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Thanks, but no thanks.

John McCain's best hope of matching his rivals financially may be to have the help of independent groups who advertise on his behalf. But the Arizona senator who has fought such unaccountable groups for years is trying to refuse such assistance.

In several statements, McCain has demanded that a group called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America stop their efforts on his behalf.

"If you respect me or my principles, I urge you to refrain from using my name and image in any ads or other activities," McCain said this morning. "I will not win this election, nor would I want to win it, by acquiescing in anyone's attempt to put my campaign before my principles."

McCain was a leader on campaign finance reform, which attempted to stop the untraceable flow of money into the coffers of federal candidates.

Such protestations are often thin attempts to look principled by opposing the very thing a candidate wants to happen. But McCain is going even further, today sending a letter to donors asking them to refrain from giving money to the group, which is headed by former McCain ad-maker Rick Reed.

"I hope you will refrain from involving yourself with the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America," McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, writes in a letter to donors. "While not illegal, this group's efforts certainly violate the spirit of reform and disclosure for which John McCain has fought over the past decade."

--Michael D. Shear

Posted at 12:05 PM ET on Nov 12, 2007
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Kyprios928, now that you have given a run-down on Mccain, why not give us one on Giuliani?

Posted by: abiodunaodeleye | November 13, 2007 8:53 AM

It is amazing that a man of 72 with a history of cancer, a man that was involved into one of the most notorious events of out time, The Keating five, where Banks went bankrupt and people lost their savings, a man who married into wealth and abandoned his first wife that stood by him while a prisoner, is not worthy of the high office of the President. Why isn't the press exposing this megalomaniac, instead of using the false epithet "The straight Talk." There is nothing straight that McCain will ever say unless it serves his purposes.

Posted by: kyprios928 | November 13, 2007 1:08 AM

Why Mr. McCain still thinks he even has a chance is beyond me.

Posted by: kogejoe | November 12, 2007 11:25 PM

"Such protestations are often thin attempts to look principled by opposing the very thing a candidate wants to happen. But McCain is going even further, today sending a letter to donors asking them to refrain from giving money to the group, which is headed by former McCain ad-maker Rick Reed."

Is Mr Shear 10 years old?

Posted by: zukermand | November 12, 2007 10:10 PM

I think it is important to understand that decisions should be made with reason not emotion. I recoginize the frustration in the comment posted under the name jamesschirico "If they adopt the "let Israel take care of the Iranian nuke problem" they have a good chance to upset Clinton/Obama."

What leads to the conclusion that there is an Iran nuke problem?

The Iranian "nuke problem," is something that has been generated by politicians.

Iran does not have a nuclear capability now, and is not like to have one during the administration of the individual who will be elected in 2008. There are, however, other real nuclear powers, such as Pakistan India Russia and China, that may pose real problems for us if we do not develop a rational foreign policy. Not to mention working for real solutions and peace in the Mid-east: Resolve the Israel Palestinian problem, win in Afghanistan, Have a coherent policy to deal with terrorism, stablize Iraq, etc.

I hope that all of us will see through/past the political rhetoric of this season and respond rationally to the problems we face in this world and not emotionally. Whoever becomes President has real problems that need rational answers. We are seeing the results of emotional responses to events now. I repeat the call of Thomas Paine for "Common Sense" reason, not emotion.
I am afraid we have forgotten it.

Posted by: colapop | November 12, 2007 8:28 PM

McCain's flawed immigration bill, his cave in during judicial nominations, his vote against funding Somalia, his hawkish Iranian view,all work against him. That said I think he will still be the nominee. Giuliani will win the popular vote, not the convention vote. Romney seems to be plastic and possibly phony, Huckabee would win the south and nothing else, and others don't have the traction to get past Christmas. That leaves McCain with Rudy as running mate. If they adopt the let Israel take care of the Iranian nuke problem they have a good chance to upset Clinton/Obama.

Posted by: jameschirico | November 12, 2007 7:13 PM

I'm really impressed the weasel stands for something other than socialism, corruption and more government power!

It is a sad day when America has collapsed to the point where opposition to torture and not wanting public offices to be for sale to the highest bidder is "old fashioned," and "quaint," but Senator McCain seems to have assumed the mantle of moral authority by default.

Posted by: andycutler | November 12, 2007 2:15 PM

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