July 11th, 2007
09:05 AM ET
9 years ago

McCain to supporters: 'Now is the time to stand up'

McCain urged his supporters to stand with him Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, urged supporters of his presidential bid to stand with him Tuesday nigt, hours after several key members of his presidential campaign resigned their posts.

"Challenges are nothing new to me. Whether political challenges, physical challenges or even personal challenges - how you stand up, face them and move forward defines your character and your strength," McCain wrote in an e-mail to supporters Tuesday night, following the most tumultuous day yet in his presidential campaign.

"Now is not the time to be timid or to shy away from our challenges - now is the time to stand up and say what we believe," he added. “I'm fighting to make our nation stronger, our government more effective and our world a safer place - and I hope you will continue to join me in this important journey.”

Earlier Tuesday, Campaign Manager Terry Nelson and Chief Strategist John Weaver announced their resignation from McCain’s presidential campaign. Deputy Campaign Manager Reed Galen and Political Director Rob Jesmer are also leaving the campaign, a source tells CNN.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Greg

    I have a feeling the bye bye announcement is real soon. His campaign is doing worse then I thought I guess

    July 10, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Greg

    will he even make it to thanksgiving or christmas or new years?. and could this hurt his relection senate seat in Airzonia also I wonder?

    July 10, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Blake Wood, Cedar Falls, Iowa

    Sorry, there won't be a "bye-bye announcement". John McCain's campaign is currently undergoing grave challenges, similar to those faced by past presidential candidates–Ronald Reagan, Al Gore, and John Kerry in particular. Primary and caucus campaigns are marathons, filled with triumphs and adversities that make candidates stronger for the general election. While it is true that McCain's current situation looks grim, it's a long way until January 2008. Don't be surprised if McCain wins Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. His experience, knowledge, courage, and ability to overcome personal and political adversities make him the best candidate in the whole field (Democrats included).

    July 11, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  4. geejagge99@yahoo.com

    I would like to thank John for bringing out the Iraqi civil war to the american people, by going there repeatedly and suggesting things were wonderful. You and Joe Lieberman are helping people realize what a mess Iraq really is. Again thank you and just remember no one was gonna vote for you anyway, no loss no gain.

    Will Estes
    Woodstock, CT

    July 11, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  5. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Have you noticed that Guiliani has had a real big smile on his face since this McCain incident? Without saying so, Guiliani is the Repub front runner, and he knows he will be the Repub nominee in 08.

    July 11, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  6. Wes, Jonesboro, Arkansas

    Dont Quit
    Quitting is why the U.S. has the problems we do. Don't take the way way out. Stand for what you believe. Support or troops, stop illegal imigration. America was not made by the actions of quitters, but by people who beleived in certain things and stood by them.

    July 11, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Jo, Atlanta GA

    Let me see McCain...... NO. You are old news. I think you should move your office to IRAQ see you love it so much there. Then I will stand..ehhh still won't stan for you.

    July 11, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Mike, HI

    "America was not made by the actions of quitters, but by people who beleived in certain things and stood by them."

    And they believed in fighting back against a government that wouldn't listen to the voice of the people.

    Sorry, just had to point that out.

    July 11, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Rick

    Why should people stand up for McCain when he is the one falling down?

    July 13, 2007 03:26 am at 3:26 am |