September 6th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain camp uses 'discarded' Obama flags

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A spokesman for the Democratic National Convention says these flags were not intended to be thrown out."]
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (CNN)–Republicans kicked off a McCain/Palin rally in Colorado Springs with veterans handing out American flags they say were discarded after the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Tom Kise –a spokesman for the McCain campaign in Colorado said a worker at Invesco field who wants to remain anonymous dropped off the flags to the McCain campaign this past week. He says there were 84 bags that amounted to roughly 12 thousand flags.

As thousands in the crowd waved flags, Senator McCain noticed them – saying “those flags look great” - but did not make direct mention of the flap.

Damon Jones, a spokesman for the Democratic Convention tells CNN “the story is false.”

He says the flags were bundled together, placed in bags and intended to be distrubited at Invesco. Jones says they “were removed without authorization”.

Updated with DNC response

In response to the accusations, DNC spokeswoman Karren Finney released the following statement:

"American flags were proudly waved by the 75,000 people who joined Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention. John McCain should applaud that, but instead his supporters wrongfully took leftover bundles of our flags from the stadium to play a cheap political stunt calling into question our patriotism. On the same day he agrees to join Barack Obama at Ground Zero on September 11, John McCain attacks the patriotism of Obama supporters who so proudly waved the American flag at our historic event in Denver just days ago."

soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. gigs

    i think you need to change the headline to make it more accurate

    mccain campstole flags from the dnc convention to use at their own rally – mccain should turn over the name of the thief and the dnc should bring charges

    September 6, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Suburban Mom

    John McCAin, what the heck happened to you? It makes me sick to see that you gave up your integrity just to win an election. Hopefully you will be able to live with yourself come November 5th when it finally sinks in that you are a loser.

    September 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Greg, NY

    If they were to be thrown out, then why would they be rolled up like that?

    They were stolen by someone that intends to remain unnamed because if he/she is named, then they will be convicted of theft obviously.

    September 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Bill Colorado

    Just another example of the Dems trashing America. BTW did you see Obama admit that the surge in Iraq was successful beyond his wildest dreams on the O'Reilly show? His dreams sure seem to has a limited quality to them.

    September 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. David R in Carlsbad

    We need a counter on this page for Sarah & John's arrogant, condescending and outrageous lies on this page. They are getting more desperate the closer we get to the election.

    September 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Republican Woman Voting for Obama/Biden

    CNN, why do you have this posted if it's been debunked? Are you trying to start a contraversy! You better believe that no-one would throw away a flag they got at that historic Obama rally! Also, those flags look mighty NEW for some odd reason...NO?

    September 6, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |


    September 6, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. She is slick

    CNN please report something negative on McCain for once.

    September 6, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Do I matter?


    They stole Flags to give to the other side and said that they were thrown out ....


    People are amazing...

    September 6, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Sue, MI

    So in other words, the Republicans are distributing stolen merchandise. What a group of crooks!

    September 6, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Hoosier for Obama

    So does that mean that McCain received stolen flags? Awesome.

    September 6, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Republican Woman Voting for Obama/Biden

    Bill...Obama will admit the surge worked when MCWAR admits it was wrong to INVADE Iraq in the first place!

    September 6, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Chris

    Wow, the McCain camp stole these American Flags from the democrats. That's pretty disgusting and just further evidence of how McCain is not capable of leading this nation in a troubled time. What ever happened to's missing from the republicans right now.

    September 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Geez is Obama being unpatriotic again, gosh John McCain thank goodness you are out there patroling this. This is a ridiculous and CNN stop posting things like this. I may as well go to FOX

    September 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. rais


    September 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Sue, MI

    And you really do need to change the headline on this blurb- it's bordering on sleazy!

    September 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Please Listen

    Since they are trying to be so honest. Ask them if Palin was Vetted or not.

    Let us not forget get how McNiceguynow use his judgement skills.

    September 6, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. dustin

    These people are an so petty and think on such a small level, using patriotism as a divisive issue is simply a disgrace. If they cared as much about regular people as they did with these so called "left for trash" flags then they would be democrats.

    FYI: Since the last federal election in 2006 more than 2 million people have registered Democrat to vote in the 28 states that register voters according to party affiliation. The Republicans have lost nearly 344,000 thousand voters in the same states.

    September 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Scott L



    September 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. LetYourLifeSpeak

    did ya spend so much time at the RNC, all that "truthiness" rubbed off? How's about a headline that's a little LESS "truthy"? It only makes you an accomplice to the liars to perpetuate a lie, doesn't it? Sad.

    Journalism is dead. Listen to NPR, America.

    September 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Lisa

    I would also like to know why comments are closing so fast. Anything having to do with Palin and McWho are taken off quickly. Notice Palin is first she is taking over JM's campaign, no wonder they picked her. That way when they say something stupid they can blame it on her and John McCain can stop looking like the old fool he really is.

    September 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Donald, Canton NC

    McCain and company have no shame.

    First they try to capitalize on footage of 911 and now they stoop so low as to accept stolen property from their opponents for their own advantage.

    Yeah, both of them are real mavericks and agents of change - just like the current lying, criminal administration in office.

    September 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Greg FL.

    Ask yourself this. If they were going to throw them out. Then why did they bother to seperate them into bags by themselves? Don't make much sense does it. I guess the McCain campaign just thinks the public is too stupid to notice that fact.

    September 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Joe in NJ

    Typical of Democrats to scream, "Republicans are thieves"! You're name calling is getting really tiresome and pathetic. I can just imagine what we are going to hear if Obama loses the election – "Racism"! "Rigged election"! "McCain stole the election"!

    "Lisa September 6th, 2008 5:08 pm ET

    I would also like to know why comments are closing so fast. Anything having to do with Palin and McWho are taken off quickly. "

    Nonsense. CNN is doing it just as fast for the Dems as well. CNN does often re-open comments though so check back frequently.

    September 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Sam Rose

    WOW–Cannot believe that th Obama team is not on top of it–

    Those dummies should of known there is PROTOCOL for FLAGS-

    Anything and EVERYTHING that was able to be reused-should of been donated–including flags-

    The basic tenement of building a Sustainable-GREEN-AMERICA is

    Re-USE-–when you can-
    NEVER THROW ANYTHING OUT–and especially FLAGS????

    If it was paper it should of been recycled-anything else should of been donated-

    Obama=Biden 08

    September 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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