August 16th, 2008
09:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Schneider: McCain's appeal is personal, not political

(CNN) - This is what voters like most about McCain: his personal story. McCain's appeal in this campaign is primary personal, not political, and he's seizing the chance to relate his personal story, his time as a prisoner of war.

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  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    He WAS a POW. He is not presidential. He came across as quite a bully and will go too willingly into any war with anyone. Dangerous man.

    August 16, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. Wendy

    Even McCain's "personal" is calculated for "political". Senator Obama is more forthright and honest and truly personal in allowing us to get into his thought process.

    August 16, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. Obama Has Substance

    Why this is all about McCain? McCain did very badly, he did not obey thie principles of the interview. This was an interview but he turned it injto a stomp speech and every questions. This man is an arrogant, scary, egotisical idiot. Please do not insult our intelligence. Obama
    won the this.. he obeyed every rules. We still do not know anything about McCain faith, moral values, character. This man campaigned
    all through this forum. He was on his game alright but if this was a real interview by God he would have failed. Obama shows us once again how humbly, honest, respectable, obedient he his. I hope everyone see and understand that. You all are rating McCain and how much he talked and how loud he shout. Obama showed us over and over again what a true Christians is and should be. McCain can learn from that. Thank Obama we learned a lot from you.

    August 17, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  4. Chris

    Seriously, do you people work for Tavistock or something??

    August 17, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  5. aware


    McCain is the candidate with the authentic personal story!

    McCain 08! 🙂

    August 17, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  6. Roger from CA

    I think it is the opposite: McCain gave stump-speech, pat answers squarely aimed at pandering for political points. Obama was much more thoughtful and truthful–and also personal, allowing for answers that were not necessarily off of a pandering script.

    August 17, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. CB

    Obama spoke from a personal faith base level and from his heart. John McWar did nothing but campaign and spoke of war and every answer.

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  8. tedious898

    Yes.....A genuine american hero should lead this country. And you silly Obama supporters want to elect this "deep thinker". We don't need thought...we've got lots of weapons.

    What decent American would vote for Obama? Who needs change? We like the problems we're in. We can declare war against every terrorist thought to ever blossom in the deep recesses of some radical Al queda trainee's warped mind. Thank goodness we did away with that pesky "right to privacy thingy". We can use the great "cyber space do hicky" that Sen. McCain was talking about to stop these criminals. We need everyone to come in and get their mind read right now!

    August 17, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  9. rose

    And this benefits the country how? He needs to get off this story; we have all heard it a thousand times. What next?

    August 17, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. Dem

    He was a POW decades ago! what has he done since??? I wouldn't hire someone who had a great achievement when they were 5 yrs old... I want to hear what they've done recently or over the course of their life.

    Having a hero medal doesn't make you fit for everything. I respect/appreciate his service.

    August 17, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  11. Carl from MI

    No it isn't... it was the same old POW stories and GOP talking points... were you even paying attention with any objectivity at all??

    August 17, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  12. Mike

    No McSchneider ,McBush appeal is purly panderingly political.

    August 17, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  13. Nadine Greene

    A prisoner of war is not a great qualification for the presidency. This old geezer is an angry and vindictive war monger. All he's concerned about is winning this war in Iraq. Forget about our troops and the money spent on this war. To hell with what the U.S. citizens want (end the war, brings the troops home). He's all about winning. Maybe, because we didn't win Vietnam. Who's really out of touch with the people.

    August 17, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  14. Becky Montgomery

    Why didn't he tell us about his personal experiences with infidelity and leaving his disabled wife for a younger, richer one? It seems that story was missing and the answer about his first marriage was incredibly short, almost as if he was trying avoid it.

    Cry me a river, McCain. It was like watching a bac movie.

    August 17, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  15. SamSunny

    I disagree. Hearing McCain relate his POW days every two minutes has gotten old. It was once important and compelling. Now it is political fodder and has been used ad nauseum. McCain wants us to feel we owe him the Presidency because he was a POW 40 years ago. That has nothing to do with today's problems.

    August 17, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  16. Alec in NE

    Someone should tell these voters that what really matters is the here and now, the political issues we're facing instead of McCain's personal story.

    August 17, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  17. SuzyQ

    Yes. We hear alot about McCain's time as a POW. I still don't feel like I have any idea where he stands on anything. His maverick stuff was really all about getting back at Bush. Now it seems that he just can't remember what his position on anything is. He really should stop bring up his support of Katrina victims - and the press should call him out on it. He didn't get to New Orleans until 6 months after the storm - probably about when he had decided to run for President again. CNN really needs to get into the story of John McCain. We really don't know him. Stop picking on Obama all the time.

    August 17, 2008 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
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