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)
  1. clintons out of control

    he is really out of touch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Doug Anderson

    In the same statement, he also said he went on The View and Letterman's show to vie for the young votes.. Is that his view of Young America..

    April 15, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  3. Mariposa4Life

    Of course he will contest every vote of every young American. He's going to need to know how many young Americans there are for him to draft for his 100 year war!

    I however will not be fooled.

    Obama 08'

    April 15, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Bill, PA


    To all the votes in the 10 states yet to vote, please read this article before going to the polls.

    April 15, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. John

    Obama has received the younger vote only because they are pacifist. He is a radical muslim through and through. He befriends losers like the Rev. Wright, Mr. Ayers, Resco and Larry Sinclair. God help us all if he is elected.

    April 15, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Mike

    Democrats still don't get that it doesn't matter who they nominate, there is no way that will ever beat a Republican candidate. For the last 28 years the Presidental election has been about a single issue - abortion. The Republicans have been smart enough to get on the right side of this issue. It doesn't matter how corrupt they are or how they destroy this economy with their negligence and unjustified wars, Christians will blindly vote for anyone they feel will overturn Roe vs Wade. John McCain could be Satan himself and he would still get elected if Christian voters thought that there was a chance of making abortion illegal again.

    April 15, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. Dave

    McCain will get only the geezer vote.

    April 15, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. Shirley

    John McCain is not a bad man, he really believes war is the way to peace, I think, but John will keep our young American's at war. He suggested we may need to think about war with Iran in the near future. John is not a diplomat.

    April 15, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. David D Kollie

    How can one mix clubs with hearts on a play of a card game?

    April 15, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. John Elite McCain

    McCain is someone who is elite and out of touch with us common folk. If he becomes president, know that gas prices will become higher and the war on America's poor will continue.

    He is a corrupt person that will keep us in war and will cater to big corporations.

    He is talking about caring for America now because he has already received much criticism about not acknowledging the recession.

    Time for a change. Fight the powers that be.

    April 15, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. bill pike

    my dad also was an officer in the navy in WWII, my uncle Tommy a west point graduate and decorated war hero in Korean and i served from 63-65. My dad was republican chairman for our county, everyone in my family thinks it's a sin to vote for a democrat but i have to say this time I AM BITTER ABOUT THE WAR YOU AND BUSH AND CLINTON GOT US IN WHEN THERE WAS ZERO REASON AND NOW WE CAN'T GET OUT WITHOUT A WORSE PROBLEM. I AM BITTER that there are families welcoming their loved ones back from iraq in a casket, I AM BITTER that we had a republican president and congress and did not help the people who the Bible says we are supposed to. I am voting for Obama and I am not a kid-I am old enough to see what you have done to this great country of ours and I am so ashamed.

    If you meet St. Peter in Heaven please explain why the greatest country in the world is so self serving and why we have babies going to bed hungry--in this country. I AM BITTER AT WHAT YOU AND BUSH HAVE DONE TO THIS GREAT COUNTRY and see a young Ab Lincoln in Obama who one day will have students studying his works as we do Lincoln. SHAME SHAME SHAME

    April 15, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. independent

    it'll be funny to watch him try 🙂

    April 15, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. Jay

    Not mine. Mr. War Monger!

    April 15, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. Al, Sacramento Ca

    Yeah, right!

    This guy is Mr. Status quo, there is no future in his hands. He will be serving Bush's third term.

    No Change McCain!!

    April 15, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  15. Smart

    I am not considering McSame at all.

    I listened to the Pope.

    He stressed the damage sex scandals has caused the catholic church. I felt bitter about it.

    As a PA undecided catholic, that is enough for me to decide. Sex scandal = Clinton.

    Now I will vote Obama.

    April 15, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. An American in Canada

    While John McCain is competing for the youth vote maybe he can tell them to check out the Real Barack H. Obama.

    He can send them to the awesome revealing article
    by Andrew McCarthy entitled

    “The Bad Company Of Barack Obama”


    An article that every true American should read before they even think of voting for Obama.

    April 15, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  17. Wade

    There is no young American that would vote for McCain. They all want a bright future.

    April 16, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  18. ariel

    Think Obama's an elitist?Just wait.you're about to hear from the Republicans.They drive social wedges into the electorate for political power. Once in office,they deregulate.CEO's make tons of money.Average workers earn less and pay more.Republican office-holders get wealthy donations,and smile.Because they're the elite.

    April 16, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. Matt

    Apparently "Independant" didn't get the memo. Shes done.

    April 16, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  20. Blake

    I am in the voting block he is talking about at 23. The only way he can contest my vote, is if he connects with me the way a grandfather does. Seeing wisdom, life experience, and a loving know how to make me smile. I am sorry John, but you just do not have that loving grandfather feel to me. You are angry at life it seems to me. You do not speak with wisdom. In fact, you find it easy to stumble around words and facts. I do not find any of your jokes on national television funny. I am not voting for you sir. I respect what you have done for this country. Now is time for a new generation and beyond. I want an America for my grand children, and that is not with you.

    April 16, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  21. Susan Moses

    How could McCain possibly compete for the votes of people he hardly represents? At 26, this will be my 3rd election, yet McCain is still as old as my grandfather. It isn't just the number either... he thinks old.

    Supporting a loosing war with the idea that it will somehow have a "domino" effect of spreading democracy in the region... that seems decidedly a Vietnam-era wisdom.

    April 16, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  22. Retired Professional w/woman for obama

    McCain will promise you the world for your votes but none of it
    will be helpful to our country, because they are lies. Lies to win.
    I can not stand the man.

    April 16, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  23. Kevin

    It's commendable that Sen McCain at least comes across as sincere in his quest for the youth vote. Unfortunately, he older then most young voters' grandparents and therefore his ability to connect with the aforementioned demographic is out of his reach.

    Obama '08

    April 16, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. M

    I'm a young person, and there is nothing McCain could say that would make me vote an ancient warmonger into office.

    I'm going to go for someone who speaks for my generation, the generation that's inheriting a ruined, twisted world!

    Go Obama Go!

    April 16, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. Retired Professional w/woman for obama

    And Cris, you really shouldn't be hanging around McCain too Much.
    The Republicans have failed our Country. Their "elitist" ways will
    rub of on you.if it hasn't happened yet. I would not sit in the same
    room with the man.

    April 16, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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