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. Gene

    She should get used to the roasting... her campaigning has gone so low... soon she'll be in a place of fire. Nice Christian lady with Christian values... spreading nothing but pure hatred. It's sick.

    October 16, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. ss

    I can't believe people still believe McCain after all of these months; Sarah Palin should have been the icing on the cake. If Barack doesn't win. There should be no winning. The Depression is sure to come; and the govenment can buy up all the houses like the did before and make everything better. If people were really listening to the debate and not just watching for the blows they would vote Obama for thier own best interest. Get to the polls early vote make sure your vote count and problems at the polls report it. We can not let the Republican steal this one. To much is at stake. Those that don't believe to bad. Obama and Biden is the way to go.

    October 16, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Richard A. Spomer

    Sarah just a little climate change for you, and I'm glad you didn't remind citizens of North Carolina about there early voting. Dems already got Acorn out making fraudulent activities will be investigated by the appropriate organizations.

    Then Obama can be labeled criminally!!!

    October 16, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |

    She's a governor- ever think the media had something to do with painting her as stupid?

    October 16, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Regina

    You do not make sense. Watch cartoons, it's more on your level.
    Sounds to me like you dropped out of school.

    October 16, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. Rebecca

    Palin is beginning to remind me of Elvira Gulch THE WIZARD OF OZ.

    October 16, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Madeline

    Here we go with the people who hate the U.S. again the 40 year ago terrorist. Have you checked into Palins affiliation with the AIP. Her husbands organization. Or how about her real reason for getting into politics like changing laws so she could build her home, or having the Alaskan tax payers pay her to live in her home, (which is not illegal just sounds greedy), or her husband having so much access to the government offices and proprietary information. Now that is scary considering he is in the AIP and they helped to get her elected. Oh and they hate the U.S. Government

    October 16, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Jane Jones

    oh boy, people here are so angry, you would think Obama was trailing. Why does it please you to be so hateful towards Palin? I thought you were mad about rowdy McCain rallies!!! I hope the next 4 years give you peace, free healthcare, no taxes, 0% unemployment.
    I wonder what your candidate would think of the tone of your comments on this blog.

    October 16, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. mitch

    bea- ayers is a patriot. he was never convicted of anything.

    October 16, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. my friends yes my friends

    lets please mention all about PALIN
    and can she take at least one question when she is not prep

    "will you vote to have the USA become the US of Alaska?

    please give detais...dont make circles.. or fill in..

    please speak ENglish and then coherent English

    no average joe, or my friends, (more than 100 times) or hockey or other predictable worned out phrases..

    please give some substance

    October 16, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Edmund

    Glad to hear Obama was only EIGHT YEARS OLD when Ayers committed those heinous crimes. There are a lot of teenagers around now that were eight during the 9-11 attacks. It's good to see that, in another 16 years, they can become "casual acquaintances" with people involved with that attack.
    Ayers and his wife are known terrorists (by pretty much everyone in Chicago), they named their son after a terrorist cop-killer (also well known), and he has been photographed stomping on the American flag. Obama Claims to be just a friendly acquaintance with Ayers. McCain wouldn't even shake his hand. THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE.

    October 16, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. G from DC

    The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

    Palin / McCain and their campaign should follow that advise: Don't think that calling someone out based on their record as being negative.

    If McCain, himself, stated that he voted with George Bush 90% of the time, that's HIS RECORD!! Don't come back denying your record!!

    Now....if your ads are filled with LIES, then you're not "calling someone out based on 'their record'". YOU'RE LYING!!

    You can't say, "Obama will raise your taxes". That's a LIE!! You have to qualify your accusation. Instead, say, "Obama wants the wealthiest 5% of Americans to pay 3% more in taxes". That's the fact!!

