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October 1st, 2008
06:42 PM ET

What John McCain needs to fix

Editor's note: See John King's full report on shifting polls in key battleground states on AC360° tonight at 10p ET.

John King
CNN Chief National Correspondent

John McCain has a problem with Baby Boomers – and if he doesn't fix it, it's hard to map out a Republican Electoral College victory.

First a national look: two weeks ago, a Pew Research Center poll showed McCain leading Obama 48 percent to 43 percent among voters in the 50 to 64 age group.

But in a new survey released Wednesday, Obama leads among those voters 51 percent to 39 percent.

One poll does not warrant panic.

But some new CNN battleground state polling shows a similar trend – as voters who are closing in on retirement, and who therefore arguably have the most immediately at stake in the financial crisis, trend toward the Democratic candidate.

Take Missouri, for example. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll three weeks ago, McCain had a narrow statewide lead - 50 percent to 45 percent.

A new survey released Wednesday, though, shows a statistical dead head: 49 percnet for Obama and 48 percent for McCain.

Again, a slide among Baby Boomers is a major factor in McCain's decline. In the early September Missouri poll, McCain led 53 percent to 44 percent among voters 50 and older. In the new Missouri poll, the two candidates are tied at 48 percent in this age group.

It is much the same in battleground Florida: Two weeks ago, the state was a tie; now Obama has a narrow lead, 51 percent to 47 percent.

And among those 50 and older?

Two weeks ago: it was McCain 48 percent, Obama 47 percent.
In the new poll, taken Sept 28-30: It was Obama 51 percent and McCain 46 percent.


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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Stan

    He's going to need more money, than he has now. He's going to have to spend it all in battle states. Honestly, I believe he's past the point of no return.

    October 1, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  2. joyce

    I am a dummy when it comes to politics. But this election is exciting. It is due to Obama. He captures the spirit of America; an unpriviledged individual that can raise himself up to the highest level of achievement. With curiosity i have followed the presidential debate. Obama presents a plan and argues presenting the details as parts of the plan. McCain does not; he presents details and argues about details. I find it hard to understand McCain. I am glad that I have listened to the debate. One image stands out: Obama has gotten to that highest level because of his strength. It is a good image for any president of America.

    October 1, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Deb

    Michal and Uche...As 59 year old Independent, female voter I read and watch everything to be well informed. Obama and Biden have a clear, consise plan. McCain and Palin both talk in generalities (when not talking in circles). Slam all you want, McCain supporters. I consider myself reasonably intelligent and look at the issues and how the candidates will address the important issues. Obama/Biden continue to directly address the issues. (As far as CRIMINAL activity and accusations....McCain and Palin both have things in their closets.) The issue is leading the country.

    October 1, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  4. carolyn

    The campaigns are stressing change, yes there are people who are not doing what they are supposed to do, but I was taught if something is not broken don't try to fix it. Everything is not broken. Build on what is needed. I worry about healthcare – most everyone will be sick in there lifetime and some will experience devastating health problemsin there family, jobs – to provide for yourself and family, and a big worry to me is about crime (that has not been addressed). Also, on the Iraq war I disagree with Senator Obama. You don't leave Iraq, to go to Afghanastan, until the country is stable, the terrorist apparently knows a lot of intelligence and they will know when we leave Iraq and guess what, Iraq will then become a good hiding place for them. And yes I had a son who has served in Iraq. When he left he said he was doing it to fight terrorism, and for his family.

    October 1, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Mel , Alexandria, Virginia

    John McCain needs to fix himself. He needs to campaign in a honorable
    way, taking the high road and seeking to lift the Nation, appealing to the
    best that is in us. A fish stinks from the head down. When a leader tells blatant lies and relies on dirt to make the difference he is sending the wrong message. One cannot give one's spirit to the "devil" and hopes for a good out come.

    October 1, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  6. audramickens

    Americans are not as stupid as the media thinks. In fact, I'm tired of the media, polls, and commentators. Enough already!!!!!!

    October 1, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Bob

    Of course Baby Boomers are flocking to Obama. They are the greediest, most irresponsible, self-entitled generation in American history. It does not surprise me that they are willing to flush our great country down the toilet for the sake of their gilded lifestyle. McCain's call to serve is anathema to these folks. They have long been willing to take their parents' success for granted and are just as content to suck the life out of their children and grandchildren. Obama's call to redistribute even more resources to their lazy and bloated lifestyle is sure to be met with glee.

    October 1, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  8. Kola Waziri

    The difference is very clear between the two candidates: Obama is refreshing, McCain is old and wingy; Obama brings sound ideas on how to solve American problems, McCain lives in denial. American are not stupid. We know what McCain was trying to do by bringing Sarah Palin to the ticket! How can you equate Hillary Clinton with Sarah Palin? As a life-long Republican, you have lost my vote this time around.

    October 1, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  9. Michael

    John McCain needs to fix himself. The man has lost his mind, and America will lose everything in the hands of a liar, hypocrite, a man who says he has honor but demonstrates none.
    In this day and age, America needs a man of vision not an idiot and a half.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:57 pm |
  10. UCHE ENYIOKO

    John King, the problem with John Macain is John Macain himself,he taught that Great America is stupid to fellow his lies and negative actions. I suggest to him to be truthful and acknowladge the good sides of his opponet. He should fire all those Bush aids that is arround him. That is the fix he need

    October 1, 2008 at 9:52 pm |
  11. Robert

    This topic is so sad for me to digest. Why are you "coaching" the skipper on how to do his job against Obama? He has been around the barn a few times and doesn't need a mulligan. Alrighty!

    October 1, 2008 at 9:52 pm |
  12. xargaw

    I don't believe McCain's problem is with any particulate demographic as much as it is a campaign run devoid of integrity. His ads are a stretch at best and most are outright untrue in the dirtiest sense of politics. His constant tone is demeaning and angry. He is getting harder and harder to endure even among his supporters. His choice of Palin was a blatant political decision that appears to have backfired. His integrity appears to be a myth created by the media long ago. It is becoming more and more apparent that the real McCain is the adulterer and Keating Five influence peddler.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  13. chalres darwin

    three years in senate. ready to be commander in chief.

    no serious, real-job before.

    obama would be great as a demo-Rush Limbaugh.

    obama would be great with TV, radio show,

    great talkers, should be on TV, Radio, Not in white house.

    USA has 2-million army, obama, three years in senate, ready to be comander-in-chief.

    Just say No to Barack Hussein Obama.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:44 pm |
  14. nelson

    McCain is dishonest and a liar and his "slime machine" trickery
    will put him to an end ..soon. Read the Forrestal story and make
    your own decision.. if it wasn't for his daddy, an admiral in the navy,
    he would have been court marshalled instead of just transferred
    to another ship..

    October 1, 2008 at 9:43 pm |
  15. Eric

    Wow, most of the comments here would be quite funny, if they weren't downright creepy. As a Social Studies teacher I must try to stay to the center as not to sway students, it is excedingly important to do that. But the more I try to suggest viewing such and such site or magazine, the more I have begun to realize how far the suggested newspapers and television stations have become all but part of the Obama campaign. No articles delving into his past experience as a Senator, either in the US or Illinios Senate. His past experiences we have heard about, truth or untruth. Suggestions to the fact that these media outlets are deliberately ignoring issues that should be researched, but these same organizations refuse to in worry they will damage Obama's chances of being elected. Where is the watchdog media that is supposed to exist? When I take a moment to watch fox, strangely I seem to see debate, analysis, and even criticism of the Republican candidate. I am actually beginning to believe (except for Hannity) that their reporting, of all the networks, the least biased. 'Fair and balanced' as they say? I am beginning to believe them. As an independant I am becoming more and more concerned for our great country if the Democrats win. Not so much because of Obama's policy, but because of the Left's blindness. These people are the ones that are becoming (if not already are) out of touch. So many things have been done wrong on both sides, yet I actaully see some guilty attitudes on the Right when confronted. The Left, as long as there is victory, it doesn't matter – the ends justify the means. Looks like Obama has been reading Machiavelli too much. And we as a whole are probably going to pay the price. Concerned about the Right leading us to Orwell's 1984? Look out people on the Right, its about to hit us from the Left while no one is looking.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  16. Kate

    This financial meltdown has finally brought home to the American people that international confidence in America as a leader in finance, science and moral, political and economic issues is not just an issue of national pride but an issue of national standards of living. Americans have enjoyed the benefits of the rest of the world wanting to invest in its financial system, and to hold their foreign exchange reserves in dollars and treasury bills for 50 years, thereby propping up the American economy and providing it with a seemingly endless source of cheap credit. The overwhelming view of people in all other major Western counties is that under this Republican adminstration, America has lost its way morally (America GAVE the world the Geneva Convention for damn good reasons- it is not "quaint" and "outdated"), in its foreign policy and now economically. There is a good reason why in every European country, including close allies like Britain, Obama leads in polls by 40-50 points. He has voted time and again against the worst excesses of the Bush adminstration, including on the seminal issue of Iraq. He has spoken constantly against the wilful refusal to impose even basic regulartory standards on Wall Street, the same refusal that just cost America about a trillon dollars, and the rest of the world's investors the same again. He represents a chance for America to return to the global standing it had in the world before Bush and Cheney destroyed it, the standing that under Clinton allowed America to broker a lasting peace in Northern Ireland, an end to the wars in the Balkans and, very nearly, a Middle Eastern peace settlement, while having a stock market that was at a higher level 8 years ago than it is today. Whatever credibility McCain had with the rest of the world, he threw it away the day he appointed a person who is manifestly and asburdly incapable of being a VP and isn't sure if she believes in evolution. A vote for McCain will be seen by the rest of the world as a vote to continue Bush's policies. Given America's current financial situation, this would permantly damage America's credibilty. The investors have choices: they can go to London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Americans may think that they do not care what people in other countries think, but they will feel the pain of it in their pocket books if the investors do not return and start buying euros and not dollars

    October 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm |
  17. Sundance Kid

    McCain / Palin = Unstable / Unable

    (simplistic perhaps, but no less true)

    October 1, 2008 at 9:39 pm |
  18. lampe

    McCain, doesn't have to do one thing. Why? Because people who have half a brain in their heads, are not going to vote for Obama. This man is a big fat nothing, he has stolen everybody else's politics. He is a man of change, so he says, but he has his foot right in the door with the rest of the crooks. He got millions of dollars, from Freddie Mac, or Fannie Mae, he has gotten over 119 milion dollars, in earmarks, just this year alone. Why are you not questioning him, like you did HRC, or Gov. Palin. CNN, how come you are not making a big stink about the comments Biden made, about being fired at while he was in IRAQ? You sure as Hell made all kind of remarks about HRC, when she made the same kind of comments. I'm sure this won't make in on to the blog, because I am not an Obama fan. CNN, you should be ashamed of yourselves, is this what you have come to not being fair in your reporting of the news. You know, you can support Obama, and do your job, at the same time?

    October 1, 2008 at 9:38 pm |
  19. Dianne from CA

    I am 59 year old, white woman. That said, I am tired of the dumbing down of our American process. John McCain has taken a once respectable life story and turned it into a sad and angry joke. I can not see how anyone will believe anything the Rublicans say. They supported George Bush with the same insane fevor they are now supporting his counterpart, Sarah Palin. We have had years of hate and mean spirited discourse from these people. They gave us the worst President we have ever had (and ever hope to have) and are now trying to give us his clone,. John McCain has shown his judgement to be horrible, by picking Sarah Palin as his running mate. John McCain has shown himself to be a self rightous, nasty tempered old man.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:37 pm |
  20. Lo

    Olga Miller, you are so full of it. YOU were an Obama supporter?? Your post reeks of GOP regurgitated slander. FYI, Kennedy was accused of having mob ties and his family made their fortune as bootleggers, yet he is still one of the most beloved presidents in history. Who Obama is friends with has no bearing on his ability to lead this country, nor does the pastor's racism at his former church.

    The same could be said of Sarah Palin, whose husband associates with a party that wants to secede from the US, or her ex minister who speaks in TONGUES and takes the bible literally!!

    The issues are what matter here, and since you so incorrectly pointed out his "present" votes, those votes count for about 3% of his voting history (factcheck.org, check it for yourself) and at least he was THERE!!! John McCain has missed over 420 votes out of 630 or so this year. Until the financial crisis, he hadn't been to Congress since April.

    But sure Olga, YOU were an Obama supporter...... riiiiiiiiiiiight. Typical GOP fashion: you can't hurt him with the policies he has or his orating skills (which rock, by the way) or his sincere want for change, so you attack his character and record with half-truths, innuendo and bald-faced lies. He's a secret Muslim, he has mob ties, he wants to raise taxes on the poor, he has voted present almost all the time, yadda yadda ad nauseum! Nice try, but not everyone in this country is a mindless puppet.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:37 pm |
  21. maxxie

    This is for Mrs Miller,let not start talking about questioning the character of Obama,and stop lying you were never a support of his, noway Now on the other hand Mccain might be a war hero which is all he talk about , thank God for him but he is not the only one that been in the war think about all those poeple who did not made it . and their family lost, and all the womens your war hero walked on to get to where he is, including his ex. who want a man like that for a president. he is still in the war in his mind.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm |
  22. Jonathan

    Obama is rascist? LOL . . . Wow this is the kind of thought that has gotten our country into the trouble today. LOL it is just funny how ignorante we can be. If anything when i look at some pictures of Obama and MCcain shaking hands I would say that MCcain is a little uncomfortable shaking Obama's hand notice how he doesn't look him in the eye! Anyway a mind is a terrible thing to waste olga please notice the signs. and please use some fact check before you post another comment. MCcain has voted less than Obama in the Senate Obama 72 MCcain 35. America is not stupid that is why we are moving from Mccain

    Cnn please do not block my comment because i have to point out ignorance when i see it. Sorry thanks.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm |
  23. rob

    Exactly how is Obama going to create jobs? Does he know how to create business? Does raising taxes on business increase jobs if a business has to charge people more for their product in order to cover those taxes? Business always pass the taxes onto the consumer. 98% voting record for Democratic party. Is Obama really different or is he just another Democrat? Obama's record is short. Does he have enough friends in congress to really exhibit change. All this mess in the economy is being blamed on Bush, but didn't Clinton start the deregulation in the 90's. I am not pro- anyone at this time, but truly Obama will not be the saviour of the economy or are society. Change will not be in politics, but just a shift of the old gaurd to the other side. Both parties are great for some reasons, and awful for other reasons. Good luck to both candidates in throwing empty promises to the people. I just heard a qoute on the emmy's "truth is what you make people believe what it is" I am voting for a third party I don't care who it is. My vote really doesn't count anyways, I live in Arizona. Florida, Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsyvania one of those states is all that matters. Have fun on voting day, as lies and deciet continue to run through our political system.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:34 pm |
  24. MARAI c. sILVA

    Nothing.
    What can he do about such unquilified candidate? Just let Obama talks the Community corrupt ideas.

    Let him talk.... I will vote for the 1st time in 58 y, and this is going to be for the most intelligent candidates: Sarah and McCain.

    Family and school thought me values. And voting for Obama would be
    going against all values what I leaning in life.

    Maria

    October 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  25. Jeff in Florida

    I just finished reviewing McCains Des MOines REgister interview - WOW! This guy is the most arrogant person i have ever seen in politics - I sincerely believe this guy is unaware of what he is saying and how is he presenting himself - all joking aside, isn't there a medical condition that presents itself exactly in this way?

    Hmmm - well not to worry - Palin can step right in and continue the good work Dubya has started in destroying our country.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  26. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    Very interesting. I KNEW that Baby Boomers would not be fooled again by the Republican-hate-mean-attack-divide-war-and-fear-mongers!

    We are old enough to know what the Republicans have done to our Nation.

    How when Bill Clinton left office we had a budget SURPLUS AND NOW WE HAVE AN ENORMOUS AND GROWING DEFICIT!

    Baby Boomers know that our president, Bush, LIED to us about the reasons to attack Iraq. A war that has bankrupted our Nation! Our National Debt has DOUBLED..... UNDER BUSH/CHENEY TO $11.5 TRILLION AND GROWING!

    We are sick and tired of the politics of hate-attack-demean-and-fear!

    ALL MCCAIN CAN DO IS ATTACK HE CAN NOT SPEAK ABOUT THE ISSUES SINCE THE FACTS WOULD END HIS CAMPAIGN!

    AS HILLARY SAID......"NO WAY.......NO HOW........NO MCCAIN!"

    October 1, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  27. Craig H Easton, PA

    Maybe if Senator McCain had done a little better at that Miss Congeniality award, he might have been better able to sway those House Republicans. Seriously, a maverick kicks down doors and takes no prisoners and it shows. A maverick is not the same thing as a bipartisan consensus builder.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  28. turi from somewhere out there

    Well I believe that you reap what you sow...it is an unwritten law of human behavior...
    That being said, I believe McCain and the GOP are simply getting what they deserve, a few years on the sidelines. I am a Democrat but I do recognize that the GOP has had some ideas that were beneficial for the country....but to see and now live through their mistakes due to greed and selfish gain is a bitter sweet victory for the American people for it is awakening us to the complete incompetence and disregard of our needs by this current administration
    Obama is not a flawless leader but a much better adpated leader to the future of this country and the world.
    To vote for McCain and Palin, in my humble opinion, is to vote against this country andit's people. Of course the people decide and thats why we are seeing polls change in Obamas favor.

