John McCain draws hundreds in Summerville

Friday afternoon saw what had to be a first for Summerville when two Presidential candidates held campaign rallies in Summerville, roughly 3-4 miles from each other. With approximately 30 people, Fred Thompson's event fizzled, but John McCain's event, held at Kelly's BBQ just outside of Summerville on US 78, saw between 300-400 attendees, including yours truly. If you've got any doubt about the turnout, just look at this photo:

There for the occasion were former Charleston County GOP chair Dr. Mark Hartley, S.C. Attorney General (and former SCGOP chair) Henry McMaster, Mayor of Importantville (and State House Speaker) Bobby Harrell, and Senator Lindsey Graham.

While I clearly support Rudy, this is a guy I hold great respect for. How can you not respect someone with his record of service to his country. Five years in NVA custody ... wowwww ...

McCain touched on his Vietnam experiences in a couple of quotes:

There were some great pilots, and obviously, some were better than I was since they didn't get shot down.

The rockets' red glare looks real nice until you see them up close and personal.

Much of the speech focused on defense issues, promising "no surrender" to terrorism and Iraq, condemming attacks on General Petraeus, and promising veterans a "card that can get you the health care you deserve, anywhere you need to go to get it".

He also promised action on greenhouse gases, and to spend more time "working to get things done" in a bipartisan manner, pointing out crossover support from Democrats such as Senator Joe Lieberman.

The event lasted about 30 minutes and saw much of the GOP network of Dorchester County turn out for the event, as well as those who were clearly military veterans. While originally planning to do some Q&A with the audience, delays in traffic and the unexpected large turnout shortened the plans for the event and McCain and company were out the door, headed for their next stop.

Special thanks are due to the McCain campaign, who always makes sure us bloggers receive equal standing to traditional media representatives. This included their senior on-site staff, Rick Quinn and Trey Walker, but also B.J. Boling, who works to make sure we bloggers are kept well in the loop and invited to events.

If this is the kind of turnout he can muster with little notice in Summerville, while other candidates are meeting groups of dozens, it's clear to see that McCain's second South Carolina try is meeting with much better success than his 2000 bid.

9 Response to "John McCain draws hundreds in Summerville"

  1. Anonymous 13/1/08 00:45
    booooooo !!!
  2. GM Ellis 13/1/08 00:45
    I am a huge fan of Sen. McCain, and I believe he is a true American hero. But he lost my support for President when he proposed his immigration "reform" bill.

    Fred Thompson is the only real conservative running. He is a federalist and believes in limited government. He supports the 2nd Amendment and the rest of the Constitution. He understands economics and why the American people should be deciding how to spend their money, not having Washington spend it for them. He is strong on national defense and understand the threat caused by global terrorism. He is pro-life and always has been.

    Fred Thompson is the conservative choice, hands down!
  3. Anonymous 13/1/08 00:52
    boooooo too self-righteous arrogant "my guy or the highway" types !!! bboooooooooo!!!!!!!!
  4. Speaker's mafia 13/1/08 07:27
    You little people will learn that a made guy like McCain will be the nominee and the President.

    Learn to live with it. It is going to happen. McCain is a made guy, he has his button.

    This thing of ours always nominates the made guy. Don't you read history?
  5. harbison blvd columbia moye 13/1/08 19:19
    nice crowd mcmaster did his job at this one
  6. Anonymous 13/1/08 22:33
    When Mitt snares the nomination, Hilary will take McCain as her running mate, John Edwards isn't butch enough and Barack is too butch and Jessee Jacksonish
  7. Mike's America 14/1/08 10:49
    It would appear that many voters in SC think it's "McCain's turn."

    But if you look at the record of GOP candidate's whom voters select because it's their "turn" most of them lose.
  8. west_rhino 14/1/08 12:05
    The McCain laurels, as a naval aviator are impressive and worthy of praise, but the McCain record in the senate leads one to the question of what real coat-tails are some of these mullahs of the GOP going to ride... wasn't it 1-900-Van-Hipp's turn that Mark Sanford and his "liberal ties" stole?
  9. Denny 14/1/08 20:28
    McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.

    McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

    McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing Authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.

    McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.

    McCain-Reimportantion of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety.

    John McCain is a centrist at best and no friend to true conservatives.

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