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. froghugger

    Hopefully Adam Putnam, the spolied rich vitriolic effitist, will go down with the rest of them....

    November 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. what?


    November 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Gladys Friday

    Shows she has her own agenda. Whos using who!

    November 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. LoneWarrior

    Gives a new meaning to going "Rogue".
    She is definitely ready to be President "OR"... "OR"?! Mr McCain, hindsight is really 20/20. Now you know how Ceasar felt when Brutus stabbed him in the back
    Is this circus over yet?

    Vote for "THAT ONE"

    November 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. white and black for Obama

    palin for 2016...!

    November 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. wowow

    lol. this is just hilarious.

    November 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. A Well Educated Woman

    Seems she is running her own campaign.

    November 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Freddie Jo

    Palin is an insult to this country and clearly reflects McSenile's senile judgement. She is simply not qualified to be VP, a breath away from being the president. Palin managed to stitch together a college degree from various backyard nondescript colleges and eloped to get married to her non college educated husband, after she got pregnant outside wedlock. Christian values indeed! Look how she got to be mayor. Back stabbed her benefactor, the former mayor. To become governor, she again back stabbed her benefactor, the former governor. She is already tending towards backstabbing McSenile with her plans for 2012. She is a vindictive and petty minded idealogue.No wonder she was found to have abused her office in Alaska. When Pfailing opens her mouth, she spews hate and nothing else. Please let us help Pfailin to keep her hate and vindictiveness to Alaska where they can be frozen forever. VOTE OBAMA!

    November 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Marie,San Diego

    Not surprising. Her personal ambition is now greater than her own party. She probably could have a better argument as one of the future republican leaders but her own personal affairs will absolutely deter that ambition. Her role model image as pundits says does not equate with her achievement as a mother; her oldest and second children does not represent a good result as role model (teen pregnancy and a son reportedly forced to join the military due to juvenile acts).

    November 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. vahe

    Palin is her own boss mccian is not one for her

    November 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. DB25

    Isn't it obvious? If she loses this year she's setting up for a 2012 run. I think her negatives with independants and Democrats are so high, she'd probably never win the Republican nomination. I'd never vote for her in a million years – no matter what she says. The real her is already out there, and I don't like what I see – way to right-wing.

    November 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. A moderate independent in Illinois

    The "Whack Job" Palin (words from McCain camp, not mine) is "going rogue" even deeper. It wouldn't surprise me to think that she believes she's running for president, not vice president.
    Why is anybody even taking this woman seriously? She's already been convicted of "abusing power" while governor. She's not even in D.C. yet and she's already corrupt. What about all that money she spent on taking family members here and there and the bid-rigging scandal involving a pipeline contract that benefit only one firm –one politically connected to Palin. And the McCain camp makes fun of Chicago-style politics??? What about Alaskan corruption. What about Palin's good friend Ted Stevens?? Guilty on ALL counts against him.
    This is pathetic.

    November 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. gerri

    CNN enjoy the money now ,because after Wed. I will no longer watch your programing or visit your site.You have made a mockery of this election with your lying polls and your moderators.

    November 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. The Manchurian candidate

    Florida will never be Palin country!

    November 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. chad in avery, ca.

    she dont need old john anymore!

    November 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Cliff from Ottawa Canada

    When Sarah can draw large crowds, who needs McCain? And while she complains that she's unfairly targetted by the news media, she's the only candidate who didn't have to share her medical records with voters.

    November 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Steve

    Wow! She's ignoring McCain even before they're elected. How long before her incredible arrogance and stupidity get her put off the ticket and into jail?

    November 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. j

    Too funny! Palin is running for 2012 and leaving McCain in the dust! ROFL!

    November 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. LT for Obama

    McCain thrown under the bus by his own running mate and party. How very, very sad.

    November 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. S. Boatman

    Palins Name Wont Be Found Anywhere After Tuesday Either!

    November 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Susan

    Florida likes Palin!

    November 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Tony

    This dimwit is completely out of control!

    Vote Obama / Biden or don't open your mouths for the next four years. If you think things are bad now, just let McCain and Palin get in.

    November 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Michael watching from Canada

    Palin must be getting ready for the 2012 election.

    How can Palin suggest that Obama is a socialist when she taxed Alaska's oil companies and gave over $3,000 dollars to each person in Alaska?

    But I must thank Palin for awarding the $40B pipeline project to TransCanada. Its nice for Alaska to outsource jobs to Canada!

    November 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. The Manchurian candidate

    Maybe she thinks Bush or no show joe is coming?! Jokers!

    November 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. hooverguide

    Are Republicans already distancing themselves from Senator McCain and banking on Governor Palin to lead the herd?

    November 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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