July 2nd, 2008
04:22 PM ET
15 years ago

Amid concern, shakeup at McCain campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/02/art.schmidt.ap.jpg caption="Schmidt is taking over day-to-day operations in the McCain campaign."](CNN) - John McCain’s campaign announced a shakeup at the top Wednesday, in the wake of growing Republican concern about its ability to compete against Barack Obama.

Campaign Manager Rick Davis said Tuesday morning that senior adviser Steve Schmidt would take over day-to-day operations of the campaign. The Bush campaign veteran will report to Davis, but the rest of the campaign will report to Schmidt, who will be in charge of everything from message and communications, to the political structure and organization to scheduling.

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  1. John B. From New Hampshire

    Sweating a bit under the collar are we?? one would think Charlie Black would have been the one to go. should be anyway after his terror baiting comments!

    OBAMA '08

    July 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Obama/Hillary 08

    I wonder if Joe Liberman is the one that is going to launches the new terror attack. Please stop scaring people for political reason. America, it is not true no terror attack in 2009. If there is one Joe Lieberman and the Republican Party is behind it.

    July 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Franky

    I see.........he's bringing up the big boys!!

    Alright Dems, just tell me where to sign! LOL!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. TESAP

    Schmidt’s top priority, according to a senior aide, will be to stop “errors in the campaign.”


    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE....................... 🙂

    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Tim

    Another Bush adviser getting a leading position in the McCain campaign?

    He does not need to wonder why people call him McSame...

    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Faraday, MI

    Doesn't matter, the candidate is still John McSame. The country is bushed, pun intended. We want change.

    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. L

    you'll be fine. I do think you need to do a bit more for the conservative base, but there are enough conservatives behind you to help out, so you'll be fine. Obama has to try and reach out to a whole new audience (the independents), so his work isnt easy either.


    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Glad to hear you're on the case, John.

    I want you to WIN!

    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Mark

    There are quite some Bush people now in the McCain campagin – including chief fundraiser Bush himself.

    July 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Chris K

    I guess Darth Vader and Karl Rove are keeping their involvement behind the scenes.

    A skunk wrapped in Christmas paper is still a skunk. Good luck Mr. Schmidt. Democrats are not going to sit by and let you do your usual job of burying the public in lies. Not this time my friend.

    July 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Independent-Minded American

    This sounds familiar... Remember the multiple HRC "shake ups"?
    This is the first major executive experience for all these candidates, and I think it's just fair to judge their ability to run a whole country by their ability to run a simple campaign.

    By this metric, Obama wins hands-down!

    July 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. KJ, GA

    Well, they can shake things up, but Obama's campaign is fare superior with people and policies alike. This just screams deperation to me...it's not gonna make a big difference, they republicans imply chose th wrong candidate and there's nothing they can do!


    July 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. mathew

    this is an article about obama

    July 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    mccain you cant even run a campaign right how in the hll are you gonna run this country pretty sad when his own party the gop is putting him down ha ha ha

    July 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. pam Eugene OR

    It is about time. His whole campaign has been helter skelter with no consistent messages. One day he is for something and the next day against. He makes so many blunders and often "misspeaks". I have no clue what his points are or where he stands currently on most of the issues.

    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. DD

    John McCain is going to start world war 3.

    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. G

    Shakeup = going more negative.
    So don't be surprise people when this happens.

    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. The Gonz

    What too many lobbiest so they can't figure out who's paying for what job? Just think if Bush cronies are running his campain then these same cronies will be running the White House for 4 more years!

    Go McSame

    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Anita from Arizona

    A hint for what's to come if McCain gets elected? Maybe. Or another example of McCain poor judgement.

    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Another exciting chapter from The McCain Mutiny.

    Don't miss next week's installment, when Captain John McQueeg goes ballistic in "The Case of the Missing Strawberries."

    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Jay

    GOOD. Obama is all tall. Him and his supporters think he is a GOD an no one can talk about him. Everything is racist. Thats the only thing they know how to call.

    McCain...Go Get him.. I hope that was not racist??

    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Shelly in IL

    Stop playing dirty, get to the real issues, show more civility and drop Black from your camp then maybe you will appear more electable and not have so many problems. This is Obama's year.


    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. s katz

    Without any core values, it appears that McCain will be shaking up his campaign as necessary, on a regular basis to match the narrative of the week. If this 'maverick' could actually stand up for some value or principle and stock to it, it would probably help.

    Getting rid of all the lobbyists that infest his campaign staff on the 'Straight Talk Express' would empty his bus.

    For get about the liberals, I do not understand how any thinking conservative could ever support this guy. Bob Barr looks mighty appealing as the real standard bearer of conservative values in this election cycle.

    July 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Felines for Freedom

    Good luck with that McCain. However, it seems the Obama campaign is always one step ahead, as the Clintons learned to their (and my) chagrin. I have been very impressed with Obama campaign machine and if he and his selected team can manage the government as well as the campaign, America will be in for a treat when he is President.

    July 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Doers and Achievers

    No matter what shake-up is going on, McCain cannot compete with a man who is faithful to his wife and family.

    July 2, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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