October 31st, 2008
06:13 AM ET
14 years ago

As polls tighten, the campaign arrives in McCain's home state

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/30/art.mccain30.gi.jpg caption="McCain’s campaign is spending to reach voters in his home state of Arizona."](CNN) - Democrats are making a late play for Arizona as new polls show home-state Senator John McCain with a shrinking single-digit edge over Barack Obama.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week suggested McCain holds a 53 percent to 46 percent advantage. Other new surveys have indicated an even tighter race.

Earlier this week, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee paid for negative robo-calls in the state, telling voters Obama’s election “invites a major international crisis he will be unprepared to handle alone.

“If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America,” said the calls.

MoveOn.org said Thursday it was launching its ‘Obamacan’ ad statewide on broadcast and cable in response. The ad features a life-long Republican who supports Obama.

The Obama campaign sent its supporters in the state a message from national field director Jon Carson calling for volunteers, and pointing to reports McCain was "struggling in his own backyard."

“Supporters like you have put us within striking distance. Now it's time to pull off what no one expected,” said Carson.

The fresh effort forces the Arizona senator to direct late-campaign spending to his home state. Democratic officials - who say the state would likely have gone blue if McCain were not on the ballot - concede it's unlikely Obama will beat the Arizona senator there. But they say the move signals their confidence is more than symbolic - Democrats can afford to keep Arizona volunteers in their home state in the race's final days this cycle instead of directing them to neighboring New Mexico and Nevada, perennial battlegrounds.

Filed under: Arizona • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Republicans for Obama

    McCain showed he's lack of judgement when he chose Palin as he's running mate, when he stopped he's campaign, when he and he's pit-bull with lipstick started to attack Obama, when he added Joe the non-plummer as part of he's campaign, etc. Sen McCain when it comes to judgment you are quite lacking in that department as for experience we've had lots of experience in the past eight years. What has that gotten us? Americans are ready for a new leader with new ideas. Nothing is more scary than having Palin as a VP.
    I voted the first day of early voting in my state for the candidate that I believe is the best choice Sen Obama/Sen Biden.

    October 31, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. Lance

    "Earlier this week, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee paid for negative robo-calls in the state."

    That's why the RNC just doesn't get it. I think everyone's heard the negative innuendos about Obama but I can't think of a single thing they've brought to the table about why their person is good for this country. It's Rovian "If you think I'm horrible, let me tell you about my opponent." RNC = Sleaze.

    October 31, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  3. Cynthia a conservative voter

    I am ashamed of John McCain & Sarah Palin. They are running a gutter campaign with personal attacks instead of talking the issues and coming forth with real answers for the problems facing this great country, and it's affect will be a loss of many Republician seats in congress. With this style of campaigning, McCain deserves to lose his home state and Palin will not be any force in Republician politics in the future. Shame on you McCain and Palin. I will not vote for you.

    October 31, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  4. James

    I don't think Obama can win AZ, but by making a campaign stop and putting some ads on TV, it'll force McCain to counter it, blowing money where he really shouldn't have to.

    October 31, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  5. gbolee


    October 31, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  6. rd in huntsville

    John McCain should be the most respected man in Politics today. He has put his country first his whole life. When it was not the politically correct stand he stood for the surge in Iraq and we are winning. He said he would rather lose an election than lose a war. Now we can leave Iraq in victory not as a loss. He may not be liked by those who support abortion, or those who want gay marrige, or those who thinks its great to take money from the rich and give to the poor. Kinda spread the wealth around. I grew up poor when my parents wondered where our next meal would come from. I've seen neighbors bring food to our door. but not once did we want a free handout. Mom & dad taught me to work hard for the things I needed to provide for my family. I know Obama's tax plan will only hurt this economy. Trying to blame John McCain for what Bush has done does not make sense. If your mad at Bush don't buy his Biography But McCain is the one to lead us through these hard time's. He is a man with a proven record of working with democrats and republicans alike. Even Hillary and Biden spoke well of him. Check the record Biden voted with McCain when Obama did not. Arizona will help elect McCain. He is a national hero.

    October 31, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  7. Erin

    GET 'EM OBAMA!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  8. carol

    Of coures McCain is still spreading his nonsensical rubbish to each state he goes to, it would be nice to see Arizona turn blue....who knows it still may.
    Sen Obama is still plugging away in every battle ground state and you just never know.....because his message is so much clearer and at least he tells people what he plans to do.
    McCain would sooner play variety show host to stupid country singers and the latest addition that nobody Joe the plumber.....are we sick of all this yet?????
    Has that campaign totally lost it or what......who knows what other fools they are going to bring to the stage as "important" voices!!! PLEASE!!!
    This just shows you more and more how ridiculous McCain has become and not to say desperate.....that he is quite happy to make a complete fool of himself.


    October 31, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  9. Ann

    OBAMA 08.

    mcain always seem so angry while campaigning. hitting his fist on the podium with rage. yeah......he will make a fine president, going off the handle for no reason. The man is nuts.

    October 31, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  10. dj

    McCain and Palin just keep up the negative Obama rhetoric....really tired of their antics, whinning,etc. This mudslinging, "Joe the Plumber" stuff and whatever they throw out there has REALLY GOTTON OLD!!!!!! I have every confident OBAMA will win and if he could get through this, he could accomplish anything!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  11. Lorraine Dawes

    Let to the Financial Times!! Today 10/31/08

    Good morning. This morning a noticed a FT on my desk with a picture of Obama, where a shadow resembling a terrorist being hauled off to jail, is covering half of Senator Obama's face. HOW LOW CAN YOU GO!!!! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!! AND BLATANT SMEAR ON THE Senator campaigning for president of this Great Country. I DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE RETRACTION, and more appropriate UN-ENHANCED PICTURE OF SENATOR OBAMA!!!!!



    October 31, 2008 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  12. ralph tyler

    The RNC keeps touting its tremendous 'get out the vote' operation coming to your neighborhood on Tuesday.

    Wait until they see David Axelrod's 'get out thte vote' operation.

    McCain is done.

    October 31, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  13. jason twombley

    McCain is a pig, without lipstick. Never have i seen a more negative, mud slinging, dishonorable campaign effort from a person of Johns former status as a nice guy maverick. John has sunk to a low that he will never escape from. SAD JOHN....you are now a liar, hypocritical non-wanted human being for most of America. GO AWAY, GO FAR AWAY, we....the people...dont ever want to see you again.

    October 31, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  14. Aaron from Ohio

    It's hard to imagine Senator McCain losing his home state. It is surprising to see the lead in single digits however. It's emblematic of his overall campaign though. He has taken many states for granted that he thought he had wrapped up from the beginning. They are battleground states now and could easily wind up in the Obama camp. John has run a poorly managed campaign from the start and has made decisions that made him look unsure of himself and called his judgement into question. It's possible he could still win this thing, but his chances are slim.

    October 31, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  15. Desperate is John McCain as a result, Virginia will go BLUE

    John McCain has never been tested becuase he was never president. He has NEVER had to make an executive decison EVER. He has NO executive experience nor have had to make a lone decison in regards to this country. He is a farce. The only experience he has is 26 years in the Senate and his distinguished military career. While his military career has to be admired he has not gone through no more then any other POW in Hanoi. What about the service men who were killed because they could not be broken? John McCain touts all his experience, in all reality he has NONE. He has never been economically strong admittedly so. He has never ran anything, nothing. The aruments Rudy Guiliani makes about Barack Obama should also apply to John McCain because has NEVER RAN ANYTHING EXECUTIVELY.

    October 31, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  16. Rita of Dallas

    It is sad, that with all the problems we face, that all McCain can come up with is the fear card. Never mind about the issues. Of course I know that this has worked before, but I would think that after the last eight years, people would be wiser. I only hope that the Democrates come out in force to vote. If not we can flush the toilet and watch our country go down the drain.

    October 31, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  17. Camillus

    Yeah let's proceed with the CORONATION of Barack Hussein Obama the 1st.
    This is going to be worst than the deception Germans went through after January 30, 1933.

