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. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Oh good a Bush polictical dirty trickster is in charge now. That should help him get rid of the McSame moniker.

    July 2, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Bryant Lister

    This reminds me of the way Hillary's campaign reacted to Obama's wins in the primary. It's not about the staff, it's the candidate stupid!

    July 2, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. San Diego Moon

    Shake up whatever you like. Your loss in inevitable.

    Hopefully we won't allow the GOP any political footing for years to come after what they have done to our country.

    July 2, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. The Future

    ...I think everyone leaves such emotional comments is because deep down inside (really deep) they know that McCain is going to win the election....

    July 2, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    So the remaking of John McCain will be done by the Bush people? Won't that make it a little difficult for them to say that McCain is his own man and his presidency would not be a third Bush term?

    July 2, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. JC

    This is for our undecided voters, if McCain cannot maintain effective control of his campaign goals and strategy even after the long primary battle between the Democrats, what do you think he will do for our country, the devil is in the details, we already had 8 years of bad house keeping, don't make it 4 more, if you voted for bush, you will be doing it again for a third term if you vote for McCain.

    July 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey the latest CNN Poll puts it at dead even. i actually think when the voters close the screen McCain will win and win big.

    He has our values.

    July 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. ThomasG

    Great! McCain's campaign is crashing in the same pattern as Hillary Clinton's. He's always expressed his admiration for Hillary's campaign effort. Maybe he's taking his cues from her.

    Old fool.

    July 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Donald, Canton NC

    Yeah, John McCain is his own man, trying to distance himself from George Bush, but now has a "Bush Veteran" in his corner running daily operations??????

    Looks like the apple didn't fall too fara from the tree.

    July 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Kansas for Obama

    It's going to take more than a shakeup at the top to get out of the wake of the Obama train that is running over McCain. I'm sure the smear campaign with be kicking into full gear soon since that's the only thing the Republicans have and are good at.

    Scare tactics & fear is what got us two terms of Bush...the country knows the game and isn't falling for it this time.

    July 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Hillary Backer for McCain

    Ha ha, we are turning the tide and will become so powerful that Obama will noq not know how to react. Its great. Do whatever it take s to win the end any chance for Dems to reach the white house.

    If you need any help McCain, there are 12 million of us that will
    help you win all the way! PUMA Power!!

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. et

    it is going to takre more than just another shake up for the McCain team... perhaps a truth sayer would be nice for a change

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Joe

    Let the confusion start in the McBush camp.

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Crush Rush

    Das ist gutt,bringing up the SS units now.Marching orders and all.Fear will be the order of the day people,get ready for a barage of it.

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Rj

    Now if they could just replace McCain!

    O B A M A 08!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. malclave

    I'd lke to pretend I'm surprised by all these hateful comments by liberals, but that would be a lie. They've more than proven over the years that all they have is hatred. No wonder they support Obama and his smear campaign.

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Mike D

    if obama was able to beat hillary clinton, mccain is going to be a piece of cake.

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Give it up

    Obama is going to win, so McSame give it up before you get into debt like the Clintons.

    July 2, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Shawn

    Ugh... this is my last defense against the ravages of Chairman Obama, and his socialist counter-revolution? It's going to take the Libertarians to dig us out of 4 years of Obama.

    Barr '08

    July 2, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Mark Lodes

    If John McCain understood this, he might stand a chance: Say you and I got into a fight, and I beat you up pretty bad, and then you are laying there bleeding and broken and I happened to be a doctor and I see that you are in pretty bad shape and you might die if I just leave you there. So I insist on fixing you up because I can. I'm pretty sure I'm the last person in the world you want helping you right? Right. So Iraq is the same way. We must leave and help them rebuild from a distance if we are ever to find peace there. It is as if the doctor is fixing the guy he just beat up, and every time the guy gets a little better he throws another punch at the doctor. But John doesn't get it, so no matter how many times he shakes up the people below him, he won't stand a chance in this election.

    July 2, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Bulldog

    McCon and Bush sharing the same campaign teams. NOOOOO. How can that be? McCon says he is not like Bush. But they share policies, resources, and strategies. America is in it's worst condition in my lifetime thanks to this HORRIBLE administration. People have to choose between gas or food. We are in debt to China more than we can handle. We are in two wars, one of which has been forgotten about but is more important and our soldiers are dying at record numbers there. We can't take care of our own disasters here at home because the "surge" has been sent to Iraq along with the needed equipment we need here at home. The economy is in shambles but the wealthy are wealthier than they ever have been. And you want to vote for someone who will continue down the same road? Please explain.

    July 2, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. John

    haha nice venti skinny latte, McSame.

    July 2, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Greg in Annapolis

    McCain doesn't stand a chance in November. It really doesn't matter who he's got at the reins. I'm hoping and thinking we'll all see a history making, record breaking landslide victory by Obama! I'm positive that the vast majority of Americans are done with the sleazy GOP and their secretive, ineffective ways. There will be much repair needed inside and outside of our borders. 'Lil Bush sure messed our country up. Hooray for change!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Wesley

    And McCain says that he is not just like George Bush... Looks to me like he is surrounding himself with all of Bush's people. Looks like they are trying for a 3rd Bush term to me.

    July 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. John

    Why shakeup the well oiled machine?

    July 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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