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January 25th, 2008
04:54 PM ET

McCain’s mom takes on GOP?

 Roberta McCain, mother of Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain on the 'Meet the Press' May 2007 in Washington, DC..
Roberta McCain, mother of Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain on the 'Meet the Press' May 2007 in Washington, DC..

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain is getting no love from the Republican base…so says his 95-year-old mother, Roberta McCain.

She claims she's seen her son get no help whatsoever from the party base. Nonetheless, Mrs. McCain says he can go on to win the nomination, adding quote "I think holding their nose they're going to have to take him." You gotta love it.

She also had this to say: “Now I'm really popping off, but he worked like a dog to get Bush re-elected… He's backed Bush in everything except Rumsfeld. Have you heard other senators and congressmen backing Bush over eight years? Find me it, give me a name. I've not seen any public recognition of the work that he's done for the Republican Party.”

When asked about his mother's comments, McCain said that although he loves her, they disagree on some things. He joked that given his mom's age, she should get a little latitude for her candid remarks. McCain also pointed to the fact that he won more Republican votes than any other candidate in both South Carolina and New Hampshire. He says the support he got from independents should show conservatives he's the most electable candidate come the general election.

But his mother may have a point. McCain has some tough critics within the conservative establishment, including people like Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, Former Senator Rick Santorum and conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh. Many of them are disgusted with positions McCain has taken on issues like immigration, campaign finance reform, his decision to work with Joe Lieberman on global warming, and his opposition to President Bush's tax cuts.

Here’s my question to you: John McCain’s mother says he has no support from the Republican base. Is she right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Bob from Louisville, Kentucky writes:
Jack, This begs the question: how do you define the Republican "base"? If it is defined as the extreme conservative wing of the party, the type of people who listen to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, he will not receive the support of the "base". If you define it as those who were supporters of Ronald Reagan who never did subscribe to views of those on the extreme right, then she is wrong. This contest for the Republican nomination is much like that between Eisenhower and Taft. In that election the party proved that they could reject the candidate of the extreme right and win the Presidency.

Jannan writes:
He lacks support from the Republican Party now, but you better believe those same people will be standing in line to ride his tailcoat if he comes out as the front-runner. He is less conservative than the people that criticize him and they just can't stand it when he crosses party lines to unify the country!

Dan writes:
Mother McCain is right on the money. Not only about the Republican base disliking McCain, but also about him being a staunch backer of President Bush. Unfortunately, Mom is cutting John off at the legs. Hanging that support of Bush around his neck is going to destroy him in a general election.

Peter writes:
Considering the Republicans you named who are opposing him, McCain's mother should have said "the base Republicans" instead of "the Republican base."

Evan writes:
I'm a registered Republican, but the way the party is now, to hear that John McCain doesn't have the support of the "establishment" only makes me want to vote for him even more. Maybe this time I won't regret my vote in 4 years!


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Bert D

    Absolutely. John McCain tells the truth way to often to be seriously considered for the Republican nomination.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  2. Ed Reed

    Yes, she's right, but rember, this is the 30% that believes George Bush is doing "a heckuva job."

    January 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  3. Ron, Mechanicsville, VA

    She is absolutely right! McCain has always been the best the Republicans have! And best of all, A real Veteran! The only respectable candidate with experience and closer to a real person and not a politician, McCain would have my vote, but I'm not a Republican!
    He has never received the respect from the Republican Party he deserves!

    January 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  4. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    Of course he doesn't have the support of hate mongering right wing evangelicals who would rather support an imbecile like Bush because he professes the same beliefs than support a more moderate individual who actually supports the seperation of church and state.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  5. Heather

    Absolutely! I believe his stand on Iraq is hurting him. Let's face it the American people want out of Iraq, That includes republicans. Supporting a war that is based on lies is an idiotic political stance.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  6. Michael Coogen Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Old saying, if you don't know the answer, ask your mother because mothers don't lie.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  7. Scott

    Jack, dont ever argue with a mother sticking up for her baby boy.

