June 3rd, 2008
07:55 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain to target Obama in final primary night

CNN

Watch part of John McCain's speech Tuesday night.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) - Sen. John McCain will portray himself as the candidate of "right change" during his remarks Tuesday night as Sen. Barack Obama moves closer to the Democratic nomination and the right to challenge McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, in November.

"This is, indeed, a change election," McCain will say, according to excerpts of his remarks provided to CNN. "No matter who wins this election, the direction of this country is going to change dramatically. But, the choice is between the right change and the wrong change; between going forward and going
backward."

"The right change recognizes that many of the policies and institutions of our government have failed. They have failed to keep up with the challenges of our time because many of these policies were designed for the problems and opportunities of the mid to late 20th Century, before the end of the Cold War; before the revolution in information technology and rise of the global economy," he will say.

In his remarks, McCain will call for "widespread and innovative reforms" in health care, energy, the environment, taxes, public education, transportation, disaster relief, regulation, diplomacy and military and intelligence services.

The Arizona Republican will also reject Democratic strategy to tie him to President Bush - noting his opposition to Bush's initial policies in Iraq, energy policy and climate change policy - and strike a blow at Obama's short time in the public spotlight.

"The American people didn't get to know me yesterday, as they are just getting to know Senator Obama," he will say. "They know I have a long record of bipartisan problem solving. They've seen me put our country before any president, before any party, before any special interest - before my own interest."

McCain will also accuse Obama of not taking "the hard but right course of risking his own interests for yours; of standing against the partisan rancor on his side to stand up for our country."

"He is an impressive man, who makes a great first impression," he will say. "But he hasn't been willing to make the tough calls; to challenge his party; to risk criticism from his supporters to bring real change to Washington. I have."

Finally, McCain will call for Republicans and Democrats to work together "as we did in the weeks after September 11th," saying it "is the kind of change we need right now."

"Pundits and party elders have declared that Senator Obama will be my opponent," McCain . "He will be a formidable one. But I'm ready for the challenge and determined to run this race in a way that does credit to our campaign and to the proud, decent and patriotic people I ask to lead."


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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. tigerakabj

    McCain, Obama won't be as nice to you as he was to Hillary. Please believe he will bring up your so-called "change" reforms of 47 lobbyists like Charlie Black on your campaign.

    President Obama will give you the best butt-whoopin' you've ever had. Peace.

    June 3, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Jacklyn, NC

    CONGRATULATIONS SENATOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!! History is being made tonight and I must say it is a blustering feeling to see this young man start in Jan. in Iowa to Montana. John McCain get ready for a fight and you should be home getting your rest tonight!!!!! Hillary, sorry!!!!!! Obama please make up your own mind on who should be your VP, it does not have to be Hillary Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Gary

    Talk about McSame! You would think McCain's platform is change. Also, for all of you Clinton supporters who are voting for McCain: does he really stand for the things YOU believe in? THINKING occurs with your brain, not your heart.

    June 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Marion Fly

    I would like to see every single person who votes for Mcain to stand before a member of our military who is on their 5th or 6th deployment and tell them why they are voting to keep them in harms way another 5 years. If they can look a soldier who has been seperated from his/her family for 5 years and has had their life turned upside down -look them in the eye and tell them to their face why you are either voting for someone that will keep them in hell or won't vote for someone who will get them out!!!! This should be a requirement for every McCain voter.

    June 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Voter turn Obama

    what McSane will be talking about tonight is something we have been hearing for the last 8yrs. It's time to drop this old dog off at the dog pound. McCain + Bush =McSane the fool.

    Fired Up Ready Too Go

    June 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    B – NYC –

    You DO need us. You do not make up the entire D party.
    PS: what makes you think that Dems will back her in 2012 if she (and her supproters) won't step up for him this time around. Recognize that we NEED each other and change YOUR tone.

    June 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    less experience > bad experience

    June 3, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Proud American

    McCain you are no longer relevant!!!!! No thanks to another term of Bush.

    June 3, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Modza

    Those Democrats that said they would rather vote for the Repulicans if Hillary was not the nominee, should stop calling themselves Democrats. You never stop suppoerting your team because the buy or draft a player you don't like! Thats a load of BS. They need to stop calling themselves Dems coz they are fakes!!!
    shame on them...they ally are pathetic. They obviously have very low IQs!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Michigan Voter !!!

    This Democrat Backs John McCain All The Way !!!!! No Obama !!!!

    June 3, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    McCain = born in panama, atleast Obama was born on US soil

    June 3, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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