October 13th, 2008
08:12 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain aide: 'Turnaround' starts today

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/13/campaign.wrap/art.mccain.gi.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain is expected to deliver a speech on the state of the election and the economy, an aide says."]

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain on Monday is delivering a new speech that a senior aide says he thinks "will begin a turnaround for the campaign" as Election Day approaches.

"Sen. McCain will offer a frank assessment of the state of the election and the state of affairs for our country.

"The theme is the new direction that Sen. McCain will take the country through his specific plans for creating jobs, helping those nearing retirement, keeping people in their homes and curbing spending," the aide said.

McCain's speech comes the same day that Democratic candidate Barack Obama is laying out his economic rescue plan for the middle class.

The Republican presidential candidate will "speak directly to people's fears and worries about the state of our economy and the other challenges we face," the aide said.

McCain will also lay out what he sees as the differences between himself and Obama on experience, judgment and courage in the face of a national crisis, according to the aide.

McCain surrogate Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the Republican nominee would unveil new proposals to "jump-start the nation's economy" over the final weeks of the presidential campaign, but the aide said there would be no new proposals on Monday.

McCain has events scheduled in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Wilmington, North Carolina, on Monday.

There are just 22 days left until the election, and according to CNN's most recent poll of polls, Obama leads McCain by 8 percentage points, 49 to 41 percent.

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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Wrong – most of us turned around a long time ago and decided to vote for Obama/Biden '08

    We don't trust McCain, and we're losing respect for him.

    October 13, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. chryssa

    McCain, you can give the best speech we've ever heard and it still won't change the fact that you represent old ideas when America wants change. Good luck, it's been fun, Obama/Biden '08.

    October 13, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Real Talk

    I'm guessing we will just see more of the same political pandering. Now real new ideas. McCain will once again show how erratic he is.

    October 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Orlando

    It's to late in the game. You can't teach an Old dogs new trick and no John is not an Old dog,he is just Old.

    October 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Amy, DC

    Yeah right...Just keep dreaming until we wake you up on Nov...5th!

    For your information, it's not because you ask a car to turn around that it turns around....you've actually got to .. turn it around! So sorry but nope, the race just won't turn around...duh!


    October 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. John Hussein Shuler

    How is this news? Let's actually see you talk about the issues, and then the news can cover it.

    Go "That One" and "Say it ain't so, Joe"!!!

    October 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. values


    October 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot


    McCain has been turning around and around on issues his entire campaign! Flip-Flop and he won't stop!


    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. PA Independent


    McCain's campaign has already "turned around" so many times, I've got motion sickness and whiplash.

    Switching directions while chasing your tail never got many votes, "My Friend". Nor is it a comforting trait in a Commander in Chief.

    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. sky

    What he is really asking you to do is vote for the image his handlers create which seems to work best. We have already seen the real McCain and it didnt work....so, like play dough....he is reworked and remolded into something new and different over and over again until one of the images works....but what about the real man. After he is in office....will his handlers run the show or will he? Then there will only be the real McCain....dont be fooled by marketing.....your teeth are never brighter, your urinary problem doesnt really exist and McCain will never be presidential material.

    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. linda n carolina

    John we'll be waiting.... unless you change your mind again!

    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. The Cosmos & MCCAIN Rocks!!

    »VOTE with your BRAIN!VOTE McCain!!

    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    I don't care what he says. People are not listening to him anymore. His campaing is sending mixed signals and it shows, obviously, with all this experience he has, he's not ready to lead in a time of crisis. I think Obama, the rookie, has shown steady leadership and has been consistent throughout this whole crisis.

    What's even more appalling is Palin keeps running around as if she's been vindicated after being found that she violated ethics law and was found guilty of abusing her power. She has LIED to the American people claiming that she was innocent and truthful. I hope Wooten press charges against her and her administration. This is rediculous. Do you all want people like this in the White House?

    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Palin continues to tells LIES about Obama. For her to think it is OK to continue to tell LIES about Obama at ever speech, makes McCain LOOK like a FAKE. Why is it that McCain swears to CLEAN up Washington and CAN‘T Clean up the LIES of his VP pick? It is already obvious that she is a power HUNGRY person. It has already been PROVEN she would abuse any type of power given to her. GOD help us and McCain if he wins and she is NEAR the White House.
    MUCH of the SAME as BUSH in "2000 & 2004", now look at the ECONOMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Greg Rodgers

    Say goodnight Mr. McCain...you are done!

    Take you, your lying campaign and your law breaking VP back to Alaska and join the AIP.

    We do not want you anymore.

    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Dave in RI

    Please tell me it's the "turnaround" where you send pallin packing and go home yourself and let Obama fix the mess bush started and you want to continue.

    Besides, Pallins got a little ethics violation and Abuse of power thing she has to try and cover up, lets see her wink her way out of this one.

    October 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. ron

    Oh My – Really!

    Come on – There is nothing new you can say now to change anything! REpubs can not make up their minds as to any platform to run on. McCains campaing is in shambles.

    How many hail mary's can you keep throwing. Time to punt and get off the field, go to the showers and see yo uin 4 years – bye bye!

    October 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Kiah G

    How many times is one candidate going to turnaround, shake-up, reinvent, recreate, etc his own campaign.

    October 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. The Cosmos & MCCAIN Rocks!!

    »"TURNAROUND"?!» YES!!

    October 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Jeff Brown

    And he called for his pipe and he called for his bowl and he called for his fiddlers three!

    October 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Turnaround and go home!

    October 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    This guy is dillusional.


    October 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. jon

    yes sen john mccain you can win this election you have the key for

    that lock bin ladin please go and find him you said you know how to

    get him so why did you keep it from the fbi cia reenlist and go get

    him mavrick and side kick moose hunter then you will win the wht house

    October 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. DB25

    Boy, when Obama said McCain was erratic – he was right. McCain and his campaign managers keep changing their method of attack every 2 weeks after the realize that their talking points and smears aren't working to change the polls. If the next one doesn't work, expect 1 or 2 "new McCain platform ideas" before election day. YAWN. At least Obama has been relatively consistent with his message.

    October 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Robert The Man

    I love seeing these posts about how "the change we need is coming". If the change you need is for the U.S. Government to hold your hand all of your life, make sure your taken care of, and just give up your basic rights then go ahead. Obama talks about getting back the American dream, so you can have the Amercian dream up to $250,000 then your evil. You people need to wake up.

    October 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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