    Scott Missouri

    January 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  8. Rich Dallas, Texas

    Right or wrong she said it. Does it matter? No. Some think that McCain's mom has more support with her walker then McCain has with the Republican party but maybe there is reason for that. McCain doesn't want immigration reform without granting immunity to those already illegally here. That is not the Republican message. The illegal immigration problem is a big part of what is wrong with the economy now, Republicans are realizing that. They also realize now that sending our jobs out of the country is not a good thing. When the jobs go our money goes and our economy slows. McCain won't be president for just those reasons.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  9. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    I should think a mother would have more faith in her son than that. Not only does he have support from Republicans, but a fair number of misguided Dumbocrats support him too. He has taken a lot from Republicans and they owe him big time. But if by “base” you mean the radical religious right wing-nuts, yes they are really base and they’ve done too much damage to the Republican party as it is – not to mention the country. If I needed them to win an election, at least I’d have enough self-respect not to run.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  10. Tom Bulger

    You know she's right. That is one of the things that is so appealing about Senator McCain. He should be as proud of his enemies as he is of his friends, and I suspect he is. The country has had enough of Delay, Abramoff, Rush Limpbough, Duke Cunningham, the tobacco lobby, pedophiles and perverts.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  11. Joe in DE

    She is 90% right but they will hold their noses and ote for him.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  12. Ralph

    Yes, Jack. Now, he is proving his popularity with many of the electorate, Republican, Democreat, or Independent, because of the bickering between Obama and the Clintons,as well as the scare among many that voting Democrat will mean voting for a woman or an African-American.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  13. David Harlow

    McCain's support comes from Independents and Moderates in the Republican Party.

    The core conservative base of the Republican party views McCain as liberal because he's negotiated several compromises between the Democrats and Republicans. The conservative Republicans believe that he has sold them out when he's negotiated these compromises with the Democrats.

    McCain is what this country needs. A moderate who can govern in the middle and remove partisan politics from American Government.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  14. Scott

    Really Jack who cares what grandma thinks – Please cover the real issues it is much more needed – But who care what I think

    January 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  15. Wings

    Moms are always right. I doubt McCain can win anyway. Or any
    GOP candidate. America needs the best and most versatile INDEPENDENT, Frank Caliendo. He can be any president we want.
    If not that, then I'd support having a per diem temp CINC. Like at used car lots. It's called the "Up system". Just use a list of out of work salespeople, rotate the list to the next person "up" like they do at used car lots. Same mentality too. In fact, I know a salesman right here in..........

    January 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  16. Eric H.

    When Mrs. McCain was asked about her son's support among the "base" of the GOP, she responded as if she was asked about the "establishment" of the GOP. There's a difference. Much of the grass roots conservative base is proud to support John McCain for President - myself included. The more partisan establishment leaders, on the other hand, have regarded Senator McCain as too independent and a wildcard when it comes to marching in lockstep with the official Republican Party talking points.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  17. Sam

    Jack- McCain's mother is right that he has no support because he is not like a REAL REPUBLICIAN that he does not take advantage of the Public to his liking.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  18. bnthdntht

    Why do we have to deal with people beyond any reasonable retirement age. Would you want McCain flying jet bomber then why would we want him running our country. Does America have a death wish. I am getting older everyday and I can still be useful,but I don't need to run the country because of my bucket list.

    L.M.,Arizona

    January 25, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  19. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    Whatever happened to McCain's independent views, because he's seeking the Republican base's support he converted to a right wing conservative. This is way he has his mommy out lying to people.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  20. john

    Yes, but she is as confused as her son about who makes up the base. Although the God-squad crowd has been anointed “the base” by media, most republicans, the Reagan republicans, view them as marginal voters and they are not the majority base. Having said that, she was right, the “real” base does not support him.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  21. Jim

    The Republican right wing will not support anyone more liberal than Orrin Hatch, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Jim DeMint or some other idiot like Bush who stands willing and ready to destroy the poor and middle-class so we can go back to the preunion days and into the period of slavery where all American citizens who disagree with their interpretation of the Constituion can be bought, sold or slain. McCain is only halfway on their side. Mom is wrong on this one; they won't even hold their nose and vote for McCain.

    Jim
    SC

    January 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  22. Ryan Farrar

    Yes... if the "base" is comprised of fools like ann coulter and rush limbaugh, who escorted the rest of the righties into 8 years of nightmare in 2000. I personally think that the people currently voting republican have moved on and finally disregard much of the propaganda these extremists spout out. If only people could brighten up a little more and vote for Ron Paul!

    January 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  23. Ken KS

    Maybe the Repubicans should run Mrs. McCain. Seriously, she's right, but as long as her son backs a war based on huge corporate profits and outright lies, jobs sent out of country never to return, his support for illegal immigrants to get them amnesty and backing George W. Bush on nearly everything he wants, the American public just won't elect him president. They've had enough of Bush policies and politics.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  24. Ed Reed

    I supported McCain in 2000; however, I strongly disagree with him over the necessity of the Iraq war. But if Rush Limbaugh, Tom Delay, and Rick Santorum or against him, I may give him a second look.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  25. James

    Jack,
    She's right about one thing, McCain has backed up and supported George Bush on almost everything. From the war in Iraq to amnesty for people in this country illegally and a whole list of other things that have systematically brought this country to it's knees in an act of begging others for help. McCain has been in Washington long enough to be part of the problem not the soloution.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  26. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    John McCain's mom is a very old curmudgeon. At her age she does not have to be politically correct and can speak her mind. It too bad that everyone else has become too intimidated and scared to honestly speak their minds. At least we know where McCain got his prospensity to say what he thinks. Bomb,Bomb,Bomb,Bomb,Bomb Iran!

    January 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  27. Sharon

    She is right with respect to those in the party who aren't happy with him for failing to support the Bush tax cuts, and for his bi-partisan approach. Just by watching some of the other networks with conservative hosts, you can tell they are all starting to push Romney (or at least the current version of the day, economic expert agent of change Romney - the man who will bring auto jobs back to Michigan).

    January 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  28. Lou

    She is so cute.... she looks like his sister

    January 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  29. Paul- Mass

    Looks like John McCain has inherited his mother's straight talk. I may not agree with all that he says-but you got to believe his straight forward answers is refreshing in today's political climate . As a Vietnam veteran , I admire his courage and conviction . Terms like conservative , moderate ,liberal do not mean anything to me . What is more important is the issues and a candidates solution to those issues . The problem with Congress is that they are to polarized-what we need is a candidate that can overcome this polarization . Whatever happened to working for the common good to resolve problems . McCain's history is working with both sides of the aisle to get things done no matter their label. As a registered independent in a pro democratic state – he has my vote --unless Lou Dobbs decides to run.

    Paul -Worcester ,Mass.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  30. David of Natchez

    Maybe she should run.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  31. Tina

    A mother always takes up for their kid and what is wrong with this picture? Nothing. We have Bill running his mouth over the words that are launched at Hillary. How can we as voters know what Hillary stands for if Bill is always flapping his lips? I wish he would shut up and slink back home and watch Cnn from his easy chair.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  32. CHARLOTTE

    Jack, The Grand Old Party doesn't like McCain due to several bills he co-wrote with dems. They don't believe in crossing party lines, thus the grid lock for the last 7 years.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  33. Mike Barnes

    Too bad for him. He's not going to get any support from the Democratic base either, so that eliminates about 60% of the vote right off the bat. He's from my state and I don't want him. He basked in the Pat Tillman funeral and then when we found out the Pentagon was lying he should have rode into town with a vengeance and taken out all the liars. Instead he did nothing just like he did when Bush slimed him in 2000. He is a pandering politician. Oh did I mention he advocates perpetual war and more borrowed tax cuts? Since he has represented Ariz. for so long I could go on and on. He is part of the problem not the solution.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  34. Chuck

    Jack; I think John's mom has a point. He has backed GWB.....toooo many times and I don't think that is a good thing.
    As I stated before...I think a vote for John McCain is a vote for GWB minus the "attitude and arrogance," but with a "brain!" I don't think the country is ready for another term of "that type." At least....I CERTAINLY hope not!
    Chuck OH

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  35. Dr.O

    I am a Democratic political junkie and I think that McCain's mommy is right? He doesn't get enough respect from the Party but you know Jack,maybe it is because he goes on National TV and has his mommy defending him...Here is a thought, if it is McCain vs. Hillary...can we have a debate between Bill and Mommy McClain??
    Love your show
    Dr. Jaime Olivares

    January 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  36. Chrissy, MS

    Of course she's right. Mom's are always right. It's rule number one in the handbook. When in doubt refer back to rule number one. It doesn't change anything though, since no one seems to care either way. (She looks great for 95!)

    January 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  37. Nikunj

    McCain's mother should spank him for backing Bush all the time. Look where it has brought us. Blatant lies, war on false pretexts, looming recession, budget deficit, the list goes on....

    Regards

    January 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  38. Angela

    She's right, if by base you mean the hate mongering pseudo-Christian element of the Republican party. In fact, that's one of the things that makes McCain pretty damn appealing:
    If Rush Limbaugh, Tom DeLay, et. al. hate him he MUST be all right.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  39. Beverley

    I can wait to see her at the convention! You rock Granny!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  40. Michael M Phx AZ

    She is probably correct in saying that. It seems that Sen McCain doesn't really have that "Presidential-type-look" that Romney does, nor the religious factions from the evangelicals that Huckelberry does.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  41. koolkat

    John McCain's mother is right he doesn't have the
    base but he can still win because the Republican
    party is changing and it's all because of Bush's failed
    policies.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  42. Jeff in Connecticut

    Yes Jack, and here's why:

    John wants campaign finance reform. The GOP is used to getting into office the Old Fashioned way..........they BUY their way in.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  43. Dennis

    How old is John McCain's mother again? Wouldn't she be closer to representing the negative aspects of our government that need changing? After all she is proud of her son for supporting Bush (she should of kept that to herself). My mother is proud of some of my accomplishments too, can I be president? What does Chuck Norris have to say about John McCains mom? What does Chuck Norris' mom have to say about him? Does it seem that this particular election is growing to be stupider by the day? When are Beavis and Butt-head going to run?

