October 2nd, 2008
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain: Obama lead growing because 'life isn’t fair'

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(CNN) - John McCain said jokingly Thursday that Barack Obama’s poll numbers are rising as the economy seems to sink "because life isn’t fair.”

“He certainly did nothing for the first few days,” McCain told Fox News Thursday. "I suspended my campaign, took our ads down, came back to Washington, met with the House folks and got on the phone, and also had face-to-face meetings.”

New CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation polls of several key battleground states released Wednesday found Obama has made gains across the board – either taking statistically significant leads, or erasing McCain advantages – over the past few weeks. Since the financial crisis began in mid-September, Obama has taken and held a lead over McCain in the national CNN poll of polls.

Watch: Is the bailout a band-aid?

But the Republican nominee said the economic anxiety-fueled poll swing was likely a blip. “Well first of all, you know very well that these are temporary things," he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. "The focus was on the fiscal crisis we were facing. I understand that. I understand there are going to be ups and downs in campaigns. I'm happy where I am...

“I'm the underdog. I love being the underdog.... We're going to be up late on election night,” he said.

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Running mate Sarah Palin is also facing an unfair disadvantage as she heads into the debate tonight, McCain told Fox. “Frankly, I wish they had picked a moderator that isn’t writing a book favorable to Barack Obama. Let’s face it,” he said. “But I have to have to have confidence that Gwen Ifill will handle this as the professional journalist that she is… Life isn’t fair, as I mentioned earlier in the program.”

PBS journalist Gwen Ifill, the moderator of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, is writing a book about Barack Obama and a new generation of black leaders that is slated to be released in January 2009.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Steve in CA

    Poor Johny ... life isn't fair. And now a moderator is making things unfair too. Poor Johny and Sarah. That is just so so so terrible. Here, let me call the WAAAMBULANCE for you.

    Already, McSame is giving us excuses why Sarah will fail tonight.

    Dude, you are such a spin doctor. You do realize you can make more money doing selling your Spin Doctoring than you can as president ... even with all the tax breaks you'd give yourself!

    I can't beleive I was prepared to vote for you in 2000! I'm glad I got smarter.

    October 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Patrick Henry

    There's no doubt–the Democrats win whenever the economy falters, fears of loss of benefits increase, and they a capitalize on those issues.

    Reality is...economical cycles–do change..sometimes that's a win..sometimes that's a bust..

    We have an extraordinarily costly war going on in Iraq–that we must extricate ourselves from ASAP. But in order to accomplish this extrication–we must respect the loss of blood, sweat, tears or our armed forces–and the people of Iraq

    October 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Hey McCain- Thanks but no thanks

    He's lying again! His campaign did not stop as per his own people who sais that they didn't know that they were to suspend campaigning!

    And there were ads showing in certain states so he's full of it!

    Liar and dodger to subpeonas what americans do not want!


    October 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Abby

    would you like some cheese with that WHINE?!?!?! LOL

    October 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Brain

    »VOTE with your BRAIN!=VOTE McCAIN!!

    October 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Donna

    McCain suspended nothing. He pulled no ads, his surrogates continued to appear on television, his campaign offices continued uninterrupted. He, himself, appeared on Katie Couric, after lying to David Letterman.

    October 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. cheekbrown

    McCain, you are right. Life isn't fair. It hasn't been fair for many people for a long time. As for your prediction that this economic crisis is temporary, well, it's been getting worse for years, so we can only hope and pray that better days are coming.

    October 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Doh!

    MOMMY!!!!! He's winning again!!!! WAAAH! not fair!

    October 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Mike from Calgary

    McCain is shortsighted, rude, ill-tempered, insulting and he still doesn't do his homework and he wants to keep speeding over $10 Billion per month neutralizing NON-EXISTENT WMDs and killing and injuring more of America's men and women in uniform ... and oh yeah, McCain says he HATES WAR!.

    America's men in uniform are dying daily and McCain complains that life's not fair! McCAIN'S ALWAYS WHINING!

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Dave in MN

    Stop pretending you didn't know what was public knowledge for a LONG time. If your campaign is actually just finding this out, you've got MUCH bigger problems

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Yes, Mufasa! "Life's Not Fair!" But think about this, when Rove's folks punked you in 2000 with their lies, what made you think it would be a good idea to hire them this time around? Isn't that kind of like accepting Satan as your personal savior? In the "Circle of Life", Karma counts!

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. rj

    If it is mentioned tonight, Biden should state McCain's campaign negotiated back in August? regarding the moderator along with Obamas. All were aware of the book especially when there was an article back in July about it..

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Andrea

    apparently doing interviews and speeches counts as a suspended campaign...


    Here's a tip: real leaders just lead, they don't try to draw attention to themselves

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Lets hope it's not a blip. I know our memories are short but hopefully not this short. We need to keep focused for less than five weeks. We can do this people.

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Winnie in Montana

    OMG – life isn't fair? Please, Sen. McCain. Life has been more than fair to you. Let's focus on the people of this nation who can't go to the doctor, can't feed their kids, can't pay their rent or mortgages. Quit being the whiner Phi Gramm called the rest of us. You are obviously having a "mental recession" considering your inane statements, you inability to state how many homes you have, and you your choice of running mates. The questions Katie Couric asked of Sarah Palin were not difficult or tricky; they were certainly not unfair. These people are the last ones we need leading our country.

    CNN please post this.

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Jude

    TRUE LIFE ISN'T FAIR MCCAIN! You own how many houses? and how many cars? and your worth how much (100 of millions)? Yeah!!! so can you stop crying foul now...exactly what I was thinking....Life isn't fair for the rest of us!!!

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Vic

    McCain is right. Media reactions depend entirely on what is popular at any given time. Couric/Palin – how can this woman know the answer to everything since she has been in the public eye less than a month; economy bailout/Obama - Obama said nothing; McCain stopped campaigning, went to Washington and shook the Republicans into action; got criticized by Obama; hence the media.

    Question: When is it Biden's time to get pummeled - especially since he's hardly the change agent Obama has bill-boarded his campaign on. Indeed, "life isn't fair."

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Fed Up

    OMG. Does he actually believe the BS that he's shoveling? It's very sad that he's become a shell of a man he once was. R.I.P.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and the Moose Hunter.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Independent

    Um I think CNN made a mistake. I believe the unfair comment was for the moderator not the movement in polls.

    October 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Carol of New York

    What McCain did was political grandstanding. In the words of Shakespeare, it was "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".

    October 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. G

    »I Love Soledad O´Brien.I Love Suzanne Malveux.I LOVE SARAH PALIN.Why?! Because i have GOOD TASTE:»VOTE McCain/Palin=Presidential DREAM Ticket/Team. Yes.

    October 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    McCain is a liar. He didn't suspend anything, except his credibility.
    4 more weeks left for this old fool and his bumbling running mate.

    October 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. george from alaska

    ...now McSame is blaming his failures on life.

    October 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Alison B

    Excuses, excuses cut the whining and get over it. So when things don't go your way find someone or something to blame.

    As far as the moderator is concerned both parties were agreeable on the choice if they did not want that individual they had a choice of declining when the request was first made so basically he needs to cut his nonsense and just deal with the cards that he has been dealt with.

    Suspending his campaign and did what? For crying out loud it has been said he did nothing while he was there the fact that this man is such a pathological liar is beyond comprehension that people actually can truly believe anything that comes out of his mouth

    October 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown

    What a sad, sad and pathetic fool you are John. This campaign has destroyed your image and your legacy. You should have taken the high road more often, just as Senator Obama has!

    October 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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