“Reaganesque.” Mainstream media on McCain

28Apr07

John McCainSen. John McCain inaugurated his official candidacy this week with such vigor and vision that even the normally pejorative mainstream media took notice. See highlights below.

Fox News’ Mort Kondracke: “McCain’s Announcement Speech Was The Best Of All The Announcement Speeches Made This Year … It Was Reaganesque.” “I thought McCain’s announcement speech was the best of all the announcement speeches made this year … It was Reaganesque in places, It was optimistic about how America can conquer any problem that it faces if it puts its mind to it. It was really quite eloquent in places. It also was critical of the Bush Administration. It implied that if McCain had been president of the United States, the mistakes that we made in the aftermath of the victory in Iraq would not have been made. … There would never have been the fall down on Katrina, etc. I think that it is a good beginning to the campaign.” (Fox News’ “Special Report,” 4/25/07)

Fox News’ Brit Hume: “It is undoubtedly true that he is the most experienced …” (Fox News’ “Special Report,” 4/25/07)

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “He looked good out there.” (MSNBC’s “Hardball,” 4/25/07)

McCain “Vowed To Confront” Important Issues, Saying “That’s Not Good Enough For America, And When I’m President, It Won’t Be Good Enough For Me.” “In the speech, he vowed to confront issues, including poor veterans care, rising fuel costs, the failing Social Security system and excessive government waste. ‘That’s not good enough for America,’ McCain said in a line that he repeated six times during the speech. ‘And when I’m president, it won’t be good enough for me.’” (Michael D. Shear, “McCain Announces Presidential Bid,” The Washington Post, 4/25/07)

McCain Speech Highlighted “Experience, Maturity And Seriousness To Be President.” “Dressed in a dark blue sweater under cloudy skies on the banks of the Piscataqua River, McCain formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination, saying he alone possesses the experience, maturity and seriousness to be president in a time of war and domestic uncertainty.” (Michael D. Shear, “McCain Announces Presidential Bid,” The Washington Post, 4/25/07)

CNN’s Candy Crowley: “This Was A Speech About McCain’s Experience.” “This was a speech about McCain’s experience. … McCain is saying, ‘listen, I know who I am, I understand the world, I understand how Congress works, I understand war.’ So, this was an attempt by McCain to sell his experience, as standing out in the race.” (CNN’s “Your World Today,” 4/25/07

McCain Delivered “Forceful” Call For Strong Leadership. “In a forceful tone, McCain argued that his background and his experience are the right match for a country that needs strong leadership.” (Michael D. Shear, “McCain Announces Presidential Bid,” The Washington Post, 4/25/07)

McCain Speech “Sounded An Optimistic Tone,” Saying “You Can’t Sell Me On Hopelessness.” “[M]cCain sounded an optimistic tone Wednesday. ‘You can’t sell me on hopelessness,’ he said. ‘You can’t convince me our problems are insurmountable. Our challenges are an opportunity to write another chapter of American greatness.’” (Bret Hovell, “McCain Officially Enters 2008 Race,” abcnews.go.com, 4/25/07)

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One Response to ““Reaganesque.” Mainstream media on McCain”


  1. 1 Exploring McCainia » Blog Archive » Musings on McCain: What the New Media Is Saying About the Campaign

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