September 8th, 2008
03:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Candidates talk change to sway undecided

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin call themselves the 'original mavericks' in a new TV ad."]

(CNN) - As the candidates try to win over undecided voters, both Republicans and Democrats are pushing a message of change.

CNN's latest "poll of polls" shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama 47 percent to 46 percent.

Monday's poll of polls shows that 7 percent of voters are undecided - enough to push either candidate over the top.

With the election less than two months away, the candidates have limited time to sway undecided voters who hold the election in their hands.

According to John Avlon, author of "Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics," independent and swing voters are looking for a break from the Bush administration.

"What they're looking for in this campaign is a candidate who's going to end the hyper-partisanship in Washington and who's going to have credibility on reducing spending, but also sort of the antidote to the Bush administration," he said on CNN's "American Morning." "They've been - instead of fiscally conservative - fiscally liberal and socially conservative, and that's the opposite of what independents and swing voters want."

Change essentially means new people and new policies, said Bill Schneider, CNN's senior political analyst.

"It's exactly the theme that people want for this year after eight years of the Bush administration," he said. "But the big puzzle in this election is - what's the best way to get that?"

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Todd

    Clara, take your Social Security check and shut up!!! I guess your generation is so used to be in the kitchen and raising the kids that a woman in the White House is scary to you!!

    September 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. roger nc

    Right on

    September 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. William Courtland, Canada

    If your government's constitution was a design for a new steam engine, that engine now supports nineteen times its design limit capacity due to lacking apportionment and the general ideas of the internal combustion engine, the jet turbine engine are still imaginary amendments which never made it through all the partying and teamed game playing.

    September 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. PM. Missouri

    I think if you would just look up the facts about Mr. er... uh.. um..Obama, he spent almost a billion dollars on earmarks in what little time he has spent in the senate. You can't argue with facts obamanites. Yeah right, he is really going to fix the economy. Dream on.

    September 8, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. KenB, MI

    The way this campaign is running out they may as well change it to Palin-McCain...this man has lost his identity...the ideology is the same...the delivery is a white wash over an old fence...its the Same Old Business

    September 8, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Jen B

    Don't be fooled, it will be more of the same if old man McCain and whatsername move into the White House. No change, just a continuation of this country's decline.
    And when are they going to let Palin off her leash, isn't it about time she entered the real world and faced the media, without her script.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 8, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    "There's a sucker born every minute." -B.T. Barnum

    Dittohead Delight...

    September 8, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Marty, FL

    The change point reveals a lack of ideas with McCain & Palin. They are in essence stealing Obama's message, since they know Obama & Biden offer a new direction from the Bush/Cheney policies adopted by the McCain campaign.

    With the support publically from Bush & Cheney today, do the American people need any other reason to understand that McCain & Palin would undoubtedly be a continuation of the disastrous policies of the last eight years? No thanks.

    Obama/Biden '08
    i Si se puede !

    September 8, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Take a good look at the headline.

    "Candidates talk change to sway undecided."

    So tell me, why have the Republicans suddenly start talking about this now? The keywords are TALK, TO, and SWAY.

    September 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    They can talk change all they like. What McCain-Palin represents is a third Bush term.

    With lipstick.

    September 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Sen. Barack Obama

    Did I mention I was a smart black man?

    September 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Lisa

    KARL ROVE told McCain to select Sarah Palin.
    Bush’s own speech writer wrote Sarah Palin’s Convention speech.
    Talk about McSame McCain!

    September 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. PM. Missouri

    McCain and Palin is no more Bush than Obama is JFk...Read the facts before you vote people.

    September 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. no obama

    LOL obama and his supporters kee p talking about "Bridge to Nowhere", but they obviously can't get their facts straight (again).
    The Alaska Democratic Party had a notice on their web-site lauding Governor Palin for STOPPING the bridge– but of course now that she is the Rep VP nominee they have removed it– Part and Parcel of the obama hypocrisy!!

    Life long Democratic voting against the insanity of a socialist administration backed by a far too left liberal Pelosi lead Congress.

    September 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Tony

    The faces of lies, hypocrisy, distortion, and desperation!

    September 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Justin in CA

    We know one thing and that is Palin won't tell the truth. Against the bridge to nowhere my foot. I should know, I was for the bridge. I grew up in Alaska and know the reasons behind needing it. I would also like to add she never gave the money back either. Don't believe the hype!

    September 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. debbie

    I want change! I like someone to change the hours I work and change all of my kids diapers all day long. Can obama create some sort of governement program that will help me out with that? if not, I'll settle for less tax, more money in my pocket and confidence that I will not loose my job and maybe I can afford to hire a nanny one day soon.

    September 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. alvino

    Would love to see the titles of the books Palin wanted to ban from the library in her home town.

    September 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Ron

    Biden himself said that if McCain called him and told him to hop a plane to whatever cause he needed him but couldn't tell him why he would do it and he felt McCain would do it for him also which Tell's us that if an opponent respects and trusts sen. McCain that much we can too and believe he is the one to bring change and prosperity to Washington

    September 8, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. cevans, tx

    McCain can't come with his own "PLATFORM"? Why is he copycating off of OBAMA!! Running off of his military background is not enough? NOT!! You people have better wake up, before the hole is so deep, United States of America will not be able to climb out of it. It's obvious McCains's VP choice has swayed some. I guess some of your intelligences was not insulted. If you choose McCain there is not intelligence. Just plain STUPID!!

    September 8, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Peter

    Its pathetic that Mr. Bush, oh i mean McCain can claim he is mean, he only voted with bush 95% of the time

    September 8, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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