October 12th, 2008
07:05 AM ET
6 years ago

Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail

A passionate McCain supporter at a Davenport, Iowa rally this week.
A passionate McCain supporter at a Davenport, Iowa rally this week.

(CNN) – With recent polls showing Sen. Barack Obama's lead increasing nationwide and in several GOP-leaning states, some Republicans attending John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign rallies are showing a new emotion: rage.

At a rally in Minnesota on Friday, a woman told McCain: "I don't trust Obama. I have read about him and he's an Arab."

McCain shook his head and said, "No ma'am, no ma'am. He's a decent family man...[a] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. That's what this campaign is all about."

One man at the rally said he was "scared of an Obama presidency." McCain later told the man he should not fear Obama.

"I want to be president of the United States, and I don't want Obama to be," he said. "But I have to tell you, I have to tell you, he is a decent person, and a person that you do not have to be scared as President of the United States."

McCain's response was met with boos from the crowd.

Watch: Rising anger at McCain rallies

When asked about these outbursts, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said that he didn't know who those people were and if they were there as supporters or to disrupt the rallies.

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  1. White Male frm PA

    haha

    October 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Mitch MD

    It doesn't matter if they are supporters or not...WRONG IS WRONG!!!!! Let's be civilized about this. America is about to be put to the test. We say that there is not race problem in America. On Nov 4th, we will find out.... the rubber will hit the road VERY soon....

    October 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Mike from Calgary

    McCain & Palin: What part of "FALSE" or "MISLEADING" do you not understand. Factcheck has repeatedly shown your statements and advertisements to be false and misleading, and yet McCain continues to repeat the lies and to approve the messages, and the LAPDOG WITH LIPSTICK continues to PARROT those lies.

    No surprise re Palin: she reneged on undertaking to co-operate with Alaska State Legislature Investigation, which has found that she abused her state powers for a personal vendetta. I however expected more from McCain. especia;;y after he said he would run an HONOURABLE campaign.. It is sad to see how McCain has gone downhill since selecting his running mate. He has disgraced himself and the McCain name.

    October 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Carramea

    I have a friend who saw Palin in PA at a rally he liked her but he also called OBAMA the N word in his email to me. How have Christians become so hateful. I have lost 100% respect for Palin ( actually never respected her much) and alot for MCCAIN with this hate mongering campaign. I actually was thinking at one time for voting for MCCAIN because of his experience and if he had picked Huckabee or Romney I may have been voting for him tomorrow instead of OBAMA. There is enough hate in this country without my president and his rabid mate Sarah leading the charge

    October 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Susan

    This is the worse campaign in history. Mud-slinging from all 4 candidates.

    Vote for the ones with the most experience.

    Ummm...........That's McCain and Biden.

    October 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Stephanie

    This is CRAZY!! I can't believe there are still people like this that exsist. It's the 21st century people! And your afraid of a black man getting elected as president?? You know thats ultimately what this is about. I'm ashamed to even say I'm from the same country as these people. They are the furthest thing from patriots, you are exactly what this country is NOT about. I am absolutely disgusted. UGH!

    October 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. NC Mom

    Even the McCain campaign responses are infammatory.

    October 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. G-Man

    Yeah right Rick Davis, you don't know who those people are.

    October 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Seattle Sue

    McCain/Palin are the cause of this rage. They really need to do something to stop it. As they can see by the polls their negativity is not helping them.

    October 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Suzy of MI

    You reap what you sow McCain! Congrats on stirring up a racist mob into a frenzy! I'm sure the independents and the rest of America are so proud of you. You definitely deserve the presidency now!

    October 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Leah,Texas

    Of course the McCain folks KNOW who those people are. One of the people that said bad things in the audience was an anti-Obama talk show host and the older lady that said that Obama was an arab WORKS in the McCain headquarters!

    October 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Darryl Miller,

    Senator John McCain is NO RACIST!!!!, Support of McCain may have some very strong views along the racial line due to all the false inforamtion they recieved about Senator Obama. We as American needs to do our research and show the world that we are United in our quest to return to our leadership status in the world..

    Obama and Binden 08 / 12

    October 12, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. annie - never again a dem.

    This woman was so a plant in the audience by obama's campaign!!! She looked like someone acorn had promised a bottle of wine to.

