January 30th, 2008
08:43 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: McCain in denial

A highly debatable point - McCain and many Republicans believe the GOP Congress was thrown out in 2006 because of spending.

But every piece of evidence I’ve ever seen has said it was Iraq – an issue he’s more tied to than just about any other candidate in the race. Spending was only an issue to a few conservative Republicans – and they were more angry about indictments, and Mark Foley and Jack Abramoff than they were about dollars and cents.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Mike

    It was both: spending *on* Iraq.

    January 30, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. Adam

    Let Ron Paul speak! CNN is single-handedly manipulating this election!

    January 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Dave

    GIVE SOME OTHER CNADIDATE SOME TIME, TEll your Man Cooper to make this even...

    Give fair time, not everyone loves McCain and Romney.

    January 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Matt

    Thank you for posting this. I commented about this in your last post, but obviously it needed its own comment section.

    January 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Brandon, San Antonio

    Sounds like senile!

    January 30, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. Nathan Ferris

    ask ron paul some questions, your leavin him out like hes nothing....

    January 30, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Scott

    I agree. I like McCain but what a clueless thing to say. 2006 was a mandate to bring the troops home.

    January 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. corey

    What happened to Ron getting to respond to the liberal/conservative debate in 2 minutes/ 2 questions. Never happened. Face the facts. If he was given an opportunity to speak he would out shine the rest of the panel. You will not get a good view of Paul's ideas unless you research it for yourself. Don't let manipulation push you in a direction to vote for someone who isn't the best candidate. Research. Learn about the Federal Reserve… look at what our foreign policy in the past has brought us to today…. or be a sheep and call Paul supporters conspiracy theorists.. that's a cop out for being to lazy to look up the facts for yourself.

    January 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Adam

    I think McCain is in denial on most things. He's been embedded in Washington style politics and runs on a war hero stance. We need a lot more than someone who thinks that they can continue a war.

    January 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Frog-o-licious

    Agreed – McCain is trying to avoid the issue

    January 30, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. James

    I think it was something called the IRAQ WAR idiot. These idiots except Paul are so out of touch with America. I wonder whom is gonna win in November can I see Hillary. I know I am voting independent because Neo-Cons are totaly stupid. I wonder how many Americans and Iraq's are going to die for You guys to feel like You fleeced the American tax payer enough.

    January 30, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. danielle

    mcCain never answers the question, because he can't because he's a closet democrat, but if he does he has to be corrected by Romney. what a doofus.

    January 30, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Mari

    2006 was about Iraq and all us ordinary citizens know it, someone key in McCain? Also, let Ron Paul speak.

    January 30, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Earl

    Can he remember that far back?

    January 30, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. C. Marie

    McCain is not looking strong in this debate. He is sounding kind of delusional. I agree spending on iraq, both lives and money are the reasons the republicans lost congress.

    January 30, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. dyna

    why the debate is focusing on Mccain & Romney only?

    January 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. MikeW

    Who cares Bill!

    The margins were sooooooooooo slim and in line with that thing that you in the media ignore all of the time; history.

    You can say it was spending, Iraq, bad luck, poor candidates. Lets talk margins of victory Bill!

    January 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. Juror13

    Can McCain think of a different answer to why he is qualified? I'm sick of him constantly saying that he led a squadron. Romney, Huckabee, and even Paul are doing a better job in this debate.

    January 30, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Kip

    My Tv is now off, Your time to speak the truth is here, You will get back what you put out and its not gonna be pretty

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. Mary

    The writing 'on the wall' seems to say Republican party is for McCain. This is so wrong he is just a democrat waring a Republican label. Romney just wants to be everything to everyone, just like Hilary. Huckabee looked good when he got a chance to speak.

    January 30, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Marti, San Diego CA

    Once again – spot on, Bill. McCain has been in a lot of denial this last week. Further proof the Straight Talk Express has completely broken down.

    If we lost in 2006 because of spending, why did the Libs believe they had a mandate to bring the troops home?

    January 31, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |