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.
To mention early voting would be speaking truth.
She doesn't do that !
Guess the latest Republican talking point of the week is that Barack Obama is a socialist. The terrorist/radical stuff was putting the 1960s on trial and now the socialist/communist stuff is putting the 1950s on trial.
Also, an aside. Really liked the Fox News shout-out that Barack Obama give in the 3rd debate.
Lim your vote did not matter in 2000 and 2004. It will not matter in 2008. Your opposite instict is the correct one. So start doing opposite of your instincts and your life will be so much better!!!!!!!!!
" not aware" is her middle name.
Sarah Palin is so much more accomplished than her critics-
Mayor, Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S., Member Alaskan Energy and Conservation Board-all by the age of 44 and all while raising 5 kids.
Anything but the truth ... this woman is not acceptable as V.P.
North Carolina will be blue.............GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every time she opens her mouth, she sounds and looks more and more like a fool. Please sit down and shut up lady. Do people really believe she can run this country if needed?
Obama/Biden 2008 dont be late!!!
McCain is the best! He is a total success. He crashed 5 planes, and succesfully lived each time he crashed them. He successfully left his disfigured wife and children, heck, he did even better and cheated on her with an adultress before leaving her. He succesfully voted against all of my veterans benefits and he succesfully avoided being imprisoned for his succesfull involvement in the Keatign Five fraud. He successfully voted with the best president ever, George W. Bush. He is great like GWB!!
Palin is wonderful. She has lots of foreign experience, she watches planes fly over alaska, always guarding us (she would have been a good co-pilot for John back then, he would not have crashed all those planes). She has lots of wisdom from all of those colleges and beauty pageants. She is good mother with children who listen to her and what she stands for. If she had to be president we get to have Todd PLUS her running our country. She is great!
I'm voting for McCain, because it is fabulous time in USA. We have been so successful at home and in Iraq with Bush, and McCain will help keep our nation booming like it is. If we want to keep being as great as we are, we need to elect the man that will maintain Bushes great legacy!! Vote McCain..because he is 95% as good as Bush!
No mention from Palin, big suprise!
3 more weeks and then she has to pack it up and go home!
I VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA TODAY!
West Virginia Early voting Now until November 1st!
Oh and republicans, please stop with the insults. Lose graciously and accept that the country wants a new direction...
McCain gave all he got last night but his anger, frustration, bumbling of words and rehasing of old falsehoods all overpowered the gusto he had in the beginning. Sarah seems to be losing steam too.
Larry in Boston and Sharon in Alabama, you are joking right. You cannot be that mentally challanged. I guess giving 300 billion dollors to buy out bad mortgages due to greedy lenders and stupid consumers is not welfare? And Obama voting for %100 of Bush's budgets? I guess if you keep repating the lie, you will believeit as the truth. Wow no wonder why the Republican ticket is John McCain and Sarah Palin, look at the supporters. Wow. SMFH!
Maybe if Rick Davis let her in on the infor she may have mentioned it, but because they control her every breath, she doesn't know what is going on!
Mike in Seattle, you are not telling teh truth. He is up by 6 in that poll.
Palin's not talking about early voting, because she doesn't like the way she think early voting would go.
In North Carolina and across the nation, there's just one thing standing in the way of the McCain/Palin ticket:
Hmmm...wonder why Palin doesn't want to remind people to vote early...gee...she may be scared that the people realize that she is one who had no idea what she is talking about.
Please...go back to Alaska...quickly...I am sick of listening to her.
YES.....To McCain–Stop the HATE & LIES!
We are all better than this!1
Beth, NY – Get Real... Of course she had more viewers because that was the only way anyone could see her in somewhat of a real interview/press op. We have met Obama and McCain for the last 2 years and thier debates were not going to be as interesting. We have only known her for 5 weeks.
AND THE TRUTH IS SHE GOT SO MANY VIEWERS BECAUSE WE WANTED TO SEE HER FALL ON HER FACE, especially after Katie Couric and to our disappointment she didn't
PLUS... she's like a bad REALITY SHOW that we want to watch. Our guilty pleasure. Like OMAROSSA. Love to hate her.
The election has already been decided by CNN and the other corporately controlled media. Avoid long lines, folks, stay home on Nov 4th.
Mccain people, the cow has dried up ,, your buddies milked it all the way! and Mccain wants to make stew out of whats left its Bones
Obama / Biden 08
What an American hero she is. She is encouraging her supporters to continue lying, spreading rumors, and fear mongering.
She will make a great carnival hawker when she gets sent back to Alaska with her tail between her legs.
It is unfortunate that there are millions of people that will lick up everything she has to say. The bright side is that there are many millions more who can see right through the woman for what she is. (and for what she is not).
It's never mean-spirited when you're dispensing the insults... only when you're receiving them. It's a distressingly common double standard, which Palin (among others) seems particularly keen on. If it's not "mean-spirited" to liken your opponent to terrorists or incited your followers to call out things like "kill him," then neither is it mean-spirited to question Palin's governing ethics, her Howdy-Doody interview answers, or her overall fitness to lead.
You can't have it both ways Sarah. And the really scary thing is that you seem to believe you can.
The 2% people were referencing earlier was if the turnout for this year's election was the exact same slice of the population as when Bush ran. With the first African-American president running, the huge surge in democrats registered (because of the primary battle), and the energizing of younger voters, that is highly unlikely.
Why is this news? People take every opportunity to blast candidates for non-issues! This story is not news, but this garbage is why I am voting for McCain.
If you want some news, explore the issue of Obama spending millions and millions on TV coverage that will not help the economy at all. Take that money and put it to good use at a food pantry or give it to the government to help reduce the deficit. Obama is both selfish and dangerous. Democrat for McCain!
Palin is 100% correct. The media and Obama supporters have acted like Barrack Obama should be off-limits when it comes to criticism. Which of course makes absolutely no sense, considering the man is running for the highest office in the land. They paint any criticism of Obama as an "attack" or "hateful." What they fail to see, is that everyone isn't as brainwashed as themselves. People can have legitimate gripes about Obama without being hateful or racist.