Blogger Conference Call with Senator John McCain
Senator McCain began by reiterating his call
for Democratic candidates to denounce the MoveOn.org advertisement which shamefully referred to General Petraeus as General "Betray Us".
Most of the calls this week, were not surprisingly on General Petraeus' presentation of the current status in Iraq. There is no doubt that Senator McCain sounded more upbeat and positive about the war and (no coincidence) his own political campaign, which is starting to benefit. Polls have been showing
McCain in a strong rebound since the summer.
The new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Giuliani's support has eroded ten percentage points since July, to 28 percent. In February, Giuliani enjoyed the support of 53 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.
Trailing Giuliani is former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, who officially launched his campaign last week. He had 19 percent support, nearly double what he had in April, when he began to seriously consider a White House bid.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, whose campaign has been beset by fund-raising difficulties, showed 18 percent support. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has 10 percent, which is about the level of GOP support he has had since April.
Thompson is getting a brief political honeymoon; we'll see how he looks after the next debate in Charleston. But for McCain to be back within 10 points of Guiliani is quite a Lazarus routine. Indeed, the real question is how long Romney can continue with such miniscule polling support.
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