    God bless America and God bless the hard working, decent America people.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  29. Jill Hawkins

    AMEN Olga! I couln't agree more!

    October 1, 2008 at 9:28 pm |
  30. rob

    Amazing!!!! McCain talks about Obama's inexperience compared to his own and yet Palin's inexperience is far less than Biden's or Obama's for that matter.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:28 pm |
  31. Andy

    You are seriously railing against Obama simply because you think he is of questionable character? These are relationships he no longer has. I question McCain's character not only because he is running one of the shadiest and most unethical campaigns in recent memory, but he still has a relationship with someone who has done extremely significant damage to our country.....GEORGE W. BUSH.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:22 pm |
  32. Max Z

    The slide towards Obama is directly correlated to the economic crisis we find ourselves in now. The baby boomers who benefited from relatively good economic times in their lives are now worried about their savings, and 401k's. When your financial security is threatened, they blame the ruling party for mismanaging the market, in this case the republicans. Baby Boomers obviously trust Obama more with their retirement funds, and that is why you see the baby boomer demographic shifting towards Obama and away from McCain.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  33. Chip Mills

    I expect fiscal matters will be quickly and successfully addressed by the Bush Administration, Congress (including Senators Obama, Biden & McCain) and the financial community and we can calm down enough to focus on the extraordinary man that John McCain is and will continue to be as President. I am over 60, served in Vietnam and believe experience and character count. I find it hard to imagine voting for anyone but Senator McCain.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:17 pm |
  34. Mary

    WOW! McCain needs to stop resting on his proverbial laurels and say something, anything that shows some maturity and wisdom. Everyone knows who John McCain is and where he's been, but he hasn't made a positive move since this campaign began to instill confidence or trust in his ability/judgement to lead. Senator McCain's actions/facial expressions/comments are definitely not "presidential" (President Bush has taught us well); his choice of a running mate is laughable and insulting; and Mrs. McCain comes across very un-first ladylike when she stands in the background and grins like a "mule eating briars" when McCain and/or his VP candidate of choice practice their stand-up comic skills. Given today's climate, if this is the best John McCain can muster, his day has come and gone.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  35. Annie Kate

    Both candidates have their problems. McCain's age and the stress of being President could be a very bad combination and with the VP he has selected....well we just don't want to go there. Obama is a product of Chicago politics, slow to react, very inexperienced, and appears to have used being elected to the Senate as just a jumping off place to run for President and has had several unfortunate personal relationships (i.e., his pastor) blow up in his face. But at least he has Joe Biden on his ticket. With the combination of Biden and the stand on several key issues – health care, education, job creation, climate change – Obama looks better than McCain right now. I'm going to see what happens in October before making a final decision. I do know if I had to choose on the basis of who has run the cleanest, most honorable campaign neither candidate would get my vote.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 1, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  36. Tracy Thompson

    McCain needs to fix the sleazy lies that keep rolling out of his mouth.

    His integrity is shot to pieces. He has no credibility with the American people.

    the intelligent among us realize that McCain is a danger to all Americans, and sometimes idiots need to be protected from themselves.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  37. Kathy

    Olga, I agree with you. His friendships with some of these people isn't even a good example for our children let alone what he plans on doing to the rest of the country if he is elected.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
  38. Jordon

    It all comes down to party policies. Basically we are voting for the democrats to take over the white house because with past president clinton they have a strong economic policy. I disagree with teh experience aspect because in that case the older candidate would win every election. Biden didnt win his bid for the democratic presidential candidate. If he did would you guys be saying the democrats should hands down win?? Olga what is also at stake is that if the republicans win we will be going on 12 years of what we believe will be the same policy that we are not approving. It seems Olga that you are pretty happy with the way things are right now.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:03 pm |
  39. CBH

    I am not sure what Olga Miller is talking about. But one thing is for sure, this race is about Sen Obama and Sen McCain. The question is who is ready to lead and I believe that Sen Obama is that man. I would like to point out that Sen McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for vice president was a major mistake and bring his judgement into question. Her selection combined with his age and health history would bring the chance that Gov Palin could be president sooner then later and that scares me a lot. I am more comfortable with Joe Biden has a future president.

