September 5th, 2008
07:02 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain, Palin pledge to 'break some china' in Washington

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caption="McCain and Palin are stumping on a ‘maverick’ message."] STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan (CNN) - At a large rally in Michigan on Friday, his first day campaigning after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain promised to upend the Washington status quo, arguing that the Democratic ticket doesn't have the chops to do so.

"That's why this ticket is the ticket to shake up Washington, because Sen. Obama doesn't have the strength to do it," McCain said. "He has never bucked his party on any issue. Never. If you want real reform, if you want real change, send the one's who've actually done it. Send the team of mavericks who aren't afraid to go to Washington and break some china."

Introducing McCain, running mate Sarah Palin boasted, "There is only one man in this election who has every really fought for you, and that man is John McCain."

Palin offered another call to turn Washington upside down.

"I came to office promising major ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing, and today that ethics reform is the law and that's what we're going to bring to Washington," she said.

Palin again told the tale of how she put her predecessor's luxury jet up for sale on eBay. Although she did initially offer the plane up for auction on the web, there were no takers, and it was ultimately sold off through a private broker.

At the beginning of her remarks, the Alaska governor played to her "hockey mom" persona by holding up a Detroit Red Wings jersey in front of the boisterous crowd. She also thanked Michiganders for hosting her son Track when he was a senior in high school - Palin said he spent part of that year playing hockey just outside of Kalamazoo.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Jack

    Shake up Washington??? What bull!

    No plans

    No ideas

    No McCain

    and especially NO Palin

    September 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Brown

    Sarah, you are not doing anything. They won't even let you talk to the press. This whole thing is a joke.

    September 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Cecil

    It's Experience, That's Telling The People Right Now Of The U.S.A. That This Presidential Race Isn't About The Issues!

    But It's About How Good You Look On TV, Who Has The Best Catch Phrases,

    Who Looks More American, Who Acts More American, Who Lies The

    Who Has The Best Family Imagery, The Best Smears Toward
    Your Opponent.

    Experience People Love To Talk About The Issues, They Dont Hide Behind False Hoods! That's Real Experience!

    September 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. anyonmous

    mccains finish get over it guys

    September 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. voter

    you got nothing done. No to gi bill. No to every vet bill for healthcare. No for katrina aid. No to funding education. No to equal pay for work. No to raising minimum wage. How is this change?

    September 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. sylvia

    What has John McCain accomplished over the 26 years in Washington? He is certainly using Palin to distract his record. This is pathetic..

    September 5, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Dennis in CT

    Funny how the the Republicans are jumping on the "Change" theme now. How would electing a President who has voted with G.W. Bush 95% of the time, who selected a Vice President who is further to the right than Chaney, give us change? What a bunch of BS

    September 5, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. mcInsane

    McCain also thinks that he is the only one who fought for USA , that's why he voted against the GI bill. He doesn't think they also fought for the country.

    Why Sarah Palin is reapeating the lines from her speech at the convention. Seems speech writers have to catch up with the rate she is villifying the opposition.

    She is rally behaving like a puppet child. Saying whatever she is told to say. She is not at all gracefull. I don't know how she made to the governer.

    September 5, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Al

    The problem here is that McCain is part of that very status quo. Folks, please do not believe the smear, propiganda, and lies that this campaign, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and the likes are going to tell you over the next 60 days. They are lying. They have effectively used this propiganda before. Folks, don't buy it. Remember, what the saying was back in 1992, "It's the economy stupid". If you buy the Republican Propiganda, the situation in this country is going to get worse. You will not get the healthcare you deserve. You will not get the tax breaks you deserve. McCain lied about Obama raising taxes. He won't raise taxes on you and I, but will give us tax breaks that McCain and Bush have given to the very rich for the past 8 years that we have been denied.

    September 5, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Anna

    I have waited my whole life as a liberal waiting for Democrats to challenge and take down GOP corruption.

    it took a rookie GOP'er????

    September 5, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. spiderweb

    Obama/Biden 2008

    The team for the ALL People!

    September 5, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Darrel from Denver

    It's a lie. They are pandering to the public, again.

