September 4th, 2008
11:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: McCain makes a bid to appeal to all sides

ST. PAUL (CNN) - When McCain talks about change, he talks about changing Washington – when the Democrats talk about change, they’re talking about changing the way things are going in the country.

It’s amazing how much animus there is against public education in this audience. That’s a controversial position – popular with this crowd, but not necessarily the country at large.

He follows that with a universally popular theme: stop giving money to countries that don’t like us. This is something that goes way beyond partisanship.

Finally, an oblique reference to his stand on an issue that’s popular outside the convention hall: global warming, where he parts ways with his party.

One thing interesting about this speech – he’s not talking much at all about social issues – a brief reference to his support for life, no talk of gay issues, a brief reference to judges that don’t legislate from the bench, but no extended focus on social issues. It’s not the core of his agenda.

McCain’s very aggressive response to the war in Georgia worried a lot of people; now he’s going out of his way to say he doesn’t want another Cold War. The worry: McCain is a neocon, with neocon advisers. He’s trying to address that now.

There’s a debate in the foreign policy community about whether he’s a realist, a neocon – or a bit of both.

soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Obama is a better public speaker. Other than that McCain is his superior and I for one don't want the 1st most liberal senator and the 3rd most liberal senator turning our american democracy into a welfare state that subsidizes people who make bad choices with credit, substance abuse, pregnancy, saving money etc...... THE WELFARE STATE = THE DISSOLUTION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN DREAM!!!! Obama won't raise Federal income tax too much for poor people, but guess what? EVERYONE WILL BE PAYING MUCH MORE TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE COFFERS THAT IN REALITY UNDERWRITE OUR NATIONAL DEFICIT. Obama is a unionizing socialist who has absolutely no credentials for president of the United States. Our three biggest concerns in this country are Energy supply, the economy and the containment of terrorism. Watch as Obama throws money at non-viable pipe dream energy solutions like fuel cells and corn fuel, nationalizes and further corrodes our economy and lets Iraq and Afghanistan turn into a terrorist petri dish. I VOTE McCain. This is a selfless, honest man. He isn't Bush, and thank God he isn't Obama.

    September 5, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  2. anylove, Ron Anderson Ca

    i think john mccain is fony because six months ago when he was doing a town hall meeting a woman stood up and said to him we need to beat this B.t.h ( feel in the letters) and all he did was laugh and said we will. what a fony he trys to act like he feels so bad for hilary and its all a game to win over hilary votes. not going to happen sarah palin is no way close to hilary.

    September 5, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  3. Joseph

    The bottom line:

    Republicans had 8 years to move our country forward. They have failed horribly. We are in the biggest mess since the depression.

    Thank you Republicans.........and you have the nerve to now call yourself the party of change!!

    The bottom line is this country is in dire need for change, a new direction, Obama / Biden are ready to move us forward!!!

    America please....don't fall for the experience strategy or the scare tactics. (Think about Palen so inexperienced she is) Biden on the other hand would be agreat sub for president!

    It's time to elect Obama/biden for President!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  4. Jason

    They said McCain lied about his age to win his wife. Might he say anything necessary to win your vote?

    September 5, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  5. V from London

    So Leslie Sanchez gives Obama's speech a C but McCains an A-? There goes all the little credibility she had left.

    Obama talked plenty about his issues in his acceptance speech, McCain barely talked about anything other than fighting and war as usual.

    Those that call Obama a terrorist are truly uneducated, radical imbeciles.

    September 5, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  6. KATHLEEN

    Can someone count the number of times McCain said "I" in his
    atrocious speech. He thinks we are morons.He should make
    the GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS for the number of times he
    said "I". What about "we"!!!!! He never said "we" once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  7. Alex

    Oh my god, Schneider you must be out of your mind. Republican and McCain will never try to accommodate anybody who does not totally agree with their extreme views. There is no middle ground in the Republican world. You must be on crack when you wrote that. The word compromise is not there in Republican dictionary. Just listen to the speech of McCain and the attack dog Palin.

    September 5, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  8. Spider6

    Mccain said that he has the scars to prove it... Please his pow buddies said that by the time Mccain came to the pow camp they had already stopped with the torture. The vietcon use to call him the canary cause he was singing like a bird before he even got to the camp he made over 23 live tv statements of US secrets. How did he get broken bones you ask?? Since when have you heard of torture that requires breaking bones and specifially arm bones??? Broken arms usually come from ejecting out your 60 eras jet. He is a phony and he needs to stop using pow story cause most of what he says is lies.

    September 5, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  9. Gramma61

    " No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." – Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler.
    This needs no commentary.....

    September 5, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  10. KATHLEEN

    McCain is a bad man.

    He said, "getting rid of programs that will enable YOU to keep more
    of your money!!!! That means getting rid of Social Security. We will
    all be in the poor house if Social Security Collapses.

    THEY spent our money and now they blame us.

    Couldn't they have invested it?

    September 5, 2008 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  11. Alice

    Please everyone take the time to go to the web site Nowpublic.com and read about the real Sarah Palin. Then think if she is as honest as she says she is.

    September 5, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  12. er

    MCain needs to wake up he is a great war hero however that doesn't make you a great President. Wake up what about our enconmy. I looked at the people at the RNC where is the representation of the people in our Country. It is like the RNC are the only Americans who love their country. Are they against everyone eles in America? Mixed messages between McCain and Palin however they are both ready to fight... pitbulls with lipstick. I am a swing voter but can see myself voting for McCain and surely no Palin she is a novas.

    September 5, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
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