January 19th, 2008
10:25 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain celebrates South Carolina win

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. John McCain savored his win in South Carolina's Republican primary Saturday night, thanking voters "for bringing us across the finish line first in the first in the South primary."

"It took us a while, but what's eight years among friends?" the Arizona senator said, referring to the drubbing he took from George W. Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary.

"In the course of this campaign, I've tried as best I could to tell people the truth ... about the challenges facing our country and how I intend to address them," he said. "Before I can win your vote, I must earn your respect, and the only way I know how to do that is by being honest with you.

" ... So far, it seems to be working pretty well."

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  1. Saint Paul

    The elections are ridged. Dont believe the HYPE!!! Diebold machines are easily manipulated the big wiggs dont care about what the people want.

    Mccain oh please! We dont want him or anyone like him in the White House.

    January 20, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Sabrina

    Not a supporter of John McCain, but from Az. just want to congratulate him on his win. Nice job !

    January 20, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Scott

    It is amazing to read these comments and try do determine what is going on. Does any one here have any cognitive thought? There are two candidates in this election~clintonobamaedwardsmccainromneyhuckabeegiulianithompson or Dr Ron Paul.

    If the former wins over the latter, I believe this will push this bankrupt (financial, moral, cognitive thinking), country over the edge. The sovereignty of this once great republic is now eroding at a geometric progression and the clintonobamaedwardsmccainromneyhuckabeegiulianithompson presidency will facilitate this downward spiral.

    This country is in sorry shape!!!

    January 20, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Stan Harhut, Anchorage, Alaska

    Obama surfaces in Federal corruption case...www.chicagosuntimes.com

    January 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. MLD

    I'm surprised that there are republicans who think McCain's saying we should stay in Iraq for years/generations is somehow hawkish crazy. We are still in Germany and Japan (WW II ended in what? 1945?) and we are still in South Korea. Generations, if we weren't still in Europe they'd all have been part of the USSR. I am for withdrawing troops as much as the next person as I think Iraq is a waste of time and resources, but if you were ever really for the war you should have expected a real commitment would require generations and not just two or three fast years and we're out free and clear and problem solved. I disagreed with the surge, but it appears to be helping. There is no candidate on either side that can match McCain in regard to their military record.

    January 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. WHAT?

    I thought that illegal immigration was a hot button issue in South Carolina? Apparently not since they gave McCain the big thumbs up! Okay South Carolina, take a number at the unemployment office; you're going to need it...permanently!

    Unbelievable. McCain is a braggart when it comes to his military experience, and then he turns around and hands our nation to 20 million illegals!

    Wake Up America. He may have served his country a long time ago, but this grandpa is a traitor!

    January 20, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. MLD

    I don't understand why anyone is shocked and think it is insanely hawkish that McCain says we should spend generations in Iraq. We're still in Japan and Germany and WWII ended over 60 years ago. If we had left what would have happened in Europe with the Soviet Union on their doorstep? Now, I personally would just as soon cut our losses and get out of Iraq, but we should have known when we went in that a few years would not be enough to secure anything meaningful and when we leave we have to accept that likely it won't be pro-Democratic forces in Iraq 20 or 30 years from now. Iran, Syria may have a great influence there and then we're back to square one.

    The vast majority of Americans seemed to be for the invasion of Iraq, certainly the vast majority of Republicans. Yet we never had a single thought it might be a commitment of more than a year or two? I wasn't for the surge, but I admit it seems to have helped and certainly a show of commitment of past generations such as we had in Europe and Japan after WWII (or even in South Korea).

    January 20, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Jessica

    Dear Mr. McCain,

    Need to bring following urgent matter to your attention:

    New clue in Madeleine case
    The family of missing British child Madeleine McCann released two sketches today of a man who may be linked to her disappearance last May from a holiday resort in Portugal.

    Could you please free up Gen. Petraeus , since his services are urgently needed to invade Portugal and apprehend the culprit behind the kidnapping. US can afford another 2% of its GDP for this effort as per Mr. Lindsey.

    January 20, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Hillphil

    I am a lifelong Republican and I will not vote Republican if McCain gets the nomination. This country is almost gone anyway.

    Send Illegals to South Carolina and New Hampshire

    January 20, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. David....Nevada

    McCain can gloat over so. carolina if he wants. He got his butt kicked here in Nevada.. No independents to save this man from here on out. Real conservative gop'rs won't vote for him.. he is a phony conservative.. a wanna-be in name only. I think he better clear his next move with kennedy first.. as usual

    January 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Marti, San Diego CA

    Conservatives haven't voted for McAmnesty in a single state yet.

    This garbage that McAmnesty is the only won who can win in Nov is utter rubbish. He can't excite, much less unify and rally, his own party. They don't trust him…and for good reason. On too many occasions McAmnesty has snubbed his nose at Republican values and Republicans themselves. Why? Because he doesn't truly believe in Republican values. He likes being the "maverick". No thanks. I'd like somebody I can count on.

    January 20, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Who's the daddy?

    "Concerned January 20, 2008 1:01 pm ET

    I won't vote at all if OBAMA is not running for PRESIDENT!

    OBAMA 2008 *="

    Typical Obama supporter – spit out the dummy if they don't get their own way.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Wilmer Tinley

    With the dominant presence of Bill Clinton in the Hillary campaign, it becomes apparant that the country well could be faced with a dual presidentcy. Does this in any way challange the law established by the XXII amendment to the Constitution? Probably not but it certainly challanges the intent of XXII.

    In one year we will end a presidency of cronies. Unfortunately, I see the possibility of a new presidency of cronies.

    Ask Senator Clinton if she can truly be impartial when considering the guidance
    of her cabinet and advisors vs. a differing opinion which may be held by Bill. She can quietly remove her decinding advisors and cabinet members
    but not her husband.

    January 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. bla bla bla

    The question of the day should be if Martin Luther King Jr., was running today for a president would you vote for him?

    Most black women wolud say that they would vote for Hillary, this show us how much funny are the black people specificaly the black women.

    January 21, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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