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.
Its over....when you have to defend West Virginia (population 97% white)....that fat lady is already singing
I think John McCain and Sarah Palin have "laid out the contrast between the two tickets." She incites violence at her rallies, John McCain does nothing to halt them. Obama and Biden are level-headed and stay on the issues.
please enlighten the discussion by explaining how working with ayers' in an education board makes someone a terrorist? since when do board members get to choose who works or doesn't work WITH them? isn't that the sole decision of the chair and/or president? when it comes to board membership, i don't think obama had a choice but to work with ayers, who had come around after doing something questionable (belonging to a political party - the weather underground –which turned to violence to achieve its goals) when barack obama was 8 years old! let's not forget, ayers was awarded "citizen of the year" back in 1997.
She will probably next claim Obama was responsible for the attack on pearl harbor. These people are dangerous and the have no shame. They would rather destroy this country than loose. Shame on them and shame on the media for being a participant.
Sarah Palin is dangerous for this country. She calls Obama a terrorist, inciting the crowds, who are cheering, "kill him," and she just stands on stage smiling and agreeing with the crowd. McCain/Palin are bitter, desperate bigots, who have nothing to cling to but hatred for Obama. McCain/Palin just don't get it. They are both very dangerous and divisive for this country. We are already standing on just one leg and they want to kick that out from under us. No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin.
Palin help McCain by just making an appearance. Please don't speak, Obama will gain by your inciting the West Virginian's with idle promises.
You'll make a great VP Mrs. Palin!!!
Ignore the hate from the left and let's lead this country back to where it belongs!!
WOW! As a native North Carolinian, I never thought I would see the day when a Republican candidate has to worry about his support in states like West Virginia and North Carolina. I am shocked . . . but very, very pleased. It just proves how pathetic this ticket is.
what is the message of Palin and McCain for this country? Oh yeah they don't have a plan for the economy. McCain is only offering hate and division.
Man. I still cannot believe Obama has an 8 point lead in WV!!! It's just astounding.
She still can't put a complete thought or sentence together.
Between her *alsos* and McCains *my friends* I think these pair of idiots need to go back to grammer school.
McCain and Palin should be running a gossip magazine because that's what they are really great doing. They are mentally too lazy to do their own research before they get on National TV spreading gossip. I hope this helps answers questions to those Republicans who are so angry with John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Please calm down your rallies. They are frightening and you are making it worse.
Barack will be a good president for all Americans.
He can do no worse than Bush has done and he will bring our troops home to American.
I am very proud to say I have been very active in the Obama campaign. I have registered voters, gone door to door and sent lots of money. I am 58 years old female and a once moderate Republican. Obama is our future. Get over it and join us because you can't stop us.
It is so sad that in the middle of a crisis we have a middle aged hockey mom to solve the problem , and we have to hear her shrill lies
the ship is sinking and sinking, and sinking :)
Haha, I'd like to see them lose in a landslide
The Hate-Talk Express makes a stop in West Virginia?
One important story that has been overlooked in the media is Sarah Palin's long relationship with the largest third party in her state, the Alaskan Independence Party. Sarah accompanied her husband to the party's convention in 1994, and although she never joined the party – she has been a registered Republican since 1982 – her husband, Todd Palin, was a member from 1995 to 2002. Governor Palin herself warmly greeted this year's Alaskan Independence Party convention, and has made no effort to disavow the party and its radical agenda.
Palin has a lot of nerve saying Obama is putting ambition before country. She is putting ambition before everything her her life.
JUST THINK ANOTHER CHANCE TO INCITE THE PUBLIC. THEY HAVE LOST THE CAMPAIGN WHY DON'T THEY DONATE WHAT MONEY THEY HAVE LEFT TO REDUCE THE NATIONAL DEBT.
I AM VOTING FOR THAT ONE GO O AND JOE.
A state where she should really get a lot of stupid support. Those that REALLY care about what's going on and their future will support Obama regardless of anything else. We are ALL in this together. Taxes are not discriminatory, food bills are not discriminatory and gas prices are not discriminatory either.
Obama and Biden – the ONLY choice.
John McCain = the Waterboy of the republican party.
West Virginians love Hillary Clinton. Sara is no Hillary Clinton. I guess you can call this the McCain/Palin Low Road Express Campaign.
Obama stole the nomination.
The new democrats hated on HRC- behaving much like the republicans are now behaving.
Obama is too far left to appeal to 50% of Americans- no matter HOW bad the republican choice may or may not be.
Fact is... Obama has the reluctant support of many millions of democrats because of the dirty, rotten way he cheated and race-baited his way to the democratic nomination.
Why is she campaigning on the "East Coast" – wasn't there a recent comment she made about the East Coast???
I'm sure she will do well connecting with these people.
West Virginians: Don't support this hate-monger, war-monger, and dangerous individual. She is inciting people to great anger and hate at her rallies. America has had enough of Sarah Palin! McCain has run the dirtest campaign I've seen in my lifetime. They should both be extremely ashamed.
McCain is sinking like a lead weight in WV. Palin polarizes with a vengence. She's either going to help a LITTLE or seal the deal for Obama. I would venture to say she'd help Obama. Save the gas Palin, There are people that actually need it.