September 8th, 2008
03:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Candidates talk change to sway undecided

Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin call themselves the 'original mavericks' in a new TV ad.
Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin call themselves the 'original mavericks' in a new TV ad.

(CNN) - As the candidates try to win over undecided voters, both Republicans and Democrats are pushing a message of change.

CNN's latest "poll of polls" shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama 47 percent to 46 percent.

Monday's poll of polls shows that 7 percent of voters are undecided - enough to push either candidate over the top.

With the election less than two months away, the candidates have limited time to sway undecided voters who hold the election in their hands.

According to John Avlon, author of "Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics," independent and swing voters are looking for a break from the Bush administration.

"What they're looking for in this campaign is a candidate who's going to end the hyper-partisanship in Washington and who's going to have credibility on reducing spending, but also sort of the antidote to the Bush administration," he said on CNN's "American Morning." "They've been - instead of fiscally conservative - fiscally liberal and socially conservative, and that's the opposite of what independents and swing voters want."

Change essentially means new people and new policies, said Bill Schneider, CNN's senior political analyst.

"It's exactly the theme that people want for this year after eight years of the Bush administration," he said. "But the big puzzle in this election is - what's the best way to get that?"

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain • Sarah Palin
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  1. Griff

    If Hillary as any visions, of her own Daughter entering "Politic's"; one day. She can't afford to beat-up on Sarah Palin... 2001 is about change??

    September 8, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. steve

    Wake Up America!
    Watch Bush's convension speech in 2000, everything he said turned out to be a lie! Now watch McCains speech and everything he said was 90% of what Bush said in 2000....hello people!!!!

    Republicans Lie to win...
    We say change, now they say change...
    We almost nominate a women for vice, then they do...
    We say energy indepenence, now they say energy indepenence...
    We say global warming is real, now they say its real...
    We say green ecomomy, now they say green economy...
    We say lets get bin ladan, now they say get get him...
    We say recession, now thay say recession...

    Obama/Binden 08/12

    September 8, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Obama = Change? Yeah, right... Obama "vision for America" is the same, tired, socialism that's never succeeded in doing anything but draining our wallets and creating enormous governments of stupefying incompetence.

    McCain = Change? Yeah, right... McCain's "vision for America" is the same, tired, overbearing foreign policy that's never succeeded in doing anything but draining our wallets, alienating what few allies we have left, and making us the most thoroughly despised country on the planet.

    We don't get sensible choices anymore–we get a choice between a left-extremist, Big Government, Nanny State and a right-extremist, Big Government, near-fascist state. The Democrats, though they'll deny it, practice the pernicious Marxist doctrine of "from each according to ability," that being a good description of "progressive" taxation, while the Republicans practice the pernicious fascist doctrines paranoia and profound distrust of the citizenry. Democrats think we're all children incapable of managing our own affairs without their "help." Republicans think we're all terrorists.

    A plague on the lot of them.

    September 8, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. gee

    McCain and sarah, We know your plan, stop lying to our people, pleased

    September 8, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Rewind the Last Eight Years

    Do you honestly believe what these people say? Did you believe GW when he was running for term 1 and/or term 2? If you had a part in putting Bush in office you should understand just how bad your judgment is and sit down, shut up and let us rescue you from your own mistakes... I am my brothers keeper!

    September 8, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. diane08

    RETURN THE TAPE, The fact that she said she "PUT" it on Ebay and McCain said she "made a profit" IMPLIES that it was sold for profit on Ebay. At best it's a manipulative half-truth. At worst: A BOLD-FACED LIE!

    September 8, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Lesley

    One way to put the record straight is for the news media to start reporting and vetting all of Sarah Palin's views through her voting record and statements before the general election and not just taking what she is saying now as gospel (pardon the pun!). She is an extreme right wing conservative who advocates praying to God for everything we need just for starters. Haven't heard anything from CNN or Fox about her pastor or her own speeches before her church telling people that God will tell us what to do. And the outrageous talk from one of her pastors about Jews hasn't been aired yet either. People are following blindly what McCain and Palin say in their ads on on the trail because you are not reporting the truth of Palin's views. I expect that the debate will also be slanted to show Palin in a favorable light lest you be accused of being sexist! This is an outrage! Do your jobs!

    September 8, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Sally from Cali

    they cheat, they lie, they steal...

    They stole Obama's slogan. Get your own ideas.

    McSame is not change.

    September 8, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. diane08

    REWIND THE TAPE, The fact that she said she "PUT" it on Ebay and McCain said she "made a profit" IMPLIES that it was sold for profit on Ebay. At best it's a manipulative half-truth. At worst: A BOLD-FACED LIE!

    September 8, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    Expect one change with McCain that we WILL all get: name tag replacement

    Good luck...

