November 6th, 2008
01:48 PM ET

How can Obama win over McCain voters?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

One of the longest, nastiest and most divisive presidential races is now in the history books. Thankfully.

Now the next chapter: Moving forward and getting this country back on its feet.

Obama supporters are ready. They're fired up, but that isn't exactly the case when it comes to many of John McCain's supporters.

Amidst all the jubilation over the election of Barack Obama broadcast all over the world, it's worth noting that 56 million Americans did not vote for Obama and are not thrilled that he won. In the popular vote, Obama won by less than eight million votes out of more than 120 million votes cast.

Obama has talked about repairing this divided nation. In Grant Park on Election Night, he said that he would be a president for the people that didn't vote for him as well as for those who did. But with emotions running high, supporters of John McCain are having trouble letting go.

Here’s my question to you: What will Obama have to do to win over wary McCain supporters?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Beevee from Michigan writes:
He needs to work closely with McCain or appoint McCain for some important position in his administration to assure McCain supporters that all is forgotten and he is ready to be president of the United States not just Democrats.

Ryan writes:
Jack, I think a bipartisan cabinet would help make the McCain supporters who are moderate Republicans believe in Obama. The ones who are on the extreme right will probably never be able to support Obama, which is a shame. As a McCain supporter, I fully support Obama and hope he does well for this country and its citizens.

C.J. from Atlanta, Georgia writes:
McCain's supporters need to stop condemning our country's future before giving Obama a chance. They will be pleasantly surprised when the sun continues to rise and America prospers again.

Sean writes:
Use the term "my friends".

Sheba from Delaware writes:
I'm not concerned about Obama trying to win over anybody. I want him to do his best to clean up the mess left by the past Administration. He doesn't need a fan club; he just needs to be able to do his job to the best of his ability.

John from Arizona writes:
Jack, if he wants to win over McCain Republicans he can ban gay marriage, appoint a far-right Supreme Court justice and nominate Sarah Palin as Secretary of State. I'm not recommending any of the above, you understand!

Michael from Pensacola, Florida writes:
Say "9/11" and "bomb Iraq" every few sentences. And for the Palin supporters, walk around without shoes and say "real Americans"!

Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (366 Responses)
  1. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Get all mavericky up in the White House.

    November 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Hey, Jack, I liked having you on for four hours yesterday. The more opportunities for us to give our opinions the better.
    I don't know if President Obama will be able to win over Mccain
    supporters. Some are so hard core in their beliefs and stances,
    that the survival of our country comes second.
    Plus, Palin stirring up so much hate, anger and distrust at her
    rallies is a big obstacle to overcome.
    Know he will try very hard to unite our country but for some it
    may be impossible. He has the majority of us and that is
    what counts.

    November 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  3. Ed Reed

    The 28% of the people who still approve of President Bush will never be "won over" by Sen. Obama. The best thing he can do for everyone else is to govern pragmatically and competently, something we haven't witnessed for the last eight years.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX
    The Real America

    November 6, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  4. Gerry

    Try and put some republicans on his cab. the only way to win over McCain supporters is with result's. Prove you are bipartician. Also be up front with all your messages.


    November 6, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  5. Ben from Michigan State

    There are some McCain supporters that Obama simply won't be able to win over. After all, 25% of the population still think Bush is doing a great job.

    November 6, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  6. Richard, Enoch, Utah

    I believe that alot of them will come around, but there is still alot of racists out there. Everywhere! We saw it in some of McCain/Palin rallies. Some people will come straight out and tell you others keep it to themselves, but it is there.

    November 6, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  7. Caroline

    Simply stated: nothing could sway me "away" from Senator John McCain. Not a man like him.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  8. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    Hire Sarah Palin as Russian Ambassador.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  9. David of Alexandria VA

    This is one of Obama's biggest challenges. When you think that only barely more than half of the country voted for him (something less than a third if you count the no-shows), he needs to demonstrate that he is leading for all the people, not just his party. At the same time, the far-left vultures in Congress are circling the country with a ravishing hunger to tax, spend, "spread around," social engineer, and the like. Obama faces the problem of governing from the center without alienating his own party or the rest of us.

    I wonder how the media will report that?

    November 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  10. lynn

    I thibnk the question should be how will McCain supporters show there so called "country first" mantra first and give the new President elect the chance to show his stuff.

    I doubt if the narrow minded so called "Christian" right will ever be won over!!

    November 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  11. Esther M. Akron Ohio

    why bother those are also palin followers and they believe like her that we are anti americans because we believe the constitution is for all

    November 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  12. MB in VA

    I think President Obama's ability to win over John McCain voters will largely depend on John McCain and other Republican's ability to accept Obama as their president and work with him in a non-partisan way to solve problems and make progress in this country. They have definitely set the tone in this election, and if their current stance doesn't change, their supporters won't either.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  13. RJ - Ohio

    First, McCain supporters need to give President-Elect Obama a chance. If they wont even give him a chance, it will be hard for them to ever be won over.
    Having said that. I think Obama will need to govern close to the center and incorporate the ideas from Democrats as well as Republicans.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  14. Jeff San Diego, CA

    Simple, be a moderate Democrat. Don't be the extreme liberal that the McCain campaign alleged. That can at least appeal to independents and moderate Republicans that supported McCain.

    Forget trying to appeal to the Republican base. McCain even couldn't get their support.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  15. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    Obama can reach out across the aisle to work with Republicans. He may even have a cabinet position for John McCain. Other than that, Obama needs to do the BEST he can. There are some McCain supporters who will NEVER be won over by Obama. Trying to please everyone leads to DISASTER.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  16. Peri W.

    The only thing that will win over McCain supporters is the passage of time. Once they see Obama doing a good job, the intelligent ones will come around. Sadly, there's a portion of the far right that is so filled with hate they can't identify good when they see it.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Paul S. Columbia, SC


    November 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  18. Enugu

    Oh, I forgot. He can also win them over by appointing Sarah Palin Secretary of State and John McCain Defence Secretary.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Mike Ryan

    Does he need them? I don’t think he needs those “Radicals” anti “Black” voters at all. All he needs to prove is that he is good on his promises and he can count on 2012.
    Snellville, GA

    November 6, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  20. Joe in MO

    He won't win them all over, but he can win over GOP moderates by being competent and governing effectively. We all long for that. It has been a long eight years.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  21. Linda in Florida

    Even if he wins them over, they will never admit it.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  22. Brett in Oriskany,Va

    If Obama governs from the center,includes Republicans is his cabinet, he will gain the support of a vast majority of republicans who put country before party. As for the fringe of hate,racism,religious fundamentalism, and conservative talk show hosts, you can never win those people over.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  23. Debora I from Nauvoo, IL

    Anybody stupid and/or corrupt enough to have voted for McCain/Palin doesn't deserve to be won over. These are the same idiots who voted for Bush and brought on the ever increasing number of troubles we Americans now suffer. Let them toss back a six pack with Joe the Plumber and just stay out of the way.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  24. Jim


    He shouldn't try. He should just be the Barack we've seen over the last two years. The reasonable McCain supporters will get on board eventually, recognizing Obama's intelligence and calm, careful, pragmatic approach to problem solving. The loonies will spend the next four years pouting no matter what and, with any luck, will rally around Palin in 2012.

    Reno, Nevada

    November 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Andre R. Newcomb

    can't be done.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  26. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    Obama needs to show one or two quick accomplishments on centrist issues, like the economy, jobs, or energy. He doesn't have to solve the whole issue, just show real progress that most people can agree with. He needs to steer clear of controversial issues like choice, and gay rights, at least for a while, until he establishes himself with the open-minded, reachable McCain supporters.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  27. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It is as much the opposition changing as it is Obama changing in order to unite. It is each of us going inward and through reality begin to align our fragmented personalities with our souls, this is spirituality, this is returning to who we were meant to be.

    Today I happened to be reading a book that asked the question:

    How may we transcend the polarity in this world if we continue to respond to the polarity with eyes of polarity?

    When we find the answers to that question, we can answer yours Jack, and many more of the questions we currently do not have answers for in this world. It is then we can begin to bless those things that we believe hurt us the most.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  28. Joe in DE

    He could give tax breaks to the wealthy and the oil companies.

    He could eliminate the Dept of Environment..

    He can improv education so that future voter are well enough informed to identify thir real political self-intrest.

    OR – he can be o[pen & honest.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  29. Ed Portland, OR

    Unfortunately, there could be no 'winning over' of some McCain supporters outside of withdrawing Obama's electional win and handing it over to McCain.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  30. Michael, Toronto, CANADA

    As a McCain supporter I've been telling my fellow supporters to accept the loss and support the new President. We must not give up our core values, but we must be open to negotiation. If Obama is open, I'm sure work will get done. Believe it or not, Karl Rove is saying the same thing.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  31. Bill, Quarryville, Pa

    He should appoint some republicans to his cabinet. We need to come together as a people and this will help accomplish that purpose. It will show that just one party isn't running rough shot over the other. We had too much of that in the past eight years.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  32. Lisa in Ga

    Nothing, because they truly believed that McCain was the better canidate.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  33. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    He'll do the obvious things like putting some well known and respected Republicans in his cabinet and won't upend the current strategy in Iraq immediately. The most important steps will be in how he approaches his campaign promises. He needs to begin with energy and economic development issues before he can start working on tax plan changes, expanding health care, and restoring workers rights.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  34. Helena, Clearwater, FL

    He shouldn't even try to win them over. If he just governs in a uncompromising way as he ran his campaign, we know he will do the right thing for the country with or without the hard core republicans. After all, they were the ones that screwed up the economy and the reputation in the world view so he should just ignore them and go on as he promised.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  35. Willow, Iowa

    I think the moderates in the Republican party will see his good will and hard work to make things better for everyone. The radical Conservatives won't see anything he does as good. I am almost expecting a split in the Republican party as moderates and radicals. Because never in my life have I see the "base" of the party as that radical. As a Democrat, I could easily see a moderate conservative in power. but no more can I see a radical fundamentalist Republican as a person in power. The divide is getting too big.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  36. Kerry Diehl

    Step down before he takes office

    November 6, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  37. Lisa, Ashford, Alabama

    Hire Joe the Plumber!
    Isn't he out of work now?

    November 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  38. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Obama can start by building up a bipartisan cabinet and having real transparency or accountability on how the government is run. It is only a symbolic first step but it will help stave off the Republican attack machine and encourage McCain supporters to take a second look at a new course in America.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  39. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    Obama could win over the McCain folk if he continues the Bush policies, starts another nonsense war, and doubles the current defecit. Other than that, the McCain supporters won't be swayed.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  40. Richard McKinney, Texas

    We will have to wait and see what and who Obama really is Jack. Right now he has done nothing in his history except get elected and considering who was running against him that was not much of a challenge either. Obama had a harder time beating out Hilary Clinton.
    The democrats have a lot of healing to get behind them. They have had 2 years to do something in congress and have done nothing of note. That will be Obama's biggest challenge now. Getting a worthless congress to do it's job without stealing the country blind in the process.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  41. Kevin, Chester Springs, PA

    Govern from the center. Be bipartisan. Work with McCain to get things done. And get us out of this economic mess.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  42. Teri in St. Augustine FL

    Jack, our country is so divided. The McCain supporters that think Gov. Palin was acceptable to be VP, and Joe the (unlicensed, non-taxpaying) Plumber had great ideas will never be won over by an intelligent, articulate, even tempered, Harvard educated bi-racial President. It's so sad.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  43. carol in Oregon

    By first putting our country in the black and bringing jobs home to the main-land states. The thing I remmeber most about Clinton was our economy was better. Obama can't simple do his best he has big shoes to fill to bring our economy back and it will mean some Democrat heads will need to roll.
    Bush was neither Blue or Red, he was simple in-experienced and made a mess and let big business run amuck. I remember his campain slogan "I'm a uniter not a divider" HA ! He divideed his own party.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  44. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Reach across the aisle and offer McCain the job as secretary of defense.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  45. Alex

    Considering the reasons McCain/Palin gave for voting for them, as long as Obama doesn't personally commit acts of domestic terrorism or give our nuclear codes to Iran, he should be fine.
    But seriously, it's going to be hard to win them over considering the kind of negativity and divisiveness McCain insisted on making the cornerstone of his campaign.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  46. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    Mabe about 1/3 of them. The rest are too far right or too religous to ever support a Dem especially when religous groups like the CCV [Citizens for Community Values – out of Cincinnati] put out an email yesterday stating their disappoinment in the election of Barack Hussein Obama (their use of his name, not mine).

