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. Billy

    I regret that a good and honorable man, like McCain, got caught up in the "win at any cost" game and tactics. His pick of Palin was the final blow to an otherwise distinguished career. She's unvetted, inexperienced, factually ignorant, and is so far right , when the country has moved toward the center. He was not served well by his advisers, aligning him with Carl Rove-like tactics that this country, in most part, has come to despise. McCain, the "maverick", was talked into running an old-school campaign, when us Americans have graduated to a new way of thinking. Good ridance to the nasty and divisive ways of the Republicans. Hopefully, this party will have learned its lesson.

    November 3, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Lisa

    Gov. Crist ran away as fast as he could, He needed some coffee to wake up after a boring John McCain rally, poor guy can you blame him?

    November 3, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Lori In DFW, Texas

    My friends, we got them just where we want them....GONE AS OF TOMORROW!

    I voted early for Obama. Go, Baby, Go!

    November 3, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Ben in San Diego

    too little to late... go home John.... and reflect on the dishonorable ending of your life here on Earth...

    November 3, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    The smallish numbers seems to be a trend for Team McCain (really, McCain specifically)
    Didn't Crist go to Disney two weeks ago (or last week) as opposed to meeting up with McCain-Palin?

    Didn't Joe the Plumber no-show last week (remember the call out for Joe from McCain with no answer?)

    This is a rejection, I think, of the campaign McCain has allowed to be run on his behalf. People are scared of what is happening economically and he never was able to turn that issue around (at least towards him, if not to his benefit).

    November 3, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. gina the Banker

    1100 !!!!!!!
    And they are younger then 18..........!!!!!!!!!They even can't vote!!!!!

    HAHAHAHAHA

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    November 3, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. rob

    thats because they know all he's doing is lying.Time for a change..Florida get out and vote for Change–Obama

    and BTW where are Miss Palin's medical records? Another lie-lol.

    November 3, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Riaz

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

    November 3, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Dawn

    Did they not have buses that could had brought students like they did in Defiance, Ohio?
    He is not my choice but still he deserves a crowd.

    November 3, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Desmond Sequeira

    The best way fro the USA to completely lose its respect in the world is to allow this FAILIN -McBUSH "smear & fear" machine to rob this election. This is from a non-US citizen, not white or black or red or blue. Just very concerned for the USA and the world.

    November 3, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. american

    And in Jacksonville...

    The line of people hoping to get in to see Obama speak began forming at 2:15 a.m. Doors to the coliseum opened before 8 a.m. for the event, which is open to the public and tickets are not required. The program was expected to start at 10:30 a.m

    November 3, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. SeriouslyBadVibes

    Wow – that's pretty amazing – less than 1500 people went to hear McCain – is that for REAL?

    November 3, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Geezer

    How's that concession speech comin', John?

    November 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    NOTHING NEW PEOPLE ARE JUST GETTING TIRED. ME TO, GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    November 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Nathan,

    McCain sold his soul to Bush/Cheney when he decided he wanted to run for President. He turned away from everything he believed in because he wanted to win. This flip flop didn't just start during the campaign it started several years ago when he started positioning himself inside the Republican party. Just like his terrible judgement in picking that despicable moose hunter from Alaska he used bad judgement in attaching himself to Bush. He has shown that he is not too bright and that his judgement leaves a lot to be desired.

    Its time to vote for the smart guy for a change. We know who that is.

    November 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. travis

    Wow, he got 1,110. Surprised it was that much. He should start campaigning in Utah and Kansas. I think he still has a chance there, and he might be able to get bigger crows. Especially if he has more children bussed in from the school districts.

    November 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    LOL!! Just give it up John! Without Palin no one wants to see you. A fitting end to your vile campaign...

    November 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Rodger

    Florida will be one of the 10 former red states that will vote for Obama. Face it John, you took the test, and failed!

    November 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. ChrisP

    I hear a fat lady singing.

    November 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Gregg in Grand Terrace CA

    Hey McCain and Palin can always consider going to Vegas and doing a comedy show together. There they would have a future. He is actually pretty funny when he wants to be. Palin is actually funny for a whole different reason.

    November 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Paul Thompson

    McCain supporters have jobs

    November 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Michael in MO

    Pleeez CNN your bias is ridiculous. I was there this morning in Tampa – it was an intentional small gathering of supporters before McCain's primary schedule for the day.
    And when we will ever hear/see the truth about the almost daily 30,000 + that Sarah Palin draws?? Or the doctored and grossly staged photo ops of "Huge" stadium crowds for Barry throughout the primaries, as well as general campaign? The documentation and facts on this faux media crap is everywhere. If you want to know the truth, do your research. Otherwise, believe what the media tells you to believe, and live with the consequences.

    November 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Pat in IL

    So who would want to go out and hear the same old divisive fear-mongering lies? I really hope the republican party can regroup in a few years with much better priorities. The lobbiests and special interest groups have been too much influence on them, and they've lost their way....no real stand on anything that means anything to the well being of the whole nation.

    November 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. zack, nj

    You gotta feel bad for this guy. I do... even tho i'm still not voting for him Outshined by his opponent. Outshined by even his own running mate.

    He'd do better doing funny commercials though.

    November 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Calvin

    is it Nov. 4th yet?

    I can hardly wait ... 8 years of Republican and we are stuck in a deep hole ... it's time for a new direction please ...

    November 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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