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. Deb in Colo

    Not sure why he's coming to Colorado. I voted 10 days ago, as did, 30% of the state. He should worry about Arizona...

    November 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. arc, Lugano CH

    liz for hillary clinton November 3rd, 2008 12:50 pm ET
    i cannot wait for MCCAIN to win tomorrow…hillary 2012
    Spot on with your "Sex and The City" feelings of empowerment!

    Hypothetically, you could enjoy 4 years of a President who doesn't believe you should be paid the same as a man while doing the same job, and a vice president who wants to decide what is done with your body if one rapes you.

    Do you have a backwards 'B' carved in your face or did White Daddy not pay enough attention to you?

    November 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. soundbyte

    "Karen, Arkansas", my previous comment is not directed to you. The other Karen's post somehow disappeared.

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. WOW - Irving, TX and Women for Obama

    McCain, I am praying for you and that God will give you rest after this long run for the WH. Obama is going to be our Next President, so take some time away and get some rest. You have been going for a long time and at your age that can't be easy.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. JJW

    I hope all you bloggers who are Obama supporters have EARLY VOTED? No point in sitting here saying how great he is if you don't VOTE! It's way more important to VOTE than to BLOG.

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Dixie AZ

    Both McCain AND Palins crowds are getting smaller smaller. If you watch live you can tell. The old boy is starting to lose his voice and Cindy's smile is frozen on her face. CNN, show us the crowds.

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. weneedstrongleadership

    The thing is Obama only campared McCain to Busch, Obama never did attack anyone other then McCain's relationship to Busch. So to attack Michelle just shows how low republicans can stoop.

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. mhamil15

    No one can answer for me how sitting on a ship in a plane shows the American people that you have been tested and ready to lead? I know many people who have served our country and believe you me they are not as bit qualified to be POTUS as is John McCain. I am so sick of his agruement that he has been tested. So when Barack Obama took his law exam did that test him? Give it up. Yes McCain should go West to Arizona and call it a day.

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Jo-Ann..New York



    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Rai

    Tomorrow, Sen. Obama and all his pundits and media will loose, and their face will be deep in the mud. This is a wakeup call for all well meaning Americans to stand against all those that want to take over/hijack this great nation.

    Barack Obama has a very negative agenda against this country.

    If you vot Obama, you get what you ask for. There is no turning back, and you should never complain one bit.


    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Vandelay Industries' CEO

    This was McCain's election to win. He messed it up by running a sloppy campaign. It started with his choice of running mate and has gone down-hill from there. He keeps flip-flopping on issues – the fiasco about suspending his campaign, his economic bailout of banks, etc. To those who are complaining about resigning themselves to living 4 years under Obama, get used to it. You are the people who voted Bush into office twice and all of America had to live with it. The next President has to clean up the mess that you brought upon us, not once but twice. The Bush supporters are also the same people who are now backing Manicc McCain. Haven't you learnt anything from your past mistakes ??

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Becky, Midwest

    Go McCain. We don't need Obama 'spreading the wealth' around to people who refuse to work for what they want. Good grief!

    I can't stand Obama's arrogance, and I thought Bush's ego was bad! Ha! And as far as the wives go, yes they ARE fair game, because they influence your judgement, or lack thereof. Hillary Clinton was fair game, so your mean spirited, American hating wife is!

    Wake up people before it's too late. Michelle Obama as the First Lady? Please. She hates America. She already said so.

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Susan

    McCain headed out West ...... like in Arizona, maybe? Never thought he'd have to campaign there, I'll bet.

    And, BTW, the Personnel Board meets in Alaska today - makes "Game Day" more interesting, huh?

    November 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Leigh

    I saw on TV an African American woman jumping for joy saying she was so excited that Obama was going to be elected President, because then she wouldn't have to put gas in her car anymore and she wouldn't have to pay her mortgage anymore, because he was going to take care of that for her. Where in the world did she get this idea? I guess the Democrats and the media who have been pushing Obama and his message of change down our throats for the past several months told her this to get her vote. When the election is over and she finds out that all those changes were not true, and that she will indeed be responsible for her own bills, I bet she will be singing a different tune then. I truly hope people wise up and see he is not what he wants us to believe he is. The only true candidate is John McCain.

