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. DJ, LA, CA

    Errors? What errors? It is what it is...there are no "mistakes" or errors, McCain just doesn't have any ideas or agendas that are reasonating with the majority of voters that are increasingly disillusioned by the laissez-faire do nothing policies of the GOP right now. Only Ron Paul seemed to get it but he was banished by most of the GOP.

    July 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Mir

    There you go....another "Bush" veteran joining the 'Straight Talk' team to try to lead USA into another term of George W. Bush!

    July 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Ed Stack Sr

    Senator Obama has MANY issues to confront...some are religious and some are racial........John McCain can win this election if he NOW distances himself from President Bush and his policies and mistakes and lies and corruption......he has to make the people REALLY understand that he is not a Bush parrot................John McCain is honest but he is weak....Obama is strong but he is dishonest..................the voters need to sort this out and the YOUNGER voters need to get some background on both before making a vote for "change".........change is inevitable no matter who is elected........we live in a rapidly changing world............

    July 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Johnny

    The Titanic has hit an iceberg... quick, let's rearrange the deck chairs!

    July 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Bulldog

    Just more proof of how McCon is more of the same of Bush. McCain is putting those dirty Bush campaign in charge of his campaign. These people are going to try to scare people and spread fear hoping people will vote for McCain out of fear. It would be nice to see that people have woke up and can now see what the Republican strategy is of trying to scare people but there are probably still alot of naive people out there who buy into their lies. Congratulations McCon, you have further proved how intertwined you are to the worst president in U.S. history. How people can vote for 4 more years of this horrible administration is beyond me.

    July 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Linda in Va

    Are we sure that republicans think something is wrong with their campaign in competition with Obama or should they have worried a long time ago about the candidate that is running for president against Obama?

    July 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. CT voter

    Stop calling for Obama to drop this guy and drop that guy would be a start, and worry about your OWN campaign and your OWN message!

    July 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Jack

    I don't see the mistakes going away with this new guy

    July 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. eric

    At least now McCain's camp won't be able to point the finger at some rogue regional manager or anyone else when ridiculous claims and criticisms about Obama bubble to the surface. Accountability is a good thing for everyone.

    July 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. FLIP-FLOP EXPRESS

    ALREADY! WE JUST STARTED. The McCain Campaigns purchase and arrogant wrapping on the "FLIP-FLOP EXPRESS" plane will prove to be one of their most regretful mistakes EVER. That shows their ridiculous spending habits. "MR PORK BARREL" spending himself didnt stand up to making an absolute ridiculous trip to Colombia.

    Independent formerly for McCain
    McCain campaign sucks

    July 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Jeremy D

    Until McCain takes a realistic stance on issues like energy, real tax relief for low incomce families, etc. he can keep changing aids but he won't gain my confidence.

    July 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Derrick, Philadelphia

    When u start shuffling your campaign... it shows u are in trouble...ask hillary

    July 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Walt

    Schmidt will have his hands full, not only with the day to day errors of the McCain campaign that focuse on non-issues that give the Senator cause to complain and whine and name call but on the primary error which is the fact that John McCain is George W. Bush Lite. The continuation of war, the perpetuation of unsound economic policies, a gimicky energy policy that relies on drilling for oil off our beaches, putting nuclear power plants in our backyards and holding an inventors' contest along with maintaining policies that perpetuate denial of women's rights to equal pay for equal work, support the use of torture, etc. are all evidence of the connection. That picture of McCain hugging GWB is perfectly representative of the strong connection between the candidate and the present President. Yup, this guy Schmidt definitely has his work cut out for him.

    The choice is simple. If we want another 4 years of Bush policies then McCain is the man.

    July 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Charles Daeda

    Hello:

    John McCain can win the White House by selecting a VP that Democrats will support.

    Charlie D of Atlanta, GA

    July 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Sal

    you're still gonna lose, "skeletor with a comb over"

    Obama '08

    July 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    With a Bush campain "veteran" now at the helm of his campaign, how does McCain continue to say he's not another Bush?

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. ProundToBeDemocrat

    Do this ring a bell guys, the same thing happened with Clinton Compagne and we can all guess when the clinton Compagne ended up. Now you can be sure our next president is Barack Obama the one and only once in a life time leader.

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. miker

    McCain may need a lot more,he's got CNN, ABC NBC and CBS against him. There may be no help for him.

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. N. Darnell

    McCain should just give it up. If you can't hold your own organization together, how in the world can you run a county. McCain has time again had shake ups in his organization.
    He also needs to quit whinying about Wesly Clark.
    His organization has said unflattering things about Obama. Also how soon the country forgets. Look what they did to John Kerry, much worse than what Clark said about McCain. So quit whinying McCain if you can't take it get out of the kitchen!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Chut Pata

    Same kind of shakeup Hillary did before losing. Very ominous.

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. erica - cali now 4 mccain

    Good, it's about time!

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Andy

    "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."

    It's not called a shakeup, it is called a reorganization. Now when Hillary Clinton shook up her campaign and people resigned amid potential scandal, that was a shakeup. But then again, to most Democrat pundits that was called a reorganizati0on.

    Hey, no bias in this article.

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. ProundToBeDemocrat

    Do this ring a bell guys, the same thing happened with Clinton Compaign and we can all guess where the clinton Compaign ended up. Now you can be sure our next president is Barack Obama the one and only once in a life time leader.

    July 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Joe Ossai

    Sorry it will not help. Landslide for the democrats

    July 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Blue13616

    I think the campaign has been having trouble getting some traction although they have hit a couple of singles and doubles. I would like to see more emphasize on the Hispanic front as well as the soccer Moms. Their presence in the net has a long way from competing with the Dems.

    Obama talking about the faith-based is like Bill Clinton talking about monogamous relations.

    July 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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