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. Watermann

    How can this country come and work together after such an ugly campaign? Ok, also Obama attacked John McCain but he never did attack the personality, dignity, honesty of John McCain and/or his spouse or even Sarah Palin. If this is the freedom of speech, I do not want to live in America.

    November 3, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. 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 what Jesus would do.

    November 3, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Bob Reynolds

    CNN, the Obama News Network has proclaimed that Obama the Rock Star candidate with all form and no substance is more popular then McCain! After all CNN, this is a popularity contest where the liberal biased views of a rookie senator that are more popular with your network then one of the most moderate experienced senators who is a war hero.

    November 3, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. George James

    You should be ashamed of your position...McCaine.Your judgement was wrong on all issues including the VP pick.

    November 3, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. lopez in Gregory, TX

    Where's the rocking chair and the ice cold Budweiser?

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Turn out the lights she is all over for you John. The only thing that is keeping McCain going is the fact he has lost touch with reality and common sense has escaped him entirely.

    Where are Palin's medical records? What is she hiding?

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Mark of Tenn

    This just goes to show you how words can be twisted and changed to make a point. Sen. Obama has nothing to be ashamed about. Mrs. Obama has carried herself with the upmost respect than any woman I have seen in the public eye.

    There is nothing fake about her. Everything is real and she has proven that she is more woman than meets the eye. She is a wonderful mom of two lovely children. They have been well raised and they moral fabric and family values shines forth throughout the entire family. So for all the idiots that refer to her as "Obama's babies mamma" really don't know what they are saying because if they took time to look at it., She is the (WIFE ) of one man and the (MOTHER) of two adorable children.

    The next thing is this Yes we as black people are proud and for the first time in (MY BLACK LIFE) hope is just a horizon away. This is not negative my friends. It's possitive so get over it and accept it for what it really is. The opportunity for us to finally remove these shackels from around our feet.
    Remember this The Obama's did make this statement . I did.
    Thank you CNN for letting us see the racial division that is still prevelent in this society. Good Job.

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Richard Sattich - Georgetown Ky.

    Can we have a moment of silence
    for the politically dead and dying?

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. latina for Obama

    ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, HUH?

    VOTE FOR CHANGE VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN !!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Kevin

    1500....sounds like the number of votes that McCain will actually receive from Florida.

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Leah

    I guess the school children were busy today so they couldn't attend to swell the crowd!

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. lopez in Gregory, TX

    Big, Big Smile on my face

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Mike

    This has become a trend in the recent weeks. When he came here, to New Mexico he had a small crowd of about 1400. Later that evening Sen. Obama came and had a crowd of 55,000. Pretty remarcable. Sen. McCain had a flawed strategy and less than reliable staff who's interests weren't those of McCains. I just can't see this election going for McCain.

    November 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. LyonsPhilly

    People are tired of hearing the same old attacks against Obama and Bident. The republican act like kindergartners.....Grow up and have some dignity.

    November 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Nicole from TX

    This is so sad. I had so much respect for McCain, even after I decided to support Obama. But his election has grown so nasty and many of his supporters have really shown their true colors. He is a mean, grumpy old man. I wish he would have lost gracefully, but oh well...As his running mate said...C'est la vie.

    November 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. d

    I hope that's a good sign because these liars should run anything not even their children.

    November 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Aaron

    McCain had an impossible job. Bush has ruined the republican hopes for the forseeable future. Any due given to the McCain campaign was lost when they insulted American voters by selecting an attractive husk of a woman for their V.P.

    November 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Lee

    I think we are witnessing and unstoppable wave of enthusiasm roll across our nation. American citizens now realize that the challenges we face today and in the future require a different style of national leadership, and a fresh approach to strengthening our econoomy, our helth care system, ouir education systems, our armed forces, our international standing, our hope for the future, and our confidence in ourselves and in the USA. Barack Obama represents that enthusiasm, and though he is not the total solution, he embodies our nation's desire to find solutions. Let's stand firmly behind our next president – with enthusiasm. VOTE AMERICA – VOTE for BARACK OBAMA.

    November 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. NeoCons Are Nuts

    Gee, ya think? It has to be a disappointing end for him, to see the monster he has created with Palin and the gutter which his campaign is gleefully rolling around in.

    November 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. David in Houston

    Turn out the lights...the Grand Old Party's over...

    November 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Marie Banderas in TEXAS

    Its not the size of the crowds that really matter, its the size of the message, and oBAMA has the right message ! Please, people, stop fighting, the people your fighting with just might sit next to you in church, live next door, your kids go to school with them, play with them, are you going to take sides against neighbors, christians, schools etc ? Its time for all to get along, uNITE, help rebuild our Nation..PLEASE, stop with the lIES, deceit, bigotry, bias, racism, or please dont mention it to me if your in my neighborhood, as true christians dont believe in this !
    old, WHITE, seniors independents in TEXAS, voting for OBAMA, the RIGHT one..ITS TIME...

    November 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. dcon0426

    Other than having THE greatest legs in politics, Palin has done ZERO for McCains chances, and aside from being Bush's political mirror image, Palin's selection stopped his campaign DEAD in it's already stumbling tracks.

    November 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Art A

    Run Charlie run, away from the truth.

    November 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. carol

    Yes, people have been disgusted with him and his vile campaign, not surprising not many folks showed up....we are all sick to death of McCain and Palin and can't wait to see the back of them both.

    November 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Eugene

    My son's hockey game will do better.

    November 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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