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.
Sarah doesn't really care about the McCain campaign or the voting process, she's just in it for her self-glorification.
She'd better get used to the heat. She is going to Hell for putting our country at risk, by trying to bluff her way into the Oval Office.
I seriously hope Obama wins on November 4th. I can barely stand three more weeks of listening to Palin's nonsense, let alone four years. I'd like to know what McCain was smoking last night when he said she's a role model to women.
BARACK THE VOTE!
We all know she's not current on political facts, I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't even know about early voting. Go vote for obama/biden tomorrow if you can. Peace!
Right before the election that will remove the Republican grip on the Executive Branch and would permit discovery of high crimes and treason committed by the Republicans, an Army brigade is being deployed in America.
Martial Law anyone?
Sarah,be quite..WE ARE NOT LISTENING!!!
BARACK THE VOTE!!!
No time to get cocky or complacent people! Please sleep with one eye open until Election Day and please, if you don't fully understand the issues both parties are putting forth, ask someone who you trust.
Three words for Sarah Palin……………..YOU AIN'T QUALIFIED!
You betcha she ain't!
Sarah Palin has truly "lowered the bar" for women and pitbulls everywhere.
Oh, CNN...give it a rest!!!! All you do is pick on her, this is getting tiresome. I am starting to hate this Ticker.
How about reporting the big jump in the Gallup poll for McCain????
I am certain that the last thing McCain and Palin want is for North Carolinians to go to the polls when Obama and Biden enjoy an advantage in the Tarheel State.
She didn't mention it because someone probably forgot to give her the crib sheet to remind her of the talking point.
You know she didn't even know.
She is the single most clueless candidiate I have ever seen.
the obama creed seems to be
have questionable allies. Wright, ayers
if your a demo~~ register! and vote often!
forget truth , honesty, why would anyone want obama in office,.
It is time for the 'Alaska gal' to go back home to Alaska!
She doesn't have a clue where she is...she's just hot.
McCain will not get my vote. I would vote for GWB before I would vote McCain. The reason, McCain is only 95% as good as Bush. Scary, but true!
No, we can't handle Joe 6-pack... No, we can't handle Joe the Plumber...
YES WE CAN handle Joe Biden!
OBAMA/BIDEN all the way!!!
You cant give a ditz too much information to repeat she will combust
I guess this shows Mrs.Playland do not read the NC newspaper or she would have know it what early voting. I guess the weather fry that little brains she had left...............GO OBAMA ...WE ARE ALMOST AT THE FINISH LINE YOU DESK IS READY............PLAYLAND YOUR PLANE IS READY NOW GET TO GETTING.
In these times when people need jobs Palin is firing them. It's kind of difficult to go around the country telling people you care about them and their job losses and on the other hand use unethical practices abusing power to get people fired. Now that's what I call negative and mean spirited.
Great job Falin! Enjoy the landslide victory for Obama in Nov. Next time you might want to blink when asked to be VP. By the way, I can see Tijuana from where I live. Can I be VP? I can also see the ocean from where I live. Can I be the Captain? Falin can be my Joe lipstick pitbull plumber Gilligan.
Pro Education. Anti-Idiot.
Yes they did / Its Yes We Can Bobbie in Maryland .
Love Obama / Biden and their family 's
What an intelligent group to be voting for .
Nothings going to stop this movement all the way to the White House .
She cannot think any better than weather...... You need brains to be VP of US
CNN – ALL BIAS, ALL BULL