FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Money talks, and these days John McCain is getting an earful. And it's not good.
McCain raised $15.4 million in March. Barack Obama raised more than $41 million in March, and Hillary Clinton raised $20 million in March.
Overall, McCain has raised one third of the $240 million Obama has raised and less than half of Clinton's total. The Los Angeles Times reports that Obama has raised more in small donations than what McCain has raised in his entire campaign.
McCain's advisers and some Republicans insist he'll have enough money to run a competitive race in the general election, but not everyone is convinced.
One thing working in McCain's favor is the Republican National Committee, which is overwhelmingly outraising the Democratic National Committee.
The Republicans have about $31 million in the bank, compared to $5 million for the DNC. Also, after his party's convention in September, McCain will probably opt for public funding of $84 million to run his general election campaign.
But that figure likely will pale compared to what Barack Obama might be able to raise with his network of about 1.5 million donors. Another problem for McCain is that several traditional Republican donors have been leaning Democratic thus far in the race. For example, the securities and investment industries have given nearly $7 million to Obama compared to $3 million to McCain. And, the real estate industry has given close to $6 million to Hillary Clinton, compared to $2.5 million for McCain.
Here’s my question to you: When it comes to money, how can John McCain catch up with the Democrats?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
It's not about the money, Jack. No matter how much money John McCain has he will never be the president of the U.S. this election. People have made up their minds that things are going to change, and they are going to be the ones who make that change happen.
The only way he can catch up with the Democrats’ money is by catching up with the conservatives.
Jack, McCain doesn't need to. He is beating the Democrats in nearly every head-to-head poll in swing states…The Democratic Party is losing another impossible-to-lose election.
Jack, He will never catch up with Obama. I make a $50 donation every month to Obama and have been since January. It is just like a monthly bill in our house.
Vinnie from New York writes:
Jack, He can call his friends from the Keating Five Scandal.
Dana from New York writes:
He doesn't need to. Cindy's got millions… she can afford to bail him out.
Annie from Atlanta writes:
Wait until the general election, Jack. Those staunch Republicans with or without deep pockets will "hold their noses" and money up. They would never consider doing otherwise. He'll do just fine.
Mary from Connecticut writes:
McCain won't have to worry much. Obama says most of his contributors are "regular folks" giving small amounts of money. Soon it will be a decision of gas money or money for Obama, and I'm not walking to work.