October 31st, 2008
01:38 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain campaign predicts 'one of the greatest comebacks'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/31/rickdavis.jpg caption="Rick Davis says McCain is closing gaps in the polls."]

(CNN) - As late polls continue to shows Barack Obama with an edge over John McCain in key battleground states, the Arizona senator’s campaign manager told reporters Friday the Republican nominee had momentum heading into the race’s closing days.

"We fight back," campaign manager Rick Davis said on a conference call, echoing McCain’s recent stump speech. "And we are witnessing, I believe, probably one of the greatest comebacks since John McCain won the primaries."

The latest CNN national poll of polls shows that Senator Barack Obama is at 50 per cent to McCain's 43 per cent, with 7 percent undecided. But Davis said surveys are irrelevant in the race’s homstretch.

"Guess what? Polling isn't accumulative," he said. "It's whatever it is today, and we see a very, very tight race today, so it really doesn't matter where it was ten days ago."

Davis claims that the campaign is beating back the perception that Obama is better suited to handling the financial crisis.

"One thing that is clear is that we've established a momentum; we've increased our gains in virtually every one of the battleground states throughout the course of the week," Davis said. "We've had probably the best 10 days of polling since the convention. We think we've shaken off the effects of the financial collapse that suppressed our numbers prior to the last debate."

Some CNN analysts see a different story.

"Obama's lead in most of the battleground states appears to be holding steady at this point," said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. "If McCain can't close the gap over the weekend in states like Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, there is no way for him to reach 270 electoral votes on Election Night."

And the McCain campaign is pushing its ground and advertising efforts as hard as possible in those states, pouring additional resources into advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts in battleground states like New Hampshire and Ohio.

"We're banking on a very close race," said Davis. "I mean we think this is going to be a tight electoral college year. We think this is going to be a tight popular vote year. There's no indications otherwise today."

And he responded to Obama campaign manager David Plouffe’s morning announcement that the Democratic nominee was going on the air in McCain’s home state of Arizona, and back on the airwaves in traditional GOP strongholds like North Dakota and Georgia.

"We encourage them to please pick other states that we intend to win, to spend their campaign cash and spread it out as much as they can," said Davis.

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soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. JD from Austin,TX

    The only comeback the McCain/Palin camp is going to have is on Nov. 4th when then come back to reality and see how they made complete fools of themselves!

    Already voted!
    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. bob in L.A.

    If polls are irrelevant then how do they know its getting closer as we get near the end?
    Does anyony on McCain's team think before speaking?

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Toni - Atlanta

    Dream on.....

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. KT

    I hope it's a good finish, but I hope McCain loses Arizona. That will be retribution for a terrible campaign.

    A close race just goes to show that lots of people voted. I think democracy is the real winner here.

    Go vote!

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |

    This is what is going to happens in the united states of obama. Reporters cast away , tv stations order to turn off, web pages remove. we might have only one tv channel the obama channel.? His past actions let me believe that this country is going to be turn to a socialist system against our will.

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Kadenze

    Sure, they can fight back, it would be natural for McCaine to fight back
    the only problem is they are fighting back with LIES!!!!!!!!



    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Chris in CA

    I thought the pic of Davis was from SNL or the Muppet Show.

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Kevin

    There is hope....if you are nervous about an Obama-Pelosi-Reed supermajority, get out and vote. If we lose, all is lost....forever.

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Mari

    Hmm...makes me wonder what the republicans are up to...Wouldn't be the first time an election has been stolen. Enough is enough! They have spread so much hatred this campaign and divided the United States even further. People we have to pull together and vote for change!

    Obama/Biden rock!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. White woman in WI


    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Mike

    Is he talking about Obama's come from behind win in McCain's home state?

    Tell Rick to remove his head from his behind.

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Serious Voter

    I already voted!!! For Barack Hussein Obama!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. AB in MN

    Somebody get Mr Davis his prescriptions!

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Samuel

    It's over!!! Give it up, Rick. Be a good fighter.

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Lee from FL

    you watch too much football, not the Patriots V Giants...

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Mike

    I'm pretty sure this guy was one of Anderson Cooper's "Culprits of the Collapse."

    I think it should be registering with people more that John McCain's CAMPAIGN MANAGER was one of the 10 people most responsible for economic collapse that the next President will have to get us out of.

    If you're responsible for something, isn't it a stretch to say that you will be able to help us out of it?

    And then there's Phil Gramm, the informal McCain adviser, also on the list.

    I wish the media would make these connections a little more clear to the regular public.

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. young and informed independant

    obama has so many voters behind him. they are not swaying, John McCain... how can you possibly win.. unless your ticket steals the election... AGAIN

    google PNCA, JOHN MCCAIN, CNP SARA PALIN- watch out for the NWO

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Erin in OK


    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Shamicia Dailes

    HAHA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Brenda C

    Yes Vote!!!
    We can not allow this socialist, terrorist, liar to lead us. Obamanation will destroy everything we have. People that can read, READ. Get informed and don't vote because he's your color and makes you promises that he will not keep. God Help Us and God Bless The USA

    McCain/Palin 08

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Brad

    Another tequila shot, Rick?

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Nimi from NY

    The only way it could happen is if you throw everything that's remaining in the bathroom and it sticks. Otherwise you've exhausted everything in the kitchen sink and it didn't work. You've also tried somethings in the bathroom and it hasn't stuck yet. We may be getting some more things in the bathroom sink. I promise you it will not stick.Not if God has something to say about it.

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. leon pa

    not this time mccain

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Sue T

    This is the leader of the McCain campaign? Is he the one to blame for all the trash, and lies that they are putting out? Is he the one with McCain that chose Palin with out any veeting? If the Polls were favoring McCain and showing him with a 7 point lead over Obama they would already be claiming victory............

    October 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. T. Churchill

    McCain / Palin = Fascism and McCarthyism. (You are judged by the
    company you keep, spy on your neighbors , you are unAmerican if you
    don't do what we say, be afraid, be very afraid while we take you to the cleaners, etc.)

    Democrats = Freedom and individual rights and liberty.
    Free yourselves.

    Democrats 08.

    October 31, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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