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. grammarboy


    be sure you understand the difference between 'there' and "their". It makes your post a little 'ironic.'

    June 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. MLG

    I am from Ohio and will be voting for MCCAIN 08. He is not my first choice but I will not vote for Obama. NEVER.

    June 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Paul

    To Jim from Illinois: No I don't think I will submit to Obama but thanks for the condescending, arrogant choice of words. Typical of the Obama campaign supporters all along. All you Obamatrons may "line up and submit" but for those of us who are free thinking Democrats, we will make our own choice in November, thank you, and your candidate, BHO, may, just may, be in deep doo doo.

    June 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. dwc

    Interesting, any comments agreeing with McCain (longer than 3 sentences) seem to disappear. No matter, if you don't accept rational arguments, suffice it to say " I will never vote for Sen. Obama, he is no more qualified than he was last fall, and at least now he can't copy Sen. Clinton's answers in debates."

    June 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. the hate



    June 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. scott

    they all say that Hillary and OB,s veiws are the ssame so if you voted for Hillary you should vote for OB but they dont understand there are diffrences. Hillary has proven in the past she can get things done and will go against the party. McCain has also proved this in the past. OB on the other hand not so much..........his Unity party is full of Hate....his past is not very record based in making things happen, but gather the young to vote and overturn the DEM party. He did this in Chicago with voting process he managed to do this in the primary and I think people maybe catching on to him at least us so called Dumb voters..

    June 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. LB

    All I ask of the Hillary supporters is to give Obama a fair look once he and McCain start talking issues side by side. I for one (as a 56 year old white women) can not wait to compare the two together. So far Obama has my vote since Hillary is out of the race. Their issues are almost identical. Yes Obama may not have much experience, but he will have plenty of experience sitting along side of him at the white house and he does have good judgement, good common sence, and that says a lot to me. There are a lot of really smart people out there but they usually don't have a lick of brains when it comes to other people and how people feel about things – that is McCain. His way or the Highway. I think its the age factor. I for one as I've gotten older I get more stubborn, less agreeable and for some reason think everyone should agree with me because it is due me. This is how I see McCain and his issues and ideas.

    June 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Scott FL

    Gas prices are not the president's fault.
    The people who say that truly do NOT understand economics.
    Gas prices are 4$ a gallon because of supply and demand.
    You want to lower gas prices, go for shale oil.

    June 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. David in Illinois

    McCain winning California and Wisconsin? I'm almost laughing too hard to keep typing. His electoral map is, to borrow a line from President Clinton, "one of the biggest fairy tales I've ever seen."
    McCain wants to spend TRILLIONS more on the Iraq war but isn't even talking about what this nation will do to cope with $5 per gallon gas/rising food prices/more and more joblessness... the domestic "to-do" list keeps getting longer and longer. Don't forget the nearly 50 million without health insurance.
    The gas spiral alone has cost Americans $2 trillion MORE in costs. So who's going to pay for 100 more years of war????? Who's going to pay to rebuild OUR bridges and schools???
    People, people –especially you Democrats and independents. Is this the man you REALLY want to vote for??? Are these the policies you really support and will endorse just out of personal SPITE??? Any Hillary backers who plan to vote for McCain or stay home truly dishonor and disrespect her candidacy. Hillary wasn't a poor loser, but many of her supporters are. And that's just a shame.

    June 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Democrat for Life

    FYI Hillary Supporters,
    I had a republican neighbor tell me this weekend that he and a gropu of his friends likes to go on this blog and portray himself as Hillary supporters that will never vote for Obama just to get other Hillary supporters to follow suit. He said it is his greatest joy to see how fast Hillary supporters will turn against their own party. He also stated that republicans would never do that. Just thought you should know...

    Democrat 08

    June 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. mikky from grand rapids, michigan

    You have my Vote McCain. I was one of those votes Obama stoled out of Michigan!

    June 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Sarah

    Obama will take Texas
    Watch out McSame...!

    June 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    To Rob "I am going from Clinton to McCain for policy reasons." On policy issues Obama and Clinton are virtually identical. The only issues McCain and Clinton agree on are minor and for the most part gimmicks, for example, the gas tax holiday. That won't do anything. Issues like education, health care and the war, Clinton and Obama are nearly identical McCain is the opposite. Anyone who says they are swtiching form Clinton to McCain for policy reasons is deceiving themselves. If you really want a state of perpetual war and further decline inthe US economy then go ahead and vote for McCain but that is not what Hillary stood for.

