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. Frantz

    he hears footsteps!

    July 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Nicole in NE

    Absolutley – are you serious?

    We love our country too (Obama supporters) and are tired of the GOP.

    July 17, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. No Bam Bam

    You liberals crack me up. Your a very creative mean spirited bunch. I was riding the fence for a while there but you've convinced me through your dialogue here that I won't be on your team this year. Never mind the fact that your candidate is inexperienced, acts like a baby on the mention of any opinion other than his. He needs to ride his unicorn into the sunset.

    Thank goodness I came to my senses. To think I was even considering to be as pathetic and hateful as you. Just what our nation needs especially now. BTW, nice job bashing Big Roy. I'm sure he deserved it. Incredible.


    July 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. tigerakabj

    Haha McSenile. Barack is making you campaign in states your supposed to win. It won't matter if you raise $400 million. Barack will bankrupt you and your party. His strategy is working. Maybe you should campaign in Czechoslovakia, you'll have a better chance of winning there.

    July 17, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Dwight

    republicans too sore they dont have a great candidate.
    the oldie party is showing itself.
    Every time liberals come up with an new idea. You guys bash it bash it. Then 10 years later you adapt it as your own and no one elses

    rip van winkle (McSame) wakes up in

    July 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Paul

    McCain can not take any state for granted. He just seems to be running on and trying to promote fear. Yes we have problems that promote some fear of what may happen but the economy is key. The War in Iraq just sucks up money better than the best vaccum you can buy. When if we where just in Afganasitan tracking and fighting the REAL bad guys it would still be less costly and we just might cacth Bin Laden. Ask several troops now in Iraq they are tired of playing police and would rather be in the REAL WAR fighting terrorist and bringing them to justice.

    July 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Shannon

    He should compete in Nebraska, as he has very little chance of winning this Fall. America needs change, we do not need four more years of Bush politics either nationally or internationally. We need a POTUS with good sound judgment that can move us forward and pull us out of this quagmire.

    July 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Sophie

    Thanks for the laughs. My day is much brighter.
    Obama 08

    July 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Ricky - Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama

    It is evident that Obama's views on this war is starting to get accepted. The difference between McCain and Obama is that Barack looks at the big picture.

    I find it funny that people say McCain is the man to right the ship but they're the same ones who voted Bush in and McCain was in congress when this country started it's fast downward spin to the ground. That and since conservatives still hold 49% of the senate and the presidency, their ignorance allows nothing to be accomplished in congress.

    Obama is a very educated man who we call can relate to and would be the ideal person to be the next President.

    July 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. kb

    hey mike in texas,
    its 57 contests not 57 states.

    July 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Marc

    Only one question about Obama: WHO IS THIS GUY?

    Go back to Illinois Obama Bin Laden!

    MCCAIN 08!

    July 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Big Oil lines my pockets

    If you don't vote for McCain, you are a commie loving Wal-Mart shopper and you should have your American Flag pin taken away from you.

    America, vote for a true Patriot, one with high morals and strong convictions.

    Remember, Obama wears flip-flops!!

    July 17, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Rachel

    This is sickening to look at hardly any comments on the actual content of the article just name calling? These are the people supporting Obama?

    July 17, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Randy

    McCain looks like Dr. Evil

    July 17, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. M.S. Indiana

    big roy

    Can you smell modern revolution in wake... there wont be a republican party after this year, yahooooo


    You are the queen of drama

    July 17, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Randy

    Omaha for Obama!

    July 17, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Riley In Nebraska

    Let me tell you right now, as someone who is from Lincoln (The capitol of Nebraska for those of you who aren't as familiar with our state), there is a big movement happening...since each of our congressional districts gets a vote, Obama could actually win Nebraska, it wouldn't be easy, but he could do it!

    The city of Omaha, roughly 500,000 people, has a large black voting base, which could easily turn that district blue, leaving Obama with the task of turning one more district blue.

    I can tell you that Western Nebraska or the "Pan Handle" will vote McCain, however the biggest battleground will be the voters in the Congressional district where I live, Lincoln. If Obama can win Lincoln's Congressional district, he takes Nebraska.

    He'll need to campaign, we're still a very red state, but he, with work, tv ads, and much volunteering, could possibley turn this very red state, a light shade of blue!

    July 17, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Tara, Elmira NY

    CNN you Never fail to amaze me. In one day you have 5 tickers on Obama that are not newsworthy at all or have been discussed. You have 2 on mcCain both positive in the sense that McCain is trashing Obama on one of them and the second you all are talking about Nebraska being "safe" for McCain. The tone fo McCains campaign is trying to be demeaning to Obama to say the least. I have to give Obama alot of credit. he has not used any of teh crap against McCain from the primary, even though McCain has used stuff against him. He could have blasted mcCain for not knowing the difference between Suni and shia and that Czechoslovacia is no longer a country, but he hasn't. Because he is a man of true Character. God help this country if mcCain wins. And all you folks that fed into the media bias don't come cryin we you are living in a tin hut because McCain free traded your job to ubeckastan.

    July 17, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Mike,CT


    If you all like the way things going high gas,high food,loss job,loss homes….

    You should vote John McCain

    When Bill Clinton was president you had more money,food price low, house was cheap……..

    You should vote OBAMA

    OBAMA policies the same as Bill Clinton 250,000 or less that is 95% of you usa people will not get tax and will get a tax break.

    McCain policies the same as BUSH im not sure what you will save.

    Don't let Talk radio fool you read there policies on there web site.

    Also even if you don't like OBAMA vote for his policies.

    And if your a woman you in truble with McCain policies, good luck ladies.


    July 17, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Mikey 2020

    "Shoe in for old John, let's watch obama pour $$$ into the states economy by campaigning for a loosing cause."

    A loosing cause? The cause is loosing. Oh, wait just like Czechoslovakia , you got this wrong. It is LOSING. Nice try.

    Obama '08

    July 17, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. angry angry hippo

    People who vote for Obama are asking for nothing but Drama. WAKE UP!

    People who vote for McCain are asking for nothing but Pain. WISE UP!

    July 17, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Wisconsin

    Poor McWar has been trying to call the leader of Czechoslovakia for weeks now and all he gets is a recording saying the number is disconnected.

    July 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Wisconsin

    I hear McWar wants free trade with Persia.

    July 17, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. AT

    Does anyone notice McCain is trying to be a Republican Virsion of Obama. He has changed his Wardrobe to OBAMA like Crisp white shirts with fresh ties and that black jacket. OBAMA is surely making the Repubs sweat. Now OBAMA wears other color suits, ha ha, the Republicans are really falling in line with the OBAMA-CAMPAIGN plan for October. You can dress an ole republican bigot/racist in new suits but he is still abigoted/racist, sexist, ole empty suiter. McCain, the guy who was born in Panama, raised in Vietnam under Viet-cong brain washing!

    Also, Mc is worried about Nebraska because Hagels judgement to support OBAMA just might swing the state, ha ha. ARIZONA DREAMING!

    July 17, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Al - Florida

    Hey Obama folks,

    If Obama was over 70 years old, you would be praising his experience and wisdom.

    Let say McCain happened to be black, you would be telling us to respect and honor his courage and service to his country.

    So what gives?

    July 17, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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