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. alexa

    McCain shouldn't be underestimated. He was counted out once before and he came back stronger. It's still far from over.

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Clinton Supporter for Obama

    Oh please! McCain has change the tone of his speech more time that he can remember. Get over it, you are a loser. Your campaign theme should have been "McCain First" not "Country First". Your inconsistency continues to show that you will do or say what ever to be elected. McCain is right. He is transparent. Americans are seeing right through his non-sense campaign.

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Vikk

    You are a big joke !!

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. Jim from Middletown, CT

    What America needs is someone who might actually live out his first term, who has not been a Washington insider for some 26 years, and someone who can restore Americas's integrity both here and around the world. We need Barack Obama.

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. JP

    Sounds like bravado to me.

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. Greg, NY

    Does he really have 'my friends' written in the prepared remarks? I thought he always just added that in while he was reading the teleprompter.

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. Nick

    It's good to be confident, John. But perhaps that too confident. Right where you want them? Where? In the lead? With more money to spend? To have the ability to afford their own channel on DishNetwork and a 30 minute primetime commercial?

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. Wes

    John you're missing the point.

    We don't want you or your party in charge anymore.

    Your incredible reach with the ding-bat you chose for your VP shows us all we needed to know about your judgement in a time of crisis.

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  9. Timus, Powder Springs, GA

    Bobby Lee on Mad TV nailed the McCain karate chop arm. I thought that was pretty hilarious. The bad part about the election being over in three weeks is that the sketch comedy shows will go back to being lame again.

    October 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  10. Wing Cheng

    We don't need a fighter who fights the wrong front or to lead us into another war that bankrupts our future. We want peace and prosperity and McCain/Palin are not qualified to lead us.

    October 13, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. Rodger

    Too bad you have become such an eratic person, with an obvious lack of judgement...I would have voted for the John McCain of 2000, the John McCain of today....more of the failed Bush policies!!!!
    By picking Sarah Palin and the Rove team that lied about you in 2000,
    you have lost your honor!!!

    October 13, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  12. Karl42

    Read:

    [McCain]

    "I meant to do exactly everything that I've done to get to this point, people. Everything's under control.

    Stay Calm, all is well!"

    In the words of George Carlin, McCain is acting like a cat that just ran headlong into a screen door - "I meant that, I meant that, I meant that..."

    October 13, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  13. Lost respect for McCain.

    Whatever, John. Tell Sarah to stop telling those lies about not being found guilty of anything unethical. Every news network(except maybe Fixed News) reported on that same report that she is telling people to read. The report says she violated ETHICS.

    Right where you want them? Where is that John? On the path to 1600 Penn Ave?

    October 13, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  14. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    Good luck with that one....LOSER!!!!

    PEACE to ALL AMERICANs

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12

    October 13, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  15. Lorna, NY

    There goes the POW card again...

    October 13, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. jimtyche

    give it up ...

    October 13, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. Bill

    Let me guess. Here's McCain's economic plan: Give the wealthy more tax breaks. Do nothing about the health insurance crisis. Pump all of our money into Iraq. Sounds THE SAME AS THE BUSH PLAN!

    October 13, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. Kael

    yawn......

    October 13, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. Give us a break!! We demand reality

    I guess the "I have fought for you most of my life" got us to the miserable mess we are in today. Where were you fighting for us in the last 8 years? The economy is in the toilet, and our respect as a nation is at an all time low. Thanks but no thanks to fighting for us in the future. Perhaps when your party loses on election day, you can find comfort in one of the houses you couldn't remember that you own.

    October 13, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  20. Madge

    Yawn. Boring!

    October 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  21. Jack

    . . . .Obama / Biden 53% McCain / Palin 41% . . .

    October 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  22. Charles I Am

    What America Needs Is A Thinker. Enough with the Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty mess!!!!

    I AM Voting for THAT ONE!!!

    October 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  23. Army wife and mom

    Typical comment from a confused, bitter old man. Much respect to him for his service and dedication to our country. I think it is pretty clear President Obama is going to win, and bring this country back to the glory and prosperity it once possessed. In three weeks this will be over, and President Obama will get the the task of fixing what McSame and McBush started. Palin can go make cookies for the soccer team, and all will be well.

    October 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  24. balthus

    This guy has to be joking. This is the same disingenuous, negative spiel he's been trying to fob off on voters for the last month, and we ain't buying. McCrankypants offers nothing more than four more years of failed Bush policies at a time when we need real change to put this country back on track. Time for this codger to head for the retirement home.

    October 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  25. truth hurts

    Mugabe's line well come to third world

    October 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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