February 8th, 2012
05:05 PM ET
10 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. Get Real

    Obama 2012....the smartess choice.

    February 8, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. G D

    Hard to vote for bitter brussel sprouts! We stayed home because there is no one of interest or capability in this race on the GOP side. Unfortunately the same is true for the Dems. So, expect a better turnout for Sunday night football next fall than for the Presidential elections. Isn't this the strongest call possible for a new 3rd party, responsible, centered, and honest?

    February 8, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Dan 5404

    McCain fails to realize that Romney and the others are so unexciting and flawed, that GOP voters don't like them enough to turn out.

    February 8, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Kimberly

    Hes so delusional! DUH! The turn out was low because no one likes romney! The ONLY people that showed up to vote are the older social conservative set- they vote every election, its just that usually there is someone else on the ticket that is better than the most conservative one in the room. BUH BYE gop!

    February 8, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. carrotroot

    The quickest way to turn off an independent voter is when you talk about taking people's rights away due to religious dogma.

    February 8, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. chuck weidemann

    No one likes these candidates. Sometimes the simple obvious answer is the correct one!!

    February 8, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. groinksan

    It is official: McCain is a tool! McCain is part of the established Republicans who are basically progressives themselves. They continue to increase government. They continue to waste tax money. McCain claims to champion the anti-earmarks movement. We didn't want him in 2008, and we most certainly do not want anyone he endorses for president.

    February 8, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. S.positive

    President Obama will win in Nov 2012...

    February 8, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |

    McCain....make your self a bird house,plant some seeds or do some pinky push ups.This way we can appreciate your intellect.

    February 8, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. MWM

    Of course Santorum does well in caucus states. It's easier to fill a caucus room with fanatics than to fill voting booths with independents.

    February 8, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. whoosh

    Yeah right, he may have had a chance until you and frump endorsed him. Go home old man. It isour world now. Our being 35 to50. We got this, stand down old folks.

    February 8, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    ►McCain blames turnout (not Romney) for Tuesday results◄
    And who does he blame for HIS failure in 2008 – the Cults?
    If 11 people turned out, then Romney should have gotten 8
    But he didn’t – You wanna know WHY – He ain’t all that great!

    Obama – Because he beat the one above who is trying to make excuses as to why the person he endorsed is also a failure; therefore, McCain will get beaten TWICE!!!

    February 8, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Robert

    There is no one in the GOP who can beat Obama. Mitt will merely get them the closest, potentially trimming Obama's coattails in Congress. But don't tell the Republicans that: we need to focus on giving Obama both Houses of Congress with filibuster-proof majorities so he can actually govern.

    February 8, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    ...and for all the Obama supporters, you do understand that Santorum votes means people are voting even more conservative and that's just more intensely anti-Obama. It will be clear after November 8th that Obama has destroyed any chance for liberal politicians for a long long time. The Republican nominee and Republicans in both the House and Senate will be brought in in 2013 with clear mandates. Cut federal government spending. Support American businesses. Get the economy back in growth mode and address the obscene debt that has been run up!

    February 8, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Emmy Skaddittle

    So its mittens inability to connect to republican voters that is causing the low turnout, which in turn caused him to lose

    February 8, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Maxx

    Romney doesn't pass the beer test, no way he's going to be president.

    February 8, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    What else can John say?

    February 8, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. jerry

    obama's approval ratings are too low for reelection...in his 9th through 12th quarter numbers. President Bush was much much higher. Americas first black president was just too radical and divisive... maybe next time! But, now we need adult/qualified leadership.

    February 8, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Phil in KC

    So, in other words, with all his money and organization, Romney still can't get out the vote. How's that going to play against Obama's organizers come election day?

    February 8, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Jariv

    That is so true. People that supported Mitt did not show up because they figured. He is going to Win anyways. It happens a lot. That was going to be me when they came to Georgia. Not no more.

    February 8, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Lorenzo

    Senator McCain is very much out of touch much like Mittens...ironic how the "Big Boys' Club" cannot seem to put their megabillions together to find just "1" decent candidate...look at what the Bush legacy left the United States...would anyone among us hire someone who lied? Or falsified the application or willfully omitted information? Come on now Mr. Senator, 99% on top of the 1%-this is your reality check!

    February 8, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |

    Yeah, surrrrre. This comment from the same guy whom in 2008 stated that the economy is fundamentally sound and unleashed upon us the intellectually challenged, Sarah Palin. Thanks a bunch, Arizona voters, for re-electing this out of touch rich, old geezer.

    February 8, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Chaz

    Maybe people realize, finally, what obstructionist, small minded fools republicans really r... Nah

    February 8, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. MikeB

    Our Freedom and Liberty can't afford us to be apathetic or complacent.

    February 8, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. Joesph Smith

    John Mcweathervane is losing it. So isnt Willard.

    February 8, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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