October 12th, 2008
07:45 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain says he'll 'whip' Obama's 'you-know-what' at debate

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McCain predicted a win at Wednesday’s debate.
McCain predicted a win at Wednesday’s debate.

(CNN) - John McCain predicted Sunday he would beat Barack Obama at the final presidential debate this week.

"After I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we're going to be going out 24/7," the Republican nominee told volunteers at his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, sparking laughter and applause from the group. McCain immediately added: "I want to emphasize again, I respect Senator Obama. We will conduct a respectful race, and we will make sure that everybody else does, too."

Outside the doors of his campaign offices, McCain is fighting to hold on to the traditionally-red state. McCain talked Sunday about the tough fight for Virginia, where Obama currently leads by four points, 49 to 45, in the state's most recent CNN poll of polls. He also pointed to battlegrounds states like Ohio - which Sarah Palin visited Sunday - and Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

"And I'm telling you, we're coming on and we're going to work 24/7 for the next - who's counting - 22 days," he said.

McCain acknowledged the dip in his poll numbers since the financial crisis began, but said overall trends were in his favor. "...I'd like to give you a little straight talk, we're a couple points down, ok,
nationally, but we're right in this game," he said. "The economy has hurt us a little bit in the last week or two, but in the last few days we've seen it come back up because they want experience, and they want knowledge and they want vision. And we'll give that to America, and I know that we're going to win this race."


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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Retired Military Wife

    "The economy has hurt us a LITTLE BIT?" Once again, you are out of touch and will soon be out of time. I have lost all respect for you and the hate filled campaign you are running. You need to shut Palin down NOW. Her rhetoric is pathetic.

    October 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Thomas

    yeah right JC

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Bring it on Grandpa

    This debate can you please stay put in your place. Your meanadering and shuffling around the stage last time was distracting! Barack has nothing to fear from you!

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. hometowndemocrat

    Did he really say his "you know what"?????

    I knew he looked familiar, he's the guy that played Wally on Leave It To Beaver isn't he!

    No, that can't be right, he would have been too old to play Wally.

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. mmd

    Why would a mother subject her two little girls to that. They totally dejected palin. At some point you have to ask yourself if palin is an unfit mother. I am sure that she knew that the crowd could and would act the way that they did. I felt sorry for those two little gilrs who looked so confused and afraid.

    palin is political trash.

    October 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  6. Chipster

    Well, McCain still won't have to look Obama in the eye if he's focused on his you-know-what! I wonder if McCain will actually address the issues or if he'll have the nerve to repeat the lies his campaign has used in Palin's appearances. Maybe he'll try to tell us again about the bridge to nowhere. He surely won't talk about health care, the economy, education, energy, or the environment. In that battle of wits, McCain is unarmed.

    October 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Marcel

    I'm a bit confused by McCain's comment in the last paragraph, "The economy has hurt us a little bit in the last week or two, but in the last few days we've seen it come back up because they want experience, and they want knowledge and they want vision." Never mind that he still 'doesn't get it ' about the economy, "The economy has hurt us a little bit in the last week or two,... A little bit, please?

    Now to my confusion, who exactly is "they" as in, "they want experience, and they want knowledge and they want vision." His sentence starts by talking about the "little hurt" Americans have suffered over the last few weeks with the biggest financial meltdown since 1929 and he is telling us that "in the last few days we've seen it come back up because they want experience, and they want knowledge and they want vision." Who are they and what do they have to do with the economy coming back up in the last few days????

    If anyone has an idea of what John McCain is talking about in the last paragraph, please post it.

    October 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Republican for change

    Typical McCain - All talk....but when it's time to deliver...nothing.

    Before 2nd debate:

    "I challenge you to 10 town hall debates!"
    "Town hall is McCain's strongest format"

    What happened?

    October 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Josh from Florida

    Whoop his you know what?

    Did he just not feel like winning the first two debates?

    October 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Susie

    Like when is he going to start his respectable campaign. Haven't seen any of it yet! Between McCain and Palin, I can't wait for the elections to see their butts kicked! Real hard, I hope!

    October 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    America wants a different vision and knowledge and the language used reflect the samel old vision and knowledge.

    October 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. American Citizen

    Now McSame wants to change the tone of his campaign. First it was bash Obama, now it's be polite to Obama but kick is Aspen. Oh you get what I'm saying.

    October 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Back to fdr

    October 12th, 2008 9:02 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    if one likes the Bush policies hire John McCain.
    I was appalled that McCain picked Palin the most unqualified person to be Veep.
    And the job they handed her was to be an attack dog. And give a list of attack subjects that she had no knowledge on.
    And told her lying was ok. In Iowa here I have not found a single person, Republican or Democrat who thinks she has anything going for her. The names they use to describe her almost fit a porn star,
    I guess we are not big city folk out here. One Republican said "if McCain wins and dies and we ger her our country is doomed"
    Pretty scary but he said she knows nothing about the WORLD. She would be worse than Roosevelt waas at Yalata when Russia took advantage of a sick man.

    October 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Rodger

    What lie come next? John, go home to Airzona and go fishing, your political life will soon be over!

    October 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Rodger

    Virginia will be one of 8 Red states that are going to turn blue!!!

    October 12, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. johnrj08

    God help us all if this guy and his empty-headed runniing mate win this election. The only way he can win is if there is a low voter turn out. People need to get their butts to the polls and keep these people out of the White House. Vote for brains, not for anger.

    October 12, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Maggie Cole

    John McCain continues with the school yard bully talk. So far he hasn't whipped anyone but carry on McCain as you consider this a war of brawn. H'mmm I was under the impression that a debate requires intelligence not fists.

    October 12, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. Ell

    Go John!

    October 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Andinet

    Full of ambition poor MC Bush!!

    October 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Mike from FL

    He is trying to guarantee a win on Sunday, but I think he will have a few Senior moments that will keep him from whipping "That One"

    October 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. linda from South Dakota

    BIG TALK,,,, MCCAIN,, LETS SEE YOU DO THE WALK,,(GET THE VOTES),,,, KEEP LYING,, OK?? ITS VER IMPRESSIVE,,,, ADVICE MCCAIN,, RETIRE= IT IFTS YOU WELL,,,,, OBAMA,,BIDEN,,08

    October 12, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. Oh please!

    Go for it John, if you can
    By the way did you hear what Palin was saying this afternoon? It was more of the same hate mongering so you better talk to her first

    October 12, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. G. Cobb

    Now this is funny. McShame whoopin on somebody? Wow

    October 12, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. Austin Tim

    I don’t much agree with many of John McCain’s political stands or the tactics his election campaign are using. But a good idea is a good idea, regardless of who it comes from. McCain’s “suspend the rules for 401/ira withdrawals” idea is a good one. Many people (over 70.5 y.o.) wait until the last moment to make their annual, mandatory withdrawal. This year, waiting till the last moment might be the worst moment. Many people will take much larger than normal losses. Who knew February was as good as it was going to get? The idea is simple, FREE, and all it really does is waive extra taxes and penalties to the account owner. This is truly a bipartisan moment. Obama should endorse this.

    October 12, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. Hal

    His you know what? No, actually I don't know what, John.

    John McCain just doesn't get it.

    October 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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