October 10th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail

An angry supporter confronts Sen. John McCain at a rally in Wisconsin on Thursday.
An angry supporter confronts Sen. John McCain at a rally in Wisconsin on Thursday.

(CNN) - With recent polls showing Sen. Barack Obama's lead increasing nationwide and in several GOP-leaning states, some Republicans attending McCain-Palin campaign rallies have taken on a new emotion: Rage.

"When you have an Obama, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there going to run this country, we have got to have our head examined. It's time that you two are representing us, and we are mad. So, go get them," one man told Sen. John McCain at a town hall meeting in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Watch: Rage hits the McCain campaign trail

It's almost a cry for help, with the GOP party faithful amazed McCain could possibly be losing.

"And we're all wondering why that Obama is where he's at, how he got here. I mean, everybody in this room is stunned that we're in this position," another man said at a rally.

"I'm mad. I'm really mad. And what's going to surprise you, it's not the economy. It's the socialists taking over our country," another man said.

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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    John McCain is not the answer, folks. Obama will help lead us back to our former greatness. "Rage" isn't going to get you anywhere.

    October 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Jim D

    SO what, in the grand scheme of things? McCain pandering to the conservative nuts who are already voting for him and not Obama makes no difference. If he does what this idiot suggests, McCain loses more of the awing voters than he already has, making the situation worse.

    That's the problem with idiots – they can't see the obvious and are blinded by their own stupidity.

    October 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Georgia Gal

    And one of those socialists is John McCain.

    October 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. mama4obama

    How embarrasing that this guy lives in the same area as I do. Someone--quick-take him to a padded room.

    October 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. fixthebroken

    This is just grand.

    McCain = Country Divided First!

    *sigh*

    October 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Latina for Obama (nj)

    Of course...MCCAIN IS DONE!!!!

    "THAT ONE" will be the next President Of the United States of America.

    October 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Bob Indianapolis IN

    THE SOCIALISTS?

    Dude, be for REAL! The Reptilicans are the ones who got you here. Did you vote for Bush in 2004? Hank Paulson used to work for Goldman Sachs and pushed the bailout of YOUR TAX DOLLARS for Wall Street.

    Your pal McSame has 177 lobbyists on his campaign! You've been watching Way too much Fox News!!!!

    October 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Mccain is dumber than Bush

    My god I pray these idiots stop reproducing! Look at that old hag without a common sense clue in the world, someone should tell him to go home and figure out how to work the vcr and let the educated take care of our country!

    October 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Katerina Ivanovna

    I'm wondering how Palin got to where she's at.

    October 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. naomi

    My generation wants better than this. It's time this nation was ruled by something other than fear/ignorance/arrogance.
    Obama-Biden 08',12'

    October 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Jerry in Boston

    You're angry? Cry me a river.

    This is how the rest of us have felt for the last 8 years as your neo-Conservative nut-job heros stripped us of our constitutional rights, invaded our privacy and trashed our reputation abroad, to name but a few of their crimes.

    You can wail and scream all you like, you're just getting your just deserts.

    October 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Cal in Houston

    Come on guys, we are all still Americans, first and foremost. McCain and Palin really need to get people calmed down because many of their supporters are starting to cross the line: yelling out, "kill him," and "off with his head" when talking about Obama. The Republicans really need to start thinking about the irreparable damage that will occur if they continue down this path.

    October 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Lisa

    How much Did Karl Rove pay these mad citizens to show up at these rallies. There they go again thinking people are fallling for all these displays, come on John McCain, where is the honorable man you use to be?

    October 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Suzie

    It is not "the socialists" taking over your country, it's called democracy, and may the best man win.

    October 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Look at all the white faces at McCain/Palin rallies. Not a speck of racial diversity. The Republican party does not represent modern America.

    October 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Mary

    Talk to the people telll them that you don't have a clue McCain. It is plain and simple. Now the next move is what are you doing to do now that the Democrats are asking for another stimulus package inwhich Obama said we need. Get you head in gear and sleep on that McSane/Palin.

    Can't stand the heat so get out of the dm kitchen.

    October 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Bush over Mccain!

    Can his hate filled rallies get any scarier, he is becoming a terrorist himself with the hate mongering he is spreading, what dispicable vile sorry excuse of a human being. What a waste, what a marrooooon!

    October 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    Let the ultra-right wingers rage... who cares? Certainly not I.
    More of this entertaining idiocy should be televised for all to see. I especially love all of the comments shouted in the background at these moron-a-thons.

    October 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Jay

    I Love it, The Republican Party falling apart right in front of us!!

    October 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Ted

    Don't get angry, get hope. Join the winning team.

    October 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Rara111

    Surprise, surprise! McSame/Palin can't win on the issues so now they resort to intentionally rowsing these nasty, racist followers. We want to know about the economy...nothing else matters.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. bear

    All Muslim must vote for Obama and give him money.

    October 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    "Stunned that we're in this position."
    And what position might that be? Under Republican administration this country is in the worst economic slump it has been in many decades. We are still at war after six years ( Oh, I forgot mission was accomplished) and we have lost over 4,000 precious lives. And he's complaining because Barack Obama is ahead in the polls? He certainly doesn't appear to have lost his appetite.

    October 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. KJ, GA

    This is rather unsettling. It almost seems as though they are terrified of someone 'different' than them leading the country and making decisions for them. There's an underlying hostility and racism apparent...it's just sad.

    People need to get a grip, get over themselves and realize Obama is best for the country!

    October 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Laverne

    Obama is where he is cause people like you sir continue to underestimate him and underestimate how sick and tired Americans are of the way things are going. We are ready for CHANGE and there is nothing you can do about it!

    October 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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