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. Jennifer B

    A Republican talking about taking away people's right to vote. Now that is just some real audacity.

    October 13, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Ashley

    The American people need jobs. The American people need to be able to stay in their homes. The American people need to be able to pay for school. The American people need affordable healthcare. Perhaps this is what McCain should be "fighting" for. If not ,the only thing he will be "fighting" for is votes.

    Obama/Biden!

    October 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. Lynn

    Sounds like "whistling through the graveyard" to me.

    October 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Kevin PA

    OH SIT DOWN GRANDPA !!!!

    October 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. A White Male For Obama

    John McCain will be the death of America.

    October 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. dharmas

    Sorry Mccain talk time is over , your running mate is a powe abuser and ignorant , you change ur campaign strategy every day , How can any American vote for you , my friend

    October 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Molly Weasley

    The man is delusional. He should spend some time listening to real voters instead of the lobbyist hacks on his team and the wingnuts who come to his rallies.

    I hope he starts spending more time in his Senate office - that's as close to the White House as he's going to get.

    October 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. Dave in RI

    Lame McSame.

    You know none of thats true, and you know you got nothing left.

    Why don't you just walk away, with what very little of your honor you have left. And Take Ethics violater and Powermonger Winky Palin with you.

    October 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. Waya

    McCain needs to be honest and stop the lies. Sarah Palin needs to be muzzled to stop her nasty hate-speak, which is stirring up kooks and crazies to talk about killing a senator, which is closer to domestic terrorism than anything Ayers did back in the 60's! Better yet, it isn't too late to replace Mooselini with Lieberman or Romney. I'd have more respect for McCain if he admitted he made a mistake with Palin.

    October 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. Jeremy-Columbus, OH

    Uh ok McCain, keep living in your dream world, I'm still not voting for you.

    October 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. Frostlanta

    What!!!!! R U serious, I guess you love this country enough to keep lying to the american people about OBAMA and then turn around and proclaim to be Mr. STRAIGHT TALK or Mr. MAVERICK. I just don't see how anyone can vote for lie machine known as the GOP. We will see on the 4th of Nov. when americans from coast to coast will make a stand and say EIGHT IS ENOUGH!!!!!!! no more Bush Politics.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08'-12'

    October 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. pray2008pray

    I am not an economist.....Can America decrease its debt by lowering taxes?

    October 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. JDC

    He is too wimpy to whip anybody.

    October 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  14. Dealt, Portugal

    That long line of McCains believe fighting for America is fighting wars. And if fighting a war is sometimes necessary, that long line of McCains fought some that were not necessary, namely this one in which a McCain sent so many sons and daughters other than his own into harm's way.

    Is that what McCains have to show the world? A record in wars?

    October 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. howie

    Delusionary much?

    October 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. Adrian Veidt

    Um, yeah. That's nice, grampa.

    October 13, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Dominick

    I do have a complete plan/project for McCAIN to build a fort along the border of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, where we will concentrate some troops and guard the entire region from further terrorism.A complete work,to be exposed before the elections.Consider it.The results will be safe territory and strong possibility to reduce oil price import, period.

    October 13, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Doug R.

    I wouldn't trust you for anything McCain (or that pig with lipstick running mate of yours). You are a liar and a fraud and have run a dirty and dishonest smear campaign. This election will be all about the economy stupid and you have nothing to offer there.

    October 13, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. A Ajayi

    You are a true American Hero, Senator McCain and us in the other side of the Atlantic appreciate your patriotism and fight for America. Unfortunately, this is a new world now, the new world do not need a fighter any longer, every soul is tired of fighting, what we need is diplomacy, treating one and another as equal, and having respect. No matter what happens after Nov 4, this will have impact on the rest of the world as well...there was no gain or any advantage from both wars.. Even on the health care and others that Americans care for, fighting will not solve these problems, rather care thought, judgment and understanding both sides of the equation..

    October 13, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  20. John Dubai

    McPallin and never ending lies. The American people decide who will get us out of this mess. Where were you in the last 8 years?
    ......ooh you were busy renovation your 13 homes.
    Thanks....but no Thanks

    October 13, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. John B. From New Hampshire

    i'm sorry, we've had a fighter for the last 8 years. what we need right now is a leader! someone with sound judgement and concrete ability to think on his feet. my friend, you are NOT that person! and by the way, these lies about taxes need to stop. your fear mongering Karl Rove style politics will not work!

    OBAMA '08

    P.S. the whole fighter strategy has already been tried against B.O. it failed!

    October 13, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. EdgSight

    This is the best comment ever, "take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections." When a losing man wants to win, he would say anything....

    October 13, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    First you need to deal with your unethical VP choice. Just because it was not clearly against the law, she did violate ethics. And just what is this thing with the husband hanging out in the Governor's office? Would he be attending meeting in her place? Were they both elected? And no this was not something Senator McCain's opponent started this shady ethics issue stems from long before the nomination. Contrary to what Gov. Palin said, she has not been cleared of unethical activity. We do not need 4 more years of what we have had to endure for the past 8.

    October 13, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  24. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Again with the gambling analogies...Hasn't America suffered enough from deregulating Republicans and their Wall Street counterparts gambling with taxpayer money?

    Buh-bye, "Maverick"!

    October 13, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. WhatTheHolyHeck

    Desperate words from a desperate man who's out of ideas. If he and his proxies hadn't spent their time and energy continually lying in their campaign, he'd be better off now. He has only himself to blame.

    October 13, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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