May 14th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain says GOP woes mean a tough road ahead

 McCain admitted Wednesday the GOP’s woes could hurt him in November.
McCain admitted Wednesday the GOP’s woes could hurt him in November.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain conceded Wednesday his party’s loss in a Mississippi GOP stronghold is a bad sign for his own chances in November.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do. I have a lot of work to do. I understand the challenge. I am confident at the end of the day my vision and plan for action for this nation will get the majority of the votes, but I have no illusions in this campaign,” McCain told reporters during a stop at an Ohio recycling plant. “It will be a very difficult challenge.”

A few minutes earlier on his campaign bus, McCain had been more specific.

“When you look at the data and look at our brand, we’ve got real challenges to re-energize our base,” he said. “This is an indication that our party has a lot to do if we’ve going to win. Not only my campaign but gaining seats in the House and Senate.”

McCain also reacted for the first time to the resignation of his coordinator for the summer GOP convention, Doug Goodyear, and another staffer after it was reported they had worked as lobbyists for Myanmar’s military regime. The Arizona senator vowed that his campaign aides would be “be more thoroughly vetted” in the future.

“We found out those two individuals had represented that country, and so they left and we will vet everyone more seriously to make sure that’s not a repetition,” he said.

McCain has made his fight against special interests in Washington a central theme of his campaign, but has come under criticism because several of his top advisers have been long-time lobbyists.


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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Alan Boyer

    Duh! Can't wait for the McCain and Obama debates. McCain will lose more than his bearings. Obama will eat his lunch!

    May 14, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Dee

    I see Wednesday childen all around the Republicans' platforms.

    May 14, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. SJ Thornton

    This Hispanic woman voted for Obama in New York and will continue to vote for Obama.

    Retire.

    May 14, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Griff

    No! A political Party, is not a Business... The Country! The whole of the USA, is a Business, and the CIC is just a Manager...Wrong Manager. Belly Up!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2008/05/06/gb.politican.obama.cnn

    Democrats should check out ABC's blogs. Unlike CNN's blogs, there's no love there for Obama and Edwards. In fact, I detected a whole lot of anomosity toward those two phony's.

    May 14, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Ralph

    Ya think?

    May 14, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. MR. TRUTHFUL

    DEAR ALL AMERICAN VOTERS:

    DOES JOHN MCCAIN NEED A WALKING CANE?????????

    --– WELL I THINK THAT JOHN MCCAIN IS TOO OLD TO BE THE PRESIDENT AND EITHER HE IS A BIG LIAR OR BIG PRETENDER OR HE HAS ALZHEIMERS DISEASE OR SOME TYPE OF OTHER MENTAL DISORDER!

    WHY?-BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN CHANGING HIS VIEWS OR ANSWERS ON THINGS PRETTY REGULARLY!!

    HE'S BEEN SAYING ONE THING ONE DAY AND A DIFFERENT THING
    ON ANOTHER DAY!

    HE EVEN CHANGED HIS VIEWS ABOUT THE ECONOMY OR MORTGAGE CRISIS AS IF HE HAS SOME TYPE OF A MEMORY PROBLEM OR SOMETHING!!

    AND ALSO - HE HAS BEEN GETTING SHIAS AND SONNIES
    MIXED UP!!

    SO HE MAY BOMB THE WRONG GROUP OR THE WRONG COUNTRY OR THE WRONG TERRORIST! YES! HE MAY GO TO WAR
    WITH THE WRONG NATION!! AND THIS COULD BE DANGEROUS FOR AMERICANS!
    SO I CAN NOT VOTE FOR HIM AND I ADVISE YOU NOT TO EITHER!!

    From: MR. TRUTHFUL

    May 14, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I believe McCain is correct that the GOP is going to find the fall election difficult. It is partly because the fact that there was so much "spend money because we are in power" attitude. The other part is that this Neo-Con view that we should be forcing democracy on people and places that never had it without understanding the cultural and historical background of that location.

    May 14, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. pat, Texas

    Huu, is interesting reading what people post here, As HRC supporter, one question i keep asking myself is this,
    If Hilary wins the nomination and come Nov. wins the general election, the relief that comes to me, is the boost in economy that the republican has messed up for eight yrs.

    If Obama wins the Nomination and wins the general election, i still feel the same impact too , reviving the economy.
    Voting in rebublican just because our favoured candidate did not win is a great suicide, on all of us, our children and another four yrs of bad economy and the death toll of our troops in iraq increased.

    One fact remain, one person has to win, whoever the nominee at the end of the day. lets try and unite and lets look beyond our immediate.

    lets live , our sentiment to jeorpadise the future of our kids.

    Think deep before u take action.
    we all have all it takes to beat Mcsame in the general election in fall.
    God bless u all

    May 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Frank

    I would like to know more about dear wife Cindy selling Sudan-related investments.And just what is she hidding in her tax records?Time for grampa woodchuck to just save a trip down that tough road ahead. He should take his RV and pull in to shady pines rest home, and retire off his Sudan and Burma kick backs.

    May 14, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    He needs to pick a good running mate.
    Someone who can offset some of his shortcomings.
    Someone young, energetic, good campaigner, can connect w/ working people.

    Huckabee?

    May 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. TonyNJ

    I don't know Mr. McCain, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the amount of X democrats who will be voting for you if Hillary Clinton is not the Dem choice for the general election. That is if Hillary Clinton does not decide to form a NEW POLITICAL PARTY and run as an independent. In either case I wish you well, and for gallantly serving our country.

    May 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Wobblyone2

    Hey...

    The biggest issue you silly buggers have to contend with is Islam... and you seem to have forgotten that you will all become personna non grata.... infidels...

    I just can't believe you're that stupid that you would hand the country to the biggest threat you'll ever encounter...

    Look around you.. Look at every country in the world in strife... And then vote for someone who will sit by and watch nations destroy each other in the name of Islam, while he brings the peacemakers home.

    Shoooootttttt.

    May 14, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. Obama

    CNN WHAT ABOUT THIS?

    Wisconsin Superdelegate for Obama;

    OK Superdelegate Endorses Obama;

    Obama to Receive Endorsement Of 3 Former SEC Chairmen

    Indiana Congressman, Democrats Abroad Chair Endorse Barack Obama

    May 14, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Paul

    With Obama and McCain which is the lesser of two evils?
    Barr can beat them both!

    May 14, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Amit

    This coming from a man who doesn't even know the difference between Sunni and Shia, but wants to continue the IRAQ war for another 100 YEARS. And does NOT want to offer universal healthcare to Americans but would rather spend that money on war war war.

    Obama or Hillary '08! Peace.

    May 14, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  17. Nava-Canada

    Mr.McCain- The American people have decided to vote for a change
    in foreign policy, Education,health care and most importantly to get back the lost prestige & fame that Americans enjoyed during the era
    of JFK. They are also totally not in favor of an extention of "Bush's rule' for a further period of 4 painful years. The most important subject the Americans are interested in right now is Economy and not war as you think. You are a war veteran like many thousands of veterans who
    fought wars for this country and some are still living like you and our
    gratitude goes to them but what is sickening is that you still persue
    war after having seen what happened in battle fields.

    It is time Mr. McCain , either change your policy on war mongering or
    give up the fight for presidency & Let the younger genations like Obamas & Edwards run this country for a change. Also you are level headed man & my request to you is not to allow the ugly head of racisim raised again in the US during your campaign period.

    May 14, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Maggie

    I am not a republican but if Obama is given the nomination then for sure I hope McCain wins the presidency. I was really upset with Obama and Edwards being shown on CNN this evening when he endorsed him and cutting in Clinton's TV time with Wolf Blitzer. This was deliberately done so that his endorsement would take precedent over Clinton's interview. I am very disappointed that CNN did not show and continue not to show the interview with Clinton. I do not want to see Obama's endorsement from Edwards over and over again when I have not seen Clinton's interview at all. He is a selfish and arrogant man and I am sure he is offering the weak fool a position in his cabinet. Both of them are not worth any votes at all. Edwards did not get Kerry any closer to the presidency and the same thing will happen to Obama. I want both of them to fall flat on their faces and hope McCain wins in November if Obama is elected rhe nominee. Obama is a sneaky and selfish person and should not be trusted.

    We all know Clinton is the better and stronger candidate and she will win.

    May 14, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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