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. shammy

    If McCain gets the nomination, I'm voting for whatever hairball the Democrats cough up. Neither Clinton nor Obama will get much done, and this will be the needed wake up call for Republicans to get back to the core values of less government, less spending, and less nation building across the globe.

    February 3, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  2. Mike

    VOTE NO in 08 if Juan McCan't is the nomination.

    February 3, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. William

    Shawn, that may have been the most uninformed post I've ever seen.

    February 3, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. Dale

    He's as bad as Hillary, If this Jerk goes in I'll vote for Obama.

    February 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Republican11

    If McCain wins, I'm switching and voting third party.

    McCain? Come on people, wakeup!

    This is not what this country needs nor can afford to deal with at this moment. Have the American people fallen asleep?

    February 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. RJ

    Fascinating. The hate and divisiveness of the Republican party is causing it to implode on itself. What a great time to be a Democrat!

    February 3, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Frank Lee

    Poor John – not pure enough for the crazies on the right, too unstable for the libs on the left.

    If he gets the nod, his own party brethren will SwiftBoat him. The Dems won't have to do anything but sit back and watch the fun.

    February 3, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Chris Ganiere

    Dear John,
    You had your shot in 2000. You lost to a governor. Time for new leadership. By the way if your view of leadership is leading away from the party base, who will follow?

    February 3, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Matt in TX

    It is so refreshing to see all these comments of shock and horror re McCain.

    CNN and other media - there is a theme here - McCain is NOT WANTED in the white house. But YOU (the media) are doing your best to put him there.

    THIS RACE IS SO MUCH CLOSER THAN YOU WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE. The reality is that McCain and Romney are neck in neck – when you would make it seem that McCain has this thing wrapped up. It is going to be close, but I pray for the sake of our country that Romney emerges victorious.

    One thing that has been clear to me in the past few weeks. If Romney were not Mormon – he would be the easy choice – just look at his record of accomplishments and leadership. I'm saddened that people are prejudiced against Mormons still in this day and age. In the beginning of the race, it was commented quite a bit that people wouldn't vote for Romney because he was Mormon. Now, it seems not many people are saying it - but there are still sure a lot of people who are thinking it! Sad sad sad.

    I'm confident that if people look at the real Romney – they would see the best positioned / experienced / free of favors to lobbyists (cough Hillary cough McCain) person to lead our country.

    Why would Romney want to be president unless he really felt he could help our country? He certainly isn't hurting for cash and I don't take him as power hungry.

    McCain on the other hand seems it is his destiny – especially with his sickening smugness in the recent debates - to be president. It is his destiny to retire! He makes me sick!!! Are you people watching him? He is a petty little man who will ruin this country!!!

    February 3, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Michael

    JANUARY 20, 2009

    THE END OF AN ERROR !

    IT IS GEORGE W. BUSH WHO HAS DESTROYED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    February 3, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Garry

    For those of you saying you won't vote, please consider the following:
    If you don't want to vote for McCain, write in whomever you want to for president, but please vote for your senators and congresspersons. Lets try and focus on getting republican control back in the house, but be mindful of the type of republicans they are. Let's quit putting people like McCain in office and take back both houses.

    February 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Mike

    Just the fact that the two top contenders are McCain and Romney is proof enough that conservatism is not a priority of the GOP anymore. Of the two – NEITHER is like Reagan. But at LEAST with Romney we'll get a more sensible approach to help throw out the illegals overrunning our country and just maybe another attempt to privatize SS as it has to be to avoid bankruptcy. But Mitt is no pure 'conservative'; he believes in mandating health insurance, (as though they cure people any better than lawyers or politicians). If becomes our next president I hope he gets better law advice than whoever told him it was a good idea to issue an executive order to uphold the MA Supreme Court in regard gay marriage .. and thus make it legal by default. Hunter and Thompson were the only two viable, (not counting Keyes), conservative contenders and look how quickly they pulled out after only a comparatively small percentage of voting from a few early states. It's like they never made it to the starting line; I almost feel like writing in Duncan Hunter anyway...

    February 3, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Jon

    I hear all this talk about McCain not being a "real" conservative. What does that mean? Fiscally conservative or socially conservative? I thought fiscal conservatism meant not spending money loosely (not generating a huge national debt, balanced budget, etc.). I've heard social conservatism equated with a certain side on a few key issues (against gay marriage, pro-life, family values, amongst others).

    So basically I'd like to know:

    1. How is McCain *not* a conservative?
    2. What is a conservative?

    Sorry for the stupid questions, but I hear people (pundits, talking heads and average joes included) saying things like this a million times every day and in my view these words are thrown around very, very loosely.

