From NBC's Abby Livingston
The warrior in John McCain emerged today in New York City, as he took seemingly subtle swings and not-so-subtle swings at friends and foe alike.
Taking aim at the Democrats, when he presented a sort of domino retreat theory among those who advocate a withdrawal from Iraq when he said, "How long will it take before the same advocates of surrender in Iraq begin demanding an end to our mission in Afghanistan and a quote surge in diplomacy aimed at a negotiating stalemate with the Taliban?"
Alluding to Romney he said, "Tough talk or managerial successes in the private sector aren't adequate assurances that their authors have the experience or qualities necessary for such a singular responsibility."
In favor of his campaign finance reform legislation, he said, "I've never believed that money was speech. I believe that money is property."
And he even took jabs at his own institutions. About Congress, he said "It should disturb us when the Congress approval rating is down to 11%. You get down that low, you get down to blood relatives and paid staffers."
When asked about the lacking candidate attendance at tonight's GOP debate and his party's dearth of minority outreach as a whole, he said, "I think we have to do more. I think that we have to remind ourselves as well as our constituents that we're the party of Abraham Lincoln. So I do think we have work to do."