July 17th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
6 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. smile!!!!!

    RJ CA you from caleeeeefornia? your candidate is pitiful, pathetic and.........that´s enough for today

    -0- IQ = no brain why am I wasting my time????

    Democrats RISE UP!!!

    July 17, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. smile!!!!!

    Mike Texas......you are voting for mc c, at last count there are 123,099 of you retards as your candidate

    July 17, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. afgail

    The voters are suffering from a severe case of buyers remorse. They aren't buying the poisonous snake oil nostrums the Republicans have been peddling anymore. McCain isn't the underdog, he's road kill.

    July 17, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. geoffrey

    Kevin Leo-
    I totally agree with you on your electoral college results. It looks as if BO will get somewhere between 317 and 330 electoral college votes, according to my calculations.

    He will not get Nevada, Arkansas, nor North Carolina. He will get Virginia, Colorado, NM, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio. He will lose Florida. He will so effectively contest McCain in so many red states that McCain will be hard pressed to expand the base. There´s the possibility of Montana and North Dakota going to the Dems but those both will lose in a squeaker. Same for Nevada

    July 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Ashe

    lol.. the man on the pic. looks like one of Bush's secret service...

    July 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Ted van Tol

    To James from Chicago

    James,

    I think that the poor people are giving theire money because
    the have hope that Barack Obama wil give them a better future.
    And I am sure he wil!
    so, it is a good investment to support Barack because you wil
    payed back later. And then all childeren wil have a better life.
    The poverty of so many people in your country is terrible.
    Obama is a caring person. His foreign policy is realy a big
    change for the better.
    He wil be the most respected President all over the world in history!

    Europe for Obama!

    July 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Rodney Hopper

    I think there is a legitimate argument that Nebraska will be up for grabs if Hagel joins the ticket or endorses Obama.

    July 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Independent

    Jesus was born in a manger and swaddled in rags. John McCain was born in a canal zone swaddled in flags. Jesus turned water into wine. McCain turns oil into profits. Jesus healed the sick. McCain votes to cut off health care for kids.
    Besides voting against nearly everything that doesn't benefit the filthy rich (when he shows up to vote at all), he's got a foul mouth and left his disabled wife for a young beer babe. Now why on earth wouldn't a good honest Christian vote for this man?

    July 17, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. smile!!!!!

    Mike, Syracuse NY....you sound more pathetic than your has been candidate......check the facts and then state what is correct, not your simple minded lies....why am I getting all worked up with this ET?

    July 17, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Georgia Girl

    I have a feeling OB will win Georgia, Virginia and Nebraska, everyone just wait and see!!!!!!

    July 17, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Peace (SF)

    Mccain is not taking anyone for granted. Talk to hispanics even though the liberal media are claiming they're not supporting him. Talk to african americans, even though the liberal media are saying he's getting only 1% of african american support. Talk to main street, wall street, tree huggers and farmers even though the liberal media is calling him to pack up and go home....no use of running cuz his chances are zero. I like Mccain....he's facing a steep uphill battle with a smile and a ease in attitude that is very refreshing to see. I'll vote for him! sure I'll vote for Mccain.

    July 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    What about campaigning in CZECHOSLOVAKIA ???

    July 17, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Willow, from Iowa

    That's right, Sen. McCain, spend all your money. Good for you. I hope you will feel good when you take a red state. Because I predict a lot of red states will be blue in November.

    July 17, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. oltion

    How could you people talk this way towrds a war hero and promote someone that all he does is talk talk talk and more talk?

    July 17, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. ET from OMAHA

    HA...HA..HA Here in OMAHA or Lincoln the the most populated cities in Nebraska McSame doesn't have a Slim chance. Maybe he can count on some stupid Republicans in Rural areas that Just vote for Party in Opposition to the democrats. I call that stupidity and unpatriotism. Thank God I'm Independant.
    Don't blame them they just watch MSM and check their email on Dial up AOL and know very little about OBAMA. McCain can pray that OBAMA does not end up with HAGEL as VP otherwise it will be another Lindon Johnson Scenario.

    OBAMA /HAgel 08

    July 17, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Janey for McCain

    Sue, it appears that Obama is the one who will institute a draft and send our sons to war–he was against war as a left-winger–now he wants his own war since he has become more center. I wish people would stop giving Obama credit for Iran talks–his talks were pandering and without pre-conditions–nowhere near the same as the tough talks with conditions going on now. He would be fooled by the terrorists in a heartbeat–he can't even keep his wife from blowing off her mouth..some leader.

    July 17, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Truth B Told

    THE REASON THE PRESS DOES NOT FOLLOW MCCAIN OVER SEAS IS BECAUSE HE IS NO SMARTER THERE THAN HE IS HERE!!!

    WHAT'S THE USE IF THEY HEAR HIS Alzheimer's IS FLARING UP AGAIN!

    REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE WORRIED, THEY DON'T HAVE A CHANCE WITH SOMEONE IN THE BEGINING STAGES OF ALZHEIMER'S!!!!

    CNN I TOLD YOU AND IN ABOUT 6 1/2 YEARS YOU WILL SEE WHAT IM SAYING!

    OBAMA 08

    July 17, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Truth B Told

    WHO IS TO SAY HE WON'T FORGET NEXT WEEK! LOL

    July 17, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Foreign observer

    McCain is to dump to understand the difference between strategy and tactics ! According to McCain Petraeus did the strategy for Irak. Poor America – I expect to have the strategy done by the president. Whereever – in Nebraska or together with Czech Rep. or Slovakia.

    July 17, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Foreign observer

    Is Nebraska a strategy for him ! This is simple tactics but he can´t understand the difference.

    July 17, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Foreign observer

    Poor the country where stragegies were defined by the millitary (f.e. by Petraeus – according to McCain).

    July 17, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Foreign observer

    How does his wive react on the strategic aquistion of Budweiser. Probably he supposes the aquistion was a simple Belgium tactics. A pity he does not know the difference.

    July 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Really?

    Independent, nice commentary on the foreign policy issues. Time and again recently, from Iraq to Iran to Afghanistan, McCain and Republicans criticize Obama's policies, and then embrace them. Sitting down with Iran is simply the best.

    July 17, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. DEBBY, NJ

    McShame
    You better not take any STATE for granted
    BARACK THE VOTE AMERICA
    CHANGE IS ON THE WAY !!!

    July 17, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Brian

    He remembered that Nebraska was a state? Instead of Red or Blue color us all SURPRISED!

    July 17, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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