The AFL-CIO unveiled its $53 million anti-McCain campaign yesterday. "The campaign will encompass 23 states, but the union, which has not endorsed a candidate in the Democratic primaries and caucuses, listed Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all key battleground states, as its top priorities."
The RNC's Alex Conant http://www.aflcio.org/issues/politics/mccain.cfm">responded to the labor group's efforts this way: "Voters looking for something new will find it in John McCain's campaign to help working families – not the AFL-CIO's partisan attacks. The AFL-CIO's campaign against John McCain clearly demonstrates their priorities lie in attack politics as opposed to focusing on American families. Considering Senators Obama and Clinton's frequent denunciations of special interests, they must reject the unions' campaign against Senator McCain."
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports on McCain's extended comments yesterday on his veep search. McCain was asked if he will weigh friendship or a personal bond as a factor in his selection of a running mate. He said, "I don't think a personal bond is important. I think what's important is that you can work with the person." He said many people he sees are offering their own suggestions and deadpanned that "most of them are wrong."
McCain also said, "To some degree, it's been diminished that that person can carry their own state." He again insisted he has not begun his selection process.
When asked if he has a list in his own mind, he said, "I have some. You might expect the normal things, the people that are distinct leaders in our party."
He said he is looking at how past nominees have conducted their reviews, "Other processes, you start out with a long list and narrow that down to a short list. And you focus on that short list and when you get to a short list then a far more intensive kind of process that you go through. I have at least been briefed on that seems t me that's as good a way to proceed as any."
Asked if he feels pressure to move soon, McCain responded, "No. I think it's a long process. I think its important to go through a process, I really do and that doesn't mean deciding the night before."
The Boston Globe: "Two months after New Hampshire gave Senator John McCain his shot at the Republican nomination, McCain [appearing with Joe Lieberman] returned to the state yesterday to give thanks. 'Please stop before I get a little emotional,' he said, trying to quiet the sustained applause that greeted him on stage at the Exeter Town Hall."