December 26th, 2007
09:01 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain tries to lower expectations in Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (CNN) - John McCain, who returned to Iowa on Wednesday for a series of campaign stops in advance of next week's caucuses, was quick to tell reporters that his campaign has a "very, very long way to go" in the state.

The Arizona senator said he was pleased to pick up endorsements from the Des Moines Register and Quad City Times, but that he wasn’t "enough of a strategist" to talk about how the Iowa caucuses will affect the rest of the presidential race.

"I know it's very, very difficult, but we continue to work," McCain said of his Iowa chances. "I think it always has significance, but honestly it's how the media to a large degree portrays winners and losers and expectations and comeback kids and all that. So I would ask you: How am I doing?"

McCain, who spoke to reporters before a small town hall meeting, said he thought the immigration issue, and his lack of support for ethanol subsidies, had dragged him down in Iowa polls.

When asked about the recent attacks on his campaign by Republican rival Mitt Romney, McCain responded: “I think I appreciate all the attention and … I just have to quote from the Concord Monitor and the Union-Leader. It's not unexpected. We're doing fine and I view it as a sign of the success we're having in New Hampshire."

McCain, who has received several major newspaper endorsements in the Granite State, is tied for the lead with Romney, or a close second, in most recent polls of GOP primary voters there.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Patrick, Denver Colorado

    Come on McCain just state your positions and why you believe this way and I truely believe the public will come to your side.

    December 27, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. G


    December 27, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. Daniel, NY

    With new polls showing him barely trailing Romney in Iowa now, McCain is clearly emerging as a huge contender for the nomination. Check out these detailed analysis that ranks the candidates - and finds McCain to be the front-runner and at the head of the game.

    December 27, 2007 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  4. Cody - Starkville, MS

    Can Dennis Kucinich win? Most would say no... but you should do a little research before you jump to any conclusions! Not ALL polls are like CNN's, which put Kucinich at 2 or 3 percent.

    Research his background, his voting record, and his policies. If you agree with the man, vote for him. Don't sell yourself short and don't wuss out and vote for someone more "electable."

    Did you know that the "front-runner" of polls for the Democratic nominee hasn't gone on to win the nomination in over three decades?

    It is still very much undecided and surprises do happen. You might be interested to know that there are several polls which are highly in favor of Dennis Kucinich. His campaign isn't quite as much of a longshot as some media pundits would have you believe. Check out this website: KUCINICHCANTWIN.COM

    Support the one who will actually do what he says– don't buy into the "electability!" Vote for who deserves your vote! It's YOUR vote!


    December 27, 2007 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  5. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    You may not agree with McCain but you know where he stands ... not "pro-ethanol subsidies" in Iowa and against them in New Hampshire ... unlike others candidates we all know....

    Not like Preacher Mike who has to wave his rifle and show you a pile of dead birds to prove how manly he is.

    December 27, 2007 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  6. David, Rensselaer, Indiana

    McCain needs to withdraw from the race and endorse Ron Paul. That would be the patriotic thing to do. Ron Paul is the most consistent and constitutional candidate in the entire bunch.

    December 27, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Anon. Independent in NH

    I would eagerly vote for McCain if Obama gets the Democratic nomination. Can't imagine how anyone with an ounce of good common sense could put their trust into his empty promises and false hopes.

    Of course whoever gets the GOP nod would end up eating him alive anyway in the debates.

    Appears you CAN fool most of the people all of the time 😦

    December 27, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    McCain has a long road ahead of him. It is going to be hard to recover from losing to a fake conservative in 2000 as well as the immigration situation and the support for the war after he thought that it was a bad idea.

    I think that he might recover somewhat to punch a few holes in a few other candidates. It just won't be enough to make it to the nomination though. I might have voted for him in 2000, but not now.

    December 27, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Steve Blaine Washington

    A requirement to be President and Vice President is listed in the Constitution and requires that both be native born. The issue regarding President was in initial Constitution and for the Vice President was in the 12th Amendment.
    The reason for both cases was to prevent someone not native born from gaining control of the military and is the reason given by framers of original Constition for inclusion of term for President which passed without debate or discussion.
    McCain was born in the Canal Zone
    and until 1977 the Canal Zone was leased property like Guantonomo Bay in Cuba.
    Until recently McCain claimed on his website he was entitled to native born status due to Act dated 26 Mar 1790 giving native born status to some children of citizens born outside the States. However, this Act was repealed by Act of 29 Jan 1795 Sections 1&2 which does not mention the words native born and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which also does not mention the term native born either.
    So how does John McCain qualify to run for President without a constitutional
    amendment removing the term native born from the Constitution and subsequent ratification by the proper number of States?

    December 27, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Sean J.

    4 words
    "Dead in the water"

    December 27, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. felice, Fredericksburg, VA

    McCain is the same old out of touch republican like "Jr. Shrub" who is currently occupying the White House. Are people seriously considering this guy? He is probably the dullest and most boring candidate EVER. I lost respect for him long ago when he stopped his " straight talk" and became a puppet and mouthpiece for "Jr. Shrub". Thanks John for your service in the military. NO THANKS- Don't need you as President.

    December 27, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. ne,pa.

    The draft will return if McCain gets in!
    He thrives on war!

    December 27, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Jose

    Many peoples say McCain is a follower of Bush, Cheney ways. Do many peoples no that McCain has two sons serving in the military. One son serves in Iraq. He is 19 and in the Marines, the other is in the Navy. Why would any persons question his intent to stay in war?


    December 27, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Joe


    December 27, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Brett, Phoenix, AZ

    I live in Arizona and we are trying to recall John McCain – he sold us Americans out this may with his Amnesty plan with Kennedy – come on grandpa – don't vote for a neo-con like John McCain – your grandson needs you to vote for Ron Paul – the only candidate talking about the real issues and has real solutions

    December 27, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  16. annette

    McCain is too depressing to listen to, can you amagine him as President mopping around with his doom and gloom voice? Is this man EVER happy?

    Lighten up already! Sound a little happy, please...

    December 27, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. Michael N.

    McCain will finish 6th in Iowa behind Ron Paul.

    December 28, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |