June 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: Does McCain have a chance in California this fall?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Can John McCain put California in play in the general election?

He does have Arnold Schwarzenegger - a popular twice-elected governor - in his corner.

McCain also has some support in the Latino community given his long-standing backing of comprehensive immigration reform - although since the collapse of the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform legislation, which was backed by President Bush, the Republican candidate has stressed the need for border security first.

The Republican National Committee has been reaching out to the Latino community for years, though with only mixed results. Now the McCain campaign is undertaking its own aggressive outreach.

I recently spoke with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who acknowledged that the Democrats will have their work cut out for them to make sure California remains solidly blue in November.

But the mayor, a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions, vowed to do whatever he could to help Barack Obama. And he predicted that the Latino voters will represent a major boost for the Democratic candidate. They did support Clinton in overwhelming numbers in the primaries, the mayor said. But that was because they knew and loved her and former President Bill Clinton, and didn’t really know Obama. That, he says, has now changed.


Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. dbacchus

    Wolf, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

    June 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. JB

    Of course Wolf,
    Especially when there are scores of delusional HRC supporters, McCain will win the GE too.
    The thing is these fools who think they are "proving a point" to the DNC will realise their folly when the economy is burnt to cinders.

    By the way delusional HRC supporters (or MCCain Democrats as they call themselves), The Dow tanked 400 points today and unemployment is higher. I guess this will not even be news once McCain is elected (cos it is gonna be an everyday feature)

    June 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Kurt C.

    Sure he does because he is a liberal like the majority of voters out there.

    June 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Michelle

    No, I live in California, and he is not favored here at all. At least in Los Angeles, this is Obama country.

    June 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. CDH

    No!

    June 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. NoMcSame

    I don't Know about the rest of the state but he does not have a snoballs chance in hell winning anything here in San Francisco. Tell him not to even waist his time trying. This city is full of educated people and you know who we support.

    June 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. keith

    Schwarzenegger does not have the best reputation with the deficit and lack of school funding in California so I don't think his support will put Mc Cain over the top.

    Obama will win California the second time around

    June 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. David Peter

    McBush doesnt have a chance anywhere. Old war pig...

    June 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. dem

    I doubt that any republican will ever take CA again. But can you imagine if they did? There wouldn't be any more democrat presidents.

    June 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Can John McCain put California in play in the general election?

    No; people in California understand whats at stake!

    June 6, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. MD FOR OBAMA

    No McCain can not win. Time for the Latinos to get it right this time. Vote Obama!

    June 6, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Paul, Riverside, CA

    About as much a chance as there is for Bush's approval rating to hit 50% by Novemeber.

    Answer: NO!

    June 6, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Jason;Holland4Obama

    NEVER

    June 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Jenna

    Yes he does, he has my vote. I am a 44 year old women in California and a Democrat, I think his Plans are pretty good.

    June 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Peterson

    I dont think so, sorry Mccain

    June 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. dkroll

    When it is all said and done, McCain will win 40 states including California.

    June 6, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Doug, Oakland CA

    Schwarzenegger... popular? Woh – somebody hasn't done their homework on California. The Governor is really unpopular here at the moment given his handling of the economy and the budget.

    June 6, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Independent for Obama

    No. Actually, make that a H*E*L*L NO!!!!

    June 6, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. J-M

    Wolf,

    Your notion here is a waste of hot air. Plus, Arnold isn't popular in California these days...at all! Have you paid attention to the news, even in the slightest?

    June 6, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. jim

    WHEN PIGS FLY!!!

    June 6, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. VIVA CLINTON!

    McCain has a big shot in California. We like bipartisan leaders, like our Governator. Good luck Obama. California is NOW in play. Maybe Hillary can give you some help in this state.

    June 6, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Mike in California

    The Governor isn't that popular in all sections of the state and his wife is also a supporter of Senator Obama.

    Outside of Orange County, there will be few areas where Senator McCain will be able to lay claim to vast support.

    June 6, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Joey

    I think they will vote for McCain .

    June 6, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Lizz from Texas

    Don't be surprised if California goes to McCain.

    June 6, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Arnold has proven himself to be a moderate Republican and effective governor... why not?

    CITIZENS FOR McCAIN '08

    June 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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