    January 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  44. suzie from Atlanta, GA

    Of course. She is his mom, he is her "boy". She is just telling the truth.
    I can not understand why the GOP is not behind him. He is a great guy, a real honest man, even though I am a Democrat and will not vote for him.
    He has been a bigger man than most, just being in the same room as Bush, much less forgiving him for the Racist and Slanderous treatment Karl Rove dished out against him.
    He has worked for the GOP agenda, and been a loyal guy. Because he doesn't wear a big sign saying "I love Jesus" on his back is no reason not to vote for him.

    But again, I am not a Republican, I am a scrappy Democrat, so I don't care who they pick, it's like running for the position of sacrificial lamb, and why anyone wants that beats me.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  45. annie

    What exactly is the definition of the Republican base, these days. If it's the base that elected Bush, and wants to amend the constitution to include God, I sure hope she's right.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  46. Greg from PA

    As Roberta said, "He’s backed Bush in everything except Rumsfeld." If the Republicans were intelligent, they'd do everything they could to distance themselves from George W. Bush and the man who "worked like a dog to get Bush reelected." But then, being intelligent has never been a prerequisite for being a Republican.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  47. dave

    HI Jack!

    I don't know if she is right about the love/no love arguement, but based on the genes that John McCain inherieted- his mom looks great and sounds very lucid- I would have no qualms voting for him despite his "advanced age."

    January 25, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  48. John from CT

    The base will be behind him. The Republican party would rather have him as president, even only for 4 years, then to have the Democrats in for 8.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  49. John

    Thats his mom? She looks younger than he does.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  50. earl illingsworth

    Senator McCain is blessed to have a mother so firery. His mother is absolutely correct. Bush & Co. will use you up, and spit you out, and sadly ,John is headed for the spittoon! He's a guy who wants to win, and support his country in any way he can, a proven patriot. But as his loving mother has rightfully said , there is no support and could end up the sacrificial lamb of the "GOP" base!!! P.S. I hope I'm wrong.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  51. pam,s.c.

    what a fab mother. she's one good-looking grandmother.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  52. DAK

    Jack
    The very liberal NY Times has endorsed him. That's like a scarlet letter! How could any self-respecting conservative Republican NOW endorse him!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  53. Alex

    I think that McCain has some bumps in the road with conservatives, but I think that in this election year, seeing that McCain is leading Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the national polls, should be a wake-up call to conservatives. Rush Limbaugh should take a cue from this. Romney is getting absolutely crushed against Clinton and McCain, and he's supposed to be our "best candidate?" If he is supposed to represent the party's platforms then I think that it shows the American people are done with republicans. The party won't fall apart, according to Mr. Limbaugh, but it will be reformed. I think this is salubrious to the party, and I think that John McCain will be the republican nominee for president.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  54. Jannan L.

    He lacks support from the Republican party now, but you better believe those same people will be standing in line to ride his tailcoat if he comes out as the front-runner. He is less conservative than the people that criticize him and they just can't stand it when he crosses party lines to unify the country!

    January 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  55. Christine from MO

    She's absolutely right. The Republican base fears independent thinkers and therefore McCain. But enough of that question. Who cares about the GOP? The real question is will Mrs. McCain take on Hilary Clinton? We need some help getting that candidate to go home. What if I said "pretty please."

    January 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  56. Tom in NB

    Base...what base....they (the Republicans) can't get organized enough to have a base. They are too busy looking around trying to figure out who is to blame for the mess they and the country are in now. Here's a hint for them....has anybody seen George W lately?

    January 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  57. Eben

    Jack I'm a bit confused about what the Republican base is nowadays. We have four polarizing candidates all running on the idea that they are "true republicans and conservatives", yet their platforms are profoundly different. I think before we talk about McCain...we need to take a look at what exactly the "base" is.

    Eben, Massachusetts

    January 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  58. john j. grimes

    This so-called "Republican base" would rather have a man whose Vice-President could be Chuck Norris? This country would lose,big time, if all we had to choose between was a mean-spirited woman with a less than loyal husband or the Christian taliban.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  59. Rich Dallas, Texas

    Well wasn't that nice of Mommy dearest to say. Apparently she has no faith in the republican party either. Shhh Mom, Johnny is running as a republican for president remember? Take your medicine and lay back down. In fact give Johnny some too he needs it for his failing memory. Hell getting old ain't it? Opps forgot. Sorry Jack, McCain is almost as old as you. Pardon me..... Damn I am bad..

    January 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  60. Matt

    He makes too much sense for the "Republican base" to support him.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  61. Jama Ali

    Jack, we should know by now, moms are always right!

    January 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  62. Bill

    Using Bush terminology, McCain's mother is a heck of a woman. She embodies the spirit and independent thinking her son has and she's doing it all at the age of 95. What she understands and what conservatives need to grasp is, McCain will do what is right, not what a party thinks is right. He has the makings of an honest and fair president. I'd like an actual human as president, not a robot.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  63. ROGER KAMPSEN

    McCain's mother is right, he has no support form the base, because he supports Bush's cronies and Bush's policies. The base knows better then to support McCain, anothe 4 years of a Bush cronie. No way

    January 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  64. Timothy

    My cynical self says of course the Republican base does not support John McCain, but I know they'll lovingly embrace him if they think he's electable.

    Mother McCain for Vice President!

    January 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  65. Jim Blevins

    That the so called Republican base doesn't like McCain should be regarded as a great compliment - what these people really want is a modern day reincarnation of Adolf Hitler.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  66. Kevin K.

    Why does it matter anyway? Democratic candidates like Clinton and Obama are going to draw enough of the moderate conservatives to neutralize the Republican base.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  67. Cheryl Bynum

    Yes. Thank God McCain is not a sheep. He does not march lock stepped with the Republicans and they are afriad of him. They do not realize that he is the only one who might win the election. So Baaaaaaaaaaaa to them all!

    January 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  68. Steven

    It's almost enough to make you want to vote for John McCain knowing Sean Hannity is against him.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  69. Jill

    I think his mom is right. I know so MANY Democrats and Independents who will vote for McCain if Hillary is the Democratic nominee. On the other hand, if Obama is the nominee, they say they would vote for Obama over McCain.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  70. Mimi

    The thought that McCain does not get the support of the "base" makes him more attractive to independents and moderate democrats. I for one like him, but will not be able to bring myself to vote for a Republican in 08. Even McCain will continue some of the same dead-end policies of Bush.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  71. Peter

    Considering the Republicans you named who are opposing him, McCain's mother should have said "the base Republicans" instead of "the Republican base."

    January 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  72. Evan

    I'm a registered Republican but the way the party is now, to hear that John McCain doesn't have the support of the "establishment" only makes me want to vote for him even more. Maybe this time I won't regret my vote in 4 years!

    By the way...can we hear Wolf say "sexy secret text messages" at least once a day?

    January 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  73. Dan Leahy

    Mother McCain is right on the money. Not only about the Republican base disliking McCain, but also about him being a staunch backer of President Bush. Unfortunately, Mom is cutting John off at the legs. Hanging that support of Bush around his neck is going to destroy him in a general election.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  74. Ed

    The fact that the Republican party doesn't support him is a good thing, those guys are cannibals. Let John stand on his own, it's better for us all the further he gets away from guys like Delay and Santorum.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  75. Jon from Tempe, Az

    I do not think that the traditional Reagan Republican base is behind McCain. The Republican party right now is actually having a fight for the soul of it. It is sort of like when Bill Clinton ran as a new Democrat. Now the Republican party has "New Republicans" that are battling with traditional Republicans. for the future of the party. McCain has the New Republican base.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  76. Budd

    I think his mother has a point and Sen. McCain should be getting MORE Republican support not just some support to recognize what he has done for the Party. But at leaset its a a good thing he is not a Democrat as his mom wouldthen be the target of critiscism from thin skinned Obama and hissupporters for speaking out for a relative who happens to be an opposing candidate.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  77. Chris

    Jack,

    He's getting no love from the GOP, but the American people are giving much the same to the Republican base. They are out of touch with the average American who have $40 dollar a tank gas, no energy policy, a poor education system, rising health care costs, taxes that are out of control, spending that is out of control, an untenable war, an environmental crisis, high crime rate and a disappearing middle class...did I miss anything? No one cares about Mexican laborers or 'protecting us' from gays, we want results not some made up fairy tale about issues that don't matter a "rat's" to the average person!

