Sen. John McCain tours New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, Thursday on his "It's Time for Action" campaign Tour. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
As the Democrats slug it out for their party's nomination, Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is spending the week going where Republicans fear to tread. McCain is on another tour. This one he's calling his "Time for Action" tour- and it's taking him to parts of the country that have never seen a Republican.
He wants to convince voters in these areas he says have been "forgotten" that he cares about them. He said earlier this week quote "There must be no forgotten places in America, whether they have been ignored for long years by the sins of indifference and injustice, or have been left behind as the world grew smaller and more economically independent." unquote
Monday he was in Selma, Alabama; Tuesday, it was Youngstown, Ohio; yesterday was Inez, Kentucky; and today he toured the lower ninth ward which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
He told the residents of New Orleans that if Katrina had happened on his watch, he would have immediately landed his plane at the nearest Air Force base and come over personally. It took President Bush more than a week to get to New Orleans after Katrina.
Touring seems to be McCain's activity of choice while he waits for the Democrats to get their act together.
He just completed his "Service to America" biography tour earlier this month. That one was designed to help voters get to know more about John McCain and his family. The Rolling Stones don't go on tour this often.
I mean it's not as though John McCain is unfamiliar to us. Besides being a famous war hero, McCain is now serving his fourth term in the United States Senate. And he spent some time as a congressman before that. And he made an unsuccessful run for President in 2000. We know who you are.
Here’s my question to you: What is John McCain accomplishing by all his "touring”?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Well from my observations, John McCain is a very presentable and likeable person and these qualities should gain him some support from these tours. Unfortunately, he is stuck with a political agenda only a moron can support which will likely result in him getting about 30% of the popular vote in November.
Karl from San Francisco writes:
He's making sound bites for the Democrats in the fall. It's his "No Hope for Change" tour. He is showing the world how well he doesn't comprehend the 21st century, or the last part of the 20th for that matter. Keep it up John, you are more then making up for the damage Hillary is currently doing to the Democrats.
Alfie from Palmdale, California writes:
Has it occurred to anyone that he might actually be concerned about these folks in impoverished areas? He is showing up in areas that the other two candidates have disregarded as insignificant. And if not, why haven't THEY visited some areas that may not vote for them? McCain has shown these people some interest, and talked to them. And in the land of accomplishment, . He's courting the disenfranchised voters on the left who are not happy with any of the candidates from their party…planting those seeds that will sprout in November.
Anne from Seattle writes:
I can only speak for myself. I'm not paying attention because I know who he is and what his policies would be. He has nothing new to say and no plans that will create change in America. He is yesterday's news.
MR from North Carolina writes:
He's pretending that he cares about working men and women – and that he is "listening" to their concerns about high prices, loss of jobs, etc. I can't think of anything positive that McCain has done in his 30 years in the Senate to help with the plight of middle and working class American...or the poor.
With the Democratic nomination process in total chaos, it seems to me that McCain is doing what any smart businessman would do.
Who knows. He toured before the primaries and won. Frankly, if Obama doesn't win then the US would be better off with John.
Travel on John. Travel on.
Jack, He is showing the people how out of touch with the voters he is and guaranteeing a democratic victory in November.
He's showing the people in the midwest that free trade is really a good thing, and just because they're unemployed and their house was reposessed is no reason they shouldn't vote for him.
He's letting everyone see what a feeble, forgetful, old man he is.
McCain is able to get some attention but you are all focussing on the Democratic Race as it is much more interesting at this time. McCain is best to just keep practicing how to speak with having words written for him because eventually he will have to speak "straight" to the American people and not have his words written for him. Watch his appearances, he uses words you would not normally hear him say while among people in a town hall set up. I hope that when this campaign starts, he and OBAMA will speak to us straight from the heart and not have their campaign "ROVES" tell them what to say. Bottom line is when they are called at 3am, they won't be rolling over to their bed buddy and asking, Hey Karl, can you tell me what to say? Unless it Hillary, she'll just roll over and say, Hey Bill, what would you do?
McCain is accomplishing quite a few soundbites for the media. The problem if you notice it is that the audience plants ask him the same questions at every event. Pretty obvious.
He is looking presidential, while the Dems are not. If we had winner take all primaries as well, we Dems would have our nominee now and she could be touring, too.
A senior version of Spring Break?
He's learning geography. There are 37 new states since he was born. And Puerto Rico!
Reminding the world that he still exists, and begging to be relevant.
Jack with the ego-fest that is occuring on the democrat side McCain has to do something to elbow his way onto the evening news or people will begin to wonder if he has expired.
With Senator Clinton's vicious attacks on Obama and her crazy pursuit of a nomination she can not win, McCain does not have to accomplish much. I guess McCain is getting a view of the terrain and he wanted to raise campaign funds but it is not going well on the money front so 2 out of 3 with Clinton's help .
As a senior myself I thing John McBush is "touring" for a nice
2nd retirement home other than the one he has in Arizona.
I hope he and Cindy enjoy an early retirement.
Absolutely NIENTE !
He is wasting his time, this is not a Republican Election !
He might as well stay at home and enjoy his ranch
Also enjoy the fact that he made it to the end race
for this elections belong to the Democratic Party
it is just one of those things ... human nature !
history repeats itself
Even if McCain was the most amazing candidate
he could not win against the crowds
we want/ need a change of government
He's trying to look busy. He's got to at least pretend he will do something different than Bush.
I see that some of the replies show that the viewership has not lost it's bigoted attitude towards age. Did anyone notice that the Pope is 81 and he is running a pretty large organization?
McCain is showing people who are willing to listen that with age comes a track record of accomplishments and a strong set of values. . McCain is highlighting the difference between a candidate who is proud of his past and one who dissembles,obfuscates and generally pretends to be something other than his skimpy record says he is.