    Palin is an extremist and out of touch with the majority of America.

    McCain is an egomaniac and will say whatever he needs to get elected as he is quickly running out of time – literally.

    September 5, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Aaron

    Any fool can break things.

    September 5, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. OIF VET

    McSame if your were a Mavrick then you would have walked in with your Senate buddies back in 2002 and told Bush and his thugs that we need to win the war on terror. Instead you supporter his rush to the wrong war like a school boy on his first date. As for his running mate, I have no idea what her stance was due in large part because she will not take questions. This is about picking the President of the United States over the next 60 days. Maybe we could ask a few questions instead hearing one linerers from McBush speech writers.

    September 5, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. S. Boatman

    Im Not Falling For It Mccain! He You Get Into The White House The Only Thing You Will Break Are Your Promises To The American People!

    September 5, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. RyanT

    I am a woman and Sarah Palin scares me. She appears as unstable as her running mate. Every speech of hers that I have seen, she has been nothing but sarcastic. I am fairly sarcastic myself and a few zingers here and there are alright by me but that is all she has to say.
    Sarcastic and condescending is not attractive despite how attractive she may be. Would it really kill her to just for once show the other side the same respect they show her. I am not religious but if she and McCain win, I will pray that NOTHING happens to McCain.

    September 5, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. Anthony Caudill

    What is he talking about? Is he trying to run the rest of the conservatives out of office, or something? The Dems have vetted their people and the corruption factor over there is next to zilch.

    September 5, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  18. Mary

    What was wrong with the china for the past 8 years John? You seemed to love eating off of it.

    The talk of the office today was mCCain's speech. Everyone I spoke to at work today could not believe he had the gall to talk about change when he has been such a big part of the problem.

    September 5, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. Coach K

    There's two types of change in this election .. Barack Obama is trying to change the country; John McCain is trying to change the way his party views and does things.

    So McCain's first year of office would be spent trying to get his own party to change their ways and Obama would spend his first year in office putting the platform into action.

    No-brainer ... vote Obama/Biden

    September 5, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. Fred

    If they only had a brain......

    September 5, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Am I going crazy or didn't Obama buck both his party and the Republicans when he voted against the Iraq War?

    Does McCain think we all have short memories? Or maybe he's asking We, the People, who are you going to believe? Me? Or your crazy old eyes and ears?

    Well, I plan to believe my crazy old eyes and ears! I hope their are enough of us out there who will believe our own eyes and ears rather than the McCain Camp to make the difference.

    Otherwise, the Republicans will be stealing another election somewhere in this country what with pollsters being Big Business and voter machines being built by Big Business with no changes since the last election. Am I being too much of a cynic? Which party supports Big Business? You do the math.

    Be scared, We, the People, be very scared! If there are not enough of us out there to make the difference, they just might get away with it again. Then, I'm going to have to start thinking of moving to Canada.

    September 5, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |






    September 5, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. Stephen

    Tell me how McCain - who has voted with Bush 90% of the time can say that he has "bucked" his party! Give me a break McCain - we're not falling for this!

    September 5, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  24. Palin is no Hillary

    You aren't going to "change" anything. You are part of the problem, McCain, voting with Bush 90% of the time. YOU are to blame also for the state this country is in. You can't hide your face befind the new "celebrity" Palin. It's funny how you continue to criticize Barack Obama and Biden, then follow their lead. Palin has no experience and is now a "celebrity" who gives great speeches. Funny how it's OK for your party, huh? News flash: Palin is NOT Hillary and will NOT get her supporters because she is against everything Hillary is fighting for including universal health care. If McCain wins, Hillary will never be able to realize her dream of reforming health care. With Obama/Biden, she will be front and center and will be able to have a huge impact. This Hillary supporter will NOT vote for you just because there is a pale imitation of Hillary on the ticket!
    Obama/Biden '08

    September 5, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Cecil

    "Sound Bite Palin" offered another call to turn Washington upside down.

    That's All She Got!

    Afraid To Talk About The Issues, Because She Doesn't Know Any!

    September 5, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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