October 30th, 2008
11:07 PM ET
7 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.

Filed under: Arizona • Candidate Barack Obama • Extra • John McCain
soundoff (468 Responses)
  1. Mavwreck

    Shola in Arizona- I wouldn't be surprised if people weren't doing the same thing all around the country..so much for your polls!

    Right, and they are donating to Obama, but really plan on voting for McCain. LOL- Not
    We are not going to fall for the lies and smears. Not this time

    October 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Richard

    I compared todays poll of polls versus yesterdays poll of polls. Todays polls included Rush Limbaugh and the Fox polls which is only 3 percent at best. It is pulling down the average.

    Concentrate on the battleground states.

    October 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Independent for Obama

    When did CNN become Fox News? I don't care much for polls. The state polls have Obama ahead and for McCain to be doing robo calls in Arizona, his state, should tell you where this election is heading.

    October 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Larry

    Who's going to take the blame ,or shift the blame,or deny the blame for the 1000's of Americans that are going to die in the next terrorist attack we are going to have with Obama as president?What's your thought??
    This should be our number one concern ,then money.It's hard to believe we have forgoten so quickly.

    October 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Perusing-Through

    “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."
    – – – – – – –
    There are two painful parts to this robo-call message:

    (1.) Knowing that there are 'so-call honorable' people like McSame that would lie and stoop to the lowest depths to spew all type of filthy lies from their mouth just to get a vote.

    (2.) But the most painful aspect is that there are so many ignorant people who 'voted twice' for a loser like Bush, but will still support McSame even though McSame has same failed "economic and belligerent global policies" as Bush, who is the worst president in U.S. history.

    GOD Bless the United States of America!
    GOD Bless Obama-Biden Leadership Team!

    October 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Amy

    Republicans supporting Obama means they get what it means to truly put their country first. They have everything to lose if the economy continues to tank, and we continue to follow the Bush doctrine.

    It could be said that they have nothing to gain by going against their party. Do you honestly think McCain would give a dissenter a position in a McCain administration?

    October 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. HP



    October 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. McSame/IncomPALINce

    It's ridiculous that McCain/Palin never talk about anything important... it's seems as though their rallies are specifically organized to bash Obama... where did the issues go? He will not even be able to win his own state, it's pathetic...

    What else does our country need to experience to realized we need REAL change? Another 4 years of the same failing policy?

    PLEASE! PLEASE! Please...do some research!

    Vote Obama/Biden!

    October 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. NettenAZ

    Specific to those that have issues with Obama's tax plan....

    Riddle me this 'Batman' if we leave the tax cuts/breaks for Corporations as they are today will Corporations return all those jobs? Don't think so, regardless of the precentage of tax cuts/breaks corporations receive they will continue to outsource their work and make windfall profits.

    My apologies to theBatman fans out there.

    Today, American Express announced 7000 jobs will be cut. A company that has been around for over 150 years!!! We need to stop the madness and vote for CHANGE!!

    Conservative may favor traditional views and values, but they are also resistant to CHANGE!
    Liberal is respectful of the ideas or behavior of others; tolerant. Open to CHANGE!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Juan Grain

    Arizona is going Blue!

    October 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    I guess they know him best.

    October 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. singing the blues

    Obama winning Arizona – I love it!! Let the voters finally say NO MORE to this MUDslinging. What is McCain for?? trashing Obama? – that's not a platform.

    October 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |

    Listen CNN you guys tell half stories. McCain bused 4,000 KIDS to that ralley that 'Joe the Plummer" didn't show up for. That is a mess. He had to bus kids to fill in his rally.

    And you have the nerve to say he is closing in.
    He bused 4,000 kids

    October 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Ratgurl

    I can't wait for this to all be over! Vote for Obama – the best person to bring our country back to normal.

    October 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Pennsylvania Hopeful

    Obama/Biden 2008 Nuff said.
    Let's go to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and camp out for eight years!

    October 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. vahe

    obama.. mccain get lost

    October 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Troy - Phoenix, AZ

    I would be doing the happy dance if Obamba pulls off an upset here in AZ.

    October 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. John the Gulf War Vet

    Senator McCain you are no hero, you are in fact a terrorist.

    Your campaign advisor & "Transition Chief" William Timmons was a Saddam Hussein lobbyist for 5 years.
    You pal around with Gordon Liddy, domestic terrorist.
    You are a member of "The Project for a New American Century" – a radical extremist terrorist organization.
    Your VP candidate's husband Todd Palin is a domestic terrorist in the Alaskan Independence Party.
    You have given $500,000 to Rashid Khalidi & the PLO
    , a group that McCain himself says are terrorists.
    You have met with Chilean Dictator Pinochet, a terrorist.
    You're coordinated effort to use FOX NEWS, the Bush Administration, your campaign, Sarah Palin, and The Justice Department to commit voter fraud, voter intimidation, & voter suppression is an act of terrorism.

    John McCain you are a disgrace to your uniform.

    October 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Obamanic

    Now the Republicans are desperate and have resorted to saying ANYTHING that comes to mind hoping that someone somewhere will believe it. Obama will come to your house and steal your toilet! He is going to outlaw oxygen! He will tax your thoughts! He wants to imprison Santa Claus! All these things have just as much credence as the lies coming from McCain and Palin.

    It is sad to see how utterly dependent on lies McCain/Palin have become. Saying the most outrageous things just to try to win with fear.

    And even more sad is that some people believe whatever they say.

    Perhaps this comment won't get moderated and will get published.

    October 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Joe the Con Man

    I'll take General Colin Powell's endorsement over Joe the Plumber, or is that Joe the Recording Star, or is that Joe the Please I Want to Be Famous and Make Some Money, any day.

    McCain: "Me First"
    Palin: The "I" in Maverick.


    October 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. abel sterling

    its only 4 day i cant wait to see McCain and palin a.k.a the loosers cryin their way home , i will be on my couch laughing because its gonna be funny.

    October 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Olivia

    McCain/Palin team is a good one and they have my vote.
    I supported Hillary....have voted for a democrat for years.
    My husband and I argue about honesty and truthfulness.......I am upset that the Clintons are supporting Obama after he dissed Hillary so badly and called Bill a racist during the primary. My husband call it party unity....in other words say and do anything so long as a democrat goes to the white house. Of course I'm naive, but that's the way I feel and the Clintons have lost me.
    I am impressed with Palin. She has been taking it on the chin full force and she hasn't blinked. Such strength and conviction, and in case some of you haven't noticed......she is getting darn good out there on the campaign trail. As good as Obama in reaching the people, so watch out folks.

    October 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    The smoke is clearing and America see what we've already seen in Obama. He's an ARAB!

    October 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Viet Vet

    Let me think about this- -Bush and Cronies (McBomb) spend over
    500 Billion (Loan from China) for a war & occupation that has lasted over 5 years and counting. Is still letting New Orleans rot after Katrina.
    Take over 750 Billion (Loan from the taxpayers- – you & me)
    to bailout banks and any other fat cats who failed to make the grade- –
    like Bush) and there are people who want to vote for a continuance of that? HMMMMMMMM -If it looks like a MORON, talks like a MORON
    then by GEORGE you are MORONS.

    Already voted Obama/Biden

    October 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. LJ


    YOU, HE WILL ROB YOU BLIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    October 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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