    Many religous groups are driving the divide in this country.
    I believe they have the right to voice their view on issues but when they begin telling their members how to vote (who or what issue) they should be taxed as a business.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  47. Lenz Dalusma

    Obama needed the help of Hillary to win over her voters...so to win over McCain's voters he'll surely need the help of the Republican senator. It may also help for him to remind the American people that Abraham Lincoln said: 'A house divided against itself cannot stand!'

    November 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  48. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    You can't please all of the people all of the time, but McCain supporters must realize that the American people voted for who they thought would be best to be President. I believe Obama will do what is right for us and hopefully the McCain supporters will have to finally put aside their pride and agree with our choice.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  49. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Not until McCain and perhaps the Barracuda get behind him for the good of the country. It wouldn't hurt if Hannity/Limbaugh/O'Reiley could bring themselves to stop spreading lies and hate for the same reason.

    Oh, to dream...

    November 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  50. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    Personally I don't think that is President Obama's job. It was the McCain champaign that stirred up the hatred and caused the awful pronouncements in his audiances. Therefore, just like Hillary, John McCain should be the one to address any problem these fanatics have with a President Obama. Some may never be won over. That will be their loss. My tea leaves tell me that Mr. Obama will be loved by almost everyone, the same way that President John F. Kennedy was.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  51. Sarah Louise

    I think a few will have already decided to support him because he has won and they believe this is the right thing to do. Some of them will be won over gradually as long as he shows at least a reasonable level of competence in the job. Sadly I think a large part of McCain's support will never support Barack for reasons like he is black, he is prochoice or because they still believe he is a muslim socialist etc.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  52. Peter TX

    he should gather them all in one place and play the re-run on fox news yesterday where they revealed that sarah palin didnt know that africa is a continent not a country. that should smack common sense back into them.


    Dallas, TX

    November 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  53. shirley thibodeaux


    There is absolutely NOTHING he can do!!!!!!!!!!Eventually, they will come to their senses.

    Shirley-Breaux Bridge, LA

    November 6, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  54. Yvonne

    He will win some of them over in the same way as he won over the Hillary Clinton supporters who vowed they would never support, but then did – by being himself and by governing openly, honestly and fairly.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  55. Janice Pound

    Absolutely nothing. He has become Pres.elect for the whole country. And as he has often said , "not red state, or blue states, but the united states." It's about time all parties grow up and act like intelligent adults.. You're not this party or that party, for the next 4 yrs. lets all be Americans and hope all people will support our new Pesident and try to bring our country back to the one we can again be proud of,

    November 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  56. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    why should he try to win them over? If they can't read the writting on the wall then tough. A Democrat has offerend their hand in friendship far too often to the Republicans only to have to slapped. The McCain supporters shows their total disrespect towards the Democrats and if they want to be involved they should make the moves necessary to prove they want to be involved in this historic evolution.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  57. ST

    He just needs to lead us in the right direction. I think what some people do not realize is he is for everyone, not just the Dems, but the Repubs as well. Obama, I think, is truely someone who will try his best to heal this country, but we as a nation have to give a little as well. The Repubs need to get over losing and focus on what needs to be done for the country as a whole. We Dems need to forget about the past and look to the future. We all need to come together and work as a nation.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  58. Harita, Atlanta, GA

    Action speaks louder than words..!! The only way Obama can win McCain voters, and if not win atleast satisfy McCain voters is to implement measures he promised ang get the country out of the economic mess we are in.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  59. mark in phoenix az

    Screw the McCain people. BO simply cannot be all things to all people. The majority has spoken and it is time to move away from the terrible decisions of the present Administration. The McCain group is by and large content with the status quo and will only stand in the way or worse, undermine everything BO tries to accomplish. They lost. Get over it. Either join the new reality or get left behind!

    November 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  60. vern-anaheim,ca

    choose a republican for his cabinet such as richard lugar of indiana or chuck hagel of nebraska,these are honorable men and would be assets to his standing with the mccain wing of the republican party

    November 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  61. Leo Spriggins FL

    If President Obama is true to his campaign speeches he should stay the course. The "Republican Base"; the intolerant, my way or the highway, devisive, evangelical CULT; Limbaugh and Liddy people will never be turned. The McCain supporters that denounced McCains sleazy campaign will eventually see the light because they represent the future of their party and America!

    November 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  62. Chelle, Illinois

    Now that he's taking Emanuel with him to Washington he can take Blagojevich and all of his other crooked cronies. That would make us happy.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  63. Thom Richer

    Jack, I am not sure he can. Most will never accept him as a positive force in "their" government. That was obvious to me when I observed and listened to McCain's concession speech in Phoenix. All one had to do was watch the cameras pan the McCain crowd of supporters to realize why. It is for the same reason McCain wasn't giving an acceptance speech instead of conceeding.

    It was literally in the faces of the McCain crowd Take a look, Jack, at the file tapes and you will see what I didn't see. That being, not one black face in the crowd. That answers this question, Jack and your other question, "What did McCain do wrong to loose the election."

    Negaunee, MI

    November 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  64. Yvonne, Michigan

    Winning over McCain voters will take more time and effort than fixing this mess. Sorry Jack, the "to do" list for our new President is a little long right now I'd like for him to remain focus. I'm sure when they begin reaping all of the benefits from his leadership they'll come around.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  65. Joshuwa

    Houston, Texas

    Jack, there is nothing Obama can do the sway the majority of McCain's supporters. His presidency obviously didn't coincide with their political agenda. They happen to be the same people who will argue with you about your Democratic views while presenting an appearance of grandeur when speaking about the republican party. Those types of supporters are set in stone. In their minds, they are ALL geniuses and everyone else are just witnesses.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  66. Jim/Greensboro

    It will be difficult. I believe he received all the votes he could possibly muster from the right. However, he does have a chance if he becomes a centurists; manages the people's money properly...if we have anything left; respects the need for business to be profitable in order to increase JOBS...without profitablility no JOBS; doesn't fire cruise missles into tents; win the war on terror; keep us safe; doesn't turn every state in the union into an immoral atmosphere or battleground...just to name a few.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  67. Mickie

    That depends whether you are talking about the republicans that think for themselves, or the extremist that only pay attention to the propaganda and bigoted theology. It's interesting that they are so self-righteous that the liberals are tax and spend, when the only good economic times we have had in this country were under democratic leadership. You can't make a rock absorb anything.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  68. Courtney, South Windsor, CT

    Some McCain supporters Obama may never win, but I think he's already turning it around for other McCain supporters. And while I'm no fan of his, McCain's concession speech really helped along the transition.
    I would like to ask, however, who the heck are the 25% of Americans that still think Bush is doing well? They keep being referenced in regard to McCain supporters, but I cannot for the life of me believe they actually exist...

    November 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  69. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Obama has said he will work with McCain and other republicans to get the job done. A CNN contributor said Obama has "an in-box from hell", and no truer words were ever spoken. The republican party needs this opportunity to help show the American people that they really do care about this country. For Obama's part, centrist policies will go a long way to salve the wounds of losing.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  70. Mz Leah

    Unfortunately, there are some that will never see Mr. Obama as anything but a tool to put forward more of the hate that was so prevalent during this campaign like some at Fox. Hopefully, others will take a wait and see approach. I think the cabinet choices will "force" some to see he is going to do just what he said and reach across the aisle.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  71. Pat in NM

    I was too late to comment yesterday on your Priority One question yesterday, but my answer is relevant here. Obama's Priority One is to figure out what is Priority One that is meaningful and can be implemented quickly that effects middle class America, showing Republicans and Democrats what he can do.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  72. Jim, from Las Vegas

    Which group are you referring to? The moderate conservatives such as myself who remember Goldwater and Buckley, Sr. or the religious right? I don't think it is possible for him to win what is considered the GOP "base" today. Those of us who remember the '60s brand of GOP want to see the centrist Obama, and not the radical liberal.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  73. Gina in Racine, Wi

    All Obama has to do, is keep doing what he is already doing. Now that the Election is over and the Clinton and McCain Camps aren't attacking him.....people will be able to focus on his message, see his vision and take part in how he will put our Country on the right course.... fix our Economy.....and help the middle class. Once they see that Obama means what he says and isn't just a "speech" then they will get on board.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  74. Erik

    It does not matter. Most so-called "McCain supporters" weren't all that excited about McCain, only adhering to him because he held the candidate position representing their Republican preferences.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  75. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    The extreme right will never be won over. There is hope for the rest of them who don't have politics twisted up in ideology and religion. Obama just needs to be Obama and show the leadership he did throughout the campaign. Always remember – he beat the Clintons and he can win over moderate Republicans who supported McCain with his no-nonsense, unifying approach.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  76. Bit/Prattville

    He has to become an extreme right-wing conservative.........NOT!


    November 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  77. Lauren Phoenix Az.

    He will have to include Republicans in his cabinet and try to be as inclusive as possible. Left wingers and Right wingers will all have to compromise and meet in the middle.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  78. Dana, Michigan

    I believe if he just keeps his word, and stay bipartisan on issues, and appointments, he will get their attention, and eventually win their vote.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  79. Ray in Nashville

    He's not going to win over the hard core Republicans, no matter what he does; he's still a Democrat and he's still an African-American. He can win over the moderate Republicans, Independents and some of the HIllary supporters who voted for Senator McCain by being a centrist and working with members of Congress from both parties and not just being a rubber stamp for Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  80. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    He could fix every problem this country has, capture Bin Laden, reverse global warming and the conservatives in this country would still not like him. Their minds may be narrow, but they make up for it with their depth of prejudice.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  81. Joe, PA

    I agree with Kevin, he needs to govern from the center. I also believe he needs to use the best and brightest minds he can find, not just political allies and cronies. Also, don't fly to the left all of sudden.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  82. Vinny Connecticut

    It amazes me how some of the posters on this site harbor such hate for Sen McCain and Gov Palin saying it doesn't matter if Obama can't get the support of those who voted for them. Doesn't matter?! About half the country voted for McCain/Palin! It was NOT a landslide as some people and pundits have stated. You Obama folks need to stop gloating, stop hating and then maybe, Obama will win over those of us who didn't vote for him. Your site, Jack, is becoming a "loon fest" for haters! I'm sure Obama would be embarrassed by some of the jerks who post on here!

