January 2nd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
10 years ago

New Hampshire's new comeback kid?

John McCain and his wife, Cindy, leave the Pembroke Academy, in Pembroke, New Hampshire, Wednesday.

John McCain and his wife, Cindy, leave the Pembroke Academy, in Pembroke, New Hampshire, Wednesday.

PEMBROKE, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. John McCain enters to the sound of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B Goode." And he is smiling an optimistic smile.

"I am very happy about where we are," the Arizona senator told a crowd at the Pembroke Academy Wednesday morning. "The people of New Hampshire will make a selection that will have a significant, if not defining, impact on who the next president of the United States is."

His poll numbers in New Hampshire are up - and there is talk of a comeback.

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  1. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    McCain has done more for his country that any of you will ever dream to accomplish. Regardless of whether you agree with him politically you bitter libs need to grow up and show some respect.

    Unlike any of the top three Democrats running for office McCain has worn the uniform and understands the meaning of sacrifice. None of them are fit to serve as the next Commander-in-Chief.

    BTW, I'm not a McCain supporter but I still RESPECT the man and his service to this country.

    January 3, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  2. Independent in Pa.

    McCain's another Bush!
    I would hope NH is smarter then this. Hasn't eight years been enough.
    He's a fear and war monger, soft on Immigration, and I question his mental stability. POW aftermath?
    The only smart thing the man did was marry money!

    January 3, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  3. Bill

    To borrow a line from Dennis Murphy (referring to Ross Perot), I'd follow John McCain right into the center of the Sun. Having said that, it's important for all the commenters to understand that picking a candidate to support is not about personality or age, race, etc. It's about selecting a candidate based on the policies the candidate supports or proposes to enact. Age is only a factor if the candidates health is in question, and Senator McCain's health is not in question at this time. People – it's all about the policies, not the personality, always, always remember that.

    January 3, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. Former Iowan

    not to beat a dead horse here or anything, but "Rob" you need to get your facts straight.

    the media stopped being "left wing" not too long after nixon resigned. about that time every last independent media outlet started being snapped up by corporate america. why do you think we hardly ever see hard-hitting reports on auto-makers, insurance companies, or basically anyone with real money.

    the same goes for politics, I actually happen to work in the media and this frustrates me to no end. we are prevented from doing anything that could remotely be seen as "biased" or dare I say it "important"

    that leaves us to digging for sex scandals or other celebrity gossip that isn't worthy of real rhetorical debate.

    as for Sen. McCain, having met the man, I can tell you that he has great character, but I cannot see him leading this country. 8 years ago I would have told you otherwise. But time and the Belt Way have not been kind to him.

    I believe the saying goes something along the lines of "complete power corrupts completely"

    the good senator is now one of the old boys club, and i cannot in good conscience give him my vote.

    January 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Mark G., BBH, ME

    Kissenger just endorsed him, get it!

    January 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Scott, Madison, WI

    What? Comeback to George Bush's failed policies but in a less obvious, "independent" sort of way? No thanks!

    He and all the Washington cronies on both sides of the aisle needs a good shove out to pasture to graze away the remainder of their days in silence. Most of them are legends in their own minds and are part of the problem rather than being part of any real reform or solution. Year after year, marching out the same tired, old Washington doublespeak policies in perpetual redux. If we ain't there by now, John, you are not the one to lead the way.

    January 3, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    McCain does seem like a nice guy. I really wonder if he has done enough to make his positive points come across. Honestly, how does conservatism really make common sense to ALL people? Does it make sense really? I know some people who don't believe that. If he makes it to the nomination, his past will come back to bite him.

    January 3, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Steve Blaine Washington

    Is McCain to be trying to create either a Contitutional Crisis, A Civil War or a take over of the country by the military. Can a man be this power hungry? See Constitutional requirement for the Presidency listed below. Goldwater was stopped for this very reason and he was born in Arizona when it was just a territory.

