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. hkitty

    Yes, if Hillary does not get the Dem nomination!

    March 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. A.Davis

    Obamacans have larger numbers than Suburblicans!!

    March 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Spider

    Barack Obama has run his campaign on his words, judgement and honesty. His words are hollow, no substance. His judgement is questionable with his ties to Rezko and Wright. His honesty will be brought into question after stating that he was never at a Wright sermon that included any racist anti-semite rants. One of these videos will reveal Barack in the congregation, proving him a liar.

    March 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Will O

    Ron Paul will be the GOP frontrunner because he is still in the race and John McCain is an illegal alien from Panama.

    William O'Shanty
    Mt. Shasta, California

    March 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. RSP

    Cute biblical references, and if the Democrats keep fighting among themselves, becoming more polarized each day, McCain will capture moderates of both parties, Independents, and older voters, especially those who are suspicious of Obama's relative inexperience and "faith-based" politics

    March 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Dan

    Nope. He can't summon the "suburblicans" just like he can't be an agent of change or anything else reformist. Why? BECAUSE HE'S A REPUBLICAN! They are incumbent to the White House! The suburb people fed up with Washington are going to be sick of Republicans, because that's whose had the power for 8 long years. They can't be sick of Democrats because George Bush isn't a Democrat. The math is easy. When Reagan showed up, Carter was President. So he could say, "fed up with these guys? Vote for me!" But right now McCain can't say that because he would have to say "fed up with my party? Vote for me!" He is the status quo vote.

    March 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Parliamentary Bi-Partisanship, according to Molly

    John McCain is a true American hero. A decorated officer of the Armed Forces, a P.O.W. survivor and now a Presidential nominee. He's as American as Apple Pie... and weekend get-aways to Panama.

    March 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. ojo

    This story nailed it. Dems continue to bicker about who will be their nominee (Dems bickering? I'm shocked!). This is a turnoff to independent and swing voters. McCain will methodically pursuade moderates to vote for him. Note to Dems: it doesn't matter who you want representing your party. Pick a nominee who appeals to independents. We represent 25 percent of the voting block. We will decide who our next president will be.

    BTW...we dislike Hillary.

    March 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Teddy Ruckspin

    Is that Charlie Crisp in the background? He may very well be the VP of President John McCain's campaign. God bless Florida.

    Teddy Ruckspin
    Pensacola, FL

    March 16, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Chuck E.

    Is anybody using hand sanitizer with all that hand-shaking and germ-sharing? What would the CDC have to say and what is McCain't plan to quell pandemics in North America?

    Chuck E.
    Smyrna, GA

    March 16, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Sue Doku

    Are Suburblicans the new Obamacans?

    Sue Doku
    Fresno, CA

    March 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. firemedia

    Its time poeple. Get rid of the media we have ,because they create the stories and not report them as they should. If they want to controll then run for office and do it that way.
    Who appointed the media as protecters of all the comments that we hear? This is a job that you do and only a job so stop trying to be something your not and stop feeding the public this venom that never goes away.
    In the end you will sit together with your beers and giggle about the ones you elected when you most likely didn't vote. I'm almost 70 and i'm so ticked off that I will ponder as to wether i will go to vote in this manipulated election you are distroying my freedome with this slanted reporting. By the way, What are your qualifications for what your doing. It was better when you read the paper for election news please print this as some may agree

    March 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Melvyn Raab

    Here's a galvanizing thought: McCain and Obama... the dream ticket.

    Melvyn Raab
    Gary, IN

    March 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Floridian

    Anyone but Mccain!!!

    March 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Joy Butter Fooko

    The only way McCain can win over former Democrats disillusioned with the Hillary tactics is to include more of Joe Lieberman. Lieberman is the perceivable face of the Independent voter in this country. McCain could leverage Lieberman's position to court these voters.

    Joy Butter Fooko
    The Bronx, NY

    March 16, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Mud Donna

    To bolster his credibility as a young stallion, McCain could hire some scrippers from the clizub. Word like, sun. Wise words spoken from Pre-Mud-Donna.

    P. Mud Donna
    Bedford Stuyvesant, NY

    March 16, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Colon Pow

    Is this the kind of government Amerigo Vespucci envisioned for America? Let's return America to its righful owners...The Italians.

    Colon Pow
    Kung Pao Chicken district
    San Francisco

    March 16, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. OBAMA 08


    March 16, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Ollie Norf

    We need leadership in America. Let John McCain lead us alongside the leadership of Lieberman and Obama.

    Olli Norf
    Area 52

    March 16, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Corey, Maryland

    Republicans are stupid, thats all I have to say to that.... I love how the republicans hold Ronald Reagan to such a high standard, when he was president only twenty years ago, and didn't even believe in half of the things the present Republican party believes. The way they speak about him, he should have been there with god creating the universe....stupid Christians as well...I thought this country was made of smart people!

    March 16, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Ron Paul supporter from Minnesota

    Ron Paul rules the world. If you don't support Ron Paul, then you must be a liberal... with a liberal agenda.

    Minnesota for Justice
    Harry and Sally Goldstein

    March 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |

    Hillary is driving the Democrats in McCain's arms .... and the superdelegates are watching it like the cows the slaughterhouse – not knowing what is to come.

    March 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Harry Trotter

    Ronald Reagan's Reaganomics hurt the streets of Los Angeles. He did nothing to help the economy. His quirky rhetoric might've convinced some simple-minded folks but if we want real change, then Ron Paul is our voice. I respect John McCain though.

    Bluthington Heights, Delaware

    March 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. MikeyTX

    "Ya Gotta Love It!" 'cause it's soooooooo true. (grins)

    March 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Truth

    Wow I am the first to write on this!

    Anyways, this story does make me want ot vote for McCain. I probably will if my horse don't come in on the democratic side!

    March 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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