    June 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Agnostic Democrat

    Tell McSham that Wisconsin is smarter than that. Even Hillary found that out the hard way. She started negative T.V. ads here before she set foot in the state. We like our candidates as we like our cheese: Real and not Cheez Whiz in a can.

    June 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. joe

    democrats for mccain now

    democrats for mccain now

    democrats for mccain now

    June 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. What republicans want?

    They want the Dems to put the Clinton on the ticket so that they can crush Dems in Nomvember. Dems, don't fall into this trick and play the kind of the Rep want us to play. Let them keep on dreaming.

    June 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Still for Hill

    I can't wait for the Obama/McCain town hall meetings. Obama supporters are in for a big surprise. Obama will not be able to run away from the hard questions too much longer. Hopefully, the public will be asking questions at the town hall meetings. Obama will no longer have his teleprompter or Hillary to answer his questions for him.

    By the way, when will Obama visit our troops in Iraq? He is wanting to be Commander-In-Cheif?

    Hillary does not need to join the ticket as VP. I don't want to see her join a losing ticket.

    A Vote For McCain=A Vote against Hussien

    June 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Quinn

    Watch out Democrats!

    GOP bloggers are posing as both Hillary AND Barack supporters. They are swearing to NOT for Barack and insulting Hillary supporters. Don't be fooled.

    Every year the GOP promises to win California and they never do. It's just a way to bait the Democrats into spending money where they shouldn't.

    McCain is done.
    Obama / Clinton 08!

    June 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Moderates Unite

    McCain has eschewed the radical right wing elements of the Republican Party and has drawn the scorn of right wing radio and religous zealots for doing so.

    Obama, however, has embraced the left winged lunatic fringe (as indicated by the idiots on this blog who support him and can't spell or even present a coherent argument for Obama's naive policy stances)

    Moderates please unite behind the only true centrist still in this campaign.

    America needs an experienced, well balanced leader for President....not an inexperienced but very gifted motivational speaker

    June 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Nto in TX

    Let the games begin and the winner be revealed wit time. This time last year noone thought Obama would win...

    June 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. JJ

    He really thinks he can win in California???? Please! Cali is "D" all the way. He can waste his money campaigning there if he wishes.

    I'm still shaking my head over the people who call themselves Democrats but are willing to vote for someone who will keep Bush's tax cuts the same as they are, get Supreme Judges in the court to overturn Roe vs Wade and vote for a person who disrespects his wife by calling her out of her name. Oh yeah, and vote for a person who can't even come up with his campaign slogan. "A Leader You can Believe in". Gimme a break!

    June 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Loretta from California

    California? Not!!! McCain came to my City and less than a thousand people were there to support him, and we are considered a heavily Republican City.

    Better look elsewhere.

    June 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Chicago Erik

    I love that we are still seeing Hillary/McCain 08 postings from people. Did all of you stop watching the news after the Primary season was over? Hillary Clinton herself (your favorite candidate) says to vote for Obama. She said, "Yes We Can". It is time now to stop being sour grapes and understand that the differences between Obama and Clinton are NOWHERE near the differences between Obama and McCain. If you really are a democrat you will vote for Obama in the Fall. All of this petty stuff is out of control.

    I see comments in here that say "I am not voting for Obama because of all of these crazy Obama supporters". Well, you aren't voting for the Obama supporters, you are voting for Obama our democratic nominee. Really look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself why you won't vote for Obama. Is it the policies? Is it that Hillary was so different? Or really is it something else? (I don't even have to make mention of the race card here).

    June 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. McCain08

    Yes you can. This election is yours to lose as there are so many people that do not want to see our country go down the drain, as it would with Barrack

    June 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Boston

    Hillary Clinton's supporters are a bunch of sore loosers. I bet even if Mcwar wins, they're still going to complain about how the DNC gave the nomination to Obama. I have news for you Clinton supporters, even if Hillary were to come back in 2012, She still won't get the black votes.

    June 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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