October 30th, 2008
11:07 PM ET
2 years ago

As polls tighten, the campaign arrives in McCain's home state

McCain’s campaign is spending to reach voters in his home state of Arizona.
McCain’s campaign is spending to reach voters in his home state of Arizona.

(CNN) – Democrats are making a late play for Arizona as new polls show home-state Senator John McCain with a shrinking single-digit edge over Barack Obama.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week suggested McCain holds a 53 percent to 46 percent advantage. Other new surveys have indicated an even tighter race.

Earlier this week, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee paid for negative robo-calls in the state, telling voters Obama’s election “invites a major international crisis he will be unprepared to handle alone.

“If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America,” said the calls.

MoveOn.org said Thursday it was launching its ‘Obamacan’ ad statewide on broadcast and cable in response. The ad features a life-long Republican who supports Obama.

The Obama campaign sent its supporters in the state a message from national field director Jon Carson calling for volunteers, and pointing to reports McCain was "struggling in his own backyard."

“Supporters like you have put us within striking distance. Now it's time to pull off what no one expected,” said Carson.

The fresh effort forces the Arizona senator to direct late-campaign spending to his home state. Democratic officials - who say the state would likely have gone blue if McCain were not on the ballot - concede it's unlikely Obama will beat the Arizona senator there. But they say the move signals their confidence is more than symbolic - Democrats can afford to keep Arizona volunteers in their home state in the race's final days this cycle instead of directing them to neighboring New Mexico and Nevada, perennial battlegrounds.


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soundoff (468 Responses)
  1. AJ

    For those who have a problem about Obama not being a natural born US citizen,(may be you got this from some 'he said..she said) why not check google and get the facts.Your democratic presidential canditate was born in the US territory of Hawaii and where was Mccain born?Your republican candidate was born in PANAMA, not even one of the 50 states of the US(and to this day still isnt).So please discuss,be informed,fight for issues that matter in the economical and social development and well being of any individual or country. None of us had the option to choose where we wanted to be born or who would be our mother or father. And we sure can't live anwhere else than on this planet called earth.

    October 31, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  2. Jos

    McCain touts "Country First" and then picks a woman unfit for the office. While he speaks of honor and service, he was not and is not an honorable man, cheating in his marriage, being involved in the Keating 5 scandal, in picking Palin, and in conducting such a sleazy campaign. For people who really put country first, there is only one choice, Barack Obama.

    October 31, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  3. phil

    Bush seems to be hiding himself from the American people , some
    thing like Saddam Hussein in the end . Looks like he his trying to get
    some unwise agendas done specifically in the name of national security,
    fear-mongering indeed, his favourite weapon. Sure he is trying to help
    McCain. The problems facing Obama seems to be created but the problems facing McCain seems to be natural.

    October 31, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  4. A real American

    Looks like Arizona might not be part of "real America" after all. The McCain campaign has found out the hard way that most Americans don't like being called unpatriotic for exercising their right to disagree. That's what government by the people looks like. Calling your opponents traitors in a Democracy/Republic is as bad as treason. Read the Declaration of Independence!

    October 31, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  5. obama supporter

    Hey, Welcome to the Obama Show, I can read very well, thank you. You might want to look up the difference between "their" and "there" Go Obama!

    October 31, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  6. Sharon Hall

    I'm an Arizona resident...too many 'lies' and poor campaigning has left a bad taste as far as Sen McCain is concern. Go for it Obama!

    October 31, 2008 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  7. Gabriel

    I heard that Gov. Palin had two abortions before she joined the far right. That is one of the reasons that she is not releasing her medical records at presnt. Could CNN investigate and clarify for the voters?

    Gabriel – Ohio

    October 31, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  8. Fred in Vicksburg

    This is an indication of how the Republican Party is dying. It is like a rattlesnake trying to strike out when it knows that it has lost.

    October 31, 2008 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  9. Mike, Vancouver

    Folks, you are witnessing the destruction of the Republican party brand. Unfortuneately it has been done by the Republican ticket without any help by Democrats.

    They have run the most unsubstantive, unfocussed, angry campaign that is charged with lies and untruths.

    It appears from my perspective that a good majority of the Republican ticket stump messages are mostly fabricated fear mongering drivel. It has been the most divisive and damaging to the American society. The USA will never come together in an environment fuelled by this type of atmosphere.

    I will be surprised if John can hang onto Arizona as the contest is very close as many states are turning towards Obama.

    October 31, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  10. Bobby

    I thought I might vote for Obama when I first heard of him. He seemed intelligent enough, and I figured, since I voted fro Jimmy Carter because I believed him to be an honest man, why not give this Democrat a chance, since Bush and company have screwed up this nation to a degree unimaginable.

    Alas, I then heard about the Rev. Wright. That pleasant mild mannered man of the cloth, and his racist rants against white folks. I learned that Obama and wife attended this mans church for some twenty years. Now I may not be the smartest guy in the city, but that did it for me. Are you Obama supporters, whoever you may be, so blind or are you simply stupid or are you simply EVIL. Why in the world would you vote for this man, unless you actually believe he didn't inhale any of the reverend Wrights toxic crap. In that case, I have a nice piece of ocean front property in the desert I'd like to sell you.

    October 31, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  11. Jessica

    “If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America,” said the calls.

    This statement has gone too far. The Republicans better explain the basis of this irresponsible and unethical statement. Is this statement legal? Two people were charge with displaying effigy for disorderly conduct but I think this statement is worst than (although this involves words instead of real action).

    October 31, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  12. Bobby

    That's funny Katie from Arizona, everyone I know, is voting for McCain. Palin is the cherry on top of the cake, for all the people I know. No corrupt 35year insider like Biden for the folks I know. That's just too sick.

    October 31, 2008 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  13. Darryl

    Sad but true,

    John McCain's, Ole Boy Club membership has expired.. Gov. Senseless Palin had ensured that.

    October 31, 2008 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  14. Trang, Fremont, CA

    If Republicans think Palin represents them, it's an easy choice for me – straight Democrats. Until the Republicans can flush these extremists out of their party, they are dangerous in power.

    October 31, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  15. Dare Nigeria

    Arizona is fast becoming a toss-up state. These were People that have been faithful to John McCain for almost three decades.

    TYhe John McCain they know was the straight talk McCain. The McCain that will not dine with the devil to win an election.

    This John McCain that is vying for the highest office of the land is not the McCain they admired and respected.

    This McCain that is now the king of negative Campaigns.

    Arizonans are straight People. They don't condone distortions and falsehoods.

    If Barack Obama campaigns there within this four days, there is everyu possibility that Arizona will go blue.

    They are straight talk kind of folks. Not the crooked talk express that McCain has become since he brought Steve Schmidts on board his Campaign.

    If Senator McCain loses, I doubt if Arizonans will return him to the Senate.

    October 31, 2008 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  16. DonnieJ

    Does anyone actually listen to those robocalls? Am I the only one who hangs up on them as soon as the script starts?

    October 31, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  17. Jillian Nelson blue state connecticut

    I am confident that America will overcome this race issue. Everyone needs to get out and vote to overcome the corrupt GOP when they try to steal this election.
    Barack the vote 2008!!!!

    October 31, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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