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. jean from orlando

    who cares about how much she raised – why not cover the fact that she has refused to cooperate with the investigation – i mean be it anyone with common sense already knew that was coming – so much for REFORM. lol Please do not vote the short armed Mcsame with his pet pitbull in office

    September 16, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. michael christie

    Now is the time for Americans to focus on this important campaign. Gov. Sarah Palin is a very accomplished politician. Her knowledge of energy is vast and her experience with big oil companies are legendary. No one can question her ability to raise her family while seeking the office of V.P. But the Mccain political campaign is supposedly prepping her on issues that effects us Americans. Now! The question is what issues and Why? So the Gov. Palin is attending Mccain's University for being a V.P. That is Freaky. Because a V.P. candidate should not be studying National or international issues as if she is taking a college course. If I had a serious illness and needed surgery. I would not want a studying Med student to operating on my body. That's what John Mccain has introduced America with a very bright and gifted Gov. who is being trained on a job that is critical. I know, V.P. is not important. Well how about Gore and Cheyney. But wait Dan Quarrel. George Bush senior did not win re-election. In this trouble times a president needs a partnership, a peer, and someone who he or she has a working relationship; not a candidate choosen to just satisfy and fill a poltical position to apease a political party's base.

    September 16, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Chrissy

    I really don't like this woman...........words can't describe.

    September 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. Kara

    IT'S STARTING TO STINK IN ALASKA.........Palin is hiding something.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  5. Ken

    Americans, please I am begging you for the sake of this country, do not fall into this Palin business. (Miss so um..what's the Bush Doctrine?) VP is not a job to learn on the fly! Our country definitely needs rejuvenated economics, energy policies, education, and government institutions. I hope every Democrat goes out and votes and encourages their peers! To see McCain and Palin leading the polls is extremely horrifying!

    September 16, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. jason,tx

    Amazing that people give to liars. Wow. They must be stupid. This is like giving money to Jim and Tammy Fay Baker.

    September 16, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. Jim Smith

    Palin is a better fund raiser for us Democrats!!!! Why do you think Obama raised so much in the past month?

    September 16, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. Kristen

    "Just under 1 million" is Republican for $683.25. I have never seen one campaign blatantly distort and lie this much. The teleprompter thing has been debunked, the bridge to nowhere has been debunked, yet she still talks about these issues to detail her behavior. It details her character all right. The media needs to grow a pair and do a better job about calling McCain and Palin out on their lies. The Obama sex ed commercial was the sleaziest distortion in political history, and the GOP needs to be taught a lesson. Say what you want about Obama and Biden, but at least they don't stoop to Rovian levels. Obama/Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. Scott

    She was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.

    She was for cooperating with the Troopergate probe before she was against it.

    She had her hand out for earmarks before she railed against them.

    Global warming wasn't man-made before it was.

    She didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was before she did.

    McCain said Obama called her a pig before he said he didn't.

    Oh, and the economy is fundamentally sound and in crisis at the same time.

    Do they have windsurfing at that country club?

    September 16, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  10. Still has hope

    Palin is the "Anti-Woman"!
    She talks about shattering ceilings that have kept women down while in the same breath decides that her "choice" is life and so ours should be as well???!!!
    She has a beautiful face and a beautiful smile...her husband isnt bad looking either, but this does not make a leader!! It is an insult to Hillary (and to all women) to imagine that ANY Hillary voter would vote for this piece of work!


    September 16, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. Kate Fergus

    I think Obama has every right and is obligated to remind the public of what GWB has done to the country over the past 8 years. And anyone who feels that Sarah Palin has said anything of substance since she was thrown onto the V.P. ticket with McCain must be delusional. She has said nothing that is substantive. She has done nothing but lie.

    Open your eyes to reality. Only someone with an IQ below 50 could say she is ready to lead or has outlined McCain and her platforms in substantive detail. Airy fairy......The latest proclamation that she has made it that she and McCain are going to put an end to abuses on Wall St. and reform Wall St. CRAP!! McCain didn't do it in the last 8 years. What makes you think they know how to do it now!! And the truth about her cronyism is finally coming out.

    God protect America from McCain and Palin.

    September 16, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  12. kristin

    I seen the ad with the woman who survied the abortion, it is very powerful. It tells how Obama voted no four times on the abortion bill. This ad will really affect Obama even more. What about the big story of Obama and what he did when he was in Iraq. Cnn your not reporting on this.. I am a independent/ususally voting dem but their beat and slipping badly. You can see it, especially when Obama laughs like he does, he is nervous. Should have been the year of the dem. Obama should have debated McCain, but he won't and that hurts him. If he would have picked Senator Clinton he would have. But I do remember Michelle did not like Clinton and said she couldn't support her. It came back to beat him.

