October 16th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
10 years ago

No mention of North Carolina early voting from Palin

Palin stumped in traditionally-red North Carolina Thursday

Palin stumped in traditionally-red North Carolina Thursday

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.

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soundoff (484 Responses)
  1. db

    Gosh Darn it, she is SO inspiring!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-12

    October 16, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Marie

    Sarah Palin is just one of the reasons that Senator McCain is losing. Stretching the truth, only telling half the story, negative campaigning and taxing my health insurance premiums are some of the others. He showed his poor judgement by picking her. He wants Senator Obama to apologize for things he didn't say, but he and Sarah Palin won't apologize for things they did say. John McCain could not even think last night of why Sarah Palin would make a good VP. That's because she won't.

    October 16, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Sarah Palin:

    When Hugh hefner calls and offers the pin-up slot.......take it!!

    It's about all you're qualified for at this point, dear!

    October 16, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. royce d louy

    How dumb do the REPUBLICANS think the american people are??????
    This is another ploy similar to the boat situation pulled on KERRY

    Maybe the elephants should go back to the sewer they crawled out of

    October 16, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Chris

    This is some of the most mean-spirited spewing I have ever seen. It's worse than a playground at recess. If this is what we are teaching our kids, it is no wonder that our country is in the mess that it is in. Why can't all of you who are so freely dishing out your venom, take a step back and think of a way to use your energy in a constructive manner.

    October 16, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Jerad:

    You're right; so where are the legitimate gripes?!

    October 16, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. John

    It's about time the media stopped treating Palin with kid gloves. Let's talk about the law in Wasilla that made women pay for their own rape kits. Maybe the high rate of domestic violence that she hasn't addressed since she has been in office. Let's talk about Todd Palin sitting in the governor's office with his own phone. Let's talk about her law that allows hunters to kill wolves from airplanes for a state bounty. How about her lawsuit to remove polar bears from the endangered species list to aid the oil companies? How about her church where the members believe in speaking in tongues? The list goes on and on. This woman is so far out of the mainstream of America it's unbelievable.

    October 16, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Ron

    Where did they get this Joe The Liar ? John McCain has adopted him for his campaign, but nothing he said checks out. He doesn't make or even hope to make over 275,000 dollars. In John McCain's mind a plumber makes over 250,000 dollars a year... in reality they make closer to 50,000 dollars. John McCain must have been thinking about the plumber who works on his 9 houses.

    October 16, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. MmeHdgs

    The thought of McCain in the Oval Office is certainly scarey; the thought of Sarsh Palin is simply terrifying.

    October 16, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Michele

    She doesn't even know about early voting!!

    October 16, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    I have a hard time listening to these people that are interviewed that say they did not hear what they wanted to from the canidates. They don't know where they stand on issues. This is terriable that so many of us don't educate ourselves about the canidates and need to be told with missleading statements how they should vote.

    In all of Obamas resopnses he has detailed his positions and plans and McCain has only tried to smear Obama. McCains plans are off the cuff and seem that thered is no thought like the buying bad mortages and refinanceing that at currant home values. This would be directly burden the taxpayers and the banks would be made whole.

    McCains plan to make market losses tax deductable would only benfit the rich that desposable cash to play in the market. The loss on your 401K would not be deductable. That some real redistribution of wealth

    October 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Hispanic from NC

    I can't believe they're covering this story because she didn't mention early voting. Its not the "Obama get to vote early campaign" she's running,. she's not ppl's mom telling her lazy, irresponsible children what they should do!! – ppl should be responsible citizens and have it known anyways! I'm voting McCain|Palin no doubt!!! – People, stand for hard working, autonomous people, less government, and conservatism!! Go McCain!!!

    October 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Gnomepark

    How's the weather????

    Usually reserved for when there is nothing else to talk about.

    Obama/Biden 08
    Dick Lugar (R) for Secretary of State

    October 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Wise White Guy

    Lim....and you are qualified to say a Harvard Law graduate and United States Senator is an empty suit........Why again? The truth is you cannot even begin to understand any of the issues, policies and positions so to you he seems to be saying nothing when to those of us who are educated we know he is speaking about the real corrections we need in this country. Lets do some simple math. Carter -debt dropped, Reagen 1st term- debt rose dramatically, Reagen 2nd term- debt rose dramatically, Bush Sr-debt rose dramatically, Clinton 1st term-debt dropped, Clinton 2nd term-debt dropped dramatically. In case you don't know that is 3 Republicans where debt increased and 2 Democrats where it dropped. And yes those three were the only three in history where the debt increased! Its not that hard people!

    October 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. tasha

    and everyone please make sure that you and all the people you know go out and vote on Nov 4th,
    this is something we got to make sure of on that day. McCain will next be telling us that there is no need to vote if the polls already showing Obama winning, We cant trust the polls and we must put Obama in the white House,
    So please every one the Obama supports not for get on Nov 4th Get everyone you know please, give people a ride to the polls if they dont have a ride there we must elect Barack Obama,
    McCain would you leave us hanging like you did you sick 1st wife?,

    October 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. tom dawson

    I still like to think there's a chance she'll be replaced by this Monday. Not because I plan to vote Republican but just to let the world know that she's not at all representative of our country or either major party here.

    October 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |

    William F Buckley must be spinning in his grave. The Republican party is falling apart at the seams, as common sense conservatives find it impossible to accept Sarah Palin. November 4th will signal the end of the conservative era. The unholy alliance between the GOP and religious extremists has forced moderates into the democratic party, and will result in not only a landslide Obama / Biden victory, but Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. The nightmare is nearly over.

    October 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Marie

    Okay Mrs. Palin, let's talk about your record - now, not after the election!

    October 16, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. NC for Obama

    Palin is roasting alright....she is being burned for all her lies....and having been caught lying....has energized the integrity of the Obama campaign...and the McCain/Palin ticket is crashing and burning.

    October 16, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Former Republican voting for Obama/Biden

    The Main Stream media needs to STOP covering Palin. She won't talk to you so ignore her.

    October 16, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. a tired republican who will vote for "that one"

    I am tired of hearing this woman talk crap. not only is she a lier but she just goes on the stump and talks like a complete idiot with no sense to what she is saying, it's as though she is hanging out with a bunch of high school friends. I think McVain should keep her in North Carolina until she melts .

    October 16, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Stu-Florida

    Come on... give her a break. Did anyone ever think that perhaps one of her rally coaches forgot to tell her to say that? If it wasn't drummed into her pine cone brain just before the rally, it would have just gone out the other side. Repetitive information only has about about a 20 minute window.

    Go O and Joe '08-12

    October 16, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Tangerine

    No one in their right mind should listen to Sarah Palin! She lied about the bridge to nowhere, I was in Ketchikan when she promised it to the citizens, and just for the record, it doesn't go "nowhere', it connects the mainland of Ketchikan to their airport, hardly nowhere. It is a necessary economic link. She also charges her state 17k in per diem for living in Wasilla, instead of Juneau, the capital, where she...by the way, the Governor! She is as real as a counterfeit bill!

    October 16, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Regina

    The money that Obama spent on his campaign came from the little guy out here. We never contributed to a political campaign before, but we sure were happy to do so this time. We "donated the money." It's his privilidge to spend it on wherever it's needed in his campaign.

    October 16, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Former Republican voting for Obama/Biden

    Ask Palin about the Alaska independent Party, her Abuse of Power and Ethics Violations.

    Ask McCain about G Gordan Liddy and Cindi McCain and the money she made. Liddy was convicted and served 5 years. He is one of Mccain's best friends.

    October 16, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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