    November 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. scott l

    No matter what CNN isnt going to post this. this election season just shows how one sided on both sides America is. Unity comes from both sides and on Wednesday again the News will really do there job they think there suppose to do we will all now what britny is doing again as they forgot how to do there job throughout the years.

    November 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. That One won

    McCain is lucky and he has the advantage of looking like all the previous US presidents. Never under estimate this reality in America. Obama supporters should know that the forces against them cannot be seen on the polls.

    November 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Brian

    I hope the West pushes back–HARD!

    November 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Mike

    Dear Liz (and the rest of the PUMAs),

    I cannot honestly believe that you would vote for a ticket so totally opposite from the principles that Hillary stands for. It's time for you to step away fom your anger and disappointment, do the right thing, and vote for the change that this country so desperately needs.

    November 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. mccain your done

    1 more day..

    Until America finally gets it right. I can't stand another day of watching republicans telling the few idiots that are still cheering for them that their way is some kind of change.


    The country has been led down the wrong road by a guy that has no clue what he is doing. Now you want to do it again. Republicans guess what,


    You have made the US a JOKE.

    Nov. 4th can't come fast enough.

    November 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. US Voter

    By all the negative comments by Obama supporters, it appears that they don't want McCain to rally and explain or interpret Obama's big plan for Americans. They don't him to explain that Obama is a community organizer that lacks experience and will spread the wealth. Let the man speak the truth.

    November 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Hey Chris

    Obama, is a true man by protecting his spouse; Now quit being a sore whining loser before the election is even over and grow up and be a real adult.

    November 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Agnes Fleming

    Obama is America's greatest hope for a giant leap forward, while McCain is a guarantee for a slide further back into the doldrums of America limping along broken politically and financially. Six months ago I never thought I would say this, but today, it is the only thing to be said that America will take the leap to repair the dysfunction and set herself back on the path of reason and debate. I have always thought of America as a conservative place, but not the kind of conservatism that McCain/Palin espouses. I think the voter should put the country first and take that giant leap.

    November 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. No More Ole Boys Club Shenanigans

    John McCain says he has been "tested" ...

    He then goes on to say that he was a fighter pilot on an aircraft carrier during the Cuban Missile Crisis and this is his credential for being tested.

    Is he out of his mind? Just because he can spell "Cuban Missile Crisis" doesn't mean he developed, applied, or demonstrated ANY of the LEADERSHIP characteristics America NEEDS in it's President during a military, or foriegn policy CRISIS.

    This is like Palin claiming she's up on affairs in Moscow because she can see Russia from part of Alaska.

    I respect our soldiers, sea men, marines, airmen & coast guard members. However, I totally reject that military service gives anyone any credentials that makes them better suited to be president.

    McCain thinks we owe him the Presidency because he was a POW. We do not.

    November 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Heather from Minnesota

    Go McCain! Turn 'em RED!!!!!! YeeHaww!!!

    November 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Ken

    Karen - Welcome to the world of the rest of us. In 2000, I hated the fact that people like you allowed G. Bush to win that election. I too was frustrated that we were handing over a successful [D]-led economy to [R] policies, and specifically to a know-nothing ideologue with nothing but neo-con advisors. I could not believe that America put him in the white house. And sure enough, America suffered.

    But imagine my horror in 2004 when, despite the facts of economic and foreign policy failure during the previous 4 years, people like you decided to actually re-install that failure!!!!

    So indeed, you go off to your corner to ponder things. After subjecting your country and the rest of us to the abuse caused by the Bush administration, you can indeed be patient and resolve yourself to reasonable economic policies. But I'm sure you and yours are gearing up for the same kind of shrill, mindless condemnation that was spewed at the Clinton-Gore whitehouse as they led us to the best economy in 100 years.

    Yes, indeed: you witless [R] crybabies should just chill out, and let the adults take over now.

    November 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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