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October 23rd, 2008
12:50 PM ET

Has McCain run an “honorable” campaign?

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A recent CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll found 60 percent think McCain has unfairly attacked Obama. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain said this on February 3, 2008, when talking about his run for the White House: "We will run an honorable campaign."

McCain made that statement in response to a question about whether his campaign would resemble George Bush's run for the White House in 2000, one of the nastier campaigns on record.

With less than 2 weeks before Election Day, it's very much an open question whether John McCain has kept his word.

In fact, in the last few weeks John McCain has become downright nasty. It started around the time one of his advisers said that if McCain campaigned on the economy, he would lose. And the ugly personal attacks began. Barack Obama's past acquaintance with William Ayers, Barack Obama's economic plan is socialism, Barack Obama will say anything to get elected.

His running mate, Sarah Palin, has chimed in with such gutter-level rhetoric as Obama pals around with terrorists.

The sudden negative tone for the man who vowed to run an honorable campaign is not going unnoticed by the voters. A recent CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll found 60 percent think McCain has unfairly attacked Obama, up from 42 percent in September.

It's sad that an honorable man like John McCain in a desperate struggle to avoid being embarrassed on November 4th has resorted to campaign tactics typically associated with people who can make no legitimate claim to being honorable.

Here’s my question to you: John McCain promised to run an "honorable" campaign. Has he?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Shawn writes:
Oh please, Jack! John McCain has not run an "honorable" campaign. I'm sure you've been watching Senator McCain's shift in gradual campaign ugliness as he gets further behind in the polls. McCain has spent more time attacking Senator Obama than he has providing answers for this country and tutoring Governor Palin.

Sami from Arizona writes:
The Robocalls and false information being spread in vile brochures by the campaign have put him over the top in the area of dishonor and disservice to the nation as a whole. McCain may have been honorable with his service in the past and even the principles he once had. However, he has lost himself through this process and has been sucked into the RNC machine.

Debi writes:
An honorable man running a dishonorable campaign...very disheartening to see.

David from West Chester, Penn. writes:
Welcome back, I sure missed you. McCain is running a typical dirty Republican campaign that will relegate him and Benedict Lieberman ineffective when they return to the Senate. His well-dressed running mate will become a host at QVC.

C.J. from Georgia writes:
Which John McCain? 2000 or 2008? The John McCain now has let the inmates take over the mental institution!

Sarah writes:
John McCain has lost a lot of the respect and honor he had from people on both sides of the aisle as well as from the general public. I think he will lose the election and in the future he will come to really regret the campaign he has run. Even if he was 32, he would struggle to repair his reputation. Being 72, he has no chance.

Heather from Elko, Nevada writes:
Has McCain run an honorable campaign? Is Jack Cafferty a sexy young chick?


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soundoff (967 Responses)
  1. M Dixon Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Isn't that an oxymoron?

    M Dixon, Cedar Rapids Iowa

    October 23, 2008 at 12:56 pm |
  2. John (not McCain), cincinnati, ohio

    McCain did not run a clean campaign.
    Could have been worse, but the core of his campaign have been missrepresentation, fear and known lies told with a straight face.

    October 23, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  3. Maria - Wylie, TX

    I certainly don't think so. We can only hope he isn't thnking this is how "honorable" people behave. If he thinks he's running an hororable campaign, we're in more serious trouble than I feared.

    October 23, 2008 at 12:59 pm |
  4. George S

    Honorable ...No...Desperate and Erratic ...Yes

    October 23, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  5. george c paree

    No he started lying but obama has a way of lying using half truths that I believe McCain couldnt understand to counter . This has been the worst election ever niether camdaite are worth a dam If this is the best the country has we are in trouble

    October 23, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  6. Eugenia Vega

    Jack,

    After all these months, I don't think that McCain understands the true meaning of honor. He might have been a POW, and he might have made a lot of sacrifices for this country but besides that, the man has showed to be nothing but a sneaky, unreliable and crazy old man. Him and Pallin who has absolutely no brain cells at all, have conducted one of the worst and dirtiest campaigns I have ever seen. I am surprised that being Palin's platform of that someone with high ethics, she has proven, over and over again and she absolutely lacks of that.

    Eugenia Vega – NJ

    October 23, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  7. Elizabeth in Maryland

    No he has not, he has launched a vile, anti-american campaign, creating a sense of fear, or mis-trust, labeling, and divisiveness. John McCain is fighting a war, but it is not about putting his country first, and he has embarrassed the concept of democracy by the tactics that he has authorized, the words he has mis-spoken, and is arbitrary response to crises by making himself first. The world is watching how we treat this voting process that we defend, that we committ lives and treasure to. John McCain, has made a dishonorable mochery of all. He should be embarrassed for himself, Palin and the lack of reasonble policies that he could have put forth - instead spewing out what has been mean, mis-leading and dangerous. There is no honor here, and whatever praise I had for him, is in the past.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  8. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    If John McCain loses this election, it will be because of the tone of his campaign. He promised not to do so, but he is using the same techniques of "fear and smear" that kept him from being the nominee in 2000. I've watched a man of principle and integrity discard it all for the sake of power at any cost. It's very sad.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  9. Beryl Carrier

    Jack,
    I would like to know why, when Mr. McCain say his VP pick is the best choice. Why they don,t ask him, Why she doesn,t know what her jobs would be or does he think she would ran the senate. I wish him would be asked harder questions.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  10. Lou Grantham

    Middleton, TN
    Jack, McCain is not in my opinion running an honorable campaign. He is running scared since he is behind in the polls. He is to concerned about degrading Obama and should be more focused on explainin to the American people what his plans and strategies are as President. We here nothing but negative from him and the Media expounds on the negative, leaving us all in the dark about plans for our future. Thanks. Good show.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  11. Paulette

    No, he has not Jack. For someone who once stated that "there was a special place in hell" for people who ran aggressively negative campaigns. McCain has adopted all those negative tactics he once eschewed. The same people that attacked him in 2000, now run his campaign, ironic? Honorable campaign, no way!

    Paulette
    Trenton, NJ

    October 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  12. Roger

    The campaign he has run is as honorable as the robo calls he and his running mate have disagreed on. The John McCain of 2000 is being held hostage at the Rnc headquarters. He should be ashamed of himself. To have the nerve to say that he is not George Bush, but hire his old staff, and employ the same tactics of 2000, and 2004, and support him 90 percent of the time, give me a break, better yet lets have Sarah Palin play a little flute to calm me down

    October 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  13. Brian from Eagle River, Alaska

    Yes. He is an honorable man and everything he said has been 100% true. Obama is a leftist, socialist, arrogant person that preaches to his disciples like he's speaking from Mt. Olympus. PALIN POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  14. Joe from Taunton Mass

    HI Jack,
    I do not think that McCain has run an honorable campaign. Every interivew I see him in, he seems arrogant and angry. I also think that if McCain and Palin are the best that the republican party can come up with for candidates at at time like this, then they deserve to lose.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  15. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Nope, more like a desperate campaign...leave the honorable campaign label to "that one"! As ususal, more failed promises from the "experienced" politician.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  16. L.

    Yes and No. Yes when Mccain told his crowd to be repectful to Obama and that Obama is a decent man. No, when someone yelled at Sarah's campaign that 'he is a terrorist, kill him'. In addition, I hate it when, especially Palin is campaigning. Yestereday, Palin still named Obama the 'wealth spreader'. This is becoming too much from her side. I am usually scared when Palin is holding a rally (I don't feel like watching CNN at the time). Mccain's, not Palin's rally, I think, is fair with me.

    Please note that it is fine with me if both the Mccain and Obama Campaign contrast and favour their tax policies over the other. It's normal.

    Pullman, Washington State.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  17. Patti from WA

    Of course not. John McCain may have intended to be honorable at the beginning, nice thought. But McCain bends to whatever idea or tactic that suits him. He would jump off a cliff (like choosing Paiin) if he thought it would serve him. What we need is a steady hand, consistent clear thinking and most of all, intelligence! That's a attribute that has been lacking in the last 8 years and is sorely missing in McCain/Palin as well.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  18. Jennifer

    No flippin way!

    Unless you consider lies and character assasinations as "honorable". This man will say anything to be President. Where is that John McCain, that Maverick that once was? He's gone, replaced by a Robo-Rove.........

    October 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  19. jon hoffman

    Jack: Welcome Back-Missed you;
    No campaign can be considered 'honorable'. It is just politics and not particularly harmful in usual times. However, It is profoundly dishonorable not to get right down into the nuts and bolts in hard times and discuss what the American People need right now. How to stop the investment losses to us on mainstreet; to create real employment opportunities that will build out our economy with peripheral/collateral jobs from a few government programs such as infrastructure and clean energy.
    It has to be Obama for a clear break from old ways of doing business.
    As Sir Francis Bacon said: "if you do not apply your remedies, you must expect new evils."
    Jon in California

    October 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  20. Dave ----- San Luis Obispo, CA.

    I think Senator McCain is an honorable man with positive intentions. He served our nation with integrity and distinction. With exception to the Keating five scandal, he has served honorably in the U.S. senate. Somewhere between then and his current campaign we noticed an overwhelming degradation in the level of honor Mr. McCain promised to uphold. Perhaps he is being encouraged by his party to run this type of campaign. If this is the case, it shows a true lack of leadership and judgment on his part.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  21. jack devine

    joe the plumer, it is felt in some circles it would be cheaper to have an armed robber in the living room than a plumber in the basement. this actualy came up in our legislative session some years ago.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  22. MARY

    Sad to say he has not. He sold his soul to the devil to win and now he
    we be rememberd as a sad, mean old man with no integrity. I am sure that is not the legacy he wished for.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  23. Angela in Jacksonville, FL

    There is no honor in McCain or Sarah Six Pack. They are rich crooks and how dare they think that we don't see it. For those of you that follow them, it says to me that you are the ones that hate americans cause you'd rather see us all poor than to help your neighbors.
    Some love. And Sarah the Plummer is going the flush everything this country stands for down deep into her fifthy, sneaky, slimey pockets. She is trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  24. Vic Bennett

    Honorable?
    That’s a crock!
    Honor is something Americans have missed for a long time.
    Maybe that’s why there are so many people undecided.
    They would not know an honorable man if he sat right in front of them saying “CHANGE”.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  25. Naib

    BTW Does GOV PALIN's kids go to school? I doubt it! Why they hang out on all official business with their MOM for site seeing while Mccain/RNP is trying to DRESS THEM ALL IN $$$$ to APPEAL TO THE NATION?

    I do not find this HONORABLE, rather it is PORK/EAR MARKS

    October 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  26. Donna Yates

    Unfortunately the John McCain that I could have voted for is gone.
    If he had not pandered to the Republican base in choosing Palin and had chosen a moderate, he would have been far ahead by now.
    His negative campaigning and attacks, instead of what he would do for the country, is discouraging for those of us hoping for The Maverick" instead got Desperado.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  27. JR in Norfolk VA

    Jack, no effective campaign is ever "honorable" in the way you define it. To win, a candidate has to point out the flaws of his opponent., period. John McCain is an honorable man and his campaign has not dishonored him. To my mind, Obama has run his campaign on the same (ahem) level as McCain. The fact that you are only asking about McCain speaks volumes about yourself as a (ahem) journalist and about the MSM as a whole, despite your mandate to report the news in a balanced way. Who is behaving dishonorably here?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  28. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    McCain has most definitely NOT run an honest campaign. He has told many lies on Obama and has indicated he will do anything to win. His campaign rallies have stirred up hate in this country. His VP candidate has done even more to divide America. I think both of them are rude and deserve defeat on November 4.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  29. Marcia in NY

    Sadly, but absolutely, not.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  30. rayburn in Georgia

    First welcome back, you were truly missed last week.

    McCain has done nothing but negative ads from the start. It appears that maybe his teams intent was to discredit the opponent with hopes of his being a prisoner of war would be enough to get him elected. I
    applaud Obama's team from not countering with the attacks on the character of Palin who's husband relationship with the group he was apart of could be questioned and she's with him every night as well as McCain's dealing with the S&L scandal to the fullest....

    October 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  31. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    No matter what you defination of honorable may be, I think that the resounding answer is NO! Something happened to Senator MCCain aroumd the time he brought on Sarah Palin and it has not been pretty.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  32. Donna Yates

    October 23rd, 2008 1:08 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Unfortunately the John McCain that I could have voted for is gone.
    If he had not pandered to the Republican base in choosing Palin and had chosen a moderate, he would have been far ahead by now.
    His negative campaigning and attacks, instead of what he would do for the country, is discouraging for those of us hoping for The Maverick” instead got Desperado.

    Donna Yates
    Bradenton, Florida.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  33. Lorraine (Knoxville)

    No, he hasn't run an honorable campaign and to honest with you John McCain and Sarah Palin frightens me. I’m struggling and I know by January 1st I will have to move out of my home. But, the thought of having the endure 4 more years of this economic crisis is absolutely unbearable. My opinion of John McCain would have been different if he had chosen a running mate with the intelligence and experience to operate this country if for some unforeseen circumstance prevent him from remaining in office.

    I think John McCain should do the honorable thing and not make a mockery of the votes the American people has and will cast on Election Day. Please do not let us relive the 2000 election…..and the rest is history.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  34. Star Twine

    Jack, I don't see "honorable" anywhere in the Mcain campaign...The $150,000.00 wardrobe that Sarah Palin just treated herself to would have saved at least one family from foreclosure and losing their home! It is absolutely disgusting

    October 23, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  35. Abdi, Mogadishu

    It depends on how you define honor. If 'honor' means winning at all costs, then by God, McCain has run the most honorable campaign..

    October 23, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  36. Deb n Texas

    Cafferty, have you lost your mind, where have you been. McCain has run everything but an honorable campaign. It really looks bad because he is so old. I hope like hell when I get his age I'm not ruthless because that's just not a good example for our young. I am a democrat who is very sadden that our older people are not good examples for the young.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  37. G

    John Mc Cain is running a honorable campaign. Just as honorable as Obama. Isn't this the answer that you liberals don't want to hear. It is okay to tear apart Sarah Palin and John Mc Cain according to the liberal media. Just as Hilary Clinton was treated with sexist comments and the media can be thanked for her downfall. Sarah Palin is judged on a different basis very similar to the scrutiny that Hilary Clinton had to deal with during her presidential run for her president.
    John Mc Cain is a very honorable man and I am proud that there is a Vietnam POW that can run such a campaign and show much concern for the American Public. The change campaign is the same rhetoric that has been chanted for years by the Democrats.
    Look at the state of the economy with the democrat congress and senate majority. Yes, there is a need for change.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  38. Beverl

    McCain has run one of the nastiest campaigns I have ever witnessed. It's racially (racist) based and I don't know why more people can't see this. It is as McCain needs to exorcized and has sold his soul to the devil to be able to when this election. Palin would be his familiar. It is so ugly that I have to change the channel when either one of them is on TV.

    To spend that huge amount of money to dress Palin when I sit here in pain everyday with no medical coverage.

    People want to say how much America has changed, but one look at McCain's campaign shows unfounded fears of African Americans have not changed. I think he is on the verge of a psychotic break.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  39. Laurie, Boise

    Jack, welcome back! I missed you. I was worried that because of your honesty that you were going to be out of sight until after the election!

    In answer to your question, no. McCain/Palin have run a despicable campaign, aimed at dividing the country between "Real America (Republicans) or "Fake America (Democrats). I am 51 years old and live in the most red state in American– Idaho (I guess McCain/Palin would say Idaho was real of the Real America), and I have never seen such hatred in my adult entire life. Their rhetoric and the rhetoric of their surrogates have incited such things as Obama supporters tires being slashed, Obama yard signs being stolen and replaced by the Confederate Flag, bill boards of Obama in Muslim garb and mailers depicting Obama as a friend of terrorists, robo calls that are so disgusting that telemarketers have quit, a dead baby bear left on a campus lawn with Obama signs stapled to its head, and the list goes on and on.

    I just hope the American people are smarter and more informed than the McCain/Palin ticket seem to think. I hope that on November 4, the Republicans and their "haters" (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, et al) will get the message, loud and clear, that their divisive and character smearing tactics will no longer work in our NEW AMERICA.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  40. Carl Deshazer

    Jack,
    In my opion, McCain has not ran an honorable campaign. Like Lou Dobbs, i have no dog in this race, having said that, i believe a vote for McCain or Obama is just a vote for the lesser evil. Niether candidate really addresses the major issues, they just continue to bash each other.
    Carl

    October 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  41. Pacifique

    Jack , that is probably the worst campaign i've ever seen in my entire life

    October 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  42. Star Twine

    Jack, I don’t see “honorable” anywhere in the Mcain campaign…The $150,000.00 wardrobe that "the campaign" just treated Sara Palin to would have saved at least one family from foreclosure and losing their home! Now THAT would have been the honorable thing to do

    Star Twine, Santa Barbara, California

    October 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  43. liz, St. Louis

    It started off as quiet an honorable one, however after some time it became messy, confused and panicky. As a result the Straight Talk Express lost its wheels, lost control and veered off into a muddy ditch/gutter! McCain looks conflicted, it is as though he does not want to engage in dishonorable tactics but on the other hand, slime is all he's got left. Unfortunately, in this times of great economic distress, this type of campaigning is irking people further and driving away independent votes and undecided voters as well.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  44. Lucy

    Why won't they release Palin's medical records? Is it because she is going thru the Change of Menapause? She's acting goofy enough. That's the only change were getting from her and McCain............MENAPAUSE

    October 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  45. karen-phoenix

    I've been a republican for 40 years and this year I donated to and voted for Obama/Biden for the survival of the great American Middle Class!!! McCain's judgement from the beginning of his life in the service has been disgusting–affiar after affair, detroyed his first wife's furture, Keating 5, NEVER got us a thing for the state of AZ, voted with Bush 90% against the middle class and he chose Palin–no education and apparentley no clothes!!!
    I want an educated (well educated!) team in the white house this time!!! NO more bomb, bomb or "rush back to washington" or cowboy diplomacy!!!!
    Peace is Patriotic and so is eduction and GOOD grades!!!!!
    God Bless Obama/Biden and the survival of the American Middle Class!!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  46. Shirley -AK OHIO

    No and he really do not have a choice. McCain knew from the beginning that if Obama won the primary he was not going to have enough dishes in the kitchen sink to throw at Obama and that is because Obama tends to keep his kitchen sink cleaned out give or take a few things that were already throwed at him in the primary. John McCain is trying to pick up those cracked up dishes and glue them back together and rethrow them, but he does not have all the pieces.

    I know this question was about the way McCain has run his campaign, but I just wanted to also say that McCain is very upset that Obama opt out of public financing which I believe was part of Obama strategy to try to beat McCain because he knew he would not have enough money to fight the swift boating during the last weeks of the campaign. McCain said in one of the debates that Obama did not know the difference between strategy and tatics and that he is not suppose to let the whole world know what he was doing. Well Obama has proven McCain wrong by the way he has run his campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  47. Anita of georgia

    Jack, John McCain has ran a do anything say anything campaign just to win this election. He has lost all integrity and honor. I wonder what happen to John McCain of 2000. His lack of judgment in picking, a qualified running mate may have just cause him, this race for the white house. People has to many pocket book issues to listen to character assassination from a candidate lacking the knowledge to move this country forward. Obama / Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  48. Angela

    Unequivically, NO. McCain will write a memoir in the coming years coming clean on how disappointed he was in himself for how out of control he let this campaign become. People keep saying that this isn't the "real McCain". You always see the "real"ness of people in tough times. Facades can only be maintained when they're not being tested. This is indeed who he is.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  49. Charles

    Jack, ummm I think that's a rhetorical question. John McCain paints himself as being a honorable man with all these high marks in the military and such. I dont think that what any of the armed forces would consider as being honorable. McCain so all over the place does anybody really know what his campaign stands for other than playing down in the gritty dirt. If the rest of the world is looking at McCain in this campaign I know they already believe if he's elected they probably will test him real fast and the consequences would probably make what we faced the past 8 years minimal in comparison. Especially, what we saw on 911, who does McCain think is really afraid of him in the world and that his presidency if that would happen. American would probably be in even more danger with McCain in office and they aren't going to honor him and his past, this is now and the future. Honor is something McCain left several months ago in the atmosphere on one of his plane trips to Florida. It's still lingering in space somewhere and it's going to fall back to American in one of "Joe The Plumber's" pipes, we look forward to seeing that in a raw sewage tank soon. Good to see you back Jack we missed you!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  50. Paul Henry

    From Ocala Florida – I believe he has done a good job considering the intense media bias he faces. Amazing to see McCain and Palin beaten up on a daily basis with anything the media can latch on to while Obama and Biden get a free ride. We saw more coverage on Joe the plumber then on Bill Ayers. What would the media have done if Palin had said we were going to be challenged after the election with a global crisis..... you guys would have freaked out but when Biden says it you just pass it off. You guys jump up and down about Palins lack of experience but no one points out the real fact that Obama actually has less executive experience then Palin.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  51. Katty OR

    Senator McCain has run the most dishonorable and boring campaign I can remember and I've been voting since 1960. For a man proclaiming to be of hero status his campaign has ruined every honorable thing I thought I knew about him – and then he chooses Sarah Palin for his VP slot?
    I have been a registered Republican all my life but this year, and I've already voted, I cast my vote for a Democratic President!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  52. Robin from NC

    Jack,

    I think anyone with eyes and ears can see that John McCain has NOT run an honorable campaign, I'm not sure if there is even a word for what he's running. The personal attacks smack of such deep desperation, I worry what John McCain is stirring up in the name of winning an election. You know one of these guys are gonna have govern once this election is over, and the fear and hate mantras are not condusive to unifying our country.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  53. Robert Raphael

    McCain Started Out Honorable, But As His Poll Numbers Go Down, He Is Getting More And More Evil. He Outright Lies. Palin Is Scary

    October 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  54. cyril andrews

    Jack. His military backgound came to the foreground and he chose to
    "cut and thrust". Then he ran, stopped, looked around, and saw a very honorable man ( Obama) still standing upright and smiling . "Johnny be good" then used his judgement and called a friend for advice but unfortunately General Petraeus was busy trying to figure out how to dig Johnny out of the hole he has dug himself into. The honorable candidate is still standing; awaiting the next surge – or whatever new "Joe Boy" tactic the GOP brainstrust dream up.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  55. Kumar from Plano, TX

    Robocalls, Bill Ayers, Saying it is not socialism but using Joe-the-plumber to say it...

    Above all the 150,000$ for clothes. They used donations by 1000 people on clothes for 1 person.

    It is not respectable on any count....

    October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  56. arthur hawkins, washington dc

    McCain has not run an honorable campaign. He is running his campaign like an old military operation, win at all cost. He has never left that old military look and feel of life.

    As well, he feels he should be better then his fathers image. His father and father-father all did well within the military but he has not.

    So, for Mr. McCain as a militry man his image is below his father...

    October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  57. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Always questions to invite attacks on McCain or Palin. What about ACORN? What about William Ayers? What about spreading the wealth around?? No, never anything like that.

    Of course McCain has run an a honorable campaign!! He is an honorable man, he would do nothing else. He has nixed ads that refer to Rev Wright (although I think they should run them), and many other ads that pertain to the TON of baggae that Obama carries. You should be glad he has run an honorable campaign; most Republicans would not do so.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  58. Laurie Wolf

    John McCain has disgraced himself and his party. With his mediocre career in the navy and his horrific behavior in his schooling and in his first marriage, I'm not sure that he has fallen that far. He criticizes Obama for the very things he is most guilty of. Choosing that joke Palin is a desperate political stunt that will come and bite him in his grotesque Republican ass.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  59. Debbie in Indiana

    Absolutely NOT. I received one of those calls accusing Barack Obama of associately with terrorists like the terrorist act was done yesterday. Just a BALD faced LIE. I actually thought McCain an honorable man at one time but no longer, he sold his soul to the RNC.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  60. andrew

    MCcain has run a mainly negitive campaign it shows that he is desprate and will do anything to win. Andrew mesa az

    October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  61. will

    Yes Jack,

    McCain has not ran a “honorable” campaign the fact is that he has notthing to talk about because all he is planning to do is just keep doing the same things that George W. Bush has been doing which is absolutely nothing. McCain has been bad mouthing Barack Obama and telling flat out lies about his tax plan.

    Obama tax plan is created to help to improve the lives of the American People, but McCain tax plan will only continue to allow Corporate American to ship must needed jobs to countries that will provide them with cheaper labor and no heath care for the worker over seas. That is what I call un-patronage and the C. E. Os who participates is such practice should be arrested for treason.

    McCain = no change

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  62. ST

    No. Not by any means. He has allowed himself to be swept up in the same tactics that were used against him. I hope losing the election will show him and the RNC that Americans aren't as dumb as you think.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  63. Rob, San Antonio, TX

    There's two things to consider. It's politics, so is there such thing as an honorable/dishonorable campaign? Second, is John McCain really running things? He's obviously busy travelling and speaking so you have to wonder how much of what we see can be directly attributed to him. You know he'll take responsibility, but is he directly responsible.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  64. Patty

    John McCain has run the dirtiest campaign I can remember in my 64 years. I used to think he was a good man but have certainly changed my mind on that score due to his tactics. His running mate (the pit bull) has made a laughing stock of the campaign. She has no class what so ever.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  65. doug - ohio

    I am convinced that the sky will fall today! – My mother a 75 year old deep rooted republican just voted early for OBAMA! – I am speechless

    October 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  66. Miko Kansas city

    McCain is throwing any and everything at the wall hoping that something will stick. First it was Palin (she continues to peel off as the days go by), then there was "suspending my compaign" it fell off the wall when no one cared, now "Joe the plumber", this poor guy continues to be thrusted into the spotlight all because McCain and Palin has no traction left. His campaign is smear loaded, no it is not honorable

    October 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  67. Mark Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

    Hi Jack, honorable I don't think so.Horrible is more like it. I guess he forgot what he said. he is 72.
    mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  68. Katie

    No!!! John McCain is always talking about Obama's earmarks for Illinois. Well, if you take the population of Illinois ( about 12,832,000) and multiply it by $150,000 (cost of keeping Palin dressed to match McCain during the campaign) it will be $1, 924,800,000,000 (almost 2 trillion dollars) and Obama had not asked for that amount of money for the state of Illinois. Again $150,00 is for the use of only one person, the other for the use of programs for the entire state.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  69. Mike in Oakland

    Yes, of course.

    Oh wait, I thought you said "horrible."

    October 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  70. Ronnie

    McCain's campaign has been as honorable as he was when having an adulterous affair with his mistress (now his wife), while still married to his ailing first wife.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  71. Pliny - St. Louis, MO

    Jack,
    There hasn't been an honorable campaign run in this country since John Adams.

    Pliny

    October 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  72. Marjorie Perez

    I don't find lies and misconceptions very honorable. I seriously considered voting for for McCain, I was registered as a republican, not any more. I think Sara Palin is the joke of the world. Come on, isn't it time, we, as the great nation that we are, deserve some respect? I doubt we could get it with this pair of (MAVERICKS)

    October 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  73. Sherri from Victoria, Canada

    McCain has consistently allowed Sarah Palin and those surrounding him to attack Obama's character and integrity and yet promised to run a clean campaign. How can that be honourable?

    It doesn't seem that McCain is really running his campaign anyway, sounds like the Republican Party is in control. His message should really be "John McCain, bought and paid for by the Republicans." Maverick ....I think not....

    October 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  74. Bryan

    Jack,

    If running a campaign honorably means smears and lies I quess
    you could say he has. McCain will do anything to be elected even
    trashing the working class people. He did say a few days ago
    that distributing wealth to the middle class was wrong. I think now he has become a side show in this election. Of course when this is over
    he will blame the media and Obama. Well at least he will be correct on half his blame. Obama will be the reason he loses.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  75. Steve in Mass

    He's lied. He's misrepresented Obama's policies, plans and positions. He has made suggestions through his mud slinging that Obama is un-American. He's released his "pitbull" to make statements inferring that Obama is a terrorist. He has shown a complete lack of respect for his opponents and acted like he thinks the American voting public is stupid enough to buy his crap.

    Other than that, He's run a very honorable campaign!

    I've heard it said that McCain has sold his sould to get elected. Did anybody tell him he can't get a refund, regardless of the outcome?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  76. John Rocco

    Long Island, New York.

    Anyone who has done the research knows that McCain never keeps his promises. He has dishonored his name and America.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  77. Raoul - Lake City, SC

    A better question is: When is McCain going to run an "honorable" campaign?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  78. Rachel

    One Word; NO

    Rachel, Atlanta

    October 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  79. Phil

    He has been too honorable. What a power Keg this election is becoming. McCain may not be tough enough on Obama BUT the rest of the world will – once his honeymoon is over. Just ask Joe!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  80. Akhan

    Anything but honorable. His choice of VP besides being a slap in the face to the many qualified candidates he could have selected, made it even more difficult since it put him totally on the defensive, both of them rarely talking about issues, always playing on words, never answering questions straightly but always responding with a negative slam on their opponent. I would describe it as a dishonorable, insincere, negative campaign – and it was'nt even done cleverly, so obvious, it insults the electorate.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  81. Kaiser, Berlin

    Yes, he did. It lastet about 2 sentences from the one where he made that promise.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  82. Ryan - Active Duty military

    An honorable campaign? Hardly. This campaign has gone from the promise of "debate about the issues" to politics as usual. Coming in to this election, Obama and McCain both had an impeccable record of honorable service to the country. But now both parties are misrepresenting the others' point of view by taking statements out of context to intentionally mislead. Both candidates have gone so far as to outright lie. It is disheartening that such a promising election cycle has been drug back down to the politics-as-usual standard. Perhaps both candidates should spend more time with the members of the military to remember what it means to serve their country with honor.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  83. Jim in British Columbia

    No, he has not. He is inciting violence and Repubicans need to learn that viollence must end within the US borders.

    McCain is the leader of the GOP and Palin's boss.

    Muzzle Palin and bring some degree of respect to the GOP before it's too late, John.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  84. Dee

    Asking the question "has McCain" run an honorable campaign is akin to asking what happened to the mouse that was left alone with the cat!

    Dee, Boston

    October 23, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  85. Derek New Jersey

    Absolutely not Jack. John McCain was running a fine campaign during the primary. After winning the nominee, he went to the white house and shook the hand of the devil. Since then, he has been sucked in my the current republican party with their negative attack ads, fear, and dishonor to his opponent and the American people. Never have I seen a more negative campaign then John McCain has run so far, and I sure hope it comes back to bite him in the ass.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  86. Martyn Bignell

    Dear Jack.
    As far as the McCain campaign is concerned I think it started in an honorable way, however, as the polls have shown Obama's lead growing they are now starting to throw mud.
    Governor Palin,for me has been the quarter back as far as throwing mud is concerned.
    She really falls back on old Republican propoganda by trying to frighten people into believing that Obama is anti-American, he associates with terrorists and he is a communist.

    They are doing this because they do not see themselves winning this election, Q.E.D they will do anything and I mean anything to turn this around. As a Brit I really thought that prior to moving here I would be a republican, however, once you live here you learn a lot more, I could never vote republican. I had always voted conservative in England, which is considered to the right of center, however, the republicans are much further to the right than the conservatives could ever dream of being.

    This I find this very concerning as I do not believe it was always the case, however, and getting back to the point I am sure Goboels would certainly be proud of the propoganda they are now throwing at the American people. I just pray that the biggest percentage of them are not stupid enough to believe it, especially what that obnoxious women Palin say's.

    Martyn of Fort Lauderdale.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  87. Wilmington, NC

    No.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  88. Joe in DE

    Ufortunately it has been about average – not too honorable, The robocalls are way out of line and hopefully there will be a backlash.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  89. FRANK ROBINETTE

    The Republicans ought to know better than to get involved with plumbers. I think it's time McCain comes clean about Joe the Plumber. Was he one of the original Watergate Plumbers?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  90. John in Mukilteo, WA

    John McCain has run an honorable campaign, in 2000.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  91. Angie, TX

    In 2000 John McCain tried the honorable route, but it didn't work for him...so he thought he would try the dishonorable route and that has not worked for him. Eventually he will discover the problem is him, not his strategy. At the age of 72 he does not know who he is or what he stands for. So, So, Sad

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  92. peggy in kansas

    Disgraceful and his VP is even worse. I'd have never in my lifetime believed it – if i hadn't watched every bit of it on all three channels ! how can he still say country first when for both of them it is the office of presidency first. His integrity has taken a blow from it !

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  93. NC

    John Mc Cain is not the John McCain who ran for president in 2000. Mr. Mc Cain then was an exciting politician, one that I admired. Since that time he has capitulated to the pressures of his own party, rallying for a President we know he did not admire and voting for this same president's policies in order to get in position to run again. As an Independent I kept an open mind until he added Sarah Palin to his ticket, clearly someone not ready to serve as Vice President but a perfect choice to rally the group of people who have poisoned the Republican party for independents.
    Joe Biden was wrong when he said the outside world would test the next president's mettle or President Obama's. The threat is from within our own country. I feel the Republican Party has not gotten behind its candidate and this is a throw away election for them, similar to Senator Dole's. If Senator Obama becomes president, I would like to suggest that he ask every American to put aside a few days vacation time. We may need to join him in Washington, DC, to rally in Washington to keep the forces from within our borders from trying yet again to unseat a duly elected President.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  94. Logan (Medina, Ohio)

    Absolutely not, though it's hard to call him on it because he has a third party do most of the dirty work for him while making a show of telling them not to. Lately he has taken to petty name calling and fear mongering because he knows he can't win the election on isues, how presidential.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  95. Brendan

    No he has not, but honestly, anyone that bought into their pledges to stay honest and on the issues has not seen American politics for the past two centuries.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  96. Andrew - Nashville

    McCain's campaign troubles rest squarely on the shoulders of Barack Obama. If only the Obama campaign had agreed to let John McCain run their campaign as well, the McCain campaign could of kept their pledge of running an honorable campaign. According to John McCain, himself, his campaign would have never of fired the first shot of mud had Obama just agreed to campaigning side by side in Town Hall type meetings during this general election period. What a baby ! This my way or I'm going to cry and point the finger at you because you won't do what I want to do is exactly what this country needs right now. Not that we haven't had this type of leadership for the last 8 years. This is 100 % Bush perspective and ego. America needs a self proclaimed maverick right now like a hole in the head. If McCain loses this election, and I hope he does, he would have been beaten twice by George "W". The tactics used by "W" to defeat him in 2000 are the very tactics that he will lose by.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  97. Louis Coleman

    No! After falling in polls, he followed Gov.Palin on the low road in a act of desperation. If you can't win on issues worth discussing you should bow out gracefully.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  98. Keith from Illinois

    Is there such a thing as a "honorable" RoboCall.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  99. byhen from Metairie, LA

    That depends on whose definition of "HONORABLE" you're using. An honorable person, or John McCains.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  100. pat tennessee

    Not at all. First and foremost is his pick of Sarah Palin – no one who purports to put "Country First" would ever have made such a callous decision. Add in all of the scurrilous attacks on Barack Obama which were used to whip crowds up into an unhealthy frenzy and you have a dishonorable candidate.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  101. Rich Hayton

    I used to (sort of ) admire John McCain because of his war record and his usually outspoken positions against waste and dishonesty. But this campaign has ruined it–he has let the traditional Republican henchmen overwhelm whatever decency he might have formerly had. He spends all his time picking apart what Obama says, not discussing his positions on important issues–since he is obviously listening to Obama's speeches, you would think he would learn from them.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  102. Da

    Absolutely not! McCain has jeopardized all of his honors from the past in order to win this election. I wonder if he would be re-elected as the AZ senator after this election, that is assuming Obama would win, because I think he shouldn't. He has too much greed to be a public servant. I wish he will run the last two weeks of campaign in a more honorable manor, bring the people from both sides closer, because after all, we are still on nation.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  103. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack
    Are you kidding? He hired the same buggers that slimed him in 2000. What? He thought they had reformed maybe? Colin Powell specifically chided McCain for his dishonorable campaign last Sunday.
    I think General Powell's appearance on Meet The Press was, in part, a challenge to the GOP to stand up against the tub thumping Bible beating evangelicals and knuckle dragging right wing neo-con slug nutties who have taken over the party since 1980.
    The GOP used to stand for something other than religious bigotry, ideological intolerance and character assassination. It's high time they did again.

    Pablo in Arlington Tejas

    October 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  104. Andre B

    Sure!, not all people think slavery was a bad thing. The only thing I can think of worse than McCain's campaign is Palin's pull on his poll ratings and her total absence of knowledge regarding the postion she is running for.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  105. jaffer

    No he didn't but I understand why.u can only do that if u r on top but he has been having difficult time sending the message and so he had no other choice.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  106. Ted from Toronto, ON

    NO, his campaign lacks integrity and moral principles

    October 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  107. Da

    Absolutely not! McCain has jeopardized all of his honors from the past in order to win this election. I wonder if he would be re-elected as the AZ senator after this election, that is assuming Obama would win, because I think he shouldn't. He has too much greed to be a public servant. I wish he will run the last two weeks of campaign in a more honorable manor, bring the people from both sides closer, because after all, we are still on nation.

    Austin, TX

    October 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  108. Nichole S.

    "Honorable"? He lost his honor the day he presented Palin as his VP choice, but his choice doesn't "surprise me". Alaska's been importing criminals to Arizona for years now. John just wants to take one to Washington...

