March 17th, 2008
08:25 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain calls on supporters to fill out their brackets

Hoops fan John McCain is calling on supporters to fill out their brackets.

Hoops fan John McCain is calling on supporters to fill out their brackets.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain takes March Madness seriously. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is challenging his supporters to beat his NCAA tournament picks.

His presidential campaign Web site now includes a section where you can fill out your brackets for the NCAA tournament and compare them to his.

A scoreboard keeps track of how your picks stack up against McCain’s, and prizes will be awarded to those with the top scores.

So who does the Arizona senator think will go all the way? Check back Thursday – he’s keeping his brackets a secret until after the games begin.

Last year he kept it on the safe side, picking the four No. 1 seeds – Kansas, Florida, Ohio State and North Carolina - to reach the final four, with North Carolina finishing first over Kansas.

Florida ended up winning it all, beating Ohio State 84-75.

–’s Kristi Keck

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Roberta McCain

    Win! Win! Win! Win at all cost. No matter how many American lives are lost. 4000,5000 who cares. No matter if it is your son fighting in a dumb war that we started by fooling the American people. As long as you win the American people will forget there son whom died a horrific death for no reason at all. And if they become prisoners of war just forget about them, because they obviously was not smart enough to avoid capture. If they return home after 5 years of being in a lion cage, let's not be focus on there well being and nurturing them back to health, but instead, let's focus on ensuring that no matter what they've been through, the first words from there mouth better be words fit for a hero . This and only this is the proud McCain tradition. Anything less is unexceptable. You cannot make your son a hero if you don't have a war to fight, so Make It Happen!!!

    March 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Go away Obama

    McCain 08 enough said.

    March 17, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. W B in Las Vegas

    do I have this correct? the guy that wanted to make betting on college sports in Nevada ILLEGAL is doing BRAKETOLOGY?


    ANYONE in NEVADA that VOTES for McCain is OUT of their MIND!!!

    March 17, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. dwight

    This is important again because??????

    Does he not know that this country has more important things on its plate like a recession, a needless war that he, Bush and Hillary started, skyrocketting healthcare costs, skyrocketting energy prices, more people living in poverty today than 8 years ago. I don't want to be judge and jury so I'll put the question out there, is he really this out of touch with the American people?

    March 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Nobillary Andobama

    Conservatives will unite this summer (as they do every election year) and propel McCain to a National Championship over the liberals who are somehow beguiled by Obama's promises to turn our nation into some kind of Socialist utopia.

    Mainstream America will grow tired of the same old liberal drivel about the economy. Our standard of living is by far the best in the world and liberals still complain like we are living in the Sudan or something.

    Most of the world has been paying over $3 a gallon for decades and liberals complain like it's our right to be the only country in the world with cheap gas. All while you drive your SUVs just like everyone else.

    If you got into a mortgage that you couldn't is that the government's fault???

    Your Democratic Party....the party who will use the government to bail you out and to blame someone else for your self-induced problems

    "HOPE" is not a method....only a nice sound bite

    March 17, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Ric

    Anybody but Obama. We dont vote for racist, anti-Americans!! Proud to be an American from Day One. Shame on you Obama!!

    March 17, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Young Rep

    Last time I checked this post was about John McCain and march madness not about Clinton or Obama. I look forward to March Madness every year... some of you people really need to take a chill pill. College sports in general brings in a lot of money to schools, not to mention gives athletes a free education that they could not afford. I just hope McCain doesn't stay to loyal to his Arizona Wildcats...
    Some of you Dems need to relax... i'm doing great knowing McCain is my man....

    Happy St. Patricks day!!!

    March 17, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Annamica, OH

    Democrats can be really dumb sometimes. This is obviously a light-hearted article, just like the one with Hillary in the St. Pattie's day parade. Get over it. I also don't like McCain, but I'm not going to whine about the man finally getting some time on the ticker.

    Hillary 08!

    March 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. lorraine

    If I hear McCain do that thing he does with his speaking by hissing the ssssss's I will sssscream. Open your mouth and get the words out
    Anyways Vote for Hillary at least she can talk properly and her words come out without a hiss or a lick of the lips like OBAMA, (he licks his lips too much) this means he has no sustance to what he says just a motor mouth saying anything and then the tongue comes out while the brain engages on what to say next.

    March 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Shannon Shiflett

    that's just dumb

    March 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. OMG

    Jill american,

    Maybe he only has the men's bracket up because the women's bracket hasn't been released yet....

    March 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Brandon ILL.

    Well I see that the same old garbage is coming from the Obama camp again. Could you tell me why Obama 's camp have alot of the same people who worked for Pres.Clinton in his political camp. Is it just another reason maybe because he still can't do anything on his own with out coping Hillary. Hillary please release your tax returns for this year. Obama tell us why you quit your Muslim faith . tell us how come your new church teaches the same kind of religion. Please no wink, wink on this issue , it is of great importance. If that is how the African American people truly feel then I suggest doing away with affirmative action, welfare , & free medical coverage also do away with section 8 housing. Let your Church pay for all these programs, when it doesn't work you can blame the true racist, your-self's. just a thought. go Hillary go

    March 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Tom

    I am a Black American and I don't understand what Barack and his campaign is thinking. Every-time the issue of race comes up he had better get used to reminding people that he is the byproduct of a white Mom and Black dad. He is not a black man that was adopted by a white family. He was raised by his white parent and grandparents. He is allowing people to paint him as a black man rather than someone who has been blessed with the best of both worlds. If he is neither Black or White, then he is both Black and White. This Ideas of single him out as a black American shows the racial mindset in our society and black people have bought into it. If he is not going to speak up himself then he had better get others to do it for him.
    Wise up and speak up Obama, you represent the best of both worlds.

    March 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Dave

    New flash – Hillary and McCains pastor support Pedophiles. You remember the scandal and the coverup... Maybe that is why HRC wants to show children at 3am in the morning. Lock your doors.

    March 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. obama changed me to a Republican

    Please, I never voted for Bush.
    Don't give me BS about how he lived through such a tough time. So did my parents and grandparents and they never said hateful stuff like that. And before you start going on and on about how "white" people never suffered let me tell you. My grandfather was a Lakota Sioux, my mother is Mexican and my father is a frontier mutt (English, Irish, dutch and German).
    Living through and growing are 2 totally different things. Obama went to that church and listened to that hate. You are judged by the people you hang with.

    March 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. maya

    Kenneth- Obama brought this new much needed negative scrutiny upon himself by LYING about a close 20 year relationship with his RACIST SPIRITUAL ADVISOR and MENTOR pastor and "FRIEND" (who he even put in his campaign staff). Hillary had nothing to do with this- obviously.

    Jill- I completely agree! Let's end this Men's Club control of the government and business (how many female CEO's are there?)!!!

    Hillary all the way 2008!

    March 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    March maddnes has nothing to do with sports. If Obama is the nominee McCain will get the Reagan Democrats. Myself being one of them. The threat of riots will not endear me to Obama. His ties to Rezko, his mentor, Rev. Wright, are anything but uniting. He states in the Rezko matter, that no favors were done on either side? The house he wanted to buy required the lot next door must be sold at the same time. Just so happens Rezko was in the market for a vacant lot which he promply sold part of to Obama. I would view this as an enormous favor, wouldn't you? Rev. Wrights comments, which he claims while in close contact with for twenty years he was unaware of, I find unbelieveable. How could someone you refer to as your mentor, never express those racial anti-American views? He now has thrown Rev. Wright under the bus, to achive his aspirations to be President. What a guy, what judgement?
    views in your presents for twenty years? People who believe this are gullible. The Republicans will have a field day with all this ammo.

    March 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Patty Atlanta GA

    why can't he address his adultery or his use of his political office to get his millionairess drug addict wife off of criminal charges?? this is a waste of everyones time and a distraction form the fact that this man has NO SENSE OF MORAL VALUES. I don't trust him! Bring back Huckabee!

    March 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Not Buying It Tom

    Dear Tom,

    April 15th is the deadline-but it is also the last possible day for Hillary to get her lies straight regarding her taxes. It is the last possible day to keep the media at bay, (while they attack her opponent), not her deception and lies.

    Also, will she share her 2006 taxes which will reveal Bill Clinton's supporters for his library. I think not, because she has a history of "untruths" let's say.

    Tom, anyone presidential nominee who waits until the last day to reveal their taxes is hiding something. Once again, Americans will be "shocked" that there are lies coming from the Clinton camp. Not this American, never again.

    March 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. th

    All of you Hillarites need to wake up and understand it is not Obama handing the election over it is Hillary and her negativity...and may I add who first started it. Hillary should try to stay on the issues but it seems that she can't because she is so eagar to tear down and discredit her opponent....Hillarites get real!

    March 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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    March 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Why worry about the environment, the war on terror, the fiasco in Iraq, the economy, our soaring National Debt, the sorry state of our military, our dysfunctional Justice Department when there is basketball to be played?

    I can't vote for Hillary, I am not certain I trust Obama even though I'd like to, and then Senator McCain does something stupid like this.

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

    March 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. c

    if any one thinks any of the presidential hopefuls are have intergrity or honesty they are drunk themselves on that beer while watching march madness and his bs bracket. any JA can pick the number #1'S, its those that can pick out the winners amongst losers that will be impressive, I say let the florida vote stand,give out delegates as voted and do the re-vote in Michigan. Then all the whiners can stop crying over their vote not counting(like it will count anyways when superdelegates will determined the outcome) I dont care who wins as long as it is a democrat i will vote. HRC or BHO lets go people

    March 17, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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