October 20th, 2008
01:29 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama: Even Palin’s criticizing the McCain campaign

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TAMPA BAY, Florida (CNN) – Barack Obama told voters here the tenor of the campaign is only going to get worse but that apparently he had found an ally in the fight against Republican attacks: GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin..

“We’ve seen it before. And we’re seeing it again. Ugly phone calls. Misleading mail and TV ads. Careless, outrageous comments. All aimed at keeping us from working together, all aimed at stopping change,” he told a crowd of thousands at Steinbrenner Field. “It’s getting so bad that even Senator McCain’s running mate denounced his tactics last night. You know, you really have to work hard to violate Governor Palin’s standards on negative campaigning, you’ve got to work hard. ...

“What we know is that change never comes without a fight. Power concedes nothing without a fight. In the final days of campaigns, the say-anything, do-anything politics too often takes over,” Obama said.

Watch: Obama mocks Palin for speaking against her campaign's robo calls

Palin told reporters Sunday that if she were in charge of the campaign there would be more time spent one-on-one with voters and less time on “the old conventional ways of campaigning that includes those robo-calls.”

The Obama campaign descended on Florida Monday, the first day Floridians could vote early. The Democratic nominee and Hillary Clinton were scheduled to campaign together in Orlando. Clinton held a solo event earlier in Ft. Lauderdale. Michelle Obama and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will headline separate events across the state on Tuesday.

Polls have shown the state all but tied and the Obama campaign aides think if “sporadic voters” can be mobilized to cast a ballot early, that may be the edge they need to win.

“I want everybody after this rally, if you have not already voted I want you to go vote. Don’t wait until November 4th you don’t know what might happen on Nov 4th. Your car might break down, you might have an emergency, you might the alarm might not go off you don’t get to work on time. So take the advantage of early vote,” Obama implored the crowd.

According to Steve Schale, the Obama campaign’s Florida state director, estimates are that over 40 percent of the state’s residents will either vote early or vote absentee. Schale also said the campaign is estimating that as many as 9 million Floridians will vote in this election.

Schale said he had a “fairly decent level of confidence” in the ability of election officials to handle the expected Election Day voting crush. But he did concede some concern over how recent state budget cuts could impact local election boards, saying this first day of early voting is a “big test.”

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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Commonwealth of Virginia

    She's finally realizing that she's being used as a puppet.


    October 20, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Josephine Romswinckel

    To bad that people do not remember that George W. Bush once did have an oil company with a brother of Bin Laden as partner, the company went bellyup, Also George Bush dad has an uncle of Bin Laden as an
    financial advisor. This all is an fact, searh on the internet.
    about two years ago a book came out about the Bush fam. it's all in there
    So Palin should better keep quiet.

    October 20, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. RG Florida

    I went to vote today. I live in a North Florida city. No wait in line and all but one of the 16 voting cubbies were filled. It is good to get it out of the way. No reason to delay until voting day unless you are unsure of what to do.

    We really do need a change and that change comes from us voting for it.

    October 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Tiff of lithia springs

    Stay the course Obama. Leave that brainless woman out of it. Republicans take your party back.

    October 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Nick

    How many Obama has spelled Palin's name in the whole campaign...like 10 or even less..., thats how you kill a wounded snake...!

    GO Obama !

    October 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Ian

    I can't wait for Obama to take us out of Iraq...and right into Pakistan. On the bright side, if McCain wins....we'll stay in Iraq and go into Iran.

    But then there's McCain and his socialist plans for universal healthcare. Or was that Obama? Ooh, but what about Obama and his socialist plans to spend $300 billion more on buying up more houses? Or was that McCain?

    I'm having a hard time figuring out which candidate is which, they both seem to be similar.

    October 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. fernando

    VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There is no way that Palin is ready to lead this country and there certainly is no way that McCain's old age is going to allow him the opportunity to serve a full term as president.

    All of you republicans that voted for Bush in the last 2 elections ask yourselves if you made the right decision when you cast your ballots. If you think the answer is yes, then clearly you are as useless as the candidates for your party. good job letting down your country, lets do it all over again.

    October 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Ons

    Brilliant Obama really understood what the American people are looking for after the 8 years of failed policies, He is not even talking a bout the Keating 5 WHY because it’s not his style of politics look at the Republican Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove what a shame all they know is negative attacks. We are smatter now and brighter we need someone who addresses the issue and not distraction some one with a clear vision of what direction to take our country, that is Obama and Joe Biden

    October 20, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. JB

    The polls are getting tighter because people don't want socialism to turn this country into the United Socialist States of America. Europeans may be sending Obama's campaign money to try and help make America socialist like they are. America is a free and strong country and it will stay that way under John McCain.

    October 20, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Tiff of lithia springs

    I just saw a very respectable republican on TV and I feel bad for her.

    If she looses she can thank MCCain and Palin.

    Elizabeth Dole is a good person I don't believe in her policies but WOW! She's getting washed away.

    October 20, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. patriotson

    It is sad that Obama has 99% of the media behind him, has spent nearly 7 times as much as McCain, and still does not have this election in the bag.

    October 20, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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