New York: Republican Presidential candidate John McCain has “liberated” himself from the irritable, edgy candidate a month ago and is now relieved and hopeful as the campaign for the top job is almost over, a media report said today.
McCain’s aides were quoted by the New York Times as saying that he is relieved that the race is almost over and for the most part out of his hands.
The Republican candidate is also buoyed and obsessed, his staff says with polls that show the race tightening in some battleground states and allow him hope that he might still have a shot.
He is also now in the role that he finds at least familiar, if not comfortable the scruffy underdog barking at Washington.
“If we were 10 points up, we’d all be a little bit happier,” Mark Salter, one of McCain’s closest aides, was quoted as saying. “But you throw a lot of stuff at the guy, and he fights all the harder.”
Graham and McCain’s other travelling buddy, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, are a frequent part of the road show and will fly home with him to Arizona in the small hours tomorrow morning, the Times says.
Aides say they are essential to improving the candidate’s mood, Graham in particular. McCain’s wife, Cindy, who is now constantly at his side, introduces Graham at each stop as “my husband’s best friend.”
“He’s like campaign Prozac,” Nicolle Wallace, a top adviser to McCain was quoted as saying. “They just sit there and laugh.”