February 6th, 2008
12:47 AM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: How McCain won

(CNN) - McCain came in third among Missouri conservatives, so how did he win the state?

His overwhelming support among the state's moderates, even those who are sharply at odds with his positions.

Twenty-three percent of Missouri voters believe abortion should be legal, and they picked McCain 2-to-1 over Romney and Huckabee. And 30 percent are against the war in Iraq and they also picked McCain 2-to-1 over Romney and Huckabee.

McCain, of course has a strong pro-life Senate record, and he has made achieving victory in Iraq his top issue.

Related: CNN Analysts say McCain is on theĀ road to Republican nomination

-CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider • John McCain
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Duop Wuol, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    The reason Sen. McCain won is because he has put public interest at first–he is a friend to many Democrates.

    February 6, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  2. John

    Support from moderates is just what this country needs. Go McCain!

    February 6, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  3. Independant

    There will be a Mc Cain , Huckabee tick .

    Then all they need is a Obama ticket , an the republicans , will be back in the white house.

    Yet we have to see how the media plays out. So far , they have played a big roll for BARRACK OBAMA and tribe ( Kennedy's, Farrakahan, Mr. Wright , an Ophra. )

    February 6, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  4. Anonymous

    John McCain is just a good guy.

    February 6, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  5. Fadel Kane

    what about missouri?

    February 6, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  6. Waly

    why cnn doesn't give a prediction for missouri?

    February 6, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  7. jeffrey

    If the race is between McCain and Obama it will be the first time I vote Democrat and it will be the first time my parents vote for a democrat. McCain plays dirty. I want someone honest in the white house.

    February 6, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  8. Bob, Delaware, OH

    the question is do you believe Iraq is winnable? After all this time has gone by?
    Its been long. Its actually been extremely expensive, especially in lives. Time lost by our soldiers fighting a very determined enemy. McCain cannot win Iraq any more than Bush. Most observers in 2003 would NEVER have predicted Al-Quaida in Iraq to do to us what they did. So McCains strategy of a victory in Iraq as part of his "game plan" will be a failure, cause we are NOT winning

    February 6, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  9. gideon

    I thought you said that Obama will lead or really come close to HRC in California? how come not?

    Are you favoring Obama?

    may be so!

    If Obama won California, I knew it then, your entire screen on the web will only read three words, which are OBAMA WON CALIFORNIA.

    Now that HRC won it, what say you?, It's expected, CA has a lot of Latinos.

    and also in MA, I really believe that the Kennedys and Kerry should all go to hell.
    It's pathetic that MA residents rebuked their own representatives. ha ha ha ha.

    and If CNN can not put up a fair depiction of candidates, please burn yourselves alive.

    thank you so much.

    February 6, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  10. Scott

    Missouri went to McCain....where are all Mitten's Kittens?

    February 6, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  11. james

    McCain could only further polarize the international community, he is certain to be protested against just as Bush was every time he steps out of this count. How is he going to lead this country to the future? Anger and hostile policies will not win respect, only Obama or Huckabee could really settle things down enough to clean up this mess. McCain = disaster!

    February 6, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. Indie in Alberta

    looks like its time for Romney to drop out of the race...

    February 6, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  13. Steve


    Can you tell the talking heads on your network to look at the Republican delegates. It is absolutely hilarious to listen to people try and make it sound like the deal isn't closed, much more to go. Please present me one scenario where McCain doesn't get the delegates necessary, he basically outpaced Romney 9-1 tonight, and nobody thinks for a second Huckabee can win. I know everyone wants a race, but looking at the delegates, its laughable to interject all this manufactured drama into the race. McCain did what he had too. Period.

    February 6, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  14. Billy C

    This is a huge dissapointment. Somehow I thought Republicans where better then McCain. Congrats Senator on your lost to the Democrates this fall. You have succesfully destroied Reagan's Party. You'll go go down in the history books for that so that may be a plus for you. Thanks agian for all you've done best wishes and I hope your health dosen't fail o wait yes I do.

    February 6, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  15. Angela

    Why does everyone like this evil man? Do they really want another Bush in the white house? I mean if you're going to vote republican at least vote Paul, or even Huckabee...but not this loon. I voted Hillary Clinton because I actually want to get out of Iraq in the near future.

