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

    Geeze, you would think these two are joined at the hip replacment. Go out and do your own thing McCain. Palin is not running for President you are. So quit riding her pig tails and send her out on her own. Or are you just scared the truth media will eat her alive. Not even her big guns could save her then.

    September 9, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Kimberly

    I'm waiting for the the debate...I figure all the stories we have been hearing back and forth will cease after the condates have a real discussion. It's just amazing to me how we get sucked into all the hoopla. As a woman, Pallin is intelligent, but she is also being used by the Republicans. Why wasn't their rallies and "town hall" meetings energized before? Why are they trying to defend her every move, whether she qoutes truth or not? Now is who is the party with the rockstar...Come on folks...if you can't see through this smoke screen, then you are or want to stay truly blind as to what is transpiring...Let's stick the issues. That is why we vote, and that is what we need to hold our leaders accountable to – not spins and rumors!

    September 9, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Jackson

    Mccain = " NO CHANGE EXPRESS "

    When you agree 90 percent of the time with Bush, that is no Maverick. When you use your gut in decision making and not your head, that is no maverick, that is more of the same. We have been fooled twice before. Not this time. No more Mc-Bush. The war in Iraq must end, we got to get our homes, jobs, honor back, we can't continue borrowing Trillions from China, and send it to Iraq. We need Obama.

    September 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Lisa (PA)

    Just another lie from the Repub's!

    BTW, why doesn't anyone ask about the big gaffe that Palin said this past weekend about the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? It was on Huffington Post but not the MSM?

    Play fair and tell the truth!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. GARedNeck

    Some people don't care who is running on the Republican ticket, they are going to vote against the Democrats no matter what. Some people think that Republican politicians actually care about abortion other than as a means of getting votes and money, and where has that got them in the last 35 years? Some people think that the GOP is interested in protecting their right to bear arms, but the GOP only brings that up again to get votes and money. Some people think that Republican politicians care about stem cell research, and refuse to look at the evidence before their eyes.
    It will be a total shame if the Palin/McCain (sic) ticket wins the election, because that will mean that over half the voters in America only care about which party is elected, and not what the party stands for.

    September 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Terry, Butte, Mt

    Alright Obama, time to bring in the large crowds again. The only reason he is getting smaller crowds is because he was accused of being a rock star (like that is a bad thing).

    September 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Que Quedas

    CNN MAN....can you say Paris Brittany and Mc Palin..........

    September 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Dave in Houston

    You mean the PALIN rally including john mccain.

    She's the One. She's the celebrity. It's probably going to her head why she has to settle for VICE president. I wouldn't be surprised if she slipped some cyanide into his Milk of Magnesia.

    September 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Right Turn

    Yeaaaa!! We're winning and Obama is losing!
    Obama is old news, people were sick of hearing about him last month! Vote for the Hero and not the zerO!!!

    September 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. This happened before

    Actually, in Phoenix a few months this has happened before. There was a public fundraiser that involved George Bush and McCain, it had lackluster ticket sales (quoting the venue owners), but McCain said they moved it to a private residence for "security reasons."

    September 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Alan

    We're going down, down in an earlier round...

    Sheesh. Another election, another four years of Republican rule. The Dems blow it again. And it's all because of pride. We Democrats have so much freaking pride, it's unbelievable. To my fellow Dems on the board, I would take a more humble tone. All is lost this time around...once more.

    September 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain and Palin could hold their rally in the school toilet because their lies keep growing and they need the soap to wash their mouths out.

    September 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Ward

    Why should the GOP tell the truth about anything? Lying works for them.

    September 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Woman from Texas

    I wonder why they didn't have it at "Walter Reed Middle School" which the campaign accidently put behind McCain at his speech instead of Walter Reed Medical School. Ha!

    September 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. If you liked Bush-You will Love McCain

    holding a partisan event on school grounds violates local School Board policy.

    Republican Spin
    the main reason for moving the event was to accommodate outsized demand for tickets.

    September 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. KenB, MI

    Stop The Intimidation!

    I like that...

    She's fair game in the world of American Politics...

    Stop the pseudo Mavericks, Stop the Same Old Business.

    September 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. McCain 08.12

    Guess what Hillary supporters, we don't need you anymore. So go back to your witch. Palin is the new Hillary

    September 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. linda from South Dakota

    does anyone realize that PALIN,, refuses to answer questions?? she blabs BUT refuses to answer questions,,umm what does this tellyou?? shes not willin to answer peoples questions on issues,,, well<< MY FRIENDS,,, i sure dont want someone like this as VP or president,, someone WHO WONT ANSWER QUESTIONS,,,,, she afraid of questions concernin her criminal record??? or questions about why she doesnt support stem research??? well MY FRIENDS<,,, i would think twice on this if u support mccain/same or palin,, ohhh, by the way whats the definition of barracudda?????? umm in my day it was someone who was easy,,, well,, lets say,, did what they had to to get what they wanted,,, umm mmakes one think huh????

    September 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. No McPhailing

    Its not only flip/ flop its out and out lies they tell what ever it takes even to his pow twists he adds and each time he tells his pity patty story he changes the story adds and subtracts (While we are on this he was not the only pow are t5he rest forgotten because of him and how does that qualify one to be president it does not.
    As for McPittbull another fabricator and religious freak turning back the clock 200 years + for woman and they will be back in the dark alleys living with McPittbulls religious views turn the hounds loose just so they dont get lipstick on them .
    The so called Hillary supporters on here were Republicans this is just tm ore of their hot air.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. This happened before

    I'm still waiting on these two to come up with a platform that isn't a ripoff of Obamas (shake up Washington?) at the last minute. I thought Washington and Bush was fine? Such a huge flip flop it's hilarious.

    September 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. marion

    I've noticed over these few weeks how crafty the republican party really is. They call themselves mavericks, but they're really just copy cats.
    They took the Democratic Platform of Change, and made it there own.
    They mocked the very organizations (community) that helped shape America. They prey on peoples emotions, their sympathies, even their weaknesses. They say they want to unite america, but during these past weeks they have divided America even more. How many hockey moms are there anyway? What demographic does that statement really appeal to? Lies eventually are bought to the light. I just hope that it won't be too late.

    Marion, NC

    September 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. freddy

    Brothers unite vote Obama!

    September 9, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    He's a Lie, the school board did not want it at there school, the school board said there was a OUTCRY and thats why they had to move it, I have never met a group of people that lie so much to the point they start believing it themselves and if you are not smart you will believe that mess too like one guy said HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO LET THE REPUBLICANS PISS IN YOUR FACE AND TELL YOU ITS RAINING.........Good expample.

    Obama 08

    September 9, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. lou swisher5552


    September 9, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Lame Charlie Gibson

    Charlie Gibson is the worst person to interview Sarah Palin and he WILL let America and his comrades down. He is a closet Republican who thinks everything is fine with the world, the war, the gas prices, everything. He didn't on Good Morning America all those years for nothing. He is thoroughly plastic.

    When the GOP approves you, you know you're a powder puff organization.

    September 9, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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