February 2nd, 2008
06:11 AM ET
11 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. Conservative4Life, USA

    I keep hearing McCain say one thing over and over that is patently untrue and underscores how he is so wrong about the Middle East. Here's the problem. McCain fundamentally does not understand the type of war that is going on in the Middle East, nor does he understand how America's presence there is perceived.

    In his own words: "...It's not American presence, it's American casualties. We have American troops all over the world today and nobody complains about it because we're defending freedom." (NYT January 24, 2008 Republican Debate)

    McCain, you are wrong – it IS about our presence there! It has always been about our presence there!!! This isn't Japan or Germany who welcomed us there as liberators. What McCain fails to understand is this: we're not dealing with people who think like us. We're not dealing with people who can be appeased with money or concessions. The minute we step foot in the Middle East, we're on their turf. And to them, it's not only personal, it's religious! The sooner we can bring about stability in Iraq the better, because we need to be out of there the very next day, NOT IN 100 YEARS!!! Anyone else that thinks otherwise does not understand the region at all! The only thing McCain understands is that we need to win at all cost there. Well, it's the "at all cost" that is going to be his undoing, and ours if we let him.

    February 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Juan McCain

    One clear choice :MITT ROMNEY"

    Any other primary vote will help Juan McCain..........who is really only for Juan McCain.

    February 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. noslen

    so why are we have troops in japan???? to fend off the chinese??? All the chinese have to do is to cash in SOME of their t bonds and we will be on our knees to beg for forgiveness.

    And germany???? have you look at russia lately?

    we have troops in saudi because israel our lap dog may decide to strike them????

    February 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. J

    If elected watch McCain continue his role as "McFib the Lib". He has lied about Romney, he has lied about his own record and stand. He will say anything and fip-flop on any position to get this nomination. McCain has vied for the presidency for so long and sees that at 71 he is in his last gasp for it that he is not going to allow anyone to get in his way – so blindly ambitious and so selfishly vindictive! If he doesnot win the nomination he will go back to the Senate and actively work to posion everything the new President attempts to do,

    Few candidates could have drawn such ire from the Republican base as McCain has done. The only reason he could win the Florida primary race for the nomination with 36% was because Rudy dropped out and the true Rebulican base split between Romney and Huckabee. That is a shame, both of them are decent men and either would be better than McCain! If McCain is the republican nominee, I will not vote for him!

    February 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Randy

    Ryan, before asking others to wake up, please consider that it might be you that is asleep and perhaps dreaming. When asked what McCain saw when he looked into Putin's eye's. he said "I see three letters, KGB". Is this sorts of idiotic, paranoid hawkish behavior what we need to dig ourselves out of our diplomatic hole? Regardless of your thoughts of why we got into the war, I would submit that Vietnam should have been enough to make a nation count to ten before doing something that might ultimately sacriface 3500 lives and ruin the economy. What the saying, "fool me once"...

    February 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Will Wayne

    The combined experience of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would not fill a single page of toilet paper.

    Hillary failed as a first lady, failed as a wife, failed as a women taking back her slime ball liar of a husband and she failed to get any kind of health plan accepted. She has
    great experience with failure. I love it when you cheer her "comprehensive health care" speach that never spells out how much it will cost.

    And Obama is a no one, who has been careful not to vote on any important legislation, lest he be criticized and he talks about change in the same mold as
    all democratic candidates........... undefined change is not change my friends.

    Hillary did not run in Arkansas because the people of that state finally woke up to the corruptness of her and her slick husband. He was only elected by a bunch of adoring good looks female votes. Middle East Leaders will laugh at her crying for mercy.

    I do not worship McCain but anyone who can stay the course of 5 years of prison camp has the integrity and mental toughness to be president.

    February 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    He's pretty old. and in the next four years he will be older. real old

    February 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Dave from queens, NY

    McCain was one of Bush's most vocal supporters when Bush decided to cut and run on Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

    How any American can forgive the Republicans for deliberately ignoring the man who killed almost 3000 Americans while using our troops as agents of profit for a few well connected corporations baffles me.

    "Some" might call it treasonous and unAmerican.

    February 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Anita Ferla

    I totally agree with Thomas - February 2, 2008 11:56 am ET

    GO MITT !!!!!

    February 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Reminder of Romney's outstanding success in running the 2002 olympics.

    February 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Paul

    I support McCain, he's a true American

    February 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. A Peruvian Republican

    Latinos for Hillary Clinton?

    I don't think so...Arriba John McCain

    February 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Willis

    Who is voting for McCain??? People who haven't done their research?? I don't understand at all why McCain is winning in the Republican Party.

    Mitt Romney is an exemplary person with a fabulous family–successful in every way. Do we really want someone like us to be in the White House (i.e. McCain) or do we want someone clean, smart, and successful (i.e. Romney.)

    I wish there were just a little more time for the words to get out on Romney–I don't think people really paying attention–just going with the name they recognize most.

    February 3, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. bob


    February 3, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Sue Racine

    My comment is this...Hillary talks so much we could be bombed and taken captive before Hillary is aware there is a world outside HERSELF!

    February 3, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. joe jablonski

    I'm no McCain fan, but when he
    huddled with the Dems in '04,
    he was just being a team player
    for the Republicans. He yanked
    Kerry's chain but good.

    Problem is, he's too much about
    pulling people's chains.

    I'd prefer someone who is not
    so loaded for bear against
    so many perceived rivals,
    and phantoms.

    February 3, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Gary

    Let's face the truth folks, McCain represents many rock solid and wonderful truths. Take a hard look at where we are going and ask yourselves the question " What future are you laying down for your children and grandchildren?" We are American. Lets join hands and work to make it better. No, McCain isn't perfect, but he is American and he will endeavor to keep our country free.

    February 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. Misty M

    When the 'R-Party' sends me an 'Inner Circle' donation requests, I have let it be known my feelings! I ask them why a man who is so far from our basic ideals is getting the party nomination. As usual NO ONE LISTENS TO THE LITTLE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY! Well, no more money from us until a REAL man is elected. Unfortunately all of TEXAS gets no say in the nominee process. What's fair about that? It really pisses me off! Then for them to send me a request for my hard earned money to help that idiot? No MORE!

    February 4, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  19. Robert

    I don't support John McCain, because he wants to give jobs
    to illegals. Mexicans that are legal should vote for Mitt, under
    McCains plan you could lose your job to someone who
    will work for less.

    February 4, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  20. hmmm

    McJuan keeps speaking of the war on terror and how he is the best man to keep the war fires burning.

    Initially I was for the war because I believed Washington was trying to protect us.

    NO more!

    Bush made it clear protectionism is NOT allowed for America and he backed it up by leaving our borders wide open in a so-called time of war and McJuan agrees.

    The war is on Americans. McJuan calls us disgusting names & wants Americans who don't agree with him to shut up.

    NO McJuan in the White House! He sounds like HillLaRaza except for the burning fires of war.

    February 4, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. Jamie in AZ

    Did Juan McCain say Super Tuesday may end the GOP? Well yeah, he may have a point there.

    Romney can still win this but Huckabee and Paul supporters need to realize they're throwing their vote away if they vote with anyone but Romney (Or McCain, if they can stomach him. I can't).

    To Huckabee and Paul supporters, maybe Romney isn't your first choice but trust me, we know McCain well in my state and I wouldn't want him in the presidential chair for ten minutes.

    It is NOT time to give up hope. It is NOT time to support Huckabee and Paul.

    It's time to get behind Romney. Otherwise, Juan said it himself, Tuesday may end the GOP (race).

    February 4, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  22. Richard


    and you think clinton or obama would be better with United Healthcare? You need to put your priorities in order and think about what your saying.. there are more issues than just a war thats going on now..

    February 4, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  23. Jerry

    I have some very serious concerns about McCain's grip on reality. He has some serious memory lapses regarding positions he formerly supported. He also has some very disturbing issues with anger management.

    He has the disturbing look of someone who is exhibiting early symptoms of Alzheimers.

    February 4, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  24. SueNY

    All those planning on voting for McCain.
    Let's get real for a moment.
    He received only 36% of the vote in Florida – that doesn't win a national election.
    The liberal media and the DNC has fixed this race....they want McCain to win the nom b/c they KNOW that he will not win the national election.
    When McCain wins the nom (God forbid), the liberal media will pound him into the ground, i.e.:
    his health
    his age
    his wife
    his voting record
    his lies
    his anger
    one term President
    his affinity for the Democrat party.

    Conservative will retreat into the woods and not vote at all his McCain wins the nom

    Romney is a formidable candidate against Hillary/Obama.
    Why do you think Romney gets no attention from the Liberal media.....there was supposed to a report on ABC news on Romney and the reporter JUST HAPPENED to lose sound capability. It is so obvious that the Liberal Media hates Romney.

    Do the opposite of what the Liberal media projects.....vote Romney.

    February 4, 2008 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  25. vman45

    "Anonymous February 3, 2008 4:28 pm ET

    He's pretty old. and in the next four years he will be older. real old"

    He's 72. McCain is 71. So what?

    Wow! Flipper McRomney managed the 2002 Olympics! That surely qualifies him to be president. He's a RINO...get over it!

    This country is hemorrhaging and there is only one doctor in the running.

    February 4, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
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