    October 31, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  18. voter from IN

    So desperate!!! They are trying so hard to make up these lies and change their message everyday on the campaign to get votes. Hey McShame don't you realize that the American people don't want you to lead them into the same horrible direction as your buddy G.W. did in the past 8 years. GET OVER IT AND GO HOME!!!!!! EVEN JOE THE UNLICENSED PLUMBER WILLL NOT SAVE YOU NOW FROM LOSING THE ELECTION!!!! YOU HAVE NO PLANS AND I HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING GOOD COMIN OUT OF YOUR MOUTH EXCEPT HATE, FEAR, AND DIVISION AND THAT'S NOT WHAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS RIGHT NOW!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  19. Won't it be GRAND!?

    I am waiting for Nov. 4! It will be just grand to see McCain lose in his home state. I think it is sad that you would have to get school children to attend a rally for a Presidential candidate. The Vice President does not know the demographics of Penn. The main attraction for a rally does not show up. Obama is ahead in most swing states. Now McCain's own people are fighting among themselves! This is amazing. I have lived long enough to know that when people have to resort to fear tactics, they are losing. The face of America has changed and the Republican party has not gotten the message yet. Gone are the days of the white man at the top of the tier. We have women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Middle Eastern, everyone that you can think of and we are everywhere! The rallies, the Republican convention tells it all. The narrow view of this party is outdated and racist. I am so glad that this nation will be represented by a man that embraces all of these truths. He is intelligent, a man of strong principles, a family man, and I cannot wait until he wins this election – Obama. I am not surprised that he has a chance to win in this state. I know that people are tired and want relief no matter where they live.

    October 31, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  20. BJ

    Wouldn't it be interesting to see if John McCain were to lose his Senate seat in Arizona? I cannot believe all the fear mongering the Republicans are doing, but, I guess, it's what they always do. Just remember the Iraq war which has cost the U.S. so much in fatalities as well as expense. Hopefully the American people will finally get wise to their tactics. Stealing elections is also something else they seem to be pretty good at. By the way, The Washington Times states that The Economist which "is known around the world as one of the most respected weekly magazines on the issues of economics, trade and global politics" has endorsed Barack Obama.

    It goes on to state that "During the 2008 presidential election, they have made many criticisms of Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

    But in their Nov. 1 edition, they make a surprise endorsement of Mr. Obama".

    With papers like this, and people like Warren Buffet backing him, how can people believe the garbage that is being spewed out by the McCain/Palin camp about Barack Obama? People, use your head and your intelligence.

    October 31, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  21. Former McCain Constituent

    McCain is not well liked in his "home state", especially with Republicans he has abused over the years. Also, he has not done much for the state. John is out for only one thing/person, and that is John McCain. I have to laugh at his slogan..."Country First". The only way this is true is if John defines himself as "the country", which he probably does. lol

    It would not surprise me if Arizona is close. There are a lot of people there who would like to even the score.

    October 31, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  22. Jasmine in Germany

    McCain is disgusting.

    October 31, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  23. Chris

    I estimate that on tuesday, Obama will win with such a huge margin, and win so many states that many people will be very surprised.

    Obama will probably win MT, ND, GA, NC, FL, OH, IN, MO, AZ and VA.

    Many will be surprised when Obama blows McCian out of this world with an estimated earth shattering 390 EVs.

    McCain would not only lose the election, he would lose his own state, and only god help him if he runs for reelection in AZ, because he might lose.

    October 31, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  24. Elijah

    I doubt Obama can pull it off, but that fact that it's even close speaks to general tenor of this election. If I were on the fence and got one of those negative "Robocalls", I would cast my vote for Obama. Luckily I'm not on the fence. Obama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  25. Obamahasbigears

    “If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. "

    Are they serious? Do they really think this crap will work after the gangsterism of the last 8 long years. You better add Cheney and Rumsfeld to that list of terrorists RNC! Can you all hear that train comin' around the bend? Its change and its just a few days away!

    October 31, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
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