June 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 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. After further review,Texas

    I will vote for Ron Paul and make sure McSame loses.

    June 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. No More Years, Lake Forest CA

    Schwarzenegger's approval rating is now at 31%. I wouldn't say that he's popular.

    June 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Keith in CA

    The state as a whole has voted Democratic for years. Kerry won here and he was no where near as good a campaigner or as strong a candidate as Obama. The Los Angeles County and San Francisco Bay area votes alone will far outnumber Republican voters in smaller rural areas. If bumper stickers in Sacramento are any indication, approximately one out of every ten cars have Obama stickers. I've only seen two McCain stickers over the past month.

    June 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Brock

    To the RNC & McCain campaign leadership team:
    Please spend money here, lots and lots of your hard earned money. McCain really has a chance here in California, seriously. Pay no attention to those whiny battleground states, California is where it's at baby.

    Just get out your check books and spend as much money as you can, you won't be sorry.

    - Brock Landers

    June 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Crazy for BO

    After you McShame supporters vote, be sure to explain to you children that they may or may not live to be a young adult. Explain why we are fighting a war that was WRONG in the first place. Explain why your president revels in the glory of war. Then take them to a funeral home and let them pick out their casket, you know, just so they feel included. IDIOTS !

    June 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Peter

    No he has NO chance. McCain is weak among "lations". Gallup have Obama up by more than 30% in this group. CA is EXTREMLY safe democratic and i find the question from Wolf STUPID.

    June 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Proud American

    No way, no how!!!! No more Bush=McCain!!! We need changes and we need them now. Only a fool would want any more of the garbage we Americans have had to deal with.

    June 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. MD

    McCane has no chance anywhere. He is panderer.

    One week he is licking Bush's boots to collect money, and the following week, he numerates his differences with Bush. He makes me SICK.

    June 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. no party affiliation.

    You know He very well could. Hilary overwelmingly took calif. Obama once again really an unknown. Doesnt have much of a record if at all. Mccain will have the support of Arnold despite Kennedys cries to elect Obama. Without Hilary I dont think obama has a chance. The oprah effect may have launched his campain with black voters but it turned off white voters. He refused support from brad pitt, still I dont understand why. He and His wife humanitarians do alot of great work around the world, it baffles me why he would refuse his endorsement. In the hollywood community thats a no no. To let oprah publicly endorse you but not someone who has helped so many especially during Katrina. Where Obama seems to have ignored them. I think it will be tough.

    June 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Carole Brown

    Enough already!!!! The so called tensions in the Democratic party are being stirred up by you. You are trying to manufacture "news" by harping on Senator Clinton. I don't hear anybody talking about this except the news media. Let's report on actual news instead of talking about things that don't really matter.

    June 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Patrick

    OMG you are trying to make this a story. It will be a 10 point blow out. Cmon!

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Daniel

    Villaraigosa is a romeo. He has no followers in LA. John McCain will win California. Vote John McCain..

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Ernest

    No chance.

    June 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. j

    As a Californian, I would say NO.

    June 6, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Shane LBC

    No way....McCain has no chance here in Cali. Orange county and san diego county maybe the only high populated areas that may vote for him. But LA county, san francisco, alameda, san jose, sacremento counties etc will overwhelmingly vote democratic.

    June 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. HillarySkank on myspace

    McSame is not a Schwarzenegger. Citizen Cane voted for the war in Iraq and to this day thinks it was the right thing to do even though it is now proven that McBush lied and McSame knew it at the time.

    Shame on this president and his flunky McCain, our dead men and women are layed right on your heads (and I urge the next president to hold war crime court on the entire lot of them)

    June 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. NO MORE DEMS

    I DONT THINK OBAMA HAS A SNOWBALLS CHANCE OF WINNING CALIFORNIA. TOO MANY HISPANICS WHO LOVE CLINTON. TOO MANY CLINTON LOVERS, WHO DONT LIKE THE WAY SHE AND BILL WERE TREATED. I DONT THINK MCCAIN WILL HAVE TROUBLE THERE. HES MORE MODERATE , AND HAS VOTED ACCROSS PARTY LINES ALOT. ANGERED MOST REPUBLICANS IN THE PROCESS DOING IT. I THINK HE WILL DO WELL.

    June 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Michael

    Absolutely not. California is a solidly Democratic state that will go hands down for Barack Obama. California is an open-minded, progressive state that will not help elect a conservative, George W Bush, Jr.

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Reality Check richmond virginia

    Can pigs fly?.................ok, a little joke there. I would like to think that both candidates have a shot in every state. However, McCain probably does not have much of a shot in Cali........as Obama does not in Utah.

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME AND SEND MCCAIN AND BUSH TO IRAN AND IRAQ TO FINISH THE MESS THEY STARTED. DON'T VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN TO HELP HIM PROVE HE IS RIGHT ABOUT IRAQ AFTER ALMOST 5,000 MEN AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN KILLED. IF JOHN MCCAIN HAS HIS WAY WE WILL LOSE MANY MORE SOLDIERS IN THIS SENSELESS WAR. BRING YOUR SON AND DAUGHTERS HOME. SEND MCCAIN AND BUSH.

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. DJ, LA, CA

    No...go ahead and waste your time all you want in the liberal stronghold of California.

    Only in Nixon's Orange Curtain and 1 or 2 other counties BARELY have a majority of Republicans. Otherwise it's Democratic country. I don't even know any Republicans that live in a 50 square mile from here.

    June 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Lynn, Missouri

    I hope it changes. Sen. Obama has their best interests at heart. I hope he can bring all Dems. together for the sake of the country and the world. Many Latinos have died in Iraq. Let's stop this madness and bring them home.

    June 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Rob

    McCain says he hates War yet he uses a Military Service AD like this to gain votes. He knows that strong miliray service has often gained votes and this is his only strong point. McCain also knows that the Iraq War is big big business. His Corporate Bilionaire supporters are makeing millions of dollars a day from the Iraq war and are in no hurry to end it. McCain has over one hundred corporate lobby crooks directly involved in his campaign.In conclussion, McCain equals war!

    June 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. jamie davidson

    The fact is that Obama is leading McCain in the polls by a huge margin in California. In fact his lead is higher than McCain's lead in Texas. So before we start thinking California could turn red, lets think about Texas turning blue.

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. BBOvenGuy

    Lots of people in California like Arnold as governor (or "Governator"), but vote Democratic otherwise. Obama shouldn't have a problem here.

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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