September 4th, 2008
11:52 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Is it enough?

McCain and Palin greet the convention hall.
McCain and Palin greet the convention hall.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - McCain ends with his biggest themes – sacrifice, and patriotism. And he has the standing to talk about it. But it’s the crowd’s reaction that is disturbing here: the chanting of “USA” continued.

It’s a fighting close, which is intended to be stirring – but I wonder if the call to “fight” turned OFF a lot of voters. People really are tired of fighting.

My view is: it was a simple, and sincere speech that gave testimony and his character, avoiding the divisive social issues – but it did not seem to answer the question, What are you going to do about the nation’s terrible economic problems? His answers seemed very much part of the past: cut spending, cut taxes. He really needs to find a new and bolder economic plan.

If voters are choosing between two men, they will probably choose McCain. If they’re choosing between two policies, I think Obama has the edge: newer, smarter, fresher.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. ore

    He doesn't have good character.
    Why aren't people talking about the fact that McCain doesn't really respect anyone and has picked on little girls in the past?
    What did he say about Chelsea Clinton, Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears?

    September 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. Mark Kahle

    They can't answer any of those questions, because if they do, they will show once again is same ole same ole, vote with Bush 90+% of the time...!!

    September 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. Dready1rasta

    Game, set, match, OBAMA!!!!

    September 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. NO McCAIN/PALIN

    George W. Bush inherited a $128 Billion Dollar Budget Surplus When He Took Office. REPUBLICANS have posted a deficit every year since. 2009? A RECORD $482 Billion Dollar Shortfall.

    McCain believes that based on the deficit above, our economy is pretty sound.

    McCain will just increase the deficit.

    WAKE UP AMERICA

    September 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. Karen - Canada

    The Democrats do not need any encouragement "to fight" ... not this time ... not now

    September 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  6. BRM

    Bill, well said. Barack is the man to vote for.

    September 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  7. Mark

    Can anybody quote a segment of McCain's or Palin's acceptance speeches in which they outline economic policies that are in any way different from Bush's?

    McCain TRULY is a hero. He deserves our respect and honor, but that doen't mean he deserves our vote. A great soldier is not necessarily a great leader.

    We can't vote based on what McCain did 40 years ago, but on what he will do in the next 4. And McCain will continue Bush's policies, there's no dispute about that.

    It's time for a change of guard. The republicans had their chance.

    September 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. Vet from TX

    Ok, so for the 1,000,000 time he was a prisoner of war 40 years ago. So, he is bucked his party by voting for Bush over 90% of the time. What does he know about fighting a war? What war has he won? What exactly is he going to do for us, let me see I heard get rid of unemployment and reduce taxes on businesses, hummmm that should really help us. Please give me a break!

    September 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Nick, Houston

    THAT WAS A HORRIBLE SPEECH!!!!

    At least he admitted that they have failed over the last 8 years.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. Stevik

    He sounded terrible. He appeals to older voters only. He represents the past. Obama represents the future.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. hick

    john mccain quote-"change is comin' "!

    rev. wright during interview with reporters 2008 theme of his interview?- "a change is a comin' "!

    now. imagine that?

    obama '08

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. cyberoid

    Why would people "choosing between two men" necessarily choose McCain over Obama? Pomposity, false promises, inaccurate claims, a fascistic appeal to surrender oneself to one's country? Only a truly self-disrespecting person would accept McCain's hectoring and follow him over the cliff of social, cultural, and national disaster.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. thomas

    hey, why aren't you guys posting my dissenting comments? all of your comments are pro-obama/pro-democrat. what about the other view?

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. My soccer mom can whip your hockey mom any day!!!

    The policies and issues are what this country should be running on! I am sorry, I appreciate his service to the country, but I am sick of hearing about it as if that is the Golden Ticket to get him to the White House. I STILL DO NOT KNOW WHAT PLANS THEY HAVE TO FIX THIS COUNTRY...DO YOU?

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. ChrisP, Buffalo NY

    Better, faster, stronger .too .. a new and truly United States of America!!
    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. wesley

    quote: "Obama has the edge: newer, smarter, fresher."

    What??? Why then Obama choose Biden, a well known old lobist in Washigton.

    What a Joke! :D The only thing new about Obama is the fact of him being the first african american to be nominated by the democrats. Nothing more... Obama is reading the old democrat ritual guide-book every night before he goes to sleep.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. Fort Collins,Colorado

    I will vote for Obama for the man he is, over McCain. And yes Obamas' policies offer far more hope.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. Cyrus K

    John Stewart said it best last night....if being a POW is enough, then every prisoner at Gitmo is leadership material.

    No....promising change is not enough, Sen. McCain. If you really wanted change, then you would not have voted for Bush 95% of the time. You, Sir, are no agent of change.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. hong

    In a global economy, competition is international. Some jobs will be shipped oversea for lower cost. Taxing this trend will reduce their profit so that less jobs will be created here in the USA. Taxing this trend will raise the prices of goods. Will you be better off if these two are combined? The key to winning international competition is to train people for jobs that will generate what other countries will need in the future. McCain is right on this issue.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. DRONE

    OH! THIS IS IT?

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  21. obgyn

    No it is not enough. McCain has got to stop with the POW card, he is another Bush. "I was a POW so I deserve to be President"
    Palin "I am a hockey mom with 5 kids although I am not bonding with my 4 month old but if you say anything I will use the gender/sexiist card" We need some hard hitting journalist to ask those two some hard hitting questions.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    you are an idiot.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    McCain did a GREAT job tonight! He is the TRUE uniter!!!!

    McCain / Palin will be the next president and vice president of the United States!!!!!!!

    GO JONNIE GO!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  24. Annie

    Do the Republicans really think talking down to or badly about half or more of the people they want to lead is going to win them points? Most of us are on to that, and we're now well versed in what we get if we don't pay attention to it.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  25. NotTypical

    I figured out the Republican Playbook:

    Talk about McCain being a war hero
    Talk about how he was treated as a POW
    Bash Obama and all his ideas
    Avoid making any direct statements about what they plan to accomplish
    Bash Obama
    Finish up talking about John McCain the Maverick.

    Its that predictable!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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