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. Sara

    Mccain 08

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

    Another turnaround ??....so what else is new.....McCain's campaign has been turning and spinning for months !! Good luck !!!

    October 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Bruce

    More erratic behavior..behind now so let change///what kind of steady hand and leadership is that.
    Guess this new plan for the middle calss is like his secret plan to catch binLaden where he has said he knows how to do it...but is not telling anyone...what an idiot.

    October 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. The Cosmos & MCCAIN Rocks!!


    October 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Monty

    mcCain get rid of the moose and get someone who has morals that both of you don't have. Palin want people to believe she is a trustworthy person but how can you if she lied to everyone. That was a secret that you carried for months and now that is it on the table you people to forget how she operate.

    One question to you McCain? When you finish your first term as President as you stated you will leave the office, How and who do you think wants Sarah and Todd Palin running the country. Sarah will vote for Todd to be VP because he ran Alaska and knows how to get things tone.

    Now people do you want Sarah and Todd Palin runnig the USA together if so then vote for McSane.

    October 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Lisa P

    I hope we're on to the "losing gracefully" phase of McCain's campaign. I'm really not interested in hearing another two weeks of Palin flinging around baseless accusations and McCain destroying whatever reputation he has left, and somehow I doubt inflaming the racist and ignorant Republican base will improve anything about our current financial and cultural crisis. Country first means country first, John. Be a man for once instead of a spoiled brat.

    October 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Sarah Palin

    So glad to hear this is coming. His campaign events have had all the charm of a Klan meeting up until now.....

    October 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. ginger

    Sky, you nailed it.

    For McCain to come yet again with a new message really stinks. Hasn't McCain been saying all along his message was right?

    October 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Deb

    I guess he fired his "Karl Rovians" over the weekend ,since the tactic of attacking Obama didn't work. Now he thinks logical, realistic Americans really believe he has a plan to save us all?

    Americans aren't that stupid Mr. McCain!

    Please – just go away and leave the mess your Republicans created to an intelligent man who might just be able to make things better instead of far worse!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Thomas

    Hmmm...isn't this a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has run off? The McCain camp has shown its' true colors the past weeks: vitriol from Ms. Palin & slogans from Senator McCain: a recipe for ruin at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    October 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. nerakami

    Dear John,

    I am very surprised you did not realize you have been applying for the position of President of the United States for the past two (2) years therefore, to think that the effort starts in ernest today has your prospective employers (WE THE PEOPLE !) scratching our heads in amazement.

    I must inform you that you are being judged not only by these remaining 3 weeks but by the overall campaign you have run for the past 2 years as clearly, beyond all the words and talking points, that truly is what we the people have to review your performance.

    We the People

    October 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. arc, Lugano CH

    Senator McCain, don't forget references like: Muslim, Terrorist, and any way to convince many of your voters that a bi-racial (or black) man who is more educated than you is a cause for concern.

    John McCain & Palin are merely surviving because of the ignorance, isolationism, and prejudices of many within their electorate.

    His campaign events are starting to resemble more and more the KKK rallies of the 1940-50s.

    The GOP and McCain campaign treat Palin like a secretary, a farcical big windbag of hot air in a pretty package. While it becomes more and more apparent that McCain is truly mentally and physically in decline, it's also clear that the only person who world leaders would respect even less than McCain is windbag Palin.

    October 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Carole

    I am glad that the John McCain I always respected showed up last week, unlike that racist Palin.

    Great job, John!

    **I still cannot vote for you with Palin on the ticket. I was part of the Palin protest in Pittsburgh. I never protested anything in my life until she said the comment about Senator Obama 'Paling around with Terroritst.'. She needs to look in the mirror at herself!

    October 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. jm from sc

    Everyone should realize by now that anything McCain comes up with is just another political stunt to deceive the American People. It is amazing how McCain and Palin are playing with the intelligence of the people. Palin stood and said she was cleared of an unethical doing in troopgate. However according to the report that came out everywhere execept on Fox News, she did indeed is broken ethical rules.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Another turnaround?

    Oh my lord, how many "turn-arounds" is Sen. MccAin going to have? Same tired, old story from the same tired, old man my friends.

    Doesn't he understand that each time he does this it appears.... like he's "lost it" a little bit more?

    I'm starting to feel bad for the guy. His wife needs to sit him down and have a heart-to-heart with him and clue him in.

    Can you imagine how embaressed his campaign people must be? They've got to sell this garbage to the people. Poor, poor Sen. Mccain... I'm thinking we are better off with G.W. & Dick than these two "mavericks."

    Sarah was quite attractive during the first few days after her selection... now, she's not quite so attractive. Isn't that weird? It all has to do with getting to know someone. She has become... ugly.

