May 15th, 2008
05:00 PM ET

Should Republicans run away from McCain?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain peered into the future this morning... delivering a speech that looked ahead to what the U.S. and the world would be like in 4 years, after the first term of a McCain presidency.

Some of the highlights: he thinks the Iraq war will be won, Iraq will be a functioning democracy and violence there will be "spasmodic and much reduced." McCain believes the U.S. will have welcomed home most of its troops. He thinks the threat from al Qaeda and the Taliban won't yet be eliminated – even though bin Laden will be captured or killed. It's a pretty bold move to lay out objectives like this – gives critics a lot to measure you against.

In any case, John McCain seems to be one of the few things Republicans have going for them this fall. After a string of GOP defeats in special elections, many are hoping that the maverick appeal of McCain will help other Republicans on the ballot. This is all kind of ironic, when you consider the Arizona senator has been at odds with his own party for years on issues like immigration, campaign finance reform and global warming.

But Republicans are facing a dismal scenario. One GOP congressman is calling this year's political atmosphere "the worst since Watergate" adding "the Republican brand is in the trash can... if we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf."

Some folks are predicting Republicans could come out of November with a 70 seat deficit in the House alone.

Here’s my question to you: Should Republicans facing congressional races in November run away from – or run with – John McCain?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dori from Arizona writes:
I live in a Republican state. John McCain's state. Don't like what the Republicans have done for – or to – us. Don't like McCain or his duplicitous wife. See his blasting of Obama for being willing to sit down with the enemies of our country and people as a reflection of McCain's own cowardice. Enough said.

Fred writes:
Run away from him if they plan on continuing in office for more than one term. Because, if on the rare chance that both Senator McCain and they are elected, they can look forward to four years of embarrassment by an aging senator who seems to suffer from dementia. For example, this morning after watching Senator McCain hold forth on his utopian vision of how the world will be at the end of his first term in office, I realized that no suggestion as to how he was going to accomplish any of this had been given.

Robert from New Jersey writes:
After his “chicken in every pot and car in every garage" fantasy speech today regarding what he sees as his accomplishments after his first four years, run is not the word.

Randy from Elmira, New York writes:
There's no question they have to run with him. The Republican Party isn't going to disappear after November. They are in a bad way now but that can certainly change. McCain is a Republican’s best hope of re-election. If he can swing voters his way, his coattails may be longer than we think.

Tom from Desoto, Texas writes:
McCain: All aboard on the good ship Titanic. Lifetime employment, opportunities overseas, travel, see the world. Welcome to Iraq!

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  1. Yve Fort Washington, MD

    They should run away from McCain as if they were running for a gold medal at this summer's Olympics.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    They should run WITH John McCain. That way, they can all lose!

    May 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  3. Matthew, Virginia beach,VA

    Look Jack,
    I think it's already too late, either way they are hurting because they can't bring anything good to the table.
    I'm independent sitting on the fence, I voted for republicans during last election but its a different story this election season.
    The republicans has nothing to offer this time.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  4. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    The observation that all politics is local would apply here. Some will turn to McCain because as a great war hero that resonates with many persons. Some will have to run away because many people are very much against the war and his being a war hero means nothing. Some may have to just run in circles watching which way the wind is blowing.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  5. sarah, Indiana

    republicans have run away from sen. mccain any time he says something that is not pandering to the extreme right. this man is that rarity called an independently thinking moderate republican. i dont much care what the mindless republican herd does but as an independently thinking moderate democrat i prefer sen. mccain to the uber liberal nearly socialist idiot the democrat party is intent on pushing on us. Mac has my vote in November.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  6. Drew, Central FL

    As old as McCain is, running away from him shouldn't be a problem. ZING!

    May 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  7. Bruce St Paul MN

    They should run with McCain, show a little pride and unity, like the orchestra on the Titanic. They should probabaly avoid spending any of their own money on their campaigns, though, and maybe not invest too much of their time either. They could use the time to make sure they can get a job working for the lobbying firms they have been so cozy with.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  8. Susan, Seattle

    It's going to be every man/woman for themselves for Republicans. Those that backed the war and Bush's economic policies are going to lose no matter WHAT they do. McCain is trying to run as a "maverick" but it's not working very well for him because of his support of the war. If I were a Republican candidate, I think I'd try to get as far away from McCain and Bush as I could and I'd pray for a miracle!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  9. Dave

    If Mississippi hasn't given the "wake-up" call to Republicans, who knows what will. As this deplorable administration continues on, only the Republicans can be assessed to take the blame as there is so much blame to go around. In Oregon, Gordon Smiht is up for re-election and it will be most difficult for him to retain his seat as he has sided with Bush on innumerable occasions. Nobody on Bush's side says that mistakes were made. Look at Doug Feith's new book and his comments to Jon Stewart on the Daily Show in which he says that errors aren't lies. RIGHT! So, Republicans don't lie and voters will not err in sending a republican a message that he/she is not wanted any more. I ams ure that was the message in Mississippi and it will be the message to Gordon Smith in Oregon. So, perhaps, you are right and these Republicans had better pack as they can't get out of office fast enough for my liking!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  10. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think with the way he is following in president Bush's footsteps when it comes to the Iraq war and the economy, if I was a republican running for reelection I would run away.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  11. Sharon from Illinois

    it is too late for them to distance themselves from Mccain now. People don't forget how much they have done for their own interest and how little they have done for the little man out here. Just being a Republican is enough to turn anyone off right now.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  12. Carrie, Southern Wisconsin

    Run away! Voters have made it very clear that they're tired of lobbyists and corporate interests running the show in Congress. McCain has lobbyists and fat cats running his campaign and supporting him in more ways than one. (Wait until they start the swiftboating again.)

    People know this. They've seen Republicans dig in their heels and run to Bush for "meetings" before a vote far too often. Why would we vote for any Republican who's for business as usual? Apparently they think if they continue to ignore the voters, people will do nothing and forget about it. Not anymore.! Anyone who the House and Senate in action on C-Span every day knows better. It's disgusting.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  13. Bud Curtis

    Jack, I think republicans will run with John McCain in the end. What choice do they have? Today it appears that it might be wise to run from him, but the complexion of the race will change dramatically after the conventions when the classic divide between political philosophies is more apparent in the choices. McCain may not be the candidate many republicans hoped for, but he is what they have and will probably prove to be a blessing in disguise. They'll run with him before this race is over.
    Bud Curtis
    Miami, OK

    May 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  14. William

    Many of us Americans who are sick and fed up with Bush, an Illegal war and rediculous gas prices, are NOT going to vote for ANY republican. And I have been a republican. NOW Iam waiting to see if Obama, the only one with 'change' on the horizon, screws up by having Hillary come aboard. If so, he will sink.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  15. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Whatever the republicans do will not help. They are responsible
    for the mess our country is in. They have accomplished nothing
    these last almost eight years, but ruin our economy, education
    system, medical care, put Social Security in jeprody with all
    their borrowing, and lose respect of the rest of the world.
    Regardless of what McCain does (of course this depends
    on which version he is pushing at the time) he will be four
    more years of Bush and the republican parties policies.
    Running away from him will not help as they have all been
    a part of the chaos. And, supporting them is supporting the
    unforgivable, unwarrented war in Iraq.
    They cannot run far or fast enough from what they have created.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  16. Greg ...Cabot AR

    Republicans (and Democrats) will be re-elected if they tell their voters at home what they want to hear....the issues that play well in downtown Chicago won't play as well in down home Alabama.

    John McCain will be the favorite uncle in some neighborhoods but an un-welcome in-law in others because Congressional districts are all different and no single national issues is going to decide this election.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  17. Billy G in Las Vegas

    Republican candidates can run away from both Bush and McCain but , if the last three congressional special elections are any indication, they can't hide from the fact that their party has been a disaster for the working poor and middle class for at least the length of the Bush administration and really going back to their taking control of Congress in 1994.

    hopefully their political party will become as extinct the dinosaurs they have become.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  18. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    General Bullmoose McCain will lead us all. This self appointed "expert" on national security - yes, I have actually heard him called an expert on national security, believe it or not - will convince everyone gullible enough that his record on the environment is impeccable, his expertise in foreign affairs has led us to glorious victory and success in Iraq and Afghanistan, his unqualified excellent supervision of the energy policies of the USA have reaped benefits far exceeding expectations, and his advice and consent on the budget has kept the deficit to an absolute minimum and prohibited the national debt to increase unmanageably. I am not making this stuff up, Jack.

    Of course congressmen and senators running for election or reelection in November should hug and kiss him and W. Wouldn't you want to be or become a part of such legendary success and expertise?

    May 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  19. Eric Patton

    They should, unless they want to go deeper into debt and watch this country sink into the greatER depression.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  20. Kiah from Maryland

    No! I hope they stand by their man, so that ours can run right over him. The fact that he defended President Bush's extremely out of line comments today in Israel is proof that he is much closer to the man than he'll ever admit to and that makes him a much bigger target in November.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm |

    Everybody ought to run away from Mccain. What's he going to do, he's too damn old to catch you.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  22. atypical white person

    Run, Forest, Run.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  23. Tam-ct

    YES they should.....McCain is a 3rd term of Bush. Look at his record, he is EXACTLY like President Bush

    May 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  24. Bob Fleming

    They are already running away from Bush. If they are going to runaway from McCain too, they wil be running like the "Tazmanian Devil" in the cartoons.

    It would be entertaining to watch.

    Bob Fleming
    Louisville, Ky

    May 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm |

    is mcsame still runnning???? everyday i wake up sayin gosh mcsame hasnt surrendered?

    May 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  26. Robert in Toronto, ON

    They should be in the 100 metre dash position and try to sprint away from McCain. The problem is – you can't outrun your shadow, and that is the Republican legacy that they are all responsible for.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  27. Joan , Ontario

    If there had been a "Mission Accomplished" sign behind Senator McCain this morning it really would have been "deja vu". Do they really want more of this kind of thinking?

    May 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  28. David Natchez, Mississippi

    If I were a Republician, I would run as an Independent or a Wig. Then there is the new Republician Party, where the canidates along with the rats abandon ship and it is every politician for themselves.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  29. Juan Goncalves

    The question is whether Americans should run away from Republicans... the answer is yes, but we know how the real story is, unfortunately.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  30. Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    I think everyone should run away!

    He basically said that because of Iran's comments about Isreal, talking is pretty much useless.

    So I hope everyone is prepared for another immediate war if this nutcase wins.

