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. Norfolk

    "My Friends, I know we can do it" We'll get it done"

    How? by talking constantly about Obama?

    It's why they are losing, should have told the american people how?

    I hope it's a huge landslide, enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Colorado

    It will be close, but Colorado is going as BLUE as the day sky.

    However, don't be complacent. All you Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada and Ohio supporters get out and vote, vote early.

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. ATLian

    McCain is losing because of exactly what he did today – took a word from one of Obama's speeches from years ago and turned it into a lie. Made it mean something totally different than what he meant. Dishonest!

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Hypocracy has no bounds

    Obama idiots – His Campaign was about Gimmicks and Not being GWB.

    McCain Idiots – His Campaign was about how Obama is not Ready.

    Bottom Line is that Democrats and Republicans are a bunch of idiots.

    If your voting for Obama without looking and using common sense then you are an idiot.

    If your voting for McCain without seeing that the policies are not that different than Bush then you are an idiot.

    Neither Canidate is right for Us. But we vote for them cause we refuse to use our brains.

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. lyn

    America get out and VOTE early for Obama & Biden. Today McCain continue his attacks and lies, nothing about how to fix this great country. McCain you your VP and the Republicans are loosers.

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Bruce

    The Repubs are purging hte voting records in many states even as I type. They are trying to prevent possible Obama supporters for voting.

    If you see nay thing that looks strage at a polling station REPORT IT.


    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. CM in AR

    Suggestion to Republicans. Taking a sleeping pill and turn in early on Nov 4th. It'll make you feel better.

    October 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. tony

    down with republican scum!

    October 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. High school valedictorian

    THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA IS FINALLY ENDING!!! Goodbye, George Dumbya Bush and cohorts!

    It's high time for intelligent, reflective, inspiring, and all-inclusive leaders to lead us once again. It's high time for America to be back in her old, respected glory. It's high time for America to be that shining city on the hill again. It's high time for a new president to lead a grateful world once again.

    It's high time to resume speaking correct English. Dumbya, during your retirement, please go back to school to learn how to speak properly. Pay attention to your grammar. Learn new adjectives so that when asked about people, you will not spew out the same tired sentence time after time, "S/he's a good person." It was frustrating listening to you speak. Try reflective thinking for a change.

    It's time for a magna cum laude Harvard Law graduate for our president. Goodbye, President Dumbya, who earned (it's debatable whether he actually earned them) only gentleman C's.

    Now, an appeal to my fellow change-minded Americans: PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE!! It will uplift all of us.

    Thank you, Muchissimas gracias, Salamat po, Dios ti ag-ngina am-mak ida ken kakabsat, Merci, Danke!

    October 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. arlene, CA

    I have allready voted. Vote Obama / Biden. No McCain/Paliln, no way, no how.

    October 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Veteran in Kansas

    Actually, yes that is defacing the flag. But then just hang it up. First ond only Presidential decision was running mate, Palin. He can not even control her, what makes any one think he is capable of running the nation.

    Thank you for your service John, but Presidential, you are not.

    October 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Florence, SC

    Everyone in America should already know who they are voting for. Alot of Independents are lying. Most independents are Republicians that dont want to admitt it. Who would want to.

    October 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Carlo

    I am hoping for a landslide but am in no way shape or form expecting one. Fact is, I thought Kerry had it last time around only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Obama is running a much better campaign, better than Kerry and in my opinion also much better than McCain, but I feel a close race coming on.

    October 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. LaTeef Alade Georgia for Obama

    GOP are losers, their pretty much bankupt this great nation and Mcain/Palin are not going make it. No if or but Obama will be our next president. God bless America.

    October 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Bring on the Elections

    It's not over yet meaning the Elections.. Let us all pray Obama gets picked and we can start to heal as a nation. This election year has been unbelieveably nasty. McCain/Palin has tried to divide this country with all their name calling of Obama and actually saying certain states are more more patriotic than the other one. It's been a whirl wind dealing with 20 months of negative campaigning and constant mud slinging.

    Please, please people get out to vote for Obama/Biden.

    October 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Asian for Obama

    I'm voting tomorrow...taking my wife/mom/dad/brothers/sisters/in-laws and everyone else I know to vote with me in WI.

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Jack



    October 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Dave

    Well the neo-cons may be cooking up an October surprise to counter all this. If not, they are in trouble.

    October 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. cindy

    McCain has run nothing but an uneven and fractured campaign! He's never kept to his message and has continued to change throughout the campaign... He's never been able to raise the money and never had the ability to rally ground troops the way Obama has done... So laugh all you want Palin about Obama's community organizing skills but as far as many of us have a seen he's proven to be resourceful, steadfast and focused on message!!!!! That's what a leader does!!

    McCain doesn't have what it takes to be President, not in any way and no how!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. R. Squibbs

    "Lots of red states closer than last week"?

    I don't know what polls he's referring to, or what he's been smoking/huffing, but on the reality of planet Earth, VA, CO, NM, NV, PA, and OH are pretty much out of reach for McCain. He might take FL, NC, and MO, but he's going to have to fight like hell for them.

    The only thing that could save McCain is if he suddenly shifted from appealing to the redneck/bigot base and started appealing to moderates and independents. But that would mean putting a muzzle on that dimwit running mate of his, which isn't about to happen.

    I can see the future.........and Obama-Biden landslide on Nov. 4........

    October 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Pete

    My prediction in Obama in a landslide. Too bad though, he's not prepared to lead, and the more you hear about him the more radical he becomes. Bush derangement syndrome is such a dibilitating disease that those who have it cannot think rationally. It's not going to be pretty the next four years. But Obama and a democratic congress will screw things up so bad that the Republicans will be back in 4 years from now.

    October 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. undecided

    Why has CNN not covered the 2004 story of Obama's comments that he felt that the federal judges should step in and MANDATE that money should be taken from the rich and redistributed to the poor?

    That sure sounds like Marxist / Socialist comments to me!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. lisa

    Repubs 'hope' may be counting on their voter supression tactics and people like Nathan Sproul- arrested for voter fraud and financially supported by Mccain-
    the media doesn't talk about this because they're too busy talking about Acorn- but Mccain has dirty hands when it comes to voter fraud- google Nathan Sproul, CNN won't tell you about him!!

    if CNN even posts this, that is...

    October 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. David

    Vote & stop whining. LMAO

    October 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Dealt, Lisbon

    I heard a bit of McCain speech when I got home. And I pressed the button to switch to another station. The man was going on about the "mightiest army in the world", about "fight, fight with me".

    He says he's been tested which is a bit puzzling. Tested when? On what? As far as I can recall he had the bead luck to become a POW, but so many other were tested the same way, unofrtunately. And not in a half century old war, where torture wasn't so "skilled" and mind-bending drugs didn't exist.

    Then he says Obama is a risky proposition and that other nations won't dare face powerful America with McCain at the helm. Several dubious points here... first, it's doubtful the USA qill be able to so easily flaunt their armed power around the globe. Second, if McCain won't talk to Ahmadinejad, to Chavez, to talibans, to Castros, to Hamas... well, in short, to all that are likely to provide a threat, how on earth will he be able to avert a crisis without sending america's blood into harm's way? Third... it mau end up by not being McCain, but the very untested and trigger-happy Palin, at the helm.

    October 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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