September 9th, 2008
08:05 AM ET

McCain is the agent of change?

Editor’s note: Below is a transcript of CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen from Monday night's AC360.

Cooper: Mccain is saying that he and Palin are the agents of change, adopting Obama's message. By doing that does he nullify the change thing and make this into a race about personality rather than issues?

Gergen: He's a largely erased Barack Obama's advantage on change. He hasn't caught up with him yet but it's a much narrower margin. And I do think that he's become the story. He and Palin have become the story. They have the momentum. And either from Obama's point of view, either the McCain/Palin express has to slow down and sort of fade a little bit or Obama has to take it away from him.

And you know, Anderson, history goes both ways on this. We've had a couple of times in the recent past when somebody has surged ahead after their convention, you know, Bush 41 and also Bill Clinton, you know, moved up to the top and didn't look back after that. We also had examples to go the other way. Jimmy Carter 1980 came out with a bounce out of his convention, lost it, lost the election. A

nd also, you know, Al Gore came out with a big bounce in 2000. And lost his lead. So it could go either way on this. And that's the drama of the next two or three weeks. McCain has a surge now with Palin. Can he hold it?

Filed under: Barack Obama • David Gergen • John McCain • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Kimberly

    All of a sudden McCain woke up looked at the polls and became a
    maverick. I hope I wake up tommorrow and become the heir to Bill Gates. Just remember he supported Bush 90 percent of the time.
    Obama stick to the issues that they are trying so hard to avoid. Don't fall for the decoy (palin). People are hurting on every level because people like MCcain voted with Bush 90 percent of the time

    September 10, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  2. Michel

    We know that Mccain is just trying to say he is for change because allying with Bush does'nt give him any chance.Obama must keep saying that Mccain and Bush are the same person.

    September 10, 2008 at 9:14 am |
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