McCain Blogger Conference Call Report
What a difference a month makes! Senator McCain (or Senator Lazarus as I referred to him) was upbeat and confident, and the callers were much more positive in their questions. One caller even asked him about potential running mates!
I told him he was the "eat your peas" candidate for the "eat your peas" party. My question was whether the money spigot had opened. He expressed satisfaction with his money situation, saying he has enough to compete in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan, and that if he continues to do well, the money will follow.
He did show a little of his fighting side when the questions turned to whether he could sell himself as the agent of change that Iowa voters said they want, pointing out that he was a lonely voice for change in Iraq, supporting the surge and saying that the Rumsfeld plan wasn't working.
Other bloggers are reporting similarly:Red State
All in all though, McCain sounds charged and ready to win. We'll see on Tuesday.American Spectator
In total: he sounded ready to rumble and confident. More importantly, he sounded like he understands he has to win over the base of the party.Matt Lewis of Townhall
I've probably been on a dozen, or so, calls with McCain, and I've never heard him this fired up, and this passionate about defending his positions.Ann Althouse
brings up a point that was mentioned in the call, about a young girl who spoke at a McCain-Lieberman Townhall meeting in New Hampshire:
McCain effuses about a young girl who spoke at the meeting. I hope there's video of that somewhere.
I agree, it sounds like a great YouTube clip.
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