    Bush and McCain won't stop until we are in a depression and every country and the world despises us. These trigger happy republicans are going to bring about Armageddon. Can we stop trying to police the middle east long enough to fix our own country?

    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  31. John in San Diego

    Republicans running for congress this fall should run to an honorable retirement!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  32. kate

    Republicans – and Democrats, Independents, etc – should run with the person who they believe will best face the challenges and best represent the needs, positions and possiblities of the United States to the nation and to the rest of the world for the next four years. Voting for a candidate only because they belong to one party of the other ignores individual thought. The right to vote is the right to decide – for oneself – who you wish to stand behind.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  33. Kristi - Chino Hills, CA

    If American's want this country to get out of the hole that Bush and his Administration created, they should run as fast as they can . . . McCain is no true Republican!! He's a bottom feeder who will say anything to anyone in order to get their vote. And the non-sense he's saying now just leads him farther from the true stance of a Republican.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  34. Lynda from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

    It doesn't matter if the Republicans run away from – or run with – John McCain – either way they are going to lose. It doesn't matter if Hillary wins Kentucky by a landslide (the hillbillies will vote for Hill and Bill), either way, she is going to lose. America has spoken. Americans are ready for change in Washington and change in the world...and the world is ready for the new Americans! The American dream ticket is Obama and Edwards...not Obama and Hill and Bill.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  35. Jacob, Alabama

    Republicans will run with McCain because he's close enough to center to maybe allow a few of them to keep their seats. I doubt it'll do much good, though. Americans want a change, no matter what that change actually means.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  36. Don, DC


    Why do you think Hillary is still in the race? The answer is simple, its a given that any democrat is going to trounce McCain. I am wondering that it took three losses in crucial seats for them to wake up! My advice to those GOP members seeking congressional seats: Smear tactics are not going to do you any good. Not this time!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  37. Smart from London

    Of course John McCain is their only hope of survival. But that won't be enough because he is neck deep with the failed bush policies. Peronalitity wise, John is not too bad; but economic plan wise, John stinks like Bush.
    So whichever way they go, they are doomed. Their best bet is to run on their own merit not Bush's or McCain's.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  38. Len of Colfax, Wisconsin

    From the view point of Republicans, it depends on how much Sen. McCain can distance himself from Pres. Bush. At times, even with your comments about him, he has shown himself to be somewhat in tune with Pres. Bush. With the current rating of Pres. Bush, they need to get as far away from Pres. Bush as possible. Since Sen. McCain will inevitably be closely linked with Pres. Bush, it would be probably be the best policy to run away from Sen. McCain. But then, as a Sen. Obama supporter, who cares?

    May 15, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  39. Sean

    Run away jack run far far away. The new face of the republican party is not a 72 year old man. I think they tried this before with another old guy named Bob Dole and failed miserably.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  40. Mike C. in Lorain, OH


    The GOP should just not run at all, the last thing we need is more of their failed policies.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  41. Darth Vadik

    “As you know, I’m a famous college dropout, it’s just a question on Jeopardy to this on this very day, and there are many days I give thanks I didn’t end up in college and had my brainwashed by a bunch of Marxist professors teaching me how rotten my country is.” – Rush Limbaugh

    With comments like these, you wonder if they will enough brains to do the right thing and vote for Obama.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  42. Sandra, Oklahoma

    Run away from or run away with- McCain is still a Republican who wants war. I liked John McCain in 2000. But his obsession for war reminds me of another Bush. I have been voting for Republicans because of my strong support for pro-life. Now enough of this war. I am going to distance my religious belief from politics and vote for Democrats

    This country cannot take 100 years of war. Enough is enough

    May 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  43. Kel from Auburn AL

    I don't think there's much Republicans can do this year, Jack.

    I think one thing people don't give Bush credit for is his ability to unify the United States. That's right – unify, but not the way you might think: Bush is so good at getting people to disapprove of him, that it's caused Americans to unify against nearly everything that has to do with him. We stand as a country, 71% or so united in dissaproval of our president.

    That's hot water for McCain & the rest of the GOP anyday, especially come November.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  44. Jake

    They should run with him all the way back to their homes in the hills – nobody wants a Republican to continue any policies of the Bush administration. Once Obama and McCain start debating, a lot more Republicans are going to see how Obama's views on serious issues are a lot more realistic and better for the people. They've been too caught up in the Obama- Clinton bickering. Now is their chance to see the real Barack.

    Sparta, NJ

    May 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  45. Adam from Orlando

    They should run based on their own opinions and ideas, not the letter they have next to their name.