    I am not saying that John McCain is not a citizen of the USA but I am saying
    that in order to become President or Vice President there needs to be a
    Constitutional Amendment defining natural born beyond framers intent or
    removing term from Constitution and 12th Amendment to Constitution.
    John McCain supposedly was aware of this information listed below because
    his spokeswoman Nancy Ives quotes Act of 26 Mar 1790 and on same page
    of Congressional records Act of 26 mar 1790 is listed as replaced by Act 29
    Jan 1795. John McCain has been aware of information for at least 4 years and
    undoubtedly could have succeeded in obtaining a Constitutional Amendment
    on the subject during past 4 years if he planned on running for President a
    second time.

    A requirement to be President and Vice President is listed in the
    Constitution and requires that both be natural 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 natural born from
    gaining control of the military and is the reason given by framers of
    original Constriction for inclusion of term for President which passed
    without debate or discussion.
    McCain was born in the Canal Zone in 1936 and the Canal Zone was leased
    property like Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
    Around 2004 when John McCain was running for either the Presidency or
    Senate a spokesman by name of Nancy Ives claimed McCain was entitled to
    natural born status due to Act dated 26 Mar 1790 Section 1 &2 which stated "
    The Children of Citizens of the U.S. that may be born beyond sea or outside
    the limits of the U.S. shall be considered as natural born Citizens of the
    However, this Act was repealed by Act of 29 Jan 1795 Sections 1&2 which
    does not mention the words natural born because Congress apparently
    recognized that they could not change the Constitution by itself.
    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution also does not mention the term
    natural born either.
    So how does John McCain qualify to run for President without a
    constitutional amendment removing the term natural born from the
    Constitution and subsequent ratification by the proper number of States?

    January 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Jean truman


    January 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. A. K.


    If the BOMBARDIER is the nominee for the Republicans, I will vote for the Democratic nominee. McCain and his buddy, the turncoat Lieberman, will drag this country into World War III if they get half a chance to do so.


    January 3, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Jacob in Lexington MA, I find it quite humorous that you would call McCain a warmonger because of his admiration of George Bush and then give your support to Mitt Romney, the man who would double the size of Gitmo in Cuba.

    As far as the economy is concerned, the President has very little control over that otherwise George Bush is an economic genious. In the last for years the Dow has climbed from below 10,000 to over 14,000. Is that because George understands the economy?

    This entire election is pretty scary if you look at the so called front runners. On the republican side we have a candidate that can't finish a complete sentence without saying 9/11. We have a candidate who changes his mind on issues ever time the wind changes direction. We have a candidate who shrugs and says, "I didn't know" then smiles and pats his bible. It blows my mind that we voters are so stupid that we would support these type of candidates while the better choices, McCain and even Ron Paul, are dismissed out of hand.

    The democrats are no better. Joe Biden, the obvious choice and someone who could actually win the presidency, is polling far behind the front runners. We have a candidate that has been bought by big business and seems proud of the fact all the while campaigning on helping the poor and middle class. We're fools if we think a president who is in the breast pocket of big business is going to help poor people. And what cracks me up is that people want to vote for her for no other reason than she's a woman. If she were a man she wouldn't receive have the attention she's getting. We have another candidate who wants to bomb Pakistan but says the war in Iraq is wrong. We also have a candidate who cares more about his hair than what is best for this country.

    I hear comments that every election we have to choose between bad and worse when in fact there are candidates who would make great presidents. I'm a republican and I'd vote for Joe Biden. If Hillary were dying of thirst on the street I wouldn't be bothered to even spit on her. That's how polarizing the woman is. We the voters are to blame for the mess our country is in. We elect these people. Choose wizely America.

    January 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. New Hampshire Independent

    It's curious to see so many angry comments from people who aren't from New Hampshire, have probably never been here, and know nothing about the state. You guys are in for a very profound surprise in a couple of days. McCain's back, and New Hampshire is only the beginning. Deal with it!

