September 4th, 2008
11:05 PM ET
10 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. latangy

    The only change McCain is going to make if he wins is reopening the draft

    September 4, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  2. lucy

    and after that long...long speech.. he managed to leave out the details...

    And did you hear him talk about job losses? Instead of making college more affordable.. he wants you to lose your drop and go to community college instead!!!

    September 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    If he really wanted to appeal to all sides, he wouldn't have picked such a rabid right-wing running mate.

    September 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. abbyy

    my future and my familys will be safe with obama naw i know ,mcsame /palin are nnot the answer this country needs.

    September 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Undecided women voter

    I could tell that all he wants is fight fight!! Her scary!!

    September 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  6. ChrisP, Buffalo NY

    To appeal to all sides of his face?
    Where is the Real McCoy ... er ... I mean McCain?

    September 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. bridgette

    So the Republicans want to change the way the country has been ran for the past eight years by Republicans. Wow these are really smart people. Let's throw these jerks out and let the same jerks back in. How dumb do they think we are.

    September 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. Roz, IL

    Mccain/Palin+Change= whatever

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. kriss g

    I think he has lost his way in being a puppet to this nomination. where is the old mccain?

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. Ike from PA

    Just because he made this appeal on this acceptance speech doesn't mean we forgot the tone of this convention and his campaign before it.


    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. No Hillary = No Obama

    McCan is the mature, substantive candidate – he paid his dues; he did his time, he had his bones broken – what has Obama done? Written two books about HIMSELF; sat in a racist church for 20 years; had to be told to put on a flag pin and say the pledge of alligence like the rest of us do; has a wife who disses this country oh but wait – he's the first Black to run for President – big deal – like his skin color absolves him and makes him qualified. No Obama, no way, no how.

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. redneck for obama member



    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. yeah right

    That speech was right out of Karl Rove's handbook! He is all of the sudden partisan tonight? Where was the partiasan message the last two nights? Give us a break

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. Vet from TX

    I do think he wants to end the "Cold War"

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Mark Kahle

    The problems "you" people are dealing with... someone tell his speech writers, it comes off better if he would have said..

    The problems "We" are dealing with... like Barack Obama stated!!

    McCain came off as exactly what he is an ELITIST!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!! 12!!!
    CLINTON 16!! 20!!

    September 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  16. Robert Austin, Texas

    Old man McCain is just the creepy smile on the face of the angry, vicious and cynical republican party. He obviously will say and do anything at this point to get elected president – something he has been doing for many years. He did not put America first when he selected that corrupt small-time nobody Palin.

    September 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  17. Cheri

    The way he was going on and on about his POW days I thought he was going to try to go through the screen behind him and wrap himself in the flag!!! This had to be the most boring and long speech I have ever heard.

    September 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  18. Kelly

    "O beautiful for heroes prov'd
    In liberating strife,
    Who more than self their country loved,
    And mercy more than life."

    I wonder how many of you proud Americans know where that is from? People have always understood the value of courage and strength. I am proud to support John McCain. A man of character and strength.

    September 5, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  19. Stephen

    McCain represents what this country stands for. It amazes me that you people can write up all these negative comments but fail to realize that Obama is a brainwashing, unexperienced terroist. In his "GREAT" speech all he did was bash McCain and republicans and hardly ever talked about what he was going to do for the country. Democrats are blind to the reality of this campaign and its canidates. For everyone who mocks McCain and his POW experience you have a special place in hell right next to Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

    September 5, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. concerned citizen of USA

    What has Obama done for our country or the state he is senator of, other than help a couple of communities. What about the other communities in Illinois? Don't they matter? I don't feel that Obama has this countries best interests at heart. And for those of you who are against war/military, you better watch out becuase as long as there are terrorists out there that hate us (Americans) we will be targeted for more catostrophic disasters in the future. I hate war as well, but sometimes to have peace you have to have war. It's easy to talk to talk but much harder to walk the walk.

    September 5, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  21. yoyo

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!! 12!!
    BIDEN/CLINTON 16!! 20!!

    heheh. Sorry, just joking around about the prediction 8 years out... maybe. 🙂

    September 5, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  22. RapidRay

    So there's the choice....

    A Democrat with vision for the future or a Replublican with failing vision who will always cling to the policies of the past.

    Check please...

    September 5, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  23. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    we have all heard this story before,same song just a different singer with a little pow stuff added in for about the millionth time,Obama 08

    September 5, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. Angela

    I completely respect John McCain's service to this country. Highly commendable and appreciated and respect is deserved. However, I don't think this qualifies him to be our President, which doesn't diminish his military service. Gov. Palin, seems like a strong person, whether man or woman. However her experience and her conservative views are not what I envision for our VP and I don't think that makes me a sexist. I've been watching closely and after all that is said and done, after all the speeches and news, my vote must go to Barack Obama, who's the only one that has been able to give me faith and hope for the future.

    September 5, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  25. Susan

    John McCain has argued against windfall oil taxes. Alaskan's get windfall oil taxes. The Palins get $22,400 this year. Reported total windfall taxes to the state: $10B total.

    How much does this add to a gallon of gas at the pump as Mr. McCain has insisted?

    Hugo Chavez is giving Americans cut rate heating oil in the Northeast and Sarah Palin's giving them cut throat oil at the pump.

    How is she going to argue against windfall profits taxes for McCain while advocating for it in Alaska?

    September 5, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
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