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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  1. Your comment is awaiting moderation!

    And McCain is going to whip Obama's butt (just like he did in the last 2 debates) ? Oh pleeeeeeeeeese! LOL.

    October 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. kristin

    Let me guess- he's going to start mimicking Obama. The president already has.

    October 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. John S

    This is what, the 4th time McCain has come out with something new. First his campaign was Country first, then they started using Obama's slogan. Then it was change, another Obama slogan. This man has changed his mind so many times I have lost track. John McCain is so out of touch, he's somehwere in the Andromeda galaxy when it comes to the issues in America. This man would totally destroy what is left of the U.S.of A. even worst than what Bush has. If Americans are that stupid to elect this fool and his Poodle with lipstick, then they deserve everything they get and the rest of us in this world will not feel a bit sympathetic towards you. You reap what you sow

    October 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Red

    Is this what a McCain presidency would be like? Floundering for months ineffectually, then "turning things around" after wasting time and money?

    I'll go for Obama's low, steady progress, thanks.

    October 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Obama is delivering a major economic speech today that will outline specific plans to deal with the very real and serious problem of America's sustained economic strength.

    McCain, on the other hand, is talking about curtains, attacks, and lies!

    Americans, it is time to make a choice. Stop fooling around and stop second-guessing yourself...


    October 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Seattle Sue

    How many new directions is he going to take? McCain has told us that he knows how to, 1-win the war,2-get the economy up and running, 3-lower prices on food, 4-lower fuel prices, 5-better medical prices,6-catch Bin Laden, reduce global warming. Now with all this knowledge you would think I would vote for McCain/Palin. NO WAY WILL I VOTE FOR THIS PAIR OF LIARS.

    October 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Don from Maine

    Wow, McFossil finally woke up. Are we finally going to see something of substance come out of this campaign? They've finally run out of lies and smears. Unfortunately for John and his pitbull time has run out. For 26 years McCain has been part of the problem not the solution. Americans have had enough of republican rule over the last 8 years. The GOP is done in this election. McCain might have had a chance had he picked a real VP instead of airhead Barbie. This was the most pathetic and insulting republican ticket in the last 40 years and will surely go down as one of the most serious political suicides ever. For all his touting of his experience and leadeership McCain has not shown us much so far in his campaign. We seriously question his judgement. Time for change and YES WE CAN.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. TheOtherSide

    One word! Erratic.

    October 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Tony


    Just read your post. If I didn't know better I would have thought Palin wrote it.


    October 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Rick CT

    Can't wait until 1-21-09. Then all this is on Obama's watch. Let's see how many promises get broken and how fast.

    October 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. palin=cheney

    --hey john,

    i'm losing my house , can i have one of yours??!!!

    October 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Greg in Mpls

    So, he's going to pretend the last few weeks never happened? Isn't that a sign of being, oh what's the word, crazy??

    But what else should we expect...his running mate thinks that a report which clearly says she commited unethical acts somehow clears her from any wrong doing.

    Please America...don't be fooled by McCain/Palin! They don't have any goals for us average people...only for themselves.

    October 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. jayeandvic

    John McCain wouldn't know how to straighten out anything – all he and Palin have are horrible, vicious attacks that do nothing but stir up hate and venom.
    I will never vote for them....never!
    John McCain is no longer an honorable man.

    October 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. obamamama

    turnaround? again??? i'm getting motion sickness......what a disorganized and pathetic campaign!

    October 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. oge

    yeah John turn around for u starts today.....ur going down in a landslide....hissss!!!

    October 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. NJ

    tell me what's so different about Obama attacking McCain on "Last 8 Years" obviously scaring people to vote Democratic or against Bush. But If McCain says anything about Obama it's an attack. Obama has a yellow tape draped around his neck, and he's off limit to any kind of negativity. There is deffinately an erratic double standard in this Country. And there is a lot of people blinded by the Oblahma light!!!

    October 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Tyler From Columbus

    Turnaround? I'm suprised that McCain/Palin even know which way they are going. A carosel spins less than this campaign. If he would have said this a couple months ago maybe, but now. Too late sir. Go home and enjoy retirement.

    8 Years ago I loved McCain, but he let GW walk all over him with the very same smears that we see against Obama today. He didn't fight for it then so why should I believe him now.

    Do you hear that noise McCain? It's the growning avalanche that is about to bury you and your campaign on Nov. 4th.

    October 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Brian

    How did he score in geometry?

    A 360 degree turnaround! Ata boy John.

    October 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Accountant Guy

    Once again McBush is delusional. One would think he would be more concerned that his eskimo barbie VP has been exposed as a unethical and power abusing liar!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Obama/Biden 08

    McCain's experience and good judgment led him to pick possibly the least experienced running mate in history. Now THAT'S good judgment.


    October 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Fritz

    McCain appears to have become the "Flip Flop Express". Rather than trying to turnaround his campaign, he should be focused on turning around the country. Unfortunately, McCain continues to try various tactics with neither much thought nor success and then moves to the next approach these days.

    October 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Bob from San Francisco

    I honestly don't know how any educated person would want to attach themselves to the Republican ticket anymore. Seriously, we don't live in a black and white country, where you have to agree with EVERYTHING one party or another stands for, but Obama offers a return of decency, statesmanship, and respect to the American presidency.

    October 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Ann L.

    So he says he's GOING to unveil his plan to jumpstart the economy - why not just DO it? Surely someone on his team knows how to send the plan to the newscasters so that it can be put on their websites (just like Obama's plan is). I always told my kids to not just SAY what they were going to do, but to back it up with ACTION - it is time for Senator McCain to back up his words with action. To wit: 'show us the beef'!

    October 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Tom

    To Robert the Man:

    I think $250,000 is actually a dream for many of us so don't look down on it.

    October 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. JB

    Obama will never see the white house with all of his radical friends. The hero McCain will be our next president. MCCain is by far the best candidate for president.

    October 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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