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. DEE

    Wait until Sarah is not with him. He will be able to use an elementary bathroom again.
    I don't understand how Christians do not call her a lie on the bridge.

    September 9, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Can anyone in the rep tell the truth

    This is exactly what I mean spin the truth to make yourself look good and watch they will be cheering when Palin says we moved venues to accomodate all of you. Yeah and booo to the school stupid 3rd graders (republicans)

    September 9, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. the real Abby

    OMG!!! CNN FALSE HEADLINE !!!! They were asked to leave! who complained that holding a partisan event on school grounds violates local School Board policy.

    September 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. DemMan

    "We pumas" huh. I didn't know you could speak for more than one.

    McCain picked Palin to take attention off of McCain. Obama was destroying McCain so that's no contest. Now you want to bring Palin into this?

    Simple, if McCain dies we have a 1.5 year governor at the helm, a governor with a bachelors degree and no plan for our future. You can call Obama inexperienced, even though he has more than Palin ironically. But he has a plan, and that is more than Mr. Experienced but tragically plannless McCain has.

    September 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. vc

    Misleading headline. Propaganda.

    September 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Allison R.

    Hah. I live in Fairfax. I have to admit, I was shocked he was speaking here. I think most people are Obama supporters–I count over 20 Obama bumper stickers to every 1 McCain 🙂

    September 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Pam

    Another McCain lie.

    September 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. DemMan

    Can someone, anyone tell me a McCain/Palin plan for our future? Yeah the soccer mom can talk about how awesome she is, she hasn't said one thing about her plan for our future. Neither has McCain. Lower taxes on the wealthy is the only comment.

    As much as they accused Obama of it, both McCain and Palin are empty suits in the extreme.

    September 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Jish

    john McCain is teh w0rst hax0r is USA, Palin be bad hax0r too!!

    September 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Ken

    It doesn't surprise me that a school wouldn't want the new superstar for the trailer-trash crowd to come set a bad example for their kids.

    And I love the 'spin' that McCain gives the rejection: the school wasn't big enough to hold all the serial morons in VA that want to come out and listen to vacuous [R] demagoguery. If I lived in VA, I'd resent what he thought of my fellow residents.

    Is it not disquieting that there are literally millions of morons who actually want to continue the 8-year downward spiral of our country?

    September 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. DemMan

    The attempt to lure Hillary supporters was not successful. Palin is not one half the person Hillary is. The current bump in polls is a temporary media fascination with someone who is young enough to be on American Idol.

    That does not mean Vice President material, though.

    September 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Todd

    Funny how many of you who are not from Virginia are telling McCain that they don't want him in Virginia. How would you know??
    Oh, and to the Hillary supporters that are coming to the good side – We'll find a spot for Hilary, where her own party couldn't!!

    September 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. William Johnson

    Oh and by the way you liberal dem thanks for all the suport because evrerytime you lie and try to slander Sara she goes up in the standing of the American People and you and your empty suit leader Obama go down down down down down and soon you will be out and America will be saved from the insanity of liberals.

    September 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Former Hillary supporter voting for Obama

    Palin is the joke, and McCain is playing Hillary supporters for all its worth.

    September 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |

    I can't stop laughing! My how the obamabots get testy with a little competition.

    September 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. $43,000.00 on TRAVEL??!??

    Could you imagine taking $43,000.00 from your family, friends and neighbors to travel back and forth to work for a year?

    Mrs. Palin could!!

    September 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. DemMan

    Kevin, Obama doesn't need vetting. He was ELECTED. Unlike Palin, who was a last minute selection who was interviewed the day before She was announced. All fact, look it up.

    Obama was vetted by the American people. Palin has yet to be vetted, and there are two agonizingly long months to go! I can't wait!

    September 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Poetic Justice

    The headline is totally misleading, It makes it seem like that the move was because of supporters and it was actaully because of school board policy. The school board is right. Students shouldn't be forced to sit through political speeches by either candidate durng school hours. Voting age high school seniors shouldn't have to support candidates they don't agree with.

    September 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Obama's got my vote

    The Republican party will do anything to gain power.
    We keep hearing about Obama not having experience. My question is: What experience did G. Bush have to win the white house,,,,2 times.?

    This guy has dragged the country through the mudd for 8 years. Now his croney want's to be president. I hope America woke up from whatever drug they were on?

    September 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. diane08

    Why bother going to the rally? All they're going to do is give the same canned speeches they gave at their convention. If McCain wants to promote change, he might want to start with his speech.

    September 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Mccain=Bush=the draft

    The repubs are liars. How do you know they are lying? Their lips are moving. They are the lowest form of humanity out there.

    September 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. LOLz @ "Former Hillary supporter voting for Obama"

    "I can not believe some upset voters are willing to sacrifice this country for 4 or 8 more years because they are upset. How dare you make the rest of us suffer because you feel entitled. Pumas are a joke."

    Wow, more baseless rants. Adjust your tinfoil hat a bit; your reception's out of whack again.

    September 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Peregrin from Arkansas

    Wooo, mercy daddy!

    Here's the deal comrades. On November 4th, millions of Americans are going to pile into voting booths all across our 50 states and 5 territories. Over 90% of these citizens are going to already have their minds made up; indeed, most of their minds have already been made up. About 5% of the remnant will have carefully studied each candidate, and will make an educated vote based upon their personal convictions. But those who remain will cast a blind vote. Blind votes go to what people know they can trust (McCain) versus the unknown commodity (Obama).

    If the Democrats possessed only 10% of the Republican's political savvy, they would have put the nail in the GOP's self righteous, indignant coffin long ago. The last two elections should have beena piece of cake. But once again we have been out-foxed by our scaly skinned, trunk bearing opponents. Way to go, Democrats! We're in for another long night on November 4th. Obiden vs. McPalin is going to end bitterly once more. And I am standing in amazement. We had it in the bag, guys. And we blew it.

    The Republican blowhards are going to regain office once again, and fueled by Senator McCain's bipartisanship, they will have solid footing to win again in 2012. So we punt to 2016, and with a stable of young up and comers (Palin, Huckabee, Romney...not to mention Giuliani, et al), the Republicans will be all the more formidable. Barack Obama is the kiss of death for the Democratic Party, and the scapegoat is the media for putting a torpedo in the hull of Hillary's campaign.

    The only thing about the upcoming eight years that will be similar to the previous eight years is the incessant whining that Democrats seem to have mastered. Remember next time fellow Dems, consistency is only a virtue if you're not a screwup.

    September 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Breck

    A message from a Virginian: Go further South where your welcome McCain, because your empty rhetoric and lies are not welcomed here.

    September 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Former Hillary supporter voting for Obama


    McCain is using you. Hillary said she will not run 2012.

    September 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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