Election 2008

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McCain Reaches Out to Critics

April 22, 2008 10:04 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The long Democratic primary contest has let the presumptive Republican nominee address his own election liabilities without much pressure from opponents.

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With much of the media focused on the increasingly divisive Democratic primary, John McCain has been given breathing room to address his potential general election weaknesses.

“For McCain this could be as good as it’s going to get,” writes columnist Stuart Rothenburg.

The Arizona senator appears to be making the most of his time out of the spotlight, launching a bus tour titled “It’s Time for Action” this week. Beginning in Alabama, the tour will focus on what he describes as the “forgotten Americans.”

McCain will also take the opportunity to reach out to black voters, a group he has struggled to win over.

During a Memphis speech on the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Republican nominee was heckled for his 1983 vote against the creation of a holiday celebrating the civil rights leader.

McCain is also reaching out to critics within his own party, many of whom were vocal in their opposition to his nomination during the primary season.

His outreach effort is especially important given his fundraising deficit for the general election; the senator is currently far behind both Democratic contenders.

Headline Links: McCain on the road again

Background: The conservative backlash and McCain heckled

Analysis: ‘McCain Overcomes Voters' Concerns’

Opinion: McCain enjoys media inattention and Santorum’s support

Reference: The 2008 Election Guide

Related Topic: 'McCain’s Campaign Account Grows'

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