Where did it all go wrong? That is what John McCain must be wondering after his White House dreams ended in tatters.
The Arizona Senator was gracious in defeat, acknowledging the significance of his rival’s victory.
McCain told supporters in Phoenix that he alone was responsible for the way things had turned out.
“This is an historic election. We fought as hard as we could. And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours,” he said.
But does the blame lie elsewhere? Some point to his running mate, Sarah Palin.
A series of scandals and perceived gaffes made by the self-proclaimed “hockey mom” helped erase the initial euphoria she triggered. Some questioned whether the Alaska Governor was up to stepping in as president in case of an emergency.
But, for many analysts there is another explanation for John McCain’s defeat, with the feeling that the cards were stacked against him from the start.
“This election, above all, was a complete repudiation of the Bush presidency,” said political analyst Allan J. Lichtman. “American elections are basically votes up or down on the performance of the party holding the White House and basically Americans said loud and clear they don’t like the way the country has been governed over the last four years.”
In 2000, George W. Bush put paid to John McCain’s presidential bid by beating him in the Republican primaries. Eight years on, it seems, Bush has again contributed to his colleague’s White House hopes falling flat.
- 13D, 360° virtual reality is ready to launch – on an adult film
- 2French Riviera declared ‘disaster zone’ after deadly flash floods
- 3Migrant crisis: Hungary poised to shut unofficial border crossings with Croatia
- 4Russian air strike hits terrorist training camp in Syria, say defence officials
- 5Refugees tell of ISIL brutality which forced them to leave Syria
- 1Pope Francis kisses hands of Holocaust survivors
- 2Exclusive: shipwatchers chart Russian hardware heading into Med
- 3NASA discovers evidence of “liquid briny water” flowing on Mars
- 4France claims Russian jets have struck rebel, not IS forces in Homs
- 53D, 360° virtual reality is ready to launch – on an adult film
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Syrian refugee tripped by shamed camera woman is named
- 3Hungarian camera woman caught on video kicking and tripping migrants could face jail
- 4Hungarian reporter who tripped migrants apologises for her actions
- 5NASA discovers evidence of “liquid briny water” flowing on Mars
- 6Latest News Bulletin
- 7At least 220 dead in stampede outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia reports
- 8International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 9What the top tweets worldwide are saying about #refugees
- 10Why aren’t rich Gulf states welcoming Syrian refugees… or are they?
- 11Hungarian camerawoman fired after being filmed kicking migrants
- 12Which European countries offer the most social benefits to migrants?
- 13Denmark: launches anti-migrant ad campaign
- 14Why aren’t rich Gulf states welcoming Syrian refugees…or are they?
- 15Spain: Catalan President faces ‘civil disobedience’ charges over breakaway vote
- 16Banzai back in the vocabulary as Japan passes law allowing combat deployments
- 17Exclusive: shipwatchers chart Russian hardware heading into Med
- 18International news | euronews, latest international news
- 19Migrant tripped up in Hungary gets Spanish football job
- 20[Live] All the Rugby World Cup news in one place
Wires > News
- 20:23 CET United Airlines flight diverted because of unconscious co-pilot -…
- 20:06 CET Top U.S. general calls Afghan hospital strike a mistake made…
- 19:48 CET Ex-U.N. General Assembly president charged with bribery
- 19:39 CET Pentagon sees decision soon on Russian rocket engine waiver
- 19:32 CET Mexico army boss will not allow questioning of troops in student…
- 19:26 CET How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow
- 19:09 CET EU seeks Turkey help to block migrant flows, offers cash
- 18:54 CET Flogged Saudi blogger Badawi named ‘writer of courage’ in Britain