    November 6, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  83. Rose in Az

    Obama needs to live up to the promises he made while campaigning, if he doesn't he will never win over the McCain supporters and they will all be watching very closely. He simply can not go back on any of the things he has promised to do if he does he will get the same treatment that the liberals gave to Bush and McCain.
    This Country and the World will be looking at his every move from now on.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  84. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Govern as he campaigned by being inclusive of all Americans, red or blue, black or white, whoever you are. And yes, he will have to reign in the far left yohos as well as reach out for Republican support and bring together both parties for consensus in legislation.... something that hasn't happened in eight years. It will be an uphill battle, but I hope that both parties in congress get that message.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  85. Ingrid, new york

    the president elect will not win partisan republicans over, those in power are already critiquing his choice of chief of staff as "proof" that he is the same old same old. but he will win the moderates and the independents if he continues to communicate clearly, explain his decisions and his recommendations and working with and engaging with people of all political inclinations.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  86. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    I'll bet they want to learn more about how Community Organizing works now. If they support the new programs, they can attend free classes in how to run a political campaign with class and dignity. It's the best deal they will ever get. With new and proven skills, it will be survival of the fittest ideas. They will adjust if we are patient with their special needs.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  87. L.M.,Arizona

    He can't. I have been a Bush hater from day one. I felt he was unqualified,pampered,and stole the election. Because Obama is black 95% of the McCain voters will not accept him for that fact. But they won't start a revolution or riot they will just write and complain to you Jack.


    November 6, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  88. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Jack, you cna please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time and that's the way it should be, especially in our country. It will help if he was to put Palin in a high level cabinet position like Sec. of Russian relations. That was meant to be a joke.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  89. John

    Jack: Barack Obama can dye his hair grey paint himself white. The old white boys club, because the 65 years an up voted for McCain. This is the only way he can appeal to McCain supporters. But I think Barack Obama is a breathe of fresh air and plans to shake up things in Washington, D.C. by being himself. No clubs for him.


    November 6, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  90. Tom in Desoto, TX

    As Abe once said, "You're not going please them all...." There are still people in this world who believe being a Nazi is the right thing. And so it goes....

    November 6, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  91. Elle from Pullman, WA

    At this point, nothing. I have too many Republican friends who think their lives are doomed (for a variety of strange reasons) now that Obama has been elected and nothing will change their minds. Of course, had McCain won, I guess I would be feeling the same way.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  92. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    I promised myself to support my President regardless of party affiliation. Even though McCain eventually got my vote from a coin toss, I will support Obama unless he makes a huge mistake. I supported Bush until the beginning of this year, and I supported Clinton until the Lewinsky thing. It isn't that hard to put party affiliation behind you, and think for the common good.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  93. Doug from Bloomington IN

    Obama has already expressed his desire and willingness to welcome McCain voters and be their president, too. But, like racism, party affiliation can run deep and is very hard to overcome. I think with his personality, Obama will gain the support of the more sensible republicans and things will get done. Those that live in the extreme deserve what they get.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  94. Tonya A. in OKC

    Obama may never win them over, but here is the first thing he needs to do: The McCain base has been told Obama will take their guns away. Of course he isn't, but here in the red states they are freaking smooth out about their precious guns. Obama is going to have to make some assurance that he will not be taking people's guns. >sigh.<

    November 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  95. Karl from SF, CA

    McCain voters that could be won over were on Tuesday. The rest aren't interested in solving the problems of this country. They are too pre-occupied with being Republicans. That is all that matters to them. Sara Palin and Neiman-Marcus are thier gods.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  96. Dan, Chantilly VA

    He can only hope that the same people who say about Bush that we should 'stand behind the president no matter what' will not be hypocrites. I'm not holding my breath.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  97. Vinnie Vino


    To win over the McCain supporters he should start off every speech with the phrase, like he did, "My Friends"...

    C.I., New York

    November 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  98. James in TN

    Reach across the isle, stay centered, listen to both sides and make good decisions.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  99. Ron in Ohio

    He will win over some through good leadership. Many are so stuck in mindsets and status quo that they will never change their thinking. Reaching across the aisle some and encouraging civility in government will help some. Those closet racists will just be left behind. Continue as he did in the campaign, remain stable and steady.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  100. Johnny from SC

    Ask Sarah Palin to be his Secretary of Housekeeping. Just kidding... Secretary of Education


    November 6, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  101. Kerry from Saint Paul, MN

    Fiscal responsibility, moderation, balacing the budget, a four year ban on porkbarrel spending. Election reform limiting elections to 6 months, banning lobbist ( won't happen) and jailing (really) elected officials who steal or take bribes.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  102. Ron Germany

    After reading the results of the elections id say it had already started. The congratulation speach Senator John McCain gave was one of the better I've heard from him. It humbled me and made me think how lucky we are to have someone like him on our side. It also made it clear we as Americans have to come together as America for America.
    I would also like to thank each and every one of the canidates in this election. They all helped make it one election that will not be forgotten in my lifetime.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  103. Ken @ Charlotte


    John Kennedy said that a rising tide lifts all boats. Over the next 4-8 years Barack Obama's economic policy successes will win over all but the most partisan and racist people who were born to hate. Momma said that there are some people you just can't help or win over, so don't try.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  104. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    Too bad, some of John McCain's supporters are too far Right. As far as Sarah Palin goes; her supporters can go to Alaska with her. Not too far Right but off the scale, racist, don't want to include anybody not like them. Obama could always tap the experience of John McCain to help with "somethings" but not the economy. I love John McCain but not in the Whitehouse. Thanks Jack for everything!

    November 6, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  105. Jerry Alpharetta GA

    He should be focused only on trying to develop a long term strategy for America. We have been lacking one for twenty years. He should gather information from all sides and make decisions with clear targets for execution. We have such a mess in every category you can think so the only thing he should be focused on is Doing the Right Thing. If he can do that then the McCain people will have no choice but to support him.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  106. C from GA

    I don't think anything he could say or do short of resign will win over the hardcore "base". For thinking folks – just exactly what he is doing, getting down to business immediately.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  107. tom, madison, wi

    Jack, the patriots will support their President, the non-patriots will not

    November 6, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  108. Ken - Hudson Florida

    By doing the best that he can to rebuild this great Country of ours, and showing that he can work with the Republicans and Democrats equally.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  109. Ken in NC

    He has only to be a good President and he will win some but there are some that he will never win over. That's why there is a second party.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  110. Jim Kahn from Portland, Oregon

    Simple. Keep your word. Remind the McCain voters and supporters what the word “truth” really means. It seems that, along the way, the so called Moral Majority has gotten so used to stretching the truth, implying and exaggerating the facts, distorting and twisting reality, and simply lying, that they have forgotten what it’s actually like to tell the real truth! One even wonders if they can remember what the real truth is any more!

    Yeah, the truth. It couldn’t be easier than that!


    November 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  111. Erik

    Being a black man raised in Alabama, I know there are people that Obama will not win over even if he bribed them. The president serves the entire country, not just the people who elected him. If he improves the quality of life in the US and our standing around the world, who cares if McCain supporters are not won over.

    McDonough, GA

    November 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  112. Cori from Colorado

    Obama can ask for their support, really, that's about all he can do is ask for their support. We can only hope they find it within themselves to give it.

    I understand there are a lot of dissapointed McCain supporters out there, but the reality is that Obama is the president, they need to get over it. It's critical that we once again become a "United" States of America.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  113. Frank from Connellsville, PA

    Govern from the center – where you really find most American's anyway.
    Realize that good ideas come from both sides of the aisle – don't try to cram one ideology down everyone's throut.
    Don't spend more that comes in – budget like a home, set priorities and fund what you can.
    Save Social Security – lots of people want to retire and past administrations and congress has allowed us to spend it all.

    Do this and re-election is a walk in the park.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  114. Douglas in Minnesota

    Jack - President-elect Obama will need to talk with Americans frequently, giving an honest assessment of our situation, and tell us how WE are going to address the situation. He will need to continue to reassure us that WE can get-through our tough times. We, as Americans CAN take bad news; something Bush repeatedly failed to grasp. Some people will never come-around to supporting Obama, out of pure meanness or stubborness. (It's impossible to please everyone). Obama already has a majority of Americans behind him and, over time, he will gain the support of a great percentage of those who opposed him. He is very pragmatic, and will do what is necessary. If Obama can keep our hope and faith alive, he will succeed.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  115. Pete from NJ

    I don't think there is much he can do. After reading numerous posts by McCain supporters on many different blogs (this is my favorite), I'm convinced that they have made up their minds that President-Elect Obama will be a poor president for one reason or another and won't pay much attention to what he does unless he really screws something up. If/when he does something good for this country, they'll miss it or claim not to know about it, so they don't have a reason not to vote Republican next time.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  116. Jan from NW Iowa

    Hopefully if Obama governs as a centralist and attempts to work with the Republicans – some will accept him. Remember most democrats never accepts President Bush. Republicans will remember that. I would love this country to get over their tit-for-tat attitude – but I don't see it happening.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  117. Keith - Ohio

    By making the line between each side of congress transparent.

    By common sense efforts to do the right thing, and for the right reasons. What a novel idea?

    November 6, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  118. mariel, sc

    Start prefacing his sentences with 'My friends', 'Fight', or when in doubt 'Drill, baby, drill'.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  119. Pugas-AZ

    That's the least of his problems. Keeping all the people that voted for him happy will keep him more than occupied.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  120. Brian from Eagle River, Alaska

    By naming Palin as the Secretary of State. It would allow her to gain valuable foreign policy experience and prepare her up for her eventual Presidency in 2012. PALIN POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

    November 6, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  121. Cliff, Front Royal,VA

    AS long as Obama doesn’t operate from the hard left, reasonable Conservatives and Independents who supported McCain will be able to compromise on policy issues but should support the Commander and Chief regarding decisions made regarding strategy in the Afghanistan and Iraq battles which is part of the Global War against radical Islamic extremists

    November 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  122. Amy


    President Obama can only win over those who wish to extend their hand. Obama cannot win over everyone, because they choose to put self first instead of "Country First". I hope they remember that was their slogan they ran on. If Country First is really true you will see a better and safer America for all of it's citizens. Remember we all have our part to do so be the best American for everyone.


    November 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  123. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    He is going to be much too busy to worry about McCain supporters.

    If they have any intelligence they will support the new president elect and give him a chance to try to undo the harm the republicans have done to America.

    Blame belongs to Bush, McCain and the old inept Congress not Barack Obama.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  124. Randy in New York

    .Who wants to win them over?

    Why do you think they call some Democrats "Reagan Democrats"?

    Because Democrats vote either party based on who they prefer. Most Republicans wouldn't back a Democrat if there lives depended on it.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  125. Susan/Bel Air, MD

    Just be himself. If the efficiency and coherence of his campaign effort is anything to go by, we're in for something really new and different in government.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  126. Veronica from Indiana

    He'll simply have to do a GOOD JOB, by creating lots of GOOD JOBS. We are a results-based nation, so it won't matter if Obama's initiatives are left or right, as long as they're effective and get us out of this economic quicksand.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  127. JoycesVoice-Marshall, TX

    Say what he means, mean what he says. He doesn't have to win them over, he just has to govern andwe all must respect him for the position and who he is

    November 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  128. Sandra

    Dye his body white?

    November 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  129. Tripp, Dallas, TX

    Jack, did you know that Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent before she was selected for VP? Yet, ALL of those people loved her and supported her for the position.

    With this additional knowledge, there is nothing on Earth that President -(elect) Barack Obama can do to reach them because they are obviously in a world that's all their own.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  130. Pete, Fla.

    He's got his Democratic Senate and House, so what more does he need? Until he actually comes to my doorstep and asks for my opinion, I'm going to assume that Obama, like every other politician out there, could care less what the average American thinks.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  131. mike, ohio

    I have been a supporter of Barrack Obama since his announcement of his bid for the Presidency. The way I think he wins over McCain supporters is to do as he pledged, with bipartisanship. He needs to bring the Republicans in to the fold and govern more from the center.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  132. Mike - Hot Springs, Ar.

    There are a certain number of McCain voters that he will never win over. Those Evangelicals and dedicated Palin supporters just do not get it. They have their Guns, God, Gays, and Bible agenda and nothing else will ever matter to them. Sometimes I think it would be nice to have a rapture and get them out of here.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm |


    November 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  134. Pliny - St. Louis, MO

    McCain couldn't win over McCain voters, Sarah Palin had to do that. It isn't likely that Obama could ever do anything to win them over as long as he remains so radically liberal.

    St. Louis

    November 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  135. Patrick from Maryland

    Jack – Obama has to do 3 things he promised.

    1. Not raise taxes on the Middle Class.
    2. Create new jobs through a new vision. Energy, Environment, Security.
    3. Bring back our troops from IRAQ with dignity and take care of them when they return.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  136. N.S , Huntsville Al


    Why does he have to win them over? Why is there more pressure on Obama to be the best "President" but the American people voted in BUSH TWICE thats amazing. Obama can only do the best he can, he will have supporters and haters, but the cause well it must go on.

    Naomi of Huntsville AL

    November 6, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  137. Sarah Louise

    Hmm... my post is awaiting moderation 90mins after the most recent posted item? See below....

    I think a few will have already decided to support him because he has won and they believe this is the right thing to do. Some of them will be won over gradually as long as he shows at least a reasonable level of competence in the job. Sadly I think a large part of McCain's support will never support Barack for reasons like he is black, he is prochoice or because they still believe he is a muslim socialist etc.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  138. garrick

    hi jack
    he can bring them in by giving McCain a place in his cabinet,and he will,we have a President who will be so different than what we have ever seen in our life time,but first McCain will have to heal his own wounds first and come back ready to work hard to get his good name back.but he need to let the american people know why he picked someone like Palin that wasnt ready for this kind of politics,she truly hurt his ticket,

    November 6, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  139. Amy from Illinois

    Hi Jack – our new President-Elect will need to make sure he is as thoughtful and intelligent in handling the problems we face as he was during his campaign and not let the newly Democratic-controlled House and Senate push through policies too quickly just because they can. This is the first time in my adult life that I have hope that our new president will follow through on his platforms and that it wasn't all just a bunch of empty air to get elected. As far as the McCain supporters go, I think if they see he is willing to work with all groups to get the job done in the best way possible, they will eventually come around. It took a little while for the Hillary supporters to get behind Obama, but eventually I think they did. It may just take time, but if it means moving this country in a better direction, I'm willing to wait.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  140. Jay in Texas

    If McCain's supporters had been paying close attention to the platforms of the two candidates, they would have realized, as I did, that there were no meaningful differences in the two. So, all Obama has to do to win them over is to do everything he promised to do including dragging his feet on withdrawing our troops and civilians from Iraq, sign more bailout bills for the super-rich, continue the policy of for-profit healthcare for Americans, and follow through on his belief that "marriage is the union between one man and one woman". Oh yes, I almost forgot, pardon George W. Bush of war crimes.
    Brownwood, Texas

    November 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  141. Jim from Rock Island, IL

    He doesn't need to. McCain did a great thing when he said, "I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my President."

    "...and will be my President". That says it all.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  142. Jake, Oregon

    Well, the Obama campaign has all that money left over...just bribe them. That appears to be the MO they are used to.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  143. tom from florida ohio

    Hi Jack, there is a percentage of mouth breathing,knuckle dragging McCain-Palin supporters that he won't be able to do a thing with. The Republicans recruited them and they don't know what to do with them.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  144. Pete, Fla.

    It is going to be very difficult for Obama. Us McCain supporters were looking for a maverick, one who will cross the aisle. But now, all we see is blue. In the Senate, the Congress, and now the White House itself, this nation has become solid blue. We've heard of change, but this might be too much.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  145. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    I doubt if winning over people dumb enough to be for mcmaim is high on his list of priorities. If they want to support him, I'm sure he would welcome it, but he needn't do anything to "win them over".

    November 6, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  146. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    By speaking to them, including them, listening to them - by being the uniter he is rather than a divider. Aside from that, I think it will simply take time for them to see him in action. To see that he's not going to run amok as an ultra-liberal, but will work from a position of intelligence and reasoned thought. Of course, some of them [such as a very dear right wing friend of mine] will never accept/like anyone who has a 'D' after their name.

    I can't fault that, however, because this election cycle I refused to vote for anyone with an 'R' after their name.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  147. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Nothing other than do a better job than George W. Bush. Most Americans will forget who Obama ran against just like we've forgetten who ran against the other 42 presidents with the acception of George W. Bush.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  148. Jude Perera ( piscataway Nj )

    Obama should just keep doing what hes doing. The Mccain voters may not like it but hes doing whats best for the u.s. As long as Obama takes care of the people everything will be fine

    November 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  149. Simpliticus

    Interesting question in that George W. Bush NEVER tried to win over his opponents with his MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY routine! Obama doesn't have to win over his opponents as well but the better man will try to assuage his detractors. Bush NEVER did! This is beholden to a better character in Obama to be able to explain his position to at least portray a position rather than dictate one!

    November 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  150. Mary from Houston, tx

    President-elect Obama can win over the world, by not being w bush!

    November 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  151. Wm in BURNS TN

    McCain voters will respond very favorable with the Obama Tax Cuts for the middle class and planned stimulus checks.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  152. Alice in California

    If you're talking of the moderate Republicans, it shouldn't be too hard if he truly means to include everyone, however, the far right have a different agenda. We can look forward to a neverending barage of right wing baloney. Can you imagine Limbaugh and Hannity and their audiences giving any support to Obama, I think not! We're in for another 4(or 8) years of the hatred that spewed from them during the Clinton administration probably worse, after all Bill wasn't black.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  153. Darren

    Going Rogue?

    November 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  154. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Jack, first of all, I believe that many of those McCain supporters bought into the Republican lies and distortions and really have no idea what President-elect Obama stands for and how he will progress this country. Once Obama takes office and starts implementing his policies, they will see that he is not so risky and extreme after all, and they will gradually be won over. Secondly, I think that Obama needs to give McCain and other Republicans and Independents some high profile responsibilites to show everyone that he is serious about working across the aisle and uniting all factions of this country. And I believe he will.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  155. Jane - WI

    Well, Obama can start by not making partisan choices for administration positions. For a candidate who talked about changing the "tone" in Washington and "changing" politics as usual, to pick one of the most partisan left wingers (Rahm Emmanuel) as his Chief of Staff says quite a lot about Obama. He broke his word about campaign financing, and now has broken his word about "change". Emmanuel is part of the old Washington clinton machine as well as the corrupt Chicago machine. How many more old Washington Clinton re-treads will appear in the Obama administration?

    November 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  156. ryan

    All he has to do is show that hes a good president. Id find it hard to believe that mccain supporters wont rally behind Barack if he gives them a tax cut and gets the economy back on its feet. If barack turns out to be the president I think he'll be, governing from the center and leading instead of hiding as Bush has, eventually people will rally behind him, they just want some proof first. I am optimistic Jack, though a little cautious.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  157. Lynn, SD

    The more moderate the McCain supporter the sooner the win over will be, I think his policies and actions will prove to be correct. The extremists will just have to get use to it – they didn't even like McCain! Lynn, SD California

    November 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  158. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    As with any new President, if he can accomplish half of waht he said he would do half-way through his term, it should be enough. Of course it would help if the Limbaugh's of this world would lose their pulpits, they spread more fears, lies, and eggagerations than any truth. Simply setting up a bipartisan committee to make recommendations on spent Nuclear rods would be more than they expect, or doing the same regarding off-shore oil drilling would take the wind out of their sails. For others he would probably have to make a speech at a fundemantalist church, renouncing Islam (he can't do it from his own UCC church because they would not realize that as a major Christian denomination).

    November 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  159. Jane - WI

    Hopefully Barack Obama will be treated with as much respect, dignity, and benefit of the doubt by Republicans as Democrats showed to George Bush from the first day he took office.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  160. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY


    November 6, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  161. john ..... marlton, nj

    Picking that wacky flaming liberal Rahm Emanuel is not the way to start ! Between Emanuael's ballet background and Obama's robin hood tendencies I dread the day the National Enquire publishes the "gotcha" photos of the two dancing around the whitehouse in tutus

    November 6, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  162. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    For greedy millionaires and billionaires he will need to make their Bush tax cuts permanent. For others, just a job and affordable healthcare will do it.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  163. Doug - Dallas

    If Obama does what he promised or at least does his best to make it happen, he'll win them over if they can get past the political labeling.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  164. Nancy from the Jersey Shore

    Jack he can't and shouldn't waste any time trying. The fact that there are still a percentage of people out there that still give Bush a favorable rating proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that we have woefully misinformed people out there. Obama could be a raging success and they will still vote Republican on 2012. I know these people exist because I work with a few of them! They only vote Republican. You could put a cartoon character on the ballot and they would vote for it if it was labelled Republican. As someone who has voted Republican, Democratic and thrid party over the years, I look at who is the lesser of the evils. I vote for who I think will do the least amount of damage and possibly some good during their term in office. I cannot understand people who vote strictly by party affiliation.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  165. Mike Peetsma - Winnipeg

    The real question is when does the Republican party CHANGE to meet the needs the people it leads and the planet it needs to coexist with?

    November 6, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  166. Jose from Hoboken, NJ

    Just give them good governance that brings prosperity for all, they like it or not. The ANTI something or another crowd would continue to whine no matter what.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  167. Collins

    Always take the high road. Forgetting this is what cost McCain the white house.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  168. rk, Denver, Colorado

    Do what he promised. As the country gets prosperous and set in right direction he wins more hearts!!!

    November 6, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  169. Ryan, Age 14, Florida

    Obama has only a few options when it comes to winning over McCain voters. One, he can appeal to this interested in bipartisanship, which was what McCain was all about in the beginning of his campaign. Or two, do McCain's choice on the war, and mixing that with fixing the economy, and you have a perfect storm.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  170. Jose from Hoboken, NJ

    Just give them good governance that brings prosperity for all, they like it or not. The ANTI something or another crowd would continue to whine no matter what.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  171. Ryan, Age 14, Florida

    Obama has only a few options when it comes to winning over McCain voters. One, he can appeal to those interested in bipartisanship, which was what McCain was all about in the beginning of his campaign. Or two, do McCain's choice on the war, and mixing that with fixing the economy, and you have a perfect storm.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  172. Justin

    Jobs. Obama can create well-paying jobs by investing in repairing our nation's infrastructure and jumpstarting a green industry. That would help our country in many areas, and it would be a tangible result.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  173. Sandi, Chicago

    Obama needs to be himself! Don't change to try to win over the McCain people – that was McCain's problem – he became what the RNC wanted him to be. Obama needs to put some reputable Republicans in his Cabinet – a good start would be Colin Powell. All of that being said, there are those Republicans that even if Obama were perfect – they will find something bad about him and his administration. God bless President-elect Obama and the USA!

    November 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  174. william in Idaho

    Hey Jack, I supported Obama. I think if he wants to win over the center of the country, Idaho included he will have to keep the ex Clinton cronies out of his cabinet, no Reno FBI gestapo, no Kennedy / Sierra Club enviros and no Brady gun haters. Yep.. you betcha, the heartland is going to cling to their guns and God more than ever. If Obama shy's away from the heartland haters from the Clinton era he will be OK, God bless him and keep him safe. Maybe just maybe if he is moderate, we will have the chance for civil discourse again in this country, and with it we will be a United States again.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  175. Steve from Idaho

    Obama will soon be see and felt as a refreshing contrast to George Bush once he takes office, but as for the torch and pitchfork waving crowds that frequented McCain's last few rallies, I think only a psychiatrist or God himself could sway them otherwise.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  176. Steve from Idaho

    Obama will soon be seen and felt as a refreshing contrast to George Bush once he takes office, but as for the torch and pitchfork waving crowds that frequented McCain's last few rallies, I think only a psychiatrist or God himself could sway them otherwise.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  177. Lisa - Huntsville, Alabama

    As someone who voted for John McCain, I remain cautiously optimistic about Barack Obama's presidency. What can he do to win my whole-hearted support? Appoint some Republicans to his Cabinet (and listen to them). I truly believe he's got the stuff to be a great president, and if he truly will be a leader to represent all of us as he's promised, and doesn't let his spending get out of hand, I will vote for him in 2012.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  178. Bill Summerfield Fl

    Do a good and honest job and restore us to a country with a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  179. Fred Thorne Utah

    I do not see Barack Obama winning over most of these Mccain supporters. I think there is a strong racist base that will never go away. The elitist regime will always try to keep the minorities working for them for less, they do not seem to want equality.

