October 13th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin to campaign in Indiana

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/13/palin2.jpg caption=" Palin will head to Indiana at the end of the week."]

(CNN) - Sarah Palin will campaign in Indiana for the first time Friday, the latest sign this once solidly-red state could be up for grabs this year.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain has already visited the state once, speaking at a law enforcement conference in Indianapolis this summer. Palin’s visit will also be in the Indianapolis area, the McCain-Palin campaign confirmed.

The Democratic ticket has visited the state half a dozen times. Last week, Barack Obama drew an estimated crowd of more than 20,000 at the state fairgrounds.

McCain held a 47 to 45 percent advantage over Obama in the most recent CNN poll of polls out of Indiana, which has only voted for a Democratic presidential candidate once since 1936: the state supported Lyndon Johnson for president in 1964.

The Republican ticket is spending Monday stumping in two other traditionally-Republican states turned battlegrounds: Virginia and North Carolina.

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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. jenny

    Is Sarah Palin going to give a LECTURE on SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE. that's one subject she cannot talk about. This woman is no example to American young women.

    October 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    Here is Ohio, which could really go either way, there are not a lot of signs in the yards for either candidate. Why, I don't know.

    However, the ethics violations with the VP candidate have helped me make my decision. If she thinks it is fine then who know what she would do if elected as VP? We have had 8 years of ethics abuse from the current VP, I say no more.

    October 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. cmc

    I live in Indiana, the republicans really have worry, especially since Indaina is even mentioned in the mix of close states, that has alot to be said what is wrong with this country.........We need someone with vision and not the same stuff we have seen in the last 8 yrs. Maybe just maybe Indaina is waking up.

    October 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Elizabeth

    Send those two redneck Palins back to Alaska!!! They have tarnished our country enough!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. ANGIE

    Funny how she waves to reporters but wont talk to them., Apparently Sara supports teenage pregnancy as well as Highschool drop outs according to yahoo news the young father of Bristols baby HAS DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL real nice things to teach our children get pregnant at a young age and drop out of school! SHE NEEDS TO GO AND GO NOW SHE IS NOT GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY!

    October 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. LaJuan

    I think Republicans will be voting Obama it's time!!

    No they won't say it out loud but on Nov.4th more and more will be voting for the Democratic ticket.

    Obama/Biden all the way

    October 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Republican for Obama

    Palin was and is still a terrible choice by McCain and raises terrible doubt of his judgement. I trust Obama and will cast my vote for a Democrate for the first time in my life.

    October 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Not Fooled

    John McCain threw out those "decades of experience and service" when he picked this corrupt, mumbling joke as his VP and hired the skipper of the Exxon Valdez to drive the "straight talk express"

    I used to admire John McCain. But this campaign has been like seeing the man I used to like die and be reborn as the worst kind of GOP politician: the same kind we have had the last 14 years.

    Obama/Biden on November 4

    October 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Nick

    I'm getting sick of seeing DUDE #1 all over the place. Who elected him and whats he running for?

    October 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. sandee in Portland

    The only reason people are excited about Palin coming to visit is because they've only seen their republican candidate once in all this time. Come on....your state hasn't been important to them until now when you just might turn blue. Does this mean they truly care about you. No, they only care that Obama might take the lead in a solid republican state. Why anyone would want to see and listen to Palin who obviously didn't read Page 8 of the report from the Alaska Legislature is beyond me. I would have more respect for her if she didn't lie about her abuse of power.

    October 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. mike

    is not sara palin underinvestigatin and been found guilty of abuseing her power as govenor . shes to be impeecehed in alaska i think . now miss radical right wing palin lets take issue with your comments on abortion .miss palin there is nothing pro life about your rebublican party its the pro death party hundreds of thousands dead in afganastan and iraq woman children innocent people Sara Palin what about their right to life or do they not matter becouse they are not like us white americans . i a christian miss palin and i support evreyones right to life , thats why i am voteing for the right to life party the party that will end death in iraq and afganastan the democrats . CHRISTIANS FOR OBAMA .PS WE NEED HONEST PEOPLE FOR OFFICE NOT THOSE UNDER STATE INVESTIGATION .AS YOU SAY SARA ITS ONLY THE TRUTH . post that cnn . also bye the way we have noticed you give little opertunity to reply to palin shes often closed to pots aftyer 2 0r 3 posts , keep them open its freedom of speech .

    October 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. TJ

    Okay, this is sad. You had Chuck Hagel, Lindsey Graham or Indiana's own Richard Lugar available for the VP nod. Instead, you give us Caribou Barbie. Don't get me wrong; she is HOT! But, she is very inexperienced nationally, the other aforementioned names could have given McBush a stronegr boost in the polls, and now McBush's only hope is if the Bradley factor is at play here.

    October 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. karen-phoenix

    PS: I lived in Indiana and it will go blue this year!!!! I now live in AZ and AZ will go blue also!!! By By McCain/Palin
    AND I have been a republican for over 40 years!!! NOT THIS YEAR!!!
    I want calm, carring and highly educated men in the White House for a change!!!! God Bless Obama/Biden

    October 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. midwestern

    What do you want? Experience or a smooth talker. If any of you were intelligent, you would know that Obama couldn't possibly deliver what he is saying he can. He's going to give 95% of American's a tax break. Who is he kidding.
    McCain/Palin 08

    October 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Hockey Mom gets the BOOT

    The Hockey mom got the BOOT last night in PA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha........lol Sarah Palin GOT BOOOOOOOOOO'd at the PA Hockey game last night............Ha ha ha. ha. I guess there weren't many hockey moms out with their six-pack Joes to give her some love.

    October 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Proud to be American

    Sarah is clueless sometimes I believe she and McCain believes the lies they tell .... say it is not so Joe? <== why does that sounds better then it reads???

    Really I do think she and McCain are out of touch... the Alaska report states she abuse her power but she states they cleared her of no wrong doing.... thing to make you go HUM????

    Well I am for certain about the Change we need.... That will only happen with Obama and Biden 2008! YEAH BABY!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Bob Stephens

    Hey Sarah,

    Why don't you tell the American people how your husband hangs around with a guy that hates the United States and wanted Alaska to secede from the US as recent;y as two years ago. IN fact, you made a speech in front of this group last year. Not proud of that are you Sarah?

    October 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Calett

    The National Civilian Security Force" as strong and as well-funded as our military If you liked the old Soviet Union, vote for Barack Obama. Because that's what this country will look like with Obama,Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi in control.

    I fear for this country under the coming Obama-Reid-Pelosi reign, as much for its likely chilling effect on free speech and dissent as its destructive economic policies.

    October 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    It will be interesting to see just how the McCain/Palin crew will campaign now that they've supposedly changed to a less vicious, less negative persona. Of course, this may be just another in a long line of campaign flip-flops. The question might justifiably be raised :"Exactly who ARE John McCain and Sarah Palin?"

    October 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Republican Voting OBAMA

    Too Little, Too Late and not enough time.

    October 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |

    I'm Catholic and Pro-Life and will vote for Obama
    There's more than ONE issue in this campaign and the dire straits that we;re in, requires NEW & BOLD leadership.
    McCain offers neither

    October 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Palin can get up in front of her crowds and lie all she wants to. It will do her and McCain no good!

    October 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. gerri

    Indiana?They are really sweating now.I love it.

    October 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. neal in

    Indianapolis, like most urban areas has always trended blue/democratic. Add the suburban Chicago area and several universities and Indiana, while still solidly republican, looks more and more purple. Mix this year the dislike of Bush, his friend, Mitch Daniels and his privatization efforts, daylight savings time etc, plus the economy and Iraq war, now Indiana looks more like Ohio. As a 4th generation hoosier I still don't think Obama will carry Indiana (it was the traditional home of the klan not too long ago) but just making McCain fight for it hurts him in other states. Look how big the gap has opened up in Colorado!

    October 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Hmmm!!!

    what, Sarah "unethical" Palin is campaigning without McCain at her side to babysit?!?!?

    Ironic that McCain supposedly stands for no pork and strong ethics yet his running mate is a big pork barrel politician that has recently been proven to be unethical. Beyond that, McCain just voted for a bailout program filled with "pork". What a hypocritical campaign. Not the type of leadership I am looking for!!

    October 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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