ELON, North Carolina (CNN) – Thursday marked the first day of early voting in North Carolina, a state unaccustomed to being in the political spotlight this late in a presidential election year.
But at an afternoon rally at Elon University near Greensboro, Republican Sarah Palin did not offer her supporters even the gentlest reminder that early voting - an opportunity both parties are working to take advantage of - is now underway at nearly 400 sites across the battleground state. Long lines at one-stop voting locations have been reported throughout North Carolina.
She did, however, mention the 85 degree heat.
“Thank you all for that very, very warm welcome to beautiful North Carolina, and it is warm,” she said. “Man, this Alaskan gal is … I’m roasting. This feels really good.”
Palin’s speech lasted only about 20 minutes, and was an abbreviated version of the remarks she delivered this morning in Maine: a brisk run-through of her ticket’s beliefs and platforms, including a one-line promise to protect Second Amendment rights.
In fact, the audience spent more time with country singer Hank Williams, Jr., who donned a Carolina Panthers jersey and warmed up the already warm crowd for about 45 minutes before Palin arrived on a local version of the Straight Talk Express along with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.
Near the end of her speech, Palin pressed the audience to stand firm against accusations of negative campaigning, and told them to pay “close attention” to Barack Obama’s record.
“It’s not mean-spirited and it’s not negative campaigning when you call someone out on their record,” she said. “So don’t let anyone, don’t let them make you believe that you’re being negative or mean spirited or unpatriotic or unfair when you are asking about somebody’s record, OK?”
After the rally, Palin continued on to a fundraiser at a home in Greensboro.
Pathetic fool sad sarah- just go home. You and McShame are done.
mcMoose – you moran. You planted a lot of racism in this country.
Obama wants to unite and you wants to destroy.
This is America. You fool- get back to Alaska.
WHAT'S SO SAD ABOUT THIS IS THAT SARAH PALIN IS
"WORST" THAN MCCAIN AND BUSH PUT TOGETHER....
THIS WOMAN SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME.....
GO NORTH CAROLINA GOOO!!!!
VOTE, VOTE, VOTE DO NOT LET THIS SLIP THIS TIME, IF WE WANT
THE COUNTRY BACK IN ORDER
MCAIN PALIN = SENILE & STUPID
They can replace Laurel and Hardy as the most inept clueless operators in US History
CNN PETER HAMBY : I DID NOT:\" ALREADY SAY THAT" IN MY COMMENTS ON THIS BLOG. YOU JUST ARE A BIASED CNN EMPLOYEE.
She's probably still upset about McBrain losing the debate last night. It's hard to remember your talking points when all you're thinking about is your dream of living in the Naval Observatory is slipping away...then again, she probably doesn't even know the VP lives there.
I actually have voted Republican at one time in my life. All I see now are a bunch of religious right dishonest Christians. Very sad.
I bet Palin's favorite color is "clear." What a boob she is.
In less than three weeks, we'll never again have to hear from this yappy little dimwit chihuahua.
Praise the Lord!
Since there is early voting in NC – obama should do well. After all he paid acorn ( a rotting nut on the ground) $832,000 to obtain voters thru fraud for him.
Palin is a complete idiot. The worse thing John McCain has ever done. The two can be known as hothead and airhead. Just curious, what kind of education does she have? She makes me so uncomfortable just watching her speak in public. I have never despised anyone more.
No mention of her abuse of power scandal either. CNN wont talk about it. They just let her get away with pretending the whole thing never happened. Abuse of Power? Not me. Washington elites, not me.
Jerad October 16th, 2008 5:36 pm ET
Palin is 100% correct. The media and Obama supporters have acted like Barrack Obama should be off-limits when it comes to criticism. Which of course makes absolutely no sense, considering the man is running for the highest office in the land. They paint any criticism of Obama as an "attack" or "hateful." What they fail to see, is that everyone isn't as brainwashed as themselves. People can have legitimate gripes about Obama without being hateful or racist.
Palin has proven herself to be almost incapable of the truth.
