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. Noel B. Newton

    Were going to win!!!!!! I can't wait to vote! I think when I vote, I'm going to let out a yell of relief that all this crap is over!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Karen

    I would have gone to this rally but like most John McCain supporters, I am at work and not able to attend.

    November 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Sly in Seattle

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    You suck old man!!

    November 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. God sent him

    So sad.....The writing is on the wall for McCain & Palin....Go home, we already vote.

    November 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Teena

    You reap what you sow! Sorry Sen. McCain, you should have thought about what you were doing to the country and to your legacy in picking someone who calls B. Obama every name but a nice guy and then she herself won't reveal her own medical records. I can't wait to see what the republican wise guys do to her when she tries to run for the nomination of that party.

    November 3, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Emily

    He and Sarah Palin have so many lies on their lips I don't think they themselves even know the truth anymore. I thought the Christian right was against lying. If this is true, how can this be justified? I am having an increasingly negative feeling about good Christians. In this case, they seem more to me like a bunch of Hipocrits.

    November 3, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. prairieguy

    After all his slime he has well earned such a small crowd!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Pete Collins

    McCain has waged a dishonorable campaign because McCain is a dishonorable man.

    November 3, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Joe

    Rob R. hits the nail on the head with his comment:

    "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."

    America is a nation with complex challenges...wouldn't you want the smartest guy in the White House? I don't understand why the Republicans are trying to play to the "average joe" theme again. Yes, it worked with Bush, but look where we're at now. I think (as evidenced by McCain's shrinking crowds) the people are ready to vote for intelligence and common sense.

    November 3, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. bewise08

    I guess you got to "Fight, get up and Fight, Fight" all by yourself this time. People in Tampa must be smart to have not attended your rally. Unlike the people in Miami last night. Cant believe Cubans are so For McCain just cause they think he'll be tough on Castro. What about the policies and economy here at home? What about your paycheck, lack of insurance, Wake up smell the coffee and check the real facts about Obama. Join the majority of us other Latinos who are for Obama, no more Bush look alike policies, time for change for the better time for Obama/Biden.

    November 3, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Len in Washington

    Senator McCain lost this election for good when he picked Palin.

    I wonder if he will ever admit it.

    I only hope that the Republican Party understands it as well. There should be no further dicussion about her being "the future of the Republican Party." She devided the vote more than Wright, Farrakan, Ayers and all the other trash that they threw out there. Today"s polls indicate that 56% of those polled feel she is unqualified. They're right.

    November 3, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. DJ VA

    too bad...i guess everyone forgot about the endorsement that he received after he won the primay...it was from George W Bush at the white house

    November 3, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Jeff

    Mr McCain, You ran a good race for what you had to offer. The country needs someone and something else right now.

    Sorry about tomorrow!

    November 3, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Bridgette-PA

    That's because people are out in line to vote.....FOR OBAMA/BIDEN!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    November 3, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Eric from Ohio

    There were about 35,000 at the Obama rally in traditionally republican Cincinnati last night!!! Obama was great, his only mistake was he thanked Nancy Ziffer (the University of Cincinnati President) we all boo ed! (She is the lady that fired Bob Huggins) the rest of the night was great and Obama was on message. I am ready to see Ohio turn Blue Tuesday!!!!! Obama Biden 08!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Old Floridian

    I am an OLD White Floridian and I just voted for OBAMA.

    No MCCain/No Palin, NO WAY!

    'Get ready for history'

    Barack Obama, first black president of the United Staes of America!

    No more of the Hate Talk Express for me!

    November 3, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. David

    its not over yet folks... VOTE!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. BL

    Blah blah blah blah my friends. Blah blah blah blah my friends. Blah blah blah blah my friends.

    November 3, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. cindy

    McCain experienced? Sure... why because he was captured and when his captors learned he was the son of a high end military man he was treated with kid gloves.... Sent to a hospital that took care of him quite well and treated him royally... that's his claim to foreign experience....

    He graduated because his father intervene also... this man has never accomploaished anything with his own brain power... his daddy carved the way for him.... Left to his own discretion, what did he accomplish... HE PICKED PALIN– should I say more...

    I would rather have an elitist and a liberal than the weak and unintelligable minded!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Peter of Oregon

    They were all at the Palin rally.

    November 3, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Concerned real American...

    It doesn't matter how many times they criss-cross the country to repeat their lies and innuendo. The truth is if McCain can't run a campaign well, how on earth can he be expected to run the country well?

    Vote Obama!!! Bring snacks for the long lines, folding chairs if you need them...and your patience!

    November 3, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. JJW

    I would feel sympathy for him if he has not sold his soul to the extreme right for the opportuniy to become president. I would feel sorry for him is he had ran a clean campaign and lost honestly. I would feel sympathy for him if was the John McCain he appeared to be in the past. However, now I just feel disgust.

    November 3, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Dawn

    He is a desperate old man with no substance. He pick Palin we did not...My advise is to McCain is to just give-up and go back to Arizionia in disgrace...

    Go back to Alaska Sarah and face your criminal acts of abuse of power, stealing money from the Alaskan people.

    Obama/Biden08/12

    November 3, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. David, Silver Spring, MD

    The Palin factor creates the illusion that McCain enjoys broad support. He, through her, enjoys fanatical support from a small fringe segment of the Republican base; but McCain doesn't get much of anyone fired up.

    November 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. 8181k

    Its not completely McCain's fault, it seems the US has just had it with the Republicans and their failed philosophies. People will come out in record numbers to say "we can't take this anymore!".
    So I think he would have lost no matter what, but his poor management skills contributed to huge blunders by his campaign that cost him further votes and ruined his reputation and legacy. The Palin choice has also been unhelpful.

    November 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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