November 3rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain to make last-minute push in the West

McCain is heading back to New Mexico tomorrow.

McCain is heading back to New Mexico tomorrow.

(CNN) - John McCain will spend the final hours before the polls close Tuesday visiting Colorado and New Mexico, two states his campaign manager now says are key to a last-minute “new pathway to victory.”

Both states voted for President Bush in 2004, but have been leaning Obama this cycle.

Watch: McCain looks for a late shift in momentum

Late Sunday, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis sketched out a fresh roadmap to the White House that runs through the West, telling reporters that new surveys that suggested Barack Obama’s lead was shrinking to single digits had given the Republican nominee reason for optimism. “If we can win Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, all of the sudden we’ve got a whole new pathway to victory,” Davis told reporters. “Those weren’t even on the list three weeks ago.”

McCain's visit to New Mexico tomorrow will mark his second stop in the state in two days.

Watch: McCain says 'I need your vote'

Obama leads by 6 in the most recent CNN Colorado poll of polls, and by 8 points in an Albuquerque Journal/Research & Polling survey of New Mexico voters, both released late last week.

Both states also feature Senate races for seats held by retiring Republicans; Democrats are heavily favored in both contests, as the party pushes for a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate.

Filed under: Colorado • John McCain • New Mexico
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Ken

    MRP owosso MI - You and your post are quite a laugh, except for the sad fact that I think you actually beleive your own drivel.

    You are a typical McCain supporter, dumber than asphalt: the tax numbers have been out there for quite awhile, and are not difficult to understand for someone beyond a 5th grade education. You bring up your "confusion" as a lame hit on the "complexity" of Obama's policies: the only thing you are really confused about is your own memebership in homo sapiens.

    And what a cogent question on the timescale from "despair" to "hope"! How about if Obama keeps it open ended; you neo-morons love open-ended plans, like the ones in Iraq. But the question is moot anyway for you neo-tards - you will condemn loudly and shrilly no matter what happens, just as you did in the 1990's when Clinton-Gore led the economy to its best showing in 100 years.

    Now, if "our" liberal plans don't work, how about if we follow YOUR lead and just blame Bill Clinton.

    You kool-aid drinking rightwing nitwits couldn't think your way out of a paper bag, and you even consider that a badge of honor! YOU are pathetic!

    November 3, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. sam

    Please people, before you vote, think. I have voted across party lines my entire life.
    You are all Americans, put your Country first...Stop this stupid party (DEM/REP) thing.

    Do you want a True American or a Pretender / FlimFlammer.?

    If you were hiring a guy to work at a secret government position, who would qualify?

    Who do you know the most about and who do you know little about?

    November 3, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. bridget

    mcshame go home in az Go obama !!!!!!! obama push west become blue go blue !!!!! enough rep for 8 yrs !!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. onelove

    Sen. Obama's half brother in Kenya is living a comfortable life. This story has been debunked. Please go to As for the Aunt he hasn't had contact with her in nearly two years.

    McCain supporters ask Sen. McCain why he does not acknowledge his African American family. His brother and cousins attend the yearly family reunion but he doesn't. Oh, you didn't know that McCains great, great grandpa owned slaves? Well he did. Google it.

    People who fail to verify their facts are not very smart.

    November 3, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. That One won

    @ Dealt, Lisbon

    There are at least three reasons:
    I) America is a great country, but the AVERAGE American is not very educated

    II) 'God', religion, prejudices 'determine' what is right and what is not

    III) Patriotism and fears are used as a wedge by politicians( republicans mainly)

    November 3, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. carlos amaya

    Amrice is too ignorant and this ignorance is what will keep getting mediocrity elected to the presidency and congress. People eating up all these Repub scare tactics will believe them and vote Mccain without thinking of the last 8 years and all the consequences. people we are screwed, think before you vote, look at the current situation.Spreading the wealth? What happens when you pay taxes. DON'T BE STUPID VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN !!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. sick n tired


    November 3, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Crown Obama King

    We want skyrocketing electric prices! Yes we can! Obama said that about his energy plan, it is his intention to put all coal companies out of business by bankrupting them. Coal and oil companies need to be shut down. Do it today! Everybody who works for them should hit the streets now, and start looking for another job. If the company you work for uses lots of electricity – kiss it goodbye. Obama is going to save the planet for us. Obama is going to fundamentally change this country. He is going to give us free college education, free healthcare, and pay our mortgages for us. This is a revolution. All of you loser Repugs will be handcuffed and perp-walked into the prisons and camps.

    November 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    Good luck, John boy. You probably wouldn't have had to work so hard if you had run the honorable and clean campaign that you promised us. You probably would be doing much better in the polls if your V.P. pick wasn't the scariest woman in national politics that I have ever seen. As a Texan turned Montanan, we don't need your brand of government or your brand of campaigning. We don't fall for your B.S., so you should shovel it somewhere else.

