February 2nd, 2008
06:11 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain: Super Tuesday may end the GOP race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/02/art.mccain0202.ap.jpg caption="McCain told reporters Super Tuesday might end the Republican race."](CNN) – Republican John McCain said Friday that Super Tuesday could mark the finish line of his party’s presidential race this year.

“Do I think the race will be over on Tuesday? Not often do I ask for divine intercession, but I have asked for that. Yes,” he told reporters on a campaign flight to Chicago. Republicans in 21 states will weigh in on Super Tuesday, February 5.

“From what we see in the polls, there is a very good chance it could be over on Tuesday,” said the Arizona senator, adding: “The sooner we get that done, the sooner I can go to work on uniting the party."

Despite his complicated history with the party’s base, he said, pragmatic Republicans will back him when faced with the Democratic alternative.

The senator also dismissed a Drudge Report story that he had met with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and weighed joining the Democratic Party. McCain told reporters Friday that he had met with Daschle at the Democrat’s request, but had just laughed and reaffirmed his GOP loyalties when asked about the prospect of switching parties.

–CNN’s Tasha Diakides

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  1. hd13

    Mr. Tatty Alan;

    I admire Mr McCain for his honorable record and for being a rebel within his own party; however, it is clear that the surge did not reduced the violence in Iraq. It is a deal struck with the insurgents where money from citizens like you and me pay Iraqis $10 a day to not shoot at our soldiers. In other words, you and I are paying our enemies to not attack us. Wake up America!

    February 5, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Bob Tico

    What's with the McCain hero business?

    Getting shot down and spending time in jail a hero does not make.

    Let's reserve that honorable title for the true heroes of wars past and present.

    Also, I don't want another dishonest and lying president. Nixon, Clinton... McCain? Please...

    February 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Bahram Farzady

    Silly Americans, you know here in the milder-climate parts of Canada it'sa lot better, more liberal, why would you rather live in a place that has an 80 percent Christian population, not to mention a broken gov't, no health care plan...etc.?

    I don't get it.

    But I do like Mccain. Now that you guys are in that mess called the Iraq war, you've gotta follow through on it.

    February 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Michael

    John McCain has the complete package: integrity, leadership, and common sense. A former prisoner of war, distinguished service member, and continued public servant, John McCain embodies public service and personal sacrifice. He is versed in all aspects of politics – international, domestic, social, economic. He never gave up on America – Americans should not give up on him. Give him your frank and honest consideration as a candidate and you will see that he is a proven – and continuing – patriot with an iron work ethic and a heart that rests in the best interests of our great Nation. Far and away the best suited candidate to own the honor of President.

    February 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. tim

    For all of you that rely on McCain's history of working with Democrats like Kerry and Feingold to show that he really shouldn't even be considered a Republican, think about this quote by President Rutherford Birchard Hayes: "He serves his party best who serves his country best." McCain is a true patriot: he is willing to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats so that he can better our country. There's nothing wrong with that.

    February 5, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. tim

    And another thing: I've read several comments by conservatives that said McCain is far too liberal, and that if he were to win the nomination, you would rather vote for a Democrat than McCain. Because McCain is too liberal. And the Democratic candidates apparently aren't. How much sense does that make???

    February 5, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. tim

    "John McCain will never unite the Republican party." So that's why he is backed by 44% of Republicans in nationwide polls, whereas Romney has the support of just 29%. Now I get it.

    February 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Lu

    To annonymous: You are right, you should consider your choices; vote DEMOCRAT!

    February 5, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Sean, Keene, NH

    Why is it every time I read something about the war in Iraq, people blame Bush. They blame McCain for supporting. They blame individuals for something. Quick lesson, people. There are 535 people in Congress. Only Congress can declare war. This means you have at large pot of people to blame. And who are these people? These are the men and women we all voted into these positions. Spit on people all you want, but don't point the finger at one person. I won't say I agree with Bush, but I certainly don't lay the total blame on him concerning the war. Does McCain support it? Yes, and as well he should. We put our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers over there. To not support them is a slap in the face not only to the troops, but to their families left in the States. And don't throw the "I support our troops! I want them home!" crap. It's an all-volunteer military. They are there because they chose that way of life. Thsi tug-of-war style of support people spew just makes it harder for our troops.

    February 5, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. Philbert

    McCain has a proven track record on healthcare reform (he went after HMO's in the late '90's with great success), he has a solid stance on immigration, and he understands better than any of the other White House contenders the nessesity of a continued American military prescense in Iraq. I was seriously considering a vote for Obama, but when i heard him start talking about implementing a timetable for withdrawl in the first 100 days of his presidency, and then heard McCain's endorsement of General Petreus' plan for Iraq, i knew who I was casting my vote for.

    February 5, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Anonomous

    GO HUCKABEE!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Jacob

    Mitt Romney had nothing to do with "the Romney years" in Michigan. It'll be a sad election if McCain wins the republican seat.

    February 6, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. Dan

    To Jane: There is only one Darth Sidious in this election, and her name is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Extending the metaphor, McCain is her patsy Darth Tyranus and so-called "chosen one" Obama, should he choose to ignore his wife's protests and become Hillary's running mate, will be her Darth Vader.

    The Republican party seems to be self-destructing, for there is no way "Hillary-lite" can beat the real thing. Huckabee is more qualified to run the Creation Museum than to be president and has absolutely no appeal beyond evangelicals. His recent role as anti-Mormon bounty hunter, culminating in today's backroom hit job in WV, was disgraceful and, ultimately, counterproductive.

    If Obama doesn't somehow win the Democratic nomination and ditch Hillary, get ready to crown her Empress. The saddest thing is that, since many people on this board would like that, there will indeed be thunderous applause come 2009.

    February 6, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  14. Anonymous

    McCain is nothing short of a continuation of the Bush disaster. He is the only candidate who actually supports the war. He also believes the "Patriotic Act" needs to continue along with the the "Real Id". To think these are all actions of socialist/communist countries around the world.

    Someone commented that there are 535 people in congress and that Bush isn't to blame for the war? The Bush administration lied to congress and the American people, I mean who else can you really blame. Sure there are other politicians who didn't do there homework but if there was ever a finger to be pointed...

    February 6, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  15. Rodney Clack

    Hi I am always interested in USA elections. You americans never stop amazing me. When 9/11 happened and G W Bush stood at the foot of the ruins prommising retribution and justice for what was done he was cheered and became the most popular president since JFK. However as soon as the first American soldier died all of you changed your tune and now you want your troops back where they belong. Well only one man knows that there are always deaths on both sides in a war, and that man is John McCain. He has been there and done that and had it done to him as well. WAKE UP USA. Elect John McCAIN as
    your next president. You need him.

    February 6, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  16. BMill

    I'm still waiting for a democrate to say where & how they plan on fighting the terrorists or is the plan just to ignore them and hope they go away (which we already tried) or serve them with a subpoena.

    February 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Ron H.

    It's getting close to picking a VP time. I think McCain should pick O.J. Simpson, the slogan being "because if you committed a crime more than 10 years ago, it doesn't count anymore". O.J. did what he did, and McCain raped the American Public by taking over $300,000.00 in payoffs (contributions) from Charles Keating during the Savings & Loan Scandal. The senate was investigating the Savings & Loans when they went 1 billion in the red, but thanks to John McCain, and the 4 other members of the "Keating 5", they influenced the senate to look the other way, and let Keating run up the ripoff to 6.5 billion dollars. I HAPPEN TO REMEMBER, don't believe me, look it up on wikipedia. He was corrupt then, but he's fine now. Go McCain/Simpson in 2008!

    February 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Ron H.

    Please don't be afraid, don't let McCain scare you with the boogeyman. Bin Laden layed in a hospital in the United Arab Emerites for 3 days back in 2005 for an operation, in full knowledge of the CIA, but if he's caught, the raping of the American Public is over by war profiteers, so it will continue until we have nothing left. The White House controls the drug companies by approving or denying new drugs through the FDA. The White House tells the drug companies which media outlet to give their money to, if they want their drugs approved. If the media doesn't "play ball" with the White House, they don't get critical advertising dollars from the drug companies. The fix is in, everything you see and hear is by design.

    February 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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