March 30th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain looks ahead as Clinton and Obama duke it out

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Some pundits and prominent Democrats have said recently that the they believe the unresolved Democratic race is benefiting McCain."]
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain this week begins a bus tour of five states that he says helped shape his views and make him the politician who will carry the GOP torch in the upcoming presidential election.

The presumptive Republican nominee heads to Mississippi on Sunday, where the tour kicks off the following day.

McCain will swing through Virginia, Maryland, Florida and Arizona in the upcoming week.

According to campaign officials, the purpose of the tour is to "introduce John McCain to the American people in an intimate way," and add significance to his "remarkable American tale."

McCain is now trying to style himself as the most attractive option for voters in November, while Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are still in a delegate-by-delegate battle to become their party's nominee.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. For Obama

    Did anyone ever see the Body Count of people who have been involved in Clinton scandals? Its Huge! Probably why so many support them, they are afraid what will happen to them if they DONT support them.

    March 30, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Ritt Momney

    Mitt Romney for VP, John McCain for President. Make it happen for the Republic.

    March 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Yule TIde Carol

    John McCain and Barack Obama is the dream ticket.

    -Carol Martinez.

    March 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. CK California

    It's time for Cliton to think about bigger picture, where the contry will go if she continues her campain like it used to.

    March 30, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Charles Hardeman

    The media and obama-lovers are the only ones fretting so dramitcally about a dem fight. it's pathetic. show some guts!

    March 30, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. DD

    I think we all had enough of the Clintons now. Shouldn't be gracefully bowing out with honors? I doubt there is much apetite left in us.

    March 30, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. DD

    I think we all had enough of the Clintons now. Shouldn't they be gracefully bowing out with honors? I doubt there is much apetite left in us – they probably don't understand the shame in the Bosnia story debacle!

    March 30, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. DD

    Hillary, there is really no apetite left in us for you since your Bosnia fabricated credentials exageration. What are you waiting for, our bellies votimitting?

    March 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. DD

    Hillary, there is really no apetite left in us for you since your Bosnia fabricated credentials exageration. What are you waiting for, our bellies vomitting?

    March 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. thelma nashville tn.

    if hilliary and her hubsand would go home the dukeing out would not be going on why cant she take her lost and go home.she is not going to when any thing.

    March 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Gnosticman

    McCain would have a great chance at winning if he only gave up his stupid plans for Iraq. The only way he is going to have success in Iraq is to send many more troops to get the job done, and the only way he is going to do that is to envoke the draft. That will really tick this nation off!! He should swallow his pride and admit that the best way to move forward in Iraq is to wean them from our forces so they can get moving in urgent pace towards fending for themselves. If he did this I would vote for him over Hillary, but still not over Obama. The choice is clear. Politicians should be listening to the will of Americans rather than the will of their own positions and stances. The will of the American people is clearly to get out of Iraq. As it stands I will have to vote Democrat. I am an Independent and I think that most Independents, although not loyal to Democrats or Republicans, are in unison against this war. So they are going to vote for the candidate who is going to end this war, and stop the economic, international, and social bleeding it has caused.

    March 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Brian

    By "looking ahead" do mean 100 years from now... when his strategy will have America finally winning the war in Iraq?

    March 30, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Steve Carter

    I have only heard one report mention that fact the Chelsea Clinton
    one more question after the one asked about her mother which she had said would be the last.

    After she gave the answer she said she did not want the rally to end wit a sour or bad feeling so she TOOK ANOTHER QUESTON.

    Steve Carter
    Orlando, Florida

    March 30, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. ben

    I see where Liberman has compared McCain to JFK. I have always admired Liberman, but he is mistaken . He should have compaired McCain to Lindon Johnson!

    March 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Charlotte

    Obama is being treated with kid gloves and he cries about it. How will he ever be able to handle the real fight? The "I did not vote for the war" won't cut it in the real fight. I want a real fighter as my President! There is no room for wimps.

    March 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Grif

    You're well woth your salt Mr. You'll get there.

    Guy's trying to match you with other past Leaders.

    I picked a General. Who did his best to settle more than one War. And you can do the same. Men do what has to be done, while little boys, play with their Toys!!!

    March 30, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. d

    I would like to know who exactly named McCain as the leader of the Rep candidates. No one, and I mean no one that I know of voted for this guy.

    March 30, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Marta, Elk Grove, California

    So, Mc Cain will help the big guys but not the little guys. Creep! No, I am not in danger of foreclosure, but all the foreclosures affect all homeowners and the economy: any dunce can see that. It proves that just because someone was in the military, and was a prisoner of war it does not make that someone presidential material. This man will let people loose their homes in order to fund a war, special interest groups, and bailout the big guys. Where are his heart, mind, and soul? In the wrong place! His "experience" and "background" has made him a corporate political monster. We are better of with Bush.

    March 30, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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