    McCain isn't running for Congress, he's running for president, so it shouldn't really matter how closely they associate themselves with him.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  46. Ben, MD

    I think he had a "senior moment" when he imagined himself president! When after five year he still thinks Iran is training Al-Qaeda, he really needs "100 years" to figure out how to win that war!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  47. Bill in New London, CT

    There's nowhere to run. No place to hide. With McCain by their side or without, the ghost, the stain, the rank stench of George W. Bush will follow anyone with an "R" - the new scarlett letter - next to his or her name. It will be years, possibly decades before America and the Republican party recover from the fallout of this administration. We Democrats should thank him. Only now is the whole country seeing what we always knew.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  48. john marlton, nj

    No, they should just NOT nominate him at the convention. Just say NO and pick some else.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  49. Dwayne from Atlanta, GA

    Hi Jack,
    It"s really unfortunate that the Rebublicans, once the party of ideas has been high-jacked by the religious right, therefore, republicans running for congressional office need to distance themselves from McCain and the party and listen to their districts and constituancy. So I say "ruunn Republicans, ruunnnn!", away that is.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  50. Mike, Ohio

    Jack, Everyone should run away from John McCain. He’s completely wrapped, signed, sealed and delivered with a huge stamp on his forhead marked George Bush’s third term. All of the things he’s been doing on this “get to know me tour” is pandering to people for new votes going left of center. The American people need to take a good hard look at his record on immigration and taxes he’s a flip flopper worse than the Republicans ever tied John Kerry to. besides, He’s wrong on Foreign Policy. He wants to continue the failed foreign poilcies of the Bush administration, ”THEY AREN’T WORKING”!. People need to take a step back and take notice. He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  51. Nancy, Tennessee

    Republicans facing congressional re-election in November only have a chance if they get out and pursuade voters that they are independent thinkers and vote on issues the way the electorate want them to vote. They need to make it clear that they are in Washington to represent the voters not pander to lobbyists. Then if they manage to get re-elected, they need to go back to Washington and kiss the back of the chairs that they have sat in and remember why they are there...to represent not bankrupt the American people.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  52. Frankie

    It seems like McCain is running away from McCain. Rep. need to understand that they missed up and now is when they need to do sometime for the people that put they faith into them.

    No more bait and switch

    May 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  53. will in los angeles

    they should run to the nearest retirement home....mccain already has his reservation.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  54. Marc PDX

    McCain is what we need in this country. Yes, the Republican "brand" is dented and tarnished from the Bush presidency. Huge mistakes have been made (although not everything Bush has done has been a mistake... we have not been attacked by terrorists here in America since 9/11). But McCain has a much better plan and far more experience than Bush – I voted for him originally when Bush defeated him in the primary eight years ago. Are his plans bold – hell yes! Because he has the courage to have plans and to lay them on the line for all to discuss. Other politicians of either party are unwilling to ever do that. Instead, we hear messages of "hope" and "understanding" and "tolerance" and other meaningless blather. What are the specifics? McCain is laying them out. Obama will need to do that also. Or maybe not. We may, as a nation, be dumb enough to not demand them. That's entirely conceivable sadly. Obama is the candidate of "hope". If we elect him we'll ALL find ourselves doing a lot of hoping pretty quickly. Like "I hope he knows what he's doing!", "I hope he learns from that mistake", and eventually "I hope he doesn't get re-elected". Candidate of Hope is right. We'll all be doing a lot of hoping in a Barak Obama America. People, stop and think objectively for just 5 minutes. Demand that your candidate lay out specifics (no excuses! no blaming the last administration – this is an election for the NEXT president, not the last one) and if there aren't any... if it's just hope then we're all in for trouble. 4 years experience then a Presidential internship as leader of the United States would be a colossal mistake.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  55. Doug Pierson Tohatchi, NM

    I have said it over and over and I'll keep on saying it. I admire Mr. McCain. That said ,his anger and the probability of his having PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) coupled with his age are downright scary. Rash decisions made in the heat of anger are usually really very bad and damaging. I don't think that this issue can in any way be safeguarded.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  56. Henry from IL.

    I don't think it makes a difference who Republicians run with or away from this November, they have a tough road ahead of them.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  57. Jerry, Monroe County,WV

    Good question, they are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
    Maybe a self-proclaimed "Obamacan" could win.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |

    tampa, fl ron paul is still running, why not just get behind him for a change. he is the only candidate that didn't pick up his platform off of a kinko's copy machine like all the other candidates did. by the way, i will remember who voted for amnesty come election day.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  59. honkey white guy from cali

    If they want to win they better run away every time he opens his mouth more wishful thinking and lies come out. I do not think it much matters thought. The GOP has been living high on the hog for to long at the expense of the American people and they were able to lie there way through for a while but now it is so obvious that they are on a completely different planet than the rest of America that it will do them no good the democrats are going to get there chance to prove that they are the better to lead and guide the path of this country.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  60. bob from San Antonio

    It won't help to run away. They've enjoyed unprecedented chroniism for the past eight years, now, it's time to pay the piper. Running away is not an option.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  61. Chut Pata

    I think John McCain should run away from the neo-cons who have hijacked the republican party.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  62. Jelle, The Netherlands

    Run away, I'd say. The Democrats are increasingly labeling McCain as "that 100 years in Iraq guy". Being associated with someone like that won't win you a lot of votes.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  63. Jeremy - Chandler, AZ

    John McCain is the only hope for his party. Why? Because he isn't defined by his party or its platform. Bush came into office as the golden-boy of Neo-Conservatism, and with him came an onslaught of similarly-minded politicians. The neo-cons defined the Republican party and its rise to power in both Washington and the people's hearts and minds. The last four years greatly tarnished the neo-con image and the people don't trust that ideology anymore.

    Meanwhile, the maverick who never fully agreed with his party and its neo-con principles, is now its candidate. He is lucky in that he is both distanced and connected to his party at the same time... distanced just enough to pull the moderates and independents his way, connected just enough to gain the party faithful's reluctant support.

    Republicans downticket of McCain should "run with him" in hopes of gaining votes from those moderates and independents they wouldn't normally catch.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  64. John Horan

    If the GOP candidates are as smart as they claim to be, the GOP campaign slogan will be "George W. Who?" And if Sen. McCain continues to echo President Bush on the issues, he can expect most GOP officials to be "out of town" whenever he visits their cities. As for me, I will vote for any Democrat who promises to end the war and the Bush tax breaks for his rich friends.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  65. Susan from Ga

    It is a case of damned if they do, and damned if they don't. President Bush all but doomed any chance for the Republicans with his speach at the Knesset today.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  66. James: San Francisco, CA

    Oh yeah...they should.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  67. Matthew, Cleveland, OH

    They should run with. Hey, I'm a democrat in support of Hillary Clinton- but I do think with three candidates we have running now- all will be good in the White House. Just like the democrats have strong candidates, I think the Republicans have a strong one. I trust McCain on the issue of Iraq more-so than I trust the Democrats. If he wins the election- I would think it's because of that issue.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  68. Don Bezler

    Jack, Republicans SHOULD run from McCain becaus they had 8
    yrs. of Bush & McCain is just 4 more yrs of Bush POLICY.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  69. MS from SC

    Running with McCain is more likely to get some Republicans votes this year, rather than trying to "bad-mouth" opponents or ignore McCain's ideas for policies. McCain has less of a bad ethical reputation among elected Republicans than most of his Republican cohorts. It might be wise for Republicans to try to convince voters that the behavior they remember doesn't seem so awful in retrospect. However, it won't work on me since I will remember what the Republicans did and didn't do while in control-all too well!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  70. Sol 3 Chapel Hill, NC

    They should be running from Bush as fast, and far, as possible!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  71. Rachel, Las Vegas

    RUN! Run as fast as they can!!! Good thing there's always europe if that man get into the oval office.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  72. Joe in DE

    Its not McCain they need to run from; it is BUSH.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  73. Lawrence

    Vulnerable Republicans won't run away, they will just be deafening by their silence. Instead surrogates (and Bush himself is now a surrogate) will do the Swift Boating and fear-mongering. There is still a large group of Americans, including some disgruntled Hillary supporters, who are not discerning enough to understand the consequences of McCain support. McCain will be programmed and marketed in the best Republican tradition. The only real question is how many of us will be buying it. Instead of running away the Republicans might want to re-think their sinking platform.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  74. Gerry In Toronto

    Does it really matter? I think not. The next chance for Republicans is 2016. Maybe by that time voters might forget about Bush and his failed programs. On the other hand, America will still be paying for the war-so maybe I'm optimistic about 2016.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  75. Dana, Laguna Niguel


    But the republicans can not, but the Americans should.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  76. Ed

    Did I miss something? I think that John McBush needs to take his pill for the day. He must of forgot that he hasn't won the election yet, but he may be forgetful, who knows. Last time I saw the polls with him against Clinton or Obama he wasn't winning!! Maybe he should should get his eye on the ball. He's delivering a speech, that sounds like he just won the election. It's not November John, it's May. John, you have a long way to go...

    May 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  77. S Dory

    It is a sad day, when an American President would say such a horrible thing before a International Audience, less more in the privacy of his own home.
    George W. Bush needs to be muzzled until he leaves office and John McCain is just flip-flopping trash!!! The Republican Party has decayed down to nothing!!!
    God! Please help America!!!

    S. Dory
    Houston, Texas

    May 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  78. Louis

    Jack if any of the Republicans are going to be doing any running, they will probabaly be running from each other since they have no one to blame but themselves. Nearly all of them voted for the war. Nearly all of them voted to wiretap our fellow Americans without a warrant. Nearly all of them did nothing to lower gas prices. Nearly all of them are doing nothing to lower the national debt. Nearly all of them are doing nothing to keep toxic toys from China from entering our country. I'm not sure if I'd point the finger at any one person, but the Republican party has nothing to offer the American people that would be worth them staying in power. They've had their chance to make our country better, but all they did was leave a mess. Now its time to throw the Republicans and they mess out of office.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  79. Clayton in AL

    Gov. Huckabee said it best himself on a competing station the other day. There won't be any riding an Elephant to DC this election. Each Rep candidate will have to make their own case, and that doesn't mean just slamming Obama, saying Victory in Iraq, and that they will lower the taxes again.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  80. jimbo

    ask Ron Paul's "brain" to see what it thinks....

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  81. Jenna Wade

    Who wants four more years of failed Bush policies?

    Frankly if anyone treated me or my family as the GOP did when McCain ran against Bush – I would have changed my party affiliation.
    This shows me that McCain isn't strong or smart enough to be president.

    I'm voting for Obama

    May 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  82. darryl hollywood, florida

    Republicans are gonna be dropping like flies this fall if they continue to listen to Karl Rove and allow McCain to try to spin the Iraq war until 2013 and beyond.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  83. si

    NO, Don't RUN – FLY – as far as you can as fast as you can!

    May 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  84. Dianne

    Doesn't matter, Jack.

    Just look at the recent elections in Illinois, Louisanna & Mississippi.

    This is a "Game Changer". Changed from 2 & 3 decade reigns held by the GOP/REPUBLICANS.

