September 4th, 2008
10:47 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: An unlikely proposition

CNN

Watch: Sen. McCain accepts the Republican nomination.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - It’s very odd to present yourself as a maverick to the most partisan audience imaginable, as McCain is doing tonight.

So far, at least, the essence of his economic plan is to stop government spending - an arguable proposition for economic growth, but so far it’s the most concrete plan he’s provided: Stop government overspending and rescue the economy. Democrats will try to pick that apart.

He says back to basics –- he means small government.

It’s always been an article of belief among Republicans that they lost the 2006 congressional elections because of overspending. It’s simply not true –- they lost because of Iraq. But they refuse to believe it.

The Iraq issue has really receded in importance in this campaign. It was the central issue in 2006 - but not in 2008. And one of the ironies is, more Americans think we’re winning in Iraq - but more Americans believe that Obama will handle the issue better than McCain.


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  1. M in MN

    The fact that the Republicans used images of the 9/11 attack in their video tonight in an attempt to instill fear in the American public is utterly sickening. I can't even imagine how that affected those Americans who lost a loved one, it's heartbreaking.

    Instead of presenting their ideas for solving the issues facing this nation, the Republicans have once again presented a case of "vote for us or THIS will happen again."

    It's disgusting, it's disheartening, and it is completely immoral. I am sickened.

    September 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. VET PALIN NOW

    John McCain is in over his head and is now beating a dead horse. The American people are tired of war and war talk. How in the world did the protesters get into the convention hall with signs yet? He is no maverick in my eyes. Oh, and did I mention he should stop pulling out the POW card.

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. JOHN

    I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES HE WILL SAY MY FRIENDS?

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. This is not the 70's its 2008

    McCain is using some of Obamas slogans.
    He has no way of thinking, he is a copy cat!
    Bash Obama, and using his lines.
    Sounds like the same o' politic from 2000-2008

    Back to when he was a veteran of war, over and over again,
    He needs to stop with that line, its starting to get older then him!

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Spencer in Cali

    Wait a minute.....

    Is McCain really trying to jump on the change bandwagon with a few weeks left in the election? Seems like its a little late to change the entire basis upon which you are running for president doesn't it? Is this a joke to the republicans? WHERE's THE BEEF!!

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Scared of Future of this country

    I have come to this country couple of years back and i am happy to be part of this country…. But now the future scares me…. If this time people let Republicans win… I can tell this country wont have a future…I am suprised after 8 yrs of bush administration and blunders… people still think about sarah/mccain….Plsss people dont get carried away…. for the sake of future generations…

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Matt

    He wants to stop giving hundreds of millions to other countries. Why are we spending billions in Iraq? Now they just signed an oil deal with China....Thanks for though John, but you missed your chance in 2000.

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. Marina

    He says he'll fight for our future? Thats if he even makes it that long...what is he 92?

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Florida Independant

    Boy this is a schnoozer of a speech. He still cant explain how lower taxes with an unprecedented budget deficit does not equal a burden our children and their children.

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. Dan in CHI

    this speech is sinking. look at the faces in the crowd... many listless, some sighs, i even saw a yawn. these people know they are done.

    September 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. gerri

    Come back in 8yrs John.

    September 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz

    WHEN THE REPUBLICANS SAY STOP GOVERNMENT

    SPENDING THEY MEAN, STOP SPENDING MONEY ON

    AMERICAN CITIZENS & SPEND 20-30 BILLION ON IRAQ

    & ANOTHER 300 BILLION ON CORPORATE

    RICHFARE(SUBSIDIES) PER MONTH. THE GOVERNMENT

    BELONGS TO US. OUR TAX DOLLARS BELONG TO US.

    THEY HAVE CONDITIONED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO

    SEPARATE THEMSELVES FROM THEIR EARNINGS. THE

    DEMOCRATS NEED TO REMIND TAX PAYERS THAT IT IS

    TAX PAYER MONEY THESE SLEAZOS ARE THROWING

    AROUND THE WORLD.

    September 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. Tennessee

    So you been a part of the old government that you stated is so bad, but you going to change it all? How? Isn't this the same old government you cite for all your so call experience? I am so confused

    September 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. David

    Rather than running through his laundry list, why doesn't he just say, "All my ideas are good, all of Obama's ideas are bad."

    When he's not knocking down straw men, he's at turns pandering with false modesty and shocking with self-aggrandizement.

    September 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |