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February 15th, 2008
02:10 PM ET

Who would win McCain-Obama generational battle?

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John McCain and Barack Obama shake hands at the debate prior to the New Hampshire primary in January. Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If John McCain and Barack Obama end up facing each other in November, it would be a historic election representing a true generational battle.

The match-up would pit the 71-year-old McCain, who if elected would become the oldest president ever, against the 46-year-old Obama, who would be one of the youngest.

We're starting to get a glimpse of what this race would be all about. By seizing on the mantle of change, Obama has drawn record numbers of young voters to the polls who see him a something of a rock star.

And, after their respective victories in the Potomac Primaries on Tuesday, both men seemed to set their sights on each other. McCain called hope a "powerful thing", saying he's seen men's hopes tested in hard and cruel ways.

He then went on to contrast his POW experience with Obama's speeches, adding: "To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude." Those would be classified as "fightin' words." McCain says, "I'm fired up and ready to go."

The age difference isn't lost on Obama either. He points out McCain's "half-century of service" to the country. In his speech the other night, Obama tied McCain to President Bush's "failed policies of the past" adding, "George Bush won't be on the ballot this November, but his war and his tax cuts for the wealthy will."

What a race it would be.

Here’s my question to you: In a hypothetical match-up between John McCain and Barack Obama, who wins the generational battle?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jon writes:
Barack, in a heartbeat. I can't imagine this country electing another tired old man to be president. You can clearly hear the age in McCain’s voice when he speaks. He deserves respect and admiration for his service, but not the presidency. Let's do what JFK once said about passing the torch to a new generation.

Joan from New York City writes:
I'm a 76-year-old white woman, but Barack really turns me on. I don't want an old war-monger for president. I don't want a George Bush clone for president. I want a young, fresh, energetic, progressive person for president. Above all, I want a president who will, at last, transcend the racial divide in this country and restore our good image throughout the world.

Jonathan writes:
Even though I'm a younger voter, I'd have to go with McCain in this election. I'm pretty sure Obama would win because people generally seem to think that if you vote for another party, suddenly we'll have people instead of politicians in office. I like Obama, and would take him over most of the other candidates any day, but I think he's quite short-sighted, while I believe that McCain has a better perspective on things.

Jason from Denver, Colorado writes:
The non-baby boomers of this country are sick and tired of seeing "old" white men run this country into the ground! Obama will definitely win with the younger crowd as he's inspired throughout the primaries. He connects with us in ways that "grandpa" can't! It's time to move forward in this country instead of backwards.

Perry from Baltimore writes:
I am a 70-year-old retiree and I think John McCain is well passed it. My generation has had its chance, and we screwed it up and elected Bush. Obama represents and embodies the future: give him the reins of government and let the old coots (like me) head out to pasture where we belong.


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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Remember the old adage Jack, Youth and speed are no match for old age and treachery.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  2. David of Natchez Mississippi

    With a question like this, are you thinking of running for political office? McCain wins the vote of those that think war is the answer to all problems. Obama wins the vote of those that think, America first ,then let's think about saving the rest of the world. Who wins depends on those that watch old war movies and those that watch educational TV coming out to vote.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  3. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Jack, this one is easy. Obama wins ... I believe that most everyone(even the hardcore rightwingers)will vote for change. A vote for McCain, is a vote for the continued failed policies that Bush has forced on us for years, I believe that everyone has had enough.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  4. Lynn Gottlob, Ohio

    For sure the younger generation would choose Obama as young people are looking to the future. For sure us older generation would choose Obama as we want a future for our grandchildren full of what we remember best about America. Us older generation feel our country has been highjacked by visonless Republicans and only Obama can give us back our American dignity .

    February 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  5. Kelly - Pittsburgh, PA

    Out with the old and in with new!! This country needs a new perspective and Obama is just the person to do it. McCain is more of the same old guard and wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years. No thanks!!

    February 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  6. Lex Atlanta, GA

    John McCain is a symbol of the past in so many ways that have nothing to do with his age. He sees the world in extremes, has no new approaches to any of the existing problems, and doesn't even stand on the moderate principles that might have helped him win this battle. Do people really think this election would be a sclose as the previous two??? Seriously? I think this would be a blowout win for the Obama team.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  7. Bev H.

    Barack Obama – Hands Down. McCain will appeal to some of the older generation, but he lacks charisma. I believe this will be a real problem for him if he campaigns against Obama. If Hillary is the nominee, then I anxiously await the ensuing cat fight.......which she will lose.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  8. B. Smart

    Obama. Hands down. Being lead by stuffy fogies who assume we're lemmings is out. Thinking for ourselves is in. Can we think for ourselves
    America? YES WE CAN!!! And we will. OBAMA 08!

    February 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  9. Ryan in Iowa

    Jack, I believe that Barack Obama would come out a winner out of the situation you are proposing. I think that people are looking for someone younger with many more years ahead of them. They are looking for someone new with a different approach. That, I believe will ultimately let Obama rise above McCain.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Jack,
    I used to love John McCain. I voted for him in 2000 and told him in 2004 that even though he'd given so much for his country that we needed him again. Instead he endorsed the lying, treasonous scum that now inhabits the White House. There's no way the "Sellout Express" can defeat the freight train that is Barack Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  11. Ralph

    Jack, as I see these two candidates, I can only feel that Obama brings a freshness and with his age a hope for the better in our country. When we hear him speak, it is like listening to John F Kennedy again.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  12. Carl Reiche

    Monticello, WI

    With the huge numbers of new voters Obama seems to be bringing into the electoral process this year that includes but is not limited to younger voters, it would seem he'd have even a greater edge over McCain than he has with Clinton with these voters, given McCain's age.

    With the Republicans seemingly prefering a battle with Hillary over a battle with Barack, it will be interesting to see, now that McCain has wrapped up the nomination, if any politically savvy Republicans vote for Clinton in any remaining open primaries-in attempts to encourage their preferred McCain/Clinton match-up.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  13. Todd

    America is no longer as the positive country it once was around the world.Only Obama can restore your image all the other are typical politicians.

    Toronto

    February 15, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  14. David, Tampa, Fl

    Each has strong and weak points. McCain's biggest problem is that he is linked to some of the worst policies of the current president and excesses of the Republican controled congress. Obama's biggest weakness is he really hasn't done anything in the Senate. McCain's strength is service and a more moderate social and economic brand of conservatism than many in his party would like too see. Obama has energy, dreams and appeal on his side. Me, I'm going with Buggs Bunny as a cute wiley wrascally wrabbit with wit and humor. But in Nov. I will vote for other than a Republican. Age 59.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  15. s buczak

    obama, or clinton forthat matter will win the presidential election and it will bea landslide victory of epic proportions.......

    February 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  16. stan

    jack cmon we are talking about leading this country and its people into the 21st century, i mean mccain is a great guy and would have made a great president if he was say 60, but he is 70+, this country to stay strong could use the involvement of young and adults which obama brings! we need that type of energy if we are gonna tackle the challenges of the 21st century and win!

    February 15, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  17. Ted Texas

    Obama hands down. McCain is an old, wore out war vet and Obama represents young, fresh ideas.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  18. Albert

    Obama would win. Age is not the issue. Style of leadership is. McCain's style is top down. Obama's bottom up. McCain wants to go against the majority of the American people in regard to issues like the Iraq war. Obama is more inclined to try to bring people together to cause change.

    Albert
    Columbia, Missouri

    February 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  19. W B in Las Vegas

    Obama for sure.

    my wife and I are retired and I am a Vet from the Viet Nam era. the absolute LAST thing we want in our next President is another old geezer, with a cold war mind set, leading this country. we have had enough of "War on Whatever" leadership that makes us the "World Police" at the expense of American citizens.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  20. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, Senator. McCain would win a generational battle hands down. Obviously there's an age difference but more generations, of Americans appreciate Senator McCain's lifetime, of service, loyalty and devotion, to our nation. He's a bona fide war hero and every generation respects that accomplishment.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  21. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Obama, unlike Clinton would win in a cake walk. The young people don't want to go to Iraq and fight in a war that should never have been started and they want to be able to have children and grow up with their legs and arms in tact. The older generation like myself don't want to see their grandchildren go to Iraq and hopefully still have some form of retirement that we paid for all of our working lives. The middle age, like you Jack should want to be able to work at CNN for another 20 years and collect SS.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  22. Eddie, FL

    John McCain, would win hands down. By the time the Republican Machine gets finished with Obama, he'll be minemeat. They're so much we don't yet know about him, but the Republicans will make sure we're enlightened, as they should. The media certainly hasn't kept it real where Obama is concerned.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  23. Scott Hammerl

    One need look no further than the number and demographics of supporters who surround the candidates during their public addresses to answer this question. Barack, surrounded by thousands of energized supporters in Madison, as opposed to McCain, who appeared to be delivering his own campaign eulogy in Alexandria (complete with aging mourners) is the apotheosis of the discrepancy. Obama has become synonymous with political energy. He is the zeitgeist of our country's desire for change. This energy transcends generational boundaries and will surely carry him to victory in November.

    Scott Hammerl
    Arlington Heights, IL

    February 15, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  24. Mark

    After the media/republican smear machine gets through with Obama, McCain will win it in a walk. Most of Obama's young supporters would vote Dem anyway; the republicans will vote in lockstep for their nominee, and that leaves the ten or fifteen percent swing voters who will decide the Electoral College. These swing voters will never elect Obama to be Commander in Chief – the smear machine will use everything possible to ensure that. And with Obama, the possibilities are almost endless: they can begin with his approval of issuing drivers licenses to the undocumented aliens. That alone will sink him.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  25. James from Cape Coral,FL

    Jack,
    Between Obama and McCain is easy, just look at the voter turnout during the primaries. A republican candidate just doesn't stack up. But Clinton and McCain, now thats another story.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  26. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Jack, I can't see this as a generational battle. Senator McCain is bush reeincarnate (please notice the small case 'b' in bush – he lost his claim to a capital letter years ago) and the political philosophy he represents is repugnant to all generations.

    It is time to put an end to this kakistocracy. I sincerely hope that this brand new generation of active voters is successful where us older ones have failed miserably.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  27. Carol Quinley

    Jack
    Easy , Obama wins hands down. The young voters of America are waking up their parents (as Caroline Kennedy inferred) they are involved with this new breath of fresh air and Hope.
    Out with the Old and in with the New.
    Carol Quinley
    Michigan

    February 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  28. Jo-Ryan, Long Beach

    No question, Barack Obama wins this one. By a country mile? I mean, who among the college students out there would want to vote for McCain and bring in eight more years of George W. Bush. And do we REALLY need to ask who would win this one? Barack would blow McCain out by a bigger margin than he did against Hillary in DC a few days ago among the youth of tomorrow. And THAT, my friend, is the bottom line.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  29. marie Mtl Can.

    Jack ,
    no doubt at all that Mr. Obama will win. I watch the interview yesterday with Larry and the answers he gave regarding the questions seems to me that Mr. McCain is not sure in witch direction he is going... right, left, north ,south,... I was all mixed up. With a debate between Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain, guess who'll win, the moovement for sure.

    Marie
    Montreal

    February 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  30. manish

    jack, are u kidding its obvious that Obama will win the fact that he has been attracting more young voters than McCain did. just wait and see on november jack, it will get ugly for McCain out there. McCain's candidacy is a joke for young voters and i personally prefer watching wolf's blog than watching his speeches.Wolf how about that?

    February 15, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  31. Patricia

    Sen. Obama wins over Sen. McCain!!! Sen. McCain has threatened the young with a war & 100 years occupation of another country. The young will not allow Sen. McCain to use them as his puppets.
    Patricia
    Palmdale, Ca.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  32. Jedn Bordon

    There is no contest here. Of course Barack Obama wins. I think this country is demonstrating through the crowds he brings out and the voting numbers that we are looking for a fresh direction. I am delighted by how he seems to be energizing young people. This is reminiscent of the 1960's youth involvement, but without the negative overtones of rebellion. Hopefully he can surround himself with people who are equally as dynamic and unifying in order to live up to the promises of change he makes.

    Jedn
    Iowa City, IA

    February 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  33. Tom, Avon, Maine, The heart of Democracy

    Once the voters realize that a McCain presidency would be a horror movie, "George Bush – The Sequel" it will mean a landslide for Obama. Democrats, Independents, and many Republicans will decide they have seen that movie and don't want a repeat. It will be a landslide for Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  34. Jed from Chico, CA

    I don't think that there's any doubt that the under 30 crowd is drawn to Barack Obama like the Pied Piper of Hamelin. There's just one problem: The under 30's don't vote in droves like the over 50 crowd does. But since the youngest generation of Americans outnumber the oldest their quantity of votes will basically be a wash.

    The real battle will not be among the young in age and the young at heart but rather it will be among the in-betweeners: The 30-50 year olds - the soccer moms & dads with grade school children, health insurance, a good job, a college education, a car loan and a morgage. Some will want what McCain has to offer; others, Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  35. Perry A.

    This match is similar to one between Lassie & Uno. Although Lassie was a great hero, that was yesterday's news. My vote is on Uno who has a special place in my heart TODAY!!!

    February 15, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  36. John Onyango

    Are you serious, John McCain cannot win the genarational battle, he talks about his service in Vietnam, most young voters who will be decidind the election were not even born when he went to vietnam, maybe if he dyes his hair, stop hugging Bush and run up the stairs when he is about to give a speech like Obama does, then maybe he might be a challenge when it comes to generational battle.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  37. Tom from Boston

    John, you asked an ambiguous question! Assuming you mean the younger generation, there is no question that Obama will win. As Time magazine pointed out, Obama's campaign turned out voters 25 years of age and younger in record numbers: "while overall Democratic turnout jumped 90% [from 2004], the number of young Democrats participating soared 135%...According to surveys of voters entering the caucuses, young voters preferred Obama over the next-closest competitor by more than 4 to 1." Besides, John McCain is a geezer who can't connect with America's youth!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  38. Jorge from Monterey California

    Jack,
    What a question!!!! That is Simple! Barack Obama has they youth vote, the independent vote, the Obamapublicans vote and he will win the White House unifying the country.
    Hillary Clinto will Divide this country and will send youth, independent voters like me to do what i never consider doing... vote for John McCain!
    HILLARY STEP DOWN NOW!!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  39. Jon Keener

    I am not sure about the generational issue. McCain is just a few years older than I am but I also like the way Obama thinks. My solution is to put all the candidates on "Are You smarter than a 5th Grader" and let the 2 top winners slug it out on election day, regardless of their party affiliation

    February 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  40. Allison/St. Petersburg, Florida

    I think McCain, and I'm not for that candidate.

    The media has gone out of it's way to embrace Obama, and bash Clinton. I personally would be unable to vote for either.

    McCain too interested in keeping us at war, and doesn't have a good ecomonic plan

    Obama, no experience....his speeches sure do sound good, however nothing to back up the words.

    Clinton is my pick, and if any other dem is the nominee, I won't vote! Which would be a first!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  41. Kevin- Webster, MA

    Wow, too old or too young. McCain has years of expierience and has bucked the system. Obama is fresh and wants to change the system. I have too lean towards youth. They are alot more in touch with the world today. Old school doesn't cut it in running the country.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  42. Sheila from NC

    Obama. As a grandmother I see what what my children and grandchildren will have in the future. I don't think it will be anywhere near to the life style and security that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy.

    Obama has the support of the younger generation because he represents real change not status quo change. He also has the ability to make everyone feel included in their destiny and does not stand on the mountain with the sermon of this is what you need.

    Jack Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama really do have something in common. All three are within the the same age group. Kennedy and Bill Clinton were not stuck in their own past, still idealistic enough that they could look at the world in a dfferent way and they both accomplished a lot. Obama shares that. McCain, while a great American, is past that lofty idealistic fearful point and is at the stay the course phase.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  43. vic from canada

    Obama hands down. He's not stuck in the 1800's like McCain and Hillary. They lack the vision that is essential for a president or any leader. McCain and Hillary suggest that they have the solutions, but they fail to understand the problems in today's world. I respect the Clintons and McCain but they just don't see it. You have to be able to point out the problems before you can have real solutions. Obama has pointed out the the real problems that are impacting the U.S. today, such as special interests, lobbyists etc. In the beginning of the primarys, i was pulling for Hillary but now i realize that Obama is the right person for the job.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  44. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    I believe in a hypothetical match-up between McCain and Obama I have to believe Obama wins. This is a young mans job and the the youth of our country have become more involved in politics and will support Obama before Mccain.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  45. George Wilson

    Since is is a hpothetical question, I will try to give a definitive answer. Obama will get more young Republicans to vote for him, than McCain will get of the older generation of Democrats to vote for him. I know this is a hypothetical question since we are not for sure that Obama will be the nominee of the Democrat Party, and if that is the case Clinton will get a higher rercent of the total young vote than McCain, and most of the older voters. McCain, the Republican candidate will get only votes from the die hards Republicans, and true consevatives will stay at home.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  46. Jim Galvin

    As an objective geezer from British Columbia, I would see it going this way:

    An even split among the 65 plussers.

    89-11 split favoring Obama in the voting age to 64 group.

    But I don't think McCain is going to make it to election day. He's not necessarily going to reply to The Great Frog in the Pond (Croak), but I don't think he will be able to tough it out through to the National election.

    Sorry John, my friend. But such is life.

    What happens when a candidate "withdraws"during a campaign, Jack?

    It's been that kind of an election year so far.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  47. Julie Davis

    I say, despite being young and full of ideas, that Obama cannot beat John McCain in the general election. Although he is much older, voters see Senator McCain as inspirational in his own way, heroic, and truth be told, McCain will eat Obama alive in the debates. Hillary Clinton is a much better choice to go toe-to-toe with McCain.

    Julie Davis
    Yorktown, Va

    February 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  48. Daniel in Chicago, Illinois

    Well of course Obama wins the youth vote, but he'd also win the vote in general. The average person, regardless of age, does not want more war, more hard times, and more of the same. If the GOP runs McCain they guarantee themselves a massive defeat. The fact that McCain and the GOP are having to actually try to unify the party and conservatives shows this.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  49. Allen

    In today's political and economic situations no one wants things to stay the same, and Obama seems to be the one who will bring about change. that should transcend generations. Of course the best president would be John Edwards.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  50. Joy-Morrisville, NC

    The generational battle would be won by Obama unless people are just plain nuts inviting another term of George Bush tactics. My God, haven't we suffered enough!!!!!! It's one thing voting for your party, it's another to vote for the good of our country and most Americans are begging for change that absolutely is unatainable if McCain were to be elected!!!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  51. Michael - Stamford, CT

    John McCain would win very easy over Obama because GOP would make the election about national security and the fact that Obama has such little experience and knowledge on this issue most moderates and Independents would vote for someone who knows what they are doing like McCain. GOP wouldn't be able to get away with the national security issue on Hillary Clinton because she is already experienced and tested. If Obama gets the nomination it will show that Democrats have learned nothing from the 2004 election and deserve to lose again. I know if Obama got the nomination I wouldn't vote for him.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  52. Senior Gal

    Being a senior myself, I'd go for Obama. Age really does slow you down. Our generation has messed things up pretty good over the past thirty years. Let's give the next one a chance.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  53. Raphael Texas

    The battle would be one by McCain. The reason would be summed up in one word "experience". Obama is a Junior Senator while McCain is a war hero and a multi term Senator. I am a registered democrat and would vote for McCain if this match up takes place. In the mess this country is in(Iraq war, economy, healthcare) I want a proven leader not a great speaker.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  54. Ann South Carolina

    What a great match-up, especially for those of us looking for a government of adults who will break the gridlock and get things done. I think both of these candidates will at least attempt to work with the other party to find common ground and hopefully get some of our problems solved.

    If young people actually get out and vote in November, Obama will probably win. If not, McCain will probably prevail. I'm assuming that us older folks will play it safe and vote for the experienced one. I personally would be in a terrible quandry!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  55. Beth from Michigan

    Barack wins. I'm a retired, white, female senior citizen and I'm for Obama. I thank and respect John McCain for his service to the country, but we have to look the the future. Obama is a charismatic leader like JFK and I think he's smarter than JFK was. We have to look to the future, not keep getting mired in the past.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  56. Tammie

    Easy question...Obama.

    Tammie
    Midland, MI

    February 15, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  57. Julie VanDusky

    McCain would get older voters, Obama younger ones.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  58. Carmen

    We need a change. Bush has taken us ALL to the cleaners. We will take years to recover from this mess that Bush and his rich buddies have made, but of course as far as they are concern they did a fine job.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  59. Josh

    Obama, We need change and John McCain offers more of the same failed policies of the Bush Regime. We as a country have to look forward to the future and try to find better solutions to our problems. At least with Barack Obama, we will have a chance to have change and to bridge the divide in this country.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  60. ben

    Obama wins. He is able to speak in the language of the youth and appeal to their idealist sense of being, without coming off as phoney or pandering.

    Ben
    Louisville, ky

    February 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  61. Robert Finn

    I have alot of ideas about this subject.
    After giving it much thought I think we should treat the subject the way we treat the subject of 'Gays in the military'.

    Don't ask.....Don't tell

    Bob
    Ocean Springs, Mississippi

    February 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  62. MIKE in Phoenix

    That's an easy one Jack.

    In a general election Barack Obama is going to bounce off John McCain like a BB off a battleship. The simple fact is Obama has ABSOLUTELY NO foreign policy experience and has never once had to make a 'life or death' decision like McCain has on many occasions over three decades of service.

    Obama's current strength seems to lie is his ability to artfully criticize the difficult judgment calls of others without being challenged by anyone on the fact that he has never had to make one of those 'life or death' calls from a position that actually matters – unless you believe that the comfy suburbs of Chicago equate to treacherous snake pits of Capitol Hill.

    But, the biggest loss of all for Obama will be that no one will accuse John McCain of injecting race into the debate for pointing out the obvious.

    There will be many a teary-eyed Obamatron on the morning John McCain is inaugurated as the next President.

    Mike in Phoenix

    February 15, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  63. Debby

    I would have to vote for McCain because this country is in to much trouble to vote for someone who really has no record. It will be hard but after 30 years of being a registered democrat I am going to have to cross party lines and vote for a republican because it is going to take a person with experience to keep this country going.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  64. Joe Moss

    The contrast between McCain and Obama is far greater than generational. It is no wonder to me that young voters are turning out in droves. They are tired of watching a generation twice removed from them making policy that this generation will face the consequence of. It disgusts more than the young people in this country to hear Washington refer to this generation and those to come as the reason for their failed policy when most of the self richeous politicians won't even be alive to see the blowback. I think John McCain had better come up with something better than Obama's rhetoric to attack because Americans who have had their eyes open have seen just how unsound and disproven the ideas of McCain and so many of the others on the right have been.

    Roanoke, Virginia

    February 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  65. dan in hopkinton , mass

    I, today, just withdrew from the democratic party. I hope Hillary, who is between them in age, wins as an Independent.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  66. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    John McCain wins the military,the retirees,most of the middle age and the people who are resistant to the unknown. Obama wins the Y and X generation,the college vote and the black vote. McCain is a known entity and Obama is the unknown entity. In the end,most people go with what they know and are unwilling to take a chance.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  67. CHARLOTTE

    McCain because he has experience. He will get a lot of Reagan democrats.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  68. Amy in Iowa

    I have always been taught to respect my elders so this is not meant to be disrespectful. But I would not trust McCain at his age with my TV remote control. So why would I hand over the keys to my country to an elder McCain presidency at such an important time in America?

    February 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  69. Charles San Ramon CA

    Given that you cannot go negative on Hope and Change, how can Mccain show he is a better candidate for American when his own party doesn't believe in him...simply put. Mcain is AOL and Obama is Google.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  70. Stevie G

    Jack, Can you really teach an old dog new tricks?.... NOT!!
    Long Island, NY

    February 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  71. Bruce St Paul MN

    If an election ever comes down to old vs young, young will always win. Ours is a throw-away culture. We do not venerate the old. Part of the American credo is that respect must be earned. No points for being old. As Groucho Marx said,being old isn't so hard, all you have to do is live long enough. Senator Obama is not so young that he is seen as wet behind the ears, but Senator McCain on the other hand, looks his age, which is considerable. We already have Reagan leftovers in power, now another guy who proudly proclaims his Reagan roots? There are people voting this year who were not born yet when Reagan left office. Old and what?....fresh? vibrant?exciting? You could say wise, but I dont think McCain is seen in that light.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  72. Matt

    My mother, a 46 year old conservative who always votes Republican, told me the other day that she wants Barack Obama to win the presidency. I think this more than anything shows the charisma and political power Obama has at the moment, and his strong chances of winning both the nomination and the general election in November.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  73. Matt K.

