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Springs crowd cheers McCain, Palin
Denver Post ^ | 9/6/08

Posted on 09/06/2008 3:50:26 PM PDT by Chet 99

COLORADO SPRINGS — In just the second day of campaigning together, Republican Presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, gave a command performance of their convention week speeches to a crowd of more than 10,000 here.

McCain and Palin hit popular notes from their big-stage speeches by promising to rein in government spending, lead America to energy independence and win the war in Iraq.

"There's no place more appropriate than here in Colorado Springs, with all the great service of people from here, to tell you this: We are winning in Iraq," McCain said, drawing some of the biggest cheers of his 15-minute speech.

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1 posted on 09/06/2008 3:50:28 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

WOW!


2 posted on 09/06/2008 3:51:20 PM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: Chet 99

Holy Sh$T, Thats a real pic ???


3 posted on 09/06/2008 3:51:38 PM PDT by cmsgop ( " excuse me stewardess I speak jive")
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To: Chet 99

Me thinks the base is energized! We need to keep it up!


4 posted on 09/06/2008 3:51:50 PM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: Chet 99

Ruh Roh.....

Barama’s got real troubles...


5 posted on 09/06/2008 3:52:09 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Chet 99

McPalin doesn’t get any better !!


6 posted on 09/06/2008 3:52:18 PM PDT by rodguy911 (LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARACUDA !!)
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To: Chet 99

Bump!!!


7 posted on 09/06/2008 3:52:30 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: cmsgop; Chet 99
More...


8 posted on 09/06/2008 3:53:07 PM PDT by andyandval
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To: frogjerk

Timing is everything and McCain timed his announcement of a VP right before the labor day weekend and into the last 2 months of campaigning PERFECTLY! It’s all about momentum and boy did he ever grab it and run with it!


9 posted on 09/06/2008 3:53:38 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: cmsgop

Its real and the left is scared shitless


10 posted on 09/06/2008 3:53:41 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cmsgop

Yes, it is. But it shows the people out in the sun and not the others in the hanger or in the shade. There were more people there than this shows.


11 posted on 09/06/2008 3:54:08 PM PDT by Morgan in Denver (Change is not two more lawyers in the White House)
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To: Chet 99

“Notice how they crop the photo to just get the edges of the crowd to make it look bigger.”

Opps - look at post #8!


12 posted on 09/06/2008 3:54:23 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: cmsgop
Yep! People came before daybreak and waited til 9:00 a.m to be let in. This is an event Colorado Springs hasn't seen in a long time. I feel pretty good McCain-Palin will carry my state in November!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

13 posted on 09/06/2008 3:54:30 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 21twelve

Hee hee!


14 posted on 09/06/2008 3:55:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Chet 99

15 posted on 09/06/2008 3:55:39 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: andyandval

OMG this is wonderful,we have two major league GOP stars!!


16 posted on 09/06/2008 3:57:08 PM PDT by rodguy911 (LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARACUDA !!)
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To: andyandval

This in purple Colorado. Site of Lord Baramas great greek oratory

:)

We have lighting in a bottle here folks


17 posted on 09/06/2008 3:57:42 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: frogjerk

Very juvenile comments at the link.


18 posted on 09/06/2008 3:58:07 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: fanfan

Whoaa! is that Cindy “lauper” McCain?


19 posted on 09/06/2008 3:58:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: andyandval

Is it just the camera angle? When they are getting off the airplane the folks are quite a bit away behind the barricade. But the photo from the podium (and the first photo) seems to show the folks much closer to the plane.

I can’t imagine that they would have moved the barricades back to accomodate more people - but maybe so. I wonder if the audience was supposed to be just in the shade of the hangar on a warm fall day and folks on the tarmac is “overflow”?


20 posted on 09/06/2008 3:59:02 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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Yeah, I'm such a terrible person. I know. After all, nothing says "bigotry " like criticizing a woman who dresses like an escaped mental patient. Why I've personally seen dirt poor migrant workers who sport a better wardrobe.........

This is the best they can do?

LOLOL!

21 posted on 09/06/2008 3:59:54 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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Don’t forget that when Barackstar was pulling in huge crowds, he often had free rock concerts right before he’d show up to the rally.

No wonder the media/Dems are working so hard to destroy Palin. If they thought she was the lightweight non-entity that they claim she is, they’d just ignore her like Republicans are doing with Biden.


22 posted on 09/06/2008 4:00:07 PM PDT by Chet 99 (http://www.mccainpalinvictory2008.com/)
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To: andyandval

I pledge to not hold any politician in too high esteem, for in granting them adulation one grants them excessive power, and not only is that power not theirs, but inevitably it corrupts to the core.

That being said, this picture literally brings tears to my cynical eyes. God bless the good people of Colorado Springs and all the other towns of the USA!

23 posted on 09/06/2008 4:00:09 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity... FREE LAZAMATAZ!!)
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To: mylife
Actually, Republicans now outnumber Democrats and Independents here. I don't think the state will go for Obama. Not after what we saw today in Colorado Springs!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

24 posted on 09/06/2008 4:01:33 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: fanfan
Very juvenile comments at the link.

CHENEY: "Yeah, big time."

25 posted on 09/06/2008 4:01:44 PM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: Chet 99

Great picture!

McCain/Palin is really energizing people.


26 posted on 09/06/2008 4:01:44 PM PDT by Clairity (To learn about upcoming events go to http://www.johnmccain.com and enter your zipcode)
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To: Chet 99

An impressive turn out but Colorado Springs is conservative.

Its a Defense oriented town.
Denver is Dem Blue. Still.....Very impressive


27 posted on 09/06/2008 4:02:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Chet 99
I would like to see them book the duo into a venue that can handle a large crowd. Seems like they are always in a place where the crowd is too big for the space, and people are turned away. Do like 0bama did, book them into a large football stadium that is geared for big crowds. I suspect we would fill Tampa Stadium any day of the week if they had McCain/Palin speaking!
28 posted on 09/06/2008 4:02:43 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: Chet 99
She's as jolly as a buddha
And she's sharper than a gouda
She's much hotter than Bermuda
She's our Sarah Barracuda!

Whoo Hoo!

Leni

29 posted on 09/06/2008 4:02:47 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Stay Home in Nov & Vote for Obama-ization, More Regulation, Taxation, Litigation and Ginsburgization)
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To: goldstategop

I tend to agree. This is ours


30 posted on 09/06/2008 4:03:14 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Chet 99
Note to nObama:

Have more free concerts to draw warm bodies. The media cannot fake the non-crowds much longer.

31 posted on 09/06/2008 4:03:41 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (OBAMA: He was a flop before he became a flipper.)
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To: mylife

Any video of this? I’d love to see it.


32 posted on 09/06/2008 4:03:47 PM PDT by Lent
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To: Chet 99

McCain is now probably stunned at what happens when you make nice
with the Republican base.
(Heck, I know I am after seeing the photos on this thread!)

Without Palin, I suspect that crowd would be significantly smaller.

Remember, Colorado Springs is home-base for James Dobson’s “Focus
on The Family” and some mega-churches (Ted Haggard’s former flock)

McCain could count on the military families in the area...but with
Palin, the ranks have swollen.


33 posted on 09/06/2008 4:03:54 PM PDT by VOA
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To: goldstategop

You were there?

Was it a h00t!?


34 posted on 09/06/2008 4:04:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Whoaa! is that Cindy “lauper” McCain?

She is an independent woman, and always has been. She dresses like one, at her own expense.

Nothing wrong with that. I like her style. I wouldn't have the guts to pull it off, but it really works for Cindy.

When she has to, she wears a pink cast on her right wrist due to a recurring wrist injury.

