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. Glen Combe

    Maybe Palin is smarter then most think? You would have to think she is looking at the future, her future that is.

    November 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Karen - Missouri

    That figures. Palin is pretty self-centered. She's a disgrace to dignified and intelligent women!

    November 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. common sense

    Where are Palin's medical records? She said she would release them, but she has not. Palin Lie #1,827.

    November 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Linton

    Hmmmm, maybe the ticket ought to be reversed at this time and don't forget about the possibility of the VP nominee having greater power over the president's office under a McCain/Palin administration.
    First, she tends to draw a bigger crowd than him and secondly it is an expansion of the powers of the VP, especially seeing that the president is old, forgetful and dumb enough to have chosen her.

    November 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Karen, Pasadena, California

    Looks like Sarah is ditching another mentor in her ambitions.

    November 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Ronnie

    Palin has already bailed on the McCain camp and is looking forward to losing in 2012.

    November 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    OK, that is more than a little weird.

    Looks like they are all planning ahead to 2012.

    November 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. tishoogle

    Poor Mcain..not even his running mate Palin Half Baked Alaskan wants him for President!

    November 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Ursula

    I forgot one thing....

    Florida is NOT Palin country! Go back to Alaska, animal killer!

    November 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. ayeshah

    I think Palin will screw McCain over and use him for her own advantage just like she did others in Alaska.

    November 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Joel Parkes

    Gosh, I wonder why they didn't include McCain's name. Whatever could that mean?

    November 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Mitch

    I guess this is what's meant by 'going rogue'.....yikes!

    November 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    So obvious that Palin is power-hungry! This speaks SO loudly for the true state of the McCain campaign! They are already throwing their candidate under the bus! Poor old McBush!

    November 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Truth to the People

    Sarah Palin......the product of "Reality TV" in the US.

    November 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. d

    She is now at the top of the ticket.

    November 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Phillip Bunn

    Sarh Palin is the lowest common denominator among the ignorant, and only those who embrace themselves with her "Joe the Plummer "bulls@*t champion her cause. "A fool will always try to find another fool to admire them."

    November 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Will Rhodes

    Seems that Sarah Palin is running for 2012 now – McCain has to lose first.

    November 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Alex ednie

    Hi,
    Are Americans really so stupid as to relect republicans ?
    Republicans have destroyed both the image of America world wide and the economy.
    No one noticed that the Iraqi Ministry of Petrol was ransacked when the war was "won"
    Is America really so stupid ?
    Is America going to re-elect republicans ?
    America is dead in that case.
    Long live America.

    November 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Bob from S S

    MANY DO NOT HAVE TO BE REMINDED , WHO IS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY.

    THEM, PEOPLE CAME TO SUPPORT SOME , ONE AT LAST IS STEPPING UP AN TELLING THEM WHAT THE OTHER SIDE IS LIKE.

    OBAMA, PROMISE ONE THING TODAY , CHANGES IT TOMORROW . NEXT DAY STANDS UP AND SAY'S " I NEVER SAID THAT "

    ONE THING HE DID SAY" ON MEET THE PRESS , WHEN I GET IN , THE NATIONAL ANTHEM HAS TO BECHANGED, ALONG WITH THE FLAG , " MAKE IT MORE ISLAMIC , SO MICHELLE AN I CAN ENJOY IT. YES, WE HAVE WENT TO MANY FLAG BURNINGS IN OUR DAY'S.

    WAKE UP AMERICA , THIS IS UN WARRANTED , WHAT DO ALL OUR VETERANS THINK OF THIS . I FOR ONE DISSAPROVE , OF SUCH A STATEMENT , AN THIS MUSLIM IS TRYING TO ENTER THE WHITE HOUSE. IF IT HAPPENS IT IS A END OF AMERICA ERA. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WOULD LIKE TO COME AND FACE SUCH . A LOW BLOW . YOU COULD NOT GO MUCH LOWER.

    NO NO OBAMA , ANOTHER LIE JUST OUT HE DIDN'T KNOW HIS AUNT WAS AN ILLEGAL AN WHAT NEXT????.

    IT IS TIME TO STAND UP , PUT DOWN THIS DNC CHOICE , CLEAN UP HIS BACK GROUND AND TRY 50 YRS FROM NOW.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA. – SHE IS NOT FOR SALE.
    GIVE EM HELL MAVRICKS , MAKE EM EAT THERE OWN WORDS.

    November 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. deb in Glenside PA

    This is telling. While only a third of Americans think she is qualified to be VP or POTUS we see that those same folks are coming to these rallys in droves. She is charismatic but it is disturbinbg that they would allow so much emphasis to be on her instead of McCain. What does this say about the Republicans plans and about her ego.? She is his running mate not his boss, at least not yet.

    November 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Sandy

    That's ridiculous. You vote for the President and the VP tags along. Super ego starting to control this woman. Although in this case perhaps it's a good thing since the main reason many won't vote for McCain is his atrocious choice of running mates, and those signs will serve as a reminder.

    November 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. IF, Portugal

    What??? The VP candidate is trying to outsage the Presidential candidate? And this particular VP candidate... she's an international joke. But this... is quitre sleazy. She wouldn't be getting this attention if she hadn't been chosen by cCain. I think that reflects badly on McCain, but has the Barbie ever heard of gratefulness? Guess not... there's so much she hasn't heard of...

    November 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    haha...what else is there to say?...hahahaha...

    Obama/Biden 08

    Kina.

    November 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Milagros

    I am not surprise – this is the way GOP works everything (2 faced)

    November 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Dee

    Good luck, McCain. If you are elected, this vile woman will see to it that you do not serve out your term. Better hire a food taster, and watch your back around Todd.

    November 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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