September 9th, 2008
04:43 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain rally in Virginia moved to larger venue

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(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is moving a Wednesday rally from a northern Virginia high school to new venue following complaints from some local officials, who complained that holding a partisan event on school grounds violates local School Board policy.

However, McCain's campaign told CNN on Wednesday the main reason for moving the event was to accommodate outsized demand for tickets.

The McCain camp was scheduled to hold a rally Fairfax High School’s field house tomorrow morning from the school system and the city for $10,200.

The event, originally scheduled to be held at Fairfax County High School in northern Virginia, is being re-located after some county School Board members and parents complained that the rally posed a violation of board policy because it would disrupt normal school hours, and objected to the exception granted the McCain campaign. Over the summer, when school was not in regular session, Democrat Barack Obama held a rally at the county’s Robinson High School.

A McCain aide said the principal reason for moving the rally to a new, larger venue - a nearby park - is the mounting demand for tickets. McCain's rallies over the last week with running mate Sarah Palin have drawn large crowds for the Republican nominee.

Wednesday's event will be McCain's first in Virginia since securing the nomination earlier this year.

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soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. CNNman

    fair enough. The McCain/Palin show is drawing bigger crowds than the Obama's all-rhetoric-no-record show.

    September 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Spencer from VA

    VA welcomes you Sen. Obama. McCain can go jump in the Chesapeake.

    September 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Rich in Seattle

    Wow, the McCain camp even lies when they don't have reason to lie. So they were told they couldn't hold a political event on school grounds, don't LIE and say it was because you needed a bigger venue. NOW that's a lie!

    Plus, why can't Palin campaign by herself or answer question by the media? What are they scared of.

    Wake up America!!!!!! Learn from your past stupid mistakes and don't elect the same ones into office again. What more do the Republicans have to do to prove they have no clue how to run the country!!!!

    September 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden 08

    LOL... stretch the truth so its not bad on the Republicans

    September 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Obama/Biden 100%

    So, shoud we call mcbush and palin "Celebrities"?

    September 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Morningstar

    Why McCain cannot tell even a very simple truth?
    This is very disturbing when you think about it.

    September 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Southern Girl

    Did these people not watch the convention? They are going to read the same exact script.

    September 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Ken in Dallas

    Everybody loves cheesecake, eh, John?

    September 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. James

    It is truely amazing that the people who think they are the base of the republican party (low and middle income blue collar, church going whites) continue to think that voting the same type of people into office is going to give them a different result.

    You're anti choice or pro life?

    You just had a Republican President for 8 years, a Republican Congress for 6 years, and a moderate to conservative court for that entire time.

    I dont' remember any hard republican push to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Every four years they try to get the so called "base" to turn out to vote for prolife, pro gun, less government, anti gay presidents and representatives and they never deliver.

    You are all being used.

    The sad part is you don't even care as long as someone you think you can't stand doesn't win. What is that phrase about cutting off your nose to spite your face?

    And now you're considering voting in someone more hawkish than Bush to send your sons and daughters off to fight thier corporate wars for the sake of patriotism?

    McCain was just in clips about expanding markets for American products. Wake up. He was talking about CAFTA without naming it. One of his first trips as a candidate was to Columbia, a nation one of his staffers is a lobbiest for. Say goodbye to more American jobs.

    When are you all going to wake up and realize that the true base of the republican party really does have an income of several hundred thousand dallors to several million dallors. Look at his tax cut proposal.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results

    September 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. spin doctors

    It's all how you spin the story!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Len in Washington

    So much for McCains concern about education. The fact that the kids were in school and his rally would totally disrupt their learning didn't seem to enter his mind. Good for the school officials in this case!

    September 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. redneck for obama

    what a bunch of maroons! spin anything! lie! what's next,mccain? i cant believe he has any support ,period. half america is stoopid!

    September 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. sick n tired

    They moved it from White Castle to Hooters. To honor Palin and the rest of the women they THINK the're winning over!!! WHAT A JOKE!!!

    September 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Phil in Texas


    September 9, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Joshua College Station Texas

    That's because McCain alone is–yawwwwwwwwwn–boring.

    September 9, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Keith in Virginia

    Give up Mr. McCain you have no chance of winning Virginia!!!

    September 9, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Joey

    When will Sarah Palin give a speech other than the one she was given at the convention? And why doesn't somebody point out McCain's cowardice for hiding behind a woman?

    September 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Dale Ward

    more lies,for moving to another location

    September 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Ryan

    More falsehoods and hiding the truth from the McCain-Palin camp. When will they learn that honesty REALLY is the best policy?

    September 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Boye

    McCain should consider making Palin the top of the ticket. Looks like republicans are more interesting in her than him. Now that would be a maverick move.

    September 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain and Palin are the "Bridge to Nowhere" and that's exactly what we've had for the past 8 years.

    September 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Actually, the truth is that some of the administrators and parents had problems with using the school for political purposes.

    September 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Barbara

    Wonder how much money he is offering for people to show up – HA

    September 9, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Chuck

    So what is the real reason the location has been changed. Because the school board said no while school was in session or because there has been a request for more tickets and they needed a larger area to accomondate the crowd?

    In this case I'll believe the parents, county officals and school board and consider the Mccain campaign explanation another politically motivated lie.

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

    One rule for one, but different for another?? Biased

    September 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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