October 16th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
6 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. Yvonne

    Sarah doesn't really care about the McCain campaign or the voting process, she's just in it for her self-glorification.

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Eileen from Maine

    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.

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Ann from MD

    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.

    Obama/Biden 2008
    BARACK THE VOTE!

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Moose in hiding

    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!

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. MikeH

    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?

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Latina for Obama (nj)

    Sarah,be quite..WE ARE NOT LISTENING!!!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Jerry Atrick

    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.

    Thanks!

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Larry in Texas

    Three words for Sarah Palin……………..YOU AIN'T QUALIFIED!

    You betcha she ain't!

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Chi4Obama

    Sarah Palin has truly "lowered the bar" for women and pitbulls everywhere.

    October 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. dEMOBRAT

    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????

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Mike Meyer

    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.

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Julia

    She didn't mention it because someone probably forgot to give her the crib sheet to remind her of the talking point.

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. WhoCares?

    You know she didn't even know.

    She is the single most clueless candidiate I have ever seen.

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Clueless.

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. krista

    vote mccain,
    the obama creed seems to be
    have questionable allies. Wright, ayers
    love accorn!
    if your a demo~~ register! and vote often!
    forget truth , honesty, why would anyone want obama in office,.

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    It is time for the 'Alaska gal' to go back home to Alaska!

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. All for McCain

    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!

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Dj

    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!!!

    October 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. John

    You cant give a ditz too much information to repeat she will combust

    October 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. missy, ohio

    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.

    October 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    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.

    October 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Jared

    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.

    Go OBAMA!

    October 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. The Bluest Skies are in Seattle

    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 .

    October 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Lilac in Toronto, Canada

    She cannot think any better than weather...... You need brains to be VP of US

    October 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. ME

    CNN – ALL BIAS, ALL BULL

    October 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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