February 2nd, 2008
06:11 AM ET
5 years ago

McCain: Super Tuesday may end the GOP race

McCain told reporters Super Tuesday might end the Republican race.
McCain told reporters Super Tuesday might end the Republican race.

(CNN) – Republican John McCain said Friday that Super Tuesday could mark the finish line of his party’s presidential race this year.

“Do I think the race will be over on Tuesday? Not often do I ask for divine intercession, but I have asked for that. Yes,” he told reporters on a campaign flight to Chicago. Republicans in 21 states will weigh in on Super Tuesday, February 5.

“From what we see in the polls, there is a very good chance it could be over on Tuesday,” said the Arizona senator, adding: “The sooner we get that done, the sooner I can go to work on uniting the party."

Despite his complicated history with the party’s base, he said, pragmatic Republicans will back him when faced with the Democratic alternative.

The senator also dismissed a Drudge Report story that he had met with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and weighed joining the Democratic Party. McCain told reporters Friday that he had met with Daschle at the Democrat’s request, but had just laughed and reaffirmed his GOP loyalties when asked about the prospect of switching parties.

–CNN’s Tasha Diakides

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  1. Shawn

    McCain is horrifying. He is totally into war, comfortable with the idea of a 100 year war he says. He talks nothing but the war. The surge did not do a whole lot. He'll need more and more soldiers. He will bring back the draft. People wake up.

    February 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Walt, Belton,TX

    A man who counts his friends before the battle rather than at the actual start of the battle can become a very disappointed man. Best to see who actually arrives.......

    February 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Anonymous

    I lived through the Romney years in Michigan.

    I certainly don't want a Romney in the White House.

    Consider your choices.

    February 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Mc Cain Draft

    Is McCain in favor or will he reinstall the draft? Seems to me he will.

    February 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Tatty Alan

    Shawn, The surge did reduce the number of deaths in Iraq each month by 80%. Your quote of a hundred year war is out of context, and not even what he meant. I consider McCain a man of honour and integrity, something the White House desparately needs restored.

    February 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Joan W

    If you want a continuation of the Bush Administration's failed policies: permanent tax cuts for the rich, permanent military in Iraq and permanet absence of social services, permanent influx of illegal aliens, vote for J. McCain.

    Aren't those the policies that are destroying the country and the reasons we are looking for CHANGE?

    February 2, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Shaddy

    Bring on this joke of guy! The dem's will eat him alive!

    February 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Ryan

    Shawn – I think you need to wake up. We are in Iraq whether you agree with the reasons or not. Sure, McCain is not going to pull the troops out immediately. This is because he intends to win. The troop surge has had an effect in stabilizing Iraq, reducing American and Iraqi casualties, and generally calming things down. Why do you think news agencies aren't reporting much Iraq news right now? It is because things are going well. McCain isn't going to win in Iraq immediately and neither is the troop surge, but suggesting that McCain is just itching to fight a war and start drafting people is rediculous.

    February 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Mike Collins

    McCain isn't in favor of the draft. In fact the only person who has called for it is big Hillary Clinton supporter Charlie Rangel. Maybe we are watching different things but I don't see McCain doing nothing but talking about the war, he talks about all of the issues.

    His point on staying in Iraq is valid. We still have troops in Germany and Japan more than half a century later. Are you one of those armchair generals who doesn't realize an immediate troop recall in Iraq will leave the country in even worse shape than Afghanistan.

    He is easily the most experienced of any of the candidates when it comes to matters of national security and foreign policy. He's easily the most experienced candiate period.

    February 2, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Anonymous

    He is such a democrat! Sure he's strong on the war, but he WROTE THE AMNESTY BILL! He should rot in hell for that! I'm a conservative republican and if the nominees are McCain and Obama, I'll actually vote Obama so the dems can be responsible for destroying our country. Hitlery will NEVER get my vote!

    February 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. MJ

    John McAmnesty is a War Hawk and would have this country waging war in the mideast and other places and possibly lead to World War III.

    JUST SAY NO TO THE AMNESTY SUPPORTING WAR MONGERER CALLED
    JOHN McCAIN, a.k.a. JOHN McAMNESTY. SAY NO TO BOTH OF THEM.

    February 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Dan

    McCain has already proven that he'll say anything to get elected, when he told those blatant lies about Romney. Now he says that he wasn't considering changing political parties for political benefit and I'm supposed to believe him...NOT

    February 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. eve, atlanta, ga

    shawn, the surge change lives in Iraq – for the natives and american troops, most importantly- it saved lives. you obviously don't know what you're talking about. go over there, come back, and then give your opinion.
    mccain is a brave man, extremely intelligent, and with astonishing integrity. he is exactly what this country needs right now.

    February 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. David - Oregon City

    McCain can not pull the GOP base together. The GOP can get ready to hand over the White House like G. Ford, H. Bush, B Dole did.

    February 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. vicky

    I don't understand why these Republican hopefuls are taking their contest with such seriousness when it's abundantly clear to an average American that the White House belongs to either Hillary or Obama. The writing is clear on the wall - it's now the time for creating history and welcoming change!

    February 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Lorax

    McCain has a plan for a sustained war in the Mid-East and no fiscal plan for the nation. McCain has has-beens for supporters that try to tout their past fantasy lives. McCain rides on his past military service that no longer fits the challenges of this era. He knows how to get things done the old way but hasn’t a clue or cognitive ability to manage a world economy or the diplomacy for brokering peace. He supports the surge in Iraq that delays or holds off its collapse because of his failed foreign policy ideology that led to the war in the first place. But he has not changed that ideology. We need a nominee that listens and can adjust the game plan to achieve long term goals for this nation. Call that flip flopping if you must. But having blinders on and having a determination to stick with bad foreign policy and bad economics will bring great harm to our nation.

    February 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Justin S

    John McCain scares the heck out of me. He'll lead us into another war and he won't cut spending or decrease entitlements. He doesn't care about the economy because he doesn't understand it. He is more suited to be a dictator than he is to be a President.

    I'm definitely casting my vote for Ron Paul. He's the only one who is standing up and addressing the real problems in this country. He wants to end out of control spending. He wants to end the inflationary policies of the Federal Reserve. He will stop this needless war and stop innocent Americans from being killed by these Islamic militants who simply want us to leave them alone.

    John McCain will never unite the Republican party as long as I and anyone else who respects the consitution is part of the GOP.

    February 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Tom

    For someone who points at his war experience he really doesn't get that soliders have each others back and that once you show yourself to be weak and not to have your soliders back that can lead to a loss of confidence and respect for the other solider. The same can be said for the current situation in the Republican party and the times McCain has gone outside the party since he knew better then anyone else and would rather work with the democrats instead of even trying to craft any kind of legislation that would have broad Republican and Democratic support. So to think that the whole Republican party will welcome him back into the fold just for the sake of defeating the Democrats is ludicrous. In the even Obama does win the Democratic nomination he might as well just drop out before the election since Clinton is the only one that might bring out those who so firmly oppose the idea of McCain as president. You have to question his reasoning and thinking if he thinks that someone who displays the same type of stubborness as Bush would be elected since one of the biggest issues with Bush was the amount of time and pressure it took to get him to change the course in Iraq. It conjures up images of what happened with McCain and the supposed comprehensive bill that he tried to ram down the American peoples throats twice.

    In regards to McCain-Feingold we can look at the words of Thomas Jefferson: "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." We can get into semantics of the fact of other laws in regards to terrorism but none of them stand out as such open vioalitions of the Constitution like this bill limiting free speech.

    One has to wonder why he hasn't switched parties since he is for all intents and purposes more comfortable working within the confines of the Democratic party. If he wants to ignore the writings of the founding fathers that further expound the principles of the Constitution then the Democratic party would be a much better fit since wealth redistribution, seizing land for any purpose, and over government regulation aren't things that the founders stood for. They stood for a strong federal government with a more limited field of control and strong state governments handling issues within their states since the federal government isn't capable of micromanaging. In the words of Thomas Jefferson: "Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread."

    February 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. dany

    people wake another 4 years of republican we can just bury ourself .More wars and the economy will get worst.I might as well move to Canada or Mexico since life could be better there. I don't care who democrat nominate to face republican(monkee,dogs) whatever as long we don't put another repblican in power. Let your voice heard Go and Vote .

    February 2, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Dave

    Bob Dole vs. Clinton all over again, except it's the other Clinton. True, McCain and Dole are different on issues, but both are washed up old geezers who will look outdated and unfit to win the general election once folks seem him go toe-to-toe with Hillary. If the GOP picks McCain, watch it go to the Dems.

    February 2, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. jimdon

    1,739 day's since mission 'ACCOMPLISHED" and still counting,3,942 "DEAD" and still counting,$10,billion a month and still counting, GO,republicans,keep counting.

    February 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Bry, ME

    McCain can't hide from his past. He may have been a conservative in the Reagan 80's but he certainly has been a liberal democrat for the past decade.

    The conservative base knows who he is and we will not be making friends ever.

    He can't win without the conservative base and he will not get it ever.

    Mitt Romney 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will write his name on the ballet in Nov.

    McCain is going to get crushed in general election.

    February 2, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Phil - Dallas

    What does that tell you about McCain's political positions when the Democrats want McCain to be one of them? If we nominate McCain, the general election will pit two Democratic liberals against each other; McCain vs. Clinton or Obama vs. McCain.

    Tlak about trying to choose the lesser of two evils. . .

    February 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Jacque Bauer

    Crusty old fart McCain is a bitter, spiteful man who has shown his true anti-Republican colors in full glory over the past decade. He's the hero of Teddy, Feingold, Gore, Clintons, other Dems and the MSM, who know he will be dead meat in the general.

    Anyone who thinks for a nano-sec that he could win the general probably also voted for Ford, Bush 41 and Dole.

    Yes, he most certainly would be Dole Part Deux, but without the charm.

    February 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. David

    He is the true flip-flopper, and the crooked talk express, and an angry, volatile man who is also a sell-out to liberal ideologies. He cheated on his wife when she needed him most, divorces her so he can marry young and wealthy, was part of the Keating 5 scandal, suppress free speech campaign finance reform, says he doesn't want to repeal Roe v. Wade, wants to give US lawyers to the enemy., and gets no greater pleasure than to stick his finger in the eye and spit in the face of real conservatives.
    Hey, but I guess that means he's authentic!

    What a fraud.

    February 2, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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