    -Chris, VA

    January 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  78. D Earl

    Come on Jack, Mother are always right. RIGHT John McCain must be a very happy man; to have your Mother continue to back you after all those years in Politic
    is a blessing.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  79. Todd

    His mom said so herself. He's the only Senator to back Bush for eight years. Of course she's right. He's a guy a lot of people are going to want to elect.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  80. Mike McKibben, Fl

    All things considered, and with Bush's current national popularity, I don't think I would even want my mother talking about and reminding people how much I supported someone like Bush.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  81. Chris W. (Tallahassee, FL)

    My wife and I have been lifelong conservatives and have voted for the GOP in every election since we turned 18 in 1992 and we both believe that the way that so-called conservative pundits have treated Senator McCain is nothing short of scandalous. It seems like they just can't accept a genuine American hero who doesn't conform to their own dogmatic views of what a Republican must be. John McCain was a reliable footsoldier in the Reagan Revolution before virtually all of them ever got to air their orthodoxy on the public airwaves. Senator McCain -is- a true conservative and man of honor and he deserves our respect and the GOP votes in the upcoming election

    January 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  82. Jason H

    I think Sen. McCain's mother has a valid point, but I think she touches on a bigger issue, which is the fact that he is the only presidential candidate, to my knowledge, who has managed to transcend the partisan quibbling that nearly every other politician in our government has made their modus operandii. A large part of our country's decline as a whole has been the politicians' kowtowing to special interest groups – the minority opinions – in a political system in which, by definition, the majority rules. Sen. McCain has proven time and time again that the problems that need solving are more important than a small group of whiny people. To quote Spock, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few". Sen. McCain, you may not have the republican base's support, but you have this republican's support.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  83. Joan Schmitz

    Mama McCain is right, but what she's missing is the Republican Party never supported McCain. They "black" balled him in 2000 regarding his "illegitimate black daughter, and he was a fool to continue supporting Bush after that. I don't respect or trust him because of his return to the flock.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  84. martha

    If you believe McCain's mother that her son worked hard to gt Bush elected, proves that her son is an - kisser. The way McCain was treated in South Carolia in 2000 by the Bush people, no way would a man of principle would in any way try to get Bush elected.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  85. Hartley Nauss

    Jack,

    She is quite amazing for her age and she really could wash out McCain's cridits mouths like he suggested. Also however she is half right that the party isn't giving him enough support when he clearly has enough support from independents to win the election. If the GOP doesn't indorse him they will lose the presidency even if Hilary and Obama destroy each other.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  86. Janet

    They not be lining up behind the Mac Attack now, but when he gets the nomination (and he will) watch the mad rush to be the first to say "I was behind him all the time !"

    January 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  87. Diane

    I don't know how McCain could receive any support from anyone, especially the Republicans. I mean our nation is on the verge of a financial meltdown, and yet when Dr. Paul asked him an economic-based question he couldn't even answer it. He doesn't know squat about fixing the economy. His only "show pony" is the war in Iraq. However, many disagree with him on that issue. I mean he claims to be able to fix our economy, yet he wants to spend billions of dollars every year in the Middle East.

    Also, he and Teddy Kennedy's Immigration Reform essentially comes down to giving illegal immigrants amnesty, which I don't know ANY Republicans who agree with that. I think he is doing alright for the time being because the media is framing the GOP race around him. I don't like him, I don't trust him, and I think if he's elected we are going to have another four years of having the country ran in a Bush-esque manner.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  88. Daniel Vigil

    Is McCain not getting any support from the Republican base? What Republican base, the Republican party is a loose agreement from several establishments who share similar ideals/agendas. There are the evangelicals, the NRA, the anti-abortioners, the far Right conservatives, the fiscal concervatives/socialy liberal, some Right leaning libertarians etc. etc. McCain is loosing some far Right portions of these groups, while gaining support from other establishments. Its the nature of politics, the question is, can McCain gain more while alienating some? Its a gamble we are certainly going to watch play out.

    Daniel Vigil
    Colorado Springs, CO

    January 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  89. RobertInFlorida

    OT:
    Am I the only one who noticed how pleased with himself Mr Pesident was 2 years ago when he ws taking the credit for the "Boom" in home ownership?

    January 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  90. Dan Widder

    I think Senator McCain should step aside and let his mother run for President. She looks tough enough to stomp a mudhole in Hillary and Bill.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  91. Stevie SLC Utah

    Well now, Tom Delay, Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh does not like John. I would say to his John McCain's mother that is three of the best endorsments the good senator could wish for. If these three yokels are against John McCain, the John must be doing something right.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  92. Steven

    Jack, As a democrat I hope John McCain gets the republican nomination. If John Edwards don't come out on top in the democrat race I can cross over and vote for John McCain. John McCain's Mother is right about him, some of the maine stream republicans don't like him.