McCain is showing that adults can campaign on something other than asking people to hope for a change!.
If during the whole campaign McCain didn't visit these places and discuss these kinds of issues, then Cafferty would savagely attack him for that (without apology, by the way).
Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.
Mccain thinks that he somehow appealing to the poor and minority voters, but he's sadly mistaken. it doesn't matter anyway because he will forget what he has said by tomorrow.
McCain is having a nice vacation. He needs the rest because when Obama takes him on in the general election, he will be toast (old, stale toast).
McCain is trying to reach out to those he has voted against helping in the past. What a hypocrite.......
Born in PA
the only thing he's accomplishing,is a substantial contribution to global warming and a waste of fuel,that some struggling american could have used to get to work,today.
No, Hillary isn't deluding herself about winning the nomination.
Would Senator Obama win Iowa if the caucus was held today?
We've learned a lot about him since then.
Now there's the delusion that you are looking for! McSAME is trying to act like he really gives a damn about the 'little guy', when he is, infact like all the neo-cons... only concerned with power and MONEY!
Yes he is. but the problem is its not the kind of achievement he would like. Inother words, NOTHING, NOTHING.
He's making sure his name isn't forgotten like it was after Vietnam. Let's see, he's known for temper, says he doesn't like dirty politics yet that's what he does, is in bed with Pentagon crooks, sells out our defense contracts to overseas...oh yeah...the question at hand. (sorry, I was having a Hillary moment)
maybe elitist John is trying to find out what all the fuss is about since HE is the one out of touch with Americans.
I am an independent voter from the Midwest and McCain is absolutely the least inspiring candidate of them all. To listen to him talk is a real "snore-fest."
He made bad decisions in the past... i.e. the infamous "Keating Five" scandal and it is obvious that although he is older, voting for this war shows he is no wiser. This tour of his is pointless... no one is listening and few are contributing.
Republicans have scarred our global reputation and destroyed our economy almost beyond repair... there is NO possible way this country will elect a Republican in 2008 !!!
PS: Can't wait for him to debate Obama... the disproportionate level of intelligence between the two will be undeniable.
I wanted to vomit last night when McCain talked about how well Arizona is doing. If he thinks working for minimum wage, if you cannfind a job, is doing well then maybe he needs to get off his high horese and try it. Arizona has a major METH problem that comes in from Mexico along with the thousands of illegals he wants amnesty for. Our schools suck. Gas electricity and water are all at a premium. Since he's been to busy running for President since 1999 he hasn't had much time to spend here so he's totally out of touch.
McCain is running around saying, "What I would of done if I was president. What I'm gonna do if elected." Senators McCain, Clinton and Obama were all in the Senate when Katrina hit. What did they do? Better yet, did any of them fight for more funds to make sure the Levees would withstand a Catagory Three Hurricane? That's who I want to vote for, not woulda, coulda, shoulda.
George, Ellington, CT
McCain is bored and wants to get out of the office. That's the excuse for most boondoggles.
In 2 words Jack, absooolutely nothing!
Mccain is'nt accomplishing much as it was the Bush administration and the Republican party of Louisiana that forgot the people of New Orleans or at least the less fortunate ones as they were left to die and suffer for days before help arrived. The people of New Orleans are not stupid and dont have short memories and will surely remember what they've been through during the past couple of years since Katrina and will vote against him and the rest of the Republicans
He's waiting for a race he probably cannot win to commence. He's accomplishing nothing but unnecessary bus and jet fuel consumption. But then why not? Hasn't he been a member of the Senate a very long time only to bring the nation where we are today? If he didn't fix things as a Senator, what makes him think all this flitting about is going to lead to anything significant for the rest of us as Prez? We hear his message with or without all the antics...and it sounds a very Bush-like "stay the course".
Most of us regan republicans were hoping he had decided to quit and would be a run-a-way. No, seriously, he was getting his commercial drivng license (CDL).
The good Senator from Arizona is adding to his frequent flier miles. In a worst case scenario, he loses to a Democrat, he can use the miles to take his family to Disneyworld.
It's reminding me of a Truman "Whistle Stop" campaign in which he runs around the country and tells everyone that he has a plan for America. A hundred year war, no answer for domestic issues, little military experience except crashing four or five planes and that he is poor like them, though his wife has some dough. You know, the "I'm not old or out of touch" routine.
He is looking for footage to use in his campaign ads. Does no one else see the irony of him campaigning in the "forgotten" areas the day after he votes against the equal pay bill??
McCain is entertaining America just as Bob Hope did for all the troops with all of his touring. My Dad is a huge fan and supporter of McCain and he can't get enough of him. Being an Obama supporter myself, I love to see McCain on the campaign trail too, but for obviously different reasons.
Could be he is actually going to all these locals to find some good to honest cooking.
It accomplished NOTHING!
I am an African American Woman, and I'm not stupid enough to fall the trick of thinking that he will actually do for us when his party clearly doesn't care about us. ( Or the lower middle class because he is extending the bush tax cuts for the wealthy. WHAT ABOUT US??)
And the fact that the RNC is running a racist ad against Obama in NC and McCain sent an "email" pretending like he is trying to stop it shows that it is all about positioning with them.
This is my life here, and the lives of many others... and McCain and his "Cronies" won't do a thing for us if they ever entered the White House.
I'm not falling for it!
He seems to be trying to put the compassionate back into conservative. Is it working? I'm not sure. Mostly, he seems to be revealing how uncomfortable and out of touch he is with ordinary working people.
Mr. C...You've answered your own question! Frankly, I bear no ill-will toward the Senator, but his warmed-over Bush policies leave me cold, and I cannot support him. Ergo, I'm not following his activities, as I'm too busy praying, these days!
