Mollineau — Trump could win White House with the help of an ‘October Surprise’ — a last minute event, revelation to turn election on its head

September 9, 2016
The New York Daily News

On the other hand, it’s impossible to predict how the nominees will respond to crisis until there is one, noted Democratic strategist Rodell Mollineau, who drew on John McCain’s performance in 2008.

In late September of that year, during the height of the growing financial crisis, McCain suddenly suspended his campaign and sought to delay a debate with Obama so he could fly to Washington to help Congress work on a rescue plan. He urged Obama to do the same.

“When the financial crisis hit, McCain, who had been the elder statesman, the wise and experienced guy, was the one who freaked out, who became erratic,” Mollineau explained.

“And Sen. Obama, the novice, the inexperienced three-year U.S. senator, was the one who looked like a steady hand,” he said. “Anything can happen when crisis hits.”

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