    Barack Obama will have an absolutely wonderful Congress to work with in January 2009.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  85. Chris from Illinois

    I think that regardless of what they do, they're all in a fairly tough position. The republican reputation has almost single-handedly been ruined by people like Bush, Cheney, Ann Coulter and O'Reilly. I've found as an independently thinking Democrat, I find much more in common with the republicans I know personally than any of the air-time or Oval-Office republicans. The party's going to take huge beating after huge beating until they've lost some of that hot air and some of their stubbornly ignorant

    But to answer the question, it depends on the tendencies of their voting districts.

    My two cents, Jack.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  86. todd h

    Republicans should not run from McCain. Let me say he is not my first choice to be president but currently is the best of those remaining. I'll give him credit where it is due- He says what he believes to be the truth even when it is not popular among his party or the polls. He was saying what many believed to be the wrong things and the polls showed it early in the process. He stood fast on what he believed and wasnt just spouting garbage that people wanted to hear. I think all politicians should try to get as close to him as possible so that maybe some of his honesty and character might rub off.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  87. Kim Walker

    No the Republicans shouldn't run away from John McCain. They will take the punishment dealt to them if they choose not to do so.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  88. Rob Hansen

    Yes–they should all move to Iraq , with McCain.Its their country , they wanted to defend it , let them and leave us in peace.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  89. Keesha - Valley, AL

    The Republicans are running in circles! iFirst they are running from McCain and he was running after them – now that they are losing seats in the house and senate, they are running behind him. By the time they get over their dizzy spells Obama/Nunn will be in the White House!

    May 15, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  90. Glory

    Jack, I listened to Senator Mccain's speech this morning, and decided to go back to bed after hearing this fairy tale. Yes, we couldn't manage to get out of Iraq in seven years, but suddenly when he becomes President, miraculously our troops will be able to findly come home. Using the same strategy they have been using, how is this suppose to happen?

    May 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  91. Russell

    I would love for every Republican running for public office to hang on to that anchor (Mr. McCain) as long as they possibly can.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  92. Dianne Scheck

    Dianne San Francisco California

    McCain is weak. and his wife Cindi is a ice princess with no personality. I don't understand why people are impressed with his lowering taxes. How can he lower taxes and pay for a war and work off this trillion dollar debt? It is unrealistic and hypocritical.

    And if he says "MY FRIENDS" one more time I am going to scream. He is not a friend of mine and resent him calling me that.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  93. Linda in Va

    Democratcs 2008.

    How about that egotistic cowboy with the poopy in his mouth named Bush. He represents us all. He's nothing more than shameful for our country

    May 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  94. Kim Walker

    They will be handed defeat, after defeat, after defeat....... Catch my drift?

    May 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  95. Leigh Anne in IL

    Let me just add... anyone who thinks that McCain would be a third term of Bush needs to look at the facts. McCain is nothing like Bush. Look at his record, look at his relationship with most of the current administration. There is a reason that not many members of the current administration like him- he doesn't go along with them. He is not a neo-con, he is much more moderate in his ideas and beliefs.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  96. Carolyn Proctor

    The republicans who are making their living in politics are in too deep to run now!

    The working people are fed up with republican bull too. They can't begin to get back our trust or our votes!

    May 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  97. Mary L OK

    If Republicans ran away from McCain, where would they go? Do they have another candidate hiding somewhere. I certainly can not see them supporting the Socialist Obama.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  98. Steve (Atlanta)

    If they were smart, neither. The best tactic is to run AGAINST an opponent. And I guarantee you running against Barrack Obama is probably a hell of a lot easier than any Congressional opponent.

    My vote, personally, is going to be Dem probably across the board – except at the top. McCain working with a Dem Congress is the best hope for anyone but the hyper liberal. Giving Obama a blank check is a nightmare.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  99. Lawrence R. Decoste

    Albany, NY

    They should John Mccain has no chance to be president, the republicans are torn apart, they are a weakened party and Most republicans will vote democratic this november. George W. Bush is to blame he acts too arogant and he doesn't solve people problems he makes things worse. Those republicans that are voting for Mccain my advice is if you want the country to continue to decline vote mccain if you want our country to stand tall and have hope for our future vote democratic this november:)

    May 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  100. Rick

    They should run fast. But puppets are at the control of the guy pulling the strings. I am enjoying watching the puppets scramble.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  101. Ron, from Las Vegas

    So how does he accomplish all of this? Sounds like more of what we have always heard. What the politicians expect in the future but no plan on how to make it come about. Also what is the strategy when some of these things don't happen? It sounds like more Bush. Just because he says so, it will happen. Yeah, right.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  102. forrest kimbrough

    Run away from mccain? The oldest man to run for president? Isn't walking fast enough?

    May 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  103. JP


    It's more important for Republicans to stick to the core values of the party than to align themselves with John McCain. They should run on traditional Republican values. That's the only hope any Republican has.

    JP – Brick, NJ

    May 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  104. Mary

    A lifelong Democrat from Mississippi who recently moved to Ohio, I was encouraged as I watched my home state reject the bitter "Southern Strategy" of Tuesday's Mississippi congressional race. I have many Republican friends and family in Mississippi and it's always caused me much sadness to watch them be manipulated by the negative campaign ads that have worked so well in Mississippi in the past. If the Republican Party wants to cede a few more congressional seats to the Democrats, they should by all means embrace President Bush and John McCain's philosophy and "stay the course."

