October 10th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
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Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail

An angry supporter confronts Sen. John McCain at a rally in Wisconsin on Thursday.

An angry supporter confronts Sen. John McCain at a rally in Wisconsin on Thursday.

(CNN) - With recent polls showing Sen. Barack Obama's lead increasing nationwide and in several GOP-leaning states, some Republicans attending McCain-Palin campaign rallies have taken on a new emotion: Rage.

"When you have an Obama, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there going to run this country, we have got to have our head examined. It's time that you two are representing us, and we are mad. So, go get them," one man told Sen. John McCain at a town hall meeting in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Watch: Rage hits the McCain campaign trail

It's almost a cry for help, with the GOP party faithful amazed McCain could possibly be losing.

"And we're all wondering why that Obama is where he's at, how he got here. I mean, everybody in this room is stunned that we're in this position," another man said at a rally.

"I'm mad. I'm really mad. And what's going to surprise you, it's not the economy. It's the socialists taking over our country," another man said.

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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Thanh

    McCain the socialist? Are you joking? At least he's not proposing universal health care to take care of lazy fat slobs who've never heard of a healthy diet and exercise.

    October 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. norma

    It's time the McCain/Palin campaign stop spreading hate. We are one country, one people. McCain/Palin are where they are because of "HATE"; they've spent their time espousing hate and have lost sight of what's really happening around us. Gov. Palin does not have a clue as to what's happening or how suggestions to make it better.
    We need leadership, strong leadership and neither Sen. McCain or Gov. Palin ahs show that. What they've shown "HATE", we are tired of that. No more, no more!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Call is what it really is. RACISM With this kind of "rage" I only fear for Senator Obama's safety. The Republican party along with the two new "women" mouthpieces running the show, Palin and Cindy McCain are inciting this rage by their constant negative comments. I hope the rest of the country sees this for what it is.

    October 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Iowa Obama

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    LOL!!!!!!!! I SAID LAUGHING OUT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. sandy

    This is getting out of hand. I cannot believe the RNC does not step in and stop this nonsense. Evidently they agree it's OK to slander a man,put him in grave danger etc. to win. I as an American have had enough. STOP THIS NOW!!

    October 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Robert Webster

    America is in trouble and this desperate old man is not helping. People should be enraged that this guy's devisiveness is a subtle as a Viagra commercial.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Obama for me

    Calm down Republicans. Barack will take care of all of us!
    He can't possibly be worse than Bush.
    I think some of you need to look inside yourselves and try to see what you are really mad about. Is it possibly that a black man will be in charge?
    McCain you need to take control of your party before they act out on their rage.
    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Saturin

    For a long time blacks supported the republican party, it is a shame to see the way some McCain supporters are acting, for that I am jumping on the Change express, this is big so big they can not deal with it, wakeup folks this is 2008.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. GreenPea

    Tsk, Tsk, Tsk ... When reason goes flying out the door, what do you have - Angry Republicans!!!!

    I'm PROUD of my candidate, are YOU?!!!

    Go Obama/Biden )08/12 😉

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Rose

    Watching this very scene yesterday on TV made me very nervous!!! This is dangerous, and I hope McCain and Palin realize that the behavior they are stirring in people with their rhetorics is downright dangerous! I hope McCain/Palin have the integrity to demonstrate that rage is not the solution and can lead everyone back to a more civil tone in their rallies!!!!! Stop the rage!

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Ronda

    Shame on Palin, but my guess she is just reading what others are writing–so the real shame is on McCain. He will always be remembered for this disgusting campaign rather than his past work.

    I find the whold McCain campaign disgusting, and to be truthful, frightening. They are stirring up mob mentality that may likely lead to mob-like violence.

    If anything happens to a member of the media, Obama, Biden, etc., I will personally hold McCain responsible.

    Great legacy Sen. McCain, you've managed to wipe out decades of service in just a few short weeks. You deserved to lie in the bed you've made.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Jan Texas

    It is time to call Congress. The McCain/Palin hate/fearmongering must stop. This is not good for our nation. We are in a crisis. We need leaders to be calm and intelligent.

    These rallies look more like Hitler hate rallies. And, look what happened there.

    This must stop. Americans need to pull together, not scapegoat.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Not4MoreYears

    Hmmmm – hate-filled race-baiting rallies. Remind anyone of anything?

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. David

    Everyone now knows Obama is going to be leading this country.

    That's why everyone with money is taking their money and running. Just the thought of Obama in the White House is destroying our economy.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. That one is Karl Marxs friend too

    Obama is not the one. He is That one.

    That one with all talk no action
    That one that has shady relationships
    That one that is inexperienced
    That one that way off to the left
    That one who cannot understand and tackle our problems
    That one that wants socialism

    We cannot have That One even in the senate anymore. Chicago needs you.

    McCain has proven he will fight for me, with me.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |


    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Tom, KS

    What more will it take to show the independents and undecideds that half of the people planning to vote for McCain are just plain Racist. Not to mention the fact that these are the same people responsible for putting W Bush in the White House... TWICE!

    Please, Independents and Undecideds, side with the good guys and vote for change!


    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Rick

    Now they know how educated people felt during the last 2 elections.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Los

    McCain NEEDS to stop fanning the flames of hate. My sister lives in a very red state and I've begged her to take her Barack Obama bumper sticker off her car for her own safety.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. CJ

    These "Raging Supporters" are pre-screened and positioned at these rallies. Both parties do this, but I've never seen it done at this level before. Almost like dinner theater!

    Anyway, this is most certainly staged "rage."

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. New Civil War has begun

    Socialists? Yes, socialists.

    Republicans need to start being Conservatives. You remember conservatives, right? That's who you pretended to be so we would vote for you.

    Mark 3 Oct 08 on your calendar. It marks the date of the bailout. It also marks the date we as a nation made a huge wholesale lunge toward socialism. It also marks the day the second revolution began.

    If you voted FOR the bailout, and you're up for reelection this election cycle, start packing your bags now. I'm even voting against my sitting Republican house member. If he can't remember that he was elected by Conservatives, then he needs to be replaced.

    "I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Lisa --

    Why are they so mad? Because our country has fair and free elections? Because their candidate is so pathetic he can't win? Because they hitched their wagon to their free market gospel and which is now tanking the entire world economy? Because they can't get a rise out of the hard-working, level-headed people of this country with their garbage? Really ... why are they so mad? This is how elections go. Somebody has to lose. And this time, it's their side. Case closed.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. anon

    I wonder how much he got for making a fool out of himself...

    btw, has anyone else noticed the simple sentence structure in McCains smear ads? They remind me of "See Spot run." I wonder if that has anything to do with the IQ of the target audience....

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. bruja


    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Linda31

    Is that a leader? I think not. A leader would show respect for his opponent while opposing his views not inciting people.

    October 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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