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. Jim in Orlando, FL

    I had written him off for dead too, a couple of months back, after his immigration debacle. But to his credit, McCain said "I have heard you", and realized he needed to adjust his stance. I may not vote for him as my #1 pick in the primary, but whomever we end up with, I hope it is someone who is able to fix his (or, God forbid, "her") mistakes quickly. Speaking of which, Hillary is too smart to ever be wrong, so she can't possibly get my vote. Go McCain !!!

    January 2, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Rickey Naylon, Freeport,NY

    No comment

    January 2, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Seam, Philly, PA

    Did he come back from the dead? This guy is so old, he needs to check into a rest home.

    His political style is also old and tired.

    We want real change with a fresh new look.
    Obama 08'

    January 2, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Gilberto Lopez

    He´s got my vote. He deserves to be president, he can be trusted, a decent guy from Arizona. Has shown that he is willing to give his life if neccesary for our beloved country. He´s the man!!

    January 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Rob

    John needs to sail off to retirement where he can study tax increases and immigration policy unfettered by the consequences of the first amendment.
    I'm still trying to figure out why the left wing media loves him.

    January 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Jim, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    McCain is the most trusted of the candidates, and the most experienced on foreign policy. This is a vote that makes a lot of sense!

    January 2, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Tim, Minnesota

    Father time is done, he's letting the CFR use him. Where he went corrupt is beyond me, probably around the Keating 5 scandal.

    January 2, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. thepoliticalpost

    McCain will probably be the Republican nominee by default. If Romney wins Iowa, and gets beat in NH by a guy who had to take a $3 mil. loan after having, himself, spent $80 mil. of his own money then Romney's out. Fred will likely give his support to his old friend McCain which will shore up McCain's support somewhat with conservatives.

    Huckabee may hang on for a bit into So. Carolina but probably fold in Fl. as that would become a McCain with tremendous momentum-a winless Rudy waiting it out-Huckabee race. All in a state that has elements of southern voters(north Fl), a representative swath of middle America down the I-4 corridor and central Fl in general and heavy NY ex-pats in Miami-Dade in the Southeast.

    I have a take on Bob Novak's article on McCain as the last man standing for anyone interested...


    January 2, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Bridget Panzer

    To bad he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations same as Hillery, Obama and Romney. There is only one man that can not be bought by big government interest groups. Ron Paul is the only hope America has.

    January 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  10. AJ, IL

    Is that McCain's wife or daughter? Very hot mature lady. How'd he end up with her?

    McCain is the real threat in the Republican party as long as Iraq is "media" quiet and Pakistan is the hot foreign affairs topic of the next two months.

    January 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Amanda Stevenson

    Thanks for your service to our nation John....but you cannot fix a system you have been a part of for so so long!

    Arizona could really use your help to fix their border....please get on with it!

    January 2, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Joshua Drake

    With respect to MC Cain... I still think Ron Paul is a better solution. Smaller government people... Actually following the constitution.

    January 2, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. john halverson DC

    Is he campaigning with his mommy again?. Is he campaigning because it will be cheaper to get care in the white house instead of a rest home? This guy has to have at least one foot in the grave!

    January 2, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. Walt, Belton, TX

    An honorable man who put it all on the table for his country. I may not agree with him on every issue, but he truly loves his country and will serve with distinction. He's the only candidate with the balls to have served his country in uniform. God bless John McCain!

    January 2, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  15. Anne - Detroit MI

    The picture says it all – John 'n Cindy are a proud, happy couple who have a wonderful marriage and don't "need" to win the Presidency to remain happy. John has the courage of his convictions and has not and will not waver on where he stands. He doesn't have the flash of some of the other frontrunners, but he sure is a man of integrity and common sense.

    January 2, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  16. Carol Rogers

    Those smiles look like the day John's wife got him the interview as VP at her dad's Arizona beer distributor! What on earth he was doing taking that job with his Navy credentials...we will never know.

    I sure hope John can fix Arizona's paper border and education systems before he abandons them to his wealthy retirement.

    January 2, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. Tom NY

    Trusted? What about the Keating 5? Or anesty? Or constant wishes for war?
    Come on we can do better than this.

    January 3, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  18. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    He'd have my vote even if I was the last one in the country to give it to him.

    January 3, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  19. Garfield - Warming up to Mitt

    McCain tag team with Buckwheat Wanna Bee is joke.

    Now that we know Mitt has a Christmas tree like everybody else

    Lets tie a string to Mitts like we did when we were kids so they don't get lost.

    January 3, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  20. 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 01:34 am at 1:34 am |

    Gilberto Lopez January 2, 2008 9:52 pm ET

    He´s got my vote. He deserves to be president, he can be trusted, a decent guy from Arizona. Has shown that he is willing to give his life if neccesary for our beloved country. He´s the man!!


    January 3, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  22. JRH

    Comeback kid? I was expecting Ron Paul...

    But I guess you can never "come back" if you were never gone!

    Ron Paul 2008...be a part of it!!!

    January 3, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  23. Anonymous

    How many of the presidential candidates would die for this country? I'd bet only one and I hope he wins the nomination.

    January 3, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  24. NRB

    McCain? Didn't he say on several occassions that he "admired" George Bush? No way he makes it back. Better choices on both sides.

    January 3, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  25. Jacob, Lexington MA

    Ask yourself Republicans, which of the candidates is most likely to get elected in a general election? Surely McCain would be the last on my list. The guy would be painted as a downright warmonger – and perhaps with some reason. All a Democrat would have to do is spout anti-war slogans and the election would be over. The general population wants to see hostilities over, not hostilities continued indefinitely, which is what'll happen with McCain around. Huckabee – southern Baptist preacher – that man doesn't have a prayer in a general election. Romney – ok, yes, the man has been accused of 'flip-flopping' on many issues – and with some reason. But that is a common accusation and Romney has more going for him than any Republicans or Democrats. Look at the economy America – look at the DOW. Look at the price of commodities. Who understands it? Certainly Romney would be the first in my book. If we want to keep America out of a recession, Romney would be my vote.

    January 3, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
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