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."

Filed under: John McCain • South Carolina
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. David, Oregon City

    To clarify what happen in South Carolina tonight, Fred Thompson split the ticket, as Ross Perot split the ticket on H Bush in South Carolina. Huckabee supporters must start today answering the established media’s attack on Mike Huckabee and expose the records of McCain, Romney, and Thompson.

    Go Huckabee!

    January 19, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. RAMBO McCain

    McCain is happy he thinks he is one step closer to launching another WAR

    Economy Romney will will in Florida because we need jobs, not wars.
    Economy Romney says JOBS JOBS JOBS

    Huckabee and McCain having a secret deal, and thats a dishonest game to be playing by the truth bus.

    Rambo McCain is all about WAR, WAR, WAR

    January 19, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. CJM

    John McCain is a Great man and has served his country like no other. He has loads of experience, and God knows he has gained wisdom the hard way. He is respected by his peers from both sides of the isle and certainly is respected globally by our Allies and our enemies. While I have not decided on whom I will vote for in the General Election. I do salute Senator McCain and congratulate him on his South Carolina victory!

    January 19, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. Rico

    Conservatives need to wake up and realize that McCain is their only hope.
    He’s the only one who has a chance vs. Hillary or the O’bama change(hope) train.
    A bible beater, shape shifting panderman, or sleazy / sketchy New Yorker won’t cut it….oh, forgot to leave a pathetic footnote for the senile congressman from TX.

    Check out the how the Rep. Dem. matchups shake out on real clear politics.

    January 19, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. Glenn, Cary, NC

    In the current media context, McCain gets a "huge win" and it might matter for a few days. It is interesting to note, however, that in the 2000 South Carolina primary, McCain won 42% of the vote with over 237,000 votes. Tonight he only got 33% with a little over 137,000 (as of 10:30 pm with 93% returns). With two thirds of Republican voters NOT voting for McCain, it might not be such a great victory after all.

    January 19, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. Rita McDonald

    I suppose he is going to be truthful with us when he tells us again, if he wins the Presidency , he will continue to fight to give amnesty to illegals! I have no faith about him secufing the border either, he has not done much of that in the Senate, why should we believe him when he says he will secure our borders now, nope, my vote will be for Mitt Romney.

    January 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Steve

    Romney's victory today looks like nothing compared to McCain breaking through in South Carolina. People who point to delegates at this point are arguing over drops in the bathtub. McCain pierced the barrier, he is already tied or ahead in Florida, factor in the inevitable bounce, some big endorsements coming his way, and his prospects look good. Only one guy got the gold tonight, and it wasn't Romney. For anyone who doubts this, please read the press coverage tomorrow, where 95% of the ink will be South Carolina, Nevada a footnote.

    January 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Doug, Denver, Colorado

    John McCain is now clearly unstoppable, as he should be. He the only candidate who can be and effective Commander in Chief, and he is the only Republican who can win.

    January 19, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. John

    Congratulations Senator McCain! Now on to Florida and the nomination!

    January 19, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. BRG

    Interesting that CNN lets McCain enjoy a ticker title celebrating his win for several hours but instantly turned Hillary's victory into negatives. So sick of CNN's twisted coverage. Even FOX has been more neutral today.

    January 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. Conservative4Life, USA

    Sorry John, the Straight Talk Express derailed a long time ago.

    January 19, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Jeremiah Grant, Phoenix, AZ

    WAKE UP REPUBLICANS! – McAmnesty IS NO CONSERVATIVE. Just look at the exit polls. He can't win conservative voters. How on earth is that supposed to excite the base in November?

    I find it laughable that John says "I know how to fix borders. I'm from a border state." Huh? If you know how to fix them, why haven't you done anything about them? More illegals cross into the US in AZ than any other state in the nation.

    He flipped his finger to the 1st Amendment with that garbage McCain-Feingold legislation he wrote with the Left

    He co-authored the biggest amnesty bill ever with that drunk from the left.....but now wants to flip-flop on that and play word games.

    He voted against the federal ban on gay marriage.

    He voted against the Bush tax cuts twice...but now wants to flip-flop on that issue as well.

    He cost the GOP control of the Senate with that despicable Gang of 14 crap. He wants to tell you how he'll put conservative judges in place and yet he was the ring leader of the very undoing of Bush's attempts to put conservative judges in place.

    Again I say, McAmnesty is no true conservative. The GOP can't trust him.

    What kind of sham is this on the part of McAmnesty? He wants to extend voting hours in a county he's projected to do very well in. Once again, McAmnesty takes a page out of the Democrat play book.

    January 19, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  13. Tim Coville

    I see John McCain as the most honest, responsible and prepared candidate for our great nation's presidency. It is great to see South Carolina's support for his candidacy.

    January 19, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  14. Jane

    8 Years is a lot at your age Senator McCain. You are too old to be running for president.

    January 19, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. whatsitToyou

    Congrats to McCain! Two wins is quite enough, please no more!

    January 20, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Jose Card - Independent

    Congratulations to the man of honor and conviction!

    Will you consider McCain/Romney?
    I think Huckabee will hurt your chance.

    January 20, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  17. robert, pasadena, ca

    You want the truth McCain? You're nothing but a creature of Washington that has been slowly corrupted by your many years in the senate. You bring nothing new to the table. You can't because you sold your soul along time ago. Real heroes don't turn into lap dogs after getting beat like you did in 2000. Every decision you made since has been made without the interests of the American people in mind. Indeed many of them seem as though they were done in spite. Not to mention that your best friends in Washington are all democrats. How do you figure that? You can never be trusted with that kind of behavior.

    January 20, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  18. Renaldo

    Well, let's guess, who is nuttier than the fruit cake, after all ?

    January 20, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. Tom

    John McCain: The lesser of 4 loonies.

    January 20, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  20. Barton Harrison

    Congrats. Senator Just goes to show you, if you keep trying you will winn one. At least you don't lie like a rug like Bush. Wile I seldom agree with you are Much better than most.

    January 20, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  21. Annie

    I understand that a lot of Independents voted for McCain. This is one Democrat that will vote for him if Hillary wins.

    January 20, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  22. Robert

    Thank goodness. I lean strongly democratic, but I want a palatable option if Hillary wins my party's nomination. I really respect McCain, something I can't really say about either Clinton.

    It is interesting how in 2000, it was McCain's challenger (Bush) who pulled out all the divisive dirty tricks. This year though, I think the Clintons and their surrogates are trying to prove that Democrats can play disgustingly dirty too.

    January 20, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  23. swede

    No Way. Just another Bush.

    January 20, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  24. Andrew

    Sad day for S Carolina.

    January 20, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  25. Bo

    Yes, I hear everyone screaming, "change, change" yet they vote for McCain?
    McCain is part of what's broken in DC. Romney is the only option if we want to get back on track.

    January 20, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
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