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.

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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. Greg

    Obama's poll numbers are growing because McCain is proving to the American people every day why he should not be elected President.

    From picking a VP candidate who is grossly underqualified to be President of this Country (the most important decision a Presidential candidate can make), for 100% political reasons. Even though it would have been better (for America) for him to pick someone with economic street cred.

    To crashing deliberations betweeen both parties last week as they tried to vote on a measure to protect the American people. And then trying to take credit for its success only to have it blow up in his face.

    To reminding American voters that he has serious anger-management issues when questioned about his or his running mate's views or qualifications.

    True, the relative strength of the economy (or lack thereof) is not helping McCain's cause, however, he has the sitting Republican President and his fellow Republican Congressmen (and women) to thank for that. After all, they have run Washington DC for the past 10+ years so this is no doubt their disaster.

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Kim

    Life isnt fair Senator McCain?
    Hold on. Let me get my worlds smallest violin and play it.

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. San Diego Broad

    WWHHAAA!!! WWWWHHHAAAA!! Life isn't fair mommy!! I have 13 houses, a wealthy young beautiful ice queen for a wife after I dropped my disfigured ex-wife for her.

    MY people have been in power since the beginning of our nation, and even though I voted 90% of the time for the issues that have brought our country into the economic dispair it's facing, I CAN STILL MAKE IT BETTER!!! Only WE can make it better!! But now that a black woman is going to moderate debate, instead of the stuffy white guy that usually does it, LIFE ISN'T FAIR!!!


    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Uncle Sam

    Many voters are so hell-bent for change that they would elect the devil himself if he had a "D" after his name and touting his expertise on global warming.

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Mike

    This just shows how McCain would run his White House, loose cannon.

    The info has been out there since June that she was writing this book, it was in the AP news. It was also noted again in August. Freaking Google her name and you can see she is openly writing a book.

    I guess since he did not vet Palin, and did not study who would moderate the debate, this shows more of his lack of leadership and focus.

    By him saying ANYTHING about it now only goes to cloud his lack of foresight and leadership to run a campaign let alone this country.

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Christine El Paso

    What? He really is in a bubble isn't he.. sounds like he has no idea why he's on the short road back to the senate... The American people figured out your a moron!

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. cj

    Don't you worry McCain, You will do just fine. With all the media bias and one sided bashing by CNN, it would definitely seem unfair. But what matters is the vote. Keep going and show people what you made of.

    I am very sure like the other comments, CNN will not post this comment for obvious reasons.

    McCain/Palin 2008.

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Rodger

    John McCain said he always says what if the truth...100%. If he really believes that, maybe he's not a liar, he's just senile!!!

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. It IS Obama-Biden in 2008 and 20012

    Face it McCain like a man and stop being childish and petty. You are 72 years old. Playing the whinning litle 2 year old who can't have his way is unappealing. And you will soon realize that your TV AD targeting Obama f/connection to Rev. Wright, can NEVER work...can NEVER benefit you ! The American people are too intelligent to buy into your nonsense.

    No weapon forged against you [ Sen. Barack Obama ] will prevail, and you [ Sen. Barack Obama ] will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their [ Sen. Barack Obama ] vindication from me," declares the LORD. –
    Isaiah 54:17

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president. It's the Obama-Biden ticket that's needed at this defining moment in our history because this team is wiser and stronger to meet the challenges this nation faces at home and abroad.


    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. rendezvous@yahoo.com

    The fact is:

    Barack Obama: Our God Our Saviour, His Holiness

    CNN: Barack's mouthpiece

    McCain: Just another human.

    Lets elect a human being to the White House.

    Will CNN post this....?

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Altoid77

    This man is as deluded as he is incompetent.

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Gretchen from PA

    Good God! Does this campaign every stop whining?

    There was a time when I respected John McCain. Now I have nothing but disgust. He no longer sounds like a presidential candidate – he sounds like an ill-tempered child.

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Michael

    The book was announced in July and she was interviewed about it in August by the Washington Post, two weeks prior to both camps agreeing to her as moderator. I think McCain's campaign, maybe not McCain himself, knew about it, and decided to feign ignorance so as to have another card up their sleeve no matter who the VP pick ultimately ended up being.

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. life hasn't been fair for the past 8 years

    i would disagree with mccain. after suffering under the bush administration for 8 years, we finally have a shot at life becoming a little more fair for those of us making under $5 million a year

    October 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Stop Electing Dumb People ‘08

    My gosh, what a baby. He must have driven his captors nuts…like in the movie Ruthless People. McCain would have been the Bette Midler character.

    The McDazed/Confused ticket is certainly giving us great insight into their prospective administration.

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. sine

    This guy should not be a president, he needs to to get evaluated. The stuff he spews is unpresidential, period. The des moine interview from yesterday indicated this man is angry, has a temper and is condencending.

    Please america...vote for americas future and our standing across the world. If we elect this man we will be the laughing stock of the world and young people will never look at government the same.


    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    LIAR....you did not suspend your campaign. LIAR.....you did not take down your ads...LIAR....Obama did not sit on the sidelines for two days and do nothing......LIAR, LIAR, LIAR!. What you did McCain was a political stunt and I'm glad people see through all your gimmicks. What you did was political suicide.

    Your reaction to this crisis shows you are not presidential. You have shift postions so many times since this crisis broke, I lost count. You are not ready to lead McCain. It's time for CHANGE and YOU my "friend" does not bring change, you bring more of the same.

    Obama/Bine '08

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    You didn't suspend your campaign, or take your ads off the air! Quit lying!

    Instead of you parading from netowrk to network, you need to tell Bush to start cleaning out the White House!

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. No McCain

    Sorry McSame, go back to Arizona. We do not want 4 more years of the same. O bama is our next President of the United States.

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. tigerakabj

    Cry me a river McCain. Polls or no polls, even conservatives like George Wills are beginning to see your ticket for what it is - a joke.

    We are taking this country back McCain and there is no stunt you or your friends Bush/Rove/Cheney can pull to stop it.

    Take your crocodile tears back to Arizona where they can subsequently vote you out of your senate seat in 2010. You inspire nothing but pity and disgust.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. wow

    This isnt even comical anymore, its pathetic. There is just no telling what he or his VP pick will do or say next. 🙁

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Tom Swift, Shopton USA


    I'll tell you what's not fair...

    .... where is self-named "First Dude", Todd Palin?

    I see Jill Biden, Michelle Obama & Cindy McCain out there campaigning, making speeches etc. for their spouses.

    No Todd Palin. That's not fair!

    This is getting embarrasing for us men… I mean geez… the women all do it, now the husband of the smartest woman in Alaska, maybe the whole World, the 21st century Ronald Reagan & Bill Clinton rolled up in one…. can't be trusted to speak. Can't get out on the stump for his spouse?

    What will he do if his wife did indeed becomes Vice Maverick? Hide in the closet?

    Why are they hiding him?

    It's not fair.


    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Cecile, Canada

    PLease US Citizen,

    You let us down four years ago. We accept your apology then (www. sorryeverybody.com). We may not be this forgiving this time around. Vote for the best team Obama/Biden.

    You deserve a better. Only in America will people vote for the less intelligent person (C and D average) and then you get surprise by their performance.

    Wise up... The world need you to get it right this time.

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Sounds like McCain is already conceding defeat at the debate tonight, and as far as I know he does not even have a time machine, but "life is not fair."
    I guess when he is on the downslide, he forgets he is still talking about himself and not the country at large. Poor baby, life is not fair for McCain, the american people are such bullies against him. He is a POW, but life is not fair for him, now. Is his angle for the sympathy vote, feel sorry for me, feel sorry for my running mate that cannot speak a complete sentence when questioned. When did questions where you have to qualify yourself like you'd get at a job interview become synonomous with "attacks"?

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. ines

    It has gone from silly season to ridiculous race. Obama's lead is increasing because he offers more than McCain. Obama doesn't make major decisions for the country by rolling the dice like McCain.

    And, Obama's campaign could be measured by the content of his character rather than the list of lies.

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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