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. Joan , Ontario

    Probably if someone painted Obama on an American flag, the Republicans would be all over it saying it was unpatriotic.

    October 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. MikeD

    I hope that everyone comes out to vote and has their vote counts. The problem that I foresee is, balots will be lost/destroyed or voters will be turned around based upon their appearance, not allowing them to vote.

    The problem with this country is corruption. I hope and pray that corruption in this campaign is removed and a president is elected based upon the citizens of the United States. However, you already see false statements everyday in the campaigns. What happened to morals? The candidates hardly ever tell the whole truth, they only tell a portion of it.

    October 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Jimmy O


    I attended the Palin rally in Leesburg today. The atmosphere was electrifying. We had such a great time. She was great, she smiled, she gave us the famous wink.. love her "gotchas", "betchas". There were many "Rednecks for McCain/Palin 08" banners. We are finally going to have a voice in the White House with Sarah and Todd Palin!

    I am definitely going to vote for McCain. With McCain in the White house, Palin will be the head of the senate. All the senators will report to her, so she will be in charge of formulating policy at the senate. Hopefully she can fire any senator that does not follow her instructions

    Sometimes I think Palin should be on top of the ticket. Sarah for President, 2012. Let's start the draft now..Her wink will melt the hearts of world leaders.

    October 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Seinfeild

    All the rigth wing sickos...should stay home and not to waste their vote cause OBAMA'S landslide is coming...... and yes they should push for 2012 JOE THE PLUMBER / PALIN ticket.

    October 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Janet

    Maybe they wouldn't be down if McCain would quit lying to the american public and talk about the issues, not Obama. Now he's talking against Bush's economic policies, when he voted for 90% of the time in favor of Bush's economic policies.

    Hunny, you watch too much TV. Actually go out and educate yourself about the voting records vs watching the tv ads that the media wants you to believe.

    October 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. PROUD MCCAIN/Palin supporter

    To all the Obama – it is not over yet. and if he does get elected (GOD HELP US) lets see if you liberals like him after he goes back on his word not to raise taxes. START handing it the money over he is going to take your money and spend has he pleases.

    October 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Ted

    1.) GOP has to talk about Obama because HE is the problem in this election

    2.) Why should you vote for McCain (without mentioning Obama)

    * Republicans strengthen the military – which provides security for our future. It doesn't do any good to have an extra few $ in your pocket if your country is under attack.

    * Republicans help those who create jobs and opportunities for all Americans (they do not offer handouts to people who are not willing to help themselves).

    October 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. welches oregon

    Prepare for an Obama/Biden landslide people.

    Oh Change...it is a-comin'

    I voted early for Obama, as did my entire family. This is such an exciting time! Time for change in Washington! Time for change in America!

    Go Obama! Go Obama! We've got your back .

    October 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. OHIOmomforO

    I think McCain will be lucky to pull 7 or 8 states when all is said & done. I live in Ohio in a heavily Republican area and the Obama/Biden signs are EVERYWHERE! Woo-Hoo!

    October 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. C W

    Judging by the kind of campaign McCain has run (and he has run it – at the very least, he's gone along with the strategy), the Republican "base" is motivated only by fear and distrust. How sad! If I were a Republican, I would be ashamed that my party has devolved to such a pitiful state.

    October 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Lisa Brennan

    Spread ing the wealth in ALaska is okay...I could use some of it. Perhaps Americans may get a truer picture of what taxing and subsidies and socialism and building roads and social security and all that means...call it waht you may. Palin was a train wreck from day one and my heart goes out to the wildlife in ALaska and to the poverty stricken millions of AMericans that the republican platform has created with their elitiist and healthy and wealthy politics. How much panic can create such an ugly and low campaign~ how can one be an elitist one week and then a terrorist and than an Arab and then a socialist and then a markist? Marx is laughing his butt off. It is called neo-imperialism and McCain/Palin and their backers fit the bill.

    October 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Bruce

    McCain ATTACKS OBAMA specach made 8 years ago. WOW how out of touch. That is really current events. But them McCain live is the past anyway.

    October 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. mitch


    October 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. josie maniago

    palin is mccain's loss. if he had chosen someone more knowledgeable, he would have won. she uses her children to get emotional support from women and i think that is sooooo wrong.

    October 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. DMC In Arizona - NOT for McCain

    All I can say... and ALL that should be said is: "Get out there and vote from today until Nov. 4th! That is when this is officially over!


    October 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. HouseDiva

    the GOP are already killing civilians in syria just to help john mccain.


    October 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Charles from Atlanta

    McCain simply does not have the intelligence/knowledge/character for United States president. He had all the time this summer and didn't realize the economy problem. He said "the American economy is fundamentally strong" one week before Lehman Brothers went bankrupcy. He also had Phil Gramm as the economy advisor said America is "nation with whiners". He chose Palin as the VP ticket without deep consideration but just compromising with conservatives. He showed a typical long-time Washington politician and avoid direct answers during the debates. He is an 72-year old man that does not have either the energy nor the plan to lead the country to recovery. The only thing left for McCain is go negative – socialism, terroist, higher tax, no experience,..., just want to give Republican something they can against Obama, instead of finding some positive about McCain.

    October 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Florida Voter

    I'm a former Republican completely disappointed with the fallacies and divisive rhetoric purported by party now. Sad.

    Voting for intelligent government this time: Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Calis

    If Obama does win, I hope Republicans take a page from the Obama campaign, and talk more about the issues and less time attacking a candidate. People want answers, not cheap shots, because, at the end of the day, the place those shots hit are the voters.

    October 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Bob Indianapolis IN

    The only thing "tightening" in the race is McCain's sphincter...

    October 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Jason

    I like that sign in the editorial picture...it says GO JOHN GO,,,they forgot to add, BACK TO AZ at the bottom of it, because that's where he's heading after Nov. 4th when Barack WINS!

    October 27, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    On Tuesday Nov 4th ....



    October 27, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Betty

    I would not count out John Mccain . A lot of people are saying one thing but will do the other. I will say it one more time. People will not be worried about paying the mortgage if we are fighting the war on Main St. We need a strong leader now more than ever. We have two wars going on and our man are over their fighting for US. I do not want any one running our county that can not say the pledge a allegiance and who has so many connections with voter fraud and the list goes on and on. I do not trust Obama !!!

    October 27, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. michael in MO

    Of course, yet another Obama network "poll" suggesting "the anointed one" is floating to the presidency, where he will be adorned by golden fleeces and awe-struck, text-messaging, worshippers. Drunk with "Kewl" aid, you believe buzz words like "hope" and "change" are something unique to politics. Obama remains an empty suit, and an American Idol figure frighteningly similar to days of vulnerable Germany in the early twentieth century. A few generations removed, and how quickly we forget. And the best joke of it all – Obamabots continue to label Gov. Palin as inept and unqualified – as if Obama is any MORE qualified than she is!!??? Get real.

    Signed, another life-long Dem for McCain.

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. BC

    McCain doesn't get that Americans just don't care about what happened years ago – we care about what will happen starting next week! Vote Obama-Biden! We Love Barry!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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