MEETING AT THE SUMMIT

Notes – Quotes & Anecdotes from McCain & Palin in Green.

OBSERVATION:

*    Over the last six months I’ve covered John McCain in just about every corner of this state and I can say without a doubt this was the most energetic, enthusiastic and for that matter young of all the events.  Past rally’s have been made up of alot of retirees but this one had alot of families.

QUOTE:

*     “Someone called me a redneck woman once and you know what I said back?  Thank you very much.”                   -Sarah Palin to Country Music Singer Gretchen WIlson who has a song “Redneck Woman.”  It’s a comment that will play well not only in parts of Ohio but Western Pennsylvania after Democratic Congressman John Murtha called some of his constituents rednecks.

WHOSE FROM ARIZONA AND WHOSE FROM ALASKA:

*  The picture of the day to me (and I’ll try to grab a frame of the video to post) was a three shot of 7-year-old Piper Palin and Cindy McCain standing behind Sarah Palin as she spoke.  What’s funny is Cindy McCain’s wearing a black turtleneck, a pink wool jacket, a shawl and gloves.  Piper Palin meanwhile is standing there wearing a dress with short sleeves.  Whose from Arizona and whose from Alaska?

AKRON CONNECTION:*    In addition to Gretchen Wilson, country music star Lee Greenwood (“Proud to be an American”) was also on hand.  He thanked the Summit County crowd for the gift of his wife who was born in Akron.

WHAT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO ASK

*     With McCain’s focus on winning the White House now counting on Pennsylvania (which hasn’t voted Republican for President since 1988) I would have loved to have put him on the spot by asking him Penn State or Ohio State this Saturday night?   Joe Paterno is a McCain backer but his son, Quarterbacks Coach Jay Paterno backs Obama. 

THANKS MARK JOHNSON:

*     The weather cooperated perfectly for the event which was held out in the open air.  McCain had hoped to have his Strongsville rally two weeks ago outside as well but rain forced it inside.  This marks the first time this year in covering McCain or Obama this year we weren’t inside a poorly ventilated gym and for that I am thankful.

Palin & McCain in Green

Palin & McCain in Green

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