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
soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Florida For Barack!

    Both had pretty good responses lol.

    October 27, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Scott L

    Obama is going to lose HUGE next Tuesday.

    Can't wait.

    October 27, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Doug

    Playfulteasing is very valuable this election year. The campaign has been pretty nasty and aggressive, so a little ice breaking and letting off of steam is a good thing, regardless of your political persuasion. : )

    October 27, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |

    Barack- please spread the wealth, I know our constitution is fundamentally flawed. Thank god you were born, so you could turn us into Europe.

    October 27, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. Commonwealth of Virginia

    Not enough money in old John's campaign. What a pity.


    October 27, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. Scott L

    Pelosi, Reid, and Frank.

    Gotta love how Obama zealots have no clue who these three people are.

    It is scary actually.

    All 3 are anti-military might and pro-taxes to fund social welfare programs.

    October 27, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. jp,michigan

    Well, the end is near. So, gather all the information you can possible get and make a choice. This process, to elect a president ,has been long and hard on the American voter. Both candidates have misrepresented either other and going to fact check hasn't helped. Need to check voting records (if available), past experiences (if available) and one strengths. We need to go beyond the rhetoric and look at the real facts (if available). One candidate made them available, while the other plays secretive and selective games. If you kept out with the entire process, from the primaries until now , you know McCain is an open book and Obama you can't find the key to open his book!

    October 27, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  8. james in s.c.

    yeah right scott....


    October 27, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  9. barbara

    Barack handled the situation nicely. He took the time to shake hands and mingle with the crowd.

    October 27, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. Nancy

    Scott L – you always miss the point, don't you?

    October 27, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. KJL

    Nothing like humor to relieve tension, but why DID the Republicans lose power? Doesn't Palin have a direct link to God? Or is that all in her head? I guess there has to be something in there.

    October 27, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. trudy

    Mc Cain is going to loose . Mc Cain to much Temper, an likes to go to War ,thats all he knows WAR WAR ,an stupid he lies just like Busch .AMERIKA be wear , MC Cain is all wrong to be President

    October 27, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. chuck

    This is non-news. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    October 27, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  14. Renee

    I pray that Obama win to become our next President Obama is so uplifting and bring so much hope, postive, unity Obama is the only man that is fit to move this country in a postive and new direction and fix this Finanical Crisis.

    October 27, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  15. Robo J

    Is this news? Concentrate on thev issues, please.

    October 27, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. Victoria

    Barack will lose huge next Tuesday, Scott? Have you been watching the news or paying attention to the polls at all? I do predict that the election will tighten in the final days until the 4th, but Obama's lead is too commanding for him to lose. McCain supporters, stop being sore losers and just admit that you're losing. Get over it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  17. Why ??

    The selection of Governor Palin will be the reason for John McCain's loss. However it is representative of the entire lack of a strategic focus of his campaign.

    He was a reactionary riverboat gambler, not a planner ... not a builder of a winning effort.

    John McCain didn't vett Sarah Palin ... he really didn't know what he was "buying" when he picked her.

    In some fairly softball interviews [e.g. Couric], Palin showed us that she is not ready for prime time ... she doesn't have the goods.

    Not this woman ... not ever

    October 27, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  18. Bullwinkle doesnt want Palin back in Alaska

    Landslide Victory!
    A President with a mandate!

    Obama 08

    October 27, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. bill

    go home mccain you lousy excuse for humanbeing.and take that alaskin carrabou with you. CAINT WAIT GOOD BY GOOD RIDDENCE

    October 27, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. Holding my Breath

    If Obama, gets the White House he had better be as good as we are being told that he is, or its going tobe a 1term flash in the pan. Personally, I will be holding my breath for the next 4 yrs., cause neither McCain or Obama, are really any good .

    2012 Clinton returns 😉

    October 27, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  21. Edwin

    Scott L is hallucinating, for the first time in 8 years we will have someone who isn't a PG president (Pure Garbage).

    If McCain wins it will be obvious that he stole the election illegally and his first task on day 1 will be to stop the riots he will cause by cheating his way to the presidency.

    October 27, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  22. CD

    Help! someone send out the lawyers because the republicans are doing it again purging valid voters from voting in this election. This is plain wrong and this is the real voter fraud. Republicans are messing with the wrong camp because the Obama camp is ready to fight for every valid voter this election cycle.

    Where is ACLU when you really need them? HELP! This is not third world politics please help they are denying voters out there and this is serious.

    October 27, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  23. HouseDiva

    this isn't news

    October 27, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  24. Europe for Obama

    To Scott L.
    The article was supposed to let off steam from all the nastiness especially on the repubs side...you need a cold splash in the Alaskan icy waters to quell your boiling disappointment. Be cool.

    October 27, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  25. turning IN blue from Chicago

    lol surprisingly McCain's joke was better.
    And Scott L, i'm not sure exactly what election you're watching


    October 27, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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