September 15th, 2008
08:05 PM ET
12 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 – but his crowds seem to be fading since he and Palin split up on the campaign trail.

The Arizona senator’s campaign drew about 3,000 people to a "Road to Victory" rally Monday morning featuring the senator and his wife Cindy – 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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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Darryl

    Now, did McCain except public financing?

    What is he doing with all this money?

    September 15, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. T

    Can someone stop McCain / Rove from destroying Social Security!!

    September 15, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Republican Woman For Obama

    LMAO! Did you hear that? The bubble has burst!

    September 15, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Ann

    Lies and inflated figures. Cannot trust them with the truth.

    September 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. lovable liberal

    John McCain is not exciting. It's his best attribute.

    September 15, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. The Conservative

    Yeah, you know who McBush is going to represent in the whitehouse: a "small crowd" of real rich people. He'll give them fat tax cuts too. Is guy serious about changing washington?

    Obama-Biden 08!

    September 15, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Frankie

    Yea.... WHo did not see that happing? I'm suprised that did not tie them into a knot and make then do nothing with out her. She the only reason that anyone is comming out. Remember the last year lounge act McCain.

    September 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Jacksonville Florida here...McSame's visit wasn't a big draw for 99% of us. I guess he needs Gov Palin at his hip to attract much attention!
    Jacksonville is hurting like every other place in America...ordinary folks expecting more than what McCain is offering. Sure he raised money – big donors now see what Palin has done for their base – given them a false hope that folks will buy the nasty, untrue attacks. We won't....not those of us with a brain in our head....No way, No how, No McCain, No Palin....go blow smoke up the pants of your extreme right wing base!

    September 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Anyonmous

    He hasn't pulled in large numbers all year. So? He is still doing very very well.

    Gov Palin draws large crowds Sen McCain doesn't.

    I figured this was how it was. She is more popular. Have we not heard this over and over again for 2+ weeks.

    Not sure what is newsworthy about this. CNN did a news story this weekend about the different size crowds and the they would do more appearances together to take advantage of Gov Palins popularity.

    I am sure you can find the story if you look.

    The big money I can see would be newsworthy but smaller crowds??

    September 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. James of Colorado

    Be careful Senator McShame, the Mayor of Moosetown is stealing your spotlight; almost like a "celebrity!"

    September 15, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)



    September 15, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Douglas Marshall Jr.

    All of McCain's friends and supporters are in jail!

    That's why he can't put arses in seats!!

    But he will surely lie and say five trillion people were there!

    September 15, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Sue

    What a pathetic candidate!



    September 15, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Joshua College Station Texas

    Yeah, without "Caribou Barbie" McCain is just, well, boring.

    (I stole "Caribou Barbie" from another blogger–it's just too good!)

    September 15, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. NO PALIN

    So, McCain can't draw without Palin. Where is the hype and momentum?


    September 15, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. willow55

    I thought McCain was limited to public financing?

    September 15, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Mario fl

    Right ' Country club first'...

    September 15, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. McCryptKeeper/Cruella 08

    "Obama didn't mean Governor Palin when he said lipstick on a pig....but I'm John McCain and I still approve that message"

    People are onto that clown, lying through his fake teeth

    September 15, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. S. Boatman

    You Are Not An Under Dog . . . Just A Dog. . . With Fleas!

    September 15, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. max

    No comment, No time to waste.

    September 15, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. White woman from Nevada

    John McCain, we believe in you ! You ve been thru tougher things than this campaign before. After all, this is just a bunch of babblers and losers. Not real stuff. Go get 'em John !

    September 15, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  22. Independent

    Another untruth ~ there is no underdog when the race is a dead heat!

    September 15, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  23. JoeCool

    I get a kick out of all the left wing extremist kooks that hate women. No wonder the Democratic party is a on the way out.

    September 15, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. Jack

    Oh crap! Palin was supposed to look pretty and draw in the crowds. What the hell happened?
    Well, Miss Alaska turned out to be just a one night stand!

    September 15, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Scott

    John McCain is far from a “dog”, if it wasn’t for American heroes such as John McCain you would lack the ability to write such a comment.

    And to all you Sen. Obama fans, what exactly has he done for America? And further more, how can the self proclaimed “politician of change” justify his choice for VP? Sen. Biden, a man who has been in the senate longer than John McCain?

    September 15, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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