October 16th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
14 years ago

No mention of North Carolina early voting from Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/16/art.palin1016.ap.jpg caption="Palin stumped in traditionally-red North Carolina Thursday"]ELON, North Carolina (CNN) - Thursday marked the first day of early voting in North Carolina, a state unaccustomed to being in the political spotlight this late in a presidential election year.

But at an afternoon rally at Elon University near Greensboro, Republican Sarah Palin did not offer her supporters even the gentlest reminder that early voting - an opportunity both parties are working to take advantage of - is now underway at nearly 400 sites across the battleground state. Long lines at one-stop voting locations have been reported throughout North Carolina.

She did, however, mention the 85 degree heat.

“Thank you all for that very, very warm welcome to beautiful North Carolina, and it is warm,” she said. “Man, this Alaskan gal is … I’m roasting. This feels really good.”

Palin’s speech lasted only about 20 minutes, and was an abbreviated version of the remarks she delivered this morning in Maine: a brisk run-through of her ticket’s beliefs and platforms, including a one-line promise to protect Second Amendment rights.

In fact, the audience spent more time with country singer Hank Williams, Jr., who donned a Carolina Panthers jersey and warmed up the already warm crowd for about 45 minutes before Palin arrived on a local version of the Straight Talk Express along with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.

Near the end of her speech, Palin pressed the audience to stand firm against accusations of negative campaigning, and told them to pay “close attention” to Barack Obama’s record.

“It’s not mean-spirited and it’s not negative campaigning when you call someone out on their record,” she said. “So don’t let anyone, don’t let them make you believe that you’re being negative or mean spirited or unpatriotic or unfair when you are asking about somebody’s record, OK?”

After the rally, Palin continued on to a fundraiser at a home in Greensboro.

Filed under: North Carolina • Sarah Palin
soundoff (484 Responses)
  1. idiots for McPalin

    Sarah you are the biggest idiot in this country, I can't wait for u to go back to alaska. You are the worst person in politics.

    October 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Todd

    She did not mention it because they are trying to bide more time, to reach more voters and try and turn the tide in this state that is going o..o..oo....ooo.. so for Obama!!!! Obamamaniacs, power activate... YAY – good to see NC overthrowing the all mighty Liddy Dole and voting in an educated, christian, black man!!! There is a God!

    October 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Ryan in Johnstown

    Maybe CNN and the other major media outlets would do more substantive coverage of Palin if she would put her big-girl pumps on and answer questions from the media, you know other than Rush the addict Limbaugh and Hannity.

    October 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. KLEE

    I'm in South Carolina (a red state) boo hoo – but will vote gladly for Obama/Biden – at least North Carolina has seen the light! In these days of the internet – you can go (if you take the time) and check out everyones statements. The republican party seems to me "vicious" and "untruthful" I cringe everytime they spout out the same old lies!! Barack Obama is right – a few more weeks of this and it will be over – I just pray – that the "truth" prevails and "real change" comes to our U.S. Government. Hold on to your hats folks – its going to be a bumpy year or two – lets support each other. Enough of the greed and corruption that preys on our poor working backs!!!

    October 16, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    The Obama-bots are sure worried about Sarah...

    October 16, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. islander

    Palin you are a shrill voiced fake ,fine christian you are..go home!

    October 16, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. MEP

    Does she know anything about voting outside Alaska? Maybe she should actually read one of the many newspapers placed before her. Soon. Try some words with more than one syllable for fun.

    October 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Jim

    Sarah Palin makes Dan Quayle look brilliant.

    "I'm Jim Gray, and I approved this message."

    October 16, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Carolina Tarheel


    I voted (NC) today and it was for Obama/Biden. Took my 89-year old mother...that was 2 for O/B. Also hand-delivered my 91-year old WWII veteran father's O/B vote!

    October 16, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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