December 8th, 2007
06:58 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain's looks for New Hampshire comeback

Watch John King's report on John McCain's New Hampshire strategy.

(CNN)–John McCain is angling for a repeat of 2000, and another New Hampshire surprise. CNN's John King travels with McCain through the state, the Arizona senator hopes will turn him in to another 'Comeback Kid.'

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire • Race to '08
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Tracey, Minnesota

    It's over John, go home. Endorse Ron Paul and go home.

    December 8, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Franklin Atlanta

    McCain will be able to quit the race with dignity after New Hampshire. So all he has to do is go through the motions and he will go back to the Senate and be just fine, though he will work under a new Democratic President. But he will be valuable in helping form the exit from Iraq.

    December 8, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Independent in IA

    There will be no 'comeback'. This has-been loser just doesn't know his star has faded beyond redemption. The only logical thing for him to do is tuck his tail between his legs and limp home, hopefully to be a better senator than he has been with regard to his stance as a notable war-monger.

    December 8, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Kay Dubb

    I like McCain, but I don't think he is cut out for the nastiness of this Primary. Unless he is willing to go negative against Romney, right now, I don't see how he wins. WHy not run an ad showing clips of Romney's many positions on abortion over the past decade? (Or gays, or immigration, or Reagan, or guns, or campaign finance, etc.) He'd better start throwing elbows, or he is toast.

    December 8, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Tannim

    No comeback happenning. McCain's goose was cooked a long time ago and Dr. Paul stuck the fork in him at the last debate. McCain is just too addled to see it, even after going into debt $3M for his windmill tilting.

    December 8, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Josh Hostetler, Sarasota FL

    Yes. Give up. You gave into the establishment. Our true maverick is Ron Paul, and this time he will win.

    Ron Paul '08

    December 8, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Eric, Salt Lake City, Utah

    We need McCain's character, experience, and willingness to tackle long-term problems in the general election. Independents and other swing voters will not be fooled by Giuliani's autocratic nature or Romney's slick facade. For those interested in electability, look to the head-to-head polls and the Dem concerns with McCain. For those interested in the substance, look at what he's said seriously in town hall meetings and interviews. Don't be fooled by the distorted caricatures. He's better on diplomacy, human rights, the environment, and security than other GOPers. The rivals haven't actually made the same efforts at consensus in DC that McCain has.

    December 8, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Alex, Winter Springs Florida

    Only a Paulite can interpret McCain's utter crushing of Ron Paul as a Pauline victory. Don't count the senator out. Kerry was in a worse position in December of 03

    December 8, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. jerry,grand blanc,mi.

    McCain has the best experience on the republican side.

    December 9, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Steve, Merrick, NY

    I believe the McCain strategy is to let Huckabee win in Iowa. This will weaken Romney's stature in New Hampshire. Then during the short time between the Iowa caucuses and the NH primary, McCain will spend money on TV to highlight his strengths directly vs Romney's weaknesses. A win in New Hampshire strengthens his standing in South Carolina as the voters there will take another look at McCain. Leading up to South Carolina, McCain will spend money on advertisements drawing differences between himself and Huckabee (of which they are many). This is the true "McCain Strategy".

    December 12, 2007 08:38 am at 8:38 am |