expense of buying her own plane ticket home when the bankrupt McCain campaign packs it in.

    October 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Female Voter

    haha...it's funny how Mc/Palin are forced to do all this traveling because they thought they had most in the bag already...;)

    October 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Enough!

    Taking the hate speech on the road. West Virginia would be the perfect place for people to reject this campaign.

    October 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Kristina, Seattle

    Let's see here... at Obama rallies we have an overwhelming sense of love for our candidate... love for our country. At McPalin mobs (oops, rallies) we see very little other than fear and blind hate.

    What side of the fence would you like to be on? It's really that simple.

    October 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I have relatives that live in that state – they don't want her there. She is unwelcome.

    October 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Obama all the way....

    Perfect-

    Now she can spew her hatred I yet another state. The Trash Talk express is on its way West Virginia...................................

    October 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Trent

    I seriously think we need to take a step back...everyone!! This is getting pretty intense and I am getting a little nervous.

    I am an Obama voter, and the reason is... the GOP have been in power 26 of the last 28 years in congress and the last 8 in the white house, it is time for a change.

    I was a republican too, but the hysteria that is following around the McCain campaign isn't American. Come on people, calm down take a breath. It is the people of this country that make it great...regardless of what happens, I thought we were better than this!!!

    October 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Wil in L.A.

    Poor thing....she still cannot speak in complete sentences.

    October 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Rodger

    Send in Sarah...a sure way for Obama's pole numbers to rise!!!

    October 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Hillary supporter for Obama

    Perfect place to "breed" hate speech and divisiness.

    October 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. dharmas

    Palin should ride the bus all the way back to Alaska , she can get some foreign polivy experience in canda on her way.
    and then she can run to be president of North America
    she is a fantasy queen

    October 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. KMG

    “Things are getting kind of, not tense, but things are getting — as things come down to the wire obviously, things are getting more important in terms of message, and in terms of opportunity we have to lay out the contrast between the two tickets,” she told donors in Cincinnati.

    The contrast between the two tickets is that one is showing a concern for the American people, while the other is showing concern of tearing down one individual.

    P S Mrs. Palin really needs to brush up on her English. She always sounds as if she's trying to recall the catch phrases that were drilled into her head, and spin off something original. She just doesn't understand, let alone believes what she says.

    October 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    When McCain is struggling to get WEST VIRGINIA back, you know he's in deep trouble.

    Hint: Quit lying.

    That would be a start.

    October 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Bit

    I wonder what type of racist violence she will stir up there. This campaign needs to be very careful about what they say and what the people in the rallies say.

    This thing can get extremely ugly before the election but I hope no one gets hurt behind this hate that this campaign has been spewing.

    Who would want someone in the White House who spews hate?

    McCain, you have competely lost it. You need to pray that violence doesn't erupt from your rallies. This country needs God's Intervention.

    God help us!

    October 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Those people don't need the hate and fear spread in their state – lots of folks there liked McCain (past tense), but will never vote for him with Palin on the ticket. Just how it is. They'll vote 3rd party first.

    October 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Jatovi, NC

    I have lost much respect for the republican candidate and party. Hate is not needed at this time. This rage and hatred should have been stopped at the McCain functions by either McCain or Palin, especially when someone yells out "kill him!". The more you fan the flames of hatred and and separation, the more it tears the country apart and escalates the possibility of something bad happening.

    October 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Rodger

    For every vote in the base she secures, five independents will vote for Obama!!! Go Sarah Go!!!

    October 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Nimi from NY

    I thought West Virginia was already in their column. If that's the case what they are they going there to do? Well, I guess it may be possible Obama is doing well there too. WOHOO!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. greedyboy

    West Virginia is a beautiful state, and I am sure the leaves are changing making it a great place for a bus tour. Keep her there, PLEASE!

    October 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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