June 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer: Does McCain have a chance in California this fall?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Can John McCain put California in play in the general election?

He does have Arnold Schwarzenegger - a popular twice-elected governor - in his corner.

McCain also has some support in the Latino community given his long-standing backing of comprehensive immigration reform - although since the collapse of the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform legislation, which was backed by President Bush, the Republican candidate has stressed the need for border security first.

The Republican National Committee has been reaching out to the Latino community for years, though with only mixed results. Now the McCain campaign is undertaking its own aggressive outreach.

I recently spoke with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who acknowledged that the Democrats will have their work cut out for them to make sure California remains solidly blue in November.

But the mayor, a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions, vowed to do whatever he could to help Barack Obama. And he predicted that the Latino voters will represent a major boost for the Democratic candidate. They did support Clinton in overwhelming numbers in the primaries, the mayor said. But that was because they knew and loved her and former President Bill Clinton, and didn’t really know Obama. That, he says, has now changed.

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Ralph

    Mc-ar-Cane will lose by the largest margins in history. He and his party will be humbled for the next 8 years, at which time they will lose by a small margin due to failing memories. After that, history will be likely to repet itself very shortly.

    June 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. SD


    Asians, Latinos and some women will go for McCain, especially if he picks a strong VP, and Obama does not pick Clinton.

    If Obama picks Clinton there is no way he will lose California or any of the big blue states.

    June 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Evie

    McCain? In Cali? Sure, if you take away all the young people, all the educated people, and all the "minorities". The 20% remaining (old, rich, white, republicans) *might* vote for him & THEN he'll win!

    Here in Cali, no one's impressed with Arnie – he took away our funding for EDUCATION!!! This, I remind you, is the platform on which he ran his campaign! No one cares what he says anymore.

    June 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. John NC

    California elected a moderate Republican in a Recall vote and a Re-election. McCain Can win California in November.

    Obama has a lock on the Electoral college delegate from the District of Columbia...and Nothing else!!!

    June 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    Let's see here: Santa Barbara resident Oprah Winfrey is a staunch Obama backer. Barbra Streisand is a staunch Democrat. Most of the Hollywood entertainment industry is Democrat. How many in the entertainment industry do you think we'll see walking the campaign trail, recording campaign ads and fund raising for McCain?

    No wonder he is targeting California. Not only does he need votes, he needs our money. Hollywood fund raisers are among the most lucrative.

    But we also have many military installations up and down the coast and believe me, we would rather have our troops back here rather than champion an out of touch old fart whose intention is to keep this middle east war going for another 100 years with a failed foreign policy built on lies.

    He must be daft to think he has a chance to carry California.

    June 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. DOH!!!


    June 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. J Williamson

    California? Not a chance, though the Republicans like to talk big when it comes to certain states they know they can't win. New Jersey is another example. I'm not saying McCain can't win the Nov election – he can based only on his blessed fortune of having Barack as his rival. McCain is the weakest Repub candidate since Bob Dole in 1996, but Obama has so many weaknesses that I can't even come up with a comparison. Oh, Mitt Romney, don't let those what-might-have-beens drive you mad. It's not worth it.

    June 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. DOH!!!

    Oh and Brian in Knoxville.....have you heard??? California is facing a BUDGET CRISES!!!! Schwarzenegger's approval rating is at a ALL TIME LOW!!!! CAHLEEFOURNEYAH says no to Schwarzenegger and Mc Shame.

    June 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Eric in Ca

    Arnold popular... obviously you don't live in California. What he's about to do with his proposed state budget cuts will only further lower his approval rating. California is definitely Liberal and Democrat country!

    June 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |

    Are you kidding?? McCain will never win CA! All that has to be said is that there are Supreme Court issues that will be all about Roe v. Wade and it will be all over! You tout the Arnold factor, but don't mention the importance of Maria Shriver and many other prominant democrats (e.g., Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Barbara Lee, etc.). The list is endless.

    CA for Obama – No problem!

    June 6, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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