August 15th, 2008
04:56 PM ET
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Preston on Politics: Can McCain win over social conservatives?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. John McCain's campaign has downplayed any rumors of discontent among evangelical voters."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain stood before a gathering of social conservatives here last fall and acknowledged that he had some work to do to convince them to support his presidential campaign.

"I know that before I can win your vote, I have to win your respect," McCain told attendees of the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit.

At the time, McCain was in a tense battle for the Republican presidential nomination, and support from every corner of the GOP base was needed. He was received politely by the audience, but when the Values Voter Summit held its straw poll to gauge support for the nine Republican presidential candidates, McCain landed in last place.

Watch: Tony Perkins discusses the role of social conservatives

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  1. Erika, KS

    McCain will win over conservatives. Otherwise, what is their choice, Liberal Boy Obama? I don't think so. McCain has more common sense and experience than BO. I don't see conservatives voting for BO. Obama is so far left I'm surprised he doesn't walk around in circles. Republicans are more loyal to the party than democrats, who continue to shoot themselves in the foot every time they turn around. They're support McCain this fall, the other choice is unacceptable.

    August 15, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Linda31

    How does he plan on doing that? I don't even think he knows what respect means. Let's ask his wives, Senators he has worked with, and the American people he and his staff insult on a weekly bases with these ads.

    August 15, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Raymond Duke

    I don't think he will have to win them over to get their vote. I consider myself pretty conservative and I do not reaaly care for McCain but all I have to do is imagine Obama as president along with Pelosi and Harry Reid and that is all the motivation I need.

    August 15, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Tabloid Politics

    NO Not a chance but then neither can Obama

    August 15, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Independent Voter

    Could it be that you think Obama will get these voters?

    I know Mr. Slick has easily posted to the right of Mr. McCain on Iraq, really, on a whole lot else, too.

    But watch out, Independents out there. Right now Mr. Obama is trying very hard to anger the Left, who will vote for "The One" anyway, in order to make centrists think he is a centrist like them.

    Obama is no centrist. He is a big tax, big spender liberal Democrat whose policies will put us in a whole bigger than you can even imagine.

    August 15, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. RJ, CA

    Social conservatives will "hold their nose" and vote for McCain - just like former Hillary supporters will "hold their nose" to vote for McCain. BECAUSE NEITHER WANTS OBAMA! Smart move in the end, after all. No one with a reasoning intellect would want no-substance Obama.

    August 15, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. Tim

    McLoser had an affair!! Why aren't the talk shows talking about that. Guess he doesn't have to live up to the same standards as everyone else.

    August 15, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. tedious898

    Hey Deadenders – Pumas and McThang supporters.....
    Do you americans (if you can find it possible to call yourselves that) have anything positive to say about the Sen. from Az?

    I mean the guy is a huge disaster..a poster for geriatric "no doz" products. He's got nothing but rather is an angry old man in need of more fiber in his diet. Your hate for Obama is so obvious. You are so used to voting for dummies, you'd never vote for the smart guy – eh?

    August 15, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. mac


    August 15, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Sprayem [youtube name]

    What is with this "Who is Obama", stuff. His 3rd book is coming out at the beginning of September.

    August 15, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Ridgeway

    Howard Dean strikes again. Idiot says Republicans are the "White Party". He means the working, tax paying anti-socialist party. Now Geraldine Ferraro is on claiming Dems have "earned" black vote. Try bought with give aways and empty promises. The Dems ran slavery in the south. It was Republicans that started abolition not Dems. Get real. The White Party? Hardly.

    August 15, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Bumper Sticker

    John McCain thinks smears and lies are funny.
    Shame,. Shame , McShame

    August 15, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Scared of McCain

    He is really going to the lowest form.

    August 15, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. KG

    If you're a true social conservative and not a lieing, liberal Dem trying to act like one on this blog, McCain won't have to. Who else are they going to vote for? Obama's the most liberal, socialist in the Senate. Doesn't matter if McCain isn't the perfect candidate for the social conservative. He's far better than the alternative.

    August 15, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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