JUST IN: McCain gives 10-minute speech

SANDUSKY By 2 p.m. the crowd grew restless, shouting chants, "USA, GO MCCAIN!"
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

By 2 p.m. the crowd grew restless, shouting chants, "USA, GO MCCAIN!"

Sen. John McCain's "Straight Talk Express" bus arrived at 2:14 p.m. to shouts and cheers from the crowd. Signs made by the local Republican party waved back and forth.

Pacing in the Washington Park gazebo, McCain gave about a 10-minute speech alongside Joe the Plumber.

Find more photos from the rally in our photo gallery.

"I know how important Ohio is," he said, discussing how the heartland of America should support him. If they do, he said, he'll never, never let them down. "I know that Ohio's hurting."

Joe the Plumber also said a few words.

"Take back our government," was among them.

McCain, his wife and entourage left the stage at about 2:25 p.m., shaking hands and waving to a cheering crowd as music blared in the background. They left the area by 2:30 p.m.

The presidential candidate was originally slated to speak at 1 p.m. Thousands were corraled back by yellow tape as the Teamsters and John McCain supporters chanted for Barack Obama and McCain.

A Secret Service agent monitored the crowd from the roof of a building at Wayne and Washington streets, other agents strolled among the crowd, keeping an eye on those gathered.

Earlier, a line wrapped around Adams Junior High School to Hancock Street to get into the fenced area close to the gazebo.

Read in Friday's Register all about the event, what people thought about it and what McCain had to say aboard his bus following the event.