October 10th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
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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. DB

    Don't hate...appreciate and the come celebrate!!!!

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. D. H.

    What's so new about Republicans taking on Rage. The democrats and especially on the blogs have bent Obama's whole campaign on Rage. The were so tacky about Palin attacking everything about her even before she could get out in the open. And people say they have had it with Gay bashing. I've had it with McCain/Palin bashing.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. KC

    If these people stopped producing then who would pay for your handouts and subsidies? By the way, what's going to happen when Obama loses? Will there be riots? Tell me which is more dangerous...speaking or burning down neighborhoods? I'm mad too.....how is it no one cares that Obama is a liar and a cheat. No experience, no plan, no policy. Bad affiliations and relationships. Dangerous for our country, our troops our world. Nobama, ever.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Tara, Seattle

    These people just need to ask themselves..."what would Jesus do....?"
    If they think long and hard on that for a minute, it should calm them down.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Of course there's rage. All you Obama supporters are blind and don't realize he's nothing but a socialist bent on his own radical agenda. If Obama goes into office it'll be a sad day in the history of our country.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. James

    This country is so divided. These angry people want to keep it that way. Why? Argh!!!

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Kammy

    "I mean, everybody in this room is stunned that we're in this position,"

    You're in this position because of a republican president and congress. Don't be so surprised. You got what you wanted and now the economy is a disaster, foreign policy is a disaster, moral in our country is a disaster, the disasters are too many to name. Someone has to come in and clean up now, and we sure can't count on the ones that made the mess in the first place.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Betty

    Mr. Angry Ugly Mustard Pants needs to calm down and talk like a grownup.

    "I'll listen to your point when you stop yelling at me"

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Rocco

    It is this very segment of people who supported Bush in 2 elections that we should all thank. Read the headlines in is over for the Republician right wing and please thank God for Obama.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. McCain+Palin=FEAR

    Thank goodness these people represent a sliver of our population. How unfortunate for them, to live in fear, with hatred and intolerance.

    ONE NATION: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. ANGIE

    Mccain supporters ARE SCARY PEOPLE! seems like they are radical

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Michae

    The fact that they're stunned is the exact reason WHY they are in this position. They're so out of touch, that this is somehow a big surprise to the staunch conservative base.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama is where he is because he is a dirty Chicago style politician.

    He played the race card against the Clintons and members of hisown party. He used strong-arm tactics at caucus and he is guilty of fraud in registering his "new" democrats and in donations he accepted.

    He stole and cheated his way into the nomination of the democratic party. Now millions are forced to vote for him simply because he is the candidate representing the big "D" on the ballot.

    Even democrats are NOT happy with HOW Obama got here- the way he "won" the nomination.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. John

    Well, these are probably wasted words...but...open your minds, folks! Some of the wealthiest democracies on earth have socialist governments–and higher standards of living and better health care than we Americans! You speak of socialism as if it is some kind of obscenity. It's not.

    I'm not a socialist...just sayin'.

    Take a look around, open your mind to different ways that are working all over the world. Holding on to facist Bush's agenda won't get us anywhere. We NEED change, so no point in raging against it.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Ken, Medford MA

    Bush nationalizes investment companies, banks, and insurance companies and Obama's the soclialist? It appears that a little education on politacal systems might be needed. And you so called liberals personally tearing down others because of their views, you wouldn't know a socialist if they sat on your face and moaned i love you.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Independent

    Viewing these rallies is very unsettling and the fact that McCain/Palin appear to support these rallies has sealed my decision.

    Obama '08

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Theresa - Minneapolis

    It's absolutely shameful how the Palin/McCain ticket is getting people fired up and angry toward Obama. This is incredibly irresponsible!

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Roadrunner

    It is clear McCain has lost his grip on his campain. The RNC needs to step in and see who is running the show...and fix it

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Enough!

    Sensible people should turn their backs on this campaign. There is no place in the world for this hate and division. Do you want your children to grow up in this environoment? I don't.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Ken in Dallas

    "Stunned that we're in this position."

    Translation: "We've been promised one-party rule, and we now feel cheated because we're losing control."

    Can we survive another four years of these people in control of our nation?

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Kevin in ND

    George W. Bush = "The Decider"

    John Sidney McCain = "The Divider"

    Get your idiot supporters in line, McCain... or you'll have anarchy.

    John McCain & Sarah Palin = Country Last.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Megan

    "that" Obama. These people are scary. Do they really think McCain cares about them? If they werent' so angry I'd feel sorry for them. McCain and Palin really need to start telling people to "stop" with the hate rhetoric. Disagree, but be professional about it.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Dem in Nebr

    I'm really getting scared of things I hear coming out of these rallies....I've seen some video of people talking to people outside the Pennsylvania and Ohio rallies and they're downright frightening! Sounds exactly like a lynch mob. All they need are their pitchforks. McCain & Palin need to put a stop to this! Is this the kind of people they want to attract? Are these the good "christian" people they claim to be? I don't think so.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. lynn

    The MCCain campaign MUST put a stop to this before someone really gets hurt. The MC Cain-ies and the Palin-ies will be responsible if because of their inciteful rhetoric someone goes off the deep end and hurts someone. Where is the Secret Service? Why aren't they arresting these nuts?

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. anthony

    This is getting dangerous. Ever since around 2000, republicans have been getting down-right nasty. You used to be able to discuss politics and just agree to disagree. Now, it is actually intimidating. I'd like to know what started all this? Did the Clintons do something to them behind the scenes? There has to be a cause to all of this effect.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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