April 22nd, 2008
11:02 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain tour seeks to put more states in play

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/22/mccain.tour/art.selma.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. John McCain speaks to supporters at a rally in Selma, Alabama on Monday."](CNN) - Sen. John McCain launched his week-long journey to poverty-stricken areas of the nation Monday with language that would have been at home in any Democratic stump speech.

And it came at a location - the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama - that is inextricably identified with a top congressional Democrat, Georgia Rep. John Lewis.

"I've seen courage in action on many occasions in my life, but none any greater or used for any better purpose than the courage shown by John Lewis and the good people who marched for justice with him," said McCain.

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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Just call him Charlatan John McCain, a name he justly deserves.

    April 22, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. sl

    The sky is falling–a Republican goes to Selma, AL and talks about race
    and civil rights! Oops, I guess it's just pandering again. Nice try John, but you sure didn't fool anyone.

    April 22, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. history repeats

    wait a minute!!! wait one minute this man is talking to impoverished people about how much he cares? well maybe he can donate the $58,000 he recieved in disability last year to some poor people!! him and his wife are worth over $100 million and he has the nerve to still collect disabilty becauase he was a POW?!?! isnt he the guy that is saying how physically fit he is? what kind of patriot that cares about the american people and what we are going through with the economy and housing market milks off the system like that. if your worth more then $100 million what do you need that extra $58k a year for??? get real america

    April 22, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. carrie

    i am for obama but
    i seriously love maccain
    rather him than witcharry

    April 22, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. CNN moderators.... Please let me out of "awaiting moderation" purgatory

    do you know 'why' McCain has the time to work on putting more states in play????



    April 22, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    The best way that McCain can help poor people is to not be one of them because In a change of the Presidency, the poor change nothing, except the President's name.

    April 22, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Julie

    Yeah right. McCain is a fraud. Go sing some more songs, song bird McLame.

    April 22, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Jack Cavanaugh, Portland, Or

    sorry Mccain us democrats will not vote for you!

    Hillary or Obama come November!

    April 22, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. ***AMERICAN***

    I am surprised the Dems haven't blasted this yet. Is CNN that slow on posting comments?

    April 22, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. christi

    Will he reinstate the draft????? When asked he said "I don't think so". Today, it was on CNN that criminals are getting pardons if they join. Isn't this exactly what happened before the draft in Vietnam?

    April 22, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA


    April 22, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Farren Ballanst

    It will be truly shocking if a Republican can pick up a red state like Alabama.

    April 22, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. connie

    GET REAL, you'll be tooooo old next year to even know your name!!!

    Why would you want to be our President? Do you not know that this is a lot of bagge? Can you handle this? You need to sit down with your wife and you two discuss this stuff!!

    Worried in SC

    April 22, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. miles

    Vietnam veterans against john mccain.com

    Please check it out people

    April 22, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Kel from Auburn, AL

    McCain has been so far under the radar in this election. The democrats really have been spending all their money to campaign against each other, mostly not against McCain.

    Hopefully we can wrap this thing up today and move forward. Obama 08!

    April 22, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. cvr924

    Better start listening to McCain, Obama makes him electable, very electable

    April 22, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    Screw McCain. I am sick and tired of all his lies. He's crazy. Say NO to the war and yes to Hillary Clinton.

    April 22, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    I applaud Sen. McCain's efforts to travel to high poverty areas of our country. I do not usually respond to the nature of other comments, but the insults leveled at John McCain are disturbing. I am specifically referring to those made against him for his attempts to reach out to those Americans often ignored by politicians. What someone could find negative in this outreach is simply mind-boggling. We may not support the same candidate, but we can remain respectful of one another and our leaders. How do ever expect to achieve any level of civility, much less unity, with such behavior?

    April 22, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. JB Cali

    They have him touring these states bc he thought that there were only 13 still.

    April 22, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. PJ, New York Independent

    I am supporting Hillary right now but will be jumping on the McCain band wagon if Obama wins the DEM nomination. McCain will work well with the Democrats, should he win the general election.

    April 22, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Amy Jacobson

    McCain, you are a true American hero! We need YOUR style of change. The uniter style!

    April 22, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. John Smith

    Given the "name recognition" and advances in all the polls at the start of the Democratic primary, if Hillary is still not able to close the deal (even with the help of Bill and Chelsea), that says a lot about the integrity of Hillary's campaign.

    1. Super Tuesday was Hillary's day to seal the deal
    2. "Come meet in in Texas" was the day for Hillary to seal the deal
    3. Big states, including Ohio, was expected to seal the deal for Hillary

    Here we are today in PA talking about some "unkown" challenger– Obama–. This man is still "standing." Even if Obama wins this nomination by:
    1. 2-3 more delegates
    2. 4-5 more popular votes

    The world will know that Obama won this Democratic primary.

    April 22, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Sharon, Seattle

    Has John McCain never heard of the saying "you can't unring a bell"? What a colossal waste of time trying to suck up to people your Republican party has left behind for so many years.

    I'm disgusted.

    April 22, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Johnny

    MCWAR will invest in missles and guns

    OBAMA will invest in America and Peace

    how is it that people are not sick of Bush yet if theyre willing to elect MCWAR?

    god help us

    April 22, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. DonewithDems

    McCain is going to need one huge broom to sweep up the broken pieces of what was once a Democratic party.

    April 22, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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