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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  1. kevin from alaska

    All these Hillary boosters that get on here and go "I'm a blue collar worker and well my whole family is voting for Hillary".... well ya know what I'm an over-educated, white, male, liberal and me and everyone I know is voting for Barack. (Unless HIllary is the nominee, which won't happen btw, but then yes we would all vote for Hillary because McCain is McCinsane)

    March 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Brian

    Woohoo a 100 years of war and more Americans torturing the world!

    March 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Maria Gonzalez

    I will vote for OBAMA I think that he is honest and real and he would really change our nation, WE NEED SOMEONE YOUNG WITH NEW IDEAS. PS.......... .AND BY THE WAY I AM HISPANIC.

    March 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Bob Henry

    McCain was captured, he wasn't a very good soldier. He spent the war in enemy hands. He has no war record. HE was in "jail".

    March 30, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Mike

    McCain probably thinks he is going to a nursing home to watch Matlock episodes all day.

    March 30, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Willy

    Keep going John while the children of the donkey party plays patty cake.

    March 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. HP Boston


    March 30, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. bob





    March 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Bill, Albany, NY

    John I used to have alot of respect for you but you voted for Amnesty, Campaign fiance and you appologized when you final told the truth about what kind of people Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and the religious right are really are. Im not voting for Clinton or Obama either though. Whoever the Libertarian candidate is gets my vote, but Im sure the bible thumping conservatives will find someway to paint anyone who doesnt vote Republican a traitor as they always do.

    March 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Dan

    Look ahead all you want John, you don't have a chance in November! If McCain doesn't distance himself from Bush, AND pick up a big time conservative running mate, he will loose in a landslide!

    March 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. After further review,Texas

    More like a match in a wind storm.Haha

    March 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Linda

    Heaven help us all if McCain wins this election, another 4 years of Bush politics is going to hurt. This country can't afford another republican president. Just step down into poverty and give up your future.

    March 30, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. JW

    if obama gets the dem nomination i will vote republican and vote for mcain

    March 30, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. FEDUP

    He needs the head start, if Obama is the nominee he could just take a vacation and wait.

    March 30, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. FEDUP

    Why the term, Duke it Out? It is not a slug fest, it is a primary and they are in a virtual tie. When will you people at CNN get off the bashing?

    March 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. freedom of speech

    Obama will just change the rules to win.

    He picks and chooses WHICH of th DNC and party rules should be followed and which should be tossed.

    March 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Obama

    Obama will win against McCain

    All he has to do is play the race card and game is over.

    March 30, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. West Fresno constituency

    Senator McCain (alongside Senator Obama) has run a nice, clean campaign. That's why he's respected.

    March 30, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. zoe

    Go McCain
    if Hillary not win
    all family and our communtiy Vote McCain
    Hillary or McCain

    March 30, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. aware

    Hillary or McCain 08! 🙂

    Obama has potential for 2012?

    Obama is letting his ego defeat him. He is shooting too high too soon! He will lose in the general and take the Democratic Party's hopes with him. McCain will beat Obama!

    March 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    Nice of him to visit. Too bad he can't take as much time dealing with the illegals, drugs, job loss, crime, gangs and education problems that plague Arizona as he does visiting Israel, Iraq and everywhere else. He is still our Senator isn't he?

    March 30, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Uncle Sam

    The reason why John McCain is the "American president that Americans have been waiting for" is because he is the one candidate in the race who has a proven record of bipartisanship and who places country over party.

    March 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Dee

    now this is not a good news to Dems.
    Now i say -CLINTON OUT

    March 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Mike, Arkansas

    I totally despise all the Clintons by their way of doing things in Washington and abroad. But even trying to put them on a even level with Obama to examine its so obvious Hillary is not going to win this nomination and I think even though some feel it is okay for the party etc. to continue on with this nomination. I do feel it will help the party more to end this since its impossible for her to win unless superdelegates go against a majority of voters and what they want. That would truely cause a major war against the democrats as a whole. Regardless of issues and where people stand. The people will be bruised and hurt by being over voted, and stepped on by bully, pocket lined politians. We as people will feel our votes do not count and that will kill elections in the future in general. The people will give up hope of ever having a voice in our country the way it was meant to be.

    March 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. janice jaxon, Meridian, MS

    Mr. McCain is above all the silly nonsense. He is a gentleman.

    March 30, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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