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. Houston, TX

    He needs more than that!!!!

    Obama 08/12!!

    July 2, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Sarah, 23, FL

    JOHN MCCAIN IS THE BIGGEST ERROR IN HIS OWN CAMPAIGN!!!!!!!!!

    DON'T WORRY MCWAR-OBAMA WILL WIN IN A LANDSLIDE :)

    CHANGES ARE COMING BABY!

    OBAMA '08

    July 2, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Dan

    It won't matter. You can change the campaign staff...you can't change the candidate.

    Old senile flip-floppers shouldn't run our country.....period.

    July 2, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Obama2008/2012

    Shaking up you need a candidate first he has to have his right and left elbow" shadow men " beside him to remind McBush of all his misspeaking and there has been plenty of that.

    Lieberman is like McBush shadow he fallowes him everywhere if McLooser stops Lieberman will smother so better remind Lieberman not so close !!!!
    McBush is singing Bomb Bomb Iran /100 more years of war /4 more years of Bush .

    July 2, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. nancy

    GOOD LUCK AGAINST OBAMA!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Earl

    The Reflipigans are circling the drain....they're grabbing at anything and everything.

    Guess what McWar.....too much too late.....ya going down the drain.

    Bye Bye....ur losing by the day..

    July 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Debbie

    McCain recently had a fund raised held by someone who sponsors terrorism.

    It's absurd that any elected official would ever take money from someone who sponsors terrorism. Taking their money and allowing them to throw you a fund-raiser is a disgrace to America.

    Less than 7 years ago, terrorists harmed us greatly.

    Shame on you Senator McCain. Shame on everyone in your campaign for allowing this to happen. Clearly you need to apologize to America and admit you took this money.

    July 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Jim

    Anybody but Obama.

    McCain 2088 Hillary 2012

    July 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Daniel Delroccilli

    Rock on, John! This Hillary Supporter will now support you! We need you to save us from O-Loser.

    July 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Ms C

    Shut up so McCain can go to SLEEP.

    July 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. saga4obama

    dear John, good bye

    July 2, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Woman for Obama 08!!!

    McCain is taking note but too little too late. He had months to get himself and his campaign together before Obama was the democratic nominee. He decided to take a vacation.

    All I have to say is…Aint no stoppin us now, we’re on the move…

    McCain can’t catch up now. It will be Obama 08!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Yvonne

    Unless the shake up starts with a new candidate, they probably shouldn't bother. John McCain is boooooorrrrrrrrring!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Laurie Velez

    Bronx,N.Y.
    Won't help. I have commented time and time again to comment readers about these Military people like my father. They are all twisted in the brain, and thats what you will get if he is president. Wake up America. Does this make me less Patriotic. I have gone against my own father. Then so be it.
    Obama 08

    July 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Jane

    Shifting the deck chairs on the Titanic...

    July 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Windy/Canada

    As a none american,ppl outside you country wonder why some of your citizens still support the Republican party inspite of what you gone through in the last 8 yrs with them.

    July 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Why doesn't Senator McCain just bring in Karl Rove and be done with it?

    July 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. carolflowery

    He sure has been cleaner in his campaigne than Obama that is one thing for sure

    July 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Shane

    We all know how well Hillary's campaign shake-ups helped her out. This is a sinking ship people, flee it like the rats you are.

    July 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Donna

    For someone trying to distance himself from Bush, he sure is surrounding himself with Bush drones...before too long, Jeb Bush will be his running mate...

    July 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    I am waiting for the GOP (GREED OVER PRINCIPLE) to start talking about issues, rather than the scurrilous inane attacks on opponents.

    July 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. RTB

    Good luck. Don't bother bringing a life raft. Just hold your breath. The ship will sink faster and surer than ever.

    July 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Pete

    Yawn.

    July 2, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Andy in Seattle

    Clinton supporters that go to McCain are ridiculous. It makes absolutely no sense what so ever. It truly proves that they aren't educated on the policies and think this is all some celebrity contest.

    Otherwise, they'd vote for Obama, because Obama and Clinton are both democrat and have almost identical policies. Educate yourself. Or don't and see this country go further down the tank.

    July 2, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. ch

    According to Gallup’s daily tracking poll of today – Obama is ahead of McCain by a statically insignificant 2 points.

    According to CNN’s poll of yesterday – Obama is ahead of McCain by a statically insignificant 5 points.

    So maybe Obama's team needs a shakeup?

    How can Obama only be holding only a small statically insignificant lead over a candidate of the dying GOP brand and a weak candidate at that?

    After all the glowing press and the millions spent on TV commericals, this is the best Obama can do?

    Bet Hillary would have a significant lead. Oh well, that's what happens when the weaker candidate (who fewer people voted for) gets the nomination.

    And it serves the loony democrats right!

    July 2, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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