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. JD

    No, polls do not show it "all but tied." Obama has been up 5 points for a while now.

    October 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. George

    It would be a sad day indeed if McPalin gets elected. We might as well start trying to swim across the border into Mexico if that happens.

    October 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Sarah, Sarah, Sarah

    She may see Russia from her house, but she can't see the truth to save her life.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Just like Acorn says: Vote early and vote often!!

    October 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. April

    Obama...the only way to go!

    October 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Dave

    M. jackson said: October 20th, 2008 4:07 pm ET

    I want to know if the spy program will still exist in the next administration this includes invasion of privacy , criminal activity by government employees an other criminal acts that have taken away my civil rights as an American citizen, the Republican Administration and it so called secret spy program has ruined my life, government hackers have reaked havoc in my life with espionage, identity theft, embezzled student loans now in default, paid hackers living in the apartment next door. WHAT WILL THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION DO ABOUT THE PROBLEM?

    The answer is NOTHING! It will continue regardless. In fact, it will increase. In case you didn't know, martial law is on the table with all the economic turmoil.

    October 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Hensley, MD

    McCain fought a good fight, but it's over. It is so over. I can't wait to get to the polls to cast my vote for Barack Obama. I live in California, and November 4th can't get here soon enough.

    Barack Obama will be our next president and America will be a better country.

    October 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. TexicoFrom Mexico

    John McCain has done nothing for us Vets in 26 years in Washington! Not one thing! We have a G.I Bill that is a joke, we have a VA Hospitals that are dumps! Has he made his fellow Vets situation any better? NOPE!


    Veterans for Obama

    October 20, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Black and White for Obama

    Palin redistributed Alaska oil tax revenue to Alaskans. Is that socialism? Abused of Power, employ only those who she knew, fire those who opposed her or her families.

    Vote for change...yes we can!

    October 20, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Josh

    God help us all if McCain wins..because of Palin...yikes.

    October 20, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. vw

    Nothing OB is misleading USA again...


    October 20, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Laverne

    Sarah Palin is such a divisive person whether she call it tough campaigning or not. She is such a huge disappointment. People keep saying let Sarah be Sarah, well folk maybe this is ther real Sarah a divider, NOT a uniter!


    October 20, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |


    October 20, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. thomas

    The political ticker works have the time – about par for cnn.

    October 20, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. MARIAN

    I just can't seem to believe all the hate that has now become this Mc Cain/Palin ticket. They seem so angry and desperate that they will even sell their souls to the devil or what seems to be left of it anyways. I just don't see how people can't see what a blessing O'bama is for America, he has the intelligence, the calm cool and collected temperment that Bush and evidently Mc Cain so lacks. He sits in a room or stands in front of a pulpit and he screams honesty, integrity and a well grounded individual. And as for Mc Cain He screams anger, ignorance and disrespectfulness.


    October 20, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. phil s.

    don't be fooled. palin's setting herself up for a 2012, 2016 run...trying to get the best of both worlds, so she can "claim" later on that she was against the "negative attacks" when she's the brains behind it all

    October 20, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Senator McCain left an invalid wife for Cindy. Look out Cindy and Todd,
    McCain has smelled Sarah's Perfume.

    October 20, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. To Stephina

    Stephina, I guess you voted for Hillary because she is white and Mccain because he is white, plain and simple?
    Would you please grow up?

    October 20, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Michael

    The big difference between Biden and Palin is that Biden has the knowledge to have an informed opinion. Talking to Palin is like going to the local bar to recruit people to run for the VP slot.

    October 20, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Shawn - GA

    Mr. Obama not only has Biden put down some of what your campain has done. He has said you were not ready to be president and he would be honored to run with McCain. So settle yourself there buddy

    October 20, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Mike in IL

    Obama is falling into the trap and is going to lose this election!!!

    He and the liberal backing will blame it on RACISM!!!

    Biden's little speech that was all over the news is why most Americans do not want Obama... lack of experience!!!

    He is a freshman Senator... their is a reason that freshman are red shirted in most college sports!!!

    October 20, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. AJ in Fla

    The great Charlatan and Impostor is at it again. God help us all...!!!
    Please vote Republican , Green or Independent

    October 20, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. joe

    on Nov 4th, Sarah Palin will fade away

    October 20, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Nikole

    @ malclave-If you do not know enough about Barack Obama, then you have not been paying attention. You clearly know how to use the internet. Please go to barackobama.com or wikipedia.

    October 20, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Gerri

    Senator MCCain left his invalid wife for Cindy. Look out Cindy and Todd.
    McCain has smelled Sara's perfume.


    October 20, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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