Legitimate criticisms of Obama are absolutely fine. Not okay are all the attacks regarding:
His religion – Christian, by the way
His loyalty to his country
and complete distortions of his beliefs and policies or the way he has run his campaign.
McCain actually said that he has heard people at Obama rallies saying the same things people at McCain and Palin rallies are saying about Obama. Senator McCain, specifically what have you heard and when??? Terrorist?? Traitor?? Off with his head?? Kill him?? Arab?? Did Obama supporters turn on a cameraman and start shouting racial slurs at him?? Are their films of Obama supporters filing into his rallies one after another saying these types of things??
And McCain and Palin have the gall to say that Obama has run one of the dirtiest campaigns ever??? Really??? Not even close to as dirty as the one they are running?? And the comments on the web by McCain supporters are even worse?? What would it be like if CNN didn't moderate them out? I remember many comments about a black man in the White House before CNN started blocking them ... and many others equally bad.
Let's not pretend! Okay???
One of the TV stations in Charlotte NC on the local news tonight showed lines outside of early voting places. A surge in early voting, a big increase in registration and an anticipated very large vote usually is a protest vote and goes against the party in power.
McCain may say he is not Bush but he is a republican and rides the same republican elephant. This is going to make the difference in NC.
Caribou Barbie – pack your bags and go home to Alaska and stay there.
i POSTED MY COMMENTS FOR ALL THE "JOE'S IN THE OTHER TRADES WHO CAN MAKE $250,000 A YEAR IF GIVEN THE CAPITAL
AND LESS TAXES . IT IS AN INSULT TO THE HARDWORKING
TRADESMEN/WOMEN TO TELL THEM THEY CANT MAKE THAT MUCH MONEY. "JOE THE PULMMER " WILL YET MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THSI ELECTION.
Palin and McCain obviously are about as factual, which is typical for them, as the Republican commentators were when talking about the debate. You had to wonder if some of the TV commentators, Pat Buchanan for one and several others, were actually watching some other debate (or just totally incapable of any objectivity) as was substantiated when the public’s reactions came in. The reality was that John McCain seemed very un-presidential as being nervous and even angry, as if on the verge of losing it at any moment. While Barack Obama seemed totally presidential as being calm and engagingly pertinent the whole time. The contrast was that McCain seemed totally stressed to make his political points and criticisms, while Obama impressed as genuinely directing himself to the people and to the issues important to the people. There wasn’t any doubt that Barack won the debate and that he came across as the better choice for president, in fact it wasn’t even close.
Marge from FARGO needs her accent back. Three more weeks until we don't have to hear from Caribou Barbie again.
All this negative campaigning by McCain/Palin is aimed precisely at turning people off to the race so much that they stay home. It's their only prayer. Apparently the GOP is so desperate to suppress voter turnout that they don't even want people who come to their rallies to vote.
Tell her to get out of my state. Her fear-mongering is not welcome here.
I think she already is roasted. Not going to win on November 4th.
This is news because people voting now are pretty much voting Democrat. Why would she encourage them to do that?
Sarah Palin is ready, Joe Biden needs to go back to grade school and learn how to spell. Seems he said Obama has a three letter word for you and that three letter word is JOBS that's right a three letter word.
But Joe, JOBS actually has four letters. You need to return to school. You are not ready and you and Hillary and Bill have said time after time that Hussein Obama is not ready to lead. Obama is risky and it is a roll of the dice for our freedom, security and our values. Sarah is ready and can spell.
McCain will protect us and not raise our taxes. Obama won't protect us and Obama will raise our taxes. So no to Hussein.
Palin should be the last person to try to critize someones record....
This person is such a miniscule mind and it drives me nuts that the American people in hard times like this are presented with an IDIOT like this. I once was a Republican, thank god I am not anymore. Here is what I found out. Education changes your mind, I finally was able to attend college and I found out that educated people vote for Democrats. It is true 95% of people I know not having a higher education vote for McShame and McMoose.
That warm Carolina sun will put some color in her cheeks! Nine months of winter tends to make one a bit pale.