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. VETS4Obama

    She has declared WAR against intelligence! What a complete joke! Only 3 more days until we send this arrogant, hate spewing, dim witted, devisive, ignorant, moose killer back to her igloo! I am not sure what is worse? Her or the 32% of the morons that think she is a good choice!! I wonder, if Florida is Failin's Country maybe she would support them seceeding from the union just like her friends in Alaska?

    November 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Bryan in Florida

    McCain should watch his own back if he is elected. His VP should not be trusted.

    November 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. McShame

    She has no shame

    November 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Wisconsin Vet

    ----–Palin 2012--No more liberal media and no elite liberal media, finally. We can go back into the 50's. Palin is a joke. She should host a realtiy TV series....Palin In Moose Country!

    November 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. American

    I think Alaska would gladly give her to them.

    November 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Gloria Moran

    What do you expect?? Obviously, the VP pick for the Republican party is only out to make a name for herself and continue in the national spotlight!!! I don't believe, nor do I hope, that John McCain will be our next president, but if he surprisingly is, he better hire a food taster! I wouldn't trust Palin as far as I could see her!!

    I never planned to vote for John McCain, even before he announced his pick for Vice-President, but having her on the ticket only reinforces my initial choice of Obama/Biden!

    Go Barack O./Joe B. '08!!

    November 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. MARI

    I have no respect for McCain or Pailn at this point. Close listening to S Palin has shown me that she does not listen to herself. She has the ability to deliver liers, she does not have the ability to think.

    I guess that self respect & integrity are not part of her values. I am so disappointed in her as a female, lies, lies & more lies. How can a candidate deliver such vile and false statements & think we are to believe her, sadly there are some out there who will, they are the uninformed who have others do their thinking for them. They do not search for the truth, so on election day their votes will be cast & they will not have learned anything. The lines to the polls are long but the lines to the truth are ignored.

    But, she is enjoying the attention, that is very obvious.

    November 1, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Miguel

    Sweet ... and rogue indeed! Palin's ambition has no ceiling and her judgement has no floor, and that is just fine with me The sooner she starts her 2012 run the sooner it will end.

    Trully, let the GOP split in two, the moderates and the radicals. Fascinating ...

    November 1, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. John

    Wow these Republicans are really upside down. Sarah Palin doesn't really care if McCain wins, in fact I think she wants him to loose so she can run as the President in 4 years. She wants to take Sen. Ted Steven's position for four years and run for President. I think America needs to simply disown this disgracesful Sarah Palin figure.

    November 1, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. New Day

    hmmmmmm I wonder who the president would be if they got elected?

    November 1, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Lisa F.

    The state of Florida on that sign oddly resembles the depiction of a gun does it not??

    November 1, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Jeff

    2012 just began.

    November 1, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Enough of the Insanity

    Does this surprise anyone? She is now campaigning for herself and a possible run for a Senate seat or President in 2012. LOL She threw McCain under his own straight talk express a long time ago. Had McCain been able to nominate his own choice ( Lieberman ) he might have won this thing. All Palin did was bring the RW base home, while Lieberman would have pulled indy's, moderates and women voters along with the real conservatives..

    November 1, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Don't you Know Sarah Palin is the future?

    Sarah will be sitting up in Alaska for the next four years throwing darts at Obama everytime he makes a mistake. Obama will probably be impeached in 09' as he is overwhelmed by the failing economy and people are walking the streets looking for work.

    Sarah will retun in 2012-wiser and tougher to claim the U.S. Presidency. Can't wait.

    November 1, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Ursula

    I wouldn't vote for anything with her name on it! McCain (if he wasn't such a negative old man) wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't on the ticket! Oh well.... I'm an Obama/Biden fan all the way and Palin needs to go home and raise her children – especially that pregnant child.

    November 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Phil

    I dont think that picture matches the caption.

    November 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Tim Banner

    Seriously, these conservatives that are for Palin are as dumb as they look. You want the most unqualified person to be vp and possibly the president who has done nothing but preach hate and doesn't know anything about the national issues nor international affairs. " Alaska is next Russia, there for I have foreign policy experience" . REALLY.....I was shocked to hear that come out of the GOP.....They said that out loud.....really....

    November 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Artola

    Is anyone really surprised? She's started her 2012 campaign.

    November 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. BLACK GUY IN HOUSTON

    WOW............ the new repubican party!!!!!!! Thats just great...

    November 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Linda

    Now That's Just Mean. Sarah Palin And Her Team are Just Out For Themselves.

    I'm not a McCain Supporter but i feel very sad for Him

    November 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. victor, NC

    what does this means... vote for me and hope he dies.

    November 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Angela

    Wow! Sarah, you could at least wait until the electionis over before you diss your running mate. He is, after all the reason you have a national stage to promote yourself and your wayward agenda! You have been so aptly named: Sarah Barracuda.... I've said it once, and I'll say it again, Republicans really do eat their own.

    November 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. ivan

    No big surprise.
    Obviously, there is real tension between McCain and Palin, and not just their advisers. Palin's plan: lose this thing for McCain, and blame him for not letting her talk enough.
    Shoe-in for 2012.

    November 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Trysh in Los Angeles

    Yeah yeah yeah....Palin taking over, blah blah blah.....hey CNN...where is the update on Dick Cheney coming out and publicly endorsing McCain??

    Hmmm...one can only wonder what this means.

    November 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Kris , Florida

    I still cannot believe that Sarah Palin is the VP nominee for the GOP and STILL HAS NOT HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE
    3 days before election . This is unheard, they would want to get someone elected by showing her off behind curtains or by carrying her around in a bird cage like a parrot, who keeps repeating the 10 words she knows .

    November 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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