July 17th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain: Not taking Nebraska for granted

McCain says he will have to compete in Nebraska.

McCain says he will have to compete in Nebraska.

OMAHA, Nebraska (CNN) - John McCain has made a recent habit of telling audiences at his fundraisers that he is “the underdog in this race.”

But is he so far behind Barack Obama that he’ll spend serious time and money competing in …Nebraska?

"We are the underdog," McCain said at a finance event in Ashland, Nebraska Wednesday night. "We are not taking the state of Nebraska for granted. I’m going to campaign here and compete here and I need your help. We need to organize. We need to get out the vote. We’ve got a headwind because our economy’s tough.”

According to the CNN Electoral Map, Nebraska is solidly red, a “safe” state for McCain. The state hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964.

It’s one of two states, along with Maine, that splits its electoral votes according to congressional districts – one vote for each of the state’s three congressional districts, with two more votes allocated to the state winner.

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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Independent

    First McCain said Obama was irresponsible for saying he would attack Al Queida in Pakistan if their was solid intelligence. Since calling Obama 'irresponsilbe' our miliarty has attacked Al Queida 4 times in Pakistan.

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless for wanting to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. Next thing you know the sovereign Iraq government demands we set a timetable.

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser for saying he will sit down with leaders of countries unfriendly to the U.S. 3 months later the U.S. successfully appeases and negoitiates with N. Korea ('axis of evil') and they begin to dismantle their nuclear plants.

    McCain and Bush call Obama an appeaser and irresponsible for saying he wants direct diplomacy with unfriendly countries rather than threats of war. Just yesterday the State Department announces they are sending a top level official to Iran to sit down and have direct talks.

    Who has the judgement?

    July 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. What!!!

    "Absolutely July 17th, 2008 12:11 pm ET

    Nebraska is all for McCain!

    Obama won't stand a chance here.

    We all love our country, opposed to Obama and company!"

    SPEAK FOR YOURSELF! Last time I check, I still speak for myself. I haven't voted for you to represent my state. ANd the hot dogs were good.

    July 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Miguel Rivera

    So McCain's net worth is $40 million, has more experience, and the RNC is raising more money than the DNC, but yet he's "the underdog?" No one is buying it McFlipFlop.

    July 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Susan, OH

    Do we really want John McCain over our educational school system? Yikes!!!! McCain has no plan to improve our schools, roads/highways and national services(other than joining the military). John McCain is out of touch with the 21 century.

    For the love of your children vote Obama 08!!!!!!

    July 17, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Sue

    Nebarska is not stupi! You think they don't know you will start a draft and take their sons next? I PRAY that you are crushed in all 50 states you old mwarmonger!

    July 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Obama Supporter from FL

    McCain looks like he was photoshopped into a scene from Men in Black in that picture.

    July 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. really? come on

    Texas Trail Dog,

    one word for you: lowercase.

    July 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Bulldog

    McCain is a mixed breed: 50% Bush 50% Cheney. Bush is not as much of a WAR Monger as McCain. McCain and Cheney are much more alike in this area.

    July 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Serviceman



    Let's call them what they really are!

    Obama 08

    July 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Democrats Unify & Vote Big

    You thought Bush looked foolish representing the US on domestic issues AND the foreign stage – politically, economically, diplomatically, militarily, and on trade issues. It would be more of the same downward spiral with McCain, maybe even at a faster rate.

    A – Look at who McCain is truly representing, and decide if you fall into that category. B – Then look to see if he is actually a functional leader. He is functioning out of anger with spotty results and represents the very rich. He is just not what the country needs at this critical time.

    July 17, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Kate, Atlanta

    Uncle Fluffy can't take any state for granted this time around. GA is going BLUE!!!

    July 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Concerned American

    I thought Nebraska is the capital of Czechoslovakia!! Why is he campaigning in another country???? OOppppsss! my bad.

    July 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. David

    McCliar, old man, old ideas, out of touch ,out of time. Really decent man just that your ideas are to old. Good luck with your war in Czechoslovakia uh Nebraska uh Iraq uh where am I? Warmonger, liar.JUST WHAT THE rEPUBLICANS OREDRED!!!

    July 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Phil in KC

    I applaud NE and ME for allocating their electoral votes. I really don't like the winner-take-all approach. It is not reflective of the popular vote. If a Republican wins the state and all the electoral votes go to the Republican candidate, it disenfrachises all the Democrats and independents who voted Democrat – and vice-vesa. Plus, in a close election, it can make the outcome look more lop-sided than it actually is – or could even award the election to the candidate who lost the popular vote, as we have seen.
    As to the subject of the article, McCain should not take NE for granted – especially if Obama reaches out to Hagel.

    July 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. jim

    John you want to winthis election? all you need to do s pick Hilary for VP spot. Why not, Lugar maybe Obamas.

    July 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. A Woman In California For Obama

    He is such a "well-kept" man (sarcasm). His rich wife takes good care of him. Just look at his gorgeous suits. If I were voting on fashion-he would definitely get my vote. However, since I am not he just looks "well-kept."

    Go Obama/Biden!

    July 17, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Phil, FL

    McCain LOST to the worst president in our history.

    Take note, people. He lost for a lot of reasons. He is not qualified to be POTUS.

    July 17, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Maggie Muggins

    Hey guess what it has just been announced Washington is one clown short of becoming a full blown circus so let's all get behind John McCain and make it a complete package.

    Let all those whiners who are convinced we're in a recession go to a shrink and get their heads back on straight. 26% of Americans approve of the Bush/McCain policies and if the other 74% can't make a go of it then let them swim for it. McCain '08!!

    Oh yeah complete the team with Gramm or Romney that way we can truthfully say we have a mormon or moron.

    July 17, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Uncle Sam

    There really is a meaningful difference between the two men vying to be president this year. One wants it so badly that he lied about his intention to run, while the other was willing to sacrifice it out of love for his country. And, in the final analysis, it is that difference that makes all the difference.

    Americans for McCain '08

    July 17, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. PG

    Look its Casper!

    July 17, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    OK Obama losers. McCain mispoke about Czechoslovakia. Obama said there were 57 states. Which is more relevant to being President of the US? Besides, one of Obama's VP short list, Sen. Nunn made the same mistake as McCain. So if that's the best you've got, put a sock in it. You people are pathetic.

    July 17, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Marc, Toronto

    As poor a sounding public speaker as George Bush is Senator McCain has him beat.

    He doesn't look or sound Presidential.

    He claims to know how to win wars but hasn't won any.

    He claims all the credit for the situation in Iraq being improved but fails to mention that 100,000 locals are on the U.S. payroll and are being blackmailed to keep the peace. He fails to mention that barriers, walls and check points have separated Iraq's religious factions and is the main reason that the deaths are down.

    This is not the definition of WINNING A WAR. Far from it. It's been a major distraction from the main job at hand. To fight El Queda and find Bin Laden.

    July 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Phil in KC

    Dear "Free and the Brave" – I check CNN.com during my lunch hour.

    July 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Foreign observer

    Mc Cain is still ahead on money so how he can claim to be the underdog ?

    July 17, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. JIM...TX

    My Friends...my friends.....Where am I ????

    July 17, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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