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. James


    If you support McCain/Palin, you're dumb.

    October 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Nik

    I'm really sick of people, especially the media, pretending this race is over. It's a dirty trick and we're not going to fall for it. Make sure you vote, America!

    Obama/Biden '08

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

    Vote Early people! Obama-Biden 08
    Let's move this thing ahead.
    We must speak.
    We must act.
    We can do this.

    October 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Bama for Obama

    Hope not fear is what we always say...

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Scott

    Convince me to vote for you McCain, as opposed to talking about Obama.

    -Undecided Youn REPUBLICAN.

    October 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Griff

    Have the Same Spirit as John McCain..

    October 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. PeopleVOTE

    Obama can not win if we do not vote, I know he is favored to win, but in order for him to win he needs every vote he can get, We can not afford another four years of republican policy, a party of division, lie and hate, bigotry. This nation can not handle anther Bush/Mccain policy time for change let vote for the change we need.

    October 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Steve

    Hum? Trying to divide the contry and cause a racial/cultural uproar?

    I firmly believe

    October 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Blue devils die hard!!

    I am mike from Tifton Ga. The home of the BLUE DEVILS...we have prayed so had that the whole Ga be blue now the dream is real....Go Blue Devils!!!!
    Go Obama/Biden

    October 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Dave

    Sorry Tony, but there's just as much scum in the Dem party. it is time for a viable third party to emerge. We need to take the Republic back form those in collusion with the military-industrial-banking complex. The bailout was robbery. The banks are hoarding the money and not making it available for loans. The congress served their true masters. They are no longer representing us.

    October 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Eric Cooper

    I truly believe the election will be very close. McCain is starting to run a better campaign, he had a good week last week. It's all about how each campaign finishes. Barack has done nothing to hurt himself, but he needs to run through the finish line and not coast to the end. And I believe that he will do that. But his supporters need to do it as well

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Josh In North Carolina

    North Carolina need to vote out LIDDY DOLE she is worthless in washington.. She ranks almost last 93th.. She only supported Bush,she is useless to NC ..

    October 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. mark

    Prediction ... by the end of the week McCain is stumping in AZ to defend his own stomping grounds.

    October 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Gene

    I'm predicting a landslide personally.. but we'll see. I predicted a landslide the moment I heard Palin open her mouth.

    October 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Barb

    Love the fact that McCain is going to cut all of the budgets. Take a hatchet right across the board he claims. GUESS WHAT PEOPLE? One breath he says support the troops and the next minute he is going to cut budgets (INCLUDING DEFENSE). Which way is it?

    CUTS RIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD-we have more unemployment so does that mean that the current budget is going to have to be spread out further meaning that each individual will get less?

    CUTS RIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD–does that mean he will not have the finances to do off shore drilling that he proposes?

    CUTS ACROSS THE BOARD–welfare–now that $3.99 to buy a pound of hamburg is going to be $1.50 to buy a half a pound and yet feed the same number of people?

    Even individuals that have only received elementary education can figure this one out. Where are his experts? Head in the sand like an ostrich?

    October 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. deb in Colo

    Waiting for a McCain supporter to answer "Independent Vote" – I'd love to hear the answer. Because with McCain, I've just seen finger pointing and half truth/lies in this campaign.

    I listened very carefully to both the DNC and RNC; and not one word did McCain say to me that would change my vote. And he's the one Republican I actually thought might be mid-ground enough to get my vote.

    The Religious Right Republicans and "don't take my gun" Republicans can jump in a lake.


    October 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Debbie

    And don't forget how well the GOP knows how to supress the vote by purging likely Democratic voters...along with other nefarious tricks ... to steal elections.

    Why else would John McCain confidently point to "close" states and promise that we'd all be up late election night, just like 2000?

    October 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Ian

    And how many of them will question the party itself? Like Ron Paul said it best over a year ago, that the Republican party has lost it's way.

    October 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. surprisingly competitive

    Palin's shopping spree is a huge issue because it shows how corrupt the Palin/McCain camp is. They think they can accuse others of wasteful spending while they do it themselves.
    It also shows how they prioritize what to spend money on.

    If they think buying $150k warddrobe for appearance is more important that spending the money on ads, and running a campaign..

    how do you think they'll spend taxpayers money if they run washington?

    and yet, there are those who will vote for them anyway.

    October 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. confused miami

    I believe it's Not so much the GOP but McCain and Palin who is losing for there party. They tought McCain could do what Bush did but Palin is no Cheney. If she is what the GOP puts there hope on in 2012 than help us all. She isn't ready for VP why people think she would be ready to president is unreal. I beliefe and I am not a republican that Bush/Cheney ruin there party and McCain made them look like fools. Bush lost respect overseas, McCain lost respect at home. How will they get it back? not with Palin as there leader.

    October 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. No Hillary = No Obama

    This is a sad commentary on the state of politics in this country. But history repeats. When you have a corrupt, vacuous leader for 8 years as we have had, it opens the door to the rise of the "Transformer" – endowed with magical and perfect powers that will right all the wrongs. This is what has happened with this election. Obama has done nothing to deserve the Presidency except parade around having his enormous ego fed by people who believe in fantasy.

    October 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Bitter in Texas

    I'm voting for all the Democrates on the ballot!!! No More Rethuglicans this time around...we've had enough of them for the last eight years. Get out and VOTE...we need every vote we can get to make sure the Rethuglicans don't steal this one.

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

    Yeah, GOP, I would start gettting used to LANDSLIDE, with the Democratic Party attached to it. Sure ruined the MasterPlan of Rove and Bush to solidly position the GOP for years to come. I would have voted GOP, if they hadn't been so evil. Something to think about for next time. Give us a better fight.

    October 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    Yes, Sarah and John I think your end has come near. Hopefully Obama and Biden will win and we will not have to live in fear the next four to eight years. Boy the Mccain camp sure is having trouble with Sarah, they cant controll her any more. I think they should of picked a different V.P. All John could see in her was her looks. OH y the way how come Cindy doesnt go out and campaign for her hubby. As any ever listened to any of Michelles speeches, now if Sarah could talk like that they could of had a better chance.

    October 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. AEK

    I see that now Senator McCain and Mrs. Palin are sniping at each other. What a great team that would make in the White House! They can't even agree on a message during the campaign. Maybe they should have just stuck to the issues, actually, just find one issue, and made this election about the freedom to think differently instead of running a Rovian us against them campaign. Of course that would have required that the "new Republican Party" (love those air quotes!) embrace that freedom of thought thing!

    October 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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