June 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
10 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. Larnyx

    Are you kidding? 0, nada, none, no chance whatsoever.

    June 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. obama supporter


    June 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. kenny cole

    this guy does not have chance any where only in his ranch in arizona

    June 6, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Heck NO!!!! We don't want a third bush term and yes wiretapping is illegal.

    June 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. sally in cali


    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Alecki

    There is no way that Senator Obama can win these Latino's votes

    He will never ever be able to attract this crowd any more than the Jewish voters.

    He really didn't win this election. If Florida and Michigan were included in this primary, as they should have been, Obama wouldn't even be in the general election.

    No one will forget his standing up for government. All of Americans will not forget his acting like a coward.

    The media is not speaking for Clinton supporters or the American people.

    Not to mention there is an elephant in the voting booth: the African AMerican vote. No one will ever know the impact of that silent voice.

    McCain will win this election. It's ashame that Democrats don't see that.

    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |

    We do not want to know him. The more we find out about him the less we like him. I do not know if McCain can win California, but it could place stress on Obama to make overt appeals to Chicanos in the fall. That would be great for Mexican Americans to have both parties activley pursueing their votes by setting out policy that we deal with our needs. Good Luck John. I believe many Latinos around the country will support him.

    June 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Teddy California

    California will not be in the play at the current moment. If the economy is the top issue and the economic conditions will unlikely improve significantly, then McCain does not have a chance. However, if there are some big terrorist attacks in the U.S. or Europe or if there is a new war, then it will be a different environment. For instance, if Israel bombs Iran's nuclear facility to get a new war started, then it will be a different situation. No one knows what will happen then. Both McCain and Obama will likely strongly support Israel. The anti-war groups will be disappointed and will be less energetic in supporting Obama and the pre-war groups will more likely rally behind McCain. In that case, McCain gets a chance.

    Before Bill Clinton won California in 1992, California had go to Republicans for a long time (1988 to Bush, 1980 and 1984 to Reagan, 1976 to Ford, 1972 and 1968 to Nixon, 1960 to Nixon). It is not a given California will always go to Democrats.

    June 6, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. MCD

    Arnold Schwarzenegger Popular?????

    Do you live in Cali? I do, and he is anything but popular.

    Get your facts together.

    OBAMA 08

    June 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Dmex

    No Way,

    As a Californian,
    As a Democrat,
    and as a Latino.

    No 3rd term for John McBush

    June 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Wayne

    This is crazy talk. CA is liberal country and, that aside, they can't put the economy in the hands of someone who admits not knowing much about it with the biggest one-month jump in unemployment in history and oil closing at a record high, yet again, today.

    June 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Latinos for McCain!

    I voted for Hillary but now I'm 100% behind McCain! Get ready for a RED California this fall!

    Viva JUAN McCain!

    June 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Shawna

    John Mccain has to run on his own merritt, republicans have done a terrible job with this country and leaning on an unpopular president and an unpopular governor is not going to help him win. California has some of the highest foreclosure rates, the governor has fired many teachers and the budget is in terrible shape in California. I don't see McCain winning with the economy the way it is right now.

    June 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Bill, Albuquerque, NM

    McCain winning California...don't think so

    June 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Makeshift

    Not a chance.

    June 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. isis dagmar

    As a Californian, I would be utterly shocked if CA does not go for Obama. We hate the war, we hate Bush, and we see McCain as a continuation of Bush's policies. We will remain blue.

    June 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. isis dagmar

    Plus, many of us believe that Obama will be a great president.

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. FrankSmith

    Let women VOTE against Obama. In the next 8 years, I will be one of those who will remind those women that, they–
    –sold the well-being of women's rights per decisions of the Supreme Court
    –sold the well-being of the future of their children
    –sold the opportunity of women to be potential presidential candidates
    –contributed to the screw up in the Educational system of this nation
    –made it more difficult for our men and women to leave Iraq
    --and the list goes on!

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Democrat against Obama

    I am a California democrat and i will be voting for McCain...and i know plenty of other democrats who will be doing the same. I dont think McCain will win CA but it wont be a cakewalk like Obama thinks.

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Gerry

    No, McCain has no chance in California and no chance to win.

    It's time for change!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. RB

    McSAME doesn't have a chance in the entire U.S.! They know it.


    June 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. TonyInKentucky

    Come on Wolf, there's too much really going on in the world to get caught up in fairy tales.

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. emmet ireland

    no. Latinos should vote Obama because he opens the door for all minority groups.

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. king from toronto

    oh !! this is easy"NO"

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. David

    Wolf just be on the safe side for Obama to carry California is to have a DREAM TICKET and it would break the dead heat in the polls too if you have that DREAM TICKET and possiblity of turning all states from red to BLUE.

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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