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.
YOU ARE STUPID JUST SHUT UP.
Please, after last night's debate when McCain said Palin is a role model for American women I could have just puked. She is certainly not MY role model and I hope I speak for a lot of women. Palin thinks she is the next Hilary, what a laugh that is. She couldn't hold a candle to Hilary. GO away McStupid and take your talking parrot with you. I have had enough.
Obama/Biden 08/12 from a republican in Kansas
This is why repugnants are going to lose. They think everyone is as dumb as they are. They seem to forget that all the damage done to our country has been done by repugnants. All the voter fraud was done in the last 2 elections by the repugnants. This is why they will lose. They have no connection to reality. They live in their little warped worlds and believe that life revolves around them.
A message to Palin and her supsoed Christian followers. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against They Neighbor. Remember that?
Satan has you fooled.
go home you are nothing,I'm a women and I wouldn't dare vote for ya, You want to be Hillary! But you not.........................
go back to the cold be for you start a race war, with all that non sence you be talking, you Mrs pailn pal around with McCain and Bush so what do that make you?
We all here also know that you nor todd dont want yal state apart of good old USA and we dont want you nor McCain
Both of you are so hard up you are selling your soul to the devil. ( I mean pal around with the devil) yal will try anything, McCain looking like a old bitter man and why do he breathe like that, sound like he cant get air
Obama has been vetted inside out for 2 years, and actually more than that in Illinois while in the State Legislature.
Palin has yet to do a major interview after Couric, unless you count the softballs from Fox News.
Obama has done tons and tons of interviews with editorial boards and national media.
Palin needs vetting.
My guess is Palin doesn't know it is early voting day. She is out of touch on most things. I saw someones post here about Barack being dangerous because he spent too much money. This is money AMERICAN CITIZENS gave to Obama because they want him to win. It is wasteful true, but this is what is necessary to get back our country in the hands of people with intelligence. The right is done! They have had a good long chance and they have done a terrible job......
Boy, what a mess. Give me AL Gore any day. Obama is the most dispicable person that has ever run for president. I gaurantee you folks, his own actions, for all his life, will prove that about him. But I guess we'll have to learn the hard way.
maybe she thought she was still in the northwest. she didn't even know that the russians had invaded her state yesterday. i dont think she knows too much about anything anyway....
I believe Palin is looking ahead to 2012. She is doing McCain no favors by being on the ticket.
@Beth...do you honestly think people would vote for Palin in 2012? Good gosh almighty, her approval rating has dropped like a 10 ton lead bucket. In fact, it's almost down to Bush's rating.
She is an illiterate, brash, right wing extremist Christian, trailer trash politican who only uses her office for personal gain (abuse of power) and that's one kind of politician I hope we never elect to office again.
North Carolina...if it goes blue then McCain lost no matter if he wins Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, and Florida
Palin probably thinks the election is NEXT November
Krista has outstanding grammar and spelling skills. Right up the onesided, republican alley, I mean, the bridge to nowhere!
Boo Boo Boo to Sarah Palin. Only thing I admire about her is that she holds her head up thru all these attacks about her stupidity....she doesn't even know she is dumb. I think it is called having blinders on.....as with everything going on in this country and where the other countries are located on the map! Of course, she is blameless and clueless like covering for every mistake they make. She is the one "who doesn't get it"!
Early voting is wonderful for those with disabilities or the aged who cannot stand in line for hours to vote. Of course they really do not care about those people because they are not rich. Country first right Sarah! Is that the USA or the new country of Alaska?
As usual, she's clueless. Ambitious but no substance. She's not taking any responsibilities because she has only been in the campaign for a month or two – this is according to her in the debate. So, why would she be responsible for you if she's elected (oh, god forbid!). It's like the abuse of power as a governor and she still dares to deny it outright. Sigh ... is this the kind of leader you want? hopeless.
Palin is an inexperienced, religious moron. For this reason alone, please, vote democratic.
I'm not surprised...she probably was unaware of early voting and nobody on the campaign bothered to tell her. Yet another sign that she has little to no awareness of the national and international political scene.
That seems kind of odd that Sarah Palin only spoke for 20 minutes after a 45 minute performance by Hank Williams, Jr. She is incorrect when she talks about the negative campaigning. ALL of John McCain's ads have negative. His entire campaign has been negative. The McCain ads are full of lies. McCain made a fool of himself last night. He was rude and arrogant. John McCain is right that he is not George Bush, but he plans to continue Bush's failed economic policies. Then again, Barack Obama never said that John McCain is George Bush. When McCain said that he wasn't George Bush, he came across as rude.
I wish I could vote early like North Carolina can. If I could vote now, I would and my vote would be going to Barack Obama.
Leah DiMarco from Texas! Wow...
Joe the Plumber is a registered Republican!
Joe the Plumber is an apprentice and still learning – he doesn't have a plumber's license.
Joe the Plumber has a lien because he didn't pay his taxes!
Joe the Plumber's brother is married to Keating's daughter!
.... that explains lot! I guess he was a set up.... that was what it sounded like to me! Good research!
But we ALL know how honorable John McCain has become, I mean IS.... I mean a real Maverick, a POW, a fighter for the People.. not big business. Surely you are not suggesting that he is doing something underhanded????? Something suspect??? ... somelike ATTACK ADS???
Hell, yes! He will do whatever it takes! He makes that absolutely CLEAR!
Palin...a pitbull? More like an ankle bitter!!!
It wasn't on the script. The campaign forgot to write that on Paling reading book.
With an IQ of 75, what do you expect?
As a life-long North Carolinan all I have to say is, "Sarah get out of my state and go the hell back to Alaska where you can claim ignorance as a virtue.