    Barack will win over a lot of them by doing a seriously good job, but the rest will take to the grave their racism.

    Fred – Utah

    November 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  180. Michael from Greenfield, Wi.

    Nothing. Most of them will die off soon anyway, and the rest are obsolete in a disappearing fantasy land. This is a new world, and it will leave the dinosaurs behind where they belong. Please note that I am not young, and I am white. But my mind is young.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  181. Don MacArthur

    He could offer McCain an important cabinet position with the condition that he switch parties. Though you wouldnt have noticed it during the campaign, Mr. McCain seems like a decent enough person to become a Democrat. I attribute his behaviour to getting tied up with the wrong crowd.
    Bowmanville , Canada

    November 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  182. Pietro from NYC

    I'd like him to say go screw yourselves, like we the liberals got from Bush for 8 years, but being a better person than me, he is already well ahead by trying to bring the country together as one by accentuating the positives.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  183. Jessie Jay

    There are some that even God Almighty would not win over simply because he was a Democrat, but I don't think they have the same influence now. I think he just has to do what he has done brilliantly so far, use good judgement, engage the people by being open and honest , and believe in himself. People are sick and tired of being treated like complete idiots by their governments. We can handle just about anything except being lied to. I say give President Obama a chance, he may stumble a few times as he is only human, he will do his very best and thats all we can ask.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  184. Bruce, Georgia

    I don't think its possible.

    Make a great economy with a great economic future?

    So what, they'll just create some excuse to investigate, investigate till they can find a reason to impeach.

    Then they ruin the economy while they pursue their imposition of their world views - including ignoring/rewriting science to their view.

    Sound familiar?

    November 6, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  185. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    Hey Jack......news flash. The south still flies the rebel flag and harbors the KKK like Pakistan does bin Laden. There are those who still believe Obama is a Muslim and has in-land terrorist friends as well as arm-in-arm associations with those that hate the United States who want to convert to a Socialist State. There is rampant paranoia and it will take a legion of shrinks to figure out why people can not over come their fears. I would be the first to say that religion is the way, however the evangelicals sure don't help to steer folks in their direction and neither do our so-called politicians with religion who seem to love to stir up the pot and keep the citizens hovering with fear in their shoes. That all said, there will always be that 30% who are disgruntled because that's the only way they know how to live. Maybe one of these centuries the world may get it right, but I'm not holding by breath.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  186. beevee, MIcigan

    He needs to work closely with McCain or appoint McCain for some important position in his administration to assure McCain supporters that all is forgotten and he is ready to be president of the united states not just democrats.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  187. Luwanna Guysville Ohio

    If he appoints a few moderate, intelligent, "believes in science", republicans to his cabinet or to certain posts he may eventually win them over. However, he only has two years before the next race gets started and he will need to have something to show for it to be convincing.
    I'm hoping he is so successful that Congress brings back the 4 terms allowed for Presidents instead of only 2. ;^)

    Luwanna Guysville OH

    November 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  188. Timothy M. Samoni, NJ

    President-Elect Obama should remember the lessons of his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush and former Speaker, Newt Gingrich. He should not forget how these two men helped to polarize this nation by pandering solely to the extremists of their party rather than heeding the voices of ALL the people of the United States. Leading by consensus rather than party affiliation is the best path President Obama can choose.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  189. mel from Ohio

    Obama will only be able to win over the rational, thinking segment of McCain's supporters. The other rabid, Fox News devotees-Rush Limbaugh clones will NEVER be brought in out of the rain because their feelings are truly based on prejudice and hateful emotional garbage that was stirred up by Palin and are not based on anything logical.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  190. gary saari

    Jack, it all depends upon what perception the person has when they are considering the definition of "wary." It's unfortunate, but wary is supposed to mean "full of or characterized by caution." I think that most of the McCain supporters look at it that way, but unfortunately, there are too many who let their racist attitudes interfere with logic. I don't think Barak Obama can do anything about the latter other than do a good job as president. They will be hard to convince.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  191. Barbara in Las Vegas, NV

    He doesn't have to do anything, Jack, he WON, and now McCain supporters just have to deal with it. That said, however, it's my belief that the emotional maturity and discipline of Pres. Elect Obama will serve to safely steer this country in the right direction and the naysayers will come on board eventually.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  192. sharon kitchen

    Continue to be true to himself .
    Those that are fired up and ready to go.....will do so.
    Those that are not.....give them time.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  193. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Think it is time the Republicans stepped up and show that they have earned the offices they hold. This bluster the last couple of days from the head of the party and some of the Congress just punctuates the reasons why they suffered losses in this election. Republicans need to evaluate issues on their merits and impact, positive or negative. President Elect Obama has already shown his integrity and intention to work with the Republicans and nation as a whole. He intends to represent all Americans. If the Republicans want a future they need to adopt some mature and statesmanlike qualities and stop acting like a bunch of children who lost their toys.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  194. Ralph Nelson

    I do not think it is possible. The Republican Party has also run on ignorance and hate. Look at the presidents......few of the good ones were Republicans. And those that were like Teddy Roosevelt were asked to leave the party. The question is how can we get rid of the Republican Party? It's corrupt. And I'm a conservative. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  195. Natalia, Albuquerque, NM

    There is no way that Obama will be able to "win over" McCain voters. The vast majority of his supporters are racist and radical Christians that do not and will never see the fairness of Democrat values. They believe that only the GOP has "family values." These supporters will only see a black man that has stolen the election from a white war hero and nothing else. Hopefully, the more educated Republicans will be open enough to recognize that change was needed, but one can only hope for the good of our country that they at least give Obama a chance.

    As proof of the racist comment, one McCain supporter (as written in story entitled, On the Day After: The Day, Hope, Relief and Anger by Pauline Arrillaga) "a veteran in eastern Florida who was so furious about Obama's victory, so furious that American had turned its back on a war hero, that he hung the American flag upside down in his yard." The Republican Party, for the good of our country, needs to educate these poor ignorant racists that are the base of their party.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  196. Tim in Texas

    Get Bin Laden. Jump–start the economy with spending on infrastructure. Make long–term investments in alternative energy sources, with some leeway for drilling. Rein in optional spending and cut the deadwood from current projects. If he does this, he will do well with the moderate republicans. The only thing to do with the far right-wing base is to focus on social issues that appeal to people of all faiths - reducing poverty, the infant mortality rate (ours is quite high), and the overall number of abortions.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  197. Alex

    Jack, many of McCain supporters were drawn to him because they thought he'd do a better job with National Security. If Obama appointed McCain to be the Secretary of Homeland Security, Obama would win many of those McCain supporters.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  198. Julian A Torrey

    As a True Christian I ask that any other "True Christians" give Obama our love and help. The rest of you can burn in your hate.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  199. Roy - IL

    McCain voters were whjipped into such a hate frenzy by the party, esp Palin, that they need some 'cooldown' time.
    Then Obama will have to do things that Bush and the Republicans NEVER did:
    -Appoint some Republicans to high ranking positions even in the cabinet
    -Govern more from the middle
    -Be accessible to the people
    But in the end only centrist Republicans would ever admit Omaba was a better choice.....

    November 6, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  200. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    He can treat McCain with respect, and offer him a position where his credentials will be useful. But NO PALIN. Even then, there are some McCain supporters who will never support Obama, no matter what he does!

    November 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  201. Michelle, Berwick, PA

    The oddalls who are convinced Obama is a communist, terrorist Manchurian candidate who is lying about his citizenship and one step away from abolishing the Constitution are unwinnable. The far right who insist on their way or the highway are unwinnable. But the rational, moderate McCain supporters are winnable if Obama governs from the center and honestly reaches across the aisle. If he governs to the left, he's lost them and some of his own supporters too.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  202. Ann from Atlanta, TX

    If he governs like he ran his campaign he will do an excellent job.
    I thinks he has what it takes to get our country on the right track. I hope everyone will give him a chance. It will take time, with the mess
    we are in.

    We should all pray for Obama. Pray for his well being and his ability to lead our nation.

    If he does the job I believe he's capable of doing, he will win the republican over. They will probably not admit it.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  203. Marion Fly Ft. Worth, Tx

    Woo them by staying in Iraq, giving tax breaks to the oil companies, continue to let corporations ship job overseas, decimate social security and continue to erode the education of our children. That's what the republican base wants. Maybe then Joe Sixpack can go back to his double-wide after another day of not having a job and feel confident that President Obama is really working in his best interests. Sheeesh, why bother?

    November 6, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  204. John Collinsville, IL.

    Jack he would have to pull a Micheal Jackson and turn white and change partys.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  205. Mary - PA

    He can win over those that are capable of juding Obama by his accomplishments rather then his color. Unfortunatly there are too many of McCain's supporters that only see the color of his skin. We can only pray that God will touch their hearts and their minds and help them to overcome the predudice that they feel and that He will help them to judge Obama by his deeds instead.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  206. Enrique in Atlanta

    Jack some of McCain voters are a no win , even if Obama personally gave them 1 million dollars. You see Joe (the fake) Plumber was told that he would do much better tax wise under Obama, and he said he didn't care, he wanted McCain , which was for the obvious, skin color. There just those people that no matter what Obama does, they will always see him as a black man, still not giving him credit for winning the election in a very CLEAR majority of American votes.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  207. Norah of Ocala, FL

    Jack, the hardcore right-wingers will never embrace Obama; their anger and bitterness won't allow it. And they'll go to their graves thinking George W. Bush was a great American. But if Obama ends the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (thereby saving both lives and money) and uses those billions in war funds to bolster the economy at home, I suspect quite a few of those McCain supporters will come around. Eventually.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  208. odessa ohio

    just be normal..they will comeover soon or later..but obama doesn't to kiss up their butts for approval..they need to understand that mccain didn't talk about the issues only preaching hate with palin..obama will do a good job as a president because bush is hated around the world and bush doesn't want to help americans when it comes to jobs,healthcare,environment etc..mccain supporter should have ignored palin from the beginning because they had already lost the election to obama..

    November 6, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  209. Steve P

    For Obama to win over republicans, he needs to stand up to his own party LIBERALS, govern from the center-left, add republicans to his cabinet and follow through with his tax cuts for the middle class.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  210. nobama

    Is this a trick question or a joke question–win over people who support a war hero and give votes to a man who accused the troops of "Air-raiding villages and killing civilians?" You need your meds ,Jack My family have given too much of their lives and hearts to this country so your ilk can speak out against them. I hope all of you people feel all warm and fuzzy with my nephews fighting for you in Iraq.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  211. Daniel, Hamburg

    He can give John the Defense Department and then leave him alone to do what needs to be done. Those who can, do – those who cannot stay in the White House.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  212. Raphael in New York

    Jack, Obama will have to listen to his Vice President who has so many more years experience in Congress. He will also reach across the aisle to members of the GOP, to make a number of them membersof his Cabinet as well as to listen to their ideas. Finally, Obama will have to abandon any domestic plans so far liberal that they will only divide our nation. In the international arena, he will have to show other nations that we still stand with our friends and allies of the past.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  213. Joan- Southern IL.