    Jack, it's really quite simple. Barack Obama wins because the young people of this country are fed up with paying the price for the generation in power. To John McCain's credit, his son is serving in Iraq, which is far more than George W. Bush and most Republicans can say, but McCain is simply too hawkish. The youth of America recognizes that they will be the ones paying, in dollars and lives, for the failed policies of pre-emption and war which have shown the limits of American power. They are not willing to be in Iraq for 100 years, at which point McCain will yet again be running for president.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  74. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    I'm optimistic that once the voters actually digest the printed (and suggested) agenda for change–and it's massive flaws (funding, 5% solution, movement to socialism, elimination of free enterprise incentives, growth of a "new" welfare state–of mind) they will be swayed.

    For sure, the Republicans, and angry fiscal conservative Democrat's, Independent's, and Libertarians–already see him (and Hillary) reiterating the manifesto of the Democratic Socialist Party–not the Democratic Party will vote for McCain.

    The instability due to his naivete...lack of judgement and forethought on the Iraq war–"emergency withdrawel plans in 16 months–before he has even met with the commander's in the field and his military advisor's isn't logical to anyone.

    He has more blemishes than a teenager's back. I pray–all the adults in the U.S. put on stronger glasses.

    Due to all of the above–McCain will ultimately become the victor. His ideas aren't as flashy–but he offers more wisdom, stability, and honest interpretation of the "realities of our world" than Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  75. Nancy S -Long Beach, CA

    Obama will win in what is sure to be an almost comical match-up. McCain is down right creepy to watch. His stiff manner and clenched jaw are incredibly off-putting. In contrast, Obama has the rock-star quality of a leader. Remember Ronald Reagan – he had that rock-star quality as well.....but then again maybe most of Obama supports weren't even born when Reagan was making his swoon-worthy speeches. The thrill is back, folks!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  76. Johnn

    Among all generations, Obama is the uniter,
    while McCain is like Hillary and tends to be a divider,
    and though he isnt like Bill Clinton a cheat and a liar,
    McCain is just a more vocabulary gifted version of the Decider,
    Obama on the other hand brings the people together,
    which is America needs after 8 years of Bush Weather,
    all partys, all ages, all races and religions,
    if Obama wins the world will Hail our decision,
    because all good people on the earth want real change,
    and you wont get that will Hillary Clinton or John McCain...

    YES WE CAN...

    February 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  77. Jude

    This is not even a debate. Obama wins hands down!!! Why? Because America is ready for real change...not the same old same old politics, year after year, election after election. People want to scrutinize Obama for his inspirational talks only because they can't inspire others themself. Just look at a McCain speech versus an Obama speech and you know what I'm getting at. Obama has the right message, the right attitude, the right mindset, the right morals. Lets give the guy a chance to prove what he says because he's already proven that he doesn't go out making promises he can't keep like some of thes other candidates!!!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  78. Belle, Seattle

    After the Republicans make road kill out of Obama and expose him for being just another corrupt political figure, Mc Cain will win.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  79. MaMa4OBAMA Springfield, VA

    McCain puts me to sleep when I hear his speeches.
    Obama, on the other hand , has me on the edge of my seat, wanting to hear more, and more!
    Go Obama!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  80. Evan FL

    I'm a college student and can say for certain that most people my age and a little older would vote for Obama. We can relate more to him because he is closer in age to ourselves, rather than someone like McCain who is roughly fifty years older.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  81. bob

    Jack,

    I can tell you, that if our votes are not counted in Florida, there is a movement already starting here "Democrats for McCain". Florida will retaliate if our votes are not counted and trust me, Florida, is one state you dont want to lose in the general elections.

    Bob

    February 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  82. Kris from Red Bluff, CA

    McCain for one issue alone – National Security.

    Senator Obama has exactly ZERO military experience and expertise. Can anyone imagine Obama the commander in chief of our armed forces and making decisions about two wars?

    I am a Democrat and have been my entire life but I guarantee you if the pick is between Obama and McCain there is not a doubt where my vote goes – McCain.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  83. craig in palm springs, calif.

    Anyone can beat McCain!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  84. California Voter

    Never count out the old geezers! And if you are talking about who would win an election between the two, just remember Obama hasn't bamboozled all of us.

    Sonoma

    February 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  85. Joe Maher, Chicago

    Jack, think of the respective generations the two candidates represent. You yourself mentioned the surge of young voters that are rising in this election for the sake of chase. Meanwhile, the older generations seem either disenfranchised by the failures of recent government that McCain intends to continue, or they challenge his conservative claims and attack his voting record. So it's not so much a battle between generations as it is a matter of who has the support of their own people. Like the polls say, Obama will smoke McCain.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  86. sue from Scranton Pa

    I just all those who are full of hope and holier then thou reverence for Barack Obama actually show up and vote in Nov. In the past, they have not. For those who say that this is new and its different, please remember; "those who forget the past are condemed to repeat it". Historically, throughout time and even in our countries past, the people yelling for change,don't come to the polls. Let me run some names down the list. McGovern, Kennedy-(barely won and only because he added Johnson to the ticket), Stevenson, those are just a few in the past 50 years. I could go on and on but remember its all about Who will show up at the Polls. Good Luck Dems, you're going to need it. The best ticket for you- Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama.because the religious right gets people out to vote and their candidate will be McCain-Huckabee.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  87. Brian

    McCain would not be the oldest president ever if elected. Ronald Reagan was older when elected in 1984.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  88. Marie

    Jack, This one is a no-brainer. Obama wins hands-down. McCain, the once respected veteran and senator, has apparently sold his soul to the republican party along with his integrity. Age is no advantage for him; he represents the past.
    Obama has fresh ideas, fresh plans, youthful vigor and enthusiasm. He had 8 years in the Illinois legislature and three years in the Senate. He could have gone to work for a prestigious law firm after he graduated Harvard with president of the Law Review in his resume, but he went back to the inner city to work in the neighborhoods for the poor.
    Without his even speaking a word, imagine the reaciton of the world when his face represents America; it will surely indicate a change from the past. There is no doubt, it's Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  89. Mia

    McCain is a sellout. He used to have principles that I admired, but I guess now that he's actually winning, principles are nothing compared to a shot at the presidency.

    That picture up there says it all. When the American people see the two of them debate, they will see that Obama is far more articulate and a better speaker, as well as young. He's also like half a foot taller.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  90. JD, Pittsburgh, PA

    Hard to say at this point as Obama has been getting a free ride in the democratic primary. The free ride won't last though in the general election. I'm all for change but fear inexperience will come into play along with all the potential skeletons in his closet.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  91. Sandra - Illinois

    The wave has started and I don't see stopping it. I have always supported McCain, but Barack Obama represents our opportunity to see if we can turn our country around. Sadly, all politicians find it easy to make promises that they know they can't keep. It is our hope that this time will be different and we have to take that chance. By the way, we are retired and do not fit into your charts for Obama supporters, but we are strongly in his camp!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  92. Perrell Bess

    I am going to have to say Obama having the chance to listen to him, I just don't hear rhetoric I hear solutions. If you look at his website you will see that he has laid out plans that deals with all the issues at hand.

    Obama '08

    February 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  93. Bob from Madison, WI

    To steal the tagline from the Alien vs. Predator movie:

    Whoever wins, we lose.

    -Bob from Madison, WI

    February 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  94. Scott

    Youth... It is a movement and it makes Obama hip. We all know you can not compete with the cool new thing, the new trend, like Nike Air's and Boy Bands in the 90's we now have Text Messaging and Barack Obama. And like the craze for Boy Bands filling stadiums then we now have the message of Hope and Change filling those exact same stadiums, with the exact same people who traded in Boy Band Shirts.

    Scott P.
    Kansas City, MO

    February 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  95. Anna, IL

    I have a great respect for Senator McCain's service to this country. We should respect and honor him for his life-time achievement as a patriot and a leader. But now is the time to move forward, and the person who can lead us to move forward in a new direction is Barack Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  96. Christian

    This is a good one Jack. There is not doubt in my mind McCain would win. Obama has been held on a pedestal by the media throughout this primary process. His excess of rhetoric and lack of real solutions would not go unnoticed in a one-on-one matchup with McCain...at least it's my hope that the media and McCain would not allow that to happen. Independents will be able to get a good hard look at both candidates and realize that Obama doesn't have the experience or political knowledge to get things done...and they'll be the difference in this race. McCain wins with their support.

    Christian
    Chicago, IL

    February 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  97. Frank

    Change wins. People are tired of baby boomers. The BB better take note, it's over for them in every sector. They spent most of their lives fighting each other along party lines, religion, and God knows what. Enjoy your retirements and let's take matters on our hands and solve these gigantic problems we are inheriting from the BBs.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  98. Chris Atlanta

    I was a supporter of McCain when he first ran for President in 2000. I'm a 27 years old so I'm part of that young generation. I think that with McCain of today it bothers me how he has been pandering to the Conservative extremist. I realize that they make up a powerful group in the Republican party but McCain has to reach out to independents in order to regain my confidence in him.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  99. Linda

    Get real. Barak Obama of course. McCain can hardly find the energy to speak now because he is so tired. Imagine how it would be if he had to withstand the demands of being president. We need a president with a plan, a sharp mind and ENERGY. McCain deserves a lot of respect as a war hero, and I have the upmost respect for him; but we need a younger, energetic president. President Barak Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  100. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, Obama would the election because of his positive approach to campaigning.Obama challenges us regardless of race,gender,ethnicity,young and old,to be involved with their government! So far his challenge to us to be better than what we are is holding up!Go Obama!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  101. Anita Clifton

    Jack,

    All the problems that our country faces currently is not getting better. This war, this economy, global warming, American safety, education, healthcare...
    Shootings on a college campus yesterday–the shooter had two illegally obtained weapons! McCain would do well to endorse Obama. The formation of this great country was forged by the energy and creative genius of men younger than Obama. In reading the comments on this someone mentioned that McCain has served our country a long time–and thank you–but that war has ended and so now should this one. We have an opportunity right now to use the public will for change to do some incredible recovery and I beleive enough of the American population are hurting from the lack of progress to finally embrace this change and vote for the candidate who embodies this the most–Barak Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  102. Jane

    Jack,

    Hiring a President is like hiring for any job: you look for the person most likely to perform the job with competence, and you check the resume. You never find the perfect candidate for the job, but you do find that you have to reject the one who waits until you tell him what to believe and embrace (ie, Edwards' populism) before he tells you what he can do for you. People with blemishes who carry on and learn from their past make far better employees who provide responsive service thando those who come in for the position prematurely. Barack should not become the one in charge; McCain or Clinton should.

    Jane
    Massachusetts

    February 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  103. Jaime

    Are you kidding? Obama will win for sure. We just hope that the Clinton dynasty don't pull out a dirty trick and delete the dream of millions of Americans. Now, McCain Vs Clinton... that is different. I think McCain will win that one. On that situation, he has my vote. Other than that, it is Obama all the way.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  104. Amy Hudson, OH

    Jack,

    Speaking as a young person (in fact, too young to vote) and someone who has been paying attention to the election quite obsessively, I would predict Barack Obama would do very well in the hypothetical battle. Each generation has their distinct mascots, in both parties, the older generation rooting for Hilary and John, and the younger for Ron and Obama. It's a very defining generation gap in the world of politics, with most of the younger crowd leaning more liberal than that of the older, which tends to be more conservative. Knowing that there has been sharp increase of younger voters, who are willing to be active and join in on the campaigning, in the end, the younger voters will probably make a bigger difference. And in the choice of McCain vs Obama, knowing that there is a strong support for Obama from the younger voters, Obama will most likely win.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  105. abroo

    Jack you can't be serious......don't act innocent.Big O wins no matter what.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  106. Quinton

    The major knock on Obama is that he speaks in generalities, not in specifics. He speaks of his vision vs of his specific path. However, inability to re-evaluate a situation is what has led our country into precarious positions in the past. Obama might not fill in all the blanks, but how can you until you come to the empass? A president needs to not only be a leader but a motivator. What better individual to lead us into the uncertainty of the future than a man who is already motivating and inspiring the masses? Someone who plays the same tired song?

    February 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  107. monta broughton

    Obama is to libral for me but in Texas I plan on voting for Clinton but if she doesn't win then it will be Mcain. I believe the Republicans will bring out many things about Obama that will change peoples minds, they are good at knocking someone off thier high horse.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  108. Papa Roach

    Obama.

    America doesn't have time for McCain to 'win one for Nixon’s Vietnam'. We're in 2008 and McCain seems to be suffering from the same old battle scars. McCain is too one dimensional to gather the needed support to win his own part, how on earth can he win the general elections with flashbacks of the Nixon days?

    February 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  109. Rose

    Florida may not have counted but the people went out and voted. Obama and Edwards were under "uncontested" and Obama ran one TV ad. Hillary bet McCain and she beat him in his own back yard, Arizona!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  110. Beverly

    Obama would win but will be bloodied.

    I also believe our founding fathers may have been on to something with their policy of having the winner become President and the looser become the Vice-President. That's one sure fire way to unite this troubled country.

    Both Obama and McCain have made efforts to "cross the aisle"–unlike Hillary, the polarizer of her party and soon, her country.

    It would have been nice to see us (Americans) unite in my lifetime. No chance of this happening if Hillary wins and opposes McCain. If that happens, McCain will have no choice but to acquiese to negative and use divisive tactics to please his party and raise money. (Really unfortunate).

    February 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  111. Jean

    Obama will win. This country needs change....yes one could make the case that Obama's speeches lack substance, but pray tell when was the last time any President delivered on any specific campaign promise ??? Campaign speeches are filled withl empty rhetoric . At least Obama does is inspiring in his delivery. Any change will be an improvement.

    This country needs a new third party with fresh ideas and less political rhetoric. Obama is doing what he needs to do to win. I am confident he will surround himself with knowledgeable people to lead this country.

    I respect McCain and even though I am a baby boomer, I want to elect a young ambitious person and give another generation the chance to bring new ideas to the table. It is their turn!!!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  112. Martha Lynne - Los Angeles, CA

    If it's okay to bring gender and race into the presidential campaign, it's okay to bring in age. And John McCain, God love him, is simply too old for the rigors of office and new perspectives required. McCain's time came and went when Bush got the nomination back in 2000.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  113. Pate

    100 years in Iraq-dumb as it sounds some moron will still vote for him. This year's election is the past vs the future. McCain will continue George Bush failed policy. Americans won't afford another 4 yrs of political darkness.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  114. Adam

    Even in his best youth turnout effort (IA), Obama managed to get the share of the youth vote from about 8% of the total (in 2004 to about 12% of the total. Big whoop. It remains to be seen who will win in November, but Obama's crowds are very, very similar to the crowds who didn't show up for Howard Dean last time. Obama is winning not due to some magical youth vote, but rather because he is putting together a coalition very different from previous democrats (nearly a complete lock on the African American vote plus upper-income/college educated progressives.) I still think Hillary is going to win OH and PA (TX looks to be moving in Obama's direction) and Obama is going to have enough of a lead in the pleged delegates to handily win the nomination, but please stop the nonsense about the "youth vote."

    February 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  115. Henry Maddalena

    If Obama wins the nomination...the gloves will come off. They will dig up everything and anything they can to discredit him. Hillary is use to this. They have been going after her for years. I personally don't think Obama will survive the republican smear campaign.

    They have said everything there is to say about Hillary and she is still standing

    February 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  116. Marci

    It is absurd that everyone is annointing Obama the winner of the general election. Unfortunately for the Democrats, the media who has fallen in love with him has failed to notice that many moderate Democrats are leaving for McCain. My family, all of whom live in NJ, registered 12 votes for Kerry against 2 votes for Bush in 2004. According to an informal intra-family poll, a McCain-Obama matchup would yield 13 votes for McCain (including one from my 91-year-old grandfather who had voted in every election since '40 and never voted Republican) and only 1 vote for Obama. That's a huge swing (albeit w/ a small sample size) in a state that barely went Democrat in 2004.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  117. Crystle in Texas

    If Obama becomes the nominee, Democrats should be careful, because the Republicans will jump all over this. They will come out in full force, because they believe that it will be easier for McCain to beat Obama than it would be Clinton.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  118. S.J. Boyle

    A match-up between McCain and Obama would be like a sing-off between Bing Crosby and James Brown.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  119. Anna, SW Missouri

    The Republican party will put out a new "terrorist warning" every day to win the election in the fall. They started yesturday with their "walk out deminstration" from the House of Representatives. Although we all respect Senator McCain's service to this country, if all he has to run on is the fact that he was a POW and fear, then he will lose this election. Age will not be a factor. By the way, I am a Republican.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  120. Rose

    Jack,
    I forgot to ad, you could beat McCain. It's like voting for Bush again. His own party doesn't think he is conservative and they are not behind him. He's easy!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  121. Kevin

    Hi Jack – Posters so far have Mr. Obama by a mile.

    But what's most interesting about their comments is why they think he'll win. With only a few exceptions, these posters (certainly not representative, but interesting nonetheless) don't give a darn about having a strong commander-in-chief. My feeling is that the electorate is done with hawks and wants this war over. While they still want somebody with strength, it doesn't have to be an old warrior like Mr. McCain.

    My second point is that Mrs. Clinton is running, partly, on the fact that she can stack up in the commander-in-chief category against McCain. But it seems like that will be a moot point. It seems like Mr. Obama's message of hope, change, etc. is a far more effective rallying cry than the warrior politics of either Mr. McCain or Mrs. Clinton.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  122. JG

    Jack,
    Let me put this way...McCain was 50 when I was born. I don't think my dad's generation understand the problems of 21st century, and than how do I expect my grandpa's generation (aka McCain's generation) to understand difficulties ahead!

    To my great dismay, Obama will win b/c of his youth and vigor!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  123. ngozi

    i think obama will definately take it.i admire john mccain,but he represents the era of the destabilized america(distabilized middle east)obama easily represents what the new america should be.he gives us hope,his message is for peace and not more war,obama gets my vote,anyday,anytime,anywhere.
    OBAMA 08

    February 15, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  124. Deepak

    McCain wins. Of the two he is one who has actually 'done something'.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  125. Syam

    The question is not Will Obama win over McCain. The question is will the republicans come and vote for a candidae they explicitly distrust? The other question is how will the independents break? Well, it is too early to tell. If I was in Barrack's shoes, I would hope the democratic primary circus will continue for a while.This would mean he would talk to voters and audiences in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania etc without having to go negative against McCain. Not bad. Also remember, every time there is a democratic primary, fi he wins or loses, he gets free air time nationwide. He is also campaigning in some very large states that will be crucial come fall. The McCain equation is simple – can he connect with the base of the republican party? Only time will tell. And of course Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Wisconsin (yes, I think WI is in play this year).
    Personally, I think Obama will weather the negaive publicity that the republicans will generate, not because he is flawless, but because we as ordinary voters know it is a smear campaign and frankly we dont care.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  126. Tony Memphis, TN

    For me, if these two face off, it's going to about the VP slot. I have left the Republican party and support Barack Obama, but I would feel satisfied with either candidate; so again, who's the VP...

    February 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  127. Brando

    Barack can't get 270 in Nov. if he doesn't have Edwards as his VP, without him, say "hello to President John McCain." Again, it's all about the Electoral College, stupid.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  128. Dave Ma in Orlando FL

    McCain has admitted that the economy is not his strongest area. Obviously. These 2 wars have all but bankrupted us – and he wants to keep them going for 100 years? Al-Qaeda is really waging an economic war, not one of terrorism. We will be lucky if we still have an economy or a country by the end of his first term.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  129. Ed in MA

    Jack:
    Because of McCain's age he will win a nail biter in Arizona due to so many retirees there. However Obama will win every other state and Dems will ride that landslide to a REAL majority in Congress and finally get some legislation passed.

    Republicans will have to wait another 8 years until Clemens gets out of prison before they can elect another decider from Texas.

    Ed
    Tyngsboro, MA

    February 15, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  130. Baffour

    Come on Jack, it will not even be close. Obama all the way. The idea of hope which is being scrutinized by Obama's opponents should not be mistaken as false hope. The idea of Hope is no fools gold; as we are witnessing on our tv screens what impact Obama is having on the American people. He is really touching the nation as it has never been done before. "Call it rhetoric but he is the man" . As a young adult, McCain doesn't move me he lures me to sleep with his speeches and he is not electrifying enough.

    Baffour
    Roselle, N.J

    February 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  131. Bill Quarryville, PA

    Jack it would not matter to me if Obama or Hillary Clinton would win on the democratic side. They are both in favor of getting our troops out of Iraq and bringing them home. Senator Mccain isn't! I think we have put the lives of our American troops in the hands of a republican president too long and got bad results. I have a grandson who is in boot camp in the marine and would like his commander in chief to be a person with a better thought process than the one he has now. Mccain doesn't do it for me. Mccain brings up the point of having troops in Korea, Japan and other places around the world that we fought wars in. They're costing us billions of dollars and troops but no our lives are being lost. We don't need to add Iraq to the list that is not only costs us billions of dollars a week but is still costing lives. We haven't the money or the troopsTo continue this. The only way not to have our troops stretched thin would be to start the drift up again. I will be voting democrat this year no matter who the nominee turns out to be.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  132. Rita Lyn

    Jack,
    As much as public opinion seems to support an Obama victory, it won't happen. John McCain would win. Why? Obama just offers "pretty speech" without any direction. America, in the end, in spite of everything else, will vote for security above politics. Afterall, that's how George W. got re-elected isn't it? Fear!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  133. Voting Democrat

    I'm hoping that Republicans who are backing up McCain for the sake of the party take a real hard look at this guy! It's time to do the right thing and going in that direction is not!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  134. Doreon

    Certainly Obama – he has already shown he can inspire record numbers of young voters to get off the couch. Not to mention, relatively speeking, anyone under 55 will be considered a young voter when compared to McCain. Obama hands down. I hope it happens.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  135. Bill R

    Jack... I certainly understand why the conventional wisdom favors Obama . However, how many times in the past have we heard "the youth vote will be a critical factor".. then they fail to show up.
    Case in point is the so-called Obama Girl of U-Tube fame who couldn't be bothered to vote......... Bill R. Middletown, CT

    February 15, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  136. Ari, Madison

    Jack, three weeks ago this hypothetical battle would have been a great one for the country: Obama, a Washington outsider vs Mccain, a responsible and free thinking conservative. Now, Mccain's eagerness to toss aside his individual beliefs for the approval of a few right-wing, Bible-touting Bush zealots makes this an easy choice between a continuation of the past 7 years or the possibility of something new: Obama 08

    February 15, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  137. MajR

    This comparison between McCain and Obama brings to mind the election 1960. JFK won debates on TV because of his looks and his inspirational words. Was his presidency a glorious epiphany for the nation. Not quite!! He had his disasters and his great moments. I'll tell you this, to quote a famous Democrat, "I knew JFK, and Obama is no JFK." I think we have a lot of very naive people who are vastly overrating this Senator who has really accomplished very little and has not been seasoned as has John McCain. The young can vote for Obama, as they wish, but I think they will have a massive dose of disillusionment when the Second Coming doesn't come.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  138. O'Bama Irish

    Sen. McCain, such a decent man, a hero and an example to everyone but he is with the wrong crowd and is older than my grandfather. He is a figure of the past and the epitome of the foreign policy mistakes and heroism in a bad war. He has also supported
    the disgraceful policies of Li'l Bush with the whole country now a Prisioner of War. The future and hope of America must be led by the new generation, Sen. Obama will be a better leader for the future. Our gratitude to Sen. McCain will be enhanced in November when he makes his expected gracious concession speech. OBAMA IS THE MAN FOR THE POST-BUSH NEW AMERICA!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  139. Ade

    Easy win for Obama because he is a much better for America and the old man have a military mind set and USA is too much of a country to be rule by military (dictatorship) like under develop countries.........

