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McCain Optimistic About Florida Outcome

By Michael D. Shear
Senior McCain advisers expressed optimism Monday about their chances in Florida, saying that they remain competitive despite a huge financial disadvantage.

"We understand that the Obama campaign has more staff and more offices and more money," said McCain political director Michael DuHaime, adding that he will take a "battle-tested" corps of volunteers any day.

"We have a program here that has proven effective," he said. "People have been there and done it in presidential elections."

DuHaime accused Obama of trying to "buy the election" and of trying to "get around" the public financing system. But he said that the Republicans have already demonstrated an edge in absentee ballots in spite of Obama's money.

Buzz Jacobs, who runs McCain's southeast region, said 295,000 Republicans have returned absentee ballots in Florida compared to only 199,000 for Democrats.

"We are essentially implementing the same successful program that Bush-Cheney used to win Florida in 2004," Jacobs said.

Jacobs said that the campaign has "about 80" offices in Florida and disputed the notion that Obama's well-funded voter turnout operation is better than McCain's.

Florida, he said, "week in and week out is one of our most successful Victory operations."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 20, 2008; 5:22 PM ET
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Posted by: Snakeheader | October 20, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain never had any honor. Or any code.

He was a young punk who didn't take his military training seriously.

He ditched his first wife and married into a shady, wealthy Arizona family, then used that corrupt money and business network to leave the military and go into politics.

A real inspection, a close inspection of McCain's character has been lacking in this campaign. Almost as much so as the subject matter.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 20, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

It's so sad to see that McCain has traded his honor for an anything goes attempt to win the presidency.

Posted by: rue_dee | October 20, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter. McCain has unilaterally disarmed in Iowa (ethanol) and Colorado (water rights). With Kerry's 252 EVs and New Mexico that's 273 for Obama.

It's over. McCain is down 12pts in Penn, a state that now has 1 million more registered democrats than republicans.

McCain ran a bad campaign and made a lot of bad decisions. Ethanol and water rights are at the top of the list, along with Palin, suspending his campaign, and proclaiming that the fundamentals of the economy are strong.

Clueless. He'd be funny as Mr Magoo in a cartoon. But a silly uncle shouldn't be POTUS.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 20, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It makes me wonder how it must feel to be a GOP operative and have to say out loud to the media "well, they have more money, more staff, more offices..." Nothing like starting a press conference with excuses?
When you are a Republican of this order, there are no execuses. Except an aging politician who makes catastrophically poor choices ranging from his VP pick to his absolute lack of knowledge on the economy. Personally, I have no idea how Florida will turn out, but I sure hope its like the sense radiating from most other parts of the country hungry for change. McCain is no change from the status quo.

Posted by: SYWanda | October 20, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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