I like her. :-D

35 posted on 09/06/2008 4:04:05 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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McCain’s new cast of thousands, all unknown

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2076296/posts

“Since setting out from St. Paul Thursday night with his new running mate Sarah Palin, John McCain is for the first time being regularly welcomed by Obama-style crowds.

A midday rally Saturday at an airport hangar here seems to have pulled McCain’s third straight showing of over 10,000 attendees... Staff had projected only 1,000 to show up yesterday for a morning rally in a Milwaukee suburb, they said, while an estimated 12,000 ended up flooding Cedarbury’s small-town streets.”


36 posted on 09/06/2008 4:04:33 PM PDT by Clairity (To learn about upcoming events go to http://www.johnmccain.com and enter your zipcode)
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To: Chet 99

Not many photos in this election cycle have made me utter a profanity out loud, but this one sure did. That is one impressive crowd photo!!


37 posted on 09/06/2008 4:04:37 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: Lent

Dunno. I just heard a blurb on ABC.

McCain sounds energized. Barama sounds rattled and unsure


38 posted on 09/06/2008 4:05:28 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: goldstategop

Did you attend?


39 posted on 09/06/2008 4:05:55 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: cmsgop

It’s real because the event was sold out.


40 posted on 09/06/2008 4:06:05 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: fanfan

Further cementing her philanthropist credentials, Cindy McCain announced that she will be traveling to airfields in impoverished nations to act as human landing beacon.
41 posted on 09/06/2008 4:06:05 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity... FREE LAZAMATAZ!!)
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To: Yossarian

And here we have this huge, spontaneous crowd of citizen supporters waiting to see and show support to the GOP candidates. No theatrics, and not a styrofoam Greek column in sight!


42 posted on 09/06/2008 4:06:40 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: fanfan

I like her too. I found her Bio very impressive.

Still....It had to be said.. L0L


43 posted on 09/06/2008 4:06:49 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Yossarian

I know what you mean. Ditto, that!


44 posted on 09/06/2008 4:06:56 PM PDT by rabidralph (She shoots, she scores!)
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To: Yossarian

Stop it yer killing me! L0L


45 posted on 09/06/2008 4:07:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: impeachedrapist
I wasn't able to attend today but that was fantastic!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

46 posted on 09/06/2008 4:08:19 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Chet 99
Springs crowd cheers McCain, Palin

By John Ingold and Christopher N. Osher
The Denver Post

From left, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Cindy McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared before more than 10,000 people Saturday at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

COLORADO SPRINGS — In just the second day of campaigning together, Republican Presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, gave a command performance of their convention week speeches to a crowd of more than 10,000 here.

McCain and Palin hit popular notes from their big-stage speeches by promising to rein in government spending, lead America to energy independence and win the war in Iraq.

"There's no place more appropriate than here in Colorado Springs, with all the great service of people from here, to tell you this: We are winning in Iraq," McCain said, drawing some of the biggest cheers of his 15-minute speech.

"We'll bring our men and women home in honor and in victory and not in defeat," he added later.

Palin, whose applause perhaps even eclipsed McCain's, attacked Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for what she said was a lack of leadership. She said she and McCain were a "team of mavericks" who could change politics in Washington.

"There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you, and that man is John McCain," she said to huge roars from the crowd.

The pair did touch on one new issue amid the encore of their more familiar lines. In a nod to news that the federal government takeover of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is possibly in the works, both McCain and Palin mentioned the troubled firms.

"The McCain-Palin administration will make them smaller and smarter and more effective for homeowners who need their help," Palin said.

Afterward, audience members were almost euphoric.

"It was fantastic. Exciting. Energizing," said Elizabeth Findley, who brought her 4-year-old daughter to the speech and held up a sign reading, "A Mom 4 a Maverick."

"It was so energizing to hear him in person."

"And they've got a good message," chimed in Brent Meyer, a Navy reservist and Findley's boyfriend.

Campaign staff say more than 10,000 people got tickets to crowd into and overflow out of an airplane hangar at the Colorado Springs airport. They began lining up as early as 5:30 a.m., even though doors for the event didn't open until 9 a.m.

By the time doors did open, traffic jammed for miles around the airport and the line of people waiting to get in wound for several hundred yards around large hangars.

"We wanted to be here for this memorable day," explained Patricia Strawser, who left her Denver house with her husband, Tom, at 5 a.m.

They arrived at the airport at 6 a.m. and found 50 people already in line ahead of them.

"I've never done anything like this before," said Tom Strawser, who wore a cowboy hat adorned with little American flags. "Nothing."

The crowd seemed made up of both veterans of political rallies and first-timers. Patricia Strawser said she worked for Democrat Al Gore's campaign in 2000. Tom Strawser said McCain's pick of Palin, the quick-witted, charismatic and conservative Alaska governor, made all the difference.

"Sincerity," Tom Strawser summed it up. "She's very authentic. I've never been inspired by anyone else like this except Bobby Kennedy."

"It has energized the base," added Patricia Strawser, a naturalized citizen from Colombia who said she became a Republican because she feels it's the party of moral values. "And it shows how bright John McCain is. He knows how the game is played. It is game on now."

Indeed people in the crowd said Palin has brought an enthusiasm level to the McCain campaign that now rivals that of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's famously devoted supporters.

"Military moms means what they say," Cathi Judy, 52, of Penrose, whose husband is serving in the Army in Iraq and who has two children serving in the military, said in reference to Palin and her son, who is also in the military.

Radio show host Dan Caplis stirred up the crowd by pointing out several Republican women who hold elected office in the state.

"It just seems funny to hear Barack Obama say that he's for equal opportunity for women," Caplis said. "Tell that to Hillary Clinton."

He then led the crowd in chants of "Palin power!"

Sitting high up in the bleachers adjacent to the stage, Lorena Mitchell said she thought McCain would have gotten a rousing reception in Colorado Springs regardless of whom he chose as his running mate.

"This is typical El Paso County," said Mitchell, a Colorado Springs resident who is a lifelong Republican and has served as a party precinct chair for several years.

She said she has attended rallies for five presidents and several presidential candidates but has never seen McCain speak in person.

"I thought, 'Gosh, if he's this close, I ought to come see him and show people I support him,' " she said.

But sitting down in the crowd, Mitchell's brother, George Mitchell, said he wasn't so sure. Mitchell, a Democrat, said he came with his sister and his girlfriend, who is also a Republican. He held a sign reading "Maverick" over his head, but he said that was to block the intense morning sun.

"I'm still undecided," he said. "I came here to see what he looks like. Obama scares me, too."

And, as for Palin, he was equally skeptical.

"I have nothing against hockey moms, don't get me wrong," he said, invoking Palin's oft-quoted self characterization. "But c'mon, you've got to have a little more experience than that."

Lorena Mitchell chuckled at her brother's skepticism.

"I think this will change his mind," she said.

An overflow crowd turned out for a rally featuring Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

From left, Cindy McCain, John McCain and Sarah Palin greet the crowd at the Colorado Jet Center on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

From left, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Cindy McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared before more than 10,000 people Saturday at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

A large crowd waits to enter the Colorado Jet Center for a John McCain rally in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008. (Chuck Bigger, Special to The Denver Post)

More than 10,000 people showed up for the John McCain rally in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

47 posted on 09/06/2008 4:08:57 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: MinuteGal

I like it!


48 posted on 09/06/2008 4:09:06 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Chet 99

‘O’-bee Whine Bama is in deep trouble.


49 posted on 09/06/2008 4:09:51 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: mylife
I'd advise every one again, to throw away the polls. I don't to see them to know how this is going. I learn more from observing the campaigns in action than I do from a bunch of numbers!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

50 posted on 09/06/2008 4:10:29 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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