October 20th, 2008
01:29 PM ET
5 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. Karen-Can't we all just get along?

    Why is CNN keeping blocking me?

    October 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Stephan Legere

    Keep up the good work Sarah, your really helping the Democrats with their victory, not that we need you, but please keep on turning off not only USA but the world also. Stick to comedy television, your better at that.
    Obama, your doing the right thing. Keep up the fight.
    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. tech

    George is so sadly mistaken. Palin is an idiot and I bet you are an idiot just like her to support her. I am a psychologist and I can define you just by your words. I bet you are one of those uneducated male, your wife doesnt give you enuf or you are single without a gf, your income in low and you hate the world because u r not successful. You hate to see good men that make a difference because you are not one of thme.

    Good luck voting for Failin Palin and with your hate and negativity because you and Palin are going to remain losers.

    October 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. abel sterling

    palin criticizing how funny, anyway we the best "obama and biden" we just waiting for november 4 to send these 2 looser away"McCain and palin"

    October 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. rosy obama mama

    willy brown people like you mccain and the abuser of power palin are a disgrace to this country

    October 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Dawn

    Way to go Sen. Obama.... I know that she has brown hair, but seriously folks if she dying her hair brown because she is a blonde?
    Only a blonde would read the headline and draw conclusions.
    Gobama.08/12

    October 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Black and White for Obama

    Yes we can vote early and got out and concince other to do so. Obama 08.

    There is confusion in Republican house right now, if they can't agree how can they govern..
    Just Vote now and let them fool themselves disagreing.

    October 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. THE END OF AMERICA by OBAMA

    You lying dog,how I hate your guts.

    October 20, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Chuck

    The republicans are now the laughing stock of the rest of the world. This ding dong is bucking the man who chose her as VP. This couldn't get any more laughable. Go online and check out the newspaper's overseas. They are laughing at and making fun of her continuously, as they say, because she is a dimwit. And McCain thinks she can be president. They already have zero, zip, no respect for this woman whatsoever, and we would be sending her to negotiate world problems. This is beyond funny, this is dangerous.

    October 20, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. G

    I VOTED FOR THAT ONE TOO!!!

    October 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. mb

    Palin has disagreed on several things with mccain. I think they should have talked more before she excepted his offer. The mccain camp knows this and that is why her security doesn't allow her to talk to the press. She knows what she is doing, hoping that mccain will get in, unable to complete his term and she and husband todd can take over.

    As far as early voting is concerned, this is a good thing although with all the negative things happening. They really should disperse the National Guards to Cities to keep down violence.

    October 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Lauren in California

    it looks like palin the parrot is speaking her mind, wow !!!! does she know that is not one of the republican talking points. Is she trying to distance herself from her boss, john mccain ?

    October 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Palin3009

    Yo Obama – don't get too excited about this now....

    This seems to be the Mccain campaign strategy – One person supports it and the other opposes it (Palin has STILL been talking about the Terrorists thing while Mccain opposes it)
    Mccain comes out pubicly against -ve ads and wants to talk about economy and people's issues while his campaign is STILL airing -ve ads and these stupid robo calls ....

    October 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Concerned Obama Supporter

    I am considering casting my vote early for Obama, but I'm not too familiar with early voting and I'd like to find out whether early votes are also counted/reported early. If so, I won't be voting early because I'm worried that reports on an early Obama lead might motivate McCain supporters to come out that might otherwise have been too apathetic to turn out on Nov. 4th. I'd rather let the polls wonder and be a part of the element of surprise come super Tuesday.

    October 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Team America

    And the typical hateful comments by the ignorant liberals on this blog continue. The Dems are scared this might actually be closer than the "polls" suggest. So, since they have no substantive remarks to make about Obama's plan, all they can do is bash on McCain and Palin.

    If I was on the fence, I would look at a couple things. The Economy, National Security experience, Military experience, and general political experience. Bottom line....3 years in Washington doesn't cut it for me, plus liberals and hippies really annoy me.

    October 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Charlie Bradley

    George–

    Since when has Palin EVER checked her opinions at the door? She never fails to express exactly what is on her feeble mind.

    October 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Black and White for Obama

    Yes we can vote early and got out and convince other to do so. Obama 08.

    There is confusion in Republican house right now, if they can't agree how can they govern..
    Just Vote now and let them fool themselves disagreing.

    October 20, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. conny

    WITH THE BIG TRICK QUESTION HERSELF (PAFALIN) I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO VOTE FOR "THAT ONE"

    October 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. OBAMA 4 President

    Absolutely every vote counts hopefully in Florida too. Floridians have to keep in mind their substandard voting system and overcompensate by getting out to vote early. Please, please vote early for Obama to avoid a Bush-Gore fiasco of 2000. Make Florida a proud democratic state again.

    October 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. rm

    @Willy Brown:

    Are you hanging out with Rush Limpbaugh taking pain killers? Learn how to spell and write complete sentences.

    October 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. bill

    10,000 comedians are out of work and Palin is trying to be funny directing her scripted one liners at obama....now she's dissing her own campaing...haha!..this woman needs to head north and stay there.

    October 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. I Love The Talking Moose Head

    I wonder how the GOP is going to clean this latest 'misspeak' up.

    October 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Josh

    OBAMA

    October 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Hillary Democrat

    I just voted for Obama 26 times. Thanks ACORN.

    October 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Joe from Mahwah, NJ

    In another 15 days, it will be an unbelievable honor to refer to Senator Obama as Mr. President.

    October 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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