    Nichole S. from Illinois

    October 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  109. Jon

    What could be more dishonorable then dividing the country for”Politics First.” Declaring that only one party will bring home our troops in victory divides the country in a shameful claim that some of us are for defeat and misleads us from the complicated reality of what victory will look like in this war. For every soldier victory is achieved the moment they choose to put on the uniform. Every single American sees this victory and it fills our hearts with a gratitude that can never completely express the full worth of this sacrifice. General Petraeus said, “This is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade…it’s not war with a simple slogan.”
    Thank you Jack!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  110. Myron in NY

    Of course not. It's sad cause McCain believes that Obama has been more negative in his ads which are contrary to polls. It's even sadder when all polls show that Palin is a real drag to his candidacy. It's very sad that he really is out of touch.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  111. Brian Becker

    Heck no! He has run possibly the most dishonorable campaign I've ever seen. Even Bush's '04 campaign where he painted a decorated war veteran as a traitor, while Bush himself was a draft dodger, wasn't this bad. Not only is he using robocalls and television ads essentially calling Obama a terrorist, a pedophile, and a socialist, his running mate has the nerve to call Obama inexperienced when she has only been a part time mayor of a town smaller than my high school and the governor of the most socialist state in the U.S.A. for less than two years. That's not even taking into account her obvious inability to understand the issues, or her varying ethics violations. Honorable? Please!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  112. Charlie from Knoxville

    Not even close. It's a shame, I thought more of Senator McCain before this campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  113. Mike in California

    Hello Jack,
    I would like to say that i (was) on the republican side until McCain started in with his mud slinging and all of the out-right lies.That really made me think that if he is willing to do this on the trail what would he do behind closed doors to all of us in this great nation of ours.His campaign has been a real ugly thing to watch.He (McCain) scares the hell out of me and i dont want that kind of fear in my life or in the White house.
    Thank you for your time.

    Mike in Sacramento,Ca.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  114. Richard / St John USVI

    Has any Republican ever run an honorable campaign? Senator McCain showed his true colors when he voted for the "bailout" and then said if he was President, he would veto the bill. He says with a straight face that Sara Palin is the best choice for Vice President. He calls Obama a Socialist, terrorist, raceist.... What John McCain has done in this Political Season is give life to a new kind of fear that is the oppostie of what the founding fathers had envisioned for America. Shame on you Mr. McCain.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  115. floyd, Bay City , Mi

    The wheels have offically fallen off of the straight talk bus. The Mc Cain camp has absolutely no sense of direction, cordinaton, or effective leadership. Ever since the Obama camp offically announced the V.P. nomination of Joe Biden the Mc Cain camp has commited to doing what hardline consertives do best, knee jerk reactionaryism. This classic consertive mode of defense has backfired and snowballed to the point where John Mc Cain has sold out his honner, dignity, and self respect in attempts to win this election. As for Sara Palen, I wonder if she ever had any of the above mentioned to begin with. John Mc Cain made the claim that he "would rather loose an election than loose a war", but what he failed to tell you is that he would be all to willing to sell his soul to the devil to win that same election.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  116. Shawn

    Oh please, Jack! John McCain has not run an "honorable" campaign. I'm sure you've been watching Sen. McCain's shift in gradual campaign ugliness as he gets further behind in the polls. McCain has spent more time attacking Sen. Obama than he has providing answers for this country and tutoring Gov. Palin.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  117. Randy from Canada

    I suppose if one defines honorable as win at all costs.
    It will be very interesting to see if the level of honesty in reflecting back on his campain after it is over ,is equal to the attempt to rationalize their conduct during his campaign.
    Maybe Americans will wake up before the election,rather than after.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  118. Jim/Michigan

    No Jack he obviously has not. Anyone who tries to win by dividing the country is not running an honorable campaign. John McCain sold his honor with his soul to the party in "04" when he sold out his friend John Kerry in hopes of getting the nomination in "08".

    October 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  119. Rose Dial

    NO! I don't believe he knows the meaning of the word honorable anymore. He and his running mate not only have lied about her accomplishments and his being a maverick, he now will say and do anything to win this election. They have tried to paint Obama in any negative way possible with out and out lies and half truths. Why doesn't he tell the truth? Because that would call for honesty and integrity and would be the hororable thing to do. Lying gets him more headlines. His montra is "country first" when it should be "me first".

    October 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  120. Bob from NC

    No he is not Jack!
    He is so fake. I feel no connection when he speaks and it really irritates me when he starts each sentence with "my friends" because I don't recall any proof of his friendship to American people. To make it even worse he added Sarah Palin to the ticket. You know, whenever she talks I really feel she is insulting my intelligence and yet I see people chanting her which as an American; who can think independently; I find it very embarrassing.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  121. Sherry

    John McCain's campaign cannot be called honorable in any way, shape, or form. He has done nothing but run a very negative campaign. He is angry, rude and condescending with his delivery and he really thinks we are all stupid enough to believe him. He should be ashamed of himself. I won't even get into his choice of a running mate.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  122. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Hi Jack,

    NO. He has actually run a negative & a false election.
    Putting fear in ordinary citizens that Obama has no experience.

    Well, Obama has been Presidential, Calm, Intelligent, and very charizmatic of which John hasn't.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  123. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    So glad you're back. This one's a no-brainer. John McCain may be an honorable man, but who could tell from his campaign? He adopted the Bush '04 smear tactics with a vengeance. He has allowed Sarah Palin to rant, rave, lie, and exaggerate her way along the campaign trail. That wasn't enough–now he's using the same stump style. I imagine by now, Mr. McCain has forgotten what the word honorable means.

    Troy, Ohio

    October 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  124. Clay Eccles

    Both sides have run negative campaigns. The difference is that McCain's negative messages are often reputation-damaging on a personal level. This type of advertising, making unsubstantiated claims about a persons character should fall under the same laws as other cases of defamation.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  125. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    From maverick to manipulator of truth.
    From moralist to mannequin of those who would use evil tactics.
    From value driven to vulture picking at dead issues.
    From country first to the great divider using hate.
    From compassionate to dis-graceful.

    I would say a once honorable man sold his soul for external power, he will never obtain the internal power of compassion, love, and gratitude even if he were to win an election.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  126. john, Australia

    Are you kidding me? I'm Australian and my jaw hasn't had a chance to lift itself off the floor. It actually disgusts me what McCain, his wife and Palin are doing.

    there's a place reserved for them somewhere nasty.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  127. Jon, Seattle

    John McCain, at heart, I think is a good person(at least as good as politicians can be). I think he has definitely deviated from his “honorable” campaign he promised. He did it out of necessity. McCain started playing dirty when he began to slip in the polls, when his VP choice turned was exposed as a inexperienced, uneducated governor, when his Maverick independent appeal wasn’t appealing to the conservative wing of America.

    He's doing what he can to stay in the race, because sadly, his party, his policies, his ideas just aren't cutting it anymore.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  128. Kim - Blair, Nebraska

    In order to run an honorable campaign, you would need to be an honorable person. John McCain has never been honorable. Check out article in last week's Rolling Stone issue.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  129. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    If telling the same sorry old lies over and over about terrorism, and raising taxes on the middle class is honorable, then it is an exemplary honorable campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  130. Julia from Michigan

    Jack it depends by who’s definition. If you go by McPalin’s dictionary Honorable is: sneaky, treacherous, tricky, underhanded, wily, unethical abuse of power, misrepresentation of facts and character, fear mongering tactics… then I say most defiantly say he has. Side note: He would have shown better judgment and received better poll ratings if he would have selected a Pit-bull as a running mate instead of Palin.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  131. renee col oh

    JACK , is this a trick QUESTION, heck to the NAW, i hear everyday how people have lost respect for john mccain because of his fear mongering

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  132. M Dixon Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Yes he did, about 8 years ago.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  133. Jon

    I wrote the comment on victory and forgot to include my city and state.
    I am from Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Thanks Again

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  134. Bit/Prattville

    No Jack, not with nasty robocalls like this one"

    "Hi, this is Rudy Giuliani," the message went, "and I'm calling for John McCain and the Republican National Committee, because you need to know that Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers, and murderers. It's true, I read Obama's words myself."

    I just hope McCain regains his integrity before he has to go back to the Senate after Nov. 4th.

    Bit/Prattville Alabama

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  135. Dealt, Lisbon

    Welcome back, Jack. I've missed you and it seems from the post I was not alone in that.

    Jack, that question has only one possible box to tick. Of course, McCain has NOT run an "honorable" campaign. It is actually very sad to watch a man, who should be wiser, at least on account of his years, giving such a disgraceful performance. He has totally squandered his capital of character. Even worse, he seems unable to show to Obama's face the same viciousness he brings out on campaign.

    It's no wonder Al Qaeda indicates it might prefer to have McCain as president. They've done great with Republicans. America has been forced by circumstances and inclination of Republican governments to spend staggering sums of money just to keep safe at home. "Friends" have had to be bought, nobody loves a bully, Talk is so much cheaper than weapons, but still Republicans show no inclination to talk to people they don't like.

    McCain won't talk to Iran, won't talk to Chavez, won't talk to a Castro, won't talk to any of those that are "forcing" the US into spend so much money. And there's not much to gain from having tea with the Queen of England.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  136. C in Belen, New Mexico

    Given what I am viewing on local tv ads, the political "junk mail" in the mail box and the "robo calls" comming in, definately not. (As an FYI, the New Mexico GOP canidates for US senate and the House of Representives are running far more negative campaigns than Senator McCain's from what is on local media and the mail.)

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  137. Martin SC

    Hello Jack,

    is this a rhetorical question ... do you want to check if your audience is still awake?
    McCain is way off from his promise to run a honorable campaign; to many things he said and did during this campaign were so dishonorable to be even mentioned. The only sign of "honorableness" was when he defended Obama in the one town hall meeting w/ that "Muslim" mumbling women....

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  138. David

    Jack,

    His campaign has been anything but honorable. He has changed his campaign slogans to mimic Obama's, tried to link him to terrorists, called him (indirectly) a socialist, and will no doubt bring up Wright in the final week. I still am at a loss to figure out what his whole campaign is about. I can say that I was going to vote for McCain before he picked up Palin as his running mate. I tend to worry about people who are always changing their stance on key issues and picking someone who doesn't know the inner workings of Washington. How are you going to fix something if you don't know the ins and outs of the system? At least Obama has been there a few years to get an understanding of the problems facing Congress and our nation.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  139. john, Australia

    By the way – good to see you're back, Jack. You're very much appreciated in our household!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  140. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    No, Jack, he hasn't.

    The very fact that you are asking means you know the answer is NO.

    Casey | Sebastopol CA.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  141. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    I used to have great respect for John McCain. I thought he was a decent,honorable man who really cared about people,even democrats. When McCain hired the same people that trashed him and Cindy in the 2000 elections,he sold his soul. He has gone down into the gutter so low.he should apologize to Obama and every American when the campaign is over. What a shame for a once honorable man.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  142. Christopher Hackett

    Well, honorable covers a lot of ground. In my opinion many political moves in our country would not be considered honorable in my book. McCain has run anything but an honorable campaign. I mean, Sara Palin as a Vice President for starters. Any high school drop out who has ever read a newspaper (which to my knowledge I dont think Sara Palin has in recent years) knows more then Sara Palin concerning the current problems in our country. Besides the fact that she is the biggest disgrace I have ever seen in any position of office, McCain makes repeated attempts to make Obama look bad in some of the most rediculous ways that it has become rather childish. I am 21 and I have never voted before. I never really wanted to vote. However, out of concern for what might happen to our country should McCain and Sara Palin, step into office, made me change my mind.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  143. Max

    I'm not quite sure the phrase "honorable campaign" applies in politics anymore. Simply put, John McCain's campaign has not run an honorable campaign. I sincerely believe that John McCain is no longer in charge of "his campaign". He has allowed those in charge to stoop to the lowest levels ever seen in American politics to the detriment of the damage it may be costing our country.

    Out of desperation to win they have adhered to the old addage "win at all costs." To allow the insinuations of Obama's religious affiliation, his relationship with William Ayers and the accusation by Sarah Palin and others that he will run a socailist government is unbelievable. McCain, who understands that this race is his last chance at the presidency will allow any and everything to be said and done.

    Thankfully, in Barack O'Bama he has met his Waterloo.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  144. Heather, Arlington TX

    "Honorable" is just one of those words that mean one thing to ordinary people and the complete opposite to radical Republicans. So by his definition, he sure is running an "honorable" campaign. Just as the fundamentals of the economy are "sound". Just take whatever they say, and the truth will be the complete opposite. When you understand that, you'll see they never lie!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  145. Frank

    John McCain has run a very negative, unethical campaign but what can you expect , it was run by the same people that savaged him in the 2000 primaries. How would McCain have felt if Obama had run the exact same ads they used against him in 2000 ?

    Frank
    Pickering,Ontario, Canada

    October 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  146. Judy - Phila PA

    Oh he's running a campaign? I can't wait to read the stories everyday of how he or his running mate have screwed something up! I will be in withdrawal come Nov. 5.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  147. Karen D Maryland

    No he has not. I can no longer see John McCain as Honorable or a Maverick because of the divisive nature of his campaign at a time when this country is hurting and really needs to stand together as we did right after 9/11. His reason for all the negativity? Obama did not have town hall meetings with him. That is beyond ridiculous. The blatant contempt and anger towards Obama did not make you think what an honorable man

    October 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  148. Allen L Wenger

    No. It looks like the honorable John McCain of 2000 has morphed into a George Bush clone. It seems like Senator McCain has decided that winning is more important than honor. Unfortunately, it looks like he won't have his honor or a victory at the end of this campaign.

    Allen
    Mountain Home Idaho

    October 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  149. Amy

    Is that is a trick question? It's like the GOP need the negativity to survive and their supporters eat it up. As a proud Obama supporter I have learned to respect those who support John McCain even though they don't do the same for me, because that is what the Obama campaign is about; lifting people up rather than tearing them down. I mean Obama has done his share of attacks but none of them as cutting as McCain's.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  150. Joe Sefus, PA

    Jack, it begs the question, are Americans stupid or what? It takes
    ones mind back to the vietnam days and makes me think did John get
    a little napaum in his system that went undetected? It makes you wonder
    did McCain put those planes in a death spiral on purpose, eject, and
    surrender just to get attention? I think McCain's honor went the way of
    the Edsel when he picked Sara Palin as his running mate.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  151. asma

    John Mc Cain wants to win this race by all means necessary , he knows deep down he has not runned a honorable campagin but he is hoping history will be more forgiving... It the people he surrounds himself with "rove" stratgiest who want to want to win this election
    This election is different because its not about Obama or Mc Cain but about the american people

    October 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  152. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    Dis-honorable. I have no respect left for John McCain. And at times, I don't even think he respects himself.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  153. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    McCain was asleep with a hangover when the Academy class on Honor was held. Old time Naval Academy graduates must be either laughing out loud, or throwing up with embarrassment when McCain mentions his "service to country" crap.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  154. Differ from Maryland

    John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin, are only interested in character assassination because they have no clear platform for change. Americans are sick of devisive politics and this behavior. Calling Obama a terrorist will appeal to certain voters who will not vote for Obama because he's black. This is a time when Americans need to come together to face probably its greatest challenges in history. McCain learned nothing from his suffering in Hanoi, and as far as I can tell, has lost the little credibility he had left. His pick of Palin showed his lack of understanding and judgement in these critical times. His continuation of accepting this terrorist argument lacks any degree of honor or truth. I think an honarable man is caught in the dishonest politics of today.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  155. Francie,Wisconsin

    Welcome back Jack-really missed you!
    McCain's extremely negative and shizophrenic campaign plus his choice of Palin is mind-boggling. I now also highly question his though process in the senate. I think the good people of Arizona need to take a good look at his mental stability. McCain would be another absolute disaster as a President!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  156. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain's "Straight Talk Express" was honorable until the wheels fell off and it became the "Straight Gossip Express".

    October 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  157. Ted O. (Canada)

    John McCain is an honourable man, who has run a dishonourable campaign. He has sold his soul to the RNC. I guess he had the same thing done to him by George Bush, in the previous campaign and thinks is OK to do it to someone else. If the man has any class left, he would at least call these despicable ads off , while Obama is away visiting his grandmother. You reap what you sow, and November 4, it's going come back & bite him. The robo calls only resonant with the simple minded voter, which in this case is already your typical Republican supporter. The RNC are like drowning rats, they know they are going down in defeat, and will continue these calls right up to November 3

    October 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  158. Charles from Savannah

    John McCain may be honorable, himself; but, those running his campaign have been less than for this reason–his history is not unmarred. He was involved with the Keating Five, but no one talks about that. He had a part in the Iran Contra, but no one talks about that either. Yet, he throws these huge stones at Obama, when he really hasn't cleaned up his own back yard. Sarah Palin doesn't help. She abused her power to retaliate against her former brother-in-law; she (whether legally or not) brought her children along on government business trips; she let her husband, a civilian, interfere with government business, all along slinging mud at the other candidates. To be honorable, McCain should stand on his own accomplishments, point to the impacting differences between the candidates, but not try to tear down his rival. If McCain is successful at getting me to dislike Obama, it does not mean that by default, I will vote for him. Now, on the flip side, I am turned off by the negative attacks, so perhaps I will look to someone who offers at least a plausible answer, instead talking about "Joe."

    October 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  159. Jim Kelton

    Jack, Honorable, the only thing McCain has done that is honorable is his time in the military. Speaking of being honorable how about his treatment of his first wife, or do we have a short term memory. Jim Kelton Bangor Pa

    October 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  160. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Jack – Absolutely nothing about his campaign has been honorable since he picked Sarah Palin. It upsets me greatly that this whole Joe-the-Plumber thing seems to be taking off, with all McCain and Palin's lies about Obama's tax plan. Now that it's taken hold, the numbers are moving back McCain's way. Why aren't people paying attention to the facts??? It's the old adage that you say something enough times people will believe it. McCain is a total disgrace.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  161. Carol

    Listen Jack, You know its going to be hell for John McCain's honor now. I just heard that Elizabeth Hasselback is hitting the trail with Sara Palin. LOL!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  162. Davis

    Senator McCain has payed "honor" to himself, his perception of his record, his desperate and impetuous choices, the traditional political attack strategy, and the extreme political ideology of seeking to regenerate the social, economic and cultural life of our country by promoting a heightened and divisive sense of national belonging and ethnic identity (e.g. the "real" Americans; the "Christians"; "terrorist"; etc). Meanwhile, he has dishonored the ideological foundations of acceptance, tolerance, compassion, and respect on which this great country was build and has progressed throughout its history. One thing is clear – his campaign has not been motivated by posterity.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  163. Judith

    If you consider pandering to people's prejudices and preying upon their fears honorable, then, yes, he has run an honorable campaign.

    By the way, maybe you can answer this – if Ayers is a domestic terrorist then why isn't he sitting in a prison cell?

    Judith, NYC

    October 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  164. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    His erratic lurching and 100% negative adds has left the straight talk express in the ditch.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  165. John K, Davidson, NC

    Absolutely...and Sarah Palin will win the Nobel Prize for Physics, Cindy McCain will become a nun, and our economy is doing splendid. Are you kidding? McCain can't manage an ant farm. His advisors and speech writers have turned him into a shameful and ugly man. Pity. He used to be an honorable decent man.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  166. Paul, Louisiana

    No he has not.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  167. Marie

    If do anything or say anything to win is honorable. He defends Senator Obama one day and slams him the next. Governor Palin has a hard time telling the truth, so I do not believe anything she says. The ACORN voter registration has me very upset. The Republicans don't want anyone to know that they have purged voter names in several swing States. Those voters were all Democrats.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  168. Mark Cowan in PA

    No Jack, he hasn't run an honerable campaign. As a Republican I am discusted with his lies, use of racist inneuendo, and character assasination. McCain has sold his soul to the devil in the right wing extremists of my GOP. I have been a moderate Republican for the past 38 years, and now I can't even recognize my party anymore. It has become the party of Joe McCarthy like in the 40's and 50's all over again, and thanks to John McCain and his embracing the Karl Rove tactics he's brought shame on us all. He will do or say anything to get elected, without thinking about how he is continuing to polarize America at a time when we need most to be together. After the election I will be changing my party affiliation. Republican in PA for Obama now!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  169. Marji Tucker

    If it is honorable to "stretch the truth" about your opponent, label things "socialist" which are not, lie about how rude Obama was to Sam the non-licensed plumber, lie about who is really causing all the newscasters to be on Sam's front lawn, present your VP as truly in touch with the middle class, when between Sarah and Todd they made over $200,000 annually until 2006; misrepresent your opponent's arguments as opposed to just presenting your opposing viewpoint, etc. ad nauseum, they McCain has run a very honorable campaign. Oh yeah!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  170. Marjorie Perez

    Mr Cafferty: Sometimes I think you're a bit rude, but most times I agree with you, so go ahead and be yourself.
    Shame on banks that refuse to work with those of us who are in deep trouble. I became disabled, and not able to pay my mortgage. I put the house up for sale, and the bank refused the offer because it was $15,000 less that what they valued it. Are banks trying to get the same bail out as Wallstreet ? And, disability programs are a joke too, but that's another story.

    Marjorie
    Bonita Springs, Fl.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  171. Jim

    He is an honorable man and I believe he has. Character and associations that future leaders have had is always something that the American people need to know. Ayers, Wright, Resko and others are legitimate issues to explore. If McCain associates were similar to Obama's, I would be upset if CNN didn't cover those as well.

    Jim
    Greensboro, NC

    October 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  172. Andrew

    Nashville, Tennessee
    I'm glad that Senator McCain and Joe the Plumber have become such good friends. McCain's going to need a friend when this thing is over. The Senator from Arizona has lost so much credibility and honor this election period and it has all been self inflicted. He can't blame the machine, only himself. The man who proclaims to be the champion of righting the wrong is the very man cooking what he is serving. So very sad.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  173. Roger May

    Senator McCain did run an honorable campaign, UNTIL the wheels started to fall off. His lack of focus and indecisiveness on certain issues has changed his approach and he set his attack dogs loose.

    Now John MCain is like any other politician who is desperate.
    A sad, sad finish to an honorable and decent man's career.

    Roger May
    Toronto, Canada

    October 23, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  174. Annie, Atlanta

    Jack, McCain is running the uggliest, low down, fear and hate filled campaign I've ever seen in my life. They are using us against each other and it's working. Why isn't Obama ahead by at least 30 points! John McCain is a disgrace, and Sarah is just hateful.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  175. Rosalynd Florida

    It is shocking that McCain has run such a dishonorable and low ball campaign Why would a man his age throw away his dignity like this? McCain should spend the next 12 days running an above board campaign and hope that the country forgives him for such a terrible transgression.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  176. Lisa B

    Doesn't Sarah Palin realize how ridiculous she sounds when she criticizes Obama's lack of experience? Doesn't she understand most of the country thinks the same thing about her? Or that an attack is going to happen on a new, untested president? The fact the she does not see the hypocrisy in all of this is astounding. Perhaps she is hoping people won't notice. Or perhaps she understands even less than we think she does. Now there is a frightening thought.

    The McCain/Palin ticket has been a disgrace. I might have voted for McCain 2000 but not this McCain.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  177. Davis

    To borrow a line from the movie Gladiator: "The time for honoring yourself, Mr. McCain, will soon be at an end".

    October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  178. Peggy-Lombard, Illinois

    He has not been conducting an honorable campaign. Not even close. The Robo-calls concerning Bill Ayers takes the cake. McCain seems frequently angry and speaks with his teeth clenched. The McCain of 2000 was an honorable candidate and one I would of voted for in a heart beat. The McCain 2008 candidate is actually scary. He flip-flops on issues and his worst decision was selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. I'm truly disappointed in him and feel he has embarassed and disgraced himself.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  179. Maria, Austin, TX

    No, Jack, he has not run an honorable campaign. His desire to be president to trump his illustrious father and grandfather has been primordial in his bid. He has said things which we know arent true. The latest is that Gov Palin is the best vp candidate in recent history. We know he doesnt mean that; Joe Lieberman was a vp candidate in 2000 and we know McCain wanted him as his runningmate. McCain is flailing and it doesnt matter now who gets hurt and if the truth suffers so long as he wins.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  180. Aland in Holland

    Jack, first of all I am glad to see you back. Now to your question, McCain's campaign has been nothing but a campaign of negativity and pompous hypocrisy. Even if he meant to run an honorable campaign in the beginning apparently his team doesnt and he is unable to counteract on that. If he can't control or manage and somehow commit to his promise to run an honorable campaign, how can the American people expect him to run a country to rise above its economic crisis and standing in the world?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  181. Daniel McGraw

    Honor left this man when he Began to Align himself with the "base"
    Caving in on torture to Bush that says alot to the charecter of the indivdual who will change a core belief to be president a true leader would be Doing Something not talking about it How many Votes Have these two missed in thier day job i Know when i dont show up for work or dont even read what i am being asked to support that i would be fired

    October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  182. Chris - Queens, NY

    Jack
    McCain has definitely not run an "honorable" campaign. His tactics are that of a desperate man watching his chance at the presidency slip through his fingers. He may not be down so much in the polls if he spent less time attacking Obama and more time discussing the issues. Unfortunately, McCain cannot talk about the issues because he has no good ideas. So instead we get to hear that Obama is a terrorist or a socialist. The hypocrisy of McCain is staggering. While he accuses Obama of socialism, he forgets about the YouTube clips of him in 2000 saying that he believes that the wealthy should pay more!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  183. Dale, Phoenix

    No Jack he has not!
    I watched this morning as McCain spoke on the campaign trail.
    All he talked about is what Sen. Obama is or is not doing. I kept waiting for him to say what positive impact he and Gov. Palin would make. That statement never came!
    Also, in regard to being TESTED.....Sen. McCain just failed the test, when the economic crisis hit recently. He was running around Washington, like a chicken with no head. While Sen. Obama remained calm cool and collective. Sen. Obama PASSED the test...Sen. McCain failed the test!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  184. Lisa B

    Why is McCain all of a sudden speaking of the elites in this country? Doesn't someone with 7 houses and a beer fortune count as an elite? Who do they think they are fooling?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  185. Dan from Kitchener

    John McCain sold his soul to get the Republican nomination. He once said people like Dobson and Perkins were agents of intolerance but now he has adopted most if not all their ideology to get their support.

    To counteract his bad judgement in the latter he has had to resort to lies and distortion without giving the public any clear indication of his policies.

    Hopefully the hate and fear mongering his campaign has resorted to will not end up in violence but if it doesn't it won't be for their lack of trying.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  186. Ken in Seattle

    No. John McCain seems to have sold his soul to the right wing wackos and their deceptive gutter politics in order to become president. He is certainly not the person today he was in 2000. He has thrown honesty and integrity out the window in his blind ambition to become president.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  187. Sarah

    John McCain has lost a lot of the respect and honor he had from people on both sides of the aisle (as well as from the general public). I think he will lose the election and in the future he will come to really regret the campaign he has run. Even if he was 32 he would struggle to repair his reputation – being 72 he has no chance.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  188. Carol in Western Massachusetts

    Absolutely, absolutely. Just ask him.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  189. Sheldon (Toronto, Canada)

    Well, darn it, wink, wink, let's call it like it is – some straight talk – Honorable? NO WAY! Hey, can I call you John?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  190. Richard from Texas

    Hi Jack, glad you're back.

    McCain's OK, it's that bunch running the campaign, don't ya just sense the puppet master Rove at work??

    October 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  191. Fran of Huntington, NY

    Has He? The most absurd was when McCain said Obama was running the dirtiest campaign in history, in the last debate. Obama's nasty remarks have been nothing but defense to the low down and dirty attacks from McCain and his pit bull. I think Sen. McCain felt Bush dirty tactics worked against him in 2000 so he gave it his best and it ended up being his worst.
    Shame on you.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  192. Barbara

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Jack, No he has not. He promised to run an honorable campaign and made a huge point of it. If he can't even keep his word to the American people about the type of campaign he would run, why should we believe anything else he is promising us?

    Barbara

    October 23, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  193. Steve in Clinton, IN

    I was so looking forward to this campaign when I heard McCain say he would run an honorable campaign. I thought we were going to get away from the Rove influence and get to the issues. I was and am very disappointed. McCain has been just as bad as previous candidates.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  194. Renia Phillips

    McCain has misplaced the meaning of the word honest with desperate and unfortunately I had more respect for the man before he gave the pretense of his not knowing he's even participating in a not at all skillful act of malicious conduct with all the deception and lies, as a intelligent person I want to expect more even if he is a politician, have they no shame.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  195. benjamin m

    Why is the McCain/Palin ticket trying to turn the white collar folks against the blue collar folks in this country? Why are they trying to identify with "joe sixpack" and calling those in NYC elitists? The people in NY were applauded after 9/11 for our spirit of community and how we all pulled together – no one checked each other's tax returns to see who was a true American (what does that mean anyway....someone who makes under $50K/year)? We are ALL true Americans and we all love our country equally.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  196. Kathy from central Florida

    No. Definitely not. The McCain campaign is trying to use the same scare tactics that has been the hallmark of the Bush administration. Americans will not be fooled again. Truth will prevail and put Barack Obama in the White House.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  197. Ralph Sveda

    Jack, My answer today's question:
    Is an emphatic "NO"- He has been grossly negative and demeaning.

    On a scale of 1 to 10, I give him a "1".

    October 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  198. William Allen

    Jack,

    No he certainly did not.

    Ive been watching the whole campaign and the man is vicious and evil, I cant even think how he would treat other world leaders, believe me, America and the World would be in trouble if hes elected.

    William N.B. Canada.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  199. Nettie Ray

    no, he has not.

    I have no respect left for him, he has
    become mean, nasty and vindictive.

    not to mention the Sarah Palin choice.

    I am from Kansas Ctiy, Missouri

    October 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  200. Sandra fromTexas

    So much for John McCain promises. His campaign alone tells me everything I need to know about John McCain and his promises.
    I am not young and remember a lot of campaigns and this is the nastiest on the part of the Republicans in my memory. I early voted yesterday for Obama/Biden and have quit listening to anything McCain/Palin have to say. They or their surrogates come on and I switch channels.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  201. Greg in Cabot AR

    Unfortunately, history has shown that the term "Honorable Campaign" is usually used to congratulate the runner-up after he makes his concession speech on election night. The old saying "Nice guys finish last" is so very true in politics.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  202. Erik from Golden, CO

    I can confidently say that McCain has NOT even come close to an honorable campaign.

    He called Obama a terrorist-by-association.
    He riled up his crowds to shout hate speech.
    He continues to pump the airwaves and telephone lines with vicious and blatant lies just to scare the population.

    Those are the actions of a desperate man, not an honorable man.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  203. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    The republicans have been ugly in their handling of this campaign, one has to wonder how much control McCain had over what was said and when it was said. That said I believe Obama has run a much more professional campaign and he, went after McCain only when he was attacked.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  204. Teri Tuomi, SC

    John McCain has not run an honorable campaign. That is why he cannot look Mr. Obama in the eye. That is why when he is asked this question by many reporters, he looks uncomfortable. When this election is over and McCain goes back to Arizona, he needs to apologize for losing his integrity, only then will he gain back the respect he has lost.

    Teri Tuomi, South Carolina

    October 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  205. John in Rohnert Park

    No! He and his moose murdering, 150 thousand dollar Neiman Marcus shoppin,' everyday common woman sidekick have engaged in a shameful campaign. They have portrayed Obama and anyone else for that matter who doesn't believe in exactly what they believe, as unpatriotic socialists. They are little more than the same old ultra conservative fear monger frauds that we've seen before in that party. McCain claims he knows how to win a war. Which war did you "win" John cause it sure as heck wasn't 'Nam!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  206. Joel, New Mexico

    Jack,

    McCain has run a campaign fraught with the worst kind of rhetoric, and what makes it even more shameful is the fact that he didn't start the General Election this way.

    The whole "Joe 6-pack"/"hockey mom"/"vote for us because we remind you of your neighbors/your grandparents/yourself" argument is wrong for two reasons: first, it's a facade – neither McCain nor Palin are average Americans in any way.

    Second, and more importantly, Americans need to remember that the whole reason we HAVE elected positions is so that we can fill them with the best among us, not simply those who remind us of ourselves. This was the intent of the authors of the Constitution and the framers of our government. But I guess that doesn't really matter to McCain/Palin supporters; the founders were, after all, the leading intellectuals and orators of their day, so I guess we should dismiss them as elitists.

    -Joel

    October 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  207. Pat in Atlanta

    I think John McCain is an honorable man, running a dishonorable campaign. His biggest mistake is underestimating the intelligence of the American people. We can make our own determinations on what to think about Obama's experience, leadership abilities and personal relationships. What I do need to know is how you are going to fix this crumbling economy....STOP trying to badmouth your opponent, it just makes you look bad.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  208. Nikki , North Carolina

    Absolutely not, Jack! Disgusting, Despicable, and Doomed are more like it..

    For John McCain to flat out LIE to the American people is outrageous to me, Sarah Palin the MOST qualified in modern history? Come on give me a break...she is undoubtedly the reason for his campaign's demise.

    Good to have you back.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  209. Rob, Las Vegas , Nevada

    Jack
    Honor, Duty, Sacrifice:
    That's what McCain wants you to believe, but his campaign has been so divisive, and destructive that Honor, Duty, Sacrifice has turned into outright deceit, lies and shameless labels. McCain says he has been tested, however the world is watching and they see the massive ugliness spawning from McCain and Palin's pores. There is nothing honorable about John McCain - nothing. McCain has destroyed the perception that people had of him as being honorable. He has turned out to be nothing but a 72 year old Karl Rove

    October 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  210. DJones

    I don't know if it should be honorable,and I don't think any presidential campaign has been ran honorable. I think senator Mccain has ran a hypocritical campaign. In the beginning he torn down Senator Obama for being inexperience and being more of a celebrity than presidential qualified. Senator Mccain turn around and select someone that doesn't have any qualications herself. Personally I'm not impress with her being the mayor of a small city or the gevernor of Alaska. The thing that has made him eat all of his earlier campaign slogans is that Sara Palin has turn out to be a bigger celebrity than senator Obama. I've heard that the you run your campaign is the way that you'll run the white house with that being said my yote goes to Obama!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  211. Dave D in Bensalem, PA

    Hi Jack. As a former fan of Senator McCain, I knew this question would come up. The reason why this is news is that there was never any question that John McCain navigated through politics with honor, purpose, and a real desire to serve his country. I've watched this past six months as he has abandoned all the principles that he has built his career on, all in order to keep the support of his party. I can see it on his face that he realizes this, but is now obligated to follow it through to the end. I hope he writes a book about this – it will be a good lesson to have on record.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  212. JD in NH

    I've been politically active for 4 decades and I've never seen anything quite as nasty, dishonest and underhanded as Senator McCain's campaign. I'm ashamed to say I voted for him in the 2000 New Hampshire primary. He's not the same man and it's very sad.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  213. Karon - Texas

    No, he has not run an honest and honorable campaign.

    I used to have admiration for the person he was – no longer! He has sold his soul to the GOP in order to win the election. I also think he will not be greeted with such warmth as before by his fellow senators.

    Him and Palin have gone above and beyond an ugly campaign – they have wandered into the nasty and hateful area – almost inciting people's rage. God help this country now!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  214. Lee, BC

    Such a jealous old man, and bitter old fool
    Merely copies B.O. yet can't copy his 'cool'
    Lies, finger-pointing, accuses with blame
    Bomb! bomb! bomb! this hate-filled campaign

    Just announced here in BC is a 'new' plan from our Premier regarding tax cuts to help the economy ~ looks like this very conservative party read & copied Obama's plan, so BO is way ahead of the way to go

    Please USA, vote Barack Obama as Canada is also part of America

    October 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  215. Heather, GA

    Sleazy, inane, divisive, fallacious, disingenuous are just a few adjectives
    that come to find- honor isn't among them.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  216. Chad Russo

    It is obvious that McCain has not ran an "honorable" campain. A honorable campain would stay on message and issues about your campain and your opponents.

    An example is the claim that he (McCain) has been tested by sitting in a fighter jet on an aircraft carier during the Cuban missle crissis. He was not making a decision that would affect every american. He was waiting for an order and to follow it without question. He has not been tested on the decision making process of a President.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  217. Bruce in OR

    So negative in fact, that the Republican surrogates that have been blathering on all the news "shows" are due a major spa treatment (de-programming) after the election just to get their heads screwed back on right!!

    Now repeat after me - This is fact and this is ficton!!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  218. adg

    The McCain campaign has been telling us how popular Plin is. Have there been any recent polls to determine if palin is still the most popular govenor in the US? What do Alaskan's think of her now?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  219. DCM, Connecticut

    Up until the announcing of his VP running mate, I believe so. Since then it seems that he sold his soul to the more extreme elements of his party in a scorched earth campaign effort to win regardless of the damage left to repair.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  220. Louise from Chicago, Illinois

    Jack:

    John McCain said way back that he wanted to run an honorable campaign without negative attacks. With all the attacks we have seen from him, and especially from Sarah Palin in the past weeks, it makes me question his definition of "honorable." If this is how he treats Barack Obama, who is a fellow American, what kind of tricks will he have up his sleeve for those whom the United States calls enemies? Who on earth would want to deal with him? This goes back to your question from yesterday, too, as to why so many in foreign countries support Barack, doesn't it?

    Side note: Once again, Jack, so glad you are back. Those in my household thought of you while you were gone. Hope you feel well and strong.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  221. Raymond Duke/Gatesville,Tx.

    Nab, you are a complete idiot. The kids are receiving private tutoring. Second , I would not worry about what the republican party spent on clothes for the Palins which will be auctioned off for charties. I would be more worried about Obama's 830 million dollar donation to Acorn and the investigation into his donations.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  222. Roger (Dallas, TX)

    I have followed political campaigns religously since 1968 and this by far has been the most dispicable campaign I have ever seen. I think Senator McCain has been influenced by the Karl Rove wing of the party – win at all costs no matter if you have to relinquish your integrity! Fortunately for the rest of us, this worn out tactic is not going to work this time around. Our candidates should offer us hope and unity, not hatred and devisivness. It's bad enough the venimnous ramblings that come out of McCain and Palin, but these robocalls go beyond the pale. It's truly sickening.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  223. Barbara from Portland, Oregon

    Not only is McCain running one of the most dishonorable campaigns in history, it's also very dangerous. Because of McCain's lies, many of his supporters believe Obama to be a radical Muslim, anti-American terrorist. What are these people going to do with their ill-informed but passionate rage once the election is over?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  224. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    Honorable by republican standards.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  225. TampaBill

    After McCain has said and done anything to win – including selecting an unknown to him and unqualified VP candidate – it is funny to hear him make such a charge.

    McCain is on his last hurrah, he may still have some last minute "win at all costs idea in his head."

    He is becoming more dangerous with every day.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  226. Tom in Desoto Texas

    If McCain calls his campaign honorable he should visit the dictionary, it has been anything but honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  227. nancy

    No, he has not run an honorable campaign and makes it even worse thinking voters are stupid and letting his running mate run-a-muck. I would like to know what role Alaska's number one dude will have if McCain – excuse me – Palin is elected. He has already held a lobbyist-type role in Alaska and the definition of stupid is doing the same thing over and expecting different results. Also, will the discusting Phil Graham and/or Joe Lieberman be an advisor and/or cabinet member in a McCain administration? The McCain has not had an original idea in this campaign. McCain is like the student that just doesn't understand and has to copy from someone that does & that's why McCain can't explain issues & changes the subjects.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  228. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    Where is the honorable John McCain?Where is our war hero? That man no longer exist. He has turned into a nasty, in the gutter politician just like all the rest. He has run one of the worst campaigns in history. I still hear rumblings about how he is going to win the election. If he does he will have to back up into the office, he has been shameful.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  229. James

    Heck no he has not run an honorable campaign. McCain is nothing but a spoiled little third generation brat with an Alaskan caribou Barbie for his running mate who cannot even define what her job would be as a potential Vice President. Heck McShame does not even know what a president does much less a senator.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  230. Miriam in Guadalajara, Mexico

    No way, Jack. Ordinarily, I have no problem with negative campaigning, as long as it is about the issues and relatively factual, but the compulsive lying from the McCain/Palin team has turned off a lot of voters. Who do they think they are, the Clintons?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  231. Kathy Glendale Heights, IL

    I had SO much respect for John McCain in years past. Now, with this campaign and his choice of VP, he has promised 'change.'

    I don't exactly know what it is that changed HIM, but he is no longer the 'maverick' he once was. He has become a rank and file politician complete with bag of dirty tricks, lies, and attitude.

    I grieve for the John McCain I once thought I knew. He is gone.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  232. SHAAN RAJAN

    John McCain will be an Old & Negative person to lead America. We saw him unable to controll his temper many times over national television. America need a young, visionary and energetic president to deal with the economic, foreign as well as energy crisis it is facing now.

    Sarah Palin is a clear impractical joke. If this team is going to lead America in the 21st century, it will be evident, we will see disasters right here.

    As Sarah Palin is clearly unknowledgeable and inexperienced in even facing a strong media, how is she able to face a real challenge in real time tough situations. As the color of every person under the skin is exactly the same (Blood Red), this is right time for America to think in a right direction. Not in a racist way.

    Some of the political as well as mighty zars of the international world will chew and spit Sarah Palin out along with America in the future if this disaster of electing McCain-Palin happends.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  233. Rose in Az

    I don't think there is a politician that is alive and breathing that runs an honorable campaign. I often read the fact checks on CNN and the answer in most cases is "misleading" and that goes for both Obama and McCain. With the liberal media on the side of Obama of course McCain gets the blunt end of the stick, however, there have been a lot of so called facts that Obama bloats
    There is no such thing as an honorable campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  234. fred

    I don't think you could say any major political campaign could use the word honorable. There has never been honor among theives or poloticians.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  235. Janel - Fredonia, NY

    The 2008 John McCain is not the same John McCain who ran in 2000. That person was a straight shooter and had he been the Republican candidate that year would have my vote. The '08 McCain panders to the conservative right, has the RNC making despicably nasty and untrue calls about Sen. Obama, has his attack dog vice presidential candidate spewing her own brand of political untruths and generally comes off like a cranky old man. I admire what he did for our country but not his presidental campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  236. Jeremy: Port Huron, Mi

    I think John McCain is holding his own. However, I think Sarah Palin has brought an entire new meaning to the idea of dirty campaign tactics. She plays the class card connecting average Americans to Real Americans, she has claimed Obama is dangerous, she has allowed supporters to throw out "terrorist" and "kill him" at rallies, and worst of all, she throws around the term socialist worse than McCarthy uses the term communist.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  237. Audrey Fryer

    Jack – this must be a trick question – of course he hasn't; he has run the most despicable, dirty and dishonorable campaign I've ever seen and I am 65 years old.

    Audrey

    October 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  238. Regina, Boise Idaho

    Hello Jack

    Unfortunately the competive US political environment based on money and marketing currently will not let any politician with a shot at office to run an "honorable" campaign. I believe that given the statements at the start of the race about how this election would be different and would be about issues and not mudsling both McCain and Obama could have done a better job of sticking to a more honorable course, but I do honestly believe that McCain and Palin have resorted to attaching Obama and Biden far more than necessary and to the point that it is very damaging only to their own campaign.

    I am glad to see you back Jack, thanks for your blog
    Ro

    October 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  239. Debbie

    It doesn't appear that he is managing his campaign or that his campaign is managing him. I don't think non-management instead of mismanagement is the kind of change I want.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  240. Bob Duval

    This post is in response to Paul Henry's comment:
    The only people with executive experience are not running in this election. Like it or not, these folks are: the two president Bushes (George H.W, and George W.), Jimmy Carter, and William J. Clinton. Anything else whether it's as a former mayor, councilman, governor does not matter in presidential election.
    If I were running for president and my experience is a town I was in charge of as a mayor and left with a deficit or debt of 20 millions while the debt or deficit in budget was zero when I was sworn into office, I would never mention that in conversations.
    Both candidates have run dishonorable campaigns. The only defense Obama has is that most of his ads came in response to most of McCain's negative ads.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  241. Larry in Florida

    I think thats his problem. He's trying to be honest but that doesn't go over so well. Not what people want to hear. He should start making it up as he goes along like Obama does. Working well for him so far. Need money? I'll cut you a check. Need health insurance? I'll make it affordable to everyone! I could go on and on. If he is running an honorable campaign and he wins, we'll be living in the magic kingdom. Bottom line Jack.....Is there ever going to be an honorable candidate? They all stretch the truth. It's the American way.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  242. Thami Tembe

    Hi Jack!

    His campaign was a disgrace. He and Palin incited people in a very dangerous way by implying that Senator Obama is an unpatriotic, supporter of terrorists and a socialist. They have stirred up hate and anger towards Obama in their crowds and if these feelings lead some lunatic to harm Barack Obama, it is partly McCain's and Palin's fault.

    Thami, from Germany

    October 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  243. Steve C

    One of the Golden Rules of sales is to never bash the competition. Too bad McCain does not understand this rule. He has tarnished his legacy and his honor.

    Steve,
    Laguna Niguel, CA

    October 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  244. Dave in Phoenix

    Everyday is a new slant or a new slogan and nothing constructive, only divisive. This campaign is devoid of ideas and the public is finally realizing this and flocking to Obama. Keep up the bad work McCain/Palin !!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  245. Larry, Providence, RI

    Once upon a time there was a "maverick" named John McCain. But that was a very long, long time ago. The John McCain we've been following for the past year or two has run his campaign exactly as George Bush (Father & Son) ran theirs. It's a campaign based on fear, hate, and the obsessive desire to win, simply for power. This is a sad man, with a sad campaign and a pathetic Vice Presidential candidate (who knows just about nothing) along for the ride.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  246. Dave in MO

    There you go again Jack with the loaded questions!!! The answer is no, but the question should have been... Has McCain and Obama ran an honorable campaign? The answer is still no!!! But when in are lifetime has a presidential candidate ever run an honorable campaign? Face it your issue is more with McCain/Palin than an honorable campaign!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  247. Joe in Clinton, Ma.

    Jack,
    Mccain has not ran an Honorable campaign. The negativity of his campaign has made me wonder, If he, himself is an Honorable man.
    By declaring that his campaign would not resort to the things we have seen in the past. Once he started, he went negative quickly.
    He in my opinion is not Honorable, and thus cannot be trusted with the Presidency of our great Country.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  248. Candy West Virginia

    If you consider spouting hatred, lies, smears, false claims, divisiveness,fears, terrorism and racism honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  249. Rita Mitchell

    I have voted Republican all my life, but this year is an exception. McCain is running a dirty champaign and Palin is a real joke. She doesn't even understand what her duties would be as a Vice-President. I really don't like receiving the nasty calls and e-mails from McCain's people. They should be talking about their policies and not down playing Obama. Obama handles himself like a professional and McCain handles himself like a spoiled out of control child.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  250. Joe, NY

    Well, don't you know that it's all Obama's fault, Why? Obama wouldn't hold "Town Hall Meetings." This gave the 'Dishonorable" Republican ticket the right to be the hate mongers that they truly are. I am proud to say that neither McCain nor Pallin represent my views and am grateful neither one of them represent my state. Send this evil woman back to the rock she crawled out from under, and the angry ,irratic McCain should retire from politics and move to Alaska. Good job in putting "Country First"

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  251. jordan

    He said he will pick a honorable vp.If we belive a word John Mccain tells the public,then we are as dumb as the people who vote for him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  252. Dennis in Indiana

    Jack,

    I supported John McCain in 2000 and was dismayed that he was so horribly savaged by Rove and Bush and forced out of the primaries. Now here it is 8 years later and McCain sensing that there will be no comeback this time is engaging in the same low political tactics that he himself fell victim to. Is that honorable? No it's not. And while some will write this off as politics as usual, it says more about the man than the campaign. And what it says is that John McCain has traded principle, honesty, integrity and honor for the low road of lies, deceit and personal attacks in a desperate last gasp attempt to achieve an office he has deluded himself into believing he deserves.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  253. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack, In terms of money spent, Obama has financed 2-3 times more negative ads than McCain. Just once try to be impartial Jack. Try it you may like it.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  254. richard of cedar city utah

    I don't believe so. His campainge is full of half truths and right out lies. The McCain/Palin ticket has brought some of the most racist, hatefull and biggoted people to their rallies, but McCain said that he is proud of all that attend his rallies. If you allow hate comments to go unchecked, then you will gat hate activities. Here in Utah, we have seen come of that. Peoples Obama signs were distroyed and had written on the "he will die" and other things. One woman had the "N" word spray painted on her car. I support Obama, but I have a wife and a 6 year old daughter. I feel afraid to openly show my support.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  255. Marilyn from Louisiana

    Senator McCain has been underhanded and dishonest to the American people. Remember everyone, you run your campaign like you would run the White House. Help us all if he is elected as our next President. You think we are in trouble now....just wait.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  256. George from Tampa, FL

    Sen. McCain's campaign has not reached the bottom of dishonorable yet. He will probably take his campaign to new lows when he attempts to contest the election in every battleground state that he loses come November 4th. Go Obama !

    October 23, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  257. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    No he has not run an honorable campaign. He is lying by ommission about most of his plans and policies and the basic thrust of his politics is to disparage Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  258. Sol, Potomac MD

    McCain has not only run a dishonorable campaign his management of it has been so incompetent that he's shown a lack of ability as an executive much less the CEO of the United States. He and his running mate have been so willing to repeat lies after they have been discredited over and over again its appalling (aPaiin').

    Candidates are allowed a little leverage in hyperbole, but these two have crossed the threshhold time and time again.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  259. Dan, Maryland

    Has John McCain run a dishonerable campaign? Is our infrastructure crumbling? Are we in an economic crisis? Are we worse off than we were eight years ago? Is Barack Obama going to be our next president?

    Jack the answer is "yes" to all of the above.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  260. Roberta

    It's obvious that John McCain has forgotten what the Navy taught him regarding the real meaning of the word honorable. He's also forgotten the meaning of integrity, forthrightness, candidness, truthfulness, credibility and respect.

    Greenville, South Carolina

    October 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  261. Isabel Novoa

    No.
    What ever happen to he'd rather lose the presidency than run a dishonorable campaign.

    When McCain looses, he's going to take with him the disgraceful behavior that both he, his VP & his campaign have displayed. In addition he's going to be known for the Republican who helped loose the Republican seats.

    Shame on you Mr. Senator McCain...

    October 23, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  262. Tom Bulger

    That campaign had no trace of John McCain. He had nothing to do with it except for hiring Rove's hit team. That campaign was 100% Davis and Schmidt, zero percent McCain. That's why you hear the public saying, "Let McCain be McCain." Ask anyone in the room if they recognize the maverick.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  263. Noreen

    Jack, let me put it this way. I sent the following email to the McCain campaign last week, and urge others to do the same: "Dear Senator McCain – I am totally appalled by the despicable campaign you are running. I find your comments and especially those of your completely under-qualified running mate at your rallies (and now your Robocalls) to be nothing less than hateful lies. Senators Obama and Biden consistently speak of your honor and commendable service to this country. However, there is nothing honorable about the campaign you have lowered yourself to run. As someone who was the target of a slimy campaign orchestrated by Karl Rove in 2000, it is inconceivable that you have now chosen to run the same (and even worse) type of campaign. How sad that you have chosen to tarnish your otherwise once admirable image. Country First? I think not."

    October 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  264. Courtney, South Windsor, CT

    Snidely Whiplash would have run a more honorable campaign... even after tying a damsel in distress to some train tracks. In the McCain campaign's case, the damsel is the United States and the train is barreling down on us full steam.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  265. Stuart in Chicago

    John McCain is not the honrable man he claims to be. His actions prove that. I would have liked to have met the old John McCain, I hear he was one heck of a Maverick.

    Oh, I need the RNC charge card to pick up a few things, clothes, haircut, manicure, etc.... Can you ask John McCain for it when he's in studio?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  266. Mark from Spring Hill Tennessee

    Jack,
    No, John McCain is not running an honorable campaign. However, it seems that nobody in the media will talk about the 2-ton elephant in the room, namely that the McCain/Palin campaign is actively courting the racist vote. From the "he is different" to the "he is a Muslim" to the constant references to the "real portions of the battleground states", it is clear that the McCain campaign is looking to divide this country along racist/socio-ethnic lines. John McCain may once have been an honorable man, but he can no longer claim that Mantle.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  267. Nuria in Miami

    A big fat NO!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  268. Marie Ontario

    Well it is unfortunate John McCain has forever damaged his legacy with his dishonest and hate filled campaign but the good news is he may just have restored George Bush's legacy by making him and Cheney look like intelligent and honest leaders.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  269. Linda in Florida

    John McCain was once an honorable man, but he has become the typical Republican, who will do or say anything to get elected. As an example, they have the nerve to call Barack elitist, yet they go out and spend $150K on Palin's wardrobe, accessories, make-up, and for her family too! And does anyone believe that the clothes will be donated to charity after the election? How many people, eating in a soup kitchen, can use a red, leather jacket!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  270. Yvonne

    I think McCain is so desparate to win the White House he is willing to split the United States of America to get it. I am a Democrat but I would have looked more at his ticket had he chose someone who could run the country. We need ethical people running the country. What if Tod Palin is unhappy with whats going on. Will he be allowed to take over the oval office? Sadly to say, if the people we choose are not ethical, then they should be intelligent enough to run the country until we can vote them out!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  271. Annette from SC

    No, Jack he has not. I think the saddest thing that will come out of this election is the day John McCain realizes that he could have won had he been the man he claimed to be. Unfortunately, he allowed his 'greed for success' to overshadow his 'need for decency'. If people pay close attention to him when he is with Sarah Palin, they would see – she was NOT his choice. He has tried to fake it for 2 months now. The bottom line is that he sold out to the people running his campaign rather than standing up to them. A real maverick would have stood his ground and ran his own campaign.

    BUT as a faithful Obama supporter, i say...THANK YOU John McCain!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  272. Sand, Green Ohio

    So happy to see you back, You make the show.

    I don't see any honor in the campaign that he has ran. Not when you condon hate mongering ,name calling and try to say that they have no control over it. They feed all the hate to the people and when it comes back it is like "who me?" I didn't do it.!!!
    Sarah keeps saying that Obama isn't qualified to be president. How then can she think she is qualified when she doesn't even know the responsibilties of the VP? A little off the wall I would say. Scares the daylights out of me

    October 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  273. Kate - Arvada, Colorado

    I'm very disappointed in John McCain. Even though I'm a Democrat, I have always respected John McCain, but that is no longer the case. I do not feel he is running an honorable campaign. He appears to be a very angry man who will do and say anything to win. He keeps bouncing between issues and changing positions.

    He has shown a total lack of judgment, starting with his choice of running mate. My husand and I have just returned from almost a month in Europe and John's running mate is the laughing stock of Spain and France.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  274. Rosemary, California

    NO! John McCain has run the same type of campaign that was used against him by the Karl Roves of the world in the 2000 Campaign. He looks straight into the Cameras on talk shows with lies and distortions. Then he want's everyone to jump to his side when others point out the nastiness of his Campaign tactics. Then, he has the nerve to say it would not have happen if Sen. Obama had done town halls with him. So, in other words the Devil made him do it. He does not control his Campaign? If that isn't school yard stupidity, I don't know what is.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  275. steve k from scappoose or

    Jack,
    I believe that when it came to mud slinging the statement "look behind you" when asking whether you have "crossed the line" probably applies more to the RNC than the DNC. However to me the dishonorable portion of McCains campaign was the selection of Palin as a running mate. He did not "honor" the American people or himself with a more than under qualified selection who could become president.
    I believe this insult has ultimately cost him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  276. Sally, Lancaster, PA

    Jack,

    John McCain has "caved" into the same dirty politics that were used against him. Sarah Palin seems to be a wonderful (and cheerfully so) "deliverer" of these horrible tactics and I can only assume this is how she won her election for Governor in Alaska. It is said that people "do not change their stripes" so both of these candidates will do whatever nasty thing they can to win this election. It is sad that in the best country in the world, people are no better than the ones they rile against.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  277. Bret

    Simply put in one word... NO!

    He has not in terms of letting his VP say whatever she wants. Let alone how can anyone say the things that he has said and look themselves in the mirror with pride.

    I think he is the 'OLD MAN' on the block and just doesn't get that a younger 'BLACK MAN' is beating him.

    We treat him with kid gloves due to his Military past, however does anyone care he was one of a few that gave in to the threats. Some did not.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  278. John F (Willowbrook IL)

    Jack: Anyone who thinks John Mccain is running an honorable campaign is either blind or mentally retarded. The smear and swiftboating attacks on Obama are doing him more harm than they are Obama. Mccain claims to be a "son of a navy man", what he doesn't say that his father was an Admiral in the Navy. I think it is also worth mentioning that Mccain graduated close to last in his class at the Academy. He has been of privilage all of his life and he looks down on someone whos Mother was on food stamps, who was without a father, raised by his gradparents, and still overcame and went on to Harvard Law School. Accomplishing this as a black man. Only in America. All we hear about is the days Mccain was a pow, what has he done the 45 years since then

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  279. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    No way and no how! I think now that McCain sees his is clearly going to lose this election he wants to run a more honorable campaign, but he is too far into it. I feel sorry for him. Here is a man who is really to be revered because of his service to his country and his heroism, and he is ruining all of that by the type of campaign he is running. It's really sad to watch.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  280. Rosemary, California

    NO! John McCain has run the same type of campaign that was used against him by the Karl Roves of the world in the 2000 Campaign. He looks straight into the Cameras on talk shows with lies and distortions. Then he want's everyone to jump to his side when others point out the nastiness of his Campaign tactics. Then, he has the nerve to say it would not have happen if Sen. Obama had done town halls with him. So, in other words the Devil made him do it. He does not control his Campaign? If that isn't school yard stupidity, I don't know what is.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  281. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Not even close to being honorable but then again he's a Republican and listens to Karl Rove. It has been one lie after another and his running mate is worse than he is in this area. I believe he would rather win this election and lose WW II. The robo calls are disgusting.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  282. Billy G in Las Vegas

    unfortunately John McCain's campaign is as dishonorable as that run against him by Karl Rove in 2000.

    the man I once admired as first a Naval Aviator war hero and later first a Congressman and then Senator who was willing to "take the heat" from his own party to do what was right for the country, has gone over to the dark side of Republican politics.

    as a former Vietnam era Naval Aviator myself, I no longer recognise this man and can NOT vote for him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  283. frank collins

    I'm Africian American and i once adored Sen.John Mcain for what
    he represented . He has lost his way and his personhood the
    Maverick we once knew has sold his soul to the RNC and dwendle
    away his Legacy may he find redemption after the election is over
    The same Smear doctors that was employed to defeat him in 2000
    he has employed them to go after Sen.Obama however it's want
    work the American people are much to smart to go down that path
    again. Jack we love you and keep up the good work America want
    be the same without the Cafferty File. Tell Anderson,Wolf, Cambell
    Roland ,David Hello.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  284. Rosemary, California

    NO! John McCain has run the same type of campaign that was used against him by the Karl Roves of the world in the 2000 Campaign. He looks straight into the Cameras on talk shows with lies and distortions. Then he want's everyone to jump to his side when others point out the nastiness of his Campaign tactics. Then, he has the nerve to say it would not have happen if Sen. Obama had done town halls with him. So, in other words the Devil made him do it. He does not control his Campaign? If that isn't school yard stupidity, I don't know what is.

    The worst is that he insults most intelligent and thinking women with Gov. Palin, not to mention his own Party, although some of them are beginning to speak out.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  285. Jane (Minnesota)

    I think McCain is running a mostly dishonest campaign, Jack. He's definitely not the John McCain that stated several months ago he wouldn't run such a campaign. I actually was considering voting for him then until he picked his VP Candidate. I've been seeing the past 3 – 4 weeks a mostly angry & inconsistent McCain (mixed in are small flashes of the old John McCain when he earnestly took on the woman stating Obama was an Arab). I'm sitting here wondering how much of this is actually troubling John's conscience or has the desire to be President at all costs totally consumed him. It's a very sad thing to witness for me.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  286. Doug - Dallas

    Only if he loses! John McCain has sold his soul to win this election and you cannot associate the word honorable with the Republicans. McCain's win at any cost philosophy is what's going to lose the election for him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  287. Kevin in Portland

    No, he'd done the complete opposite of what he promised. He's attacked Obama's character, and McCain has been very nasty. If McCain can't keep his promise about not running a negative campaign, it makes me think he won't be able to keep his word about anything else.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  288. Pat

    McCain has run the most dishonorable campaign in the past 40 odd years that I've been voting.

    Palin is just as bad–but she comes by it honestly.

    McCain used to be a gentlemen but now he has sold his soul to the devil and how lost all hopes of a honorable legacy.

    He is a disgrace and should apologize not only to the citizens of the U.S.; but to the World as well.

    Pat
    Barnwell,SC

    October 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  289. Teasha, Florida

    Sure, if by "honorable" you mean, self-serving, two-faced, distasteful, untruthful and disgusting.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  290. Edward Gaddis

    John McCain has surrendered any sense of honor he might have had in the past. What a sad way for him to be remembered.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  291. FloridaJack

    Jack,
    Of all the campaigns I have seen in my lifetime of 50+years John McCain has run the most despicable, misleading, divisive, & outright hypocritical. He has the Gall to say Obama will say anything to get elected when he is running the sort of fear & smear campaign Bush used on him. Palin & her $130,000 new look is only revealing the same old look into the priorities of the McCain campaign...it is not Country First or Straight Talk. It is indeed time for a Change!!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  292. Nick in Spfg MO

    Jack
    When John McCain chose a "pit bull" for a running mate he should have realized it could come back to bite him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  293. Will K from San Jose

    Absolutely, he has run a truly horrible campaign. Oh wait, you said honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  294. Pamela - OHIO

    I am a Democrat and have already voted for Obama. However, lies and negativity are not what we need to hear from either candidate. I cringe each time I hear a "fact check" for either one and it comes up "misleading" or "false". What "We the People" need is someone who will speak the truth. WE, who are of voting age, should be able to handle facts by now.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  295. Jeff H Seattle Wa

    He's running with the same honor as "W" did in 2000 and 04 with insults, lies, anger and all out disrespect. He still has not layed out an agenda other then which one of his goon squad cross dressers will give us a robo call tomorrow. Obama got my vote because he is the most honorable by far. He's our best and only HOPE

    October 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  296. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    If "honorable" means lying, avoiding the issues, controlling his VP pick like a puppet, personal attacks on Obama that are unfounded or have nothing to do with his qualifications to be President, then Mccain's done a wonderful job! This is what happens when you are an old, out of touch man with 40 year old ideas, and no solutions to today's problems....you attack to avoid having to answer the tough questions about what really matters. Only this time, America has woken up and isn't falling for the Karl Rove playbook.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  297. Bruce H

    If by honorable you mean taking a "win at all costs", then he has run an honorable campaign. However, if you mean being truthful with the country and discussing issues instead of personal attacks, then McCain lost his honor months ago. What I would like to ask him is on the slight chance he wins this election, how would he expect to govern with a democratic congress after they way he has conducted his campaign?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  298. Joe, San Diego CA

    Jack, let me see: they said Obama is just a celebrity, but has no experience, except for some experience with terrorists, and now that he's socialist who'll spread the wealth around.
    That's more or less the whole message that the McCain campaign has been able to articulate for months.
    Personally, I think this is simply insulting.
    It's an insult to the intelligence of millions of American.
    And it's an insult to the next President of the United States.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  299. Murf Jackson, NJ

    No honorable person accuses a person of improper associations – with terrorists or radical religious leaders – without specific evidence supporting the allegations that proves they hold similar opinions. Proximity is not proof. Evidence of association is not evidence of shared views. Accusations based on guilt by association are "McCarthyism" at its worst. We're a better country than that!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  300. Linda in Florida

    Jack, PS - maybe you should send a copy of all of these posts to John, but then again, he probably wouldn't even get it!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  301. Dave from Dayton

    Jack:

    I used to think of John McCain as an honorable man...I switched from being an Independant in the 2000 primary to a Republican so that I could vote for him. He should have won then.

    But the John McCain I hear and see now is not the one I would have voted for 8 years ago. I'm so disappointed in the path he has taken...or allowed the Republican campaign operatives to take him. His wife Cindy states that Barack Obama's campaign has been the dirtiest...I would have to disagree.

    I live in Ohio and have been bombarded with robocalls...mostly from his campaign. And most of them present lies, mistruths and half-truths. I expect better of someone who had invoked "I'm the true American" mantra into this election. A true American is one who takes a stand on the issues, agrees to disagree, and respects the opinions of others, but does so truthfully...and that is no longer the John McCain I once voted for.

    He now represents everything I detest about politics. He deserves to lose if this is how he has allowed his campaign staff to paint him...I don't want a President that uses lies, dirty tactics and sleezy innuendo to capture the office...that's what earned us George Bush.

    I've lost so much respect for John McCain, and if he did win, I don't think he's worthy of placing his hand on the Bible to take the oath of office.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  302. Richard - Knoxville TN

    I am afraid McCain's "Personal Honor", Personal Judgement and "Country First" political rhetoric, is just that – Political republican Rhetoric - I've come to wonder if John McCain posessed any of those qualities in the first place - Karl Rove had to have a willingly nasty personality to work with –

    October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  303. Craig from California

    Jack,
    When the general election campaign began, I felt either candiate would be better than what we've had for the last eight years. I respected John McCain as someone who has served his country with dignity and who wouldn't pander or use scare tactics to win votes

    Sadly, I was wrong. My respect for McCain has evaporated and I'm truly saddened by the fear and hate his campaign (and the RNC) has run on.

    the american people are better than that.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  304. Michael - Las Vegas

    I wish a journalist like Edward R. Murrow were alive today to expose the outrages of the mccain campaign. Sadly, no American journalist seems to have the courage to publicly decry the absolute cock-and-bull and fabrications this campaign is spreading. You come the closest Jack, what a pity you don't have a broader audience.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  305. Mike in Oakland

    In the 2002 Georgia Senate race, when the Republican candidate questioned the commitment to homeland security of his incumbent Democratic opponent, who was a decorated Vietnam War veteran and triple-amputee, McCain criticized the Republican candidate's tactics and said of one such ad: "[I]t's worse than disgraceful, it's reprehensible."

    I wonder what the McCain of 2002 would say about some of the ads and innuendos of the McCain of 2008. What's worse than reprehensible?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  306. Marva (Oklahoma)

    No! I believe there is a need for reform of the commission on elections ... campaign ads should be TRUTHFUL – not "misleading" or outright false! And, character assassination should not be permitted unless a candidate has been CONVICTED of a felony in RECENT years ... such individuals should not be qualified to run for the highest office in this great nation! "Guilt by association" should not be ambiguous and, once resolved, should no longer be aired in campaign ads. Candidates should run on their respective records ... and, by the way, vice-presidential candidates should be required to have REAL experience – they are, afterall, "one heartbeat away from the presidency"!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  307. douglas in minnesota

    Jack - "honorable" implies something to be proud-of; the highest degree of integrity. I would not classify as "honorable" the filth, deceit, and fear- mongering that has been espoused by the McCain camp. I believe McCain to be an honorable person. But, realizing he cannot win this campaign on his own merits, John has succumbed to the despicable Rovian tactics and policies. It is truly saddening to see his 40+ years of distinguished service to this nation tarnished over a period of two months. I voted early, and Obama already has my vote.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  308. Alex in Seattle

    No! He is using Hillary's "kitchen sink" strategy of throwing every rumor and insinuation at Obama, hopefully with the same results in the voting booth. The media has done a valuable service in fact checking many of the attacks and the new McCain and his mavericky side-kick just keep repeating the LIES!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  309. Amanda Eisenberg

    Absolutely not. An honorable campaign is running on the issues. But McCain has run out of issues to run on, so he has decided to run on smears. During the last debate, this question came up and McCain said that Obama's campaign was the most negative campaign and that he wants it to stop; YET during that debate, he continued with the negativity. If anyone has run an UN-honoarable campaign, it is John McCain and I hope the American people see that and it costs him the election.

    Amanda
    Bardstown, KY

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  310. Amanda

    Come on Jack, you know the answer to this one. He may have started out that way but he has ended up on the path to disgrace. My original plan was to vote for McCain if Obama got the Democratic nomination but after witnessing McCain's descent into the bowels of the right wingnut hate machine I cannot bring myself to vote for him. Even if he somehow manages to win this election he has doomed himself to be a failure as President because of the level of disgust and scorn that so many people of both parties will have for him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  311. Jerry,OK

    If Obama isn't : a Socialist, terrorist abettor, baby killing proponent, or charlatan, McCain could be accused of running a dirty campaign.

    Jerry N/Ok

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  312. monica

    McCain was once a very Honorable man, but I think he wants the presidency so bad that he will do and say anything to get there. As a democrat this hard for me to say but I really liked McCain until this campaign. He has lost all honor and respect from me and others. I hope he regains his conscience some day.

    Monica

    Pennsylvania

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  313. Louise, Massachusetts

    (1) John McCain isn't running this campaign – his downfall will be that he allowed RNC operatives to run him from the git-go. I saw only one moment when he was on his own – the day he addressed an out-of-control crowd and validated Senator Obama's, and his own, integrity. It was his finest moment.

    (2) Campaigns are tough; rules of social etiquette just don't apply. That said, I am a pushing 65, political junkie "Lifer" and can say that the Republican campaign has gotten as dirty as it gets. The unrelenting distortion of fact is disturbing, if not at times almost grotesquesly amusing. Playing an aggressively defensive game is great , but it only works if your offense is out there racking up the points. If at any point Senator McCain had gone out there and told us his own story on issues of consequence – the economy, health care, job security, he may have had a chance.

    (3) Making icons out of untested raw material and using them to for political advantage is just not likely to be a successful political strategy. Sarah Palin ( aka the Baracuda, Pit-Bull, Joe Six Pack) and Joe (aka Samuel) the (Unlicensed) Plumber turned out simply are not people who can showcase John McCain as the respected war hero and public servant that he is.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  314. Jackie in Dallas

    Not even close. It has horribly offended me as a former McCain adherant, too. And his selection of Palin as VP was the worst type of pandering I've ever seen.

    I'm a moderate who would actually like to see a true moderate run for office, wage a campaign based on issues, and refuse to fall for the negative campaign strategies and appeals to the worst of human nature and fear.

    Maybe, someday, that will happen.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  315. Jolly Potter, NY

    No Sir!

    McCain's campaign has revealed what kind of Presidency he will run. In short a complete shambles. We have just experienced almost 8 years of ineptitude we really cannot afford 4 more. The hole is getting deeper each day – McCain and Palin will turn it into a chasm with no perceived bottom. We need a President who will Stop the digging and build an escape route from the unholy mess we find ourselves in.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  316. Paula in the middle of America

    Indeed, McCain has not run an honorable campaign. Eight years ago, I was a McCain fan, but his unfair accusations, his bittererness, his constant emphasis on the small issues, like Joe the plumber, who is Obama?, drive me crazy. McCain should be discussing the real issues, the economy, ending of the war, real terrorism, but he doesn't. He is morphed into a candidate, that even he shouldn't like.
    He has even tried to capitallize on his time as a POW. Country First, sounds great, but McCain has not followed his own idea. And I won't even mention his choice for VP, because that really drives me crazy!!!!
    Whatever happened to the the real McCain, he would have run a campaign that taught us all, a valuable lesson in integrity.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  317. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    No, considering the fact that he attacks and slanders Obama every chance he gets. His campaign has truly unmasked the hatred and bigotry lying under the surface of this country. His running mate has incited violence against Barack Obama and I cant help but fear for Obama's safety. If people of this country vote for someone like John McCain god forbid. I truly fear for the future of not only this country but the world as well.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  318. dw oglesby manitou,ky

    I thank he is getting bad advice and is doing the best he know how with it, he is a great american but i think that he is in over his head, and his vp pick is not helping at all.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  319. Sue Ventura

    Quite the opposite Barak Obama has tried to keep talking about the issues but has to answer McCain and Palins,

    October 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  320. Troy in Ohio

    When has any GOP canidate ran an "honorable" presidental campaign? The Democrats aren't much better, but they only spin half-truths, not bold faced lies that play into people's hate and fear. (isn't that what terrorist do, scare people into doing what they want?) As a former volunteer for McCain's 2000 campaign, I am disgusted by the sellout he has become. Its safe to say, the Maverick in McCain is dead.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  321. Kelly, Pa

    I must admit, I had a lot of respect for Sen. McCain prior to the general election. But, the test of a person's character comes out when he's under pressure. Well, he picks a relatively unknown, first time governor who barely understands the fundamentals of civics as a running mate when there were other well-qualified women and tested mavericks within his own party to pick from. He defends his VP choice by toting her popularity. Now, he resorts to a different image strategy through the infamous Joe the Plumber as a desperate plea for votes from a demographic which has yet to figure out that McCain's policies have benefitted the rich and not the middle or lower class for that matter. In a ridiculous attempt to defend his claim on his opponent's character, he criticized Sen. Obama for routing for the Phillies but showing love to Tampa. Come on. Sen. McCain has not behaved like a soldier in this general election but a cry baby instead.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  322. Sene

    Jack,

    NO!!

    Sene,
    Falls Church, Va

    October 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  323. Margaret from Rome, NY

    Absolutely not, but I don't think it's a lack of ethics that's driving him - it's 100% ego. He seems to envision himself as the conquering hero, lionhearted, saving us all at any cost. Ego evidenced by almost canceling the first presidential debate so he could rush back to Washington and fix the economy single-handedly. That's delusional self-importance, but not necessarily a lack of honor.

    By the way, Jack - THANK GOD YOU'RE BACK! Please don't ever go away like that again!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  324. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Saying John McCain has run an honerable campaign is like saying Sara Palin is qualified to be President.

    Even with all McCain's distorted attacks and mud slinging probably his worst and most dishonorable part of his campaign was his choice for VP. This terrible turn of events could lead to the downfall of America given all the current circumstances.

    Basically he sold the U.S. down the drain for what he thought might be a political advantage to his campaign with absolutely no concern whatsoever for his country.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  325. DAWN

    Yes he has, at least he's not hideing anything, and he has true and honest friends.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  326. Shellie Lyon

    They say a man's character is revealed in the heat of battle. In this hotly fought campaign, McCain has shown himself to be without honor. I hardly recognize the man I admired for many years. Unfortunately, that will be what most of us remember.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  327. Adem Jemal, California

    Jack, the answer is not. The reason why he draggs himself in this such a disgraseful campaign is because first picking Palin, and second he has wrong people around him such as Leberman and Juliani who are so deperate for cabinet position.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  328. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    i thought i would be voting for McCain, being a vietnam vet , 60 year old. i had never knew much about Obama. being a registered independent,i was willing to lessen to both , race never entered my mind, a purple person would be alright with me. McCain seems like a different person then he once was, i hate wars , the killing, now he seems too willing to just jump at the thought, Obama said he would like to talk thing's out if possible, then came McCain's v.p. pick i can't imagine that person running anything, let alone this country. now the name calling,the fear tactics, the twisting of fact's is too much for me, iam giving Obama a chance, oh why aren't palin's children in school where they belong?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  329. Dennis in Albuquerque

    This is not the John McCain that I remember. At one time he was honorable and a man of his word. His ambition for the presidency has caused him to become a mean spirited marionette of the RNC. So, in short he has not run an honorable campaign

    October 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  330. Kirk fron Hollywood, Fl.

    Hello Jack, I love your show....You asked a question that answers itself. Sen. McCain is an honorable man and A national hero. However, he hasn't run a honorable campaign. I believe it was Barack Obama's theme of change that caused a political Shock and Awe for the Republican Ticket. So naturally he throw shots." Classic Desperation."

    October 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  331. Silas, NC

    Honorable? Are you kidding me Jack? McCain was the first to launch the most despicable ads on TV to try and recover his losses in the polls. He has the Palin Pitbull attacking constantly. Obamas campaign was doing fine, very little negativity, and ran a positive campaign until these ads started popping up. Obamas campaign had to defend itself with more negative ads, and its been a downward sprial since then. McCain has pulled political stunt after stunt in his campaign, and this robocalling crud grinds my gears. Yesterday, we got a McCain camp ad in the mail saying how much of a terrorist Obama is. Give me a break! If he was such a terrorist, he wouldn't be the democratic nominee! As its been said at least a million times now, McCain has run out of ideas, and has stooped to a new low trying to dig himself out of the volcano. Country First? Yeah, right, more like politics and self first.

    BTW, your Palin Blasting you tube video is just under 3 million hits! Glad you are well and safe. I thought you got caught climbing under that barbed wire fence naked trying to get to the VP debate, lol.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  332. Deb S., Whitehouse, OH

    Yes Jack: the word honorably according to the dictionary is: Bringing distinction or recognition. And McCain has definitely brought recognition to the word UGLY!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  333. Joe, San Diego CA

    Jack, the only message coming from the McCain campaign is that "Obama is a socialist elitist celebrity with no experience whatsoever, except for palling around with terrorists".
    Personally, I think this is insulting.
    It’s an insult to the intelligence of millions of American.
    And it’s an insult to the next President of the United States.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  334. BKoi

    For a man that touts himself as a patriot, loves America, puts her first, has been tested., his actions, stupid words,and terrible insults about a fellow American, After this, his praise for his attributes, somehow rings hollow.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  335. Barbara Middletown, NY

    Welcome back Jack. Before the robo calls I would have called his campaing dishonorable, but now I have to call it despicable.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  336. Willow, Iowa

    McCain's negative campaigning is driving me crazy. He says, "I do this, my opponent does this." over and over and over again. Over 505 of his speech is insulting, lying or hateful. I could watch him if he'd quit this negative insulting stuff and talk about what he'd do and how. And then he has the nerve to say "If Obama would have done those town hall meetings with me, the tenor of the campaign would be different, as if he's in charge and its all Obama's fault. And Palin is the sorriest excuse I've seen for a VP nominee. I can't watch or listen to her, she just makes me angrier by the second.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  337. RUTH HOPKINS

    McCains pick of Palin was an insult to my intelligence. I am white, 76 years young, female, a republican and I am voting for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  338. Chris, Southern California

    Jack, what's an honorable campaign? Those days are long gone, if they ever existed in the first place. Dumbing down arguments and making wildly misleading statements about the other candidate is something that has been proven to work on the American people in elections and that cycle isn't going to end anytime soon. Both McCain and Obama are guilty of this.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  339. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    NO!! He is running the same type campaign that he griped about when Bush ran it against him in 2000. As he complaigned so bitterly about Bush, that makes it even more dispicable for him to do the same. Particularly since he has stated that if Obama had had the town meetings as McCain asked, he would have run a different campaign. How immature and juvenile! It is interesting that alqueda wants him to win so he will play into their hands!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  340. Docb

    Jack,

    Absolutely not...he started out that way but the craven desire to win overtook him and he made the kneejerk VP pic and continued on with venal, vile lies and now even ROBO calls...

    Sad really, I would have voted for him in 2000, but today honor is no longer an adjective that applies to him. Heaven help him –he sold his soul and it will not be easily excused this time....

    October 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  341. sharon kitchen

    NO.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  342. Randy New York

    John McCain is a disgrace to all Americans. One would think after being humiliated by George Bush in 2000 he would remove himself from the use of negative advertising. In 2000 he said “I'm not going to take the low road to the highest office in the land,". Oh really!

    Voters want authenticity this year!

    McCain/Palin brings out the worst in voters. It’s high time the use of fear and smear don’t translate into victory. The misery index continues to rise.

    ENOUGH!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  343. Adena from Dallas

    I used to like Senator McCain, but this election is not the McCain I watched in the past. His campaign is running on empty and when people feel desperate they don't think clearly and it's showed up first when he chose Gov. Sarah Palin for his running mate. She has said degraceful things that cause many of us to cringe when she uses labels to define Senator Obama and Senato Biden. I don't think Senator McCain truly believes what comes out of her mouth, she's a problem and he placed her as his sidekick. A honorable man would admit his mistakes, correct the wrong statements, and stop casting blame on Senator Obama when he says, "I have asked Senator Obama to join me in speaking at Townhall meetings, he refused..." as if he would be running a clean campaign if they were joined at the hip at meetings. We have seen his treatment or rather lack of diplomacy at the so called debates. The RNC needs to regroup and not play dangerous games by sending out these robocalls.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  344. Reta

    Jack, welcome back. In my opinion you are the most trusted jounalist. The answer is no, you ran a better program than his dishonrable campaign. Thanks.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  345. Gayle Hatch Liberty, Texas

    There actually was a time that I respected John McCain; but since he has started these dirty attack ads in which he outright LIES about Obama and KNOWS that he's lying to the American people, I wouldn't vote for him for dogcatcher. That's just the facts, Jack. Keep up the good work and thanks for keeping us laughing with your fantastic sense of humor when we all feel like crying. "And this too shall pass."
    An Independent in Texas

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  346. Dyane Morgan

    As I respond, I am listening to the text of one of the automated calls that are showering the American landscape like the poisionous acid rain it is. This time the "voice" was spewing something about mandatory prison sentences ... almost as stupid as the other crap call I heard that stated outright that Obama was in thick with "tourists" as your big bubba likes to say. For a long time we Cannucks thought he met us!

    Is McCain running an hourable campaign? God help America!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  347. Dean

    Jack,
    No hes not running strait campaign.Hes got a running mate that should be with her kids doing what she needs to be doing,but no she is out trying to be something that she has no buisness doing,and mcCain sees that he made a mistake and is trying anything to close the gap Who will pay the bill on her kids if she gets in office,i know it will be us the tax payers.this is also wrong.one other thing he is to old to be running for president anyway,there needs to be an age limit on who runs for this office and 70yrs pluss is to old,here one minute gone the next.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  348. Dick B

    I think so. "Honorable" in politics has a pretty low standard. McCain has stayed away from Rev. Wright, largely ignored right wing talk radio, and has tried to fire up his party's base. It is amazing, in these times, he is even in the race. He deserves credit and his style and policies are acceptable to nearly one half of this nation. Hopefully the nearly will stay nearly through the first Tuesday in November.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  349. Michelle

    I'd describe his campaign as dishonorable, disrespectful and disgusting.

    Great to have you back Jack, We all hope you're feeling better.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  350. Jim in Puyallup

    There is no honor in politics.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  351. Christine CT

    Waterbury, CT

    Jack,
    I think although the intentions may have been honorable at first, it's safe to assume that the heat of the battle has changed the game plan for McCain. I honestly don't think he anticipated the type of competition that Obama has offered, and when you face fear- all bets are off. With the addition of Gvr. Palin as his running mate, the negative tone of the campaign has turned from negative to downright nasty, and it's pretty clear that winning -with honor or without- is the only goal for McCain now.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  352. Robin Franklin

    Joe the Faux plumber is a perfect fit for the Faux decent campaign McCain is running. He should be ashamed, I am mortified that other countries, Iraq included, are witness to the frantic tactics the McCain campaign has sunk to. I would vote for Obama, if for no other reason, because he has retained his dignity for himself and his party. It seems that winning has become so important to McCain that anything goes and the more rabid his 'followers' become. I was almost attached while waiting for my son in the doctors office by a rabid McCain fan when I made the fatal mistake of laughing when he said Nancy Pelosi is the entire reason for the financial meltdown! It is hard to run and laugh at the same time, but being a flower of southern womanhood, I retained my dignity, while the nurses changed the tv station from CNN to a soap opera. You too, Mr. Cafferty, seem to have retained your dignity through all of this.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  353. Nancy in Saint Paul, MN

    John McCain has literally sold his soul to the devil for a chance to be president. He's aligned himself with all the corruption he was against in 2000. I can't believe he is stupid enough to have chosen Palin himself – I imagine that was another sell-out for votes from "the base". The thing that bothers me the most – is that he's inciting racism at a time when our nation is truly trying to come together. His feigned shock at being called on these discable actions and rallies for hate make me sick to my stomach. Ethics has been thrown out the window. If the RNC does steal the election – and they certainly are trying – God help us all! Divided we fall!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  354. ken gifford az

    john mccain really doesn't matter. I don't think he'll be able to finish a first term. so no. palin certainly is a negative campaighner. even when she sounds positive. oabama will probably not finish a 1st term because of all the hatred generated by the gop campaign. his campaign is also negative.
    I still want to know why there has been no sophisticated terror attacks
    since 9/11 anywhere.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  355. Jolly Potter, NY

    Jack,

    it's no wonder they need Joe The Plumber – because McCain's campaign is in the Toilet !!!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  356. Dee

    Absolutely not! He took his campaign stradegy from Karl Rove, only this time it is not working. What really scares me is that they will find a way to *steal* this election. Shame on McCain, everyone sees thru his tactics.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  357. Brian Blashfield

    John McCain of 2000 is not the Karl Rove trained John McCain of today. He and his Dog Sled Diva have followed the Republican slime book chapter and verse. Palin can be excused because she has a track record of saying whatever pops in her head and speaking in sentence fragments. McCain knows better and promised to stay out of the mud. He sold his soul and his reward will be second place.

    Brian
    Delray Beach, FL

    October 23, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  358. Steve, Winnetka IL

    The answer is no, far from honorable. The sad part is that he and Palin have nothing left but go deeper into the gutter. I once thought very highly of John McCain. I thought he was above the fray and disliked what the Bush campaign did to him in the past. I would never have believed that as soon as he would actually stoop to even lower methods. Palin acts like a pit bull.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  359. Len of Colfax

    Absolutely not! How can he claim to run an “honorable” or “respectful” campaign in one breath and have the ads implying, through his close association with terrorists, that Sen. Obama might have non-patriotic views? Sen. McCain is also having Gov. Palin attack Sen. Obama on the same issue? Sen. McCain has said many times that he respects Sen. Obama and even defended him, in this regard, at a rally. If he truly believes the attacks he is putting out there in his ads and through Gov. Palin, how can he maintain that statement of respect?

    It is one thing to have negative attacks on the issues, but it is entirely another thing to have attacks on character issues that appear to be unfounded.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  360. Pat, Pa.

    His campaign has been the dirtiest one that I know of. He should be ashamed of himself, except greedy people are never ashamed. He will only divide this country.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  361. Junaid

    Jack,

    Ofcourse Senator McCain has NOT run an honorable campaign. Repeatedly bringing up William Ayers and the Reverend Wright, questioning Obama's patriotism, and putting constant doubts into the American peoples' minds that Obama is not qualified to be President can hardly be called 'honorable'. Lets not forget the calling of Obama a "terrorist", "arab", "off with his head' at Palin rallies and not doing everything in his power to condemn such actions. What McCain is doing is instilling fear, a classic Bush manuever, and I'm sick of it. Sure, this is politics, but when will the american people learn its not the kind of leaders we need in the world?

    Junaid,
    Chicago, IL

    October 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  362. Herman, Canada

    I can't believe the kind of campaign that the GOP is running.
    This is spreading hatred at it's worst. Now Giuliani is on on
    this with more robo calls and the way I see this it is dividing
    a great country and it will take Years to undo the damage.
    My thought is that the World will be looking at the Divided
    States of America.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  363. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    This question is as funny as the right wing of the GOP'S assertion that President George W. Bush will go down in our Country's history books as one of the best Presidents of all time...

    C.I., New York

    October 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  364. Richard - Knoxville TN

    Statement Modification -

    I am afraid McCain’s “Personal Honor”, "Personal Judgement" and “Country First” political rhetoric, is just that – Political republican Rhetoric — I’ve come to wonder if John McCain posessed any of those qualities in the first place — Karl Rove's acolities needed a willingly nastily vindictive personality to work with – Like Sarah Palin's.

    Personally, I think that, win or lose, John McCain is going to regret this campaign, his conduct and his decisions for the rest of his life - Sort of like the albatross Nixon carried around his neck starting with his poor campaign decisions, and White House Judgement –

    October 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  365. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    John McCain stopped running his campaign ENTIRELY a long time ago! The McCain-Palin campaign was taken over by RNC operatives and I don't think Senator McCain even realized what was happening. The last independent campaign decision that McCain made was the selection of Sarah Palin. The RNC operatives went along with it because they saw that they could exploit her appeal to the evangelical-base of the Republican Party.

    John McCain would have only been able to run an honourable campaign if he had run as an Independent. When he tied himself to the RNC, its pretty evident that the "say anything, do anything and intimidate in anyway" tactics would dominate any type of campaign that McCain would have attempted. The RNC, Rick Davis and Karl Rove faction of the Republican Party have demonstrated their unending ability to create a climate of corruption. John McCain's sense of honour just didn't have the backbone to stand up to them.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  366. Melvin365

    Jack, Mccain is trying to run the same lame scare game of GWB and it is pathetic. The GOP has sunk to an new low with their recent. I had some respect him but not now. Sarah Palin is less than half baked when it comes to national and world issues. How could anyone in there right mind vote for her after listening to her attempt to answer such simple questions. GOD help us all if they somehow win this election.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  367. Mike in Canada

    (Educated in Boston while JFK was President.) Remember exactly where I in was (Boston – Charles River) on that fateful day. JFK inspired changes in the USA and we followed with our own inspiration of change, Pierre Trudeau. However, when seams of hope for mankind break through the dim clouds, the people lose out to those who lie and cheat on the hopes of the little guy for their own advancement based on greed. Wars are instituted by these greedy people to cover their flaws as human beings. McCain knows nothing except being a military follower. His 'tested' argument is from a man captured and held as a favored POW (daddy was a leader of the Pacific forces), and while he sat in a secure cockpit on the deck while JFK averted a nuclear threat, what exact experience of leadership did he really have to lead and change the course of history... right, just an observer who boasts and busters about things great while he just sat there... go figure! The world needs a 'real' leader with a solid platform and a solid group of advisors with insight, not another military bully with a trophy wife and and and whatever or whoever that 'experienced' mayor/govenor is. The World is global, accept it and educate your children to appreciate it. As Rome and England learned, the military mentality is eventually defeated. It's time for some intellectual input and I do have faith America's youthful enthusiasm will emerge to once again play a respected role in this World.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  368. JImmy in California

    Yes Jack he did run an honorable campaign until he finished making the statement that he would run an honorable campaign. He went negative because he said Obama "DID NOT DO WHAT HE ASKED HIM TO DO" when he wanted him to tag along with him on the Town Hall Meetings. He admitted on all networks that the campaign would not have been negative if Obama had done THAT.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  369. Mabduy

    McCain's VP pick is somehow the poorest judgment he has ever made. How would somebody run an honorable campaign with a running mate like palin? This guy is out of touch . He would've picked Romney if he knew something about the economy

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  370. RIGHTon in MN

    Jack– It is truly ugly what politicians will do to get elected and McCain is the poster-boy for this terrible behavior. When will this display of civil disobedience go away.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  371. Gina in Racine, Wi

    The words I use to describe McCain's Campaign are : Dirty, Dishonest, Disgraceful.......

    There is no "Honorable" peice of his Campaign.

    I am an Independent for Obama (from day one) alot of my Independent friends, that were originally leaning towards McCain have swung over to Obama because of McCain's lies and distortions....him not staying on message and addressing the voter's issues (mostly the Economy) and his "gimmick" VP Pick of Governor Palin.

    I am predicting Obama will win by a landslide....which says alot about a Junior Senator from Illinois with not too many people knowing who he was....and having a foriegn name.....

    and it says alot about McCain's Campaign.....and the fact that John McCain was well known, a war hero (and I commend him for that) and a so called "Maverick".

    When McCaain loses....he will hopefully do some soul searching as to the "why".

    The Voter's are tired of distractions, fabrications, and the fear and smear that accompany so many Campaigns.....and anyone who cares to disagree with me should look at the Polls.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  372. Janice Pound

    The article in Times Mag was to stress his lifetime of honesty and fairness. Ha Ha ! I guess McCain forgot he said basically the same thing about spreading the wealth around in 2000 and in 2004 Daily show showed the tapes. We don't need a Pres & VP who lie constantly in their ads and continue to call their opponent various derogatory names. They advertised another journalist meeting for Palin, but I noticed her guard dog McCain was there also. I have not heard one in depth, substantial word about our country's problems out of Palin's mouth probably because she's a blank slate. Children resort to name calling and we need an adult in the WH.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  373. Subod Sharma

    No, he has finally lost all sense of decency in the recent weeks. I was rooting for Hilary when she lost the primary I resented Obama for it and was thinking to vote for John McCain. But Mr. McCain completely lost me, first because of his choice of his running mate and now because of the dirty dishonorable campaing that he is running with Gov. palin.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  374. Lee

    Absolutely not. Even though I'm a lifelong Democrat, there was a time, not so long ago, that I thought if the Republicans won yet again, at least John McCain was a candidate I could live with. No longer. Now the thought of a McCain/Palin win terrifies me. No exaggeration. It truly frightens me. McCain has shown himself to be a petulant, childish brat; erratic, unfocused and damn near senile. Palin is nothing short of a power hungry moron. Mean-spirited, hate-filled and ignorant. Hopefully, the American voters will send him back to one of his seven houses and her back to the frozen tundra Nov. 4th, and we'll never have to hear from either of them again. We need positive change and someone steady and intelligent in the White House and we need it now.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  375. Sandra - Queens, New York

    John McCain has not run an honorable campaign as promised. There has been too many attacks on Senator Obama's character and patriotism. The attacks have divided so many Americans during this presidential campaign. Members of the Republican party have called a respected Senator (Obama), anti-american, socialist even communist, spewing hate during Republican rallies, reminds me of what I studied during the McCarthy era. This negative campaiging consistently shows Americans how volatile Senator McCain is.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  376. Rick Hall

    No, In fact, the George Wallace comparisons are wrong. Joe McCarthy is more accurate. His legacy will be a shameful one. Stirring up peoples worst emotions with implications of terrorism and communism. There is a big difference between refering to someone as 'erratic', as Obama describes McCain, and McCain's camps calling Obama dangerous and dishonorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  377. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    Honorable is a relative term. It is honorable for a Republican to call Obama the Anti-Christ or a Communist, in the eyes of many of the Republicans. This is why the Republican party is so disoriented, is a dying ember of what it once was, and is a complete stranger to those Republican who still adhere to a moral code.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  378. Melvin365

    Jack, Mccain is trying to run the same lame scare game of GWB and it is pathetic. The GOP has sunk to an new low with their recent comments. I had some respect him but not now. Sarah Palin is less than half baked when it comes to national and world issues. How could anyone in there right mind vote for her after listening to her attempt to answer such simple questions. GOD help us all if they somehow win this election.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  379. Mike Ryan

    Hell no! He doesn’t call the shots at all anyway. Picking Sarah for his V.P., tells lot of things. His bosses the lobbyist think Americans are dumb.
    Mike
    Snellville, GA.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  380. Marion

    You're joking, right? Republicans at large have been textbook examples of what it means to hit below the belt, using unfair tactics, slander, and character assassination to win votes. Especially, McCain, Palin, Giuliani, and Romney. If these people represent the our top examples of leadership in this Democracy, we need to start over. If what we've all witnessed during this campaign season is what they describe as having "more experience," we need to hire the neophyte. It's real interesting hearing cries of "Socialism" from the same group of people who concocted and defended that so-called "Patriot Act." Just as interesting hearing them attempt to deny the validity of Colin Powell, a man they all once hoped to champion as their presidential candidate. It's all a very bad joke. Hard to believe enough people are falling for this charade to even make it a competitive election.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  381. Debbie

    McCain has not run an honorable campaign. In fact I think he has done considerable damage to his image. He looks like a frantic man who has thrown everything away just to win an election. Neither he nor Palin have any credibilty left. Their lies are so many that I'm beginning to think neither one of them know what the truth is. That willingness to "sell ones soul" is not what I want in the White House because its hard telling what else they will be selling once they get there.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  382. Sam

    Is John McCain sleeping well at night? I truly believe that he wishes the election was today, so that he could wake up from his worst nightmare called Barack Obama. He will forever damned Hillary for not winning the Democratic Primary. McCain has resulted to every unscrupulous political trickery in the book and has even penned new lies to no avail to defeat Barack. I really feel sorry for him at times.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  383. RON FROM GRAND ISLAND

    I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR JOHN MCCAIN. I THOUGHT HE WAS THE BEST CANDIDATE IN 2000 AND WOULD PROBABLY VOTED THIS TIME FOR HIM. THIS MAN LOOKS LIKE HAS SOME KIND OF MENTAL PROBLEM. WHEN HE SPEAKS HE ALWAYS SEEMS LIKE HE IS MAD.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  384. roberto

    No. John McCain is desperate. He will say and do anything to win. The evidence is selecting a woman the caliber of Sarah Palin to be his vice president when there were so many other credible women available. John McCain is out of ideas, out of time and out of his mind. And I do not think the voters will be fooled by the Republicans this time.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  385. Fay

    No, McCain is NOT running an "honorable” campaign and that is very sad because I do believe, down deep, McMain is honorable. His appointed "pit bull" with lipstick is a disgrace and that is why this Republican is voting for Obama!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  386. rosemary (NEW JERSEY)

    Jack.....honor and integrity, go hand and hand, and Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin have neither......I was one of those so called undecided voters just about a week ago....well their tasteless, negative ranting has this independent voter and a few others I know voting for Obama/Biden.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  387. gerry

    Mc Cain's campaign and his choice for VP have been characterized by gutter-sniping, hate-mongering, bigotry, divisiveness and character assassination. He has sought to appeal to the most basal of human emotions and attitudes.

    He has diminished himself, his supporters,his party and his nation by it.

    That's what makes it dishonourable.

    Gerry

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  388. Melvin365

    Jack, Mccain is trying to run the same lame scare game of GWB and it is pathetic. The GOP has sunk to a new low with their recent comments. I had some respect for him but not now. Sarah Palin is less than half baked when it comes to national and world issues. How could anyone in there right mind vote for her after listening to her attempt to answer such simple questions. GOD help us all if they somehow win this election.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  389. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    No, Jack, like I said in the first comment I posted which 'disappeared' , you can tell a lot about a person's character when they are down. McCain has clearly shown us, that when he is down he gets mean and ugly.

    There is nothing honorable about lies, fear, hate and division, and this is the kind of political campaign that the Republicans and McCain have run.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  390. Don Toronto

    I don't understand why people think John McCain is considered an Honorable man. I must admit I know little of him other than his time in prison in Vietnam, as key player in the Ketting 5, and as a candidate in this campaign. Certainly you could say his Vietnam experience was honorable. His role in the Ketting 5 was certainly not and his erratic behavior in this campaign certainly hasn't been. He is not honest with what he says, he is willing to make scurrilous attacks on his opponents. I'm sorry, I just don't see honor anywhere.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  391. Paula NY

    As far as I see it, dishonor has been the common thread. The incredibly ridiculous things that come out of Six Gun Sarah's mouth are amazing. John should put a shock collar on her.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  392. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Politicians, regardless of party, don't know the meaning of the word, Jack...

    October 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  393. odessa ohio

    hi jack, it's good to see you..mccain has no credibility at all..first, he said he was going to run a clean campaign then he lied..second, he claimed that he wasn't using past associates meaning ministers or scandals, then he lied again..he gets a beauty pageant from wassilla, doesn't know nothing about the constitution, nothing about the economy or foreign issues, etc, hired karl rove's hookies and look where it got him nothing..mccain is the same as bush and he remains the same..

    October 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  394. Vic

    I honestly think the only reason he brought Palin on board was to score votes, but it backfired. Now it's slander as a last resort. Hell yes his campaign has been dishonest!!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  395. Ron, Centennial, Colorado

    No. It is sad to see a man whom we admire for so many good reasons become so desperate that he would stoop to tactics that are really beneath his dignity. He should stick to issues voters care about and tell us what he would do to better serve this nation. We need help!
    Not all politicians behave dishonorably. Remember George McGovern who was gracious and a gentleman even in defeat?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  396. Tom, Santa Barbara, CA

    The answer is "no." A follow-up question to that, though, is "Has anyone run an honorable campaign?" My answer to that one is, "Not since I've been old enough to follow politics."

    October 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  397. Chris

    Absolutely not, Jack! The way his campaign is being ran is anything but honorable. The attacks are increasingly getting worse. Colin Powell was right when he said that this stuff about Obama being a Muslim, associating with Bill Ayers and calling his tax plan socialism is becoming nonsensical. Joe Biden was right, too, when he stated that they are tossing anything they can against the wall hoping that something will stick. Of course, there should be some mudslinging in any election, but there needs to be a balance between attacks and solutions. So far, Obama's campaign has displayed that and that's why I voted early for him today.

    Chris from NC

    October 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  398. ERoss, Kansas

    Jack: Can pigs fly?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  399. Jarri

    No Jack he has not. The idea of hiring the same people to Robo-call that slammed your family goes beyond the pale of bad judgment. It is sickening. Would you hire the person that burned your home to now burn your neighbor's, this campaign has been vile!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  400. Shelton

    The only people who are going to defend this kind of campaign are the whackos that use names like "Defending American" or "Rights to the People". You know them, they are on all the blogs. How do they think this kind of craziness is goint to affect the American People? Is winning so important that they will destroy what they are trying to win? This is like killing the baby so your spouse won't get custody. Please, let's get some civility into these things, I'm tired of thinking every other American is some sort of freak.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  401. April - Atlanta

    John Macain has run anything but an honorable campaign. He may have had an honorable past, but he has sold his soul to the devil just for the hopes of being president. His career will forever be clouded by the underhanded tactics and outright lying to the American people that he has resorted to. We see through it and that is why he will not win the election.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  402. Moriah from Aruba

    No Jack, Mccain has run the most sleasiest campaign in recent history. Carl Rove Is very proud of him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  403. Barry Wantagh,NY

    Jack, are you kidding with this question. McSame has run the dirtiest, vulgar, untruthful campaign in modern history. His untrue statements about his rival are legendary. his statement to run a clean campaign is just another falsehood the campaign can't justify.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  404. Collin S. in Glenwood Springs, CO

    Honorable yes, if by honorable you mean dispicable.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  405. GeriLynn Jaworski

    I don't get it, if we advertise something and the information is not true we are sued. We are misrepresenting the product and thus we are negligently misleading the perople. Well? I think "factchecker" should be a requirement prior to releasing the advertisement ment to deceive the public. Either way I voted yesterday in Ohio because this way I can turn off the news, the view, whatever and just hope people are not as dumb as they are appearing to be.

    Toledo/Ohio
    Oh yea I voted for Obama too, and I am female. Unlike Joe The Plumber from my area, I read up on the issues and how they would directly relate to myself. Gez Joe should have clicked before speaking.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  406. Jackie in Dallas

    To all of you who wrote that Obama was getting a free ride from the media, you obviously do not read newspapers or watch TV, especially Fox. McCain and the GOP smear committee have done everything from calling his children brats to basically calling him a terrorist. The whole Bill Ayers thing is a farce. The subject has been investigated by non-partisan organizations, covered by all the news media, and there is no substance to it. It is because you WANT to believe it, true or not, that you continue to bring it up! The ACORN thing is another farce. Yes, Obama did some legal work for them - at the same time, McCain was addressing their Board of Directors and having a photo op. So if you are going to tar Obama for association with them, you better be prepared to tar your own candidate!

    McCain has a lot of skeletons in his closet besides Charles Keating, including just as messy associations as anything Obama has. And excuse me, but I want a Vice President who will not try to run the Senate, but do the job they are asked to do and allowed to do by our Constitution. I especially don't one that has already had two ethic scandals in the course of just a couple of months. I don't pay for Obama's clothes - his book revenues do that - and I don't pay for Biden's clothes, etc. For that matter, I don't pay for McCain's $600 shoes, either. Why should the GOP pay for Palin and her family to buy clothes at Saks and Neiman-Marcus when the majority of us don't even make what she dropped in one month for an entire year of work?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  407. Sue

    Hi Jack I'm so glad to have you back. He is not the man he use to be. This is not a good thing. Obama hasn't attacked McCain on a personal level and that just shows his character. Sue , St. Charles MO

    October 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  408. Bennie

    Hi Jack:

    No he has not, too many time he has behave as badly as a 3yr old in the Wal-mart toy section. Hopefully in these last two weeks he can find the old John McCain of 2000, and leave this race with some class and dignity.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  409. James in TN

    I think he has but some of his TV ads are misleading. The attacking each other tactic doesn't work anymore. The American people want Washington to work together not work agianst each other. He used the same attack points that every other republican has used.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  410. Sam Roberts Jacksonville, FL

    Is John McCain sleeping well at night? I truly believe that he wishes the election was today, so that he could wake up from his worst nightmare called Barack Obama. He will forever damned Hillary for not winning the Democratic Primary. McCain has resulted to every unscrupulous political trickery in the book and has even penned new lies to no avail to defeat Barack. I really feel sorry for him at times.
    But he made the bed, now he has to sleep in it.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  411. garrick

    Hi Jack
    glad your back,now maybe you can ask McCain to fire his staff and try to hold his dignity intact.Bush staff told him how to run his campaign and he listened,he shold know better look how Bush ran the country in a ditch now he has ran the streght talk express off a cliff
    clearwater,fl

    October 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  412. kay morris

    Robo calls that are without truth, enhancing violent responses from your audience, a man holding a monkey with an Obama sign on, a dead cub bear with an Obama sign on..continous talk of association with "a washed up terrorist"...yes, I'd say that the McCain campaign is not honorable....encourainging frightful thoughts.
    kay in springfield, illinois

    October 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  413. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Jack, is that a trick question????????????????? He has run the dirtiest,sleaziest campaign that I can remember, and that's a lot of campaigns. And now, he has good old Rudy the ex mayor of NYC pissing us off with robocalls again about Obama. They just don't get it! We don't care about his lies and smears because they just aren't important. Tell us whart you're going to do to fix the mess you've put us in..........that's what we want to hear! Poor old fool is so confused!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  414. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    I don't think so.....

    The campaign reflects the man's temperment, a bad one. He took not just one page, but the whole Karl Rove book to run it. It simply displays what a fibber he is. His judgment is quite lacking and his personality is lacking, and his integrity is lacking. Shall I go on?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  415. Bev, Los Angeles

    NO! He's run the most negative personal campaign! It reminds me of a person who is so insecure that he has to put someone else down to feel better. The only issue he talks about outside of these personal attacks is to distort Obama's tax position. Poor man. I almost feel sorry for him. NOT enough to vote for this negative, grumpy, dishonest guy. I'm Obama Biden all the way!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  416. Enida from Boston, MA

    I voted for McCain in 2000 primaries. As a moderate Democrat I was attracted to his honor, integrity and steadiness I saw in 2000. That John McCain has since been dissapeared, he is blinded by the desier for the presidency. He forgets that it was his from the begging had he run an honorable race, now he sees it slipping from his hands and fury, anger and rage have taken over. He he is loosing the race faster. Making many of us volunteer for the underdog the one that is being attacted on character rather than plicies. Sad!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  417. Harvey Miller

    I think John McCain's brain has become addled ever since he picked the runner-up in a beauty contest to be his running mate. He thinks all is fair in love and war–even if it's the wrong war and he's already married. What does a little word like honorable have to do with anything?
    Tustin, Michigan

    October 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  418. greg z

    No. Not the Same John we saw in 2000 against Bush. Not the same guy up there on the podium.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  419. Tony in New Hampshire

    Jack – Simply put...No! Senator McCain's campaign has done nothing but show him to be a tired, beat up, desperate man. Which is a shame since he has served his country with distinction over the years. He would have every right to not want to serve his country after the way it handled the Vietnam conflict and ultimately forgetting him for 5+ years while he lay in a prison camp. Nonetheless, John McCain decided to continue to serve his country and has done so honorably up until now. His first mistake was choosing Palin as a running mate but it was not his last.
    Where is the John McCain of old that was respected and looked to for the straight answer? I miss him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  420. Vickki

    I believe if God himself came down from the heavens above and sat side by side to McCain & Palin and said to them "ENOUGH". I truly believe McCain & Palin would ignore him and continue to devide this country and sacrafice their souls just to win this election.

    My God, please have mercy on them for they do know what they are doing.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  421. Mary - Dallas, Texas

    No!! It appears that people from Alaska are use to crooks and hypocrits. They think Palin is great and all she does is lie. The sad part about it is they can be confirmed as lies. She is divisive.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  422. tj

    About as honorable as the one George Bush ran against him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  423. carol

    John McCain has absolutely not run an honorable campaign. I watch him blatantly lie about things while at rallies. Just tell the truth! Also, I am still waiting for the pundits to say something in response to the last debate when Sen. Obama told Sen. McCain about what Sarah Palin said at a rally and someone yelled terrorist. Sen. McCain did not even say that something like that was out of line, instead he said that he was proud of the people who attends his rallies. I was appalled at his response to what was a serious matter. He was proud of people yelling terrorist, kill him, etc. Unbelievable! Yet, he tried to play the victim with what John Lewis said about him. Obama didn't say it, why does he have to apologize for what other politicians say? McCain certainly doesn't apologize for what his running mate says.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  424. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    No, he hasn't. Unfortunately McCain has spent his entire campaign spouting off why someone should not vote for Obama rather than stating why someone should vote for him. I simply do not think he has solid plans for our country's future.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  425. Amber - Austin, TX

    McCain's campaign has been about as honest and honorable at G.W.Bush and his entire presidency.

    Of course he has not been honorable. He has gone against every.single.thing he has ever stood for, and he has allowed the RNC to dictate how it went. If he had a backbone he'd have stood up and said no to the negativity. Then he might have a fighting chance to win this election.

    Then you factor in Sarah Palin – and that was the day he basically handed the keys to the White House to Barack Obama.

    It will be a nice retirement in Arizona for him. He will travel in various cars from home to home to home. What a life.

    It's sad to see him do the honorable thing in Vietnam, and then suddenly lose all sense of honor and dignity.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  426. steve in pensacola

    Not in my opinion. And it's a shame, because through the years, I've always thought of him as one of the more honorable politicians. I think he's been listening to the wrong people. Schmidt and Davis are over-priced has-beens. McCain may not have won being himself and standing by his own choices, but it it would have been a viable choice. His ambition probably cost him his reputation, even if he somehow wins this. The choice of Sarah Palin said it all.................

    October 23, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  427. JoLynn in Illinois

    No! I think John McCain lost his honor when he decided to smear Obama's character with lies and racist remarks. His choice of Sarah Palin for Vice President proves that John McCain will do whatever is needed to put himself in the White House. I think he puts John McCain first, country second. I wouldn't want John McCain representing the people of the United States the way he has run his presidential campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  428. Enida from Boston, MA

    I voted for McCain in 2000 primaries. As a moderate Democrat I was attracted to his honor, integrity and steadiness I saw in 2000. That John McCain has since been disappeared; he is blinded by the desire for the presidency. He forgets that it was his from the begging had he run an honorable race, now he sees it slipping from his hands and fury, anger and rage have taken over. He is loosing the race faster. Many have volunteered for the underdog, the one that is being attacked on his character, rather than policies. McCain is loosing more than my vote, he is lost himself. Sad!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  429. Michelle, Florida

    Of course he's running an honorable campaign. It all depends on how one views "honorable." McCain has remained true to his "friends." He addresses them every time he speaks. His "friends" admire his campaign, and many of them will march to the polls to vote for him. As for the rest of us, surely you jest.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  430. Lollie Dot Com

    lol What a hilarious question. Not that it's important. Jack, this race is all about one and only one issue. Competence. After 8 years of incompetence, we finnaly see in the loss of our jobs, homes, retirements, college dreams – that competence really, REALLY matters.

    The first and greatest test of these two candidates competence was their choice of who they'd leave in charge... and that indicates the McCain's problem isn't really Palin. It's his own incompetence in picking her that indicates to me, your next question might well be, should John McCain admit he flunked the test and step down to give the whole world a little relief. Jeez we're exhausted from the stress! Go down in history with a little integrity for his grandchildrens' sake.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  431. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: If McCain was suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve. I don't place too much confidence in a man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night

    October 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  432. Joe in MO

    No. He is flooding our battleground state (Missouri) with nasty robocalls at the very time people are being laid off in the tens of thousands, retirees have lost trillions in value in their retirement funds, people have lost homes, health insurance, the ability to send their children to higher education. An honorable campaign would address those issues.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  433. jimio

    McCain has no choice now, he will say anything and do anything to win.
    I just wish that some reporter would ask him where the $300,000,000.00 of the $700,000,000.00 bailout package is going to come from to buy up bad mortgages from the Banks, it's not setting in the Treasury it has to be future tax increases.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  434. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    Guess that all depends on what the meaning of "honorable" is.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  435. mrlittlefingers

    I don't think so. Both he and Obama have attacked each other. I can tell in McCains comments seem vulger with his bemeaner and expression. Not an actual comment but more like, "Who in the hell does this punk think he to challange me". I'm a Independent sitting on the fence for now but I'm about to fall off. I think most voters are like and get pissed off when enough is enough. By they way I love your honesty.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  436. Tom

    Jack,
    I admired John McCain so much so that I switched my registration in 2000 (we can do that in Ohio) to vote for him in the primary long after the nomination was decided. Not anymore. I had high hopes that the general election between McCain and Obama would be a sincere debate on real issues like the economy and foreign policy among others, not a rehash of a bunch of largely meaningless garbage. Perhaps an opportunity for once in American politics to rise above normal petty partisanship and choose our leader based on real information, not innuendo and outright lies in some cases. There's plenty of blame to go around. Obama and the Dems have gone negative, too, but it seems to me that the first, and nastiest, salvos were fired from the right.
    Tom
    Proctorville, Ohio

    October 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  437. Sandi AZ

    Very dishonorable! He will go down in history making a fool of himself. He has turned off the middle class with his smear and fear campaign and "He just doesn't get it"!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  438. Karen, Florida

    McCain's honor is without doubt. He is an honorable man.

    Both Obama and McCain are running the same type campaigns
    but the fact that Obama's campaign fund far outstretchs McCains speaks volumes. Where is all that money coming from, what other countries, what people are "behind" Obama?
    With our economy and financial strength in the US in crisis, why
    would good citizens be "giving" such an outrageous amount to that
    when charities need it and people are starving in our own streets? That would be more the question than to question John McCain's honor.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  439. David P. Vernon

    It depends on the definition of "honorable." McCain continues to make false and misleading statements about Obama, Obama's record, and Obama's proposals. McCain surrogates and supporters continue to put forth scurrilous misrepresentations about Obama. In hotly contested States, the RNC and the "527s" are sponsoring automatic telephone and e-mail campaigns using additional false and misleading statements. Perhaps lying about one's opponent is not "dishonorable", but the Boy Scout Law, the gold standard for honor, starts with "trustworthy." Is it honorable to depend on lies to win an election? I don't think so.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  440. Zach Bayonne NJ

    McCain at this point is so far deep in doo doo there is no turning back. It's a train wreck. The day McShame could do a rally without talking about Obama is the day he realize he is up to his neck in doo doo.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  441. Tinker in Cherokee

    McCain has become a walking contradiction on so many issues, why doesnt anybody call him 'flip-flopper'.
    How honorable and christian is it when you want to help the poor by spreading the wealth around? Its christianism not socialism!!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  442. Myrock, Snellville, GA

    I think McCain is running a typical GOP campaign. He has not only depredated his own character but now he's working on dismantling his grand kids character as well. When you run such nasty ads with no base to back it up, what else can your grand kids say about you when they read about how you ran your campaign. It's all about the future in this election and McCain still thinks the election is about now.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  443. Quin Dwyer

    McCain and Palin have not run an honorable campaign.

    Even worse, many in the media have given them a free ride. McCain did much of his medical history through a Friday bait-and-switch stunt, Palin was called unethical by her state's investigation, and then claimed the report cleared her.

    Robocalls, hatemongering, personality attacks, etc. - this is not the America we grew up being proud of in Civics classes.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  444. Karl, from Alaska

    This is the scary thing. When McCain was asked this question (more than once), his refrain was essentially, "If Obama had agreed to town hall meetings, this wouldn't have gotten so negative." In other words, Perhaps, but it's that guy's fault.

    That's the answer we've got for the last eight years. We don't need another wimp for as president, who can't own up to their wrongs and would choose rather to blame others. That's not leadership, that's copping out.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  445. Ray,Florida

    Well if you ask John McCain Jack, he'll tell ya it's all Barack Obama's fault!
    I never heard of such a thing! McCain claims if Obama agreed to the 10 town hall meeting's with him, the campaign would have been more civil. That's like saying if my ex wife did what I told her, I wouln't have to beat her every day!
    Tell that to a judge!

    P.S.
    I am totally against violence just trying to make a point.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  446. mark

    Before he and his sidekick start spouting off about socialism, they need to A) Look up the meaning of the word in the dictionary, then B) Realize that the entire distribution of Federal tax dollars is a socialistic system, then C), Stop using the opinion of a plumber to determine his entire campaign focus.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  447. Verna in Toronto

    No ..McCain hasn't run an honorable or intelligent campaign and there are no excuses ....except maybe age....for the many dumb decisions he has made.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  448. Cindy, CA

    If beyond reprehensible and deplorable can be misconstrued by the McCain spinmeisters and advisors as 'honorable'... then I guess the answer is 'you betcha.'

    If 'honorable' represents one who is worthy of respect and admiration due to conduct, message, and leadership.... the answer is a resounding unequivocal NO.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  449. Jennifer

    He has run an absolutely horrible, despicable campaign-and "anti-American" campaign. He has divided this country and instilled fear and hate to an insanely dangerous level. He has ensured that if Obama becomes president, people will fear him. Our country has had unfavorable presidents but we have never feared our leader. He has done this by filling the heads of the ill-informed, ignorant, uneducated, and naive with horrible lies and twisted misconceptions. There is nothing more anti-American than scaring your people to death and making them feel that their government is going to essentially kill them.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  450. yvonne

    Well Jack, let's see, the vile literature that is filling up our mail boxes for those of us who live in swing states claiming Senator Obama has relationships with terrorist. The annoying, obnoxious and ridiculous robo calls that are invading our peaceful homes. The rhetoric from Palin that leads to riotous behavior with the words "kill him" and "terrorist" being shouted in the crowds with not a mere mention from her to refrain. John McCain lost his honor a long time ago. He has turned this campaign into a vile three ring circus and he is losing it by the day. He and Sara Palin have gone way past negative and are now bordering on sick and demented.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  451. Bill, Quarryville, Pa

    Instead of calling it a horrible campaign I would prefer to call in a very stupid campaign. A campaign of his own making. The campaign may gives us a glimpse of how he would run the country if elected. His attempts at trying to keep voters' attention away from the economy with what he calls his maverick style of doing things. Instead of facing the problem of the economy head on, he chose to try and blow smoke up the voters you know what, with announcing bold moves like suspending his campaign, so he can ride into Washington on a white horse and save the day. His poor choice of running mate was not a maverick move either. It was a move to try and keep the extreme religious right in his party happy. I do not want to vote for a president who would prefer to use smoke and screens when becoming president. We had eight years of that we do not need another four.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  452. Shane from Montreal

    Duh!

    Of course NOTt!!!

    This has been the nastiest and most vicious campaign I've seen in my lifetime.

    Shouts off "kill him", "terrorist" and "treason" towards Obama at some of those Palin rallies have been disgusting and disturbing.

    I'm glad to see judging by the polls most Americans have also been outraged by what they've seen and heard

    Maybe there's hope for America after all :)

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  453. Nancy, Tennessee

    Honorable is not the word that comes to mind when I thinkk about John McCain's campaign. Despicable rings out as the best description. Not only has John McCain's campaign disappointed me, but the fact he is letting his VP nominee do the dirty work offends me. Governor Palin has stars in her eyes and she can't see she is being used. Her prepared speeches have her coming on like little Miss Innocent while she throws accusations of "Socialism" against Senator Obama. When "Socialism" isn't her buzz word, then Bill Ayers, terrorist, and Barack Obama are used in the same sentence. McCain is acting like a shovenist. He still thinks its a woman's place to sort the dirty laundry.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  454. Mike, Dallas

    No he hasn't. And, for the life of me, I can't understand why he doesn't see that. I guess our brains just don't work the same way.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  455. Ed Lewis

    I already have him down for the dirtiest campaign ever, and with over a week to go. He's already pals with terrorists, a socialist, a communist, a muslim...what will next week bring? Did he join the P.L.O.?? Trim Bin Laden's beard?? McCain should hang his head in shame. Maverick is defined as 'one who refuses to abide by the dictates of a group'. If the group in this case is the Honorable, then McCain has truly been a maverick.
    Ed Miami FL.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  456. Barbara in Arizona

    I am sorry to say he has not since the convention. I planned to vote for him until two things happened - both of which seem to be from a fear so deep of losing that he will do or say anything. First, picking Sara Palin, the biggest insult to voters since Dan Quayle. Second, delivering an unending stream of vitriol and malice that have diminished the man's honor and reputation, for which I feel very sorry for him.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  457. Mike Berry

    Hello Mr. Cafferty, I feel like John McCain is not running a fair campaign and he would do anything to get himself into the white house as the leader of our great nation. In speaking he would sell himself to the Devil.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  458. mitchell ,arkansaw

    no. if he wins he will be ineffective like bush is now. most americans wont be behind him. they wont trust him. barack has run the most honorable campaign i ever seen. he will be able to unite us better. the only folks that dont like barack,now, are neanderthals.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  459. Dee

    Jack I would have to agree to disagree with your comment on is McCain has run a non honorable race from day one.
    Now he is fumbling for words to knock Obama. My Gma always told me if you are not sure of what to say it must be a lie.......

    Obama for President
    Obama for change

    October 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  460. Kelly from Ithaca, NY

    I almost used to like McCain. Once, my husband said he could almost vote for him. That was back when he was pushing back against the Bush Administration with some success. It appears that John McCain has lost control of his own campaign. As if the party told him, "we don't trust you with this election", stepped in, and shoved Sarah Palin on us. Left to McCain, he probably would have run an honorable, but unsuccessful campaign. With his party's interference, he's left with a dishonorable, unsuccessful campaign. But then, they never really cared for him anyway, right?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  461. Howard M.- Bolingbrook IL

    Welcome Back Jack. I hope you are feeling better.

    No, McCain has sacrificed his honor and forthrightness for the change of winning this election. I believe he has destroyed his long honored image.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  462. Dan in KC,Mo

    Jack...., if you mean honorable in the same sense as John McCain's service records. Then the answer is NO. His campaign is the most dirty/ mud slinging campaign I have seen in my short lived life.

    Now, if we are talking the way McCain "honored" his first marriage, then yes this campaign can be considered honorable....

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  463. Tina (Texas)

    No he has not but then again he is too old to be out campaigning the long hours he is and he should be home napping for his daily nap. This is way too much on an older gentleman to handle but then again he is from the Greedy Old Party and they are known to sling mud at whomever they are running against. Personally, I am sick of it and it turns my stomach.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  464. Dena, Raleigh, NC

    Guess it depends on who is defining "honorable"–a republican or a democrat???

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  465. Stewart, Santa Fe, NM

    No, John McCain has not run an honerable campaign, nor has he really had control of it. Conversely Barack Obama's campaign may prove to have been the best managed in our history. If McCain wins at this point, it will be due to the negative adds his campaign has run, to the lies, innuendo, and near emptiness and worthlessness of his message. Boy, I guess that would say alot about the American Public!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  466. VinceN

    John McCain would have to understand the meaning of honor in order to run an honorable campaign. It's apparent he missed those classes at the Naval Academy (or slept through them, he was only 5 from the bottom of his class). His military career is a checkered history of using his father's influence to keep him out of trouble. As a retired officer and pilot, I find it impossible to associate John McCain with the majority of my brother service members who actually lived the code of duty, honor and country and didnt just give it lip service for political gain.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  467. Curlstar

    McCain is running the same type of campaign that we see each election year; begins nice and civil and ends up leaving a sour taste in everyone's mouth.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  468. Arcadio De Jesus

    Jack, after you have seeing the way John MCcain is running his campaing, you are asking this question you should know the answer. Senator John MCcain is not running a plitical campaing hes running a campaing of lies and madeup stories. I am a register repoblican, but there is no way I can vote for this man, he and his runningmade are a disgrace for our party.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  469. Ann from S.C.

    I don't think McCain has run an honorable campaign. McCain's remarks are misleading. He claims Obama will raise taxes, ignoring the fact that Obama has stated over and over that he will lower taxes on everyone earning less than $250,000. His references to Bill Ayers were a stretch, trying to damage Obama by innuendo. McCain admitted going after Obama's character, yet when it went too far he backed off saying Obama was a decent man. Which is he? Disreputable or decent? When asked at the last debate about his negative campaign, McCain said that it would not have been negative had Obama agreed to the town hall meetings. Obama wouldn't do what McCain wanted, so he gets even by playing dirty. Sounds like the school playground to me.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  470. Marty

    Unfortunately for him he hasn't. This has been the nastiest campaign of my adult life with the majority of the negativity coming from McCain. It's sad that such an honorable man has developed an "anything to win" mentality. His hostility, questionable judgment, and strange behavior in this campaign makes me wonder if he can handle the stresses of the presidency.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  471. carol in Oregon

    As far as I can hear and see it's no difference than any of the other candidates. Some of both parties have been disgusting. The mentality of the American people has become shamefull in the past 20 years. I heard Regans speech writer say on Meet the Press that we are no longer adults. I believe it. It's hard to say one is naster than the other with a straight face and be honest at the same time.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  472. martha S ample

    No, Mccain and his running mate are the lowest of the lowest, I never seen anything in my 71 years like it. Get out to vote in 12 days and send Sarah and mccain to the biles of Hell. I cannot stand another Robo call on my phone. I started out supporting Obama and will continue supporting him..

    October 23, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  473. jind

    No, John McCain has lost his honor. He broke many promises with the voters, and the broken promise to run an honorable campaign alone should make it easy to vote for Barack Obama. I use to really truly respect John McCain, but now after his choice of Sarah Palin, irrational decision making and erratic behavior I just have contempt for him. ..Message to Barack- Take care of Grandma!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  474. Sue Glynn

    Absolutely not – from the time he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate to today, everything he has done has been deceitful & a way to try & get more votes. He has tried to scare the people in the country to the point where he is dividing the country, all to win. I never knew much about John McCain before he ran for President – now I wish I never did!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  475. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    With Karl Rove running the campaign, what else do you expect? McCain doesn't even listen to the members of his own party who keep telling him to stop saying what he is about Obama. It showed how mean he is during the debates. Obama is above that. He is the one who seems more Presidential.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  476. Danna Ringgold, GA

    Perhaps McCain initially intended to run an honorable campaign, however, once he saw he that his Sarah Palin VP pick, (oops, I mean gimmick) couldn't overshadow the bad news on the economy, he decided to deploy his current nasty, unsavory rhetoric that has become known has the typical Republican campaign strategy. I can't wait to vote these bunch of clowns out of office and send McCain back to the Senate where he can practice his mavericky move of reaching across the aisle to a Democrat majority.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  477. Jamaal Bryant

    Jack I like you But a Third Grader could answer this Question of course mccain has run a dishonorable campaign what would you expect from a person that is trying to be bush as far as policies go so i had no doubt in my mind that the same Liar from the Bush Campaign are running mccain unfortunatly for Mccain Bush has the lowest Numbers ever so any associated with him is bad but when run the same campaign built on Fear and Lies there is nothing else you can do but try to scare people and promote fear

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  478. joep, Schaumburg, IL

    Let me get this "straight". John McCain? Honorable? Campaign? LOL Does NOT compute!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  479. Jarrod Blaxton Columbus, GA

    Thanks for the laugh, Jack. I think we could all use one in these tough times.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  480. Tara, Raleigh NC

    McSame has run a shameful campaign and it is shocking to see how low he will go. Even when he sees their smear tactics and lies are not getting him any traction. He's turning more voters off by the day. Meanwhile, Obama just keeps looking more Presidential.

    I'm afraid of what they will do in the remaining days but whatever it is, he'll be sure to regret when this is all over. He and Palin are doing all they can to divide this country at a time when we need to all work together.

    If I was a Republican, I'd be ashamed to be part of the party.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  481. Troy from Ohio

    John McCain makes Karl Rove look Honorable, does that answer your question Jack?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  482. kate

    It is sad. I once thought that McCain was an honorable man, and that it wouldn't be so bad if he won. No longer. At least George Bush seems to be genuinely sincere in his ineptness and poor judgment in who he listens to and what he thinks. On the other hand, we knew the former honorable John McCain and now we know he would not be that man in the White House.

    My grandson said the other day after pulling his sister's hair, "I am not bad, I am just a maverick." That is McCain's legacy–misbehave and then chalk it up to "mavericky-ness".

    fairfax, va

    October 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  483. Al, Canada

    This election is less than honorable on both sides.
    AMERICANS it is looking very UGLY!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  484. Mark San Angelo, Texas

    The honorable thing for him to do would be to explain what he intends to do to straighten out this mess GW has left us in. But, he only talks down about Obama's plans. At least one of them has a plan!!!

    Mark
    San Angelo, Texas

    October 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  485. Hope M. Madisonville, KY

    He once accused Obama of being willing to lose a war to win a
    campaign. I now believe he was talking about himself except he
    is willing to lose his honor to win the presidency. Only problem is,
    the American people have seen thru his lies about Obama and
    will not reward him for using Karl Rove tactics this year. There is
    too much at stake this year to fall for the usual Republican crapola.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  486. Ryan in Crown Point, Indiana

    Jack, John McCain is a disgrace. Colin Powell said Barack Obama was a transformational figure and he was right. However, there has been no bigger transformation then that of John McCain in this election. He has transformed into everything he hated and stood against and it has been utterly disgusting to watch.

    Ryan in Crown Point, Indiana

    October 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  487. Karl in CA

    It’s sad that John McCain will probably not have another Presidential election to redeem himself. What is currently honorable to the RNC and Republican leadership is appalling to the rest of us. McCain once said Barack Obama would rather lose a war then an election. Now, John McCain has sold his reputation, integrity, honorable service to his country and respectability for an election he isn’t winning because he did exactly that. He is sealing his legacy the same as George Bush. How you end up is how you are remembered.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  488. Larry J

    McCain always seem to be very angry. He always demostrate and relate to his crowd with constant hand and arm movement to demostarate his point. the man has lost it. Who want an "ANGRY PRESIDENT" ? There's no telling what he might do. Have our contary in every combat situation that arrives. Man retire and go home and relay in one of youR " SEVEN HOUSES". Give one to Joe The Plumer"

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  489. Conor in Chicago

    An Honorable Campaign?

    History will record that many things started the Second American Civil War. McCain's utterly dishonest and frightening portrayal of his opponent, followed up with that opponents victory, will likely be viewed as the final straw.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  490. Joy

    I am so tired of the smears, lies and smears that McCain and Pallin have been throwing. If children spoke that way a good mouth washing with soap would be apprpriate. One of the sad things about it is that children see and hear them whipping "the base" into a froth and think this is right. And we wonder why kids are the way they are with these examples.
    The latest spin on the clothing budget is that they will go to charity "bettcha" that makes the donors happy.
    For shame, for shame.

    Joy
    Middletown, CT

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  491. Katherine A. Klass

    Senator McCain has not run an honorable campaign. He is so spineless that he uses his "pit bull with lipstick, caribou Barbie" and alleged quotes from "Joe the plumber" to attack Obama. His trickle down economics hasn't worked for eight years and it won't work for the next four. When is everyone going to realize that until main strreet sees wage increases that at a very minimum keep pace with inflation. It won't matter if the credit makets loosen up because no one can afford to borrow! They already loaned trillions of dollars to people who can't afford to borrow. I wonder what the next get rich skeem will be?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  492. Nada

    Jack, thankgoodness you are back. You have been missed.
    No, I don't feel John McCain is running a fair campaign. I have
    many reasons for my decision, but I'm sure you've heard them
    all before. I wish Obama would tress more on the importance of
    a Democratic win regarding appointments to the Supreme Court.
    My husband says, you need a show of your own.
    We are seniors living in Roseville, CA. Keep up the good work.
    Greetings to Alex Wellen

    October 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  493. mitchell ,arkansaw

    this election has taken too much out of me to answer , jack. the only thing that keeps coming to mind, over and over , is ," stoopit republicans!"

    October 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  494. Karl, from Alaska

    His smear and fear tactics have infected his whole campaign and beyond to his republican colleagues. If you try to win by implying that your opponent is anti-American or terrorist by association, that's not just dishonorable, that's despicable and lacks intellectual integrity. He may be a war hero, but he's no leader.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  495. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Senator McCain's campaign exemplifies the WORST of American politics and divisiveness. He has insulted us with his VP pick, smeared his opponent with racist tactics, and completely trivialized the issues affecting each of us.

    Come to think of it, it's surprising that he's going to lose.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  496. Stewart, Santa Fe, NM

    Dishonorable, and I think he is already regretting it.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  497. rosemary from Miami, Florida

    Senator McCain leaves the dirty work up to his party and his running mate, but he is as equally guilty in promoting the attacks. At a time when this country is facing not only an economic crisis, but a loss of reputation across the globe, the Republican ticket chooses to foster division across religious, ethnic and racial boundaries. I hope that responsible Republicans repudiate these tactics as Colin Powell so bravely did.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  498. K Smith

    McCain fosters division and fear with a message of accusation and bizarre criticism, all cloaked in simple denial. And so I would ask, honorable to whom? And that is the problem.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  499. Carol D in Durham Maine

    NO. John Mc Cain has put a permanent stain on his legacy with the Rovian style of hate, anger and mis information that he has embraced , defended and promoted in his obvious desperation to become our country's leader.

    For the sake of 'winning':
    He will be remembered for nominating a woman without qualifications; allowing and ecouraging fear, divisiveness, and hate in America; and defending robocalls that he himself once denouched.

    HIs honor has been smeared with his own actions. Sad legacy for a so called 'hero.'

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  500. Aimee, STL, Missouri

    I don't think anything about McCain's campaign can be considered "honorable." He has sunk so low that his predecessor, Bush, comes out looking like he ran an honorable campaign in 2004 when all Bush did was use fear tactics about the war on terrorism. From what I've read and understand the only honorable thing McCain ever did was when he was a POW, but that can only take him so far. For a man who will flaunt affairs, and twist words, and take no responsibilty for any of his own actions in the senate unless they can further his career did we really expect him to run an honorable campaign?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  501. Diana Rodriguez Wallach

    If McCain ran an honorable campaign he'd be trying to unite the country, instead of further dividing us and distracting us with non-issues. I'm Pro-America, I'm not a plumber, I live in a city, and I don't care about Ayers any more than I care about Trooper-gate. McCain is trying to win based on faux scandals, and that's not an honorable route to the White House. Here's a thought, McCain, you've got 12 days left–focus on the issues that matter to ALL Americans, small town or large.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  502. Judie Blaustein

    How low can John go?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  503. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    They all start honorably, they all start our pledging to run a clean campaign. But in the end, it is always the same ole, same ole.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  504. jyll from TEXAS

    I'll be glad when all of this is over...I'm so tired of looking at Elmer Fudd and Hockee Mom I could puke... Thank GOD for remotes....Nov.5th can't get here soon enough for me.....

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  505. Audrey West Pt. GA

    It is so unfortunate that such a great man of character has allowed himself to be a part of such a shameful campaign. It goes to show that the greed for power will make some humans do anything and say anything to achieve their goal. Shame on you Senator McCain.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  506. Stella

    McCain remembers me of : Michael Angelo found a honest and beautiful young boy to paint an angel. 8 Years later a looked for a devil and found this in the same boy, he painted 7 years before as the angel.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  507. Amy from Illinois

    Absolutely....wait, what was the question? Sorry, we played the drinking game at the last debate for every "my friends," and I'm still recovering.

    Oh, yeah – honorable campaign? Absolutely NOT!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  508. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    Define fair!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  509. Cheryl, Mexico, NY

    So this the thanks I get for being a loyal fan of Jack Cafferty? You keep deleting my entries!! WHY?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  510. Frank from Peterborough

    All you have to do is look at all the sensible and honourable Republicans who have abandoned McCain and who are supporting Obama to answer that question.

    Pretty well all of these aforementioned people have stated almost the same reasons for their decisions. They feel the GOP has been hijacked by extremists and kooks and they all cite the Palin pick as irresponsible and also condemn the McCain campaign for being so negative and fearful.

    McCain himself has been presented as a confused and disoriented angry old man lacking both stature and the appearance of stability.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  511. Will in Miami

    No he hasn't. He will lose this campaign, and I hope he regrets the lies and misinformation he has spread. This is not the McCain I knew. He let the RNC and Rove walk all over him and do what they wanted with his campaign. And Obama is the one who would say anything to win?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  512. Amy Noir

    McCain has fractured our country and the wounds whether he wins or loses will be challenge to overcome. He has divided country among races, gender, social and economical class, rural vs. urban, muslims vs. christians vs. jews. Old vs. young. And at times when unity matters in times of global challenges. He has destroyed social fabric of our society of United States of America. Not honorable but sad.
    Amy-Austin, TX

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  513. Independent

    My sympathy to the McCain family, especially Cindy and Meghan who stand behind him at rallies and try to appear supportive. Cindy smiles and laughs like a demented idiot and Meghan simply stands there with no expression. I believe they do not have respect for John, but they will show support simply because he is their husband and father. It is disgusting that he would put them through this despicable ordeal.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  514. BillD

    Not even close. McCain/Palin are so devoid of issues and on the wrong side of everything else. All they have to go on are lies, half-truths, and innuendo.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  515. Janet, BC

    I think that he has run a dirty, dirty campaign. And I think that this is mostly due to his running mate, "Sarah the VP pick". Without her, and with someone who actually knows what they're doing, I think his campaign would have been pretty honourable (don't mind the "u", I'm Canadian).

    Janet
    Errington, BC

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  516. Marcia from Indiana

    NO!!!!!! and if you think this was bad it would have been much worse if Hillary had been the candidate. This will be a golden example of how NOT to run a campaign in future references. What Rowe and Company didn't realize is that the internet has made a huge change in campaigns-from fund raising, to checking facts, to asking questions and giving opinions. In the future you will have to know technology and use it, have plans not attacks, and realize that US voters are smarter than you give them credit for .

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  517. Gregory

    The bottom line is....No, he is not running an honorable campaign, Jack. Not as promised "The Straight Talk Express" has only procduced lies and mean spirited comments, not only to the Sen. Obama, but to the Democratic Party as well. It is sad to say, but people are terrified of what will happen to them down here SE Alabama if Sen Obama is elected. I once had a respect for Sen. McCain because of his mavrick style, but now all that respect is long gone.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  518. Jack Carlson

    My God, much more honorable than Obama.
    Gee whiz, the friends of Obama are frightening.
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    October 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  519. susan from Idaho

    To use the words honorable and Mccain in the same sentence is an oxymoron, With an emphasis on moron. He came home from Vietnam, dumped his wife and kids and has gone from bad to worse.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  520. Wendy in NC

    No, it has not been honorable, but rather a disgrace. His campaign not only has no honor, they are just not intelligent. No answers to issues other than the standard "I know how to fix __(insert issue here)___", but no explanation how HOW to fix it. They haven't run a smart, 21st century campaign and it's showing.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  521. Ted

    Honor and McCain no longer fit in the same sentence. It may have been true at one time but he threw it all away evidenced by the way his campaign has gone. Gen. McArthur said "old soldiers never die they just fade away ", well, it time for John McCain to fade away with what dignity he has left. In all fairness both campaigns have run a lot of negative ads however from what I have seen the McCain camp made it absolutely impossible for the Obama camp not to keep pace with the mud McCain is throwing. Its a pity really.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  522. James Bulawa

    I think its funny what someone will do to win at all costs. John McCain said only a couple of months ago he would run a clean campaign, someone should inform his campaign manager!!!! Chicago Illinois!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  523. Jeff Crocket

    Yes! Revealing the deceit and mistakes of your opponent is good sport!
    And with Ayers, and Wright, and Farrakhan, and Ooops Biden, it is an easy game to play. Even with you and the MSM protecting your candidate.

    Go McCain/Palin

    October 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  524. John

    John McCain was one Senator that I truly respected for many many years, but the way he has handled this campaign is reminiscent of the Karl Rove/Bush-Cheney fear factor style campaigning. Hearing him say Sen. Obama has run a dirty campaign is laughable! Sen. McCain and his fellow "Maverick" (more like "Goose") are simply trying to scare people into voting for them. I truly think (hope) the American people are smarter than that, but I've been wrong before. It's time we focus on the issues and stop fighting over who is a socialist! Speaking of which, hasn't Bush made us kind of a socialist country by using tax payer money to buy up all these banks and mortgages???

    October 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  525. Maggie

    Hi Jack welcome back, the answer is no. He has stuck to W.'s playbook. His vice president choice was a gift to his party-drill baby drill. Pipe DREAMS! The last straw for me was the attacks on Joe BIden's comments about what will happen when a New President Obama would be tested. Has anyone said even mentioned that Joe said and when he is tested they are going to find this man has a steel spine. McCain has no spine he proves this everytime someone receives his robocalls ! Without honor there is no trust!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  526. Conor in Chicago

    In a certain way I think his campaign is rather classy actually. You see, the Democrats are not going to win this election. We are going to see voter disenfranchisement and fraud on the part of Republicans that will make 2000 FL and 2004 OH look like "honesty" at work. Rigging the early voting in swing states (already evidence), misconstruing the truth about what really happened with ACORN (all ready dominating news) and other facets will give this election to MCain-with everyone knowing that had there been no fraud Obama would've won. McCain said recently "we've got them right where we want them". He was speaking the truth. The Neo-Con republicans have already sorted this whole thing out for us and McCain knows it and is flaunting it in his own "mavericky" way. Now that's class.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  527. epipes nashville

    It doesn't matter if he has or has not. Just send him back to wherever and dueling banjos back to the frozen tundra.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  528. mitchell ,arkansaw

    he and his run-mate have incited crowds to violence against our next president. they have questioned at least half of american's patriotism.the mccain campaign drug a large american flag on the ground after their mccain 'rally' ,the other day.
    i dont think he deserves any medals for honorable campaigning. he's no better than karl rove.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  529. Jay NY

    Jack, McCain has run a horrible campaign. From the pick of Sarah Palin, to the lies, to the way they use curtain words to insight anger in their speeches. The robocalls. All of that is ridiculous

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  530. Michele Jones

    No, he, they have not and I think it diminished as a person and a national figure.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  531. Andi in San Carlos, CA

    If you want to know what McCain's presidency would look like, his campaign is the blueprint. Dishonest, hypocritical, cynical, incompetent, embarassing, sold out to the worst sleazy operatives that did to him what he's trying to do to Obama. Country first, my a**.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  532. Susan in Ohio

    No Jack. As they say, desperation cuts through everything.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  533. William N. Clarke/ Florence, SC

    No, he has not, because his vice president has slipped into some of the dirtiest campaigning ever. I do not feel it is because they feel they are behind, but mainly because she is campaigning against a peson so much more intelligent than she is. She feels quite intimitated by him. She is running a campaign against, "smarts", an intellectual achievement by a candidate against her that she knows she can not match. She consistantly talks about her position and experience of governance saying that qualifies her over him. But really I do not feel she is sure of that.. It seems as though she is continuning asking herself the question, can a small town mayor and governor of a sparsely populated state be as qualified as a Harvard law professor and community organizer? I believe she is so frighten that she might lose the election, which might be a bigger lost for her than for her running mate. Her campaigning is ugly out of fear.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  534. Connie Fanucci from Florida

    I'm sorry, but John McCain AND Sarah Palin are running the dirtiest election ever. Do you know there are phamplets being sent out with Terrorist in big letters on the front and when you open it, theres a picture of Barack Obama? I am so disapointed in both of them, they should not even be allowed to run for any office. All I hear in the campaign speeches is how bad Obama is, well John, look at yourself. You know, what goes round comes round.

    I just voted in Florida and I am proud to say I voted for Barack Obama, so put that in your pipe John McCain.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  535. Tim Samoni, NJ

    You would figure that a man like McCain, assailed by the Karl Rove-run Bush Smear Machine of 2000, would have been able to keep his campaign clean. His "maverickness" ended with his surrogates' misleading emails and his attempt to connect Obama to every single calamity facing the world. The fact that he has done little to clear up this misinformation proves he's just as underhanded and egocentric as his predecessor.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  536. Alison

    Honorable-in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; of high rank, dignity, or distinction; noble, illustrious, or distinguished; worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable. All the things John McCain is not, and his political campaign is not.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  537. Bob S Philadelphia, Pa

    Jack,
    Honorable Campaign probably not expected yes, But Obama hasn't been much better I would say that this election has been what I expected lies – misleading – misquoted the usual politics that we are accustom too in my opinion.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  538. Dave from Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia

    Jack;
    Sitting on the outside looking in I cannot understand why the polls show a tight race. McCain & his attack dog have run a pretty sleazy campaign. Every time you see him stumping it's "Joe the Plumber". Is that the extent of his vocabulary. Why doesn't he mention the economical "Bailout" and the fact that if you put $1000.00 bills end to end, $700 billion worth would go round the world 2.72 times. Or if you stacked $100.00 bills they would be 130 miles above the International Space Station.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  539. Mark from Yuba City, CA

    I believed that McCain would take the high road in this campaign and I communicated that several times on this blog. I am forced to admit that I was wrong. I'm really disappointed in what has come about. I was hoping we could have a campaign that our nation could have been proud of. We deserved it after 2000 and 2004. We didn't get it. Politicians need to be held accountable for their campaigns. If McCain loses this one–his campaign style and strategy are likely partly to blame. If the citizens vote against him...then we have done our jobs to hold him accountable.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  540. Teri in St. Augustine FL

    No Jack, I'm afraid he hasn't. He is an honorable man, but he wants the Presidency so much he sold himself to the GOP dirty tricksters to get it. Problem is the type of campaign they ran in 2000 & 2004 isn't working this time. It's no longer the same game Rove was playing, and McCain is paying the price. I feel sorry for Sen. McCain.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  541. rhonda rockford il

    I wish he would focus on the issues. I am loosing respect for anyone who stoops to name calling when that person is loosing the battle. McCain is grasping for straws. If you felt your apponent was a terrorist, how could you have served on the senate with him all this time. We are intelligent people, lets talk about what counts in this country, and not slander others. After all we all have skeletons in the closet.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  542. Molly B

    He is not an honorable man. I don't believe he ever was. He just
    had marvelous PR. I'm so sick of him throwing up his record, etc.
    He is casting shame on his fellow veterans and POW's. Many
    veterans are openly opposing him. Definitely not honorable and
    maybe a mental case.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  543. Roxanne - Birmingham, AL

    Hell no! His campaign is not about issues. He is trying to reach people so deep in bigotry that they are willing to vote against their own interest. He and Governor Palin have lied and lied and are fighting a dirty fight. However, he doesn't seem to realize the only people listening to his filth is his base. We are tired of being divided, we are one nation. Would someone please tell him it is not going to work this time. We have to many problems to have to deal with Senator McCain's foolishness.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  544. Nina R. Santiago

    Jack, dont Eskimos live in Alaska? Why no mention AT ALL by anybody..Do they get any of the money Sarah brings in for the people in her city and state?
    Just wondering.. Nina

    October 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  545. David Bakody, Dartmouth NS

    "The Straight Talk Express" has had more twist and turns than a Arizona side winder trying to run from the sounds of wild horses thundering down to the river.

    PS: Jack, Senator McCain keeps saying he has been tested....when was he last elected President of the US of A?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  546. Zach Bayonne NJ

    No, he hasn't run a honorable race. McCain is looking RESIDENTIAL each time he talks in a rally.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  547. Jack from Lombard, IL

    He has run a campaign of hate and fear. He knew he needed to, so he hired all of Bush's campaign people to do it. I had always respected Senator McCain, until now.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  548. Rebecca in SC

    No, he has not. His increasingly desperate campaign seems to go to new depths daily. While some in the media have tried to say that both Obama and McCain have been negative, Obama's negative ads relate to how McCain has handled policy matters. He never tried to smear McCain's character. McCain, on the other hand, has employed extravagant and false hyperbole to tar Obama as a terrorist baby-killer. How could McCain possibly expect the American people to believe anything he says at this point?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  549. eron

    If McCain runs this country as honorable as he runs his campaign. God help us all!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  550. A Senior Southern Lady - N. Carolina

    An honorable campaign? This once-decent man is taking a page right out of the Carl Rove sleezebook. I live in the battleground state of North Carolina and I have received three robo-calls telling me Obama is a terrorist. I expected better of McCain. He will not get my vote.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  551. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    No. Best description would be despicable. A campaign of threatening robo calls is anything but honorable. A campaign of lies, deceipt, denial and distraction is dishonorable. This man and his campaign have demonstrated their incompetence by their choice of a highly questionable running mate now under investigation for abuse of power as well as bilking the Alaskan taxpayer for thousands in unwarranted expenses. McCain and Palin should be bowing their heads in shame. I hope that November 4 turns out not to be a landslide but an avalance victory for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  552. walidazami

    This headline made me laugh. I would never put McCain and honorable in the same book, much less sentence.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  553. Kevin in Minneapolis

    What bothers me the most is how McCain is like Bush. Something may be orange but they will say it's blue and keep saying it's blue over and over, thinking that people will be fooled. We are not that dumb. The truth is the truth but they both continue to make up their own version of the truth. When McCain says of his campaign: "We are exactly where we want to be" all of us know he is lying. Who would want to be losing so badly this close to the election? If he just said: "We're behind which is not a good place to be but we are workin very hard to come back" we would at least hear an honest answer instead of a lie. Sadly he continues to lie at every opportunity. I was a Republican but Bush and McCain have made a Democrat out of me.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  554. John from Quakertown, PA

    I am white, 60 years old, born & raised in Philly suburb, and a Vietnam Vet, and I have never heard two people lie as much as John McFibber & Sarah Palinoccio.

    That's not very honorable in my book.
    I hope my state of Pennsylvania blows them away at the polls !

    October 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  555. Deb McMahon from Des Moines, Iowa

    John McCain has run an ugly, mean-spirited and scurrilous campaign. Then add on a dim-witted running mate who has no clue what a vice-president does and you have a train wreck heading towards the finish line on election day. I think McCain thinks it was his turn to try out the White House and he cannot believe that this young intellectual guy is beating him in the race. Welcome to the real world John. This is 2008; not 1908.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  556. john, Phoenix AZ

    Senator McCain calls himself a reformer and now I believe him. With the way his campaign is being run I believe he has reformed himself into the exact thing he says he is against, the worst of Washington politics.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  557. Jon Hoyle

    Jack, the way mccains campaign has been going it seems to me he
    should change his saying to,
    i would rather win an election than win a war

    J.H. in MASS

    October 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  558. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Everyday is becoming more dishonorable.

    His blustering and challenging our enemies yesterday with his shoot from the hip statement of our enemies will not test him if he is elected is reckless, is bull he fully understands, and puts all Americans at risk. By risking American lives by his irresponsible provocations is yet another example how he dishonors himself and is like cowboy Bush.

    I don't understand why every American is not up in arms over this recent lack of judgment. He's beginning to scare the hell out of me with his senseless bravado and I am a Marine Corp combat vet of Viet Nam.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  559. Debra Wetle

    An Honorable Campaign?

    This man is doing his very best to divide the Country that I love so much! There is nothing honorable about him!

    debi in Monterey, CA

    October 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  560. molly, Connecticut

    I think that John McCain has changed. He seems to have once been a much more admirable Senator. It's as if this campaign and his run for the Presidency has made him an angry man, probably with the thought that he is somehow 'due' this job. ) And how would a man so new to the scene be able to be ahead of him? )

    I've been totally shocked at the things that he and Palin have said. They have made this the nastiest I've ever seen. Now it all seems to be just grasping at straws.

    Barack The Vote ! From a Republican....

    October 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  561. Bob in Baltimore

    Honorable as much as Bush did in 2000. The only difference is he doesn't have a brother in Florida to FIX the election for him......He does however, have a Scalia in the wings to grant any motion the RNC will file in protest!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  562. Dwayne (Atlanta, GA)

    Mark from Asheville, NC is an idiot. I'm afraid you're on the wrong website, try GOP.com. McCain and Palin are running a sleeze campaign and everyone with a brain can see that. Hillary has more baggage than Obama, but you're too blind to see that the Clinton brand would have failed in this election. When you start using robo calls, code words and outright lies...you know its almost over for your campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  563. Heather from Wisconsin

    I'll answer that question, Jack, but first I want to talk about Joe the (unofficial) Plumber, and how he shows that "that one" is trying to implement an evil socialist agenda in our good country here.

    I think I need waders for all the "honor" he's flinging around.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  564. BG

    In short, McCain is a disgrace ...

    October 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  565. Bob S Philadelphia, Pa

    Jack,
    This is America of course there is going to be problems we have only been voting for 200 years we are still practicing and trying to get it right. We have states that still vote by raising their hands….LOL
    How we can have voting machines and no paper trails is beyond me, we are the greatest country in the civilize world we have invented cures for all kinds of diseases sent people to the moon but we can’t figure out how to count votes AMAZING

    October 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  566. Ted

    No, and he knows it.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  567. AL, Maryland

    An honorable campaign, are you kidding me?! If he wasn't so busy calling Obama a socialist and telling me I'm from "fake America," then maybe he would be getting more votes.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  568. Chantey Minneapolis

    No, he's made a fool of himself. The worst part is that in this next week and a half, he's gonna sink even lower all to try and put a cherry on top of his legacy. Pathetic.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  569. Mk

    He ran the kind of campaing he and his wife told us all they would not run. That makes his campaign Dishonorable. When the campaign you run makes you a liar I don't see it as a good thing, do you Jack?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  570. No way no how no McLies

    Sure... in the same way that Palin was exonerated from any unethical behavior.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  571. Joseph

    Absolutely Not.

    No debate necessary, Cafferty. We now all know without any doubt why McCain couldn't define honor earlier this year.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  572. Jay-Mississippi

    Jack, short, sweet and to the point, NO!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  573. Nancy in Largo Florida

    Hi Jack,

    Great to see you back in action. You would think John McCain and Shara Palin would realize the more negative comments they make Obama/Biden rise in the polls. OMG, I just got a robo call. The feeling I get is voting early for Barack.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  574. pam from Arizona

    Great to have you back, Missed you!
    McCain and Palin have been so negative that it is putting off even his own party. Alot of Arizona will vote Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  575. Melanie Sandusky, Ohio

    Jack,

    If the word "honor" comes from the word "honest' , the answer is no.
    It's sad actually, even though I am a democrat, I always liked McCain and respected him so much, I believed he was a maverick. Now, I no longer like him, respect him or believe him. He's just more of the usual politician.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  576. Manda K.

    No, he hasn't run an honorable campaign. He's run a desperate campaign. So desperate that he picked a woamn who is clearly unqualified to be VP, has shifted his positions and the direction of his campaign so many times that we are all dizzy and last but not least let the racists run through out his campaign and his rallies while barely blinking an eye. I used to like and respect John McCain. Where is the man that ran in 2000 and 2004? It sure isn't the one we've seen in the past 3 months!

    Manda in Washington, DC

    October 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  577. Mike Rickard

    McCain has not only adopted the tactics used against him in 2000, he has expanded their use. Considering how much it cost him then, it is even more telling of his character, and desperation to get elected, that he would use these same tactics.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  578. stacy

    no, nein, ina, non, het...no matter what language the answer is NO!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  579. Dianne, Houston, TX

    Honorable? No way! I think that as parents, McCain and Palin should be ashamed. Their campaign has been the worst example of "fair-play" we can show our children. What has happened to doing our best, having the best ideas and serving the people who have elected us based on those ideas. I can't believe anyone would want to win so badly they'd compromise thei "honor" to do so. McCain has lost all honor in his campaign.

    As my six year old says, "It's not who is better at being mean, it's who will do the best job.".

    From the mouth of babes...

    October 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  580. Linda in Texas

    Simpy put, McCain's campaign is far from honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  581. sue

    In a word – no.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  582. PoliticoMike

    More like dishonest, divisive, hypocritical and desperate!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  583. Pam, Illinois

    No, McCain has not run an honorable campaign. It may have started that way but now he just looks like a frustrated, cantankerous, angry bully. I used to like McCain but unfortunately he succumbed to the dirty politics of the GOP. I am so sick of it.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  584. Mimi,angeles, CA

    Jack, good to see you back.

    Not by any definition i know of.
    He is out-sleazing both bushes, by a mile.
    No wonder he couldn't earlier give a definition of honor.
    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  585. USN Retired

    Jack,

    Stevie Wonder can see he hasn't run an honorable campaign. He's out of touch, been out of line and out of his mind when he chose Tina Fey oops i mean Sarah Palin

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  586. True Blue Ohio

    If by honorable you mean antagonistic, divisive, hateful and deplorable:yes.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  587. Laura - Bentonville, AR

    As a moderate voter, I've always admired John McCain, but this election has made it harder and harder for me to remember why. I am excited to vote for Obama, based upon his vision & solutions for health, education and foreign policy. But McCain's unpresidential behavior, poor VP selection, and good cop/bad cop insendiary rhetoric, has made my choice even easier.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  588. Angela in Wisconsin

    From where I'm sitting? No, McCain has not run an honorable campaign. Which is very upsetting to me because I really liked his 2000 campaign and probably would have voted for him then. But when he makes personal attacks on associations of the other candidate- an area where he himself is just as guilty- and then complains the other candidate is running attack ads which are just as bad although they actually stick to policy topics- McCain has lost the high ground he once claimed.

    Between the supposed terrorism links, the "socialism" attacks, and the new robocalls claiming Obama is soft on crime, McCain is most definitely running a very negative campaign.

    McCain of 2000, where are you?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  589. Morgan from Whittier, California

    No, I don't think he has run an honorable campaignat all. He cannot even talk about the issues that we the people want to hear about because all he talks about is what Obama is saying or doing or not saying or not doing. After this is over, I never want to hear the words surge, mavrick, or "Obama won't say the surge worked" EVER again. The only thing skilled about McCain is that he can talk out of every orifice at once and say something different at the same time!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  590. Daryl McK in Westwood, CA

    Jack,
    Remember it was McCain who said in 2000 that "He would not take the lowest road to the highest office." Win or lose he's taken the low road. If he loses the election, the honor and valor that he obtained in his distinguished military service will not be tarnished, but turned to rust.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  591. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    My friends...no.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  592. Vic from CT

    In short Jack, No. But I think the turning point wasn't actually when he decided to give up on the issues and instead focus on smear tactics, it was when he chose Sarah Palin on a whim to be his Vice Presidential candidate ( as the New York Times will show in their magazine this weekend). Sarah Palin brought the negative, downright disgusting tone to this campaign that has been fostered and perfected by members of the extreme right like Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh. Hopefully this will be the end of Rovian politics as we know it.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  593. jamie

    Does anyone care that the whole world is watching ( and lol ) at the shameful way republicans are trying to get back into power. How will they get any respect from any heads of state if they win. The answer. They won't! Jack your saying what we in Canada are shaking our heads in bewilderment and can't understand.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  594. Kirven

    NOOOOO!!!! Once he got behind and was unable to break Obama's will he did what any GOPer does...lie, lie, lie.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  595. OhioVote

    McCain's campaign is about as honorable as when he left his first wife because she was disfigured for Cindy

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  596. Lisa - Toronto

    His biggest problem started with COUNTRY FIRST.

    How can your slogan be Country First and you choose Sarah Palin. That isn't putting Country First – that was his first dishonourable move – lies, erractic behaviour, grimaces, scowls, divisive tactics – none of that puts Country First – all of it puts John McCain first and who the hell needs that?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  597. Maurice

    Its simple Jack....No!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  598. H. Charles

    John McCain's judgment with regards to who he's chosen to run his campaign has not only ruined his political career, but also his running mate's, and his fellow Republican senators who I can almost guarantee won't be re-elected.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  599. Janet

    In my opinion, no. For a man who has served his countrt for so long and so well, it is very sad thing that he "dishonors" everything that he has stood for in the past.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  600. Pepper Hanrahan

    Has McCain run an “honorable” campaign? Absolutely Not! When the fight got hard he didn't step up to the plate and fight a fair fight. Instead he has sold his soul and honor and his so called "I'll fight for you" rhetoric and joined not those who lead but those with greed.

    Pepper from California

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  601. joseph

    Hi Jack,

    Every campaign stretches the truth. But, John McCain has broken all the barriers. Sometimes, I wonder what makes people call him an 'honorable man'? Jack, does he really deserves to be called an honorable man. I think he is an opportunist, who wants to become President at any cost. By the way, what is the secret behind the fact that everytime he is on the podium, there is a pretty face, just behind him.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  602. Stuart

    It's a Faustian story for John McCain: here is a guy who sacrifices the one thing that made him great: his honour on the altar of ambition. What profit a man to gain the whole world if he should lose his own soul?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  603. Dennis in Gainesville FL.

    As a Vietnam Combat Wounded Vet I lost respect John McCain, for a man that was once honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  604. Running Bear Knight

    Gee what do you think. If he were running a good campagin he would be closer to winning or winning. So if he can not run a clean campaign how would he be able to run a country?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  605. Mary from Ky.

    Sen. McCain has been known to get his words confused, perhaps he meant ornery. If that's the case, he's kept his word. Republicans claim to be so Christian and yet they certainly don't practice the Golden Rule of treating others as they want to be treated. They have been sarcastic and mean spirited. The campaign slogan "country first" couldn't be further from the truth. They have done everything they can to divide Americans and destroy what progress we've made in accepting one another. If for no other reason, I hope they do not prevail. We need someone like Barack Obama to bring us together with all the problems we are facing. United we stand, divided we fall.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  606. Kate, Chicago, IL

    Absolutely NOT!

    There hasn't been anything honorable about this whole election. It has been one personal attack after another. In my mind elections shouldn't be about attacking your opponent on a personal level, it should be about attacking the issues. With that said, McCain obviously doesn't really have much to say on the issues since he has taken the personal attack route.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  607. TB

    Jack, McCain has flat out lied! No more "Straight Talk Express". He will do anything to win and it started with Sarah Palin being added to the ticket. He should have changed his mind on that idea and not on different campaign strategies!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  608. Val in Canada

    Greetings Jack,

    McCain told his fellow prisoners in Hanoi that he would be the president some day. It appears he will do anything to get there, including lowering himself to gutter level politics. This may be a very sad ending to an otherwise illustrious career.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  609. Arletia Stewart

    I am an 84 year old lady from Kansas and never in my lifetime have I been so ashamed of a nominee for president and vice president McCain and Palin. I have voted absentee already for Senator Obama and Biden. McCain and Palin should have their mouths washed out with soap and my mother would do if I "badmouthed" anyone. Those "robocalls" should end immediately. We have been lucky not to receive one yet.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  610. Marty in NYC

    This is not the John McCain of the 2000 Straight Talk Express. This is not even the John McCain of the Feb. 2008 promise to run an honorable campaign. Somewhere he sold his soul and traded his principles for what he thought was a ticket to the White House, and along the way he lost my vote. I'm sorry for him. But I'm more sorry for the country, because I think we could have used that John McCain at this very difficult and perilous time. Terribly sad.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  611. Linda from Prescott AZ

    No, McCain has run a horrible nasty and quite frankly dishonest campaign. I doubt seriously if anyone who knows him, except those who are like him, will want him in their company.

    McCain and Palin are gutter tripe.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  612. Brett in Oriskany,Va

    Honorable? There is little honorable about John McCain. As a vietnam vet, I initially felt a kinship with a fellow vet. then I began to do my research. McCain has fabricated an entire myth about his military service. As a priviledged Admirals son he got away with stuff that others would have beeb cashiered for,but thats small potatoes! McCains POW years read far different than McCain's myth. He signed confessions, gave away military information,led an easy life compared to others. His nicknames were the Prince(of the hanoi Hilton) and Songbird. After the war,he fought an won battles in the senate to keep POW secret, even from families whose loved ones still were missing, all to cover his own
    cowardice. Recors an info are there, from respected journalists like Sidney Schanberg and other POW's. here is a man' a traitor to his country, who questions the patriotism of others. McCain will do anything to get elected. Don,t be surprised if this election gets like 2000 where it is decided by other than the people.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  613. gl

    McCain is a very big liar and have disappointed the American People by turning his Campaign into the worst negative campaign ever.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  614. Caroline

    John McCain's STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS has morphed into a HATE TALK EXPRESS. He is now a cruel, desperate person who has abandoned his core principles. His decision to put his campaign first-not his country first-will come back to haunt him.

    Caroline
    Cornell, WI

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  615. Rich Denver, CO.

    He has not run a honerable campaign. He has increased negative campaigning since his selection of Palin. He energized the base so he has to run how the base wants him to. Notice Obama's base; they don't want complete negativity because they feel he created and is running on a real platform. McCain on the other hand submitted to those who said if he talked about the economy he will lose. It's obviouse that Obama from the start has had complete controll of his campaign but McCain has let everyone else run his down the drain. Tell me does a "maverick" let everyone make the choices for them?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  616. H. Charles

    Philadelphia, PA

    John McCain’s judgment with regards to who he’s chosen to run his campaign has not only ruined his political career, but also his running mate’s, and his fellow Republican senators who I can almost guarantee won’t be re-elected.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  617. Fran DiQuattro, Hawthorne, NY

    John McCain, just like water, sought the lowest level and found it!! His campaign is as dirty as the one the deadly duo (Bush/Rove) waged against him in 2000.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  618. Dana

    Jack,

    Didn't your parents ever teach you that all is fair in love, war and polotics?
    Where he has been dishonerable is to himself. He stripped down and adjusted some of his stance on many issues to win the nomination. I will vote for him because the alternative is worse but I don't have to like it.

    Dan
    York, PA

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  619. Shapearl-Cicero, IL

    Of course not Jack, McCain has run the campaign just like Bush did. In my book he is no a hero. How can he look himself in the mirror, after he has authorized flyers that say on the front " Terrorist" on the back it has a picture of Obama saying " You don't know him". He ads are misleading and dirty. Trying to place fear in the American people. I want a President that can lead with honor, who respect his opponents and plays fair. Thats why I voted for Sen. Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  620. John

    McCain has not run an honorable campaign!

    In addition to so many false, absurd and even dangerous claims made about Obama in an attempt to distract voters, McCain lies about many other important issues.

    Another recent lie is McCain claiming to critique Bush on many policies.

    McCain and Palin lie so often. These lies should make their constituents mad, it's juvenile, oh and it's not very Christian – "thou shalt not lie." ("False witness" was the term circa the era of the Commandments.)

    McCain/Palin paint the picture of being salt of the Earth kind of Americans. One of the most salt of the Earth sayings is, "actions speak louder than words." McCain's actions? For the last eight years McCain agreed with Bush, enthusiastically supported Bush, and voted with Bush 90% of the time.

    McCain didn't fight against Bush on these issues 90% of the time!

    That is because McCain is not actually critical of Bush regarding these policies.

    McCain is only now saying he is critical of all of these Bush policies to win votes.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  621. Terri, Canada

    This is a desperate, dangerously divisive campaign, and what REALLY stinks is the character attacks that capitalize on fear among people who are already having a hard time to figure out what's true and what's not.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  622. Sharon

    There are a lot of things to call McCain's campaign but honorable is not one of them. I have watched him spiral steadily down to the point of almost being delusional. I say this without any implication of age. He not only has become a bitter and angry candidate but has openly lied about his attacks. He and Palin have gone way beyond standard political attacks to a point of trying to seriously divide the country to win an election. Yes, Obama has attacked him – on policies and issues – and yet McCain puts his wife out there to state that the dems have run the most vicious campaign against them. What alternate universe are they living in.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  623. Arlene

    Jack,

    It scares me to think that Johm McCain has a 50% chance of becoming our next president. Where are the heads of the American people? Stuck in the sand? He along with his Rove cronies and Giuliani are running this entire campaign to hell in a handbasket.

    I feel I'm living a nightmare every time I hear some psycho call Obama a Muslim-Socialist-terrorist-Arab. My biggest fear is due to the type of campaign McCain is running, no matter who wins on November 4th, our country will be so bitterly divided there will be no going back. It's a lose-lose situation.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  624. Linda

    Uhhh no and I live in little blue Connecticut and I've seen first hand how the negative campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin has spread here. For the record, I support Barack Obama and could careless who anyone votes for. I believe everyone should be involved, stay engaged, learn the facts and then go out and vote whether it be for Obama or McCain or Nadar or Barr or Paul! I was behind a car the other day who has McCain/Palin sticker on their car and right under it was a huge poster of Barack Obama in full muslim gear that said Nobama underneath it. My mouth dropped and so did all the people around me... A lady pulled next to me and shook her head, rolled down her window and told me how shameful it was, a car pulled up next to them and I couldn't hear what was said but I'm sure it wasn't pleasant. The point is there is no place in this great country of ours for racism and hatred and the lack of total respect for a candidate you may not support. I just hope that person went home and removed that horrible poster from their car and though twice about the message they were sending.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  625. Brad

    "HONOR" once belonged to McCain because of his ideals. I don't think it now belongs to him after this campaign. He has stooped very low during this campaign.

    –Brad, Akron OH

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  626. red state democrat

    I gave up the kool aid and have seen the light. You can always tell when Barry is lying. His lips are moving!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  627. Wade Berry

    You know Jack, I am a democrat and a conservative. Yes Jack you can be both, try it sometimes, it makes you fill all happy inside. Anyways, people should stop thinking McCain is having a "Unhonorable" camp. when Obama has lied about everyting from public financing, to wars. I am getting tired of all my friends calling me a racist for not saporting Obama, I fill that hes far too liberal for me, Just because I dont saport a Black man for presedent dose not make me a racist, I saported Richardson, and hes a latino. I'm a White, 19 year old male Democrat from the liberal state of Oregon, sorry I fall into the Obama catigory, But its McCain Palin '08 for me. P.S. Get your own show Jack, I'd watch ya.

    Wade B.
    Salem Oregon

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  628. Nikhil

    Mccaine does not himself run the dirt campaign but he does not mind RNC or other cohorts like his VP selcet Sahara Pallin running it , and would be presidential candidate has no control to this proxy war, my question if he cannot control his own people , is he an ideal presidentila candidate? he should search his inner self and drop out from the race.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  629. Clarence in Cincinnati, Ohio

    Jack,
    The last honorable thing McCain did was as a POW. The McCain campaign is running the same nasty campaign that Bush did in 2000...probably worse. I can't wait until this is over on November 4th...maybe McCain and Palin can go to Alaska on a moose hunting trip since after this election, they will have so much extra time on their hands.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  630. jim (FL)

    jack~ Honorable? For the first time in American history a major party candidate for V.P. has NOT held a news conference since being named! An actor hired for the part, with the RNC supplying scripts, stage props and wardrobe. Honorable? I think not!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  631. Manesh

    Honorable?....Absolutely!....He has honored the base of the republican party with his personal attacks, blurring of the truth and sound bite politics which the Republicans have worked so hard to be known for.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  632. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Well Jack he may have been an honorable soldier and maybe even an honorable senator but one thing is for sure he will be no honorable president!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  633. Greg from PA

    Jack, I thought you knew that John McCain doesn't speak for his campaign. He has not, not run an honorable campaign. His campaign is run by the RNC and their lackeys. You know. It's like Ronald Reagan not ordering Ollie North to trade guns for hostages with Iran. McCain keeps his promises... The Devil's in the details.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  634. nhmom

    Jack,

    If his campaign is any indication how this man will conduct himself representing our country's interest, I guess, we all have to move to Alaska! Better air quality, less interest for education( why should our kids work hard to achieve excellence?) federal gov is subsidizing us, perfect "socialist" place to enjoy retirement after the Wall Street fiasco.
    Val

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  635. Gaurang

    John McCain is a far greater and honorable human being than what his campaign has shown him to be!! It has been a tragedy of what we have witnessed during last 2 months or so. He unfortunately allowed himself to be dwarfed by his campaign and handlers. What a loss to have a "tarnished" McCain back in the Senate!

    Gaurang, New Jersey

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  636. Dan from Chicago

    Neither candidate has run an honorable campaign. McCain's campaign has been disappointing because it is such a stark contrast from his honorable past. Obama's campaign has been disappointing because he promised to usher in a new kind of politics, and be above the typical mudslinging. Both have failed.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  637. Tanya in California

    If honorable means calling your opponent a socialist, a terrorist, elitist, un-American, and using other fear tactics too numerous to mention-then yes, McCain is running a really really honorable campaign! And, FYI-I'm one who has always felt McCain has never been an honorable politician. It's just now becoming very apparent when the stakes are so high.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  638. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    I'm not sure McCain ever had any honor, but if he did, he left it in Viet Nam.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  639. Josephine6Pack in Philly . . .

    As I told my co-workers recently, while watching the second debate – every time he says "My friends" in that condescending way of his, all I can hear is "Let them eat cake." And I do believe that pretty much sums up how he feels about Joe and Josephine6Pack. To lie when one supposes one cannot get caught is dishonorable, but to lie with the proof clearly and readily available on film – simply says he thinks the masses are too stupid. Where does "honor" fit into it?

    Besides, any man that can scream the "C" word at his wife – whether in public or not – has no honor. He never did.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  640. David

    By running the furthest thing from an honorable campaign, he has destroyed every bit of honor that the public perceived in him. Despicable.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  641. Drew

    Absolutely not! Throughout this entire campaign season, John McCain has continually decided to abandon his "principles" in hopes of political gain. The "maverick" has become almost completely unrecognizable as a candidate to me. He has gone from an honorable and decent man who I had policy disagreements with, to a typical Republican fear-monger.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  642. joep, Schaumburg, IL

    The pressure is on, the REAL person comes out. John McCain and honorable do not fit in the same sentence. He never WAS honorable, ISN'T today and never WILL be an honorable person!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  643. PAF

    McCain is running a great campaign.–In my opinion McCain and his strategist have learned well from the school of Karl Rove. I am impressed how much they have learned and how well they are carrying out what they have learned. K.R. has given them the Honerable award for following his tactics...He's enjoying this soooo much, even better then revealing a CIA informant and getting away with it.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  644. Brian NYC

    Of Course John McCain hasn't run an honorable campaign. He has the same people whom came after him in 2000 running his campaign. His campaign is dividing this country more and more each day.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  645. Tony

    hell naw man!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  646. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    NO WAY, NO HOW!!! McCain has/is & will use tactics even HE decried when they were used on him.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  647. Brian from Georgia

    Once McCain brought into his campaign the two men that smeared him in the 2000 South Carolina primary, the same two men that he also said had a special place in hell waiting for them, you knew that honor went out the window. I guess we now know that the "special place in hell" happens to be John McCain's campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  648. joeann edmonds

    He has run a campaign to win at any costs.
    Repeat the Lie and "They" will believe. "They" are wiser this time.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  649. Wilbur Hathaway

    McCain has morhed into Bush and Cheney's love-child...the worst of both.

    The Rolling Stone issue before last showed just what an entitled,spoiled and furious fellow he is.

    These Goldwater "socialist" tactics will fall on deaf ears, too much "wolf!" has been cried.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  650. Tony

    Are you kidding me? Hell naw man!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  651. Paulo

    Not only is it not honorable, it has been rather stupid. Long after the facts emerged on "Joe the Plumber" and how Obama's tax plan would actually benefit him, John uses the "Joe" message in his speeches. If anyone is buying McCain they are not paying attention to facts. The robocalls were the last straw for me. Long after Obama has explained his non relationship with Bill Ayres, John and Palin seem to think people don't believe him somehow Preaching to the choir (base) won't win the election and using falsehoods, insults and exaggerations just make his campaign look lame.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  652. MJ in Atlanta, Georgia

    He's been more ornery than honorable, Jack. McCain doesn't deserve to be president of the UNITED States since he has shown himself so ready and willing to divide it in order to win. I'm an independent. I went from simply supporting Obama to really hoping for a landslide. I want everyone to get the message and clean up their act before the next election cycle.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  653. Chipster

    Brian from Eagle River, Alaska:

    Are you saying that McCain's campaign was telling the truth when they claimed that Sarah Palin rejected the bridge to nowhere and suggested that she refused earmarks? Evidence is clear that she had no problem accepting loads of earmarks. Did you believe McCain when he said Palin sold the infamous airplane on eBay for a profit? It didn't sell on eBay and for a huge loss.

    Do you believe Palin when she claims that Obama "pals around with terrorists?" Evidence has shown that he served on a couple of boards with Ayers – not exactly palling around. No one has offered proof of any close relationship. McCain's campaign has avoided the issues because they lose on the issues. All they have is mud and they're slinging it so hard that it's getting all over them.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  654. Noemi Rivera in Los Angeles, CA

    McCain began getting McNasty the second he nominated Sarah Palin, it escalated when the economy went sour, and is now desperate as Nov. 4 is only less than 2 weeks away!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  655. Oliver

    I think that the surest sign he has not ran an honorable campaign is that he isn't leading in the polls. America is ready to elect him so long as he lets us feel good about doing it. So far, and I fear it is too late to change at this point, he has made choices making even his staunchest supporters feel the need to hold their nose at the voting booth.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  656. George - Indiana

    Hey Jack, Are you kidding me? If its honorable to be devisive, smug, and spread hatred then yes. Looks like being in the military for all those years has not taught him anything about honor. Go figure, the man finished 4th from the bottom of his graduating class. - DISPICABLE & SHAMEFUL CAMPAIGN!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  657. Pam T

    NO! I swear Jack, it's like watching the Wicked Witch of the West with one of her winged monkeys.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  658. Mama Joe England

    My eyeballs nearly fell out when I read the headline. Since when does honour have anything to do with John McCain. This is the worst kind of smear, slash and burn politics that I have ever witnessed and I've been around for 60 odd years.

    Barrack Obama has had by far the better message, has been more in tune with the people and what they need and seems to understand that bully tactics don't always work. They are just that, bully tactics and nobody likes a bully, now do they?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  659. Lorraine

    Unless he doesn't know what the word means, he has not run an honorable campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  660. Mary Cali

    Absolutely NO! It's pretty pathetic when candidates mislead people (same as lying) with some of their statements/ads, but it's also UNETHICAL when Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin debase Sen. Obama, not to mention their inciting of hatred. I don't know how more DIShonorable Sen. McCain's campaign can get. "Straight Talk?" I think not. "Country First?", I think not. McCain and Palin should be embarrassed and owe an apology to the American people for stooping to the lowest levels I've seen in ANY presidential campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  661. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Let's just say there's been more bull than honor.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  662. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    McCain threw honor and honesty out of his campaign when he hired the same Karl Rove cronies that ended his 2000 campaign!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  663. Tim in Eustis, FL

    He said he learned leadership from a Chief Petty Officer. He was UA (unauthorized absence) for the Ethics lesson. His "straight talk express" lost a coupla wheels and drove off the cliff.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  664. Randy from Arizona

    McCain's campaign made the turn when Sarah was nominated as the VP candidate. With the sudden pour of interest and her negative attack style, it was impossible for John to right the ship. He thought Sarah could take him to "his" promised land but since she has no substance, her only method of campaigning had to be towards the negative. John initially lost control, now unfortunately, he actually believes what everyone close to him in the GOP is saying....it's hard watching an honourable man go up in smoke.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  665. BG, Seattle WA

    No he hasn't. It seems an eternity ago when I thought that we would finally see two campaigns about the issues and not about mud-slinging. This election has turned McCain into a different man...someone who supports lies and misleading statements, someone who insults his own party for expressing a different viewpoint, someone who encourages division in the country with insults like "Georgetown cocktail group". Intelligence, location, education, and opinions have all become dirty words in his campaign. His campaign is all about him and his POW record (a POW may be honorable but that isn't training to be a president). He spends all of his time on Obama with little interest in providing detailed, constructive plans and/or agendas.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  666. Cyndi

    The answer is simply, NO!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  667. TangoDancer

    Jack,

    No, McCain has run a disgusting and devisive campaign. I just got another e-mail from David Pfloufe requesting money due to the new GOP mailer that accuses Obama of being a terrorist. I donated another $50 to the campaign. That's all that I can contribute to BHO. I've given way more this election cycle than my budget permits, but these negative attacks keep forcing me to open my wallet.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  668. Veronica

    Hi Jack:
    I'm so glad to have you back with your insightful questions.
    No McCain cave in to the Rush Limbaugh part of the Republican electing Sarah Palin and everything has gone down hill since then. I used to admire McCain but now I'm very disappointed of the path he has chosen to follow.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  669. Jim

    If we looked up honorable in the dictionary I am pretty sure you wouldn't see any references to McCain's anti-Obama, ugly, and divisive smears.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  670. Dawn from Pennsylvania

    John McCain has sacrificed his honor in exchange to becoming President of the Unitied States. This is afterall his last chance. He has used tactics to defame Barack Obama instead of campaigning on the issues that important. He has gone as far as to insinuate that Obama was a terrorist, muslim, socialist, and is unamerican. Next thing you know he will be calling him a communist and an alien (aka the brother from another planet).

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  671. Max in Springfield, MO

    He has run the dirtiest campaign in history. That he is using the same tactics that were used against him in 2000 is morally repugnant. I have no idea why McCain has sold his soul in this run for the presidency-I no longer recognize him as the independent idealist I voted for in the 2000 primaries.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  672. Chuck in Wisconsin

    Poor John might have had the intent of running an honorable campaign–until the Rovian storm troopers of the RNC let him know exactly who was boss. Honorable is as honorable does–NOT.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  673. pam from Arizona

    No!!!
    When he tells his lies at interviews, why won't anyone call in on it. You need to interview him. Please!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  674. Brian

    I am a college student, who would have voted for Senator McCain had he not gone so negative. McCain has engaged in a dishonorable campaign in a futile attempt to taint Obama's character. As a result, he has tainted his own image, refused to address the pertinent issues of my generation, and turned from a "maverick," into nothing more than a politician intimately connected with the D.C. establishment.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  675. Darrel from Denver

    Nope.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  676. Frank

    Asking most voters if McCain's campaign has been honorable is about like asking Mrs. Lincoln "other than that, how did you like the play?" Its a little hard to be analytical when you have been splattered with something disgusting.

    Perhaps the best barometer of Senator McCain's honor is the reaction of General Powell. If he had run an honorable campaign, would Powell have even considered endorsing Obama?

    It is a damning indictment indeed when a person of unquestioned integrity, who has known and worked with you for a quarter century, turns his back on you.

    John McCain has shamed himself beyond any hope of redemption.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  677. Scott

    I am sure that Atwater and Rove are proud.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  678. Henry, Sierra Vista, Arizona

    John McCain honorable? Are there any honorable Republicans left?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  679. Becky

    See it all depends on your definition of honorable! These are the same Duo (McCain/Palin) who think they are average Joes & Hockey Moms. Apparently Average means 3-7 houses these days. It’s hard to judge what people think when they are so disconnected from the real “Average Joe/Hockey Mom”.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  680. C. Bass

    McCain's campaign was not honorable. It was beneath McCain. It was full of lies, misleading statements, angry commentators, angry spectators, bad judgement, and hypocracy, not the least of which is the most recent charges of Socialism from the VP candidate that bragged about "speading the wealth" of the oil company profits to her constituents. By her own definition she is a Socialist.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  681. M Waskom

    Jack,
    Isn't it about time someone called McCain on this? I didn't know the 'old McCain' and I am having a hard time figuring out what he was. I am getting tired of hearing Joe Biden and Colin Powell telling us how great he was and how much they admire him – when are they going to realize that this is the real McCain? He should be marginalized for his 'me first' attacks and decisions. When he keeps telling us that 'he has been tested' why doesn't someone tell him that he got an "F" on the test!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  682. cindy from Pennsylvania

    He has run the worst campaign of all time!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  683. BL

    No. And I'm not his friend.

    The McCain campaign has consistently repeated misinformation even when that information has been proven to be false. I was considering voting for him, but he demonstrated behavior that is not presidential, and he has flipped all over the place, and hasn't really presented his vision. Rather he says whatever he thinks will sound good and what he thinks will make the Obama look bad.. His wife makes awful, hateful expressions (and also lies). His running mate is vicious and is an inappropriate choice for VP, but I am glad he chose her because it makes Obama's victory almost a shoe-in. (Neiman Marcus shoes? – oh no, that would be if McCain wins.)

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  684. Mary

    I think the larger issue is this...why are the majority of news outlets not asking tough questions of both of the candidates? And why are they not going after the politicians in the House and Senate that refused to admit the problems at Fannie and Freddie? I understand that human nature prompts people to follow the crowd, but it is alarming that there seems to be no checks or balances. Go after Republicans AND the Democrats! They are supposed to be serving the citizens of this country. I am in favor of term limits for all members of the House and Senate. Then people may get back to serving "we the people" and not themselves!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  685. faye

    We all know, and more importantly, he knows that he has not run an honorable campaign. I dont know why he was so offended when John Lewis said that the tenor of his campaign was sowing seeds of violence and division. That is how far from an honorable campaign McCain is running. It has gotten so bad, that instead of self reflecting, he attacks the Congressman. Thats not honorable

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  686. Debra Credle

    I've concluded that Sen. McCain indeed did not run an honorable campaign. I believe he wanted to; I believe he's struggled ever since he was not allowed to pick his true choice of running mate. I regret he was unable to stay on the high road after his most honorable representation of our country in the military.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  687. Tom from Rockville, MD

    To my dismay, no. When the primaries began, although I am a Democrat, I was hoping that the GOP would nominate McCain. I really thought he was their best man. Much of my desire for him to win came from the same idealism and determination I see in Obama. I thought that either man would make a wonderful president (although, I was certainly hoping Obama would win).

    Unfortunately, the John McCain I knew, the same one who promised to run an "honorable" campaign is gone. No longer able to stand-up to the GOP (one of the reasons I previously liked him) he has caved under their pressure, not making a stand, and allowing his campaign to become simply despicable. The robo-calls and the latest "terrorist" mailer are the worst yet. As things get more and more desperate form McCain I wonder what might be next. Palin in black-face? A fake picture of Obama hanging out with Bin Laden? Will they simple start calling him the N-word. You laugh, but would you honestly be all that shocked?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  688. battles26

    Yes! If you consider lying, using fear tactics, hate-mongering and playing the "I was a POW" card, honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  689. Susan

    No, I seriously do not think McCain even knows how to run an honorable campaign! He has become a DIShonorable man, altogether!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  690. Michael from Monroe, CT

    Yeah, and Sarah Palin is just a small town hockey mom with a $150,000 wardrobe.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  691. Steve in DC

    If by "honorable" you mean dishonest, mean, angry, erratic and desperate. Then of course...He has run the most honorable campaign in history!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  692. S. Dyke

    McCain is running an honorable campaign. He is simply pointing out that Obama has no experience, and has never managed anything in his life. The media continually trashes McCain, but he has much more experience, and would be better able to manage our country.

    If you were the owner of the largest corporation in the world, would you place someone with no experience who had never managed anything as the CEO of that company? NO, of course not. So, why people think Obama is qualified, is a total mystery to me. Obama knows nothing about the military, and has never served, so why should he be comander in chief of them? Answer: he should not be.

    Palin has far more experience than Obama does, and frankly she's much more likeable. McCain is a fighter and will do good for our country.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  693. Kemp Honeycutt

    Not only is he running a dishonorable campaign, but because of who he has been, and who he has promoted himself as being – that different kind of politician who used to claim that anybody who relied on negative campaigning did so because they had nothing else to offer- all of that makes this campaign even more dishonorable.

