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. MONGO,,,,,,,,MONGO

    PEOPLE,,,,,,,,,,,,HAVE,,,,,,,,,,,,MADE,,,,,,,,,,,UP,,,,,,,,,,,,,THEIR,,,,,,,,,MINDS,,,,,,,,,

    AND,,,,,,,,,,,ARE,,,,,,,,,,,TIRED,,,,,,,,,,OF,,,,,,,,,,,,,,SPEECHES

    November 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Victoria

    A true reflection on his support right now. Very low.

    November 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Walter, Long Beach

    He'll draw a small crowd at the polls tomorrow too.

    November 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Simavi

    PALIN / JOE THE PLUMBER 2012 !

    November 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Jack in Tampa

    Sad, very sad..........time to head to "Sun City" and hang up the "My friends" crap and retire..........................It is time for the next generation to correct the mess the "Baby Boomer" has left behind..........

    Hop on the Obama Express and vote out of hope and not fear!!!!

    VOTE DEMOCRATIC TOMORROW AND GET RID OF ALL OF THE HYPOCRITICAL NEO CONS!!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. leo chambers

    After Mccain loses the election,maybe Joe the plumber, well teach him how to unplug toilets

    November 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Jim - Kingston, Pa

    Is anyone with any semblance of common sense surprised....McCain is a hack, I cannot wait until this election is over so I do not have not to hear this corpse and his ignorant accomplice anymore.

    November 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Trickle Down Politics

    Equals reality check – or perhaps checkmate! Fewer & fewer crowds into oblivion we go. And the winner is...?

    November 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Turning the page

    I have 2 digits and 2 words for all who are still wavering on the Presidential choice:

    72; age of Senator John McCain who's a hero,

    and

    Sarah Palin.

    Seriously, think about that people.

    I'm convinced am smarter than this lady, and I don't kid myself for a minute that am smart enough to be President.

    November 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. myrna

    nobody knows what's gonna happen. they can still win Florida. Go McCain Palin!

    November 3, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. PeopleVOTE

    The reason Palin not revealing her medican record is she has to hide somthing, we will know it soon or later she can not hide it forever. Palin = liar= Evil= Animal Killer.

    November 3, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. NJVote08

    Gov. Crist was hurrying to get on line to vote early for Obama/Biden.

    November 3, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. California Voter

    During the primaries, I became acutely aware of the biases of certain media outlets, they have been so obvious this year that I lost total respect for the "journalists" providing the news to the American public. I used to listen to one or two stations and now I find I have to listen to at least three to get ALL SIDES of a story.

    November 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Bruce

    Charlie Crist bolted because he doesn't want to be tied to a loser. With that said, this race is not over. People do not take anything for granted. Please vote!!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. LOL

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ... what a joke this once great man has become!

    November 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. blaising

    He's losing.

    He should call out Rick Davis and his pack of "so last century" fools who are guilty of political malpractice.

    As for me...I was called by Obama workers to show up at my local Obama headquarters tomorrow @ 7:00 a.m. to give people rides to the polls...and I'll be there!!

    November 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Independent and loving it - Minnesota

    McCain/Bush is a loser. He never draws very big crowds. Obama drew over 100,000 poeple at his rally two weeks and in the same area, McCain had less than 500 people. What a joke.

    November 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Rob R

    The problem is most people voting Republican are voting for Palin NOT McCain which is very disturbing. Most Republicans don't like McCain and it is evidenced by the lackluster crowds when he speaks alone.

    How in the world can anyone take America seriously if Palin and Joe the Plumber are more electable than someone with a Harvard education who has run one of the best campaigns in history.

    We really can't have that many dumb people in this country – can we?

    November 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Joe Regis

    This is an indication of how out of touch the McCain – Palin ticket is with ordinary American people. I bet these are special people or lobbyists who attended the republican campaign rally.

    This year the repubs are going down in a hand basket.

    November 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. RC

    where is Joke the Puppet?

    November 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. tigerakabj

    John, tomorrow will be the end of your sorry political career. You have run the most despicable, vile campaign in US history and you will pay dearly. Arizona and Alaska will go to Obama and you will exit stage left in disgrace. Everybody has seen who you and Palin really are and you will reap 7 times over what you have sown.

    Goodbye and good riddance McCain

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    November 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. HouseDiva

    the only thing i can give the mccain/palin campaign credit for; is that they made all of the closet racist come from hiding right into the spotlight.

    November 3, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Kingsley Orji, Oyigbo, Rivers state Nigeria

    Fighting a lost battle. He also wants to keep fighting in Iraq even when the iraqis want US troops to withdraw. McCain just doesn't get it.

    November 3, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. js

    He has nothing to say of substance so why listen?

    November 3, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Riaz

    They have gone to Vote for McCain ????!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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