September 15th, 2008
08:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin makes first foray into fundraising for McCain

CANTON, Ohio (CNN) - In her first fundraising effort on behalf of the McCain campaign, Sarah Palin raised just under $1 million, according to the host of the event.

Because McCain has accepted public financing for his campaign, the money raised will go towards the McCain-Palin Ohio Victory fund, which is comprised of the Ohio state GOP, the Republican National Committee, and the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, which solicits private donations to help the campaign defray certain costs.

“Senator McCain will be stunned and he’ll be appreciative also,” Palin said of the money raised.
Palin spoke for about 20 minutes at Brookside Country Club in Canton (just down the road, a solitary protester held up a sign reading “Country Club First,” a mock-up of the campaign’s slogan “Country First.”)

The Alaska governor thanked Ohio’s convention delegation for helping her through her speech in St. Paul when, she said, her teleprompter malfunctioned.

“In the convention I had you to thank afterwards, because there Ohio was right out in front, in front of me,” she said. “And you know, I walked out there on stage and we started the teleprompter going in front of me. Teleprompter got messed up, and I wasn’t able to follow it. So, I decided, I’m just going to talk to the people in front me. And it was Ohio.”

Palin spent most of her speech praising McCain as she does on the stump, but she did take a moment to address the financial turmoil on Wall Street.

“We’re going to protect the life savings of everyday Americans,” she promised, adding: “John McCain and I are going to reform the way Wall Street does business.”

Palin’s husband Todd, who has been a quiet fixture on the campaign trail thus far, did some cheerleading for a few seconds at the end of the event

“Thanks for supporting this ticket, it’s the right ticket to support,” he said. “You’ve got a beautiful state. Go Buckeyes.”

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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. lisa

    this is a lie.

    September 15, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Sarah Bell, Cleveland, OH.

    Pandering to the party base? Check. Raising money to commit election fraud? In the process.

    September 15, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |





    September 15, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. bob in LA

    sounds like this money raised goes off to special interest groups- so much for the much bally-hooed McCain campaign reform act.

    September 15, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. MK

    We all know her speech by now, my question is why doesn't she know it? It is the same speech she has given for the past three stinkin' weeks! Is she that dim? Never mind, I know that answer.

    September 15, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Bulldog

    Palin is a FRAUD and the SARAH fanatics are having the wool pulled over there eyes. I hope they wake up before it's too late, she is under a bepartisan ethics investigation that was initiated by Alaskan republicans and Sarah is now trying to hide behind the McCain camp's crying foul when it began 2 moths prior to Sarah being picked as a running mate.

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

    In August, the Obama campaign raised more than $2 million every day.

    September 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Lynn: a 60 yr old, white Obama supporter

    This whole public financing is one big farce!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Deb

    Wake up Americans! Donations to her party is a waste of money! She is not the WOMAN we want in the WHITE HOUSE.....if you want a woman there, wait till Hillary runs again!

    September 15, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Did she keep the money?

    September 15, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Oh Plzzz Sara, Tina does it better than you.
    I think I hear them calling your name in Alaska.

    September 15, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Ron Peoria, Il

    Mooseburgers and piglips on the barbie Q.

    September 15, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. paying attention... CT Voter

    daaaaYUM... not much money there...

    Popular but thats about it...

    Very much like Paris Hilton... lol


    September 15, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Joe

    Wow. I just read on Yahoo that Governor Palin is refusing to meet with investigators in Alaska who are looking into her firing of the state's public safety director. I guess it really is true. Governor Palin is just like Vice President Cheney (without the experience).

    September 15, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    OMG...! Now we're supposed to BELIEVE that her teleprompter "messed up?" LMAO....yeah, right. Sarah, against all odds, staggers through her first ever national stage speech, hits every talking point that McCain has demanded, offers us that snear and condescension at just the right moment....all off the top of her head.

    Thank GOD the Ohio delegation was sitting in front of her...

    September 15, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. AA


    You know country clubs, where all average americans hang out.

    Reform the way wall street does business? Puhleese. McCain knows zero about economics and she is a crook, stealing public funds from a bridge to nowhere, and turning a balanced budget into a multi-billion dollar deficit. Nice reform.

    Would love to see the attendance roll call. Does anyone at CNN do any investigative reporting anymore?


    September 15, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. Dude

    Why was Michelle Obama absent from the 911 ceremony with her husband and Mr and Mrs McCain? ? The official explanation is that it was the first week of school.
    Why it is not a news CNN.

    September 15, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |


    September 15, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  19. deborah, WV

    Yeah, donate to McCain and Palin - all the lobbyists are!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  20. Olivia

    Good for her!

    We will get to know her well soon enough.
    We are used to the nasty rhetoric of the Obama people. We know about biden's incessant talking and how their stance on different issues changes all the time. They've been going at this for some time.

    Palin is getting comfortable in her new role.

    September 15, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Republican for Obama

    How does one take money away from a campaign?

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

    The Democrat controlled Senate has failed us for the past 2 years.

    September 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Trasa, Texas

    Such BS! Talk about pandering to your audience. You Repugs talk about Obama speaking of words with no substance, if that's the case, sounds like she's taking a page from his campaign tactics, the only difference is, he actually addresses issues unlike her and her counterpart who states this campaign is about personality and not issues. If that's the case, continue talking about your POW days, and McPalin's moose hunting, hockey mom days and whatever else that's helps make your supporters get all cozy and fuzzy inside. McBush sold himself out a fews years ago which means he's turned to the dark side. By choosing Palin, should prove he's totally to the right. The old McCain had appeal, the new one is nothing but a carbon copy of what was.

    September 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley Missouri

    At a Country Club.

    They sure are for the American People... aren't they?

    September 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. Tom in Delaware

    Isn't it nice to hear someone positive and wholesome on the political scene?

    Even her huband is kind.

    Their values are what this country is all about.

    McCain/Palin '08

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