    Win over the McCain voters?
    Obama needs to get himself a pair of cowboy boots and hat, walk around with a beer in his hand, promise to get rid of Roe v Wade, ( but don't ever really try) and start a couple more wars. Some big talk would help. A big bunch of lies about anybody that disagrees is good too. That should about do it.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  214. hamlet


    November 6, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  215. Kay Johnson

    Why is it that we heard not a peep – not a murmer – on the military vote in this election, in particular after Obama was actually elected? If you remember, in 2000 and 2004, this was highlighted; the military vote was discussed in exit polls (especially in 2004) and we saw the various reactions from camps and bases around the world. I find it beyond curious that no one has discussed this. Even more curious that we have not seen images or heard from our troops. I'm sure they have an opinion on their new Commander-in-Chief.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  216. Ron The "Con" from Delaware

    Just be himself.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  217. Ginger H -- West Melbourne, FL

    The majority of McCain supporters were older folks, and with all due respect, by the time Obama can show some progress in getting us out of the Bush mess, many of these well-meaning older-but-stuck-in-their ways folks will have passed on to the other side, and racism going out with most of them as well.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  218. Keith - Halifax, Canada

    They all love Palin so give her more experience with a post in California. Somewhere where she could see Mexico from her house.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  219. Rodney in WI

    Simple, make sure the rich get richer, the church gets their way and forget how to make a coherant sentance.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  220. Bob Kurbanov

    1. Keep his promises.
    2. Let republicans be a part of his cabinet.
    3. Appoint Bill Clinton as Secretary of State (he is only person who can handle this job as of now)

    Wilmington, DE

    November 6, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  221. rpb

    When trickle down, supply side ecconomics is replaced with bottom up ecconomics and the working stiff actually has some spending money after paying bills. I hope he returnes to the graduated income tax that this country had before Bush. When he turns this ecconomy arround Obama will win at least half of the McCain supporters and the map will be almost all blue.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  222. 60 YO white female , Springfield, VA

    Obama will never be accepted by them as long as that wacko over at Fox whose last name starts with H keeps feeding his watchers HATE that they lap up like candy , . ....
    sad, but true !

    November 6, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  223. nelson

    Jack, won't make any difference as long as he does or tries to do what the people have said they wanted done.. with that being said
    they will either come on board or maybe look for another day job..
    such as doing what we ALL need and want them to do.." REPRESENT
    U.S.", damn it!!! We have spoken and I hope "they" are listening.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  224. Valarie in Castro Valley,California

    What did Bush do to win over those who didn't like him? We are all American we don't have to agree just learn how to get along and come together to solve some of these problems that face us today. I am sure the racist and evangelicail can look in there bibles and find a scripture for that one.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  225. Rod from wyo

    We have had W, Cheney and all there conies rammed down our throats for 8 years. Now see how that turned out. Mccain supporters can just shut up, stop whining and move on. Democrats, have had the last 2 presidential elections stolen, and whined half as much.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  226. Johnny from SC

    Offer Palin a role in cabinet. Doing what? I have no idea. But otherwise every decision he makes will be critized.


    November 6, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  227. lynnej

    He can win them over by doing exactly what he did during the campaign, but more personally. Visit some of the Republican areas that he didn't win with their Republican Senators and Representatives. Let them get to know him some more.

    Maybe then, they'll take their blinders off, use that so-called Christianity of theirs about forgiving and not being judgemental and understand that he means what he said about needing each other to fix this mess that we're in.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  228. mel

    Admit to America you are in over your head, W. Bush would not do it either.
    Refuse to take office,
    You had that look Tues. nite.
    La Junta,Co

    November 6, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  229. AJ Humes


    The simple fact that a woman was a legit contender to become president, then vice president, simply shows how far America has come.

    PS Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton? I'd rather have another family, say OBAMA, in the White House.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  230. Grace, Florida

    Obama just needs to be true to himself just as he has been during the whole campaign. To change dramatically would open him up for criticism. But he needs to be inclusive and cross party lines for that imput. He needs to have the best advisors available from all sides of the fence, and he needs to follow through on election promises.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  231. Angel

    Obama needs to focus and do what he says he will do..when these fear filled Mccain supporters see how better they are doing under an Obama admin, they will realize they were wrong all along....

    November 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  232. Tom Grey

    Obama is like the dog that chased cars. When he finally caught a car one day he didn't know what to do. This is really a said moment in American history.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  233. Ed'sKate

    Be himself and be honest with the American people.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  234. Harold in Reno, Nevada

    If he could convert the Mormons, the vast majority of whom are Republican, maybe he could convince them to have their missionaries try to convert the politics of those they are trying to convert religiously. Short of like a two-fer.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  235. Michael Nwosu

    Let`s keep in mind that he made promises during his presidential campaign,and fulfilling those promises should be his goal.If in 4 years time he was able to achieve or put in motion firm foundation of achieving at least 50% of his promises ,then,I think McCain supporters will definately fall in love with him,remember it took Bush 8 years to put America in a sorry state.
    Abidjan,Cote D`Ivoire.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  236. Cody Weber, Phoenix Arizona

    Not raise taxes...

    November 6, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  237. Sharon Whitmon, Bourbonnais, Il

    From what I'm seeing on the blogs and comments, there will be people Obama will never win over. If he does what he said, any intelligent person will change their mind.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  238. mithra5

    To win over McCain supporters in SC one would need to fly the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy, get into bed with the veterans, and be tortured for one's country.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  239. Dee in Florida

    Well, since Sarah Palin has so much 'experience' in dealing with Russia, he could name her Ambassador.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  240. Vinay from Anniston, Alabama

    Obama is a good president who will change America. However, he won't have the best of luck with the conservatives. Obama should show that he is a president that can reach across the aisle, and he should surround himself with a smart cabinet. As long as he does that and the democrats get their bills passed, Obama will be able to get enough votes to safely win his reelection.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  241. mary

    I say, the heck with them, Obama will never get them to switch over.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  242. Bob...Bradenton FL

    To me, McCain's threat to veto and "make famous" the pork purveyors in our Congress, was his most attractive stance. Obama would win over countless Repub supporters by promising the same, .....but hey, on second thought that won't work, I take it back,,,,,,,, the GOP appears to have just voted back in that convicted felon and King Of Pork – Senator Stevens in Alaska.

    Bradenton, FL

    November 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  243. Joanna

    How do you open ignorant minds? I wished I had the answer to that.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  244. Kelli

    When people start to feel like they can afford things again, they'll start to feel better about him, whether it's directly because of his policies and decisions or not. Or maybe when their kids finally come home from Iraq.

    Most Republicans seem to think first about what's best for them, before what's best for the country. So, if they start to feel change for the better in their own lives, maybe they'll get it.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  245. Susan Haught

    I have never voted for George Bush. I didn't think he was right for the country and I was right. He never did one thing to win my support and I lived.I will say one thing though It's going to be wonderful to be able to watch TV when the president comes on. I would just turn it off. He doesn't have to win anyone , he just has to be true to the ones that voted him to office. He will do just fine with out them.
    Sue/Olean, NY

    November 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  246. sarah

    Why is it that everyone is ignoring the fact that Barrack Obama is by-racial not African American?

    His Mother was white so he is half white and half black.

    If he was running in an African nation they would call him a white man.

    Why did all blacks vote along racial lines, all the ones intervied anyway, and talk about the wonders of getting a black man in office, but not mention much about his policys!

    Frankly, it seems odd!

    November 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  247. Rupok

    I think that if he keeps his promises then he will get them on his side. Everyone would see then that they will do better with his plans, even the rich. I also recommend working with the republicans and using some of their ideas because a few were alright. He should also not let the democrats take all the power. He should appoint some republicans to work with him. This way Mccain voters will see that he is on their side as well.

    Jersey City, NJ

    November 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  248. Gary Mn

    Hit them in the head and knock some common sence into them would be a good start

    November 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  249. Ni

    The only way that you can win over the McCain voters is for Obama to stick to all his PROMISES. Jack the other thing am getting sick of is the fact that the media keeps going on about "how great of a moment it is for Black Americans" I am a black American and although this means a lot, who have to state the facts that 63% of white Americans voted for Obama and it is also there time. We need to move forward and keep at being One America. Am getting really sick of the same damn questions being asked about what this means to Black people...It means to the world me but enough with it.

    Ni, NYC

    November 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  250. Len Albuq New Mexico

    jack, enough of the bs questions. talk about beating a dead horse into the ground. i believe your brain is fried as much as bushs

    November 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  251. Jennifer - Iron Mountain MI

    Well Jack, Obama needs to harness those voters and start out with a good ear cleaning, add a fresh dose of faith, and a dash of optimism and we may have a chance of uniting this very divided country.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  252. Karl in CA

    McCain voters that could be won over were won over on Tuesday. The rest aren’t interested in solving the problems of this country. They are too pre-occupied with being Republicans. That is all that matters to them. Sara Palin and Neiman-Marcus are thier gods.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  253. Carl in South Carolina

    Jack, it's not about the Mccain supporters any more. It's about the american citizens now. He doesn't have a lock on my support until I see some change I can believe in.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  254. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Barack Obama can win over all but the hardcore McCain voters by being the finest president in a generation. There are certainly enough crisis-level opportunities for him to show his stuff.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  255. Portlander

    There's no need to win Republicans, Democrats, Green, Libertarians, or even Democrats; we're all Americans. Country first, party affliation last. Do a great job as President, they will see the light.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  256. Madji in NY

    Winning McCain supporters is important, but not nearly as important as delivering the promises made to the American people.
    That should be Obama's focus. We will always have our differences- that's what makes America a pure democracy. I am an Obama supporter, and if McCain won, he would n't have to make speeches to win me over. McCain is a decent man who got carried away.
    All I would ask of him, is to now walk the walk – just as I am asking Obama to now run.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  257. rk

    Simply put he can't. It is not about Obama as a person it is about policy!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  258. Pam, AL

    I don't think he can, and should not consciously try to. He just needs to be himself, govern this country as best as he can, and eventually they will come around. I don't honestly think he will ever achieve universal popularity-who can?-but I think a lot of the die hard McCain supporters will come to see that 62 million of their fellow Americans weren't wrong.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  259. DS

    Do not increase taxes on any working American.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  260. Carlo

    I think it will be a very long process of reaching out them continuously. Even then you'll never really win them over, at least outside of getting them to grudingly work with the administration while they look towards 2012.

    November 6, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  261. carol kesling

    simpley, just be the way he has been all along!!!!!! done deal !!!!!GO OBAMA & BIDEN !!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  262. Andrena Oglesby in South Carolina

    Mr. Obama has already showed he is going to be everyones President. He went into the heart of the red states and most are seeing a black man and not his ability to lead. He has already proved that he can be a successfull leader. Its up to those people to see other wise

    November 6, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  263. Ryan in Tempe, AZ

    What happened with the rest of the campaign money? Keep making ads, just because you're the president elect doesn't mean everyone knows you, tell them exactly what Obama is gonna do. Be like the Kennedys – get in the spotlight.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  264. Donald in CA

    McCain voters should be trying to figure out how to win Obama over.
    They are the ones who made all the ugly accusations. Obama will be president for ALL.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  265. Mike from La La Land

    The same way he won over the Hillary voters – by proving he was the best candidate for the job of our next President. And if he needs any help – call Joe the Biden.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  266. Doug

    Why try to win them over? Obama WON Let them eat cake!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  267. Jorge

    I don't think he can, mccain ran such a dirty campaign creating so much hate towards obama that the mccain voters won't become supporters of an obama presidency

    November 6, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  268. Katherine Hutchison

    Unfortunately, the McCain voters I know object to Obama's race. Therefore, that makes his task seem insurmountable. However, I believe that Obama's character and integrity will win out many as he governs wisely and successfully. Obama has already won over the world, and that is the population in the current climate that we needed to assuage.