    February 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  140. Hwun-Yee Chen

    What if Obama was 71 years old and McCain was 46? Jack, I think it’s more a policy issue rather than a generational one. Obama represents change and hope for a different and perhaps better America while a vote for McCain is a vote for staying the course.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  141. No Fear!

    McCain has no capacity to reach the influx of younger voters... Most of just don't care about how Washington has become accustomed to operating, it's been wrong for quite some time now! George Bush just came along and placed it under a magnifying glass, now that has to go... Calling people un-american because we choose not to buy into fear, if a problem arises from the terrorist, we will handle it, like we have handled every problem that has ever faced America, and we can do it without the government stealing every ounce of liberty we as humans deserve to exercise (or else!)

    McCain just wants to continue that same course! I THINK NOT!

    February 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  142. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    There would be no contest. The young energetic, articulate Senator Obama promises a new day for America.

    On the other hand, Senator McCain will come across as tired, grouchy at times, and unwilling to bring about any substantative change to our country's foreign policies.

    As for the other Democractic candidate, if she win the nomination, our country that is now energized by Senator Obama, will sink back in the mire. . .with little hope. And we will have lost the enthusiasm for young people yearning for a new day.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  143. Jose in Texas

    Oh God! @71–thats too old for majority of Americans especially the youths. We need something new and fresh not old politicians that has nothing new to offer.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  144. George B from Westerville

    I do respect John McCain as an American hero and as someone who is willing to reach across the aisle, as well us stand up to the neocons to as great an extent as he can. I also think the presidential race will be closer than most folks think, the Republican base will rally. However, Obama will defeat McCain primarily due to MCain's obstinate support of the debacle in Iraq. I'm afraid to say his age is an issue also, even though he seems to be in pretty good shape, he's almost as spry as his mother.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  145. JC from Lexington, SC

    Jack,

    As a Vet I respect McCain's service, I think America is ready for a change. Hope is all John McCain had when he was a POW so why is it a bad thing now? Hope is what Martin Luther King Jr had and look at the hearts, minds, and our world today because of that hope. Provided that we don't get attacked again, Obama would win the general election.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  146. Fernando

    Hope sells in the spring , but in the fall when it comes down to the issues, experience, and national security Sen. Obama will fall short. it's unfortunate that the democrats will lose the race for the white house, considering that is basically been handed to them in a silver platter.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  147. Terry

    People dont want the old days of politcs anymore Jacky boy.Even older people know that its time for something new.So its time for the new guy to step up and take this race.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  148. Ephrem

    Jack!!!!!!!! This is an easy one........ This election is not about Democrat Vs. Republican its about the past vs. the future........... The Future of America... This country has a bright future in hands of a man that did not vote for the war, instead of: with a man that is trying to keep the Troops for 100 years.......

    February 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  149. Francis

    Jack,the problem with the general election is that it is about electoral college.The is no proportional apportionment.Once you fail to win a state that is it.The question should be whether he can win any red state.The idea that large numbers attending rallies equal winning in november is pre-mature.Even if all people from new york attend/vote for him-he only wins new york.As long as Mac gets the support of the red states any other arithmetic is just guess work.The swing vote even favors Mac when you factor his experience and moderate approach among other attributes.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  150. Ben Uffindell

    I don't think the battle would be quite as generational as you suggest, Jack. There is no doubt that Obama is pulling in the youth vote like none before him, but McCain doesn't seem to be one of those generational candidates. I don't feel as though he mobilises any particular age group, something that could indeed be his downfall.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  151. Joe in Austin, TX

    I think we will see the terrorist threat level raised to orange much more often in the coming months. This will give the GOP a little hope...ironic isn't it.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  152. Kyle South Carolina

    Jack is is April 1? It has to be April Fool's Day with what you're asking. John McCain will be 72 if he's elected the oldest president ever elected. By the end of his first term he'll forget everything he did the first year. Obama is fresh, young, more energetic and has a swag that many of us can relate to. I releate my 80 year old grand parents when I think of John McCain and that's about it.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  153. Annette Canada

    The reason for Obama winning is he is young, exciting, an American idol – no one talks substance.
    I disagree McCain will win, the difference between youth and no experience and McCain with age proven abilities plus a Hero – there is no contest.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  154. Anne Burbank, CA

    Jack –

    McCain hands down because there are millions of Clinton supporters who will not support Obama.

    I am saving my money up right now so I can afford the next mess.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  155. Bruce Marshall

    Jack I'm not young so I feel I can say this, and that is if you walked into a cabinet meeting of McCain's it would be like activity day at the nursing home. I think this will be on the voters mines.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  156. John from Atlanta

    Everyone is comparing Barak to JFK. May I remind you that it was JFK's inexperience that let Castro take over Cuba, led us to the brink of nuclear war with Russia and started Vietnam. We need experience and leadership not speeches!

    February 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  157. Deepak

    McCain wins. Obama has done nothing but give scripted and rehearsed speeches. McCain stands on a record of long and distinguished service to the nation. Of the two he is one who has actually ‘done something’. I can't wait to see the republican attack machine get to work on Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  158. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Obama wins hands down. McCain is the DEFINITION of "the past" as well as "more of the same" while Obama is the definition of "the future" as well as "change." I don't know ANYONE who wants more of the same past.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  159. Jeff, Galena, MO

    Obama wins hands down. These young voters that are coming out of the woodwork" to vote and be involved with politics don't want a "Grumpy Ol' Grandpa" running their country.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  160. Brian

    Jack, thats like asking who would really win the race, the turtle or the rabbit. McCain seems to think he'll win based on his good ole boy , we're in danger, the sky is falling rhetoric. Larry Kings interview was filled softball questions, followed by vague mush filled answers. 100 years in Iraq, and yet McCain never, never, never ever says how he'll pay for the war. Oh and don't forget he keeps talking about how the dems. don't give specifics, well neither does he. Oh and wouldn't the debate between those two(Obama & McCain) be great, it would be like Kennedy and Nixon all over again. keep up the good work, Brian

    February 15, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  161. Anthony

    I think Obama will win. He has the momemtum on his side is more of a leader for change than Mccain. The democratic base has been energized by him and will turn up in large numbers. Mccain, on the other hand, does not have the same appeal to the Republican conservative base. Its true that Mccain had experience and service to the country on his side but he is also suppporting a very unpopular war. Obama can energize , its hard to stay awake if Mccain talks too long. Personality matters whther we like it or not.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  162. Wes, Chattanooga, TN

    As one of the anchors on that "other" network said the other night (I won't say who but his name rhymes with Solberman), has "A New Dawn in America" ever lost to "You Kids get Off my Lawn"?

    February 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  163. WM

    Jack, Obama wins hands down. And for those who believe the youth vote is turning out now, wait until an ad comes out that explains "who" will be fighting in the hundred year war. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  164. kyle

    It wouldn't even be close. I'm a Republican and I would never vote for McCain. They place a weak candidate like McCain against a powerful candidate of Obama. Obama would crush him!

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  165. Les Young

    This should be easy senitily verse a bright young man who has a message. Hand down Obama, MCcain is the only one I know dumber and George W.

    Just a good old Okie

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  166. Joan, FL

    I think this election more then any other, people voting will look at the V. President more then ever before. The young people would follow Obama and the establishment would follow Mcain. The V.P for both sides I believe would swing alot of votes and brake the mold. \

    P.S.
    I want my vote counted.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  167. Marvin Beatty

    Barack. Count on it.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  168. Mark

    I'm guessing Obama, because McCain will use tried and true methods of mudslinging that will backfire much like what Hillary is experiencing now. People do NOT like being told their feelings aren't valid.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  169. Ahmed Yussuf

    B obamaaaaaaa will win,i like mr Mcain it is too late for him,America want change, Move on America

    Ahmed
    Ottawa canada

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  170. Jack

    Obama's had a strong edge on Clinton because he's been the media's favorite. I can't imagine the media treating a war hero the way they've treated Clinton, especially during a war. I don't think Obama will have that same edge, and there is no way a true Republican would ever vote for Obama.

