There's no denying it: John McCain faces an uphill battle in his quest for the White House.
The latest polls, which show the Republican presidential candidate running behind Democratic rival Barack Obama, confirm that the Arizona senator's electoral path to victory is narrowing.
What Do the Pundits Think?Republican strategist and commentator Karl Rove: "Mr. McCain has only one hope: to drive home doubts about Mr. Obama based on his record, and share as much as he can about his own values and vision to reassure voters."
But McCain still has some moves to make. And over the last week or so, a handful of experts have weighed in on what he should do in the remaining days of the campaign to catch up with Obama and win on November 4.
Republican mastermind Karl Rove wrote in The Wall Street Journal that McCain "has only one hope: to drive home doubts about Mr. Obama based on his record, and share as much as he can about his own values and vision to reassure voters."
Douglas E. Schoen, who worked as a top pollster for President Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign, argued in Politico that McCain has to frame the election as a choice of who's better prepared to lead the country at a time of multiple crises.
"Lay out an economic plan that sounded like a Democratic economic plan instead of a Republican economic plan, [one] that ran to the left of Obama on economics," said Democratic pollster and strategist Celinda Lake in Time.
Writing in the New York Post, conservative pundit Dick Morris believes that McCain should "warn voters of impending socialism in America. The recent bailout legislation puts the United States government inside the ownership, management and direction of many of our major companies and financial institutions."
"I would have him just talking about the economy, saying that Obama is going to raise taxes and there’s nothing worse than a tax increase, regardless of who you’re taxing, and this will make this recession deeper," said Republican strategist Ed Rollins in an interview with The Washington Independent.