October 10th, 2008
01:12 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin schedules bus tour of West Virginia

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) - In what may be another signal that the troubled economy is forcing John McCain’s campaign to play electoral map defense, Sarah Palin has scheduled a bus tour for Sunday through West Virginia, a state that’s been leaning red throughout this presidential race.

Palin had already scheduled a bus tour of Pennsylvania on Saturday, but she will now repeat that act on Sunday by making various unannounced stops throughout West Virginia, culminating in a campaign event in southeast Ohio. It’s a swing geographically reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s effort during the Democratic primary to court white working class voters in Appalachia. Clinton won the West Virginia primary over Barack Obama by a whopping 67-26 margin.

Surveys of West Virginia voters this year have consistently favored McCain, but state polls have closed in recent weeks as the global financial crisis has dominated the headlines. A CNN/Time poll conducted in late September showed McCain with a slight 50-46 lead over Obama, and an ARG poll released this week suggested Obama had rocketed to an eight-point over his Republican rival.

Last week, Palin made a pair of last-minute campaign stops in Omaha, Nebraska and Greenville, North Carolina – two regions that until recently were considered safe for McCain.

Palin on Friday seemed to acknowledge that time is running out for her campaign to shift the momentum of the race.

“Things are getting kind of, not tense, but things are getting - as things come down to the wire obviously, things are getting more important in terms of message, and in terms of opportunity we have to lay out the contrast between the two tickets,” she told donors in Cincinnati.

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    The angry talk Express,

    Living a life of Kings
    Running with Jacks and Queens
    Maverick was a legend of the west

    October 10, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Listen UP Obamanation

    Obama is a demagogue.

    Research the voter abuses of the democratic primaries.

    Research ACORN.

    Look at how he silences all criticism and suppresses freedom of speech.

    October 10, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Irma in North Carolina

    Well Sarah lets hope that it doesnt turn out to be another one of your hate rallys. I cannot for the life of me how you let something like this continue, you and John will have the whole country in an uprising, and you two act like you are prous of it. Why dont you two get Cindy out there and campaign for you. The we can call you the three thugs.

    October 10, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. shell

    Someone please send this disgraceful woman back to Alaska. Things ARE getting tense you moron. How will you feel when things get out of hand? She cares for no one but herself. Go home, granny. Wait for the birth of the grand baby. You're toast here in the lower 48!!

    October 10, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Bruce

    Both Obama and Ayers served on the Annenberg Foundation board. Isn't Mrs. Annenberg a major bundler, with Annenberg) who doesn't know William Ayers.
    Annenberg's widow just endorsed John McCain over the weekend. She thought Ayers was a stand up enough person to allow him to serve on the Annenberg board.
    Does that make Annenberg a terrorist, too? And therefore John McCain is a terrorist as well??

    October 10, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. mama4obama

    Jeff....you are welcomed with open arms.

    October 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Steven

    I'm from WV and Palin can keep her scronty little bottom out of our state. We are sick and tired of BUSH to and we dont want four or possinly eight more years of the BUSH Doctrine. Now if it was Tina Fey coming that would be sweet but Palin is just not the person I want to see in WV.

    Barack one poll has you up in WV so you better come here at least to MoTown and campaign pleeeezzzeee!!

    October 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Scott L

    I am not concerned at all about this election. Foreign countries are pulling money out of America because Obama and his socialistic agenda scare them. If there is no capitalism in America, then why invest in America to begin with? Makes no sense to me.

    Obama will not win this election. If he does, markets will tank even further as socialism creeps in.

    Government already taking over mortgages and other debt laden institutions to save them. This is how socialism begins. Socialism will be embraced under the guise of liberalism.

    Luckily Obama is going to lose in November!

    October 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Carson

    Mccain / Palin ticket is selling their ashame , lying , loosing ...

    Old mcshame & painlin are pretending to put country first ..

    Actually What Obama / Biden have done is country first....

    October 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Sending your secretary to do the dirty work McCoward

    Ha! Spending time in West Virginia! WOW McCain is nervous. If, or should i say WHEN McCain loses West Virginia.. he will be the laughing stock of the Republican party.

    Can't wait to see you hang your head in shame back in the senate Mr. McGoooo.

    Obama '08 / '12

    October 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Georgia Gal

    "Palin on Friday seemed to acknowledge that time is running out for her campaign to shift the momentum of the race."

    You got that right hon!

    October 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. California Gold

    John McCain's Presidential campaign holds the distinction of being the ugliest, most despicable, hate inducing, disgusting campaigns in the history of the United States. I now know what these two mean when they gleefully say they are Mavericks.

    They are a disgrace to the country.

    October 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. John in Ohio

    From Ohio, to Sarah Palin:

    Don't come back to Ohio. Thanks.

    October 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Mob mentality is the GOP's last hope. However, I never knew an angry mob that solved an economic crisis.

    October 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Hopester

    Don't these fear mongering republicans understand they are the ones that are opening doors to socialism. While Bush has distracted all of us with this war, other countries are quietly buying us up and taking our business. That is how you lose your freedoms people. The Bush admimistration is big government and is pushing us into socialism and McCain will do the same. Who is really the axis of evil?

    October 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Bush over Mccain!

    West Virginia is extremely racist...I wonder what their true motive behind riling up those in West Virginia are...I'm getting very nervous and I think the law should step in, this is beyond politics, this is scary...

    October 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. deborah, WV

    YES!!! Obama has a 6 point lead in West Virginia! I drove to Portsmouth Ohio yesterday for an Obama rally, it was great and well attended.

    I sure hope that Palin's bus comes to my town, we will greet her with some southern hospitality and a .......

    huge OBAMA COUNTRY sign!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Funny how Palin only goes to GOP strongholds.... what's the boob afraid of?? REAL QUESTIONS??

    October 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. ben

    My friends in WV, some of whom voted for Bush (twice) are firmly behind Obama.
    WV wanted to believe what Bush was promising- he failed badly, and WV knows McCain is more of the same.

    Not going to be fooled again- sorry Sarah.

    October 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Jeff Brown

    Woo Hoo... Gidget likes bus rides!

    October 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    I hope she comes up missing in one of those mines out there. Geesh, go home already lady.

    October 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Cue "Dueling banjos". That Palin gal sure can stir up the rabble caint she? Hope the FBI is getting lots of crowd shots ...

    October 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. We are ALL "That One"

    This may get out of hand as closet racist begin to see that McCain is going to lose and the reality of a Blak President is near.

    I pray nothing bad happens.
    God Bless us all,

    Obama-Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. jas60

    Is stirring up hatred and rage how we "put country first"? Is it how we "work across the aisle"? I am feeling sick to see all this unfettered and unwise rabble-rousing.

    I so long for healing and cooler heads in our leadership. Now, especially now, we really do need to come together, folks! Please, please. This is reaching scary levels.

    October 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    Don't cry PALIN
    Both candidates are running because of their ambition to become president and PALIN is campaining to become vice president or campaining just to visit different places(beside she knowing that she is incompetent)
    We get you message COUNTRY FIRST
    That's why we are voting for OBAMA

    October 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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