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. Matt: honestly

    On the topic of Biden sinking to a new low.....I am sorry but Palin brought the subject up in the convention when she said people who had special needs children would have an advocate in her. It is not sinking to a new low when you bring up a topic that was said by the person being attacked. His response was true. If she is an advocate how can she be against the research?....She is full of garbage. Maverick? Right.....she shares the same political beliefs of one particular George W Bush.

    September 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Gavin

    I think McCain's choice for VP is an insult to women. To play the gender gap to win the white house and women votes is dead wrong. Women are not that stupid, they still want to hear the issues, and how McCain plans to fix the economy.
    All the women I spoke too are really upset with his political games.

    September 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Boy, I sure hope that Palin will be addressing some of the startling things that I learned when I googled "ANNENBERG PALIN"...

    September 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    I wonder if John McCain–has engaged hip hop, rap, or Barbara S. to perform as "openers"–in order to generate larger audiences?

    Naw...he's just a man with ideas and reality. Let Obama use the smoke/mirrors–he needs it.

    September 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. carl from savannah

    It is amazing to me how easy it is for people to be misguided and used. I believe a fundamental question should be asked to all of us. Are you better off today versus eight years ago? rising costs of health insurance, gas, electric, natural gas, job loss, high drop out rate, high medication costs, war in Iraq, lost of life for the war. So I ask again are you better off? Answer that honestly rather you are a democrat, republican, or independent. We are in the wrong direction. Don't forget that the Republicans held the House, the Senate, and the Presidency for six of the eight years. They backed President Bush who played on the American People's emotions for a war that is wrong but now distant themselves from him. Half the big Whigs in the Republican Party did not attend their convention.

    I have heard somewhere that insanity is where you try the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. wake up America. The Republicans are attacking on personality and the Democrats are attacking on policy. I rather the debate on Policy.

    Stop the Insanity, open your minds and hearts and make the right choice. Remember to ask yourself that question.

    Vote for Change Obama 08

    September 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Suzie, IN

    What do they need a school for, just find a junk yard. They're just talkin' trash anyway.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. JustMyObservation

    I don't understand what all the hype is over Gov Palin...when standing next to Sen McCain, it looks more like a father/daughter thing...more so, a grandfather/granddaughter thing. And I can't believe all she has a is BS in Journalism, which took her six years from six different colleges to obtain. Hmmmmm…interesting. I would expect her to have something more along the lines of at least a Master's Degree (one that she earned by studying, taking examines and writing a thesis, not an honorarium that is given). Maybe that's why McCain won't leave Palin's side? Or, is it something else? Hmmmmmmm...

    September 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Taniel

    McCain surged ahead in North Carolina and Montana today, and he also posted stronger than usual numbers in Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. Full roundup here.

    September 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. R.I.F.

    Maybe the Media should setup a Truth Squad to debunk all of the lies that come out of the McCain camp.

    September 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. April Garlow

    We puma's aren't just tired of the last 8 years, we're tired of the last 200 years, the DNC and their sexist views, thinking that the good old boys at the top will tell us women when they will let us into the whitehouse, we prefer now.

    September 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Independent white female Voter!

    Boy Mccain had nothing before Palin came into play. However, I think once the noveltywears off a bit and people realize that she is not ready to even be interviewed and the difficulty she faces just from questions she knows nothing about, and how she cannot be left alone, the American people will realize that she is byno means or in any way ready to lead the free world. We are in trouble economically, we're at war, maybe wars, we are competing ina big, big world and Palin is just not ready. Maybe another time!

    September 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Annie

    Oh, and hey Griff, did you read the whole story? Obama was there during summer vacation, man. Don't go on thinking there's a bias against McCain who wants to hold a rally there while school is in session. Good Grief! This is how this crap gets started.

    September 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Nando, Florida

    Virigina is not OHIO MCCSAME get lost and take your BANCHEE with you !@

    September 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Hillary's #1 Fan

    Any of those Hillary supporters out there who are voting for McCain to spite the Democratic party, I AM OFFENDED. You would risk my future and my family's future to *spite* your fellow Democrats??? How selfish and completely juvenile.

    All that aside, those individuals who once supported Hillary and are now supporting McCain CLEARLY were voting for her ONLY because she is a woman. Period. McCain/Palin hold NONE of the same policies, world views, or plans for our country. It's sickening that some view this election as a game or a joke. It's not.

    Take a good, long look in the mirror. Don't cut off your nose (and your fellow Americans' noses) to spite your face.

    September 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Edward, CA

    Seems like the country "sank to a new low" under the current "maverick." Let's see how low it can sink under McCain...

    September 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Kevin

    Dems: you should have vetted your candidate; B O is a joke.

    September 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Extra, Extra read all about it

    Republicans have had to move a Virgina rally to a larger venue to accommodate Palins big and growing head. Democrats remain unstirred and released this comment; As big as it's (her head) getting, we're dead sure that it's virtually empty.

    September 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Patty

    So why did the school say it was OK in the first place? Seems to me that no matter what Obama's people try to spin there is a logical explanation. Nice try. Keep it up because the experts say if it keeps going this way Obama will lose.

    September 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Ben in Tokyo

    They let Obama have a campaign rally and won't let McCain have the same kind of campaign rally? Ooooh that's unfair, what the hell is wrong with that county in Virginia?

    September 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Peggy

    I am not American but I find that there is too much HATRED among Americans, Democrats and Republicans hate one another. I have seen the same thing in another country and the only result we got was the destruction of that country. Americans should remember Divided, we fall or is it too late for them to realize it.

    September 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. MoTs

    McCain has support from those who want more of the same. Hope they know that all those Republicans hiding from subpoena such as Karl Rove will finally get away if McSame wins.

    September 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. charles

    lies they were told to move by the school.

    September 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. gwg

    Obama fans attack all you like. Once the media starts to see that Obama is more of the same attack politics. They the media will bite the hand that once fed them. McCain/Palin is a ticket of proven change not just words.

    September 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Ardnuas

    This race has become so NEGATIVE and ANGRY since McBush chose Palin....this is a RED FLAG VOTERS... McBush and Palin will be EXTREMELY divisive for our GREAT COUNTRY.

    September 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. DemMan

    CnnMan, you're telling me Palin has a record?

    Her state has less people than my hometown.

    September 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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