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. LA2NC

    Proud Army and Navy Mom August 18th, 2008 3:54 pm ET

    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
    Was there a debate Saturday night? I thought that it was a forum. You're right, the race card didn'g get played, but you and Raymond Duke sure do play the Republican IDIOT card................

    August 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    Straight Talk! We dont want him here!!!!

    Ohioan for OBAMA

    August 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Ohio Stallion

    Ohio is NOT going to vote for an adulterous liar! How did your wife avoid criminal chanrges for illegal drugs Senator McCain? Liars are not welcome here!

    August 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    Pander Bear STARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    August 18, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. chucky

    Not to beat a dead horse but did anyone find it funny that when Pastor Warren said in the beginning that Obama will go first because of the flip of the coin, what would have happened if the coin went John McCains way......he wasn't even there. something wasn't right about that whole forum.

    August 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. McSurge's 4th attempt at Berlin numbers

    "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."

    That may be a tad too presumptious for you my friend from Ari-say-no.

    Funny how McSurge belittles everything BHO does, the he turns around and tries to be like BHO!

    August 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Johnny in NYC

    I hope McCain brings the NoDoze and has lots of coffee with him when he starts talking. I'll catch the thilling parts(all 30 seconds worth) when they rerun it endlessly on the Fox News channel.
    Obama graduated with honors from Harvard University. For those that are a little ignorant that usually means that the graduates are smart and do not need a teleprompter. They can write, understand, and convey the big words themselves in an interesting way to inspire many.
    Obama is a riveting, very educated, and inspirational leader and he will make a fantastic president.
    These last 8 years in US history stunk,
    Vote Obama make it better!

    August 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. anonmouys

    how many people are going to fall asleep

    August 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Kelby from Houston, TX


    So...what does that mean?

    30 to 40 people are gonna show up?

    August 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Columbus, Oh independent

    If McCain wins Ohio, he will be the next President. Wait and watch!

    August 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Alan Boyer

    This should be interesting... The POW is coming!!! Preys on Women

    August 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    While we're at it, let's investigate the multitude of precincts in Ohio where Bush polled more votes in 2004 than there are people living in them. let alone registered to vote.

    Blackwell stopped that process once, let's investigate; or else, these people will do it again!

    August 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    Lisa – precious, we're the educated ones luvcups and we come in all ages, sizes,colors and religions. Alot of us used to be repugs until we wizened up. We're the ones who actually think, and research our candidates and don't blindly follow them because they say to. We don't just believe any and everything they say dear. You obviously are a repuglican and spewing that same old rhetoric. Do you guys get like a list of things to spew or do you just copy each others stuff? Just asking.

    August 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Kelby from Houston, TX


    Wait, CAN we turn TEXAS blue?

    YES WE CAN!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Tom in Kensington, CA

    Since they're not town hall meetings – John will fall smack dab on his face! Rallies are not his forte!

    August 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. well well now

    quick question...would we rather have a POTUS who is talking about creating jobs OR one who talks about how the surge in an ileagel war was a "victory"?

    August 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Eli

    Come on McCain , this is a year that this lifelong DEMOCRAT wants Ohio to go RED all the way. What idiot would think of taking Biden as a VP when he got so few votes in the primary he had to drop out and HILLARY CLINTON got 18 million (it could be a debate but more than OBAMA and if you want to say no to this she got VERY close then) and he is too cocky to take her and WIN with a landslide.


    August 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. James

    Why haven't we seen any stories envolving McCain's children from his first marriage?

    Could it be that they don't respect him? Are they refusing to be interviewed or are McCain's koolaid sippers, the mainstream media, protecting him like they did Edwards by not bringing attention to his adulterous past? Did McCain threaten them not to make any public statements?

    Or that they are following the golden rule-

    If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all. I think that lack of support says volumes about not only McCain's family values but also his morals and his ethics.

    August 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Rick K

    Ohio Obama fans – protest the warmongering, adultering, oil-powered, country-clubbing, patronizing liar!

    Even republicans should demand more from your party!

    August 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Moe

    15,000 people...Sounds like he wants to be a Rock Star. He better change his Obama attack ads.

    August 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Michelle

    Who cares where McWar is
    a good place for him would him would be mars
    maybe he could start a few galactical wars
    thats about all he is good for!!!!

    August 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Jeff Adkins

    As the saying "So goes Ohio, so goes the country" goes...Hey Ohio after the past seven years have you woke up yet? It reminds me of the Pretenders Chrissie Hynde singing, "A, O, oh way to go Ohio." Please Ohio, get with the not let us (U.S.) down again.

    August 18, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Republican values

    If you want to know if McCain was privy to the questions beforehand in the faith forum, all you have to do is replay the question on Education.

    McCain answered Pastor Warren's question before the pastor had a chance to fully say it. How did he know exactly what Warren was asking?

    Replay it for yourself.

    August 18, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. I'm Still Whining In America

    McCain is so weak, he can't even run his own campaign against Barack. He's running Hillary's campaign and we all know how that went.

    He's an idiot, who has to be fed the party line every morning. I think it's telling when his campaign managers said McCain doesn't speak for the McCain campaign. Okay, then who does Phil Gramm?

    August 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. BR

    Wow, the uneducated kool-aid drinkers are out. You guys act like the Messiah is perfect. Nevermind his drug abuse, stance on infanticide, or his continued flip-flopping on items such as FISA, Iraq War, and oil drilling. It is called wake up, your boy had his chance and then he stepped away from the teleprompter.

    August 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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