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. Kim

    McShame on you! Good grief if you want to be president, say intelligent things. We already have one boob in the White House, who wants 8 more years of this kind of crap.

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

    John, you used to be a man of integrity and wisdom. Now you're just pathetic and disgusting. Go away.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. KS

    CRY Baby CRY!
    Thats is the only thing left in this campaign.
    You and your republican thugs have exhausted All OPTIONS possible unfair attacks – casting Obama as Muslim and he is not ready – and – the NEGATIVE ads which were flushed down the drain by the FactCheck.org – tried to bring in a pitbull with a lipstick to corner the votes of very accomplished Hillary votes – EVERYTHING.

    The only thing left is CRY and let PALIN CRY too (with a hope of getting the sympathetic women votes)

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. RIF

    Would someone please go change this man's diaper? I have never seen someone running for president make those kind of statements on national televison.

    He went from 72 years old to sounding like he was 72 days old in less than 72 seconds.

    He's upset because the race shifted back to where it should be...THE ISSUES, and on those issues Americans have seem to realize that we can't keep going down the path that we are on?

    And why does he keep saying that he suspended his campaign? It's been reported by even Fox News that his campaign was far from "suspended" .

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Austin in GA

    Hmmmm ....the Maverick and the MILF are complaining. Sounds like a movie doesnt it. McSame is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel ...psych but there isnt one. Time to pack up, send Sarah back to Alaska, and we would see you back in the senate.

    October 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Garth

    Would you say the same thing if Bill O'Reilly was the moderator? In todays day in age where one small sound bite can crush a campaign, I would be nervous that the moderator is openly biased too.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. James

    Life is fair: Obama is the better candidate and behaved presidential in the crisis last week. McCain acted like a fighter jock trying to stunt his way through the crisis.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. democratic from tx

    poor fella...

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. excuses already?

    Boo-hoo! Go take a nap! He is already making excuses, anticipating that Palin will not do well tonight! So Gwen Ifill is writing a book about black politicians, so what? White men have been writing books about white men for years. We call them ENCYCLOPEDIAS!!!

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. C Spurgeon

    I don't believe a word he says anymore and I used to admire him. He is an ugly tempered old man at best and totally dishonest and vindictive at worst. Pretty sad what base driven ambition will do especially to an old fool who thinks hes running out of time. He us still in competion with the two admirals in his life and doesn't have a clue what regular America lives like.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Linda Flayton

    They took him off his piills and now McCain has emerged as his nasty, sarcastic, hot tempered self. We in Arizona have seen the true McCain. Now the world is seeing it. Life is fair, after all.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Fran

    Life isn't fair John? Tell that to the Iraqi's.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. das2

    Does anyone believe or care about anything this man says anymore? He, alone, is responsible for his own lack of credibility, so no one pays any attention to the drivel coming out of his mouth.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. bonna

    mcsme is right for the first time, lfe isn't fair thanks to him and the bush coalition.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. please

    you are telling me! I had to see this country declining through the the inept leadership of the Bush Administration- welcome to the club Mr McCain

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Funny Gurl


    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Mander

    What a minute... McCain suspended his campaign? When did that happen?

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Hope for the future

    Will someone please tell this fool to keep his mouth shut. All he ever does is play a victim about everything.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Michigander

    What I think is interesting is that a year ago just about everyone was predicting a Democratic route in the Presidential election. On the heals of George W. Bush, without doubt one of the worst Presidents on record, it is nearly an even race. Wow. What happened? Could it be that approximately half of the American people can not stomach the goofy social agenda of the Democratic party to such an extent that they will elect another Republican? Take pause. Maybe PETA, the gay community, veganism, and the fight to give convicted felons the vote are still not mainstream American values.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Rick GA

    Who's going to be the 1st republican to come on here and blog hes right?...before you do...just rember you will be a non contributing zero.

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Laura

    He reminds me of ' King of the Hill' dad .. I can't recall his name but Hank dad looks like McCain! ...

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. McGimmick's gimmick FAILED!

    What is that grown over McCain's left eyelid? It looks like it's getting worse from last week.

    Is there something McCain is hiding from the American people?

    October 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |




    October 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Barney

    We want the two men qualified to teach the constitution – and have taught constitional law.

    No More War-Monger and Wolf-Shooter.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Dana T

    OMG...he really has sunk to a new low. How did he help by suspending his campaign?? Sorry, Johnny-boy, they didn't need you back in D.C. and guess what? The American people don't need you either! And this is so typical for McCain to complain NOW about the moderator for tonight's debate, trying to make a circus out of the whole event. You had plenty of time to complain about the VP debate. Now shut your trap and let's move on. I am so sick of hearing him and Palin whine every day. Nov 4th can't come soon enough.

    October 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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