Skip to comments.Just how large WAS the Colorado Springs crowd at the McCain-Palin rally today?
Posted on 09/06/2008 5:21:05 PM PDT by politicket
Here's a picture that should put the lamestream media's lies to rest:
MSM= a few dozen supporters showed up...
Any News How Big the Crowds is forming in New Mexico
11k was the number I saw in one report.
That info should be coming in soon. It was an early evening rally.
And I’ll bet they didn’t even have a rock concert before the speeches.
I don’t know what lies the MSM are telling but one of my best friends lives in Colorado Springs and couldn’t get a FREE ticket - said they ran out within minutes on Friday when it was announced that they were available....she was po’d.....
That can’t be real, is it???
the AP will probably release a photoshopped doctored version; better
archive this one for comparison
The number I saw was 12K in the speaking area, plus another 36K who couldn’t be fit into the speaking area—and probably had to hear it on loudspeakers.
WOW! Cool pic.
I thought that was the # allowed inside.
A family member of mine thought about 10K but the local TV station said 1K.
Looks closer to 10K to me.
It is - and they were there to see Sarah
(and demonstrated patience while McWhatsHisName spoke)
looks like there is a change of plans. They going to really in Missiour, Ohio, Penn rallies early next week before she goes back to Alaska for a couple of days.
is streaming the Albuquerque rally. It is supposed to start at 7:00 MDT/8:00 CDT.
Truth? We're the press. The truth is what we say it is.
Thanks for the added pics....Colorado is for change, and Obambi is probably changing his skivvies right about now.
The number I saw was 12K in the speaking area, plus another 36K who couldnt be fit into the speaking areaand probably had to hear it on loudspeakers.
My family and I went this morning. 10,000 free tickets were given away as a way for the fire marshall to limit the size of the croud. A few extras came (as ticket control was not really enforced) plus the 100 or so volunteers did not need tickets, so I would say 11K was the right number. 11K was what was announced at the rally.
I did not see a large crowd of 35K listening on speakers. I’m sure just the 11K were there.
I’m in love with Sarah! (Don’t tell my wife!)
LOL!! Code Pinkos wouldn't dare step foot at a rally of that size.
Not because of injury to themselves, but because they would have 10,000 people praying for their souls.
Do you know if the 2nd plane there says McCain-Palin? I’m a little confused by the first picture in this post because it just had McCain, but another FReeper posted his pics earlier and the plane had McCain-Palin. So I was wondering if they were from the same event but just have different planes in the shot.
Wow, that looks as big as the million woman march: aka 10,000 or so.
And they didn’t even need a free rock concert?
It says McCain/Palin, RCFlyer has a post up with his own pics from today that show that better..
Sen. John McCain brought his presidential campaign to Colorado Springs on Saturday, testing the height of his post-convention "bounce" and laying down an early marker in an effort to bring swing-state Colorado into the Republican column on Election Day.
"We need to carry Colorado. We need to win!" he told a roaring crowd that spilled out of a hangar at the Colorado Jet Center, on the west side of the Colorado Springs Airport.
The Colorado Springs Police Department declined to provide an estimate of the crowd size, but a campaign spokesman, Tom Kise, said 13,000 had gone through security checks.
After spending Friday night at the Antlers Hilton, the candidates and dozens of staffers and media representatives motorcaded to the rally, arriving at 12:30 -- on schedule, but a long wait for the audience, which had been in place, tightly controlled by event security, since at least 10 a.m., listening to a string of speakers including Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera, State Attorney General John
Suthers and the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Bob Schaffer.
After waiting so long, the crowd was euphoric when McCain, his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, and McCain's wife, Cindy, took the stage.
Palin spoke first, warming up the crowd with a 10-minute condensation of her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. "With your help we're going to go to Washington and shake things up," she declared, and the crowd erupted again in cheers.
Palin recounted her efforts to control spending as governor of Alaska, reminding the crowd that she put the governor's jet plane on eBay. But most of her speech was devoted to praising McCain as a man of character, judgment and resolve. "He's the only man in this race who's got what it takes to lead our country," she told the crowd, which roared its approval.
McCain stepped to the podium and saluted "one of the finest institutions in the world, the United States Air Force Academy." He also praised Henry Cejudo, the local wrestler who won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The crowd was enthusiastic, but responded to McCain in a way that several members of the traveling press corps described as an emerging trend: McCain is getting his biggest applause when he praises Palin. When he reprised his acceptance-speech line - "I can't wait to introduce her to the big spenders in Washington, D.C." - the audience erupted in chants of "Sarah! Sarah!"
Then he delved into his stump speech, repeating his "change is coming" mantra as well as his promise that "the first earmarked, pork-barrel-laden, big-spending bill that comes across my desk, I'll veto it."
