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Originally posted by Sublime620
Last, they keep saying that liberals say that anyone who doesn't vote for Obama is racist. They said it over and over today on both Limbaugh and the Katz show afterwards.
The crowd at Sarah Palin’s speech at The Villages Sunday was widely reported as 20,000 or more, based largely on comments by security and public safety officials at the scene.
But late in the day, the McCain campaign quoted Mike Tucker, fire chief of The Villages, saying it was 60,000.
That drew some skepticism—if true, it would be not just the largest crowd ever for a campaign event in Florida, but something like three times the previous record, around 20,000 who came to the same site, Market Square in The Villages, to see George Bush in 2004.
But in an interview today, Tucker confirmed that’s his estimate. Tucker, who was fire chief in 2004, acknowledged that he believes it dwarfed the 2004 Bush crowd, which he estimated was 25,000.
It would be virtually impossible to prove him right or wrong, without analysis of aerial photos.
Estimating crowd sizes, particularly in irregularly shaped areas without seats, like Market Square, is difficult and subjective, and published estimates are politically charged. Many reporters use vague descriptions instead of hard numbers, or carefully attribute the numbers.