October 27th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Some Republicans hopeful, others prepare for 'landslide'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.land.gi.jpg caption="Some Republicans or hopeful, others prepare for the worst."](CNN) - Eight days out and some Republicans see small glimmers of progress, if not hope. But most are fairly bleak about the GOP’s chances.

“Feels like the makings of a landslide,” said one veteran GOP operative who has held top jobs in presidential campaigns and been closely involved in past congressional cycles.

Another longtime strategist who is involved in a number of congressional and state races this year said many Republicans who had run good campaigns were asking a daunting question heading into the final week: “Will all these newly registered voters go to vote for Obama and then walk out without voting for a lot of candidates they have never heard of, or will they go all the way down the ballot to create coattails?”

Somewhat more optimistic was a GOP strategist closely involved with the McCain campaign.

“Things improved” over the weekend, was this strategist’s take. “No mystery. Lots of red states closer than last week.”

This operative said rural voters and white downscale men had moved a bit toward the Republican ticket in recent days, making the battleground states somewhat more competitive.

A second senior McCain campaign adviser said Senator McCain had taped new advertisements to be used in the final week. One, due out as early as Monday, is McCain speaking to the camera about what he considers the best components of his approach to the economy, and his take on the downsides of the Obama plan.

Later in the week, this senior adviser said, the McCain campaign plans to launch what he called a strong “commander-in-chief for the close” ad.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. D

    after reading Obama's closing speech and Mccains relentless air filled attacks. I clearly see who has a vision for this country. McCains whole speech was directed toward false claims at Senator Obama, while Obama didn't waste much of his speech talking about McCain at all. He spoke about the things he has stuck too over the last 22 months. McCain is on something new today, much like he was last week, and the week before that, etc...This time its an interview that he has twisted the words of Senator Obama. Even in the last week, he refuses to try something that will speak to the people. Just continues to attempt at injecting fear. Its SAD and I feel sorry for him. Well not really!

    OBAMA 08'

    October 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. REPUBLIC OF TEXAS

    TO : LOOK BEYOND THE SPOKEN WORD::

    I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING,, PEOPLE PLEASE INVESTAGATE THIS PERSON-–HE SPEEKS WITH A FORKED TONGUE---

    PEOPLE DON'T BE FOLLOWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Lets Unite

    I am a life long Democrat and I am voitng for Barack. If I have learned anything from this long and painful campaign is that we ALL need to UNITE and do away with parties that only continue to divide us....that's what I call putting COUNTRY FIRST!

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Bob Indianapolis IN

    This operative said rural voters and white downscale men had moved a bit toward the Republican ticket in recent days, making the battleground states somewhat more competitive.

    Millionaires and morons. Quite the base you've got there, Reptilicans!

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Jeff in Illinois

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~L A N D S L I D E~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Remember, according to Bush, 51% = "A Clear Mandate"

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Rob

    One can only hope that enough smart, intelligent, and principled people turn out and send the false prophet / failed community organizer and the blabbering foot-in-mouth dunce back to whatever la-la-land induced fantasy they live in.

    Obama may be change the fools can believe in, but it is change America cannot have. Change for the worse is not change, and that's what Barry will bring.

    Wise up! Vote smart! NOBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. I like designer clothes too.

    Rural voters...white downscale men...

    Just a nicer way of saying "undereducated, bigoted country folk".

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Jeff

    I can't wait!!! Unemployment rates going up. Goods and services being more expensive. Big companies closing thier plants to open new ones over seas. That is the only CHANGE you will see in America with Obama as President of the United States.

    Mark my words, with a full Democratic Senate and a Democratic President these things will happen. Say goodbye to small business and the American Dream.

    You want change.... vote independent.

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Rita

    I am rather confused, most Americans I talk to, are going to or have voted for Obama/Biden. Yet the polls only have them leading by 5-8 points, that's only 2 points above the margin of error.

    How is it possible that it's going to be a landslide then? Please excuse my ignorance, but being a Canadian, the US election can be very confusing.

    Confused, but hopeful in Toronto.

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. DeVone

    McCain, Palin and his advisors are not even on the same page how could they pull the country togather if they cant pull their campagine togather america read,and listen to the news and they we have listened,  listened  and listened from the time Bushbecame president to this day Bush McCain Palin
    stick a fork in it your done

    October 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Joe PA

    First time in my life i will be voting straight democrat.

    October 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Jose Vazquez

    October 27th, 2008 3:10 pm ET

    Can anyone who supports McCain tell me why I should vote for him without saying a word about Obama or any other democrat?
    ======

    I will list them but i dount it will do any good
    1) Jobs, Jobs jobs. With lower tax rates jobs will come back.
    2) The Freezing of the Federal Budget is the first tiny step in getting a balanced budget
    3) The Sanctity of Life
    4) The continued defense of America
    5) Bringing our troops home in Victory

    October 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I've already voted Obama/Biden, but please, VOTE early if you can, but VOTE without fail.

