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. Norman

    When I see these kinds of reports I just wonder who these people are and where they came from that they honestly believe these kinds of messages, and that they are and want to continue to run the country. When Rome was falling, I wonder if the the romans where going around talking this kind of complete nonsense–I doubt it.

    October 31, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  2. Chris L.

    This wouldn't be the first time a presidential candidate lost his home state. Al Gore lost Tennessee in 2000. And we all know what a disaster the winner was for the past 8 years.

    October 31, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  3. former republican

    haha it looks like the mccain campaign is back where they started from. i bet obama wins arizona

    October 31, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  4. Mark

    I dont understand why people are freaking about this terrorist stuff. Think about it, it's genious to have a guy in office who has so many terrorist friends b/c he can talk to them, call them on their cells and find out some stuff. VOTE EARLY & OFTEN...the democrat way!!!

    October 31, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    Shame on you John McCain!
    Do you think we are that stupid that we won't fact check you. Your ties are considerably stronger to Khalidi than Obama's ever were.
    Do you think at this late date you can just throw everything out and pray something sticks.
    You must really need that Ambien to sleep at night now. You are a disgrace to you own legacy.
    You are on a downhill spiral that will end with your honor and once moral values in tatters.
    Today you made Elizabeth Dole look honorable
    SHAME Senator McCain

    October 31, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  6. Fred May Sr. WA ST

    Think about it–Current administration ruined America.
    Pick a sacrificial lamb. Mc Cain
    Hope Dems screw up
    Palin in2012
    Country geys fouled up again
    What a merry-go-round

    October 31, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. mopy

    Im sick of all the anger and hatred the Obama supports have. I think I'll vote McCain just to tick them off more!

    October 31, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Looks like the good people of Arizona have seen enough and are finally coming to their senses. Maybe they find Old Navy's vp pick.
    S.Failin is not good enough!

    Failin is not very popular in Alaska either...Good news

    Maybe she will be a one hit wonder there too! Let's hope the Repub's can get their act together and start to be inclusive and not so focused on a small group AKA the base and religious fanatics they seem to admire so well
    VOTE like the future depends on it......IT DOES!!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 31, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. Pius

    John McCain has nothing good to offer Americans, he is only fooling around with Joe the plumber,and all those handy men that mess around him, am sorry to say that you are a looser. And her vice president just countiune to open her mouth and everything that comes out of her mouth is garbage.
    McCain we do not need war in America,we need peace. We need change in our finace. My vote will go for Obama a man will lot of widom

    October 31, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  10. My 1 year old son wants a better future - Vote Obama!

    I live in NV and I only know of a handful of people voting McCain and they are all born again Christians. A couple are radical Christians who have turned their faith into self righteousness. Anyway... my point is that I know dozens and dozens of people voting Obama. NV will be BLUE and AZ should be too! Oh and one of my friends is very religious, but she decided Obama was a better Christian. She thinks for herself (although she voted for Bush both times – lol).

    October 31, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  11. Theresa

    Is this man for real? I mean come on, now! Fear mongering at it's best, huh? And this is what we are to expect from a supposed commander in chief? No thanks...

    Obama 08

    October 31, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  12. bren

    I am tired of hearing from McCain that Obama has no experience to be president. What experience does McCain have as president, or Palin!!!!!!!!

    If something would happen to McCain (if elected) and Palin became president , I would move to Canada. This woman scares me

    Please go out and vote for Obama.

    October 31, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  13. Desmond Sequeira

    Given the callously lying campaign FAILIN-McBUSH are running, twisting everything said by OBAMA, they deserve to LOSE EVERYTHING. Only very stupid and deliberately blind people will believe them

    October 31, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  14. Pat in IL

    Somebody needs to explain to McCain and Palin that unbased, constant and intentional fear-mongering is a terrorist activity.

    October 31, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  15. No Way, No How, NO PALIN

    I find it interesting that the largest newspaper in Alaska has endorsed Obama (along with many rallies against Palin) and Arizona is moving away from McCain. Don't the residents of these places know better than anyone? That speaks VOLUMES to me!

