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. MLH

    You know, if someone hands me a television and it turns out that it was taken from someone else, it's called receiving stolen goods.

    September 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Adrian

    This guy has 0 integrity, how people can vote for him is beyond me. Pathetic McCain!!!!

    September 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. concerned independent

    Notice that the republicans didn't state that they actually "bought" all those flags so they would look patriotic. Pretty sad that they would capitalize on stealing something from the demacrates......especially since the demacrats have had the message of "CHANGE" for over 18 months. John McCain flip flops more and more, it's been working for the dems, I might as well use it. Just like with the flags....great idea, think we'll steal them and beat them to it. Very sad indeed.

    September 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Tom IL.

    As an independent I started by leaning towards Obama. But after seeing the rioters destroying St. Paul and reading all the mean, hateful posts here i just don't know anymore.

    It seems like Obama supporters are a very angry and dangerous crowd.

    September 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. John

    John McCain is a disgrace to America. So what if he was a POW. A real american hero wouldn't capitalize his good deeds.

    September 6, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Amazed

    To be a country that is suppose to be one of the most influential nation in the world, we sure do let lies and distortions affect our thoughts and beliefs. Now if those flags were suppose to be discarded, why would they be neatly wrapped up and bagged together? Unless you are an individual suffering from OCD, things that you will throw away does not look like that. A few weeks ago before Palin was chosen by McCain, we were told that the election was very close and they had all these poll numbers that support this idea. Now, I hear from those same people saying that McCain know that he was going to lose the election so he had to chose Palin to rally the base. The media is doing such a disservice to the American people. I am astonished that they are doing this again. They did this with the Iraq war and then years later some (not all) admit that they did not sufficiently question Bush and his manipulative staff members. I hope and pray that at the end of all this, we are not fooled because we will suffer the consequences again. We are suffering the consequences at the moment with foreclosures, high gas prices, and high employment rates. Think people, are we really going to put our selves through this again?

    Peace be with you all!!

    September 6, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. 3rd wold country


    September 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Moose

    Say one thing in Alaska and another in St.Paul.
    A moose has more manners than this bafoon.

    September 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. S. Boatman

    Shame On You Mccain! How Low Can Your Campaign Get! Every Time I Think You Hit Bottom You Find A New Low! This Story Has Already Been De Bunked! You Probably Stole The Flags Because Your Campaign Is Going Broke! If You Would Have Asked Im Sure Obama Would Have Given You Some! Not Only People In Your Party Are Patriots Mccain! There Are Plenty Of P O W That Didnt Rat Out Their Country For A Cigarette!

    September 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Truthtalker

    Dems should win this going away instead they are even...what does that say about the democratic party!?! Evidently there are concerns that the party is represented by two empty suits who have never managed thing in their lives. Also, Democrats = the party of whiners. Just look at their vicious inmature comments on this board.

    September 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Kathy a woman on a mission

    Theft by receiving, isn't that a Felony, McBushlin you are under arrest!
    Turn in your Flag Pin, Wait you are not wearing one!

    September 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. susan

    Of course, McCain The Joker didn't mention the flags with his lying storyline.
    He has been caught in receipt of stolen property–a criminal offence.
    His slimy operatives have this disgusting story all over the blogs. Will they retract to avoid prosecution?

    September 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Charges should be brought against the thief.
    Also, charges should be brought against McCain for receiving stolen property.
    This is probably a felony charge, because 12,000 flags of that size would have cost more than $12,000 dollars!

    September 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Voter

    Why is anyone talking about this?

    September 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Becky

    CNN, you have crossed over into vile. You know the truth and you present it in this fashion. Trying to become FOX? Disgusting.

    September 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. John

    DNC is un-patriot.

    September 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. JH

    Rememebr your training McCain? INTEGRITY FIRST! Thats the flyboy creed

    September 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Matt, MN

    If they were to be saved, why would they be put in bags? Surely if they were to be distrubted at various events at Invesco, they would have been put in actual boxes? They would have taken up less space in boxes, and would have been easier to move from storage location to storage location.

    Ask yourself, have you ever seen any free give-away / handout at any sporting even, being pulled out of a garbage bag?

    September 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Janet- New York

    McCain will stoop to anything to win this election!!!!! He and Miss Pit Bull make me sick!
    Looking forward to the end of this election when we can finally say, President Obama and Vice President Biden!

    September 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Gnomepark

    they “were removed without authorization” – stolen.

    And reused by McCain.

    Shouldn't steal......but they were "recycled"....end of story...please back to the issues?

    Obama 08
    Richard Lugar for Secretary of State

    September 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. HUD sucks, CT

    Oh, PULEEZ!!!!

    If that story were in fact true, why isn't there a name posted? Wait. Maybe soemone from MCPailin's camp "stole" the falgs becuase there isn't enoug money from their camp for more.

    Get them at the friggin' Dollar Store Cheapskates.

    September 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. David

    Be ready for more divisive.. Republicans want to paint Obama as unpatriotic unlike McCain the hero. The person behind this devisive plot should be arrested.. why would they need in McCain campaign. Americans wake up..McCain/Palin want to win whatever the cost.

    September 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. subtlesubtitles

    clearly this is true. everyone knows how evil liberals are.

    if this is the best mccains little dogs can do its sad. too bad they don't actually have a real plan to focus on that interests americans.

    September 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Mary

    The worker wants to remain anonymous? CNN you would like the National Enquirer.

    I don't buy that kind of crap if it is aimed at either party.

    September 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. thomas

    Patriotism comes from heart and mind not the end of a pole. Honorable service is dishonored when another's honor and patriotism are questioned. A true patriot does not stand on his service for personal benefit. A patriot would never sacrifice a single life for undefined principles. A patriot believes in the constitution and what it stands for. Patriotism can never be bought and will never be sold. A patriot will never sit idle while his country collapses under the weight of incompetence, intolerance, indifference and neglect. A patriot will always choose freedom over a symbolic representation of it.

    September 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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