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. Keep dreaming Scott L

    yah Scott L keep on dreamin!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!

    October 27, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. stephen

    no experience. nobama. obama has less experience than any candidate in the history of our country. he has bad judgement, dangerous ideas and is dangerously naive about the world. say good bye to israel if obama is elected.

    October 27, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    and the biggest "glitch" of the election is Troopergate Palin.... what a LOSER

    October 27, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. Lucy

    BAROCK THE VOTE!!!!!! LANDSLIDE!!!!!!!! GET OUTTA THE WAY MCLOSERS!

    October 27, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. christian for obama

    at this point if you cant laugh you'll cry

    October 27, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. lyn

    OBAMA is going to WIN HUGE next Tuesday, with all the lies, name calling,negative ads and attacts from McCain that VP, we could never trust the Rupublicans, McCain and Bush made this MESS in our America, we need a leader who understand what we are going through, that person is OBAMA, so go out all Obama supporters and VOTE early to Change our great America.

    October 27, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. Bruce

    If you can vote early DO IT NOW.

    Don't Wait and get stuck in long lines.

    MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE GETS COUNTED

    And check to make sure the machine shows that you voted for the person you WANT. There are reports of machines that vote for McCain even when you voted for Obama

    October 27, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. nalini

    I LOVE IT, THEY ARE BOTH FUNY BUT MY FRIENDS, MAKE SURE YOU GO OUT AND VOTE EARLY FOR OBAMA, OKAY MY FRIENDS!

    SCOTT THE PLUMBER, WHAT WORLD ARE YOIU LIVING IN, MY FRIEND!!

    October 27, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Barack Obama's background, ideology, and agenda are not distractions. Why should it be controversial to investigate them? In a democracy, shouldn't it be dangerous not to?

    October 27, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Ian

    Maybe it was God's way of telling us these candidates aren't very good.

    October 27, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Bobby

    I love the symbolism of these events:

    Obama – You don't need to do anymore talking. Go ahead and take your victory lap.

    McCain – Lights out for you! It's over.

    October 27, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Anne

    scott L and which planet did you come from because it for sure wasnt this one and you are reading some other strange and different polls.

    October 27, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. Paul Mellon

    Funny to see that while both were accusing the other, only Obama mentioned it was only a joke while McC uses even this to stir some bitterness.

    October 27, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Zia

    Its all over for McCain & Co.

    October 27, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. Bob Indianapolis IN

    A return to humor would be welcome after all the debris from the Hate Talk Express the past month...

    October 27, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. alabama for barack

    scott please..... barack will win big, and it will be over before the old man and his joke of a running mate even realizes it.

    obama/biden 2008!!!!

    October 27, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    LIGHTS OUT McCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -V

    October 27, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. David, Silver Spring, MD

    McCain is going to lose HUGE next Tuesday.

    October 27, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Terry H

    "Tax and spend liberal... Socialist! Socialist!... Terrorist!"

    Can McCain not come up with anything tangible in his campaign?

    The country is in this mess because of NO TAX AND SPEND Conservatives! A few extra bucks on my taxes won't be missed and will go to the greater good.

    GO OBAMA!

    October 27, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Mike D.

    A civilization that lost its sense of humor is not worth saving.

    October 27, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama says "someone from the "McCain campaign" kicked our plug out of the socket, not blaming Republicans as a whole. McCain on the other hand places blame on all democrats for the power failure and that isn't the way to get any democrats on his team. Saying the right things at the right time is why Obama is so favorable over McCain.

    October 27, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. georgia

    I hope that the CNN story on legitimate voters being purged from the voting registration records gets as much air time and law enforcement attention as has the ACORN story.

    October 27, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. A chicken sings in Johns yard

    All bigots are going to lose big tuesday,I cant wait.

    October 27, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Doug R.

    Too bad the lights didn't stay off on him. McCain in a liar and a fraud.

    October 27, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. John

    Unplugging McCain may help him!

    October 27, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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