July 3rd, 2007
11:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Schneider: Where does McCain go from here?

Watch CNN's Bill Schneider analyze why McCain lags in fundraising and polls.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The latest news from the McCain campaign is not good.

John McCain started this campaign as the establishment candidate. He's running in a party that usually nominates the establishment candidate. McCain made peace with his old rival, George W. Bush, and recruited some key Bush operatives and contributors for his campaign.

What happened?

"We believed that we would raise over $100 million during this calendar year and we constructed a campaign that was based on that assumption," McCain campaign manager Terry Nelson said in a conference call. "We believe today that that assumption is not correct."

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Stephen, Tampa, FL

    He goes home and retires, lives out his days in the desert.

    July 3, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Jerry Gertiser

    I think the message is that the american people does not support, Bush, his war, and those who support his war. He is beating the wrong drum.

    July 3, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Bill, Columbus, OH

    "McCain made peace with his old rival, George W. Bush, and recruited some key Bush operatives and contributors for his campaign."

    Hmmm that could be a problem right there. Fear-mongering, war-mongering, and touting the illusion of safety are no longer the way to win over the American people. You associate with Bush, you lose.

    July 3, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Travis

    I really think he would do better as: John McCain, Independent, Arizona.

    July 3, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    John, you had so much opportunity but throwing your support behind Bush & his war is killing you. Declaring how safe a Baghdad market is while under escort by more than a dozen Marines, an armed convoy, and several Blackhawks overhead made you look ridiculous and out of touch with reality.

    Re-discover yourself as the John McCain of 1999-2000 and try again in 2012 (if a Democratic candidate is in the White House in 2009).

    July 3, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Ed Jennings, Brazoria Texas

    Skeletor ruined himself by voting for immigration amnesty. He is a liberal , much as the President has turned out to be. My prediction is that he will do as Kennedy has: wallow in the Senate in perpetuity after being passed over for President.

    July 3, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Joe, Florida

    I think the message is that the american people does not support, Bush, his war, and those who support his war. He is beating the wrong drum.

    No, I think the message is that the conservative base will not tolerate amnesty for illegal aliens. The harder he pushed the immigration bill, the faster his financial support faded.

    July 3, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Ralph H. Houston, TX

    McCain was wrong in supporting amnesty for the illegals. He and other politicians have forgotten that this is the USA. A country of legal immigrants who actually WANTED to assimilate to American values and learn english. They did not come here waving flags of foreign countries demanding American rights. They are not sending billions of tax free dollars to their country of origin. McCain has forgotten who he represents. That is why he and Bush has lost alot of support from the American people, including myself.

    July 3, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Mark C, Morehead City NC

    What happened was that by embracing Bush he sold out and became just another politician. His appeal in 2000 was that he was a maverick. As an insider he's just a cranky over-the-hill candidate with unpopular positions on the war and immigration policy.

    July 3, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Mary, Holland, MI

    He took a gamble on his positions on Iraq and immigration–siding with the Bush administration on both issues. He may have won some favor within the administration, but the American people disgree with him on both issues. He took a gamble, and it looks like he'll lose. I liked him better when he thought for himself. He lost my respect when he decided to side with the current administration.

    July 3, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. bret, atl, ga

    Don't forget the immigration thing. I've been really surprised at how much people really hate that stuff. Bye bye, McCain, and good riddance.

    July 3, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Where does McCain go from here? You mean packing it up and going home isn't obvious?

    July 3, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Sean W. Lawton, Peoria, AZ

    Although he has my respect for enduring his torture and imprisonment as a P.O.W. in Viet Nam, he is first and foremost, a politician.

    He can not get Arizona's problems under control. As a presidential candidate, why would we want more of the same?

    With regards to his political opinions, well, let's see which way the Republican wind is blowing today. There you will find this "public servant" waving in the breeze.

    Come on, John, Give us a break. Get your butt on your so-called "Straight Talk Express", come back to Arizona, and GET TO WORK.

    Either that, or grab your crony John Kyl, and LEAVE!

    July 3, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Darrel, Atlanta, Georgia

    Its time for him to go home, retire and enjoy his remaining years. The american people do not support the war or anyone who does.

    July 3, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Chas Buffalo, NY

    McCain was a staunch critic of this administration and rightly so – now he's towing the party line. DId the party bosses get to him? If so, they've destroyed his campaign.

    July 3, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. jason moxter, olathe ks

    I had the greatest respect for McCain and would have supported him until he decided to sell his soul to the ultra-right!

    July 3, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Jon, Sacramento - CA

    Those of you who think McCain is struggling because he supported the War in Iraq – must be democrats! There are quite a few other Republican candidates that supported the war and are doing quite well raising dollars. McCain moved one too many times to the far left (Amnesty bill) and alienated his core constituents. His best chance is running as an Independent.

    July 3, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. c

    nowhere. stop trying to help him out cnn. we know he is your love darling mavrick, but we don't like him.

    July 3, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. chris,hampton roads,VA

    I supported and voted for McCain when he ran in 2000 against Bush–the establishment hated him and he had the support of frustrated REpublicans like myself who felt George W. was severely underqualified to be President and merely a pawn of the so-called Neo-cons.NOw –I know who McCain–a politician who will say anything for a vote–he's just like the rest of them.

    July 3, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |