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. Latina for Obama (nj)

    Dont get mad....just get use to the fact that Barack Obama will be your President..lol

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Luke

    This is all the McCain campaign has left. Masked racism and xenophobia. If McCain wins, the sole reason for it was that he used despicable means and abandoned all honor to win the White House. "Rage" would be an appropriate term for my feelings when I think of what John McCain used to be, and what he has become. God have mercy on anyone dumb enough to vote for him.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Aileen

    Im afraid for Mr Obama..these people HATE you...please be careful...God Bless!

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Mark

    Fear mongering is not going to work. Soon this will be all over. Sad commentary about people and what the worst that can be brought out by a campaign

    Obama 08/12

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Phantom of the Oprah

    More bias from CNN- post this:

    Obama is where he is because he is a dirty Chicago style politician.

    He played the race card against the Clintons and members of hisown party. He used strong-arm tactics at caucus and he is guilty of fraud in registering his "new" democrats and in donations he accepted.

    He stole and cheated his way into the nomination of the democratic party. Now millions are forced to vote for him simply because he is the candidate representing the big "D" on the ballot.

    Even democrats are NOT happy with HOW Obama got here- the way he "won" the nomination.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Matt

    Why are these people so "shocked" that Obama is winning?
    We don't want 4 more years of George Bush.


    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Courtney

    The McCain camp is race baiting. McCain and Palin is a miserable representation of America. We need someone with vision and who will lead us out of this economics crisis we are in. I have made up my mind, I am voting fot the Democratic Party...I can't vote for George McCain.. He is so close to the Bush, I now call him George MCCain.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Jennifer NY

    You certainly do need your heads examined if you can't figure out that McCain, Bush, Cheney, Phil Gramm and the Republicans are the ones who got us in this mess....wake up, man. McCain is an abject failure in instilling confidence in him – he changes his plans every day. He has turned into such a liar – you can't believe anything he says any more....he has sold his soul. He was such a pain in the neck during the economic crisis that they had to politely tell him to get out of town and go debate... Palin is illiterate and beyond power hungry-arrogant and just plain stupid-a total airhead. Senators Obama and Biden are the real deal – they are the steady hands we need.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Johnny

    McCain rallies look like elections rallies of the third world.

    My fellow American , we are better nation than that! We could all agree to disagree in a civilized manner. Democracy should be confused by the actions of an angry mob.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Al, San Francisco, CA

    That uneducated man is angry not because Gas price is high, wall street is tanking, unemployment is rising, home value is going down, companies are going bankrupt, dollar is sliding, America is becoming unpopular all over the world, .....

    but because Obama is leading and Nancy Palosi is the speaker of the house. Some dumb guy.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    The African American fellow in the audience is a very obvious plant. His name is James Harris and he hosts a radio talk show in the Midwest. I guess normal McCain supporters were not "ragey" enough so they had to call out for help.

    October 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. AJ from Houston, Texas

    I wish McCain would MAN UP and denounce these comments. Problem is, he sold his soul to win this presidency and he's still losing. I suspect the reason he hasn't/won't address it is because if he does, that may quell the rage that they are counting on to get people out to the polls.

    It's despicable.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. maynard hopkins wi

    Bob of Indianapolis In

    It was not McCain who got us here ,,,, check the voting records and find out how out of touch you are with politics. this started with Jimmy
    Carter... Then went on to Bill Clinton. Then the Bushes.....There have been many attempts to correct this problem but ther DEMOCRATS HAVE STOPPED THIS FROM HAPPENING.

    Once again get your facts straight before you open your mouth. Its not just you who is doing this There are a lot of people who don't do their homework. LETS STOP THE BAD MOUTHING THERE IS ENOUGH BLAME TO GO AROUND TO BOTH PARTIES. NOW LET US MOVE FOREWARD AND STRAIGHTEN OUT THE PROBLEMS.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Reagan

    O'Bamas campaign is like watching the mafia take over this country, I never thought I would see this happen here.

    It's sad and all I can say is thank God it will be over in 4 years should America sleep through what's happening right now.

    My eyes widened after I saw how the Democrats pushed so hard for O'Bama over Hillary, so I had to find out why this was happening to her, and what I found out wasn't pretty. O'Bama, Pelosi, Dodd, Frank are the nastiest thing to ever hit this country.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. was for mcssame

    this guy is unbelieveable. he has spent to much time at the bowling alley and not enough time reading. we are in this mess because our citizens allowed themselves to be frightened by karl (marxx) rove. get a grip buddy or get out of the way.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Rob Johnson

    I hear Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives rant and rave about how "angry" and "hateful" liberals are, but I've never heard or seen anything like this at an Obama rally. The sound clip from the one guy raving about "hooligans" is one of the scariest things I've ever heard.

    McCain wants to give Obama a hard time for Ayers, yet he condones this kind of hate.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Marcia

    This is happening because McCain-Palin strategy is to whip up the rage...a good example of the lack of faresight as to the likely consequences. This is a looming tragedy.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. leila

    Do you think the democratic party Barack Obama should keep asking for campaign contribution even after the donations have reach replus amounts.? Will we see him spending everything he can or will he return the monies to the people whom are in such dier need

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    McCain-Palin need to control these hate crowds. How horrible that they stand and smile during these rants of hate. I can't believe that they are letting this happen. Wow. Not who I want in office. Anywhere.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. JACKIE


    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Jerad

    I love how Democrats, and left-leaning people in general, love to insult the intelligence of those who disagree with them. Us "idiots" simply refuse to fall in line and act like a zombie, that doesn't make us less intelligent. The guy is correct in calling Obama a socialist. He represents the very far-left element of the Democratic party. Extremists are equally dangerous on the left and right. Now, continue on, Obama parrots.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. bon

    There is no record in history of a socialist leading a country to greatness. If Obama wins the presidency the Obamabots will be in for a big surprise because taxes will increase and with Congress in the hands of his fellow leftists, untramelled spending will ensue.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Sue from KC

    CNN – do your job and report this accuratley – instead os your usual wishy washy – both sides are doing it crap. And for the love of God instead of showing mindlees women supporters of Palin =- talk about her politcal affiliations – in other words – earn your reputation as the #1 news source.

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    I guess Mccain/Palin supporters are starting to show their true color......."Racist White" and it is not a flattering color...........

    If for some reason Obama does not win the election trust me when I say you people will wish you were a different color...........


    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Deb

    Some of these people sounded amazed and surprised that anyone but their candidate could be ahead. That is ridiculous...I think it is the other way around. With so much going on how can some Americans still want to have McSame and Palin elected?

    October 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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