November 3rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain draws small Florida crowd on race’s final day

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TAMPA, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama may lead John McCain by just 2 points in the latest CNN Florida poll of polls, but the enthusiasm gap appears a bit wider.

John McCain’s first rally of the day, in Tampa outside Raymond James Stadium, only drew about 1,100 people. Local reporters noting that at almost the same spot just before the 2004 election, President Bush drew about 15,000 people. Two weeks ago, Obama drew an estimated 8,000.

Republican Gov. Crist, who had previously agreed to do interviews with CNN and various local affiliates, bolted right after the rally with no explanation.


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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Valerie in FL

    Say GNite.

    November 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. DD

    Why does everyone keep saying “why can’t Obama close the deal”? Has anyone ever closed the deal, has it ever been an election without the undecided? And one more question, why can’t McCain close the deal, he is running against a black man?

    November 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. KC

    Dear Lord: Hear our prayers.

    November 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Paul

    Sad, but fitting end to a despicable campaign.

    November 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Johnny

    The way I see it, the only reason anyone would vote for McCain is they are ignorant or a racist and a coward. If you believe the lies by the GOP then you are a fool. If you are using one of the lies to vote for McCain then you are a racist coward. I am a life long republican but I am voting for BO because it is the only smart choice. The abortion issue is a sticking point but religion has no place in government and should not be part of the election. The constitution should be protected. In my opinion Lying is a sin and the GOP has lied to all of us and they know it. So they do not honor God or you by there lies and if you are swayed by there lies or just hiding behind the lies to hind your racism then I feel sad for you. That is not want Jesus would do.

    November 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Chuck

    Poor Poor Johnny. No one to preach to from the puppet, I mean pulpit.

    November 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. mIke

    run as fast as you can....

    You running but u can't run away from yourself

    November 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. NaNaNaNa NaNaNaNa HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE

    That is hilarious, 1500 people??? Maybe he should have brought that ninny Palin so she could talk about how Sarkozy called her on the phone. Did anyone think to ask him where Palin's medical records are???

    November 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Steve, New York, New York

    Senator McCain, it seems like your biggest mistake was your choice of Sarah Palin.
    It seems (unfortunately for you) that you might join the ranks of Al Gore (in 2000) and Ross Perot (in 1992), both of whom made SHOCKINGLY BAD decisions on their running mates.

    November 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Glenn in California

    I think that here in the 11th hour, the story is becoming "obvious" to all. The ship, which now long ago hit the iceberg (i.e., picking Palin), is sinking and about to go under in the next 24 hours. In the meantime, all of the rats are deserting in order to save themselves.

    November 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. abraxis

    FLA is showing some tenacity and courage against being swindled again. Remember the 2000 election!

    1,100 people who shown up to listen to McDufus? That is 1099 more people than necessary.

    November 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Tannim

    And he thinks he can still win WHY???

    November 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. PUMBU

    McCain is Bush and people don't like Bush's past 8 years so you can tell why there is no enthusiasm. We are tired, we are exhausted and McCain, Bush and Cheney share the same philosophy. We are tired, we need new leadership, we need change, period.

    November 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Veterans 4 Obama

    The ship is sinking and the "rats" are bolting!

    November 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Susan

    Flordia knows a loser when they see one, and they cannot be bothered to even look at the biggest LIAR ever in a campaign!

    November 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Joyce Becker

    I don't blame many people for not coming out for a McCain rally, why listen to the smae stale speeches that have been given for the last 8 years, we are all ready for a change!

    DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR OBAMA/BIDEN ON NOVEMBER 4, 2008!!!

    November 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. FL Rep for Obama

    Maybe because we've already voted for "THAT ONE??!!" We don't want McCain here...we really don't even want Crist here anymore after he's ruined the public sector (education, police, fire, etc.). Repubs just don't get it!! The country is changing...and moving forward with OBAMA/BIDEN!

    November 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. sabuc for Obama

    What no schools to empty out and increase the crowd numbers?

    November 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. NO Palin

    nobody cares about McCain. Where are Palins Medical records?

    November 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. America demands answers

    Everyone is clearly tired of being called "joe" seems to me there are still 1100 "joes" left in Tampa. 8,000 people would rather be Americans or their right name and not some lame "joe"

    November 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Julius

    Seems like that's the only people left who are voting for him. All jokes aside how can anyone be with a man who can't rally more than 1100 people with the election being so close. I would think people would be a little more excited and anxious. I know that's how it is on this side.
    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Will-South Dakota

    Whats the point...he's going to lose in Florida

    November 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Hope in Georgia

    It appears that most people have come to their senses. They are tired of the same old hate message by a frenzied old man who is bitter that he has been beaten by George Bush again. Obama offers hope. McCain offers hate. It's no contest.

    November 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Reason

    McPalin defeat on Novembr 4 = priceless.

    November 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Bart

    Everyone is tired of McCain's dishonorable campaign. Once a person to respect, McCain has sold his soul to Bush.

    November 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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