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. Bebe

    Not Surprised!

    November 1, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Wally©

    There's something with the picture in this article...

    November 1, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Joshua College Station Texas

    The location is fitting. Palin is indeed on a fantasy flight.

    November 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Jason

    McCain should have dumped her along time ago. She destroyed the Republican ticket. Tough stuff, she ain't.
    GO OBAMA!

    November 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Sarah palin is showing her true self....FRAUD

    November 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Hang it up already.

    And so the backstabbing begins....she is trying to distance herself from him no doubt for her own run in 2012. The only reason they didn't completely pummel her was the fact that she was a woman and the long battle with Hillary. Had that never happened, they would have slammed her left and right and made the joke out of her that she is.

    As much as they talk about Obama, this woman is so fundamentally weak in all aspects that it's laughable. She talks a lot and says nothing. I can't wait till she is sent packing back to the ice block she came from.

    She is the last person to talk about Phony. I'm sure she's sad that she had to give up the clothes and special make-up people. "Ordinary" and "Maverick" my behind....she is no different.

    November 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Anne

    Sarah Palin sure thinks alot of herself doesn't she? Too bad, nobody else does.......she's a fool.

    November 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. mark

    Who cares! They are both idiots, one just happened to be a POW. The other, well, no comment. Her interview speaks for itself.

    November 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. claudia dick

    its a palin mcCain campaing so please stop acting surprise.

    November 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. TAINOPOWER

    Campaign: Obama didn't know aunt's immigration status? Just like he didn’t know wright speeches were so controversial , rezko was a mafia tug and obama didn’t know that he started his own political career in his living room , that his beautiful wife that hates America , and ayers was a terrorist. Ho yes he didn’t know? another obama lie.

    November 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Mark

    Why is there a picture of Obama on this story? He isn't even mentioned in the article. Just another example of CNN's political endorsement.

    November 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. VOTE!

    Ridiculous!!

    Vote!! Take the day off work and vote, then watch a friend's baby and help them vote! Whatever it takes... it will take all of us to stop the Republican Machine.

    Palin is Dangerous: She is the death of woman's rights, environmentalism, and the separation between church and State!!!!

    November 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. tired of delusional blind sheep

    wow.. now that says something, his vice president is out campaigning and the powers that be, thought it best not to mention the actual presidential candidates name...

    he lost control weeks ago, and now it is just so sad to see his own party abandoning him they way they are.... tossing john mccain in the trash, and sarah palin in the recycling bin for further exploitation.

    obama/biden 08

    November 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Aaron

    Okkkkkk then why is there a picture of Obama at the top of the article... did the content editor take off this weekend CNN????

    November 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Nancy

    Why should this surprise anyone? Sarah Palin is a diva and a whack job (comments from McCain officials). Nothing is more dangerous then the combination of being extremely power hungry and not too bright.
    I laugh when right wingers say she is the "real thing." What does that mean? The woman has lied to everyone in her state and to Americans. She has spent more time bashing others then talking about what ideas she might have for our country. This is the real thing? This is Christian? Not at my church!

    November 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. drkman1

    Is it just me, thinking that Saran Palin is a bimbo? Or, are all those who are cheering for this airhead, is just that dumb or still stuck in the back woods.

    November 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Cathy

    I am not surprise. John McCain has played out.

    November 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Lorraine

    LOL I think John McCain better hire himself a food taster......

    November 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. JT

    I guess they were confused. They didn't know if they should put McCain on there or Joe "The Plumber".

    November 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Lorenzo in Atlanta

    Guess what. Palin's brain wasn't seen anywhere near the rally either.

    November 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    How many grandkids DO you have???????????????????

    So many of you say that McCain was a totally different war hero then we are witnessing today. It is sad that he was in the Senator for 26 years, and by running for President and picking a VP (that has shown in Alaska she cares only for what she and her family can get without being qualified enough to earn them without a wink or a smile of inducement) that has caused the rest of American voters to see his campaign filled with divisive and mug slinging hate in the eyes of American people whom he say he fought for. When it is all said and done, Palin will want to be seen as the REAL American (not long TRYING to divide Alaska from USA) excluding McCain all together. Yes, I was upset he choose any woman to bait other woman, I just wish he would have picked a educated (6 yrs. for a 4 yr. degree isn't bright), Strong political and Foreign Policy background and ALSO had that special motherly inner wishing about herself... For her to stand for equal rights for woman, TEACH our children OUR Country IS about LOVING each other, ALL diversity of PEOPL.

    Before this ELECTION I taught them about loving everyone regardless of race, and I will continue to do so. I refused to let my kids watch any rally of McCain's and especially Palin's. Hate and Prejudice is a disease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Former Republican in Southlake, TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Boy, if I were John McCain, I would be afraid to turn my back on this woman. She is flat out scary & untrustworthy. Her personal ambition seems to transcend this election– she is more concerned with advancing HERSELF to some higher office no matter what it takes.

    Folks, this woman is the most hateful bigoted shrill shrew I've ever heard on the campaign trail. Initially I just thought she was a clueless nitwit... now I'm more concerned she's potentially dangerous. I don't think she has any conscience whatsoever. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her..

    November 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. lee

    palin/putnam 2012? or putnam/palin 2012 either way scary. I know adam and i have always liked him because simply put he is very very smart but it kills me he would embrace this idiot sarah for political reasons. I still love you adam but how could you man, you know tthis woman has no real grasp of the issues. I have always believed you will be our president oneday, please stay above this crap going on right now please.

    November 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Kim

    Hmmm, is there an agenda there? You betcha... Not surprising for a campaign that's been nothing but a self-serving pit of negativity that they'd eventually turn to eating each other alive and putting their own interests first.

    Hope and change... Obama '08

    November 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Keith Denver ,Colorado

    That's rather alarming isn't John McCain the one who elevated her
    to popularity in her party. he's already been forgotten that's gratitude for you!! Sarah your just so dog garn sweet

    This women is so divisive she even divides her own followers from John McCain's! can't fault her ambition but i can cringe at the wake of destruction behind her

    November 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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