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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  1. youth vote

    i am one of those youth voters... and i was just wondering how i am supposed to look up to a candidate that lies to me all the time..... Someone explain to me why McCain wants to sell himself to the devil to get elected... what kind of example does that set for the next generation like me

    September 15, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Ralph

    Obama is sweating to the Oldies. All you Obama-bots give 'til it hurts..

    September 15, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Andy

    If the 2 of you get elected to the white house, the whole country will be "under-dogs"!

    September 15, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. cadence

    They don't even deserve to call themselves underdogs! In my opinion they are "dirty dogs"!!

    September 15, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    I wonder Mr McCain do the words honesty and integrity have any meaning to you or Gov Palin? At this point I do not believe that either of you understand this question at all.

    September 15, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Washed-up

    The Republican ticket is done. Obama/Biden in a landslide!

    September 15, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. John 64 years old Independent

    Looks like John McBush is greasing all the rich kinda like taxing them for the large tax cut they will receive if he becomes president.

    Talk about return on investment but, other than that Old John is clueless on the economy. His remark today that the economy is fundamentally strong and then changing his remarks to attack Senator Obama is just plain STUPID!

    John McCain is the student of Herbert Hoover – things are looking rosy for us – the rich!

    September 15, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. Greg Ebert

    Show me a McCain rally that gets half of what Obama draws, and I'll put on lipstick and vote for the Greedy Obnoxious Piggy.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Moose Burger

    There are no Palin crowds. The numbers quoted by the McLIAR campaign are proven fabrications. Pictures tell the real story. EMPTY. Hey media, stop pretending this is a close race.

    September 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. No Puma, Just Mad at Sarah

    John McCain? Please, get a brain. If you can't bring yourself to vote for Barack Obama, please just stay the heck home.

    September 15, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. Ons

    I guess I missed that “My friends am an underdog and all I need is your votes business closed” talk about underdog what will Obama say, all this time in the senate for 35 years you just realized now that we need change, that we need to drill now and quick please give a break………

    September 15, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |

    Small crowds with lots of clapping? Is the clapping canned?

    NO BODY that is not filthy rich likes him. Synopsis: Mccain doesn't
    have a clue. McCain is an idiot. McCain needs Sarah because
    when she left for the weekend, his first appearance without Sarah,
    as soon as he tried to speak, he was booed, and booed by the
    real crowds.

    McCain Palin win will bring an end to America as we know it.
    Our poor children!!!!!

    If you are among the top 5% of filthy rich in American, you will
    vote for McCain and if you are with the other 95% and you vote
    for McCain, can you put a paper bag over your head, because
    you are either stupid or old, or uneducated or oblivious to truth.

    White educated woman of 63 and Catholic

    Voting for Obama Biden. 2008

    September 15, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Community Organizer

    Sure he did. Yet another lie. I just donated to Obama again. Keep talking Republicans. The more you talk, the more Obama brings in the $$. Talk about your cash cows, or would that be pigs with lipstick?

    September 15, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Texico From Mexico

    Thts because all these people are not voting for McCain they are votting for an unqualified Palin. I don't care if you are a Republican or not Palin is as qualified as my wife to be VP and she has a a Masters degree from 1 college with a 3.8 GPA. Hey maybe I should have called McCain 🙂

    September 15, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |

    Where's the protesters? I enjoy the protesters!

    September 15, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. Gloria

    McCain thinks he's an underdog...Wrong, he's just a dog.

    September 15, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. frisbe

    How about that, the Democratic Govenor of Illinois defends Govenor Palins executive experience, says Obama / Biden are wrong!!!!

    McCain / Palin in 08!!!

    September 15, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. angry left from Michigan

    Let's not forget. Republicans have failed to lead this country.

    John McCain and Sara Palin are REPUBLICANS.

    The platform is the same, the economic plan is the same, the national security policy (including the Bush doctrine) is the same...

    Why should we give the Republicans another chance?
    They fooled us twice. ("ifoomina")


    September 15, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. MARK

    Chairs unfilled, signs stacked in a corner, no shows.....still think Palin was you're best choice John?. I'll bet you'd re-think if you had it to do all over. Too little , too late........the ticket is finished!

    September 15, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. rory ryan

    HEY JOE COOL. Where did you find that empirical evidence?

    September 15, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. Hypocrisy is the name of the game

    You sir are just a DOG with fleas.............................McCain's lies and distortions make me want to work 10 x harder for Obama...No Way, No How, No McCain, No Palin......


    September 15, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  22. Kris

    Good Job McCain – keep up the good work.
    Too bad the DNC picked the weak guy who will NEVER be elected.
    McCain/Palin have EARNED my vote – seems like Millions of Americans feel the same way – just check the polls.

    September 15, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. jr california

    JoeCool September 15th, 2008 10:23 pm ET
    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.

    can you say... nahhhhh brahhhhhh?

    September 15, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. MurphyMorseJohnson

    A donation for change? While McCain proclaims change because he is a maverick, McCain still dons the label, Republican Party. A real maverick in the Republican Party would be a Democrat. McCain is no Democrat and he is not so much a maverick, either, unless one considers the character issue. While Obama acknowledged Reverend Wright as bad news and fired him, McCain proposes change based on supreme character. Less we forget, after his first wife waited for McCain all the years he was in a cage, he dumped her and his three children for a blondie $100 million heiress. Great character and a change for the worse!

    September 15, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  25. Kirk

    Heck, it sounds like the Republicans are even staying away!
    "No shows" and empty seats. Barack Obama can fill a Denver stadium! McCain-It was the economy stupid!

    September 15, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
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