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

Partisan power failures plague candidates?

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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. Sue in MI

    Thanks for reporting these. It's nice to see a sense of humor from McCain and Obama. Everything has been so nasty and serious due to the close race and McCain's quiet desperation. I will be so happy when President Obama is named next week, so he can really start working with everyone to save this country.

    October 27, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Ohio 4 Obama

    Ohio - and the country - will overwhelmingly choose President Obama.

    (You will learn to love him, Scott L.)

    October 27, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Pat Pa.

    Nothing wrong with either one of their responses. That is how it really should be. " Gentle " teasing, and we can deal with that..

    BTW Scott--Get in the real world.

    October 27, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Bruce

    VOTERS BEWARE the republicans are at it again this year. They have managed to get voters taken off the rolles. There are voting machines that VOTE McAin when you select Obama. There will be other Republican moves to try to prevent people they think are pro Obama from voting.
    If you see anything strange report it! Ask to talk to the Votiing official if you have any problems.

    MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE GETS COUNTED

    October 27, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Gracie

    I CAN'T WAIT TILL NOV. 4, IT CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!

    I CAN'T WAIT TILL NOV. 4, IT CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!

    I CAN'T WAIT TILL NOV. 4, IT CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!

    I CAN'T WAIT TILL NOV. 4, IT CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08 ALL THE WAY!

    October 27, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. republicans hate america

    Lights out is a good ending for McCain. He will still be talking to himself in the dark on Nov. 5th

    October 27, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Hmmmph! The lights go out ANYWHERE McCain or Palin speak!

    October 27, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. tasty sammich

    Oh, that's good stuff. Always nice to see a story like this come out, especially with the intensity of both campaigns. Too bad it'll all be for naught.

    CTHULHU '08– WHY PICK THE LESSER EVIL?

    October 27, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. To each their own

    Amusing as their comments were, this is not really worthy of a news report. Please CONCENTRATE ON THE ISSUES at stack this election cycle... or the lack of them in McCain and Pailn's case!

    October 27, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  10. Dawn

    Alittle humor is so much fun and life goes on. Vote for McCain is a vote for war and the draft... Vote for Obama, maybe diplomacy. You can have dipolmacy and win wars.

    This Government can be dilusional, you think that you can wipe out terrorist groups, think again.. Think of the terrorist group like cockroaches, you can wipe out a nest, but months latter they are back.

    So be it, the world hates us so as it is, you think McCain is the answer when his answer is war and Obama is peace, which do you choose.

    Go Obama/Biden08/12

    October 27, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. geraldine

    Instead of this article that has no bearing whatsoever on this election, why can't CNN share news of the testy Biden interview in Florida, or Obama's audio in 2001 lamenting the fact that the Supreme Court has not "addressed" redistribution of wealth and outlining approaches to legislate it?

    I'm sure many will respond that these items are just pulled from Right Wing talking points (actually not), but I'd hope that news outlets could share news the way it happens, and let the people decide if it's relevant.

    Get ready folks – the only news that will be shared for the next 4 years (and therefore 8), will be news that praises Obama for all things right in the world and blames someone else for all the bad. What will it take for intellectual honesty and journalistic integrity in reporting?

    October 27, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  12. J - East Windsor, CT

    I'm glad both candidates are able to keep their sense of humor in the tense final stretch. We need leaders who can collect their emotions.

    October 27, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. Maggie from Virginia

    Scott L, keep dreaming...

    October 27, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  14. James from Kansas City

    Scott L., if you're right (and you're not), America would lose HUGE next Tuesday.

    October 27, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  15. dEMOBRAT

    BREAK THE AUDIO CNN......EXPOSE OBAMA'S AGENDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2001 AUDIO OF BARACK'S REAL CHANGE AGENDA.

    October 27, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  16. Jan

    A little off subject–CNN smear campaign against Sarah Palin and her innocent family is detestable. I predict CNN loses thousands of viewers.Also, making fun of nurses, plumbers, builders and other ordinary people who are the backbone of this country will not serve CNN well. Good luck catering to welfare recipients with Obama's "spread the wealth" policies. You college students may as well be professional students as you will not have a job if Obama is elected.

    October 27, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    VOTE OBAMA-VIDEN NOV.4th

    October 27, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Mike

    Hey John. the Lightning was courtesy of God.

    October 27, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. D Sylvester

    Mc Cain is over. We have 9 days left and he still has no clear message.

    October 27, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. Georgia Voter

    Is this really news?

    October 27, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  21. Lawrence

    Its good to see the "other" side of the candidates! They were both engaging at the banquet last week also. Both guys are good people, the personal attacks have made it harder to see.

    October 27, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. RMKING FL FOR OBAMA

    Eight days and counting. Early voting looking good. Go OBAMA

    October 27, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. Bruce

    Voters Beware the Repubs are trying to prevent registered voters from voting and there are voting machines that vot for McCain when you select Obama

    October 27, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. NYFN08

    Scott,

    Joke of the day! Thanks for that.

    October 27, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  25. Brandon from Ohio

    Agreed Doug. Then there's people like Scott L who have to make it into something nasty. I wonder who he supports. :-/

    October 27, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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