Discuss as:

McCain: Building his team

Washington Post's Shear and Balz look at the McCain campaign machine: "One of McCain's first decisions has been to assemble a novel and risky campaign structure that will rely on 10 'regional managers' who will make daily decisions in the states under their direction, his advisers said. The managers will gather today in New Mexico to plot strategy with GOP state officials."

"Some Republican strategists have said that McCain has not made the best use of the extra time that the prolonged Democratic nomination battle has given him. They have criticized the pace and direction of his decisions and have questioned why the senator from Arizona has not held more fundraisers to close the huge financial gap between him and his rivals. Despite scheduling numerous events designed to grab attention, including a trip to meet with leaders in Iraq, Israel and Europe, McCain has struggled to be heard during the battle between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. The few times he has broken through have largely been because of questionable decisions or mistakes, such as when he confused Sunni and Shiite extremists and when he was criticized for accepting the endorsement of a controversial television evangelist."

So far, the RNC has $25 million to help McCain.

Here's a prediction: If McCain has to step foot in Mississippi one more time for any reason other than naming Haley Barbour his running mate, it'll mean a landslide is coming. McCain spent two days in the state.

The McCain campaign is up with another Web video tied to the candidate's "Service to America" tour. 

The DNC, meanwhile, has unveiled three new Web videos that hit McCain for some of the supposed slip-ups he's made on the trail and elsewhere.

McCain spoke to reporters for nearly an hour on the plane ride back to DC from Mississippi last night, NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy reports. He talked about the new plan put out by Treasury Secretary Paulson; he elaborated on his feelings of 'surprise' over the situation in Basra; he responded to Obama's critique that he has no definition of success in Iraq; and he talked at length about his definition of Al Qaeda and his views on funding the war.