January 23rd, 2008
09:10 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain counts on fellow vets' vote in Florida

Sen. John McCain talks with supporters during a campaign stop this week in Miami, Florida.

Sen. John McCain talks with supporters during a campaign stop this week in Miami, Florida.

PENSACOLA, Florida (CNN) - For John McCain, northwest Florida is full of memories.

"How proud I am to have gone through pilot training here," the former naval aviator tells a crowd in Pensacola, near a naval air station where he trained decades ago after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy.

The senator from Arizona laughs as he recalls the "various cultural establishments" he visited as a young man and adds: "My entire paycheck every month was dedicated to helping the economy of Pensacola."

- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King

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  1. Mrjimbo, TX

    Well Johnny,
    My wife is currently deployed to the desert.. She's a Vet of the PG1 and on her second tour for PG2. Romney has our Votes! Hands Down!

    Yes you are a POW war hero, and I thank you VERY MUCH for your service, but your services are not needed as President.

    January 23, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Nice man (most of the time), but WAY too old and not sharp enough for the job.

    January 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Denis, NJ

    Edwards – candidate for all! 🙂

    January 23, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Richard

    I am an Iraq War veteran and I will NEVER vote for John Mc Cain!

    I have been there. I patrolled the streets of Baghdad. There is nothing left for us soldiers to do. We have done all we can. The Iraqis need to fix their own problems and the soldeirs need to come home.

    – John Mc Cain is wrong to continue Bush's failed policy on Iraq. It makes me sick how ignorant and arrogant he is on this issue.

    January 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Will - Miami, Fl

    I'm a vet in Miami – McCain is NOT getting my vote. He's "bucked" real Republicans TOO many times (McCain-Fiengold & McCain-Kennedy are prime examples) and his comments about staying in the Iraq war for "100 years" are completely unacceptable! I served in the 82nd Abn division – although I firmly believe in a strong defense and going to war when we have to, I think that the invasion and continued occupation of Iraq was/is a huge mistake! We are spending too much money and too many good soldiers are getting maimed and killed for a nation-building exercise that has NOTHING to do with the attacks of 9/11.

    January 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. James springfield mo

    If obama gets the nod i as well as most of our familys will vote across party lines and vote for mcain and we yhe men are all except 1 veterens.

    January 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Marti

    Oh boy...more of his one-trick dog and pony show.

    Again, thank you for your Vietnam service but that alone does not qualify you to be the President.

    Wake up Republicans – remember where Bob Dole got us? "Paying back" a veteran got us eight years of Clintons while setting the stage for another eight. Please, please, please we don't want to go through that again.

    January 23, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Hep

    sorry John, you won't get mine with those policies of yours. glad you're a vet, too, and former pow, but your stance on immigration and war mongering sealed the deal (not to mention your double talk on it).

    January 23, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. kat

    and btw if you don't do your research you are an idiot, because CNN is for the most part only following what they consider the top 3 candidates in each party. I rarely see anything about Rudy, Ron Paul, or any of the others in either parties mentioned here.

    January 23, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    If you are a vet, why would you support any Republican, not only that they want war war and more war, they cut veterans benefits in any way they can.

    ...and for you Reagan conservatives, he started it by cutting benefits to the VA hospitals who took care of the Vietnam vets.

    Hope you are proud of yourselves conservatives, I'm sure there are seats reserved for all'yall's down below.

    January 23, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Conservative Joe, Tampa, FL

    McCain wants to position us to be in Iraq for "over 100 years", he has repeatedly been one of the only conservatives to vote against tax cuts and wrote the amnesty bill with Ted Kennedy. No thanks.

    Too bad for McCain that registered Democrats and Independents can't vote for him in the Florida election like they did in all the others.

    Romney will win Florida. Mark my words.

    January 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Jack

    Remember the war hero Bob Dole, Purple Heart WWII vet back in 1996?
    The Dems and the media loved Dole in congress just like the dems like McCain in congress. However being liked by Kennedy and Feingold in congress and a war vet win not win against the Clintons or Obama/Oprah.

    Romney is a moderate conservative across the board. He is smart on the economy, opposes amnesty, is pro-family, and is intelligent enough to handle the war and not quickly leave after we have won.

    A vote for McCain or the Huckster is a vote for the Democrats and economic & international failure the next four years.

    January 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. joe

    Mccain is a nice man . a gentleman.

    January 23, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Jeff, North Dakota

    As a veteran of OIF and Desert Shield/Desert Storm, I could never cast my vote for McCain. He might be a decent human being, but his plan for continuing Bush's foreign policy makes him an unacceptable choice for POTUS.

    January 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Jack

    Being a war veteran and being liked by Kennedy and Feingold in congress is not enough for McCain to win against the Clintons or Obama/Oprah.

    Mitt is looking very strong as the undecided get to know him and the field is down to three. The Huckster will be out after Florida so why waste a vote.

