August 18th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain planning big rally in Ohio day after Dem convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ohio is expected to be a battleground state, as it was in 2004, above, when President Bush carried the majority of counties but only won by 100,000 votes."](CNN) - John McCain will hold a large rally in Ohio and possibly two other battleground states August 29 - the day after Barack Obama formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination and the same day the Arizona senator is expected to name his running mate, Republican and McCain campaign sources tell CNN's John King.

The McCain campaign is hoping to have 15,000 people at the Ohio rally - roughly 5 times the size of McCain's largest crowd to-date.

Two other rallies are also in the works for that day, likely in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Campaign sources say the events are not necessarily designed to name a vice presidential candidate, though McCain's VP shortlist is thought to include politicians from all three of those states: Former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, Michigan native Mitt Romney, and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

Filed under: John McCain • Ohio
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. bob

    wow, 15000 people is a huge crowd. What did Obama get, 5k,10k,
    no, I think Obama had never gotten less 30k.
    Go Obamash!

    August 18, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, I don't know how many people they are going to find... Make sure they have plenty of oxygen and walkers for those coming. To plan for something that large, there should hopefully be something in the past that comes close. This entry shows that there is none. The McCain campaign trying to put down the post convention bounce may flop by itself.

    August 18, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Reading the blog posts here I wonder why anyone would want to run for president of the United States of America.

    Who would want to be exposed to this constant attack on everything they do or say? Out right lies are put forth as gospel, and time and money is wasted trying to defend against the untruths. Both parties are to blame, but the more I study the attack adds it is clear to see that one is more to blame than the other.

    August 18, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. cherrystrawberry

    HE WONT GET A FOURTH OF 15,000 PEOPLE. LOL. Mcfrankenstein really needs to just quit. lmao

    August 18, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. BGIV in NC

    Maybe he can stage a "Miss Buffalo Chip" contest there as a fund raiser..................

    August 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Independent from PA

    The "Morning-After' candidate. Always reacting to the Obama mania and trying to blunt its effect.... Also, when asked at the presidential candidate forum by Rick Warren how it was in 'cone of silence' McCain could have come out and said, "I was a little late and so wasn't in that cone through the time. " instead he sneakingly said he was 'listening through the walls." I don't trust McCain on this character issue although I definitely agree he is a patriot. He is getting slimier and slimier with the Carl Rove influence...

    August 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Kate, Atlanta

    What a dreamer!! Earlier I read he wanted 10,000 people there, now it's up to 15,000? maybe the MSM will photoshop in a big crowd for him – they certainly cater to all his other needs – like covering for many, many, many flubs and statements out on the trail.

    August 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    I have a relative in Ohio, he could hold his rally in her basement if he wants. Seriously – To all the so called 'christian evangelicals' who believe in john mccain, don't you love how he had over 5,000 soldiers lives destroyed by voting affirmative on a war that was based on lies? And don't you love how he would rather win a war with your sons and daughters lives than lose an election (words out of his own mouth) Or what about when he said all Latinos were good for was cheap labor? You 'christians' know he lies, know he cheated on his first wife, know he has voted against GI bills all his career, know he supports tax cuts for the rich only and yet you still blindly support him. How sad. You and your kind have helped ruin this country.

    August 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Lesley

    Good luck with the 15,000 thing. And let us not forget that one of McCain's favorite presidents, whom he often quotes, was - guess what - an actor and a celebrity and certainly could be considered a rock star candidate, who won by the way.

    August 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Hakim

    Well they "hope" to have 15,000 and they get on Obama about big crowds. Let's be honest, if he had the ability to have large crowds he would love to, but people are not enthusiastic about his canidadcy as they are about Obama's. There is a big difference of being for someone vs. just against some one. I think McCain needs to start putting some more meat on the bones of what he will do as President. All he does is put down Obama but doesn't start what he stands for and how he plans to get the country there. Obama is an intelligent, well-thought out candidate who will stand on principles and values that all Americans share, God, family and country and bring the White House back to the Democrats. Hillary supporters, we love you and look forward to those very few of you who don't want to back Obama to consider backing his Presidency.

    OBAMA 2008 AND 2012, HILLARY 2016 AND 2020

    August 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Proud Army and Navy Mom

    To Raymond Duke

    I think we all saw why the "Teleprompter Messiah" will not face off in town hall debates on Saturday Night the boy is awful. Now just like allways the sheep are saying McCain knew the questions ahead of time.

    At least they didnt play the race card about it

    August 18, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Raymond Duke

    Being a twenty year veteran of the army I have to comment to Proud Army and Navy Mom. You keep talking about McCain and about war and giving him heck for his thoughts. Did anybody force your kids in to the military. If somebody did it had to be pressure from you. This has been an all volunteer military since the 70's. Everybody that goes into the military that has a half of brain knows that you maybe putting your life on the line for your country. They did not let you come in just to draw a paycheck and get a free education and look pretty. If you expect that you should become a crack head or drop a kid every nine months and get a welfare check.

    August 18, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. JTSpangler

    It will be a hoot to watch The Other One try to play to a stadium crowd, much less to the hordes of eager Deutschlanders his opponent wowed at the Brandenburg Gate.

    August 18, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Mike, TX


    You really didn't understand the debates you watched this weekend at all did you.

    August 18, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Dana

    15,000 attendees in Ohio and I bet you will still be able to hear the crickets following John McCains humorless jokes. Wonder if 15,000 people will be as off cue with their generic prompted laughter as in his town hall meeting forums. I don't know when John McCain will get it- he will never be able to trump Obama when it comes to Rally's- so why even play it up as if he could!?

    August 18, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. DK(@)AZ

    Ohio voters have to be smarter than this. I live in ohio during the time that NAFTA went through and Walmart decided they were going to open up some stores in Canada. The company I worked for was own by Canadian Tire Corp. The parent company closed all 8 stores in the US, 4 of them in ohio. Point: G.H.W.B. set it up and Bill.C and Hill.C made it happen. Time for change! Go Buckeyes!

    August 18, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. baby mama

    McCain grabs the lead in Colorado.....McCain fund raising is up......Obama has to yield to Hillary in roll call..............this guy is done.......

    It is all slipping away...........

    NOBAMA '08

    August 18, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. prairieguy

    15, many is he going to have to pay to show up!!
    but then maybe McSame wants to try to become a celebrity...LOL

    August 18, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    I guess he figured out that no one is coming to the RNC Convention.

    August 18, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Grog in Ohio

    15,000 people is 5 times his crowds to date???? My goodness, what a crowd pleaser he is!!!

    My suggestion... hold this said "large rally" in Cincinnati cuz he'll NEVER get half that many in Columbus or Cleveland!

    155 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    August 18, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Nick

    Offshore drilling, Georgia Crisis,other stuff coming up,
    what a coicidence?
    I really don't know what's up with the republicans but all I know is that Russia invation to Georgia is no mistake!

    August 18, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Joe>Ohio

    John might do big rallies but will not counter with Obama's, not one bit!

    August 18, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. PG

    Isn't Panamanian McCain the same guy who complained about Obama's large crowds? Just wondering.

    I pity those who want more of Bush failed policies by voting for McComplain.

    August 18, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Sue

    So now we know John was just jealous of the Obama big crowds, well I think John is now the new Britney Spears!

    Double talk express!

    August 18, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Mike from L.A.

    Sounds like someone paid CNN to mention this. Day after convention, let's get real now, don't you think the only thing the media will be talking about is the convention the night before.

    August 18, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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