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)



    is he serious?

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Chris from NJ

    He went from blaming Barack to blaming God.

    Besides, they should have done their research on Ifell. And why is bringing up the campaign cancellation? GIMMICK!!!!

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. sm




    EASY !!!!

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Tony



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

    So does that make Tina the defacto winner of the Miss Wasilla Beauty Pageant or first runner-up?

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Kevin, Austin TX

    Mr. McCain – Life is fair. The polls are reflecting this fairness... Voters have fairly judged that your actions last week were insincere, incorrect, incoherent and only in your interest.

    They fairly see through "Country First" and see the true slogan of your campaign "McCain First."

    I used to believe you were a Maverick and that you truly believed in "Country First." I no longer believe that. And that is a fair reflection.

    October 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. BM

    McCain needs to chill.It doesn't matter who is the moderator, Sarah Palin has to prove that she isn't the bimo everyone thinks she is . Debate or no debate. Her interviews with Katy Couric and Charlie Gibson will not change the worl's percetion of her. She may be tough, but I don't think she is ready for such a job.
    If she was ready for such a job, then why was she sequestered since she was chosen?

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. sc

    Yeah, yeah, grapes are sour. Now we are a bunch of whining candidates.
    do we want a president who says that life is'nt fair? that sounds like a loser to me.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Shasta

    Do you know who else claimed to be the underdog as soon as Obama started beating her? Hillary.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. JeffRob

    "We're going to be up late on election night"

    Oh, you wish, Johnny.

    How great would it be if Gwen Ifill started the debate tonight by announcing that she's also going to write a book about a new generation of female leaders, including Hillary, G. Ferraro, and of course, Mrs. Palin?

    That'd shut 'em up.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. R.M.

    Obama lead is growing because John McCain keeps on whinning like a little boy in an old man's suit!! ha ha...

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. shamous mc

    No life isn't fair.

    I'm not rich (like you) and pay mortgage on one house.
    I pay for my health care and for my family.

    You are sinking because we can see you are ineffective and erratic.
    But public opinion can change.
    For now, learn to swim and tread water McCain.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. peart

    Poor McPalin....They are not underdogs... the American public finally caught on and realized these two "Maverics" are the king and queen of spin and lies. When theirs comments about Obama are verified to be false they should stop repeating the same lies, it makes them look stupid and dishonest.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. keepitreal50

    McCain, it wouldn't matter whether Gwen moderated or you moderated, Sarah Palin is incapable of making any sense at all and will look like the fool she has already proven herself to be. You have lied yourself out of any chance to win this election. Maybe you should try to buy the victory with all of your millions because that's the only chance you've got, buddy.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Susan

    McCain and the Republicans sure don't have much confidence in Palin. They say they have confidence in her, but they are already making excuses for her. Gwen Ifill has impeccable credentials, alot of journalists write books. It is very whiny and immature of McCain to even bring this up, but all they do is whine. All we have heard about is the Republicans crying about Tina Fey and how mean she is to Palin. Saturday Night Live makes fun of everyone. They regularly are very rough on the Clintons and always have been. They made fun of Bill Clinton big time the other night, and Democrats aren't ever whining and crying about that.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. kevin

    poor poor john...are we already a sore loser?? No life isn't fair....either was george....he boned us and that 8 years long!!!


    OBAMA 08

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. TRUTH

    The truth is that you are down in the polls becasue people don't want four more years of the same. You may have pulled a political stunt to suspend your campaign, and ride into town on your high horse, but that backfired didn't it! The truth is that you have had 26 years to address the issues of the economy, but spent the majority of your time war mongering! You also chose a running mate that is a heartbeat away from being President, who has the IQ of a moose!

    Your arrogance is off the charts! Sorry that you can't or won't accept the truth that America won't be electing you President not becasue life isn't fair, but becasue life is fair and a highly educated, motivated, energetic, young African American Democrat with the ability to unite the country and lead this nation out of the devastation of the past eight years is going to be in the White House!

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. rose pettiford

    i wouldnt miss the debate tonight;the comedy that will be presented will make snl look like a show about tragenies! this is going to be so funny;i will have popcorn and snacks ready for comedy hour of 2008;between palins total ignorance and bidens tendency to get bent out of shape;i just cant wait.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Laura

    So life isn't fair ..... now what you are going to get your ball and go home? ........ cry baby!

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Tony in MT

    Simply unbelievable. The polls have changed greatly and Obama hasn't had to do any attacking of McCain to get there. McCain and Palin are doing this to themselves. There will be a moment of absolute desperation by McCain in the coming weeks, most likely at one of the debates, that will seal the deal. This man does not handle losing well, and he is showing that on a daily basis. I almost feel bad for him.


    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. C A

    Obama is in Grand Rapids talking about the economy with voters and McCain is on Morning Joe stating that life isn't fair.

    Need we say more?

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. People make no sense

    Didn't McCain claim to cancel his campaign, go on a tv interview with Mrs. Couric, go New York for the Clinton event, Fly to Washington and sit in a meeting and didn't speak, even after Obama spoke and questioned the bailout and segwayed to McCain to be more involved.

    Didn't the republicans not vote for the bill in record numbers and more than 2/3 democrats voted for the Bill?

    McCain supporters please answer these questions?

    What a losing liar McCain is?

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Wasting my time

    I can't wait for Nov. 5 so these two clowns (McShame and Failin) can stop performing their 3-ring act and just go quietly away.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. SH in Austin

    wait...did a seasoned politician running for the most powerful office in the WORLD just say IT'S NOT FAIR that his opponent is winning?



    i...have no words...i have lost my words in response to this.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Let me translate John McCain here:

    1. He went to Washington as a political grandstand and got nothing accomplished so that he could turn around and blame Obama when it failed.
    2. We knew that Gwen Ifill was writing this book, but we let her moderate because we wanted to have an excuse for our talking points after the debate.
    3. Oh crap, our internal polling numbers are actually worse than what you guys are putting up, so we love playing this underdog role. Right?
    4. Life isn't fair: The people that vote are not fair and we are going to challenge every vote no matter what.

    Let that sink in and ask yourself, "Do I need four years of this?"

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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