    September 16, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  13. Jim Smith

    Andrew says "With Obama we get taxed to death "

    Andrew – where do you come up with that? Because Sarah Palin said so?

    Obama said he will reverse the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and raise taxes on people who make more than $250,000 a year. That is what Obama said. Do you make more than $250,000 a year? Most of us don't. So why do you think Sarah Palin or John McCain speaks for Obama? They don't.

    If you want to talk about what Obama said he will do, then at least quote the man accurately – not what other people said he said.

    I'm so sick of hearing about 'Obama will raise taxes.' REPUBLICAN LIES because theyare making $250,000 a year or more and don't want him elected to raise THEIR taxes. They've had it too good for too long under Bush and Cheney.

    September 16, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  14. Kristen

    GOP strategy: blatantly lie over and over. Then, when the media does its job and mentions the lies, act shocked and offended. If necessary, call Obama sexist. Funniest example was when Carly Fiorina tried to make us believe that Barack Obama was sexist because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wrote an SNL sketch making fun of Palin. First off–these are two women you moron. Second off, Obama doesn't speak for everyone in the world. Third off, and this is the best part, the bulk of that sketch was aimed at the GOP's pathetic attempts to turn all of Palin's faults into charges of sexism. Fiorina responds by charging sexism. The straight talk express has a few flat tires and needs an oil change.

    September 16, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. lea

    John McCain put his own political gain ahead of the country that he says he loves. Why won't Sarah Palin talk to the press, or even answer a few questions. One interview in two weeks? When is she going to go on Meet The Press or one of the other Sunday political shows. Do we have a free press or not.? We the American people need answers.

    September 16, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  16. Chris

    Obama has told many lies on his own especially when it comes to Ayers. And why did he say in that interview on ABC "This week that his faith was Muslim and he said it twice. Stephenaphouls corrected him and said you mean Christian. What was that about. Another slip up like he said he makes bad judgment when it comes to people. Rezko, Ayers, Dohran, Auchi, and Wright. Study of Saul Alinsky. He is scary.

    September 16, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  17. kim

    susie - congress was in R hands for 12 years, Bush in power for 8 –silly and foolish to blame the D congress for past 1.5 for all the problems with the economy. vote how you want, but do yourself a foavor and get informed first. might start with googling "phil gramm" and "mortgage regulation"

    September 16, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  18. Kate Fergus

    To Andrew who says,

    "So it is either turn into Europe with Obama or turn into an unaffordable America with McCain. I am going to have to go with McCain…so that I choose what I do with my money and how I spend it."

    Obama's platform only taxes those above the $250,000 threshold. That EXCLUDES 98% of American citizens. You must be one of those individuals who makes more than $250,000 a year. Well good for you.

    You must also be someone who doesn't travel much. There are many Democratic (and I don't mean the party) European countries that have great living standards and universal health care.

    But I guess because you make so much money, you want to control it and heaven help us, let's not share it with the less fortunate. To someone like you, America will not be unaffordable. You probably only have to cut back on the number of cars you drive.

    September 16, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  19. Independent Steve

    I am amazed (although I shouldn't be) but when I read these blogs, it seems as though you REALLY know these people. I read how someone is a liar, a cheat, fluff, and all this nonsense! None of us knows these people! We really don't! All we have to go on is what they are telling us, and that may or may not be the truth (both dems and repubs). It is getting crazy and scary all at the same time!

    September 16, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  20. George Bush in a skirt!!!!!!!!!!

    Please "blink" when you are offered a postion. I mean think not blink.
    Pit bulls don't think or reason. Liar Sarah take care of your children

    September 16, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  21. rich

    WHAT I WANT to know is What is sarah hiding in that hair?...and how is she getting through airport security?

    September 16, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. Steve

    She should have contributors pay for every lie she tells. That way, the campaign will get rich!

    September 16, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  23. lawyerlady

    She'll comply with the troopergate investigation, and then she won't. She said yes to the the bridge to nowhere, then she said no, then she said yes to the money. Global warming is not due to man made activities, but then it is. She didn't receive earmarks, then she did. All in the span of 2 weeks folks. This woman is definitely talking out of both sides of her mouth.

    September 16, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  24. paul oregon

    if mccain palin are allready thumbing there noses at the american public and the law . guess whats going to happen if they should be elected. we the people need to rise up and demand that palin answer alot of unanswered guestions. i have no respect for a liar (s)
    mccain war hero what a joke ha ha ha ha

    September 16, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. Indian Immigrant

    Sarah Palin for vice president,What a joke!!. McCain should be ashamed for choosing a totally unqualified person just to excite Republican base and steal Hillery voters. He claims Country first! No wonder World does not respect America with leaders like Bush, Cheney and McCain. We need intelligent leaders, not dumb old soldiers to be our president.

    September 16, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
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