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. Loretta from California

    in other words......WE SHOULD prepare ourselves for another round of negative attack ads and Lies.


    July 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Tammy - KCMO

    It's not going to help you. You'd have to get rid of your swiftboat buddies and charlie black and even that won't win you votes. You're ideas are too much in line with Bush policies and the majority are sick of it.

    If people are smart, the Republicans won't have a chance this year.

    July 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. gail

    mcsame is at it again. same dance differnet song

    July 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Angela

    I thought he was trying to dstance himself from Bush....

    Makes you wonder!!

    July 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Kwame

    How can McCain claim to be different than Bush if he's using the same people who crafted Bush's campaign message and strategy?

    July 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. No so far behind as expected

    McCain is doing much better than one would have expected under these circumstances.

    The Country is in a really bad way: unpopular president, anti-republican sentiment, lack of health care, a sinking economy, an unpopular war.

    This is a prime time for the democrats to retake the white house.

    Any democrat can win against any Republican- especially old and feeble McCain with luke warm backing from his own party.

    A sure win for the Democrats.

    So... lets trash, bash the best Democratic Candidate out of the running. Lets strong-arm and threaten our way to a lead. Let's paint both Clintons and all their supporters as racist. Lets lie, cheat and steal the nomination. Let's demand the superdelegates pick ME, Obama the great as the nominee.

    After all... a democratic victory this year is a given- a sure thing. So Even I, with no experience, no qualifications, no service to my country, no fixed positions on anything, a gift of gab, a smooth way of flip-flopping, and a nice smile- can take back the white house JUST BECAUSE I AM THE ONLY DEMOCRAT LEFT STANDING- after my hideous ,ugly, divisive campaign of hate.

    July 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Linda31

    Please, that is the least of your worries. Try this, the message and policies you want for this country is all wrong!

    July 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. georgia

    Add a shot of Geritol & Ginko Biloba !!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Jerry

    I'm a Republican, but I think that's a wrong choice. Steve Schmidt looks like a clan member to me.

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

    I love it! His camp had months before the Dem-Primaries ended to get its act together... 4 months to work with and look at them now!

    Ha,ha,ha,haaaaa! I love it!

    July 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. "The Great Elephant Is Wounded"-Kareem From Hampton, Va

    Hmm, havent even made it to the convention yet and already doing a campaign "shake up"! Not good!! Not good at all!!


    July 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Don't worry

    Obama is such an unqualified candidate who has destroyed his own party.

    People will not allow him to divide the nation like he divided his own party with his "UNITER" skills.

    Nor will they vote for the hype of hope who utilized hate and race baiting as a way to destroy his opponent.

    July 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. D Laney


    Sounds like McCain and the team are starting to sweat these poll numbers, Obama just keeps climbing in approval!

    Too little, too late fellas! Nice new plane and windbreaker jackets though.

    July 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Gilbert

    Aother Bush crony, we are real tired of Bush and his people and McCain is doing excatly what his boss(George) is telling him. GO OBAMA!!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Il voter

    that looks like what happened in Clinton campaign.

    July 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. be wise

    Just don't let Obama use race as a shield against criticism and as a sword to carve up his opponent- like the DNC allowed him to do to HRC.

    The media will also favor Obama over you... so look out for that as well.

    July 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Lucas, Nashville TN


    July 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Vig

    McCain & Obama, the Flipity-Flop Boys. Restore Hillary Clinton's candidacy. Join Write-In's for Hillary and print her name on your November ballot as your choice for President of the USA.

    July 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. sigrid johnson

    It seems that the McCain campaign is starting to realize that they cannot compete with Barak Obama which is the best candidate of the two, and is about time that Mc Cain realizes that he has nothing going for him, starting with his age, the same ideology as Bush and his old fashioned thinking.

    God bless America if this old fool is elected.

    July 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Zaco

    Panic, Panic, Panic! McBush. We've seen shakeups in the past

    July 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. mike

    whatever it takes – its a must win.

    July 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Steve

    Sounds like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, after it has hit an iceberg, to me.....

    July 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Sheila

    I found a grammatical error in the "Amid concern, shakeup at McCain campaign" story. See below with correction in parenthesis. The word "able" was excluded.

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

    Thank you,

    July 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Emma, San Jose, CA

    No matter who is in charge of McCain's campaign, it won't change the
    fact that he wants to continue fighting in Iraq rather than let Iraq take more responsibility for making their country secure. It also will not change the fact that McCain is forgetful and that he does not have an adequate plan to improve the economy. And he is too much like Bush.

    July 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Puma pac er

    Obama is an installed candidate.

    Many democrats can not stomach the vile, hateful, campaign he waged.

    We do not care for swiftboating the BEST candidate the party had.

    You are not so far behind as expected at this point.

    July 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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