February 8th, 2012
05:05 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain blames turnout (not Romney) for Tuesday results

(CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain downplayed Tuesday's election results and placed the blame for Mitt Romney's losses on low voter turnout.

"I think this really was very small numbers of people that turned out and I respect their views, but I don't believe they are representative of the broad majority of Republican voters," McCain said Wednesday in an interview set to run on CNN's "John King USA." "I really believe that when you have 1% of the registered voters turning out that that's not a very good indicator."

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Romney lost Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, all which experienced lower voter turnout than in 2008, to rival candidate Rick Santorum.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and Romney supporter, said voters in the three states did not feel they would have a "significant direct impact" on the race of the White House.

Although the Arizona senator said endorsements probably matter "zip," he is still hopeful Romney will do well on Super Tuesday, when Arizona, along with nine other states, holds early contests.

"It's never easy nor should it be easy, and I think he'll be a much better candidate against President Obama once he emerges victorious," McCain told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Mitt Romney • Republicans • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Texas Doc

    What a tool. They did not show up because they do not like him.

    February 8, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. lf

    why was there such low turnout?? Because Romney is a lousy candidate that the voters are not excited about.

    February 8, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. cisco4

    Santa says he will ban XL'S.. sO DON'T VOTE HIM.. SANTORIUM..IS JusT WEID.. nO XL'S IS CRAZEE..

    February 8, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Riley

    I agree. Romney is our only option to beat Obama. AND OBAMA MUST BE DEFEATED!!!!

    February 8, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. rs

    McCain is probably right. What was there to turn out for?

    February 8, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Namejkane fl

    Republicans didn't turn out because they don't want to vote for these clown canadates either, good for them.even republicans don't obstructionest losers in gov. We want to move forward.

    February 8, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Alkaline

    Doesn't matter how many turned out. If only 10 showed up and Santorum gets 6, he's the winner. Romney (and MC) should know that after Iowa, and quit acting like Democrats who look to put blame somewhere else (it's Bush's fault, or it's Congress's fault, blah blah blah!).

    February 8, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. B

    Wake-uo Mr. McCain, the turnout was even lower for him than than the last time because Romney is losing support for obvious reasons, that most Republicans do not want him!

    He has a great deal in common with you McCain, as a Flip-Flopper.. you remember what was said about him being "A well lubricated weather-vane" ?

    February 8, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Jim Colyer

    Mitt Romney still has 107 delegates to Santorum's 45. Santorum is a young whippersnapper trying to make a name for himself. Romney is the guy to go up against Obama.

    February 8, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Bill

    The GOP has a real mess it has on its hands. Okay McCain, blame the turnout, not the pitiful candidates. Go back to your ranch and retire.

    February 8, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. manhandler

    That's what you should be most concerned about, John. The low turnout.....even more than Mitt's losses. Republican voters are NOT inspired by any of these people.

    February 8, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. diridi

    with age, brain dies. Old idiots need to exit from political spectrum...o.k, Enough of these idiots. Yes, Obama2012/Hillary16.

    February 8, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. max


    I agree. Romney is our only option to beat Obama. AND OBAMA MUST BE DEFEATED!!!!

    February 8, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
    Hate to break it to you...Mittens won't stand a chance. He's gonna have a warm time attempting to though!!!

    February 8, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Jake

    will John McCain be ok? and do we really need to explain to him why voter turnout was so low?

    February 8, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. chris Omu

    Romney is GOP'S only option...too bad! No one on the GOP field can match Obama. I will remind you guys in January 2013

    February 8, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    the turnout was low because the candidates stink. Case closed John

    February 8, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. FedUp

    Whatever John. As far as my vote was concerned – I didn't vote for Romney because he and Newt are tearing each other up. Mitt started it, too. I am sick of negative advertising and will not vote for those that are only intent on bashing others, instead of running on their records and what they intend to do. I didn't put up with it when my kids acted like spoiled brats. I definitely will not put up with it in a candidate running for our president.

    February 8, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Biggge

    Easy win for Obama, Romney is not even liked by his own party....

    February 8, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. chris Omu

    The turn out on these causes has been very low because majority of the voters know Obama can not be replaced until 2016.
    So why waste their time. That is the bitter truth

    February 8, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    Attracting the voters Candidate job so candidate is responsible for low turn out

    February 8, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. HenryB

    Just another way to spin the fact that PEOPLE DON'T LIKE ROMNEY. That is the reason turnout is low. Go home to AZ you washed out blowhard McCain. Your relevance is done.

    February 8, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Jo Jo

    Nice try, McCain. We all know why it was such a low turn out. People are not all that excited about the selection.

    February 8, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Folks didn't turn out because they reject the ridiculous Republican field and will either not vote or will vote for the President.

    February 8, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Good old McCain really has his pulse on the average American voter doesn't he? Who could forget his brilliant selection for running mate? It was a stroke of political genius from a guy who clearly knows what's going on. Oh wait.....

    February 8, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Betsy Ross

    Gee, I wonder why voter turnout was so low. Maybe it is because there isn't a candidate in the Republican Party worth voting for...all of them are clueless, and just as bad (or worse) than Obama. And that's saying something.

    February 8, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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