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. Chuck

    When McCain addresses those who attend his rally in Ohio as "my friends" I wonder how many in the audience he will have actaully ever met to be calling them his friends.

    August 18, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Ian

    Thank goodness I don't live in Ohio.

    August 18, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. steve

    so he wants everyone in the country that's going to vote for him to show up in ohio?

    isn't that asking a lot?

    August 18, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Obama/Clinton '08

    McCain can't win Ohio because of his positions on free trade. Ohioans have been suffering from job losses under 8 years of Republican rule- they won't vote for another 4 years of more of the same.

    August 18, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. bob in L.A.

    I hope they supply lots of pillows- That's a lot of people that will be lulled to sleep.
    As he wispers his stump speech to "his friends" I'm sure many will try their darndest to listen, but even microphones don't seem to help him!
    And then ther's all that entheusiasm in his voice! YAWN

    August 18, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Election Watcher

    Has anyone else noted that today CNN has been closing the window of discussion on its political blogs somewhat prematurely?

    August 18, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. well well now

    DHL McCain....

    August 18, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Kenneth F

    Ohio voted Red last time: Hows that working out for you?

    August 18, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |

    McCain will win Ohio hands down, no question. Dems have defeated themselves again! They are their own worst enemies.

    August 18, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Jacob, Des Moines Iowa

    15k people


    obama can top that easily

    August 18, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. JRC

    How can Ohio vote republican, when the republicans have done the most damage to the jobs there? I don't get it.

    August 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Joe Kiloz

    McCain is making gains in momemtum, votes,fundraising despite all the

    Obama money and media and without a vice president. He's making

    more and more people feel very comfortable with him and his positions.

    August 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Informed Voter

    15,000??? ... LOL

    Mc Cain keep dreaming .... LOL

    August 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Jim

    Welcome to Ohio, Sen. McCain! Your message to the people of Ohio consists of: false patriotism, rigid thinking, fear-mongering, cultural-religious slogans, and economic disasters like the DHL deal that could result in 8,200 lost jobs in Wilmington, Ohio.

    August 18, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. chas alabama

    McCain will go anywhere a crowd has gathered, than he will say they came to see him.

    August 18, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Laura

    New poll today shows Ohio tied...

    Go McCain!

    Laura, Boston

    August 18, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Why are all of Obama supporters under the age of 21? Are we really suppose to trust their judgement?

    August 18, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. tim

    writing in hillary in texas...for obvious reasons. mccain will take tx anyway and this job is too big for obama.

    August 18, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. vote

    well, McCain is reaching for 15,000 people. Five times more than his typically gets to his rallies. Good luck with that one. If you can't even fill a room now, how are you planning on getting 15,000.

    August 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Marie-Lynn

    McCain think is going to have 15,000, but I think the half will be fair to say... ahahahahahaha

    August 18, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Martha in Ohio

    15,000 is easy – there are so many unemployed people here they might as well to to see him – they have no jobs to go to

    August 18, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. CM

    Wow, 15k.... thats like one fifth of 75k isn't it?

    August 18, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. paulie_nj

    Why does CNN's Gallup Poll status still have Obama at 47% and McCain at 41% (from 08/13)? McCain have been near dead tied since late last week. Seems CNN only posts updates when Obama is ahead by 5 or more. Guess we all know who they favor.

    August 18, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    Ohio has a chance to redeem themselves from 2004. Given that their economic condition is just as bad as everywhere else, I would hope they would not support the candidate who supports everything Bush did to make it such a mess.

    So don't get too smug right wingers. Obama is in a good place and he is showing he is the leader as McCain follows his prompts on the issues.

    August 18, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Michael

    McCain will be marching on while Obama will be scrambling to try and regroup from a Clinton dominated convention. That is if Obama even gets the nomination. Wouldn' t put it past Hillary to find a way to steal it.

    August 18, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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