Thursday, October 05, 2006


This is an item from today's Hotline:

McCain has been "meeting quietly" with GOP Senate supporters to "plot campaign strategy" and "build a wider base" among "influential party figures." Attendees include Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS). Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) has "notably" attended "a few of the meetings" but he was "careful to say that he has not yet endorsed McCain" for president. Sununu said he was giving McCain the same counsel he gives to other prospective candidates. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) is "close to McCain" but "refused to confirm or deny" that he attends. Sen. Jon Kyl's spokesperson didn't know whether Kyl attends the meetings (Pierce, Roll Call, 10/5) Senator Sununu would probably endorse McCain because Sununu might be in a tough race in 2008. In 2000 McCain beat Bush by over 15 points!!!

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