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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. liz

    In other words, they realized the way they were doing things wasn't working, so they are changing their campaign, McCain Palin still stand for the same old narrow minded bigotted status quo they always stood for.

    October 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Denise

    Turnaround because no one is following. Mccain turn in your ticket and send Troopgate home. Give it up!

    October 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Straight Talk

    OK! This is the last straw! Give it up McCain–now you've really lost my vote. Long time Repub going Democrat!!!! Are you kidding me??? By the way, you threw me partially off the fence when you picked Palin as your running mate. Desperate acts make me sick!!! OBAMA 2008

    October 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Mark, Detroit Michigan

    you say the turnaround starts now..but saying it doesn't make it so. I don't want another 4 years of Republican policies, this country needs a change.

    October 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. ted d

    Having seen Senator McCain revive his primary campaign, he's capable of pulling this off. His first step, though, should be to remove Sarah Palin from the ticket and replace her with someone qualified. Imagine how well his ticket would be doing if his running mate were Mitt Romney, not the Alaska Amateur.

    October 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. WHO IS SARAH PALIN???????

    22 DAYS BEFORE ELECTION DAY CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHO THE REAL SARAH PALIN IS AND WHAT SHE STANDS FOR???????
    SHE COULD BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT BY DEFAULT, SO I THINK THE QUESTION SHOULD BE WHO IS SHE?

    IN ONE VOCIE LETS ASK WHO SARAH PALIN IS AND WHAT SHE STANDS FOR???????

    NON OF THESE STUMP SPEACHES.......

    October 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Seattle Voter

    Sarah Palin is a disgrace to women. I thought conservative women are smart and articulate. No wonder BAY BUCHANAN's candidates are losers. I feel sorry for Mitt Romney. Bay is depending Sarah Palin so that makes both of them an idiot!

    Sarah Palin did abused her power how much more when she becomes VP. Worst than DICK!

    October 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Sue M

    Another sign of McCain's desperaion.......why start the turnaround now with only 3 weeks left before we vote, he has been starting a new turnaround every week......first stopping his campaign to tackle the $700 bailout, then not going to show up for his debate, then Palin and McCain started going after Obama's and in doing so turned his rallies the ugliest and hateful and angryist I have ever seen, then he came out with his $300 billion buy out for Home owners (even the Republicans said wasn't a good plan) now he's going to turn this campaign around? To what? His plan to turn things around should be to drop Palin and put in a more respectable VP nominee.
    Palin and her ABUSE OF POWER is the same stuff we have put up with for the last 8 years with Bush and Chaney..........do we want another person in office that will Abuse their POWERS........Vote Obama for a Better American.......

    October 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    A new day, a new strategy. Tomorrow, a new day, new strategy.

    I still want to know about Sarah Palin's relationship with two ex AIP members who supposedly launched her career, one of whom she recommended for a seat on the Wasilla city council, as mayor. Why isn't the media covering her link with these "terrorists?" If she can spew about Obama and the Ayers of 40 years ago, she should be called out. Why is she getting the kidd glove treatment?

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Obama/Biden 08/2012

    Turnaround: Yes back to the OLD FOLKS HOME!!!!!
    Caribeou Barbie: Back to Alaska.

    I do not trust Rick Davis (who was paid by from Fannie/Freddie, Tucker: his reasoning does not make any sense).

    Obama: Decent Human Being, a good husband, a good father and a good President for the United States of America.

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. hello

    Folks did you noice that america has started bombing pakistan and afghanistan border ares?
    They are trying to get Bin Laden, which they knew from the very begining where he is hiding, and just wating in time for 2008 election to give victory to republican.
    I am sure they and Pakistani knew where he is, and did not McCain said he knows how to get Bin Laden.

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. BrendaF, Mesquite, TX

    "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."
    --

    No new proposals on Monday? Because you're waiting to see what Senator Obama says today so you can see how much of his message you can steal for yourself?

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. James From Chicago

    I think McCain and Palin are sniffing glue again.

    They are going to loose.

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. The Cosmos & MCCAIN Rocks!!

    »AMERICANS!»Are you 100% SURE you REALLY Want a new AMERICAN President withOUT relevant Political experience and with a ARABIC(!!) NAME(!!)?!?!? Are we in Indonesia or are we in USAMERICA?!?!??!?! WAKE UP AMERICANS!! Before it´s TOO LATE!!!

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. John W.

    Today is the, "TURNAROUND" day. Yeah, back to the drawing board.

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. JeffRob

    So happy to see the headline this morning: "Obama to lay out economic rescue plan".

    It will be so nice to finally have a president who talks to Americans like adults. One who actually appreciates our intellect.

    Oh, and Mr. McCain- don't think we didn't notice your little "I'm gonna whip him" remark. Racist.

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Jim NY

    If Obama wins this election it will be a result of luck. If we had more choices and other candidates to choose from theres no way he would win end of story.

    October 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Sara

    Barbara – 65 yr old white female in NC with a black husban.

    Vote Bob Barr 2008

    October 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Jackie

    I wish McCain all the best but he's kinda late.
    Obama has been consistent and will get my vote .

    October 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Thanks BUSH! You're the BEST!

    He should save it for NOV 4th. Thats when the real turn around with take place!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08!

    October 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. The Cosmos & MCCAIN Rocks!!

    »Between that IRRELEVANT,BORING Little man "JOE BIN or Biden or something" and the GORGEOUS,AMAZING,CLEVER SARAH PALIN who do you PREFER?!??! IT´s EASY!! MCCAIN/PALIN=OF COURSE.

    October 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Al

    My friend, you got a V.P. canidate who thinks she did'nt do anything wrong, other than abusing her power as a elected offical. So My friend your are just another voice in the wind.

    Obama/Biden

    October 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. S. Boatman

    Mccain Recognized That Going Negative Was Not Helping Him In The Polls So He Is Going To Give Pandering Another Try! Im Expecting Him To Try Out A House Payment Holiday Or Something Along Those Lines!

    October 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. JIMBISCIELLO

    TALK ABOUT TURN-AROUND- HOW ABOUT GIVING SARAH PALIN A TURN-AROUND TICKET BACK TO ALASKA AND HAVE HER STAY THERE.
    THERE IS NO ROOM FOR HER IN THIS GOVERNMENT
    I ALWAYS THOUGHT MC CAIN WAS A DECENT PERSON UNTIL THIS CAMPAIGN, HE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HAS KILLED THIS COUNTRY- BUSH /ROVE POLITICS....
    WE CANNOT AFFORD FOR THIS TO CONTINUE NO WAY NO HOW...

    October 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    Too funny. Thanks for the morning humor John.
    That worked out pretty well for you to release the info about Palin being found guilty of ethics violations late on a Friday night. You think?
    Sorry Sarah, we read the weekend edition. You are a proven liar.
    Obama

    October 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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