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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soundoff (418 Responses)
  1. Brenda

    If I hear Reagan footsoldier one more time, I'm going to vomit!

    February 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The suicide rate of our soldiers is climbing due to this war and McCain can only encourage more war. If McCain is elected president, do you think the suicide rate will go down?

    February 2, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. ne,pa

    McCain feels he is owed the White House because he was a POW! He really takes us for dummies. Don't buy the "my friends" and winking crap. He's an angry senile old man who doesn't have the intelligence to speak in depth about any issue. He constantly repeats himself and thrives on war. He will bring the draft back and it won't be the illegals he allows in that will be drafted. He'll be another disaster for this country! If he's the last man standing for the GOP I'll love seeing him get his clock cleaned by Obama or Clinton in a debate! I will NEVER vote for this man!

    February 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Ron

    All the grumbling about McCain from the right wing conservatives are only going to put doubt ini the mind of the undecided independent vote. I don't understand how a republican whe wants to thwart terrorism, keep the war off our shores, does not agree with the socialistic mentality of income re-distribution, which is already in practice to a large degree , understands that less government and true capitalism is better for the economy, and a sympathetic yet firm stance on immigration and border control, could continue to drag down the party while hinting that Obama or Hillary would be better. How can anyone declare that Hillary is more conservative than McCain. Just the social issues alone set them apart, not to mention McCain would give more power to the states than Hillary and all her governmnet mandated programs would allow.
    Go ahead and vote for Huckabee or Mitt in the primary. But when it comes to the general election, the republicans better get on board with whoever is the nominee, like it or not it will likely be McCain, or else we are headed towards a moral break down of this country like you've never seen before, and in the depths of government programs that will lead to socialism at its worst.

    February 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Kevin Austin, Texas

    John McCain has paid a very high price for his stance on issues like campaign finance reform. However, the idea that somehow, campaign finance and ethics reform in politics is “not” a republican ideal has always been offensive to me. I have never believed in the argument that campaign finance reform restricts our 1st amendment rights. Frankly, it is a smoke screen for the real issue and that is our republican leadership protecting their base, special interests. I counter that argument and make the case that legitimate campaign finance reform would force our republican leadership to be responsive to rank and file members and not high dollar contributors. The recent ethics scandals involving our republican leadership are reprehensible and reflect the worst in our party. John McCain’s efforts to bring some level of ethics reform in politics are admirable and his willingness to take on the tough issues is where I believe the Republican Party needs to be.

    February 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. brian

    Once Romney is done spending his own money, he will bow out after Super Tuesday. Huckabee is broke and will do the same. McCain will continue, but it is really Ron Paul to watch out for. He has the money and support to keep his Message out there for a long time to come.
    Telling is that McCain and Romney have refused to be a part of the Mtv debate tonight.

    February 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. James-North Carolina

    Seriously people, has teh entire nation gone mad? Look at the facts, McCain is nothing but a Democrat in sheep's (republican's) clothing! If he gets the nomination, which I highly doubt, but if he does, say goodbye to our economy, the prospect of having a secure border, and say hello to a 100 year war. I mean, does anyone remember that his mental health was questioned just a few years ago?

    February 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Heather

    Gosh I hope that doesn't happen! If it's down to McCain and Clinton, I'm moving to Austrailia.

    February 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. millie

    Big Mac rocks...he is hero and deserves his shot and is the most likely REpublican to win this year...look at the polls!

    February 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. carolyn Dixon

    no way will mcnasty unify the party. he must be in another world somewhere.
    who is kidding?
    one of his campaign staffers saw former senator santorum and said "we beat you" meaning we beat the conservatives. well we wil show mccain he can't win w/out the base.
    conservatives unite – deny mccain a victory.

    February 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. DE NV

    McCain can say what ever he wants but the reality he will not win in November.

    February 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Shelli

    GO MITT!

    If not, then, give it to the Dems. and we can come back stronger in 4 years (remember Carter->Reagan)?

    February 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. DaveP.

    Viva el Presidente Juan McCain! Mexico Viva!

    February 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Robert, Tuscaloosa AL

    McCain's politics can best be described as a liberal who happens to be a war hawk. I love his new "unite the party" attitude. After the way, he and "Aw Shucks, Huck" have teamed up on Romney and misled voters I see very little chance of this happening. I will not be supporting McCain for president and I will be urging fellow true Republicans to boycott the 2008 election. Let the countdown to 2012 begin.

    February 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Paul

    Senator McCain will never unite the Republican Party. I know republicans and Senator McCain is no republican. The infamous Blue Blood Republicans will get what they want…A Democrat in the White House.

    February 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. adamjohn

    McCain is a puppet like Hillary and Obama.

    February 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    It's great to see all the so called "conservatives" and the inside the beltway GOP establishment squirming. McCain is a threat to them because he is an independent THINKER - something the GOP has lacked for almost 20 years. I like McCain because you know exactly where he stands on the issues. I don't agree with him on every issue, but on the whole he's a good American, a strong conservative, and an American hero. I'm proud he doesn't tow the party line for the DC bosses, lobbyists, and establishment. And he was right on the war in Iraq when no one else was.

    Go McCain! Finally, after 8yrs of that mysoginist egomaniac Clinton followed by 8 yrs of the child, Bush, we'll have a reall adult in the White House!

    February 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Mike

    Shawn, the democrats are the ones talking about bringing back the draft.

    February 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Derrick

    The Draft Scare? LOL!

    That didn't quite work in 2004, did it?

    Oh, and Shawn... the surge worked. That's why Iraq isn't talked about much these days.

    February 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Zach

    McCain will have our country's moral go down even further. He is A BIG ally for Bush and many Republicans despise the work he did as a senator, and he is not even loved by democrats.

    I really do hope that either Huckabee or Romney makes a comeback. Those two make the GOP canidates.

    February 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. duude


    He's 74 years old..

    He shouldn't be driving a car much less be the president of the US!

    February 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Danny

    He lied about Mitt Romeny and timetables, he dumped his disabled wife, he has betrayed the Republican base over and over again which leads me to believe he betrayed the country while sitting in a hut in Vietnam eating fish heads and rice.

    If McCain wins the Republican nomination, we will have 4 years of Democratic reign over the USofA. God Help us.

    If McCain could win the General Election, we would still have 4 years of Democratic Reign over the USofA.

    February 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Vicky

    McCain is scary. He lies and makes excuses for some of the bills he backed. He seems pretty arragant also...He thinks he has it in the bag...but he may be surprised!
    C'mon GOPers...rise up and vote for someone else....anyone on our side would be better them him

    February 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Tildawen

    Why democrats think the dream ticket is Obama-clinton or clinton-obama. The true dream ticket is Clinton-McCain or Obama-McCain. They would get votes from all demo, moderate, centrist and some liberal republican. Then Huckabee can be secretary of something that divides things, he is doing a great job right now.

    February 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Juan

    McCain was this close to dropping the Republican party altogether. Shows how much he believes in what he's saying.

    February 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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