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?.
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. Ken from Michigan

    More comedy, from both parties could have made this election more tolerable.

    The mud slinging has been the, THE worst of any election I have ever witnessed, well, let me take that back. The Bush Politicos were the best of the worst, I gotta say.

    October 27, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Tina B

    Wish the campaign had such a tone through out.
    Scott L. don't go into exile on Tuesday.

    October 27, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Jay N.H.

    Scott,

    He won't lose and if he did it certainly wouldn't be "HUGE" come on.

    October 27, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. jerry in suffolk va.

    landslide for obama

    October 27, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. Independent white female patriotic voter

    I think Palin's most divisive attacks really have been the worst that the MCcain campaign has had.

    October 27, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. facts are facts

    How come no one is focusing on McCain's speech where he said other countries won't be testing him if he is elected President he will be the one testing other countries. That is scary because it is a fact and he will bring on more wars and longer wars as that is about all he knows.

    October 27, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. marisol123@earthlink.net

    The only way Obama will lose next Tuesday is if the Republicans cheat once again (which I don't put past them). If that happens, expect Americans to take to the streets in a major protest. We will not accept this in any fashion. For the good of this country, it is time that we stand up for our rights and point out that.McCain and Palin will destroy what is left of this nation. Don't let that happen.

    October 27, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Joyce

    Thank God that we finally ve a black president in personified Barack Obama.

    October 27, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Jill American

    Of those voting early the 'young' are unrepresented. Great ... they forced Obama on us and now are not going to show up!

    October 27, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Get Real

    This is good they can have humor. Everybody do not take everythng so serious and partisan.

    LOL

    October 27, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. Scott, Wichita

    At least we know they have a sense of humor...
    Not as good as Huckabee's, though

    October 27, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. G

    It's good they can laugh a little. Scott L stop being a hater...the only way Obama loses is if the republicans cheat like they did in 2000-2004!

    October 27, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Otis

    Maybe it's God's way of saying we've heard and seen enough of these two...

    October 27, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Camden from mt

    This shows a playful side of both candidates. Its to late for Mccain, however, Barack Obama or "That one" already has my vote. Early voting is lovely!!

    -Obama/Biden 08-

    October 27, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. Shay

    Well at least they both joked about each party having something to do with the difficulty. Any if Scott L. has his way we all will be in recession, depression and thinking of how we are going to live with another 8 hrs of Bush policies. Scott McCain don't have a plan unless you have made one for him.

    October 27, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Joan

    The Financial Times has endorsed Obama!!!

    October 27, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. I Can See Alaska

    SEVEN VP's have had to step into the role of the Presidency.
    Thats a one in seven chance that Palin would become the leader of the free world. Are you willing to take that chance?

    October 27, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Grace Needed

    The biggest partisan power failure has been the power source of the Republicans! They have failed to realize what a great source of power the internet can be for BOTH donations, communication on the ground and getting their message out there. Senator Obama's campaign has managed this resource with great skill and success. We look forward to a transparent government online and open for comment. Good -bye to the secret lobbyists and corporate interests deals in Washington. Good-bye to the greed and corruption of the past 7 years Good-bye to the partisan attacks, lies and smears done by people who call themselves Christian with a wink and a sneer. A new day is soon upon us!

    October 27, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. Mick

    One joke refers to the issues, the other just places blame. That is the fundamental difference.

    October 27, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. PA for Obama

    Dream on to all the Repubs if you think Obama is going to loose...

    Nov 5th: Be ready for President Barack Hussein Obama. Amazing to see how a young, intelligent, half white/half black man is able to beat the so called Maverick who has tried for 12 years but seems to FAIL! HMMMM, wonder why! Still no concrete ideas...all he does is attack, whine, complain, what a negative campaign he has ran for this whole election.

    Time for good, +ve changes. Get out and Vote for Obama/Biden and be aware of purging of Votes especially from a group called YPM which is linked to "McCain".

    October 27, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. JR IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

    MCCAIN IS GOING TO LOSE BIG BECAUSE OF PALIN NEXT TUEDSAY!!!!!
    I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. Richard in PA

    I'm afraid if Obama loses there will be riots around the country. I don't want to vote for him because of his socialist policies but I'm scared not to because of the violence that might be occur.

    October 27, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. Obama/Biden '08

    Hopefully the lights to the McCain/Palin ticket will be out for good on
    November 4th.

    October 27, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. Amy

    @scott...

    It seems that you aren't aware that McCain is losing on all the polls...listenning to all the news stations, it seems that your "candidate" McCain has almost no chance of winning....

    Your wishful thinking will not prevail....Obama will be our next president...All your blogs have been hateful and remember "God does not like ugly"

    October 27, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  25. young and informed independant WASP( woman against sarah palin )

    (Barack Obama), he told the crowd as he resumed, “Hello, hello, hello! I told you folks are having trouble making their electricity bills."

    GOSH I LOVE THIS GUY!!

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