June 9th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain campaign: We'll win where Clinton did

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/09/art.davisvideo.cnn.jpg caption="A new McCain strategy video stressing the Republican’s strong position heading into the fall."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - McCain campaign manager Rick Davis posted a 14-minute “strategy briefing” on the presumptive Republican nominee’s official Web site over the weekend that concedes the GOP faces one of the most unwelcoming election environments in history - but claims that John McCain is still in a strong position, due in part to a strategy of appealing to areas dominated by Hillary Clinton during the primary season.

Top on the campaign’s list of targets: southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio, which backed Clinton over Barack Obama by hefty double-digit margins. Clinton won both contests.

Davis says that McCain will be able to compete with Obama in major Midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin – and that McCain’s association with Democrat-turned-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will put Connecticut in play. He also tells observers to “Watch California!”

McCain’s personal favorability ratings are "the highest for any official running for office today," claims Davis – and far surpass Obama’s.

Davis says the general election fight has been too close to call for months, according to Gallup polls. The two candidates split independents, and McCain pulls in a larger share of Republicans than Obama does Democrats.

Unfortunately for McCain, Obama’s numbers, gathered during a heated Democratic primary season, are likely to improve in the coming weeks. And this year, there are far more Democrats than Republicans, making McCain’s current edge among the party faithful far less significant.

“The GOP brand troubles have created a larger group of independent votes that we need to appeal to this election cycle than normal. No longer can a Republican candidate run by just running up the score with the base,” says Davis.

But he adds that the presumptive Republican nominee outperforms his own party’s generic ballot by double digits nationwide, as well as in areas like the border southwest – including the Arizona senator’s home base – and in the crucial swing state of Florida.

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soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Preston

    Hmmmm?Very strategic!Obama, help!

    June 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Love Huckabee

    He's not going anywhere with Lieberman, he's older than McCain, and he's responsile for the Florida non-recount.

    June 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Scott Hughes in Atlanta

    Leave to a Clinton supporter to give the White House back to republicans...

    June 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Jim from IL

    You old Hillary supporters better wake up and learn that Obama beat her fair and square even though she played dirty. You all better submit and line-up behind Obama your new leader.

    June 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. NoMcSame

    Yes he will because those supporters are former Bush supporter and they tend to still vote the same way. Just don't ask them for any money, just ask Hillary about them when it comes to giving.
    Obama will not stand by and let McSame send our kids off to die in Iraq. No Way. Nor will he allow McSame to give us four more years of Bush economics. No Way. Are you better off today than what you were eight years ago? if yes then vote McSame, if not then Obama is your man.
    Those of you that are planning to vote for this war monger and really want to show your support for McSame JOIN THE ARMY. Many of you are no help anyway because you supported Hillary in MOUTH only but did not send her a dime to help her out. Don't hate on Obama because we supported him with our time and our MONEY. YOU LOST IT FOR HER. Our money was well spent.
    If you don't vote Obama in 08 we will not vote Hillary ever.

    June 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. seah ohio

    Everyone I know is voting for McCain if Hillary is not on the democratic ballot for President.

    We are just the small town workers across America.

    June 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. California Girl

    McCain won't win in California but he's welcome to waste his campaign money here.
    OBAMA '08

    June 9, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. former republican

    the republicans have planned their own funeral. they picked a weak candidate to head the party and now actually believe they will win states like california?

    the party has been taken over by fools. i will be voting democrat this year, for obama.

    June 9, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Well who cares, right?

    I now hope so.

    The abused and denigrated and insulted and hated by the Obamarers should NEVER vote for the Elitist who trashed them.

    June 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Me

    You STUPID democrats who are planning to vote for McCain: shame on you! You think you are punishing the democrats? You are punishing yourselves and your country. I hope each of you gets shipped to Iraq!!

    June 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter - no mccain

    350,000 jobs lost since january, over 1 million homes in foreclosure, 4,500 soldiers killed in a senseless war, the world hates us, gas is $4 and rising daily. mcwar, people aren't that stupid to vote repub again. We can't afford john mcwar.

    June 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Chris in St Louis

    Serious.... McCain wins Arizona... Stop the presses!!!
    Talk about spin.
    And if they think they are really going to win California, they must be getting their drugs from someplace good!!

    June 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    In your dreams!


    As Hillary and Obama said: "YES WE CAN!"

    June 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. HH

    Yeah nice spin! California and MA. Even George McGovern won MA. I bet Obama will win them by 15 points plus.

    June 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Obama says they don't matter

    Should be easy to do....

    Did you all read the blogs about those people, posted by the Obama followers:

    Racist pigs, ignorant, stupid, moronic, uneducated, idiots.
    Inbred incestuous cousins of HRC.
    Dirty white trash that does not deserve the vote because they are too stupid.

    The least educated of all Americans.

    When your own party call you those names- John won't have to work very hard at all.

    June 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. The Weatherman

    I predict there will be a bunch of Obama supporters who post their thoughts since they probably do not have a job or own a business. I bet there grammar is horrible showing a lack of education.

    The Weatherman

    June 9, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. I used to be a Democrat

    I will never vote for Obama. Never!

    We can't afford any more Chaney's in the White House.

    Dick Chaney's cousin Barrack Obama will be defeated in November.

    Stay away from Obama, Hillary! Stay away from Obama!

    June 9, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Jeff

    I don't think Lieberman will do you much good among Democrats, John. Lieberman is one of the most ardent Neoconservatives in government today. Many Democrats are capable of voting for a true Republican if the situation is right, but only the most extremist, Anti-Consitution, pro-war maniacs vote for Neocons.

    June 9, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |

    Obama's favorabilty numbers are higher than McCain's. CNN, please correct the above statement from the McCain capaign.

    June 9, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Obama!!

    McCain is dreaming if he thinks he can win California. Dreaming.

    By the way, as soon as Obama and McCain sit down to a debate and are asked POLICY questions, it will become very clear where the energy is. Obama is going to dominate McCain in that area.

    June 9, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Rob in ohio

    God all you Obama supporters SERIOUSLY sound like your Nazi's talking Hitler!

    "Fall in line?"

    What the heck? Don't tell me to "fall in line." You realize how hateful and ugly you all sound. THATS why people are turning away from obama, cuz you all are such dispicable people.

    June 9, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Rob

    Hey "me", (12:50 pm) I am going from Clinton to McCain for policy reasons, and I think McCain (at this point), can run the country better. Your childish comments do nothing to convince me why Obama should be president. Actually, you sound quite like Obama. Add the race card in the comment, and I would think that it is the presumptive democratic nominee.

    June 9, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Robert

    YESS!!! Keep talking McCain camp. Your best shot was to lul the Democratic Party supporters to sleep and steal the election away because so many seem to be so sure of a win, they may not turn out. Keep puffing your chest out and you'll motivate Obama's supporters to turn out.

    June 9, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Its OK to be right

    People are not that stupid. McCain's policies are completely opposite of Clinton's and Obama's. I know alot of people who previously supported Clinton are threatening not to vote for Obama, but I would hope that is just an emotional reaction to Clinton losing and not a reality. I would like to think that people really do care about the war, economy, healthcare, etc..

    June 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Clinton/McCain

    Unfortunately for the person who wrote this story, I'm not so sure Obama's numbers will increase that much now that the primary season is over. The more Obama talks the more his inexperience is revealed. Plus, I expect another gaffe and possibly another pastor to pop up.

    June 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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