August 9th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
12 years ago

A role reversal for McCain, Obama campaigns

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="While Barack Obama is on vacation, John McCain is hitting the campaign trail."]
(CNN) - It was a familiar scene the past couple of months: Barack Obama out on the campaign trail during the weekends while his, John McCain, was off the trail.

So call it a role reversal this weekend.

The Democrat’s presumptive presidential nominee is in Hawaii this weekend and all next week. So what’s on his agenda? Here’s what he said upon arrival in Hawaii Friday night: “I’m really looking forward to spending some time with my family, having a chance to see my grandma.”

Obama grew up in Hawaii and his grandmother and other relatives still live there. But while his plan for the week is some R and R, it’s a safe bet this could be sort of a working vacation for him.

Why? Because the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Denver two weeks from Monday, and Obama needs to start thinking about his nomination acceptance speech.

But there’s another reason. Obama has a big thing on his to do list before the start of the convention, and that’s pick a running mate.

McCain, meanwhile, is on the campaign trail all weekend. He’s in Las Vegas Saturday, to address the 87th annual convention of the Disabled American Veterans.

On Sunday, the Senator from Arizona will campaign in Erie, Pennsylvania. He’ll team up with Erie native Tom Ridge. The former Secretary of Homeland Security and former Pennsylvania Governor is considered to be in the running as a candidate as McCain’s running mate.

Asked by reporters Friday night about taking down time, McCain said even when he isn’t on the campaign trail, he’s still working hard on his campaign.

“What we try to do is take a day or two down. But it seems that when I do that, then they fill it up with briefings and prep and issues and meetings. Since our schedule is public. Last Saturday, ok that is a down day. Start out with meetings and it lasts all day long until the evening,” said the Republican’s presumptive presidential nominee.

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Rob

    I am very excited to see who Obama chooses as vp. He is in a minefield. He has the clinton/unite party issue. He has less experience than pretty much all vp options. He could beef up the ticket with someone great, but that would shift the balance of power away from him. I think maybe that is why he does not want clinton. he wants to be a strong president, not a puppet to the vp. Who could he choose that would make america trust him more but still see him as in charge? I would think it would be someone very accomplished and old and appears socially weak but honest. Or maybe strong, but acts kinda shy around obama himself. without looking like he is being blackmailed by obama.
    I hope obama chooses quickly after his vacation.

    I think clinton would really be a great choice. At the end of the day, she really has the second weakest resume in pres race after obama himself. She is weak on experience but has been in the "industry" for a long time, and it would unite the party very strongly. The downside is that she has strong support within the party and could cause him trouble if she wanted. Many americans would feel a lot more comfortable with obama's past acquaintences with her on ticket. I guarantee clinton would cause obama to get huge bump in poll numbers. The far-left base and the more moderate base would both be energized. Those angry clinton supporters hoping for a way out will be glad to have excuse to let past wrongs be forgotten. Just give them an excuse Obama! They want the dem party to win so bad, but have committed themselves to her from genderloyalty, a form of bigotry. How hard will it be to reverse bigotry? Pick hillary, that is your only way with some of them

    August 9, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Disappointed in DC

    Obama could never take the role of scum sucker from McSame...this headline is a disgrace.

    August 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. ken levy

    Talk about a flip flopper.Obama would not agree to count the votes in Florida and Michigan after Hillary won both states in the primary.Now he says lets count all the votes.Also Obama has known about the Edwards affair since April.Thats when he went to NC and spent the weekend at Edwards home.The deal they had during the debates to beat up on Hillary,then I will give you the VP after I win fell threw when Obama was told of the affair,bastar baby,and the $15,000.00 a month his lover was getting to keep it quiet.Had Obama picked Edwards not having this iformation it would have been the kiss of death.One wonders what all Obama has hideing in his closet.Maybe the good Rev Wright could help us out.

    August 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. mark NYC

    Wow way to go, already takrn time off! Great example of what is to come, lets sit back and let someone else worry about the energy crisis.

    I wish we still had Clinton in the race, but I guess Amercia does not feel a woman can handle the job.

    I might as well vote for Paris Hilton

    August 9, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Independent

    Leave Your Comment

    Why, filter out those that don't fit your needs for the day and post those that stir up others.

