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.
85 degrees is hot? Really?
OBAMA / BIDEN '08!!!
who even cares what sarah palin says at this point!? she's completely, utterly, and totally IRRELEVANT. (not to mention racist, stupid, and a lying sack of sh1t)
SARAH PALIN IS NOT SMART ENOUGH TO READ ANY NEWSPAPER S TO FIND OUT.REMEMBER SHE COULDN'T TELL KATIE COURIC WHAT SHE READS...TO BAD!!!!!! IN THE ATL WE HAVE HAD EARLY VOTING FOR WEEKS.....WE ARE OUT IN RECORD NUMBER AND ARE CLOSING IN ON THE HATEFUL REPUBLICANS...
The day Macain announced that he has chosen the "Alaska Bimbo " as his running mate was the day that Michele might as well have ordered her inaugural gown.
His choice clearly establishes that he is not thinking logically and is irresponsible.
Looking at MaCains iceberg wife is bad enough but listening to Palin's high pitched wail is akin to listening to fingernails on a chalkboard.
What qualifies her to be VP? She cant even handle her own family.
I predict the Jerry Springer show for her and the rest of her family.
The Rethugs don't benefit from voting early, so why would she mention it. But then again Abuse of Power Barbi had no idea Russian officials were in her state talking about oil and energy Wed., so she proabaly had no idea about the early voting, which speaks alot about her governing and lake of knowldge about what goes on around
Send Palin and that neanderthal Hank Williams Jr back to Alaska puhleaaze.
Go back to Alaska, and stay there.
Now I know why McCain is so focused on Joe the Plumber. To take attention off Sarah the Twit
How can we be sure that Sarah doesn't suffer from autism? Where are her medical records?
let this striper shut up and sit down somewhere american are not going to take a risk on you fool wink to all your joe with thier six pack STUPID
ACORN AND AYERS ARE ENOUGH
Palin is the best thing that could have happened to Obama. The American people (at least the ones with half a brain) have learned something and see her for what she is and for what she isn't (qualified). We don't need another idiot anywhere near the white house. Too bad it took so many disasters over the past few years for people to catch on.
Know the truth October 16th, 2008 5:21 pm ET
Every voter… no matter who you are supporting should google:
Philip J. Berg esq and Obama.
You need to read about his lawsuit and how Obama and the DNC are trying to hide it from you. Why is the Obama campain hiding so much?
Even the medical records, McCain gave a ton of records… Obama a one page statement from his doctor. Obama was a heavy smoker for a long time and only gave it up once he decided to run for president, cancer also runs in his family.
All of the "hush hush" and hiding in the Obama campain is something to fear.
Mr Know the Truth,
You're on that again? please get the factchek. I can see the McLiar tactics have worked on you. If you want to beleive that, hey you free to do so. But please respect our intelligence.
"If not, she'll return in 2012 as the Presidential candidate and bury
Obama as she will not have McCain as an albatross around her neck—"
Beth you are dreaming, it will be difficult after she has been censored or better yet impeached by the Alaska State Legislature. Best we all ignore this woman with a "Narcissistic Personality Disorder" so she can get the Psychological counseling she so desperately needs.
poor palin,, she better go back to alaska,,, she has un-finished business there to take care ,, we dont need her here,,,, thta aqueaky voice((eeekk) and her winks,, well dare i say more? a true loser,,,,, go home sarah,, plezzzz
How about some discussion about what the Alaskan Governor will do about ethics reform and transparency in government. Why can't this be discussed along with Ayers and Acorn?
To the wonderful people of North Carolina.
Isn't it something that Palin could spare 20 minutes from her "busy" schedule for you! All Palin does is spew hate. She is not qualified and I don't think she could be elected even a Mayor again.
isn't it something that Palin won't even speak to the press and answer any questions. She can't. You have to know this first.
Of course not, she's pathetic.
Palin has more revelant experience than Obama and he is at the top of the ticket. Doesn't that scare you?
what? where? when? ha? I'll have ot get back to ya!
Jerad and JCB,please pull your head out of the sand and think for a while,who brought us this mess??? Democrats or your beloved president Bush???even Mccain accepted that he is not Bush,your beloved president,but Mccain voted about 95% of Bush spending proprosals,and now he said that he can balance the budget in 4 years.Give me a break,what does he think about americans, we are not that stupid as he thinked,....well accept for a few people like yourself,keep on believe what ever he said.And about Sarah Palin,she is the dumbest person that ever run for VP.What does she know??beside attacking Obama! please somebody tell me exactly what she know! she know how to lied and if some how they get elected she will keep her promised ,country first,yes everybody her country will be Alaska,because that what her husband wants,not the U.S, I loves the U.S too much,I would not want that to happen.
Good Job McPalin... The more this Venomous Snake opens her mouth in Swinging States, the more Obama's numbers goes up in those States...
By the way why she is campaigning with her kids? Should not they be in school in school years. Have you seen lately Obama’s children in campaign trail during school years?
I have a 11 year old girl with down syndrom, I do not use her my personal gain like yMcPalin did yesterday giving a speech in NH holding your down syndrom infant baby...
Great Parenting McPalin….. Using own kids for political advancement….You are a total disgrace…..
I am wondering why many women with young Children who are cheering for McLoser-McPalin not seeing this......
Gosh. Does she still compaign? I thought she is already left to Alaska.
Recommending early voting would prerequire that she genuinely understood and genuinely cared about civics. No. That was too much of a stretch from the raw ambition, duplicity, hypocrisy and insipidity that motivates her.
NC Voters: please remember to not cast a straight party vote. Checking that box does not include a vote for the President!!! Vote straight party if you want, just do so individually.