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. Thomas

    "McCain is dreaming if he thinks he can win California. Dreaming." well look at the population of California now, he has a good chance of losing.

    "I bet Obama will win them by 15 points plus." Obama can win 100% of the votes in a state, it does not matter its about the electoral votes. McCain will win FL by 1% and get ALL the votes...

    Its going to be great to see Obama win the popular vote and then lose the electoral vote in a landslide! You see your vote really does not count

    June 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Independent for Obama

    People really should realize that not everyone posting as an Obama or Clinton supporter actually is one – there are plenty of people on these blogs just to make trouble, and they are most likely Republicans who could care less about either Democrat!!!! I see posts where people are getting really worked up about something a purported "supporter" of Hillary or Obama said – just keep in mind that you don't know that poster/Republican in disguise, and really have no reason to believe they are who they say they are.

    Also – Weatherman – your sentence should properly have said, "I bet their grammar is horrible . . . ." Just a suggestion – don't insult anyone's grammar if you don't know the difference between "there" and "their."

    June 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. roberto, ca

    LOL it is so funny all the corp. media is trying to manufacture a horse race, because if you look at this pres. campaign there is only two options. 1) continue the iraq war and conservative polices, which will equally more U.S. and iraqi deaths and a destruction of this nations wealth or.....

    2) Follow new leadership with new ideas by a man with the will and energy to get us out of iraq and start generating new domestic policies that will increase the wealth of this country and once again make us respected and admired instead of feared and vilified!


    June 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA






    June 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Dedrick from Atlanta (in Portland)

    LOL! There are some funny comments on here. All the "hillary" fans who say they will vote for McCain. Wow! Unfortunately there are also some die-hard Obama fans and if you cost Obama this election, they will probably return the favor for Hillary's next run. V

    Remove the emotions, vote the issues, not the person's race. And for those who say experience counts...you cannot say that hillary had more experience because that's a flat out lie. her "first lady" years do not count as experience. She didn't lead anything during those years, she didn't determine policy, she was the spouse of the president. Now, please by all means count her experience as a senator. And as far as McCain goes, any demo who votes for him is foolish and obviously won't look at the policies of each candidate.

    June 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Devilyote

    While we're all making predictions and setting expectations, I predict John McCain will slip on bottled hot water, and Texas will vote for Michael Peroutka.

    June 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Independent in Iowa

    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

    I completely agree with you, Weatherman. But it's 'their' instead of 'there' in the last sentence. 🙂

    June 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. DK of CA

    This is funny as a comedy show! This is some crap. I would respond to each state, but I'll just do one. If McStrange...McBush thinks he's going to win liberal CA, he's old and senile!!!!!

    Obama '08

    June 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Sean Lloyds

    McCain is already picking his potential Supreme Court noms..all you HRC backers planning on defecting, be warned! McBush doesn't care about women's rights, your family or your wallet..

    Hillary supporter moving over to Obama.

    June 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Susan

    Sorry McBush, but you don't get it – WE ARE SICK OF REPUBNICANTS!! You have destroyed the economy, you have made us a world wide enemy, you refuse to help our people (Katrina ring a bell), the mortgage crisis, the food and gas crisis, the mrotgage crisis, the health care crisis, and your answer is more war!!. People are fed up. You can reitre now to Arizona and live off your wifes millions.

    June 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Connecticut Teenager

    Rob in ohio June 9th, 2008 12:54 pm ET

    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.

    Two things:
    Frist: You sure put all of us Obama supporters in our place by calling us dispicable...generalized name calling usually has that effect on people. keep it up.
    Second: Yes, his comment was naive and insulting...maybe next time you should call him out on it.

    Third: Not related to Rob, McCain has absolutely no chance in Connecticut.

    June 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. rayofhope

    Uh... let's see... there's not much difference between the Clinton/Obama political view. They both are Democrats. One represented a little more change than the other but both represented CHANGE!!!! What's left... one is an African-American and one is a white woman, but they both represent basically the same political idealogy. And you STILL have a problem voting for Obama the DEMOCRAT!!! Come on people... it obviuos what the problem is.

    If these people vote McCain in November, they CERTAINLY deserve what they get... and thety will be some of the FIRST people crying above the state of the union and how things HAVEN'T CHANGED!!!!

    This stuff is RIDICULOUS!!!!

    June 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    McCain's rating is as high as they are now because no one has really been paying him any attention, but now that he will be more highlighted people will see him for who he is, an old out dated lying warmonger who does not have the people's best interest at heart! Once we see him on his stump speeches it will be a given that he has no place in this race.

    He needs to go after his own party's missing that Obama has by the millions.

    What about yesterday's report from Iraq, they do NOT want our troops there a second longer than it will take to build their country back, they will not side with us against Iran if a war was to break out, this came from Iraq's president's own mouth! They will not allow America to use their soil as a base to go to war with Iran. They do not want a long term base there! This civil war will continue! It is a religious one unless America can convert the millions of Muslims in the middle east there will be war there, there will be threats of war where we are there and when we leave! This war is no different than Vietnam, out of our control.

    June 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. TIAJA22

    I used to be a Clinton supporter and now I back Obama. I would never vote for McCain. Hillary lost the race to Obama fair and square. The way Clinton acted after she lost made me realize what kind of person she really is. Some people just don’t want to do what is better for the country and I feel that most of Clinton’s supporters are BITTER like she is and just can’t face reality.

    IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP AND MAKE A CHANGE!!! We will be in war forever if you don’t do what is right in your hearts. Does it take someone close to you to die in Iraq before you try to make a change? Haven’t we had enough people die already?

    And all of the pastor talk, both candidates have issues with their pastors, so let’s not make one more of an issue then the other.

    June 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Thomas

    "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."

    ALL THIS HAPPENED WHEN THE DEMOCRATES TOOK OFFICE!!! This is not Bush or McCain's fault! McCain want business to grow and they cant have that happen with gas so high he wants it lower to help business you know the people who pay your checks...

    The DNC is at fault for our trouble!

    June 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Loretta from California

    Some were'nt Democrats to begin with. They were Republicans who were permitted to vote in the Democratic Primary, and voted along racial lines in an effort to cause division within our Party. Very good strategy if you ask me. I have to give them credit.

    June 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Holly

    changing the map hahaha......

    maybe his trophy wife should change his meds!

    June 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. julie mn

    more threats from the Hitler groupies! wow, call us names ,threaten us, and Tell us to fall in line!!! NEVER, OBAMA IS LIKE HIS FOLLOWERS, A BUNCH OF THUGS!!!!!


    June 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. agib

    Obama is not know for policies but speeches , whatever little policies he talk is copied from Hillary 's book , let him pray hard that his speeches last till GE, he should not count on policies , personality or record, he has very little..

    June 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Dave

    Is there such a thing as an Obamite that can have civil discourse without insults, childish remarks, and outright lies? I have to commend McCain for being brave enough to face the likes as these at the townhall meetings he has invited Obama to attend. Of course Obama won't because that would require actually talking to a crowd instead of talking down to a crowd. Obamites are like his little sheep, waiting to be led.

    June 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. a, holley

    There are 300million people in america, There is more than one way to win an Election.

    Obama can not be stopped. No matter what you haters do.

    The last shall be first and first shall be last.

    Enough said!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Sean Lloyds

    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.

    What tha??

    Rob in Ohio, quit hating Obama backers. Go and vote for McBush and continue to watch body bags come bak from Iraq...

    Ohio dems are the most over rated bunch of whiners...

    June 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. cherish

    Watch California?!

    Yeah, right. That's a never-gonna-happen for the Republicans.

    Check out Gallup.

    June 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Beverly, NYC

    Robert @12:54: Obama's supporters will turn out on election day even if the media proclaims him a sure thing. We saw what happened to the sure thing Clinton Campaign. McCain should also learn a lesson and spend his $ wisely. He cannot get to 270 electoral votes with 17 states. But if thats their strategy this should be over by the Republican convention.

    June 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Linda31

    Wishful thinking! Did these people not see the economy? If they really think that the American people will continue to dig themselves deeper into debt, instead of trying to bring our troops home and use that money to help try and turn our economy around.

    Also, if we continue on this path, we wouldn't have to worry about immigrants coming to the US. Our dollar will be so weak that they will visit (not stay) to buy cheap goods.

    I want Obama in office for selfish reasons. I want America to return on it path to the power house it was.

    June 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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