March 16th, 2008
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'Raw Politics': Can McCain summon the Suburblicans?

 Can Sen. John McCain win over former Democrats disillusioned with the party?
Can Sen. John McCain win over former Democrats disillusioned with the party?

(CNN) - In the great book of Republican lore, the story lives on, read in reverent tones to tiny Red Staters even in their youngest years:

On the eighth day, Ronald Reagan reached into the suburbs, the burgeoning fields of new homes filled with families yearning for hope, and he picked up an average working-class Democrat.

Cradling him gently in his mighty hand, and speaking in soothing tones, Reagan said to the trembling voter, "I have terrible news. Your party has lost its way. Democratic leaders are no longer the defenders of middle-class jobs, values and security. They are pandering to special interests. Don't you want someone to be your president again?"

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  1. obama changed me to a Republican

    Go McCain, at least when I vote for you I will be voting for someone who loves America.

    March 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. ktlin

    McCain did himself in with a lot of Republicans by the way he acted in the years following his loss to Bush. It looked like he was getting back at him. The Republican establishment forced him down the conservatives throat if you will recall. And now Rush and Hannity are not doing anyone any favor by showing they are just like others who are trying the politics of personal destruction since they are behind the Obama preacher firestorm. Why stand up and vote for a party who seems to have lost their way. Unknowingly they have equalled the playing field and all bets are off. For the first time I will most likely be voting for a Democrat and it sure won't be for HIllary. People should remember that for every action is a reaction so you should watch your actions. When you become like the people you are opposing you lose your audience.

    March 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. deb in az

    i really dont know how john mccain can protect the nation when he cant take care of the state of arizona..........hes to busy living the life and forgets how many people suffered here due to his friend keating.........but i guess its ok to let people loose everything as long it doesnt affect you personally......how much more of a recession do we need?

    March 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. John

    That’s why we must all vote for Barack Obama. A movement is upon us, and we can all feel him as the second coming of our Messiah. He is the one we have all been waiting for since Jesus Christ. Should we help him fulfill his destiny of becoming our next President, he will bring eternal peace and prosperity to all. So don’t even try to screw this up for us America.

    March 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. aware

    John McCain or Hillary Clinton in 08. :)

    Barack Obama needs to step down. He seems to have a problem telling the truth. Rev. Wright's "just words" I never heard over 20 years does not ring true! Barack has become intolerably divisive!

    March 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Darryl

    This is truly a sad day for America, how the media has made it their mission to distory Senator Obama, if I was Senator Clinton I would keep Slient too let the CNN, ABC, MSNBC and FOX do her work for her.

    I fee the major issues we have facing America is Economy, War and Freedom and liberty.

    President Bush has placed his policies in front pocket of big business with the Trillon Dollar tax breaks that will have last effect on the economy. Stacking up 10 trillon dollars in debt.

    President Bush Started this war as means to raise his buddies oil profits at the cost of United States Soldiers lives and Hillary Clinton and John McCain went along with it.

    They Stop counting the true number of soldier that lost their lives it's over 5,000 dead and 35,000 injuried.

    President Bush has turn the United States of America in to a POLICE STATE their no more freedom.

    We need a major change in Thinking.

    March 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Go Obama

    I am a diehard Obamacan. If Hillary gets the nomination, then I am switching over to Mccain.

    March 16, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Trev

    No, but Hillary can.

    Hillary 08

    March 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. RENEA,PLYMOUTH,MI

    NO MCCAIN CAN NOT DRAW REAGAN DEMOCRATICS WHEN HE VOTED FOR THE WAR,VOTED AGAINST BANNING WATER BOARDING AND TO GIVE IMMUNITY TO THE TELECOMS IN THE FISA BILL!

    March 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. ANTI CLINTONS

    Do two thing right Sen. McCain, get the dem votes and choose Romney as your VP. 4 more yeaers in the whitehouse for the republicans.

    March 16, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Side Show

    Saturday Not Live once again pretends they are neutral. We know differently and would like them to stand up and just shout to the world, that they are for Hillary.

    We're not buying it SNL. How much does she pay you?

    March 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Wizard of the White House

    Once again Fox has subjected us to the Wizard of the White House, Karl Rove.

    Do us a favor and send him to Cuba, where his talents can really be used.

    March 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Oklahoma_Pol

    The November election will be fought in the suburbs if Barrack Obama is the demo nominee and in states like Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan. the Clinton campaign prolonging the process to June will allow John McCain to sharpen message, recruit staff and reach out to the reagan coalition.

    McCain is presidential in nature, the two demos are engaged in a name calling and race baiting fight which does harm to themselves , their party and the country

    March 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Mirror, Mirror

    Mirror, mirror on the wall
    Who's the fairest of them all
    Hillary and her henchmen

    McCain 2008-2012

    March 16, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Mark

    First off, Ronald Reagan was a great president, but he was not God. Second, John McCain is NOT Ronald Reagan. Not even close.

    March 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. McYes

    This war must continue. We have got to stay in Iraq as long as it takes. The economy will work itself out.

    Vote for McCain

    March 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Saturday Nothing Live

    SNL has shown its true colors last night by painting McCain as an old geezer.

    They have a lot of nerve since their show has been dried up for years, only holding on to the shadows of nostalgia.

    Give it up SNL, you're irrelevant.

    McCain 2008-2016

    March 16, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Bubba

    Like Howard Cosell, she has an uncanny knack for picking out the completely obvious! And she's a Democratic leader? It is laughable !

    March 16, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. daniels

    Obama wiil.God bless Obama

    March 16, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Carlos

    McCain,
    Let's get with the program, Iraq is not WW II or Vietnam. This is a new and modern war, one which we were lied about. It's all going to come out in the end, BUSH and his cronies LIED to the entire country to go to war just to avenge his daddy.

    March 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Chipster in PA

    Yes, Ronald Reagan appealed to a lot of voters who thought he "seemed like such a nice guy." He promised lower taxes but his policies created such huge deficits that he eventually signed the biggest tax increase in U.S. history. He promised to cut spending but increased spending by 23%. He approved amnesty for certain illegal immigrants. Reagan promised to cut government departments but increased the size of them and even added one. Oh, he did make some cuts, catsup was proclaimed a vegetable to reduce the cost of school lunches. John McCain has embraced Bush's economic disaster, preemptive war, and incompetent departmental services. Can we really afford a Bush clone?

    March 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. ian

    He can get any vote, so long as that person is gung-ho on staying in Iraq forever.

    March 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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