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. TheDonald

    Most inept campaign in history, even worse that Bob Dole's

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. Coop182

    Let me give you the state of the race today:

    Senator McCain is down significantly in the polls, to include the battleground states that were traditionally red;

    His running mate, freshly found guilty of abuse of power, is relegated to talking about Obama's stance on abortion (de-fanged);

    His crowds of race-baiting hooligans have gone too far, to the point where he's had to defend Obama (perish the thought);

    His campaign staff, from admittedly unconfirmed scuttlebutt from RealMoney.com, may undergo a fairly major shakeup this week; and

    He has said that he knows how to fix what's going wrong in all aspects of his platform, but has not offered many specifics.

    I'd say he's got Obama right where he wants him.

    If you believe that, I'd like to offer you the opportunity to purchase a bridge; I believe it goes to nowhere.

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. Marvin

    sounds a little like Hillary Clintons closing push

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. anne

    He talks about being down in the polls but hasn't got a single idea about how to make our country better. He's a joke. How is mainstream media keeping him down? They print every idiotic lie he can think of saying. It's disgusting having to read it all. McCain and Palin are both insulting to anyone who actually cares about our country. One look at their horrible education plans (or lack of) and you can see why they don't want anyone to have a brain.

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Mike

    Jeeeezzzzzz... That's new, exciting, and Jeeeezzzzz boring.

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. Pattie Vandling

    Blah, blah, blah!
    Not enough of us Americans trust or believe you, but in desperation, you have to say whatever you think we want to hear, just as Bush did to get re-elected, now look where we are!!

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Stop the Madness

    blah blah blah .....blah blah blah blah blah....whatever!

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

    "What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the table."

    You're right, Johnny, nothing like a gambling metaphor to stop what you term a "casino culture" on Wall Street.

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Bill

    Republicans are for big business and the rich.

    Democrats are forythe working man.

    Simple as that.

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. John Paul Cable

    I wish he would stop calling us "MY FRIENDS" after this economic crisis I feel more like one of his " FELLOW PROSONERS "

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. Mccain is a Liar

    so that means he wants to lose and he concedes this election to the Obama Campaign that is fine with me Mcshame we all known you were going to lose months ago it is about time you admit that you are losing the Next step is admitting that You ar Bush III!

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. brad

    Ugh, My friends…
    I hope I don't want to shoot myself after the last debate this week.

    October 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. Patricia in Las Vegas

    No, you are wrong Senator McCain, we do not want a fighter, we want a leader. As for trusting the judgement of the American people, are you trusting the judgement of people who yell out "kill him?" That scares me a lot!

    October 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. ron

    This guy is a complete idiot if he thinks the majority of the public is going to fall for his bull all over again.

    Lets get this over with and send the repubs packing

    October 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. Jason

    Yeah whip his butt, just like all the racist voters that support mccain. Of course Mccain wont turn them away, because thats all the GOP has...uninformed, scared, and racist...yes racist supporters.

    October 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. Prince Iheanyi Ogwuru

    These remarks are touching but the question is : can we separate Senetor Mccain from the "bad guys" who destroyed washington, and wrecked wall street according Gov. Palin? This so calling "fighter" strategy did not work at the peak of Clinton/Obama tussle, will it work now?

    October 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. John F

    Right where they want them? I guess it's easy to keep an eye on your opponent if they are consistently running ahead of you.

    I expect that the "figher" McCain should think more about using his head instead of his fists. Maybe he should just imitate pro-wrestling and do some promo action at the debate, possible followed by a chair shot.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  18. Mark Dover, Delaware

    It's over Johnny! America does not want any more Bush-Cheney policies! Time for you to retire! Go spend some of Cindy's $$$. Maybe you won't be so angry ! Oh, by the way, your new economic "plan of the week " sucks just as bad as last week's!

    October 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  19. idahosa

    McCain says "My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them."

    and you know WHERE?

    "the white house..."

    October 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. Docb

    Where is Cafferty!!!!! He will tell it like it is and not pander like little wolfie....Know he has had a personal tragedy but we need him...Hope CNN is not keeping him off to cover for the repubs??

    McShame does not know where he is- let alone where he might want to take the country!!!

    What is up with cutting the comments off at such a low level...Must be getting too many that disagree with managements politics-Turning into another FOX news1

    October 13, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. President Obama!

    Yea, just like he's crushing you in poll #'s!

    October 13, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  22. Becky

    This is just getting sad. McCain has proven that he can spin anything, even how it's good that he's down in the national polls. What will be his spin if he loses another debate? That he meant to do that?

    October 13, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. jeanne from Duluth

    Didn't we learn lesson from Bush and his grand-standing – remember when he said "bring 'em on. . ." So not only is McCain taking a page out of the Bush book, he is now taking lessons from Palin on how to talk tough!

    October 13, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  24. alvino

    Don't forget that McCain was involved in the Iran Contra Affair and took pride in supplying the Afghan Freedom Fighters with arms. Maybe, thanks to McCain, Bin Ladin is now using our own armament against us.

    McCain lacks judgement and does not spend much time thinking of the consequences.

    October 13, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Ron

    McCain, We have had enough fighting. We want a leader with intellect and temperment to win the war, not just fighting forever.

    October 13, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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