September 15th, 2008
08:05 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain pulls in big donations, smaller crowds

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain and Palin attended separate fundraisers Monday."]MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain told a private audience Monday night that "no matter what you see in the polls," he and Sarah Palin are underdogs.

It's a tough race, as you know. We got a strong head wind, and we've got a lot of work to do," the White House hopeful said at a fundraiser in Miami. "And no matter what you see in the polls recently, Governor Palin and I are the underdogs."

"We're the underdogs," he repeated. "That's where we like to be. That's the best place to be in this race. So we're going to be working hard and campaigning every single day."

The GOP candidate was addressing a crowd of donors at a Miami hotel. In his introduction, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said McCain has brought in $26.2 million to date from Floridians, $5.1 million Monday night alone.

McCain may be pulling in big money โ€“ but his crowds seem to be fading since he and Palin split up on the campaign trail.

The Arizona senatorโ€™s campaign drew about 3,000 people to a "Road to Victory" rally Monday morning featuring the senator and his wife Cindy โ€“ nowhere near the number needed to fill the 15,000-seat Veterans Memorial Arena.

Large sections of chairs were left unfilled. Stacks of signs clearly intended to be distributed to a larger crowd could be seen on a number of seat cushions - hand-painted campaign signs ready to go with phrases such as "We (heart) Todd" (as in, Todd Palin), "Moms 4 Palin," and others with more standard McCain fare.

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  1. Ken

    Americans, please I am begging you for the sake of this country, do not fall into this Palin business. (Miss so um..what's the Bush Doctrine?) VP is not a job to learn on the fly! Our country definitely needs rejuvenated economics, energy policies, education, and government institutions. I hope every Democrat goes out and votes and encourages their peers! To see McCain and Palin leading the polls is extremely horrifying!

    September 16, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  2. McCryptKeeper/Cruella 08

    yes the left hates women.....thats why they protect women's rights and were the first to nominate a woman on a major party ticket (Geraldine Ferraro for VP–for the uneducated right wing hicks) and the first to have a SERIOUS woman candidate for the white house. Those darn Women haters!!!

    September 16, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  3. janine

    I think it says a lot about Republicans that when your candidate admits he lies, you still fall in line. Go get em John! Show them who the real losers are.

    September 16, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  4. Jim Smith

    In other words, McCain appeals to the very wealthy. No surprise there – the entire Republican platform revolves around tax cuts for the wealthy.

    September 16, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. Non-military waste

    JoeCool – Just stop it! You guys could care less when thibngs were said about Hilalry but now you guys have become feminists on chivalry steroids. Gimme a break. SOOOO HYPOCRITICAL! FROM A WOMAN WHO KNOWS THAT YOU GUYS COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF WOMEN UNLESS THEY'RE ON YOUR TICKET.

    What's really sad is that some of you are so drunk on the kool–aid that you can't even admit to your hypocrisy.

    September 16, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  6. Reagan

    Why are Obama supporters so juvenile in their comments? Do these people have educations, and are they even old enough to vote? Do they and the Obama camp realize how hurtful is it for them to win over undecided voters with this behavior? It's a real turn-off and I think a lot of Americans are sick and tired of this over the top commentary from media news personalities. Rachel and Keith from MSNBC have got to be the worst I have seen. It pains me to even see their faces while flipping over to Fox News.

    September 16, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. paul oregon

    when is palin going to answer questions from the real press???
    david westin and charles gibson are a bounch of phonys. does abc think people wouldnt see through this phony interview the staged with palin. i know ill have trouble watching abc news because of the dishonsty of the interview. but i guess what do you expect from abunch of repub. they sure can lie with a streaght face is my opinion

    September 16, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  8. Something's Fishy...

    OK...Obama draws 75000 in Portland and McSame calls him a "celebrity" without substance. When Palin inflates McSame's audience he claims it is because she is a stateswoman and born leader. Wow,,,must be nice on his planet.....

    America needs to remember...they are voting for McSame or Obama, not Biden or Palin.

    September 16, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. Nevada dude

    Left wind extremist kooks LOVE women. so do Democrats.

    September 16, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. Scott

    McSame....I was a POW But I don't like to talk about it except fifty times a I also like the SURGE and Patreaus....Nothing on the wife is filthy rich....thats it

    September 16, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. aware

    Senator John McCain is the authentic change agent and the man with the courage to lead! He chose Governor Sarah Palin for VP! She is authentically in touch with mainstream Americans. She can relate to us and actually speak our language! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Eat your hearts out you left-wing democrats! Palin is awesome! Obama bought the spin on McCain's top three picks and chose a Washington insider for his VP!

