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. herb

    We are coming to the end of the trail and McCain has proven that. he will stoop to anything to win the white house–put himself first and the country last–he has turn off alot of GOP people as well as alot of Independent and people in general

    October 31, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  2. Sam

    Obama's Political AD on Wednesday featured what he plans for the country. He spent millions on that AD. Not a single NEGATIVE word was uttered during that half-hour.

    McCain had a freebie on Larry King Live on the same day. What did he do with that opportunity? He totally blew it. All he did was talk negative about what Obama was or wasn't going to do. Instead he could have utilized that wisely to promote his ideas for the country (by the way I am still waiting to hear his plans).

    So there is the contrast.

    October 31, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. John

    Arizona must know something we don't about John McCain. They probably haven't seen John McCain in years.

    October 31, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  4. Mark

    Just a note on McCain's saying that if the Dems get control they will give "civil rights to terrorists." And this is the guy who doesn't care for Gitmo or torture? Can't believe he can be this two-faced.

    No. I take that back. Since becoming the Republican nominee, McCain has been nothing but two-faced.

    At any rate, I'd always thought that patriotic Americans were supposed to believe in civil rights for all (and that this was a distinguishing feature of American democracy). Apparently , Sen. McCain has inherited G. Bush's and his neo-con cabal's lack of appreciation of our Constitution.

    October 31, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  5. Awaiting Moderation by CNN

    Mandate and coattails baby! Virginia, Colorado, Nevada and maybe even Florida all for Obama. It is going to be a long sad night for the Republican party but they have only themselves to blame.

    October 31, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  6. D.Brooks

    Why is it that some Mccain/Palin supporters are now starting to regret voting for him and are now changing their minds towards what he is saying?

    From following the election this year and seeing the different vice presidents, my conclusion is the Mccain has chosen Sarah because he thinks that he would win the women voters out there.

    October 31, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |

    Apparantly the McCrypt team has stepped into the same parallel universe that Hillary was in during the last 2 months of the primary.

    October 31, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  8. Jayson

    It would be fitting for a once honorable, now delusional old fool to lose his own state after running what has to be one of the most revolting campaigns in American history,

    October 31, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  9. carlo

    Hmmmm....I wonder if McCain has plans to make a run for Illinois.

    October 31, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  10. Bitter in Texas

    Hummm...are the good people of Arizona showing signs that they are tired of the Maveric Old Senator???? I'd LMAO if "That One" could win in that state...there's not much hope here in Texas, but we'll keep trying.

    October 31, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  11. John

    Just gotta love the "civil rights to terrorists" and "talk unconditionally to dectators and state sponsors of terror" lines. The individuals who write this garbage should be so proud of themselves.

    October 31, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  12. Fellow Democrats

    Please don't let any complacency creep in. Go and VOTE!. Lot of things could happen on the Election day, and so don't take anything for granted. What if

    1. There could be a Bradley Effect
    2. Late breaking independents swing to McCain

    These are the main threats now for Obama. I take it that everyone on this blog are enthusiastic Obama voters and I am not afraid of you.
    If you would – Please list down the folks that you know, in-state and out of state, and call them and get them out to the Early voting if possible. I have a list of 23 folks and I have gotten 14 out so far. I will work on the rest of them thru Nov 4th. Please everyone do that. This will be our own 'Get out the Vote' effort.

    It is good expressing our support to Obama here, but, I believe the most beneficial thing we can do NOW is to create our own network and get all the votes we know out.


    October 31, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  13. John in Ohio

    "If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists"

    We will give human rights to suspected terrorists. The Bush Administration has released dozens of detainees from Gitmo, which pretty clearly shows that not every person the US government detains is NOT actually a terrorist. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were not deprived of their civil rights. They were tried, and they were punished. McVeigh was sentenced to death, Nichols was sentenced to life in prison, but at no point did they lose their basic human rights.

    That red herring aside, the fact that Arizona is in play shows how totally sunk McCain is. I don't expect him to lose there, but a slim win in AZ will be further humiliation for him.

    October 31, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. Emma

    Senator McCain you are doomed to relive the Al Gore syndrome. Al Gore could not carry his home state which cost him the presidential election and now you are on track to follow in his footsteps.

    I enjoy watching you squirm and I will be thoroughly elated on Tuesday night as you ride off in the sunset!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  15. Kristie

    I think the republicans are regretting thier choice of McCain as their nominee right about now. In an election that is about the economy, "executive experience", and the ability to make sound decisions you tell me that Romney wouldn't have been a stronger candidate? Instead of nominating a candidate that would have been good for the country, they nominated a condidate they don't even like!!?? A candidate that had to pick Palin instead of a more qualified person for the VP spot just to shore up the republican base?

    The republicans need to get a clue.

    October 31, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  16. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th


    October 31, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  17. JoE-Republican for Democrats

    Good going democrats, make the republicans chase you and tumble on their way!!!....

    But I still do not trust them republicans, they might have evil plan to steal this Election, just like they did in 2000 & 2004....

    GO OUT AND VOTE.....OBAMA/Biden.

    FYI....I had some respect for McCain, that was months ago, but after Sarah Pain blunders, economy fallout with him suspending campaign, and NEGATIVE ADs, McCain has zero respect from me.

    This same McCain told Bush to stop robo calls, GUESS WHAT? Those people that made robo calls for BUSH, are working for McCain!

    Sorry McCain, just retire with dignity!!!

    October 31, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  18. Ruth in Houston

    How low can you go, Sen. McCain?

    October 31, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  19. Elle

    I guess Obama is doing the right thing by staying on message and avoiding going completely negative, but I do wish he'd hammer this simple fact home more often in his ads:

    John McCain was tested with 9/11, and despite his many years of experience in the government and in the military, McCain GOT IT WRONG by deciding to focus on Iraq instead of Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden is hiding out somewhere.

    This Iraq war may have removed Saddam Hussein from power, but it also allowed Iraq to become another breeding ground for terrorists, in addition to allowing North Korea and Iran to develop nuclear capabilities (because they knew the US was too entrenched with Iraq to do much about it).

    McCain has been tested, and HE HAS FAILED.

    October 31, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  20. Tim

    When you have to run robo calls in your own state, and the whole battle is being fought on your own turf, even a Maverick knows he is in trouble. We will turn NC blue!!!! Other battleground states "lets get er done" for Obama and Biden!!!!

    October 31, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  21. Bob

    I think Arizonians finally see who Mccain really is.

    October 31, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  22. Jean

    Definitely ironic.....and wouldn't it be wonderful if he did lose his own state? A final statement that the American people are sick of the government as run by the Bush administration.

    October 31, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  23. Tony G

    I'm so sick of McCain and his negative campaign ads. That seems to be ALL he knows how to do is attack, attack, attack. Guess that tells us where we'll be with foreign policy if McCain wins. We'll just attack, attack, attack other countries (Iran). Instead of telling the American people what it is he's going to do, he decideds to attack to the lowest level days before the election. Kind of reminds us of Bush's campaigns and look where HE got us.

    October 31, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  24. Frank Lee

    Gee, even Arizona is in play.

    Thank God he picked Sarah Palin to bolster his chances of sweeping a loss in so many red states.

    October 31, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. Nick

    "“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."

    What is appalling and insulting to me is that anyone actually BELIEVES that hogwash. Republicans have devolved to a party that relies on the blind faith of their supporters and the overwhelming ability of their own propaganda. It's insulting, disgusting, and wrong. Between that horrible song from Hank Williams and the lie we know as Joe the Plumber, I honestly can't see how anyonoe supports them anymore.

    October 31, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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