October 12th, 2008
07:45 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain says he'll 'whip' Obama's 'you-know-what' at debate


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/12/art.mccain09.gi.jpg caption="McCain predicted a win at Wednesday’s debate."](CNN) - John McCain predicted Sunday he would beat Barack Obama at the final presidential debate this week.

"After I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we're going to be going out 24/7," the Republican nominee told volunteers at his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, sparking laughter and applause from the group. McCain immediately added: "I want to emphasize again, I respect Senator Obama. We will conduct a respectful race, and we will make sure that everybody else does, too."

Outside the doors of his campaign offices, McCain is fighting to hold on to the traditionally-red state. McCain talked Sunday about the tough fight for Virginia, where Obama currently leads by four points, 49 to 45, in the state's most recent CNN poll of polls. He also pointed to battlegrounds states like Ohio - which Sarah Palin visited Sunday - and Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

"And I'm telling you, we're coming on and we're going to work 24/7 for the next - who's counting - 22 days," he said.

McCain acknowledged the dip in his poll numbers since the financial crisis began, but said overall trends were in his favor. "...I'd like to give you a little straight talk, we're a couple points down, ok,
nationally, but we're right in this game," he said. "The economy has hurt us a little bit in the last week or two, but in the last few days we've seen it come back up because they want experience, and they want knowledge and they want vision. And we'll give that to America, and I know that we're going to win this race."

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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. dem4obama

    oh, yeah right john, like the last two! you are gonna lose on november 4th. thats the one thats gonna matter... AND OBAMA IS GONNA BE OUR PRESIDENT!!!! and we america are ready for the change. OBAMA/BIDEN2008!!!!

    October 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Dee

    Palin/McCain view of a respectful campaign: "We understand how important it is that this team be elected. For one thing, we know who the bad guys are, OK?” That statement elicited scattered shouts of “Obama!” throughout the crowd. “We know that in the war, it’s terrorists, terrorists who hate America and her allies and would seek to destroy us, and the bad guys are those who would support and sympathize with the terrorists,” she said. “They do not like America because of what we stand for... Those who sympathize and support those terrorists who would seek to destroy all that it is that we value, those are the bad guys, OK?”

    October 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. d

    Oh no he didn't say 'whip his you know what" obama will finish up on Mccain's broken body with a touch iof a finger.

    October 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. nelda

    Now doesn't that sound "presidential", McCain. Keep opening your mouth and insert your foot.

    October 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. richard

    like you did at the other 2 debates? oh, wait... obama won both of those.

    obama 2, mccain 0

    October 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Mick

    McCain has done nothing to sway votes other than paint Obama as Anti-American at best and a terrorist at worst. If he really believes that he has made some gains the past few days due to anything other than fear and hatred he is more off his rocker than anyone could imagine.

    If you don't win will you be "our friend" and tell us how to get Bin Laden anyway?

    October 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. GT

    well...you can always dream!

    October 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. brian

    You haven't been able to do it yet, but nice comment McCain!

    October 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. nico

    Does MCCAin look a little McCrazy in this picture ?

    October 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Mike in Ohio

    The economy has hurt your campaign a bit, John, but just change the subject. According to Karl Rove, that should do it.

    October 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |

    I am so looking forward to voting for Obama, every debate McCain seems to throw something out, a plan to appease to voters but I am sure at the last debate something else will be thrown out, anything for votes, The man who has stuck to the same message, The man who has shown true leadership is Obama/Biden

    October 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Tim

    Now THAT'S a presidential comment....just what we need....another good ol' boy....

    October 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. canwgetalong

    james 3 vs 10 and 13.
    out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing my brethren, these things ought not to be so.(macain)

    who is a wise man and endured with knowledge among you? (obama) let him shew ou of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom

    October 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. Obama Supporter

    Senator McCain, we hear you talking. To Little To Late Obama/Biden 08.

    October 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. CM

    Yeah right, he got owned in the first two and need to console his base which are getting restless now.

    The poll numbers will tighten but Obama will waltz in on Nov 4th.

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