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. Bright George

    I applaude all the journalists working tirelessly to bring news item to the whole world. However when it comes down to 08 elelction, the pundits are not speaking for us. Pundits make lots of money, they are not going through foreclosures, they do not have credit card debts, their children go to private schools, they take vacations, live in luxury homes. You left the issues facing middle class America, you spend your times discussing candidates celebrity status, you know why, because whoever is elected, does not affect your fat paychecks. I challenge CNN to invite struggling middle class Americans to comment of this election, it will be on issues such as billions of $ wasting in Iraq, foreclosure rates, job loss, credit crunch.
    We Reuplicans are running on Pro-life platform but what is the difference in the numbers of abortion committed during Clinton's administration and Bushe's, none!
    I love what Obama said,"let us find away to reduce numbers of abortion committed." I think that is do able than deceiving the Evagelica's that you will pass abortion law, and for 8 years no success.
    I am not sure my views will get to Anderson Cooper.

    September 10, 2008 at 7:38 am |
  2. Shengar Banta

    C'Mon folks you can not really believe that McCain is an agent of change. He has voted with Bush over 90% of the time, is that truly change or the same old thing with a fresh face? He adds Palin to the ticket because he thinks this will get the female vote, does he really think women are that stupid? Barack choose a person that he get get council from and McCain picked a secretary! I dont mean that against women but McCain will get NO council from Palin unless Dick Chenney gives her the words. This has become a joke, McCain has become a joke! POW status should not be used for politics at all! I am offended by this, my father is a 21 year Airforce Vet and I could never imagine him pulling a stunt like this. I am truly offended by McCain!

    September 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm |
  3. Joyce B

    John McCain is hiding behind Palin by dodging the questions head on. A major point and something that bothers me greatly. At the convention, McCain said "Fight with me! Fight with me! WHat is this? He does sound like Bush. We don't need the mindset of the next president repeating the mentality of a militia. We have to be intelligently diplomatic and have the temperament of knowing we can't just go in and fight all the time. With his military background, which we all know is admirable, seems to be the deciding mentality of McCain and that is what will be the driving factor and scares me greatly if he is elected president. hmm? Sounds like Bush to me? Fighting all over the place and causing the citizens here at home great economical stress. We don't need this.

    September 9, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  4. nate

    McCain is truly the agent of change! We have enough laws on the books to address just about every crime as well as government enforcement and regulatory programs to hold individuals and industries accountable. The fundamental problem is that the current Administration did not allow these regulatory agencies to do their jobs and enforce the law. This is not a flaw with McCain. John McCain is a man with integrity and honor who truly loves his country and its citizens. He will do what is right for America, finally! This is the change that we as Americans need and can afford!

    September 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  5. Chuck

    Change ?????
    Have the American people gone completely insane ?
    The {R} party continually lies to get votes then reward the wealthy.
    It will never change!!!

    September 9, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  6. WA

    Agent of Change ! Gimme a Break!! McSame like Bush is an Agent of nothing but WAR, OIL and a Cute Skirt! Those who still haven't seen that need an appointment with their Optometrist Stat! If Americans put this band of corruption back in the White House they need to be exiled to Iraq or Alaska! We don't need them here.

    September 9, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  7. ellen, onset, ma

    I am LOL, that anytime the media (this time mr. gergen) says anthing bad about Obama, his "followers" start screaming, biased, racist, etc., etc., etc.,.yawn....
    by the way....racist doesn't work, unless you have a qualified candidate in there that's african-american and then he doesn't get voted in!! Put in a Colin Powell type and see how the country would unite around a great guy like that.....staunch, solid, and EXPERIENCED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama is so arrogant that he thought he could win the white house with out a sizable portion of the democratic party behind him? The Democratic party has been hijacked by unhappy republicans, independents that have no loyalty to any party and blow with the wind between campaigns and young people that are so naive that they truelly believe one person can come in and change a country and constitution that has been constructed not to change. Example: we can't even get rid of the antique electoral system we have.....can you see us using our antique electoral system say in Iraq?? I can just see the reaction of the Iraqies if the electoral systems hands the election to the person who doesn't get the majority of votes???? what a fiasco!!!

    Was he so afraid of Hillary & co., that he didn't realize uniting the party by picking her would get him in the white house?? How can he unite the country when he couldn't even unite his own party. Now he wants Hillary to go out and fight his battles for him......no way, no how, do it yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!No, because it's not about our country or we as americans, it's all about him and his enormous ego & his ego will loose him the white house...................howard dean and the democrats have let us down AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God, this is getting old........I'm a registred dem, but next time the census comes, that is going to change............................

