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. Steve in DC

    Famous last words...

    June 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Republican for Obama

    Get off your high horses! I can quote an equal amount of inflammatory abusive comments by Clinton supporters for every one of the same from an Obama supporter. The fact is people get on the Internet with their false sense of anonymity and spew whatever raw emotion they are feeling at the time. Reading these blogs just feeds into the divisions that have been created by this administration over the past 8 years and Clinton went down the same road. When was the last time you had a Democrat in a primary state that the Republican contender would be a better President than their party cohort? America has responded to devision and most of us have had enough and want it to end.

    It's time for maturity and responsibility, grow up people, from all three camps!

    June 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Dave Milwaukee, WI

    If this guy thinks he will win Wisconsin he needs to be tested for drugs. He will lose this state by AT LEAST 15 points.

    June 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Unempressed voter

    I thought McCains war experience tells him not to tell the enemy what you're going to do?

    June 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. LT

    Hillry suporters,

    Sorry she didn't win. If you want to vote for McCain, then do it, but that would mean you have never truly supported Hillary who now supports Obama.....or you have never been a democrat in the first place.

    June 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Gadissa

    What is McCaine going to offer Mr. Clinton's Supporter? I don't think this people favers 100 more years of wars. We are even going to have those thoughtfull Republicans who wants change to vote for us.

    June 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Nikole

    Believe this if you want to; but it means you are in for a big surprise come election night.

    June 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. tj

    CNN, plz post this
    DNC & liberal media (CNN & MSNBC) made all it could to provide McCain victory in Novermber.
    Alienating democrats base – moderate democrats in favor of ultra liberal inexperienced candidate – I hope they will have sober wake up in November.
    Obama didn't win primaries – he stole it from more experienced and strong candidate with help of DNC, media and hijacked by moveon.org caucases.
    DNC is happy that so many young people were brought to this election by Obama – well , this is true, but the fighat had to be fair.
    It didn't happen.
    The way how Hillary & Bill was treated by their own party for which they made more that all this DNC – it's great shame.
    I am dropping DNC & vote McCain this year.
    Ask Hillary supporters do the same.
    We are voting person – not Party.
    Also I stopped watching CNN (never watched MSNBC before).
    I just cannot standing seeing any more faces of Cafferty, Blitzer, Anderson, Donna Brazile.
    All of you are patheric joke of prefessionalizm

    June 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. kim portland, oregon

    his connection to LIEberman will certainly put connecticut on play--they'll run, not walk, from mccain!!!

    lieberman is as old and out of touch as mccain.

    i am actually worried about mccain. he has looked VERY old and tired and sickly lately, even more than before. if he's this bad NOW, he would NOT survive a 4-year presidency. he looks more and more like the Crypt Keeper every week, he is not a healthy looking man and is just waaaayyyy too old to be president. if you really like john mccain, do him a favor and dont vote for him, he is one very unhealthy and sickly old guy!

    and his old-fashioned, out of touch, and harmful positions on the important issues, are also unhealthy and sickly!!!

    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO MORE NEOCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Proud American

    Rob the only dispicable thing here is the fact that anyone would even consider voting for Mcsame. After all the hardship we Americans are facing here and abroad. Why would anyone want to continue the same failed policies of the Republican party?!? Now thats dispicable.

    June 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Sue

    To all angry Clinton supporters: I say, go ahead. Vote for McCain. As a woman, I would love to see Roe vs Wade overturned, and my children dying in Iraq for the next 100 years. And please, while you're at it, throw me over a cliff.

    Hillary will be part of the Obama cabinet – everyone wants that.

    Get over your anger. Voting for McCain because you're angry is STUPID.
    Dems are smarter than that.

    June 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Sean

    Weatherman: I hope you know how to write yourself. What is this then my friend " bet [here] grammar is horrible showing a lack of education."