    November 6, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  269. Dean Bumgarner

    Quite simple. Don't raise taxes on the under $250,000 crowd. Make substantive steps to bring substantive jobs back to American soil. Cut a wasteful program every time you propose a new expense. Don't add to the problems, just trim them away.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  270. John in KY

    Appoint both democrats and republicans to his cabinet, work to replace the leadership in Congress, maybe Hillary has majority leader of the senate, be willing to comprise on issues. You cannot expect to win every battle, winning the war is more important.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  271. dean

    It will be awfully difficult because as much as we all would like a united nation among democrats it's almost impossible to do. No matter what Obama does or says he will always have naysayers and critics. I suppose that he could get the support of independents that did not vote for him but other then them I think it is a reach for Obama. Improving the economy would be a good start though.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  272. Lori Sheridan

    He will have to not only reach across the aisle but he must recruit experts (economists) who are not political lackies. He has to stop out of control government growth and spending.........accountability baby, no one pays my bills, and the government shouldn't reward irresponsible and in some cases, criminal behavior.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  273. Stephan

    To them, and everyone else for that matter, actions speak louder than words. As long as he continues to surround himself with focused and intelligent people like he did with his campaign, he will be capable of generating results that benefit everyone.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  274. Andrian Harsono

    What did Bush do to win over Gore/Kerry supporters? Whatever the answer is, there you have it.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  275. chad

    He will have to understand that politics is cyclical. He goes too far left he will lose the moderates. If he wants to be a president for everyone he needs to manage the country, not dictate his agenda

    November 6, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  276. Tony

    Give them one way tickets out of the country.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  277. Peter Daily in Los Angeles

    Obama must govern from the center and reach out to the Republicans just like Reagan did to the Democrats and remember a guy named Clinton didn't do so bad either.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  278. Carole Conway Arkansas

    There is always going to be division. That is why we have Republicans and Democrats. Had McCain won, the Obama supporters would have been upset. It's just going to take time but with that being said, you can never please every single person.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  279. Mark, Austin TX

    He needs to continue to be who he is, stick to his principles, be honest and upfront about what is going on and what he plans to do and continue to listen to all. The man has a vision that is adaptable and changeable. He will not win all but he will win many, he already has won over many Clinton supporters, one being me.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  280. Fred Wayne

    He sould pick McCain as SecDef

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  281. Mark - Baltimore, Maryland

    Jack, as a McCain supporter I would like to see Obama appoint as many Republicans as Democrats in his administration. This will give me hope that he might actually be interested in "a different kind of politics."

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  282. Nick

    he can't cuz people who voted for McCain still thinks he is a terrorist and a Muslim

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  283. Rita

    Jack, the only thing he can DO...is resign...

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  284. Nina in Roswell, GA

    He doesn't have to do anything. He's the President elect – There was nothing Bush could do for me the past 8 years.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  285. Norman H

    He doesn't need to do anything to win them over. He doesn't really need their support to govern. As has happened throughout history, by next year this time Americans of all political persuasions will have accepted Obama as the American president. Going out of his way trying to woo McCain's supporters could prove more devisive than helpful.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  286. Katharine from Richland, WA

    President-Elect Obama need do nothing more than what he has done. They'll come around when no one is running interference against their own solid common sense and love of their country united.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  287. Ricky J

    I think what Obama would have to do is show the country that he is here for the American people. Do things that will benefit all parties. Help the people that need the help, and definitely he has to fix what Bush messed up.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  288. garrett b.

    im an obama supporter
    but obama is going to have to prove to the mccain supporters that he is the right leader for them to. he is going to have to let them know that he hears their voices and concerns as well and that he will do everything possible in his power to imrove on the issues that mccain said he would like the economy health care and taxes

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  289. Alex

    I don't think President Obama can do anything. While picking a Republican as Sectretary of State could accelerate the healing process, I think McCain supporters will get over it on their own.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  290. Rick S, Shelton CT

    Obama can win the McCain supporters over by taking care of business and getting this country back on the right track. The LAST thing he needs to be doing is playing politics and catering to these folks short-term... the McCain supporters quite obviously are clueless about what is important for America and won't accep-t the short-term measures!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  291. Wade

    He needs to extend an olive branch to McCain and enlist his aid in bringing about some of the changes that they both agree upon.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  292. Elliot in Jerzey

    What does Obama have to do to win over McCain Supporters? Speak slowly with small words so they can understand his direction.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |

    who cares about mccain voter it 's over . They need to play catch up

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  294. Bryan (Santa Barbara)

    It's a simple answer, yet such a difficult task; Fix the economy! Like in professional sports, winning heals all wounds. Teammates are at each other's throats when they go on a losing streak, imagine this country when people can't put food on the table. Fix the economy, and I'm sure the rest of the country will get over Obama's so called "socialism" when they have some extra money in their pocket.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  295. Rodney Marshall

    This is America, McCain's followers have a right not 2 follow behind Obama, whether they're racist or just not ready for change. But you cannot be a True American and not repsect the highest position in America. You dont have to like the man but respect his position as a citizen.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  296. nick

    I do not think that this is a difficult question to be answered. Govern from the center and govern for all people. That is the change that Washington needs, the change of government for all people not just the special interests and those who lobby for them. That is the breath of fresh air that will keep this nation united!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  297. Randy

    Remember his promise to reach accross the isle. Bring repubilicans aboard in his administration and keep good relations with john mcain.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  298. MF


    Obama needs to bring significant changes in the country as he promised. His policy issues are pretty clear and will be good for maintstream America. Just like he did not pander to Clinton supporters by putting Clinton on the ticket nor a woman for that matter, he does not need to do anything special to appease the Mccain group. The chicken will come to roost if he does a good thing for the country. Lets remember that he is the president of USA not the president of DNC or Obama supporters.

    Decatur, Illinois

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  299. Danny Steinman

    Funny.....I am a NYC schoolteacher and I discussed this very point with my students today. After some brief discussion, we came to a unanimous decision. The answer is simple. He must make real compromises while never compromising on his priciples . It's what all great leaders do. I have faith that he will do just that.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  300. Lena from arkansas

    Jack, i think the best thing he can do to win us over, is take a moment and be humble and then go to work, if he doesnt do what he said he would , then we will be saying former President Obama 4 years from now, after all , if you and i didnt do our job properly we would get fired wouldnt we ?

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  301. S Smith from Redwood City CA

    Why should he have to do anything? I don't remember ANYONE asking back in 2000 or 2004 what Bush "needed' to do to win over Democratic voters. In fact, the attitude was that they weren't going to do a thing to reach out, that Democrats would have to "get on board" the Republican "mandate". Why is it always the Democrat who is expected to be bipartisan?

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  302. Mark / Detroit

    How to win McCain voters – easy – Barack needs to make money for them by fixing the economy. As long as the wealth transfers their direction they will be happy.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  303. Steve in Overland Park, KS

    Honestly, Jack, it's not up to President-Elect Obama- it's up to the individual. Many of whom will not be able to accept an Obama Administration. Throughout his term (and hopefully, terms), more and more people will benefit from his policies, making the number of those who are outright opposed to the man fewer and more marginalized, but there will always be detractors. This is America, after all, where we vote against our own best interests because of single issues and buzz words.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  304. Caroline

    Sadly, for some McCain voters, the only thing Obama could do to win them over is be white.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  305. Willie

    Why should he have to do anything? They need to get over it. It is our political process that is suppose to make America so great. All presidents have had the same opportunity of proving themselves, why should this somehow change?

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  306. Jaime

    if most americans don't get what they want they have trouble readjusting. It's time for change also for attitudeand adjustment.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  307. Roland Theodore

    President elect Obama should not have to do anything special for McCain supporters. He should govern for the country and it is up to the McCain supporters to decide whether they support the country or John McCain. Their candidate lost and they can wait for next election to support another candidate or Obama.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  308. Stephen

    Jack is that a trick question- Simple- Do a good job!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  309. Anne

    Walk on water.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  310. David Pickett

    Time. Just time to show them that he didn't win because of his color, he won for the content of his character.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  311. Alex from Erie, PA

    Well Jack, I think that he will have to handle Iraq appropriately, reach across the isle, from a solid bipartisan cabinet, and save us from the economic downturn. Finding Bin Laden would also result in a huge boost in support. Only time will tell.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  312. Raquel-NJ

    don't do as badly as Bush, then run again in 4 years.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  313. Dan Hayden

    ...by showing Republicans he will govern from the middle: asking John McCain to be Secretary of Defense. Obviously qualified, and as long as he accepts Obama's premise of a short term pullout, would be the right person to ensure the pullout is responsible.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  314. Betsy

    Not sure how well it would even help with the republican's all freaked out, but Barack could actually ask McCain himself to be on his staff somehow?

    November 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  315. Tammy in Linwood, NC

    I do not think it is a question of winning McCain supporters over. President-elect Obama should have the same respect as if John McCain had won. If I understand correctly, these people we are talking about are born again Christians!!! "Love your neighbor-right, huh?"

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  316. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    With the largest electoral victory since Ronald Reagan, I don't think he has to win over the McCain supporters. He just has to remember that he is the President of all the people, not just those who support him. However, making Collin Powell Secretary of Defense would earn him my vote the next time.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  317. Pamela

    I can only speak for myself. But I'd like to see our troops come home as promised, the economy rebuild as promised and an America that I can be proud of in the eyes of American's and the rest of the world. We don't have to agree with everything other people say but we do need to listen. It's a small world and we need to work together with other countries to get things accomplished.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  318. lenae

    McCain supportors need to just let it go and come to terms that he did not win. Obama has bigger things to be concerned about right now like trying to get this economy back on its feet after a horrible administration. He does not have time to be focused on the small things like "who don't like him". All you need to do is just sit back and watch him do the best job that any person can do given the chaos that he has been given.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  319. James, Spring Lake, MI

    Jack, I don't believe there is anything he needs to do to win over McCain supporters other than provide compentent and stable leadership. Frankly, the Republican party is in a position where it has no choice but to do a great deal of soul-searching to discover how they will adept to the future and a changing country that was evident in this last election. The Reagan revolution is officially over.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  320. watson in Portland, OR

    They are blind, we need change not pride. The old ways have been shed and it's time to make the U.S. respectable again, rise with the rest of us we need you!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  321. jose

    Nothing. I don't think there is anything Obama can do to make Mc Cain supporters get behind him. They are sore losers. I was devastated when they started booing when Mc Cain mentioned Obama's name on his concession speech. If this is really a democracy, they need to realize that there can only be one winner and everyone else need to support that person.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  322. MARK

    President Elect Obama was able to repair the 18 million cracks from the Hillary Clinton supporters. He can do the same with the John McCain supporters. This will be his ultimate test to show true bipartisanship.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  323. Louise L.Gallone

    Jack, I see it as an impossible task. People did not have the intelligence to realize the many gaffs made by McCain, the biggest one being his choice of Palin for VP. I just discovered today from a written media source that she thouhght Africa was a country and not a continent, and did not know what NAFTA meant.

    Louise IN.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  324. Max McClean, Va

    Theres also the question "WHY should he try to earn McCain supporters???". Republicans NEVER try to earn Democrats, its simply " You lost, too bad, now fall in line"...

    November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  325. Trish Omro Wi

    I think Obama has more important issues to concern himself with right now.
    How about McCain supporters trying to win over Obama instead?
    They must remember, they lost.....

    November 6, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  326. Interested

    I think it will be a tough task, but all he needs to do is try his hardest to deliver on his promises.

    Americans or the rest of America and those who never supported him will fall in line when they have evidence of his working hard for the Americans

    I also believe McCain has a role to play. They have to look for a means to show their support for the president elect

    November 6, 2008 at 6:21 pm |

    Pres. elect Obama should adopt the nickname "Maverick" and offer Joe the plumber the plumbing jobs in the whitehouse.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  328. Veronica Sheehy

    I'm an Independent.........so........my only comment is "Neither one of them could do the job"; Give me a good candidate like Hillary.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  329. Bill Florida

    The only way he will get conservatives on his side is to not change America to socialism, because we believe in the constitution and small federal government it's that simple we will back him. But if he changes to socialist programs we will speak up loudly, and this is not RACIST

    November 6, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  330. Josephine

    Mr. Obama only has to do what needs to be done for the whole country not just for a particular group. He is president elect to get this country together. If one party has a problem, they will get over it. The non believers will believe when Mr. Obama proves that he CAN. There is more to him then most can see and he has the ability to put this country back to being the great United States of America that it is.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  331. rflo2008

    Just because some people didn't vote for him doesn't make them radical anti-black people. I for one don't agree with his policies. I can't understand why everything has to be about race. Everyone has their own beliefs and you have to respect that.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  332. adrian

    sorry to be so blunt, but he'd have to simply change his skin color even though he's mixed. cause we're still stuck on color.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  333. G. G. Roberts in TN

    Obama can stop his followers from calling everyone who disagrees with him or wants to ask tough questions about his plans a RACIST. I am a 55 year old BLACK woman and he lost me when his supporters (with his obvious consent) labelled Bill Clinton a racist. Bill Clinton is many things (liar, womanizer, etc) BUT he is not a racist. I used to live in a city with a BLACK mayor (I voted for him). He got into the habit of making every disagreement or questioning of his actions a racist plot against him. When I couldn’t take it anymore I moved to the exurbs. If Obama’s supporters keep this up, where can I go???

    November 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  334. Shaundra Ray

    He won't ever win them over. They don't like him and NEVER will. So why bother. He just needs to move forward and do what's right for this country.

    Houston TX

    November 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  335. abbie barnard

    President Elect Obama has displayed his intelligence, determination, and commitment to our country for the past 21 months and during that time, he has never strayed from his message of hope and change for the betterment of all americans. Furthermore, he has verbalized concrete plans in addressing our current economic crisis, healthcare and tax cuts for the 95% of americans living paycheck to paycheck. All he has to do is continue to be the man we have all come to love, admire and respect as well as the leader our country has been waiting, praying and hoping for.

    Abbie Barnard

    Phoenix, Arizona

    November 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  336. Justin Schvach

    Unfortunately, I don't think he will win over the McCain supporters. Many are upset with him now and he hasn't even taken office yet! They're going complain when we don't see change on January 21st and will find anyway to stay that way. He has to be flawless running this country, in which the reality of it is that it won't be perfect. It will be better than what Bush has done to this country and world for the last eight years, but they will argue that "anyone could do better than Bush." The economy, employment, war, and energy crisis will get better, but they'll credit it to the cycle of it, saying that the only place these issues could go are up and that it wasn't Obama helping it. Perhaps Obama should pick a clueless, unintelligent "maverick" to be in the cabinet with him. It worked to gain the support of McCain. Yet, I know Obama is intelligent enough to choose his cabinet whom are qualified, not to just to gain support.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  337. William Little

    Majority has decided it's time for a change. This should be something very important ito the Republican party's future ,since the trend shows the younger generation voted democratic.,Losing touch with the concerns of the youthful internet age is indeed costly.
    But for those who don't know how to deal with the way this presidential campaign turned out, May I suggest you close your eyes, and listen to the voice of change. You might be able to hear something new and agreeable for the first time.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  338. Michael Ireland

    Jack, President elect Obama has "Talked the Talk" now he only needs to "Walk the Walk". If he keeps his commitments, he not only will unite all Americans, but will build trust in our world.

    Michael – Chicago

    November 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  339. Dave

    It's not so much what President Elect Obama has to do, Jack, as it is what Congress has to do. If they use their majority to push too hard, too fast, Republicans (and especially right-wing commentators) will use it to push their followers away from Obama. He'll have to convince Congress to moderate their agenda and win the hearts and minds of the other side before they take on issues more aggresively.

    Delray Beach, Florida

    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  340. Krissy,Tn

    Obama's whole campaign was ran on change but why is he choosing Clinton cabinet members and taxes are already being raised? Obama needs to follow up on his promises or was it all demagoguery?

    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  341. Jenn Fresno Ca

    Its unfortunate that a majority of McCain supporters are so closed minded, He WILL NEVER win them over. Its unfortunate we still live in a time where people have so much hatred against other individuals, and from what I have been reading online and in the papers, that hatred runs very deep. I HOPE that Obama can bring this country together, and prove to the world that we stand by what our name means....The UNITED States of America!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  342. Adrian

    There are a great number of McCain supporters who just won't be won over...All Obama needs to do is follow through with his plans and visions, and as he said in his speech, listen to those who disagree. You can't please all the people all the time, so he shouldn't loose sleep over that. Haters will be haters. The main thing is he got the majority of the vote, the world celebrated with us, and that's what's important. Many of McCain's supporters will continue to call him "terrorist", "muslim", "arab", but one thing that have to call him now, whether they verbalize it or not, is MR. PRESIDENT!!!

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  343. Gregory

    Nothing...tell them to get used to it

    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  344. Bert, San Juan PR

    He only needs to carry on doing what he set out to, so in other words nothing in particular. I'm sure you remember that McCain supporters were fed lies and fear for the duration of the campaign. At some point they will realize he is not a muslim, a terrorist, a socialist, or any other ridiculous line they've been told. Big surprise for them when life becomes better than it ever was under Bush, thats what'll do it!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  345. Victor Erosa

    Popularity will only be gained through results. Popularity shouldn't really be an issue, there are far too many real issues for the President to worry about at this point.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  346. Kevin-Oil City, PA


    Barack Obama could do a lot to win over disgruntled republicans but that would erase the basic principles and fundamentals that Obama built his campaign on. The simple fact is that the majority of people elected Barack Obama and not John McCain. His views are outdated and I think his supporters have to accept the rest of the public's view without having PRESIDENT OBAMA change his ideals at all.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  347. eric

    its not important for him to win them over hes the president now and his job is to lead the country.its there job to support him.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  348. Yvadne

    How can Obama win over McCain voters
    President-elect Obama has already begun the process of winning over McCain voters. His acceptance speech won me when he said, "I hear your concerns and I'm your President too." I am Roman Catholic and a one-issue voter–abortion.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  349. Jacki

    I just feel most of the McCain supporters will calm down. As for the others who have so much hate I don't think they would change being the people they are. This election just brought them out. And McCain let all this hate happen. But all in all I think everything will calm down in time.

    Bordentown N.J

    November 6, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  350. teebee

    After reading some of the responses, I see why the GOP is broken. We as Americans need to be Americans! Work with our President and stay involved. Shed the ingrained thought of ME, ME, ME. and start thinking US,US,US.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  351. Chase Mclean

    The answer lies in bipartisanship; Barack Obama will have to demonstrate to the McCain supporters that he takes their concerns seriously. It becomes imperative in this critical transitional phase of his presidency that his appointees are not only top Democrat s but also qualified Republican candidates.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  352. Josh from NY

    Give them a tax break when they are already rich.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  353. Michael

    The president of the United States once elected, should NOT have to win over voters, or citizens, the new president elect should have the support of the entire nation. This is the way it used to be, and besides he did nothing to deserve disrespect.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  354. Joan .

    Barrack just needs to continue to be himself, subperb character, and both feet on the ground. A true people person. Mc Cain supporters should compare the gentelman Barack Obama to the vindictive John Mc Cain. I was apalled at the way Mc Cain conducted himself in the last weeks of campaigning, as he was an embarressment to himself and the American people, for all the world to see.. A gentelman he wasn't! His "hot headed" arrogance and bitterness got him nowhere. I am a proud American and really can hold my head up high with a great man who will now be leading our country and putting America back on the high road. The world is already embracing Barack Obama and so am I. God bless our new president.

    Joan, Germany

    November 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  355. Stephanie from New Jersey

    I think pres. obama should do his job and if people decide to accept him they will and if they don't they wouldn't have anyway. there are to many problems to deal with in this country to worry about what he should do to win people over to his side. he won this election fare and square, it wasn't given to him. im 52 and this is the first time i voted for a democrat. im only interested in what he is going to do to help our country. another thing im white but i voted for the best person i thought could help our country. i did not vote for a black person, he just happened to be black.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  356. Derrick

    There is no need to worry about those McCain supporters because the job of being president is not a popularity contest during the term. President Obama is an effective leader and will be regardless of the nay-sayers. I look forward to a favorable Commander-in-Chief in world affairs. It's been a long time and I'm tired of going to Iraq for those "hateful folks" who enjoy the freedoms my "liberal" family and I sacrifice for. I pray for him and his family. GOD bless all Americans!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  357. Hank (Montreal)

    What will Obama have to do to win over wary McCain supporters?

    Tell them the truth – that there is no real fundamental difference between the two major parties.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  358. Onyeka

    Obama shouldn't necessarily think of winning back McCain supporters. If he turns out a good president for America and saves the country from the crisis and problems, McCain supporters may begin to like him automatically. So to win them back, Obama should be a wonderful president for all, his supporters, McCain supporters and the whole of America. God bless America and her 44th President.

    Onyeka writing from Moscow in The Russian Federation

    November 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  359. Bob S in New Hampshire

    After eight years of being oppressed and marginalized by the Republican Party....who cares how they feel!

    November 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  360. Sindy (14 Vista, CA)

    I think the people that voted for McCain have to let it go that they didn't win. Obama is our new president. They have to accept it whether they like it or not. No haters. We have now become one.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  361. Zachary

    In order for President Elect Barrack Obama to win over the trust of McCain supporters he has got to govern as a moderate (which i doubt he will do). But if he wishes to truely unite this country he has got to have a spine and be able to say no to all of the partisain rediculous bills we are sure to get from the Democratic Congress.

    If he doesnt, the legacy of our first african american president will be marred by the same partisain politics he promised to change.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  362. David Reale

    All Obama has to do is just be the way he is. Once he's the single voice the McCain people will begin to listen and they will figure Obama's vision and plan is the best way to go.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  363. I. B., Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    First he needs to deal with that 800 pound gorilla in the room, the economy. Then he needs to deal with the other 800 pound gorilla in the room, Iraq. Then he needs to deal with yet another 800 pound gorilla in the room, Afghanistan. Then he needs to deal with still another 800 pound gorilla in the room, energy. Then he needs to deal with the two 799 pound gorillas in the room, health-care and education. I am sure that once the McCain voters understand the enormity of the task at hand, they will realize that it is not about them, but about the country first. Yes we can.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  364. Kevin

    Two Words: Fiscal Conservatism

    If the Obama administration shows restraint and actually works to balance the budget, then he'll get some support.

    If his fiscal policies revert to tax and spend, I and my fellow fiscal conservatives will fight him tooth and nail in the ballot bax.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  365. Yvonnie

    Well, Bush never did anything to win me over.

    That said, I think the responsibility is more on the Republican Party Leaders. When they are asked this question, a simple, "well, Obama has promised to make an effort, so let's wait and see" or "I want what the country wants, which is unity. So, I will do my best to support him without dishonoring my constituents" might help. So many of them, still seem to have personal agendas and no room for flexibility. They are a direct extension of the McCain Presidential Campaign. And they lead a division among the people.

    I'd like to hear the media ask each of them, what they plan to do to show the nation that they support the new leader.


    November 6, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  366. N in Nevada

    There will be some who just can't be won over. I think first and foremost when they see some improvement and real work being done on the economy that will help a lot. If he reaches across the aisle in his cabinet choices that will make a difference too. Also being transparent and keeping the public informed (as much as possible) will help.

    November 6, 2008 at 6:35 pm |