    September 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  8. Susan - TX

    I am a Republican and has changed to Democrat party 2 days ago due to Sarah Palin. It is scary to see the governor can irresponsibily casually using GOD as an excuse for Iraq invasion.

    I would like Palin to tell me whether it's God's will to order so many soldiers and Iraqies being killed in this unjustified war. Whether she would tell American public that every decision that she is going to make in the office is God's will, otherwise she won't do anything about it.

    She is an insult to American people's intelligence. Out she should go.

    September 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  9. Rose From Muscoy

    The Republicans are for BIG OIL AND BUSINESS! They give WELFARE TO THE RICH, and forget the middle class and the poor. And if John McCain is for change NOT! The only changes he will be making is his underwear!

    September 9, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  10. GAIL Centre,Al;

    Thank you CNN. I think the coverage of the two candidates is becoming more equal. People were getting tired of bias reporting, and giving Obama a free ride. I wish it had been as equal when Hillary was in the primary, and things would have been different. She would be the nominee. I think you should give no one a free ride, report the news and let the people decide.

    September 9, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  11. Michael

    Dear Mr. Cooper:

    We Americans needs to know when our leader talks about issues, they talk about, called America world leader and super power and when our leaders claims they are indeed world leaders, therefore America should learn how to accept insult, abuse and disagreement from people who are not Americans but just saying what they feel about American...If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen remember.

    September 9, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  12. Reed McGowan

    McCain just McAin't. He doesn't convince me. If he at least maybe ONCE admitted that the Republicans have been wrong for tthe past 7 years, then maybe the country would learn to forgive them. It is apparent, however, that half of the country is still in denial. I guess 9/11 was more traumatic than we had imagined.

    New York

    September 9, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  13. Shauntel, New Orleans

    I am so sick of seeing that woman's face on my TV every time I turn it on. I hope that the American people will not fall into the web of lies that she and McCain are spinning. Ask yourselves, why haven't they let her loose to the media yet? Is it because they're afraid she'll look like a blundering fool? I can read a speech written by Bush's speech writers from a tele-prompter if given the opportunity. Come on people! Good looks and false charm are not the qualities I look for in the next president of the U.S. I hope the media continues to expose her for who she really is, I'm tired of seeing her representative.

    September 9, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  14. GAIL Centre,Al;

    The Obama camp alias the [WHINERS] are at it again, if Obama wanted to be seen as a change he should not have put Biden on the ticket. Biden is one of the good ole boys, taking money from lobbyist, and special interest. A list was released today on the senator's that had took the most money from these groups. Well guess who is the number 3 person, News Flash, Obama was 3. Took more than 111,000 thousand dollars. Senator Dodd was number 1, Kerry number 2. Somebody please tell Palin that Nancy Pelosi has a private jet at tax payers expense. Maybe she will put it on e-bay.

    September 9, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  15. Kahuna Jim

    CNN, why do the media such as yourself permeate more hate towards the Republicans? Is it because John McCain & Sarah Palin are ahead of the polls over Buchky & Little Joe? I don't have any animosity for democrats but to me it is unAmerican when you use hate when your party is losing grounds with the American people. Further, it would have been interesting if Hilary was in the race but it would not be that effective against Sarah Palin. Hilary is connected with scandals from the past while Sarah is bounded by success as a governor. American women are flocking over to Sarah because the biggest mistake that Barack made was when the American women witnessed how he only intended to use Hilary to capture the independant women voters and it appeared to me how he almost womanized her before them. The American women are fed to how they have been treated and as male person, I support their cause to stand up and be heard. And that is just what Sarah Palin is doing for she became their hero and their voice. The Democrats should have welcomed those efforts but they are more interested to destroy her. Hate begot more hate. Is that how the world is now viewing America? What have we become? How can we Americans destroy another human being just for the sake of trying to win an election? This is just my opinion and it is not intented to stir any animosity towards CNN. Only CNN can be their own demise to themselves and to the DNC. Thank you and Aloha. Kahuna Jim.

    September 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  16. JC- Los Angeles

    Our nation is littered with countless failed politicians, executives and leaders who were pushed to the tops of their professions on big promises and scant accomplishments only to run things into the ground.

