September 15th, 2008
08:07 PM ET
15 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. Realistic

    Too bad they won't let the crowd ask Governor Wingnut questions about how the Bush/McCain economic policies have financially trashed America.

    September 15, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. 8toolong

    everytime I see a article about Palin, after reading about all her lies, I donate another $20 to Obama......Palin is a great fundraiser for Obama. Her RNC speech raised $10 mil for him.

    September 15, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Monday night Sept. 15, 08 from 7 to 8 pm it was republican hour, between Larry King and Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck is an established bias republican and gets a whole hour, get him off!! he contradicts your "No Bias, No Bull" marketing slogan.

    September 15, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Sue

    Another LIE.
    It has already been debunked, the teleprompter never failed!

    September 15, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Jocely

    Is Sarah Pelin running for President? If so
    What John McCain is running for?


    September 15, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. knownauthor

    Teleprompter malfunction? We're trying that one again? STOP LYING!

    September 15, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Ted:Canada

    Americans DONATE to YOUR COUNTRY

    CNN do you know how much money Americans owe to foregin countries?

    ECONOMIC DEPRESSION – Bush asleep at the switch.

    PERDICTION: Major economic problems ahead for the US – many countries will may the price as well...


    September 15, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. james

    What the heck, I thought McCain couldn't raise money because they accepted public financing?

    September 15, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Paul

    I worked the closed circuit monitors at the RNC convention and I can guarantee there were no "teleprompter malfunction" as Mrs. Palin claims. She is lying.

    September 15, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Concerned Citizen, IN

    Huh? So its public financing, but "Victory Funds" can be established to help the campaign pay for certain costs? I am confused...

    September 15, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. don

    she is a fake and a liar,and american pls wake up.

    September 15, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Anyonmous

    Wow Gov Palin talks of reform and Sen Obama blames Bush.

    Nice to hear them talk on issues (a tiny bit I'll admit). To bad Sen Obama doesn't quite stack up to Gov Palin (sorry that pun was unintended)

    One talks of fixing the problem and then Obama reminds us of Bush again.

    OK Sen Obama we get it. Bush is bad. McCain is Bush. McCain is bad

    You are not Bush or McCain you are good. We got it already. Anyone but me getting tired of the same hate over and over again.

    Makes you wonder what Sen Obama will talk about if he does get elected?? State of the union 2009 'the state is much worse but not as worse as it would be if Sen McCain would have won............Bush is bad.... I am good"

    And the left calls the right stupid 🙂

    September 15, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Enough

    I did the math. Sara concieved her son prio to marrying his father. So she is against teaching young women about birth control options and for teaching abstinence. What is her point of reference?

    September 15, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Some guy

    Should be noted that the fine established that is Brookside Country Club is an "exclusive" country club, ie no "coloreds" and jews. Gotta love that change, change racists can believe in.

    September 15, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. vote'08

    didn't the rnc already come out and admit that the teleprompter in fact DID NOT malfunction? what is up with this woman and her lies? someone please let her start watching the news so she can keep up with her own spin.

    by the way– i'm about sick of the 'boycott oprah' story. there are a million people ready and willing to interview palin. the campaign chose the one person that is not interviewing candidates until AFTER the election and then makes a big deal out of them honoring their own commitment? wake up america!!!!! this is all so cynical and disturbing. i fear for our country. mccain may not be all that bad, but the company that he keeps is definitely something that should be of concern to all of us. we cannot afford to have this country continue on this path. the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer, and someone desperately wants it to stay that way at our expense. tell me mccain– how is that putting country first?

    September 15, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. Independent Just Decided to Vote for Obama


    You get what you pay for!

    One journalism degree after attending five colleges over six years.

    Now THAT is dedication!

    THAT is Sarah Palin.

    September 15, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. Country First for Obama

    She only collected one million – and this at a country club. Since she is so popular, I figure she should have collected more for the republican-loving country club set. It figures she would speak at a country club. And the call Obama an elitist. And oh yeah, thanks Republican party for the collapse of so many financial businesses. Did it ever occur to you regulate these people? CNN kindly post. I've seen worse what I said on this blog.

    September 15, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Rick

    When her teleprompter fails, get her those flash-cards FAST...!!!

    September 15, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Douglas Marshall Jr.

    Sleazy Sarah, looks just like Pinocchio. She's memorized two words. Reform and McSame. What tall tale is she telling today?

    September 15, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. Jim

    gotta love the "country club first" sign !! lol

    September 15, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Grant in Canada

    Paper training still not complete.......

    September 15, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. MD in ND

    Country Clubs, oh so Republican. A million is a drop in the hat for that crowd.

    September 15, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  23. jojodancer1119

    Palin is campaigning for the same John McCain who voted against acknowledging Dr. Martin Luther King's holiday. I have no respect for the man.

    September 15, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  24. Texas

    I sis not watch it. Is she still lying on the infamous bridge to nowhere?

    September 15, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. Mario fl

    Where is Palin I watch her in the plane behind curtain.... Oups she is gone...

    September 15, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
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