October 13th, 2008
08:17 AM ET
6 years ago

New McCain stump: 'We've got them just where we want them'

McCain is unveiling a new stump speech today.
McCain is unveiling a new stump speech today.

(CNN) – With Election Day just three weeks away, John McCain will unveil a new stump speech Monday that will signal his campaign's closing push. McCain's remarks will speak to the need for Americans to evaluate and consider the new direction this country must take, and which candidate has the proven record, experience and readiness to deliver against growing challenges.

An excerpt from his prepared remarks below:

"Let me give you the state of the race today. We have 22 days to go. We’re 6 points down. The national media has written us off. Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.

"What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people. I come from a long line of McCains who believed that to love America is to fight for her. I have fought for you most of my life. There are other ways to love this country, but I’ve never been the kind to do it from the sidelines."


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soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. McCan't

    McCain–you're wrong.

    Obama/Biden '08.

    October 13, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. Tommy T

    Blah blah blah. We know what you're offering, John. More tax cuts for the rich, no abortions for women and girls who have been raped, environmental "solutions" that favor big polluters, and WAR, WAR, WAR. You vote with Bush 90% of the time. No thanks, John!

    October 13, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Simmy

    McCain: Shut Up!

    October 13, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. Cricket

    6 pts. behind-and that's where he wants THEM!! O.k. Sounds like his rather unusual logic of late!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 13, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. M Smith

    your a bit more than 6 points down, John.

    October 13, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. McCain=the draft

    Thanks but, no thanks.
    "That one" gets my vote!

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Judy

    McCain were are they? You have been so negative until we don't know where you are to say such thngs as that to the public.

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. no way, no how no mccain, no palin

    You keep changing your startegies sir. Stick to one!!

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    At least with some of those lines, after he loses the election, McCain can have a career as a stand-up comedian. Maybe his first gig can be on Letterman's show.

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. Celeste Hinnenkamp

    If Mr. McCain was a wise man he would be detailing (and I stress the word detailing) his new policy plans instead of referring to the measuring of drapes for the oval office by his opponent. Where is the substance to this campaign?

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Mike

    I thought "my friends" was just a verbal crutch he used in the debates. No, he actually writes them out and puts them in his written statements, too. We really are his friends!

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. Ian

    John who?

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  13. Elizabeth, Philadelphia, PA

    McCain is too much...so desperate, so willing to lie. He makes me sick. Please don't fall for his garbage. He does not care about anyone but himself!

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. Willis Meadors

    I'm sorry to inform all Americans, Mr. McCain is so out of touch he has no idea what the American public needs.

    October 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. Republican for Obama/Biden

    Winning a debate doesn't win an election. The dirty way McCain/Palin are playing is horrible. The country doesn't need hate and division.

    October 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. J R

    So based on the excert, it looks like McCain's "new" strategy is to keep right on lying,

    Brilliant.

    October 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. james in s.c.

    pfffffft, a little too late for that mccain!! mccain and palin blew up to many bridges. funny mccain said the same thing last week before the debate and those hate rallies, i don't like it, mccain-palin are nothing but lit match stick and we're all gasoline. sorry my vote still going to OBAMA-BIDEN 08!!!!

    PEACE

    October 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. One more for McCain/Palin

    When you look up the word patriot in the dictionary...it says John McCain. There has never been a man who loved his country more.
    We are blessed indeed to be able to tap into this great man's ability to lead this country out of the pit we are in economically and moraly.
    Thank God... if God is with us... John McCain will be the next president of the United States of America.

    October 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. darkcreole

    That's funny. I don't recall seeing any articles on here, see any segments on HGTV about Sen. Obama doing a Designer's Challenge for the White House, nor recall seeing him laid back on the couch watching the game saying he doesn't have to campaign anymore.

    Sounds like another very weak tactic which doesn't reflect positively on Sen. McCain. Mr. McCain, if you want to win, how about talking about issues instead of trying to use these jr. high school antics??

    October 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. Maggy

    I am so sick of McCain and that joke of his VP pick. Thank you Obama, for not turning this into a circus.

    McCain may be a POW but it is Obama who has honor.

    October 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. Narwick

    The plan to raise taxes is on the top 2% of the tax bracket. Why does he speak so much Misinformation??

    October 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. dharmas

    It just seems so strange when an older man lies , with no integrity.
    Oh this was all planned ,fall behind in all polls by double digits and then reveal how a corrupt VP(SP) and an confused Mccain with their campign under schmidt of Bush fame , will convince the voters to throw their fate to bushonimcs again
    With no homes to live in and no jobs CAN America gamble with the GOP?

    October 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. debra driscoll

    People have already made up their minds who they are going to vote for. Time for you to concede, old man. Give it up gracefully. We all know who the next president is going to be.

    OBAMA | BIDEN 2008

    GOBAMA!

    October 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Brian

    The national media hasn't written the McCain campaign off. His campaign is just "decent" and happens to disagree with the Obama campaign when it comes to the economy, health care, equal rights from women, and the war. If America needs a fighter, then let McCain go fight in the war. I will not let my children be forced to fight in a war that could be avoided by a single vote for Barack Obama.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. Emiel

    Anyone remember that Iraqi Minister of Information? For some reason he just sprung to my mind...

    October 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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