    Obama is turning into the latest and most public one yet; for four years, several book advances, a few memoirs, countless speeches, endless words and one stage production, Obama has spoken of change.

    Did he change the corrupt Chicago, Democratic, political machine? did he break from the norm when selecting a running mate? write any new war legislation? what's voting "present?"

    The last thing America needs right now is another guy who's all talk; how about someone who says what he means, means what he says and has a record to back both up; that may be asking too much.

    September 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  17. Ann

    I think McCain and Ms. Palin are in for a big surprise! I really can't believe that the majority of "middle class" citizens would vote republican! I believe that we will have Obama in the Whitehouse! He is sincere and motivated to change the U.S. for our people today and for the children of tomorrow. Hey, I was never a HOCKEY MOM (what does that have to do with politics any way?). History needs to change but it doesn't need McCain. How slippery of him to change his political strategy to this "change" once Palin was on the ticket . . . wouldn't this be a "red flag" and wouldn't one question their integrity? (I guess he felt because Palin was a "woman", a "hockey mom", a "soon to be grandmother" and a "new mother" she would be good for the ticket!) He felt because Palin supposedly made good choices and good changes to Alaska, she would be the appropriate Vice President --Whew! I think her religious beliefs will interfere with our government (that doesn't mean I'm an atheist, it just means that church and state should be separate). I can't believe people are actually thinking about changing their vote because Palin is a woman and of course, a religious fanatic. Women, come on, you have rights! You have the freedom to choose . . . do want to go back in time? Just remember the past 8 years! I will vote Obama all the way! AMERICA NEEDS HOPE AND SOMEONE WHO IS SINCERE AND READY FOR THE CHALLENGE! OBAMA'S THE ONE!

    September 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  18. Melissa

    I find this article sad.
    I do not think that just because McCain has now taken "Change" for his "Slogan" that is has made him look better. It comes across as he is not capable of thinking for himself.
    All he has done is take away the meaning of the word "Change". At least from what I have seen so far from Obama he is talking about something of substance, he is addressing real issues, bringing to light several things which should have been address a long time ago. While you have McCain who is simply not willing or capable of doing. Sure anyone can say they are for change, if you are doing it simply to get elected that is not the true meaning of change and should be called out on that.

    September 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  19. Karen

    McCain and Palin's new plan to " CHANGE" is So LAME!

    Why can't the Americans see why they are " CHANGING ", because Obama had drove the needs and hope of Change from Americans that the Republicans realize this is the only thing they can say to gain support. Well, are we going to hand over the most powerful country to a party that is only going say what they will do instead of DO what they say?

    Republican = Truth and Justice for the RICH and Wealthy! Lies and a country dvided of the Rich and Poor...... might as well be Divided Income of America...there is no unity here!
    The republican party clearly stated they do not want the country to unite. They just want to continue segregating the lower income and the higher income. Shame on you all calling yourself Leaders and Maverick or whatever title you want to claim yourself... LAME!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  20. Denise

    The only change for McCain, is a change of mind. When is the media going to vet Palin. Someone's got to!!! Certainly John McCain didn't, and the thought that Palin could wind up being the president is terrifying!! Let's start making this about issues not Palin's celebrity (remember that celebrity BS they pulled on Obama? Wake up American, you're being pandered to and hoodwinked.

    September 9, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  21. Rosario

    Agents of change?

    Ha,Ha. What a joke!

    September 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  22. Derrick Palmore

    So let me get this straight. McCain can brag about supporting George Bush with words and his vote then claim to be the agent of change. He can then proceed to claim to be running a bi-partisan campaign yet slam Obama and attack him and not the issues that concern us. He and Sarah Palin are saying and doing things with impunity and noone has the courage to call them on it. AMERICA WAKEUP!!!!!! This is the old George Bush "look at what the left hand is doing and dont watch the right hand digging in your pocket", This is classic political mud-tactics that we have seen for years. Let's not talk about the racial prejudicial undertone that is in this race. Oh yeah, "community organizer" is the new N-Word these days...... I believe in you America and the dream that we all reach for. Please dont let me down.

    September 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  23. Michelle

    Funny how the Republicans had finally noticed what the American people want.....CHANGE. McCain has not adopted the message...he is trying to steal the message. Palin is doing the same with Hilary. She is always referring to the "glass ceiling" People really do not see what is going on. Let's look at the issues!! It is not change if McCain plans are the same as Bush. This election is becoming a joke! First it's about race, religion, then it's sexism, and not any of the issues that America is facing in the future. i am very afraid for America. If you read any of the foreign papers, they are not saying kind words about America. Let's become educated on the real issues!! Republicans and democrats need to start talking about the REAL issues so we can make an educated choice.

    September 9, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  24. Christine Watsky

    Dear Anderson,

    I’d love to hear some reporter get McCain to answer the question, “What is your opinion of Bob Woodward’s new book?” I bet that the way he answers that would speak volumes about whether he would continue Bush policies or not.

    Thanks for your show, I’ll be watching!

    Christine from Ocean City/Berlin, MD

    September 9, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  25. Maritza

    Yes he is , he didn't steal anything from Obama there is nothing to steal, the serious problem with Obama that voters are now accepting is that he uses the word with no proof of action behind it , no example of action, unlike McCain who is qualified to give the examples of action behind his words, not just by his life experience of sacrifice and pain in serving his country , but also by his record in the senate , long standing , his record of going against his own party , he's no game player and the American people sense intergrity, and nobility, his strength in charecter is unquestionable, America is now concidering and looking for truth and strength, McCain embodies the attributes , the skill and experience to lead this nation. David Gergin.


    September 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  26. nerakami, Miami

    This has nothing to do with John McSame, Palin or Obama. This has everything to do with the American public's obsession with mistaking the illusion of soap opera drama for real life...

    The American psyche has become so superficially titillated by fanciful distractions that we are on the verge of sending this country into the abyss of selling our souls for tantalizing thrills....

    May God help us as we will not easily come out of another 4 more Bush like years.

    September 9, 2008 at 12:51 pm |
  27. Debi

    McCain & change? My ass. On the issues it is more of the same. More of Bush's idiotic, failed policies. Either McCain is senile or just a great big liar. The economy is in the toilet. With the Republican ticket Roe vs Wade will no doubt be over turned. These so called mavericks have no business making decisions for what a women decides is best for her body. Why don't they FOCUS on the real issues like the economy; how we are going to get out of this mess of a war that Bush lied us into & improve our relations with the rest of the world. How about affordable healthcare for everyone? I am sick & tired of the Carl Rove small minded politics of lies & hate. This isn't a popularity contest, it is about our future. People better pay attention, wake up & get a clue & stop paying attention to the ridiculous divisive tactics of the Republican party. Barry Goldwater must be rolling over in his grave.

    September 9, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  28. morshia

    are the american people that stupid? mccain has pulled his dirtiest trick with palin as decoy and they are all buying into it and abandoning the critical issues at stake - the survival of the nation!!!

    are we going to allow racism (yes, racism) to destroy the only chance we have at real change?

    the greatest nation in the world cannot rise above a low emotional tone level to see the truth... the future that mccain is snatching away!

    September 9, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  29. Judy

    Sarah Pallin's husband belongs to a group that wants Alaska to succeed from the country and that doesn't get any air time on the news. But Michelle Obama's comments do. Michelle is not running for anything. McClain's wife wears an outfit that costs $300,000, but Obama is an elitist. Sarah Pallin belongs to a church that espouses "end of times", but Rev. Wright gets blown up all over the airwaves.
    I wish the news would get real. Stop giving Pallin a past. CNN – please investigate and not be bowled over by "charm and beauty" (that's in the eye of the beholder) What ever happened to investigative journalism

    September 9, 2008 at 12:34 pm |
  30. eric

    Has there ever been a candidate in any election anywhere and anytime in history that has not used the verb 'change'? You'd think that Barack Obama was the inventor of the word and has it copyrighted.
    Guess McCain should just go to thesaurus.

    September 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  31. Cynthia

    David, this is serious. People and the media really need to do some thorough research on Palin. She could end up being a heartbeat away from a 72 year old heart and I find that very distressing after listening to what the news media has been saying in addition to going online myself and researching.

    David, Google Anne Kilkenney and read her letter. It doesn't appear to me that she has an ax to grind with Palin and said that her facts can be checked.

    Great report by Randi Kaye in Alaska.

    September 9, 2008 at 12:08 pm |
  32. dianeB

    how on gods earth can McCain be about change when he still live in the past ? America is not safer when we know!!! the real deal . straight talk (war , victory and drilling.) killing our young our furture for america.
    talking about keeping us safe FROM WHAT THE REPUBICANS americas going down .people WAKE-UP WAKE- UP
    Bush the 3rd /McCain. Should have thought about country first and went after the bad guys in moutains?? and then pesonnel gains iAnd for you women on the palin ban wagon you donot know what a jet eye mind trick is LOL!!!!!. They could have dangled any women in front oof you so let them eat cake today What about our future tomorrow???? .

    September 9, 2008 at 11:52 am |
  33. Mark Cowan

    McCain has had 22 years in the Senete to make changes, and has accomplished very little. He supported George Bush and the war in Iraq at the expense of losing Osama Bidladen, hasn't got a clue that we are the brink of economic disaster, and just plain doesn't get it.. How can he be an agent of change when he doesn't know what the problems are, and employs 180 former lobiests in his campaign. He's just using the Bush campaign strategy of attacking the other guy on issues that he knows he is even worse on. Its the old "tell a bigger lie, and maybe people will believe you" strategy. Bush had a terrible/questionable military record compared to Cary, but his strategy was to attack his opponents record anyway. We are seeing that with McCain with regard to the Change question among others. McCain is really very weak on change but by attacking Obama who is strong on change " tell abigger lie" he confises everyone. Hopefully Amarican won't fall for this trick- we can't affors it. Republican in PA.

    September 9, 2008 at 11:37 am |
  34. Donald Of Orange County

    The agent of change his mind????

    September 9, 2008 at 11:29 am |
  35. TXGOP

    The guys and gals who follow the MCCAIN/ PALIN parade, remind me of the Children of the Corn group lol... in my opinion; sadly not as republicans. MCCain agrees w/ George W. 90% of the time, I heard.

    September 9, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  36. Michelle

    They couldn't come up with their OWN campaign slogan? And what change are they talking about ~ change from their own party's past eight years ? What?? Please explain what change they're talking about. I'm confused.

    September 9, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  37. jason

    Will Palin be held accountable for anything is the question.
    If not, they win. That is what the GOP are betting on.
    Will the media step up?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:36 am |
  38. Andrew Zotos

    I see that Randi Kaye has an interesting article about Sarah Palin's religion. If you are going to have an article that smacks of opinion of someone's religion, why not place it in the blog rather than the CNN main page. I do not think that CNN is even trying to appear unbiased anymore, is it? Where are the questions about Barak's Islamic religious past?

    What is the point of this article? It appears as though you are saying that there is something wrong with Pentecostals. Are you not saying that they are hiding Palin’s religious past because Pentecostalism is perhaps it is the "wrong kind" of Christianity for the vice-presidency? Why don’t you just say that you both think that Pentecostalism is a fringe religion. If so, why isn't Barack's brand of Christianity being scrutinized more carefully? [I for one have never heard my priest use the Lord's name in vain, much less use it to curse this country. Nor have I ever heard any priest in my faith utilize hateful, bigoted and racist language. If I did, I would quit my church – immediately.] Why hasn’t your “news organization” asked Barack about his attendance at the church, his church’s support of the anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan, his church’s view on race, his church’s anti-American position, etc., ad nauseum. Why not delve more deeply into Barak’s Islamic past, his attendance at a Madrasah? What did he learn there?

    By the way, what is your religion Ms. Kaye? What about you, Anderson Cooper? Are you both Jewish? Are you Muslim? Are you Hindu? Are you Catholic? Are you like me, Eastern Orthodox? Perhaps you are either atheists or agnostics? Maybe you are Scientologists? Why don't you indicate what your religion is when you write the article? Shouldn’t you do provide some context to the article? Shouldn’t you BOTH have biographical information on your site in order to allow the reader to have some context to the stories? Should Mr. Cooper indicate in his bio that he is the son of an extremely wealthy family?

    More importantly, why not just have the courage to just come right out and write truthfully that: You both endorse Barack for president; That you don't like McCain; That you both have been ultra-liberal Democrats and have never voted other than straight line Democratic ticket, and that your articles are going to be biased towards the Democratic party. Mr. Cooper once said “. . . the whole thing about being a reporter is that you're supposed to be an observer. . .” That is a correct statement. You are merely observers, neither of you have the credentials to comment or tell the entire country who they should vote for. We don’t care what YOU think, we can think for ourselves; thank you very much.. STOP PROPAGANDIZING AND HIDING BEHIND THE MANTLE OF “JOURNALISM!"