    McCain/Palin 08! They will deliver the change/reform Americans can believe in! And, they will do it with authenticity and integrity! ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 16, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  12. Belle, NC

    I am starting to believe that McCain is delusional. 'Underdogs'????

    This phrase sums up McCain today 'The former maverick that sold his soul to win a campaign'. Unfortunate.

    September 16, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  13. fluke

    Republicans are all the same. It doesn't matter who runs for president.

    They put america in shame with bad politiks the last 8 years and can
    not be awardet to lead this country any further.

    Wake up americans and get your country back on track with a clean president *Obama 08) who brings fresh and new ideas and restores prosperity and pride.

    Mc \Same and Palin have to be defeatet.

    There is no other way.

    September 16, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  14. Kate Fergus

    Palin really knows her finance. She says she is happy that the government didn't bail out Lehman Brothers and that the tax payer shouldn't have to foot the bill for their insolvency. Well, Lehman Brothers did have a commercial bank subsidiary. My understanding is that deposits up to $100,000 for each account holder are insured by the FDIC. As an independent agency of the federal government, does this mean the money originally came from taxpayers???

    September 16, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  15. LOL

    Very True RJW

    September 16, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  16. EJ (USA)

    When is CNN going to come out with the news that Trig is really Bristol's and that she is pregnant with her 2nd child?

    Sarah Palin must have an extreme personality disorder to be telling this many lies and to this level.

    September 16, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  17. Michael

    Both sides are doing false and distorted attacks. So go ahead and drop that part of the arguements and what is with all the pointless name calling?

    September 16, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. irony

    mcsame fought his party on immigration and he said global warming does exist. On every other issue he votes with Mcbush. He votes party-line on the economy. A challenge to every Republican out there: Name one economic issue Mcsame has voted against Mcbush or even name a lie that Mcsame has said he would do that is different than Mcbush. Another challenge out there: Any one have a job that is harder than the "hardest job in America" (small town mayor according to Mcsame.) I guarantee my job as a farmer is harder than walking around shaking hands, having lunch, being friendly, schmoozing big shots etc.

    September 16, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  19. denise

    Who wants to see the guy? Just goes to show that without Palin – John McCain is just a POW who thinks he's ENTITLED to the White House.

    September 16, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  20. Dear Johnny come lately

    Dear Johnny come change

    The "Straight Talk Express" is pouring out black smoke, the muffler fell off 10k miles ago, there's a thrown rod, and the burned clutch is stinking up the countryside.

    Your gonna run that machine into the ground.......and hurt alot of folks along the way.

    Your fighting the wrong fight,..... for the wrong people, ....for the wrong reasons.....thats why its not goin your way

    , its beneath the John McCain of 2000.

    September 16, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |

    American can't afford another inexperienced would only mean another Bush mess.

    That is why this Democrat will VOTE NO OBAMA

    Experience does matter and sadly Obama is the least experienced of all the 4 candidates on the ticket. Even Gov. Palin has MORE experience.

    As they say.....Obama is the least experienced candidate in the history of America.

    So this Democrat will be voting in the best interests of American........JOHN McCAIN

    September 16, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  22. Independent from FL

    Ever since I became Independent, i can see both parties supporters have an ugly side to them. I'm sure some Liberal were so happy about the backruptcy news today because it helps Obama.
    I'm so turned off with both parties supporters....get a grip!!
    Whatever the outcome is, I'm sure both candidates have good intentions for this country...Stop with the hate & realize that everyone has their own right to vote for wether the issues, race, gender, 1st lady preference, etc...
    Electoral Majority wins & life goes on....

    September 16, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  23. angelique

    Barack Obama should enjoy his shine now because come January 20, 2009, there will be yet another republican inauguarated into office – John McCain. As much as Obama supporters believe he will be the next President it is not going to happen. B.O. might have the crowds at this time, but it will be the crowds voting against him and Democrats come November 4. Dems can't think for themselves so how are they going to get out and come to the polls anyway. McCain/Palin 08!

    September 16, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  24. builhauer

    Most every republic you hear from has such ignorant reasons for voting for McCain... "Obama sounds too much like Osama", "he was a war hero" , "Palin is a mom like me"(woop de kids busdriver is a mom also but that doesn't mean we should vote her in for VP).
    I'm floored that it is even proving to be a close race. Well I guess when you consider that half the population doesn't care to even vote it makes sense that more than half of the voting population also doesn't care enough to be informed.

    September 16, 2008 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
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