Monday, November 03, 2008

Last Waltz for McCain in New Hampshire?

John McCain, originally uploaded by StarrGazr.

November 2nd, 2008

Last Waltz for McCain in New Hampshire?

Posted by: Andy Sullivan

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — On Sunday night, John McCain returned to where it all began.

The Republican presidential candidate flew to New Hampshire for one last question-and-answer session with the voters who put him on the map in 2000 and brought his campaign back from the dead in January of this year.

“I come to the people of New Hampshire … and ask again to let me go on one more mission,” McCain said at the Peterborough town hall.

Peterborough has a special significance for McCain. It hosted his last town hall meeting in 2000, when he won the Republican primary over frontrunner George W. Bush. Peterborough also hosted McCain’s 100th town hall gathering last year, at a time when his campaign was out of cash and on the rocks.

“There was a time not that long ago that I was riding on a well known airline, Group C in the middle seat, from Baltimore to Manchester, so we’ve come a long way thanks to you,” he said, referring to a period when he would fly on discount Southwest Airlines to get to campaign events.

Now McCain has two private jets to carry around his entourage.

The question-and-answer session had a more casual feel from the amped-up, tightly scripted rallies that dominate his schedule in the campaign’s final stretch. No teleprompters were in sight as the Arizona senator fielded questions from an enthusiastic crowd on immigration, student loans and energy.

McCain was joined by a posse of senators – Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Judd Gregg and John Sununu of New Hampshire, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Sam Brownback of Kansas — but was introduced by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a demigod of sorts in Sox-crazed New England.

New Hampshire may have rescuscitated McCain’s career twice before, but it might not help him on Tuesday. The former Republican stronghold has been trending Democratic in recent years, and polls show McCain trailing Democratic rival Barack Obama by an average of 11 percentage points.

Tellingly, senior aide Charlie Black didn’t mention New Hampshire as he sketched out a possible victory scenario to reporters on the plane earlier in the day.


Tim said...

Hi Tracy,

Were you taking pictures at Charlotte Ave yesterday, Nov. 4th when governor Lynch dropped by? If so, I was wondering if you had any of me meeting with him. I was on the sidewalk, in support of the Democrats. I had a white, red, and black Sox hat on, a black button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. If you have any pictures, that would be AWESOME.

Tracy Lee said...

Hello Tim,

I'm in the process of publishing photos to my Flickr photostream right now. They should be up shortly. I probably did catch you. Let me know if you find anything.

Tracy Lee

Tracy Lee said...

Tim, I think I saw two of them. They are online now.