    YES WE CAN YES WE CAN YES WE CAN YES WE CAN YES WE CAN

    October 31, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  16. Sally

    Are the Hispanics in Arizona aware of McCain's feelings toward illegal immigrants and issuing driver's licenses and social security cards? He is campaigning against Obama on this basis, giving this as a reason people should not vote for him.

    October 31, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  17. O'Canada

    The whole world is watching, and rooting for Obama to win this election.

    Watch McCain's interview with Blitzer... he doesn't have a plan, or even a clear direction whatsoever. I don't understand how ANYONE can argue FOR MCCAIN, when you can see yourselves how messed up the American economy is now. Tax cuts for the rich? You've got to be kidding. It'll simply put more money in their pockets, not create jobs, because no matter how you spin it, a little chinese boy making Nike shoes is 100x's cheaper than having a little american boy making the same pair. Rather than giving away money to major corporations, with no guarantees that they will change their practices, government should entice them with money to keep the work in the US. It's simple logic really.

    Obama has a PLAN, which he has outlined CLEARLY, time and time again, while McCain keeps repeating "I've done this so don't worry" nonsense that he has been spewing from the start of this presidential campaign. God Bless America indeed, because if McCain wins, Americans will definitely need all the help they can get.

    October 31, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. Pam in VA turning Blue

    Oh the joy – c'mon AZ we can do it together! Let's make VA and AZ blue!!

    I think everyone is starting to realize that McCain of 2000 is no longer here and the McCain of 2008 is a scary, horrible man far from the wonderful Senator I once knew him as. Further, I think everyone has known from day one that Sarah Palin is halfwit.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 31, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  19. Concerned

    McCain will do a great job, it is a shame that the media is TRYING to SELL Obama. If there is a Democratic Congress and Senate and President...not so good on the balance of common sense.

    October 31, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  20. KLEE

    Don't Boo! Go out and VOTE!! as per Barack Obama.....excellent advice, once again!

    October 31, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  21. Susan

    NO.

    He should only win AZ and Alaska.

    October 31, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  22. MrPragmatic

    When are the GOP'ers going to finally figure out out that the attack and smear angle isn't working and that it's only ticking people off. On the other hand, the GOP has no plans, ideas, or policies on which to run.

    October 31, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  23. R from MN

    It's not surprising that McCain is struggling to hold on to his own home state. He has repeatedly acknowledged that he doesn't have a strong command of the economy. He has said that he may need to rely upon his Vice President to handle the economy. Look who he picked as his VP. A woman with 20 months of experience as governor of a state of 670,000 people. A woman who is so far out of her depth that she has sent many Republicans and conservatives over into the Obama camp. Unlike McCain, THEY put country first.
    And let's not forget that McCain has had cancer FOUR times. He is the oldest presidential candidate in U.S. history. Again, look who he picked as his VP. Look who is waiting in the wings to take over. If that doesn't give you pause, it should.
    For the good of the country, this independent is happily casting his vote for Obama/Biden.

    (Sorry moderator. Email address was not filled in.)

    October 31, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  24. Sue in MI

    Well, welcome,
    What do you think will happen to this country as we continue to spend $10 billion a month in Iraq, invade Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, keep torturing people, and continue with the trampling of the Constitution, right down to the VP's true role, which is nothing! There will be no money to invest in schools, highways, bridges, homes, or anything else.
    Obama will not ruin businesses. The only new tax is a small tax on income ABOVE $250,000-do you know how few businesses that is? Plus he'll give credits for health care, and all kinds of things. If you'd bother to read about it and not repeat what the tax evader Joe the Plumber (SAM the non plumber) says...I can't believe you people are so gullible. A man standing on his shaky record, and a woman who has been found guilty of ethics violations, has another suit pending in Alaska, and cannot say one sentence that is truthful. Guess this little maverick will fit right into the current Washington..I want change!

    October 31, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  25. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    It's amazing how steady the "BLUE WIND" is blowing all across America....Even in Arizona!! And the blue wind cries out..HOPE!!

    Make it really happen by VOTING!!!!

    Obama/ Biden 08/12

    October 31, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
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