    CBH

    October 1, 2008 at 8:59 pm |
  40. jr

    obama is ready to lead america because wat he says is from the heart an not off paper like mccain i believe in obama because he knows wat its like to be struggling on this crisis obama ill see u in the white house in november go obama

    October 1, 2008 at 8:59 pm |
  41. Anthony

    The one thing that causes me the most distress, when I consider all the uglyness we have been subjected to by both sides in this process ,is the degree of deception at play. Those who are blatantly partisan would allow their candidate to lay their integrity aside so that they can win the right to to be the champion of the integrity of our nation before the whole world. The troubling thing is that this contradiction is explained away by saing that this is just politics and it is how the game is played. I for one find it a shame that when the process is complete and the winner is declared, The Integrity of our beloved nation will be the one who suffers the defeat. I have made my choice, and I will vote in this election; but there will be no desire rejoice if the one I finaly vote for should win. Without our morals intact and our integrity besmirched, we all lose.

    October 1, 2008 at 8:56 pm |
  42. Rick Morey

    If you want to talk about criminal ties then McCain's involvement in the Savings and Loan debacle ought to be mentioned.

    The picking of Palin as running mate was a poor choice and it will drag him down. She has no knowledge of the economy or foreign affairs, doesn't read news papers or magazines and doesn't seem to have a knowledge of the Supreme Court. This is not the time for OJT.

    The ability to analyze a situation and make wise decisions quickly is sorely needed in Washington. Can we all agree to make an exception this once and allow Obama to take office in November?

    October 1, 2008 at 8:55 pm |
  43. larry

    Where is obama's relationship with Penny Pritzker, Barney Frank, David Axelrod, ACORN, Fanny Mae, Freddie Mac, Mayor Daly?

    If it was McCain and not Obama, the media would be all over this.

    The former is the cause of this financial crisis we are in, which started when the POTUS was Bill Clinton.

    I will not vote for a criminal.

    October 1, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  44. simon

    by the way he did go to trial in that case. why isnt Karl Rove in jail? oh i forgot.

    October 1, 2008 at 8:48 pm |
  45. simon

    no criminal ties? please! keating 5. you remember that?

    October 1, 2008 at 8:45 pm |
  46. Eric B.

    one thing I wish Sen McCain would do is go back to being the Maverick that we all once knew and that I even as a Democrat admired. In fact the only problem I had with him was his stance on the war and he won't change that. I wish he would stop using the Bush "Cowboy diplomacy" tactics of never admitting when you're wrong or even saying you're sorry if you are and that shows weakness. That really got us far the past 8 years, didn't it?

    October 1, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  47. Pam

    Olga Miller, the country has far more serious problems than the "old" Rev. Wright issue. Rev. Wright IS NOT running for President. There are enough negative issues happening right now, so I will not add to the problem by referring to McCain and Palin's religious leaders. We are in the current economic crisis due in part to a lack of regulation – McCain has been an advocate of deregulation for many, many years – to which he claimed made our economy strong. He, McCain, let the fox run loose in the hen house. Research McCain's voting record on deregulation – it speaks for itself.
    However, if the Rev. Wright is your top priority, either you are in a very fortunate situation, or maybe you should focus on the real issues – do some actual research.

    October 1, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  48. Brandon

    McCain has lied to all of americans time and time again. He claims to be a "Maverick" how can one claim this when 95 % of the time he has voted with President Bush? How can one claim this that the other 5 % is voting along with his parties line. A Maverick to me would be more in the middle someone willing to vote against his own party not only when it can help him gain something, but when it comes down to being right. McCain claims Obama doesnt understand, all the while this man doesnt either. McCain may have more experience although he was known for deregulation, something being blamed for our economic problems. How is McCain be in touch with us, the American People. I dont support Obama either but being an Independent I have to lean towards Obama cause at least he seems more in touch with the common man. McCain's experience means nothing when its wrong and causes most of the problem we are facing with the economy. A man that claimed to not understand how the economy works during a this time in our history is clearly a bad choice.

    October 1, 2008 at 8:37 pm |
  49. Deborah Alfano

    When the people of America close the curtains behind them in the voting booth they will vote for the experienced candidate, John McCain. Obama talks a good game but he has not served a single day in the military, he has not laid his life on the line for this country, words do not a President make.

    October 1, 2008 at 8:37 pm |
  50. TJ

    I have to agree with Olga. When are we going to here the truth about Obama's criminal ties? Another question I have, do we really want Gang bangers and ex-convicts determining who our next president will be? Cause that's who is being targeted to register to vote. I thought cons lost the right to vote when they were convicted.

    October 1, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
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