October 27th, 2008
08:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Partisan power failures plague candidates?

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What's behind the candidates technical difficulties?.

What's behind the candidates technical difficulties?.

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (CNN) - In the final days of a presidential campaign, nothing is left to chance. With so much planning and set-up going into every stop, no detail is too small. So everything runs with clockwork precision, right? Uh, yeah, sure. But when events veer slightly off course, the candidates are quick to point some playfully partisan fingers.

In Reno on Saturday, Barack Obama’s microphone died mid-sentence during a rally. He walked the stage and shook hands for the three minutes while crews worked on the problem. When the sound came back, he told the crowd as he resumed, “Hello, hello, hello! I told you folks are having trouble making their electricity bills. Either that or somebody from the McCain campaign kicked our plug out of the socket. That was just a joke, guys, there’s no evidence of foul play. Now, where was I?”

Sunday, the lights went out over the stage during the introductions to John McCain at a high school in Zanesville, Ohio, Senator Lindsey Graham was left speaking in the shadows, filling until the problem was fixed so McCain could take the stage. To laughter, McCain said as he began, “Thank you for the warm welcome. I think the lighting is brought to you courtesy of the Democratic National Committee.”

At least we think they’re being playful.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. Scott NYC Independent

    The in fighting is a sign of what his presidency would be like even if he were running against a weak opponent. Its so bad that the GOP and RNC are participating in vote suppression tactics – on that issue news media investigative report should be started and all documentation of voter suppression turned over to the special prosecutor. Heads should role at the attempts to steal yet another election.

    October 27, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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