    January 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Kaye, Ia

    Go John!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Scott, Madison, WI

    Thanks New Hampshire Independent. Your blind support helped put George Bush in office in 2000. At least you wised four years later. Put McCain (George Bush's left hand) in office and you'll be in for a more profound surprise than you realize!

    January 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm a Republican – do I want a 72 year old president – who embraces the right wing of the party....nope...I am looking for the first party to break and embrace the majority...."moderates" – social liberals and fiscal conservatives....we make up the majority (all moderates are social liberals and fiscal conservatives....in either party) – I see two moderates running....one is a radical rebranded Libertarian – Ron Paul.....and the other is Giuliani...if a moderate would take our party – we would win...for sure (otherwise we will just have to hope the Democrats nominate Hillary – and let the polarizing begin....

    January 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Matt Wegener

    I support John McCain!!! I have several reasons for that: Firstly, I believe that the most important issue in American politics today is foreign policy. When it comes to National Security, the war in Iraq and the war against Islamofacism, McCain has the right ideas. Moreover he has more foreign policy experience than any other candidate in the field. John McCain could lead the country from day one of his administration.

    Secondly, McCain has the personality that is needed to be a great president. He is a war hero. He is steadfast. He is not a flip-flopper like Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney. He was a supporter of the war in Iraq even at times when it seemed to cost him the presidency. I admire John McCain’s personal strength.

    Thirdly, John McCain could restore America's image in the world. This is normally a point that the Democrats claim for themselves. But McCain could do so WITHOUT endangering America's safety. With him as president, America can again become the leading moral power in the world, a power that, for example, strictly opposes torture.

    Fourthly, McCain is the most electable candidate in the Republican field. He has supporters among national security conservatives, libertarians and even on the moderate left. The Christian conservatives would vote for him anyway, given that the alternative will be either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

    Finally, McCain could reunite America. He is a leader who could bridge the big divide between Republican and Democratic America. He has proven several times that he can break through the reflexive partisanship that is poisoning US politics today.

    The other leading Republican canditates are – and this distinguishes them from many of the Democratic candidates – honorable men who are right on many important issues. Still, they lack the qualities and the experience of John McCain.

    Mitt Romney does not have any foreign policy experience. Also, he has flip-flopped on virtually every important domestic issue, including abortion and same-sex marriage. Moreover, Romney’s extensive negative campaigning suggests that he is just another candidate with too much ambition and money, but too little personality and moral standards.

    Rudy Giuliani has run a poor campaign so far. In addition, I believe that being the guy who smashed the baddies in New York City and made some good TV appearences on 9/11 is just not enough to become President of the US and the leader of the Free World. Moreover, Giuliani has by far too many skeletons in his closet to survive the general elections and inevitable ruthless campaigning by both the Hillary machine and the left-leaning national media.

    Finally, Mike Huckabee might be a good running mate for John McCain, but the former Arkansas governor is not experienced enough to lead America as a President. Furthermore, he is too much of a conservative to beat Hillary or Obama in the general elections. Yet, his conservative credentials could be a great complement to McCain’s more moderate appeal. A team McCain/Huckabee stands a real chance of winning the general elections and save America and the world from Clinton, Edwards and their likes.

    January 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Mike Allen

    Huckabee beat all the odds in Iowa. McCain looks likely to win in New Hampshire. An African American trounced the Clinton machine. I love it ! The American Voter is finally turning away from the old established professional politicians and voting with our own minds and hearts. The talking heads media like Beck and Limbaugh cannot sway the vote to their millionaire elite pals like in the past. This election might just restore my faith in American Democracy.

    January 4, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. RR

    Sure McCain is a fascist like the other GOP candidates but he seems less of a robber baron and more like he actually believes in something.
    I guess Ron Paul stands out as well, he is actually against the war.

    January 5, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  19. Cameron

    I hope everyone in New Hampshire has heard that McCain said he wouldn't mind having troops in Iraq for 100 years.

    Unbelievable. I hope he says it again tonight at the debate.

    January 5, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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