November 1st, 2008
01:30 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain's name nowhere to be seen at Palin rally

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Palin signs made an appearance at a Florida rally – McCain signs did not."] POLK CITY, Florida (CNN) - At a boisterous Sarah Palin rally in Polk City, Florida on Saturday afternoon, one name was surprisingly absent from the campaign décor - John McCain’s.

Watch: Palin campaigns in Polk City, FL Saturday

Looking around the Fantasy of Flight aircraft hangar where the rally took place, one could see all the usual reminders that it was a pro-McCain event. There were two large “Country First” banners hung on the walls along with four enormous American flags meant to conjure the campaign’s underlying patriotic theme. Many of the men and women in the audience wore McCain hats and t-shirts.

But on closer inspection, the GOP nominee’s name was literally nowhere to be found on any of the official campaign signage distributed to supporters at the event.

Members of the audience proudly waved “Country First” placards as Palin delivered her stump speech. Those signs were paid for by the Republican National Committee.

The other sign handed out to supporters read “Florida is Palin Country,” but those signs were neither paid for by the Republican National Committee nor the McCain campaign. In small print, the signs were stamped with the line “Paid for and authorized by Putnam for Congress" - as in, the re-election campaign of Florida congressman Adam Putnam, whose district skirts Polk City.

In fact, Putnam’s name was considerably more prominent than was McCain’s - his campaign had placed a number of large “Putnam for Congress” banners around the event site.

Filed under: Florida • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Tell the TRUTH just once McWar /Phailling

    Were you voters not aware Phailling Moose thinks she is running for President?
    Easy to see she hates standing by the old Phart.
    The news is she is running in a ditch .
    Her voice OMG who could listen to that screaming nonsence and she knows nothing about the world problems just hate,lies,witchcraft religion.
    Lets send her back to her best friend the Felon .

    November 1, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Joeker

    Diva! I just hope the dingbats that vote for her remember Gramps is the one on the top of the ticket.

    November 1, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Chut Pata

    Ha Ha. With Palin as her VP, McCain does not need Obama to sink his ship.

    November 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Rj

    She getting all mavericky on the moron that picked her!

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Dave

    Where are her medical records, anyway?

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. tomowens

    the exodus has began. She kick mccain to the curb.

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. oscar

    This is a clear indication of a city divided against itself. What do you expect? Republican supporters are keeping blind eyes as if they do not know what is happening in the party. Voters is it the cohesion and the organizational masterpiece you expect from your presidential team?

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. ANGIE

    Yes my friends Palin is gearing up for2012 stabbing ole mccain right in the back sad!

    November 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. S. Holt

    Humm, watch out McCain. She did step over two other old guys to get where she is, what's one more?

    November 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Rogue Palin

    So what, maybe mcCain even doesn't want to be linked to Palin's Hitler like qualities. And doesn't want his name and her infamous one together. Hey audience for Palin: kill anyone lately! You racists nutjobs!

    November 1, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. milkmandavis

    John who?

    November 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    HA HA HA

    November 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Hard Working American for McCain

    Sarah Palin for VP. Georgia has her name all over the place. Especially Atlanta, GA.

    November 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Joe Regis

    The repubs campaign is so bizare this year, no wonder why they are going down in a hand basket.

    No more repubs this year, landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    November 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Lyle H


    November 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. ChrisnGladis


    November 1, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. R-Howard

    And so it has begun...

    November 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. KLEE

    Who's running for President on that ticket??? hmmmm.

    November 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Art Michaelson

    So there you are. Typical Sarah Palin strategy for her future career within the Right Wing Christian Evangelical base of the Republican party. Not so subtile suggestion that the Presidental candidate is irrelevent and the future is SARA PALIN. What a political slime machine.

    November 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. canada

    Such a maverick she's bucking her boss. I know who's interest she has at heart. Not americans' , but her own.

    November 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Meg

    McCain better watch out if he is elected. I am all for McCain, but I can't stand Palin. I fear that she is only using him to become president herself...and if they don't win, I will bet wih anyone that she will undoutedly blame everything on him. She did it to Stevens and others who helped her to be where she is today. She uses you and then throws you away..a parasite. I think she is the biggest mistake McCain ever made in his political career. But I guess, he is using her too. I can't believe he sold his moderate republican soul. Please McCain, go back to how you were. We miss you!

    November 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. broadway joe

    She is like an olympic figureskater. People just crowd around her waiting for her to fall on her cosignment shop dress wearing butt.

    November 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Ethan of NJ

    This is shocking, but not all that surprising.

    November 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Jan

    It is obvious from the smears of Obama supporters and the left that Obama is much more afraid of Sarah Palin than they are of McCain–she is the future and has already been vetted on a larger scale than Obama. There is no more dirt to dig on her. They can't find anything and they have scraped the bottom of the barrel. On the other hand, things come out daily about Obama. He should start getting very nervous for 2012 if he manages to squeak out a win this time.

    November 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Marie

    Why should anyone be surprised that McCain's name isn't mentioned. The tension between the two of them is obvious. They don't even agree on policy issues. She wants a Constitutional Amendment on marriage, he doesn't. She wants to go in to Pakistan if we have good intelligence on the location of Bin Laden; he doesn't. She took all that earmark money while she was Mayor and Governor. He's against that. She believes that God is punishing the Jews by sending Palistinian suicide bombers into Israel. I know he doesn't believe that. They are not a team and never will be. He showed his lack of judgement by picking her.

    November 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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