    Oregon will win for Obama, but it looks like a pretty good chance we might also unseat Gordon Smith, a long-term GOP who's been in Bush's pocket until a couple of years ago when he woke up, realized he might be in danger, and started trying to backpeddle and act like a moderate. It's been amusing to watch, but I don't think a lot of people are fooled. Last I heard, he's statistically tied with his Democrat challenger, and frankly, this doesn't look like a good year for the GOP in Oregon, at any level, any office.

    I WILL NOT BE RULED BY FEAR AND DOUBT!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. robin

    When people are afraid , and losing their jobs, they will believe anyone who promises them a bright new world. It is understandable , and hard to accept democracy , and freedoms have hard truth at the core . YOU must succeed . You can be the hero you look for outside yourself ! Mr Obama...is not him (her) . Look up . America ! All the help you need is here for the asking , in a very real God.

    October 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Denise Bolin

    8 more days of smears and lies from McCrusty/Palin. Does anyone really believe Palin could be President? She's a joke. She is good at two things: 1) Lying 2) Inciting hatred. That's not Country First.

    Obama/Biden voters: Get out and vote – do it ASAP – we can't be overconfident – ROCK THE VOTE – Obama/Biden '08-'12

    Yes we MUST!

    October 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Jane in CA

    Go Phil, Ashburn, VA !!!

    YES WE CAN....

    October 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Mike from Calgary

    Just read McCain's latest comments re seven year old interview. Is McCain dyslexic? He doesn't seem to understand what he hears or reads, and if he does understand, he does not seem to have any perspective on its meaning.

    NO WONDER McCAIN THE BOMBER (he was not a fighter, or a top gun naval aviator or "Maverick" like Tom Cruise's character in the 1986 movie "Top Gun"f. McCain flew and crashed or lost THREE of the Navy's A4 Skyhawk bomber planes. He did not fly fighters ... McCain was a BOMBER ..... oh ... that explains his fixation on Ayers!

    October 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Charlie in Maine

    And I see their reflectiion in the country's great ills...... Will a landslide bring them down?

    go Obama/Biden 08-12

    October 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. John in Ohio

    Being charitable to McCain and giving him a number of states he is probably not going to win, he loses anyway.

    I don't see it happening.

    October 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Michael

    Independent Vote October 27th, 2008 3:10 pm ET

    Can anyone who supports McCain tell me why I should vote for him without saying a word about Obama or any other democrat?
    ------–

    I am afraid you will be waiting for your answer for a very very long time.
    Throughout this campaign John Mccain has said he a plan to win the war in Iraq, a plan to help the economy, plan after plan but he would only reveal these plans once elected as POTUS.

    October 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. undecided

    If the democrats ( Pelosi, Reid, Dean, Obama )have their way and get their super majority there will be no stopping them from destroying this country.

    If this happens, mark my words, in 4 years the republicans will carry all 50 states again and it will take the republicans 15+ years to undo the carnage that the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Dean, Obama, Murtha, Durbin and other democrats will reap on this country.

    October 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCain has lost it completely,

    he thought by chosing a crazy right wing waco white woman he would steal the Hillary vote from Obama?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Hey we may have some crazy Democrats, but majority of us are not stupid, we see the crap as soon as we smell it,

    Another mistake in a long, long, long line of mistakes by grandapa.

    Take a seat, rocking chair, by the fire in one of your 200 homes, watch Jeopardy, where the wrong answer doesn't cost the US a economic meltdown or unecessary death of an american Service Man or Woman.

    October 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Who Cares

    "The people in the House and Senate should be forced to sit Democrat, Republican, Democrat, Republican just like we used to sit boy, girl, boy, girl in kindergarten."

    I don't think that will work. It would have to be Democrat, Democrat, Republican, Democrat, Democrat, Republican....

    October 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Bama4Obama

    What the people still don't realize is that McCain hasn't given us a reason to vote for him. Being a POW and in Congress (the OPPOSITE of PROgress) for 20+ years is not good enough. Saying ad nauseum "I know how to fix___" is not good enough. His whole campaign has been about trying to paint Obama as the boogeyman and his own personal aggrandizement, not about real plans or solutions. Vote for him at your own peril, but the country is the one who will pay the price (can you say WWIII?). An angry old man with an inferiority complex and a true dim bulb for a running mate? Please! Vote for the only ticket that makes sense!

    Obama/Biden

    October 27, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Adam Smith TX, USA

    To answer the longtime strategist the new voters all Democrats will vote STRAIGHT Democratic thus giving Democrats LONG coat tails!!

    Obama Biden 08/12

    October 27, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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