    June 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. No longer a republican

    I have voted republican the last 4 elections and i'm proud to say after this historic primary season that i'm voting for Obama. At all his rallies the crowd's are so diverse: blacks, whites, rich, poor, male and female. Where as McCain rallies are 99% white people and Hillary's consisted of mostly women. This shows me that Obama has the ability to bring people of all backgrounds together. And Remember he had close to 18 million people vote for him to during the primaries.

    "people fear what they dont understand & hate what they can't conquer"

    June 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Peter

    What!!!!!!!!! God help America

    June 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Shannon Bowling Green, KY

    To Jim from Illinois, it will be a cold day down 'there' before I submit to B. Hussein Obama! He is NOT my new leader. I WILL be voting for McCain. B. Hussein Obama doesn't represent my interests.

    June 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Arkansas Undertaker

    If Obama doesnt win n November, we can thank Hillary Clintons supporters.

    But what makes the Hillary supporters think we will ever vote for Hillary Clinton in 2012 if Obama loses in the fall.

    Clinton Supporters- :If you dont vote for BARACK OBAMA in 2008, and he looses. WE Obama supporters will not vote for HILLARY CLINTON in 2012.

    TAKE THAT!!!!!


    June 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. arun

    "Hey "me", (12:50 pm) I am going from Clinton to McCain for policy reasons"

    Well since Clinton and McCain have diametrically opposite views on policy, I wonder which policy decisions made you switch from Clinton to McCain.

    June 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. godlesspriest

    As a high-income elitist liberal, I applaud the actions of Democrats who are bitter enough to vote for McCain. His economic policies will ruin you, enrich me, and I won't have to feel guilty because you brought it on yourselves.

    June 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. East Coast Bum

    5 months to go.....and the GOP will lose. They have no idea in which to take our country. Look at the past 7 years and we all know that direction DID NOT WORK. But yet the GOP countines down this path. You will pay for what you people did to our country. Conservatives, please go away. Your love of money will NOT deter the OBAMA NATION.

    P.s. We want our country back. Obama will ensures that happens.

    June 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Tammy - KCMO

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

    I still would like to know why people say this?

    – family values? ask his ex-wife about that
    – stance on war? are you sending your kids to war for him?
    – economy? he's admitted he knows nothing about the economy

    So what is it that makes you want to vote for him?

    I would hope you know that if McCain wins due to Hillary supporter crossover voting that even if she runs again in 2012 she won't have a chance in winning. Don't you think we will remember? Or will she run as a Republican next time?

    June 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Obama 4 President

    he's a distant cousin idiot

    Lincoln and Davis were distant cousins that didn't affect their disdain for each other

    If you think McCain is a better choice than Obama Fine, McCain will not fix this mess and will start war with Iran

    The Blood of the soldiers and civilians who die in Iraq and Iran is on your hands and every other Hillary supporter that bickers about the primary results. You claim she was cheated, she lost fair and square. She underestimated obama and paid for it.

    Your Candidate lost and now you're crying like a 5 year old who lost a game of Monopoly and can't take the loss. you claim he doesn't have exp. how much exp did clinton have? Was it really all that much more than Obama? No, she was running on her husband's experience.

    You Claim Sexism held her back. Didn't Obama deal with Racism?

    June 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Dude

    "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 have a job, I don't own a businees. My grammar is horrible, however, so is yours. "their" versus "there"

    June 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Stan

    Lieberman will deliver CT?: That's just stupid.

    California in play?: Are they high or just delusional.

    "All we need is 25% of the Black vote.": That answers it – Delusional.

    June 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Tired of the antics, PA

    Sad to see the die hard supporters of Clinton who dishonor her stance on so many issues just because they are personally offended. Get over it, Senator Clinton is moving on and realizes the real choice between McCain and Obama. Her stance on issues is much closer to Obama's. I wonder why free thinking supporters of her would jump to McCain and the possible reasons don't reflect well on them. Don't let fellow bloggers determine what Obama's views are.

    June 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. People are you listening

    obama is a snake oil salesman, opportunist, racist, sexist, muslim, elitist, with an ugly american hating wife and I will never vote for him.........And he comes the funny part.....

    Because HIS supporters are so hateful.

    June 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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