McCain is showing that he is different than the Bush-Cheney adminstartion. People forget that the main reason the US didnt help Hurrican Katrina victims because were to busy fighting a five-year war that is going no where. Let's not forget the McBush-CheCain idea that we need to help another country before we help our own country.
Mccain is accomplishing virtually nothing. He is merely trying to stay in the media's scope so that they will talk about him instead of the democrats. Also, no one shows up to his events.
He has the luxury of taking his time behind the front line battle to survey the landscape and calmly plan his final assault while the pro-Clinton wolves are fighting his front line battle against their common adversary.
McCain – Clinton 2008; 2012
Clinton – Rove 2016; 2020
He is reaching out to the people! He will do more for American people than the racist Obama will ever do. Please dont forget his lovely wife Michelle also...............Lets face they both hate America!
John McCain is showing what any good President would do, visiting the Americans that live in many different circumstances around this country. He is showing rather than turning off the people of this country he will be the one that will bring them together for a better future. He stands ( or travels) waiting for the democratic party to sort itself out so he can then debate whoever they decide to prop up as their best bet for the office of President of the United States. It may not be what Cafferty wants right now be he’ll come around when Sen. McCain becomes President McCain
He knows he has a hard task in November against Obama (yes Obama, not Billary) and is trying to portray what he is not. I respect him because of his war sufferings (sorry, no war hero) and his years in Congress, but his continuation of the same politics as Bush, No Way, Jose!
When he was still campaigning against Romney, all Rep Conservatives attacked him like the devil (the Hannitys and Limbaughs), now they want to presume there is party unity. McSame has had to make a 180 degree turn in order to look Conservative. Flip-flopping is the name of the game in the Rep Party. Who wants a President who flip-flops? Our lives are at stake, and I don't want to gamble with it. No more war! We need an economic surge, not a troop surge!
McCain is trying to take away attention from all the media coverage the knuckleheads in the democratic party are currently receiving. Believe me the more we focus on this 70+ year old man's touring around the country, we can't focus our attention on escalating gas prices, home foreclosures, the neverending war in Iraq, excessive tax breaks for the rich and John Hagee. Is it me or does this Hagee character make the infamous Reverend Wright look like a boyscout?
He is accomplishing a couple of things: He has shown us that he has no control over his own party with the questionable ad's in North Carolina and he given us a question for all of us to answer: "If you can't negotiate and prevail with your own party in your own country, what guarantee do we have that he can negociate and prevail with a foreign country if elected"?
John McCain is showing that we should all be American"s first and not just Democrats & Republicans! He is showing that he will work for all the people. This calling the other party an "enemy" is a shame! John McCain is an honorable man and a American war Hero. God bless American and help CNN (yes you Jack) from being so slanted against John McCain.
He is accomplishing absolutely nothing, let's see if he can hold up to a grueling 20 hour day, then you can ask what he is accomplishing. He would have accomplished more if he had voted positively for the pay equity
I hope someone asks him while he is in New Orleans about his pastor, John Hagee, who has said that "Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans." I understand that Hagee has endorsed McCain and McCain has embraced his endorsement. If Obama can get in trouble for things his pastor said, then McCain should be held accountable for this. We need to devote a little media time to the Republican's dirty laundry while the Democrats are busy airing theirs.
He's saying, "stay the course. He's saying, "the cost of lives and treasure is worth it". He's saying, "the surge is working". He even seems to have perfected the Republican smirk. All that's missing is a Texas accent.
While Obama and Clinton are fighting for the Democratic Presidential Candidacy, McCain takes the time to let the public know who he is. He wants to rally the voters on the basis of his past experience in government and as a war hero; if he can, he would like to use the time to explain his views on the economy and why he can indeed bring change for the better.
Jack – He's getting his vacationing in for free, because after November he'll be looking for a new line of work.
Senator McCain is absolutely doing nothing but using his time and his poor budget to convince just a few that the Bush/McCain administration can sustain itself across America. "America for McCain equals more pain and no gain" Leslie Berríos de Cervantes
PUERTO RICO FOR OBAMA
Jack, If nothing else Big John's letting America know he's in the race, because the Clinton-Obama fight is stealing the media spotlight.
Don't be so cynical. 2008 is the year of looking at the world through Obama's rose colored lenses. McCain is trying to get a better feel for those who are left out of the political process even though he knows will never vote for him. He will be their president too if he wins. Ok, from the cynical standpoint it is still a win since McCain becomes more palatable to independents and frustrated democrats. So whether you are cynical or not, this is a smart move for McCain.
Sounds to me like John McCain is trying to rewrite history. Where was he in the days immediately after Katrina. Do we have any evidence that he called out the President, or was he voting with his Republican colleagues to choke off assistance to a drowning city?
Although he means well. He is really trying to prove he is not McBush. But he is holding to double standards. Right there, in New Orleans – he needs to pull himself out of the grips of people like John Hagee. He cant have it both ways. He cant be holding on to John Hagee – and at the same time slam Sen Obama about his association with his former pastor!
Hillary is not deluding herself.She's trying to con the voters.With all the ifs,even she must be starting to be confused.I think a small state is just as important as a big one.All those senarios outlined by her and her strategists are just hog wash in this election;there is no way that the republicans are going to win this election;no matter who is the democractic nominee.
It is a good thing that John McCain is touring the places in the United States that have problems. he is showing that he cares about our economy and what people are living in. Also John McCain needs to pull in those Democratic voters which is what he already seems to be doing. Many people say they dont want a Republican in office and that a Democrat will bring a change. Well the Democrats took over in 2006 and that was our change. This country did not get any better since the Democrats took the house and senate so how am I suppose to be convinced a Democrat as President will change everything? Its the congress that has the power, the majority of congress is Democrat.
McCain isn't accomplishing anuthing. No one cares except for the Republicns he can't capture the Democrats and definitely not the African Americans. He can only get the African Americans who are already Republicans. He's a has been and old as heck.
He's reminding everyone what a sorry excuse for a political party the Republicans are. Gotta hand it to him though, it takes alot of moxie to represent the biggest political disaster this country has ever endured. Let's hope he keeps right on walking till he's out of the country.
He is trying to make himself relevant. He wants to share the spotlight with the other candidates. He does not want anyone to forget about him.
I'm no McCain fan, but why does Cafferty put "touring" in quotation marks? I'm getting tired of Cafferty and his over the top politicizing for Obama. Would CNN get back to the days when their journalists would at least TRY and hide their biases? Everyone has a bias but shouldn't journalists try to be balanced. It's like watching an older, crappier version of Fox News.
The old CNN was awesome...I don't know what this garbage is.
Seeing McCain walk the lower Ninth Ward for a photo-op is just as sad as witnessing the hapless Bush stage photo-ops there after the hurricane-when he actually found time to do something other than fly over it in a jet.
McCain's policies of tax breaks for the rich and ignoring those who aren't wealthy enough to pay capital-gains taxes make me wonder how effective a phony photo-op really can be for McCain. Fortunately for him, the photo-op will largely be ignored as voters deal with Hilary's decision to continue a hopeless fight against Obama-a true leader of hope.
i think sen. mccain is doing something great. he is listening to people and finding out what their concerns are. thats something bush would never do. unlike bush mccain cares and although he changed his stance on the bush tax cuts i think that was done to get the uber-conservatives on board and once he is president he will go back to his moderate self. be true to yourself and the country John.
He's no fool, so he's not expecting to get any of the black vote. He's trying to send the message that he's not like other Republicans. in the process, he gets to look presidential, and distance himself from some of Bush's positions. Where's the downside?
He is accomplishing a couple of things: He has shown us that he has no control over his own party with the questionable ad’s in North Carolina and he given us a question for all of us to answer: “If you can’t negotiate and prevail with your own party in your own country, what guarantee do we have that he can negociate and prevail with a foreign country if elected”?
Nowhere! Because, despite Clinton shenanigans, Obama will win. If not, God help us all.
About the only thing he's accomplishing is seeing to it he's going places to show Hillary she doesn't have to. He's handling all the areas for her! It's so obvious that Hillary is such a great fan of his that they should be on the same ticket! Remember, Jack, as the infamous Clinton said "McCain and I would both be better Presidents than George W. Bush". Need I say more?
McCain has been isolated from the rest of America. All he did was live in Arizona. He is in disbelief, that thier are Black & very poor people in the United States of America.
But, the people are not or will not fall for his kindness after the fact.
John McCain, the next Black President.
He doesn't need to do any fighting at present but, even he's afraid
of the press if he says anything against Obama he'll be called a racist like the Clintons who are the least racist people I know and the Kennedy are my least favorites the biggest hipocrits in this election
He should be touring senior centers- where he belongs.
No, Hillary isn't deluging herself, She is exposing herself. What I see is downright nasty. I have lost respect for Bill Clinton, for I have witness him lie in interview after interview.
For all the Hillary supporters, stop projecting your dreams on to Hillary,
She is not you. Open your eyes and you will see corruption. You will see someone with ties to people in power that neither reflex what being a Democratic is about.
Black in Haliburton, CA
Not Much if you look at the small crowds he's drawing. Gosh he even had to plant a GOP Senator in one of seats to ask a question on Barack's bitter comment. Correct me if I'm wrong but in regards to Katrina didn't Mr. McCain vote against emergency funding to the area, and he voted against giving victims of Katrina access to Medicaid and unemployment benefits. Oh Jack maybe he has "forgotten these facts"
Taking the time to tour and visit areas that have been left behind economically or have experienced hardship is a common tactic used by all politicians, republican and democrat. What I'm waiting for is a politician to step forward, put their credibility on the line, and propose some legislation that goes further than paying lip service to people's needs. What Katrina victims need is legislative action, federal financial assistance, and not lip service. I truly hope McCain is a man of his word, and not just a politician trying to score points.
I think Senator McCain is drawing clear distinctions between his potential democrat opponent, and more importantly, President George W. Bush. Maybe, just maybe Jack, he actually cares about ALL of America and plans on trying to do something in office, rather than just TALK about it. I know it is your schtick, but is there any chance you could shed the sarcasm for one day? It really is annoying.
He's accomplishing absolutely nothing except wasting precious fuel and our time. Perhaps he'd like to accomplish something like coming up to Washington state and offering to fill some of our gas tanks...on his tab.
His tour is accomplishing nothing. In one of his speeches he said he doesnt lie, cheat or steal. maybe hedoesn't steal, but what would his first wife have to say about lying and cheating? He forgets that he was having an affair with #2 while still married to #1. He got remarried only a month after the divorce. The negative ad in N.C. add to his lie about running a clean campaing. If he doesn't have influence over the GOP in N.C. how can he expet to influence a by-partisan panel as president?
Nothing. It is now Democrats time.
McCain is accomplishing nothing. He is going to poor areas but votes against all bills to help them. Does he think we are stupid? or could it be that he is as dillusional as Hillary. God forbid.
He's playing Hide-'N-Seek with the media. You're "It" Jack.
As a registered Democrat, I say "Way to go" McCain. Better late than never. Bush never has attempted a reconciliation in response to his "look the other way" and "hands-off" response relative to the 9th ward.
Nothing that won't be undone once we have our nominee to start debunking all of his supposed "sympathy" to the poor.
he is staying awake... at least it looks like it?
In a Word! Everything.
At least he has taken the time to visit impoverished area's. He knows that many of these people will not vote for him, if at all. Maybe he is actually concerned about the problems in these areas. Hillary and Obama are focused on the win, and it seems that they cannot be bothered by these people or their problems. They both preach change, but I do not see them in these cities where any kind of change would be welcome. McCains accomplishment in this area speaks volumns.
Ted Fulton\ New York
Taking the time to tour and visit areas that have been left behind economically or have experienced hardship is a common tactic used by all politicians, republican and democrat. What I’m waiting for is a politician to step forward, put their credibility on the line, and propose some legislation that goes further than paying lip service to people’s needs. What Katrina victims need is legislative action, federal financial assistance, and not lip service. I truly hope McCain is a man of his word, and not just a politician trying to score points.
McCain is showing that he is a candidate for everyone. He is trying to appeal to those who have been left behind by the Bush administration, and is a rational alternative to the democrats who would rather fight each other than fight the problems facing America. He is the one candidate that is more concerned with the well-being of people in America, than with himself.
He did good He's trying to reach independent and democratic.
He want to really see if poverty stinks!
How on earth do the politicians afford the gas to to go any where? Oh Yeah, they get donations from the bitter masses. I would be ashamed to face the people of New Orleans after they were hung out to dry. Now someone cares!!!.
It's all smoke and mirrors, Jack. He has been, and currently, and in the future, will always be a Republican and a politician. His McBushonomics views towards the economy and the general public leave him with the only option left for him, say one thing, not really meaning it, and when it doesn't happen, blame it on the Democrats. The only thing he is focused on is keeping our troops in Iraq for 100 years.
Well for one thing, he's keeping his heart rate up. But sarcasm aside, he's getting some much needed press, people are getting to know him on a grass roots level, he's looking more like a presidential candidate, he's looking more like a moderate every day, he's beginning to distance himself from the "Bush Administration" mistakes.
So, not so bad Mr. McCain. Please no more name calling, let's act a little more like adults and give respect where it is due.
Jack, he's talking to the common people now, because he knows if he's elected and implements his financial plan, they'll all starve.
He is trying to prove that he is a caring politician, however, his voting record shows otherwise. He thinks that legislation to help to people of New Orleans recover from their losses due to the flood (inadequte damn built by the US corps) is pork barrel - I guess he needs to redefine the words "pork barrel." He should be ashamed of himself for this publicity trip.
I can't believe he has the cojones to actually go to a Katrina-stricken area with his recent endorsement by Rev. John Hagee! What a hypocrite – to compare and contrast his request for endorsement from Hagee to Obama's staying in his church for 20yrs "knowing" about Rev. Wright's sermons...
Asking for endorsement IMPLIES that you or the general public have reason to VALUE such an endorsement. It is NOT the same as being a member of a large church where on occasion, sermons got political and/or angry or bitter! McCain may be a revered war hero but that's nuts.
Does he seriously think that folks in LA. don't know he and dubbya are peas in a pod? I am astonished at what some presidential candidates (and I'm not necessarily meaning McBush here) will say or do to win.
What do you expect him to do? Even at his age he is getting anxious sitting around the home for the Democrats to pick a nominee. If the Deomocats keep their thing going his next tour is going to be going to a bar in every state to drink a shot and chase it with a beer. Apparently that works.
Yes he is finally admitting that his adminstration was wrong and stupid on the whole Katrina incident.
He is doing what democrats which they could. Behind the doors must be thanking Hillary for it.
As a registered Republican, I think he is just trying to make it so we can vote for him. Any real conservative Republican would know that John McCain does not represent that side of the party. I will be holding my own nose to vote for him, if I can keep my stomach down. Better a bad Republican than a Democrat.
Nothing that won't be undone once we have our nominee to start pointing out his votes against helping the poor and the returning troops.
I guess he's just hitting these areas while the press isn't looking in case he gets run out of town on a rail! And you're right Jack, we do know this guy. The only way he got his "Maverick" status is after Bush beat him by foul means in 2000. Since then he's been doing everything he can to stick it to the Bush Adm. and it seemed like he was a more liberal Republican. Until now, that is, since he's been taken back into the conservative fold by his old nemesis Bush. He's had to do more flip-flopping than a fish out of water to become the candidate that the Right Wing could embrace, even if it is with much distaste!
Jack, I give him an A for effort. I don't think it will help much but theres nothing wrong with him getting to see how people live and what they are going through. He is getting ready to attact your "boy" in gun country and from every side.
He is making a desperate attempt to humanize the right wing with those who might be on the fence or hesitant to elect a minority into the
White House. I feel it is also riding the wave of the "eliteist" comments of Mr. Obama. Is he really trying to do something that Bush has almost never done which is reach out to the poor and poverished or is it just a slap in the face.
I guess we will have to decide with our own votes if dignity and honesty over ways this horse and pony show.
At least John is building up his frequent flyer miles... if he doesn't win, he can use them for retirement travel
Looking for a retirement home I guess.
Mccain is using his touring to get as much face time as possible. People are going to vote for someone who they recognize. The more Sen. Mccain tours, the more likely people are to vote for him because they will think he cares about the american people, since he is spending so much time speaking with the people.
He's just trying to keep his name in the headlines is all, wonder how much this is costing the taxpayers?
He's going to the places where Hillary Clinton has gotten traction, so that if the Democrats nominate Obama, he'll be poised to grab those votes. All the more reason for the Dems to nominate Sen. Clinton. You remember her, don't you? The one who knows how to effect change instead of just talking about it.
All John Mccain is accomplishing is showing that he's still young and energetic enough to run around to random places for no real reason. He's also reminding people that Clinton vs. Obama isn't the general election.
