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McCain Responds to Newt

On a blogger call this morning, I asked John McCain to respond to Newt Gingrich’s comment yesterday that McCain was “on the verge of dropping out of the race once he collects his FEC money.”

McCain said:

“I’ve always respected the views of the former speaker of the House. How he would have any clue about that is beyond me. Perhaps he has some sort of clairvoyance that I’m not familiar with. But the fact is he has no knowledge of what I am going to do…I’m going to be fine. We’ve made adjustments. I’m going to win this nomination. I’m going to win it the same way I that I almost won it in 2000 and I’m confident.”

I asked him a follow-up question specifically on whether he was still considering taking federal matching funds.

“I think we’re considering all options, but we have not made a decision yet. If I do decided to take matching funds, which I did in 2000, but it would be no indication of whether I’m gonna stay in the race or not. So, with all due respect to the former speaker, who has been a, who I have had some disagreements with in the past, I don’t think he has any idea, unless he has some kind of recording device in conversations that I have with my advisors. I can assure you that conversation about whether or not we take matching funds is whether it’s the most viable way to win the presidency of the United Sates, nothing to do with whether I would withdraw from the race.”

A few quick thoughts. McCain’s statement that “I’m going to win it the same way I that I almost won it in 2000” seems to me the central problem of his campaign right now. His 2000 bid for the nomination has become a model for his current run, even though he lost that race. Also, whether he accepts matching funds may not determine whether he decides to drop out of the race, but it probably should. Given the rate of Democratic fundraising, there is simply no way Republicans are going to nominate somebody who has to accept matching funds.

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