— From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
DURHAM, N.H. -- Stumbled on two presidential candidates here in Durham. Earlier, when I pulled up at my creaky inn, who pulled up beside me but Huckabee and team. Turns out they were scoping out the digs for their debate party...
Also, McCain showed up at a bar downtown where I grabbed dinner. He held his pre-debate party there in the basement. Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) introduced him, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) walked in with him and spoke briefly, imploring the crowd that morale is high in Iraq. McCain, who spoke for about 10 minutes, was greeted warmly by the crowd of about 150, some of whom munched on nachos and fried chicken. "It's like coming home," McCain said of New Hampshire. "You are home," one man called out. Cindy McCain, still on crutches, relayed something she said a supporter whispered to her at another stop in the Granite State: "The Mac is back." That was met by huge applause.
McCain also brought up a girl who boasted that she helped raise $60 for the senator. "And Jamie," McCain said, "I certainly wouldn't call you a little jerk."