November 3rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
5 years ago

McCain draws small Florida crowd on race’s final day

 McCain's first rally of the day was attended by only about 1,100 people.
McCain's first rally of the day was attended by only about 1,100 people.

TAMPA, Florida (CNN) – Barack Obama may lead John McCain by just 2 points in the latest CNN Florida poll of polls, but the enthusiasm gap appears a bit wider.

John McCain’s first rally of the day, in Tampa outside Raymond James Stadium, only drew about 1,100 people. Local reporters noting that at almost the same spot just before the 2004 election, President Bush drew about 15,000 people. Two weeks ago, Obama drew an estimated 8,000.

Republican Gov. Crist, who had previously agreed to do interviews with CNN and various local affiliates, bolted right after the rally with no explanation.


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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. mccain your done

    It's sad to watch cnn show mcbush and his pig rally in front of small crowds (that they bused in) and lie about the President of the United States. They should be charged with slander.

    November 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. AL

    No one wants to come out to see a loser....
    Poor man should go home and sleep like a bear, all winter...

    November 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Mary

    McCain is looking for a cheap shot to the White House. He will be just like George Bush four more years of old politics and give to the rich. People le'st get past this and vote for change.

    Obama Obama

    November 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. True Blue Ohio

    I was at the rally in Cleveland yesterday, 80,000 plus. It started raining as Obama addressed us, and no one moved. It was amazing. I am so glad that I have already voted for Obama. These past 8 years have been brutal. I am so glad that America is finally reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.

    November 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. ladyc803

    God doesn't like ugly...THE TRUTH ALWAYS OUT WEIGHT A LIE any day. John McCain you your running mate told us a bunch of lies.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    November 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Charlie Bradley

    Poor Poor Johnny
    Poor Poor Sarah
    Those for Obama
    Wanna keep this country Fair-a!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Arsha, QC, Canada

    Can't wait to see McCain's and Palin's face on Wednesday when they are beaten by Obama/Biden.

    I can't wait for tomorrow; Sarah makes me sick, whatever comes out of her mouth makes absolutely no sense, and McCain should be ashamed, he ran a dispicable campaign. He deserves to lose big.

    November 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. kathy

    the reason johns crowds are smaller is because his supporters are hard at work.
    mccain/palin 08

    November 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. JJ

    We are tired of the same old lies and fear. Vote Obama.

    November 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. John in Ohio

    McCain will also be drawing a small Florida vote on election day.

    I've early voted in Ohio for Obama. Glad I did, too. No long lines.

    November 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. John McCain

    WE SHALL FIGHT, FIGHT FIGHT AND NOTHING ELSE

    November 3, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. tired of this

    where are obama's medical records?

    November 3, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Kevin

    Did I just hear Palin will be the next leader of the GOP? Sounds like a Dem will be in office for the next 16 years.

    November 3, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. R-Howard

    We are showing you the Door John. Please be a polite, Good Guest and leave quitely. No fanfare, No trumpets Blaring, no flights of Pigeons. The end of Hate,Open Racism,Lies,Hate Mongering,Wars that Kill Our Brave Women and Men, is FOREVER OVER. We,The Best of this country,the Best of ourselves, have spoken as one. Goodbye john. Enjoy your Grand children, bask in the warm glow of being a war Hero and the service you've given this country but mostly John,and I say this with ALL DUE RESPECT, GOODBYE John, thank you sir but Goodbye.

    November 3, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. JimZ

    I haven't heard a single plan for change from McCain yet, only very vague generalities. Does he think that people are really that stupid? When he says that he'll take care of senior citizens, doesn't he realize that people are asking themselves; "okay how are you going to help us"? The problem is that all he has to offer is more of the same Bush policy that has driven us crazy for the last 8 years. Let's get rid of these guys that keep treating the American people like we're just a bunch of chumps to be taken advantage of.

    November 3, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. pilgrim girl

    Where is her medical records? She is the only one that has not released them. She said she would , but never has why? I want a dignified educated group running the White House, who will represent us with dignity . You Betcha.............

    November 3, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. tired of this

    where are obama's medical records??

    November 3, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Carolyn, Rhode Island

    I saw two ads in RI this morning, Obama telling me what he plans to do to fix and unite this country with no mention of McCain at all and a McCain ad doing nothing but trashing Obama once again...
    You know what? McCain, I'm so sick of it! Apparently, so are the voters in FL.
    Thank you Florida!

    November 3, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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