October 10th, 2008
05:42 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin rally in Virginia moved to NASCAR track

Sarah Palin's event Monday is being moved to a NASCAR track.

Sarah Palin's event Monday is being moved to a NASCAR track.

(CNN) - Hockey Moms might be the hot political demographic of the moment, but NASCAR Dads haven't been forgotten.

The McCain campaign is moving Sarah Palin's Monday appearance from the Arthur Ashe Center in downtown Richmond, Virginia - capacity 6,000 - to a much larger outdoor venue: the Richmond International Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races yearly and can accommodate over 100,000 people.

Watch: Cindy McCain goes for a loop around the race track

The campaign doesn't expect to fill all those seats, but McCain's mid-Atlantic regional director Trey Walker said the demand for Palin tickets has nearly quadrupled the capacity of the original event site.

The raceway is located in Henrico County, which will be slightly more competitive on November 4 than the city itself, which is firmly Democratic. In the 2006 Senate race, Republican George Allen edged out
Democrat Jim Webb, the eventual winner, by just over 500 votes in the county.

The event will be Palin's second of the day in Virginia after a morning rally in Virginia Beach, which, according to Walker, should be larger than the Richmond rally.

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soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Has anyone else besides me noticed when people are attending the Obama/Biden rallies they look happy and concerned. When you look at the people attending the McCain/Palin rallies – they stand there with their angry faces and yell mean and racist chants. McCain and Palin better pray NOTHING happens to Obama or Biden. Their lives would be worth even less than they are now. I suggest they start preaching respect.

    October 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Ken in Dallas

    Palin stories bore me now.

    October 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. AH

    The messenger of hate, (Palin). We can't afford to become a divided nation, built on hate. We are at war and we need a unifier, not a seperatist!

    October 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Biff

    great... now she's giving NASCAR a bad name.....

    October 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Joel, WI

    The country has suffered immensely under the George W. Bush reign. GW is a little tyrant and now he's grooming McTyrant. I don't think the country can take another year of the Republicans.

    Oh, by the way, George will pardon Karl Rove because Karl will tell him to do so.

    George W. Bush is without a doubt the WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY. I'm sure Jimmy Carter is laughing his head off, I would. In my opinion Jimmy Carter was too smart for the job and GW was too dumb for the job. I'll take smart any day, at least they have a reason for why they did what they did. GW doesn't have a clue why he tanked the ENTIRE United States. What a moron.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain said in his book that he lied in his last campaign –

    Looks like this campaign is just a continuation of that plus smear and fear. So sad.

    October 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. joy

    Barack's name on ballot as Osama wasn't a freudian slip. It was placed there for psychological manipulation. They are trying to be slick.

    October 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Jack

    Bunch of rednecks with a candidate that spews of hate and racism.

    October 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Janice

    Get in a take a ride Sarah.

    October 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Tom

    This is a silly ploy to get media attention. I'm not a McCain/Palin supporter but I am a NASCAR fan. So I have decided to boycott this race and any other races that feature McCain or Palin. Sorry NASCAR, you want to play politics with you program then fine so can I.

    October 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    guess that would be an appropriate local for a Palin rally as of late......she can rile up a bunch of rednecks to yell "terrorist", "tratior", "kill 'em", and Lord knows what else at that type of scenario. Just make sure you check your hood and sheets at the door.

    October 10, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Jack

    Is it any wonder that republicans have chosen to appeal to this demographic at this particular venue?

    October 10, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Amy

    It's too bad that so many want to go and see her only to be incited to hate. We need a president who envisions uniting all Americans behind a common cause.

    October 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. David Orbach, New York, NY

    Somehow that is appropriate.

    October 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. you betcha, Sarah

    She'll draw a huge crowd – vote for the McCain-Palin ticket. They'll be much better for the country than the man who has so many ties to unsavory individuals; namely, you know who they are. Go get 'em Sarah.

    October 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. DCMata

    Palin needs to stop peddling hate & division- we are all Americans- facing tough times- she seems to forget that.

    Palin & McCain need to tell us what their plan is and stick to our issues- not theirs!

    October 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Not Shocked

    Too Easy

    October 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. Rallying the race?

    Americans are too smart to fall for the divisiveness of the McCain/Palin ticket. We're not afraid of "THAT ONE" becoming the President of the United States.

    Let's bring our troops back & challenge them to rebuild New Orleans' infrastructure.

    Obama/Biden '08-'12

    October 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. w.l. jones

    Our Constitution is in deep trouble in alaska. >>>Help,,,,Please.

    October 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. ENE M DIAZ


    October 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Jean Dyjak

    I am a female, and a big nascar fan, I watch every race but, I don't believe you are going to throw Sarah Palin in our face that day. What give you the right to decide something like this for us race car fans. I am very disappointed in the organization.

    We have enough problems going on in the world already. Our one day we can set back and really enjoy our sport and you are going to bring politics into it. This is very very wrong.

    I will not be watching the race that day you spoiled it for me.


    October 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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