    October 16, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Non-Socialist Canadian

    Oh, by the way we just had our federal election. That mean we voted all across the country, every adult had the right to cast one vote and we selected which party we wanted to rule our governemt and who the prime minister would be. It turns out we kept the old team. They are called 'Conservatives". Anyway, our govenment called an election, (election is not on a pre-set date ) but there is a maximum time when a governents' term runs out so they have to call an election by that time or anytime earlier. Anway like I was just saying. We called a federal election, At least 5 well known parties campaigned. There were debates, phone calls, media ads, followed by early voting and finally election. This is entire process starting with calling the election took a total of 8 weeks. Yes, 8 weeks. Think about all the money the USA would save if they limited all campaigning and fundraising to 4 or 5 months before the election date. I luv to watch the USA politics, but when it comes to efficiency of a health care system and efficieny of an electoral system, I think it's time for me to stop and sing our anthem "Oh Canada".

    October 16, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. sexist

    All these folks dump on Palin. I know why. She's a hot chick and hot chicks can't ever be smart or anything but bumbling idiots. The stereotype is being applied to Palin and the appliers don't even realize how influenced they are.

    October 16, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. ss

    Bill Ayers and all theother junk is just that. Spin Spin, and people truly believe it; that why we are in the mess that we're in. Can't see the forest for the trees. Well you better see it this time. Because McCain has nothing for you. Nothing by admirations. Look at his record what has he really done for the mainstream folks. Did he stop the War, or protest it, did he regulate the housing crisis. Oh yea he and Cindy had the same educational opportunity then Barack and Michelle in what world. Why did McCain start his talk out about education with the mention of Civil Rights? Didn't he know that schools were not longer sperate in some states. Oh Boy here we go again. Ya just have a good time.

    October 16, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. voter


    really Jared. Where is the article of Palin having a relationship with AIP who wanted Alaska to be a country and not a state? How about the abuse of power and two more investigations for ethics violation? How about the two lobbiest in the McCain campaign who worked in behalf of saudia arabia? How about the two people who were beat up at a Palin rally for chanting Obama? I don't see these stories being talked about in the media.

    October 16, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Rob indetroit

    OBama-Biden 08,
    OBama-Biden 08,

    No MCbush NO MCpalin.

    October 16, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. pamela anderson

    I liked one of the bumper stickers I saw recently.

    Read my lipstick! I am voting for Obama!

    October 16, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    The steam seems to be running out of the BS Express.

    Call Joe the Plumber!

    October 16, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    I wonder if this warm weather is caused by climate change or is she simply finally feeling the heat or is it both!

    October 16, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. PCS / North Carolina

    Palin is good for show biz, not to run a country. Why don't you give us a few more interviews, and lay down your plan for the country rather than being a "Hatchet mom" for the GOP (Or the Moose killer). Give us some specifics about your economic plan.

    October 16, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. rok

    Shame on McCain camp, it will not work. your desperation has gone out of hand. It pays to be honest, John McCain. You will not be able to sway voters to yourside. The voters have seen your temper displayed in public before 70 million viewers, it will not work. We need someone who is presidential, calm, reasonable, sensible, integrity, all these qualities Senator Obama have them all.

    All you offered is anger, display of temper, stiffness, agitation, gestures that are uncalled for like a child, very childish attitude. It is a shame.

    I know you and Palin will also vote for Senator Obama.

    Vote Obama/Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. nelson

    If palin likes to kill animals, dogs , wolves, moose, deer, etc, is it for the sport or need to kill something. I can't believe it is anything more
    than the "thrill of the kill". As long as she doesn't want to kill dogs
    I don't care... but as I look at my (2) buddies (dogs) It would not bode well for anyone to do that especially if I knew who it was!!! She is a worthless piece of crap as far as I am concerned.. A liar, cheater, a
    racist, etc. And for #1 dud, ditto. I hope I never hear that idiots name again after this election, but probably will as she reports to cnn regarding Russian aircraft flying over the Alaskan air space.
    (just venting)

    October 16, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Gene

    The funny thing about this campaign is after Palin and McCain lose... every election Palin goes through from now on... she's going to be connected to McCain... and therefore to Bush policies. By accepting this nomination.. she has pretty much screwed her chances of a long term in government. Anyone wanna place any bets on whether she keeps her governor job when her seat is up for re-election?

    October 16, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Tabitha

    I doubt if Sarah Palin knew early voting was happening in North Carolina.

    October 16, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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