    Well, turn-around and around and around and around John & Sarah... we'll be done with this nonsense is three weeks and not have to listen to politics for another two years (thanks be!)

    October 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |

    Mccain is a real man with real ideas. He cannot be blamed for the mistakes bush has made. He definetly has my vote. Before you go and make the mistake of voting for a community organizer with no military experience you might want to think long and hard. Mr. Hussein is a show and he wants his wife and himself to make history thats all his whole campaign has been a show..Oprah...R Simmons...list goes on and on. Get real America and wake up!!!

    October 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Anonymous

    I live in rural West Tennessee. Our area has been hard hit with job losses. Our county's industrial park looks like a ghost town. YES!! Create jobs here! Do what has to be done.....Forget Senator Obama's "No Tax Breaks for Big Business" mantra....If there was a chance of a "big business" building a plant or facility that would provide hundreds or thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue yearly for this area, EVERYONE would be in favor of providing a favorable tax scenario for them to do business here. If I found out that we lost an opportunuty to have a major corporation do business in this impoverished area because of Senator Obama's "No Tax Breaks for Big Business" policy...well, you best believe I would be angry!!! Can Obama honestly stand by that mantra? Let him say he would! Let him publicly state that he would NOT provide tax incentives for major corporations to build all the new energy plants he proposes, or to automakers to build more hybrid car facilities, or to contractors to build all the bridges and road projects he proposes....then sit back and see how much he drops in CNN's polls! COME ON!!!! Senator McCain knows how to get things done. He knows how to be honest and not bother with political spin. He's the Real Deal.

    October 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Laura, Boston

    I love some of the economic ideas that John McCain wants to put forward. They are original and fresh. Even Obama admitted that John McCains idea on seniors not having to take their Required Minimum Distributions this year is great.

    I am a retirement specialist and I have had so many seniors who are fretting because not only do they have to take their RMD at a lower rate (since prices in stockmarket are way down) but then they must declare this money as income and pay taxes on it. So believe me when I tell you...this is a good sound plan.

    I also think that helping homeowners (those who were sincerely qualified to own the home) refinance their sub-prime mortages is something that has merit and should be looked at closely.

    I honestly believe that people need to stop the fingerpointing because there is certainly enough blame to go around. The democrats did nothing during the last 2 years to try and solve this problem. In fact they condoned it by saying Fannie and Freddie were just fine. Bill Clinton said that the dems were just as responsible.

    Let's keep the conversation going in a positive way.

    Please CNN print my comments

    October 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Snafu

    CNN will surely post anything about McCain ill hearted attempt to talk about a subject he knows nothing about. CNN is GARB^AGE! They are so in the tank for McCain its pathetic. McCain is clueless just like his running mate, go figure and now with 22 days left he wants to talk about the economy. Did grandpa just wake from his nap?

    October 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. The Cosmos & MCCAIN Rocks!!

    »This is USAMERICA! This is NOT Indonesia! WAKE UP AMERICANS!!» A new AMERICAN President with a ARABIC(!!) NAME(!!)?!??! Is everyone GOING NUTS Right now in USA or what?!??!?! JOHN MCCAIN =aTRUE AMERICAN HEROE/PATRIOT=the RIGHT man for the WHITE HOUSE! WAKE UP AMERICA!»» "CHANGE"?!??!? For what?!??! SAD people!

    October 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Any minute now, I'll be time to rally the troops with some shuffleboard, and the Hokie Pokie!

    October 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Rusty Miller

    I may be seen as a radical right extremist, by most of the liberal left, but so be it. However, I feel that the basic Christian principles that our country was founded on are in jeopardy of being lost forever. Once that is done it will unleash a Pandora’s box of legalized, or even legislated behavior or life styles that are contrary to Christian values. As a minister it is my belief that if we vote in such a way as to allow at will abortions, and gay marriage, then in the long run it will not matter what the state of our economy is, or our standing among the global community. We will have taken the path of least resistance and sacrificed what is right for what is convenient and most expedient.

    October 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Ralph

    For the first time in my adult life, I dread election day. No matter the outcome it will be a scary day. I think there will be riots, whether it is jubilation or defeat.

    October 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Hypocrits for Obama

    Is it the Bradley effect when John Kerry and Al Gore lost the GEs even with bigger leads in the polls than Obama has?

    Looks like the pro-Obama media is looking to fan the flames of racial tension by their race-baiting biased reporting.

    October 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Pam

    New McCain stump: 'We've got them just where we want them'

    LOL!! The Cubs have the Dodgers just where they want them too!

    October 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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