McCain Says No More After NYT Slam

But his campaign will suffer sans soft money support, Time blogs
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 6:47 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a Bioeconomy Conference Forum on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – John McCain may be moral enough to help sink his own campaign, a Time blog muses. Today the senator asked “all of my donors and supporters to cease and desist" from spending money "that might be construed as benefiting my campaign indirectly.” Why? Because the New York Times wagged a finger at him for not slamming a South Carolina TV ad that ran "glowing images" of McCain.

Backed by the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, the plug purports to boost a veterans’ care bill—and McCain has railed against that kind of soft money campaign support for years. Yet loopholes make the ad legal, Time says, and McCain lacks funds. The stand “might extinguish McCain's already flickering hopes of winning his party's nomination."