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.
Are you kidding? 0, nada, none, no chance whatsoever.
this guy does not have chance any where only in his ranch in arizona
Heck NO!!!! We don't want a third bush term and yes wiretapping is illegal.
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.
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.
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.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Popular?????
Do you live in Cali? I do, and he is anything but popular.
Get your facts together.
As a Californian,
As a Democrat,
and as a Latino.
No 3rd term for John McBush
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.
I voted for Hillary but now I'm 100% behind McCain! Get ready for a RED California this fall!
Viva JUAN McCain!
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.
McCain winning California...don't think so
Not a chance.
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.
Plus, many of us believe that Obama will be a great president.
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!
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.
No, McCain has no chance in California and no chance to win.
It's time for change!!!!!
McSAME doesn't have a chance in the entire U.S.! They know it.
VETS FOR OBAMA/WEBB
Come on Wolf, there's too much really going on in the world to get caught up in fairy tales.
no. Latinos should vote Obama because he opens the door for all minority groups.
oh !! this is easy"NO"
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.