    February 3, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Randall

    All John "Wayne" McCain talks about is the "surge." Surge this surge that . . . blah blah. Ask him about anything and he'll eventually get back to the surge. That's his answer for everything! I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! What else has he been doing his long political career??? Making friends??? Anything else? Mitt "Wit" Romney is a planner and a problem solver. Wouldn't it be wise when fighting a war and rebuilding a society to have a timetable for success!? Just because the Dems use the word "timetable" in an unwise way, it doesn't mean there shouldn't be a plan. Come on John . . . use your maverick foreign policies skills and think it through!

    February 3, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Charles Purvis

    As this Presidential campaign cycle gears up, there has already been much hype, much unfounded speculation, and unfortunately too much dirty politics. The thing there hasn't been enough of is honest in-depth debate on each candidate's plans and principles, not just positions. Conservative principles are the very core of our American spirit. They are what the Republican Party is supposed to be based on, right?

    Fred Thompson has what America needs to take her back to the principles that made her great, the principles our forefathers based our Constitution on. Fred is the respected man he is because he stands on his principles, never swaying with the winds of political correctness. He is a man who stands rock-solid on his principles; a man who will look you straight in the eye and tell you how it really is, good or bad, straightup; a man who speaks with substance; the only one who can be trusted to stand tall and have the resolve to do what is necessary to protect America.

    I'm writing this to reach out to more people and let them know America had a strong conservative candidate within her reach. Unfortunately though, when Fred Thompson dropped out of the race, it became evident those left for us to choose from do not have a history of core conservative principles. Do not despair though, there is still hope, the fight will and must go on; there is a plan. If we conservatives are all truly commited to Fred’s principles, and hope to see these principles have some bearing on the future of America, we all must vote for Fred in every primary, even if we have to “write in” his name. If we can help keep the vote split enough, maybe a brokered convention could happen. At the very least, it will send a very clear message to Fred and the American people he actually had more support than they thought. This in itself may reinforce the possibility of Fred being selected to run as VP, which would not only bring some integrity into the White House in January of 09, but would garner him the exposure needed for a Presidential run in 2012 or 2016. It would also send a message to the Republican party there are still many true conservatives left who will not stand idly by and watch our party be hijacked by moderate, liberal-leaning Republicans. Last but certainly not least, it would educate the MSM to the fact that even though they may be able to influence a campaign’s decision, it is truly we the people who will exercise our God given right guaranteed by the Constitution to make the final decision, to select who we feel is the best leader for our great country.

    February 3, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Joe

    "Romney leads McCain by 37 percent to 34 percent in California. The poll's margin of error is 2.9 percentage points."

    This a quote from a Reuter's article that I found on Drudge Report. Looks like McCain's in for a rude awakening come Wednesday morning.

    " GO MITT !!!!!! "

    February 3, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. This family

    Here is another family voting for Mitt Romney.

    February 3, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. gary

    Ann Coulter and others who says they will campaign or vote for Hillary if McCain is nominated has shown their true colors. They are childish and can't even recognize the short-commings of their candidate Romney. I mean I could understand their anger if they had a better alernative, but they don't. He isn't any better overall and is worse in some key areas. Give be a break. There is no justification for the way they're acting, given that. Can't get their way so they throw a tantrum.

    February 3, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Juicy

    Vote O.J. Simpson for President!

    February 3, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. trout

    I convinced my friends in California to vote for Mitt Romney instead of Clinton – whew!

    February 3, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    NO MATTER WHAT THE END OF JOHN McCAIN IS NEAR. AT THE AGE OF 72, JOHN McCAIN SHOULDN'T EVEN THINK OF BEING IN WASHINGTON.
    RECENTLY WE HAVE SEEN THE OTHER SIDE OF McCAIN, "FLIP-FLOPPING". LYING, MISREPRESENTATION, BEING ALOOF, REPETITION, BORING, UNCONTROLLED TEMPER, FINALLY, YOU NAME IT JOHN McCAIN HAS ALL THE NEGATIVES MARKS OF A WEAK MAN'S PERSONALITY. UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, JOHN McCAIN SHOULD LET SOMEBODY ELSE, WHO IS BETTER PREPARED THAN HIM, TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY.
    A REPUBLICAN FROM FLORIDA

    February 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Ex-Republican

    CNN Seems to be censoring these posts, so they lean against McCain! Our propaganda machine media is the root cause of a lot of our problems! How un-American can you be?! Thanks CNN, for joining with FOX in ruining our country!

    February 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Bill

    A vote for MCCain ,Clinton or Obama is a vote for Amnesty for the 15- 20 million illegals in our country .
    We can't afford them and the rest of their family they will bring here if they are given Amnesty .

    February 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Charles

    I have been telling so called republicans for years that hoping sanity to be returned to the republicans while you are still voting for them is stupid! They have to be UTTERLY and OUTRIGHT rejected. Then true conservatism will make a comeback.

    February 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. david

    Why would anyone want a nuclear weapon? How about being threatened, called the axis of evil,etc. 100 years more of war? whats going to happen when china/japan demands payment of their debt, in euros? Only Ron Paul can even begin to answer these questions !

    February 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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