April 15th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain: 'I will contest every vote of every young American'

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain, who will be the oldest person ever sworn in to a first term as president should he win the White House in November, made it clear Tuesday that he is going to fight hard for the youth vote notwithstanding his age.

“I will contest every vote of every young American,” McCain told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during an appearance on Matthews’s show set at Villanova University.

“He’s extremely eloquent,” McCain said when asked by Matthews why McCain thought so many young people are excited by Sen. Barack Obama’s oratory. “I think that there is a desire for change out there in America,” McCain added, sounding Obama’s dominant campaign theme.

“And the kind of change that I think I can make is reaffirm Americans’ faith in their future, in their ability to educate their children, to serve this country, and I think that I can provide that motivation,” McCain added.

Obama has overwhelmingly won over young voters in the Democratic primaries t so far. Should McCain face off against Obama in the general election, an age gap of some 25 years would separate the two men.

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soundoff (64 Responses)

    Good grief. This is a horrible year.

    First of all, I was going to vote against Osama, Obama and Chelsea's mama, but now I am not too wild about McCain either.

    This is a terrible year. Frankly I don't think it makes much difference who the president is.

    Having said that, I will probably vote for the GOP for the first time in my 60 years of life.

    I am most persuaded by Democrat Jimmy Carter working full time on the dstruction of Isreal, and working full time for the palestinians.

    That stinks.

    April 15, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. Marjorie Helms, Amherst, NY

    Oh, please! McCain wants young people; there's no doubt about that. If he were to be elected, he would want them to head to Iraq, in order to finish off George's crusade. Oh, even worse, he would want young people to start McCain's crusade in Iran. Enough already, we don't need McBush in the White House!

    April 15, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Laidetea

    Old McPain, I don't think so.....I am 18 years old and I do volunteer work for the Obama campaign along with 100's of freshman college students. U think we're that stupid to vote for U? Think again old, old, old man. Even, if you become president your first year will be miserable. Because you are a Bushionite and me and my friends are not into the Bush polices....we will rally against you. U can count on it old man, if you can keep up....LMAO

    Obama 08/12

    April 15, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. That's Reality

    I'd rather have an older, experienced man for pressident than a young, inexperienced guy, especially with the terrorists waiting for an apportunity. Let's not forget that a lot of these young voters' brains are not even fully developed yet. No offense, but it is a fact.

    April 15, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. honkey white guy from cali

    Ok I think he just lost his mind!! He sounds completely delusional! What is he trying to Xerox Obama's hope message. give me a break!

    Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 15, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  6. Cathy




    April 15, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. NickNas

    Well he had better get them young enough so that they can't tell that he is now making the SAME promises that Bush did for his first term and we all know how many of THOSE were fulfilled.

    One of my favorites is cutting government and Taxes. Bush Reduced the IRS. yes he did but what we ended up with the equivelent of a Police Department without a internal affairs department. ALL of the protections that had been in place to protect the Tax payers from abusive IRS agents were DISOLVED. You have a problem with us? Go Pound Sand LOL!!!

    April 15, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. jon

    hi mr mac the youth cant connect with you you are a old school i bet you cant help them with their homework .how will you lead them?

    April 15, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Corey, Bloomington IN

    I think he means that he will try to have their votes thrown out.

    April 15, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. Carl from Pa

    Well, I'm confused. If there is such a strong desire for change out there why do you want to make Bush's tax cuts permanent and why do you not want to pull troops out of Iraq? Well, I'm a democrat so I suppose I'm biased, but I don't agree with any of your policy though did agree with you when you were against the tax cuts and high spending.

    April 15, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. notfooledhere

    This should be good, can't wait to see him pandering to the 20 year olds.

    April 15, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. John in KY

    Yes he is going to swoop them up in a European Made Airbus instead of an (American Boeing Co Airbus) made in the USA! by Americans.
    What a sorry excuse for a presidential candidate (Lame Brain McCain)!

    April 15, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. Independant

    Most teens , have brains eneough to slaute our flag. Some of them should explain that to Him. Not, UH , An learn him to try an finmd a lapel pin. Then they have to tell him, or install it for him, may not know which side to put it on.

    No , Obama is not Smarter than a fifth grader.

    So , go Annie Oakley , Go

    April 15, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. Christian, Tampa FL

    As a young American, I must say that while I respect John McCain as a person, he cannot have my vote. My vote will go to a candidate who's foreign policy outlook, campaign style, and ideas for governance are fully up to date with my generation – Senator Barack Obama.

    I also do not believe that my generation will support someone who supports the War in Iraq particularly.

    April 15, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  15. Tom

    I loved my grandfather but, I could'nt see him running a country at the age of 71 no matter how good of shape he is in. Send Mccain into retirement and enjoy life. I think it is about time for youth and vitality to run the country and bring in new(not old fashioned) ideas.

    What really worries me is that Mccain is from a war generation and it seems he wants more. Remember who his spirutual advisor is and what he thinks–Rod Parsley-"America was made to destroy all islam".
    With Mccain your're looking at a larger war–is that what we want?

    April 15, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. aware

    Go for it Sen. McCain. Obama may well buy the Dem primary but he won't win the general!

    His audacity has destroyed his hope message, and his condescending arrogance and egomania are a hugr turn off. He is far left and a big cookie cutter Dem. The Americans he thinks are stupid will not vote for this obfuscating phoney.

    If not Hillary then McCain 08! 🙂

    April 15, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Ratgurl

    “... the kind of change that I think I can make is reaffirm Americans’ faith in their future, in their ability to educate their children, to serve this country, and I think that I can provide that motivation,” McCain added.

    riiiight..... my faith in America's future does NOT lie in more war. And you think the education system in America is any good? Have you asked a kid lately what they're learning in school? It's glorified daycare! So much for "no child left behind"! Are you planning to build a bigger army? Is THAT your plan? I'm definitely NOT voting for you!

    April 15, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. z

    “I think that there is a desire for change out there in America,” McCain added.

    He THINKS there is a desire for change in our country?

    Please Senator....time for you to retire if don't KNOW that people what change.

    April 15, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  19. Bayou Joe

    Now that is the John McCain I have known for 15 years. Yes we will,
    the Youth of America deserve a better future than what the Democrats have to offer them.

    No surrender
    No socialism
    No to Obama and the left wing of the Democratic Party.

    Bring it on George Soros and Moveon.org. We welcome this fight for America's heart.

    April 15, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  20. Tom

    There is no way McSame is going to make any changes that will be positive for the majority of americans. He embraces Bush's failed economic polices, he is not going to get our brave men and women out of Iraq. If he is elected the flow of money up to the top 5% of the population will continue and since 70% of the economy is consumer spending, if we have less to spend the economy will continue to tank.

    April 15, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. Texican

    John, you already have two in my household, a 20 yr old in college and my 18 year old Marine. They will get you more like them. Freedom loving Americans that love our Country like their parents and Grandparents do.

    April 15, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. Venus

    Well said Mc Cain! I have been watching you and if Obama doesn't win – I will vote for you!

    April 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. wisconsin badger voter

    I am really starting to believe that the only non-connected, Rich and famous voters who will support Hillary Clinton are the self proclaimed abused women of America who feel they have to hurt and destroy all who have not been a victim sometime in their life. Of course there are also the weak, fumbling, fearful and low self esteem men who will support her as well. And we must add the Rep. Geoff Davis types as well.

    These are people who are just like Hillary and Bill Clinton. These types of people will abuse, lie, cheat, and steal in just about any form to get their fix for themselves. It seems, this is what happens to Americans who lose their jobs, homes, health care. They cling to these feelings for the rest of their lives and they teach them to their children. It’s no wonder so many American's are voting for Hillary and John McCain

    See, it’s not hard to analyze the Clinton's.

    April 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. Amit

    No McCain please. No 3rd term for BUSH/CHENEY. There is a saying that goes "When you are in a hole, stop digging". America is in a very deep hole thanks to the Republicans and those who voted Bush into office twice. America needs to stop digging NOW, NO TO a 3rd Bush term. Lets get it right this time American, NO REPUBLICAN IN OFFICE!

    April 15, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. balthus

    Part of the "change" McCain has voted for is to authorize official agencies of the United States of America to use torture techniques that date back to the Spanish Inquisition. Think about it. Thanks in part to John McCain, the United States is a country that tortures people, spies on its citizens without them knowing and without a warrant, and detains suspects without granting them the ability to meet with a lawyer or to even know why they are being held.

    I want a President who will put an end to these barbaric practices, not one who endorses them. I want a President who will defend our freedoms under the Constitution, not one who will seek ways to undermine them. I want a President who will put an end to our costly and counterproductive war in Iraq, not one who vows to keep us there for another 100 years.

    I want Barack Obama to be my President.

    Obama '08 Yes, We Can!

    April 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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