    I guess things started to turn south when the "maverick" apparently wasn't willing to stand up to his own party's extreme wing and instead of selecting Ridge or Lieberman folded and picked Palin as VP. He really hasn't been the same since. He seems even angrier and older, if that's even possible.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  694. Vicky, Toledo Ohio

    Anything but Jack.......Let's ask him when he will holler about the voting machines that are switching the peoples votes that no one seems to be caring about?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  695. Patty in Missouri

    He may have wanted to in the beginning, but decided to go negative and dishonorable to win at any cost. It is so sad to see McCain do this. He has turned from an respected man who served his country honorably into a grumpy, mean, old man who cares only about winning at any cost. Even if it means losing all respect and dignity.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  696. Joe

    In my honest opinion: No.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  697. Mike in Maryland

    Jack, the minute John McCain put Sarah Palin on the ticket he lost all claim to honor. From there it was an easy downhill slide into one of the most dishonorable campaigns in recent memory.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  698. Patricia Armstrong

    Honorable? Hardly. Deceptive, dishonest, divisive, erratic, with an undercurrent of McCarthyism and race-baiting would be closer to it. But he's an old soldier ... maybe his definition of honor is winning, no matter what the cost or how you do it.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  699. Mike

    A couple of years ago I really liked McCain, thought he was a man of principle, and would have voted for him anytime. Maybe this campaign is showing his true colors. It is clear now that he will do and say anything to become president. May power really does corrupt.
    MT

    October 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  700. Bob in Chicago

    I can remember attending a family BBQ in June and, when we talked politics, I favored Obama but said that I also thought Mc Cain could do the job and that I wouldn't lose any sleep if he won. But then the world changed and so did McCain. I can't believe that this is the same guy we all knew and respected just a short time ago. He has championed one of the worst smear campaigns that I can remember. He has become anxious, erratic, beady-eyed, old and mean. His choice of Palin took the wind out of the campaign sails and he now knows it. "Country First"...I don't think so. He panders to the religious fanatics and lobbyists. What a way to end what had been a respectable career. He clearly is presiding over the final chapter in the destruction of the GOP that Bush has been orchestrating for the last 7 years. They are about to lose resoundingly and anyone could see it coming after the 2006 elections. The GOP will now have a few years to think things over and get back in touch with the American mainstream. Americans prefer to be led from the center, not from the extremes. Under the Bush/McCain leadership the GOP failed miserably.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  701. Lily, Falls Church VA

    Not even close!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  702. Jay

    John McCain ran an honorable campaign until he started losing. His newest tactics are nothing but a blatant attempt to trick voters into voting for him and is insulting to the American peoples intelligence.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  703. Lisa

    If Americans think McCain is running such a dishonorable and dirty campaign, how does that square with polls which contend that McCain is narrowing Obama's lead? Does that not indicate that Americans are influenced by the same dirty campaign tactics they purport to abhor?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  704. Troy from Palmdale CA

    You might as well ask if George W. Bush has run a successful presidency.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  705. Matthew S.

    It depends on your definition of "honorable". It seems words have taken on alternate meanings depending on whom you ask. Gov Palin believes the VP runs the Senate and Sen. McCain believes "Joe the Plumber" is a real plumber.

    My answer to your questions is, 'no'.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  706. Ian Livingston

    Even being a 30-year Democrat, I always respected John McCain's independence and decency. Honor is precisely what I associated with him. Sadly, that sentiment has been eclipsed by his actions the past month.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  707. Ivette - Browns Mills NJ -Army Veteran

    No he has not...the whole thing about calling people at home and literally scaring them about Obama not about his true character but about the assumption of his character. There was a time that I would have respected him but right now his allowing his campaign to go down the road that it is going is going to take this country back years and years to get us to reunite again. The sad part is that the republicans want this more than what they should be focused on "We the People" which is something Palin needs to go back to school to learn about, her job description but lets be real she's just not helping McCain she's getting ready for her run in 2012, God help us. Thanks for keeping them honest.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  708. Ronald C Jackson

    If this is honorable then I now understand why John McCain has Barack Obama right where he wants him, He really might be dillusional.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  709. Fred

    Its not a disgrace to be captured by the enemy but it certainly doesn't make you a hero and it is dishonorable to claim so.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  710. ILHAM

    Since when politics was honorable? there is no such thing as clean politics.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  711. Imran

    Everybody knows now that he can go on any level to win. There is no ethical values belong to him.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  712. Charles

    It's sad to see and hear what has happened to John McCain. He didn't get to choose his own running mate, he didn't get to run a clean campaign, and he didn't get to keep his dignity and honor. This is what happens to an old man who has sold his soul for power.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  713. Judy in AZ

    John McCain has sold his sole to the very people who worked to destroy his campaign in 2000. He should be ashamed of himself, and he doesn't deserve to be president.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  714. Jasmine

    I do not think John McCain is running an honorable campaign. I am a democrat who really liked the 2000 McCain and had he received the RNC nomination I may have been swayed to vote for him. However the 2008 McCain is angry, negative, and flippant and no one will want that type of person in the white house. I get upset when I hear the rhetoric that is spewed by his surrogates and the robocalls. He should just focus on what he plans to do to make this country better. In the American psyche we raise an eyebrow to those who tear others down to build themselves up. McCain is looking like the nasty and mean girl in high school who thinks being mean will win friends and influence people. he's wrong.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  715. Ken G

    Jack...although I am an avid Obama supporter, I have said many times that I would not have minded the McCain of 4 or 8 years ago, of course without the Palin baggage. I think he has damaged his reputation and has "sold-out". How sad for him and for our country which he claims to put first.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  716. Stace Hurlbert

    I can find no honor in John McCain's campaign or for that matter in his character. He has become a disgrace to his past and this country!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  717. Colleen

    As an undecided voter up until 3 wks. ago I sure feel he has not run an honorable campaign! I have lost so much respect for him. First the VP pick and now his negative campaign. Is this how John McCain would deal with those who don't agree with him? No thanks, I don't think that what this country needs right now!

    I'm a lifelong Wisconsin voter!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  718. Eugene in California

    The answer is an unrepudiated NO. I cannot think of a single Presidential campaign in the last 28 years that has been more dramatically negative with low blows and outright lies. I trusted McCain at his word to run an honorable campaign. His desperation is a huge turn off. I don't know what to believe about him, other than it stranglely reminds me of those words one year: "Read my lips..."

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  719. GraceO

    I should say not! He said he would run an honorable campaign and from what I see he has not. Why spend all your time telling me, while your opponent is awful? why not spend your time telling me, why you should be elected? The negativity makes me not even want to vote.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  720. RV Lockard

    Jack, I believe that Sen. McCain has resorted to a very dishonorable campaign. Since bringing Sarah Palin onboard, the campaign has veered from the Straight-Talk Express to the No Holds Barred Railway. Desperation is not an attractive quality in a presidential nominee.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  721. Tony Archibald

    Honorable? Your kidding right?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  722. southern voice

    McCain threw away whatever honor he ever had. Disgraced and dishonored, he'll shuffle off into the dustbin of history along with the modern Republican Party.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  723. Sarah Palin

    He'l do anything to get himselfe elected.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  724. Elias

    He run an erratic campaign

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  725. Jonathan Witherspoon

    Not only is this not the honorable campaign McCain promised. but this is no longer the John McCain so many Americans once admired. When he charges his opponent will "say anything to get elected," McCain should take a hard look in the mirror.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  726. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    Jack , the simple answer as to whether McCain has run an honorable campaign is NO, no matter what Cindy McCain thinks. I find it difficult to even believe McCain was a former military officer with the way in which he has run this campaign. A week after the last debate I'm still trying to figure out why McCain was crying because Obama has spent more money on advertising than he has & McCain thought that was unfair. Remember about a year ago McCain almost had to terminate his campaign due to lack of money. At that time McCain publicly stated he has always been a poor fund raiser. I gues we now could say McCain still is a poor fund raiser. Where did he get the $150K for the new Palin family wardrobe – his wife?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  727. Joshua New Jersey

    Heck no he hasnt ran a honorable campaign. In a time when the country wants to hear how you will lead us into the future he is relying on negative ads, and robo calls to take you off the important issues at hand. He should be ashamed to endorsed any message that has negativity in it.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  728. Shawn

    Jack,

    First I like ya. Second, for you to ask that question is absolutely ridiculous. John McSame has ran the most negative campaign in history and has resorted to saying anything he possibly can that will tip the election in his favor. Honorable campaign, are you kidding me! CRAZY!!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  729. Carol

    A resounding NO!!!!!!!!! And, every day it is getting worse!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  730. Ari Milner

    The hatred and racism the McCain campaign has stirred up in the last couple weeks makes the word honorble sound like a joke in the same sentence as McCain. It has become so bad that if Obama was attacked, I would blame McCain.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  731. Alice Thomas - Lilbourn MO

    Absolutely Not!! I think John McCain has run one of the dirtiest and most negative campaigns in history!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  732. James Leary

    John McCain once said he would rather lose an election than lose a war. Evidently that does not carry over into his personal integrity. His campaign has been a disgrace. I used to respect the man. Now I believe he will say or do anything to get elected. It has been sad to watch the man sell his soul.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  733. Joshua from Vandenberg AFB, CA

    Senator McCain has dishonored himself and family. He sold his soul to the very people who eight years ago attacked him(Bush) in one of the worst smear campaigns ever. He has lowered himself, his standards and it is apparent..he is desperate and his campaign proves it. The Palin pick proved, his gestureattacks and lack of professionalism in debates proves it. To much time palling around with Bush.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  734. Jeff - Ohio

    Jack – Cut to the chase just report that you dont like McCain

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  735. Christine

    Los Angeles,CA

    McCain/Palin outrageous, hate mongering rhetoric-honorable???

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  736. Jonna Woodburn

    No, he hasn't and he might have been the first Republican I had voted for in years. He sold his honor for a power grab, and the only thing missing from Palin is a couple of ones sticking out of her shirt.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  737. Leah - Virginia

    Anything BUT honorable. He has seized upon any trivial piece of gossip, innuendo and outright lies to combat his opponent. The honorable campaign belongs to Obama, who has been forced to retaliate against the McCain swift boat style attacks. He has gone as far to allow his surrogates and running mate to actually spew hate speech and incite to riot.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  738. Karyn Clark

    John McCain is running the most dishonorable campaign I've ever witnessed. As much as 911 did to unite our country, McCain has done as much to divide our country. I believe that John McCain owes Americans an apology for creating this civil divide.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  739. viviane

    John McCain absolutely has NOT run an honorable campaign , he is
    so afraid to lose that actually he is the one who is saying and coming
    up with just about anything against Senator Barack Obama in order
    to get voters to vote for him.That's cheap and dirty.I can't believe a
    man his age would so low ,and Sarah Palin was a very bad choice,
    John McCain should have known better!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  740. Tom in northeast georgia

    Are you kidding? He is ruining Americas respect around the world.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  741. Ryan R.

    McCain has ran everything BUT an honorable campaigne......attacking Obama is hostile, just one reason why Obama has my vote. McCain will say anything to win, and so will Palin.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  742. Thom In Belize

    Given McCain's POW performance, it seems odd the RNC is giving him more grief than the Vietcong. If he looses this election, there will be nobody to blame but that entirely corrupt institution.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  743. Grace

    Yes. As defined by the Republican interpretation of the word "honorable" which has turned into – do whatever you want – the American public is too apathetic to step up and demand accountability for anything thast impacts the future of the nation.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  744. Christopher Bosch

    Has John McCain run an “honorable” campaign? It seems beyond debate that he has not.

    Erie, Colorado

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  745. Mary Greeley

    John McCain's "honorable campaign" was abandoned the moment Sarah Palin spoke at the Republican Convention.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  746. Bryan from CA

    The real question is; If John McCain is not George Bush, as he keeps claiming, then why is he running W's same campaign?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  747. Maria, NC

    McCain's campaign has not been honorable. They've resorted to name calling and labels instead of simply attacking Obama's policies and talking more specifically about how they would do differently. They're using fear of "terrorists" and "socialists" to win votes. I think they are "saying anything to get elected" like they claim Obama is doing. I pray that the American people see through it on election day.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  748. Jill from CA

    We have now seen the real John McCain during this campaign. The self-styled "Maverick" is like so many Republicans just below the veneer – a bitter, self-serving, out-of-touch, affluent, arrogant, grumpy old man who can't stand it that a young, intelligent upstart is taking away what he thought was his birthright.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  749. Malcolm Amirault, Saint John NB, Canada

    McCain is losing by a lot....and it appears desperate times call for desperate measures.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  750. Landoflincoln

    Initially, I thought McCain and Obama could have a good, spirited debate about issues, as both appeared to be men of substance. McCain has fallen short of expectations while, by comparison, Obama has run an honorable race.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  751. Jim

    I supported McCain for President in the 2000 primaries, and was disgusted by what the Bush campaign did to him in South Carolina. Here was a man who had loyally served his country in Vietnam, and (despite a few bumps in the road – marital infidelity, Keating Five, etc.) for whom I had the utmost respect. That is all out the window now. He gave it all away for a chance to be President. The sad thing is – if he had followed his old path, he might have won ...

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  752. Martha Bone

    John McCain's campaign has not been honorable since his selection of Palin for vice-president, in itself a dishonorable act.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  753. Jim Nolan

    Jack,
    McCain served honorably in Vietnam and he ran an honorable campaign in 2000. Sadly, it seems he decided somewhere along the line that winning the presidency was worth anything, even his honor. It's sad to see this old man end his political career in disgrace.

    Jim
    Boise, ID

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  754. Tony Bodewes

    Mr. McCain has not run an honorable campaign. His tactics are deceiving and off subject.

    I am also curious how Mr. McCain and his running mate "know" how to fix the economy and withstand the "tests" from our foes. He says "I know" a lot, but always fails to clearly explain "how" he "knows" to tackle these huge issues our county is facing.

    And yes... most of the rest of the influential and industrialized countries in the world seem to think Mr. Obama is ready to lead with a clear vision!

    Tony Bodewes
    A new registered voter (D), formerly Dutch citizen
    from Jacksonville, Florida

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  755. kathy

    McCain has not ran an honorable campaign. I do believe the ol' fart thinks by telling those who have questioned the 150,000 plus dollars on Palins wardrobe that her outfits will be "donated" is his way of trying to regain his honor. for a man who takes great pride in his "service" to the country and having spent time as a POW he sure has disgraced himself publically.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  756. Dennis from Sacramento

    My wife was an ardent fan of John McCain until this election and now would not give him a helping hand to cross the street in traffic. My feelings also. He sold his soul to the party just to get a chance to run. Now he can run back to Arizona or wherever one of his 7 homes are.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  757. Tannur

    McCain's campaign has been about as honorable as victory over terrorism is likely. It's relative I suppose. If you are one to believe that one can be victorious over terror, well then you probably think that just about anything that McCain will do to get elected is honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  758. Kings

    He has not run a honorable campaign at all. This makes him look more stupid. From choosing Sarah Palin to putting fear in American citizens minds.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  759. Divine Njodzeka

    Jack,
    John McCain is just a desperate politician who he is facing a steep political hill in front of him. No doubt he picked as running mate a lady who knows nothing apart from running a dirty campaign. How do you expect him to keep his word. After all there a few military people who are gentlemen like Colin Powell.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  760. dan in mass.

    Let me say this in a language everyone can understand. NO. Unfortunately, the only honorable time in John McCain's life was a five year period he had no control over.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  761. Kitch Jones

    John McCain has definitely gone back on his word about running an honorable campaign. I no longer trust him to stick to his word on anything he says.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  762. Seth

    John McCain is an honorable man. He served this country with much bravery. But, when it comes to this campaign, he should be ashamed. Barack Obama has released attacking ads as well, but his aren't as misleading as McCain's. I support Barack Obama and wish that John McCain and Barack Obama would just stop the ads. John McCain has run a very dishonorable campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  763. Allan

    Jack , I'm becoming quickly convinced that your ongoing rants are giving the McCain /Palin ticket altitude and are going to ruin my morning come Nov 5th .

    'later

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  764. Mary Scribner

    Jack,
    In 2000 I would have voted for John McCain. Then the Republicans went Dirty Politics on him. He has spoken how awful it was for him and his family. To think he has now taken the page from the RNC playbook sickens me. I have lost all respect for this man. He is not a Maverick, he is more like a pony at a state fair. I now have NO respect for him.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  765. Alfonso Romo

    well i think john has lost his touch.with the american people and since he is not doing his way he might as well do it the bush way.it looks like more of the same to me.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  766. Jim Donald- Kitchener

    Jack,
    The answer to that question is too obvious even McCain might get it. I think his cam[aign has far surpassed the Bush campaign in negative and dishonourable tactics and slams. He has run a campaign based on Race, Fear, Self congratulatiry back slapping, and he has wffectively split tjhe natio. You think someone who had his family slammed by bush in a racial attack in 2000 would behave better. God help us all if he wins.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  767. Tim, Ohio

    No, he has not. John McCain has kept only one promise he has made concerning his campaign, and that is the one to accept public financing. And that was better than any fundraising he could probably have managed on his own. I had a great deal of respect for Senator McCain prior to this campaign, but he has lost that. I hope that after November 4, whether he wins or loses, he issues an apology for the nature of his campaign. That is the only thing that could redeem him in my eyes.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  768. Rich Reidy

    McCain has once again used the Karl Rove playbook–lies,
    insinuations, dark accusations, etc. My respect for him
    has gone down as his negative rhetoric has gone up.
    He deserves to loose this
    election.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  769. karen sullivan

    John Mccain has dishonored himself which is very sad. Even if he pulls out of his present slump and wins it will be under this dark cloud.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  770. mike in ohio

    No. McCain is being an idiot. His function in the republican party is to support the republican lobbyists. Including Halliburton and Bechtel and the insurance industry. So, in the immortal words of Dick Cheney, McCain, Go F*** Yourself!!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  771. Another McCain

    I think a better question would be "Can you name a candidate who has EVER run an honorable campaign?" John McCain (who is my third cousin by the way) will NOT be securing MY vote, and neither will his opponent. We're so bombarded with all this political garbage right now that it's hard to remember the completely different stances that these men had on all the issues in the beginning of this ordeal. The only thing I'm sure of is that the apex of this hysteria and nastiness has yet to be reached.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  772. Bryan

    Of course not, Jack. The percentage of attack ads that McCain and the Republican party have had is far greater than Obama's and the Democratic party. However, it's not as if McCain can help it. At this point he is being completely controlled by the Republican party, which is so tattered up from the eight years of George W. Bush that it can do nothing but launch pathetic attacks at the other party. Despite what John McCain says, right now, he is NOT a maverick.

    Portland, Oregon.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  773. Hans (John) Baumann

    Sen. McCain set his honor aside after "W" raked him over the coals. I used to think that Sen McCain had some sense or wright and wrong, and the ability to apply them accordingly. However, since his "W" thrashing, McCain has been in lock-step with "W" – even now, with his gutter-level attacks – he has learned well.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  774. Stephanie, Orange County, CA

    No, although many proclaim he is a hero and an honorable man, he has run a mostly negative campaign. It's kind of strange that he is not using a strength to win. The thing is, if he stayed positive, I honestly feel that he might actually have had a chance of winning. Combined with his pick of Sarah Palin, it almost makes you wonder if he really wants the job.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  775. casey

    No jack he has not but despert time required despert measures..jack so glad you r back

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  776. RJ

    no – he allowed himself to get swallowed up by the GOP machine of deceipt, fear and issue avoidance.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  777. nathan

    At least Hillary had some cleverness in her "misspeakings".

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  778. Jeff Hooper

    John McCain has discarded his honor as if it meant nothing to him. He should be ashamed.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  779. vinson

    If John McCain had to take ten steps and turn in a gun duel
    he'd take five and turn

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  780. Shannon

    NO he hasn't. I think He is taking the low low dark alley road. I think the Republician Party told him there running this ship. He isn't the same guy as 2000 and thats a shame. I thought he would stand up to those a*&holes.. Guess he oesn't have the balls...

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  781. Robert Di Ferdinando

    It is sad to see a true American hero go from a proud honorable man to sad little politician who has made a Faustian deal to save his sad face. I guess he would rather loss his honor then a campaign!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  782. Angela from Tulsa, Oklahoma

    No.. he hasn't.

    I have been deeply disappointed in McCain.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  783. james burke

    jack – nice campaign speech- are you on obama's pay roll? your definition of pointing out the truth as "gutter language" is extreme. the election of the most important position (arguably) in the world should be about bringing up tough issues. as with most at CNN you apparently are campaigning away from a partisan perspective. if you would do your job in reporting objectively and asking the tough questions of barrack obama maybe mcain's campaign wouldn't have to.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  784. Jeffery Matthews

    If John McCain wants to do the honorable thing he should go on TV and tell Americans that Barack Obama is the better candidate, would make a far better president and that he is throwing his support to Obama and urges his followers to do the same.
    -Jeffery in Arkansas

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  785. Jennifer

    I am a republican who joined the rank and file of those so disguisted with McCains choices, erradic behavior and nasty attacks, that I early voted monday for Obama. No McCain has definatly NOT run an honorable campaign,,, and he is chasing away his base voters in the process. This man was the WRONG choice for a canidate, I so wish Ron Paul had been given the opportunity because the man is kind, intellegent and a thinker.. not just some hot headed warrior who knows nothing else.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  786. michael f

    just as he did during the bailout negotiations, coming in as batman and leaving as the joker, his campaign started as superman and is now jimmy olsen

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  787. Margaret Butwin

    Honorable? The only thing honorable about John McCain was his discharge from the Navy!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  788. Andrew Larson

    No. It is a sad spectacle when a man like McCain immolates a reputation built on long years of public service on the pyres of a desperate campaign. He should look past Election Day and try to retain whatever dignity he has left.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  789. Diana Waldier

    It's unfortunate that McCain, who served this country with honor, has lost his sense of what honor truly is. I am very disappointed with
    his ugly campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  790. Valerie

    Honorable does not exist in his vocabulary. I feel if John McCain had not started slinging the dirt, Barack would have sailed along without the strong comments and ads. If Barack didn't defend himself, they would say he was weak. It is sad that politics can never be a healthy battle. Some people will do anything to win...especially when they are getting low numbers. When will politicians just run on their merits and not attack one another? Well....let's hope the next campaign will do better. Tired of the nonsense.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  791. hitobito from Providence, RI

    The once honorable John McCain has run the most disgusting and negative campaign in our history! He is nothing but a liar! And liars do not belong anywhere in our government! Whatever sense of duty, honor and country he once felt as a former US Naval officer and US Senator is gone...kaput. And the voters will send him a clear message what they feel about a liar trying to be our President on November 4th! Good riddance, John!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  792. Colin from Indiana

    There is no way John McCain has run an honorable campaign with all the false accusations of Barack Obama, the continued misleading statements that Obama is going to raise taxes on the "Joe the Plumbers" of America, even down to his selection of Gov. Palin who has had her own issues in Alaska, not to mention all the negative campaigning she has been doing. Before this campaign McCain was someone that wouldn't have been a problem as President of the United States, but after his selection of Palin and the type of campaign he has run I fear him as our next President and potentially Palin if something were to happen.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  793. gary

    John McCain has taken the HONOR out of Honorable during his campaign. Its obvious that John McCain is unable to strike a note of positive rhetoric with with the public. Thus, he can only turn to dic-chord and negative attacks towards Obama. Once Obama is President, we all will sing "Hallelujah!"

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  794. Terry

    McCain has become a caricature of himself. He has run a dishonest and dishonorable campaign. He has tried to deceive the voters. He will get trounced on November 4th.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  795. Jason

    The weaker the position the louder and more outrageous are the attacks. McCain/Palin show that their real slogan should be 'Country Last'. They send out 'experts' and operatives to randomly throw out 'ayers, terrorist, socialist, anti-American and other slurs against Obama and Americans who do not agree with the policies of the past 8 years.

    Their dirty attacks and lack of substance are truly un-American.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  796. Ellen

    No, McCain has not run an honorable campaign. It got much worse when Palin joined the ticket. Not only has it not been honorable, it has involved the worst race-baiting and hate speech in political campaigning that we have seen in a very, very long time. Shame on him for bringing us back to an ugly time in our past. I do not understand how the religious right can view him as the "Christian candidate." How is the way he conducts himself in line with "what would Jesus do?"

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  797. Victoria Anderson Seattle, Washington

    Jack, his campaign is far from honorable. It's so sad because I know alot of Americans really like him. I was never a fan, but it's a dog-gone-shame how he had to sell his self out there just to win an election.
    Ooh well, sorry for him. Good Luck for the Obama/Biden ticket.....

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  798. Lorenzo, Lawrenceville, GA

    No he hasn't. And I hate to say this but I have lost a lot of respect for John McCain. He's not the same man that he once was. And it's a shame that he has stooped to this low, to try and win an election. If he happens to win the election I honestly don't think that I would be proud to call him my president if he made it to the White House on the campaign that he has run.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  799. Linda

    I agree with your comments, completely. Too bad and too sad that John McCain has bent to this level. People are tired of hearing all the negativity from him and Sarah Palin. Obama keeps trying to stick with the issues but keeps getting attacked by them, viciously, and has to defend his stance. He's acting far more level-headed to me.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  800. Pam Haman-Throw

    John McCain has run anything and everything but an "honorable" campaign. Period!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  801. Mike - Hot Springs, Ar.

    As an old Naval aviator myself McCain did impress me back years ago. As I have observed him conduct himself as a Bush Clone these past months, I find myself very disappointed in him. He has no honor left and his choice of Palin had a severe impact on any favorable consideration of his judgement as well. What does concern me is that America has fallen for this scam twice in the past 8 years and I do not see any real evidence that the people of this nation have grown any brighter.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  802. Dan Workman

    If McCain is running an honorable campaign, what, exactly would a dishonorable campaign look like? Just wondering...

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  803. E.O Osunlalu

    One thing I hate the most is when one promises and does not stand firm to the promise. Tome, Senator Mccain at this point, has become very frustrated with how his campaign is going and will do anything to get the nomination. However, since he is running one of the most ugliest campaign in history, if elected, his presidency will be the same. No doubt!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  804. Elizabeth, FL

    He has not run anythig close to an honorable campaign. In fact he has come across as an angry old man.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  805. George

    It is shameful that MCain has lowered himself to such new low standards. I once thought he was an honorable man, but no longer!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  806. Mike Allers

    Absolutely not. He has tarnished his legacy by bringing in the Bush hitmen. He has also shown poor decision making by buying into whatever they tell him. I am a Republican back to the Reagan days but he has turned me off..

    Mike in Connecticut

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  807. Anton Bates

    Unfortunately, McCain has not run an honorable campaign, but that is to be expected. Not because of who he is, but it has become the nature of politics. Although Obama has mentioned McCain in ads, it refers only to comparisons pertaining to relevant issues e.i. economics, Iraq war, etc. McCain has turned to trivial matters in an attempt to win e.i. socialism, Ayers, etc. That is why Obama will make a better president because he is charismatic and of his integrity.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  808. Jake from New Jersey

    Prior to the 2000 election, McCain said that any campaign that is solely negative is just covering up for how little substance their own candidate has to offer. Seems like he nailed it back then.
    McCain said as recently as a few months back that that Washington 'changed' the Republicans there over time, apparently oblivious that he falls into that same catagory.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  809. c.douglas

    As a retired military man who served basically the same 22 years as John Mc Cain and always a great admirer, I have lost all respect for him in the last several months. He is no longer an honorable man!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  810. Pamela Elmer

    NO!! McCain has absolutely not run an honorable campaign. And he's not very good at running this slanderous type of campaign. He looks and sounds foolish.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  811. Sam Del Cid, GA

    McCain running an honorable Campaign? thats just "LoL" all over the place, I like to watch the news and keep up with current events but every time they show him rallying I just have to change the darn channel instead of having to listen to his dumb same old nonsense about Joe the plumber, terrorists, vetoing and making people famous. I think he fails hardcore nasty style!

    kthnx bye =)

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  812. Aaron, Ohio

    Jack, not only has John McCain not run an honorable campaign, he's also ran one...straight into the ground.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  813. Kaveh Salahbin

    McCain has divided the nation and the fundamentals that make us a great Nation.

    His campaign and the people running his campaign are nasty and Rudi Guliani is a disgrace to himself and this country. Our troops are over seas fighting for our country while McCain is tearing it apart for them and the reasons why the are over there fighting for us.

    Why should they fight if our own political systems isn't focused on bringing people together. I mean Sarah Palin doesn't even know what the role of the VP is. Our government is corrupt and they look at the tax payers as slaves.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  814. iris vazquez

    Unfortunately John McCain has not run an honorable campaign. It is sad that such an honorable man as McCain has stooped to such angry and vindictive tactics. Why couldn't he just stick to the issues?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  815. Taylor Nipper

    Jack, since when is telling the truth not honorable? I think the people of this country deserve to know who the real Obama is. Character is a very important factor in picking a President. Obama's past associations are fair game in defining his character.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  816. Maxine

    No, John McCain has not run a honorable campaign. He has become an angry person and it is not Obama that will say anything but John McCain and his running mate that will do and say just about anything.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  817. Dave

    HELLO??? Is politics honorable?????

    October 23, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  818. obamadrama

    Honorable as Obama! Unless you call lies honorable? Leave it to CNN. How honorable was it for Obama to attack a plumber and ruin his life because he ask tough question when Obama came to his neighborhood? Hello??????

    October 23, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  819. Cani

    NO! He has thrown everything he could and some at Barack. To me he is a very small and sad man. Mccain has not had control of his campaign, so how would he run a country if it is anyway like his campaign we are going to be doomed!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  820. Barb-Union, MO

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! I've lost ALL respect for this man, his running mate and the RNC. I may as throw in the Missouri Republican State Committee. Between the robo calls and the mailings this year, it'll be a cold day in hell before I vote for a Republican on the National or State level.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  821. MrsNikkiC

    Not Honorable at ALL.. The majority of Sen. McCains campaign has been spent on smear or fear tactics, and trying to discredit Sen.Obama.. He rarely focuses on the issues that are critical. He gives vague solutions to BIG problems, and immediately jumps back on the bash Obama wagon. As far as Gov. Palin, I have yet to be shown how she is qualified to be anything more than a "hockey mom" or gov't of the state whose population is smaller than the suburban city I live in..

    October 23, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  822. Hana

    Theres no way that anyone can say that McCain has run anything honest! Bringing up Terrorist and his middle name is not fair game! Obama Has NEVER disrespsected McCain in that way. Im so discusted that the senator has no respect for him and is willing to do that to get into office! WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT MORONS!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  823. jean luther

    I feel he has not run an honorable campaign, Instead of talking about his plans and ideas he resorts to negative comments about Senator Obama.I feel embarrassed for him.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  824. Mike, Carver, MN

    Come on Jack, are either of these campaigns running an honorable one?
    To even think that McCain is playing dirty games and Obama is not is ludicrous.
    They are both playing the same game and that is "politics as usual." Why would we expect either of these guys to change Washington as they both claim they will?
    I guarantee you that in four years we'll be hearing from more candidates about how they are going to "change Washington" because neither of these guys will. Don't kid youself.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  825. Alexia from Illinois

    McCain's negative attacks have gone too far. He allows Palin to spew hateful comments and rally fear in people across the country. I am disgusted by his campaign, choice of VP, and everything that he now represents.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  826. David D Pettaway

    No! He started out with an honorable campaign and I would have actually considered voting for him, but with the negative comments about Obama's past. Some of these things were out of Obama's control. Nevertheless, John has a what some would consider a negative past as well, such as, G Gordon Liddy, Vietnam bombing innocent civilians, David Duke. Basically, John, when you point one finger at Obama three can come back at you.

    The campaign focus should be on the Economy, the Iraq war, afghanistan, battling terrorism, better relationships with other countries, North Korea, Iran, and China, stop selling out the country, keep jobs in the US, the foreclosure mess.

    Thanks.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  827. ray

    Saying Mccain has run a honorable caampaign is like saying sarah palin is ready to be President ! Answer No

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  828. Brian B in Edmond

    The man is but the campaign is not. If there was any honor in the McCain campaign it has been transcended by the campaigns attitude towards achieving victory

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  829. Jude, NJ

    A simple logic could help anyone who has a mind and can think. It goes like this: if the campaign (as we saw it unfold) is "honorable," the man (who promised it) is not. He certainly can not have it both ways.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  830. Olga from Covina, California

    Honorable, absolutely not! Enough with the fear and lies. We've had 8 years of that and we certainly don't need to add another 4 of the same.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  831. Jackie

    If John McCain feels that his campaign has held true to his promise of running an "honorable campaign" then this just adds another reason to question his judgment. During the course of all campaigns there is going to be mudslinging; we have become accustomed to it, but the vile nature of the McCain attacks on Obama have crossed the line. McCain says "I'm not George w. Bush and if Obama had wanted to run against him he should have run 4 years ago ". Well from what I can tell, McCain is running exactly the same kind of "swift boat campaign" that Bush ran 4 years ago, so it probably feels like Obama is running against Bush! Not only is the country ready for change in Washington, we are ready for change in how campaigns are conducted ... so I say, Senator McCain, show me honorable in the last 2 weeks and keep your word – the "real" John McCain would! Cincinnati, OH

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  832. Wes from NJ

    He is dividing the country in a scary way. Even scarier is that some people might believe his suggestions that Obama is a terrorist or a socialist. McCain himself doesn't believe these things. His campaign is an insult to the intelligence of the electorate.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  833. steve

    Dear Jack; Unfortunately John McCain has sold his soul to the devil as the saying goes. He decided Karl Rove politics is the way to win this election, ethics be damned.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  834. mohammed kadiwala

    John Mccain is no different than ordinary politician.He wants to win election by any means even sacrificing his own principle.In his speech there is a blurred line between truth & lies. does not look like he is telling the truth but lies,lies & lies.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  835. Lora Buchanan

    I never agreed with McCain, but I did respect him. Sadly, his campaign has painted him as a senile, pandering, mean-spirited old man who is stuck in the 50's and the cold war.

    Lora
    Tucson, AZ

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  836. Clark

    John McCain's own comments have been honorable enough, but his attack team's comments are out of control. As CEO of his own campaign he is culpable his team's comments.

    Clark
    Atlanta, GA

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  837. Confucius

    It is as honorable as Obama's campaign. So why all the sudden this is became an issue Jack?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  838. Steve from Fountain, Colorado

    Even though John McCain has been an honorable man throughout his life, he has shown that HE is the one who will do or say anything to get elected. He has run one of the nastiest campaigns in history. This has come since he has dropped in the polls as our economy has tanked. I believe he is listening to his advisors and handlers far too much. On November 4, John McCain can return to the Senate and do some work to repair his image. Maybe he can take some time off and return to his 7 or 9 homes (not sure how many it is these days) and rest his negative bones?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  839. E schwartz

    I can't really say that McCain is saying nasty things about Obama.
    I checked everything out and it's all true. So maybe the truth sounds
    nasty, but I would rather know the truth before making up my mind.
    My whole family have been Democrats forever, but things are different
    this election. We're all scared if Obama gets elected, we feel there
    would most likely would be another attack on America and we are not
    comfortable with Obama in office.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  840. Jennifer

    No, he hasn't and all hope was lost when they let Palin loose! She is ruthless!! She blatantly lies & attacks Obama's character. She incites hatred all over the country at a time when we need to unite!
    Jen
    Brooksville, FL

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  841. Micci in Indiana

    The dictionary defines the word "honorable" as having high moral standards of behavior; ethical or upright. Has John McCain run an honorable campaign? I think not. I think the word "despicable" is the better adjective to use.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  842. M. T. Nicholson

    McCain has definitely not run an honorable campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  843. Kathy

    NO!!! Have you seen the latest mailing. According to the Obama campaign, it is TRULY VILE!! I agree.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  844. Brian Crewe

    Hardly "Honorable"; infact he's beginning to disgrace his own Reupublican party with his erractic behavior and insults. If I were Senator Mc Cain I would be searching for the nearest life boat to get off that sinking ship~!!! Brian in Hendersonville, NC

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  845. Art Hoffmann

    I am a democrat, but I have always admired John McCain. However, I am really not surprised that , as the Republicans become despirate to win, McCain is resorting to Rove-style politics. It just shows that in spite of what politicians tell you at the beginning of a campaign, they will do or say anything to turn the tide(be it dishonorable, slanderous, or an outright lie). Remember the 2000 election?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  846. Wendy in CA

    I honestly don't think his campaign could be any LESS honorable than it's become. Sad times.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  847. Shinna from Chicago

    Jack: This election is a watershed moment for McCain. As an independent I had felt that he is a honorable man. But he has showed us low he can go to get elected. He has no integrity to sell. By Nov 4th he will be ready to sell his soul to get elected

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  848. Drydenite

    I think the oxymoron is "McCain" and "honorable."

    He has sunk to new lows with the horrible slanderous campaign he is running and I hope the polls will show that on November 4. We've had enough corruption in the White House. We don't need people like him adding to it.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  849. Ahmed

    Hey Jack,

    I think MCCain has run an honorable campaign–contrasting him and his opponent is not negative but relative. I think People want to know the positves and the negatives, so that they can weigh them and decide which holds best with them.

    Ahmed
    From Savage, Mn

    October 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  850. Dave L

    Jack,

    Let's not give the Obama campaign a free pass here. For some time now, McCain has not so subtly been referred to as erratic, confused, etc (all code for too old), while the attacks on Sarah Palin's character and intellect have been just as merciless and unrelenting.

    In short, Obama's campaign has not distinguished itself either.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  851. Mike Garcia

    It is horrible. I can't wait until November 4th so I can let him know how bad his campaign has been for American politics.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  852. John

    Politics is not ideal. But I think John McCain has done a lot better job than Obama. Media has been the most dishonaourable of all.

    The spectators are silent now, but will show it on the election day.

