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. Peter

    McCain and Palin would be smart not to stoke these emotional fires but to help extinguish them. Otherwise, they run the risk that some out-of-control nut case will do (or try to do) something really brash, really stupid. It takes only one.

    Should something happen, God forbid, then this country will really see rage, rage like it hasn't seen it in many decades.

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

    It;s about time we Republicans started showing some emotion and rage. I'm sick of the Demos constant barrage of attacks-I hope this is a voter backlash against the crooked politicians of all parties. It's time to revolt!

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. JOHN MCCAIN CONSPIRACY THEORIST??

    Keep spreading that hate and getting your lynch mob all riled up John. We'll be over here trying to get our country back on track. Maybe taking a peek or two to see how much your campaign of fear and division helps our guy Obama out on the electoral map. Let Steve Schmidt's pitbull Palin keep on barking. Everytime she barks, we donate and organize.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. kim,richmond,va

    They are mad that Obama is in this position? But they are not mad at McSame vp choice, gas prices, bailout of the banks, or the economy. Those republicans belong with each other, they do not know their head from their behinds. You are in this position because if you lay down with dogs you will get up with fleas.

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

    Jeff, Texas,

    Good for you. That is independent thinking. Excellent!

    And if Obama and the Dems screw up, I will be voting for another party the next election.

    I don't tote party line - I just know in my heart that Obama is the right pick this time.

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

    I think it is time to ask this question...Is McCain insane???

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Angela

    It is getting ugly because god-fearing, patriotic, tax paying, non-government dependent, American-loving citizens are absolutely afraid of what Obama's and Biden's ignorance and ego will do to this country. Americans have worked to hard building this country to watch someone who worships with a racist (Wright) and asks a terrorist (Ayers) for advise tear it down just to serve his hidden socialist agenda. I'm ashamed to call you democrats my fellow citizens!

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. STEVE

    How .. so, the whole USA is for the GOP's only...Hummmm and what a desparate tone? mcshame and all his grumpy folks got to get over the new generation..NO WAY NO HOW NO MCSHAM.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. DAVE

    THE REPUBES Have no one to blame but themselves...This is not the first time they have screwed themselves... Roosevelt bailed us out the first time.. now Obama will.. If those horrible repubs threaten "KILL HIM" KILL HIM" like some do, they should be arrested for CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER .. OH, and those people are ALL THE GOOD CHRISTIANS lol lol what a joke..

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. look deeper

    Whya re you people so hateful to poeple you never met? yet you are so easly following Obama who has a proven record of going back on his word and doing things against our country?

    Are you that desperate for something to change? You will cling to someone who promises the world yet doesn't do anything? This is how people like Hitler came to power (NO i do NOT think Obama is like hitler) I am saying that saying what people want to hear in bad times is an eaasy way to win. I would rather hear the truth hard or not.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. PA Independent

    The far left has its share of loonies too, make no mistake. But the far right is just plain scary in their religious hate and fear of anything other than people just like themselves, and now the threats and sheer hatred McCain and Palin are encouraging at their so-called "rallies" is downright reckless. McCain and his advisors are playing a dangerous and disgusting game.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. pegi ky

    A few months ago I told a friend of mine that I was voting for Obama. Her reply was "My husband starts screaming at the t.v everytime they talk about Obama". Now I'm understanding the mind set of these people and its scary.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Rob

    McCain is dis-honorable and a coward. It's outrageous that someone that has the 'ambition' to be POTUS has succumbed to this type of nonsense to seel himself for the position. Not only that he is dividing the country with hate. Who is the true patriot?

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Nimi from NY

    What I do not understand about such people is the fact that they don't look at themselves in the mirror and ask how did we get here? The Republicans have held all branches of govt for 8 years and in control of congress 4 years before the. This means for a total of 12 years they have been in power whic led to all this disasters. And now, after all they have done, they want us to allow them 4 more years to do what? If they haven't done any good for this country in the last 12 years, what's the guararntee wthey will the next 4 years? So they can get as angry as they can, the roll call is on. They Republicans have to pay.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. chico from Virginia

    What good is it to get mad? Folks the country is broke right now,the last thing we want to do is cry like little helpless babies.THAT is not what an American does when somthing is broke. We look at the problem, gather up all the info, find a solution and execute a fix.
    THAT is what Obama is all about. McCain and his entire party can't even admit that there even is a problem.
    THAT is what Obama's change is about. McCain is absolutley clueless to the very definition. Bottom line folks, this country needs change and someone to wake those who are still clueless up.
    Don't get mad. Get out and vote. So what that Obama is a Democrat. He is an American first and the best choice for the Presidency as of right now. I mean, REALLY ladies and gentlemen. Buck up and lift up your sleeves and lets get to work.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    im a social conservative, and I do not support McCain (nor Obama). The fact is Obama shares no values with me, McCain does, but the status quo about these issues such as abortion will remain the same. No president is going to be able to overturn roe vs. wade so voting based on these issues is kind of pointless.

    but Obama is a socialists; anyone who says otherwise is being dishonest. he wants to redistruibute wealth, universal healthcare which is the worst idea (just ask canada), basically make everyone equal. he doesn't believe in the America dream. he wants to take it away from the succssful and give it to the lazy poor people. but under McCain the economy will go to hell and oil comapines will get tax breaks.

    so we're pretty much screwed. im not sure who i will vote for. I like Biden thought, if he was on top i'd go that way for sure. Palin is way out of here league, and so is Obama.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Felly

    The GOP should blame George W. Bush, the worst president since Herbert Hoover. That's what they voted for the past 8 yrs. The chickens are coming back to roost. The GOP is a shrinking party with no new ideas. They are very selfish, naive and myopic in their world view. They should stop whinning and cast their votes for a change we can believe in.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Anna

    Some McCain/Palin supporters are starting to sound like "domestic terrorists" against Obama. It's scary, I mean you could be walking outside a McCain/Palin rally and get hurt or worst just for wearing an Obama T-shirt. This thing is getting bad.

    Give Obama credit, in his rallies, whenever he says something about McCain relative to his service and get boos he always calms the crowd down.

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Penny

    Shame on John MCain for not being leader enough to stop this level of rage. Most of his speeches are filled with lies and half-truths and he is encouraging hate among voters. Thank God there are enough people with some level of intelligence who see though all this and can vote for the BEST man, not the angriest !!

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. chris

    I cannot believe this is happening in this country in 2008 and Mcain is feeding such a fire, when the fire burns it consumes everything, GOOD LUCK AMERICA

    October 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Alex

    Fascinating to see this republican party falling apart in front of my eyes...

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

    mccain's crowd looks like a clan rally and Obama's look like the united nations

    October 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Greed is not good

    The Republican base has become too fanatical and even dangerous. I just pray they don't start with terrorist acts or violence.

    October 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Travis

    The McCain campaign will be a future lesson on how not to run a presidential campaign. It's almost like he is campaigning to lose...

    October 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. That One

    The rage and anger is being fueled by the man who 'reaches across the aisle' and constantly calls himself my 'friend.' The Republicans are doing themselves grave injury with this kind of campaign, both short term and long term.

    I will use my vote for an individual who gets that Americans are all in this together, rather than for an individual who can't stop dividing us up and egging hate mongers on.

    Obama '08

    October 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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