Keeps him off the lazy boy recliner
Especially at his age, scurrying across the country makes for great cardio.
I am sure some would like McCain to be silent while Barak and Hillary discuss imaginary snipers and crazy pastors. But McCain is showing himself for what he is, a seasoned professional who knows his business. If that he makes him seem presidential, so be it!
Any time John McCain goes into a little or unknown area, we learn more about the people who live there. It is easy for us to gage people's problems by our own. If John McCain can open his eyes to the real problems and we can learn what others are going through, then his tour is great. Of course, this is also one way to keep him in front of the press too.
McCain is a genious for this tour he is on. Everyone (Democrats) associate him with George Bush, and by doing this he is distancing himself from Bush. Even today he criticized Bush and the government
on how they responded to Katrina. And by doing this he is also reaching out to Independents and Democrats.
He's showing us all the reasons not to vote for him.
The man is 71 years old. I'm pretty sure anything more strenuous than "touring" may cause cadiac arrest.
McCain wants to be seen as a Republican Democrat, that is no money for the poor but he cares.
I dunno what McCain is accomplishing, or thinks that he's accomplishing. But has he got C-130 to haul all that, um, fertilizer that he's spreading around with him on these "tours". ?
Jack, he's getting you to talk about him. Without McCain's tours all you talk about is Obama and Clinton.
John McCain, the senior citizen, tours the USA for the same reason that he occasionally tours Iraq. It is a feeble attempt to mask his totel indifference to the effect policies he advocates has on those who suffer the consequences.
Apparently, getting ready for victory in November. Unfortunately our side is busy destroying each other and the party.
John McCain can tour all he wants but the tour that makes me worry most of all is- "The Tour of Duty" – all the men and women fighting have to serve.
The longer the tour of duty- the longer the war continues- the longer the economy suffers- the longer the debt gets for my grandchildren.
What's John McCain accomplishing? Well, as I see it, he's getting a chance to practice his speech-making skills-which certainly can use it and get alot of Frequent Flier Miles at the same time.
Who cares whether he's "touring" too much?
Lets say he didn't do any touring, would you write an opinion piece about his laziness?
His visit to Katrina Ground Zero can only be important if he can back it up with all he did for the area at the time. He has held a powerful position in government for many years; surely he could have hellped a lot. DID HE?
By McCain "touring", he is trying to show how he is different from President Bush. Perhaps he should have worked a little harder on that the past 7 years. Past deeds always have a way of surfacing when you need them least. I would have voted for him in 2000, and thought he was different when he fought against Bush's tax breaks for the wealthy....................then he fell into the Bush lock step.
I don't know what he has accomplished by touring, but it certainly was not an impressive showing in the Pennsylvania Primary. After all the votes were counted, Ron Paul ended up with 16% of the Republican vote and he never stepped foot in the state. That has to say something about the feelings of the electorate and the advantages gained from traveling.
I think McCain's tour is great. It gives us that live here in Arizona hope that he may make a trip here some day.........
It has been long said that the Republicans do not campaign for the Blacks vote or the votes of lower class Citizens. Senator McCain seems to know that this is the feeling of disadvantage Americans. He's campaigning for votes that he knows he must have to win against either of his potential opponents. Unfortunately, I can't imagine this working because the people he is trying to reach are probably feeling that this Republicans' effort is a little too much too late. Lessie Thomas (Georgia)
Jack, did you listen to what McCain actaully said? He said that if Katrina would have happened on his watch then he would have landed airforce 1 immediately to check it out himself personally... that's it? The fact of the matter is that whether the president would have checked out the situation immediately or a week later, that would have NOT saved any lives! George Bush knew about Katrina even before it happend and did nothing about it and in essence John McCain is saying the same thing. If he (McCain) wants to prove that his presidency would not be a continuation of the current administration, he is going to have to do a better job than that!
from Fort Worth..by way of 40 years in AL...John Mccain thiinks we have all forgort his record in the Senate...could this be because he has become senile', and thinks we all are also?
WOW, he has lots of brass,
He knows what all Republicans know: Obama is not closing the deal and the although he might get the democratic nomination through Daleystyle backroom dealings, the Republicans smell blood and are just keeping McCain in the public spotlight. The Republicans, given the exit polls in OH and PA know that they can run Snoopy against Obama and win... I would even say they could get Bush elected to another third term if Obama is the nominee.
It appears he is pretending to be another "compassionate conservative" (heaven forbid) . Too bad his votes do not match up with his rhetoric. He just voted no on an important bill to ensure woman are paid the same as a man doing the same job. He has voted no on the GI bill to help out our servicemen and women, what a patriot! At least he's earing a flag pin though, so that makes it fine and dandy.
McCain has been very good at getting you and the rest of the media to talk about him and keep his name in front of the voters. Looks like his continuous tours are successful then – right! Karen B, Houston, MO
Hey Jack, What is he accomplishing? Not sure, he should be telling people what 40 years of voting Democrat in La. has gotten them. Before Katrina, let's see, highest unemployment, highest poverty rate, highest gov. dependency rate, highest corruption rate, highest unwed birth rate, seems voting Democrat's worked out pretty good. Ever thing's Republican's fault?
He's accomplishing exactly what he need to accomplish. Saying whatever he wants while noone that could contradict him is paying attention. So he gets a few months to get "his" ideas in the minds of voters with no interference. And by the time the dems are ready to fight back, everyone will have heard him so much, it will be hard to erase that from their memories. I so hope he's talking mainly to the hard of hearing.
Marilyn, Cookeville, Tn
McCain is proving to us all that this is, in fact, an election year, and the fact that the only time ignored people are needed is when a politician needs their votes. Where were all the politicians when New Orleans needed congress.... Next is Youngstown, and all of those people there that have lost their jobs due to out-sourcing...
These politicians are ALL so transparent... Please pray for the USA.
Whats wrong with touring and letting the average man meet a serious presidential contender? It will put John McCain in closer touch with the desires of the American people and make him a better president.
What is John McCain accomplishing by all his “touring”?
Well, he got you eh? You are all talking about him and with the battle between Obana & Clinton that aint easy. He's done it!
BTW: I don't like the man!
He's doing all he can to disassociate himself from Bush in the public eye – nothing else. Is he actually accomplishing it? I really don't think so.
Senator McCain is taking advantage of the disunity in his opponents' camp so that by the time democrats woke up from their slumber he would have confused enough poeple to vote for Bush's third term.
This mcsame guy is an 'old' joke; doing what old politicians do: pandering!
mcsame achievement in one word: pandering!
He has plenty of time to go out and meet people, and TRY to convince them like he is not MCBUSH, because Clinton is doing all of his dirty work for him! While she is waiting for Obama to self destruct, he is waiting for the Demacratic Party to self destruct! And he doesn't have anything else to do to keep his name in the news! I would like to suggest to him that he should be studying economics!
McCain is trying to soften his image because he is a demogog behind the scenes. I know this personally when he undercut us precinct representatives at a state convention. I've also met him at fundraisers and felt uneasy with who he is.
The bigger question is: "Why isn't he doing his job in his seats on capital hill?". He has no reason to be abscent from the job he was elected to do.
John is attempting to stay out of view. He consistantly sticks his foot in his mouth and the RNC wants him out of sight until the Dems decide a candidate. The Republicans are in a terrible position, another White House scandal, a dying economy, and an out of control war. The last thing they want to see is for John to step on himself while the Dems are fighting do hard. They know he is going to get butchered in the GE debates and does not need for him to add to the bullet pile.......
John who? I can never remember his name , let alone why he is even running for president!
I suppose the reason he is touring is to remind us of who he is , and what he is trying to be when he grows old, i=I mean up! He cannot win no matter who runs against him, so he is just along for the tour, I guess! From; Bend, Oregon for Hillary . Voter!!!!!
McCain has no choice but to tour. With all the attention focused on the Democrats, he has faded into the background. His tours will help keep his name and viability on the voters' minds.
I hope John McCain is making some progress with the black population. I just think it's ashame that blacks have put all their "eggs in to the same basket. " That's why we are not respected by the democrats nor the republicans. All we have gotten from the democrats is lip service and some bull. Now this nasty job that Senator Clinton and her husband is doing on Senator Obama. People need to know that we have limits.
New Orleans... two years late! I didn't see him or heard him talking about how wrong everything was handled at that time. Why now? The answer: votes.
Well Jack, he's doing alot more than the democrats right now. McCain is simply strenghthing his base while Hillary and Obama weaken their party. He's doing what he is suppost to do at the democrats expence.
The "I'm not George Bush" Tour?
The pitch isn't a bad one, but meeting people face-to-face doesn't really do him any favors. He doesn't look like he knows where he is half the time, let alone WHY he's there. If it weren't for the entourage and all the cameras, he'd just be some old guy wandering through the empty streets of New Orleans.
McCain is wasting what little bit of campaign money he's got.
Perhaps he is trying to prove that he is the real deal, as in being a true compassionate Republican conservative-moderate-liberal. This is afterall the year for all three presidential candidates to repeat continuously: I CARE ABOUT YOU. I FEEL AND UNDERSTAND YOUR PAIN. Now if that isn't a bunch of B.S. I dont' know what is. Don't believe me? Just elect one of them and you will know that I am right. Same script every four years and still nothing gets done that they say they will do.
Geri, Mead, OK
Not a damn thing . My grandma always told me that " Birds of a feather ,flock together". He's thrown in his lot with bush . And on that note I'll quote the Bible in saying, " Can a man rake fire into his bosom and his clothes not be burned ?".
John McCain's "It's Time for Action Tour" is best described as "It's Time for Inaction Tour." Even though he makes a show of being concerned about those left behind by the Bush administration, his prescription of continued tax cuts for the wealthy, continued spending on the war in Iraq at a rate of more than $340 million a day, and his pedge to freeze all government domestic spending means poor and working-class people under McCain-Bush conservatism will continue to be left stranded in an economic flood as devastating to them as the flood following Katrina was to New Orleans. The math behind McCainonomics just doesn't add up.
I do not know what he thinks he is accomplishing.
But, what I do know is that one of those days that Bush was not responding to Katrina he was at an airforce base having a photo-op with Bush over his birthday cake.
His comments are totally hypocritical. He sure as not pushing Bush out the door to fly down from the very base they were having a kid style birthday style party for Big Mack himself.
Sadly, I assume that fact will be left out of the reporting on his comments today.
He's letting all people bush ignored, see him before 1/20/09. After that, they'll have to catch him on cnn. John McBush has been a senior senator for 20 plus years. HE, as a influental senator, should have lead the way on helping the people of New Orleans. He only seems to feel their pain, when he needs something from them-their vote. For all these people, it's only going to be 4 more years of being ignored in their agony.
The reason McCain tours so much is so that know one will focus on his past records of voting against MLK day and voting against affirmative actionor realize he is the biggest supporter of the War in Iraq but didnt even bother to vote to approve the Military budget for this year. He realizes if he can fake being a friend to all and say he cares for everyone he might be back to get a few votes from the Obama or Clinton since they are focused on beating each other up in a WWE style match. McCain is really not ready to face the that left wing machince that will expose him for who he really is the man who represent the last state in the union that was forced to celebrate a minority and the first dead set to keep them out of his state with the Great Wall of Mexico he wants to create.
Jack, he's campaigning. Hillary & Barack are getting all the press, so he wants in on it. You better start to relax or you'll have a coronary. Why doesn't Hillary withdraw!!!! What's McCain think he's doing!!!! Barack's ahead, so why doesn't she quit!!! Sheez, I'd hate to watch a football game with you, you'd end the game in the 3rd qtr. Let the process unfold.
He's saying to himself, " If the people pick me for president, I can finish the remodeling of American my party started." "Wow, I liked what they've done so far"
He is convincing us Clinton Democrats that he would be a better choice than Obama and it is working – read the polls 25% of us WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN instead of inexperienced Obama and we are sick of hearing You Jack tell us their will be a revolt in the party if Clinton gets the nomination – the revolt will be if she does not – us white democrats can vote for McCain but I do not believe and the polls back it up that black voters will not flee to McCain if Clinton gets the nomination – If the super delegates can not figure this out then I will really enjoy seeing McCain elected.
John McCain’s “It’s Time for Action Tour” is best described as “It’s Time for Inaction Tour.” Even though he makes a show of being concerned about those left behind by the Bush administration, his prescription of continued tax cuts for the wealthy, continued spending on the war in Iraq at a rate of more than $340 million a day, and his pedge to freeze all government domestic spending means poor and working-class people under McCain-Bush conservatism will continue to be left stranded in an economic flood as devastating to them as the flood following Katrina was to New Orleans. The math behind McCainonomics just doesn’t add up.
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John McCain is reminding us he has years of patriotism and knowledge of the issues; he's been labeled a mavrick which speaks to us Democrats; and he's worked on both side of the aisle, so he might be able to bring us together; he's male, for all the chauvinists that still don't think a woman has what it takes; and his buddies are patriots; he doesent hang out with radical bombers; his preacher doesent curse the United States; his financial supporters aren't under indictment...he sure looks good to this Florida Democrat, especially since the DNC wont count OUR votes.
While Obama and Clinton are busy bickering, bowling, and posing for the press, he's busy looking like he actually cares about the people. Does he really? Who knows? He's a politician.
McCain has to provide "push back" from this (hitherto) well-known limerick:
"John McCain Will Take The Better Part Of A Century To Understand The Situation In Iraq And Iran"
McCain had this strange idea:
Al Qaeda is chock full of Shia.
They're actually Sunni,
But, John's backwards loony,
He still thinks: Good president, I'd be a.
Then John was corrected by Joe.
Won't make that mistake any mo'.
But, truth was defeated,
The error John repeated;
That cranky, forgetful old schmo!
If John McCain ever has any chance of victory come November, he has to at least symbolically reach out to the opposition. Something your candidate, Sen. Obama, has failed to do recently.
If the democrats are to win in November, we are to reach out as equally to the republican areas, such as Orange County and Utah.
John McCain had an opportunity to visit New Orleans right after Katrina just like every other politician but didn't do so. He's running for the Presidency now and will make his visits but if or when he takes office nothing will change from how this Administration has done things. If McCain didn't care then why does anyone believe he will care later.
McCain is proving that he is a day late and a dollar short. Where was he when the people needed him.
Well Jack, to coin a phrase from Lou Dobbs, it's called Pandering and I don't think it will work.
The Clintons cost us the 2000 election now back at destroying the party again. When ole Bill went to see Russ Limbaugh to get Republicans to vote for Hillary it showed the lack of respect they have for the people and the Democratic party. I wonder what Bill left in the White House that they need to get back in so badly.
Senator John McCain's touring is designed to show the nation that he is not a Bush/Cheney Republican; as President McCain, he will help all Americans regardless of political affiliation and regardless of economic status. Remenber–the Bush/Cheney Republicans screwed over John McCain before they screwed New Orleans so Senator McCain truly has felt their pain.
He’s getting at least some personal pleasure, as old people normally do in traveling. Obama won primaries in some republican states. McCain may be trying to win the hearts of some democrats.
McCane is touring the country because he knows that it is time for him to go home to Arizona and retire. Farewell McCane and good riddens
McCain is unfortunately accomplishing the "spending of more of the American taxpapyers money." It's really a shame that in his tour of the United States he can't see the middle class people and the struggle to live in our United States as the Bush Administration has made it.
He is is in a lull before the Presidential Campaign begins. It would do him well to spend more time recognizing how bad it really is in the United States. Perhaps he could tour the Mexican Borders and learn something about what he could do "heaven forbid" if he were elected.
Sadly, he's pretending to care about average americans while voting against the GI benefits bill and equal pay for woman. He has sold out all of his so-called "maverick" values for a few votes. Anyone who seeks out the endorsement of John Hagee is just an opportunist pandering for the religious right for votes. Ironically he was in New Orleans for his latest photo op, anyone remember what Hagee said about New Orleans and Katrina? That doesn't say much for McCain's judgement now does it?
MCCain is doing the right thing....he is concerned about all
americans and getting to know all parts of the Country. What could
better prepare for His Presidency. Vote McCain
Trying to show he has the common touch, but though he went to the 9th ward, local residents were barred from his press conference. How can someone who talks out of both sides of his mouth be said to use "straight talk"?
He's taking tours, like all us old retired folks do. Then he can say he's been here and there. He is old news.
The old man is only wearing out his poor old body and his welcome.
He's getting his excerise, because at his age, he's going to need it if he's RUNNING for President.
As is always true, McCain will impress a few people; not many, I don't think. For all of his being a Republican maverick, he has shifted his position enough to look like "more Bush". The maverick has been mostly tamed now.
He can't win against anyone but his ol' pal, Hillery. Although she is a heroic war veteran from Bosnia.
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