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. SCOTT

    THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE HATE SPEECHES BY MCCAIN THE REPUBLICAN RIGHT WING. ITS CAMPAIGN FIRST AND COUNTRY SECOND.

    WE NEED A LEADER THAT CAN UNITE AMERICA AND THE WORLD!! WE NEED A LEADER THAT WILL STICK UP FOR WE THE PEOPLE AND NOT BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE RICH. THESE TYPE OF LEADERS ARE UNIQUE AND DON'T SHOW UP OFTEN. WE NEED TO PROTECT BARACK OBAMA FROM THE HATE SPEECHES AND PEOPLES LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. LIES AND HATE SPEECHES MUST NOT DOMINATE AMERICAN.

    ERACTIC MACAIN WILL NOW TRY TO PRETEND HE WANTS TO BRING AMERICA TOGETHER. THIS I S ANOTHER ILLUSION GAME BY THE RIGHT WING AND AMERICAN MUST NOT FALL FOR THESE LIES AND ILLUSION GAME OR WE LOSE OUR LIBERTIES.

    VOTE FOR AMERICA, VOTE FOR OBAMA 08

    October 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    A New Meaning of Smears

    S- Sarah
    M – McCain
    E – Erratic
    A- Attitude
    R- Result
    S- Stupid

    October 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Mr. Coffey, Raleigh, NC

    This is beyond sick. McCain/Palin calls him a terrorist and wonder why people in the crowd wants to harm Obama. McCain is worse than Bush. When you didn't agree with Bush they called you unpatriotic. Don't agree with McCain/Palin you are called a terrorist.

    God please help us............

    October 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Ron L

    Governor Palin has been a major force in this RAGE... Either she does not fully understand the POWER of words or she just does not care. But I have a MUCH larger issue than this rage...
    And that is with Governor Palin as a potential Vice President ..she's just not that smart. No, offense it's just the truth. What other reason would the McCain campaign have for not ALLOWING her to do ANY more interviews without Senator McCain at her side??
    THE REASON IS CLEAR.
    Because she is not qualified and you can REALLY tell when you ask her questions that require spontaneous answers other than remembered talking points.
    I ask you members of the Republican party..Do you REALLY want this type of person in the White House?? The last person we elected that was of average intelligence was….
    George W Bush and look at the mess the world is in from that election!!
    WHEN is she going to do interviews on CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC. How in the world are we allowing this woman to run for this office without going on the Sunday morning interview process??
    LETS NOT LOWER THE BAR JUST BECAUSE IT'S A WOMAN (HILLARY HAD TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS AND DID VERY WELL NO MATTER WHAT STATION SHE WAS ON)...
    DEMAND MORE INTERVIEWS ON OTHER STATIONS..FOX ALONE DOES NOT CUT IT!!!

    October 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. libby

    Oh, please, what a fraud, and you CNN, print this lefty tripe!
    John Mc Cain has no control over the people in the audience,
    and what they shout, this is a free country, he cannot control
    all these people, no more than Obama with his audience.
    STOP THIS LEFTY GARBAGE!

    October 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. Obama Supporter

    Seriously?!? What is wrong with people – I have read about rage and racism and an absolute lack of respect from the McCain supporters and they are not making themselves look good. As an Obama supporter my rage is at the issues we face as a nation from small towns regarding jobs to the market issues in the world. This article makes me afraid and angry...not of/at McCain but of the small mindedness that some of his supporters are projecting. This is a good example of how the negative inaccurate rhetoric of the McCain/Palin team has tainted this whole election.

    October 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. blaising

    Live by the sword...DIE by the sword.

    McCain at a magazine industry conference at a casino hotel in Puerto Rico in 2005, as witnessed by Jeff Dearth, former publisher of the New Republic:
    McCain interrupted her: 'DON'T TOUCH ME,' he repeated viciously. The woman again tried to explain. 'DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE TALKING TO?' McCain continued, his voice rising and his hands now raised in the 'bring it on' position. He was red-faced. By this time all the action at the table had stopped. I was completely shocked. McCain had totally lost it, and in the space of about ten seconds.
    Nico Pitney / The Huffinfton Post / October 9, 2008 10:23 AM

    October 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Bumfuzzled

    If Obama is allowed to steal this race with his voter fraud and race baiting, this country will come apart at the seams. I had some young punk write OBAMA on his drinking cup yesterday and throw it on my windshield as I was driving because I have a McCain sticker. I'm not going to take it. Next time the little jerk will wend up in the ditch! I'm a grown adult who sees thru Obamas BS and just because he has brainwashed our youth does not mean that I will stand idly by and watch my rights go down the tubes. AND..I am NOT going to have Obama shoved down my throat!

