December 19th, 2007
12:15 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain's South Carolina mail: Iraq, immigration and Hillary

McCain is out with a big direct mail blast in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign in South Carolina, long silent on the airwaves and in the mail, is stepping up their media efforts in the state as the holidays approach.

Two days after the campaign launched a statewide radio spot praising McCain's judgment on the war, his office here will send out a mail piece Wednesday advancing his three-pronged South Carolina message: that McCain is right on Iraq, that he wants to secure America's borders, and that he is the only Republican who can defeat Sen. Hillary Clinton in a general election.

[Read the mail piece here.]

The front of the brochure features a picture of McCain and former President Ronald Reagan, and it folds out to reveal the familiar image of McCain in his days as a Navy pilot.

"He was proven right" on the troop surge, the mailer reads, emphasizing a McCain talking point that he was the only Republican candidate to call for a shift in military strategy in Iraq.

The mail piece also takes on illegal immigration, McCain's political Achilles heel among GOP primary voters, explaining that the senator wants to "secure our borders first" and that he knows "illegal immigration is a national security issue."

The mail piece comes with a returnable form with a pledge reading: "Yes John ... I am willing to help you beat Hillary."

A campaign aide described the mailing as "substantial." The new mailer comes a day after his campaign circulated a brochure in New Hampshire blasting the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as someone "voters don’t trust" on immigration.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: John McCain • South Carolina
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Will, NYC

    Good to know that McCain understands that the real threat to America is not Terrorism, Osama bin Laden, Recession or collapsing infrastructure, but Hillary Clinton. sheesh.

    December 19, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Daniel, NY

    McCain is on FIRE - and it's showing in two new polls of NH released this morning. Rasmussen has McCain surging into a tie with Mitt Romney!

    December 19, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. GRACE

    WHY NOT JUST RE-ELECT BUSH. McCAIN IS
    MORE OF THE SAME.
    HE HAS NEVER WORKED IN THE PRIVATE
    SECTOR. HOW COULD HE POSSIBLY KNOW
    WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A REAL JOB.
    IF HE DID, HE WOULD KNOW HOW HARD WE
    HAVE TO WORK, TO FUND HIS PRE-EMPTIVE
    WAR AND THE FOREIGN AID AND MEDDLING
    THAT WE DO ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    December 19, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Get ready for the "McCain has a Black child attack," again.

    It would work, too, because look who the Bushbots aimed it at.

    December 19, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Although he was the only candidate on the GOP side to suggest a "change in strategy" in Iraq. Probably 150 million Americans and the entire Democratic party suggested it dumbo!!!
    Is that supposed to be a selling point? Why not say I'm the one Republican candidate who appears to be a morph between a Democratic conservative and George Bush.

    December 19, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Vicki Hampton Hanceville Alabama

    This just goes to show that people have under-estimated a man that has had the odds stacked against him his whole life and it hasn't worked so far why would they think that it would stop him now? McCain is the only man that can confidently take this nation forward. The other candidates can talk about it. but McCain can do it.

    December 19, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Rocky, Philadelphia, PA

    JOHN MCCAIN IS ABSOLUTELY THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO CAN, AND WILL, BEAT HILARIOUS HILLARY.

    I can't imagine Rudy-Tooty or Osama-Obama becoming President either. And Huckabee! Hahahahahaha-Huckabee, that's really funny. Another redneck.

    December 19, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    "Listen, pal. I spent 22 years in the Navy. My grandfather was in the Navy. We in the military service tend to move a lot. We have to live in all parts of the country, all parts of the world. I wish I could have had the luxury, like you, of growing up and living and spending my entire life in a nice place like the first district of Arizona, but I was doing other things. As a matter of fact, when I think about it now, the place I lived longest in my life was Hanoi."

    - John McCain

    Grace, this man accomplished more in his life PRIOR to becoming a politician than you'll ever dream to accomplish.

    You give 22 years of your life in service to your country then come back and talk to us about hard work and real jobs.

    December 19, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Sandy, KS

    Liar, Liar, Liar ....thats what McCain is as far as illegal immigration is concerned. But people have better memory then what this liar may think.

    December 19, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Jack, Boston

    Is this guy for real? Please McCain retire already. We don't need another fours years of psycho governing.

    December 19, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Grace,

    "HE HAS NEVER WORKED IN THE PRIVATE
    SECTOR. HOW COULD HE POSSIBLY KNOW
    WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A REAL JOB."

    Someone else also said the same of Sen. John Glenn.

    When was the last time you put your butt on the line for this Country?

    McCain's downfall will be his pathetic stand on illegal immigration (Banana Speech) and being the lapdog of Teddy "The Swimmer" Kennedy

    December 19, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. roger, conway sc

    McCain is all about McCain he puts on this act like he is honest Abe, and acts as though he was the only american to be a prisoner of war, & like is just an ordinary joe. I respect him for his miltary service & as a US Senator BUT I do not think he would make a good president he will be another GW and be surrounded by people like Senator Graham & Lieberman & some of the BUSH left overs... gosh I get nausa thinking about it....

    December 19, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Tom Soppe, Portland, OR

    I love the latest GOP/mass media logic:

    The surge is supposedly working, so no matter how horrible the war has been and how much it costs us, this should be every reason to once again act as if the pro-war crowd should be respected and followed.

    Those of us who opposed the war were still right all along. It's true that pseudo-moderate McCain would just give us 8 more years of his hero Bush.

    December 19, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Mike Cameron, Tulsa, OK

    Whatever boasting this senator does about his position on Iraq, he will not be nominated. His position on Immigration, Tax cuts, Stem Cell are totally against conservative philosophy. He is OLD and a Bush poodle.

    December 19, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Brad, Omaha NE

    Soooooo when did we vote Hillary as the Democratic Candidate?

    i must have missed it...

    December 19, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT

    Iraq, Immigration and Hillary!!!

    Yes, John hits the issues on the head.

    What are Hillary, Edwards and Obama talking about? Each other's bad activities toward each other.

    December 19, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Will R. Rice Beech Island, SC 29842

    Commonsensically speaking, one would not go into another person home and tell how to run their household. conversly we should not go into another country and dictate what kind of government they should have or that they should have free elections. Do we in America have free elections?

    December 19, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT

    Posted By Dan (Columbia, MD) : December 19, 2007 2:13 pm

    Thank you Dan, someone needed to make that point to the peanut gallery.

    December 19, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. Julie, Seattle, WA

    To the Aggressors expressing thoughts here:
    Obviously some of you neither listen nor read what McCain has to say and what he has done. Perhaps you need to get off the computer games and do your homework. The vicious nature of the comments made here indicates aggressive, fighting personalities. You won't be hearing that from Senator McCain, WHY are we hearing it from some of you? Now who exactly is itching for a war? Most of you people with such hateful aggression have most likely never experienced combat. Guys that have will tell you it isn't fun and it isn't pretty, but it is necessary at times. Maybe Bush pulled us into Iraq but many of your state reps approved of that action. John McCain is going to get us out. You think Romney can do that? No, you silly campers, he'll delegate, dismiss, blame, demand apologies and then move on for the next paddy-cake event. And you feel safe with that? Here you are attacking McCain and you have no clue as to the truth about other candidates. Shame on you. All of you really need to take a very hard look at what you are saying and about whom you are saying these things. John McCain is not going to walk us into war, he is going to get us out of one. As a reminder, I think most of you should be quite a bit more concerned about the largest city in the world just a bit south of our border. There is a drug problem in American, fueled, and I use that term precisely, most of it coming from the south to supply the problem. Perhaps some of you commentators may be a party to that, but there's your next war front. It won’t be much longer until the problem becomes obvious, even to inert brains. You better get a heads up pretty quick and stop this silly attacking of an obviously extraordinary gentleman Senator from Arizona.

    December 19, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I am sorry, McCain, you are little too late to beat Hillary. I think you need to enjoy the rest of your life rather than lead our Country, you lost to Bush in Primary, you need to beat your fellow Republican candidate first, then talk about how to beat Hillary.

    December 19, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. Independent in IA

    McCain couldn't beat his way out of a paper bag...even a wet one.

    Rudy uses 9/11 to 'prove' he is 'tested' and 'experienced' on the Republican side. McCain is using his POW status as 'proof' he is tested and 'experienced' on the Democratic side. More like, it's indicative they were both wrong in their assessments of the situation that got them into the positions from the get-go.

    McCain could give a rat's ass about securing the borders, just like Bush and Chertoff. His idea is to just make it easier for illegal immigrants to get waivers and on the path to citizenship.

    I'll gladly sign a pledge....to keep this clown from winning.

    December 20, 2007 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  22. Ajay Jain

    Thanks Senator John McCain for presuming that Hillary will be the ultimate Democratic Nominee.

    People, polls and pundits have unfairly exaggerated thyew importance of the IOWA caucuse results. Super Tuesday is all that matters. Why do all the pollsters behave as if 2008 cycle is like any other? It is NOT. Super Tueesday is different this time and organization and money will matter.

    Hillary has BOTH on her side and she is doing well nationally so GO HILLARY!

    December 20, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Ajay Jain

    McCain will be a much better GOP nominee for Hillary to beat. Because he is a war monger! Surge supporter!!

    Rudy has bitten the dust. Romney has gone blitz even before Iowa.

    McCain needs a PICK up REAL BAD! So he is addressing the Christians to look at him as well as Huckabee. McCain has many endorsements to tout about and Huckabee has few and far between.

    McCain may well prove to be the come-back-kid now that DIRTY TRICKS Dubya and Karl Rove is no more!!!!

    December 21, 2007 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  24. marie,hampton roads,VA.

    Senator McCain, keep up the pressure in South Carolina. We need your experience and leadership in the “Oval Office”. Vote McCain! http://www.johnmccain.com

    December 23, 2007 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  25. Infonomics

    Take note of McCain's countenance when he talks, if ever, about illegal immigration. His facial expressions and body language betray his real feelings. People rarely venture far from the roots of their human nature (or their special interest benefactors).

    January 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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