‘Nothing is inevitable here’

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — An icy rain didn’t stop thousands from turning out for a McCain-Palin rally this morning in Hershey, Pa., and they were fired up by John McCain’s never-say-die speech.

“Let me give you the state of the race today,” the candidate said. “There’s one week to go. We’re a few points down. The pundits have written us off, just like they’ve done before.” (Damn those pundits!)
Most polls show the Republican trailing by double digits in Pennsylvania, a statistic belied by the enthusiasm of the crowd inside the Giant Center at Hershey Park.

“My opponent is working out the details with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid of their plans to raise your taxes, increase spending, and concede defeat in Iraq,” McCain said. “He’s measuring the drapes, and he’s planned his first address to the nation for before the election. I guess I’m old fashioned about these things I prefer to let the voters weigh in before presuming the outcome. . . . Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit.”

A planned outdoor rally in Quakerstown, Pa., was canceled due to the weather — 43 degrees and rainy — and McCain flew to Fayetteville, N.C., for an event, while Sarah Palin will come here to Shippensburg University for a 5 p.m. rally. A long line is already queued up outside the Heiges Field House. I’m temporarily filing from the Starbucks at the university library, where I just overheard a student on her cell phone: “Dude, Sarah Palin’s here. . . . Yeah, I saw her and I was like, ‘Wazzup?'” (She explained was just kidding with her brother.)

(Cross-posted at The Other McCain)

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