October 30th, 2008
04:59 PM ET

How can McCain win undecided voters

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Less than 140 hours until election day when Americans will rush to the polls in what is expected to be record numbers to decide the direction of their country for the next four years.

Never has more money been spent by candidates for president to try to convince you they are the answer to America's problems. And yet after almost two years of campaigning, it is estimated that somewhere around seven percent of Americans still have not decided whether they want John McCain or Barack Obama to run things.

The differences between the two men are as pronounced as between any two candidates for the nation's highest office in a very long time. Whether he admits it or not, John McCain carries the mantle of President George W. Bush with him–seen as a continuation of the policies that have led to record low approval ratings for our current president. Americans are simply not happy with the way things are going. Yet McCain remains competitive.

Barack Obama is seen by many as a transformational figure who offers the country a chance to break with the past. His early campaign theme of change took hold with many of those Americans who are dissatisfied.

It would seem that if John McCain has any realistic chance of winning next Tuesday, he must somehow attract a large percentage of those voters who have yet to make up their mind.

Here’s my question to you: In the final few days, what can John McCain do to win over undecided voters?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Robert writes:
Nothing...Unfortunately John McCain is a different man than he was 8 years ago, and he hasn't changed for the better. If he'd continued as a "Maverick" instead of pandering to the republican base, he would probably be in a better situation. Guess that's the price you pay when you sell out.

Sharon from Houston, Texas writes:
Absolutely nothing. Stick a fork in it. That turkey's done.

Lisa from Fort Lauderdale, Florida writes:
Jack, who the heck are these 'undecided' voters? We have been inundated with so much information. How could anyone who is not in a coma still be undecided? At this point, McCain needs to work on restoring his respectability so he can return to the Senate with dignity.

Timothy from Brea, California writes:
McCain can't do anything further than sit back and watch what his tactics brought him, a defeat. Sorry McCain, a war vet is good but that will not plant you in the White House. Obama, in 5 days and counting.

Marie writes:
John McCain can win undecided voters by going back to his real maverick ways, stopping the negative ads, and fighting his opponent with real American issues. We don’t want to hear about Barack Obama's next door neighbor, tell us about our 401(k) and the loss of jobs and economic security. Stop the bull!

Jeff writes:
If he drops out of the race, I'll vote for him. I promise!

Suzanne writes:
Jack, my brother-in-law is one of the people you referred to, only he's not undecided. He just thinks his vote is none of your business.

Filed under: 2008 Election • John McCain
soundoff (501 Responses)
  1. Dan from Kitchener

    That's easy Jack all he has to do is apologize for his actions throughout the campaign and endorse Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  2. Judy Goebel Mesa AZ

    Hi Jack,

    I live in Arizona and I have made up my mind and already voted for Obama. If I was undecided, his nasty robocalls in Arizona would surely push me away! I hope he continues to waste his money here, defending his HOME state.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  3. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    Personally, I don't think there are any "undecided" (air quotes like McCain uses) voters out there. I think these "undecided voters" are people just looking for attention. If you claim to be "undecided", do us all a favor, and stay home on Tuesday...this election is over anyway. Obama will clear 300 electoral votes.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  4. Kathy Crescenzi

    John McCain can't do anything in the final days to win over voters. I believe if a person hasn't made up their mind yet they have no intention of voting. Of course that is just my humble opinion.

    Fairmont, West Virginia

    October 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  5. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    Even if the Undecided's broke for McCain by a 3 to 1 margin, it still probably wouldn't be enough to win the election. That's how far back he is.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  6. Enida from Boston, MA

    He can join the OBAMA/ Biden ticket for real change... In all seriousness, he should go back to the honesty and integrity he had in 2000. Then more independents will join him. Start being positive, optimistic a unifier rather than a divider through fear and lies.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  7. JD in NH

    I don't know, Jack. I can't figure out how he's keeping the ones he's got. His latest fix for the mortgage crisis – cutting your foreclosed neighbor's mortgage in half while you soldier on paying 100% of yours – is more "socialist" than anything even remotely connected to anything Obama. Are Republicans paying attention?

    October 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  8. James

    He can't...just tell him to leave the race. Oops he already has

    October 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  9. HM - North Carolina

    Go back in time.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Erin in Healdsburg CA

    If i knew the answer to that... I certainly wouldn't tell him.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  11. Dale, Phoenix

    He should be honest and use his "straight talk." Something he has not done very much of. All we hear from him, is what Sen. Obama is doing wrong and has offer absolutely nothing about what he would do right.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Pat Wilson

    If the RNC rounds up all the undecideds and puts them in a locked room, plays tapes of every speech McCain has made in which he refers to us as 'my friends' and then lets them get out and vote, I can guarantee they will no longer be undecided. Pat in Port St Lucie Florida

    October 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  13. byhen from Metairie, LA

    Short of promising to use his wife's money to pay for everyones home, NOTHING.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  14. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Nothing. I like the way it looks right now.

    Waiting on CNN to declare Barak Obama the 44th President of the U.S.A.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  15. Art in Virginia

    He could try being honest, but he lies so much he'd lie even if the truth sounded better. So there's really not much hope for him.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  16. george c paree

    Show the people his inexperience his changes he want are not american ask them why they want his change .

    October 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  17. JR in Norfolk VA

    Go for the Catholic vote – no true Catholic could vote for a candidate who has consistently voted against bans on partial birth abortion and against the Born Alive Protection Act. Obama has voted against both of these measures and even called the product of an unwanted pregnancy a "punishment".

    October 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  18. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Easy. This election is about Obama, not McCain. Just allow the undecideds to affirm their own fears that Obama is not ready, that he would foolishly raise taxes during a recession, and that he is not up to dealing with a terror or international crisis. They already sense this, but are perhaps too intimidated by the media and Obama partisans to say so to pollsters and others. McCain and Palin need to work on this uneasiness, as they are now doing while the polls (the ones that are not skewed) are tightening.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Barbara Stuart

    He could possibly win over undecided voters if he could think of something more evil to say about Barack Obama than he already has. I am sure he and the Repugs could do that in a heartbeat.

    Barbara from MI

    October 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  20. Ann

    I wish McCain would go easy on the word "fight". I only reinforces the reality of the warrior image and makes it easy for voters to think he'll get us into more and worse wars.

    He should try to say "I'll work hard for you and for America"instead of "I'll fight for ....." The word "work" implies to me a totally honorable effort, as well as sharing of duty and responsibility, not a lonely thing which "warrior" says to me, such as in "the lone warrior".

    I can't think this will get him the victory but it might mitigate the image he will leave with us. I admire and like him as a man and a person, and it seems he is a good senator, but there always lurks in the back of my mind the warrior he was brought up to be and has been.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  21. Zachary Blubaugh

    If John McCain can somehow pull out a business degree and shows that he really can fix this economic mess, then maybe the country would give him a second look. Lets face is, Obama may have been accused for being a celebrity but there is reason he is the flavor of the next four years.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  22. Kevin, Nashville, TN

    He can't, no substance and with Palin you only lose. Americans, look around you look around youselfs carefully and evaluate the chaos we are in.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  23. jJanice Thomas

    Nothing, nada. Why can't he see that this is a done deal.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  24. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    At this point, if anyone is still undecided, then there really isn't anything McCain or Obama can do. Heck, I'm amazed that there are still undecided voters out there. Frankly if they haven't made up their mind yet, then I won't be surprised if they resort to flipping a coin in the voting booth.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  25. Lester from Huntsville, Alabama

    Excuse me while I state the obvious but no one's truly undecided at this point Jack except for the "undecideds" and they will continue to be undecided weeks, months, and maybe even years after Sen. Obama is sworn in as president. Let's not be too hard on them though as many Americans have a hard time committing to any relationship especially after what our other fiscally unfaithful spouse (Bush) did in screwing us over these last 8 years! Is there anyway we can send this mail order bride back to Texas quick!?!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  26. Larry in Florida

    Not much he can do Jack. What ever he tries seems to get the media up in arms about how negitive his campaign is. I've listened to both parties campaign and both have been negitive. Seems Obama can slam McCain but this is not negitive campaigning. McCain slams Obama and it's oh my god he's negitive campaigning. Seems to be a double standard here and that worries me. They're both slinging mud but it's only McCain getting slammed. I don't think it's my imagination either because I'm undecided.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  27. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    Jack I couldn't vote for the man if he offered me one of his homes in return.
    What can he do? Well, he tried the "He's a commie" route, where do you really go from there? Back to the Senate until you retire is where you go.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  28. Denys

    Much like his brilliant decision to name Sarah Palin as his VP, John McCain could win over undecided voters by announcing his choices for Secretary of State (Lauren Conrad of The Hills) and Secretary of Defense (Zac Efron of High School Musical). Like Palin, they are quick studies!

    Montreal, Canada

    October 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  29. Landor Maiar from Sweden

    He must find something real harmful against the Obama campaign. Those ad attacks he is doing now is not good enough. There is in my opinion no good political solution to McCains problems. Offense is the only way.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  30. Marva (Oklahoma)

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that the "trickle down economics" policy of Bush have been an utter failure. McCain can promote ONE economic policy which differentiates his "policy" from those of Bush! As I recall, the "maverick" was originally not supportive of tax cuts absent spending cuts. Now, it appears he favors a continuation of tax cuts for the wealthy and the "spending cuts" will consist of budgetary reductions in social programs which benefit the elderly and middle class.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  31. Lois van Vliet, Ont., Canada

    He doesn't have a 'snow balls chance in Hell' in winning over ANY undecided voters!!!l

    October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  32. Conor in Chicago

    Convince them that Obama is the anti-christ. Once that works he'll win. I believe it will. If that doesn't there's always Diebold machines.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  33. Bruce H

    Stop the negative ads and robocalls. He could also try having a consistent message, or he could try changing his name to Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  34. Amber - Austin, TX

    Start singing "I'm a Maverick. She's a Maverick. Wouldn't you like to be a Maverick too? – vote for us – become a Maverick!!"

    October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  35. a grad student in biomed research

    I am suspecting that whoever running the Republican campaign is the evil twin of the John McCain in 2000.... what else could explain it?

    October 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  36. Glenn in California

    Jack, it's simple. He can't.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  37. Patrick from Houston

    He has to tell the truth. He should be true to his "maverick" image and admit Palin was neither a good choice nor HIS choice. Admit He's really not qualified for the office of president, but it's his ambition, and he has a sense of entitlement to the office. Admit he was wrong to back Bush's policies but thinks he can get it right this, pleeeeease. Admit that Obama is an awesome patriot and person but he's the guy we all want to chase women in a bar with. The maybe we'll lower the bar once again to the highest position in the land and elect him out of stupidity.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  38. Helena

    He can court and win all of the undeciders he wants and it still won't be enough to win the majority.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  39. Mickie

    The only way McCain can win is the same way Bush won - steal it!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  40. David of Alexandria VA

    He needs to be more specific in sme of his programs while continuing to raise questions about who the real Obama is.

    Obama's achilles heel is that he is so "all-things-to-all-people" that everyone is able to project whatever image and qualifies on him that they want to see. He can't deliver on a third of his promises. The republicans are starting to capitalize on this by letting people project alternative images on Obama and getting some of them to stick.

    Maybe they're right.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  41. Tom from Virginia

    Jack –

    For McCain to win over undecided voters, he must:

    1) Learn something about the economy and develops a clear economic plan different than the last 8 years of the Bush-Cheney-MCain administration.
    2) Learn something about leadership and judgement and demonstrate it.
    3) Stop the negative campaigning.

    Otherwise he will loose in a landslide.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  42. Paula in Whittier

    If any voter is still undecided at this late date it is either because they are morons or they are stubbornly private concerning their voting information. I can applaud the second but pray the first doesn't bother to show up on Nov 4th.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  43. chuck

    He has to stop talking about Obama's public funding and that he was not notified and was still waiting for an answer. The truth is that McCain was OUTSMARTED and OUTFOXED and he looks like an idiot complaining. He has to stop the Joe The Plumber stuff–Joe was a NO SHOW today and finally stop defending his VP pick.It was the worst pick in modern day history.This woman has no knowledge of what is happening outside of Alaska.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  44. Jim in Puyallup

    McCain should boot Palin off the ticket and put Tom Ridge in, but he won't he'd rather lose than admit a mistake. See McCain is a good republician, just like Bush!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  45. Paula (Indiana)

    He needs to try something new! Perhaps he (and his running mate)could try a sincerity, honesty, and straight talk instead of slander and suppositions. They need to quit citing Joe the Plumber as if he is an expert! Frankly, I questioned his judgement when he picked Palin. Now his top political and economic advisor seems to be a plumber. That concerns me. His campaing just keeps spewing the same ugly garbage. Hopefully that garbage will be "disposed" of after the election! One can only hope!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  46. Brian Becker

    Leave the Republican party.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  47. Debbie, Illinois

    Jack, I am so worried these coming last days. I am waiting for the other shoe to drop and am afraid that McCain will do something just awful to woo those undecideds. That being said I can't for the life of me believe there can be that many out there. They must have their heads in the sand. Come to think of it I do know a number of them. Hopefully, if you are undecided now you won't vote on Tuesday and you certainly won't stand in line for hours to do it!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  48. Jerry

    If a person hasn't made up his or her mind yet then they should
    stay home on election day. Or are they waiting for McCain
    to walk on water to the bridge to nowhere.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  49. Doug in Minneapolis


    It's too late to make much difference. McCains changed his position on the issues so many times he's already held a position one way or another on any issue that would sway someone, so he's used up all his options.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  50. Precious Coker

    Too ..late!!!