    Steven, from Kentucky

    January 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  93. Walter hoffman

    Yes she's right, the Republican far right is only interested in promoting such things as creationism, right to l;ife rulings and gay bashing. Items important to our nation, such as a balanced budget, health care, saving Medicare and energy independence take second or third place onn their agenda. Ana honorable man such as McCain is anathema to them.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  94. Pamela

    It's very apparent to me and many other Americans that John McCain is a threat to the Washington insiders. Otherwise your bought and paid for "most trusted name in news" wouldn't be working so hard to turn small comments by "Mom" into political rhetoric! Grow some balls Cafferty, take on McCain not Mama! As for me John still has my vote, but keep up the hard work.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  95. Del

    There are many of us in the Republican Party who are fed up with the likes of "chuckleheads" like Tom Delay and Rush Limbaugh. When John gets the nomination the whine will begin and the pork pickins will be pretty slim.
    Tom, get ready to take the ferry boat on your way out of town the bridge to no where is closed.
    Del
    Sacramento, CA

    January 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  96. Joe Redden

    McCain's mom may be right – but I think the biggest reason he is not getting support from the party (and a lot of Republicans and independents) is because, as she said, he supported Bush and helped him get elected. And then for the most part John supported Bush. That has cost him and WILL cost him the election. John knows now that he made a big mistake in supporting possibly the worst president in history. And the war is getting better? Right! Sorry, John.

    Joe – an Independent from Massachusetts

    January 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  97. Rian McMurtry

    It's true. John McCain is willing to concede that tax cuts are not always the best idea, and so demonstrates that he has a grasp on reality. The rest of the Republicans are fanatical about cutting taxes, regardless of what is happening. They're bad for the economy–Hoover gave us the Great Depression, Bush the First gave us a recession, and now his son has given us another one.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  98. Mark

    Yes, and that's fine with me. His is a voice of conciliation and reason.

    Mark
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Independent Conservative

    January 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  99. drew zuray. kentucky

    a lovely lady and right to fight for her son. look who's against him a drug addict, a person who made a living from lying, a former senetor who couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time, and of course a coward of a the worse kind, a back stabbing president who mc cain put his trust in. sorry john you may get my vote but i don't think it will matter.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  100. Freddy

    I am Latino. I dont know how my race and the African American people is going to vote against the man that is making Luther King dreams become a reality. Obama is the right man to change America

    January 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  101. Kyle

    It is true to the extent that McCain has very little support in the Republican party. Many blame him for leaning towards some liberal views that could rip the party apart if he is nominated. Him being endorsed by the New York Times and Sen. Joe Lieberman are not helping him one bit. Is Sen. John McCain a conservative republican? I don't think so.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  102. Willie

    Hey Jack!
    Just goes to show you, those damn diehard republicans will always remain right-wing extremist. McCain is to much a of middle of the road person and inline
    with the thinking of the american public. Hopely, those diehards will die early.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  103. WALTER

    McCain's mother is right! John Mcain is not a true conservitive. The traditional Republican base that believes in, limited government, no Amnesty for illegals, 2nd Amendment Rights, a humble foreign policy, and is against government corruption would be right, not to support Sen. McCain! The Senator likes to talk about low taxes, another traditional Republican value, does anyone remember the Keating 5. That corruptive scandal cost tax payers millions, far from conservitive.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  104. Mike from Denver

    McCain's mom is right, but does McCain really want their support. My god, the guys you mentioned who are attacking McCain, Delay and Santorum were either indicted or were swept from office by the voters. FYI...Santorum lost by the largest margin for a sitting Senator since 1980! So we Republicans should follow the advice of these idiots that have ruined the Grand Old Party. Give me a break, it's time my fellow Republicans and conservatives thought for themselves and stopped blindly following the self-appointed leaders of the conservative movement (read Rush and Hannity et.al.) off a cliff into oblivion. Instead let's vote for a Republican who can think for himself ...like McCain...my god we might actually win the White House again and have a President we can be proud of for once in the last 16 years.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  105. Mark Supple

    McCain's main problem is that he is first an American and second a Republican, something that people who have never served the country cannot comprehend. Some people think that their party is the end-all when in fact it is just that, a political party...those are the "base" Republicans who do not like McCain. Most of the rest of us Republicans, as well as Independents and Democrats, like a person who has walked the walk, not someone who just talks the talk. Because of that I know that Senator McCain will be the best choice for the Republican Party and for the country as the next President of the U.S.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  106. Cathy

    I don't think she's entirely correct. He doesn't have the full support of the more conservative Republicans, but those who lean towards a more liberal mindset support him. I don't disagree with everything he says, but I disagree with enough issues that I think are important that I prefer a different candidate. For example, he voted against Bushes tax cuts, but now they should be permanent?? A bit of a flip flop. He wanted amnesty for all the millions of illegal immigrants!! Absolutely not!! IF he becomes the Republican nominee I will vote for him. No matter what you think of him, in my opinion he far surpasses the probable Democratic nominee...... No wait, let her get elected, fall flat on her face, become useless and all the democratic seats in Senate and House get replaced by Republicans. What a good thing!!!