    October 12, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. CARMEN

    THOSE TYPES OF EMOTIONS ARE WHAT DIVIDE PEOPLE AND CREATE VIOLENCE.STOP THOSE HATEFUL PEOPLE NOW BEFORE IT IS LATE.MCCAIN AND PALIN HAVE INITIATED THIS RAGE AND IT IS UP TO THEM TO CHANGE THE TONE OF THIS CAMPAIGN.THOSE PEOPLE THAT SHOWED RAGE ARE CLEARLY RACIST AND I THINK THAT THEY DO NOT LIKE OBAMA ONLY BECASUE HE IS BLACK/ I AM A LATIN WOMAN AND I HAVE LOTS OF FRIENDS THAT ARE BLACK AND THEY ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND I HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING OBAMA SINCE HE STARTED RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AND YOU KNOW WHY?BECAUSE OBAMA IS A YOUNG MAN FULL IN HOPE AND INSPIRATIONS AND HE WILL MOVE THE UNITED STATES FORWARD AND WE WILL BE A BETTER NATION AND EVERYONE WILL RESPECT US AGAIN LIKE BEFORE.LOVE YOU OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 12, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. S. Boatman

    You Reap What You Sowe Mccain!

    October 12, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Enough already

    McCain and Palin should be really concerned that they are giving the Klan a new lease on life. They need to step back, take a deep breath, and get back to the real issues. Palin's reception at the hockey game is an indication of American disgust. No first lady, candidates running mate, or Hillary would have been greeted like that. The dangers of McCain and Palin's garbage is not only increasing the potential danger to Democrats, but also to Republicans. Their disregard for a positive democratic process also puts America's international interests in jeapody. I truly hope that McCain is waking up to this and that he will bring Palin in line, and quickly.

    October 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. kristina

    First sensible/decent thing I've seen out of the McCain campaign! Hats off to you Senator McCain.

    October 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. RETHUGLICANS MAKE ME POOP

    U CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS MCCAIN.

    You opened this can of worms. Your campaign started the hate/smear campaign. You are the one who will have the trashing of a good man on your soul, and all because you want to be president.

    PUT YOUR COUNTRY FIRST AND DROP OUT OF THE RACE. You are making a mockery of yourself and our country. Your vice presidential candidate is a disgrace to this country, and all you have left are lies and hatred. Preying on the fears of the small minded.

    October 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Chris

    The right is exposing its small mindedness. It's sad and scary to see.

    October 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Theogracias

    This campaign is so presidential...for 1956. The media is enabling this vile insult to our constitution in the same way it acted as cheerleader during the rush to invade Irak.

    How's that working out for the American people?

    October 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Mark

    Republicans have fueled division and racism across this country for the past 20 years. It seems that's all that's really left in the party... I think Republicans ought to start standing their ground rather than let the far right minority to publicize what is so wrong with that party!

    October 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Rani

    So if a person is an Arab, it means he's not a decent family man??!!

    October 12, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Rodger

    What did they expect? The McCain is running the most hatefull adds and lies and inuendos about Obama. The Rick Davis, Steve Schmidt,
    Karl Rove game plan is not working! The American people are suffering from the failed Bush/McCain policies and McCain has not indicated how he would change course. His judgement in selecting Sarah Palin excited the base, but when her background, knowledge, and facts of her abuse of power came out...she was booed, and it's obvious to even the leading Conservatives, she is not prepared to be Vice President, or God forbid President.
    The John McCain that was a maverick in 2000 is no longer with us. He has imbraced the kind of campaign he denounced....his idenity of honor and Country First, does not measure up with him anymore. I miss the old John McCain! The new John McCain will be the factor that causes him to lose the election.

    October 12, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Karen - Missouri

    McCain and Palin really HAVE created a Wallace-style campaign. And this garbage about ministers and McCain/Palin saying Obama isn't Christian are mind-boggling! How DARE them! How DARE them say non-Christians for Obama...we supporters ARE Christian. We are all religions including non-believers...so what? We're all AMERICANS! Unlike Palin and her Alaska Independent Party nonsense.

    McCain has created a monster that I can never forgive him for. He needs to do MORE to denounce those who say Obama isn't Christian...including RELIGIOUS LEADERS! How ungodly IS McCain's campaign?

    McCain has taken this country back 100 years!!!! Unless he takes a FIRM stance to STOP this nonsense...I hope he never is allowed to hold a PUBLIC office ever again!

    October 12, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. McCain is losing his bearings again


    Nice campaign button the Klan created on McCain's behalf. He must be proud of his supporters.

    October 12, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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