November 1st, 2008
01:30 PM ET
5 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. canada

    "therealmccain.com" Check it out!

    November 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Sharon

    Palin is a loser just as McCain is

    November 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Doug

    Johnny, you should have vetted Palin!
    The Baracudar has come home to roost!

    November 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. NJ

    Lets try to make everyone believe McCain is the VP nominee. :)

    November 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Carolyn

    Nice suit Sarah........that old thing has been hanging in your closet for years, right?......."you betcha".
    It's amazing how so many have been fooled, but more, how many have been easily led.
    OBAMA*BIDEN for a new direction.

    November 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. James L. Stewart

    Pallin is simply looking out for her future by forgetting the great man who put her where she is today. Cheney would not have even done that!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Erik

    Unpersoned....a fitting finale for a disposable hero.

    November 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Mike in Texas

    If you win McCain you better hire a full time food taster. You sold your soul to the devil and now you have to live with it.

    November 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Toole

    I'm so sick of Joe the Plumber. McCain and Palin see him as God-like. lol lol lol......Morons.

    November 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Steve in WY

    Reality is Reality.

    November 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. L AM A REPUBLICAN

    l will vote obama 08. sarah go back to alaska

    November 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. ines

    They're trying to cleanse the McCain-Palin ticket of the McCain????

    THE- – - – MOST- – - – RIDICULOUS- – - – TICKET- – - – IMAGINABLE!

    November 1, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Tamara

    She is mind-boggling unbelievable.

    November 1, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Olivia

    It is McCain/Palin all the way.

    McCain/Palin 2008.

    November 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. LaVelle from Atlanta,GA

    This is what you get when you get a pitbull with lipstick...the lipstick eventually wears off and all you get is a crazy baboon.

    November 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. James

    It's staggering that McCain's name is nowhere. I guess the Repub's have given up the presidency and instead are focusing on trying to keep a few congressional seats.

    November 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Colin

    hmm someone preparing for 2012 just incase? this is the most awkward campaign duo I've ever seen.

    November 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. teke

    she got dreams of her own people. I knew it.

    November 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Did you not see the people standing behind her wearing McCian and Palin white t-shirts?

    November 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Mari, Obama supporter

    Of course. I think we all now know what her motives are. Palin, 2012? Laughable.

    November 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. JC

    Obama should use this rally as a scare tactic! Palin is a footstep away in becoming president. Now that is scary!

    November 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. ANGIE

    WHERE ARE YOUR MEDICAL RECORD PALIN?

    November 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. eddy

    If you reporters have nothing better to do than following this loser I suggest that you look for other employment.

    November 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. theogracias

    Now if she would also find a way to remove her own name ...she might have something.

    November 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Not sleeping at the switch

    This Nut has defected and stabbed her Boss in the Back even BEFORE she got the Job!!

    WOW who in their right minds would trust her with ANYTHING???

    November 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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