November 20th, 2007
09:47 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain bets on national security in New Hampshire

Sen. McCain campaigned in Concord, New Hampshire last week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is betting heavily on the New Hampshire primary, hoping his muscular approach to national security will appeal to the state's Republican voters.

To win in the New Hampshire primary, McCain needs the support of the Independent voters who helped him win in 2000, many of whom are wary of his support of the Iraq war.

"Most Republicans support the war. Most Independents don't," CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider said. "Any gains McCain makes with Republicans on the war are likely to be negated by losses among Independents."

If he fails to strike that delicate balance the Arizona Republican may have to cash in his chips and go home in January.

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  1. Amir, Boston MA

    I've been door-to-door in NH for Ron Paul. No one says "National Security" when asked what issues they care about so this strategy will get McCain nowhere. Most Republicans I've met in New Hampshire do not support the war. The one's who say "win the war" can't even define "win" when we ask. I think the media supports the war with rhetoric and deceptive polls that "make up" support. You'd have to search really hard to find someone so xenophobic and brainwashed to actually want to continue this wanton death.

    November 20, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. JD Rugby ND

    If a candidate were truly running on a "national security" agenda, that candidate would be calling for the withdrawal of our military from Iraq and an end to Bush's war of terror. As it stands, McCain is just like Thompson, Clinton, Romney, Obama, and Giuliani.

    November 20, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Bill, Boston, MA

    McCain is going to make us secure? yeah right.

    November 20, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. freetobeme, Rochester, PA

    John, touting your years as a prisoner in Vietnam, disrupting our troops Thanksgiving dinner with your presence, and harping about your support for a war against a country we should have never attacked are not the ways in which you prove your leadership. We are through with fear. It is unbecoming in a free people. As much as I respect your sacrifice in Vietnam, that happened 30 years ago.

    What have you done lately to prove to me that you are committed to the Constitution and to the individual liberties that our Founding Fathers founded this nation upon?

    November 20, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Alan Rindge, New Hampshire

    Nothing against McCain, but I think he is past his prime. If you look at photos of former presidents (and our current one) when they took office and after they served a term or two, you can see what a toll the job has taken on them. McCain already looks like he's been on the job for two terms.

    November 20, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. J Houston, TX

    Alan Rindge,

    Ronald Reagan recieved the exact same commentary.

    November 20, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Nathan, Raleigh, NC

    McCain still suffers the mental strain of his POW years; that's obvious. Frequently, his hatred for his captors gets exposed through his militant foreign policy. He is a nice guy who was tortured and now wants revenge on any "enemy". He is a dangerous guym, and "Yes," he is too old to be President as well.

    November 20, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. David, Dallas Tx

    American death due to al Qaeda (9/11): 2,974

    American deaths due to Republicans (War in Iraq): 3,873 and counting

    Financial cost due to al Qaeda (9/11): $27.2 billion

    Financial costs due to Republicans (War in Iraq): $470 billion and counting

    And McCain wants to maintain the status quo?

    By what measure are we better off now than before? By any objective measure, we’ve done far worse to ourselves since 9/11 than all terrorist acts combined.

    Sorry McCain, but I can’t vote for that.

    But hey, if he does win, at least we can stop torturing our prisoners like Khmer Rouge.

    November 20, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    Here are my thoughts on his ability to keep us secure from a President Bush perspective:
    Trip to Iraq with McCain for Thanksgiving–cost $500,000. Malox for the gas pain Bush has he ponders how a military officer like McCain was dumb enough to leak he was going to Iraq for Thanksgiving 3 days early cost $1.75. Look on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as he farts and cuts of CNN–priceless!!

    November 20, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. giggles

    i could never trust a man who looks like a chipmunk with a weeks worth of kibbles packed in his cheeks.

    November 20, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    Gee I feel safer already–not. The Military Commanders are probably rolling on the floor at the O'Club on that one!

    November 21, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. Beth Palestine Texas

    This year I get vote for my first time.
    And I like on what John McCan is saying. I do support the war because I did have family over there.

    November 21, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  13. Jack, Fort Myers, Fl

    I have to respond. If you're a new voter and you want your family members in Iraq to return home ALIVE.. Well you sure better put your money on a candidate who: 1. Wants to really end this war. 2. Is not stupid enough to blurt out intelligence information at a press conference. Wake up folks. This guy is truly a hero and someone to be admired...but his brain cells are smoked!!!

    November 21, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. marie ~ va beach,va

    America needs a President who has Strong Foreign Policy Experience. Like it or not, Congress approved this War and stirred up a hornets nest in the Middle East (I’m not implying there was ever peace in the Middle East). It’s unrealistic to think America can just “withdrawal troops” from Iraq: Initiate diplomacy, and all the pieces will fall into place peacefully. We are a nation dependent on foreign oil! Iraq has premium grade oil. Handing Iraq over to Iran, Al-Qaeda or any other stronger force, could cripple the American Economy(excluding the wealthy- they’ll be fine). Once again, America is dependent on foreign oil! How much do you think we’ll be paying per gallon once we “withdrawal” from Iraq? Middle-class and below will suffer the most (typical).

    November 21, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |