October 26th, 2010
11:54 AM ET
8 years ago

McCain: A man in demand for the GOP

(CNN) - Seven days until the midterm elections and Sen. John McCain is not in his home state of Arizona.

While the four-term Republican senator is up for re-election next week, McCain's in West Virginia Tuesday, helping out businessman John Raese, the GOP's Senate nominee in the state, who's battling Gov. Joe Manchin for an open seat that's been in Democratic party hands for over half a century.

West Virginia is the tenth state the McCain's visited to team up with fellow Republicans on the campaign trail. He's joined GOP Senate nominees Carly Fiorina in California, Mark Kirk in Illinois, Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, and gubernatorial nominees Meg Whitman in California, Susana Martinez in New Mexico, and Charlie Baker in Massachusetts. McCain's also made stops for candidates in Virginia, Illinois, and Vermont.

Monday McCain did a conference call with reporters on behalf of Dino Rossi, the party's Senate nominee in Washington State, and he's recorded a robo-call for Sharron Angle, the Republican challenging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada.

And McCain's campaign says the senator has contributed around $1 million to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. McCain's also been very visible in his home state, helping out Arizona Republicans on the ballot this November.

"Senator McCain knows that Republicans have an incredible opportunity to get America back on track, and he's working hard to help seize it," McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers tells CNN.

One reason for McCain's extensive travel is that he faces a relatively easy re-election battle back home. After decisively winning an August primary over former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, in a contest that at one time was considered competitive, McCain's not felt much political heat. He's considered the overwhelming favorite in the general election against Democratic nominee Rodney Glassman, a businessman and former city councilman in Tucson.

Another factor for McCain's popularity as a surrogate on the campaign trail may be his apparent more conservative stance the past two years on crucial issues and his tough talk that he's directed towards the man who beat him in the 2008 election, President Barack Obama. McCain has also been a vocal critic of many congressional Democrats.

–CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2010 • John McCain
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. PalmReader

    Too, too comical for words: McCain, the man in demand? Sorry, CNN, just not buying whatever it is your trying to sell here.

    October 26, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. RickeyV

    Not for me, McCain is a Progressive. Just like Bush and Obama. Same stuff, only the flies are different.

    October 26, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    Just don't let John "crash" McCain anywhere near a functional aircraft and things will be OK. Have a nice day!

    October 26, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I thought Rush Limbaugh kicked John McCain out of the Tea-Republican Party. How'd the senator get back in? I didn't see Rush's memo on that.

    October 26, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Lynn

    McCain is supposed to be an Arizona U.S. Senator. However, he is never working for Arizona, he is working for himself. This is clear since he is campaigning everywhere but in Arizona. That is why, Rodney Glassman is the very clear choice for Arizona voters instead of McCain. McCain has been in Washigton for 3 decades and has done little for Arizona. Rodney Glassman cares about working to make JOBS and EDUCATION an ARIZONA priority. John McCain, it's time for you to leave!
    We are now saying, "Get rid of the ZERO (McCAin) and elect a HERO (Glassman)!! So McCain, go ahead and campaign everywhere else. We are sick of you in Arizona!

    October 26, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Digging up the bottom of the barrel, GOPers? I see that Rove is trying to distance himself from the TeaPers after having spent two years kissing up to them. Are they too toxic now for Rove's lliking, or is their usefullness at a end? McCain is backtracking from endorsing Palin for president. All in all, the GOPers are falling apart; no leadership, no message, and useless candidates. What else can one expect from a political group who couldn't shake off their personal jealousy of President Obama, and thus allowed their personal ticks to overcloud their own best judgments as they turned away from and all but ignored the millions of Americans who are most suffering as a resulf of their (GOP) failures durning the Bush years? Fact is, GOPers still don't get it.

    October 26, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Whatever

    It would be funny if he lost on Nov. 2nd because he just knows "he has won"!!!!

    October 26, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. beevee

    What? Is this old man still hoping to run in the presidential elelction in 2012 as a GOP nominee. I don't think he had any chance anymore. Best for him is to retire from politics and become an elderly statesman and keep his respect and dignity.

    October 26, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Sal

    I think his years as a prisoner in Viet Nam has made him senile in his old age and he should resign or retire! I believe he has lost his mind, for look at who he chose to be his running mate against Obama. The dumbest twit I've ever seen. And another freak is that christine Odonnell from Delaware!

