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. j

    I guess we should prepare for yet another version of the McCain/Palin campaign. This campaign has no clear, consistent message or vision. If they ran on what they were really about, people would realize it's the same old policies that led us into this mess in the first place. So they run their campaign based on gutter politics. I think America will be in big trouble if McCain/Palin are elected. We won't end our dependence on foreign oil, we won't develop clean alternative energy, the workers of America will contiue to lose their jobs and receive lower wages – in short, we'll be worse off 4 years from now with McCain/Palin at the helm. Don't be fooled by their scare tactics. Vote for Hope-Unity-Change – Vote for OBAMA!

    October 27, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. arka

    I really hope that people see the truth out there! I'm all for McCain! he has more experience and he is all for helping Americans while Obama is about adding more crap for Americans! He is all about more taxes and thinks he is helping but he isn't!

    October 27, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. vic

    Listen to McCain today...nothing but nasty attacks and no real answers. Listen to Palin... being all defensive over spending campaign money on clothes and no real answers for our country.
    McCain and Palin all only for themselves – they're for dividing our country instead of uniting it.
    They want to win....and thats all!

    October 27, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Joe

    CNN, where is the discussion about Obama's audio with a reporter back in 2001 when he talked about redistributing? Gee, I guess it's not important to let people know that this guy is a socialist.

    October 27, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Ken

    I know Republicans try to be the Patriotic ones, but that sign violates flag code...

    Obama 08

    October 27, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. joey

    i hope a landslide victory will give him the tools to change this nation

    October 27, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Paula Wesley

    I've never heard of the VP being more popular and having larger rallies than the person running for President. Poor judgement in picking her McCain, poor decision. If he thought Romney would have stolen the limelight, Palin is worse.

    October 27, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Charlie Bradley

    Republicans are seeing the writing on the wall 🙂

    October 27, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Jenny

    I see McNothing has changed his message again today. This is his message:

    Dear Billionaires: Barack Obama wants to cut your taxes and give that money to hard-working Americans. Please vote for me because Cindy is so pissed that she will have to pay more money in taxes, my free cell towers will be taken away, and on top of that she will forge a big "L" on my forehead if I don't win.

    October 27, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. rob

    What are they hoping for ? Sarah to change a dress–give me a break.

    October 27, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. TyWebb

    I'm hopeful for a landslide.

    October 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Stick a fork in that pig, he's done

    He is STILL on the attack. He still talks about Obama more than the issues. If he doesn't get it, he never will. This is why I won't vote for him. He's so angry and his sense of entitlement (because he is a war hero) is astounding.

    Did you all hear about the 81 year old man who tried to vote for Obama in the booth, three times, but it kept switching to McCain? Not a coincidence. The GOP will do anything to win.

    October 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Alabama Voter

    I think a lot of the polls are wrong. I think AL is gonna be closer than they think this year. I don't know where they get their numbers but everyone I know is voting Obama.

    October 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. FactCheck

    The problems run very deep through the RNC. When the Democrats were dealt crushing losses in 2000 and in 2004, they recouped, came up with an effective strategy (thanks to Dr. Dean) and were poised for 2006 and 2008. The RNC simply do not have the discipline. Half of them are going to push for Palin to lead the ticket in 2012 (if she isn't in jail by then) and the other half will continue the in-fighting. The RNC used to be a party of fiscal conservatives that preached small government and family values. Over the lat decade, they have turned into a party of religious wing-nuts who pray on fear, give hand-outs to Wall Street and poise up candidates with highly questionable ethical character.

    They have truly lost their way.

    October 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. jaye

    The republicans still have a couple dirty tricks up their sleeves – they have the white house backing them and are preparing for a very nasty surprise this week.

    October 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. J P from MD

    Obama supporter must vote. Because that is all that count. Also, Why is it that every time McCain wants to draw contrast between himself and Obama, the contrast has to have a Civil Rights or Race angle. In a nutshell, McCain want people to think that Obama want to give their money to blacks and Illegal immigrants. Not only that, but no one is reporting on the fact that McCain has stated that he would veto his own senate votes, on Meet the Press. Every McCain ad is an attempt to scare, not persuade, people into voting for him. As if Obama, is out to still people’s money. Can a politician give people a fair shot at opportunity, without being demonized? This type of racial fear will have a lasting effect on minorities, and immigrants, far after the campaign is over. Someone, please get to the bottom of this issue, where McCain states he would veto his own senate votes on Meet the Press Sunday.

    October 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. donna smith

    If you look back at the McCain campaign you can see the ship slowly sinking. Someone who wants to run the United States of America, Should be able to run a better campaign. I hope of McCain wins he does a better job as president then he has at leading his campaign.

    October 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Donkey Party

    Easy choice this year, you can vote for HOPE (Obama), or you can vote for FEAR (McCain).

    October 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. President Barack Obama

    GOP get your slides out .........& ride with Barack down that Presidential Slope..... And prepare for the LANDSLIDE Baby!!!

    Oh Yeah, Dont forget to..................................

    Barack YOUR Vote08!!!

    October 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Gerald in Georgia

    I am reminding all Obama supporters that read this blog, please don't take anything for granted. Go out and vote and encorage everyone to vote. Don't think for one second that we can rest on what the polls say. I went to early vote today here in Macon, Georgia and the lines were out the door and down the side walk so we can't take for granted that these are mostly Obama voters. We have to stay on task and don't fall prey to the news papers and polls and tv pundits. Get out and VOTE OBAMA/ BIDEN and early vote if you can. The lines are only going to get longer!!!!!

    WE NEED THIS CHANGE AND WE NEED IT NOW!!

    October 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Independent but Leaning

    This nation is in trouble if we vote for Obama. Go McCain- we're counting on you.

    October 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Speider

    Is it where McCain proudly touts his support of Bush policies 90% of the time? Is it where he raves about Joe the plumber, the guy without a license and who owes back taxes?

    I really love when he threatens our "enemies" and dares nations to cross the line.

    "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."

    Yes, I love that McCain sees this position in military terms. Not "President" but as a military leader of a military nation. It's Germany 1938 all over again.

    October 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Maggie from Virginia

    Thank you OHIO... Enough about why we shouldn't vote for Obama. Why should we vote for McCain. I've been asking this for weeks. I gave up on getting an answer. I voted Friday for Obama.

    I dispise bullies. Every attack moved me closer to Obama.

    October 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Josh In Virginia

    McCain and his clown Tucker Bounds just lies this morning when they said Obama voted to increase taxes on “families” making as little as $42,000 per year.And that Obama voted 94 times to raise taxes. Fact check this please ppl its just lies…

    I wish someone on the Republican ticket would get just ONE thing right without inventing half-truths or outright lies.

    October 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Sam Walker

    Republicans now know what it is like to be on the endangered species list themselves because during six years of total control of the federal government the republicans failed to do anything effective for 43 million Americans without health insurance and a terrifying amount of lob loss and also the republicans have failed to adequately connect with the increasing level of diversity of the American people. If the republicans had done a better job of "spreading the wealth" there may not be such a staggering amount of voters turning out to send them packing. I have a feeling that in the future the GOP will be a memory and democrats will be considered the political party of conservatives.

    October 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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