Sen. John McCain has vowed to “whip” Sen. Obama’s “you-know-what” in Wednesday’s final presidential debate. Talk about managing expectations, anything less than a “whipping” could now become a loss if McCain doesn’t step up to the plate. Beyond that statement, McCain has vowed a strong direction for his campaign.
Video of the statement from the AP via YouTube:
Report from Dallas Morning News:
Republican John McCain vowed Sunday to whip Democratic rival Barack Obama’s “you-know-what” Wednesday in their final televised debate.
Mr. McCain made that pledge as top advisers said he is weighing new economic proposals to help the nation weather the financial crisis. He refused to answer a reporter’s question Sunday about what plans he might be considering.
A McCain adviser said new economic proposals will be rolled out this week. Officials said the measures being considered include tax cuts – perhaps temporary – for capital gains and dividends, according to Politico.com.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama walked door to door in a working-class neighborhood near Toledo, Ohio, to ask struggling families how he could help them.
Their answers ranged from tax cuts to aid for struggling auto companies to measures to reduce home foreclosures.
Denise Knisley, a 53-year-old grocery-store employee, said she had been thinking about voting for the Democrat and definitely will after meeting him.
“You’ve got to believe in somebody,” she said.
Report on the new direction of McCain’s campaign from Politico:
Three weeks before Election Day, John McCain on Monday unveiled a more forceful new stump speech in which he portrayed himself as a scrappy fighter on the comeback trail against an opponent who’s already “measuring the drapes” in the Oval Office.
“The national media has written us off.,” McCain said in remarks prepared for delivery in Virginia Beach. “Sen. Obama is measuring the drapes and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.”
Referring to his more than five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, McCain says: “I know what fear feels like. It’s a thief in the night who robs your strength. I know what hopelessness feels like. It’s an enemy who defeats your will. I felt those things once before. I will never let them in again. I’m an American. And I choose to fight.”
McCain is appearing Monday in Virginia and North Carolina — two states that are usually safe for Republicans in presidential races and that he should have put away long ago. But Barack Obama is pouring visits and staff into the former Confederacy, and he has caught McCain in many Southern polls.
Nationally, the Real Clear Politics average has Obama up 7.3 points. A Washington Post-ABC News Poll out Monday morning gives Obama a yawning 10-point lead, while a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll shows Obama up just four points.
“Let me give you the state of the race today,” McCain says in his new speech. “We have 22 days to go. We’re six points down. …
“What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people. I come from a long line of McCains who believed that to love America is to fight for her. I have fought for you most of my life. There are other ways to love this country, but I’ve never been the kind to do it from the sidelines.”
The remarks reflect the graceful cadences of Mark Salter, McCain’s longtime aide and co-author, and suggest that the senator plans to fight without personally going viciously negative in the final days. He can leave that to the television advertisements.
The reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is part of a new Republican effort to warn voters of the consequences of having one party dominate all of Washington, as Democrats would if Obama won in a landslide that helped his party rack up wider congressional margins.
The question which always looms 3 weeks out, is it too late? Personally I think this race is tighter than the polls reflect, however, Obama is clearly at an advantage right now.