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. Republican Voting OBAMA

    They need to take their anger out on the party that is in control and they will be able to come to their senses and see what we are about to witness history in this country and they will the only standing on the sideline looking in.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

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

    AFTER 8 YEARS OF BUSH , DID THESE PEOPLE THINK A RETHUGLICAN HAD A CHANCE.

    October 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Barbara

    I have to believe that we are better than this. Shame of McCain/Palin. We need to tell them to stop - ENOUGH.

    October 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. H Jay From NYC

    I bet that McCain supporter really wanted to say "I can't believe you are losing to a "N"

    October 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    I'm sure at least one person in the crowd has a "who farted" hat on... anyone care to bet? :)

    October 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Chris in PA

    google "make believe maverick" then lets discuss character and judgment

    October 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Concerned

    This is amazing!!!!!! McCain has created a monster with his lies!!!! Now he has to suffer for them!!!

    October 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. michael

    McCain you had better step in here or for sure their will be blood on your hands..your gatherings are getting way out of hand..this outright rage is dangerous and you had better stop feeding it with oyur lies and hatred

    October 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. 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 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Shau

    McCain stand up because he just knocked you down. No leggs to stand on now buddy. Ask Palin for her high heels. She don't need them anymore.

    October 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Canadian POV

    This man represents that sliver of US societyt that was best served by the corruption of the last eight years. Bush/Cheney have fundamentally changed your country, abused the Constitution and outright lied to you. Its the Ideology, stupid!

    October 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Larry

    How do they think most sane Americans have felt for the past eight years?

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Debbie

    First we had Bush, the "unificaterer". Whatever happened to the principled John McCain, American hero?

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Brian

    They're angry because McCain is tanking, and they're surprised it's a young black man who's winning. How unfortunate.

    Fortunately for us, these are the same people who are in the 25% approval rating for George W. Bush. They're angry that the country isn't in the back pocket of the extreme right wing anymore and they haven't gotten used to it yet. They'll get over it though and eventually realize that McCain is losing because he refuses to take on the issues and would rather roll around in old dirt that Hillary Clinton dug up this spring.

    Obama for president.

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. kalkrish

    come on, speaking about economy obama is hiding his radical ties and friends and he will be dangerous.

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Mark, Cleveland Ohio

    "It's not the economy"?..Is he insane?

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. IDU

    Is it me or does these right wing nuts are radical themselves?

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Bush over Mccain!

    YEEHAW.....IDIOTS!! Mccain is pandering to idiots, luckily America is more educated than he thinks.

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. David Goldman for OBAMA

    IS ALL YOU HAVE TO OFFER IS HATE,

    YOU GET THE RESULTS WE HAVE.

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Molly KC

    This is getting bad! Why aren't members of the Secret Service arresting the people at these rallies that are calling for Obama to be killed? How much more of a clear cut threat do you need. By the way FOX news poll shows Obama up by 7.

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. New Mexico

    Take your seat. The whole world is wondering how, after 8 years of Bush, there is anyone left wanting 4 more with McCain. We've felt this rage for the last 8 years.
    And speaking as a woman, these republican candidates would criminalize what I would do with my body, if I were to ever become pregnant by rape or incest. No way, No how, NO McCain.

    I think that guy needs his head examined; he is grossly out of touch.

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Peachy Keen

    Frankly, there are laws which govern this type of group events and those that host them. 'Inciting to riot' are very serious offenses and obviously, McCain and Palin will stop at nothing to get their base worked up.

    If these two people don't have the ethics to tone it down, then law enforcement should step in and remove them from the stage.

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Mr. Eko

    McCain and Palin set the tone for their supporters – if they are spewing hateful, racist, or xenophobic bile at their rallies, then the blame lies squarely on McCain and Palin.

    Right now, they have resorted to the absolute worst in people – fear, prejudice, anger. It's despicable!

    This is McCain's civil campaign????

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Joe

    Shame on mccain.. someone please stop the hatred! I used to admire McCain, where's the man who ran in 2000???
    This is awful and as a former Republican, I am disappointed and sad

    October 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. mark wadlington

    give me a break... you guys are the biggest suckers
    if these two people aren't plants, especially the 'uncle Tom', i don't know what it. please!

    October 10, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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