January 2nd, 2008
01:08 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain to serve only one term?

McCain is campaigning in New Hampshire.

McCain is campaigning in New Hampshire.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican John McCain seemed to suggest Wednesday that if he wins the White House he may only serve one term.

According to the Boston Globe, the 71 year-old candidate was asked whether he will have the ability to serve a full eight years as president, while campaigning in New Hampshire.

"If I said I was running for eight years, I'm not sure that would be a vote getter," McCain responded.

McCain often jokes about his age on the campaign trail - he would be the nation’s oldest first-term president - but the Arizona senator points to his energetic 95-year-old mother as evidence his age is a non-factor.

According to the Globe, McCain later clarified his statement, saying, "I think the decision as to whether to run for re-election has to do with the circumstances at the time. I really do. You shouldn't run for eight years. Because then you think you've got eight years to get these things done."

A McCain spokesman said the Arizona senator was not suggesting he would not seek a second term.

"He was simply stating that on his first day in the Oval Office he will be focused on the big problems the country faces – not on re-election strategy sessions," she said.

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    America needs McCain to take two terms but he can get the job done in one term. I rest my case.

    January 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. John

    McCain is the only republican that can win against Hillary.

    Romney gets crushed by over 20 points.

    A vote for Romney is a vote for Hillary.

    McCain is leading by 8 percent over Hillary in Ohio and by 9 percent in Wisconsin.

    McCain is the only electable republican. Romney buying this nomination would set back the republican party a generation. He is the John Kerry of Republicans.

    January 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Rob

    Make it easy. Keep him out of office from the start. Support Romney.

    January 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Brian Tampa, FL

    Maybe we should consider putting someone who is a wise elder in office instead of someone who looks good on TV. Reagan worked out pretty well.

    January 2, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    Liked him in 2000, but can't vote for someone who sucked up to Bush so much during the last 6 years.

    January 2, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Rob

    Duncan Sounds like you have that sucking thing figured out.

    January 2, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. RB from the bay state

    Support Romney and get a Democrat back into the White House.

    January 2, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. ED winter park fl

    At his age he isn't a good bet for the first time at anything. Give it up john ,your bed is ready at the old folks home.

    January 2, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Jerry

    John get your mother to straighten them out!!!

    January 2, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Anom cal

    A vote for McCain is a vote for war!
    Ron Paul to end the war!

    January 2, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Jerry

    They said she is only 95 and in good health. Better than being 30 and stupid. Most jobs apts. can't ask age.

    January 2, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Don't kid yourself folks, Mitt' the guy to look into. He's the best total package candidate. Most of you who bash him are either Dem's or fake-Christians ( check your bible, real Christians do not judge others).

    January 2, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Seam, Philly, PA

    I am not sure this guy can serve 4 months! If elected, he would be the 1st President we would send to the nursing home.

    January 2, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Pippen, Arlington VA

    Once again the CNN Ticker presents a non-story and, in an unsettling trend, yet another misleading story.

    January 2, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Romney? Yeah, I want the guy who invented universal Capone Care (get them insured by pointing a gun to their head and making them buy insurance) and gave the idea to that shrew Hillary Clinton to be pres. He and Hillary are the same in my book, two plastic machine politicians saying anything they can and waffling on whatever they have to like it's just another hurdle to the White House. No thanks. Edwards? A pretty-boy class-hate-monger pitching Karl Marx's politics in Bill Clinton's packaging. Sorry, but attack-dogging corporations is irreconcileable with retaining and creating jobs for middle class Americans. Throwing red tape and lawsuits at businesses is just going to make them buy more machines to do the work, and chinese workers to man the machines. Ron Paul? Excuse me, did we try isolationism at the beginning of the last century and discover it didn't work? Now he wants to use it as the cornerstone of our foreign policy for the next century.

    I want a real choice in the next election, one that doesn't burn me to a cinder when one side or the other wins. That's a McCain vs. Obama election. Obama has vision and optimism, and at least he weighs it against pragmatism and forms his own opinions (as opposed to being blindly led by interest groups). And as for McCain, he's not afraid to stick his neck out for something unpopular and take a whack or two if he feels that's in the best interest of the country. That IS what this is all about in the end folks, what's going to be best for us. When all the campaign platitudes and promises are done who is in it to do something for us, and who's just in it to win two terms and leave. I'm just not convinced that Clinton, Edwards or Romney are in this for anything other than personal egrandisement, and that our best interests will not be lost along the way. In Ron Paul's case it is in the service of an ideology he did not develop, nor has he fully understood the consequences of adherence too. Character counts, and no matter which side wins we're all stuck with the same president for the next four years. Once you get done sorting out who's the most electable, most ideologically correct, blah blah blah, ask yourself, which of these men is putting my interests in that office ahead of his own?

    January 3, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  16. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    The ONLY reason the weak McCain campaign is making a rebound is due to hard-nose tactics by the left-leaning media who is propping him up artificially. They are hell-bent on throwing a wrench in Romney's progress, because of 4 years of conservatism in the bluest state in the Union. Many suckers are taking the bait, and are temporarily forgetting how tenuous and lackluster John McCain's campaign has been. Remember his foreign policy gaffe, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? If the Republican voters vote for him it would be a return to the old Republican Merit System, just like it was with Bob Dole. Remember? And I do believe the Clinton Machine slaughtered him too.

    January 3, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  17. mark wilkes barre pa

    independent in PA,,,,,,,,,, Your comment was so compeling and well stated with every attention to detail , I feel the need to tell you I have just changed my vote based on what you have said,,,,,,, I WILL NOT VOTE FOR Mc Cane,,,, but I might vote for McCAIN !!!!,,,,,

    January 3, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  18. Steve, Canada

    John McCain...the only Republican worth voting for.

    January 3, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Matt

    Support John McCain, the best candidate, Republican or Democrat. Even if he served one term, as he said America's problems must be fixed in the first four years, we don't have eight years.

    January 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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