    There are no undecided, rather there are voters who do not know what they want, these kinds will vote for any of the candidates regardless.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  51. Paula (Indiana)

    Does the RNC have enough money left after Palin's shopping spree to bribe the undecided voters?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  52. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Easy. This election is about Obama, not McCain. Just allow the undecideds to affirm their own fears that Obama is not ready, that he would foolishly raise taxes during a recession, and that he is not up to dealing with a terror or international crisis. They already sense this, but are perhaps too intimidated by the media and Obama partisans to say so to pollsters and others. McCain and Palin need to work on this uneasiness, as they are now doing while the polls (the ones that are not skewed) are tightening.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  53. chefjeff08

    Jack- with everybody making experience, or the lack thereof, an issue in this campaign, why doesn't someone take a look at one of, if not, the greatest President this nation has ever had; Abraham Lincoln. His political experience prior to winning the White House was one term in the Illinois Legislature, as well a failed run for the Senate, about 12 years before being elected President? Let's really look at what past President's experiences had in relation to their effectiveness as a leader. By the way- we as a country ALWAYS do better economically under the Democrats.- Jeff Milligan

    October 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  54. Linda in southern Indiana

    John McCain needs to re-invent himself once again. No way can we have 4 more years of Republicans in the White House. He needs to get in touch with the middle class of America and really see how we are hurting! He doesn't have a CLUE!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  55. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Give them a house.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  56. Daniel Blair

    Jack, he can't persuade anybody anymore. We have decided for Obama, we just want to see the depth to which McCain and Palin will go.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  57. Joan, Ontario

    It is too late but if he had tried to run a more honourable campaign this last couple of weeks, it might have helped. At least he would have restored some of his reputation that has been tarnished forever. He will be remembered for his campaign tactics starting last summer with the terrible "Celebrity" and "The One" ads and it hasn't let up. This week he is accusing Obama of associating with a PLO leader and CNN's Fact Checker said it was false. Hasn't he learned that this just makes him look bad? Basing so much on "Sam the Non-Plumber" was dangerous because he has exaggerated and misinterpreted this guy and it was easy to find out the truth. He is not buying or the owner of a small business. He is not even a licenced plumber, makes no where near enough to own a company, was a Republican all along and actually owes back taxes. How can his supporters be so gullible? He should ditch Joe, start saying what he will do and not always attack what Obams will do, he needs to get some credible supporters out there (if there are any) and be more positive. In the last couple of weeks Obama has been endorsed by Gen. Powell and several other Republicans, has drawn huge crowds, presented a historic, brilliant 30 minute ad last night and has been jointly campaigning with the Clintons. I read that Gore is now going to campaign for him too. It is tough to compete with such a well-run, classy campaign.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  58. Jan from NW Iowa

    John McCain needs to go back to being the upstanding honorable man he was before the Republican National Committee got a hold of him and made him into a cookie cutter Republican. He needs to start making his campaign speeches tell about what he is going to do to make this country better and how he will go about doing it instead of saying everything Obama suggests is bad. Control Palin and the two should speak about what they've done for the voters in the past and how they will continue to do good for the voters and this country. I'd even go as far to say stop saying Obama, his complaints are making him look like a old grumpy politician.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  59. Andy

    It's too late for McCain. He will probably win a percentage of Undecideds in the final weeks, but he is still going to lose. He has run one of the most distasteful and dishonorable campaigns in memory, and when asked why he reacts as if the 72 years he's been alive have taught him nothing. The excuses he uses for his fear mongering, race bating, and flat out lies are of the variety that a 5 year old typically uses: He wouldn't agree to debate me in town hall meetings and went back on his word for public financing so I'm gonna call him a terrorist sympathizer and a socialist. Where his campaign is right now is where they deserve to be after what they have done, can't make a big election about small things and expect to win it. If all of that wasn't enough, his campaign has been so disfunctional and poorly managed that its a shocker he isn't down by 20 points instead of 10.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  60. eddie in NC

    Not one thing short of going back in time and being the honorable man he has allways said he was, run a different campaign and pick a different running mate. It is a sad thing to get this close to somsthing this big and fall short from bullheadness that's a hard pill to take or maybe it just was not to be.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  61. chefjeff08

    by the way- I am in Las Cruces, N.M.- and this state is so blue......

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  62. David Branham

    Drop "Bible Spice" from the ballot and then he might have a chance

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  63. Russell, Seattle, WA

    I can't understand why anybody is undecided at this point but then I decided months ago when I saw a candidate that understands issues, has policies that make sense and seems to be a decent man. If McCain had projected these qualities he would have had my vote but I am very disappointed in him and the campaign he is running. I guess undecided voters are not listening so I think they are the problem not the candidates.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  64. Jane (Minnesota)

    Make sure his economic plans for America are REALLY different than what America has seen the past 8 years and then actually tell America in what way(s) his plans are different. I don't think there is enough time left for him to do it because my guess is the plan is probably at least 90% the same!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  65. John from Tyrone PA

    He would have to admit his mistake in picking Palin and beg for forgiveness.
    Doubtful he will do either.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  66. mitchell ,arkansaw

    well, hes running out of attacks. there is nothing left in the kitchen to throw. perhaps he could try promoting some of his policies. instead of just saying he KNOWS how to fix the economy, he might try telling folks just how he intends to 'fix' it. he says he knows how to win wars, but, he never actually won one. he claims to be a maverick, but, is attached at the hip to bush's policies. i guess he could just tell undecideds that he ,himself has ties to terrorists. maybe he'll confuse them to the point ,they make a mistake on their ballot?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  67. Tom Fricano

    Napoleon once said that "Lies circle the earth while Truth is still trying to put on its shoes." McCain tried every lie from Socialism to helping little guys like "Joe the Plumber", but fortunately for American's, the truth tied it's shoes a little quicker in 2008 than it did in 2004 with the Swift Boaters!!! It's too late for John, no matter what!!
    Tom in Eatonton, GA

    October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  68. Caryn, Washington DC

    The narrative of the McCain campaign has changed so many times throughout the course of this election that it's hard for people to keep up. The only way to win independents would be to change the narrative again and risk being called "erratic" days before the election. McCain's campaign has been poorly run and all he can do now is run out the clock.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  69. Jeff from Libertvyille, IL

    If people are still undecided, they haven't been paying attention. John McCain doesn't deserve any undecided votes let alone votes from his own party. It's time for a change and those of us that have decided know that Obama is the one to bring it.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  70. Ken in Pinon Hills,CA

    We are 5 days from the elections after almost two years of campaigns. The polls seem to indicate there are still a number of undecided votes out there. May I suggest those of that genre may be undecided if to stop when the traffic light turns red.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  71. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Jack I find it very hard to believe that there is such a thing as an undecided voter this close to the election. Everyone I know of has already decided and has already voted. This election won't be close enough for a hand full of undecided voters to sway it one way or the other anyway. It is what it is and unfortunately the options are extremely limited.
    The hardest part of this voting cycle is going to be chosing to eat dinner that night or buy gasoline to go drive to vote. Personally I like to eat and neither of these candidates are going to help me feed myself or my family any more then the other. Its only 4 years. This too shall pass.!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  72. Laurie

    At this point Jack I think so many people are disappointed in his negative campaining and lack of real economic objectives , that there is little he can do to win now ....

    October 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  73. Dave in MO

    I think he already has! The ones left are just afraid to admit they are voting for McCain. Don't be surprise if McCain wraps up the election up early on Tuesday! If early on you see New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and maybe even Maine go for McCain it will be a long night for Obama. McCain will end up with between 300 and 315 electoral votes. Remember you heard it here first!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  74. Pat O'Reilly

    I don't think there's any way for McCain to win over enough voters to swing the election his way at this point. His negative campaigning, personal attacks on Obama, lack of vision, lack of comprehensive economic plans, lack of organizational ability in running a national campaign, all add up to a lack of votes for the Republican candidate.

    Pat in Hudson, FL

    October 30, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  75. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    I hope it's too late for him to win any more voters. But if he was really going to try, he would have to be specific about his plans. I hear him say things like "I'm going to create jobs by creating opportunity." Well, HELLO-OOO! HOW will you create opportunity?? He just throws words out here and there – I think he suffers from, among other things, flight of ideas. Short attention span.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  76. Patsy Vaughn

    At this point in time, so called "undecided voters" are only waiting to see which candidate is in the lead nationwide, so they can vote for the "winner", making themselves "winners" ! That says so much about these "undecided" ninnys, but as long as they vote "Obama", I'm content!

    Pat Vaughn, Crossville, TN.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  77. Jacqueline Oates, NC

    Jack, he has thrown everything on the wall to see if it will stick except for the kitchen sink and hasn't been so successful. McCain's negativity has alienated Republicans, Dems and Independents so I think all "undecided voters" should stay home if they do not have an inkling of who to vote for by now.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  78. Subod Sharma


    It is too late for McCain. His only hope was to change his VP nominee. With only five days left for election, it is not practical now to switch the running mate.

    Subod, Monroe, MI

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  79. Rowena NC

    No point in McCain changing strategy or tactics at this point. That would lkely give those undecides one more reason to delay.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  80. Riley Geddings

    He can't – unless maybe he offers them cash money for their vote !

    October 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  81. Tom

    Jack, he needs a magician, like the one in The wizard of Oz. But wait, that is who is running his campaign now.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  82. Tim Samoni, NJ

    This question has no adequate answer. John McCain, try as he might, can not ask for a "do-over" to change the last 8 years, his VP choice, and the tenor of the campaign he has run. He will be unable to win not because he is not a true American hero with a history of honor, but rather because he has lost his identity in a GOP party that never really wanted him in the first place. Obama has seized every moment and showed the leadership, grace, and cool that McCain once exemplified.

    Although I am voting for Obama because I have always believed he was the right man in these dark days, I am still left wondering, "Oh brother, where art thou?" when it comes to McCain's troublesome Jeckyle and Hyde transformation during the last few years. It is truly amazing how ugly a person can become, no matter how noble he is, when he surrounds himself with allies like those McCain now calls friends.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  83. Colleen in Tennessee

    He needs to tell the truth, Jack.

    Going into Iraq was wrong but he will work to get us out concerned with safety for all and the US' dignity. The "surge" only worked because it occurred at the same time we began working with the various factions.

    Sarah Palin is an inexperinced pick but he and others will work diligently once elected to educate her in matters domestic and foreign.

    He gave up his centrist maverick stance in order to appease the right and he did so because in his heart he truly believes that he has something to offer this country – the one he stayed alive for. He did not trust America to move from middle right and left to join the independents in supporting what might have been the most honest candidate in our lifetime.
    I sent money to McCain's campaign and I just voted early for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  84. NANCY M.- Colorado

    He can't do anything, except maybe profit from his name being the first on the ballot. (which I wonder why it is). Did somebody flip a coin?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  85. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Zip. Zilch. Nada. McCain has already lost. How? No strategy. Lousy campaign management. And an inconsistent message. He tried to run a 90s campaign and it didn't work. Back to the Senate for him. Or maybe he can retire and drive a beer truck in Arizona.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  86. Venia PA

    He can't. Undecideds don't like lies, smears, attacks, divisiveness, negativity and cluelessness which are the marks of mccain's campaign. THey want specifics on issues and I have yet to hear a policy issue out of his or palin's mouthes.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  87. Bev, Los Angeles

    Nothing! People are a lot smarter than they were in 2000 and 2004. They will not fall for the same tricks of the Rove slash and burn politics. Do they have anything else? Whip up racism, the red-baiting of the McCarthy era that has been discredited for decades? Certainly the "experience" argument has not worked. As Bill Clinton said last night and I paraphrase-we need someone who will get the knowledge and be informed before making decisions! We need someone who's smart, decisive and thinks before they act. That does not apply to McCain. Obama will win if folks understand how deep a whole the Bush/Cheney/McCain polcies have dug for us.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  88. Marie Ontario

    McCain needs to revert back to his own self when he called the religious right agents of intolerance and voted against the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Then he could replace Sara Palin with Joe the Plumber or Tito the builder or some other figment of his imagination.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  89. Jim from North Carolina

    Replace Sarah (the Pagan) with Joe (the plumber). He is every bit as qualified, and has less baggage. This guy is quoted more often and has an opinion on every issue.
    After hearing "the energy queen" tell us we need to use more clean coal like China, me thinks Sarah didn't watch any of the Olympics, where Beijing was "conditioned" by shutting down half the industry and banning half the cars so that you could see the finish line of the 100 yard dash. If this is the result of using clean coal, we could do better.
    Glad to have you back Jack, we really missed you.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  90. Paula (Indiana)

    I pray every night that there isn't anything McCain can do to win the undecided voters. I pray the Republicans won't try to steal this election the way they did in 2000. I pray that people who are undecided will hear the message of hope being offered by Obama. He's what this country needs right now. We don't need an angry old man and a Diva in the White House.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  91. Frank H. from NYC

    He can give all seven of them a house.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  92. Roy - Chicago IL

    McCain seems to be leaving swaying the undecided voters to Sarah Palins outrageous accusations lately, and for himself saying Obama's campaign is 'intelligent' for linking him to Bush, and Obama 'is a good man and father'...... but it looks like their 'bad cop, good cop' strategy is NOT working. Perhaps if McCain/Palin actually announced an economic or health care plan that actually made sense to some experts it might help! All in all..it is .too late.....and personally I am THANKFUL it is. The uber-negative Republican campaign has ruined their credibility for years....it is almost like a Rush Limbaugh show that won't end!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  93. Roger (Dallas, TX)

    How anyone can be undecided at this point is beyond me! The cold hard fact of life is that Sen. McCain does NOT deserve to win this election based on the despicible campaign he has run, his amateurish choice of Sarah Palin and the fact that he offers nothing POSITIVE, only negative slurs and lies against Sen. Obama. This is the most important election in my lifetime and for the first time, I feel uplifted and have a real hopeful feeling for our country and that is because America will do the right thing next Tuesday and elect Sen. Obama the 44th President of the United States. I proudly cast my vote here in Texas last week and though I know it is doubtful that Sen. Obama will win in this bastion of conservatism here in RED Texas, the times they are a changing and hopefully one day soon, Texas will be much more competitive not only in our national elections, but just as importantly in our statewide elections. We have a great candidate running for U.S. Senate this year, but I fear he has no chance against the overpowering Republican machine of Sen. Cornyn.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  94. robert sulzer

    if he knows how to get osama bin laden, then he ought to figure out how to get the undecided vote. oh, wait, rig the election with bad touch screen voting machines and deny people from voting, that's the ticket!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  95. lee in tn

    Even though I have already made my mind, I would like to hear more about how job security, education,etc. would fit in.

    Security from the outside is fine, but how about security from the cancer eating from within?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  96. oh_politician

    The best for Sen. MAc to win the undecided voters: talk about real issues and stop the nonsense and drama of JO-Mr Plumber and Gov. Pallin to discuss with substance and class. These two figures make me laugh and I don't like it. I think he's on the verge of losing my precious and powerful vote.


    October 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  97. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    Hopefully nothing.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  98. Frank (Alameda, CA)

    The best way for McCain to win undecided voters is to suspend his campaign for a week. It's a real maverick move that is sure to work.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  99. Louise, Massachusetts

    I'm not sure I want anyone who hasn't figured out to vote for by now to go to the polls. We have been at this for two years, and non-stop, 24/7 since the conventions. Making such a weighty decision on a lastminute "surprise" would seem frivolous at best.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  100. Bill the machinist, Quarryville, Pa

    Jack at this stage of the game I don't think there's much he can do or say. The undecided voters who will decide to vote for him probably were leaning his way from the beginning like Joe the plumber. The other undecided voters I think he lost a while back with a choice of his vice president and the way he conducted his campaign.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  101. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    Independents could swing his way if he recanted the nonsense he's said about his opponent, dropped Palin and brought Romney aboard. He would also do well to reject the religious crazies who support Palin and deliver imprecations against him. He still might not win, but at least we'd have the person who should have run in 2000 instead of W.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  102. Bruce in OR

    Anybody undecided at this point ought to have their vote taken away. If you can't make an intelligent decision by now, you can't make an itelligent decision, period.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  103. Don B. from Houston

    Turn back the clock about eight years and not be as a stooge for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  104. Liz in Towson, MD

    That's easy: tell more lies and hope the Obama's campaign won't rebut and the pundits won't fact-check.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    It doesn't really matter at this point, Jack. There are so few of us who are undecided at this point that I don't think it could sway a state either way. If you are undecided, then my question is this. What is your problem? Do you just desire the attention, are you looking for your 15 minutes, or do you just not ever read or watch the news? There is so much information available today that everyone should be able to make a decision. certainly by now.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  106. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Just do not see any way he can get support from middle class
    America. It is hard to understand anyone being undecided
    at this stage of the election.
    The voters have let Mccain/palin/republicans know how tired
    they are of all the negativity and want substance. Yet, they
    continue to ignore us, getting even more outlandish with
    their accusations, campaign platform every day.
    Guess they think this gives them additional support,
    but all it breeds is additional disgust.
    Those "undecided" I think are just saying, it's none of
    your business.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  107. kathleen , san juan

    The whole 'undecided' fixation is an invention of the media to keep our eyeballs on our TV sets.

    1/3 will not even vote.
    1/3 will vote for McCain
    1/3 will vote for Obama

    It is a complete waste of time to focus on these people. We learn nothing about the candidates. It is appalling.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  108. Ralph C.

    The only way McCain can win these votes over is by bringing his convincing and thoroughly layed-out policy plan. Something he has not been able to do effectively. Now to me, the main reason why he is trailing so bad in key battle states is because he spends too much time attacking Barack Obama's character and policies instead of presenting his own platform to the voters. Americans are seeing this not only from him but also from Sarah Palin. Problem is, it might be a bit too late.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  109. Ingrid, new york

    too little, too late.

    he really cannot do much pro-actively. i keep hearing paul bagalia repeat what people told Mondale- finish on a high note, be yourself and think about how you want to be remembered. right now MCcain will not be remembered as the "almost independent" maverick senator from Arizona, he is going to be remembered as a nasty old geezer who fights a dirty battle- character and personal attacks vs. policy disagreements; for picking a questionable candidate for a VP, etc. He really was too old for this, should not have run it to begin with.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  110. Anne/Seattle

    Well lies, exagerations, and devious tactics have got him this far. I can't see any reason why "the maverick" should try to pull any further shennanigans to convince the undecideds.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  111. Annie, Atlanta

    He doesn't have to do anything. Just let Bush send in the tech guys to flip the computer votes. No wonder McCain is so confident about PA.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  112. carol in Oregon

    McCain can't do a thing. The American people needed a history class while they were in school. Ask the man on the street who there Governor is, the President, and their US Senator. I'll bet you they don't know two of the three. They"ll know Palin, and Mccain because they learned ALL about them on "Saturday Night Live" and Obama has out spent McCain by 3 to 4 times per dollar. Everyone I know are saying I"m voting for the lesser of two evils. I guess we'll soon know who that is.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  113. Tina (Texas)

    If you have not won any one over by now give it up.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  114. John Russell

    I don't think he can do anything Jack.He wanders around stage
    like he's lost.He'salways got his fist clenched like an angry old
    man.He has a knee-jerk reaction to everything and then changes
    his mind a few days later. Once a missle is fired, you don't get
    it back a few days later. We cannot afford an old geezer in
    the early stages of senility to run this country. John in Grandview.

    why would Palin call Obama unamerican when she and her
    deadbeat husband associate with a group that advocates
    seceding from the Union. That's not unamerican

    October 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  115. Michael Eymans

    Hopefully , about the same as he has been doing. The right wing and their False stories and interpretations will probably put some fear and unfounded doubt into some undecided voters. Hopefully they will see the forest thru the trees! I am a canadian conservative, More or less a centrist!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  116. Ray from Pittsburgh

    There is nothing he can do. He should retire and go home. When it's over it's over.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  117. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I think that at this late stage of the game, McCain's efforts to win undecided voters are slim. What the McCain campaign needed to do from the begining was to cease and disset from being too nasty; too mean spirited; and too ruthless. Instead of "copyrighting " the word FEAR and use it again and again to effectively hammer the American public, the should have copyrighted the word "HOPE." His persistance negative attacks explain the tortuous path the McCain camp has taken through the scorched earth of his deteriorating candidacy. I'm a patriot.and I have always loved my country and served it with a career in the Military–in peace and wartime. But if Obama really does win, then I think I will feel - perhaps for the first time - that my country loves me back.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  118. Linda from New Jersey

    Make a public announcement that he's not responsible for the nasty ads or the attack dog statements of others. He used to have a modicum of integrity and for those who have short memories, McCain faced the same kinds of attacks in his race against "W." in 2000. For the few undecided voters out there in the swing states, he should be bringing less attack ad, more direct comments to why they should vote for him. The rest of us have already made our decision, and many have already voted early, where possible. Rove and his gleeful gaggle of right wingers and swift boaters are wringing their hands at the possibility that their party won't be in power.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  119. terry lickel

    scottsdale, az.
    he can't win the "undecided" vote, since anyone who is truly undecided at this time isn't voting! The only thing they're undecided about is what's for dinner tuesday night.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  120. Kris

    Should he break his promise and run a 30 minute television address on several major news and cable networks using public financing like Obama?
    My 12 year old is at City Hall fighting for McCain as his 7th grades class representative with his Middle School in a "mock" election. His school is predominantly democratic but he still stands for his principles as John McCain does!

    Go get em Luke! GO McCain!

    Vote your conscience people, it might be the last time you can.

    Portland, OR

    October 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  121. tina in Phoenix

    Stop whining?
    Tell the truth?
    Talk about actual issues that effect Americans instead of the vague associations of his opponent?

    I'm not going to be holding my breath waitng for him to do any of these things though 😉

    October 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  122. PC from Atlanta

    Hope Jack, hope.
    That is hope Obama gets caught with a dead girl or live boy. Other than that, stick a fork in him, he's done.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  123. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    First he needs to define just what he and Palin and "Joe the Plumber" mean by socialism. McCain still doesn't understand that we already have a form of socialism in the way funds are already redistributed by the government, both federal, state and local in the form of paying for "services" such as public education, police, fire, libraries, parks and recreation. Without taxes services get cut, ala the infamous Prop 13 decision by California voters in the 70s....check it out to see what services got "trimmed" by the decrease of residential property tax revenues in local governments. Remember, you will get what you pay for. The city of Mesa AZ has no property tax and they are hurting for funds to operate. The voters took care of that.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  124. Sarah Louise

    McCain should argue that a vote for him is a vote for more choices for Americans!

    If he wins the rich get to choose where they buy their 9th house with the money from the Bush tax breaks (which he wants to make permanent). The middle class gets to choose things like a) whether they pay for healthcare or save to send their children to college b) whether they pay their mortgage this month or buy food instead.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  125. Judy Knight

    Some say all McCain has to do is apologize for the way he has handled the campaign and he will get their vote. Dont you think he has carried this allong way past the apology point?
    It seems to be a set patern.
    The way I see it this man is to old to count on with the malinoma and prostate problems that he has. His pick for V.P. was a joke and has backfired on him. Do we want a president again that makes such un thought out dicisions. McCain says he loves our country. How can he take the chance of putting Her in that position?
    J.K. Boise, Idaho

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  126. Doris/St. Louis, MO

    McCain can win -when tne undecided voters decided that they want 4 more years of George Bush!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  127. kevin R. in San Francisco

    He can't. His approach of attacking Obama's character was so completely off and he didn't realize it until it was too late. That may have worked (for whatever reason) four years ago, but the economy has dramatically changed since then. That's the thing about McCain, he's campaigning exactly how George Bush did four years ago without appearing to realize everything has changed. People see that and realize he's completely out of touch with today's problems.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  128. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Stop the lies, stop the ideological totalism, take responsibility instead of always answering tough questions blaming the other guy, and start all over....oops to late.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  129. Michael in Albuquerque (2nd version)

    My advice to McCain would be this: First, you need to jettison the advisors who have influenced you to attack, attack, attack. While you're at it, shoot the ones who thought your VP pick was a good one. Second, avoid saying anything about the Obama campaign. In fact, do not mention Obama's name at all. People don't want to hear anything that even sounds like it could be an attack, they are sick of it. Third, avoid mentioning Palin, she's too polarizing. Fourth, admit your mistakes. Face it, you've run a lousy campaign and tarnished your own image. People seem to love it when you humble yourself. Remember the Letterman show? Fifth, evoke a Reagan vs. Carter comparison. Reagan remains beloved, and although Carter has endeared himself to many since he left office, he has been viewed as a weak President. Finally, if I were you, I'd call my bookie and put it all on Obama to win big. Good luck, Senator.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  130. Annie

    I seriously think that John McCain and Sarah Palin have concentrated their efforts in destroying their opponent instead of laying out their plans for a stronger and better government. It is just to late in the game. People just don't want anything resembling another possible Bush era. Obama brings good ideas and hope for a better future. This is what the average citizen wants when jobs and homes are being lost. Which ever candidate wins will inherite a very serious economic problem that will not get solved over night and will take more then 4 years to resolve. Obama and Biden have better concentrated their efforts in showing the American people what really matters and where they want to make change.

    You would think that all the messages that have been posted on this website have been overviewed by the McCain/Palin advisers and that they would finally understand what Americans are really looking for. In my opinion, nothing that the McCain/Palin duo say will change the outcome just 5 days away.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  131. robert smith

    Quit the race and tell all the undecided voters to vote for Barack Obama so he can fix the mess his buddy Bush has left this country in.

    Robert in Denver

    October 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  132. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    The undecided will be so undecided, they will vote for Nader.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  133. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Free t-shirts. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that you can't turn down a free t-shirt.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  134. andy fabri

    I don't know, but with John McCain and Sara Palin calling Barack Obama everything they can think up under the sun, will they get choked up when the sun comes up on Wednesday morning and they have to call him "Mr. President"?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  135. carson

    no, he can't

    October 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  136. Sophia

    I like John McCain, but it's too late. I know that anything can happen on election day, but his campaign is fizzling just like Hillary's did. Remember, she gained momentum towards the end, but it was too late. There were reports of fighting within the campaign and she didn't stay on message – just like MaCain/Palin. Obama has Mastered staying on message and keeping his eye on the prize – it's that simple! His campaign is a prime example of a 'movement' that grew from the bottom up. If he runs this country the way his campaign has been run, we will be better off as a counrty 4 years from now! Lastly, the only people that have the 'experience' to be president are the ones who've already been president!

    Sophia, Ft. Lauderale, FL

    Sophia, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    October 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  137. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Jack- I don't think that there are that many "undecided voters" as the Polls show.

    Most of the People I know that were going to vote McCain because Hillary wasn't the Democratic Nominee....or my Independent friends that were leaning towards McCain because they didn't know much about Obama, have finally seen the light.

    McCain's VP pick, his negative Campaigning and his inability to have a sound plan for our failing Economy have pushed everyone I knew, that wasn't sure.....right into Obama's Camp.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  138. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    I'm not "undecided" I've decided that both of them are just politicians, and don't deserve my vote!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  139. Jennifer Cross

    McCain should not be staging Joe the plumber until he pays his taxes

    October 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  140. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    Its too late. John McCain took the low road with his repeated untrue attacks and showed everyone he will do "what ever it takes" to win, no matter what the truth is. The Undecided are not like the Loyal Republicans that will follow him off the cliff. They will study both candidates, weigh their options and then vote. But John McCain lost them when he started the playground name calling.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  141. Mike

    Well people have seriously lost faith in the GOP, a broken
    divided party and a broken down nation on top of it.
    People have had enough already!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  142. W.Smith, Philadelphia

    What is a point to win undecided voter, if he can't win decided voter?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  143. Frank from Peterborough

    Probably the best way for McCain to make some political in roads would be to stop doing interviews and going to rallies as every time he does these things he digs himself deeper into the hole.

    It's everyone's God given right to be confused and out of touch with reality but they should always try to keep it to themselves and not feel obligated to advertise it.

    Oh by the way Ditto for Palin as well.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  144. Ed

    McCain stated he "likes being the underdog". What a clever strategy, it's succeeding more and more every day.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  145. T. Rodney Tatum, South Florida

    McCain can win over undecided voters by announcing his retirement from public office and voting for the best candidate in this years presidential election: Sen. Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  146. Randy in New York


    October 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  147. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    Perhaps he could give them a house.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  148. Barbara in Las Vegas, NV

    I think he gave it his best shot by strategically and FINALLY agreeing to sit down with Larry King, conveniently on the same night that Obama's 30-minute spot aired. Too little, too late, though. Having yet to offer the American people a plan beyond talking down what Obama does, just holds no water, given the inspired piece Obama's campagin aired last night,

    October 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  149. Richard, Enoch, Utah

    I don't think there is anything he can do to get them on his side. He and Palin have been hammering this negative campaign and now they have brought out Joe the No-Plummer. They are hurtting!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  150. kenneth sibbett

    Jack, the pro bull riding championship is this weekend in Las Vegas. If either one of these "mavericks" can stay on one of those crazy bulls for 8 seconds, they got my vote.

    Kenneth Chadbourn N.C.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  151. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    No matter what he could do, it is too little, too late. He has lost his dignity, his honor, and any respect due him with his garbage slinging. What is wrong with talking about issues? Oh wait, McCain doesn't haven't a clue. Nevermind.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  152. Bennie

    Hi Jack:

    With all the news network, internet, newspapers, and even mailed materials there are still undecided voters? The best thing McCain can do is not count on them. I have a cousin who voted for Bush because she heard he has a religious man. Draw your own conclusion from that.

    Avon, IN

    October 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  153. Marcella in B.C.


    I think that those people that are STILL undecided at this late stage of the election probably won't end up voting! I'm baffled. I don't know what they're waiting for to sway them either way, the parting ot fhe Red Sea?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  154. Myrtle, Alabama

    . . . By holding an emergency press conference to endorse Senator

    October 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  155. George

    Those undecided voters have already made up their minds, but for some reason won't make it known. I am an old 72 year old white man, born, and raised in the South, and I don't care who knows that I am proudly voting for OBAMA. It is time for a change, and he is the only one offering real change.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  156. Tonya from Mississippi

    Send Palin back to alaska and withdraw from race.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  157. barbara in Tacoma

    the undecides sould take a look at arizonia,he might loose his home state. They don't even want him.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  158. Bill from Medford, NJ

    There are no undecideds at this stage of the race, only those who are too ashamed to confess their choice to pollsters who guarantee their anonymity.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  159. Deb n Texas

    McCain can win undecideds by convincing them to vote for Obama – that's how he will win them – by allowing THEM to WIN!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  160. Mike

    Also can have a guy like McCain who just thinks with his fist, and is too militaristic.
    Tired of war.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  161. Dave from Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia

    He should pray on the sympathy of the undecides by recapping his P.O.W. days. That was the real John McCain, not the Bushnick he has become. He still won't win but I would like to see him exit with little pride left.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  162. Kevin in Mass

    Maybe by offering cash for votes like Obama does. Otherwise they just have to realize he is the lesser of two evils. The parties try to pick the person more likely to win. The people pick the person most likely to do less harm. Not the best process, but that's how it works. Imagine what would happen if we actually could elect the beat person for the job. I can only dream!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  163. Kyle from Bennington, VT

    He can win them over by declaring himself a “Redistributor.”
    He can redistributing Exxon Mobile’s record profits to the little old ladies who can’t afford to heat their home this winter or the thousands of Americans who have lost their jobs.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  164. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    too much too little too late sorry jack not going to happen this year

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  165. Paul

    I guess by telling them more lies and telling them all to fight fight to the end you all should be in fear because the other side just doesn't understand. Well I think McCain just does not understand the crux of what is at hand.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  166. Vinnie Vino


    He can win them over by endorsing Obama for President, like most of the rest of the country...

    C.I., New York

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  167. Deb from Indiana

    Quit the underhanded tactics. Support Barack Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  168. C in Belen, New Mexico

    Like the person in the exit poll who says that "they don't know who they voted for". At this point, the majority of "undecided voters" are just unwilling to pubilicize their choice. After all it is their choice. Personaly, there are are some local races where I wish that there was a choice for "None of the above" .

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  169. Bill Davis

    Maybe he should just take them both out to a nice dinner. Othewise, I think the rest of us have made up our minds!

    Bill Davis
    Champaign, IL

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  170. Joe in DE

    Pledge to eliminate taxes – evry man for himself, the ultimate in Reublican core values.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  171. teri from Mi.

    Well for starters he could apologize for dividing the nation and running such a slimy campaign. Then he could replace Palin with someone competent. This would be his only fighting chance.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  172. Peta

    The good news is that McCain doesn't have to do anything. Obama is doing it for him. He opens his mouth and his obvious lack of experience and grasp of world issues just spews forth.

    The undecided are just not indicating they can't stand Obama, not that they like him.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  173. richard a. winkler

    By going back to the Senate and shutting up.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  174. Tony S, Bourbonnais, IL

    Easy answer, continue to use the scare tactics that have kept him in the race this far.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  175. Michael watching from Canada


    Two key factors are swaying the undecided:

    1. Sarah Palin, an ultra right wing conservative, has been highly polarizing and is not ready to become President, if necessary. She also has no economics background. McCain should replace her with Romney.

    2. McCain's nasty attacks, lies, smears and outright mischaracterization of Obama is extremely divisive and has turned off the undecided. He must stop this negativity and show how he can unite both parties.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  176. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    He cannot. He was a lousy candidate. The republicans could not find a suitable person to run so they selected him. I believe they are looking to 2012 and beyond. They never liked nor respected McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  177. Leroy from Houston,Tx.

    Let's see....
    1) Walk on water?...nope, he can't
    2) Pick a VP they can relate to...nope, he can't
    3) Stay with one issue long enough to sway them...nope, he can't

    Nope Jack, he can't do anything to win them over!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  178. Mike B. (Louisiana)

    Keep using his fear tactics and lies. There are still a lot of weak narrow minded people who need others to think for them.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  179. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Jack, I don't believe that there are any "undecided" voters at this point in time. I believe those that call themselves "undecided" are Republicans that are ashamed of being associated with the GOP. The only other option is, these people who call themselves undecided have been living in an alternate universe.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  180. Michael watching from Canada


    He can give them shares of Exxon Mobil.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  181. Sandra fromTexas

    I have no idea. Anyone still undecided at this point is beyond my understanding or comprehension.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  182. Mike Ryan

    It doesn’t matter anymore if McCain gets all the votes of these undecided voters (ie. If polls are correct). McCain and his Barbie running mate must quit lying and stop all negative campaign. This is the only way he would get people to change their minds.
    Snellville, GA

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  183. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    Nothing, because I don't believe those "undecided" voters have any intention of voting. They just love the attention.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  184. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    My brother is undecided. He is ignorant of the facts, because he is afraid of arabs, muslims, and terroriest. If all the undecided are as stupid as him, FEAR may win them over.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  185. Michel

    He can't.The greater majority of undecided voters always vote for the candidate who's ahead.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  186. Janis, Lafayette, IN

    There is nothing McCain can do to sway the undecided voters his way. He chose a path and now must take that path to the end. It is my belief that most "undecided" voters have made up their minds but find it unnecessary to reveal their choice to polsters because they find that their decision in the election is very personal and something they chose no to share.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  187. Lynn, Republican for Obama

    The people who are still "undecided" are the same type of people who go to racing events and peek through their fingers while all the time hoping for a crash – !
    If a man like Colin Powell, torn between his party and his love of Country, can make his choice based on the latter, these people need to get off the stick. Personally, I hope they just stay home as I don't want my future determined by some wishy-washy twit's whim.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  188. John in Arizona

    Jack, the only way McCain can win over the undecided voters at this late stage is to have his volunteers pick them up at the nursing home, drive them to the polling place, and "assist" them with their voting.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  189. Mike

    Jack I have a correction please:
    What I meant to say is:

    Also cannot have a guy like McCain who just thinks with his fist, and is too militaristic.
    Tired of war.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  190. Ron Germany

    Jack, do you really think there are any after last night? I dont.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  191. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Jack this is so easy. Undecideds at this point in time are not very informed for whatever reason, probably their own mental capacity. McCain just has to keep throwing his BS out there an some of them will pick up on it 🙂

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  192. F Machado

    He just can't do anything.
    He is totally lost and keep flip-flopping all the time with lies and attacks without explaining his ideas for the country.
    He keeps saying: "I know how to fix that", "I know how to catch Bin Laden". If he knows everything as he says, he should know better than me how to capture the undecided voters.

    The reality is that it is game over for McCain.


    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  193. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Topic De jour – a new day, a different topic. It's no wonder he cannot get his message out, he hasn't decided was it is going to be. Tune in tomorrow for the next edition.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  194. Joan (Canada)

    Tell them the truth, such as " I have not been tested."

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  195. Mark in OKC

    By hoping that independent voters have just a little bit of common sense instead of voting for someone because of the color of his skin. Is that plain enough for you, Jack?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  196. Mike, Vancouver

    I do not think he can. If he had wanted to he needed to start doing that while Brack was still fighting the primaries. I believe he wasted his free time coasting around the country and not defineing his platform. It is difficult to do that in the last two weeks.

    Wasted time wasted gain, now he is without and very cranky in his loss.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  197. Jeff Crocket

    His appearances the last few days are quite forceful.
    He will continue to impress till the end!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  198. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    he could admit it must have been his p.d.s. kicking in when he picked Palin for his V.P. and as far as joe the plumber, admit that he's a fraud and he will donate millions to the plumber, pipefitter union, to train real plumbers threw there apprenticeship program. donate the rest of the money to charity, to help feed the needy. that would be a start. but i think we should still pull off the old , ring the doorbell and leave the paper bag on his doorstep trick halloween nite.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  199. Andrea, Maryland

    By dressing up in a wig and an $150,000 designer outfit and putting some lipstick on and winking and saying "You Betcha! Yeah that ought to do it.....NOT!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  200. jon hoffman

    Out of iraq Jack
    An Economic Plan Stan
    Tell the Truth Ruth
    Dump Failin Palin

    October 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  201. Michael Eymans Newcastle Ontario

    May i also add, IF most of these undecided are younger??? They will go with the world flow and vote democratic, the youth of today are more open minded,they can think for themselves and view each other more as equals, not like alot of the older old past tense idealogical freaks. The world is changing and the US will, I think go with the flow for years to come and leave the right side of politics and learn to help look after each other!

    Lets go Obama! I wish we had a eloquent politician here in Canada like this Great man. Why does the majority of the world want and hope that he is your next CEO!

    In my lifetime (47 yrs), he is indeed a once in a generation politician!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  202. Giorgia, CA

    The undecided voters are for McCain. If they were for Obama they would have said it. They are afraid of saying they vote for McCain because they Know it's a shame

    October 30, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  203. Hugh from California

    I'm astonished there are still so many undecided voters sitting on the fence. What are they waiting for? Maybe it's because they don't trust Barack Obama. As long as John McCain continues his negative attacks on Obama, maybe some of these fence-walkers will take the bait. It's too late for McCain to change course now, and run a clean campaign like he promised.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  204. Jim


    Forget it. The train has left the station and McCain is still looking for his ticket.

    Reno, Nevada

    October 30, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  205. Mickie

    I think the report of Exxon's "RECORD" profits have helped to sink "No Regulator" McCain. What help has that been to adding jobs and helping the economy. They made it off the backs of the average American by raising prices during a crises because they could.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  206. sandy in ohio

    Jack, one of my daughters was an undecided and nothing I could say could move her to side with Obama, Ohio is a Republican state and she was leaning that way. She got a robo call from the McCain campaign and it helped her make up her mind. She now supports Obama. I think McCain's tactics (playing nasty) will push more people into Barrack's camp. The people want this to be about issues and McCain wants it to be about garbage.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  207. Zach Bayonne NJ

    The only way that could happen is if McBush 2.0 do four things:
    1) punch Joe the Plumber on national tv.
    2) fire Sara Palin on national tv and hire the San Diego Chicken
    3) take the first flight to Pakinstan and get Bin Ladden
    4) punch Karl Rove (the adult Chuckie) on national tv.
    Anything less of the above will not mean anything at this point.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  208. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    I don't think there's that many of them left to make a difference, but I believe that Sara Palin knows a good witchdoctor, maybe he can give it a try.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  209. Gary NC

    The best thing he could do to get Independent votes is to reclaim his honor. He seems to have lost it.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  210. Ken in NC

    It's to late but if he was to come back in 2016 as the honest and honorable man he is and run a clean campaign, then he can beat out Sarah Six-Pack and then the Democratic nominee.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  211. Cecilia from Hamden

    He has to rediscover the original John McCain. He forgot his old self and should be reminded that he once was a decent man. His age got the better of him. Sad. It may even be too late to redeem him. He is too far gone.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  212. sully, forest park ga

    only if jeannie would grant him three wishes.
    1 would to go back in time and stop bush from becoming president.
    2) pick a different VP
    3) an apology to OBAMA and endorse him.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  213. Liz

    I hope nothing. We can't afford four more years of the same.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  214. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Nothing! The McCain/Palin campaign is DIW (dead-in-the-water). McCain has sacrificed every principle he ever had in his (now) desperate scramble to become President of the United States. McCain was desperate when he picked Palin, he was desperate when he decided to make his campaign about character rather than issues, and he is desperate now trying to raise the Obama "terrorist" association bogyman.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  215. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Suspend his campaign and move to Iraq and by the way take his VP with him. This would really be putting "OUR" country first.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  216. Donald in Oberlin, LA

    Jack, I think it is too late for him to sway very many undecided voters in his favor. CNN's own poll about negative ads proved that the vast majority of voters dislike them, and all that McCain has focused on for the past month is negativity instead of his own personal agenda if elected.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  217. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    To his peril, he took a page out of the Rove/Bush playbook. I think it's a bit late to change his stripes right now. Stick with the fear tactics and the nasty innuendos Johnny boy. See ya back in the senate.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  218. Rosemary, California

    He shouldn't be able at this point in the game win any undecided, unless these people are in a news hole, and they are low information voters.

    The lies and distortions he and Palin have been throwing out there about Sen. Obama is totally off the charts. Do they think people in the country would seriously elect a U. S. Senator to Congress, who was a terrorist, a socialist, palling around with unsavory people, and insult other ethnic groups in the process.

    If those undecideds break in McCain/Palin direction, then we get the same screwed up Government we have had for the last 8 years, the shredding of the Constitution, a VP who thinks he is above the law of the land and a President who is stone deft to the people he claims to care about, and the same Government that has run this country into the ground with 2 Wars and shredding the economy.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  219. Bob in Baltimore

    By getting rid of baracuda hockey mom. OH Yea, and maybe not changeing his mind on which issues he wants to put forth like every 10 minutes.

    Give it up John you made a bold move with your VP now she's biting you in the butt......good move old man!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  220. Susan From Gerogia

    Not even a sincere apology from McCain and Palin for the trashy campaign they ran can save him. he has lost all his dignity, his honor and peoples' respect.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  221. Willow, Iowa

    How can McCain win undecided voters? He can pick up a few here and there by continuing to lie, promote negative campaigning, tell everybody how Obama is a communist, or a socialist or a terrorist. the only voters he can pick up are ones he scares.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  222. Ron, Centennial, Colorado

    I do not know. It seems he has tried just about everything. Of course, vote counting fraud can come into play if the count is close on Nov. 4 as we have seen in the past.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  223. Elle from Pullman, WA

    He can't. Those who are still undecided will either vote for some other candidate on the ballot, or stay home and not vote at all. You'd have to be a real idiot to still be undecided at this point... or seriously uninformed.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  224. BG, Seattle WA


    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  225. Joe in Ohio

    Who's voting for McCain? He's got the evangelicals because of Palin. He's got the crazy PUMAs already. He's got some decent military folks who respect his service to the country (we all do). He's got a handful of Neo-cons who still think a democracy can be established through force and expect that the new government will automatically kow-tow to your will. He's got the wing-nuts who think Obama is an arugala eating terrorist or a wealth spreading Muslim with a crazy Christian pastor, or all of the above. He's got the Neo-nazi's. He's got the really, really rich folks and some Joe-the-Plumber deluded types who think they're going to be really, really rich someday. He's got the 20% of people who think Bush as done a terrific job. Who's left? He can only hope that the undecideds fall into one of these categories or are people who have been living in a secrete bunker somewhere without access to the news for the last eight years.
    Joe in Ohio

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  226. Ron from SF

    Jack, why are you asking such a stupid question? Short of giving each voter one of his houses, McSame can't swing enough folks for this to even be close.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  227. Garnet, Corning, OH

    The same way he has of winning any other way, by using the machines, period. America, use paper ballots!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  228. Anne from Vero Beach, FL

    Jack, he would have to stop defending Palin, admit he made a major mistake and kick her to the curb. Then he would need to choose a running mate that the majority of intelligent Americans could respect and feel comfortable with. Finally, he would have to stop attacking Obama, show some class and actually talk about what HE will do in the oval office. That's an awful lot to do in just a few days so forget it. He's old news and, hopefully, so is Palin.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  229. Chryssa

    I say we all stop pandering to the undecideds. They've had the better part of 2 years to make up their minds. If they don't know who they support by now, they have no business voting.

    Boise, ID

    October 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  230. Larry J

    The best way for McCain to win the white house is to continue to spread lies like he and his campaign has done. If he does win,how can we depend on him to tell the public the truth. if he will lie to win,what else will he do. this is a big turnoff for me and I will not vote for McCain now that I have seen what he is about. (4) four days, what next .

    October 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  231. Saved, St. Louis, MO

    He can't win undecided voters because all he can focus on is Obama's campaign and not his own. Well maybe that's because his campaign is down the toilet.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  232. Larry J

    I have no RESPECT for this man anymore. Tell McCain that in the military you learn HONOR,RESPECT, and DIGNITY. He has none and he should fight a good race and the best man wins.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  233. Manoj ,Riverside CA

    Remove Palin and make Joe the VP candidate

    October 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  234. Cleveland from VA

    He can stop offending the white collar intellectual class of Americans with the likes of Joe the Plumber be the "real" America. There are a lot of us who don't identify with that who are "real" Americans. Also he needs to tell us what he stands for and stop talking about Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  235. e.j.mohammed Washington state

    I think absolutely nothing would be better than what he and his side kick have been doing! If he went back to the old McCain I saw when he told that one lady in a rally" no ma'am Obama is not an Arab " he would be much better off ! Then his reputation might be saved and he could be proud again!!! His campaign has gotten too negative and left a sour taste in my mouth! The rest of the undecided will probably not even bother to vote if they haven't decided by now!!
    I've always been for Obama!
    E.J. in Tacoma

    October 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  236. Alex

    Jack, John McCain will have to continue attacking Obama for spreading the wealth, distance himself from Bush and explain why he's qualified instead of explaining why Obama is disqualified.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  237. Ben in Guam

    Obama keeps on comparing McCain to George Bush over and over again. In the same manner McCain should remind people all of Obama's questionable associations like, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Kalidi, Louis Farrakhan, that communist in Hawaii(forgot his name), Michael Phleger and say is this guy you want for president? I think it will work just like George Bush Sr. used Willy Horton against Dukakis.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  238. Barbara

    John MCain has become a mean, nasty old man who cant do anything but attack. He has lost his credibility with me. I'm voting for Obama. Sarah Palin has become more of the same, all she wants is power to go into congress and flex her muscle.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  239. James in TN

    He's got a lot of talking to do to a lot of people and they have to give some real straight not a stump speech. The whole Republican party was behind is this election from the start. Bush has ruign the republican name. I applaud MCcain for his service to our country but he knew backing Bush was gonna to be fatal.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  240. Linda

    If you remember the "Big Lie" theory, repeat the lie often enough loud enough and many will begin to think it is true. It is possible that this tactic can work, if enough people don't pay attention to facts and reason! Other than that, I don't see how McCain can convince true independents in the current economic climate based on his lack of a real plan. Not to mention that any true independent should be really scared of his VP choice!

    Linda, California

    October 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  241. sundance burke

    Forgive himself and apologize to the public. No leader worth that title should play upon our weaknesses (fear, suspicion, divisiveness) as a means to acquire power. Anyone can push emotional buttons in a selfish quest for control of our vote but a true leader never points his/her inflammatory finger at anyone. The finger that projects anger and righteousness at others is too often mistaken for a gun with self-destructive violence as the result. Not being aware of the positive or negative consequences of one's speech and its tone is not the quality of a wise leader.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  242. jack

    really want to see OBAMA AND OR MACAIN
    come before America, red, blue,democrat, republican,white black,brown and All, and make us All ONE AMERICA

    October 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  243. Marjorie Lominy

    Drop Palin....Ooops! sorry too late...

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  244. Larry J

    This world revolves on scratch by back and I will scratch yours. Who's scratching Joe the plumber 's back ? This has been the motto for some people . I bet Joe the plumber's back taxes weren't paid without a catch. Why do you think he is following the McCain Campaign around like he has a leash & collar around his neck.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  245. Kees van Eck

    The latest poll shows just 5 points difference. How is that possible? As he hardly has mentioned plans different from Obama's (cut taxes, clean energy, create jobs blabla) does playing the fear card gonna pay off?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  246. David - Lee's Summit, MO

    Jack – What else can he do??? He picked a woman from the tiny state of Alaska to appeal to women voters. Didn't work and then yester she even threw him under the bus when she made comments about her interest in 2012. He's thrown out every possible Republican scare tatic. He's had others use the race card so he didn't have to. He has called Obama a liar, Musslim, and a terrorist. It just isn't working. Let's be honest...McCain has been a part of the Senate for 20+ years and he is campaigning that he can change Washington. Didn't he tell us that he's the guy who's gone against his party and also reached across party lines to do so much good for America? If so then why is everything so screwed up. He wants it both ways. He has not once denied that he voted with GW 90% of the time. GW is going to go down as one if not the worst President this country has ever had. Since on my soap box...I hope like heck the Republicans trot Sarah Palin out there in 2012. If she's the best they have to offer then it's a slam dunk for the Dems for at least the next eight years.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  247. OLD EWOK, California

    McCain can not win because the corrupt media has decided that Obama will be the next president...god help us.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  248. Donna from Illinois

    I think that Mr. McCain needs to talk about the things that he will do to promote positives in our country. In the last few days it seems that he is far less interested in do that and much more interested in trying to get folks to think poorly of his opponent. His behavior leads any logical person to conclude that if he were to be elected President that he would blame allies and adversaries alike rather than examine his responsibility or culpability in any given situation- I thought he wanted to actually draw distinctions between himself and President Bush. Unfortunately, he continues to show us addtional ways that he is just like our current President.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  249. Diane Memphis

    I don't think he can. After all, the American work force and poor out number the CEOs and the rich.

    I personally have always felt that, for the most part, the Republican party has always been on the side of big business.

    For an injured soldier to come home to limited health care is horrible. No, I am not a veteran. But why would I want someone who risked their own life while protecting my freedom to have to settle for anything less than the very best care we as a nation can provide? McCain has been in Congress for 26 years...

    And then there's Medicare, social security, education, health care and all the other programs that benefit the American work force and poor. I never considered them as "handouts," as they all fall under "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and, thus, are rights of Americans.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  250. Don Gaston

    McCain might wim over undecided voters by taking a bath and brushing his teeth...both of them(teeth). Don't you think?

    Chilton, Texas, y'all

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  251. Jean from Fort Lauderdale

    First of all, I don't believe there are that many undecided voters. They
    just don't want to say who they are voting for.
    John McCain can talk about HIS plans for the middle class, instead of
    constently talking about Obama. Oh! I forgot! HE HAS NO PLANS!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  252. Bill in Michigan

    The problem is, McCain has put himself so deep in the mud that he no longer has a rope long enough to reach the undecided. And now, Palin is trying to climb up on his shoulders to save herself, all the while pushing John deeper into the muck. I think even the undicided know the end is near at this point.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  253. tj TAMPA

    Say he was just kidding the last few months, to test the nations humor. Then ask everyone to please hit the reset button and start all over.. A JOE THE PLUMBER campaign, from a grown man who wants to lead the free world.. DUHHHH how stupid...

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  254. Mike

    In addition–
    Regarding Mr. Obama:
    Undecided voters surely are mostly middle class. Middle class has been invisible for a good while you know...
    What's wrong with the wealthy paying taxes, they've got more than enough money.

    Mr. Obama gives the middle class an actual voice for a change and wants to give us
    a real chance.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  255. Jasmine in Germany

    I can think of a number of political and personal mistakes he has made in this campaign, but not one suggestion as to how he can repair it at this point. Maybe he should just try being a gentleman so that his loss will appear more dignified. I don't think that "undecided" voters exist at this point.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  256. Linda Richards

    According to him and the media, he needs to raise more money for advertising. He wasn't complaining when he outspent his opponent in his first political race in a state where his wife's family not only had money but connections. Ask the family for more money. I'm sure they have deep pockets. Linda in NJ

    October 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  257. shobana in florida

    stop dragging the no good joe the plumber on your campaign trail. stop lying about obama and his association with socialites in his state.try to find about your running mate's fraud with the pipeline deal tender. talk about things that worry americans.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  258. Jane

    I can't vote for Barack because he is too tolerant of non-whites.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  259. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    I honestly don't think he can. Between her whining and the dirty campaign he has run, it's time to turn out the lights, the party is over.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  260. Roland

    Dump Sarah Palin and grab Mitt Romney. That's his only hope at this point.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  261. John in California

    Sometimes bribery works.

    No, wait. He's already tried that by promising no taxes on anyone ever and paying off everybody's mortgage.

    I guess sometimes even BUYING and LYING to people just doesn't work any more.

    Obama – Biden '08.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  262. jim JAX Fl

    Jack: McCain should come clean. Tell the truth and fess-up to his bad judgement. The rconomy, tht war in Iraq, and the Alaskan baracoooda

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  263. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Quit the campaign,resign his Senate seat and go back to Arizona.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  264. James in San Diego

    Nothing, anyone still undecided after the last 8 years will vote for more of same.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  265. judith juselius, Pittsburgh,pa.

    I listened to him live this morning on his bus tour of Ohio and one of his comments was one of the best yet. He was promising to stop pork spending in Washington on projects like the" Bridge to nowhere" and like a study in Montana earmarking bears. He said he wasn't sure what that was about ... blah,blah,blah OR possibly paternity testing for Montanans! Is he for real??? Do you say something like that at this stage of the game and expect anyone in Montana not to be insulted? Bad joke, John. I hope the media picks up on it. Only a moron would say something like that.If it were not for the seriousness of this, it could be a funny continuing sit-com ...But it is serious and scary that a 72 year old could possibly be running this country.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  266. Carolyn

    Speaking from one of those undecided I was waiting for McCain to tell me what he was going to do for me. I heard what he said Mr. Obama was going to do. However with a little research I found that on the economic front my family would do better under the Obama plan. Mr. Obama has proven he has what it takes for leadership. John McCain and the RNC laughed a bevy of attacks against him personally and his withstood all that been given to him. Election Day can’t get here soon enough maybe the other undecided will do a little research for themselves and listen to what John McCain is really saying nothing for the middle class more of the Bush policy. I really thought his was a maverick I waited long enough, my mind is made up.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  267. Lori in Battle Creek, MI

    He can't, but he could however win back the respect of most of us by apologizing for the horrible campaign he's run.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  268. kate


    Referencing Dr. Gupta's story on the brains of undecided voters that appeared yesterday-maybe Dr. Gupta and his neuroscience buddies can use probes to manipulate the cerebral cortex (or wherever Republicans inclinations reside) in the brains of these undecided voters.

    Charlottesville, VA

    October 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  269. Deanna, Katy Texas

    He can't at this point.
    Those who had an issue with Obama will vote for McCain and those who kept waiting on McCain to straighten out and discuss something other than wild accusations against Obama will vote for Obama.
    There really is no middle ground..there are only people waiting on the candidate they really like to give them what they want to hear.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  270. Dan, Maryland

    He'd have to be a maverick....dump Sarah Palin because he knows he needs to put "country first" and not "partisan politics" first.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  271. Sherrol in Canada

    Stop whining, run a clean campaign for the next 5 days, then maybe when he goes back to the Senate (unfortunately that's how it'll turn out), he'll have some shred of dignity left.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  272. jim JAX Fl

    Jack: McCain should come clean. Tell the truth and fess-up to his bad judgement. The rconomy, the war in Iraq, and the Alaskan baracoooda

    October 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  273. grannie nell

    Have Saraha Palin repeat her answer to question a reporter asked her opinion about the war in iraq, and she blurted out "I really haven't thought much about the war, I've been so busy" and she was cut off the air immeiatly, adn I want to hear how she really feels. I have not heard or read this in any media. It was in the situation room, on the day she was introduced as McCain's VP running mate Nell, Longview, TX.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  274. Huddy

    To win undecided voters at this late stage, John McCain would have to do 1001 things including: Defining success in the Iraq war considering his intention to keep the troops over there indefinitely at a cost of about 10 billion dollars a month; distinguish the diference in the principle and purpose of taxation (spreading the wealth) in a Republican government as oppose to a Democratic government; finally he must spend more time explaining why a Republican ticket is better rather than why a Demoratic one is worse

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  275. Elaina

    Run for an office in a retirement home.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  276. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Those undecided voters sure are a flakey bunch. Choosing either paper or plastic must be a gut wrenching experience for them.

    The sign of a true leader is that they can guide people to the proper decision. McCain lacks this fundamental ability, so these "can't make a committment" types will probably do rock- paper-scissors to make their decision and Obama gets the White House.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  277. Alisha

    John McCain i guess defines a real americian as a liar,fraud,tax evader.He seem to surround hisself with these type of Americans..

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  278. John

    Don't do anything to alienate any ethnic, gender, conservative organizations or conservative Democrats, and make sure he presents himself with a gentle temperment seeking diplomacy, goodwill, and driving home the points of exitng Iraq, getting the economy on track, and securing the confidence of the middle class.
    Pampa, TX

    October 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  279. Candace from Richmond

    Maybe he can start by talking about himself instead of Obama. All he ever does is attack Obama with all these last minute associations and all these names he seems to be coming up with. I wish somebody will tell him that it makes him look desperate and trivial. Tell us something HE would do and name at least two things he would do different from Bush on the economy and maybe he may go somewhere. But as an Obama supporter, I hope he never figures it out.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  280. James in San Diego

    Nothing, anyone still undecided after the last 8 years will vote for more of the same.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  281. Shafi Alam

    John McCain didn’t get wiser with the age unfortunately. He himself has caused so much damage to his campaign by picking up his running mate in a rush, by showing during financial crisis that he cannot handle multiple presidential problems at a time, by repeatedly talking about winning the Iraq war that is at the root of all currently major economical problems in America, by ignoring the fact that for some time Iraqi army is contributing much in bringing down the violence in Iraq, by preferring war over diplomacy, by forgetting that it’s the American voters themselves who are showing support to Barack Obama financially and by attending his programs in large numbers, so on and on.

    So there is not much he can do to win anybody including the undecided voters.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  282. Doanld,Canton, NC

    The only logical course for him to follow is to suspend his campaign and return to Arizona.

    Enough of his negative campagining and lying.

    He isn't fit to be a U.S. Senator, much less President.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  283. nancy

    by getting out of the race?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  284. Mary From Colorado

    He can't.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  285. Max

    Jack you really do ask the hard questions. Short of dumping the most unintelligent person in my lifetime to be placed on a presidential ticket, I don't know. Maybe, just maybe, if he would go on national television during primetime and just admit that the selection of Palin was a screwup and if elected he will place her in some cave in some far away mountain, maybe in Russia where she can at least see her home, voters will change their minds about him being erractic and out of touch. Naw, I doubt if that would work.

    Raymond, MS

    October 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  286. David - Lee's Summit, MO

    Jack – I know this is unrelated to your question and I apologize, but can some one check on Joe the plumber to see if he's a Republican plant. Here is a guy that's not a licenced plumber, does not have the money to buy the plumbing business, and he's the poster child for McCain/Palin. It just smells fishy!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  287. Mary Sweet Oregon

    If there are undecided voters then they need to stay home, if they haven't decided yet then there too stupid to vote, who the hell hasn't made up their mind yet?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  288. NORA, Gainesville, FLORIDA

    Jack, thats just it "He Can't" Plain and simple. He just can't do it. Americans will not be fooled this time.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  289. Jerry from Jacksonville

    He can send out the republican lobbyist and let them dole out money to the voters the same way they dole out money to the senators and congressmen, spread the wealth around, McBush is good at saying that.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  290. Brian Blashfield

    McCain has spent his campaign denouncing Obama and offering nothing to the voters. Too late to do anything more than the desparation he will exhibit in the final days. Palin is already lining herself up for Ted Steven's seat and the incumbent Republicans are crying for cash to beat back the landslide. The McCain campaign is running out of lies and half -truths, they are toast...

    Brian Delray Beach, FL

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  291. John

    Jack: This is an easy one. McCain needs to borrow $6 million from Obama, make a 30 minute speech why he more fit than Obama to be president. What do you think, Jack.


    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  292. Raphael in New York

    Jack, the more doubts are cast as to who Obama is and what is his REAL platform, the more undecided voters will decide to votre for McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  293. Robert in Tucson

    McCain can't help himself anymore. After all, McCain was a traitor who gave our secrets to the Viet Cong (plus the 42 propaganda broadcasts as well) while Cindy was a drug addict who stole drugs from her own non-profit!! McCain abandoned his wife after she waited for him and took care of their kids for 5 years and suffered horribly in an auto accident. Not so different from Newt abandoning his wife when she had cancer. Why are you forgetting these known facts? Obama has stimulated millions, has great teams, is very smart, a Constitutional lawyer, whereas McCain graduated at the bottom of his class and Palin attended 5 different colleges before she found one that would give her a degree! Why do you want to continue the REpublican rule and the complete destruction of America? You sound like traitors to me. After all, REpublicans have thrown out the Constitution, engaged in torture, destroyed the economy, and violate international norms by unilaterally invading a sovereign country, killing more that a million and creating 3-4 million refugees! Go ahead and support the REpublican agenda if you like, but know that you are traitors who are destroying the very fabric of America.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  294. Mel B. in Columbia SC

    Honestly Jack,

    It is not over until the fat lady sings. I don't hear any choirs. I am just wondering if this is going to end up being another George Bush election and wins by cheating and lying his way into the White House or is he and the poll workers for McCain going to play by the rules fair and square? I will be on the edge of my seat until 270 is reached.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  295. Hopeful in Halifax

    Grow a brain?
    Learn civics, social studies, LAW, economics, diplomacy, THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE...

    Oh forget it! When one who graduates fourth from the bottom in a class of almost 900 at Annapolis says "he'll do his best", I'll take the "honors-graduate" law professor from Harvard.

    This is THE PRESIDENCY of THE UNITED STATES we're talking about NOT a popularity contest at the VFW!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  296. Steven in Augusta, GA

    He could embrace hope instead of fear and ditch his polarizing running mate.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  297. Robert in Tucson

    what can he do? Calling Obama a socialist is crazy. First, well over half of our GDP is controlled by government spending, things like education, the military, medicare, social security. The Republicans just nationalized the banks and the insurance industry. We are already a socialist country. All that stuff about Obama is nonsense and purely political pablum. McCain is the dangerous one and so are the Republicans. Hardly anyone, except the rabid right, is listening to him anymore.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  298. Simon, NY

    That's obvious. No vote is decided until it's requested from the Diebold&Co tabulator computers. As we know, what goes in and out of these machines can be like two sides of a coin. McCain may pull of the votes, if some people can inflate their head just about enough, but he will loose this election in the court before year end. Obama got the guts to fight the truth out of this one.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  299. Peter Johnson

    Go the Andy Kaufman route: McCain could tell everyone that the entire campaign has been an elaborate joke, and that now, with 5 days left, they're going to start the REAL campaign. Everything about his presidential bid would be hilariously funny if there weren't so much at stake.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  300. M. Leah Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada

    McCain and Sarah Palin could get all maveriky, and make their own "robo" calls. They could have Palins witch doctor pray over them, it worked for her in Alaska she says. I don't care as long as I don't have to watch or listen to them anymore!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  301. john

    You see the affects of the undecided already. The race is tighening. It will only get closer and closer and mccain will win because you can not trust obama, he will raise your taxes which will put us in a depression, hes the most liberal senator in the country and he has the most radical associations that any presidential canidate has every had.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  302. Justin, Mobile Alabama

    He's a maverick, Im sure he has a trick or two up his sleeve.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  303. Bob Morrow, Everett WA

    Jack, as much as I hate to say it, I suspect that a good percentage of those undecided voter's are actually already leaning toward's one candidate, but are waiting until the very last minute in the off chance that suddenly a reason not to go ahead and vote for him will pop up. If no surprises happen over the next couple of days they may well go with their initial instincts. They aren't all that crazy over either of them.

    Since Obama is probably the bigger unknown in the race, as long as nothing serious is brought out, I'll bet at the last moment there will be a surge of people towards his side, especially if the polls remain about where they are. People like to go with a winner, even if they wait until the end to make sure he is one.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  304. Echo

    Hi Jack!

    Its simple but not easy!

    He needs to make every American a millionaire and give them all a tax cut like he proposes.... So all will be just equal and just fine.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  305. Karen-Arkansas

    The Democratic Presidential nominee has the support and advice of Warren Buffet, former President Bill Clinton, and General Colin Powell.

    The Republican Presidential nominee has the support and advice of Caribou Barbie, about to be former President Dubya, and Joe the Plumber.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  306. David P. Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – I do not believe that the "undecided" voters are really undecided. There is more than enough information, and misinformation, for a thoughtful decision. However, many people vote their feelings, not their thoughts – voters who are still uncommitted remain so because they are torn between their values and their interests. To win such people, McCain has to show that he supports both their values and their interests, but Republicans have betrayed the interests of these people, whose values they purport to support, for more too many years, and now lack the credibility to win on values alone. I predict that current undecided voters will decide in almost the same proportions as those who have already decided, and will not determine the outcome.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  307. Daniel Ambrose

    He can't and he won't. Simply said. It would be better for him to accept defeat and stop the negativeness and leave with some dignity. I honestly see Obama winning this race with over 300 electoral votes. The American people already know that we have been tricked and lied for the last 8 years which is too much pain for anyone to endurre!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  308. Larry-Tenn

    I don't know one "undecided voter", do you Jack?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  309. Jason S., NYC

    Easy. Dump Sarah Palin, Hire Joe Lieberman as VP.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  310. Howie

    jack, his best hope is that aliens will kidnap Obama and take him to the planet Zork. McCain has made too many mistakes in this campaign to be able to fix them in only five days. Between morphing Obama's message of hope into something Paiin calls "socialism", to the act of picking Palin itself, he has crossed the point of no return.

    I'm betting the aliens don't do the deed, and that Obama wins the election.

    Howie Barte
    Port Orange, Florida

    October 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  311. Anthony in Washington, DC

    I think there is nothing McCain can do because he has tried everything in the book and all have not worked for him. But what I think he needs to do is just wait it out and hope for the best.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  312. Brady Moss

    I would love for John McCain to explain his rationale (without changing the subject to negate his opponent's tax plan) to give richest 2% in the nation and even bigger tax break then the one he opposed 6 years ago. Hasn't he already acknowledged that it is the middle-working class that is paying the price for the economic down turn?

    Knoxville TN

    October 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  313. Jennifer - Raleigh, NC

    It seems to me the easiest thing would be to hire Palin's witch doctor to pray for the undecideds. That could be listed on the RNC expense report as an accessory, couldn't it?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  314. Straight talk

    It hurts me to see what he is going through. I dont know if there is much he could do now. If only he had been a good manager of his own campaign before seeking to manage the most powerful nation! Sigh!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  315. lauren

    He needs to start talking about the problems of the middle class. He needs to stop looking like royalty and he needs to get rid of that idiot Palin.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  316. Aaron

    Easy, Jack. He can change his name to Barack Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  317. Echo - Independent

    Hi Jack!

    Its simple but not easy!

    He needs to make every American a millionaire and give them all a tax cut like he proposes.... So all will be just equal and just fine.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  318. Sherry,

    I think that undecided have already decided, they just don't care to share their view with anyone. There is not much to do at this point for Obama or McCain but keep trying to change minds up to election day.
    Waynesburg, OH

    October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  319. kristi-wa

    McCain needs to state why he should be president. All I hear is Obama this Obama that.. McCain is a record player that is stuck on repeat. Tell us something we haven't heard Mr. McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  320. james, Prescott, Michigan

    I think that McShame should quit the election and that Palin should take his place with Joe the Plumber as her running mate.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  321. james choudry

    McCain will have to make up an international incident, so he can play the fear card like W.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  322. Cyrus

    He should fire Palin and bring in a new VP candidate.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  323. Doug

    After 2 years of campaigning, zillions of dollars spent and a huge difference between the 2 candidates, how in the world can there still be any undecided voters out there, much less 7%?? Perhaps these people still see Obama as just too different and are afraid. To these folks I say that when an extraordinary leader emerges amongst us during trying times, they are frequently feared. The fact is that a Barack Obama only appears once in generations and Americans are extremely lucky that he has, indeed, appeared. This man is a true leader who can guide this great country through the minefield which is the world as well as our faltering economy. I believe that Barack Obama may become one of our greatest presidents.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  324. Rachel

    Yes, it is easy...send Palin back to Alaska, apologize to Obama and head for one of his 8 houses and sit back and have a beer with a Joe the Six Pac, or Plumber. Then we'd all love you again McCain. If only you had rum a cleaner campaign and kept your VP in line! Obama/Biden08

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  325. Pat, Florida

    I think "undecideds" are the Bradley Effect of this election. I think they'll break overwhelmingly for McCain......unfortunately.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  326. Al from MA

    The only way he can win is if he can manage to "un-brainwash" the American people. Obama's sweet-talk is going to make fools of us all.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  327. Chris from Canada

    Its easy. All he needs to do is say that his tax cuts will be paid for by announcing the end of the Iraq war. I don't understand why so many Americans don't see this cash hemmorage that is Iraq. If he says that this money will be put into lower taxes and infrastructure he will win more votes than undecided.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  328. Lena, Madison~ Alabama

    Endorse Senator Obama for President or drop Governor Palin from his ticket. Either will do.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  329. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    He should forget about campaigning with Joe the Plumber. He should be campaigning with Larry the Cable Guy instead!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  330. Patrick Pelletier

    Hi Jack!

    I envy the americans people for the opportunity to vote for a candidate as inspiring as Obama is. I live in Canada, and I'm passionate about the Presidential election!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  331. Lynne - Seattle

    I don't think he can win very many independent voters at this point...he has shown his true colors...we now know how he will reach across the aisle and....smack those that don't agree with him right upside their heads! I use to really respect and admire John McCain, now I am afraid of him.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  332. Bill - NYC

    Dump Palin, and get a moderate Republican running mate. Even this late in the game, it'd probably help, not hurt. But let's not give him any good advice-GO OBAMA!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  333. Meg Ulmes

    All he's doing is smearing and accusing, so I guess that fear and intimidation are his main tools–I hope that Americans have gotten smarter since 2000, but I can't be sure of that until Obama wins. McCain doesn't seem to have a plan of his own–except character assassination.

    Troy, Ohio

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  334. Emme

    If Sen. McCain of 2000 could time travel and see the McCain of 2008, he would wonder what happened to him? I guess if you can't beat them you join them.

    You ask what can he do? Turn back the hands of time?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  335. Mike Torpey Potland,Or.

    Jack, The only question I have is "How can anyone be undecided" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This election is so simple a 3rd grader could decide.OOOPs,no offense to 3rd graders,most of them probably speak better than are current president and probably smatter than W too. If you're undecided in this election,just stay home,you haven't got a clue.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  336. Brett from California

    The only way that McCain wins at this point of the game is if some event happens that is so shocking that it stuns the American people and turns them against Barak Obama.

    I'm just cynical enough to believe that there is more than one group of people sitting around desperately considering how to make something like this occur.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  337. Gloria, Minnesota

    Shhhhh–don't tell him he has a possibility of winning this election! It would be a travesty if he and Palin did get elected!

    Obama/Palin '08

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  338. lynnej

    If anyone is undecided at this point, they need help. All they have to do is look at their wallet and read where Exxon Mobil made a record profit ever in US History. And McCain wants to give them more tax cuts like they actually need it. It's a no-brainer.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  339. Steve

    Anyone who decides to vote for Obama because he got a "nasty robocall" from McCain doesn't deserve a vote. I don't care who you vote for, vote on the issues. If that leads you to Obam, fine. If that leads you to McCain, fine. Vote the issues that are important to you.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  340. rpb

    His operatives can allways flip the votes in the touch screen machines and claim the polls were all wrong. Thats why mcCain will most certainly be the next pres.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  341. Travis Pennsylvania

    I'm a registered independent and once apon a time I held some hope for John McCain. But throughout his 2008 presidential bid he seems to have sold himself out. I don't know how he can still call himself a maverick with the GOP base pulling his strings and making him dance. If he hasn't won over the undecided votes by now with only 5 days to go, it doesn't matter much now.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  342. Charles From College Station

    Its really simple Jack,

    He can concede.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  343. Rick


    It sure appears as if the Obama people are scared, very scared. Despite Obama's and the best efforts of the press the truth is slowly coming out about this guy.

    The press is guilty of leading the Obama people into thinking they're riding the wave of a landslide victory. When Obama loses it's the press who will be guilty if there is civil unrest.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  344. Thérèse Caron

    As a Canadian following with great passion this political campaign, I recommend that McCain forget all about Joe the Plumber. It has become redundant and very boring. It represents a lack of imagination. I have heard Barak Obaama's answer to Joe and what we now hear is nothing close to his answer. Do the Republicans have a comprehension deficiency?

    Thérèse Caron
    Montréal, QC

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  345. Unshrub

    Send Palin back to Alaska.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  346. Ricky667

    he needs to offer to all of us Joes a bailout plan similar to his best buddies on Wallstreet, and tell us that a if we vote for him all of our wildest dreams will come true, oh and stop trying to tell us that Obama is linked to some sort of academic who has expressed their 1st amendmant rights about an issue, or did something 40 years ago that delayed the bombing of an independent country who was having a civil war in which we decided to send our young men to without it being their choice to go.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  347. Matt Stebbins

    As an undecided voter, I'm afraid my answer isn't going to cheer McCain up. The decision is not between Obama and McCain, but between Obama and a third party candidate. Dissatisfied by many democrats in office, I would like to see at least one other party be represented in Congress and the White House- maybe that would force consensus-building and bipartisanship, as well as address the many issus neither Republicans nor Democrats will make a priority.

    Matt from Santa Barbara

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  348. Jon

    By dropping out of the running

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  349. Jeff in Minneapolis

    I too was puzzled as to why people are claiming to be undecided. Until yesterday. I got an automated phone call telling me to push 1 if I was going to vote for McCain, 2 for Obama, and 3 if I was undecided. Since I didn't want to deal with any more questions while I was at work, I pressed 3 to be left alone.

    I'm an Obama supporter, but could it be that these poll figures are being thrown off somewhat by scenarios such as these?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  350. AJ

    The only thing McCain can do to win over undecided voters is to come away from the GOP and his new right stance and back towards the center, where McCain used to sit. Most voters these days do not belong to the Dem or Rep parties, they are independent..making the bulk of them moderates.

    Unfortunately, McCain sold out to the GOP too long ago, it is too late to change his platform, it is too late to play to the middle..there really isn't anything he can do now but cross his fingers and pray the remaining 7-8% of undecided voters go to his side..and that several Obama supporters go with them..not likely.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  351. Will in Atlanta

    It's simple, Jack . Dismiss Sarah Palin from his campaign. Some voters are undecided because they didn't like the judgment John McCain showed by picking Sarah Palin as his running mate. If he had picked Mitt Romney during the veepstakes, the race would be much closer.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  352. Michelle, Central PA

    That's easy, Jack. Give them a wardrobe allowance.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  353. Teasha, Florida

    Nothing. Anyone who is still undecided at this point are more than likely the same imbeciles that voted for Bush. Enough said.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  354. Mavwreck Seattle WA

    The only undecideds that McCain will be able to sway are those that
    are influenced by fear and smear. Between now and the election he will most likely trot out a couple new boogeymen. I think that the way a candidate manages his or her campaign is a good indication of how they would manage the presidency. McCain's has been unorganized, inept, and he surrounds himself with morons. Remind you of anyone?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  355. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    He could shoot George Bush in the face. Heck, if he did that, I just might vote for him myself!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  356. John

    McShame keeps on lying through his teeth, I ain't no spring

    chichen [ older than mccain ] and never seen so many lies by so

    many so called christian republicans. They would sell their soul

    and trash anyone in their way.

    Shame shame shame

    John 73 Iowa reg [ N } party

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  357. Pat

    I think it is too late for John McCain. But I do think we are seeing the end of the road for negative campaign ads – finally. They backfired on McCain and Clinton, and future candidates will learn from their lesson.
    They only diminish the candidate who promotes them. John McCain has diminished his reputation as a result of his campaign. I thought he was a better person than that. Obama has the demeaner, the intelligence and the courage to be a great President. Go Obama!! Our country needs you.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  358. BJ

    As his soon-to-be forerunner (Bush), he will probably do what King George did in Florida in 2000 - make up voter discrepancies and steal an election. Don't put anything past these desperate people!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  359. Sam

    Short of personally pulling Osama Bin Laden out of a cave; I don't think there's much McCain can do to change his fortunes next Tuesday.

    Canton, MI

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  360. Ann C

    Who could be undecided at this stage... this boogles my mind 2 distinct candidates and they can't decide. Just stay home and don't vote....it probably won't count anyway.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  361. Deb (New York)

    Perhaps he should concentrate on the issues we face and forget all the negative, finger pointing campaigning which I feel has been his demise. Not too mention that perhaps he can control his "Bible Spice" running mate and all the inane rhetoric she spews on a daily basis. We need a new direction. We need change. We need Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  362. Dan

    Give a positive message...... Duh? Every time McCain gives a positive speech his pole numbers rise and move closer to Obama. It's a shame he's figuring this out with five days left.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  363. Yvenst Miami FL

    Dress up as Barack Obama for Halloween.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  364. J Houston, TX

    Never has more money been spent? It's 4 years later. Inflation adjust your numbers!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  365. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    not so sure I have the answers...!:) But if I knew...I would not share it!:)

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  366. NIck from Canada

    I can't believe how many idiots are in the US. Didn't you have enough of trouble? You are BANKRUPT !!!! Fire the Republicans and try another team. C'mon wake up.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  367. Jerry-Bloomington MN

    Pass out neatly folded Ben Franklin's.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  368. Dick B

    History tells us the flock comes home in the end. McCain should pound away his attacke message of higher taxes, higher spending, inexperience, and liberal social policies if Obama is elected. If he can bring home the undecided Republicans he can win the White House.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  369. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    He can take both sides of about ten more issues. Then the "undecideds" will accept him as one of their own. 🙂

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  370. Zaphod2000

    I cannot believe that after all the lies, the palins wanting to secede from the Union, the smears, the bridge to nowhere, ethics violations, loss of any integrity for mccain, throwing a pregnant daughter as a joke to the world, a dropout soon to be son in law, joe the plumber (who is a first class fake), per diem when not in Anchorage, being exorcised of witching (or whatever they call it), the lies about the $150,000 going to be given to charity, the hatred at rallies that only the KKK would be proud of that people can really and truly think that these two are the answer to all our problems.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  371. Tracey in Seattle

    Not a thing Jack. It's sad to see what he has become. I'm a Democrat so I would never have voted for him anyway. But before this campaign I at least had respect for the man. Now he has lost that too.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  372. Juan

    easily, he can endorse Obama and all will agree with him

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  373. David from Newport OR

    Undecided? Please. How can anyone still be undecided? This election has two people so polar that the difference between black and white pales in contrast. Here is the bottom line for those incapable of deciding. If you make under $250,000, you will be better off with a Democrat. If you have no or poor health insurance, you will be better off with a Democrat. If you believe it is OK to spend trillions fighting a war that was not necessary, you will be better off voting Republican. If you want to balance a budget and try to get our country back on sound economic footing, you would be better off voting Democrat. If it embarasses you what other countries think of America, you would be better off voting Democrat. This election is so cut and dried it is insanity to think that people are "undecided". A more important question...why would anyone still "claim" to be undecided?

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  374. Kim in Atl, GA

    He can't. Independents like myself like solutions, and we've waited too long only to be disappointed. And by the way,
    Obama is really the nicest guy in the world. My 10 year old daughter mailed him a letter about 2 months ago, and today he sent her a personalized letter with his original signature encouraging her to care about others and her world. What a remarkable guy, he has changed my daughter's life forever.

    Kim Greenlee
    in GA

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  375. Norah (Boston)

    I don't think that there are really any undecided voters left. McCain can continue with the dirty campaign that he has been running and try to change some minds. Or possibly in these last few days he could try to salvage any shred of decency he might still have left and run an honest campaign and let the votes fall where they may.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  376. Jackie Hovick

    For me, there is nothing he can do. I was so disgusted when he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. Such a very average, very mediocre person - and mean spirited on top of that. Were she a viable candidate, she would have jumped at the chance to go on Meet the Press when Tom Brokow offered her the invitation. What an opportunity. Nothing frightens me more than the thought of her as our President should something happen to John McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  377. Eric Z. from WV

    Simple Jack. Just dump John McCain version 2.008 and go back to John McCain version 2.000. Version 2.008 just has too many flaws.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  378. Ron -Chicago

    I voted two weeks ago.....he's out of luck.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  379. Jeff Schroeffel

    To win the undecideds McCain has to do something very simple. Run ads that show Barack's rhetoric doesn't match his resume. Then close with this line...Politicians will say anything, so judge us based on what we have done in the past, not our promises.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  380. Jack Knight

    McCain's unclean campaign has assured that he'll not only
    be unable to get undecideds to go his way, but few other
    voters either. He might as well tell the janitor in the Senate
    to dust off his seat because he'll be returning there in

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  381. JK in Seattle

    Hey Jack!

    After Nov 4th, he has to take a long break from all of this and dedicate himself to meditation. Calm him self down completely and then talk to the Undecided, Then I am pretty sure he would get their vote. Till then, no chance. Sorry to say this Mr. McCain, you definitely need some serious help and Anger Management.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  382. Daniel, Indiana

    The only way for him to win those "undecided" votes is to be honest and fully disclose what he plans on doing. I realize that is something that he has refused to do, but it is necessary, even if it means that he admit that his policies are the same as George W. Bush's.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  383. Kevin

    Just remember...John Kerry was ahead by this same margin 8 years ago and still lost to Bush. In my view this is far from over...and McCain still has a fighting chance to win. He needs to continue to position himself as the only guy in this election with the experience to lead the country during this dangerous time and the record to build bridges across party lines. With all due respect, while Obama is a fabulous orator and I am sure a swell guy...he has little experience and a marginal record at best.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  384. Steve in Tempe

    Easy, he can go back in time and pick a more moderate running mate. If he can do that, I'll go back in time and mail my ballot with his name checked, since this undecided already voted for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  385. Amanda in OKC

    I don't think he can win now. The best he can do is hope to go down with what's left of the respect America once had for him.

    To accomplish that he needs to quit crying in his Ovaltine, and talk to America like we're not all as stupid as Sarah Palin.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  386. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Offer everyone a happy meal!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  387. Jeff in VT

    Jack, there's nothing he can do. He needs to let Joe The Plumber know that they were bested by Barack The President.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  388. Ryan

    One of 3 ways. 1 Continue to try and force feed them the same lines he and Palin have been forcing down everyone's throat since it came down to Obama vs. McCain. 2. (TRY) to custom taylor his message to each distinct group/section/class of undecideds. 3. Give each one of them the deed to one of his houses, the title to one of his cars, and/or a large lump sum check from his personal bank account.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  389. JR. in Sacramento, CA


    He needs to dump Pailin.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  390. Dave Crutchfield, Monkey Island, Oklahoma

    I don't think there are very many undecided voters. The ones who claim to be undecided always intended to vote for McCain, they just lack the courage to admit it outloud. Watch John McCain, when he gets that "pep in his step", like George Bush did, you'll know the fix is in.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  391. Virginia

    Send Sarah Palin back to Alaska and choose a different VP.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  392. Steve Peach - Indiana

    It's too late for him Jack. The only thing he can do now is to do the very best he can to show America how much a Partiot he is. Instead of trying to divide this country, he should be trying to unify everyone, no matter what party they represent. He hasn't done this yet Jack, and I don't believe his legacy will be as heroic as it should be because all people will remember are his negative campaign tactics.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  393. Keith

    The answer is simple Jack, he simply can't woo them over to his side. Quite frankly many people are fed up with the negative politics that he has been displaying. I honestly think his time has expired...


    Birmingham, AL

    October 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  394. Tanya from TX

    Who are these people that can't make up their minds? I'm dying to know how long it takes them to decide on a meal every night!! The choice is clear, if they can't decide by now who to vote for I can gaurantee you they won't be able to decide if they should even leave the house to vote which suits the rest of us just fine. We won't have to sit behind them in traffic waiting for them to decide whether or not they stop or keep driving.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  395. Spencer from Utah

    Repeat over and over Obama's own words about "re-distributing the wealth". Socialism isn't very popular, and he might in the last minute change a few minds.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  396. Militarywife

    The American people want a leader, someone to stand behind and be proud of. I support McCain on alot of his views, please just stick to the issues and stop finger pointing and name calling.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  397. Dee in Florida

    He can't.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  398. BC Bill

    He should stop lying! I can't stand a liar! But, it's too late now, too many lies under the bridge, too many people thrown under the bus.
    Too bad, real sad.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  399. Bill

    I watched that man look the american people right in the eye and say he was not going to raise the tax of the middle class. Then he claimed he was going to give every american u to a 5,000 deduction for their health insurance, but was going to tax the portion they pay out of their salary and the portion their employer pays for it. With the least expensive health plan, the employee would pay at least $900 more a year then they do now, just for their health plan. Most middle class workers would not be able to use the 5,000 deduction because it does not reach the 7.5% limit of their total income. The cheapest plan cost $500 a month for a single person.

    To anwer the question, 93 % of us made up our minds already, and the 7 % that did not, don't plan to vote for either candidate.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  400. Phil

    He's in between a rock and hard place. His only chance would be to totally seperate from Bush, by openly criticizing his actions over the past eight years. But then he'd loose the support of the republican base! If he'd done this at the start, he might be in a better position now.

    Phil from BC, Canada.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  401. Andrew, Los Angeles, CA

    With the unprecedented coverage this election has received, it's hard to imagine so many people are completely unsure at this point. The best bet would seem to be a big canvas sack with a dollar sign on it.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  402. Carrie, Southern Wisconsin

    McCain ran the most hateful, mocking, slanderous campaign I've ever experienced. He & Palin can't get through more than two major points in one of their speeches without twisting something Obama has said or making people fear and hate him. I don't want people like McCain or Palin running our country. They're dishonest. Why would I give them any advice on how to win?

    October 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  403. Peter S. NY

    I am concerned that the republican machine will again try to steal the election as they successfully did in 2000 and 2004. What concerns me most is the civil unrest and rioting that might follow this time. Please guys leave this one alone.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  404. Mike

    Hi Jack;
    Is it too late for you to run for president?

    I’ve been watching the election very closely and it looks like John McCain and Sara Palin are running to be president and vice president for a TABLIOD magazine not for the United Sates of America

    They haven’t provided real solutions and all they do is put the other candidates down.
    What do you think about that?

    My best regards
    Mike Bauer

    October 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  405. Fred Thorne Utah

    I have been saying that about the change campaign since day one. Can these people not see that the emperor is sporting no attire?

    I cannot beleive Mccain has any votes.

    It's shocking to me.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  406. Larry D

    He needs to relax, start talking about across the board spending cuts (including entitlements), and let his socialist competitor continue to explain why he needs to raise taxes so that the government can ensure everyone has the same opportunity to succeed.

    An odd story coming from Obama, who himself is a perfect example of an individual who overcame adversity to realize his dream of running for president without handouts.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  407. Andy

    After all the mud slinging and name calling on behalf of the Mccain Camp there is only one thing that can woe undecided voters over to him... Absolutely NOTHING!!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  408. Frank

    McCain does not have to do anything. There are really no true undecided voters. Rather, there are a number of voters who are uncomfortable telling polsters that they intend to vote for McCain. McCain will be the 44th President. Despite having all of the advantagees, Obama could not close the deal because there is no "there there." The country needs Bill Clinton more than ever.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  409. Tom

    If McCain really wanted to wow the undecided voters he could suspend his campaign to try to single handedly pull the nation out of this economic crisis.... oh wait he already tried that...

    October 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  410. Gigi, Nashville, TN

    I dont' want to even THINK what McCain could do to win undecided voters. I'm holding my breath as it is...who knows what kind of caper will be used this time to pull the rug out from under the American people!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  411. Bill in Connecticut

    I agree with Enida from Boston. I liked McCain back in 2000 because of his honesty and integrity. If George W. Bush hadn't stooped to his dirty tricks then and McCain had won the GOP nomination, I probably would have voted Republican that year. However, it's too late now. He's been way too negative and unless there really is a "Bradley effect," it appears Obama will win on Tuesday. Obama isn't perfect. I think he's probably too liberal for my tastes, but he is definitely the better of the two candidates. I'm voting for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  412. Evan from Daytona Beach,FL

    You know when you look to an "unliscened" plumber to endorse you, that you've already lost.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  413. E.Ferguson

    Quit and make it a no contest! We"ll give him a honorable discharge and he can go into early retirement

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  414. Doug

    After the PalIn pick as VP nothing he can do. Throw her out and maybe replace her with Daffy Duck?

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  415. Tamara

    John McCain can choose a new running mate!!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  416. J. Caraccioli, Tegucigalpa

    McCain is scrambling to dig up dirt on Obama to sway voters his way. He just can't seem to find any dirt that will resonate more with voters than actual issues.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  417. Frank from Florida

    It is very simple jack, He can't.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  418. Tonya

    Sign an agreement to divide the 700 millon bailout between all taxpaying Americans, afterall it is our money. Pick another potential Vice President that the American people are familiar with. End all ties the the Republican Party.. its time for the middle class to survive...

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  419. Dan, McFarland, WI


    That's easy. All he has to do is bump Palin off the ticket. Prior to Palin, McCain was winning Independents and moderate Republicans. After Palin, McCain lost their support.

    The fact is that the conservatives would have voted for McCain regardless. Selecting an extreme conservative with no experience really shocked those of us in the middle.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  420. Gary

    McCain can't win. But he can salvage what is left of his reputation by spending the last couple of days calming his frenzied followers and telling the truth for a change. If he doesn't, no one will remember his war record. He will go down in history as a punchline.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  421. Trevor from Newburgh, New York

    You see Jack, McCain is forever linked with the failed Bush administration. With two wars going on, an economy on the brink, a health care system in need of reform, and a growing national debt, McCain's 90% support of the Bush philosophy isn't going to help him win any undecided voters to his campaign.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  422. Joe in Baltimore

    He can be honest with the American people... his proposal to rework mortgages for those who borrowed too much is nothing other than "spreading the wealth" from responsible borrowers to irresponsible deadbeats.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  423. Pam in Alabama

    The only shread of a chance McCain has to win over any undecided voters is to stop talking about Obama; stop with the negative, negative, negative; and start hitting hard and heavy on what he will do for our economy. Can't they see that the negative campaigning is pushing voters away from McCain. Voters just want to know what the candidates plan to do to help their situation.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  424. Dan in B-more, hon.

    Keep doing what he's doing. Obama already has all of the votes he's going to get. Style over substance only gets you so far.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  425. Mike

    He can stop the race baiting, and blatant attempts at McCarthyism. Then he must find a new running mate and a coherent message.

    I think it is too late, but the Republicans are capable of stealing elections...so who knows.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  426. miguel gonzales

    The only sensible thing he could do at this stage would be to join the winning team.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  427. Steve Warzecha

    stop talking about Joe the plumber.... then go back to being the man he was 10 years ago

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  428. Juan Aluma

    McCain should hold a rally with President Bush where Bush admits his mistakes and tells us how McCain would do things differently. Afterall Jack, don't we learn anything from our mistakes?

    October 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  429. Mike Ball

    After his policy positions fell short of appealing to anyone but the most ardent GOP partisans, McCain switched to appealing to prejudice and irrational fear, a tactic that served George Bush and Carl Rove so well. This time, most Americans other than the nasty mobs that gravitate to Palin rallies are rejecting the waves of hate.

    The only thing McCain hasn't tried is civility and respect for his opponent and the American people – not too likely at this point.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  430. Brad

    You are the man Jack! John Mccain has lost the undecideds in my mind. I am currently laid off from Ford Motor Co. And the fact that the Republicans even have the audacity the field a candidate this year is beyond me. I am middle class and the fact that John Mccain did not even mention the words "middle class" once in his 3 debates, really lets me know where he stands. The middle class is ready for change....Keep up the great work Jack! keep telling it like it is!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  431. Jay Jones

    Jack, I've got a perfect idea on how John McCain can win over undecided voters. He, himself, should vote for the Obama/Biden ticket.
    That way he's sure to be on the side of the soon to be decided voters.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  432. todd from fairfield p.a

    i think mccain can win the undicided by finally taking off the glove's and tell the american people the truth about obama and his terrorist comrad's. and then tell the truth about what both canidates can not do for the american people in four years . you know as well as us jack, nothing is gonna happen to give us the working people our comfortable lives back in four years! oh by the way , nice comb over.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  433. Reginald from Dallas, Tx

    and speaking of Osama Bin Laden, McCain says he knows how to get him and he will follow him to the gates of hell. If he knows all this, why didn't he tell Bush how to get him and give over 3000 American families some closure to 9/11??

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  434. Jerry - Minnesota

    McCain nees to show a detailed plan on how to correct the economy and sell it to the public the next 5 days. Also needs to stop the negative campaign and show why Americans need to vote for him with solid ideas on the economy, energy, wars, and other important issues.

    He hasn't done any of this. All he has done is rip on Obama's plan and said he will make the Bush tax cuts permanent. Basically sounds like his economic plan is to continue with the Bush plan so that's why McCain is seen as George Bush. It's easier to run a negative campaign than to come up with real issues, that's why he is so far behind in the polls.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  435. Lori L from WV

    McCain needs to help other Republican races because this one is over. He is not the candidate that we need in this economic crisis. He and his Republican advisers have no economic plan, just like the Bush regime. We can't afford four more years of this nonsense. They keep asking how is Obama going to pay for his plan? By ending the tax gifts Bush gave the rich and the 10 billion a month that goes to Iraq; that will pay for many educational & economic programs, once our troops come home.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  436. Matthew From Richlands Virginia

    Hi Jack, its simple he must keep the undecided voters concentrated on the differences in john mccains tax policy's and barock obamas tax policy's. he must keep reminding voters of the same old way how democrats run up taxes.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  437. Ryan - California

    I think the best thing McCain could do would be to swallow his pride and admit that he shares America's doubts about Sarah Palin. He made up my mind when he told Larry King he had 'total confidence' in Sarah Palin's ability to take over and 'inspire' Americans should anything happen to him. If John McCain has total confidence in Sarah Palin, then I have lost confidence in John McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  438. Swamp Rat from Louisiana

    It's what McCain should have done from the beginning.

    Associate Obama with the one institution with a lower approval rating than Bush..........

    The Democrat controlled United States Congress has hit a RECORD low 14% approval rating.

    Now that's something we do not want 4 more years of...... a do- nothing spend plenty bunch of leader which now control both the legislative and executive branch's

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  439. William E. Wilson

    Well, he could try one last dramatic "Hail Mary" by firing Sarah Palin as his VP pick, and let Joe the Plumber run with him instead. But that won't work any more than his Robocalls or his $150,000 wardrobe for Palin. All his last minute desperate moves are futile. There's nothing more he can do.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  440. Dennis St. Germain

    keep doing what he has been doing and wait for the "silent" majority to come out of the woodwork, you know.....the people that don't have the need to shoot their collective mouths off.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  441. Jerry Martin

    Sorry, I forgot my address. Danby, Vermont

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  442. Matt

    It's simple Jack. He has to drop Sarah Palin and get Hillary Clinton on board. Palin was picked for one reason and one reason only, to get the Hillary vote. It worked for a while until everyone realized they share no views what so ever. The only ones still voting for McCain are the close-minded people who still think Bush is doing a good job.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  443. Jose

    Maybe he should stop talking so much about his oppinions of Barrack Obama and start explaining why he feels that cutting taxes for Corporations and the rich, benefit our Country when its been proven for the past 8 years that CEO's only care about what goes into their pockets, He only cares about his "friends" his rich friends and he is fighting hard to protect their wallets. He keeps mentioning his battle scars but fails to realize thats its his mental reasoning which has the deepest scar.

    P.S. He also needs to get rid of this "Joe the Plumber" his support for this Liar and under Achiever is beyond me.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  444. Jim; Woodbury, MN

    Take the focus off Obama and place it on himself, and do a better job outlining his plans to get this great nation back on track again. The only thing I know for sure about McCain is that he was a POW in Vietnam and that he doesn’t want Obama to win the presidency, and I have been watching this race very closely. I know more about “The Man on the Moon” than I do about McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  445. rostand melhy

    looks jack, there is nothing that johnmccain can do. this election was over ever since john choosed palin as running mate.john has no new ideas, no vision, this man really has nothing good for america.the only advice that i can give john is to go back to arizona to try to to preserve a victory at least in his own state.john mccain has been negatif all along this campaign.the only thing we will always remember in this election is how mccain lost his integrity by trying to divide the country to win an election.i will be extremely suprise if mccain can be reelected as a us senator for another term, because now we all know who is the real mccain. rostand melhy fronm new jersey

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  446. stan from nyc

    That ship has sailed Jack..
    He locked up his nomination back in March, announced Palin as his running mate in late August. He had 5 months for due diligence in formulating a campaign strategy and making a VP choice. He must have slept instead.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  447. Mitch - Louisville

    In response to Peter S of NY... the 2000 & 2004 elections were not stolen by Republicans, rather it was the other way around [ almost ]. Do a little research, it was Democrats who tried to steal the elections. C'mon Peter, at least be straight with the facts.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  448. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    nada, Jack...the die is already cast...

    Obama/Biden 08.


    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  449. Brian in San Francisco

    Honestly, it's way too late for him to turn back the tide. He can't suddenly try to appear competent and mentally stable and in possession of some dignity and integrity. That would be the ultimate flip-flop!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  450. Michael

    McCain must fly into Afghanistan, capture Osama, solve global warming, and win the Iraq war, all while singing the national anthem with his hand over heart. Oh, and picking a new running mate might help, too.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  451. Dawn from Baltimore

    It is impossible to imagine but he just needs to bow out gracefully, be the good guy that he is and stop defacing himself, separate himself from the McCarthyism like Sarah Palin OR If he gets an injunction and changes his and Sarah Palins name to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and tell the American people to write them in... they still will not win, but it will be funny!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  452. Ed - Washington DC

    He can continue to lie and call names to Obama's tax plan in order to convince uneducated people that he has better plans for them overall than Obama does.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  453. Sasha Pruett

    McCain is so set in his negative ways that I don't think even he knows how to reach undecided voters. It's a shame–if the McCain in 2000 or 2004 were speaking to undecideds, they might actually give him some heavy consideration. Instead, McCain is turning off a lot of potential supporters by his campaign's nasty attitude and tactics. Oh–I might add–having a highly inexperienced VP candidate can't help matters much either.

    Sasha Pruett
    Hayward, CA

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  454. Paul Martin

    Fear of anything and everything.
    The GOP is betting that the USA will not vote in a black man
    especially during these troublesome times.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  455. Karmen L. Schmidt

    A number of pundits are scratching their heads wondering why McCain and Palin are pouring so much last minute time and into the state of Pennsylvania where Obama has a clear lead. I can think of a possible explanation. This is where the Republicans are going to cheat their way to a win and say that the win was due to voter's change in heart.

    The Republican party has shown that it will lie, cheat and steal in order to win. They make me sick.


    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  456. Rodney from Houston, TX

    Absolutely nothing, it seems the polls are squeezing together nicely around the country.
    McCains always been a sure thing in Texas.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  457. Dan

    Why doesn't he put an Obama mask on for Halloween? That might help his chances a little...

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  458. Chase

    Trade places with Sarah Palin and then stop talking.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  459. Jay from Dallas, TX

    Jack, I’ve got a perfect idea on how John McCain can win over undecided voters. He, himself, should vote for the Obama/Biden ticket.
    That way he’s sure to be on the side of the soon to be decided voters.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  460. Fred

    If McCain had been truly a praying man from the beginning he might be a better position than he is in now.

    Fred from Virginia

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  461. Mick in Los Angeles

    I can't believe McCain has any votes at all. This is the dumbest electorate I have ever seen. Maybe people who are still undecided at this point shouldn't be voting at all.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  462. john

    Maybe he should give Obama some of his ,MCCains, military records and tell Obama to start using them in ads.
    It probably would not help, but it would bring Obama down to MCCains level of mudslinging and get Obama off the issues.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  463. rob wall

    McCain has moved so far right, he's lost touch with the center....if he ever had it. Obama is a transformational figure...smart, savvy and in touch.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  464. Ginny, Philadelphia

    If he gave me 10 million dollars I may CONSIDER voting for him.
    Wait a minute......naaaah......even that wouldn't work.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  465. Mallinda Chong-anderson

    Sen. McCain, needs to keep talking about the economy and how he will takes us out of this mess. Believe it or not I am still not decided for whom I am going to vote, I like them both, however, I get a bit scared about Sen. Obama's tax increase and how he wants to spread tax payers's money with the people who never paid taxes, that's my concern about him. will see.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  466. angel of death

    i care about the issues not mccain.he needs to endorse obama

    October 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  467. Lloyd Payne

    He can't win regardless he is a dead dog at the polls. Obama will win by a landslide
    And that Means AMERICA WINS

    October 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  468. D'Wayne, NC

    Vote for Obama. '08

    October 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  469. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Emphasize that he was a POW. He doesn't do that nearly enough.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  470. AM

    If you're undecided at this point, you're probably not sure who's going to win the World Series (wink).

    Obama/Biden/Phillies '08

    October 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  471. Shaina Marie

    In my opinion the only way he'll win this election is if he pulls a Bush and cheats.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  472. Brian

    Stop running the negative adds and start showing why his policies would be better than barack obama's.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  473. UB

    As an independent voter, I was voting for McCain till he decided on Palin. I still view him as having total integrity and as a PoW, some one who has seen pain and suffering first-hand.

    Choosing Palin turned me off completely. How can our great country risk its future to an such a naive, ill-informed politician? She is no Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir or Margaret Thatcher. What a said miss, Mr. McCain!

    Choosing Palin cost you my vote, Mr. Integrity!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  474. Hank in Montreal

    McCain is a true patriot with solid experience in life and in politics. If my fellow Americans, who were hoodwinked by quick talking Willie ("I did not have...etc.") are able to be hoodwinked by smooth talking Barack (he who voted "present" 129 times) and able to contenance a president who consorts with domestic terrorists, with supporters of foreign terrorists and with racists wearing the cloth of religion, then I'm afraid the USA will get what they deserve.

    Pity is, that those who wore the uniform, come November 6th, will be spinning in their graves.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  475. Chuck

    He could name a new vice president candidate. After all the question independants should ask is "If Sarah Palin was running for president, would you vote for her?". After all, the US Constitution provides for her succession to the top job should McCain be unable to complete his term. If the answer is "no", clearly voting for McCain is a huge gamble and risk.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  476. Gordon from Roanoke, Virginia

    McCain isn't going to win over what's left of the undecided voters the few that are out there. Besides what difference is it going to make. McCain's going to be taking his show on the road home with him come next Tuesday. Stick a "fork" in him, he's done!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  477. jj

    what about change VP running mate?

    October 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  478. ann

    To those people who buy the "spreading the wealth"/socialist claim, it is just false. As Colin Powell said, all taxes redistribute wealth. Under Bush taxes, more of this money is going into the hands of the rich - the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. McCain – whose was against these cuts in 2000 because they were wrong - now wants to make them even deeper. This is just wrong. You can't have a growing economy, when all the weath is concentrated on the top and the middle and lower class does not have the money to buy goods. Moreover, Obama gives tax breaks to american companies that create new jumps and reduce captial gains taxes. Moreover, McCain's plan will create a bigger defecit than Obama's plan.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  479. Donna

    What a double standard all you Obama nuts have. There are plenty of undecideds and I myself have gotten at least 25 people to see the kight and vote McCain. All they had to do was read about Obama's background and his associations with people who hate America and white people. If you read you too will see. if you don't and Obama wins you will see another side that you haven't yet. Wake up and hope McCain wins.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  480. R Wolf

    The only way McCain could get my respect is for him to admit to his lies, distortions and slanderous attacks by both he and his running mate against Senator Obama. Although his slimy ads have not netted him the reaction he thought they would, he still carries on with them. Instead of making Senator Obmam look bad, they only serve to make the McCain campaign look desperate and pathetic.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  481. dlb

    I have an idea Jack...how about McCain can auction off 7 of his 8 homes to families who have lost theirs to forclosure...or he can donate 12 of the 13 cars he owns to single parent families who have to wake up 2 hours early because their reliance on public transportation...just a thought

    October 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  482. Jay Dillon

    John McCain needs to stick to the issues instead of the negativism towards Barack Obama. He needs to be assertive in the first person rather than the second person of you this or that. He needs to slam the Bush administration. Unfortunately time is short. Only 6-7% undecides left..He isn't the same person as in the year 2000. He has been more an opportunist while cuddling with Bush just prior to the campaign run. In the end he may end up saying, "Say it ain't so, Joe".

    October 30, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  483. Frank

    For McCain to convince undecided voters he should throw in the towel and go on the Obama/Biden bandwagon. To late for him now

    October 30, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  484. Jeff

    He should highlight Obama's lack of experience and immaturity if he wants to win this election. If Obama thinks that a tax increase will help the economy he should consider going back to school and taking some economics courses.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  485. gale

    Nothing!.............. Oh,but there's Joe, the plumber! He"s probably a better canditate better than McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  486. Joe Williams

    McCain should lose Joe The Plumber! It looks like an old “carney” side-show, a pathetic one. It reminds me of the day he pulled Sarah Palin out of his hat!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  487. Lucy, Miami, FL

    When he swings his support to Obama, we will all win. Short of that he will have to give out free lobotomys.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  488. Paula

    McCain says he knows how to find Osama bin Laden. He could tell his buddy George Bush and killt him before election day.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  489. Amy Noir

    If he can stop negative campaign and stop divided our country, unfortunate it is becoming point of No return. Advise fire Palin and be a true Maverick.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  490. Gerrard White

    Simply put: Biden.

    Palin has already made a habit of producing these "rogue, diva" comments that hurt the McCain/Palin campaign. Joe Biden, on the other hand, has been known for making the unscripted and brash comments that often BENEFIT his campaign. His one slip-up, and the media's reaction to it, showed the impact his "bad" comments can have and the campaign cannot afford that. Not now.

    Biden's best idea is to play Obama's card: Stay on topic, keep rallying voters, and focus on November 4th.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  491. BARBARA

    Everyone knows that Sarah Palin is more prone to say whatever comes to her mind. She seems to be politicking for herself instead of she and McCain. I shiver to think of her becoming our VP.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  492. Colin

    Dump Sarah Palin, grab Mitt Romney, and then maybe he can appeal to the Mormons who are mobilizing every resource to defeat California's Prop 8. The ERA, Prop 8, and McCain... heck, with their religious tax exemption and their requirement to obey their leaders unquestioningly, they're the most effective PAC in history. Watch the poll numbers change overnight!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  493. Jackie

    Jack, People are sick of the scare tactics that republicans use fueled by right wing radicals like Hannity and Limbaugh. McCain made major mistakes from selecting Palin to continuing with this Joe the Plumber nonsense..Give me a break...Jackie the grocery clerk..from Marietta, Georgia P.S. Keep up the good work making me listen and laugh!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  494. landon kelsey

    McCain could claim that Obama is an alien from Mars

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  495. Allen, New Mexico

    Biden is a Mitch... he speaks truthfully from the heart. Palin speaks with 'forked-tongue' like the snake-in-the-grass she is.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  496. Nancy Dudley

    The RNC can spend more money on Joe the Plumber's wardrobe now that he has become one of McCains spokesman.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  497. Jon, Seattle, WA

    He can convince the media to start questioning Obama instead of whimpering at his feet. Unfortunately, reporters these days look like they are hosting Entertainment Tonight instead of looking for facts or breaking stories. Guess they want to be The Celebrity’s friend…

    October 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  498. Bill Kuykendall

    Spend more time talking about what McCain will do than what Obama will do. It's pretty clear who John McCain thinks is the stronger candidate.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  499. jim sharp

    sunrise beach mo. it probably doesn't matter if palin or biden says anything. I'm in one of those so called swing states and I have been inundated by robo-calls and negative maliings from macain and there are some in state that believe everything they hear. I just hope they wake up and pick the guy that isn't walking around oz looking for a brain god help us

    October 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  500. Alan

    McCain made two people very famous this election season, Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber. Now what is the percentage of the undecided voters, is it 7% or so? That means McCan has to come up with a way to make this 7% famous and then he'll have it his way.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  501. Shora

    The only way is to make S. Palin divorce and marry Karl Rove. These two are the best couple of dirty conspiracy ever known to mankind. The only problem is too late already!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm |