April 11th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain aides lay out fundraising plans to Hill supporters

(CNN) - As presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain battle over whether to accept public financing in the general election, a top McCain campaign official was on Capitol Hill Friday trying to reassure House Republican staff members that the campaign’s fundraising woes are not as bad as they appear.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis described how a fundraising structure would be set up if McCain decides to take public financing, according to two aides who attended the meeting.

"This was the campaign saying that everyone is predicting doom and gloom, but we have a plan in place to compete with Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton," one GOP aide said.

At a briefing for about 100 GOP staffers at the Capitol Hill Club, Davis and other senior campaign advisors explained that the campaign plans to raise money through the party’s RNC Victory Fund and multiple state party Victory Funds. This would add to the $84 million in public money it would be limited to spending by the Federal Election Commission. Campaign officials emphasized that state party chairs would be given more responsibility and a greater role in the campaign.

Another aide who attended the meeting said the McCain campaign structure contrasted with President Bush's 2004 campaign, which was largely run out of a national office. This aide described McCain's approach as "more regional," relying more on local officials and operatives, rather than a large national staff. The campaign handed out maps showing the swing states it was targeting.

Although Friday’s meeting focused largely on organizational and fundraising issues, Davis was asked about McCain's pick for Vice President. After joking that all of their Congressional bosses were on the short list, Davis said that it was a decision McCain would make personally. He declined to give any timeline.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Stan, ID

    He doesn't have a plan other than get your wallets out because there will be another war.

    And for the record, he is NOT my friend.

    Obama 09

    April 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. James

    McCain has already lost to Obama.

    April 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Sharon Minnesota

    Maybe when Hillary gets the nomination he can borrow some money from the defunct Obama campaign.

    April 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. SDO

    You are a piece of work. You always make personal attacks on Obama, he only attacks you on the issues. You are too petty to be the President of the US.

    April 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    McSame tells his dysfunctional party:

    "We are going to get thumped in fundraising, so I am going to except public funds.................something you all abhore"!


    Flip McSame

    April 11, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    What a waste of money those donations will be....

    April 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. SDO

    My comment was meant for Hillary Clinton.

    April 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Brian

    McCain's plan: No taxes for the rich, enslave the poor. fight in Iraq until the United States is no more!

    April 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |








    April 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Phoenix

    Clinton all the way...enough of the Republican running our country...enough of their lies and narrow point of view..its time for an end to this atrocities.

    April 11, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Brian M

    At least these people are open minded – wide open ear to ear

    April 11, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Chuck in Oregon

    So funny. Your crying about Obama maybe not going to public funds, then on the other hand your finding ways to go around and hedge the system to find more money that you can legally use? Wow. Something is wrong with this picture.

    April 11, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. latrecia wallace

    we are all bitter, gas is 3.50 a gallon, milk is 4.00, bread is 2.00
    we cant even make a whole meal these days..

    April 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. jeremy

    whatever John. cry foul because you can't raise funds. just imagine how he would be in office. can't tell the difference between sunni and shiite, didn't think MLK deserved a holiday, will keep us in Iraq fighting forever.

    McCain= extension of the Bush administration

    April 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Spider

    Obama's plan: Uh.......Hope, Change. I agree with Hillary.

    April 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Tell "Daddy War Bucks" McCain that his fundraising plan is none and void.

    April 11, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. terri

    Dick Cheney is eligible to be a vice presidential running mate to John McCain. Why doesn't anyone mention him on the speculative short list? There is no law against it. law actually doe not set term limits for the VP.

    April 11, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. scott

    anyone else ever notice if is a anti-bama artical they close up quickly or if its anti-hillary it ends up staying open forever? this happenes to be McCain so it wont have many and will also close soon

    April 11, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. J. Lazzara

    When are you guys going to start being fair to Clinton on the Bosnia thing? Your own guy sitting in for your 'best analysts on T.V.' one night, said he wrote a book about her...and that it was true that when she went to Bosnia the Military had told them to put on their flak jackets or whatever because they could be landing under sniper fire. Now if I was told that, that's what I'd remember 10 years later, 10 minutes later, whether or not there were any bullets coming at me. The fear would make an indelible impression. C'mon guys, be fair. Obama really isn't Elvis in black.

    April 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Rosemary

    Doesn' t America know what cling to your guns mean Obama is not talking about a real gun the phrase mean hold on to what you have. I am shocked at the babyboomers in America.

    April 11, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. kathy salerno

    I can not believe that this news agency just posted a question asking if "Senator Obama's comments reveal his elitist attitude?" What the heck! That automatically presupposes he has one! When is our country going to grow up? He made an observation regarding a large segment of our population – trying to explain this pervasive feeling in the country. It wasn't a critque. Obviously we can't speak truth without someone whining about it. Just like kids in school – don't tell them the truth – just pat them on the head. Nothing changes.

    April 11, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Jim in San Jose

    If you agree to take public funding all the time plotting to use funding sources outside of the controls, then what's the point? Does it really matter that you are using public funding? If public funding meant that the only funds you could spend, OR HAVE SPENT FOR YOU, were limited then it would mean something. As John McCain intends to use it, it means NOTHING.

    April 11, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Charlotte Campbell

    Play Hillary saying she does not find that oeople bitter, then play her saying she is angry abck on bakc. That is so funny.

    April 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Kristi

    He's a JOKE, his FAKE attempt to help the American people is a JOKE and his 2nd attempt to run for President is a JOKE.

    April 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. SUE, Michigan

    The only "doom and gloom" is coming from McCain-the only thing he knows is war..why would he consider peace? He's expecting his military escapades to propel him right into the White House, where he can finish Bush's business in Iran. God save us from ourselves! Hillary is the only one with any sense, and the media is not about to have her win.

    April 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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