August 9th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
13 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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Shannon

    grandma the racist, interesting!

    August 9, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Proud American

    McCain=Same old worthless ideas!

    August 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Jill-IN

    McCain's voting record for Veterans benefits and help is lousy. Hope they remember this today.

    August 9, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Texas Trail Dog!

    That's because OBAMA thinks hes has all us HILLARY supporters wrapped up and the Presidency is his. NOT!!!

    August 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Mslola

    For once McSurge is working on the weekend! Just like the rest of America! Keep trying but know this you won't win come November.
    Obama 2008!

    August 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Tyler in Raleigh

    Good for McCain, he finally managed to stay up for an entire week! After all, he calls Congress lazy- when he himself has neglected his "day job" to campaign.

    Still, its not like he has work to do. Just stand up, call Obama a celebrity (as if its awful that the citizens, media and other countries respect our president because he can speak ENGLISH unlike Bush) and volunteer his wife for biker topless contests.

    August 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Kimberly from Houston, TX

    McLair, you should remind the Disabled American Veterans how you have voted against Veteran benefits every chance you got!

    August 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Griff

    So Hawaii. CNN? He was brought up in Hawaii. CNN. But you won't say, "Where he was Born". I wonder Why???? You don't Know..

    August 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. just cant get it right

    i am confused...what can McCain say to these Disabled Vets..."sorry i voted AGAINST anything that could have helped you" i mean really, this is the type of politician who will pander to a pedophile...or anyone else who would marry a woman young enough to be his get a vote. John McCain is disgusting

    August 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Charles

    Any Republican would be doing just as good as the NOminee, the only people that want McCain are people who are voting against Obama. McCain has no excitement to his campaign. Huckabee had excitement, Romney had excitement. McCain does not inspire excitement, I read about a Possible DUI he had gotten a few years ago and it seems that has gotten swept under the rug some how too. I dont know maybe Ive lost faith in the process, I had lost faith in politicians a lont time ago.

    August 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. william Spivey

    What's the matter Big Mc, the work getting to you? Putz you are a loser.

    August 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Sherry, Atlanta

    First Week-End that John McCain has worked, THIS YEAR!!!

    August 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. pete

    whoa! one event a day? five, maybe six days a week?
    i think i need a nap...Good thing the presidency is a cruz job....

    August 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Bobby

    McCain is going to need a lot more vacation than Obama if he becomes president. He'll need a lot more sleep too. Oh, and he'll need someone to remind him that Czechoslovakia is not a country, Iraq and Afghanistan don't share a border, and that he is an expert on foreign policy because it will be easy to forget...because he is old

    August 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. DR. YES

    i'm not sure mccain has the stamina for this.he seems confused at times.

    August 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Karen-phoenix

    Amazing! McCain works an average of 3 or 4 days a week. Won't happen again in my life time! He just toooo old, out of touch, out dated and we need to march on with a new, bright, intellegent young man that can work 24/7 and still keep his senses. Go Obama!!!

    August 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. B.F

    Jealousy is a terrible personality trait which seems to be coming from the McCain campaign in abundance these days and it has brought down many leaders in due time due to being blind sided by it. The blasphemy ad really underlines a man' s character who states he is highly superstitious and has his lucky penny in his pants pocket when we as Christians trust in the words on the penny: IN GOD WE TRUST. Sen. McCain's campaign staff called us Americans whiners when his campaign now is whining daily. Talk about the facts and trouble us everyday citizens face daily in this country where our infra-structure is falling apart, jobs are vanishing to third world countries, illegal immigrant gangs are terrorizing our cities and most of us can't get afford to go to the doctor due to non health care.
    Get to the real issues and graduate from preschool will you? We deserve better from a man who wants to be our commander in chief!

    August 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. kathryn

    It's about time the media starts to balance the coverage of these 2, and stop forcing Obama down our throats. It seems Obama has even gotten the message that he is over-exposed with CNNs poll last week showing how 50% of Americans have heard too much about him, (probably why he's running off on vacation.) The media SHOULD have been spending more time trying to "dig for the truth" about people like John Edwards,(who project one image but live a different reality,) instead of pushing their choice for president on us and actively ignoring the truth about a fellow liberal.
    Kathryn, Amherst MA

    August 9, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Eli

    OH LORD he is family seeing his TYPICAL WHITE GRANDMOTHER, I guess he is tryign to get his poll ratings up.

    LIFE LONG DEMOCRAT not voting for the BIG O.

    August 9, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. R. E. M.

    It amazes me that Obama calling himself the 'ONE' to unite all Americans has in fact divided not only the American Public but has also almost split the Democratic party in two. I sure miss the old Democratic party of Scoop Jackson et al. This may be the 1st year in 36 years of voting that I wont make it to the polls. Pretty sad the Democratic party cant do any better then Obama and Hillary. The Democratic party has become a party of divisivness and a collection of special interests. Maybe its time for a real 3rd party made up of the people in the middle. A party that does not include any left wing socialists or right wingers. Sad SAD sAd state of affairs in our American politics.

    August 9, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Susie Tx

    *** Obama on vacation ...Mccain on campaign trail***
    McAttack should be in a Convalescent Center....McCain spends most of his time thinking about Senator Obama and how he can Attack !!!
    Relax McCain he's on Vacation

    August 9, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. ex republican

    hint to Obama campaign: Hit mcCANE with the adultry charge!!!! now is the time!!

    August 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Zhonni

    I think McCain's attack would backfire on him. He is the one that has appeared in many spots on TV and has 9 houses and wears a $500 shoe.

    Who's the celebrity? McCain, Bar(r) (or) None.

    August 9, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Sue in MI

    Could have fooled me, John. Or don't you listen to the briefings and preps well enough to actually remember facts? Of course, this week you've just spent your time complaining about Obama, so I guess that didn't take a lot of briefing. Aren't you the guy who promised to run a positive campaign focused on YOUR ideas for the country? That lasted a whole two minutes after Obama was declared the nominee. America is not fooled by you, Jonh–you are going to ask Cheney to stay on as VP, although he will have to decline since he'll be in prison.

    August 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    CNN, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease, another error again in (second for the day, crow instead of crowd) one of your articles!

    Please check above article.....

    Barack Obama out on the campaign trail on weekends while......
    his, John McCain, was off the trail.

    Do you mean ...his opponent John McCain....?

    I definitely don't think, that Barack would want to claim any ownership to John McCain!

    I know that we depend a lot on spell checks, but seeing that in some cases, incorrect word usage can be spelled correctly, and therefore will not be caught by SPELL CHECK, you should really be more careful and do some proof reading or grammar check, You SAY that you are the BEST POLITICAL TEAM, so why so many daily errors?

    On another subject, John McCain is ALWAYS WHINING about BARACK GETTING MORE NEWS COVERAGE, so please this week is your chance to give him all the news coverage he wants. Please highlight ALL OF McCAIN'S GAFFES, MISSPEAKS AND OUTRIGHT LIES. Let us see what he has to say then!

    August 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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