    August 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. Spirit of America

    After meeting disabled vets in Las Vegas, McCain should stop by the national offices of Pax Christi in Erie (PA) and find out from them how to stop creating a whole new generation of disabled vets.

    August 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Vig

    We don't want Obama. We want Hillary. Her name will be placed in nomination and delegates should seriously consider pledging to her because Obama will lose in November. Obamaspeak is not impressive. Obama is not impressive as a substantive visionary leader. He's full of charm and words – and not much of anything else.

    August 9, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Vigla

    Take a much needed week off Senator Obama. When you return, refreshed and ready to run a successful, unified convention, you can then focus on Senator McCain and convincing the remaining 15% of americans who have not chosen why you are the better choice.

    I can't wait for McCain to start responding to adultery charges. He did the exact same thing Edwards did. Only worse. He left his wife and married Barbie the rich heiress so he could satisfy his political ambition.

    August 9, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Dr. Willie


    Please take this well-deserved vacation and spend some time with your beautiful family. If you have a chance for some light reading, please take time to read "IF" by Rudyard Kipling and "It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar A. Guest. . As someone who has been traveling across the country visiting all of the Presidential LIbraries in the country and reading about the impact of the Presidents on Civil Rights, I must say that this country has come quite a long way. I someday hope to read about your great deeds in your Presidential Library. But, it all starts with a victory in November.

    So, please rest up, recharge the battery, and come out swinging when you return because you are so close that "I can just taste it."

    Dr. Willie

    August 9, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. T.S.

    When I say I will cast my symbolic write-in vote of protest for Hillary Clinton if Obama does NOT put her on the Democratic ticket as VP, that is exactly what I mean. I have no delusions that Senator Clinton will actually be elected President of the United States in a write-in campaign. I POSITIVELY WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR McCAIN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and the only way I would consider voting for Obama is IF and only IF Clinton is on the ticket as VP. I would have no other choice. I just could NOT, in all good conscience, vote for EITHER McCAIN or for an OBAMA administration without CLINTON. But he solution is so simple. If Barack Obama really wants to energize and excite American voters, to truly UNIFY the Democratic Party, and to WIN the election in November, all he has to do is push his ego aside, respect Senator Clinton (and her 18 million), do the right thing for America, and offer Hillary Clinton the VP spot on the Democratic ticket. That way, BOTH Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton could make history. Now that would be EXCITING and ENERGIZING! An OBAMA-CLINTON win in 2008 would be an even bigger WIN for AMERICA! BOTH Senator Obama and Senator Clinton should push their individual egos aside and agree to start saving America TOGETHER!

    August 9, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Lili, FL

    Americans are concerned about the economy and you are reporting Obama's trip to see his grampa!!! Are you kidding?

    We already know CNN loves Obama, but give it a rest, report something that is important to America!

    August 9, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. Dan

    Obama is going to stop the world with his speech at the DNC. You think Kennedy was good, just wait until the DNC. You are going to see people come out of the woodwork to support him with thier pocketbooks. Mark my words.

    August 9, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Sam Willer

    Don't overdue it Johnny ole boy, you might need a nap!

    August 9, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. ex-Republican for Obama

    What McWar doing talking to disabled vets? He doesn't support vets and he doesn't support disabled people.

    August 9, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. MM

    Why is this a story? yawn

    August 9, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Loving Obama

    McCain. go somewhere and sit down. I don't understand why people think you are trustworthy but not Obama. You are a cheater like John Edwards and you are no better than than Larry Craig. We need Obama to make America whole and strong agaom.

    August 9, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. yankeegirl15

    Oh goody, Erie is Eriesistable. Stop in Warren, PA (Next County) They will love you there. They like Republicans there too. And most Democrats are those hillbilly ones. They LOVE their guns and religion too. I know-I grew up there.

    August 9, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. joseph marcucilli

    Tom Ridge the color code guy,who is pro-choice?That will go over big with evangelicals.Why not spend the week making up more lies about obama which his campaign seems to enjoy and oh yes calling Obama a celebrity when McCain has been on the national stage ever since he dumped his first wife for Cindy.

    August 9, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Henry

    America will disappoint the expectation of the world if they don't ellect Mr Obama as president. The world wants nothing but a change in American's presidency.

    August 9, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. jordan davis

    Wolf, is it true that former democratic presidential candidate john edwards lied during the presidential campaign trail and why is that a good enough reason for him?

    August 10, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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