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

McCain aide: 'Turnaround' starts today

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(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. The guy that is smarter than you

    Hmm, kind of a late start to the race, eh Johnny Boy?... 😉

    October 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. kingpin

    Great! Just what we need – another procrastinator (JWB Jr.) when it comes to solving issues that needed attention last year. He's had the GOP nomination locked up for year and now he has a plan like all his previous fundamental plans that are far-fetched with no substance!

    Go away old man with no ideas!

    Obama-Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. RepubNoMore

    Whatever McCain does at this point will be seen as an act of desperation...just like his completely unrealistic plan to "help homeowners". Every economist, many of whom are staunch conservatives, saw his housing plan as nothing more than political gamesmanship. There's no way on Earth anyone could implement those plans without increasing govt spending AT LEAST 40%. So much for smaller government, huh McCain? John McCain is NO MAVERICK, John McCain is NO REFORMER and Sarah Palin is even worse.

    October 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. 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 they 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 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Zion

    Where is the real John McCain? McCain needs to lose for the following reasons. First, we must win our old John back. It breaks my heart to see what he has become. We must win his soul back from the Rovianites. Second, Obama is the hope that this country has always claimed that it was about. Where else in the world can a young man, who was poor, black, and with most odds against him become president. We do not realize that we are living out not just Dr. King's Dream, but the American Dream. Obama gives hope to not just my black students, but to my poor white students who have been told that their economic status will block opportunities for them.

    October 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Shari, NY

    I wish you luck with that late U-turn. Nice of Sen. McCain to set that little old lady straight when she said she did not trust Obama because he was an Arab (at a town hall meeting). Young folks, please talk to your grandparents – they are misled by lies, propaganda and fear tactics!

    October 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Helene

    Better late than never. Unfortunately it is way, way too late. Don't take Americans for idiot, my friend.

    October 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Chris MPLS

    This is something McCain should have been doing months ago. Waiting until now does nothing for him. Despite what the media says, I'm sure there are very few "Undecided" voters, and even fewer of those who may be on the fence one way or the other.

    Good luck John, you need it now. I've voted Republican in the past, but not this time. Republican's have abandoned what their party stands for. Obama has my vote.

    October 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. tina

    McCain you are a Day Late and a Dollar short.....Your campaign is all over the place......We turned around a long time ago along with the ECONOMY........You are for this now and turn around later today you will change again.......You should have taken control of YOUR CAMPAIGN a long time ago......if this is your plan of how you will run this country it is sad and pathetic......You lost this campaign when you picked SP as your VP. And also why should OBAMA apologize for what Congressman Lewis said........You go speak to him since you touted his name when you where in the south, as your friend. MY FRIEND you are probably a little too senior for this big task.

    October 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Tommy

    John just needs to take it to the (one of 13) house(s). See the country on a retiree car (one of how many 11 or so?) trip. Bye John. So sad to see a once great man so desperate now.

    October 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. James

    Doesn't turning it around make you look more incompetent? Quit grasping at straws and just realize you are going to lose!

    October 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. lisa M

    Turn around and go home.

    October 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Tim

    If past experience is a good indicator, McCain will dance around a lot, throw a fist jabs that miss the mark, and suffer round by round defeats. His tag team partner will again come out swinging, but offer only hot air.

    McCain has already lost. He has no ideas, no plans, and definitely no charisma.

    October 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. McHoover Will Destroy What is Left of America

    McCain you and your campaign are losing it

    You have 'turned around' so many times the rest of us are getting dizzy just thinking about the last couple of weeks

    Why don't you and Sarah just 'turn around' and go home

    October 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. McCain Supporter but not anymore

    I was going to vote for McCain and Palin but they are running a campaign based on Obama's relationship with Ayer, Obama's leadership... we don't need that. We know he is qualified enough in order to run for President otherwise he will not be in this position right now. We need McCain to be himself again like he used to be. He is not going to win with this tactic. I will vote for Obama even I am registered as a Republican.

    October 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Central Florida

    The turnaround has been happening already. Americans are taking our country back from the last eight years.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Jenny from IN

    You know, I have to say, that's sound like exactly what's he's been saying all along - and it's not working.

    He can't lie his way to the White House, the American people are too smart for that!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    October 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. TimeFor Change!

    As long as it is Schmidt running the McCain Campaign Freakshow, he might as well prepare for a landslide Defeat in November.

    October 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. johnrj08

    According to every poll that's out there, Barack Obama is headed for victory on November 4th. While the McCain/Palin ticket thrashes about, resorting to Joe McCarthy-like tactics, Obama has led his organization to run one of the smartest, most compelling campaigns in U. S. history. Even staunchly Republican pundits admit to seeing the writing on the wall. But anything can happen in these last couple of weeks. What will happen in this country if we wake up on November 5th and turn on the television to see replays of Barack Obama's late night concession speech? How will our democracy and our citizenry be viewed by a world that had been expecting to see an enlightened America emerge from this contest? How will African-Americans and other people of color feel when they start hearing reports of voter fraud and disenfranchisement in key states? How will the Congress, which will be overwhelmingly democratic, feel about a President-elect who ran such a divisive campaign and his running mate who spent the last two months slurring so-called Washington "insiders"? What kind of turmoil and gridlock will this government be thrown into by this "maverick" who constantly claimed he could "reach across the aisle" but clearly hates everyone who sits there?

    October 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. South African for OBAMA

    Well Senator!!!, thanks for closing the barn after the horse has bolted!!!..maybe you should have laid out your plans instead of giving racists, bigots and the generally ignorant, a voice at your rallies

    It looks like Rezko, Ayers, Wright, Abortion, Guns are no where near the main issues affecting Americans as is their ability to put bread and tea on the table

    October 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Bruce

    22 days out and he has a "new" plan? What a joke. You REALLY are G. W. Bush the second. You have been a screw-up your whole life moved forward because of your influential familiy instead of any personal merits. Your presidential aspirations serve only your enormous ego.

    Please, serve your country. Go home and get in bed. We will be a grateful nation. Maybe even build you a monument.

    October 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. chris24

    turnaround and go back to arizona.

    and take your stupid running mate with you.

    October 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Seth

    ANOTHER "twist" in his campaign. He is anything but a "steady hand on the tiller." We need calm, deliberate action, not this blowing in the wind, win-at-all-cost strategy.

    October 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Beah

    Senator McCain you proved last week that some of your supporters are illeterate, uninformed and racist. In ten years minorities will become majority in this country. Look at NURSING HOMES workers more than 50% are foreign born and look at the residents-most of them are white. SO GET REAL! AMERICA IS A "MELTING POT". We all came to this country from somewhere EXCEPT THE AMERICAN INDIAN. Please people know your history.

    October 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Jorge

    Get real.

    October 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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