August 15th, 2008
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Preston on Politics: Can McCain win over social conservatives?

Sen. John McCain's campaign has downplayed any rumors of discontent among evangelical voters.
Sen. John McCain's campaign has downplayed any rumors of discontent among evangelical voters.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain stood before a gathering of social conservatives here last fall and acknowledged that he had some work to do to convince them to support his presidential campaign.

"I know that before I can win your vote, I have to win your respect," McCain told attendees of the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit.

At the time, McCain was in a tense battle for the Republican presidential nomination, and support from every corner of the GOP base was needed. He was received politely by the audience, but when the Values Voter Summit held its straw poll to gauge support for the nine Republican presidential candidates, McCain landed in last place.

Watch: Tony Perkins discusses the role of social conservatives

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  1. Peter

    he wont win squat

    August 15, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. DR. Stoner

    McCain, not saying I love you, but at this point I'm looking for a moderate and a balanced gov.t, One party rule put us in this corner and I mean one party rule by majority. Therefore since Congress will most certainly will be Demo majority I favor a Repub. Pres. that way you can either work together or do very little damage apart.

    As far as conservatives go I personally wish they would go far far away. McCain, be smart head to the Center, Mainstream is looking for moderation not confrountation, negotiate not vasilate, be a man of few words and dynamic action and you and hopefully Ridge, will not need the right wingers because the middle of the road out number both the left and the right .

    The silent majority moderates
    Dr. Stoner

    August 15, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Mike D

    NO.

    August 15, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. ALLAN USA.

    Hi win MY family and it's about nine people. If no HRC -go for McCain

    August 15, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. No Obama in 08

    he's got my vote!

    August 15, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. JIM...TX

    Obama will get us in a peck of trouble in world affairs so says the Nightingail Berkley Square. And where exactly has the Republicans and Bush got us this past 7 years???? We are VILLIFIED by every country in the world we have dealings with all because of the EXPERIENCE an intelligence Bush and company LACKS! The nightingale sounds like an OLD CROW:)

    August 15, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. mark

    Never a republican again!!

    Obama '08

    August 15, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Red Blooded American

    YES

    August 15, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    McCain would have been a much better president then Bush, yet Bush won. Will we be sorry again, Obama is just a politician from the other side? Bush has no experience yet a majority of states voted for him. Gore won the popular vote but lost the election. Hillary lost the primary, and gave us Obama, like McCain lost and gave us Bush. Lord help us through the next four years.

    August 15, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    McCain would have been a much better president then Bush, yet Bush won. Will we be sorry again, Obama is just a politician from the other side? Bush has no experience yet a majority of states voted for him. Gore won the popular vote but lost the election. Hillary lost the primary, and gave us Obama, like McCain lost and gave us Bush. Lord help us through the next four years.

    August 15, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Herman in LA

    Only in the after life...

    August 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Not with Tom Ridge.

    August 15, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Joe

    Thank God we have Obama to vote for !!!

    August 15, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Linda K.

    I'm pro-life and I'm voting for Obama. So are many other pro-lifers. Go to his website and check his position. He isn't nearly as liberal on this issue as most people believe.

    Why do you think he invited Bob Casey to speak at the Democratic Convention?

    August 15, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "Social conservatives?" You mean those superstitious, bigoted, self-righteous, bible-thumping, nuts?

    Religious fanaticism is a truly awful basis for governance, and it doesn't matter in the slightest whether it's Islamic, Judaic, or Christian fanaticism. Religion is fundamentally a denial of common sense and I can't imagine trusting the judgment of anyone so gullible as take it seriously.

    August 15, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Mike Dallas

    As long as the Repulican party allow neocons and bible thumpers to overrule the fiscal tenets the party was founded upon, the party's future will continue to grow dim. Too bad the party leaders ignored the shot fired over the bow in 2006(Bush stating he would never have to deal with Pelosi, oops), so in 2008 the whole ship will go down.

    August 15, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Debbie in CA

    Hey INDIANA BOB....how is John McCain MOTIVATING?

    August 15, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. gina

    short answer: no!

    I'm just hoping the social democrats will realize that the tired old republican international and economic policies are killing them! Let's get together and move Washington in a dfferent direction....

    August 15, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. gina

    short answer: no!

    I'm just hoping the social conservatives will realize that the tired old republican international and economic policies are killing them! Let's get together and move Washington in a dfferent direction....

    August 15, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. The Real Deal

    There is more Jesus in Obama's approach to being President than McCain's.

    The only way McCain can win social conservatives is if they grade him on a curve.

    August 15, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    I can hardly wait until tomorrow night....hope you social conservatives have a sense of humour...if not John McCain's campaign will tell you after the show which ones were jokes...

    August 15, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. Cecil

    Sen. McCain Continues TO Lie.

    It's Been Proven Folks! Fact Check It. LIes Lies Lies And More Lies.

    It's A Cut And Paste Ad, Full Of Lies!

    Why Would Anybody In There Right Mind Believe This Ad.

    Nothing Has Change. Sen. McCain Is A Bold Face Liar!

    Thats What He Does Best, Lies.

    August 15, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Venus

    He,he,he,he!

    Keep talking about Obama when McCain doesn"t have his act and base together!

    You can also tell who watches FOX news... then they come on these blogs and repeat what they heard from Sean Hannity or Rush and want to appear that they are smart when they can't think for themself!

    At least with Obama we support him for reasons!

    Go Dems... The GOP will not win this year! Notice how they are acting? They have nothng good or positive to say about McSame so they spend their time bashing Obama!!! I love it!

    Notice how Sean and Rush spends all their time bashing Obama? And... then talk about how the media loves Obama!

    August 15, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Patricia from Houston, Tx.

    I guess you do not like what I have to say. Not following the Dobbs bias. So now you aren't even waiting to check out the message. CNN or the Dobbs machine is just not allowing me to post. Strange! I'm disappointed.... but not surprised.

    August 15, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. icen von

    McCain can win over the social-conservatives. They don't have a choice. It's a matter of protecting their interests for now and i think they'll be wise to vote for him. They did it with Regan over that always going to church hypocrite of a jimmy carter and they' should do it again

    August 15, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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