    Regards.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  853. Mark Smythe

    Choice of Palin is dishonorable because it puts the country LAST>

    October 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  854. Kevin

    Johnny loses the election for two reasons:

    1) He is more concerned with slamming the other campaign as opposed to talking about the differences and pointing out the advantages in his over Obama's

    2) Two words – "SARAH PALIN!" She was excited and honored to be on the ticket, now it has turned into more of a "I'm getting myself ready for the 2012 election." Sarah if you hadn't been nominated for the VP in 2008 do you honestly think you would have tried running in 2012? No....bottom line your head is getting to big for your body!

    Johnny you lost my vote & all respect!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  855. Jeff

    Oh my goodness, no way is he running an honorable campaign. If I had to pick a republican to vote for (I would never vote republican), it would have been the John McCain of old, not the Rove clone he has turned out to be.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  856. Joe

    The only thing negative about McCain's campaign is the subject matter: Obama's background.

    It's not his fault that Obama has such negative associations and background.

    I might be a life-long democrat but I will not vote for a socialist or a socialist agenda. My vote will be against Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  857. Nicholas Kafasis

    John and I share the experience that we served as Officers in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and also, we are both Republicans.

    However, he has dishonored himself in the closing weeks of this
    campaign. Today's RNC Campaign mailer that implies Barack Obama is a terrorist is what has finally prompted me to respond to your blog. It is despicable. It follows the Palin comments and John's on wondering what the association is/was between Bill Ayers and Obama. And numerous other examples of extremely negative campaigning such as the robo-calls.

    John has lost my vote and it is likely that he will never be able to restore his honor.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  858. Doris Minneapolis, Mn

    John McCain is resorting to nasty campaigning because that is what George Bush did to him four years ago in the primary. And George went on to win the election. Both of these men have the same mental capacity, so it makes sense. The ease with which McCain has resorted to distortions and character assassination indicates his own lack of character. The same applies to Sarah Palin. Why would the people of America want leaders with those traits? McCain, with his privileged life, cannot and does not relate to middle America .
    He is a desperate man and wants only to win an election.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  859. Leatherneck

    McCain and Palin have both run a dispicable campaign. Since they are incabable of running on just the issues, they've resorted to the old Karl Rove fear and smear tactics that put Bush in the White House. I truly appreciate his service to our country but he is disgracing himself and his honor.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  860. bgrace

    What everyone is missing is that 5 years as a POW does not necessarily make a hero or an honorable man. Just a survivor. What has he done since then?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  861. Jim in LA

    For a really nasty campaign, look at Adams versus Jefferson in 1800. Nastiness in campaigns is an American tradition–unfortunately. I do think that McCain has broken his promise to run an honorable campaign, and while the Obama campaign certainly has not always kept to the high road, I think it has done better than the McCain campaign. Both have stretched the facts and have made false claims. In my unofficial tally, however, in the fact checks at cnn and elsewhere, the McCain campaign has made more false claims than the Obama campaign. John McCain is a hero in many ways, but he has certainly tarnished his image with this run for the Presidency.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  862. jcel

    Honorable?

    He has been tested, and has FAILED!
    Who could trust this man?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  863. Adam Plummer

    Under extreme circumstances your true character is tested. A man who I respected and thought highly of, has only shown a lack of character during this race. It has become extemely clear that John McCain is not a figure of values and honor but a childish man trying to win the white house.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  864. Honor here!

    Well, guess what? McCain said it himself: "..there is a place reserved in hell..." just a few short years ago. Now, he is even closer to kicking the bucket and he is definitely speeding in the direction of that "reserved place". Meanwhile, the RNC, Palin and cohorts are helping him and speeding him on this journey! Maybe he will find his honor when he gets there but...

    As for me, I said "thanks but no thanks"!! (LOL).

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  865. HU

    He twisted and continues to twist the Joe the Plumber story to his advantage. Everyone has said time and time again that Joe would benefit from Obama's plan. They have also said over and over again and it has been fact checked that Obama's plan would cut taxes for 90% of Americans and that has been fact checked but McCain keps right on saying the opposite.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  866. Melanie- Los Angeles, CA

    Honarable? How about pathetic!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  867. .diana

    Its an honorable campaign by John McCain hes just giving it back...and as for trust John McCain comes in first....whats the matter you liberals can give it but cant take it....look at all the sh** you have given Sarah..even on the view they showed no class whatsoever when McCain was on they were shameful they weren't even women more like animals and they thought they were cool....look at Maddona lets face it she can't even compare with Sarah I think its all jealously as far as the liberals go

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  868. Melissa

    I feel that the McCain before the campaign began is not the same as the McCain now. I used to think he was a unifier, someone who could work with both parties to achieve progress. Now I see him as an angry buffoon who is so desperate he will say and do anything. As for Sarah Palin, less than that $150,000 could save some people from losing their homes. Hey RNC, since you are in desperate need for more funding, why don't you have the Palin family return the clothes and use it for advertising?...but that would an intelligent thing to do and that, I guess, is way over your heads.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  869. Rah

    As McCain continues to try to shift the focus away from the issues, he has become more beligerant with his lies regarding Barack's record, and character. Why can't he focus on the vast differences between the two candidates ideoligies, policies and track record instead of trying to scare the American people by implying Barack supports terrorists? Stick to the issues and let America decide on the facts!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  870. Dennis Castanares

    Don't worry. In a few years, after his sorry, vile, mendacious campaign has retreated into the annals of failure, Johnny will write yet another self-promoting book in which he'll beat his breast humbly about having given into his demons yet again, and how he will continue to struggle against them in the future. As always, Johnny will talk about repentance and redemption with not the slightest intention of matching his purported piety with real action when actually facing the decision between a moral choice and an expedient one.
    Actions speak much louder than words, and the sordid, reckless campaign acts of this lying cretin show that he is a long, long way from ever being "honorable".

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  871. Stella

    Not only McShame and her bimbo vp have not ran an honorable campaign, they have shown racism, lies after lies and certainly desperation in their campaign. Hey McSame admit it you have lost it, do the honorable thing for once just resign.

    Obama 08

    October 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  872. Charlie O

    Jack,
    What do you expect from these guys (republicans)? Just looks like more of the same...

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  873. andrea

    NO!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  874. Carol Moss

    I hve always admired John McCain for his service during the Vietnam war and also his senate career. Right now, though, I feel that he will do anything to win this race. I believe he feels this is his last chance and he deserves to win. Sarah Palin is certainly dragging him down. It really is sad that his career ends so dishonorably.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  875. Dee

    Honorable, no...by far!!! He's played on people fears, he's told outright lies and he's twisted the facts to suit him. And, his choice of Palin for a running mate still has me scratching my head. I'm a republican and I'm ashamed to say so as of today. So, because of his disgraceful campaign and his hatefulness and saying of anything in desperation, I voted for Barack Obama and am proud of it!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  876. Joe Machado

    Senator McCain did not run his campaign as he promised. He is utilizing the Karl Rowe school of dirty politis and as such he has been
    every bit vicious and when not able to say it himself he employees his VP candidate to mouth off on his behalf. Both are huge turn off!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  877. llk

    No, he has not. I usually switch channels when I see McCain or Palin on TV now. I cannot stand either of them.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  878. Eladio

    The answer is obvious...NO. In the last few weeks they have divided the America with their nasty attacks. Shame on them; they have had no respect for the American people.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  879. M Gilbert

    missed you Jack welcom back Eugenia Vegia you said it all in your
    comment .
    My comment
    Mccain/palin would make a good bulldozer digging up thash from the dump thank you NJ

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  880. Neil (Surprise AZ)

    Jack, John knows jack about honor.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  881. Ingrid, new york

    not even close. it is one thing to critique and even exaggerate other's policies, etc. thats politics. but to attack the character of the other candidate the way they have attacked Obama, doing everything possible to link him with terrorism, to make him "the other" and not someone "like us" is too much. the robo calls were the lowest of all. what makes me saddest of all is that these are the things that matter to so many americans, that they actually respond to this. and even sadder that they already forgot what bush has done to this country. whatever integrity john mccain had is gone, he sold his soul to the devil.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  882. Bob The Voter

    Don't as me. Ask John the Senator. He has hired Bush's campaign dogs to work for his campaign. It seems he has learned much from the President.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  883. Ben from Wisconsin

    The sad thing is, if John McCain had stayed true to himself, he would have had a much better thance of winning this election. The two decisions that doomed him - picking Sarah Palin and running a campaign focused on driving up Obama's negatives - are not what he even wanted to do. His advisors panicked and believed that he needed to do something drastic. A McCain/Lieberman ticket running on positivity would have had a shot. The McCain/Palin ticket running on negativity is going to get crushed.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  884. Craig from Michigan

    Sure take my message off the blog. I say ask if Cafferty is a honorable commentator. He hits a biker and runs two red lights pleads guilty to a misdemeanor and he is asking if McCain is honorable? Come on, Jack.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  885. LWhite

    Just when we thought that W had brought shame and dishonor to the Republican party and to the country and had begun to hope for better out pops the "new" John McCain and his buddy, Palin and shamed all of us..I cannot imagine how any decent and honorable Republican can
    continue within his or her party...it is being destroyed from within by the cyncism, dishonesty and disrespect that campiign heaps on the3 American public. It is not only the lying and attempt to disfigure the representation of the other candidate, Obama, but the idiotic level of the lies and misrepresentations. The level of it all is sos stupid and so implausible...what level of cretin would you have to believe him..John Multimillionaire hiding behind Joe the plumber walzing around with Sarah Palin, hockey mom turned hate monger.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  886. jaye

    Kudos to John McCain for serving his country as a military man and also a politician. I can say that I have viewed him as a respectable and honorable man. However, in his bid for the White House this time around, he's become a different person and he has allowed his campaign to do whatever it takes so that he becomes the next president. Somehow he's forgotten the character a true leader should possess.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  887. Christina

    McCain has been incredibly deceitful and has eroded away every ounce of respect the American people held for him. I wasn’t going to vote for McCain but I held a level of confidence in his choices and character until this campaign. Instead of allowing his candidacy to wane gracefully he has resorted to evil and divisive methods that have driven our country apart in recent years. Not only has he illustrated the reasons Americans want Barack Obama in office but he has displayed exactly why we NEED Barack Obama as President!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  888. darryl smith (whiteville n. carolina)

    The acts of McCain are those of a man whom is despreated. When you are an old man who has try everthing in his power to get the highest job in the land to prove your legacy.,You can't get the job done., and you find your self at the end of you rope., You have think that he feel he has nothing left to lose; not even his dignity. That only put me in mind of the most despeated people like drug addicts. Know ask you self would give a crack addict a key to your house? I wouldn't. This is coming from an old carnavil man.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  889. Paul Hamilton

    I am a veteran, and both my children are in the military – one in Iraq now. I always admired John McCain – read both his books too – but the robocalls claiming an Obama – Ayers link are what finally convinced me to vote for Obama. Shame on the RTNC and on McCain for allowing that. I believe that people in a democracy deserve to be presented with the facts, not distortions or lies. Anyone who seeks so blatantly to prevent this is Unamerican.

    Signed, An old idealist.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  890. Jim

    In chracterizing the policy positions of Senator Obama Senator McCain seems to believe as a young child might, that if he repeats a lie often eneogh and loud eneogh people will believe it. It's sad to watch because I would have voted for the McCain of 2000 who during at the time was a breath of fresh air, strong and independent. He sold his soul and dicarded his greatest political asset to secure the base of the republican party.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  891. Leanna Ralbusky

    I used to have respect for him, a lot of respect until he ran this nasty campaign.

    Now, to me, he looks like a crotchety old man.

    I was absolutely floored with "that one" and he just looks bitter.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  892. Alice Hayes

    No, McCain always said he unites everybody, it shows it is just the opposite, he divides the country. We do not need a president like that.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  893. raj

    Shameful for a former POW to have run such a disgusting campaign. The only thing his campaign has not yet done is physical threaten to beat up some one if they vote democratic. This guy is not even fit to run for his state.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  894. R. Worthington

    In the last debate, Senator McCain, emphatically said he was "not George Bush." That's funny considering his campaign run is just as nasty or nastier as George Bush's. If you don't want to be linked to a person, don't turn around and do the same thing as that person. DUH!

    R. Worthington
    Kingston, NY

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  895. John in Columbus, Ohio

    Jack~although I am sure your absence has been a result of the recent loss in your life, for which I am truly sorry, let me just say that I have missed you and your participation on CNN greatly. I am sorry if that sounds selfish and you have my deepest sympathies, but, dammit, I have missed your curmudgeony ways and your insightful Cafferty File. Welcome back!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  896. Neal Biege

    It's about time McCain takes off the gloves.
    The press is in love with Obama and won't give him the same tough treatment they've given others.
    It's about time the "s" word socialism is being used to discribe Obama 's policies.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  897. Linda

    No. In 2000, I was a "McCain democrat" who spent countless hours working on his campaign, and glad to do it. It was the first time I felt that any politician was honest and straightforward, telling what he really felt, rather than what politicians were supposed to say. And guess what? He lost to a man who ran a dishonorable campaign. The Bush campaign used all kinds of dirty tricks - Bush won, McCain lost.

    John McCain learned his lesson. He now follows the Republican strategy instead of his own approach. You can see it in his expression when he grits his teeth, stiffens up and says what he's supposed to say rather than what he wants to say.

    But this is 2008 and not 2000. The problems of today are immensely greater than the problems of 2000. Today we want a leader, not a politician. We're sick of politicians. We want someone who inspires us, not someone who tears down others.

    I miss the John McCain of 2000. It's too bad, because THAT one would have gotten my vote.

    Linda

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  898. penni

    I have lost all respect for John McCain. His pick of Palin demonstrates his lack of focus and critical thought. He always campaigns with someone by his side. I think its time for McCain to retire from the Senate–he definitely does belong in the White House.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  899. Barbara

    Yes, he has. He has had to tell Americans about Obama because the liberal media is essentially part of the Obama campaign.

    Barbara in Arkansas

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  900. Joan

    If this is an "honorable" campaign I shutter to think what he would consider a dishonorable campaign........He used to be someone I thought was above Rove tactics... I guess the real John McCain is now front and center....................

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  901. Carl Hartley

    To answer your question, no McCain has not run an honorable campaign, and doesn't intend too.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  902. Kathy Boyle

    Mr. Cafferty, you answered this question yourself. It appears that Sen. Obama has used a great deal of discretion and avoided criticism of the Republican candidates. This is to his credit. As Sen. McCain is finding out, the public does not approve of character assassinations! They are more interested in understanding the policies being professed, than in ridicule. It would do the emailers good to learn this lesson as well. It is obvious that they are forwarding information blindly and not "checking" it out.
    KathyB
    Southport, N.C.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  903. Jayne, California

    Absolutely NOT! I think he has forgotten what the word "Honorable" means. He has resorted to the say anything, do anything politics that we are all sick to death of. He has become the person he most reviled–Karl Rove! It is sad and pathetic to witness.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  904. Alan Graf

    Its sad to see John McCain give away his honor and claim to legitimacy all for the end goal of becoming President. The man started the race being the most legitimate and honorable Republican candidate in the race, but he succumbed to the evil side of the Republican party, the followers of Rove and the truth-twisters when it started looking like he was going to lose. If he would have maintained the high ground, he might have had a better chance of winning the presidency, but if he loses, he will be left with his own seld created legacy of lies and distortions. So, sad to see this man destroy himself.

    Hopefully for John McCain and the American people, we are not "surprised" on election day.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  905. Guy Prasalowicz

    I was trying to find a reason to vote for McCain then he blew it! The relentless petty, ridiculous attacks not only made me dislike him it made Barack Obama shine like a beacon of light in a dark tunnel. Dumb politics and equally dumb underestimation of a man who clearly is ready to be President. Thanks John for letting me find that out!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  906. CD

    Mr. Cafferty,
    "gutter-level rhetoric" Gee, could you stir up anyone, or get anyone else to "agree" with "your position." While you are more than welcome to your opinion, you increasingly positioning yourself as a pundant. I would contest that who someone pals around with is well within the realm of acceptability in which the Voters can decide.
    I have not seen the Cafferty File submit an editorial such as: "the trash-talking of Obama campaign claiming McCain suspended his campaign to do his job as a Senator and discuss and debate the biggest issue of our time while Obama gets a pass on his position of just sitting back and going the route of his party leaders, but will cancel his campaign for personal reasons in a hearbeat."
    I don't blame Obama for doing so, but you guys sure provide a different slant of reporting. I don't agree with either of these candidates on every issues, but the impartiallity in all media is growing, intensively.
    CD
    Texas

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  907. mary

    McCain has never been a honorable man, look how he treated his first wife.

    After he came back from Vietnam, his arrogance took over, left his disabled wife and family.

    Then of all things, he picks an unknown like Palin for VP. An uneducated unknown, to boot!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  908. Elle W, Boston, MA

    Absolutely not. He lost this election the day he sold out this country by picking Palin. He has plumbed the depths of "sell-out-ville" from there. The Palin choice diminished everyone: McCain, the country, the way women are viewed and treated, and of course Palin herself. In fact, I hope for his sake that he has enough of the "old McCain" in him after this election to realize how dishonorably he behaved and allowed others on his behalf to behave. I saw the old McCain when he was at the Al Smith dinner. That is McCain that could've won (provided he had never made the Palin) pick.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  909. BoulderObamamaniac

    Are you kidding me?? McCain has been the furthest thing from honorable in this campaign. Over the last few weeks, he's basically started calling Obama a terrorist and a socialist - with a straight face. I fully expect him to somehow compare Obama to Hitler next.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  910. Ray from Illinois

    Jack,

    McCain is an honorable man but in today's political climate that is heavily against the Republicans, McCain has had to shed that honor in order to garner support against a candidate that represents somewhat of an unknown change. Appealing to our baser instincts in troubling times has come at the expense of honor. In the end, it has been dishonorable and extremely divisive. The last thing we need is to sacrifice our honor and unity for a candidate to get elected to the White House.

    Ray from Illinois

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  911. Julie of Greenacres WA

    No, and I'm so disappointed, I've decided to vote for Obama/Biden.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  912. Downeast

    If he had, you wouldn't even be asking the question.

    This campaign has veered between the despicable and the laughable, without even an occasional stopover at honorable.

    I don't know how McCain sleeps at night.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  913. Mayer Jacobovits

    Yes, he has! On the other hand you are a journalist who is supposed to be objective. You are not, and totally on the Democratic side. It is obvious even by the questions such as this one. That is not honorable of you!
    Mayer, New York City

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  914. Rachel TX

    John McCain's campaign will go down as the worst in history.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  915. Jamie St. Louis Missouri

    Jack,
    The only thing I can say is basically what Obama said in the last debate, what John McCain is doing and saying says more about him and his campaign then it does Obama....A lot of people have a lot of things to say about both, but when given the opportunity to completely destroy Sarah Palin, Obama backed off and said descent things about her in the debate. All John knows to say and do at this point are nasty mean things. The reason for it is simply that he sees he very well may not when this election. Its like a child backed in a corner, they will lash out drastically because they don't know what else to do, and thats where John is at this point....I really hope people can see the difference between the two. This country has had enough, from the bottom up, and back down again, of ignorance, stupidity and, most importantly, dishonorableness. Obama has said he's mean things to a point, but in all reality he is just trying to get the country to see the whole picture...So to answer your question, no he has NOT at all run a honorable campaign, and to further that thought, I have a question for the rest of America: If his campaign is this horrible, what do you think his presidency will bring for US???

    Jamie
    St. Louis, Missouri

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  916. Graham West, San Jose CA

    American political campaigns are largely predictable. I commented on a friend's blog months ago that we would see an unprecedented level of mudslinging against Obama and I believe it'll get nastier still in these final two weeks.

    Politics has become so inundated with money and so corrupted by the legalised bribery of 'lobbying' that given the constraints of the constitution there is no other outcome.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  917. kdw

    The robocalls today implying that Obama wanted to do away with mandatory sentencing requirements for killers, rapists and drug dealers is as close as I've seen to "Willie Horton"-izing this election. It is scurrilous.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  918. Michael Hiller

    I know that John McCain doesn't believe any of the filth emanating from his campaign. McCain knows that Obama has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for four years, and that, as a member of that committee, he receives regular intelligence briefings that reveal some of our nation's most precious national security secrets. If he thought Obama was dangerous, he would have objected long ago. It is plain as day that McCain's biggest fear today is not that Obama is a terrorist, a radical, a socialist or communist; it's that he and the Republicans are about to lose their grip on power. John McCain is placing party (or worse, personal ambition) ahead of country. And, as someone who once admired John McCain for the man he was, I am most disappointed at the candidate he has become.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  919. John in CA

    I switched parties this year because of this campaign. The McCain (Palin) campaign is the all time worst. On policy points, both sides are like all previous campaigns and stretch the comparisons. Bad but typical.

    The personal stuff ... terrorist, the preacher, socialist, the Joe the Plumber stuff which is 1000% contradicted if you watch the actual video... is complete lying.

    How can you expect to unite and lead the country when you try to get elected by lie and name call people who disagree with you.

    The Bush Administration does this. Ironically, so do terrorists in Afghanistan. You are either with us or we will do the most dispicable things possible to destroy you.

    If McCain wins, we will return to the late 60's in temperament around the country. There is simply no way McCain/Palin could get anything done after the garbage that has come out of their mouths.

    Live by the sword, die by the sword.... even if they win, they lose.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  920. Joe Louis Barrow, Jr

    Its clear that John McCain has gone negative but simply negative seems to be the way of campaign life... However, Mr. McCain has gone far beyond simply negative...at this point I'm convinced that he won't stop until there is absolutely nothing left of his once good reputation. How can someone continue to say that something isn't so in the face of countless criticism even from his own party? Millions of parents tell their children daily..."if the majority of people are telling you something you might want to listen". A lesson you'd think he would have already learned at 72.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  921. Wendy

    I think if you look at the details on the history of McCain's life, ou will question if he has ever been honorable . He has consistently put himself before the welfare of others. An honorable person doesn't sell his soul, integrity, ethics and beliefs in order to achieve personal gain. He has always been ambitious and now it is for the world to see that he will do and say anything to become president` He's put McCain first, and not the health and welfare of our country. This will be his legacy–and he deserves it!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  922. marie Rasner

    McCain sold his soul to get the presidency. At this point I don't think he understands the meaning of honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  923. anne mccandlish

    McCain promised an honorable campaign-an unkept promise indeed! I once respected him, but no longer can. His nasty attacks have cost him at least one vote-mine!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  924. Neil (Surprise AZ)

    I believe John McCains definition of honor my be FUNDAMENTALLY distorted.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  925. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Honorable? Unquestionably no. He has become what he despised in 2000. If the Presidential campaign can change and compromise McCain's integrity so drastically I shudder to think what the temptations of the power inherent in the Presidency might do to him.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  926. Duane Sharpley

    McCain has certainly not run a honorable campaign, with dispicable misrepresentations of Obama's character. McCain is supposed to be an honorable man, air force vet that believes in God and country. His tactics are only dividing the country on race and class.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  927. Brok

    Of cousre his campaign has not been honorable. He stated that he would not use robo-calls and when backed into a corner he breaks his word with the same calls that deflated his primary bid in 2000. He continues to say that Obama pals around with terrorists, but I want you to see from another perspective. Why is McCain not calling people at their rallies who bring signs telling Barack to go back to Africa, monkeys with Obama hats on, use of the n word, and also telling people to take his head off or bomb him. Who are the real terrorists? Those whose who do not want to see a diverse America.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  928. Mary-Concord NH

    Is this a trick question? Honor has been no part of this campaign. Neither has integrity, respect, honesty. This is by far the worst campaign I have ever witnessed in over 3 decades. McCain and all of his henchmen should be totally ashamed of themselves but of course they are not. Bush and his regime set the repuglican standard 2 elections ago and stupid McCain just saw this as an opportunity for himself. Of course, his judgement has never been his strong suit so he won't win next month and he won't know why not either.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  929. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Who cares? We're on to him. I think we're older and wiser this time around.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  930. Bob the Virginian

    UNbelievably dishonorable. Reeks of desperation. I used to think he would make a good President, now I think if he wins, we will look back on Bush as the good old days.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  931. Bruce Weinreb

    John McCain's campaign has long ago descended beneath any standard of decency. He has dared to go where few before him have – – to tear apart our country in his attempt to get elected. He, his runningmate and thier surrogates are apparently more than happy to "scorch the earth" and drive deep and long lasting wounds into the soul of our nation, dividing us like never before. "A house divided against itself will surely fall." While McCain accuses Obama of being a terrorist, he himself does the terrorist's bidding for them.
    Bruce Weinreb, Chappaqua, NY

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  932. Bill McCool

    No, McCain has not run an honorable campaign nor has Obama. Both have run typical political campaigns telling the voters what is wrong with their opponent and rarely telling voters why they are a better candidate than their oppenent. I'd like to hear the differences in their proposals discussed more and the negative crap eliminated. I don't think either is qualified. Jack, since you and your liberal media colleagues have attempted to destroy Palin with your false statements, how can you dare complain about McCain's campaign being dis-honorable. Where is your honor, can't you try to be an American for once in your commentary and not a liberal Democrat? Incidently, I think Palin is unqualified and would not vote for McCain because of her, as well as for other reasons.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  933. Dorothy in Seattle

    I am very disappointed in John McCain's campaign in fact I am very disappointed in the man himself. I thought he had more ethics, intelligence, and integrity then this. I am glad I have had the chance to see what is apparently the real man before the election, I have been forced to change my vote. His selection of Gov Palin, his decision to halt his campaign during the the initial financial crisis, his choice to use dirty politics and negative campaigning, and his change of attitude when it comes to catering to the religious right scares me. I would rather put my future in the hands of a man who is intelligent, well educated, has made good decisions, has shown integrity and ethics, and seems to respect our differences and personal choices. I am not always happy with Obama's election ads but it is considerably less offensive then the ads coming out from McCain's campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  934. Linda

    John McCain's campaign has been anything but honorable. The only time he could be accused of being honorable is when he stood up to a woman who accused Barack Obama of being an arab. He seemed like a real person then. I have becoming increasingly disgusted with the way the McCain campaign is being run. It seems all they can do it make nasty, untrue remarks. John McCain has not been able to convince me that he would be the best leader for the country. I do not want him representing me as my president! I will be relieved when the election is finally over.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  935. Frank Villa

    John McCain is behind and desperate. Honor no longer works. Throw as much at the wall and see what sticks. I am a moderate democrat and have sided with Sen. McCain in the past but can no longer. It is one thing to take some thing out of content it is another to make things up. John McCain is going too far unless he wins :-)

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  936. Ak

    Simply put.... NO. What a shame

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  937. Thomas Bell from St. Louis

    No, John McCain has not run an honorable campaign. Six months ago, I thought he was a decent person and maybe a candidate I could vote for, if the Democrats didn't choose someone I liked. What happened? The Republican machine got behind his campaign and I can no longer stomach him.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  938. Brent

    Jack,
    The John McCain of 2000 is gone and in his place is an empty suit and a campaign that has come to embody all that he hated about politics. He served his country at one time, but no more he only reports the the United States of Smears. He lost his honor when he put our country in danger and picked Palin for VP, another empty but well tailored suit.
    Brent
    District of Columbi (aka Not "real America")

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  939. Salinas, L

    I am undecided about who to give my vote to. I have always voted republican, but lately all i've heard from the republican candidate is negative, negative about his running mate. Frankly I'm tired of hearing about "Joe the plumber". Does McCain know that Joe is not a plumber. If anyone is exposing "Joe the plumber" it is McCain. Every other sentence out of his mouth is either about Joe the plumber or negative about Obama. Is McCain running for president or campaigning for Obama? Mrs. McCain is just as bad. Bad mouthing the media, and the media are the very people she, McCain and Palin or using to attack Obama. As of right now I have no idea what McCain is going to do for the American People, but I know all about Obama thanks to McCain.
    Still Undecided, leaning towards demos,
    LSalinas
    San Antonio, Tx

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  940. Davey Crockett

    The mainstream media is who has not ran an honorable campaign. Remaining hush hush about Obama's history....... a history that would have destroyed most candidates. And then attacking Palin like they have ..... and attacking a plumber for just asking one of the candidates a fair question.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  941. Marla from Venice, Florida

    McCain's campaign has nothing to do with honor and nothing to do about fixing this country. The accusations and name calling from his side seems to get more bizarre every few days. The only thing I can get from his campaign that he wants to protect the rich (himself included) from paying more taxes. You know what the rich aren't the one's losing their houses or trying to buy food. And I am not going to see if the one's he wants to protect help employ the majority of American's. Hasn't happened when it has been done before and it won't happen in McCain's dreamworld. I also feel Obama will behave with the leadership he has displayed if we have to face challenges beyond what is happening now. McCain and his pet caribou don't seem to know what they are doing from one day to the next. And many of the ways they have been conducting themselves could jeopordize what is left of our reputation.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  942. Julia

    No! I am disgusted by his campaign tactics. This is the third election i have voted in, the first time I have truly been emotionally and mentally invested in the campaign. I was hoping that McCain, the Maverick, was going to run the clean campaign that he promised earlier. But i think it's obvious that he hasn't lived up to his promises. Calling Barack a terrorist and a socialist, they are just trying to scare us. I am tired of my government trying to make me afraid, to scare me into voting for the same old man who is going to do the same thing as the last president. I would rather take a chance on the new guy, then settle for more of the same.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  943. Marjorie Mabrey

    Simply put, no he hasn't. What I find particularly appalling is the fact that the very same group running his campaign and doing those awful robocalls is the very same group that did the smear on him in 2000. I suppose he figured since it worked against him back then, it'll work for him now. I'm an African-American and really listened to him in 2000 but now if his face comes on my TV screen, I can't change the channel fast enough!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  944. Montel

    NO,
    I am surprised the Naval academy hasn't disowned him, as an embarrassment to retired naval officers. His lack of honesty, failure to keep his word, lack of respect for others- violates the tenants of the Profession of Military Officers.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  945. Thom Richer

    In his dreams and mental condition.

    Thom
    Negaunee, MI

    October 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  946. Jeff El Cajon CA

    Hey Jack

    No but hell no hes just like Bush but hes not going to win this time!!!!
    He has no Brother who's Gov of a state.

    Vote for Obama JOBS baby JOBS!!!
    Obama The Middle class is back baby and the small Business

    October 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  947. Skylark1

    He didn't change at all. He was always a spoiled brat. Daddy got him into Annapolis, Daddy bailed him out when he caused the destruction of the "Forestall" killing over 100 fellow seamen. He was a bad pilot and crashed 5 planes. Daddy covered for him. He cheated on his injured 1st wife with Cindy and married her money. He slipped by on the Keating 5 thing but is still best friends with Keating. During the Clarence Thomas Hearings he raked Anita Hill over the coals and called her a liar. (Joe Biden took her side) I remember it well.C.T. is still sitting on the court. He has lied to us and done a pretty good job up until now but his mind is getting weaker and it is harder to keep up the sham. He is still a spoiled brat. Now he is hiding behind Cindy's and Sarahs skirts. He is a coward who made anti-American tapes to buy his way out of the prison camp. He is no hero.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  948. Margaret Rowell

    John McCain has totally changed from the warm kind war veteran we all knew him to be and become a negative politician who will say anything untrue to get attention away from the Obama campaign. It not only leaves a bad taste for those of us who might have voted for him at one time, but also instills hatred and anger in some of the younger voters, which may potentially cause unrest and rebellion come election night.

    Thank you,
    Margaret Rowell
    Houston, Texas

    October 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  949. LaTasha

    At some point McCain decided that HE had to be President. He has fanned the flames of division and hate. And he doesn't care what kind of America he leaves behind as a result. Disgusting.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  950. Francis

    Both McCain and Sarah Palin are both saying nasty, exaggerated, parly true, sometimes false things which hurts them more than doing them good. It's sad that they have resorted to these types of campaigning. Trust is very important and they are not trustful.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  951. Mike McDonnell

    No, McCain is running an extremely dishonorable campaign. When I see all his commercials full of half truths, I get physically and mentally exhausted. His ads make me cringe. My fear is that someone is actually listening to those ads and making his decision based on them. Voters need to do more research and educate themselves before they go to the polls. McCain and Palin are the biggest walking contradictions I've seen in my 35 years of life. These two hypocrites don't deserve to be in the White House. The only message I get from them is one of anger and illusion. I've actually become angered by his campaign; I guess anger does breed anger.

    I will be glad when the election is over so that I no longer have to hear about how McCain is the only one who has ever fought for this country and about all of his war scars. The fact that he was a POW makes him less qualified to be President rather than more qualified because 5 years under such conditions damages someone psyche–shorter temper, constant ebb and flow of anger just below the surface, poor decision making and unfounded fear.

    And, let us not forget that both McCain and Palin are so far removed from any financial hardship that they have no idea what middle America is going through. I myself was a small business owner who had to close down shop, but it wasn't due to taxes. It was due to all the legitimate fear that is in our economy. Now, I am just unemployed and looking for a new path and praying that my wife doesn't get laid off.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  952. Chilton

    No, this is a dishonorable campaign at its finest. FUD at its finest. And that's what the GOP has been reduced to, after GW's two successes at it.

    But that's the thing, Power does not equal Honor. Republicans haven't been 'honorable' in a long time.

    -Chilton

    October 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  953. Steve B

    McCain's campaign tactics have been anything but honorable. Question: If Obama's economic policies make him a socialist, does McCain's national defense policy make him a "war monger", or just "war-mongerish"?

    Franklin, IN

    October 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  954. Arden

    I have seen and been a part of alot of elections in my time and this is by far the most disgraceful campaign that I have witnessed. John McCain deserves to lose this election.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  955. golfpro2k

    I now realize why John McCain does not want to reveal his medical records. He has changed his position on many statements, where he does not remember saying them, until someone shows him a video of himself, saying it. This to me is an early sign of Dementia. I recognize it well because I watched my father go through the same symptoms, before it lead to Alzheimer’s.

    J. Dozier – Dallas, Texas

    October 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  956. Shaheen

    I supported John Mc Cain in the past. Now I know now who real John McCain is. Real McCain is a liar and cheat. He is dishonest, never keeps his word. He is nothing but a low life. He lost all my respect.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  957. Luontheweb

    McCain intended to run an honorable campaign, but between his wife and his running mate, along with his lobbyist advisors, he has been blindsighted by the wicked counsels.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  958. Pat Tomas

    I was a voter for H.Clinton. I received so much Muslin hate, nasty emails on Obama I was terrified. So, I read everything I could about Obama. Obama Revealed, changed my mind. After all these negative statements and ads from McCain/Palin, I am thinking their party may have started the entire hate campaine. John McCain may have been an honarable war hero, but he does not seem so patriotic now. His choice of VP just proves what a leader he would be. I am ashamed of him. It’s hard to believe that someone in such a potentially important position has no clue how our government works. If I were a Republican I’d be mortified by Sarah Palin.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  959. Shannon

    John McCain is not "running this campaign", he does not personally load his clip of insults before he address his supporters either. If he were the man of conviction and character he claimed to be, he would not allow his campaign to be managed this way. He is NOT "The Maverick"; isn't this the norm for Republicans?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  960. Molly

    John McCain has turned his campaign over to reptilian brutes that make Nixon's CREEP look angelic. If he was ever an honorable man, he has surrendered his honor to be elected.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  961. Rebecca

    This election has reminded me once again why I am a non-partisan voter and I choose not to belong to either party.
    As for Senator McCain's campaign. strategies..no, I do not believe his campagin has been honorable. As a matter of fact, it has been downright ugly!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  962. Haley

    Absolutely NOT....But you see...when someone is drowning and grasping for air they will do just about anything to stay afloat!!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  963. Janet

    He does not know the meaning of the word anymore. So far as the stewardess who is running with him, she has no class let alone honor. It is sad that our tax money goes for her wardrobe to make he presentable. If you look deep enough there is nothing presentable about her.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  964. k allen

    McCain's actions are so dishonorable, it is an embarrassment to the american people for the rest of the world to see especially if he gets elected. It goes against what we believe american's stand for and what we want the international community believes we stand for.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  965. Doug

    I had enough of the, "honorable man who is just running a dis-honorable campaign" statement. As McCain himself said in the last debate, "facts are facts and records are records". Conducting onesself in a dis-honorable way makes you dis-honorable.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  966. Steven

    The question should more than likely be. "Has either opponent run an honorable campaign?" Barack Obama has run the EXACT same campaign as John McCain has, and in some cases has even been more rude and negative toward him, his age, and his female running mate. I think it is rediculous that all you left sided liberals can actually think that John McCain's campaign is dishonorable compared to Obama's. Stop finding anything and everything to complain about the GOP and focus on what your party can do, not what you guys want to complain about.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  967. Valerie

    My concern is that everyone seems to be missing issues in Mr McCains campain in regard to his vp pick. In regards to the troopergate investigation and the out come. She was found to have abused her authority and was found guilty due to her ethical practices. My question is why is it that no one finds this to be a problem, because she will be in the white house and who's to say she will not abuse her position again and make bad choices. My other concer that no one seems to question is that the majority of people in on her staff is either related to her or went to high school with her, so who's to say she won't bring these individuals in her cabinet in the White. One more problem I have regarding the $150.000, the gop spent on her clothing! It's one thing to dress her, but where does it say her family has to also be dressed. They could have still purchased her clothing to make her look presentable with out breaking the bank! She also states that the clothes were not hers and she was not aware of them. There had been so many different stories reference this, that I feel no ones reading between the lines of lies. Mr. McCaine campaign is so short of money, just think what they could have done with that amount on one advertisement.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:43 pm |