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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    THE REPUBLICAN MILLIONAIRES are coming out with clever,
    lying ads against Obama, to insure a Republican win!!!!

    OBama Biden 2008

    September 15, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |

    To anonymous,

    I agree with you about the REPUBLICAN Glenn Beck on CNN.
    HOW did he ever get a full hour on CNN. I always change the
    channel BEFORE he utters one word. He is a complete idiot!!!!
    who likes to think his opinion is the only one that counts. Glenn
    Beck talks DOWN to his listeners as if they were the biggest
    fools of all time.

    OBAMA BIDEN 2008.

    September 15, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Grant in Canada

    for my British friends,

    Mr McCain, kerb your dog.

    September 15, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. 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 |
  5. texas democrat

    I have made the promise to myself that i would vote for all the troops that are not home who have done tours of duty that they did not sign up for and yet they do their best in protecting us. I am going to cast my vote for all the women who want to be able to make the decision to have the choice of having a child or not. I am going to cast my vote for all the people who have lost their homes, their health insurance, their jobs and maybe things will get better for them and also my family because I want my children and grandchildren to have a much better life than I have .

    September 15, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Obamas Toast

    The more hate and vile garbage the Obamabots spew, the more the average American is going to support her & McCain. The only real liar here is Obama.

    September 15, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Indiana Bob

    Amazing all the negativity and name calling from the Obamabots. Is this the new politics that Obama is ushering in? Is this the change we can believe in? Sounds more like Bush to me. Sounds like Obama would be 4 more years of Bush with on the job training.

    PUMA - Vote for experience you can believe in. Vote McCain

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

    The media has already debunked the 'teleprompter broke' story as FALSE. Seriously, is there anything the McCain\Palin ticket doesn't lie about?

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

    i just donated to the OBAMA campaign.....again!

    September 15, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Irony

    And I thought Obama was the county club elitist? That's what the McCain campaign was saying...

    And I thought that John McCain was going to run an honest campaign...

    And I thought John McCain would rather loose an election...

    And I thought that McCain supported our troops...

    I thought Palin was against Pork barrel spending...

    Republicans must be playing opposite day again!

    September 15, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. alan j.

    A prolife conservative woman of faith just might become the most powerful woman in the country!
    Oh, The Horror!

    September 15, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Josh

    So Palin won't cooperate with investigators regarding "troopergate".
    Typical Republican, above the law. This lady is dangerous and WACKO!

    September 15, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Sue

    Since when does the Vice-Presidential candidate have an agenda?
    Palin today told us what hers would be. I thought only the President set the agenda. Are people voting for her or McCain? Is he letting her set policy now?

    September 15, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. juiceball

    The Repubs have controlled the Big House for the last 8 yrs; they've controlled congress for 12 of the last 14 yrs and we're spending Billions on IRAQ! Why should we give them another 4 yrs when all they're doing is telling new lies everyday!! Gov. Palin is caught up in a new lie everyday!

    September 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. MurphyMorseJohnson

    McCain doesn't need any more funds. All of the major lobbyists that have driven the American worker into the ground are providing plenty of funds to the Republicans and will govern for McCain.

    September 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. ellington7

    How far into the tanks has the media fallen for the republican party? Well let's see..Every Ad the Mccain campaign runs is an out in out lie, but instead of calling it what it is they overplay it and praise how brilliant he was for making it. Then they have the nerve to say that obama is losing the pr war, and that he's not tough enough. How the hell is he suppose to be tough when he has to continuosly debunk and defuse trashy attacks against him when the media puts a positive spin on them? You got brack and biden laying out specific policy differences between them and Mccain who has no plan, and the media says there not being specific enough. I wonder whose party the media wants to win? Then you got the ice princess going on ABC only to make a complete fool of herself, showing that she has no business ever being considered for the 2nd highest office in the land, only to have the media praise her for not "messing up too bad". Are you kidding me? This woman has single handly threatened the safety of all americans by being on the stage, not only because she's proven to be an incompetent fraud without the ability or capacity to do the job she seeks, but because the media is shaping her imagine in such positive lights, leaving out all of the truth about her, which will serve a stupid american voters block with what they need to put her in office. You know what? I've lost all hope for this country because obviously this race wasn't going to be fair anyway you'd looked at it. Barack has to work too hard to make idiots see the light, and Mccain doesn't have to work at all to get those same idiots not to see him for what he and palin truely are, and that"s a disaster for america.

    September 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  17. Palin the Truth hurts.

    Should be noted that Brookside Country Club is an "exclusive" country club, i.e. [no minorities] no blacks and no jews.
    Gotta love that change, Change racists can believe in. 😛

    Americans will buy anything they see on television... 🙁

    Nikita Crushev once said .. "Americans will sell you the guns with which to shoot them"

    September 15, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. Katie

    Where McCain went wrong is choosing Palin. She's no Michelle and she sure isn't a Hillary. Too bad John McCain thought just any woman would do. John, you lost alot of voters for that smooth move.

    September 15, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. enough already!

    I heard she was getting $1,000 for every lie she told and they really cleaned up.

    September 15, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Republi-CON

    Repubs are the biggest THIEVES and LIARS to Disgrace the National stage.After stealing flags from the democratic convention they've just stolen the Democrat Campaign whats next.

    September 15, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. pauline

    I am a woman not a man who would fall for a pretty face. I vote for what is best for my country. My decision is not based on gender. Palin fine for governing inside America . VP position needs International recognition and respect. Palin has not earned it . She does not qualify.

    Obama-Biden 2008

    September 15, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Finna

    I just want know why Sarah Palin get to take her children to work with her. No other working mom can do that because no employer will let them. What, she couldn't rise enough money for child care and after school care? That is what working moms do pay for child care and after school care. Sarah Palin is not like the normal mother who works and have to rise money to take care of their family.

    September 15, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. rory ryan

    Sarah, you cut down Obama for reading a teleprompter. What hypocracy.

    September 15, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. GA

    Sarah Palin is not a good person because she is a Pathological lia.

    September 15, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. rory ryan

    OK republicans , it is 45 % each, the Palin Effect is no more!!!! REALLY .

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