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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.
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.
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?
My friends, we got them just where we want them....GONE AS OF TOMORROW!
I voted early for Obama. Go, Baby, Go!
too little to late... go home John.... and reflect on the dishonorable ending of your life here on Earth...
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).
And they are younger then 18..........!!!!!!!!!They even can't vote!!!!!
GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08
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.
They have gone to Vote for McCain ????!!!
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.
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.
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
Wow – that's pretty amazing – less than 1500 people went to hear McCain – is that for REAL?
How's that concession speech comin', John?
NOTHING NEW PEOPLE ARE JUST GETTING TIRED. ME TO, GO OBAMA/BIDEN
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.
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.
LOL!! Just give it up John! Without Palin no one wants to see you. A fitting end to your vile campaign...
Florida will be one of the 10 former red states that will vote for Obama. Face it John, you took the test, and failed!
I hear a fat lady singing.
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.
McCain supporters have jobs
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.
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.
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.
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 ...