    October 26, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Senator McCain knows that Republicans have an incredible opportunity to get America back on track
    Really? Is that how it's done then? You drive the car over the cliff, and then block all efforts to not only pull it out, but to get it fixed. Then as opposed to acting contrite and doing everything you can to help, you point the finger at others and expect to get the keys back. The GObP are nothing but conscienceless, spoiled teenagers. And like the old Shake and Bake commercial used to say: "And weee helped (make them that way)".
    In regards to John Mc Cain, compared to the nutjobs they have running for office, he's appearing quite sane and erudite in comparison. Which doesn't say much really.

    October 26, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Robert

    For two years, the Republican leadership saw the Tea Party as a useful attack dog against their enemies the Democrats. Mainstream Republican leaders (who are electorally smart and savvy) know that the Tea Party's extremist politics would hurt, not help their Party. They thought they could contain and control the direction of the Tea Party. However, this animal is not tamable. The Primaries Season in the lead up to the 2010 elections saw the Tea Party coming back to bite its owner, much like Radical Islam or the Nazi Party had bit those who tried to accommodate it and fed it.

    October 26, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Are they planning on wheeling him around in Dick Cheney's whelchair to make all of these stops? To say that he is getting 'long in the tooth' would be a gross understatement. Don't forget to pack your nitroglycerin Johnnie.

    October 26, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Ollie

    McCain ... over the hill. Time to be put out to pasture. After choosing Palin as his VP running mate he showed his true colors–extreme lack of leadership and decision-making ability. Retire, John.

    October 26, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    I guess it's true that most people in AZ move there to die and they could care less about the future of the US because I can't believe that anyone would vote for this maverick of a man. No, never mind he is not a maverick. Yes, he was in 2008 but now he isn't. Senility moving in step by step.
    Didn't mcnasty say that he knew where bin laden was hiding? I haven't seen his old mavericky self give up this information.

    All you have to say about mcnasty which doesn't include his bottlom of his class in Annapolis or his crashing five planes are four words . . . . . .

    $arah failing she devil!!!

    October 26, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Bessy

    I hope the voters in Arizona have enough brains not to put this fool back in office. Whatever he has promised them he will change his mind about as soon as he is elected anyway. Wakeup Arizona !

    October 26, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Of course they like McCain – he has proven time and again that his real allegance lies not with the average American, but with the wealthy corporate interests.

    This man is a disgrace – and a complete hoe.

    October 26, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Michael in Houston

    Exactly just what color is the sky in your world?? McCain in demand? Get real. Do you actually believe we are this profoundly stupid? This is a hugely unpopular man and this country is indifferent to McCain. I can think of a dozen reasons why that is not the least of which is his unleashing that freakshow Palin on a country he claims he loves so much.

    October 26, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. WTF

    This is the man who unleashed the moronic Sarah Palin on an unsuspecting population. There's no way I'd ever vote for him. He also proved he was utterly clueless when he said the fundamentals of our economy are sound and we were spiralling toward a Depression (Thank you, President Obama, from stopping the downward spin and helping the country get back on its economic feet after the Republicans tossed us in the toilet).

    October 26, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. PacificView

    It's funny, when he ran for president he pretended not to be a republican, rembmer that whole "maverick" sham. Now he is the conservative's conservative. Amazing transformation in just two years. What will he be tomorrow?

    October 26, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. KatR

    McCain shouldn't be so confident that he will keep his job. He may have won the primary in our state but here in the largest county in the state (Cochise) the winning percentage was a whole lot lower than the rest of Arizona.

    October 26, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. pc

    CNN are you insane? mccain is a senile old has been that can barely remember what he said last. he should be pastured out for bringing in the worst bigot in the world to run as his running mate. mccain still thinks he should be president. god help us if that had happened, palin would have already had him impeached [ due to senility] an that ignorant ranter trash of a woman would be running our country right now, an running it off a cliff! mccain needs to just go away!!

    October 26, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Mike - Las Vegas

    Bitter old loser McShame should just retire to one of his many, many houses and enjoy living off his wife's money and realize that he'll never, ever live up to his dead daddy's expectations.

    October 26, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. pw

    Grandpa munster mccain needs to retire. Why is cnn giving this senile fool coverage

    October 26, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |