April 14, 2006


Hurt Feelings in 2000 Recalled as McCain Stumps in Iowa (Dan Balz, 4/14/06, Washington Post)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) campaigned across Iowa on Thursday, sending a clear signal that he is ready to start building a relationship with a state he spurned in his presidential campaign six years ago. [...]

But the four stops on his schedule here, the team of advisers that accompanied him, and the private meetings he had scheduled along the way all spoke to the seriousness with which he is now preparing for a likely second run for the White House in 2008. [...]

McCain found a way to speak positively about ethanol, despite his continued opposition to the subsidies that support it. "At $10 a barrel, I don't think ethanol was a very viable option," he said. "At $60 or $70 a barrel, I think it is to be examined. There's also national security implications."

The 2008 race ends in IA if he wins, because he'll carry NH easily. No one's ever won both for the GOP and lost the nomination that I can recall--even Reagan lost IA and W lost NH.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2006 6:52 AM
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