July 17th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain: Not taking Nebraska for granted

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OMAHA, Nebraska (CNN) - John McCain has made a recent habit of telling audiences at his fundraisers that he is “the underdog in this race.”

But is he so far behind Barack Obama that he’ll spend serious time and money competing in …Nebraska?

"We are the underdog," McCain said at a finance event in Ashland, Nebraska Wednesday night. "We are not taking the state of Nebraska for granted. I’m going to campaign here and compete here and I need your help. We need to organize. We need to get out the vote. We’ve got a headwind because our economy’s tough.”

According to the CNN Electoral Map, Nebraska is solidly red, a “safe” state for McCain. The state hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964.

It’s one of two states, along with Maine, that splits its electoral votes according to congressional districts – one vote for each of the state’s three congressional districts, with two more votes allocated to the state winner.

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  1. Go Blue in NE

    Actually, he was here for a fundraiser...local news says about 300 contributors attended receptions at SAC Museum – I had heard 1,000. each was the cost.

    He was sure to mention Tom Osborne though, that should score points with the Nebraska Republicans! I am surprised Bob Devaney's name didn't come up.

    He seems to be attached to places and events that happened "way back there"

    July 17, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. JMaina

    McCain has all to renounce his Foreign Policy credential over Obama.
    First, a Presidential Candidate, or a President in that case, does not visit foreign countries for fact finding to formulate and declare his Foreign Policy. That is being naive. Not only he must have the Policy right from the beginning, but also essential that he makes it public before foreign visits. McCain goes to foreign (County/States) visits empty handed to gather opinions from foreign sources and advisers during visits then make policy. This is weird.

    Second, Obama's visit is not a fact finding mission. He has his position made clear right from the "word go". He opposed the Iraq war, correctly foresaw its unbearable consequences, advocates for withdrawal and focus on Afghanistan. The surge and whatever success one may suggest are immaterial to him. Instead of doubting Obama's objection to the surge, for instance, the Americans should ask McCain how many Americans died both in Iraq and Afghanistan from when the so-called successful surge began? How much money spent in Iraq in the surge? How do such loss of lives and American tax payers money make America safer? I know even Obama commits serious mistake for making economy priority at the expense of the precious lives lost in the Iraq war, including the so-called successful surge. Hard to see the logic talking about war veterans and tour of duties while hardly mentioning innocently lost lives.

    Third, McCain's trap was to label Obama flip-flopper, he wanted him to revise his stance on Iraq's surge after the visit to get what to say in the Campaign trail. He is empty handed, no wonder his policies are "Sen. Obama says...., he has nothing to offer Americans other than being a POW".

    McCain, "You do not visit foreign Countries or war zones empty handed. You put something on the table so your hosts can have what to discuss as you visit them."

    July 17, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. VB

    Mccain/Jeb Bush '08

    July 17, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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