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. Rose

    The accusations just don't go away. The flags were in trash bags and boy scouts were told to collect them and throw them away. In this country, we don't throw our flags away. Notice Obama has not responded to this issue. They were in too big of a hurry to get out of town and fool people in some other state.
    Remember that Biden also supported the Iraq war as did the majority of the Dems. There would have been no invasion but the Dem led Congress said OK. They could have voted NO but they didn't.

    September 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Shawn Colorado

    The Dem's where bragging about how green there convention is and how environmentally conscious they are and yet they throw out the simble of our nation like a piece of garbage! I guess no one ever told them that our flag should never touch the ground, and people like this are going to help decide the election in our country. What a shame that they have such blatant disrespect for our great country.

    September 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Sean

    Joe/Scott/WOW: It's getting really old buddy.

    September 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. mama4obama

    Where I come from....taking stolen property is illegal.

    September 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. WR

    I have never seen something like this in the american political history. How can a vice president is taking a different road from the actual candidate. Is Palah, whatever her name is..., is the one running for president or Mccan? I am confused. Besides, when republican party will start taking facts? I am tired of it..!

    September 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. je

    untrue story again they need to investigate and mccain should return the stolen flags.

    September 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. dr.mimi de la cruz for OBAMA/BIDEN









    September 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Scott L

    Democrats will lose in November and McCain will be a lame duck. McCain will not re-run in 2012 and Palin will become the first female President of the united states after defeating Hillary Clinton (whom you should have nominated in the first place).

    By then, the do nothing Democratic congress will be replaced by Republicans who ouster do nothing Democrat incumbents.

    Independent will become a formidable force to contend with in 2012, possibly taking the presidency in 2016.

    September 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. dr.mimi de la cruz for OBAMA/BIDEN



    September 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. bill m


    September 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. CNN has kept this comment from being posted....

    Palin is a fake! I have tried to get CNN to post this comment all day concerning her love of earmarks, but says she is against them, but I guess CNN wants to keep Palin a likeable hockey mom. Voters, all we hear about is McCain's new lady but check this out:

    Palin, you are a disgraceful, thoughtless, and empty candidate. As a woman I will never vote for you!

    September 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Barbara

    Can't botox barbie afford to help her hubby out with props any more?

    Just a tidbit of information from NC (supposedly a red state)

    Registered voters in NC as of 9/6/2008

    Democratic: 2,689,359 Republican: 1,941,651 Libertarian: 923 Unaffiliated: 1,301,921 Total: 5,933,854

    I'm one of the unaffiliated that will go DEM this year. YOU DO THE MATH

    September 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Scott L

    Hope the guy who found the flags comes forward to shut the Democrat conspiracy theorists up...

    How quickly their tune will change once they realize the truth!

    September 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Mia and Mike

    CNN, you need to change this headline, less you are becoming mighty smitten with how the GOP conducts their public information. As the headline now reads, this is slander against the Obama campaign and you all know it! What a disgusting way to try to conjure back up the false rumor that Obama is not patriotic. As an Indepndent who finds it hard enough to get unbiased news, you all are one of the few political blogs I frequent. Please don't make me be forced to not be able to trust you too.

    September 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. tonybama, grahamsville, ny

    You've got to be kidding? How desperate can they be?

    Republicans showed their true colors this past week with all their "humorous" sarcasm. There really isn't anything funny about the state they've left our country in over the past eight years (not to mention all the dead American troops and innocent Iraqi civilians), but its great to see they still have a sense of humor! Anything to not talk about real issues.

    Its time to kick these jokers out and take our country back.

    September 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Wisdom

    McCain = Bush
    Palin = Cheney + TT (Trailer Trash)

    Wake up America before it is too late & we become third world under McCain/Pit Bull 4 more years of Bush/Cheney

    Our only hope is OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Ewing

    Republican lies got us into a war in Iraq; Republican childish lies about these flags may involve theft............

    September 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. chas alabama

    CNN will not investigate McCain, he is the media darling, and CNN is just like FOX

    September 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. anyonmous

    the vp is supposed to be working for the president when he is gone not the other way around and oh yeah the electoral map matters the most not the polls

    September 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Willow, in Iowa

    Okay, we need answers. McBush needs to tell everybody who the thief is that he got these rolled up nicely flags. If they were discarded, they'd be in a dumpster somewhere, not rolled up neatly. They need to give the flags back to their right ful owner.

    September 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Stealing Mavericks

    I bet sarah stole lipstick in Alaska store.

    September 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Jimi NY

    McCain didn't raise enough money to buy flags? These guys are pathetic. Having to dig around in Obama's garbage for flags. They may as well. They're trying to steal everything else from him. His slogans, ideas . . . McCain and Palin are bottom feeders.
    I'm sick of hearing about him being a POW, too. Let it go . . . It's the past! You couldn't help the war effort being a POW. You were caught. You were only a statistic. End of story . . .
    And Palin may be a dog, but she is an insult to Pit Bulls. You want to see a Pit Bull? Wait until Biden debates her. He'll tear he up like a rawhide chew toy.

    September 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Go Obama!!!

    This is a non-story that will just fuel divisiveness and ridiculous accusations that Democrats are unpatriotic. We don't need more of the same!

    September 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Jessica

    Yeah, those neatly rolled up, neatly stacked flags sure look like they were being thrown away!

    September 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. solofrapeli

    y cant d repubs b original and creative?mcwar has never started anytin,even a bad idea in dis campaign.must he always wait 4 Obama 2 blaze d trail an for him to start lookin desperately 4 holes.d guy is a loser and all his antics shuld b ignored.

    September 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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