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McCain Vows Victory in New York

By Juliet Eilperin
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a spirited speech early this morning in Rockefeller Plaza -- but only after New York GOP chairman Ed Cox delivered an introduction so lengthy that at least one of the officials onstage started rolling his eyes. (The Trail has decided to protect the identity of the bored politician, for the sake of everyone involved.)

Cox essentially delivered part of McCain's stump speech for him, then went on to pay tribute to both his son and wife who -- according to Cox -- is "looking as beautiful as she did thirty-six years ago when we were married in the Rose Garden." That would be the White House Rose Garden, during the time of the Nixon administration. Yes, Cox is married to the former Tricia Nixon.

Cox was followed by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told the crowd of about 200 to squeeze in voting either before or after -- but not during -- today's New York Giants Super Bowl victory parade.

"You know what he stands for," Giuliani said of McCain. "You may not agree with all of it...But what you agree with is this is the man with the character and tenacity to protect America in a time of war."

McCain, for his part, spoke like he had already wrapped up the nomination, saying he would win in New York not just during the GOP primary, but would carry both the state and New York City on Election Day in November.

"We are going to campaign all over this magnificent state, and we're not going to give it up for anybody," he said, referring to the general election. "We won't write off anywhere. We're not going to give in to the enemy."

On that last point, it was unclear whether McCain was referring to Islamic extremists or the Democrats.

By Washington Post Editor  |  February 5, 2008; 10:24 AM ET
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