July 2nd, 2008
04:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Amid concern, shakeup at McCain campaign

Schmidt is taking over day-to-day operations in the McCain campaign.
Schmidt is taking over day-to-day operations in the McCain campaign.

(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign announced a shakeup at the top Wednesday, in the wake of growing Republican concern about its ability to compete against Barack Obama.

Campaign Manager Rick Davis said Tuesday morning that senior adviser Steve Schmidt would take over day-to-day operations of the campaign. The Bush campaign veteran will report to Davis, but the rest of the campaign will report to Schmidt, who will be in charge of everything from message and communications, to the political structure and organization to scheduling.

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  1. Alex

    Not sure how they gonna fix their image. What does it matter, McCain is going to be the president, not the campaign...

    July 2, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. ObamaSupporters

    Oh oh! I smell trouble in the straight talk express!

    July 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Independent guy

    It seems that McCain doesn't have a solid plan nor a base that will support him. Even the Vets have pushed him after after reject the GI Bill proposed by Congress last month. I think the McCain ship has an ice berg in the way and people are jumping ship.

    July 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Alisha(Independent voter) MN

    What a mess!!! Every few weeks there is a little shakeup in the McCain camp. Poor, confused, and misguided!

    July 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Republican for Obama

    So he already had to reorganize his structure? Talk about poor management, yet he wants to run an entire country.

    How many times will it take him to get a good solution to any of our problems if he couldn't even get the structure of his campaign right from the start?

    No McLame for me thank you. I'll stick to a camp that can manage it's funds and campaign. Because that's what I call experience!!!

    Obama '08

    July 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Lee

    So much for not being like BUSH, eh McBUSH! Same of policies from McSAME, four more years of turmoil if the gets elected. As for the NRA; your chickens will come home to ROOST when more guns are stolen from good honest citizens homes and used on law abiding americans. WATCH!

    July 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. H. Thompson

    It's easy to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    July 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. mitchell hussein martin

    yeah,load your team with bush cronies!that'll help!try sticking to the real issues,instead.oh,i forgot,you have no stand on any issues.just fear and war.most americans would rather have hope and peace.

    July 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. CITIZENS FOR AMERICA FIRST

    MCSAME CAN START BY FIRING HIMSELF,

    IF HE WANTS A COMPETENT GROUP.

    July 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Charles Alexander

    The beginning of the end for McCain...

    July 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. al

    *******************************************************

    SIGNS OF THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT.

    July 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. carlo

    There will be no clarity in the McCain campaign. This is what happens when you take 18 pages of a 600-page record of someone's miiltary service and tantrum and stomp your way through an election.

    I digress, though. Is Charlie Black still there?

    July 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Mike

    Former Bush campaign veteran eh?

    Things are about to get really slimy on the Straight Talk Express.

    Hey Joe – the reason you're getting smacked around by Obama is that everyone is tired of neo-con thinking. You actually stood a chance when you were disguising yourself as a moderate, disguising yourself as a conservative is only making things worse.

    July 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. unions are not stupid

    it is about time! I am an Obama supporters but Sen Mc Cains campaign is failing him at every turn they have proven more incompetent that mark penn but what do you expect from campaigns staffed with lobbyist trash!

    July 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. David Goldman

    A VERY FAMILIAR STORY.

    NOW WHERE HAVE I HEARD THAT BEFORE???

    NOW WE WILL ALSO SEE MCBUSH SWITCH A FEW

    OF HIS POSITIONS AS WELL.

    July 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. David

    The nuclear weapon can't stop what God have predestined.
    Obama will win, mark my words.

    July 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. p_flick

    How is this a "shakeup"? I don't see the huge new story here. This is BAU - business as usual. When something is not working, you find someone to blame and change course.

    July 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Bolt Upright

    Smells like desperation to me- Another Rove protege running the Republican campaign; some shakeup

    A TRUE shakeup would be the "cutting loose" of Charlie "Terror Attack" Black, but I won't hold my breath on that one

    July 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Emma

    Oh blame McCain's lackluster campaign on his workers. Shouldn't we look at the candidate lack of energy and knowledge. Campaign staffers can't cure an old man running for the highest office in the land.

    McCain is too old!

    July 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Doug

    McCain can't seem to escape these problems. While he tries to make a fuss over Gen. Clark's comments (correct but poorly stated tho they may be), he is still weeding out and rearranging his campaign with no visible improvement in his national standing. Plus, he continually comes across as out of touch, not all together and frankly, old. He can't have my vote.

    I'm tired of the "petty" in this election. People are comparing the future first ladies, the campaigns are trading gaffes tit for tat...it is crazy. At least Obama is out there right now, giving speeches about what he will do as president to move the country forward.

    July 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    MCBUSH NEEDS A NEW CANDIDATE AS WELL.

    THE OLD SLEAZY ONE WON'T DO THE JOB.

    July 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. It takes sound judgement, not experience

    Oh yeah just what you need, the bush former campaign guy, to run your campaign mccain. Yeah, more of the same. Smart move guy. And we really need you running our country, you can't even manage your campaign. Your a joke mr. grinch.

    July 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. CitizenAJ

    Well, this is how John McCain will manage the United States. I really cannot believe that people cannot see through this empty, pandering, plagarizing suit. He use to stand for something but he stop standing in 2004 in pursuit of this years republican nomination.

    July 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    OLD VIETNAM WAR STORIES AREN'T WORKING FOR MCCAIN BECAUSE PEOPLE 45 YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER DON'T KNOW SQUAT ABOUT VIETNAM AND DON'T CARE TO KNOW, SAVE THEM FOR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. JOHN MCCAIN HAS NEVER GIVEN A BIOGRAPHY OF HIS LIFE, JUST POW AND SENATOR, WHAT'S HE HIDING AND THE SAD THING PEOPLE AREN'T ASKING. BUSH MUST HAVE KNOWN SOMETHING, HE DIDN'T WANT HIM AS A V.P.

    July 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Nicole in NE

    Oh yay – he hired a Bush campaign verteran, how exciting! haha

    Obama 08'

    July 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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