June 19th, 2007
04:09 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain slams accelerated primary schedule

McCain said he doesn't like the accelerated primary calendar.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful John McCain is no fan of the accelerated primary schedule, which now has as many as two dozen states voting on or before February 5, 2008.

The Arizona senator called the new calendar "bizarre" at a campaign stop in Florida on Tuesday. He said, "In principle, this process should be drawn out a lot longer so people have a better chance to examine the candidates."

"There is no way of coming back now if it's all the first week in February or even the last week in January," he added.

Florida became the latest state to move up its primary when Gov. Charlie Christ signed a bill in May that changed the date to Jan. 29, the same day as South Carolina's primary. Florida faces sanctions from both the Democratic and Republican parties for selecting convention delegates prior to February 5.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Ryan, New York, NY

    “In principle, this process should be drawn out a lot longer so people have a better chance to examine the candidates.”
    Is he kidding? Maybe he's just frustrated with how many more votes in the Senate he'll miss while campaigning for the next 1.5 years given his track record so far.

    Even with 10 running in each party, if voters can't figure out by February what each candidate in their party stands for and who they most relate to, they shouldn't bother to vote. This election cycle started so ridiculously early, mostly from everyone's desire to get past the George W. Bush years as quickly as possible, that we're still getting the same amount of time to examine candidates as we would have in the 80s and 90s when primaries were held as late as April or May. Even if they hadn't officially announced yet, we knew who half of the candidates were back in mid-2006.

    June 20, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    I live in PA, and I sure wish they'd move up our primary. We are one of the dead last states that gets to vote, and the elections are just about always already decided by the time we get to the polls, so its like there's no point in even voting.

    June 21, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |