January 21st, 2008
10:04 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: John McCain makes appearance

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MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Well, it's obvious who the Democrats think will win the Republican nomination: They're all talking about who will run strongest against John McCain.

This is new - and it's likely the result of his South Carolina win on Saturday. Now each are laying out their plan on who can beat a Republican candidate who has repeatedly shown he appeals to independents.

Clinton is holding strong on her mantra that she's a fighter who has withstood the "Republican attack machine." Obama and Edwards, on the other hand, are stressing their broad appeal to voters not usually inclined to vote for a Democrat.

And Obama is injecting Iraq in the debate - his strongest issue - saying he can draw a powerful contrast with McCain on Iraq. On the other hand, John McCain is likely to win any debate on national security - it's his strongest issue, and he speaks on it with a degree of authority that virtually no other politician has.

Related: Watch Edwards discuss his strategy against McCain

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. George Ebong

    I won't write off McCain. If he could come back from a political relegation to where he is now.

    January 22, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  2. NoLonforehead

    People are starting to realize they can't stomach the Clintons, and Obama, for all his smooth talk and rhetoric, is not ready for this office. Did you watch the debate? They just keep denying their past, giving lame excuses, and slinging mud back at the other. Sadly, Edwards is starting to look better. Can you actually imagine either one of them as president?? McCain is at least honest, and understands the brutal reality of war, so quit portraying him as a "war monger". Joe Biden was the only other worthy candidate, so vote for McCain now. We can't let those current Dem bozos into the White House!!

    January 22, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  3. Lori

    What a spin. Romney is leading in Florida. Real Republicans don't want McCain, that isn't who Republicans are voting for.

    January 22, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  4. ne,pa

    I'll never vote for warmonger McAmnesty.
    I don't think this man is mentally sound...POW aftermath.
    He's so angry and trigger happy.
    And what's with always trotting his mommy out?

    January 22, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. BJ, Independent

    How can there be any doubt that McCain will win the Repub nom?

    Look at the clowns running against him –
    silver-spoon-in-his-mouth Romney who can't see past his checkbook;

    Huckabee who hides behind his "religion" and brings his kid up to be an
    animal torturer/killer;

    slick Guiliani who will expect the taxpayers to support his next mistress, too.

    January 22, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Awaiting Moderation, USA

    John McCain WILL NOT be the Republican nominee. Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Mitt will win in Florida and boost himself as the front runner going into Super Tuesday.

    January 22, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. David....Nevada

    McCain should be shopping "Shady Pines" or some other adult retirement community. His ideas are old. He's anchored to ted kennedy and the dems on Amnesty. Has absoultely no economic understanding of jobs plain and simple.
    Dont care for his bomb Iran looney tune either. He looks old, acts defiant to his base and has more skeletons from his checkerd past than all other candidates combined. No Thanks.. Not someone this viet vet will support although i do respect his military service. Other than that...Where's the beef.

    January 22, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Jonathan

    It's interesting Angela that you consider a blog a credible source of information. Credulity?

    January 22, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. MIKE, NC

    I am voting for MITT ROMNEY!!!!!

    Mitt has not been in Washington for years like John McLaim, Clinton and Obama.

    Mitt has held executive positions as a Govenor and in private business, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim have only worked in Washington they do not have a clue about private business or the American economy.

    Mitt is a conservative that’s why the media hates him; John McLaim is a liberal just look who he associates with Kennedy, Feingold, the gang of 14, ect. and that’s why the media loves John McLaim.

    Mitt is against amnesty for illegal aliens; Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are for amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Mitt is for tax cuts, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are against tax cuts and want to raise our taxes.

    Mitt is for conservative judges, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are for liberal judges.

    Mitt wants to free Americans and American business from the federal government Obama, Clinton and John McLaim want big government and are responsible for big government we have.

    Mitt will fight to protect this country and build a strong military; Obama, Clinton and John McLaim stood by when al-Qaeda attacked our interests in the 1990 and the 1980s.

    Mitt Romney is the right change for America

    Vote for Mitt!!!

    Mitt Romney is now leading in Florida polls

    January 22, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. independentlyminded

    McCain has more experience in his little finger than Hillary, Obama and Edwards combined. He will be the next US President. Get use to it..

    January 22, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    Even though the war may look better for us, you can not get around the fact that it is costing us dearly. I do not think 100 more years of a trillion-dollar-a-year-war is going to put us in the black, financially, in this country. You can not separate the war from the economy. Bush's tax cuts and then funding the war through massive deficit spending can not be sustained. McCain may think that he can continue the war by cutting spending across the board on everything else including Social Security and Medicare but that won't work either. McCain keeps talking about victory in Iraq. What victory? Over what? They do not want us there and the only reason that the terrorists are there is because we are. And, forget about Iran, we can't afford war with that country either. Do you think the Chinese, who hold a lot of our debts, are going to allow that?

    No matter what it is the economy but it is also the war. We need to get out of Iraq and direct some of those resources in going after the terrorists where they are and fight it like they fight; guerrilla style. It is time to stop being the world's army and start asking our allies to start picking up some of the responsibility in this area. We can no longer afford it! I suppose that once we are broke that our allies will have to because it will be the only way that they will be able to fend off the terrorists from attacking them.

    Also, progressive independents out there, if McCain is elected he will be under a lot of polictical payback pressure to nominate a 'strict constructionist' for the supreme court when a vacancy comes up on the supreme court. There is a real possibility that this will arise under the next adminstration. He has done a lot of pandering and groveling before the christian right in order to win their support they will want payback. Think.

    January 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. David...Nevada

    As a viet nam vet too, I'll give McCain due respect. At least he has never attacked our military with contrived atrocities like Kerry did.. That being said, he and Kennedy must enjoy wearing the same suit, because not much distinguishes them apart. John McAmnesty. Calderon and the mexican congress love this man cause he implies everything that they wanna hear. Can you imagine the governor of sonora mexico not accepting his own people coming home because he just might have to create some jobs for once. If McAmnesty and his cronny Calderon can't create jobs in sonora for illegals, what makes anyone think he could do that here for his own constituents. Would you wanna stay in Iraq for 20 plus years?

    Mitt for responsible economics and immigration

    January 22, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Mario Diana

    Democrats,you wish its McCain.Read my lips.Its ROMNEY. You lose again.

    January 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    McCain is an idea man....yet he lets the ideas he has get watered down so they are virtually unusable...and calls it a "win" – the only way he will win is if the Dems are dumb enough to run Clinton....(polarize 70% of the country)

    January 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Patricia Long

    I think John Edwards should be given a second look. He really got back in the debate after the "squabbling". The other two should just sit down and let John Edwards lead. Thank you.

    January 22, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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