    January 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  107. Evan

    The Republican Base is not running for president, John McCain is. Therefore, they don't matter and he does, essentially. Endorsements can only get you so far. If they were really as miraculously boosting as they are said to be, Obama would've won from Oprah's endorsement alone. Do you know many people flip from the State of The Union Address to Oprah? Probably a lot.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  108. Paulette Bent

    Roberta McCain could teach all these young whipper-snappers a few things. She knows what it is like to have her boy captured and "not knowing" for five years. She speaks the truth. Just what America needs now. Perhaps she should be drafted as VP candidate for either party.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  109. Sue G.

    He has support. I just wish he wasn't so pro-war

    January 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  110. joe dubeck

    mr c jofn mc cain is just what our country needs, he is a statesman . I am disapointed in the republican party for not embracing his straight forward approch to problems that our country faces now and in the future. I beleive that he can defeat the double talk and mullarky that the clintons spill into the air waves. they do this thinking that the electorate is too naieve to see through there facade. He has proven to the nation with his record of service that he can make the hard decisions even if they are unpopular .

    January 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  111. kevin

    i got a question, what will be done about gas prices. I CAN NOT AFFORD ONE MORE DROP!

    January 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  112. Dan in Florida

    His mom is right. They're going to have to accept him while pinching their noses because he's apparently the Republican that comes the closest to any of the potential Democratic nominees in a general election. But John McCain has himself to blame because he can't make up his mind which group to sleep with and when. The Democrats may have exactly the same problem. They need to be focussed on who is best suited to defeat ANY Republican by the biggest margin. There can be no chances taken in defeating this Republican regime. And I wonder how McCain's mom feels about an extended war with more middle east nations i.e. Iran, Syria, Yemen, etc. because with John McCain, there's no war-mongering limits.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  113. Rob

    Honesty appears to run in that family as strongly as their service to our nation. I have had the chance to meet Roberta McCain, who when I approached to hold an umbrella over her, kindly refused and walked the 50 yards from the bus in the rain. I'd take her against Chuck Norris and Stallone.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  114. Jereme

    I think McCain enjoys support from a wide array of both Republican and Democratic moderates, but those aren't the voters he needs to court for this primary. I think despite what the neo-cons say about McCain's record, it screams to the American public that he knows how to get along with both sides of the aisle and can stand firm on his personal political platform.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  115. anon

    Am I the only one that noticed that Bill Clinton called Sen. Clinton and Sen. McCain close “friends” on purpose? I think Bill and Hillary know that if McCain becomes the Rep. nominee, that Clinton doesn’t stand a chance. McCain may not have the hard core conservative base behind him right now (and Bill is trying to portray him as a liberal with his comment in hopes of crushing his Florida and national candidacy), but with the prospect of Clinton being president, a solid conservative VP, and his direct appeal to moderate Republicans he’ll be able to easily mobilize the entire GOP base to rally behind him. Not to mention the fact that, unlike Hillary, he has MASSIVE appeal to independents. I think the Republicans should be more afraid of Obama (with his same appeal to independents) or even Edwards (with his southern roots), than Clinton, only if, of course, McCain is the nominee; if he’s not, Republicans will lose regardless of the Democratic pick.

    January 28, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  116. Joey

    I think Mc Cain's Mom should be President! And I'm a Democrat!

    Go Mom McCain!!!!!! Spank those Washington bad boys!

    January 29, 2008 at 3:46 am |
  117. jimmmmy

    Hey Jack, I thought McCain had no money.. Follow the money Jack...

    January 29, 2008 at 11:23 am |
  118. Shirley Dault

    John McCain is as two-faced as the come! And, how quickly we forget! In 2000, when he was running for president against George Bush, he couldn't find anything good to say about George Bush (which is understandable, but that's another story) and since I was a Republican at that time, I voted for him.

    As soon as George Bush won the election, John McCain didn't even wait for the ink to dry, he jumped over to George Bush's camp and was practically kissing his feet! I wouldn't vote for him if he was the last candidate on earth!

    January 29, 2008 at 11:56 am |