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. McCain Mutiny

    McCain can never pull in the large crowds because his base is not that large and, in deed, are not generally mobile on foot.

    August 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Sheri

    15,000 people? Child please!

    August 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Debra Austin, Texas

    I guess McCain has to spend his remianing money somewhere, I guess $100 for every homeless and street person might get you 5000 or so. Then he can bring everyone from a nursing home's medical ward in. Still don't know how he's gonna get 10,000 or 15,000. Maybe he's going to bid his wife out, or at least have her do a wet T-Shirt contest....still gonna be hard.

    August 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Gene

    He might get his 15,000... but 15,000 what?

    It'll either be 15,000 lobbyists and paid attendees, or 15,000 crickets chirping, or a combination of both.

    August 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. 4Obama2


    The future of the world depends on a new generation of thinking. Like it or not these under 21's as you put it will be running the world in the near future – once McOld and his old oil buddies retire!!! I hope the new voters can pummel the republicans old, racist group this time around or we are all in serious trouble!

    August 18, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Realistic

    To Enlightened Voter:

    Let's meet here on November 5. I can't wait to hear your excuses as to why Obama lost. After this loss, he will fade into oblivion. Becaues he chose to run too early, he will never be able to run again and you sheep will hopefully go away as well!

    August 18, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Enlightened Voter,

    Since you research your candidates, no seems to be able to answer this question about your candidate Barack Obama, what is his health care plan?

    P.S Please do not tell me to look at his website, Do you the educated voter know his plan?


    August 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. HB

    It amazes how the MSM attempts to speak for the Christian community. I happen to be Chrisitian and I am voting for BARACK OBAMA... My morals will not allow me to support John Mccain.

    The man is a warmonger and surrounds himself with greedy people. He is NOT an ethical man and he will stoop to any level to win. How hypocritical of the Evangelical Right to support this man when has proven himself to be an outright LIAR! This man claims to be a Godly man but yet he offers him wife up to compete in a dishonorable constest and finds it amusing... The argument he did not know is unacceptable. He knew what he was doing. He is desperate and will do say anything to win...

    Go OBAMA!

    August 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Jeff

    I live in the state of Ohio and John McCain is being very competitive in Ohio and very well could (and will in my opinion carry the state). So what if 15,000 isn't as large of crowd as say Barack and the 70,000 in Oregon...oh wait he went at intermission of a rock concert, hmmmmm.

    And for the person who said that he would be lucky to get 500 in Ohio, I went to a rally of his in my hometown in Ohio and it was standing room only. That means a whole heck of a lot more than 500.

    McCain '08!!!

    August 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Trickle Down & Dirty

    If I were a Republican I'd go to Ohio too. They are really good about voting against their self interests. They ignore the facts and "pretend" they are as wealthy as their Republican friends (like Phil- stop-whining-Gramm). Reagan convinced them that everything would trickle down, and all Ohioans got was dirty water.

    Obama 08

    August 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. rhoward

    Wake me when it's over.

    August 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Oregon Oregon

    Rick helped John get the townhall meeting he wanted. Since Barack is the front runner, he didn't have to oblige John anything.

    John McCain is a wealthy, cad-loser who ditched his first wife to marry Cindy Lou the Barbie beer bimbo. He also left his kids in the process. Now that John's wealthy, everything comes easy to him.

    So the thought of Barack turning him down for his request to have 10 townhall meetings did not sit well. So he and his buddy Rick got together and approached Barack. Bingo, they got the publicity that they would never have had, if Barack didn't show, and McCain got his 15 minutes in the spotlight. All is well in GOPland. Or is it?

    Barack supporters were not fooled by this charade. We applaud Barack for going in the lion's den and showing McCain, Warren and the world, that he will talk to all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

    August 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. NTurner

    Last I heard Obama's the one whining, and sending out negative smears about McCain's service to America.

    Poor Itty-Bitty-Bama!

    Guess he 'hoped' conservatives would treat him better than he and the press treated Hillary .

    August 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Maria C Lucero

    Why does freedom of speach not apply to Ralph Nader. The media is ignores him in polls. I think you all are going to miss the boat as his popularity grows and disgust for the do nothing candidates keep changing thelr stands.

    August 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. LS

    I'm in Austin, Texas and I believe Texas will turn blue. All the support signs I've seen so far are for Obama. Come to think of it, I have not seen one support sign or sticker for McCain – absolutely Not One.

    Austin, Texas for Obama !!

    August 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. ber6964

    Gosh!! That should be amazing, considering he can't even get most of the GOP candidates to attend the GOP convention,,,,

    August 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Montana is Obama Country

    14,999- Republicans- in the "Cone of Silence"

    1 Puma – screaming- "we were cheated.!"

    Barack Obama in denver speaking to CROWD of 75,000...


    August 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Gene


    "But we do expect lots of looney-tunes from the left to show up, spewing hate and other such kool-aid talk.."

    Is this supposed to be an oxymoron... or just a moronic statement?

    August 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. terri ohio


    August 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Houston, TX


    August 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Jeff in Illinois

    LOL...Good luck Johnny

    August 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Jill American

    You Obamabots are getting really cocky .. just like Obama.

    August 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. kevin

    If the nation is so cosely divided between republicans and democrates, think of it a 5 or 6 point lead is a big deal. Instead of asking why not a bigger lead, ask why Maccain is no closer than 6 points and it'll only get worst the closer we come to election.

    August 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    In this economy, with an on-going war, if 100,000 people throughout all of Ohio can't change their minds, they get what they deserve. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to suffer with the results of that decision as well.

    August 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. kevin

    Wow, expects to have 15,000 people turnout at his mega rally, he must be planning to turn out all the hollers in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Obama and all democrates must be shaking in their boots. LOL

    August 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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