    October 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. timz

    The McCain/Palin campaign is actively encouraging divisiveness and hatred. With the country facing such serious problems any shouts of "Traitor" from the crowd should be directed at McCain and Palin. Their brand of "politics" does nothing but hurt our country and bring out the worst in Americans when we need to do everything possible to bring out the best. Shame on them.

    October 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Saad, NJ

    Ignorance will always exist in humans and in fact exits in every society. Hopefully, we will have few of these than more.

    October 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Janice

    The Rebublicans are getting all the "credit" for being angry,well not so fast. If you happened to be on the cnn. blog during the primary you'd have heard plenty of anger and further more still do. Ever notice that no one gets to talk at obama rallies, just him? The things that are said about Palin on here are beyond belief at times. Everbody chill we're supposed to be Winning!!

    October 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Juan Grain

    Senator McCain,
    Americans do not need more division,for the sake of you winning an election. We need unity in this country. We do no need to be distracted from the loss of jobs, destruction of the family, loss of homes, the elderly loosing value in their hard earned savings/401k's. We do not need you jumping around panicking and causing others to panick. America needs a stable clear minded leader that knows the constitution, knows the fundamentals of efective problem solving and is not beholden to Washington lobbyiest. America is ready for President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden. Muy ready!

    October 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. tuff Col. Oh

    HATE breeds HATE, it's having a NEGATIVE effect on the mccain camp

    October 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Flo

    What concerns me is not the rage so much but the idea that we cannot disagree without taking it too far! Writing on the blogs is one thing, many get an opportunity to vent but when you here reports that Bill Maher (Obama supporter) and reporters are receiving envelops with powdery stuff sent to them by people who are against Obama, I find that too scary. Why can't people respect that we all are individuals and it's okay to disagree and vote on November 4th how we think? McCain and his campaign should be out there setting the tone and talk about issues, and it's okay to bring up judgment but do it in a way that doesn't give people license to go out there and cause mischief.

    From,
    Concerned citizen

    October 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. 56 year old "WHITE" female

    McCain started this, and if something happen in a violence manner to Obama OR HIS FAMILY it will be McCain's fault. But I guess the presidency is worth it.

    October 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Sean

    I like how he didn't correct her. He is a Christian, not a Muslim. Would have been very easy to say, but instead he lets that mentality to continue.

    October 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Connie Florida

    American Christians sound more like all the other Jihadists every day. Can't you all go have a little Holy War somewhere-how 'bout Alaska? Leave the sane people out of your delusions-we've got a country to straighten out and a mess to clean up-thanks to your previous GOP savior.

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

    I think the whole incident was staged. The old lady was made to ask this question so that McCain could respond in that way.

    What is more interesting is.. when you say "No mam, No mam." You are saying that "He is not an Arab." So, what should your next sentence be. McCain should say that "Obama is an American."

    However, he doesn't say it! He got booed for even saying "decent" "family man", etc. If McCain had been the McCain of 2000, he would have said that "Obama is an American" and would have instantly lost the race.

    October 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Roger

    Maybe people will start waking up when they start voting and see that we can't trust Obama enough to elect him as our president.

    October 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Sue/PA

    Rick Davis is a LIAR......These people were plants...thats exactly how McCain has structured his Town Halls since day one. McCain is intentionally opening fear and racism and his camp well knows that this is a dangerous avenue to travel, but to them, winning at any cost is their motto. As a white lady, I find the McCain camp disgusting and distructive to America!!!!

    October 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Jeremy

    How terribly surprised they must be that a black man is winning. Sore losers!

    October 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. RJ

    So McCain says that Obama is just a descent man but no mention of the fact that he is an American? What a crook McMental is. People are tired of these klan meetings and their phony outrage. Everytime these idiots are asked how do they know Obama is Arab, their answer is, they read SOMEWHERE. I have an answer for them. I also read SOMEWHERE that McCain fathered a muslim when he was in the middle east in 1990's. His muslims wife and kid are living somewhere in S. Arabia now.

    October 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. jayeandvic

    The world is full of ignorance and hate, but I certaintly never expected it to flow from the McCain-Palin campaign.
    Our country is at war, and now we have John McCain and Palin out riling up their supporters to the point of hate mongering, fear mongering, and outright lies against a United States Senator.
    They are not fit to be elected, and both should be kicked out of office.
    The media really needs to start showing the real McCain and Palin and all the damage they're doing to our country.
    God help us if they win this election.

    October 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. George

    Rage is the least thing America needs in this time of crisis. GOP seems to be out of options after 8 years in White House.

    October 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. joseph from Georgia

    This, is because Gov Palin, said he was Palin around with terrorist,
    and All the things Rush and Hannity have been saying are just unbelievable. They call themselves Christians and then scream out things like hang him and kill him, and it's all the McCain Fear tactics that have started this fire, they may not be able to be stopped!

    October 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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