    May 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  105. carlos perez

    the Republicans argue that it will do no good to talk to the so
    call enemy.
    I feel different I feel we should talk to get a better feel of our enemy you
    can learn allot on a face to face talk.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  106. Christine from California

    If they're smart, they will. Hopefully the American people will do the same.

    Thousand Oaks Ca

    May 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  107. Don

    Republicans who are planning on running for any post , from dog catcher on up should run from the current candidate and the party in general. I hear the Republcan pundits talk alot about "getting the message out". Well, the message has been out and it is not the message that Americans want to hear.

    Hammond LA.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  108. Dan from Tampa

    I see no reason for Republicans to run away from McCain. He is a shrewd and tested politician. With the right tactics, McCain will be able to expose Obama's inexperience and completely miles to the left agenda. This election will be another disappointment for the Democrat Party. They just don't get it.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  109. Glory

    Jack, I listened to Senator Mccain’s speech this morning, and decided to go back to bed after hearing this fairy tale. Yes, we couldn’t manage to get out of Iraq in seven years, but suddenly when he becomes President, miraculously our troops will be able to finally come home. Using the same strategy they have been using forever, how is this suppose to happen?

    May 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  110. Kwaku Azar

    McCain represents the cold war era. His thinking on national security is dated! It seems to me he was put up by the Republicans to suffer the Bob Dole punishment!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  111. Kenneth,Houston

    They should run like Bugs Bunny. This guy has lost his bearings.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  112. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Jack, it's just ludicrous that the Republicans think they can win with someone who is seen as Bushes third term! Don't they realize how unpopular Bush and his policies are? Now Sen. McCain says we can "win" the war in Iraq by 2013......five MORE years at 330 Million dollars a day and four to five thousand more American lives. How do we even know when the war is won, is there a giant scoreboard somewhere? My mailman could win against the Republicans this year!!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  113. K

    Their best bet would be to run towards the Democrats.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  114. Jim

    McCain has already lost his bearings. Republicans drink his Kool-aid at their peril.
    Scottsdale, AZ

    May 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  115. Vince

    What for? If they were happy with George Bush then they should be happy with John McCain. His feelings that we should not talk with our enemies and try to resolve things diplomatically is the exact same attitude that Bush has and is why we are in the foriegn policy mess we are with no respect around the world.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  116. Dave`

    they should run with McCain, and as far away from Bush as possible.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  117. John Cronin

    Ya know Jack, it doesn't matter what the Congressional Republicans do. They're going to lose in the fall regardless. I know I and my whole family are voting straight Democrat.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  118. Jay R.

    I think Republicans should run WITH John McCain. The GOP will do much better this fall than some expect...

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  119. Ginny in PA

    If they want four more years of Bush–sure, go ahead. But if they want to see some real change in this country, they better go with the other side.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  120. Dori in AZ

    I live in a Republican state. John McCain's state.

    Don't like what the Republicans have done for – or to – us.

    Don't like McCain or his duplicitous wife. See his blasting of Obama for being willing to sit down with the enemies of our country & people as a reflection of McCain's own cowardice.

    Enough said.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  121. Julius

    Republicans should run away from McCain because McCain simply isn't conservative enough and can't be trusted to uphold traditional Republican values.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  122. B. Cobbold

    Run Forrest Run!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  123. Wayne D., McLeansville, NC

    RUN AWAY! John McCain's speech today shows he is living in a fantasy world. I guess in 2013 Air Force 1 will be traded in for the Good Ship Lolly-pop.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  124. rita

    ditto - I am cut and pasting this comment since it couldn't be said any better.

    I see no reason for Republicans to run away from McCain. He is a shrewd and tested politician. With the right tactics, McCain will be able to expose Obama’s inexperience and completely miles to the left agenda. This election will be another disappointment for the Democrat Party. They just don’t get it.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  125. Delia

    Jack, I think they should run, run, run away from McCain.
    Delia, Dallas-Texas

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  126. Sanju

    Republicans are in a tough situation. Short of something dramatically negative happening with the democrats, they will surely have a sizable deficit in the House and Senate. That being said, Republican congressional candidates need to stand together, whether with the ideology of McCain or away from him.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  127. Matt

    The question is irrelevant – the bottom line is that between now and November republicans will just need to RUN...because the chase is on!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  128. Storm in Atlanta

    They ain't gotta go home (with McCain) but they gotta get the hell out of the House.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  129. Joseph

    It doesn't matter whether they run with him or without him. If they play the same old game politicking that both Geroge Bush and John McCain engaged in today, like Childers's opponent in the recent Mississippi special election, losing 70 seats in the House will be the least of their worries. Republicans, it's time to come out of the time warp. Everyone is moving forward. Move with them.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  130. Steve in Raritan, New Jersey

    Seems running away is their only chance and that is pretty small to begin with. More and more McCain looks like a confused version of President Bush, if that's even possible. No doubt he has served his country well and is a patriotic American...but he's not much of a Presidential candidate.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  131. John DeVillier

    If in doubt, join the Democrats and run with Obama.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  132. Jane - WI

    It really won't matter if they with or away from Senator McCain. The media is in the bag for Obama and Democrats, so no matter what the message is of the candidate, the media will spin it in a negative way.

