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. ANGIE

    Maybe he bused them in like when he was in ohio the other day he had to bus highschool kids because noone was showing up!

    November 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. RS

    It's a shame that a Senator who had respect goes out as a dirty, angry old man. He just ran the dirtiest campaign in recent history. No plans for America, but plenty of mud slung at Obama. And his running mate, Ms. transparent who can't even provide her medical records, what a joke she is. Thank God tomorrow is Tuesday and this Mccain/Palin circus will leave town. Let's hope for an Obama victory and the beginning of a new positive course for America.

    November 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Lou from CT

    I think people are weary of the length of the campaign and the same hate-filled, no issues messages from the McCain/Palin ticket.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    November 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. steveo

    mcpalin should say their last prayers, infact it´s over for them. Obama / Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Tom in Delaware

    Too bad noboby got to hear the news when Palin drew 7,000 people in Scranton, PA the day after Joe Biden & Bill and Hillary Clinton only drew 4,000....and that's Biden hometown.

    Guess that would make the Democrats look bad.

    November 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm not surprised he's drawing so few. His message of hate has pitted us against each other, and released an ugliness that we may not be able to contain. I certainly don't want to see another president that would divide us in order to win. He owes us an apology.

    November 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. mbg

    Go figure Florida i stired of him to. Were they bussed in as well!

    November 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. fella from Chicago

    Senator McCain deserves better than this. For a man to have served his country for 55 years in war and peace and has the scars to show it, this is no way to treat a honest American hero. Jeb Bush would never have treated the good Senator in this manner. I'll always be a McCain follower.

    November 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Foreign observer

    Whoever thinks this old man will have an open and fresh mind for the problems of the people is simply a moron.

    November 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Deb

    Well was Crist on the short list?? Perhaps he is a little wounded.

    November 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Becca

    Speaking of records....where are all of Obama's?

    November 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. HouseDiva

    i feel so sorry for McCain....

    NOT!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    November 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Wonder how many voting machines have been rigged and in how many states.

    Obama/Biden – I voted early.

    November 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Indiana Joe

    I was undecided until a month ago, when McCain started to get nasty, divisive and really dirty. They have called Obama every name they could think of. The other day they were targeting his half-aunt (who he is not really close to) and now Michelle, his wife. I don't want a president who has NO HONOR and NO ETHICS. I'm so DISAPPOINTED with the way McCain has carried his campaign and his FEAR and SMEAR tactics have REINFORCED MY DECISION TO VOTE FOR OBAMA. OBAMA will be a GREAT PRESIDENT for ALL AMERICANS !

    For GOOD CHANGE, JUDGMENT and EXPERIENCE VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN!

    November 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Crist is of the same fabric as all other republicans. Making promises they will never keep.

    Did you really expect a republican to do what they said they would? For shame, they simply lie and then "BOLT" when the time for action is at hand. McCain is head honcho of the most dispicable political party to ever exist. He stands for all that is wrong with america. He is a disgrace to the human species!

    November 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. bernice

    And so the end begins for the Palin campaign!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. ml t

    It seems that McSame's speach is all about Obama, and putting words in Obama's mouth. It is obivious, people want to know about Obama by hearing what Obama has to say, not from McSame's speach.

    November 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Shari, NY

    YES I CAN (wait for one more day) !!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Dee

    That's horrible that Crist took off like that....and its funny too....he also said in the past that he would campaign for McCain "when he had time" and proceeded to go to Disneyland...seems like something is awry in their relationship..maybe he is mad that he wasn't selected for VP after being on the "short list"....

    November 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Ken in Dallas

    McCain will be all right. The beer he's going to be crying in will be free.

    November 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. PA for Obama

    Forget about crowds...
    Forget about polls...
    Forget about hype...

    GET OUT THERE AND VOTE!!!!

    DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED...YOUR VOTE MAY BE THE DECIDING FACTOR.

    November 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. rojeanne

    It's the end of the road for McRage and animal killer barbie!

    November 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Uncle Fester

    1,100? LOL
    900 of them were probably bussed in from local elementary schools

    November 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. james h. spruce

    Isn't it great to be an aamerican?

    November 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Linda from Prescott AZ

    McCain is no longer viewed as an honorable man. He has run one of the worst campaigns in modern history, he will not be remembered for his past by-partisanship, but more for a divisive and ugly campaign with a maniac broad.

    November 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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