May 14th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
7 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. Independent

    There is next to 0 chance for the Republicans. They have had 8 years, and haved helped to destroy this country. Democrats 08!!!

    May 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. The Dude

    Haha, I love how honest this guy is. He'll probably end up conceding the race before we even get to November.

    Stephen Colbert '08!
    (I still believe, Stephen!)

    May 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. CYNTHIA

    When is he going to stop changing his mind and be honest with America. He cannot even say one thing and hold on to that. Which ever way the wind blows he follows. He if flawed!

    cynth
    NYC

    May 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Venus

    You better bet you GOT a lot of work to do!!!

    But, don't waster your time – Obama is going to win!

    May 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. NORA, FLORIDA

    No, you don't say. So when did they see this coming. That O-Train is coming. Choo Choo

    May 14, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    The GOP had their way for 7 years and has made a royal mess of the country, (with the help of Congress).
    Fool me once ...shame on you....fool me twice...shame on me. Not again.
    The country cannot take another 4 years of GOP tomfoolery.
    We need a Parliamentary form of government so we can throw the bum out when they screw up and not wait for years.

    May 14, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. RB

    When you can explain why you have no problem spending $2B a week in Iraq, but will not sign on to spend $2B a YEAR to pay for education for our service members, your woes will be lessened a little.

    May 14, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. James

    Looser...you should be home with the golden girls

    May 14, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. sophia nyc

    Republicans: pakc your bags and forget the address. It's time for a new generation of Americans.

    May 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Brenda

    Sorry, but the neo-cons have really hurt the Republican Party. They have spent their time tearing down everyone else instead of building up their own people. I no longer find the tried and true Republican values in the party. It should be about less government, careful budgeting, taking care of America. Instead it is about religion, wearing a flag pin and a woman's right to choose. Those are not issues, they are decoys.

    May 14, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Griff

    Just another stepping stone, for you John. With your built in Transformer, you should have little problem....

    May 14, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    This man is as inspiring as a sleeping bag...

    yawn....

    May 14, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Well, he'll know the full truth of that come November, won't he? Wake up and smell the coffee, McBush!

    May 14, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Jerry

    McCain thinks he can win as a candidate for all people. I've got news for him; we will not support luke-warm "moderates" promoting this "global warming" hoax, or, amnesty for illegals. This conservative may vote 3rd party. What we have now is Larry, Curly, or Moe!

    May 14, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Roger

    I made 9 comments on the posting about Hillary getting choked up. I was defening Hillary against all of Obama supporters that were bashing her for getting emotional over her daughter. None of the posts ever got through. In fact they are still being moderated now. This proves to me that CNN is biased. CNN is trying to control this whole election so that Obama will win.

    May 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. God Bless America

    He has just as many " Mental Problems" as Hillary! That's why he called her after the WV Primary to ask how the "NEW MEDS " were going!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Denial

    LOL .. he's more honest than Hilary Clinton .............

    May 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. ne, Pa.

    Weathervane McCain, We're smarter then you think.
    Take your warmongering and lobbyists and go home.
    I hope Cindy has a padded room for you.

    May 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    The GOP had a chance – they controlled the White House, the Congress and the Supreme Court.

    They blew their chance to show leadership on Abramoff, Foley, Vitter, Cunningham, and the Bridge to Nowhere ....

    Republicans had one scandal after another, especially noxious being the party of "family values" and "fiscal responsibility "

    The GOP had their moment: they lost and now they will have to adjust to being the minority party .... remembering how badly they treated the Democrats ... no wonder so may elected GOP are finding they want to "spend time with their family .... " Trent Lott finished one year of a 6 year term ... real respect for the voters there! He's now a lobbyist – a GOP role model.

    May 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. susie

    Republican all the way, at least that party allows all the people to vote for the nominee!!!

    May 14, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Valerie, Cleveland

    So appropriate to be visiting a recycling plant, what with your recycled Bush ideas.... good you know the truth, though.

    Bye-bye, Republicans. Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

    May 14, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Arizonan for Obama!

    Ya think???

    May 14, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Paul

    Tthe Country is rejecting the ideas of the GOP. It will be official in November. Time for a new party strong third party. Vote Libertarian if you reject the ideas of John McCain and the GOP. Protest vote.

    May 14, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Kjetil

    The GOP has been a disaster with the economy, the war, the enviorment and clings to gay-marrige and pastor wright. They desserve too loose and after seen what they have done last years they dont deserve to win. That they have lost privious strongholds is good for democracy because it shows that voters punish those who dont deliver. That GOP will loose a lot of senate and congres seats in the election is sure if people who want a better future works for it. If the GOP dont gets offensive too scear people like they does every election with negative ads.

    May 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. gary

    OBAMA TO HIS SUPPORTERS CAN DO NO WRONG. THEY ARE SURE IN FOR A RUDE AWAKINING.THIS RACE HAS BEEN FIXED FROM THE BEGINING.ITS BEEN RACE ,BIAS AND HATE. THE MEDIA AND O.B. SUPPORTERS HAVE TRASHED THIS WHOLE RACE WITH HATE AND BIAS. WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND. CLINTON SUPPORTERS WILL GET THE LAST LAUGH COME NOV. YOU HATERS CALLED US CLINTON SUPPORTERS STUPID WITH KNOW KNOWLEDGE. YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS ARE VOTING FOR A UNKNOWN ,UNQUALIFIED CANIDATE. THATS WHAT YOU CALL STUPID. WE VOTE FOR A CANIDATE THAT HAS A TRACK RECORD AND HAS FAUGHT FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY TIME AFTER TIME. O.B. HAS NOTHING BUT A SMOOTH SPEECH AND IS IN THIS RACE FOR HIMSELF. HRC IS IN THIS RACE FOR US.IT SHOWS WHO WENT TO NEW ORLEANS. O.B. GETS THEIR VOTES AND SAYS ADIOS.HRC IS WHERE SHE IS WANTED EVEN WHEN THEY TURN THEIR BACKS ON HER. THAT IS A REAL LEADER. AMERICA WILL BE SORRY 2YRS DOWN THE ROAD. THEY WILL WISH THEY NEVER TRASHED THE CLINTONS LIKE THEY HAVE. OUR COUNTRY WILL FALL IF O.B. GETS ELECTED. HAMA'S WILL BE CELEBRATING IN THE STREETS. GOD HELP ALL OF US.

    May 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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