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McCain takes blame for lame campaign

July 13, 2007

Republican John McCain said Friday he was to blame for the weakened state of his presidential campaign that has undergone two major staff shake-ups in a week and is nearly broke.

“We’ve made mistakes,” the Arizona senator said during an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. “The responsibility is mine. I’m the candidate.”

Four days after accepting the resignations of his two top campaign aides, McCain said he didn’t do what was necessary to run a productive campaign and spent just as much as he brought in when he should have been saving up to pay for costly television advertisements for the heat of race.

“We didn’t use the money in the most effective way,” he said.

McCain made the comments in the first-in-the-nation primary state as finger-pointing among his loyalists intensified in Washington over who was to blame for the one-time GOP front-runner’s six-month slide and financially fragile condition.

The campaign raised $25 million in the first half of the year, but blew through nearly all of it during the same period. By Sunday, the campaign will report to the Federal Election Commission that it has $2 million cash on hand but more than $1 million in outstanding debt, according to officials. They say McCain could end up having as little as a couple hundred thousand dollars to spend as he tries to revitalize his campaign.

As July began, McCain laid off more than half of his staff and cut salaries of many of those remaining staffers to try to control costs. A week later, campaign manager Terry Nelson and chief strategist John Weaver resigned and several other senior aides loyal to the two followed them out the door. More are expected to leave in the coming days.

McCain named the chief executive officer, Rick Davis, as his campaign manager as he seeks to right his deeply troubled campaign.

“It’s difficult times right now,” McCain said but again vowed to press on with his second presidential bid.

Fresh from a visit to Iraq, McCain traveled to New Hampshire to deliver a speech on the war. His 19-year-old son, Jimmy, a Marine expected to head to Iraq soon, was accompanying McCain.

According to speech excerpts, McCain again argues that the country must give President Bush’s troop increase strategy a chance to work, and says the military effort is showing signs of progress and there’s an opening for political progress.

“If there is to be hope of a sustainable end to the violence that so plagues that country, Iraqi political leaders must seize this opportunity. It will not come around again,” he says.

As Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns in the same state, McCain also singles her out and suggests that she is ignoring a terrorist presence in Iraq.

“Defeatism will not buy peace in our time. It will only lead to more bloodshed — and to more American casualties in the future,” he says. “If we choose to lose in Iraq, our enemies will hit us harder in Afghanistan hoping to erode our political will and encourage calls in Western capitals for withdrawal and accommodation with our enemy there as well.”

He also generally accuses Democratic hopefuls of engaging in “wishful and very dangerous thinking” on the war, saying: “Democratic candidates for president will argue for the course of cutting our losses and withdrawing from the threat in the vain hope it will not follow us here.”

11 Responses to McCain takes blame for lame campaign

  1. Billyking2007

    July 16, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Another one bites the dust. lol

  2. Carl Nemo

    July 14, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    I surely hope John McPain’s advisors decide to use CHB as a “dipstick check” for his possible success of winning the presidency…not! :))

    Nemo **==

  3. Rick Fuller

    July 14, 2007 at 10:50 am

    McCain Says He Won’t Drop Out


    America doesn’t need another delusional Administration, and America certainly doesn’t need another Administration that can’t manage budgets.

    John McCain, go away!!

  4. SEAL

    July 14, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    A man who was subjected to brainwashing by the best North Viets for years expects to be president of the US. And some people actually want him to be. Amazing!

  5. gene

    July 14, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Dam!!! thats (writing) not (wrighting). Oh well…does anyone give a shit? God I hope not.

  6. gene

    July 13, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Why even waste time wrighting articles on this guy. For God sake he was dead several years ago, now he is dead times two and yet he is still here (although not for long). What word would represent 10 times delusional, it would be (John McCain)…Ok two words.

  7. Sandra Price

    July 13, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Senator McCain is too old for the strain of having to run for office with his voting record against him. Many in Arizona are not much in favor of his neoconservative ideals for America. Step down, old fellow and let the next generation have a go at the government. Wait a minute….he is younger than I am….I still stand by my opinions.

  8. Carl Nemo

    July 13, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    I guess John McPain now hopes he can “whine” his way to the presidency. He needs to retire after his current term, then go home to sunny AZ and lounge around the pool. End of story!

    Nemo **==

  9. Wayne K Dolik

    July 13, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    This was a Great lesson about “conservatism”. Real conservatives don’t blow all their money early in the Primaries.

  10. SEAL

    July 13, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    If he wasn’t so stupid I could feel sorry for him.

  11. bryan mcclellan

    July 13, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH,Johnnie cracked corn and I don’t care.