July 10th, 2007
11:12 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain's top political strategists resign

McCain's top two strategists resigned from his presidential bid Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's top political strategists Tuesday resigned from their posts with the Arizona Republican’s presidential campaign.

Campaign Manager Terry Nelson and Chief Strategist John Weaver announced their departures in a statement released by the campaign just as McCain took to the Senate floor to talk about the situation in Iraq.

Earlier: McCain lags in fundraising, cuts staff

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Larry Tierney Dunedin, FL

    Best move would be to back Michael Bloomberg.

    Go home John, you have served your country well.

    July 10, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Travis

    Starting to seem like an athlete who plays past their prime. Great career, great life, great service. Time to call it a day. Go out with class, not down in flames.

    July 10, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    Most definately the kiss of death to Mr. McCain's run for the Oval Office.

    July 10, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    We should have nominated and elected him in 2000. I sense that his energy and moivation have waned and I agree that his day has passed.

    July 10, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Matt Houston, Texas

    McCain needs to step down. I know as a Republican he is not used to listening to the common citizen..but with no money and a failing staff, its time to toss in the towel.

    July 10, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. TC Plainfield IL

    Bruce from Franklin, Tn,
    I think you're right: McCain should have been the nominee in 2000. Thanks to some brutal treatment by members of his own party, we all lost something in 2000.

    July 10, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Agreed, he should have been the nominee in 2000.

    I don't agree with him on immigration, but he is a stand up guy who has earned respect from many people, especially the troops.

    July 10, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Jay, Charlotte NC

    Look at all these sad Republicans crying and surprised that Republicans are goin broke while still crying "Bush is great!". Yall should save the crying for when your president-elect dont make it next year.

    July 10, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Isaiah, Phillipsburg New Jersey

    McCain just doesn't have the same charm he did in 2000. Somebody in his camp should be sugesting he hang it up.

    July 10, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Daniel Madison, GA

    It would be well received, understood and respected if he decides to bow out now. The only preceived maverick left to support is Ron Paul. Maybe some of McCains support will join Dr. Paul

    July 10, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    To Jay from Charlotte...

    How about some political discourse? There are way too many of you polarized sour grape types out there. McCain is the closest thing we have had to a meaningful and relevant non-partisan memeber of Congress in memory. we need more like him and less like you.

    July 10, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Bruce .. we HAD political discourse with him. THAT'S why his campaign is all but finished.

    I guess he shouldn't have supported the immigration bill or said that Iraq was "safe" (enough to walk through it in full body armor and a regiment from Apocalypse Now in tow) eh?

    It doesn't matter HOW non-partisan you are, if you support what the people DON'T, you get shown the door as a candidate for public office.

    And I'll take more Jays from Charlotte than McCains any day!

    July 10, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Anybody for the War
    Will be a Candidate No More
    We've had enough brimstone
    and fire.
    Another clone we will
    not hire.

    July 10, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |