October 20th, 2008
01:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Even Palin’s criticizing the McCain campaign

Obama and Palin both agree on moving away from 'conventional campaigning'.
Obama and Palin both agree on moving away from 'conventional campaigning'.

TAMPA BAY, Florida (CNN) – Barack Obama told voters here the tenor of the campaign is only going to get worse but that apparently he had found an ally in the fight against Republican attacks: GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin..

“We’ve seen it before. And we’re seeing it again. Ugly phone calls. Misleading mail and TV ads. Careless, outrageous comments. All aimed at keeping us from working together, all aimed at stopping change,” he told a crowd of thousands at Steinbrenner Field. “It’s getting so bad that even Senator McCain’s running mate denounced his tactics last night. You know, you really have to work hard to violate Governor Palin’s standards on negative campaigning, you’ve got to work hard. ...

“What we know is that change never comes without a fight. Power concedes nothing without a fight. In the final days of campaigns, the say-anything, do-anything politics too often takes over,” Obama said.

Watch: Obama mocks Palin for speaking against her campaign's robo calls

Palin told reporters Sunday that if she were in charge of the campaign there would be more time spent one-on-one with voters and less time on “the old conventional ways of campaigning that includes those robo-calls.”

The Obama campaign descended on Florida Monday, the first day Floridians could vote early. The Democratic nominee and Hillary Clinton were scheduled to campaign together in Orlando. Clinton held a solo event earlier in Ft. Lauderdale. Michelle Obama and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will headline separate events across the state on Tuesday.

Polls have shown the state all but tied and the Obama campaign aides think if “sporadic voters” can be mobilized to cast a ballot early, that may be the edge they need to win.

“I want everybody after this rally, if you have not already voted I want you to go vote. Don’t wait until November 4th you don’t know what might happen on Nov 4th. Your car might break down, you might have an emergency, you might the alarm might not go off you don’t get to work on time. So take the advantage of early vote,” Obama implored the crowd.


According to Steve Schale, the Obama campaign’s Florida state director, estimates are that over 40 percent of the state’s residents will either vote early or vote absentee. Schale also said the campaign is estimating that as many as 9 million Floridians will vote in this election.

Schale said he had a “fairly decent level of confidence” in the ability of election officials to handle the expected Election Day voting crush. But he did concede some concern over how recent state budget cuts could impact local election boards, saying this first day of early voting is a “big test.”


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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Ohio for Obama

    Like Colin Powell said Obama is the man for the job. He will include all of us.

    October 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Palin also admitted that she is a socialist. She openly condemned taxing people and distributing it to those who do not deserve it...such as Oil companies and politicians that have been found to be guilty of ethics violations and secessionist plotting.

    Lets do a math question here:
    40% do not pay taxes...which means 60% are supporting them currently (thanks Bush and McCain for making it so 40% of people can't afford to pay taxes, like Joe the Plumber for example).

    So that leaves 60% of us that have a right to discuss this. McCain wants 55% of us to support the 40% not paying taxes and give hand outs to the wealthy and elitist 5%. While Obama wants ALL of us to have to carry the load. I like the plan where 55% are treated fairly, not 5% given free hand outs! Obama is the CLEAR choice.

    October 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. ran

    Vote people and in such #s that there will be no doubt who has won so no court will decide this election.

    If like me you are tired of hate/fear/racism then the only way out is to vote Obama/Biden.

    October 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. malclave

    Of course Obama wants people to vote early. Right now he's in the lead, but there are indications that some journalists might actually get up off of their knees and do their jobs.

    Right now, we know more about "Joe the Plumber" than we do about the Democratic presidential nominee. Obama is clearly counting on people to vote their ignorance.

    For those people who actually looked into both candidates and made an informed decision, more power to you, even if we disagree on on who should be President. It just seems to me that there is a concerted effort on the left to obfuscate things. Plausible deniability didn't work for Nixon. Let's hope it doesn't work for Obama.

    October 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Lissa

    Quote: "You know, you really have to work hard to violate Governor Palin’s standards on negative campaigning, you’ve got to work hard. …"

    Brilliant!!

    October 20, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. michael

    with people like limbaugh behind mccain it makes it even more disgusting..racism is alive and well in America especially among the gop may God bless America andccast those racist souls to where they will ultimately belong!!

    October 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Sarah has decided to take over and go for herself!

    October 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Kate Fergus

    In advertising, truth must be told or companies can face prosecution. I don't understand why this truth must not be mandatory for political campaigns. Understanding the issues so that one can make an informed decision when voting is critical. All the mud and lies that are being slung – especially by the McCain/Palin campaign, should be outlawed. It is a travesty for the democratic process.

    Obama/Biden '08 – at least they focus on the issues and have shown real leadership during this past month.

    October 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Well I have to agree with him on this, bet McCain is mad.

    October 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. OBAMA-BIDEN 08

    ONLY TWO SHORT WEEKS left before we can rid the airwave of the hateful, counter-productive smear tactics of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Go riddence.

    America need Change to move forward. Out with the OLD and in with the NEW. New Ideas, New Thoughts, New Ways to bring the Country TOGETHER instead of trying to keep it divided.

    If you are NOT ready for CHANGE, then move over – The world will CHANGE WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. Either get on board or stay stuck in the past.

    October 20, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Stephina

    Colin Powell only endorsed Obama because he is Black man who wants to see another Black man get ahead!!! It is the same reason all the blacks are voting for him.

    If Obama were a white man, Hillary would be the nominee. That is fact, plain and simple!!!

    McCain in 2008
    Hillary in 2012

    October 20, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Major Tom

    Vote early, vote often.

    October 20, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Ken

    The abject stupidty and hypocrisy coming from the McCain campaign should be an affront to every thinking American. If there are any thinking [R]s remianing out there, and they have any sense of honor, any sense of pride, they should be re-evaluating their support.

    October 20, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    PALIN IS A BOOB

    October 20, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Lauren

    Pwn3d.
    Through all the smiles and the creepy "oh I'm so proud of her"'s, McCain has got to just be wishing she would shut her pie hole.

    October 20, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. south jersey

    FAST! Pitch Palin

    and sign on Joe Plumber for GOP VP running mate!

    plumbers in middle america may vote like Joe,

    but what about unemployed auto workers?

    unemployed factory workers?

    what about everyone whose retirement funds are all worth half what they were a few months ago?

    don't think Joe's going to make a difference.

    October 20, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. redhead from Toronto

    CNN – How can we post a comment whrn you keep closing it? After the election, I will no longer watch CNN, except for Jack Cafferty. It's MSNBC and Rachel Maddow for me from now on. Now that's what I call an intelligent, informed woman. Sorry CNN, you lost me with your ghastly non-reporting.

    October 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. carl d

    LOL I bet Mrs Palin wish she was on Obama side..lol

    October 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Walt

    If it is a strategy, I don't get it. If it is not a strategy then I believe McCain's choice of her as his running mate is about hurt him on many, many levels. At least let's hope so!!!

    He needs to join Bush on the ranch. She needs to return to Alaska and face impeachment.

    Obama08!

    October 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Cindy Nelson

    Palin just wants to have it both ways, McCain likes Robo calling so Palin will say she doesnt.
    Palin wants a Constitutional Ammendment to ban gay marriage, McCain says he doesnt.
    McCain I thought leaned more towards being Pro Choice, Palin is pro life and would like Rowe v Wade turned over.
    So they are trying to have it both ways to get people to vote for them.
    Pick an issue and be united over it already.
    What a joke. One more reason to vote Obama.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Carl

    Good work Obama – get them all to the polls early! I'd vote now if I could. Keep the messages positive from here on out and you will have the upper hand. I am eagerly awaiting to see what you are going to say for 30 minutes of air time before the 6th possible game of the World Series. In a way I hope the Phillies (my team) lose just one to make sure you have the biggest possible audience!

    October 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Alison B

    That is what happens when a person is not vetted probably you don't find out whether you have the same beliefs or not. She was not picked because she was qualified, she was picked in hopes of picking up the disenfranchised Hilary supporters that did not want to vote for Obama but look what are the real choices there are none there is only one choice and that is Obama.

    October 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Who is McCain?

    So, why did McCain vote for a "socialist" bill that was the Wall street bailout?

    If you're going to call someone socialist, you really have to look at yourself first.

    He look the same, but the McCain we all know is not the one running for president. This McCain is a lackey of Bush and a puppet of the GOP.

    He's sold his soul.

    October 20, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    If you want to support the 'Help a Billionaire Plan', vote for McCain. He will see to it that your TAX dollars go straight to help the top 1%. His record shows you're not in the deal.

    October 20, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. 52 yr. old white Houston oil man

    Frankley, I think Palin and McCain missed their true calling. They would both make fine comedians.

    October 20, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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