As the presidential campaign heated up, both candidates and their running mates tried to capture the vote of the sports fans. Here are some of the top sports-related moments of the campaign:
October 30"I am thrilled to be here in the home state of the world-champion Philadelphia Phillies."-Sarah Palin, Erie, Pa. Philadelphia is a seven-hour drive from Erie. The crowd -- split even between Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians fans -- booed the vice-presidential nominee for her Phillies endorsement.
October 30"My wife Jill is from suburban Philadelphia. She is the most rabid Philly fan, most rabid Flyer fan, most rabid -- any team in Philadelphia. I'm on the campaign trail, she says 'Joe I'm going to the series.' So on Monday night in the rain, hair matted down, sitting outside soaking wet, she sat through the whole deal."-Joe Biden, Williamsport, Penn.
October 24McCain campaigns with John Elway in Denver.
October 20"Give it up for the Rays! I have said from the beginning that I am a unity candidate, bringing people together. So when you see a White Sox fan showing love to the Rays, and the Rays showing some love back, you know we're onto something right here."-Barack Obama, Tampa Fla., the day after the Rays eliminated the Red Sox to advance to the World Series.October 11Sarah Palin drops the puck at the Flyers season opener against the Rangers.October 11"Since the White Sox are out of it, I'll root for the Phillies now."-Barack Obama, Phildelphia, after the Rays eliminated his hometown White Sox
October 8"This is a man who endured great adversity yet remained loyal to this nation. We need heroes like this."-Brady Quinn, speaking at an Obama rally in Strongville, Ohio
October 2"I think I'm going to skip the last week of the presidential race if it's a crosstown series. We're just going to be back in Chicago, I'll tell America, 'Sorry guys, but I've got my priorities straight.'"-Barack Obama on ESPN Radio (Obama is a White Sox fan, his wife, Michelle, favors the Cubs)
September 26Wearing a Phillies windbreaker and blue jeans, Sarah Palin appears at the Irish Pub in Philadelphia hours before the first presidential debate. An enthusiastic crowd swarms to shake hands and pose with the Republican vice presidential nominee.
September 14Appearing with Red Sox star Curt Schilling and NASCAR legend Richard Petty, John McCain speaks at the Sylvania 300 NASCAR race in Loudon, NH. McCain laid a Republican claim to the stock car fans' vote as many in the rain-soaked crowd cheered him. July 9''When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the physical pressures that were on me, I named the starting lineup -- defensive line -- of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron-mates,''-John McCain on KDKA-TV radio in Pittsburgh.
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