    September 9, 2008 at 10:31 am |
  39. Richard Borgsmiller

    When is the News media going to point out that the Republican Party was in power during the multi-billion dollar bail-out of the Savings and Loan industry in the '80's like the home mortage issue of today? I believe one of the Bush brothers was directly involved in a Denver S&L and the bail-out save his hide. The Keating/McCain affair also developed out of that S&L debacle. Regardless of words that McCain says, these are facts that this younger generation need to know before casting a ballot.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  40. Akili

    "Change" is now the baby in Solomon's parable. As we know, the real mother was determined when she gave up her claims to the baby, in order to save it from being split into two. I think it would benefit Obama to focus on McCain's record-cough-experience. He should illustrate (with actual families) how his policies will impact Americans vs. how McCain's policies will impact the same families.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  41. Sabrina,Texas

    John McCain is not a agent of change but the same.. He tried to start talking about change after all this time because he saw it was working for Obama. Obama is the one who has be talking about change since day one and will continue to do so. McCain only picked Palin to win over the Hillary voters and to be Historical.... Hillary's voters see right through Palin and the men think she's appealing to the eye and are voting for her just on that alone. That's Bull because we need to be more concern about our economy then all the LIES McCain/Palin have been talking about. Palin needs to talk to the press instead of hiding behind McCain but, that's what happens when you don't have answers! Palin has lied about everything she says about herself and I would hope the American people would wake up and smell the coffee..

    September 9, 2008 at 10:08 am |
  42. Mike, Naples FL

    Mccain and his Puppet vp pick are all political now about personalities. one simple fact is Mccain has been in washington for more than 20years, how can he, Mccain declare himself as some one who brought about change to washington? oh ..I get it..maybe..it will take the united states another 20years Under Mccain's administration to bring about change in america..say in the year 2028.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  43. Louise

    Good Lord I sure hope he can't hold it. What a disaster for Americans that would be . People OPEN YOUR EYES

    September 9, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  44. Jennifer Beebe

    The surge in numbers for the Republicans is temporary. Thankfully, it has given the Obama campaign the momentum they will build on in order to continue advocating for the nation. Just as Obama's numbers increased after the DNC, the Republican numbers followed. In the end, the suffering endured by the middle and lower income levels will prevail. Being called a "liberal" female, I was still excited to hear a female had been named to one of the top choices. However, after hearing Palin's speech my vote for Obama became that much more solid.

    September 9, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  45. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    A Republican as the agent of Change? Sorry..........But no. The word Change doesn't come out of a Republican easily. The GOP know that this is yet another ploy to fool the public. It is a blatant lie with all Republicans finding themselves smiling at the thought of change.......possibly laughing histerically at non-Republicans that are falling for this rhetoric..............

    September 9, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  46. The Truth

    People are hurting I just wish that people would open their eyes and see this election for what it is. nothing more than another way to scam the american people ..........................

    September 9, 2008 at 8:51 am |
  47. Alex

    Its extremely obvious, that Sarah Palin has given the McCain campaign just what it was lacking, LIFE! Now we're starting to see Obama and his staff becoming uneasy with what they originally thought was gonna be a waltz to the White House. But the more Obama talks about being the "agent of change," the more information is coming forward he is just what he claims he's not, a Washington insider who has taken money from special interest and lobbyists. It is also apparent though he's a gifted speaker, he speaks out of the both sides of his mouth and criticizes his apponent for exactly what he does. I've never trusted Obama and the longer this goes on, the more I know I was right about him.

    September 9, 2008 at 8:47 am |
  48. Jane Smith

    Finally a more balanced show on the Republican ticket. I was disappointed by Wolf's coverage of Sarah Palin's speech. Palin made some of the most outrageous statements (i.e. not 'reading rights to [GBay prisoners]', a slap in the face to one of the core American principles) and Wolf's panel never called the Republicans on it. You redeemed CNN with this show as a news organization. Nice work!

    September 9, 2008 at 8:29 am |
  49. Elaine Bennett

    This message is for Meghan McCain...I just saw your interview on the Today show...Wow what a fine lady you are...You do your Father and Mother proud Meghan...I am all for your Father to be our next President of this United States of America...I am liking Sarah Palin more and more each time I hear her speak...But please let me know if she could if she had to run our country???Sorry for being negative...
    What a proud family you have Mr. McCain...
    Elaine Bennett

    September 9, 2008 at 8:20 am |

    Why you don't talk about Sarah Palin and her RELIGON as you and AMERICA did OBOMA and Rev Wright!!!!

    September 9, 2008 at 8:15 am |
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