[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/02/art.mccain.flags.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain, attends a joint lunch with the American Chamber of Commerce and the Council of American Companies in Cartagena, Colombia, Wednesday.]
Editor's note: John McCain shook up his top staff today, with a senior aide saying it would stop "errors in the campaign." On AC360° Tuesday night, Ed Rollins, former manager of Mike Huckabee's campaign, said McCain has made mistakes - and suggested the Republican change course. Here's what he said:
GOP Strategist and Former Huckabee National Campaign Chairman
John McCain has to basically have empathy for ordinary people. He's going to Colombia. He's going to Mexico. He's going to talk NAFTA. How does that relate to ordinary working people here? - that you're trying to basically make sure that Colombians and Mexicans have jobs, as opposed to Americans have jobs?
The next 19 weeks, 18-and-a-half weeks, that we have left here, every single day, if I was running his campaign, I would be talking about jobs: How do you rebuild the infrastructure? What people want to know is: do you understand how much I'm hurting, and do you care, and are you going to try and make my life a priority?
John McCain has hurt himself badly by saying, "I don't know anything about the economy," as opposed to saying, "I have been chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee."
He's been a Senate on the Armed Services Committee. He's been a chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. Commerce relates to everyday business. That's what he ought to be talking about:
Here's what I am going to do as chairman of the Senate Committee. Here's what I'm going to do as president. I'm going to put people back to work. I'm going to have us rebuild our infrastructure. I'm going to help reset priorities of this country.
That is what is going to be very important - Americans going back to work by Americans spending their money, buying American goods, and the government basically saying, defense contracts, building fences, whatever, building bridges, we're going to do it with American dollars, will go a long way to stimulating this economy.
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