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. take them

    Well... the smart, educated Obama supporters didn't want or need them.

    So help yourself.

    Still for Hill.

    June 9, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Shelly in IL

    SO WHAT! Let them vote for him. It started from the bottom and now it's on it's way to the top, so don't complain people.

    June 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Robert

    And to Clinton supporters who are talking about voting for McCain because Obama people were mean to her. What do you think the Republicans would have done if she were to run agains John McCain?

    June 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. PUMA_PartyUnityMyA.S.S.

    yess!!! Go McCain!
    Western PA will deliver for you just like we delivered for Hillary 🙂
    There's no way on earth we'll vote for empty suit Obama!!!

    Let’s all unite?
    Let’s all come around our rightful nominee??

    Here’s a little something for the DNC:


    And here’s another little something:

    Let’s help put Alaska Gov Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP! She’s brilliant…she’s honest…and she’s a straight talker!

    palinforvp.blogspot dot com

    This Democratic Party doesn’t speak for me!!!


    June 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Yes YOU can

    Yes, you can John.

    The Obama camp trashed them- just like they did to Hillary.

    She HAD to support her party. They don't.

    June 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Zack Jones

    I did support Hillary and will now support McCain. The main issue I have with Obama is that every fiscal issue we have in this country, he sees a solution by raising taxes. That is the wrong way. Hillary is a democrat but she understands that people can take so much taxation. Obama does not care about people like me!

    Hillary in 2012!

    June 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    I vote for experience, sensitivity and knowledge when it comes to foreign affairs. I wish McCain would back farther away from Bush, but it's only the beginning of the campaign.

    I vote against sexism and racism, whether it's from Obama himself, his surrogates or the DNC.

    I have no need to characterize myself as a REAL Democrat or a Democrat FIRST. Who cares?

    McCain is honest, sincere, EXPERIENCED IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS. He is not a racist. He is not a sexist.

    I and millions of Clinton supporters like me will vote with our feet in November! Our attention span far exceeds 6 months.

    CNN says the history is that in a small number of voters actually follow through on such claims. That is probably true. It is also true that this raise is so very close that all McCain needs to win are those defectors. This is no landslide, folks. 1-5% is all it's going to take. Even the DNC knows that.

    June 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. ObamaSupporter

    Republican can spin as much as they want to, but the truth is Barack Obama is going to be own next president. Who wants 72 years old man running this country.

    June 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Greg, NY

    The Weatherman June 9th, 2008 12:53 pm ET

    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

    You're about to get hit pretty hard for this comment. Calling us uneducated while you yourself don't know the difference between their and there.

    June 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. elsie kutch

    Just took my Hillary sign down. Will back John McCain in the upcoming election. Obama scares me.

    June 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    McCain will win only because Hillary is actively working to defeat Obama. She wants to run again in 2012, so all this hoopla about her throwing support his way is garbage. Her 'concession' speech was nothing of the sort; it was a) the launch of her 2012 campaign for President and b) her subliminal endorsement of McCain in 2008. Read the transcript for yourselves folks. How many times did she reference herself? Obama? And the real test: How many times did she take a shot at McCain? (None, for those too lazy to read the transcript) She is a dispicable human being!

    June 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Doug Mytty

    I suggest that McCain's personal favorability ratings are going to slip in a big way over the latest GI bill. According to Army data, 12% of US soldiers based in Iraq and 17% of soldiers in Afghanistan are on prescription anti-depressants and/or sleeping pills. McCain's rationale for voting against the GI bill is simply that it treats soldiers too well and many may leave the service to pursue college.

    When did the US soldier become an indentured servant?

    June 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. tim g

    haha this guy is gonna waste money n b in debt like Hillary. LOL. Obama is judge smart. Mccain should b worrying bout republican stated even his home state cuz come November I promise u they going blue. Haha to califonia. LOL waste of time n
    money mcshame.

    Obama 08

    June 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. atypical

    The jig is up.

    Let the media write and report whatever they want.

    McCain will campaign but will not win.

    June 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. carmen

    That's about all he's got - riding on Hillary's pant-suit coat tails.

    June 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Peter FROM NJ

    HILLARY 08

    June 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Les-Wa

    YES!!! Senator McCain you'll be the next President. I'm a democrat, a Hillary supporter; I'll vote for you this November.

    June 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Stacy Clarks

    Nothing is going to stand in the way of what God has planned....

    if it is McCain, then he will be president

    if it is Obama, then he will be president

    but I sure hope its OBAMA!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Democratic Lady from Los Angeles

    When Hillary Clinton made the comments regarding her ability to galvanize the "white vote", she sent a message to McCain that those voters would favor the "white man" over Obama, regardless pf party lines. Thus explaining why McCain figures he can get those votes.

    Thanks, Hillary "Bad Loser" Clinton.

    Obama needs to kick her to the curb. Quickly.

    June 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Virginia is Obama country

    As Obam and Hillary have said

    "YES WE CAN"

    A true Democrat

    June 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Dan

    Oops! He really shouldn't have pressupposed the decisions of the American people in those areas. Huge mistake!

    June 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Debbie Raines

    Yea for McCain, no Obama's around here. He is not qualified to carry Hillary's briefcase.

    June 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    I agree that most of those states are "in play," but they are not by any means certain to go for McCain, just because Hillary won those states in the Dem primaries, any more than Montana is certain to go for Obama just because McCain got trounced by Romney there on Feb. 5.

    Arizona and Nevada will most likely go for McCain (if McCain can't even win his own home state, that will be pretty pathetic, just like Gore in 2000). I think Obama has a very good shot at the rest. And the only way a Democratic presidential candidate will lose California is if a Republican guy like Ronald Reagan comes around. And McCain sure as heck is no Reagan.

    June 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Les-Wa

    California Girl,

    McCain will take your state this November. Latinos will vote for McCain, Asians will vote for McCain, majority of whites will vote for McCain.

    June 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Sarge in Florida

    McCain is such a loser just like Bush. Now he is considering an Indian as his possible running mate. What is this country becoming? Stick to your Kwiki marts and 7-11's These radical countries are slowly working their way into our Government. And you McCain supporters want him in office. Man, talk about a man who could convince his country " India" to use nuclear weapons against other nations. Is this guy another Cheney?

    June 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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