Is John McCain "Unelectable"?

@dynaweb (168)
United States
February 1, 2008 10:44am CST
Despite the endorsements from other politicians, I have been hearing from people lately that John McCain is "Unelectable" for a variety of reasons. Do you agree? If so on what grounds?
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
1 Feb 08
Actually, I think McCain is highly electable and it scares me a bit. I'm a Democrat and I'm supporting Hillary Clinton but if she does not win the nomination, I might just jump ship and vote for McCain if he is the Republican candidate. Any other Republican nominee and I'll vote for the Democratic candidate but I really like McCain. I actually think it would be great if McCain selected Joe Liberman for his running mate. They are both honorable men who have been screwed time and again by their parties and I think Americans can relate to that.
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@dynaweb (168)
• United States
1 Feb 08
You mention McCain getting "screwed by his party". Could you please indicate what that means? A couple examples perhaps? Personally I see it the other way, with John McCain occasionally Mavericking his party as well as the American people. Take for instance the Dubai Ports Deal where McCain backed President Bush in attempting to sell out our nation's ports (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, and Louisiana) to Dubai Ports World under our noses. Once the public caught on to the scheme we stifled it, much to the dismay of Bush and McCain who both believed that our national security is worth less than the fists full of the 6.8 billion dollars they were able to grab onto. While pressured bipartizanly by Congress and States to halt the deal, McCain blamed EVERYBODY ELSE for blowing things out of proportion! I think RINOs like mcCAIN and BUSH need to remember who it is they are wroking for.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I don't think McCain has been screwed by his party... there are those that are MORE conservative than what he is and therefore you have some who feel he is too liberal to work under the Republican banner. In the opposite Liberman is a Democrat who is seen as being too conservative for his party. Both men have fought against party lines and on different issues have gone against their party. I think this in itself is great for America. People that have new fresh ways of seeing things that are not afraid to vote for what they think is right rather than what their party thinks is the right way to vote. I had to check and see if a Republican/Democrat can run on the same ticket and as far as I see as long as the Presidential nominee chooses that person it is not a problem... if it is and I am wrong someone please correct me.
@anniepa (27280)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I guess it could be said about both McCain and Lieberman that they have both screwed their respective parties and been screwed BY their parties, depending on where you stand. It is legal for the nominee of one part to choose a running mate from the other party but I don't think it's ever happened; I know it hasn't during my lifetime. Annie
1 Feb 08
On the grounds that he is a Republican? I have seen more than one commentator suggesting that this election is unwinnable by the Republicans because there are so many different types of Republican voter, from fundamentalists to neocons to libertarians to old-school conservatives, and this time round there is no one candidate capable of uniting them all. Personally I am not that optimistic. McCain is certainly the least unelectable of the remaining Republican candidates and in my opinion their only chance of retaining the White House. People may say that he's too old, but Republican voters, unlike Democrat voters, are more likely to be impressed by age and experience than by youth and vigour.
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@dynaweb (168)
• United States
1 Feb 08
Age does not bother me, but when you say he is the, "least unelectable of the remaining ..." what makes you say that? It is an interesting statement, but without details I cannot accurately comment on it. I assume you are implying that others like Romney, Huckabee, and Paul are unelectable to you for some reason?
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@Smith2028 (797)
• United States
4 Feb 08
This is a difficult question: Electable in general? Yes John McCain is highly electable. He has found his charm, he is a smart politician and has the experience. Electable as President?: Yes. McCain's stature and poise would make him a solid diplomat around the world. The only concern would be in his temper. McCain certainly has the experience and has learned to talk to the people rather than at them. At the beginning of this election most people (myself included) expected a huge flop because McCain never could connect with the people. He would always talk at them and not to them. Electable against Senator Clinton or Senator Obama: No. McCain is under fire from his own party for his stance on immigration and campaign finance. Furthermore, he does not have the "newness" of Obama. While I read this as inexperience, a lot of people will read it as a chance for change and not part of the status quo of Washington. McCain does have a violent temper and often relies too much on his name alone to do the work for him. Which is why he was unsuccessful against George W Bush.
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@dynaweb (168)
• United States
4 Feb 08
Good points. I view McCain as apathetic and a tool. Is is owned and has been by a variety of masters since he went into congress filling the seat of the great Barry Goldwater. Obama is not quite as owned but definitely seen as a tool, especially for the extreme lefties like Kennedy. Sure, Hillary is owned by China and Wal-Mart but she will not get the endorsements since she is not a tool for any American politicians.
@anniepa (27280)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I sure HOPE it's true that he's unelectable but I'm not totally sure that's true. In my own personal opinion he is for several reasons: 1/ A vote for him would be a continuation of the Bush Iraq policies. If anything he's m ore of a war hawk than the current Administration which is surprising since most people who had served, as McCain did in Vietnam, are less likely to be in a hurry to go to war. 2/ He's not conservative enough for the Republican base. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingram among other right-wing commentators can't stand him. Many of the GOP faithfuls will stay home if he's the nominee, or vote for an independent candidate if one enters the race who is more conservative than McCain. 3/ Sorry, no offense intended, but Chuck Norris was right - he's too old. I know the Republicans have no problem nominating senior citizens but they usually don't fare too well in the general election. Ronald Reagan was the exception rather than the rule and looking back it's apparent he was already showing signs of Alzheimer's before he left office. That having been said, I also realize McCain may pull in some independent voters and maybe even some moderate Democrats who aren't satisfied with their own nominee so nothing is etched in stone here. Annie
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@dynaweb (168)
• United States
4 Feb 08
Very well stated. I totally agree and Viva Chuck Norris!