    September 8, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Lisa

    Thank you Candace from Texas! CNN, what's up with the heavy coverage of Palin.? She's not running for President (and God help us with an old McCain ) CNN, you are being journalistically irresponsible -and that is NOT whining! Some equal time, please. Running stories about minor Dem politicians complaining about who Obama woulda shoulda picked as VP are not newsworthy. We have FOX doing that already. Please live up to professional journalistic standards.

    Look on You Tube. Watch Sara Palin killing wolves. Her 'world view' of people, policies and animals is sickening. Independent voters, do you want an uqualified Right Wing Extremist President?

    Independents, please consider the economic failure, the Iraq debacle and most especially how you life really is and how it will be with another Bush at the helm. Please don't let the trick pony Palin and the words "maverick" fool you.

    September 8, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    McCain will serve the few, the proud, the Lobbyists.

    September 8, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    Wow more paid Obama staffers in here...Obama must have hired more, CNN is dripping with them. Palin will have no record, she broke no laws and did nothing wrong. This is just another lie being told by the Obama camp. They lied about McCain military record, they lied about The Forrestal Disaster. They lied about Palin's last child not being her, they lied about the whole plane on ebay thing, they lied about teh bridge to nowhere...heck Obama's staffers just keep lying. Poor factcheck.org has been swamped reported all the lies, I just looked seems to misspeacks reported is about 2 to 1 and Obama has to the 2.

    September 8, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. HIllarySupporter

    You can not be in washington for 26 years and advocate change. Mccain is more of the same, he can not be a change when he votes 90% of the time with Bush.

    September 8, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. pa.joe

    Same failed economic policies.
    Same failed energy policies.
    Same failed national security policies.
    McCain = Bush – 10%
    That ain't much Change!

    September 8, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. tedious898

    For all the "less than intelligent" americans voting McCain / Palin....I really wish I would have been able to sell you that beach front property in Arizona....oh that's right....no beaches in AZ. Well it appears the future GOP VP would build a bridge to ???????...in all fairness, she was for it before she was against it.

    You guys get the "boobee prize" for idiocy. Palin's education looks like somebody that would be lucky to get a job as a manager at the local Burger King. A degree in Journalism after 5 different schools???
    Well she can read...I'll give her that much

    September 8, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Dawn Lancaster

    yes, the change that the democrats need, the democratic Karl Rove or a couple of them, he and how about a left wing channel?

    September 8, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Jeffrey

    I saw a comment on security and terrorism earlier on the boards. Need we actually mention who was in charge on 09/11/2001. George W. Bush (and his Republican chronies) were running the White House, and the Republicans controlled Congress. How is it that the Republicans are the national security party, when the worst terrorist attack on the country occurred on their watch?

    September 8, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Patty

    I've seen BO change about 50 times SINCE he got the nomination. The latest being his opinion on the surge. BTW anyone notice he'll be on Keith Obamann tonight while O'Reilly is airing the second portion on his interview? I only hope Keith doesn't try to kiss the love of his life on national TV.

    September 8, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Obama win '08

    Has anyone realized that Palin is not allowed to campaign on her own. Biden was up and running right after he was selected. Palin is has to be babysat until she learns all the rules of McCain land.

    September 8, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Jeff in Illinois

    I'm just glad I don't have any ties to the Palin family, so I don't have to fear for my job if Palin goes on another spite-kick.

    September 8, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    One more thing McCain had even thought about changing parties and being a Democrat at one point.

    Sounds like Bush to me oh yeah.... sure... yeah.

    McCain isn't BUSH!!!!!

    I would be surprised if they even like each other.

    McCain chose Palin to help his base so he can get back to what he really thinks and does not have to worry about ticking off the right and talk about his feelings and thought about both parties.

    McCain has a track record of not being afraid of ticking off his own party do to what is right.

    He is not your fathers Republican.

    (do they still make Oldsmobiles?)

    September 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Dawn Lancaster

    Guess what's gonna change with an McCain/Palin ticket. No birth control, no abortion, no rights for woman for many many years.
    Sarah Palin "walks the talk", her daughter is the prime example...
    pregnant teenagers for Palin! yah

    September 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Ian

    McCain regularly crosses party lines. Palin took on corruption in her own party. Obama has never done either.

    It's quite obvious which candidates can stop the Washington partisan gridlock.

    September 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. A Woman In California For Obama:

    While we all name our children what we like-does anyone find the names of her children strange? That tells me a lot about her. She is NOT a balanced person. Wanting your children to stand out and be different is one thing we all want that but it appears Ms. Female '08 and her do-nothing husband were on crack or something when she chose these names. Honestly, she is not someone I would put in charge of anything.

    September 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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