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.
Why should she remind them? They would probably go and run to the polls to vote, but not the way she would want it to be. After last nights debate, she must know that Obama will win.
Two words for Sarah GO HOME (and STAY THERE..I feel sorry for Alaska natives)
Joe the Plumber?
Joe the plumber is a MORON. Joe made about $40,000 last year, and doesn't even have a plumber's license-AND owes about 1200 bucks in back income taxes!
Joe thinks he's going to buy his boss' business and make over $250K a year? In what? A recession? With what? the credit you haven't got, Joe?
Joe has delusions of grandeur!
Hey JOE! You sure you're not smoking too much of that weed thats growing in your back yard?
Sarah Palin clueless? Say it ain't so!
The heat in NC is nothing like the heat she is going to receive when all of this is over. Alaskan citizens will be upset, along with an "energized" Republican base that will have to cope with Democratic power in all three branches of government for years to come.
Obama / Biden '08....whoo-hoo!
She is roasting from the heat of the campaign fire she is helping to stoke!!!
She is CLULESS and cannot divert from her script. I betcha, in that script she was reading from, there was No mention of early voting....
This is what happens when you choose a VP based on strategy rather than qualifications.
Sarah Palin has truly "lowered the bar" for women and pitbulls everywhere.
She probably doesn't know.
This woman talks like some country bumpkin (alasken gal). Most respectable women do not like being called a gal? Nevertheless, she is clueless and in last night's debate, McCain look like an evil old man!
Obama is absolutely right about people should not become complacent.....
India has banned exit polling until the last vote has been cast because of the potential effect it had in the last elections where the party projected to win actually lost because people thought that the election was already decided so one vote less won't matter.....
It ain't over until its over........
I can tell it is heating up. I had an Obama sign in my yard. It did not last 2 nights before it sprouted legs. Now more Mc Cain signs.
Why can't we be civil? That is because one side of the campaign refuses to be civil and keeps spouting lies. Do you her me Sen. Mc Cain?
Pathetic. Now Obama supporters are attacking Joe the Plumber. Somebody did some research on a plumber making about 47,000 a year. That sounds about right for an employee. Joe is going to start a business. This could cost more than 250,000. Plus he has to pay employees. Maybe Obama's plan would work if the employee were paid minimum wage.
Yes Sarah, why remind the people that are LESS likely to vote or can't get to the polls on election day or, are older and need more time, that they can avoid long lines and vote early.
People, get up off your butts and VOTE..
Preferably Obama / Biden but VOTE.!
They want a fair shot. I think you need diversity training lady.
Did anyone see Biden this morning talking about last night's debate? If McCain had any confidence in her, he would let her do the same. Opps, I forgot the "got'cha media" is out to get her! Poor Poor Palin.
This troopergate is the main reason McCain will loose...
He should have selected the governor of Mn.
I knew many people who were planning to vote for McCain but changed their minds after his selection of Palin...
I just don't believe she could be the president of the most powerful country in the world!!!
Go figures...she's too busy telling lies about Obama that she can't get the most important message out to the NC voters which is to go and vote!!!!!
I don't understand how a person could look a crowd of people in the face and tell bald faced lies!!! That's unbelieveable to me! I'll be glad when November 5th comes so that I don't have to hear any more of her gibberish!
Go Obama/Biden/Michelle/Jill 2008 & 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many folks here have been posting messages saying that a business that grosses over $250,000 would be subject to increased taxes under Obama.
I don't know where this is coming from, because GROSS RECEIPTS are not taxed under Federal Law, only your take-home pay.
So if Joe Plumber hires 5 guys at $50,000 a year and pays himself $100,000 a year, he grosses $350,000 a year.
But each of them makes far less than $250,000 and is not subject to any "tax increase" under Obama.
Why would people post nearly identical messages perpetuating the MYTH that gross receipts are taxed? Interesting....
She doesn't want people to vote now, because most people favor Obama at this time. Of course she wont mention it... she's hoping for a comeback.....
I started off thinking I was going to be sarcastic, but no, this actually makes sense for them, so I don't blame her for not mentioning it.
That Joe guy gets more attention then Palin. So McCain is using him as his new gimmick. Move over Palin. VP not as important the a plumber. He is more liked. Which, proves nobody likes McCain still. NC, will it go blue? That remains to be seen.
There is no hope with Obama. All he has done is lie to people. If he is elected the real Obama will appear and that will be the end of this country. There is hope with McCain/Palin. I am backing you all the way. God bless this country. GO GO GO MCCAIN AND PALIN.
It's Obama vs. Palin-–McCain and Biden don't count-
Sarah outdrew Obama by 10 million people in her TV debate-that's a pathetic performance for Obama-
Sarah brought out 60,000 in Orlando and 50,000 in Virginia Monday-
Biden has never seen more than 2,000 at any of his rallies-
Sarah either wins this year or in 2012 when she runs for President–
What a babe!!!!
Turn out and vote people
Obama/Biden need you for this selection we are taking it serious.
Vote, Vote, Vote.......