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. Andrew Boggess

    Haha, both were pretty good

    October 27, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Not Fooled

    Nice to know the viciousness of this campaign hasnt killed their humor out there

    October 27, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. LS, Austin, Texas

    McCain is going to lose HUGE next Tuesday.

    Can't wait.

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

    At least they're both funny. It makes it easier to like both of them!

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

    Everyone needs to get out and vote....no matter who you support...vote...if you do not then in my opinion you have no right to complain about the next president. Cast your vote.

    October 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    even the power grid is ready for this election to be done.

    October 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. truth hurts

    said McCain. "I guess I'm a little old fashioned about these things.

    Yes you are old for everything, Cindy knows that too

    October 27, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Dick

    MCcain is a war monger. If Americans vote for this war monger because of ignorance, they will pay the price in the coming 4 years. The last 8 years were worse but the next 4 under McSame will be a a nightmare

    October 27, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Dave from MD

    Heard the GOP planned the "lights off" moment so that MCCain would have a similiar line like the one Obama made out west. The Reps are so predictable.

    October 27, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Julie

    The media is making a huge deal of the fact that Sarah's makeup artist/stylist was paid more than John McCain's aides. Hey it's only fair! The stylist is doing a much better job. Even though McCain has lost, I do feel sorry for him as the John McCain we have seen since August is not the real John McCain. My only guess is that his campaign fed him full of hockydoodle about what he needed to do to win. Too bad he didn't have the backbone to stand up for what he truly believes.

    October 27, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Dealt, Lisbon

    Well, these glitches are MINOR glitches. What puzzles me are the reports about voter desqualification so near election day. Read the report on what happened in Georgia, here on CNN. After all, it's not as if it hasn't happened before, so there was plenty of time to fix all that went wrong in previous elections.

    I'd expect the USA, which is so willingly to export democracy to often unwilling countries, would take care to ensure this most basic of democracy rights. That people can vote and ample opportunity given to check voters' elegibility and catch fraud.

    In Georgia it seems they're asking for verification too late for voters to comply and that though voters can cast their provisional vote, it's left to officials to decided wether to accept them or not...

    Very weird...

    October 27, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. former gop

    I can't wait for McCain/Palin supporters to see that the majority of the country are not racists on November 4th. Wonder how that's gonna feel to be a minority for the first time in their small minded lives.

    October 27, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. DEBBIE

    If you vote for John McCain you are voting for a man that maybe suffering from POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER which was never treated. I don"t think he is the candidate we want to lead
    our country.

    October 27, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Sue T

    America has spoken, the polls are showing the effect of the last 8 years of Bush and his administration. What ever happens this week and the polls start closing up closer, Obama will still win, so many have all ready voted and at this point, the people who have their minds made up are not going to change........if McCain does win over the undecided it still wouldn't be enough to win.......only some unforseen "Dirty Deed" done dirt cheap will give McCain and Palin the white house........

    October 27, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. banderson

    To all Obama-Biden supporters, no complacency let's get to the finish line. GET OUT THE VOTE, VOTE FOR CHANGE.

    October 27, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. one4truth

    Why don't you report the truth about how Obama refuses to prove his eligibility for President? Interview Andy Martin and reveal the truth!!!! Instead of attacking everyone that wuestions Obama, why not look into the allegations yourself! You will look incompetent when the truth comes out, and we all know it eventually will.

    October 27, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Richard

    Scott...don't know which polls your looking at but all the other polls have Obama/Biden winning!!

    Even Caribou Barbies own hometown newspaper has just endorsed Obama/Biden. Now that is a slap in the face if your own hometown newspaper won't endorse you!

    Obama/Biden 08 & 12!!!

    October 27, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. McCain for Pres.

    To anyone who really thinks they are going to get a tax break if you make under 250,000 dollars under Barack Obama, read Larry Kings Monday update and read the real truth about how much EVERYBODIES taxes go up when Bush's tax cuts expire, WHICH OBAMA HAS SAID HE INTENDS TO LET HAPPEN.

    October 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. GA for Obama

    Scott L- ARE YOU DREAMING? McCain is going to LOSE HUGE next Tuesday.

    McCain higest: 180 EV
    Obama highest: 380 EV


    October 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. JL

    Great recovery by both.

    October 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. undecided

    Why has CNN not covered the 2004 story of Obama's comments that he felt that the federal judges should step in and MANDATE that money should be taken from the rich and redistributed to the poor?

    That sure sounds like Marxist / Socialist comments to me!!!!

    October 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Not according to polls

    looks real bad for McCain/Palin. Can't wait. what a surprise it would be if Obama did lose.

    October 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Accountant Guy

    Barack the Vote America. We are almost there!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Will-South Dakota

    The lights going out on MCain is a sign.....lights out.

    October 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Wake-up America

    It's nice to see a little light hearted joking for a change.


    October 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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