February 2nd, 2008
06:11 AM ET
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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. John

    "the sooner I can go to work on uniting the party."

    I noticed he left out which party he was referring to... clever

    February 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. sandy

    If you want our country in Iraq for God knows how many years, while our money continues to finance that war, then by all means vote for McCain. I do not want that, I want OUR country taken care of. This man knows no other topic of conversation except war.

    February 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. John

    Incredible… I felt something was way wrong, and it’s finall dawned on me what it is.

    The Republicans are really being played for fools…

    Take a man (McCain) who is liberal and has spoken of changing over to the Democrat Party in the past. He knows he can count on the liberals support and endorsements if he runs Republican, and that’s a big plus. How many calls and late night dinners did it take? McCain knew if he went against Hillary/Obama on the Democrat ticket, he would just be another candidate and wouldn’t have a chance.

    And here’s the beauty of the strategy – a liberal (Democrate at heart) running and winning on the Republican ticket with liberal endorsements, and of course the Independents he can count on because he is liberal… faces Hillary/Obama as a peer … a party nomination winner.

    What genius – what deceit – he has a better chance at the White House with this strategy and there is the added bonus of destroying the Republican Party as well as Rush says.

    What a guy… Republicans, you better wake up before it’s too late.

    God help us – People… please, for the sake of our country and our party – VOTE ROMNEY !!

    February 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. ANTI CLINTONS

    McCain is just hopeful of a daydream, he still has Hickupbee and Romney he is going against, Ron Paul also but he isn't going to do anything, Hickupbee and Romney can and will take delegates from each other and that will keep him from wining the republican nomination.

    Anything can happen,that is why Hickupbee is still in the race, he will keep Romney from gaining delegates, then when Romney drops out, then so will Hickupbee and declare his support for insane McCain and then he will have the delegates to win the nomination.

    But common sense would tell us we shouldn't vote for a war monger like insane McCain, he is for raising taxes, Tom Dahshle approached insane McCain to ask him to cross over to the lib side, if that isn't a red flag to tell you that insane McCain is so liberal that the libs want him to join them, then you people are truly in trouble.

    Insane McCain is the libs best friend, you will see for yourself, why do you think all these idiot lib newspapers and govenor's are backing this idiot!

    I really hope you vote the right person, that is Romney. He is more qualified to run this country to get the economy going again, despite insane McCain's claim that Romney had a "secret" timetable to get our troops home from Iraq, it just continues to show how much insane McCain lies and still does.

    Insane McCain just goos off at people when they don't agree with him, he has a real bad attitude and swears like there is no tomorrow, do you want to have a hot head with nukes at his commad? I hope not.
    Romney is even headed and cool at what he does. Please use common sense. Vote Romney

    Romney 08!

    February 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Mr 1st Lady

    not gonna happen

    February 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Jeff from Nevada

    McCain is a lier. I saw the tape which shows him meeting with the Democrates and he clearly shows interest in switching parties. HE CAN NOT BE TRUSTED.

    February 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. G Morgan

    If John McCain is elected we will be in another war.....This one with Iran.
    He has already said that Iraq might go on for 100 years.
    What does he care, He's almost 100 himself......

    February 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Rhino

    John McCain may not bring those far right conservatives on board, but you know what? Who cares? What John McCain brings to the table is the underlying ideal that this nation needs to be united, and if he needs to "violate" the sanctity of the Republican Part – then so be it. The far left, the far right – it's these groups who have done more to hurt this country than anyone else; and the sooner they look in the mirror and realize that the better off we'll all be.

    February 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. david

    Mcain will win. See ameica will never vote for a black man to be president. The "white man"?people of america will not allow it.
    Hillary clinton is toooo polarizing! I guarantee you mccain wil win in 2009!

    February 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. David

    The more people that talk against Senator McCain, the more I like him.

    February 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. CJ

    I would not vote for McCain if he was the last man alive. He takes lying to a new art form. He will not "unite" the base – instead they will either not vote or they will vote for Hillary who is more "right" than he is. He can not be trusted – look who he has on his team – Mr. Think Mexico! J uan Hernandez has told Tom Tancredo that the American southwest "is not two countries, it's just a region." "I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think Mexico first."

    "I work with the community in the United States, the Mexican community because I don‘t want them essentially going native on us. We want them continually tied emotionally, linguistically, politically to Mexico, because then they‘ll continue to send money home."

    How in the world does that serve American interests at all? It doesn't.

    February 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. doug d

    This guy is a pro war democrat! He does not have a conservative base and his comments on war are sickening. He jokes about bombing Iran with that horrible smirk on his face and talks about a 100 year war in Iraq. This is Bush Numero Dos with all the same policies save a global warming admission. He is all about amnesty and his hispanic outreach director is Juan Hernandez-an agent for the Mexican government. If tihs guy wins the nomination and does not have a very impressive conservative VP then I might be voting for Obama. Juan McCain's actual life story is horrific wether it be his extramarital affairs or his involvement in the Keating Five Scandal. And people say his personality wins them over-you better you hope u dont disagree with him. Just ask members of Congress that he tells to f#$% off and get a life because they dont agree with im. Check out his biography!

    February 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. AMERIBOY!

    Why is it that conservatives HATE war heroes? Both Rush Limbaugh and, the John Kerry look-a-like, Ann Coulter have repeatedly expressed their disdain for war heroes over the years. I wonder why?

    February 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Erik

    McCain = War Profiteer

    February 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Mike, CA

    McCain can't win the national election. His unwavering support of Bush and the war has sunk any chances he might have had. If he gets the nomination, either Clinton or Obama will be our next president.

    February 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Trevor

    Anyone who thinks that McCain will not be just another bush really needs to reexamine the situation. As far as anyone can tell, Bush, McCain and the rest of the war mongering republicans are more of a threat to our freedom than anyone else on this planet. Any one remember the PATRIOT Act? They take our freedoms away to make us free? No republican can be allow to win this race.

    February 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. nate

    Bob Dole – the sequel.

    February 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Linda

    Old man Juan Mexccain has betrayed his republican party long ago. He has leaned towards the Dems since he lost to George W. Mexccain still felt bitter about it. It is going to be difficult for the conservatives to forgive him. He is the bully in the senate and the GOP party. Mentally he is not stable to lead this country. I hope conservatives can see his true face. I will never vote for Mexccain.
    I hope conservatives will send him home on Tuesday.

    Romney for President.

    February 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Dana, Calif

    McCain should be running for General in the military, he's never got his fingers far from the trigger. He can take Arnold, Rambo, & the Texas Ranger with him. If he's our choice, I'm crossing party lines!

    February 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Vaerris

    Shawn, he doesn't want a 100 year war – he wants a 100 year occupation. He said he'd be ok with us being there for 100 years, as long as there are no casualties.

    February 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Steve - Hollis NH

    I am truely disappointed at voters choice of McCain. I understand there is always going to be a fair amount of un-educated voters (and Independence) who vote for McCain because of his apparently genuine straight talk personality. I personally don't think Mr Straight Talk Express is really a straight talker at all (see the evidence of his change from his first immigration bill to the latest one). If he is that proud of himself being able to stick to his gun, why not go back to push his first immigration bill? Remember, Americans always like the idea of voting for someone who is (or at least appears to be) straight forward. Look at George W Bush and that's what we ended up having because he had the straight forward edge over Kerry. It does not matter McCain is never a core Republican (no need to prove this point as it has been re-iterated and proved over and over again he is NOT a conservative. Maybe he is a conservative for the Democratic Party and I can see that argument.) and what he represents, people would just vote for him because he appears to be genuine and straight forward. This is what is killing the Republican party. Now that he got the momentum, he is heading down the road to advertise himself as the conservative. So here you go again, whatever happen to Mr. Straight Talk Express? stick to his gun and proud of his position because he put the American people first before his party. I think if he comes out and keep pushing the idea he is not a conservative and said to Americans what you see is what you get, I think people could have at least respect him for his integrity, rather than trying to become a true conservatives all of a sudden.
    As for myself, if it was going to be between McCain and Hillary/Obama, I would definitely vote for a true Democrat, rather than a Democrat who advertises himself as a Republican. The bottom line is, you cannot win as a Repulican running like a Democrat against the Democrats. Voters who likes McCain for the reason of his democrat traits would then face with much better choice in the general election and they will take Hillary/Obama rather than McCain.

    February 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. mike

    There is something odd about the GOP conservative base threatening to not rally behind McCain if he wins the GOP nomination. I suspect that they are making McCain out to be a liberal to try to trick moderate Democrats and independents into voting for him in the general election. After all, although he may not back thier establishment as much as Huckabee, he probably will do so more than Obama or Clinton. I think McCain is the real deal in that he will walk his talk. It is up to us to carefully review his voting history to determine where he stands on the vast number of issues facing the country and whether he is the best fit based on our individual viewpoints – Regardless of the party he is in.

    February 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. kim

    McCain's message has the stench of a sewer plant and quite frankly he has a wicked looking smile who could trust that....

    February 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Mike, Fredericksburg, VA

    If you don't think McCain is conservative enough, and don't trust Romney because of his flip-flopping from longtime liberal to "conservative" just in time to run for president, there is an alternative: mikehuckabee.com.

    February 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Andy N (California)

    I agree with Ann Coulter, I'm a Republican, but I'd vote for Clinton before McCain. There's two minimum things a President needs, integrity and brains. And in the integrity and brains war, McCain is unarmed. I also find him quite a mean-spirited candidate.

    The Straight-talk express has made a big detour.

    February 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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