History Repeating It’s Self? McCain Down In Polls Backs Out of 2000 Debate

From the San Francisco Chronicle, February 2000:

With new polls showing his campaign dead in the water among California Republicans, Arizona Sen. John McCain has pulled out of a long-scheduled debate with Texas Gov. George Bush, set for Thursday in Los Angeles.

McCain campaign officials tried desperately yesterday to put the best face on their withdrawal, even as a new Field Poll showed Bush far ahead among likely Republican voters in the winner-take-all race for the state’s 162 GOP delegates.  […]

The bait and switch on the debate left the Arizona senator — whose favorite campaign line is “I’ll always tell you the truth” — wide open to blistering criticism from his rivals.

“Clearly, this is more double-talk from the McCain campaign,” said Alixe Mattingly, a spokeswoman for Bush. “Pulling out of this debate at the last minute is an indication that they’re pulling out of California, where McCain’s antagonistic message clearly isn’t working.”

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4 Responses to “History Repeating It’s Self? McCain Down In Polls Backs Out of 2000 Debate”

  1. This is a great find. I’d completely forgotten about this one. Thanks for pointing it out.

  2. Oh my, does this not say it all?

    People say McCain has changed. He’s not the same McCain as in 2000. He’s always been this McCain. Who is he kidding?!

    And check out his voting record for his umpteen years in the Senate. He’s ALWAYS been the same person. Maverick? Call yourself what you will. We know better.

  3. […] to DoubleTalk Express for bringing this my way. Check out THIS POST there about with media report of McCain pulling out of a debate with Bush in 2000. Deja vu all over […]

  4. John McCain has proved himself to be a coward. I’m sure he suffers from PTSD. No one spends time as a POW and comes back mentally sane. McCain doesn’t want to talk about the 1205 POWs that were left behind when he returned with 520 other POWs.

    This past month showed that John McCain is impulsive. He takes action first and then he thinks. This is not the person that should have access to the nuke button. What’s he going to do? Send off the missiles to Russia and then call Putin and say, “Oh, forget about the missiles heading your way. If I could, I’d bring the missiles back but it’s too late now. I only sent off the missiles because Palin said that you ‘raised your head’ “. No, don’t let poor impulse control McCain near the nuke button. Palin, yearning for the Rapture, shouldn’t be near the nuke button either.

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