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McCain Campaign Crowds Grow Exponentially

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McCain Campaign Crowds Grow Exponentially Saturday in Colorado Springs, about 10,000 people waved American flags. The number seemed unfathomable to the campaign just last month. So what happened? Two words: Sarah Palin. A typical McCain event before he announced the Alaska governor as his running mate averaged only about 1,000 people. Now 5,000 has been the low end of turnout in the last few days, and the biggest event last weekend drew about 11,000.

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Why does it matter, though? People are saying now that interest is turning to Palin simply because she's new to the scene. Wasn't Obama relatively new to the scene at the beginning of the campaign? I'm not saying its negative in the least, but why is it necessarily positive that Obama has had more people? The media also covered a lot more of his speeches, giving more people the chance to see them. In 2004 more people were interested in Bush-does that mean they were right? Obama has also benefited (numbers-wise) from a drawn-out Democratic primary. Honestly, I am genuinely confused as to why you seem to enjoy bringing up numbers so much when it comes to Obama.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Throughout the campaign -- Obama has had more people watch his speeches - period.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I don't think anyone is voting based off tv ratings either, but some of Obama's supporters constantly talk about his ability to draw crowds as if it's one of his biggest assets. The point is, even if you factor in some of the things you mentioned, torg, Obama and McCain had about the same amount of interest in their speeches.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It was in response to dream's first post. The point was that judging by sheer numbers doesn't matter because they are close in terms of numbers.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
no, I don't think it does matter particularly. But when I first heard that it struck me as off and the more I read and consider it, the more I think it's wrong. But I don't think anyone is voting based on tv ratings.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I thought the point was that more people watched McCain's acceptance speech, and my point is just that I don't believe that to be true.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Does it matter who "won" the viewing contest? McCain's camp has done its best to turn Obama's popularity into a bad thing anyway. Next thing you know, Obama will be running ads comparing McCain to Liza Minelli and Elizabeth Taylor.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Yeah, I wanted to be careful to say hearing about watch parties was anecdotal, just how it seemed to me personally since I live in a blue neighborhood.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
In looking into PBS and CSPAN, both of whom calculate their numbers independently, so there wasn't really a reporting discrepancy, they were just not included in the Nielsen numbers, but it looks like Obama had the slight edge on PBS and McCain did on CSPAN, so the overall edge still goes to McCain. Anyway, my point was that neither candidate really enjoys exponentially more support than the other, so it's silly to look at sheer numbers.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Maybe you heard more about the Obama watch parties because those are the ones you would be more interested in. I personally heard a lot more about McCain watch parties. I will have to look up the PBS and CSPAN thing.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
It seems to me that personally, I heard a lot about Obama watch parties but not a lot about ones for McCain. Also, it seems like young people, a group more likely to support Obama, would also be more likely to watch online. And the discrepancy regarding PBS and cspan, if Im recalling correctly, were that they were counted in one case and not in the other. I would look it up but Im posting on my phone and it doesn't have copy and paste for me to provide links anyways. And I know the purported difference is 500,000 and 50,000 extra people inthe stadium is only 10% of the difference but that combined with the other issues makes me skeptical.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
McCain's had 500,000 more viewers, so even if you factor in the extra 50,000, he comes out ahead. And, of course television ratings are never 100% accurate, but all of the things that you mentioned would also account in drops for McCain's numbers, so they would come close to evening out.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I know a lot of people are saying more people watched McCain's speech, but I'm not buying it. First, those ratings don't take into account the live Internet streams or watch parties at houses and bars. Second, I read something about a discrepancy about counting viewers of cspan and PBS. And third, did they factor in the extra 50,000 or so who didn't watch it on TV because they were there?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Speaking of voices, I hate McCain's voice. It is so harsh and raspy. I like Obama's voice, but I hate listening him speak. He pauses like every 5 words at the wrong time to gather his thoughts or something. I get all my speeches via radio and it's kind of hard to get through some of them!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
But, if we are judging by sheer numbers, McCain did have more people watch his acceptance speech than Obama. So, I don't think this can all be attributed to Palin. (Of course, some of it can.)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING POST IS A JOKE. And, of course McCain doesn't have as many people at his rallies as Obama. These rallies are usually held in the middle of the day, when Republicans are at work.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I would much rather see McCain than Palin. I think his life story is much more interesting and I agree with him politically more than I do her.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I really don't think it's so terrible to wonder if part of the large crowd is due to curiosity about Palin. She's interesting! She's scandalous and polarizing. I'm paying attention to her, even though I dislike her.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I had a feeling you were kidding :)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Sorry, I didn't have a smiley at the end of my statement, so you didn't know I was kidding. :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Kidding! Dave, I don't think you're an idiot. I swear :) And thanks, I like my av too. I wish I had that bumper sticker.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Aww... poor UnDave. :rotfl:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
BLUE! :rotfl:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Ummmm....hey look a dancing pickle! :pepino:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Blues, are you implying that I am a total idiot? I love the Av, BTW.
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