    The kid won't win it. He may have the loudest (and in my opinion, the most obnoxious) following, but that doesn't mean he's going to get the numbers.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  171. J Rios

    Inexperience vs Experience that is only one of the issues. I can think at least three major bills that carry Mc Cain name. Can you mention me one known as the "Obama Law"

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  172. Jack

    It's going to come down to independent voters, and as a Democrat, I'm afraid undecided voters will feel like Barack Obama is shielding them from knowing just how he'll achieve everything he's promised so far since he hasn't really been laying out specific plans.

    The worst thing would be for these voters to feel like Obama is not giving them enough substance, turning them onto McCain's "Straight Talk Express."

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  173. Greg from PA

    I am fifty three and a conservative. I believe government should provide a legal framework to provide those services that are crucial for our nation's health and safety, yet play a minimal role in directing people's lives. Republicans used to believe in these principles too. Sadly, they have lost their way. They want to legislate their view of morality on all others. They want to vastly increase our national debt by extending the Iraq War indefinitely and cutting taxes for the wealthiest of Americans. They want to spy on all of us so they can decide who they think is a threat to national security and waterboard anyone who they feel might have information that could possibly prevent a terrorist threat. They claim they believe in free trade, but they have crippled American businesses through agreements like NAFTA, they refuse to allow U. S. citizens to buy prescription drugs from other countries, and they flood our workforce with illegal aliens and foreign nationals with unlimited, open-ended work visas. The blame for nearly all our nation's troubles lies squarely at the feat of the Republican Party. Needless to say, like a majority of Americans I want the Republicans out and will vote for every Democrat I can.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  174. Anthony, Boston,MA

    I think Obama will win. He has the momemtum on his side and is more of a leader for change than Mccain. The democratic base has been energized by him and will turn up in large numbers. Mccain, on the other hand, does not have the same appeal to the Republican conservative base. Its true that Mccain had experience and service to the country on his side but he is also suppporting a very unpopular war. Obama can energize , its hard to stay awake if Mccain talks too long. Personality matters whether we like it or not

    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  175. Kawinthi F

    As most young people who are eligible to vote do not, I think McCain would have the generational advantage.... though in this year's election, I think many more young people will come out to vote than ever before...

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  176. Jon

    Everyone's gonna bring up the high voter turn out of seniors, and a high leaning of the elderly towards conservatism. These people fail, however, to comprehend the full power of America's youth. If there's a huge showing of young Americans in this election, they cannot be outnumbered by a bunch of Floridians in wheelchairs.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  177. Corey Martinez

    The only difference between McCain and Obama is that McCain is up front about his dangerous and un-American policies whereas Obama hides behind is message of "hope." Both will continue the war, the empire, and big government. Ron Paul was our hope and we let him fall through our hands. What a shame.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  178. Judy B.

    Obama wins! It's not even a fair fight. McCain is old enough to be his daddy!

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  179. Trish

    Without a doubt, Barack Obama wins, because he transcends the generational, gender and racial that the Media seems intent on blowing out of all proportion.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  180. Kerry in Fort Worth, Texas

    Sen. Obama grew up in the 60's, 70's, and 80's while Sen. McCain was horribly detained in a military action that has left a very bad taste in this county's mouth. Sen. Obama's ability to speak in terms of the "winds of change" that even former Pres. Reagan hugely capitalized on during his two terms would leave even a supporter of McCain to acknowledge that Obama can appeal to more generations.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  181. Michael Levy

    I think Barck the new beats more of the same McCain.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  182. don

    Out with the OLD and in with the NEW. I think this is how the saying goes. its a good saying and its obvious which way the vote will go – just like the saying.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  183. Allison

    I believe Barack Obama will win this generational battle. He's been able to draw in the youth (myself included). I feel this country needs fresh blood, not the same old men with the same old stories. Obama will be able to provide us with a strong future, not just another round of old war stories to try and comfort us as we go to bed while we still fight overseas for years to come.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  184. Mark

    McCain would win the generational battle, that's why I'm voting for Hillary!

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  185. steve

    Obama. It is not even close. McCain is a freshening change from the Dick Cheney-Newt Gingrich-Lee Atwater-Karl Rove gaggle and their politics of hate-swift boats-willie horton, but it will not be enough. Obama will win going away.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  186. Arthur Drooker

    Who wins the generational battle? Think of it as Geritol vs. Red Bull.
    Obama leaves McCain high and dry...

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  187. Steven

    Jack I am a twenty year old and I have been moved by Barack Obamas accomplishments and I think its not even a question. Hands down; Barack Obama is the future of America.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  188. Timothy La Haie

    This election will show a great generational differenc between not only voters, but Obama and Mccain. As I am a first time voter, of college age, it is my opinion that many in my demographic will look for a more inspiring canidate who prides himself on change, pushing Obama closer to D.C. with the college vote, as he fits this "ideal" description.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  189. francie

    Who wins the generational battle between McCain and Obama?

    Have you checked out McCain's age? He was born in 1936!
    That makes him SEVENTY-TWO YEARS OLD now... and he'd be
    in the White House until the age of SEVENTY-SIX - or perhaps
    even age EIGHTY, if he runs after that. That's much too old
    for anything more active than an arm chair presidency.

    Obama is too young.
    That's leave HILLARY as about the right age AND experience.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  190. Keith from Irving, Texas

    I'l tell you who wouldn't win, Jack:

    The candidate who thinks it's OK if we have a prescence in Iraq for the next 100 years.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  191. Doug Tetrault

    Barack Obama takes the generational glory. This country is ready for a new breath and it cannot happen with an old-time Washington friend. Obama is the only candidate who is going to help the people take this country in a new and positive direction. John McCain is just the same old thing.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  192. Greg

    Definitely Barack because he brings hope to all of us. I don't see that in McCain because he tarnished 'hope' for this country. McCain needs to stop because I'm beginning to see very Republican of him.
    Hope isn't something you see, it's what brings people together. McCain knows better than giving HOPE a bad name. Stop it.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  193. Courtney in Florida

    Barack Obama wins. I think most people are ready for a new kind of change. Who wants to live in the past? He has all the skills to be a great leader.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  194. Phil

    Four more years of Bush (I mean McCain)? God forbid! Pray for Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  195. JIM LAGO

    who wants another BUSH type in the white house.
    0bama will win easily. for sure

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  196. Jason

    Jack,

    Is this really a question? The non-babyboomers of this country are sick and tired of seeing "old" white men run this country into the ground! Obama will definitely win with the younger crowd as he's inspired throughout the primaries. He connects with us in ways that "grandpa" can't! It's time to move forward in this country instead of backwards.

    Denver, CO

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  197. Jon Gill

    Barack, in a heartbeat. I can't imagine this country electing another tired old man to be president. You can clearly hear the age in McCains voice when he speaks. He deserves respect and admiration for his service, but not the presidency, Let's do what JFK once said about passing the torch to a new generation.
    We simply cannot succeed as a nation with McCain.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  198. Paul

    OBAMA!

    How both men give a great message of HOPE, it seems McCain's is misconstrued with BUSH NOTIONS.

    HOPE is great when it DOES NOT HAVE ANY intentions and expectations. It allows the American citizen to become a visionary to reclaim democracy set by the American citizen, NOT CORPORATIONS.

    I am an Gulf War DISABLED AMERICAN, and I wrote this message!!

    Paul B

    Atlanta, GA

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  199. Brian Berkman

    Dear Jack

    In a hypothetical match-up between John McCain (war Monger) and Barack Obama,(dreamer)
    I think Obama would win. From an outsider with nothing to gain , I think everyone is so caught up in Obama's big MO that they have lost perspective. You don't want another republician , don't you remember the nighties the economy grew Clinton for all his faults was a good president , I hope the public dosen't blame Hilary for his mistakes . She is a smart cookie , she has the expierience don't let her get away. I hope you see Clinton – Obama ticket . They would be unbeatable .
    Thank You
    Brian Berkman
    Dartmoth N.S Ca.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:33 pm |