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. JIM HAWK

    Palin will rot in h*** for her lies and misleadling stump speaches.
    This is not my definition of Christian voices.You can almost here the
    devil in her voice.It will be Gods will on Tuesday and our votes !!
    If she plans on running in 2012 I will switch parties just to vote against
    her in the Pa primaries.She a total waste of air..I can't stand the way
    she brings out hate in people...This goes for me too !!

    November 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. cheryl

    Palin is making a statement. She knows they won't win so she is getting ready for 2012

    November 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Dottie South Carolina

    Sarah Palin should go back to Alaska and take care of her own business. Her family seems to be the one that is in the most disarray in this country.
    And now McBrainless and her are trying the FEAR tactic at the end of all the other garbage they have tried to spread around during this election, like manure.
    McCain should be ashamed of the campaign he has run, it was a campaign without any honor.
    It started in S.C. in the primaries when he let a woman get away with calling Hillary a "B" word, and I was not even for Hillary, but he should have stopped the nonsense back then. He is no man of honor I do not care how much time he spent in Prison.

    November 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Sheri Caroll

    Hey seniors, before you vote for McCain think about this, and this is factual, not the lies you've been told by Palin. You will be much better off with a Obama presidency, why? because, under the McCain policy that $5000 he intends to give the American people for health care is going to come from your medicare and social security benefits.
    Under Obama
    If you make less than $50,000 a year you won't have to pay income taxes at all!

    November 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. African in the states

    She's already campaigning for the 2012
    Palin/Joe the Plumber ticket
    What a shame

    November 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Billy

    WHEN IS PALIN RELEASING HER MEDICAL RECORDS AS PROMISED?

    Why is CNN refusing to cover this story?

    November 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Arielle Yanaba

    Well, John McCain did this to himself. He picked a VP Nom with "Nothing to loose"...So she can kick him to the curb and continue on without him! Good going McSame!

    November 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. iv64

    I am starting to feel sorry for McCain – not enough to not want him to lose by a landslide – but brought this disease in house and is the first to fall ill.

    November 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. DinSea

    ** This should be a bigger story! ** headlining every blog & newscast.

    This represents McCain's disastrous lack of judgment. Palin is a vitriolic, rogue opportunist, offering cheap entertainment at the most serious time in our generation. Cheap, vulgar and way off track. Thanks, McCain. You created a monster and now she has eclipsed YOU !!

    Bad boys, bad boys, wadya gwanna do ... wadya gwanna do when they come for you?

    November 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Health Angel

    Like Joe the Plumber ???
    How many ordinary Patriotric Americans , have convictions
    For Domestic Violence , in front of Children
    Wurzelbacher , Joseph Docket # DVA0400222.
    Or 2 Divorces involving Battered Shelters – Domestic Abuse.
    Jennifer – 1997 -Docket # DR 19970476
    & Kimberley – Divorce 2007 – Had to seek shelter -Battered Home.

    November 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Sam

    This is just too funny, but so expected. Watch your back, John.

    November 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. anonymous

    As a very liberal Democrat, I have the ability to understand and respect points of view different from my own. I even understand the Republican mindset. However, Sarah Palin truly frightens me, thought not nearly as much as the people who support her. That there are actually people, some of them intelligent, who believe she would be an effective VP (and possibly Pres.) is more than I can grasp. Even if you agree with her morals (pro-life, etc) you must be able to see that she simply cannot run the country. Not even marginally intelligently. It's not Dem v. Repub or even Liberal v. Conservative. She is simply NOT QUALIFIED. To the undecided voter: please! pay close attention to what can happen. Even tho it is unlikely, I am so frightened to death that somehow McCain/Palin are going to weasel their way in to the White House. Obama will let you think differently that he. Palin will make HER beliefs yours, like it or not.

    November 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. fast

    And anyone is surprised that she has the loyalty of a ... a politician... suprised that she will stab a fellow republican in the back? three days before the election?
    If you are you haven't done any research on her background.. the facts are out there and easy as pie to find... look em up yourself and quit taking whatever the parties say... thiink for yourself!
    She was just convicted of ethics charges for godness sakes...

    November 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. PutoffbyPalin

    Clearly, Mrs. Palin has her own agenda. She was manipulated by the McCain camp to begin with and now is carving her own tracks. She has contradicted herself and is spinning a new web. By the way, are the thousands of dollars in clothing for her children also being returned? Who does she think she's kidding?

    November 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. J

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAAHA, has palin gone "more rogue?" I love it when wingnuts eat their own.

    November 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Lucy

    Can you just imagine, a Palin Presidency? LUDICROUS!

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

    Mutiny. Coup. Can you imagine her as VP?

    November 1, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. E.Lewis

    palin tried to steal Alaska and all it's resources from Americans! And all the natural gas that Alaska didn't use she sold to other countries!! The "lower 48" got none of it! That is anti-American!

    November 1, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. kemp3

    It's not often you see a national politician seemingly revel in being a loose cannon. Not a maverick – a real loose cannon.

    Please – and I'm on my knees begging at this point – PLEASE let her take the reins of the Republican Party after losing this election! As a Democrat, nothing would make my heart happier.

    November 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Ken

    Why would this be a surprise? Clearly, she has the delusion that she is the presidential candidate and not McCain. This is dangerous and divisive within the Republican campaign when not only do they not have solid plans for America, but they have proven without a doubt that this attitude will carry over into an administration "if" McCain wins.

    You think we are in a nightmare scenerio now? Just wait till she gets in office!!

    November 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. former gop

    There's no other word for it other than INSANE. The woman is INSANE. Please somebody snowmobile her back to Alaska!!!

    November 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Maretthemedstudent

    Why does this surprise anyone? It's all about her..I previously lived in Alaska...what a pitiful place for anyone with a progressive attitude and desire. Sad to say if she is the best thing Alaska has to offer then that should tell you something. She is uneducated, backwards socially and does not shop in second hand stores. Hello, she is the governor, for now anyway. She should return to her land and go back to school get more education, raise her kids, run for Senator and then try this again. She's no more ready than her husband (doesn't he have a job? why is he at her side all the time?)

    November 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Tony

    A vote for Palin is a vote for McCain, so if she can stir up support for herself personally, whether or not it was intentionally separate from McCain himself, then the ends justify the means for the greater good of the McCain campaign. You could make the argument either way about Palin "going rogue" here: either she's garnering support for the Republican ticket that might not have been acheived by McCain himself, or she's trying to build up her own "fan base" for her future endeavors. Either way, it is somewhat strange...

    November 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. phyllis

    anybody surprised?

    November 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. me2

    Sweet. McCain distancing himself from Bush, now Palin cutting lose from McCain. Can't make this stuff up.

    November 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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