He was cheered again when he promised that "we will achieve energy independence in our time," developing alternate sources of electric power and energy-saving vehicles. "We'll drill new wells, and we'll drill them now," he said. "We can create 700,000 jobs by building 45 nuclear plants by the year 2030."
Most of McCain's speech was familiar to those who have followed him on the stump. But after being accused by his Democratic rivals, Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden, of ignoring the sputtering American economy during the Republican convention that ended Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., McCain addressed the subject in Colorado Springs.
"My friends, these are tough times," he said, quieting the crowd. "The jobs number" - a reference to the 6.1 percent unemployment rate announced on Friday - "is bad."
"You're worried about keeping your job or finding a new one," he said. "You're struggling to put food on the table and to stay in your home." But he promised to lead a government that will "stand on your side and not in your way," reigniting the audience's enthusiasm.
The only things the crowd disliked were mentions of Obama, Biden, any other Democrat or moveon.org, which McCain accused of libeling Gen. David Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq. All were booed lustily.
A police watch commander, Lt. Mark Compte, said the event went smoothly, with no arrests reported. "The only problems I'm aware of were traffic issues," Compte said.
The McCain-Palin appearance in Colorado Springs was only the third stop in their general-election campaign, which began on Friday when they visited the suburbs of Milwaukee and Detroit. After Colorado Springs the candidates and their entourage jetted off to another rally in Albuquerque.
Of the four states visited by McCain in the immediate aftermath of the GOP convention, three are generally regarded as swing states. But with less than two months till Election Day, Nov. 4, Colorado seems the closest to the Republicans' grasp. Pollster.com, which tracks other surveys to produce a "poll of polls," was showing the McCain campaign trailing by 2 percentage points in Colorado, by 5 points in Michigan, 7 points in New Mexico and 10 in Wisconsin.
But all those polls were conducted before McCain made Palin his surprise pick for vice president, and before the showcase of the Republican convention.
"It's going to be a really tough battle in Colorado," Palin told the crowd on Saturday. "But we will win."
As always in statewide races in Colorado, the key to the Republicans' chances is their ability to secure a heavy turnout in conservative Colorado Springs to counter the customary Democratic majority in Denver.
John Straayer, a political science professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, said the appearance by the McCain-Palin ticket so early in the general election campaign "reinforces what we have known all along: We continue to be a pivotal state."
While saying the Republicans stood to "get some mileage because of state media coverage" of the Colorado Springs event, Straayer wondered whether a rally intended to activate the social conservatives who predominate here would play well with the "chamber of commerce Republicans" he said are more common elsewhere in the state. These Republicans, he said, are "basically feeling the party has left them."
But the Colorado Springs rally was notable for the absence of any reference to social "wedge" issues like abortion or gay marriage.
This may have been the biggest event on the Colorado political calendar since the Democratic National Convention in Denver last month, but not all eyes were focused on the Springs. Denny Herzog, editor of the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, said the McCain-Palin event was overshadowed locally by the fall gathering of Club 20, a Western Slope civic organization, featuring a debate Saturday evening between the U.S. Senate candidates Mark Udall and Bob Schaffer.
"It's kind of the high point of the political season" in his part of the state, Herzog said. "I think if that were not going on there'd be a fair amount more interest" in the McCain-Palin appearance.
Herzog said he expected numerous forays by both presidential campaigns into Colorado before Nov. 4. "I think we'll see a bunch of all four of them," he said. "I don't know if this is any more important."
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Easily greater than 10K
I’ve been bitching that McCain has not been web casting their events since Palin came in to the picture. I’m very happy to seem them webcasting on ustream but they need to turn the chat on!!!!
If the MSM were estimateing this as an Obama crowd, it would be Three Million Loyal Supporters!
Since they are estimating this as a McCain Turnout, this huge group would be called a few hundred drifters that happened by!
WOW!!!!!!!! GO SARAH AND JOHN!!! MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
In Michigan, we heard Sarah speak and left.
Senator McCain will never again be McWhatshisname to me.
I may not agree with everything he says, but he has my eternal gratitude for choosing Governor Palin.
Reminds me a bit of the pro-US rallies in S. Korea and Venezuela that *never happened*, according to our so-called “media”.
My guess is that had they had even the slightest clue that so many people were going to be inspired by this ticket that they would have gone after a much larger venue.
When we got the tickets they told us that they had an overwhelming demand and had to cut off the amount given out.
Palin’s selection By John McCain along with the convention and his renewal to his reformist roots has this headed to for being a very tightly contested election.
As a Coloradan - I'll be doing everything I can to see that he wins it.
I, too, saw the earlier shot of the second plane which was marked McCain Palin. My guess is the campaign has added a second aircraft for press. McCain/Palin came out of the convention with $200 million and more pouring in around the clock.
GOD chose Governor Palin for the VP slot. McCain was just the vessel that He used.
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