    February 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  16. jstbnme

    PLease Please, will someone tell Romney to quit spending his money and get out of the race....MSNBC has it right, it is a two man race ( they said it, not just Huckabee) and they were ahead of CNN all night. There is know way In hell Mcain beats any of the democrats, I don't think he could beat the Ralfanader....If the Media would do it's job and just report the facts and not campaign for there candidate, things might be different......Just think by some miracle Mcain wins, takes Huckabee as a running mate, and again by some chance they win(not). Mcain will Kill over, and guess who the commander and chief would be...so just cut to the chase and put Huckabee in!....But seriously, The media does need to change, I don't think I have been so dissapointed in anything this election than I have been with the media. For the most Part CNN. Is this part of the job description, you must support who I say?!!!!!!!!!just kills me people will not take a little time and do some homework.....I think we would be supprised at the different leaders we would have....this will be my last post at CNN, and the last day to catch your radio program Bill, sorry, but you dissapoint me...

    February 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  17. J

    Note that Obama got more votes (1.2 million) in Illinois than Clinton got (1 million) in the large state of New York

    February 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  18. john

    John Mc Cain I will be the nominee but he will get desroyed by the dems in the general election because of his stubborn and arrogant stance on iraq.

    I am a veteran and I will NEVER vote for him!

    February 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  19. Arthur, Immokalee, Florida

    As he campaign was severely suffering McCain still felt confident to say that it's ok to lose an election but not a war. Regardless, how controversial his political record may be that statement spoke volume.

    He was ready to sacrifice his political career, he lost strong political allies, he has been tested, vetted, and even let down by core leaders of his own party but he faced those adversities with charisma, strength, undeniable experience, and most importantly with a smile. McCain is the new definition of a LEADER.

    February 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  20. Are

    Even if they disagree with him on some issues, moderates support McCain because he is a man of conviction and integrity, and you always know where he stands.

    February 6, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  21. MOREWAR?

    mccain = 100 years in middle east = higher deficit = weaker dollar


    February 6, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  22. Barton Harrison

    Dam I don't think John McCain's heath will hold out for 4 years my friend. My friend he doesn't put his pants on backwards yet my friend. But he is starting to drool on his chin.
    Hope Barack Obama stops all the shuck and jive after a will it is irritating.
    Note how he dropped in the polls and the timing with the TV spots. Most of us know he is just having fun. But I like the feel good to be a American speeches

    February 6, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  23. Paul in Iraq

    Bob in Delaware. When have you been to Iraq to make a quaified statment on how the war is going? Are you just trusting what our media decides to report? Well, I am in Iraq and things are going good. The Iraqi's are stepping up and taking responsibility. Insurgents are having a difficult time and desperate for America and it parterns to leave. American troops are doing an excellent job with a smile on their face. If we up and leave Iraq now it would be a slap in the face of every family in America that has suffered at the hands of Al-Quaida.

    February 6, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  24. Tom Wittmann

    It seems already evident that McCain will have enough delegates to be nominated

    It would be a necessity for McCain, to win the elections, to offer Huckabee
    the Vice-Presidency, as he is seen in the US amd in the world a likable and capable and even more important, a honest person, the drawback of his eventual religious conflicy of interests, important for a President, is not material for a VP.

    And of course, such a VP, being much younger, would help in the election as
    a mitigation of McCain's age issue and inject freshness in the ticket, by a person
    who has, contrary to McCain, a very positive experience in Government executive

    The nutually praising btween McCain and Hickabee, as well the W.Virginia
    happening, show that both McCain and Huckabee are going in above direction,
    so it makes no sense at all taht Romney continues in the race, spending his own money, as now nobody will be willing to give him any !

    Therefore, if Romney wants to act rationally, he should wait until Friday and
    leave saying he does so in order not to damage the Party, a very credible argument.

    And hopefully Ron Paul does the same, to avoid the continuing stubborn posting in the blogs by his supporters!

    Then, if the "radio guided" right wing extremist continue to rant, McCain should simply ignore it, catering to them would repeal sevarl times more independent voters.


    February 6, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  25. Amanda

    If John McCain is the nominee, I am voting Democrat, but that would practically be the same thing. What McCain did with Mike Huckabee is disgusting. Talk about dividing the party. How can you expect someone to bring the U.S. together when there is so much divisiveness. The only reason Mitt is not more ahead is because he is Mormon. Those evangelical bigots don't have their heads on straight. The best candidate was cheated by his own party members behind based on religion. Hard to believe this thing happens in our country. I just everyone would vote on principles and experience, not religion.

    February 6, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
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