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. Shellie

    Oh no! Sarah incountered her first protester....I'm surprised she didn;t pull out her hunting rifle and take the ole boy out.

    September 15, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. please

    “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.”

    yah by less regulation – what about free markets? You're forgetting the republican way – Government is not to help people or regulate corporations – that's un-american, its only to control woman's right to choose, prevent gays getting married, and keeping minorities where they belong at the bottom. (the important stuff)
    Come on Sarah, I know you're new at this but.....

    September 15, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. bk

    Obama right in the middle of troopergate anyone surprised? If you can't beat them, eliminate them, like you did your opponent in Chicago. Obama is nothing more than a Chicago thug without any experience. If Obama gets elected we will be the first country to elect someone because they can read a telepromter. How dumb can people be?

    September 15, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. Florida Gold

    Sarah Palin`s nose is getting larger every day she addresses

    September 15, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  5. Pete Kent

    First time visitor here. I looked at the AC360 Blog and skimmed this.

    This is a lot like the Daily Kos but for dummies.

    Totally one-sided.

    Does CNN worry that it is attracting such a partisan audience? No wonder your ratings are in the toilet!

    September 15, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. bk

    Where is the article about Obama trying to delay troop withdrawals from Iraq? Oh thats right CNN won't print anything bad about Obama.

    September 15, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. Jean 2

    McCain excepted public money why are they doing fund raisers.


    We, the public can not be there to ask questions!!!!


    September 15, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |

    Palin said, America "could go to war with Russia over Geogia?

    And just where are we going to get the troops and the money?

    We are screwed!!! if McCain Palin win and they plan on a win!

    Obama Biden 2008

    September 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. help me understand folks...

    I keep hearing that Sarah scares people... why?

    well, this is what scares me... Rev Wright

    September 15, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. DV

    It makes one realize what a complete joke public financing is. What a shame. This kind of thing should not be allowed. You should accept public financing or not. Accepting my tax money and then still raising private money is just rediculous.


    September 15, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. dannette

    Palin is so far from being able to govern anything besides the wilderness, it is amazing that anyone would take her seriously!

    September 15, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. noMcStupidORSarahPitBull, cambridge, MA

    "Teleprompter got messed up, and I wasn’t able to follow it"
    LOL, she can't say anything meaningful without a script.

    Whatever happened to "public financing"? Way to reform Washington, John, by beating your own bill.

    September 15, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Noracal

    CNN>>CNN>>CNN>> most trusted name in politics. What is going on with the fradulent ballots sent out by McCain to disefranchise democratic voters?

    September 15, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  14. Texas

    Talk to the press pitbull...

    September 15, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. Bonnie R.

    Bless her heart.....sounds like a hooker, proud of a first nights take.

    September 15, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  16. Melissa Petoskey, MI

    With all the buzz and "celebrity" treatment Palin got the past couple of weeks, I thought she would do better than $1 million, say like maybe close to the $66 million Obama raised last month. I guess she is not as popular as we thought.....

    September 15, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. Cam

    To Kathleen above: "Glenn Beck talks DOWN to his listeners as if they were the biggest fools of all time."


    1) That's because he is a REPUBLICAN, and
    2) Apparently he is right about half the country who are leaning towards McCain and Palin.

    September 15, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  18. Sage

    lie baby lie

    September 15, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. martin

    I'm sorry CNN call a lie a lie.

    September 15, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  20. Rob indetroit

    under one million dollars thats all

    September 15, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. Brian

    Palin, like Cheney is a Republican and Republicans are ABOVE the law!

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 15, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  22. Tayo, NY

    Democrat should continue to donate to Obama/Biden ticket and DNC alike in order to deflate the lies and phonies of McCain/palin and RNC.

    The have taking their lies to a new low level.

    September 15, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. Roland

    Is it true that Brookside County Club really excludes blacks and jews? This should be duly noted if Palin did indeed speak at an establishment that promotes these beliefs. Why did she give speech there anyway, like all the common folk hang out there!?!
    GO OBAMA!!

    September 15, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. Shiloh Everett

    Women have to pay for their own rape kits in her state-no money no proof! She now will not cooperate with the troopergate investigation. She didn't know what The Bush Doctrine is. Any poly-sci student knows what it is! She is grossly unqualified and NOT for women's rights! KEEP FAIL"N? VOTE PALIN!

    September 15, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  25. Independent for Obama

    McCain and Palin CLAIM reform, but refuse to cooperate with the bipartisan investigation launched before he tapped her. What???

    Palin lies so much she is starting to believe herself. This is too scary for me.

    September 15, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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