Biden's last rally drew 1,000!
Palin draws crowd of 60,000 in The VillagesA massive crowd of senior citizens waiting four hours in the hot sun is a good reminder that SENIORS VOTE! And Obama's ageist attacks on John McCain, not to mention the wholesome appeal of Sarah Palin are a double whammy that gives McCain the edge among seniors in many polls.
By Bill Cotterell
Florida News Press
September 21, 2008
The Villages, a vast, upscale planned community north of Orlando, has about 70,000 mostly adult residents -- many of them military retirees -- who vote reliably Republican in statewide races. Tens of thousands inched along roads into the picturesque town square of the complex, where they stood in sweltering heat for about four hours as local GOP officials and a country band revved up the crowd.
"Sa-Rah! Sa-Rah!" they chanted at every mention of her name, applauding loudly and waiving tiny American flags that were distributed -- along with free water bottles -- by local volunteers. The fire chief estimated the crowd at 60,000.
Admiring throngs mobbed the Palin family's arrival and departure, snapping souvenir pictures. Autograph seekers thrust campaign signs, caps with the McCain-Palin logo and copies of magazines with her face on their covers, and the Palins responded warmly.
But it's not just seniors turning out for McCain and Palin. Massive crowds are the rule, not the exception.