October 23rd, 2008
12:08 PM ET

McCain's New Hampshire Dilemma

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Jennifer Donahue
NHIOP Political Director & Harvard IOP Fellow

FYI saw McCain in Manchester and he was so much better than in states he is less comfortable with. That said, low turnout, feeling of depression among Republicans about his prospects and GOP Sen. John Sununu's.

Ended speech on a high note with the "Fight, fight, fight for what we believe in" shout by McCain. Likely it will not go his way even in the state that knows him best.

btw he is not, as ABC reports, pulling out of NH. He is just pulling some cash out of a state he is already up in, and knows he can't buy it anyway.

If he wants to seal the deal in NH, he'd have to camp out here like he did in the primaries in 2000 and 2008, something he can't do in a General Election. And if he can't win NH, what other battleground states can he realistically do it in?

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. oj dan

    Am still talking about his retirement,at 72 you are old enough to do an active work let alone ruling the world not only America.
    You have to note that once a soldier is always a soldier,McCain will use his power and force if elected president to fight the world if turn against US.
    We dont need such a person,we want a leader who has charisma and know the problems of its citizenrys in this time of worls crisis,Obama is the rightfull candiate with a divine mandate.
    America created this world economy crisis and america most solve it;with his economy strategis and policies he can do it.
    Vote wisely,Vote for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |

    he will do well in Alaska and Russia

    October 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  3. Rich B - Knoxville

    McCain is "Up In" New Hampshire ?? So he's pulling "Some" money out ?? - Both previous statements may in fact be true (??) or maybe Palin's "Alaskan dream machine" is just making things up again to get some 2012 limelight, however, the RNC is pulling everything out of the entire North East USA as a "Lost Cause" - Perhaps they see the handwriting on the wall better than Palin – I mean McCain!!!

    What other democrat leaning state should McCain focus on - Lets see. There are so many - How about Virginia, or North Carolina, or Arizona, or Illinois, or - Well, the list just goes on and on doesn't it -

    October 23, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  4. Brenda Harris

    Am I going to be the first to say it. I damn sure want to spread the wealth. I have worked my - off for years and have never gotten the compensation I believed I deserved. In Ten years, I never got even a 10 dollar raise. I just kept getting gold stickers for all of my hard work.
    The Huge Mortgage company told us about all the billions of dollars we had made for the company, but all we got was a thank you, a few lunches and lots of mugs with the company LOGO. Of course the presidents and managers were rewarded hansomely. If those at the top can buy multiple homes and spend billions of dollars on parties
    and cigars and what ever they fancy; then I say YES let's Spread the DAMN WEALTH.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  5. Molly B.

    I fervently hope he will slip down and out. Here's what I think he thinks.
    If elected president and any other country gives him/the country any
    trouble he can just unleash a fighting force and run them back to
    their homes. He is in an entirely different world than he was part of
    YEARS AGO. That will never do. He needs to go into retirement and
    let calmer heads take over. OBAMA/BIDEN for 2008.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    I think McCain will win a couple of the battleground states but not enough to put him over the top. If he needs to be in every state on election day to win then he's pretty well sunk. He may fool us though – his candidacy has seemed dead and in rigor mortis several times already and has come back to life. Who knows – he may do it again.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm |