John McCain's Grueling Schedule
As 2008 draws ever closer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is working to win over many of the establishment party fundraisers and operatives who worked to ensure his defeat in 2000. Post chief political reporter Dan Balz wrote about this courting effort in Sunday's paper -- pointing out that McCain is keeping a grueling travel schedule this year to accrue chits for his planned national bid.
The Fix got a detailed look at McCain's schedule between now and mid-April and thought it would be worth sharing. A few interesting tidbits: McCain will make trips to the key early caucus and primary states of New Hampshire and Iowa within a week of each other in April. McCain is also making stops in a number of big fundraising markets (Los Angeles, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale). While these trips are ostensibly to raise cash for other candidates, they also afford McCain the opportunity to meet and greet potential donors for a 2008 race.
Here's the schedule:
* Feb. 23: Fundraiser for Florida Reps. (and brothers) Mario Diaz-Balart and Lincoln Diaz-Balart in Miami.
* Feb. 26: Fundraiser for New Jersey state Sen. Tom Kean Jr., the Republican nominee against Sen. Bob Menendez (D).
* March 10: McCain speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Memphis, the first major cattle call of the 2008 presidential race.
* March 17: McCain in Hartford for fundraiser to benefit Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell (R).
* March 20: Fundraiser for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in Los Angeles.
* March 21: Fundraiser in Seattle for Washington State Republican Party and former Safeco Insurance executive Mike McGavick (R), the Republican candidate against Sen. Maria Cantwell (D).
* April 7: McCain raises money for New Hampshire State Senate Republicans.
* April 8: Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) and McCain participate in a town hall meeting in Portsmouth. Later that day, McCain flies to Florida to headline the Polk County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.
* April 9: McCain keynotes the Broward County (Fla.) Lincoln-Reagan dinner.
* April 10: In Arkansas, McCain campaigns for former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R), who is running for governor.
* April 11: Breakfast fundraiser in Cincinnati for Rep. Steve Chabot. McCain spends the rest of the day campaigning for Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for governor.
* April 12: McCain in Minnesota with Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).
* April 13: In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, McCain raises money for Rep. Jim Nussle (R) at a luncheon fundraiser. Nussle is running for the state's open gubernatorial seat in November.
McCain also got some good news over the weekend, finishing second in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll. McCain took 20 percent, just behind Virginia Sen. George Allen's 22 percent. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani took 12 percent and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received 10 percent. No other candidate rated in the double digits. In 2005, Giuliani won the CPAC straw poll with 19 percent while Rice received 18 percent. Allen, McCain and Sen. Bill Frist (Tenn.) received 11 percent each.
It's worth noting, however, that CPAC does not ask who the voters want to be president but rather who they thought would be president.
(See Dana Milbank's write-up of the CPAC gathering from Saturday's Post.)
February 13, 2006; 2:53 PM ET
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