November 1st, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain's name nowhere to be seen at Palin rally

 Palin signs made an appearance at a Florida rally – McCain signs did not.
Palin signs made an appearance at a Florida rally – McCain signs did not.

POLK CITY, Florida (CNN) - At a boisterous Sarah Palin rally in Polk City, Florida on Saturday afternoon, one name was surprisingly absent from the campaign décor - John McCain’s.

Watch: Palin campaigns in Polk City, FL Saturday

Looking around the Fantasy of Flight aircraft hangar where the rally took place, one could see all the usual reminders that it was a pro-McCain event. There were two large “Country First” banners hung on the walls along with four enormous American flags meant to conjure the campaign’s underlying patriotic theme. Many of the men and women in the audience wore McCain hats and t-shirts.

But on closer inspection, the GOP nominee’s name was literally nowhere to be found on any of the official campaign signage distributed to supporters at the event.

Members of the audience proudly waved “Country First” placards as Palin delivered her stump speech. Those signs were paid for by the Republican National Committee.

The other sign handed out to supporters read “Florida is Palin Country,” but those signs were neither paid for by the Republican National Committee nor the McCain campaign. In small print, the signs were stamped with the line “Paid for and authorized by Putnam for Congress" - as in, the re-election campaign of Florida congressman Adam Putnam, whose district skirts Polk City.

In fact, Putnam’s name was considerably more prominent than was McCain’s - his campaign had placed a number of large “Putnam for Congress” banners around the event site.


Filed under: Florida • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    He'd better hire a food taster. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    She's not just a power-abuser, she's power hungry.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. BBB

    If they do win... John's presidency will be short lived that is for sure. This woman is dangerous to him and our country!

    November 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Can't wait for her to tick off Cindy – we'll get to see a good old-fashioned Alaskan style cat fight.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    November 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Pennsylvania Hopeful

    What does that tell ya???

    Obama/Biden 2008

    November 1, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. mmd

    Will someone tell mccain. This is so sad, mccain is old and out of touch and palin and company is taking total advange of him. Is there something strange about cindy mccain, does she like johnny or palin. I think todd should make sure that he is still the first dude.

    November 1, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Betraying the top of ticket. How Mavericky! Sounds like Palin/Putnam 2012.

    November 1, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. IowaMom

    Has she given up and is now focusing on her own future political career?? Hilarious.

    November 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Bob in WA

    Oops...

    November 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. NR

    I think she already started her 2012 campaign. Can't she wait atleast until Nov 5th morning when McCain goes back to AZ into retirement.

    November 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Dawn

    This is proof that she is not satisfied with the VP...She wants the top spot, watch out McCain...

    Obama/Biden08/12

    November 1, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Doris

    Now thats interesting......

    November 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    NON-STORY. . .

    SLOW DAY CNN?

    Y A WN

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    November 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. JC

    It is actually scary how some people could still think positive of Palin and showcase her like a queen. All in the name of their political party and no consideration into her being a complete idiot.

    November 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    President Barack Hussein Obama

    What a wonderful sound.

    Voted early to be sure mine is counted.

    November 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. mike

    Getting a headstart on her 2012 run. She won't be happy until she not only splits the country but also the GOP itself. You betcha.

    November 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Ralph

    What the....? Who is actually running for president here? Apparently Bush AND McCain are both so damaged that even Sarah Palin doesn't want to campaign with either of them. You betcha!

    November 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Steve

    Hmmm – team player, Hockey Mom?

    November 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Kingsley Okere

    Palin has gone rogue. She knows the game is over and has started another one. MaCain made the worst mistake of his campaign by picking Palin.

    November 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. "Va For Obama"

    I noticed that myself. It's like she is distanceing herself for McCain.

    November 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. JAY N.H.

    Where are Palins medical records? CNN do your job. Report on this.

    November 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Jatovi, NC

    This is really sad when your VP out shines the top of the ticket.

    November 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. indyred

    She's not doing this "for naught."

    November 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. The Krazed Kanadian

    McCrazy is being replaced and he isn't even gone from the top of the ticket!

    Wow, Palin has her eyes set on one goal alright

    November 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Michael in San Diego

    Looks like the race for 2012 has begun!

    November 1, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Freedom

    I pity my McCain. But at the same time he thought Obama was the kind of guy he can gamble with. What comes to a man is equal to that man.

    November 1, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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