Sen. John McCain tours New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, Thursday on his "It's Time for Action" campaign Tour. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
As the Democrats slug it out for their party's nomination, Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is spending the week going where Republicans fear to tread. McCain is on another tour. This one he's calling his "Time for Action" tour- and it's taking him to parts of the country that have never seen a Republican.
He wants to convince voters in these areas he says have been "forgotten" that he cares about them. He said earlier this week quote "There must be no forgotten places in America, whether they have been ignored for long years by the sins of indifference and injustice, or have been left behind as the world grew smaller and more economically independent." unquote
Monday he was in Selma, Alabama; Tuesday, it was Youngstown, Ohio; yesterday was Inez, Kentucky; and today he toured the lower ninth ward which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
He told the residents of New Orleans that if Katrina had happened on his watch, he would have immediately landed his plane at the nearest Air Force base and come over personally. It took President Bush more than a week to get to New Orleans after Katrina.
Touring seems to be McCain's activity of choice while he waits for the Democrats to get their act together.
He just completed his "Service to America" biography tour earlier this month. That one was designed to help voters get to know more about John McCain and his family. The Rolling Stones don't go on tour this often.
I mean it's not as though John McCain is unfamiliar to us. Besides being a famous war hero, McCain is now serving his fourth term in the United States Senate. And he spent some time as a congressman before that. And he made an unsuccessful run for President in 2000. We know who you are.
Here’s my question to you: What is John McCain accomplishing by all his "touring”?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Well from my observations, John McCain is a very presentable and likeable person and these qualities should gain him some support from these tours. Unfortunately, he is stuck with a political agenda only a moron can support which will likely result in him getting about 30% of the popular vote in November.
Karl from San Francisco writes:
He's making sound bites for the Democrats in the fall. It's his "No Hope for Change" tour. He is showing the world how well he doesn't comprehend the 21st century, or the last part of the 20th for that matter. Keep it up John, you are more then making up for the damage Hillary is currently doing to the Democrats.
Alfie from Palmdale, California writes:
Has it occurred to anyone that he might actually be concerned about these folks in impoverished areas? He is showing up in areas that the other two candidates have disregarded as insignificant. And if not, why haven't THEY visited some areas that may not vote for them? McCain has shown these people some interest, and talked to them. And in the land of accomplishment, . He's courting the disenfranchised voters on the left who are not happy with any of the candidates from their party…planting those seeds that will sprout in November.
Anne from Seattle writes:
I can only speak for myself. I'm not paying attention because I know who he is and what his policies would be. He has nothing new to say and no plans that will create change in America. He is yesterday's news.
MR from North Carolina writes:
He's pretending that he cares about working men and women – and that he is "listening" to their concerns about high prices, loss of jobs, etc. I can't think of anything positive that McCain has done in his 30 years in the Senate to help with the plight of middle and working class American...or the poor.
With the Democratic nomination process in total chaos, it seems to me that McCain is doing what any smart businessman would do.