August 21st, 2008
06:27 PM ET
13 years ago

Powder, threatening letter sent to McCain office

(CNN) - Federal and local officials are on the scene of a threatening letter with white powder received at John McCain’s regional campaign office outside Denver, in suburban Englewood, Colorado.

At 3 p.m. MT, a staffer in the McCain Denver office opened a letter containing a threatening letter and a quantity of white powder," McCain Spokesman Jeff Sadosky told CNN's Justine Redman. "Staff immediately contacted local and federal law enforcement. Staff are taking all necessary precautions, including checking in with medical professionals"

“Agents and Officers are responding," United States Secret Service Spokesman Malcolm Wiley who is in Denver also tells CNN's Jim Spellman.

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Pro-Obama, but not Anti-McCain

    This is just sad. Regardless of whether you are for McCain or Obama, resorting to this level is below BOTH parties.

    My hopes are that nobody is hurt (sounds to be a good bet) and they find the person responsible.

    Please make it noted: Some of the above posts from BOTH sides are pretty shallow. Let's not lower ourselves to such a petty human existence. Some of these people ought to be ashamed of them selves.

    August 21, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Lorna, NY

    Cindy sent it. She is sick of that man!

    August 21, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Marilyn

    Better check the Obama people. These people are insane. They are ruled by their hate for anyone who disagrees with them.

    August 21, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Spencer in LA

    This is a TOTAL HOAX by the McSame campaign to drum up fear and sympathy. Just like his Fake POW Christianity Story that he stole from a Russian Poet on his time in a Gulag.

    Dont Believe the Fear Mongers!! No More McSame!!

    Obama 08!

    August 21, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Linda of Atlanta

    Who believes this? I am surprised the talcum powder was not accompanied by a Bin Laden tape! The McCain Campaign is just looking to divert attention from his expressed desire to re-instate the Draft. He also doesn't want people to know he doesn't know how many houses he and his wife own.

    August 21, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. BlameBarack-Colorado

    It is unfortunate but Colorado is Obamaland.

    August 21, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Marie

    I am not a fan of John McCain, but this is a dreadful act, even if it turns out to be a hoax. I don't care how much someone dislikes a candidate, this is America, for heaven's sake... take your frustrations out at the voting booth and vote for the candidate of your choice, don't resort to such tactics. I hope for the sake of those office workers it is nothing, I am sure they will be fearful until they know anything for sure. Shame on such tactics.

    August 21, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Gene

    It shouldn't take longer for the authorities to figure out what that "white" powder is than it would take to release the story...

    Something's a little fishy here...

    It's almost as if the story has gone out on purpose to rile things up with no conclusion....

    I think this is despicable no mattter who's at fault.. but the lack of closure on this story makes me believe that this is a plant.

    August 21, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    Hopefully they catch the idiot who did this and put him away for a while. There is no place for this behavior, no matter who you support.

    Dave, looks like it went 50/50 but I find it funny that it was a right winger under your post.

    August 21, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Old f@rt McLame

    Sending white powerder to McCain (as lame as he is) is OUT OF LINE. Some right wing wack job who hates McCain is probably to blame. I hope the catch the jack@ss that's responsible.

    August 21, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Tony

    Wow. The conspiracy nuts are out in force on this one. Try learning about Occam's Razor, geniuses.

    Let me see if I can track your "reasoning"...

    McCain gets this in the mail..."It's the Republicans doing it!

    Obama gets this in the mail.."It's the Republicans doing it!!

    Lighten up on the caffeine and chill out. I'm sure that feeling like you're "in the know" makes you feel special, but you're really just paranoid.

    August 21, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Martha

    Republicans so that desperate that they pull a stunt like this. Always taking the low road. What a way to win.

    August 21, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. richard j h

    geesh. FBI and CIA need look no further then the wackos here on Certainly Not News blogs. . .

    August 21, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. wilfromiowa

    This does seem a little convenient considering all the bad press McCain has been getting today. Is somebody wagging the dog?

    August 21, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. rexx

    Of course we see all the Hate the left has in full display here. Show it to the world lefty all you want because come Nov you will be crying when your man Obama is going splat. Hey maybe Obama sent McCain some of his left over Blow lol.

    August 21, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. S. Boatman

    Your Scare Tactics Wont Work This Time Mccain! You Should Have Waited To Send That Letter To Yourself At A Later Date! Nice Try!

    August 21, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    Did John McCain send himself another letter to fake FEAR in America again. It is so funny, we know the same smear and fear game is been used again, but this time we are onto it!

    OBAMA N 08

    August 21, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. Barbara - NC

    Go figure – You may be onto something there – wonder if Bush and Putin discussed Georgia? I know McCain and that pres of GA talked – wonder if that was all just fear tactics to help McWarmonger.

    August 21, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Sorry to hear that happened. John McCain does not deserve this. The campaign is heating up but in no way should anyone try to hurt him or his staff. Those are some sorry people who did that. Obama '08

    August 21, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. richard j h

    by bet is that is was BIll Ayers...a former domestic terrorist and a friend of obama. Seems reasonable, no?

    August 21, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. Don of Fairfax

    Hey College Park Jane . . . I am think of taking you up on the bet . . . where do we go to collect? I know who's campaign I'll donate it too.

    Vote McCain 2008

    August 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. Joe in NJ

    Todd Winters August 21st, 2008 6:34 pm ET

    "10 bucks says the Republicans sent it to keep up the 'fear factor' and the 'bogus' threat of terrorism going."

    Typical moronic comment coming from an Obama supporter. All the people suggesting this should be ashamed of themselves.

    August 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. La Raza

    I thought he was "the Maverick."

    August 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. tedious898

    I dare you HATERS of the lowest moral standards to blame a U.S. Senator who is subject to ever racial threat daily known to anyone of committing a crime. Give the guy a break. You've called him everything from a racist to the anti-christ.

    I don't like McCain but he would never do anything like this and unless you're a complete idiot (and I don't put it past too many of you)....this is not Obama's style and you know that.

    August 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. tedious898

    Neo-Cons, PUMA's, and what other groups you call yourselves make me sick. And who ever did this....should find a jail sell with Bubba for many sleepless nights

    August 21, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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