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. katiec

    Vote, Americans, vote.
    We cannot believe the media or the polls.
    Regardless of how long the lines, make your voice heard.
    We cannot survive one more year of republican leadership.
    We cannot survive politicians who resort to every dirty trick
    in the books.
    This is our survival.
    Barack Obama and Joe Biden 08.

    November 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Patty in the CA mountains

    More like a "last minute lie-fest".......

    November 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Mccain 08

    I'm concerned that a growing number of voters in this country simply don't get it. They are caught up in a fervor they can't explain, and calling it 'change'.

    'Change what?', I ask.

    'Well, we're going to change America ', they say.

    'In what way?', I query.

    'We want someone new and fresh in the White House', they exclaim.

    'So, someone who's not a politician?', I say.

    'Uh, well, no, we just want a lot of stuff changed, so we're voting for Obama', they state.

    'So the current system, the system of freedom and democracy that has enabled a man to grow up in this great country, get a fine education, raise incredible amounts of money and dominate the news, and win his party's nomination for the White House that system's all wrong?'

    'No, no, that part of the system's okay we just need a lot of change.'

    And so it goes. 'Change we can believe in.'

    This is not the change we need.

    November 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Hillary supporter for obama

    Can't you see people that with Mccain the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer... that's what he stands for!

    November 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Karen–what are McCain's economic policies?! He's never really had a plan...has he? Plenty of flip-flopping though. Also plenty of 'Obama this' and 'Obama that'...hmmmm...that doesn't sound like a plan to me or millions of others.

    Palin/McCain–No substance! No message! No vision! No hope!

    November 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Karen, We the democrats have had to deal with the Bush administration for the last 8 years. I'm always amazed at how ignorant you republicans are to the plight of the "average American". It has been horrific, and Palin / McCain would have made it even worse.

    November 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. bill

    mcbush you and palen are toast.both of you go back into your hole.YOU TWO DUG FOR YOURSELF. i am sick of both your just go away

    November 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. AL

    Go home and go to sleep, sleep like a bear, "All Winter"...

    November 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. the snarly old hawk squawks in fellowship square

    So the campaign thinks that's the road to victory.Make a couple of western states competitive and you're home free.I don't think so.
    Yesterday on CNN,every pundit except Sanchez,who has had her head in the sand throughout,predicted at least 318 electoral college
    votes for Obama.And some think that's a low ball total.

    November 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Pat in IL

    In the last 24 hours, is he going to suddenly let us know what his ideas and platforms are? Is he going to make Palin release her medical records? Is he going to say something besides divisive, lying hate-mongering? Too little, too late.

    November 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Audrey

    You know it finally hit me – who Sarah Palin is – the tele-evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson.

    November 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Cindy's half sister died around 8th or 9th Oct, 2008. The ice queen must have not even attended her funeral. Boooooo

    November 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. tulsa

    Heard McCain this morning. He sounds VERY tired. fight. fight. fight.
    Too bad Johhny Mac, you lost the day you picked Palin and sold out to the far right.
    We loved you when you really were a straight talker. Making up to the "agents of intolerance" and hiring Bush people to run your campaign..... more reasons you lost.
    The shame is, I think you ARE an honorable man who has been corrupted by this lust for power.
    Too bad.
    Vote Obama!

    November 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Michael in Houston

    I am laughing at the RNC and thier supporters. All you have doen this whole campaign is whine. You call us Obama supporters "stupid" "blind" "groupies", you cry about the media beign biased, and toptop it all off, you have came up with every neagative catch phrase to call Obama short of the "N" word and all your efforts have failed. I wonder how much debt the McCain campaign is mounting by this new pathway to victory stunt they are trying. Unless the RNC has found away to rig the voting booths, there is no way McCain can win this. He can travel to each state, twice in 24 hours and it still wont matter. I know these words will be extremly hard to say Republicans but let me help you out:

    On the count of three we are going to say it together 1.........2................3 President Barack Obama. Now don't you feel better already.

    November 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    We have tapes kept out of site, we have bias reporting and we can in part thank Barack Obama for some of this. If he is elected will we ever know the truth..

    You mean truths like the 1964 car crash that McCain is trying to cover up?

    You mean truths like the medical records of one Sarah Palin that are nowhere to be found?

    You mean truths like the $88,000 discrepency in income reported to the IRS vs. the campaign disclosures for the Palins?

    November 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Johnny

    The way I see it, the only reason anyone would vote for McCain is they are ignorant or a racist and a coward. If you believe the lies by the GOP then you are a fool. If you are using one of the lies to vote for McCain then you are a racist coward. I am a life long republican but I am voting for BO because it is the only smart choice. The abortion issue is a sticking point but religion has no place in government and should not be part of the election. The constitution should be protected. In my opinion Lying is a sin and the GOP has lied to all of us and they know it. So they do not honor God or you by there lies and if you are swayed by there lies or just hiding behind the lies to hind your racism then I feel sad for you. That is not what Jesus would do.

    November 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |

    To McCLOWN:

    You can PUSH all you want, but it's already OVER.

    November 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. C A


    Go ahead. Attack Michele Obama. It bothered Obama to a degree that Michele Obama has been attacked personally, especially some of the lowest of the low attacks by Hannity, Limbaugh and Fox Noise. But go ahead, attack her. My bet is she could eat you up and spit you out if she wanted to.

    November 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. BeauMan

    Let's see the Obama tapes that seem to be getting pushed aside (hidden). Let's see what a little honesty from the liberal media will do to this campaign.

    November 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Liz in Ohio

    I have voted early in Ohio and placed my trust in Sen. Obama.
    John McCain could only bash Sen. Obama. No surprise there, if you read the McCain plan and then read Obama's there is no question that any intelligent person would vote for Obama.
    I challenge EVERYONE to read the two plans and then with a clear and unbiased mind (I know many of you don't have one) make an informed decision.
    Believe me, if McCain had ANY kind of plan at all that would make sense, I would have considered voting for him. He chose instead to run the most dishonorable campaign I have seen in my 46 years of voting because he DOES NOT have a plan that works.
    Vote for the SMART guy!

    November 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Ben in San Diego

    Liar! Its only a new path to victory because they realized they were losing these states that should already be won... that's like Obama suddenly losing California and then say... hey! I've got a new path to victory by winning in California...

    McCain is losing in a lot of states he should be winning... he's got dozens of new paths to victory! Yahhhoooo!!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. proud army and navy mom

    TO Karen:

    Just give the Obama/Biden team a chance.

    It'll be allright. We survived(barely) thru the Bush years, all except for our 41,000+ US troops who died over their lies and the untold number of innocent Iraqi people). Hope is on the way. Open your mind to a new and better government.

    November 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Do not take this for granted, please go out and cast your vote. This is your time now. He is a candidate for all people which includes you all. We need you.

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. NV for Obama/Biden

    I can't wait until Nov. 5th so I no longer have to be subjected to the immature, unintelligant rhetoric of Rick Davis or Tucker Bounds but most of all I can't wait until I no longer have to be subjected to the unintelligant, moronic, hate-spewing, power-hungry, lying "speeches" by Sarah Palin!

    Go VOTE !!!!!

    I voted Friday and it is on my list of the top 10 most proudest moments in my life to vote for Obama/Biden!!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Peter (CA)

    Really? You voted for Bush didn't you?
    Obama has a plan to fix the economy. It entails not cutting taxes while spending billions on two wars. Better than borrowing money from China, don't you think?

    This administration has taken our economy to brink of disaster. Why would you reward the people who made the mess?

    November 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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