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. Steve Nesich

    McCain and his handlers could "shake it up" until the cows come home. It won't make a difference. We can't keep going in the same direction. We need a change in America.

    A new campaign manager...a few new catch phrases...some new commercials...Do you really think any of that is going to get people to accept four more years of Bush policies in the White House?

    McCain is going down. Big time.

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

    Changing to someone who was in the Bush campaign only strengthen the McSame brand.

    Can you spell L A N D S L I D E ?

    July 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Fella from Chicago

    Makes no difference; the majority of Americans are hell bent on electing Obama and nothing Senator McCain can say or do will change that. If Jesus himself came down from Heaven and entered the election, the Obama cult would see Jesus as an imposter and "run Him out of town". We'll just have to see how long the honeymoon lasts once Obama gets into Office. My hunch; not long.

    July 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Bridgette-PA

    OK.........................it doesn't matter who's in charge of what...Barack will win by a landslide :)

    OBAMA / SEBELIUS -08!

    July 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Patty, Big Bear, CA

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

    July 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. ProundToBeDemocrat

    Does 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 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Jason, Texas

    That really is hilarious. Already firing people. There is no saving this man's campaign....

    OBAMA 08

    July 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Whatever!. He is still going to lose in November.

    July 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. irreverently

    If you can't run a campaign without frequent staff changes, then you don't have a strong, committed organization in place behind you, which means (more) chaos and incompetence in the White House if he wins. It's a strong indicator of how a candidate does or does not inspire team-building and how he handles executive decisions. Not very inspiring.

    July 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Robert NYC & Miami

    I CAN'T BELIEVE WE HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN AN INEXPERIENCED BLACK MAN AND A ON YOUR FACE MUMMY.

    SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS.

    July 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. It's a done deal

    But it's a statistical tie. Why the worry? ; )

    July 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Peter of Oregon

    John Keating 5 McCain does need to gain a handle of his campaign. Sometimes he appears to have a dual personality in regards to his message especially when it concerns Barack Obama.

    The Straight Talk Express has veered dangerously off course as the campaign's progressed. However, maybe it can approach its original destination it set out on prior to McCain losing his bearings earlier this campaign season.

    July 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. May - Arizona

    If McCain wants to break itself from Bush, he must not keep those Bush campaign aids working for him. He needs a clean break to set himslef aside, otherwise he is still going to be labelled as the Bush 3rd term or McSame.

    Worried Rep!

    July 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Obama08!

    Schmidt= Bush
    Bush=McCain
    McCain=Bush
    Same campaign advisor, same policies, same America under McCain. Vote OBAMA NOVEMBER 4.

    July 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. WhiteEntrepreneurPatriot

    You see? When Obama & the Dems say McCain is running for Bush's third term, they're actually pretty much right! Now we see the same guys who ran Bush's sneaky, whiny campaigns that election frauded their way into the oval office running McCain's campaign. There's an old saying in politics, "it's not who you are, it's not who you know, it's who you OWE" – so looks like McCain's going into debt with the Bush backers. Just great – not!

    July 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Grover "Hussien" Clevland

    Mr. Davis & Mr. Schmidt –

    Like President Bush did today, July 3, 2008, follow the leadership of Senator Obama.

    In speaking about dealing with Iran, our President said that "Diplomacy, Diplomacy, Diplomacy, was his guiding principle".

    Seems this is the same thing Senator Obama said several months ago during which Senator McCain call him " Reckless".

    Our former "cowboy diplomacy" inclined president has seen the light. Hopefully John McCain to as well.

    It also bears mentioning that the Isreali's are engaging Syria [it's mortal enemy] in discussions..

    Obama ... Speaks softly but carries a Big Stick

    July 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Albert T.

    Given the current un-popularity of the Bush administration, and the constant denials from McCain that he will not be a Bush third-term, it seems to me that by taking on a Bush campaign veteran he is doing nothing but giving Obama even more ammunition. In addition, how can McCain be an agent of change if he is going to follow the same script that Bush followed?

    July 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. ?

    obama can finish the mission just as good as mccain..just because obama is ahead of mccain in bringing american military troops home doesnt prove that the mission under obama adminstration will be a failure.and it doesnt prove that withdrawl is a destructive stragedy so this fear mungering of troop withdrawing start drawing terrosit to attack is a shadowed fib in attempt to court soldier votes and cause distraction to confuse

    July 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. ?

    obama can finish the mission just as good as mccain..just because obama is ahead of mccain in bringing american military troops home doesnt prove that the mission under obama adminstration will be a failure.and it doesnt prove that withdrawl is a destructive stragedy so this fear mungering of troop withdrawing start drawing terrosit to attack is a shadowed fib in attempt to court soldier votes and cause distraction to confuse

    July 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    John S. McCain doesn't need any campaign shake up to beatObama.

    All he needs to do is to continue to show his experience, his knowledge and patriotism: all of which the Jr. Senator from the most corrupt political state in the union lacks...

    July 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Kathy in Oregon

    This is good news. The more I learn about McCain, I see that he is NOT another George Bush. I hope his new campaign manager can do a better job of making that distinction.

    I supported Hillary, and was trying to get behind Obama for the sake of the party, but I have LESS confidence in Obama the more I see him in action - he is really blowing it with his flip-flop / finger to the wind approach to politics.

    At this point, I don't know what Obama stands for - other than trying to get HIMSELF elected. In contrast, 4 years of McCain doesn't look so bad. I mean at least McCain appears to be a MAN of principle and character!

    July 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. paul

    Shakeups usually work. Ask Hillary Clinton. Oh wait, she lost.

    July 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    won't matter at all.... old McBush doesn't have a chance this fall.....

    July 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. William, from Cali!

    A shake-up, might be the 'ONLY WAY"; the Republicans can win, this Election. The 'writing is on the wall"; and it doesn't look that good..............about the "same chance", as me staying in my house; another month.............................slim and none!

    July 2, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Chris, Denver CO

    Schmidt’s top priority, according to a senior aide, will be to stop “errors in the campaign.”

    Impossible. Their biggest error is their candidate.

    July 2, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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