McCain’s 'All-In' NH Strategy

No longer the maverick, the Arizona Republican makes his last stand in the Granite State
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2007 2:32 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., jokes with reporters following a campaign stop in Salem, N.H., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – His maverick days over, John McCain is making his last stand as presidential timber in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary he won in 2000 only to get bulldozed by George W. Bush. McCain is banking on big Granite State momentum to set off a financial and popularity surge in Michigan, South Carolina, and beyond, Salon says.

McCain's campaign is essentially ignoring Iowa, whose caucuses come five days earlier, but where he is not a serious contender. His schedule: non-stop New Hampshire town hall meetings. His strategy: deal Mitt Romney another loss (assuming he loses to Mike Huckabee in Iowa), watch the money pour in and make a run for a newly startled Rudy Guiliani.