October 13th, 2008
08:17 AM ET
10 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. Sali

    I think we all recognise Mr. Mccain's sacrifice and his service to the country. T
    his speech like all the others before it smells of blind ambition. He will do anything to win this election and become the president. In this speech again Mr. McCain lies: Is Barrach really measuring the drapes (even metaphorically speaking)? Planning with the speaker et? Barrack knows that the election is not won untill all the votes are counted. He knows tat his opponent has a lot of tricks up his sleeves, including some not so honorable one.

    October 13, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. ATL


    October 13, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Obama Supporter outside US

    What a load of cobblers...

    I hope the majority of Americans are intelligent enough to see the MCBush/Piggy campaign for what it is – a racist ticket with little to no idea of what to do about anything except to incite hate and anger.

    Do the world a favor – give them the 'finger' and elect Obama.

    October 13, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. RET


    your probably asking who sleeping, the target audience or McCain.

    October 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Frank

    This man is a delusional fool. He will ruin what's left of America.

    October 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Red

    I hate to say it, but repeated failures is not experience. Constantly having to play catch-up is not strategy. Senator McCain was the pick after his party found the other candidates too unpalatable (as evidenced by greater enthusiasm for Gov. Palin).

    I had been happy when McCain won the nomination because he was the only Republican candidate who was opposing torture. Since then he has run a crude, inept campaign that lacks vision or leadership.

    Frankly, I'm more concerned about McCain's relationship with his campaign staff than about Obama's relationship with Ayers or Wright.

    October 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Paul

    Dear John
    I have tremensous respect for your service and sacrifices. After Vietnam those sacrifices were by choice not by demand or in repayment..
    Again, Thank you but maybe now is a good time to rest and recover.
    Please stop the politics of fear. It's unamerican....

    October 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. KJL

    McCain IS confused, isn't he? We won't be fooled by a new script.

    The USA is tired of fighting, just like almost every other country in the world. We don't need more dead soldiers and civilians, we need a leader who is calm, collected, and intelligent. Someone who can work constructively with the governments of other countries and not provoke them.

    October 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. P.

    Another example of McCain failing to deliver a consistent message. This is one of the reasons why Obama is so far ahead at this time: he consistently and persistently delivers a clear concise message of change. No one really knows what John McCain's message is, because it's different every week.

    October 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. alvino

    What America does not need is four more years of an economic message that is a failure, an erratic president, a VP that abuses power, a person that thinks the Iraq war is justified, a person who surrounds himself with the people that caused this mess, and a person that has spent the last two weeks trying to divide our nation.

    Vote for Obama!

    October 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. TC

    Tell Senator McCain that a lot of people have served their country and they did not do it from the sidelines but this does not me they need to be President of the United States. Just so he know the McCain's are not the only ones who love this country and fights for it all the time. How about all the people in this country that have to fight on a daily basis to be a part of the country they were born in.

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  12. frieda


    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  13. Joe From Ohio

    I guess Mccain is starting to realize that this magnitude of negative attacks are not the way to win. The only thing that does not make sense about this attempt at a momentum change is; the Obama campaign has been very careful about not seeming to confident. MCCAIN, YOU CANNOT WIN WITHOUT A COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PLAN SIR!

    Take a page out of the Obama campaign. They are coming out with a detailed economic plan today, not spin on the political situation. People cannot afford simple things now and days. (sigh...)

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  14. Barry

    Sounds like a drowning swimmer gasping for a last breath before he goes down for the last time.

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  15. Just Joe

    This is pathetic.
    They are behind now because they have planned it that way?
    Yeah, that sounds like a real fine strategy. I suppose this is the same strategy they will use to deal with all of the issues facing America?

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  16. brad

    Got to give it to them. They are trying to find every angle to use. Do agree with one thing. And that is that this is about the direction of this country. I just prefer Obama's direction more. I look forward hearing McCain"s if he truly going to talk about the issues and not character lies or half truth. Same goes to Obama's team.

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  17. Huh?

    Obama is where Mccain WANTS him? What does that mean? Looks like where he's headed is to the White House!

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. no cocky wacko

    Palin says she "has been cleared of any ethical wrongdoing" while the commission's findings say she "violated State ethical rules". Is this a new feature of the 'straight talk express' – the click your heals and just pretend version of the truth? McCain says he'll woop Obama, and I'm sure that's more of the same.

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  19. values


    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  20. James

    bye bye old man...and take ur racist hockey mom with you

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  21. Barnhardt in NC

    Rediculous strategy. You can only meet or fail expectations this way. Another poor decision from a man whose known for them.

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  22. Sam Attikpo

    The past is not necessarily a good predictor of the future. Therefore experience alone is no guarantee that McCain will be a better leader. Leadership is about vision, creativity and innovation. If experience were a guarantee, Pres. Bush would have done better in his last four years than the first four years.McCain has not been a president before, where is the experience for the presidency?
    McCain laying emphasis on personality rather than leadership quality a bit below the belt. We need a visionary to take us out of the current chaos and lead the world out of the crisis.
    All hands on deck to make this positive change a reality.

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  23. Mikey from San Antonio

    Sen. McCain, with all due respect you have had two opportunities to "kick the you know what out of" Sen. Obama. Yet, you have not been able to. So what is going to be so special about this debate? It is 3:00 a.m., go to bed.

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  24. Patrick

    See ya bye bye... and thanks so much for the fish.

    ...and the 5 trillion republicans added to the debt.

    October 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  25. Nicole

    Ha Ha so funny. More nonsense rattling from a republicans mouth. Havent we had enough of that i mean 8 years is enough i think America is tired of it. Regardless of what everyone says I think America is ready for CHANGE.

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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