    January 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Mechelle

    I hope all this lopsided coverage from CNN for McCain backfires. It gives us a chance to bitterly oppose him publicly. Meanwhile, Mitt and the other candidates can quietly work on influencing the voters and helping them to see the "real deal".

    No matter how bad you want McCain, the republicans will pick their own candidate, thank you!

    January 23, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Lee

    As much as I hope that Ron Paul wins Florida, that probably won't happen. However, I would like to see Rudy Giuliani get last place in Florida, or at best third. When Mayor 9-11 fails to win Florida, his last (and only) resort, they will see him for the hack that he is, and he could drop out of the race, saving so much of his precious time.

    I really hope that Ron Paul wins, but failing that, I hope McCain wins so that Giuliani doesn't and neither does Mitt. McCain needs this win more than Romney, and the juggernaut that is Mitt needs to be countered. The best hope for Ron Paul at the present moment is to use the "tortoise strategy" and thus it is important that there is no frontrunner.

    Here is a prediction that is both realistic and acceptable: (1) McCain, (2) Romney, (3) Huckabee, (4) Paul, (5) 9iu11iani. I can't wait until Giuliani taps out!

    January 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Colleen Kansas City, Mo

    Are all these people hearing the vets and soldiers and marines and what they are saying?? They want out of Iraq! McCain and all the Republicans will keep us there 100 years and put us smack dab in the middle of Tehran! Remeber McCains bomb bomb Iran song? My son is a Marine and he would never vote for a Republican. Bush has lied, spent all our money and cut VA benifits. It's crazy to vote Republican. Even Pat Buchanan a well known conservative called McCain "Bush on Steroids". Romney is a CEO. He might create jobs but at what price? $5.00 an hour and no benifits. Romney is a Rich get Richer kinda guy. Wake up America. None of the Republicans can get us out of the mess the Republicans got us in. You can't fix the problem with the same mind that created it!!

    January 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Dear Jimbo, That would be the opinion of a man who stays at home while his wife is doing the fighting!

    January 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Navybill

    John, You are a Donkey in Elephant clothing. As a vet, you won't get my vote. My dad wanted to vote for you last time around and ended up voting for Bill. Lets get real vets...this guy is a liberal only microscopically to the right of Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Attacks by the Establishment on Ron Paul Continue

    We do not need a war hawk in the White House! We need someone to get us out of the policing business around the world!

    McCain will bring the same old crap and will not win the general election and that is why the Dems are suggesting McCain should win!

    Ron Paul is the only man for the job. You would not know it unless you go to his website because the media has a tendency to ignore anyone who would cut off their government funds!

    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Lev Klinemann, CA

    Conservative Joe,

    Did you by any chance wave flip-flops during the 2004 Republican Convetion?
    I bet you did.

    January 23, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. K. Wilkinson

    Pander-pander-pander. I wonder how these vets who have given so much for our country feel about McCain giving away the country to 20 million illegals? So much for their sacrifices. I would hope that they would be smarter than that.

    January 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Don

    You folks that only want to vote for a "real" Republican are dreaming, John McCain is the only Republican that beat Hillary or Obama. Romney, he has taken so many different stands on the issues and continues to do that, that no one knows where he stands. The Democrats will cream Romney or Huckabee.

    January 23, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Jeremiah Grant, Phoenix AZ

    Why don't you just ask the people who know McAmnesty best what they think of him? Ask the people in his own state! We'd love to replace him, but nobody will run against him because he's very vindictive.

    McCain Voted "MOST UNACCEPTABLE"-By His Own County-"The Maricopa County Republican Party met today and elected Tom Husband as the new chairman of the county party. Congratulations Mr. Husband!

    The county also gave an indication of who the party faithful is supporting as the Republican nominee.

    Here are the results out of 721 ballots cast (more than most polls):
    OVERALL VOTES (662 Votes): #1 – Mitt Romney – 28.4% (188) #2 – Fred Thomson – 18.3% (121) #3 – Ron Paul – 17.4% (115) #4 – Duncan Hunter – 14.0% (93) #5 – John McCain – 12.1% (80) #6 – Rudy Giuliani – 5.0% (33) #7 – Mike Huckabee – 4.8% (32)-

    MOST ACCEPTABLE (1781 Votes): #1 – Fred Thompson – 20.8% (370) #2 – Duncan Hunter – 20.1% (358) #3 – Mitt Romney – 20.0% (356) #4 – Rudy Giuliani – 13.2% (235) #5 – Mike Huckabee – 11.6% (207) #6 – John McCain – 7.6% (135) #7 – Ron Paul – 6.7% (120)-

    MOST UNACCEPTABLE (1949 votes): #1 – John McCain – 21.9% (427) #2 – Ron Paul – 20.3% (396) #3 – Rudy Giuliani – 18.3% (357) #4 – Mike Huckabee – 17.4% (340) #5 – Duncan Hunter – 8.0% (156) #6 – Fred Thompson – 7.8% (152) #7 – Mitt Romney – 6.2% (121)

    Take that to the bank!

    January 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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