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. Hank

    The final attempts of a failed campaign. The Straight Talk Express is derailed!

    October 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Redneck from Kentucky

    The country is going to ask why it took until 22 days before the election to finally come up with a message. Obama has been on message for almost 2 years. McCain has been inconsistent and basically just responsive to what he thinks the voters are wanting to heear at the time. Too little too late!

    October 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Lindsey

    I dont want to pay more for healthcare. Boo McCain. I want lower taxes and McCain does not want to help me.

    October 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Griffin

    John McCain, Sarah Palin and their handlers have told so many lies that they wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked them upside the head
    McCain, I used to think that you stand for honesty and integrity, but that disappeared some months ago. It’s really a pity.

    October 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Vic of New York

    Dear Senator McCain.

    Thank you for being a fighter for us. I believe in my heart of hearts that you would fight your heart out for us.

    That is why I would ask you to re-enlist into the Armed Services and go fight for us in Iraq, or Afganiatan, or anywhere really. Just go fight somewhere, anywhere, and get lost!

    Your fellow citizen,
    Vic

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. hoc

    Sorry John, what America needs now is a President bright enough not to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. lindapuma

    who say things like that? "I'll crush him" grow up you fool.

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Michigan Voter

    that is a really stupid speech!
    if the dems were smart they would play off this before McCain even delivers it. He's right about one thing, there are 22 days and counting and I can't wait this this is all over.... when we can swear in President Obama!

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Holden Caulfield

    Is he serious? Like this election reality is slipping away from Senator McCain

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. Brian in VA

    Oh john is your age catching up again? I think behind the eight ball isn't somewhere anyone wants to be with less than a month in the campaign.

    Swing for the fence john, so when you strike out you can say you "tired"..

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Open Your 3rd Eye

    John McCain-

    The level of absurdity your campaign has reached will only push voters further away from you. This is not a time to spread negativity when people's attitudes have already reached boiling point.

    Sir, with all due respect you will have to decide whether or not you will be taking your honor back with you the day after the election.

    As of right now, those prospects look bleek.

    Remember,

    WE=ARE=ONE=NATION

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. RG, Tampa, FL

    Lying and Fearmongering: It's the Republican Way!

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. Sérgio Santos

    "My friends, we've got them where we want them".... which is ahead?

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. Susan in SC

    "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."

    Who writes this continuous line of lies for this guy? Seriously, this type of misleading garabe should be illegal!!! It seems so wrong that Grampa Grumpy thinks it is fine to lie to and mislead the American people in a sad attempt to gain his ultimate goal – the Oval Office. I honestly think it is all about ambition with this man (and Palin, too). I have seen zero evidence that they care about the average person.

    And I am an average person.....

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. ntnorton

    McCain you couldnt crush a can with a bowling ball.

    October 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  16. Rachael, Orlando

    McCain is the biggest loser I've ever seen-Sarah Palin will be rid of him in 2012 and she'll easily win the Presidency--

    The only person more pathetic than McCain is Hillary Clinton who lost the primary because of hubris and stupidity.

    Sarah Palin 2012 & 2016

    October 13, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Darin

    Is this his stump speech or his speech to his corporate backers and lobbyists?

    October 13, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. w.l. jones

    After twenty years years in the Senate.....now ...want to fight for the American people.,to little to late.

    October 13, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  19. yen

    That is exactly what Americans are tired of. Bush/McCain have directed the country so far to the present day economic meltdown. You had eight years to bring the country to this point. Worse than the Iraq war, the American people ae losing everything they worked for. Who will believe you when you say you are the one to lead us out ? You lost that chance when you brought in Palin to the mix . She is out there to stir fear, hatred and division.McCain, you were much better without her .You legacy is now tarnished by S. Palin.

    October 13, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. AMSTERDAM

    I am one of those . I.ve have written you off also

    October 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. ej

    yea... good luck with all that...

    October 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. 3D

    Here he go again, changing up. Who in their right mind would vote or consider voting for this man. Presidential, McCain is not. Too old and done. Erratic and desperate . . . The man will do and say anything to be elected president. of these great United State. America . . . WAKE UP!

    October 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. T.R.

    With all due respect to Senator Mccain and nothing to do with his age. This man is weak ,wasted , unstable and judging by his choice for vice-president he is not mentally fit to be our president.

    October 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. Brandon from Ohio

    I wonder if he's actually fooling himself...Daily Scandal Palin has convinced herself that she hasn't been found guilty of illegal and unethical activity, so maybe John McLiar has convinced himself that having the majority of the American people seeing through his lies and failed attempts at manipulation really means that he's got them right where he wants them. Too funny.

    October 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. Bart

    What America needs is an old fighter, that barely moves, that has anger problems, that has no clue on economy and that has completely untested VP... Yeh, yeh – that is exactly what America needs in time of the biggest financial crisis.

    October 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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