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. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    HEY IAM VOTING FOR "THAT ONE" TOO!

    Its sad that when you read the comments posted by Republicans all they do is attack.

    NOT ONE of them has excused Bush, or supported the GOP record! Says a lot about the far-right.

    On November 4th, Americans WILL REJECT the vile politics of the Republicans, hopefully they will learn that hate.......lies..........and fear do not resonate with us!

    ***********STOP THE HATE*****************STOP THE LIES***********

    October 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Jen B

    I have just mailed my vote for "That One" too. It feels good to have high calibre candidates like Obama and Biden represent Democrats. I truly feel sorry for decent, intelligent Republicans who are stuck with McCain and his half baked Alaskan.

    October 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Greed is not good

    Poor Sarah

    October 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. g

    Go Rush!!! Thank God, at least you'll say it like it is.
    Thanks jj, I will see you at tonights klan rally, email me for directions. And for the robo calls sounds like jim crow scare tactics are alive and well in the republican party.

    October 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Josh

    I am basically ok with McCain (though I wouldnt vote for him now..but in 2000, instead of bush..possibly!), even though I am a dieheard liberal. Its Palin, who disgusts me..and not because she is some evil conservative..she isnt. She just isnt qualified remotely.
    Plain and simple.

    October 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Joe NOT the Plumber

    RE George

    Sarah Palin doesn't check her opinions - at the door or otherwise. She more or less parrots the party line with little apparent understanding of what she's saying. And frankly, it's a little disturbing that she seems unable to speak in complete sentences.

    Neither Presidential choice is particularly appealing to me, but I'm leaning toward Obama simply because of the ignorance and hate-mongering of the Republican Right.

    October 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. tulsa

    Willy Brown,
    The dollars I gave to Barack are mine, not like the tax dollars McCain took. Ask him if taking 84 million of taxpayer dollars is a form of "socialism".

    October 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I don't trust Palin,even if it seems she's criticizing the way McCain handles his campaign. There has to be more to it than what she says. I think that she is priming herself and the country for her run in 2012, and she'd throw McCain under the bus in a heartbeat if it helped her cause! People.........DO NOT BELIEVE A WORD SHE SAYS !

    October 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Dave

    Boy he is the pot calling the kettle black. just another bought and paid for candidate like McCain. worst election year for POTUS we've ever seen.

    October 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Hillary Democrat

    Vote Early..I just did. Voted 26 times for OBAMA. THanks ACORN.

    October 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. M. Jackson

    I want to know if the spy program will still exist in the next administration this includes invasion of privacy , criminal activity by government employees an other criminal acts that have taken away my civil rights as an American citizen, the Republican Administration and it so called secret spy program has ruined my life, government hackers have reaked havoc in my life with espionage, identity theft, embezzled student loans now in default, paid hackers living in the apartment next door. WHAT WILL THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION DO ABOUT THE PROBLEM?

    October 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. fixthebroken

    jj,

    Wrong thread. Move on. Go get educated and maybe come back with some intelligent thought.

    October 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Brian

    Awesome. Just awesome.

    I live in Ohio and will vote early. I implore any of you out there to vote as early as possible, swing state or not!

    Let's lock it up for Barack!

    October 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Who Is Obama?

    What? Sarah Plain is not a cult member toeing the party line?
    No wonder Obama does not understand.
    :-)

    October 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. David(Nottingham UK)

    As an 'outsider' looking in I am amazed at some of the narrow mindedness and bigotry in some of the comments already displayed.
    Please, all you right minded Americans, use your God given common sense and intelligence to sort out the facts from the fiction, the truth from the hype, spin and inuendo and choose the candidate that will bring about real and long lasting change. God knows, your great country needs it !

    October 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. rachel

    hope cnn covers barack and hillary live on line.

    October 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. michael

    the rsults of this negative Republican campaign is certainly bringing the hidden racists out of the closet. Even journalists who vowed to practice good honest journalism are rearing their ugly heads. Today CNN's Rick (racist) Sachez attempted doing a story he called "Mislims for McCain". In the process, he failed to have anything informative or objective except for the fact that one guy was being disruptive while a bunch of Muslims were in fact expressing their support for John McCain. To say the least, the story had no probative value except to appease Repulican voters to be sympathetic of the kind of violence and hatred the McCain campaign has incited..The real story might have been the Muslims perspective on John McCain.

    October 20, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. welches oregon

    I will be so proud when Barack Obama represents America.

    Go OBAMA!!! Go BIDEN!!

    Oregon received our mail-in ballots on Friday. My entire family and large extended family and all our friends and their families, had a "Fill Out Your Ballot" party this weekend (it was beautiful weather on Sunday). We all voted for Obama. Some voted GOP for other positions, but mostly we voted democratic and ALL voted for Obama.

    I volunteered to deliver them and dropped them all off at the County Library yesterday. (the ballot box was literally overflowing).

    Tell us about your own "Fill out your Ballot" Party. It's a great way to:
    1 – make sure you get your ballot filled out
    2 – discuss any remaining concerns or issues with each other
    3 – get together with your family friends
    4 – guarantee your ballot will be returned on time

    October 20, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. rachel

    hope cnn covers barack and hillary live on line.

    October 20, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Beverly, NYC

    The only poll that matters is November 4th people. Get out and vote, be prepared to wait in long lines, keep your eyes on the prize and do not waiver. If Obama's win is not decisive, expect the republicans to pull every dirty tactic in their bag of tricks to secure a win. I have CNN's voter fraud report number and the number to report anything fishy no matter how small. Repubs are already trying to supress votes in Ohio & Michigan, too bad in Ohio the commissioner is not another Catherine Harris who was easily led.

    ROCK THE VOTE!!! We have alrady seen the HATE in this country during the capaign, imagine if McCain wins.

    October 20, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. matt in Indy

    Bakersfield wrote:
    "OBAMA

    BELIEVES THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HEAVEN BUT YOU NEED TO COME TO THE UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURE JOHN 14:6"

    Thanks for the info. Now if i was voting to install him as my minister, that would matter to me. Since he is only going to be President and can't force his religious beliefs on other people, it doesn't matter.

    October 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. welches oregon

    I will be so proud when Barack Obama represents America.

    Go OBAMA!!! Go BIDEN!!

    Oregon received our mail-in ballots on Friday. My entire family and large extended family and all our friends and their families, had a "Fill Out Your Ballot" party this weekend (it was beautiful weather on Sunday). We all voted for Obama. Some voted GOP for other positions, but mostly we voted democratic and ALL voted for Obama.

    I volunteered to deliver them and dropped them all off at the County Library yesterday. (the ballot box was literally overflowing).

    Tell us about your own "Fill out your Ballot" Party. It's a great way to:
    1 – make sure you get your ballot filled out
    2 – discuss any remaining concerns or issues with each other
    3 – get together with your family friends
    4 – guarantee your ballot will be returned on time

    October 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. OHIO FOR OBAMA

    2 weeks to go and back to alaska for the pitbull in lipstick/hockey mom/caribou barbie. and for all you mcsame lovers, better luck next time. take notes on how to run and win an election without all the dirt and lies.

    October 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Kish from Britain

    AMERICANS.....THIS CALL IS FOR YA'ALL...............GO OUT AND BARACK THE VOTE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU

    October 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Did anyone else see the story that Rick Sanchez featured on his program at 3 p.m. EST that had a piece on Muslims for MCCAIN and how the head of the Maryland Delegation for McCain is a Muslim and they chased out some idiot who had bumper stickers with Obama featuring the Muslim Crescent and the Soviet Hammer and Sickle? These folks chased this loser away and said they are for McCain, and they are Muslims but when Rick tried to get the guy on the phone who had chased the guy away, the McCain camp would not let their delegate talk to CNN about this. Could be that McCain disavows such support, hoping to keep the focus of that on Obama, and given the hateful nature of Palin rallies, I am sure that is not a story they were happy got air time. Now McCain is gagging his own delegates due to their religion. Pathetic.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!

    October 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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