    November 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. #1 USA

    Like Obama, his supporters have become arrogant. They have tried to push ideas down people's throat, as if, people don't have a mind of their own. Opinions may vary. I'm not voting because of the economy, Iraq, or homeland security. I'm voting for social issues that could be heavily impacted by the next appointments of the Supreme Court justices. Obama is very liberal and will not protect any conservative views that Americans have.

    November 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Remy

    Losing and retiring are the fates for McCain! Old Man! Go and relax in an arm cahir!

    November 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. McCain is too old


    November 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Leo

    I'm always amazed at how some people can be so STUPID as to vote into office a party who's platform since the Reagan era has been run on the idea that government is bad. Why would you vote into office someone who's idea of governing is based on dismantling the very same government they strive to work for? why, people? The republican party always makes it a point to run for office to demonstrate that government doesn't work and that less government, less regulation, less oversight, less transparency, less fairness and less accountability are better for the nation. If you really think about it, this idea is ABSURD. I hope tomorrow people will finally speak loud and clear about their own idea of what government is supposed to be and how it's supposed to work (i.e. Clinton years vs. Bush years).

    November 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. beachgirl

    McOld can push all he wants in the west, but the West belongs to the Democrats!

    This is the end McOld.......... you can now let Palin go back to Alaska, YIIIIPPII We don't have to hear her voice again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL RIGHT!

    November 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Peter

    What does this mean... TWO WORDS... PENNSYLVANIA GONE

    November 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Veterans 4 Obama

    McCain voted against our troops MANY times in the senate.

    John McCain voted AGAINST 20 million dollars for veteran care facilities.

    John McCain voted AGAINST $322 million for safety equipment for our troops in Iraq.

    John McCain voted AGAINST $1 billion dollars in new equipment for the National Guard.

    John McCain OPPOSED Jim Webb's G.I. Bill.

    John McCain voted AGAINST $430 million for veterans outpatient care.

    Barack voted FOR all of these troop support initiatives.

    They deserve better than McCain.

    We deserve better than McCain.


    November 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Peter (CA)

    Get a clue. We are not only tired of Bush (and still cannot believe that you and yours would vote for him a second time) but we are tired of the POLICIES that have placed this country where it is. Policies that McCain has overwhelmingly supported.
    And, even if McCain repudiates those policies and goes "maverick" again, he has put an incompetent candidate with no intellectual curiousity next in line.
    On the other hand, we have a chance to elect a brilliant man who has been very smart as to who he has gotten advice from. A man who has vision and plans.
    Why is this a problem? Why do right wingers continue to cling to the failures of the past?

    November 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. jn

    RAI>>>>>Please shut up!!!!!! Rai rai go away, come back another day!!! you know the rest!!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. MRP owosso MI

    Another thing i just dont understand is how with the Congress at its lowest rating ever, how will the Kool aid drinking sheep send even more tax raising, big spenders to Congress?

    November 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. FAYE, NV

    McCain has lost his honor from some Americans who thought he would never campaign is this fashion. Palin where are your medical record and let us see if you had a baby 6mos ago or so.

    The both of them are pitful and she, Palin, is really a joke. What does she have to offer? Most of the times I have no idea what she is speaking about and nor does it make sense.

    November 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Obama08

    McCain is not the right guy for this country right now. Maybe 40 years ago he would have been when it was ok to bomb our way to supremacy, or bully our way into political office. Today is the day of reckoning and responsibility. The Republicans have shown they lack responsibility and capability to run this country.

    Oh I’m sorry, they have run this country. INTO THE GROUND!

    November 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. .the Clintons....

    Why are they campaigning for Obama ? Easy for the $30million

    campaign debt payoff....McCain doe not need Bush.........he is his

    own man...

    November 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. cool onlooker

    Watch for your steps. Old grandpa.

    Enjoy the retirement. Take turns to stay with the 7 houses.

    November 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. vexalways

    Now America would once more be respected. There would be no more war to fill the pockets of certain Politicians, the political divide would soon disappear, we would once again balance the budget, special interest groups would have to now earn the hard way. The dream of all right thinking American would come through tomorrow.

    PS. Rush Limbaugh and O'Reilly has no credibility, and should be fired.

    November 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Jessica

    You know, it amazes me to read some of the statements on this website.
    Do you all ever think to vote for how this country was founded and based on CHRISTIANITY!?!?! I don't see how anyone can support anyone who would say "oh, sure, go kill helpless babies – as long as the adults who created them are OK, that's all that matters"
    Doesn't anyone value family anymore? Or marriage? It's really sad.
    I'm not saying gay people shouldn't be allowed to be together, but can't you call it something else? The bible says marriage shall be between one MAN and one WOMAN.
    There are so many more issues to this election than are truly presented and it scares me that people are voting without even knowing them all. Thank GOD I have faith in Him – I know he really controls it all anyways and things will turn out as he sees fit.

    It's just sad that there are so many ignorant people who don't even know the true issues of this election.

    November 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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