    all we need do is listen to the gloom and doom the media spreads about Republicans when the fact is that Democrats have run the Congress for over 1-1/2 years. Gas prices have skyrocketed and the economy has gotten worse since the Democrats took over. If the voters want change, they would be voting out the incumbent Democrats in Congress along with the Republicans.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  133. Jon from Tempe, Az

    Well John McCain seems to be the only Republican that has half way decent poll numbers. He seems to be doing better than all the other Republicans. I think they should follow him for this reason. Republicans are headed for a complete blowout. This Arizonan will not be voting for McCain!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  134. Scott McGregor

    Jack, McCain is such an old school politician. He's a Bush in Sheeps Clothing.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  135. natalie

    It's every rat for himself!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  136. Rafael

    It is clear that the GOP is under a complete transformation. Unless Republicans want continue these embarrassing loses, it is essential for them run with the Maverick John McCain, someone not afraid to stand up to the traditional conservative themes. Republicans need to start addressing issues important to the average American, which means limited government and lowering taxes is not going to cut it anymore. The conservative framework that has dominated Washington for the past 25 years is coming to an end.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  137. James W. Blevins

    McCain left out some more likely things in his imaginings - Fist contact with green men from mars, second coming of Christ and regular commuter flights on the backs of flying pigs. Certainly the rest of the Republicans should jump on McCain's band wagon so he can lead them over the cliff like the lemmings that they are.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  138. H Villafane

    Here we go again. The Republicans are already starting the smear campaign and bringing up the gay marriage situation that got them elected the last time. The Republicans have forgotten how some of their party members have spoken to the "forbidden other side" such as Reagen with the Russians and Nixon with the Chinese among others. The best strategy is to know what your enemy is up to instead of making believe they do not exist.
    Now it all depends if the citizens of this country will believe what comes out of Mr. Bush's mouth. He still has a problem with integrity and as far as I am concerned he has appeased the American public with his ineptitude.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  139. Ben from Wisconsin

    Jack, the only way republicans are going to minimize the damage Bush has done is to present a unified front against the Democrats. The Republican party is going to have to move back towards the center, to John McCain, if they have any hope of winning in November. If they don't settle their differences, they may as well hand the keys to Congress and the White House over to the Democrats.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  140. Derrick

    If they are as smart as they try to look, they would run as fast as there little legs would take them.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  141. Tori Cornwell

    President Bush is trying to protect the United States and all the Democrates are acting like terrorist supporters. All of this Democrate talk makes me sick. They sure do not act like Americans. I am very worried the thought of someone like Barack running this country.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  142. Joy from TN

    I'm a Tennessean and am ashamed of the ad the TN GOP is running targeting Mrs. Obama. That's a new low even for them. John McCain claims not to be able to control these things–so much for a clean campaign he promised–I hope Tennessee will run away from McCain in November.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  143. bill hughes

    Read my lips, my friends. eerily familiar don't you think

    May 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  144. RICHARD


    May 15, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  145. David

    McCain's nomination is a GOP reaction to an unfair over-reaction and prejudice of all Republicans because of an immature and misinformed hatred of Bush.

    There's nothing wrong with the Republican brand...these congressional losses were largely caused by high democrat voter turnout to decide the nomination. No republicans showed up because the nominee is decided.

    Conservative ideals will win the day. The Democratic party has always been and will always be a victims group. race, sex, poor, you name it. they're all just victims. This time around, the DNC thinks if it can convince the whole population that its a victim of the Bush Administration, it can get more votes for its candidates.

    Is CNN voting for Obama or Clinton? oooh, stick.

    Nashville, TN

    May 15, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  146. Roger

    The Republicans have ruined this country with their "Contract with America" this invalid contract was only an enrichment for oil companies, defense contractors, sub-prime mortgage industry, V.P. Dick C. and of course President Bush..etc. It is what Hanna Arendt eclaimed as the "Banality of Evil" evil is simply commonplace in American politics......

    Roger W. (Retired Military)

    May 15, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  147. Emmanuel

    In my opinion the republicans need John McCain to win the election. President Bush has such a negative effect on our economy to the point where most Americans no longer trust republicans to run our economy.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  148. Les Johnson

    Oh I want them all to run with him. That would be the quickest way to clean those bozos out of the Congress. If they run from him they might get re-elected.
    Les Johnson\
    Redmond, Washington

    May 15, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  149. Dave Nolan, Thronton, CO

    See my post above...as stated they should run from McCain; however, the Democrats in Congress better produce. So far the Democrats have been proven to be fairly ineffective, have given Bush a free pass and quite frankly have not done much since taking over. If they continue to be ineffective, they will be the next party to get tossed out during the mid-term election of the Obama presidency. McCain simply can’t win pushing Bush policies and planks.

    May 15, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  150. donna

    how about loosing all these drive through with gas as outragoeous we sure don,t need to sit in a drive through and waste it and add to glouble warming get out of your and get a little exercise and help the planet

    May 15, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  151. Murat

    The Republican Party is an example of "Power Corrupts" They play dirty politics, they care about theirselves and their rich friends more than anyone else. They've had too much power over the last 8 or so years and that is getting to their head.

    Democrats in 09. I hope the Republican Party Fades away. People will not fall for their dirty politics and name calling anymore. The people of this country has had enough of republicans. It's time for a change and a better government.

    Obama 08/09

    May 15, 2008 at 6:20 pm |